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News Update December 24th 2012

JNN NEWS, P.O. Box 7411, Jerusalem 91073, Israel

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isa 9:6 

WORLD’S SECOND-OLDEST BIBLE FRAGMENT POSTED ONLINE: The University of Cambridge posted online thousands of pages from fragile religious manuscripts. One of the documents scanned and uploaded to the Cambridge Digital Library is the Nash Papyrus, a 2,000-year-old fragment containing the Ten Commandments and part of the Shema prayer discovered in Egypt in the late 19th century. It is the world’s second oldest known manuscript containing a text from the Hebrew Bible. The oldest are the Dead Sea Scrolls. Also digitized and uploaded last week was the Cairo Geniza Collection, an assortment of manuscript fragments that were found in a storeroom in Egypt in the late 1890s and that detail life in a Cairo area Jewish community from the Dark Ages through the 19th century. Geniza’s house documents are forbidden from destruction because Jewish law deems them holy. Other texts posted include the “Codex Bezae,” a 5th century New Testament; and the “Book of Deer,” a 10th century pocket gospel book 6.2 inches tall and 4.3 inches wide. (JTA)

SEA OF GALILEE RISES BY 7 INCHES: The Sea of Galilee, rose by a whopping 7 inches in the course of Saturday, and is now only 3.21 meters short of the maximum level, at which authorities allow its water to flow southward, into the Jordan River and Dead Sea. Since Thursday, the Kinneret’s level has risen by 9.5 inches, and it is expected to rise further through the beginning of the week. The Water Authority said the rise sets a 10-year record for the month of December in the last ten years. (Arutz-7) “You care for the land and water it; you enrich it abundantly. Ps 65: 9

DOZENS OF HOTELS PLANNED IN HAIFA: Haifa is restoring past glory: The northern Israeli city, which had 55 hotels in the time of the British mandate, is facing a construction boom with as many as 40 hotel projects in the planning, approval or building stages. Most projects are for boutique hotels. National Council for Planning and Construction has approved a waterfront plan that will develop the city’s neglected beach, transforming it into a center for tourism, leisure, trade, and nightlife. An average 85% occupancy rate is prompting the entrepreneurs and authorities to develop the hotel industry at a record pace. After a 7% increase in tourism over the past year, the municipality seeks to turn Haifa into northern Israel’s tourist center, from which travelers will embark on day trips to Akko, Nazareth, Tiberias and the Galilee. About a year ago, the Tourism Ministry extended the city’s status as Development Area A, promising investors a 24% grant for the establishment of hotels and tourist attractions. (Ynet)

TURKEY TO RESUME NATO COOPERATION WITH ISRAEL: Turkey has agreed to drop its ban on cooperating with Israel as a third-country NATO partner, a diplomat said Sunday. Ankara cut off such cooperation after the Israeli army raided a Turkish ship carrying humanitarian aid to the blockaded Gaza Strip in 2010, leaving nine Turks dead. The decision to renew NATO links occurred at a December 4 meeting in Brussels of the 28-member alliance on a proposal by its Secretary General. The ban had “created a lack of confidence among the partners,” a diplomat said. The agreement comes after NATO agreed early this month to deploy Patriot anti-aircraft missiles along the Turkish border with Syria. Turkey’s relations with its former ally deteriorated sharply after the raid on the Turkish ship in international waters in the Mediterranean. (Ynet) Pray for renewed co-operation and favorable diplomatic relations between Israel and its former ally Turkey.

NETANYAHU: ISRAEL IS PREPARING FOR DRAMATIC CHANGES IN SYRIA: PM Netanyahu said Sunday that Israel is getting ready for the downfall of President Bashar Assad’s regime in Syria, and the implications this will have for the regime’s chemical weapons cache. Speaking at cabinet meeting, the prime minister said Israel “is following dramatic developments in Syria, cooperating with the US and the international community, and taking the necessary steps to prepare for the possibility of radical changes to the regime with all the consequences these may hold for networks of sensitive weapons.” The most reliable evidence of Assad’s deteriorating position has been the firing of Scud missiles at rebel strongholds in Syria’s north. NATO’s Secretary-General Rasmusen said Friday the Syrian military has continued to fire Scud-type missiles against anti-government forces, describing the move as an act of desperation of a regime nearing its end. The Scud is the regime’s second to the last resource, superseded only by the use of chemical and biological weapons against the opposition forces - which have not been tried because of the stern warnings issued by the international community. US intelligence says the regime may be readying chemical weapons and could be desperate enough to use them. Both Israel and the US have also expressed concerns they could fall into terrorist hands if the regime crumbles. (Reuters)

AT LEAST 90 KILLED OUTSIDE SYRIA BAKERY: Dozens of people were reported to have been killed or wounded in an air strike Sunday by the Syrian government in the central Syrian province of Hama. The incident took place in the town of Halfaya, opposition activists said. Activists on Sunday reported there were “at least 90” people killed and the death toll was likely to rise. Most of the victims were people who had been standing in line for bread, in a crowd that was estimated at about 1,000. Some observers say the death toll could reach 200. (INN) Pray G-d will mercifully bring to an end this bitter uprising in Syria. May there be miracles of comfort and healing for this war-torn people and an emerging of responsible leaders.

TOUGHER EU SANCTIONS AGAINST IRAN COME INTO FORCE: New sanctions against Iran’s banking, shipping and industrial sectors took effect on Saturday, as part of the European Union’s effort to force Tehran to scale back its nuclear program. The toughest EU measures yet, includes bans on financial transactions, sales to Iran of shipping equipment and steel, and imports of Iranian natural gas, adding to earlier bans, including on the OPEC producer’s oil. They reflect heightened concern over Iran’s nuclear goals and Israeli threats to attack Iranian atomic installations if diplomacy and other measures fail to deliver a solution. (J.Post)

AHMADINEJAD: IRAN IN A SMART WAR WITH THE WEST: Iran is engaged in a “smart economic war” with Western powers whose sanctions against its nuclear program are hurting some Iranians, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Saturday. “Targeted sanctions, which the enemies say are supposed to be crippling, have led to a drop in our oil sales,” Ahmadinejad said, referring to an oil embargo imposed by the EU. “They do not even let us transfer the oil money,” he said. “They thought Iran’s economy would break down, but it did not. Iran is engaged in a smart economic war with the enemy,” he said. According to the International Energy Agency, Iranian exports in November were estimated at 1.3 million barrels per day, down from nearly 2.3 million last year. Ahmadinejad said his government had “so far managed to control” the effects of sanctions on the economy but admitted “heavy pressure had been exerted on some Iranians because of sanctions.” He did not elaborate on how Iran was fighting off sanctions for fear the methods would be found by Western powers trying to pressure Iran back to the negotiating table over its nuclear ambitions. (Arutz-7)

EGYPT: VOTERS APPROVE CONSTITUTION: Egypt’s new constitution, which was drafted by an Islamist-dominated assembly, was approved by 64% of voters in a two-round referendum, an official in the Muslim Brotherhood said on Sunday citing the group’s unofficial tally. An official from Egypt’s main opposition group, which campaigned against the constitution saying it would deepen divisions in Egypt, also said its unofficial count indicated the document was approved. The first round of voting was held on held on Dec.15 and a second round was staged on Saturday, with roughly half Egypt’s 51 million eligible voters covered in each round. “According to our calculations, the final result of the second round is 71% voting ‘yes’ and the overall result (of the two rounds) is 63.8%,” the Brotherhood official monitoring the vote was quoted as saying. (J.Post)

HAMAS PREPARING FOR WAR AGAINST ABBAS: Hamas is preparing to duplicate its 2007 civil war in Gaza and has instructed terror cells in Judea and Samaria to get ready for a military coup to oust Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, according to Israeli intelligence sources. The orders reportedly came from Hamas’ supreme leader Khaled Mashaal, who recently visited Gaza to celebrate what the terrorist organization claimed was a victory over Israel in last month’s missile war. Citing unnamed officials in the Israel Security Agency, a London newspaper reported Iran wants to have an allied militia in Judea and Samaria, parallel to Hamas in Gaza and Hizbullah in Lebanon. Tawfik Tirawi, a senior member of Abbas’ Fatah party, disclosed, “Hamas wants intifada and will take over the West Bank. We’re on the verge of catastrophe,” he said. “Netanyahu understands the geopolitical changes in the Middle East. No way would he give up an inch of the West Bank - he is convinced the intelligence assessment about a Muslim Brotherhood [Hamas] takeover is solid.” (Sunday Times) "He will be a wild donkey of a man; his hand will be against everyone and everyone’s hand against him, and he will live in hostility toward all his brothers." Gen 16:12

The suggestions, opinions and scripture references made by JNN writers and editors are based on the best information received.

(Source: jnnnews.com)

Apparently, there’s no Fifteenth Amendment in Egypt’s new Constitution

The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude. – Amendment XV, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution

The left loves to paint the United States as a racist nation. It has done so – and continues to do so – as Egypt devolves rapidly into one of the most racist and repressive countries in the world. The kicker is the American left – to include the mainstream media – helped to lay the groundwork for Egypt’s current regime.

As the left in America attempts to bully conservatives, it blatantly ignores what should be its real targets – in Egypt.

Via Al Arabia:

A group of Egypt’s Christian women voters were banned on Saturday in Cairo’s Nasr City from casting their ballot in a disputed constitutional referendum, an Al Arabiya correspondent and AFP reported.

Nasr City was the scene of mass rallies last night as Islamists who support President Mohammed Mursi took to the streets.

Details of banning Coptic Christians from voting are not immediately available, but earlier the opposition National Salvation Front was quoted by AFP as saying that a judge in Nasr City forbade Christians from casting their vote.

Whenever the western right points out that it was Republicans who were responsible for ratifying the fifteenth amendment in 1869, the left points out that back then, Democrats were today’s Republicans and vice versa. This is a lame attempt at revisionist history and the left’s attempt to support the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt only shines a light on that fact.

h/t GWP

Egypt 2.0: Draft constitution turns to Sharia law

CAIRO (AP) — One of Egypt’s most prominent ultraconservative Muslim clerics had high praise for the country’s draft constitution. Speaking to fellow clerics, he said this was the charter they had long wanted, ensuring that laws and rights would be strictly subordinated to Islamic law. “This constitution has more complete restraints on rights than ever existed before in any Egyptian constitution,” Sheik Yasser Borhami assured the clerics. “This will not be a democracy that can allow what God forbids, or forbid what God allows.”More…
Very dark days are ahead for Egypt.

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Egypt 2.0: Draft constitution turns to Sharia law

CAIRO (AP) — One of Egypt’s most prominent ultraconservative Muslim clerics had high praise for the country’s draft constitution. Speaking to fellow clerics, he said this was the charter they had long wanted, ensuring that laws and rights would be strictly subordinated to Islamic law.

“This constitution has more complete restraints on rights than ever existed before in any Egyptian constitution,” Sheik Yasser Borhami assured the clerics. “This will not be a democracy that can allow what God forbids, or forbid what God allows.”


Very dark days are ahead for Egypt.

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David Singer On Romney's Middle East Realism

My two previous posts are both, coincidentally, concerned with Australia (regarding the ABC’s Rosh Hashana insult to the Jewish community, and footage of the BDS rally in Parramatta respectively). The present post consists of an Australian’s opinion of what the BBC was quick to categorise in its website sidebar as Mitt Romney’s “gaffe” – Romney’s view of the Palestinian leadership’s true attitude towards Israel.

This latest article by Sydney lawyer and international affairs analyst David Singer is entitled “Palestine: Romney Recognizes Reality – Rejects Arab Revanchism”.

Writes David Singer:

Republican presidential nominee Mitch Romney has made a valuable contribution to the public debate in exposing the utter folly of those who continue to still believe in the possibility of the creation of a second Arab state in former Palestine – in addition to Jordan – for the first time ever in recorded history.

Nineteen years of intensive efforts to bring this new Arab state to fruition have seen very little in tangible returns despite the most influential negotiating team ever assembled in history  – the United Nations, the European Union, Russia and the United States – having been involved for the last nine years.

After two substantive offers by Israel to cede its claim to more than 90 per cent of the West Bank in 2000/2001 and 2008 in favour of the Palestinian Authority - and after Israel’s disengagement from Gaza in 2005 – the resumption of further negotiations without preconditions remains deadlocked.

If those negotiations are ever resumed - the likelihood of any concluded agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority is very remote  – unless the Palestinian Authority recognizes Israel as the national homeland of the Jewish people and agrees to any newly created state of Palestine being demilitarised.

Mr Romney seems to have concluded that such Israeli demands will never be accepted – asserting:

'… the Palestinians have no interest whatsoever in establishing peace, and that the pathway to peace is almost unthinkable to accomplish. Now why do I say that?
Some might say, well, just let the Palestinians have the West Bank and have security, and set up a separate nation for the Palestinians. And then come a couple of thorny questions. I don’t have a map here to look up geography, but the border between Israel and the West Bank is obviously right there, right next to Tel Aviv, which is the financial capital, the industrial capital of Israel, the center of Israel. It’s, what, the border would be seven miles from Tel Aviv to what would be the West Bank. Nine miles. The challenge is, the other side of the West Bank, the other side of what would be this new Palestinian state would either be Syria at one point or Jordan. And of course, the Iranians would want to do through the West Bank exactly what they did through Lebanon, and what they did into Gaza. Which is the Iranians would want to bring missiles, that armament, into the West Bank and potentially threaten Israel. So Israel, of course, would have to say, “That can’t happen. We’ve got to keep Iranians from bringing weaponry into the West Bank.” Well, that means that, who, the Israelis are going to patrol the border between Jordan, Syria and this new Palestinian nation? Well, the Palestinians would say, “No way. We’re an independent country. You can’t guard our border with other Arab nations.”
 And then how about the airport. How about flying into this Palestinian nation? Are we going to allow military aircraft to come in? And weaponry to come in? And if not, who’s going to keep it from coming in? Well, the Israelis. Well, the Palestinians are going to say, “We’re not an independent nation if Israel is able to come in and tell us what to land at our airport.”
These problems — they’re very hard to solve. And I look at the Palestinians not wanting to see peace anyway, for political purposes. Committed to the destruction and elimination of Israel. And these thorny issues. And I say, there’s just no way. So what you do is you move things along the best way you can, you hope for some degree of stability. But you recognize this is going to remain an unsolved problem. We live with that in China and Taiwan. We have a potentially volatile situation, but we sort of live with it. And we kick the ball down the field and hope that ultimately somehow, something will happen and resolve it. We don’t go to war to try and resolve it imminently.’

Commonsense is the hallmark of Mr Romney’s reasoning – something that is lacking in those that are so blind that they cannot and do not want to see.

Negotiations under the Oslo Accords were founded on – and have foundered on – the Arab failure to reject a series of Arab fictions and falsehoods appearing in the 1964 Charter of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO)

Chief among them are claims that:

1.    Only Arab – not non-Arab – residents of former Palestine are entitled to statehood
2.    Palestine within the boundaries it had during the British Mandate is an indivisible territorial unit and an indivisible part of the Arab homeland
3.    The Balfour Declaration, the Mandate for Palestine and everything based on them are null and void
4.     The establishment of the State of Israel is illegal, regardless of the passage of time
5.    Claims of historical or religious ties of Jews with Palestine are incompatible with the facts of history and the true conception of what constitutes statehood.
6.    Judaism, being a religion, is not an independent nationality. Nor do Jews constitute a single nation with an identity of its own; they are citizens of the states to which they belong.

In endorsing these fictions and falsehoods by themselves failing to recognize the State of Israel for the last 64 years, the Arab world – with the exception of Egypt and Jordan  – has ensured that any hope of Oslo leading to the creation of a 22nd Arab state located in former Palestine will ever occur.

Mr Romney still hopes against hope that something will happen to resolve this 130-years-old seemingly intractable dispute between Arabs and Jews.

Perhaps the first step in the right direction would be an earnest attempt to try and restore, as far as is now possible, the territorial status quo existing prior to the creation of the PLO Charter in 1964 – when Jordan then occupied the West Bank and East Jerusalem and Egypt occupied Gaza..

That would result in the dispute between Jews and Arabs being realistically seen for what it is – a border dispute between Israel, Jordan and Egypt to resolve the allocation of sovereignty in the West Bank and Gaza – the last remaining areas of former Palestine where sovereignty remains undetermined between Arabs and Jews.

Replacing fiction and falsehood with historic, geographic and demographic facts is the ball that Mr Romney needs to pick up and kick downfield  – should he become America’s next President.

Come to think of it – President Obama should do exactly the same thing if he is returned to the White House for another four years.

Recognizing reality and rejecting Arab revanchism is certainly the only way to now score a goal.


News Update September 16th 2012

JNN NEWS, P.O. Box 7411, Jerusalem 91073, Israel

"How blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God." Ps 146:5

A SWEET AND A GOOD YEAR TO FRIENDS NEAR AND FAR: Rosh Hashanah - the Jewish New Year also known as the Feast of Trumpets - begins at sunset Sunday, September 16, 2012, and ends Tuesday evening, September 18, 2012. The first of the Biblical autumn festivals, Rosh Hashanah celebrates the birth of the world and humanity. Symbolic foods such as apples and honey are central to the holiday, symbolizing the sweetness, health, success and good deeds which we hope the coming year will bring. In the midst of the troubled Middle East, marked with the riots and violence of this past week, we will pause in Israel to thank G-d for His sovereign goodness to us and to others throughout the exiting year. May His blessing be showered upon all of you who love Israel with such faithfulness and prayer. A sweet and a good year from your friends at Vision for Israel.

US EMBASSIES TARGETED IN PROTESTS SPANNING 20 COUNTRIES: Angry protests over an anti-Islam film spread across the Muslim world Friday, with demonstrators scaling the walls of US embassies in Tunisia and Sudan and torching part of a German embassy. Amid the turmoil, Islamsts waving black banners and shouting “God is great” stormed an international peacekeepers base in Egypt’s Sinai and battled troops, wounding four. Egypt’s new Islamist president went on national TV and appealed to Muslims to not attack embassies, denouncing the violence earlier this week in Libya that killed four Americans, including the US ambassador. Mohammed Morsi’s first public move to restrain protesters after days of near silence appeared aimed at repairing strains with the US over this week’s bloodshed. Throughout the region, security forces struggled to rein in protesters. The US ordered a Marine unit to Yemen in hopes of restoring order there. Police in Cairo prevented stone-throwing demonstrators from nearing the US Embassy, firing tear gas and deploying armored vehicles in a fourth day of clashes in the Egyptian capital. At least three protesters were killed around the region. The demonstrators came out after weekly Friday Muslim prayers, where many clerics in their mosque sermons urged congregations to defend their faith, denouncing the obscure movie produced in the US that denigrated the Prophet Muhammad. It was a dramatic expansion of protests that began earlier this week and saw assaults on the US embassies in Egypt and Yemen and the storming of the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. The heaviest violence came in Sudan, where a prominent sheik on state radio urged protesters to march on the German Embassy to protest alleged anti-Muslim graffiti on mosques in Berlin and then to the US Embassy to protest the film. “America has long been an enemy to Islam and to Sudan,” Sheik Mohammed Jizouly said. Soon after, several hundred Sudanese stormed into the German Embassy, setting part of an embassy building aflame along with trash bins and a parked car. Protesters danced and celebrated around the burning barrels as palls of black smoke billowed into the sky until police firing tear gas drove them out of the compound. Some then began to demonstrate outside the British Embassy, shouting slogans. (NewsMax)

SUDAN REFUSES TO ALLOW US MARINES TO PROTECT EMBASSY: Sudan won’t allow the US to send a platoon of Marines to protect its embassy from rioting Muslims. According to a report released the country’s government formally rejected the request Saturday. Sudan’s Foreign Minister was quoted as saying, “Sudan is able to protect the diplomatic missions in Khartoum and the state is committed to protecting its guests in the diplomatic corps.” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland confirmed Saturday in a terse statement that the Sudanese government had “recommitted itself both publicly and privately to continue to protect our Mission. We are continuing to monitor the situation closely to ensure we have what we need to protect our people and facility.” A Washington official said the Marines were already on their way to Khartoum when word was received the request was rejected. They were called back, pending further discussions. A mob of some 5,000 “protesters” swarmed towards the American compound – having first stormed the German embassy and attacked the British embassy – to express their rage over an obscure amateur video that mocked the life of the Prophet Mohammed, the founder of Islam. (Arutz-7)

GUNMEN ATTACK PEACEKEEPERS BASE IN SINAI PENINSULA: An assault on the peacekeepers base in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula raised the dangerous prospect of armed Islamic terrorists exploiting the turmoil to carry out attacks on Western targets. The base near the border with Gaza and Israel houses some 1,500 members of the multinational force, including American troops. Gunmen waving the black Islamist banner and shouting “God is great” stormed into the base, firing automatic weapons. They set fire to vehicles and battled with peacekeepers inside, said a senior official with the force. Four Colombian peacekeepers were wounded and were evacuated to Israel. The official said the attack was connected to the wider protests in the region. Ahead of the expected wave of protests on Friday - a traditional day for rallies in the Islamic world - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton explicitly denounced the movie denigrating the Prophet Muhammad aiming to pre-empt further turmoil at its embassies and consulates. “The United States government had absolutely nothing to do with this video,” she said. “The video was “disgusting and reprehensible.” (Newsmax)

PRESIDENT OBAMA, STOP BLAMING THE VICTIM FOR MIDEAST VIOLENCE: “Disgusting and reprehensible.” said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. “Truly abhorrent,” an outraged White House official told an international conference. Were they talking about the murder of four Americans in Libya - or perhaps the hoisting of an Islamist flag over the US Embassy in Cairo? No. Issuing from the president, the harshest language was: “I strongly condemn the outrageous attack.” For Clinton it was that the US is heartbroken and she condemned “this senseless act of violence.” But “disgusting and reprehensible” and “truly abhorrent,” were reserved for an amateurish film by someone nobody has ever heard of. In fact, what is “disgusting and reprehensible” is that there are people in the world who think they are justified in attacking and killing people because someone offended their sensibilities. The US government should not be an enabler of this upside down worldview, which is exactly what the Obama administration has done repeatedly as they have responded to these abhorrent attacks against the United States. US leaders shouldn’t let our enemies know that when they kill our people and attack our embassies the US Government will act like a battered wife making excuses for her psychotic husband. Wake up: we weren’t attacked because of a movie made by an American. We were attacked because there are crazy religious fanatics who hate the United States. It’s time for the Obama administration to stop blaming the victim. (Fox News/Kirsten Powers) Someone needs to explain to President Obama, Hillary Clinton and the rest of his team in the White House that our Constitution protects freedom of religion from government interference. It doesn’t protect us from people who say critical or offensive things about one’s religion.

ISRAELI ARABS PROTEST ANTI-MUSLIM VIDEO: Hundreds of Arabs protested Saturday in Israel in solidarity with Muslims around the world against an amateur video produced in the US that satirized the life of the Prophet Mohammed. The rash of demonstrations was initiated by a call-out to the Israeli Arab public by the Islamic Movement. On Friday, hundreds of Arabs protested in eastern Jerusalem, where there were clashes with Israel Police. Israeli Arabs protested outside the US Embassy in Tel Aviv on Thursday as well. (Arutz-7) Intercede for the safety of all Israelis and visitors from abroad during the Jewish High Holidays starting Sunday night. This is a time of heightened security due to terrorist hits during times of celebration in the past. The recent string of riots and violence across the region arising from the controversial anti-Islam video increases the danger of murderous terrorist attacks during festivals occurring in September and October.

POLICE SEAL AREA NEAR US EMBASSY IN CAIRO AMID RIOTS: Over 250 people have been hurt since protests erupted in Cairo Tuesday. Hundreds of riot police sealed off the area near the US Embassy in Cairo on Saturday after four days of clashes between police and Egyptians incensed by a film denigrating the Prophet Mohammad. A 35-year-old protester was killed and dozens of people were injured in clashes overnight. The protesters said they wanted to expel the US ambassador to punish Washington over the film. (J.Post)

STOP SENDING TAXPAYERS DOLLARS TO EGYPT, LYBIA: The Obama administration should stop sending US taxpayer dollars to Middle Eastern countries that permit and support terrorism by Islamists bent on destroying America. That’s the sentiment from more than 5,500 Americans who contacted the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) in less than 24 hours. Recent bombings in Libya and Egypt have killed four American workers, including US Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens. In an effort to protect US taxpayer dollars, the ACLJ is calling on the Obama Administration to ends it foreign policy of appeasement and apologies. Jay Sekulow, chief counsel of the ACLJ said “At a time when President Obama refuses to meet face-to-face with the prime minister of Israel, our most important ally in the region, the Obama administration continues to send billions of taxpayer dollars to countries that support the terrorism of radical Islamists bent on destroying America. It’s time to bring an end to a foreign policy of appeasement and apologies. We’re calling on the Obama administration to cut off funding to Libya and Egypt until stable governments are put in place.” (Charisma)

CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION IN THE MIDDLE EAST LIKELY TO INTENSIFY: Christian organizations whose humanitarian presence extends into Muslim-majority countries such as Pakistan and Bangladesh, are warning the persecution already experienced by thousands of Middle Eastern Christians as a result of the Arab Spring revolution will continue to intensify in the wake of the US embassy attacks in Libya and Egypt. Such groups are voicing concern for the safety of Christians in the region and the potential for more violent conflict due to the tendency by Muslim fundamentalists to link the United States with Christianity. (Charisma)

(Source: jnnnews.com)

Today's Headlines from Israel

Muslim protesters in the Middle East launched violent riots on Friday in protest of an anti-Islam video
degrading Muhammad.
In Sudan protestors broke into the German embassy caused damage and set a fire.
In Cairo hundreds of protestors clashed with police who were guarding the US embassy.
Clashes also erupted in front of the US consulate in Yemen and Jordan.
Meanwhile hundreds of Muslim worshippers clashed with police after Friday prayers in East Jerusalem, as the
anti-U.S. protests have been spreading across the Middle East.
The protesters took to the streets after concluding prayers in Jerusalem’s Temple Mount. They walked toward
the Damascus gate and hurled stones at police, then advanced toward the U.S. consulate.
Israeli security forces dispersed the protesters using shock grenades. One Israeli police officer was lightly
hurt after a rock was thrown at him. Four Muslim worshippers were arrested as a result.

Inflation is back, and in a big way. Israel’s Consumer Price Index rose by 1% in August the Central Bureau of
Statistics reported Friday .
The largest price increases were in cigarettes , fresh produce and housing .

Over 200 environmental activists skinny dipped into the dead sea on Friday to protest its deterioration. The
protest was initiated by the well known photographer Spenser Tonic who organized a group photo in the
dead sea last year .

And now for this week’s headlines
Sat Sept 8
After Canada cut diplomatic ties, tougher sanctions on Iran, and red lines drawn by the international community.
Apache pilot Noam Gershoni wins first gold medal for Israel in the Paralympics.
Palestinian Authority President Abbas clarifies that no date is set for submitting application at UN.

Sun Sept 9
Security officer attempts to prevent entrance of illegal Palestinian workers to Israel and is killed in a hit-and-run accident.
No school on Sunday in Ashdod and Beersheba due to Saturday night’s rockets.
Canadian Prime Minister explains his decision to sever diplomatic ties with Iran.

Mon Sept 10
Clinton rejects Netanyahu’s call for ‘red lines’ over Iran nuclear program
Netanyahu , Peres meet after a month long rift
Palestinian price protest turns violent in West Bank

Tues Sept 11
Crisis between Israel and US over Iran intensifies
Tourism Minister responds to reports of his wild lifestyle
Man who was seriously wounded in Bulgarian terror attack regains consciousness

Wed Sept 12
U.S. ambassador to Libya, three staffers killed in Benghazi rocket attack; filmmaker in hiding after anti-Islam movie sparks the deadly attack
Obama phones Netanyahu after White House snubs Israeli PM’s request to meet
Israel’s state comptroller: Lack of government supervision led to dairy price rises

Thurs Sept 13 
Final draft of State Comptroller’s report on Harpaz affair published Anti-American riots in Arab world continue;
President Obama says Egypt is neither an ally nor an enemy Foreign Minister Lieberman says Israel must maintain strong ties with the US

Israel Today:

Russian Chess in the Middle East - Part III

Russian Chess in the Middle East - Part III

This is part two of a four-part series on Russian maneuvering in the Middle East, and how it affects Israel. If you have not done so already, we recommend first reading Russian Chess in the Middle East - Part I and Russian Chess in the Middle East - Part II

Dmitri Trenin, Director of the Carnegie Moscow Center, a think tank focused on Russian domestic political affairs and foreign policy voiced a more “mainstream” opinion concerning recent Middle East developments.

US-Russian confrontation:

Referring to the battle between Russia and the US over the title of superpower, Trenin said “Moscow withdrew from geopolitical competition in the Middle East against the United States in 1990, at the time of the first Gulf War, and has not re-entered the race since then…”

Addressing the fears that the turmoil in the Arab world might grip Russia and China, the expert argued that the developments were not connected but conceded that the revolts might grip other countries in the region. “It is not so much a rehearsal as setting the stage for a wider regional confrontation. This stage is widening to include Lebanon, Bahrain, Iraq and even Saudi Arabia’s Eastern province,” he stressed.


According to the expert, the collapse of the current Syrian regime won’t mean the end of Russia’s influence in the country. “Russian interests in Syria are important, but far less than vital. If Syria indeed slides into chaos, it will cease to be a commercial partner for Russia… The civil war has already taken on a sectarian dimension. The Alawites will fight on, with Assad or without him,” he explained.


The expert argued that Russia won’t support a US strike on Iran but conceded that Moscow might be willing to “cooperate on the diplomatic track, which might include pressure. For now, however, Moscow thinks new sanctions will only empower the wrong people in Iran, and disempower the more sensible groups,” Trenin told Israel Today.


Unlike Safarov, who speaks out against working with the Jewish state, Trenin voiced a more mainstream view, suggesting that the two countries might actually see eye-to-eye on some acute issues. “Most Russians feel a genuine affinity towards Israel,” argued the pundit, who points out that — apart from personal, cultural and economic ties — many Russians sympathize with Israelis, who are subject to the constant threat of terrorism.

“As for President Putin, he may be Russia’s most pro-Jewish leader,” explained the expert, referring to the appointment of Mikhail Fradkov – whose father is Jewish – as the head of Russia’s foreign security service and, years earlier, the first Jew to serve as prime minister.

Check back tomorrow for the continuation of this important story.


Celebrating Israel’s ‘Spicy’ History

Celebrating Israel's 'Spicy' History

The Middle East has been recognized as a source of exotic spices for millennia. But what many don’t know is that the Land of Israel was an integral part of the booming spice trade.

During Solomon’s reign, Israel was a crossroads for trade throughout the then-civilized world. It remained so during the following centuries, though with lessened importance, until the people known as the Nabateans established an important trade route bringing spices from the Arabian Peninsula to the peoples of the Roman Empire.

The Nabateans built a long series of way-stops and impressive fortified cities along the Spice Route, the remains of which can still be visited in southern Israel. The Nabateans transformed the Land of Israel into a gateway to what was (until the discovery of oil) the Middle East’s most valued commodity.

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In 2005, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) added Israel’s Spice Route to its World Heritage List.

While the old Spice Route is no longer in use, having been replaced by modern transportation methods, Israel remains an ideal place to sample the various spices for which our region is so famous.

In shuks (open air markets) throughout Israel, one can find exotic spices from places as far flung as southern Arabia to Iran (Persia) to distant India. Only in Israel can one truly “taste” the entire Middle East!


Axe-wielding Palestinian attacks Jewish protester

Axe-wielding Palestinian attacks Jewish protester

An axe-wielding Palestinian on Tuesday attacked and lightly injured an Israeli man who was part of a group protesting and documenting illegal Palestinian construction in Samaria (the so-called “West Bank”).

The incident occurred after a group of Israeli settlers showed up and began taking video footage of Palestinian construction on land near the Jewish village of Maaleh Levona. The protesters noted the construction is being carried out without permits on land not owned by the Palestinians in question.

A verbal confrontation between the two sides soon erupted at the conclusion of which a Palestinian man picked up an axe and struck a young Jewish protester. The attack was caught on film, and shown on Israeli television.

The victim was evacuated to a hospital in Jerusalem with light injuries.

While Israeli courts and the international community regularly crack down on Jewish construction in the West Bank, unauthorized Palestinian construction in the disputed region rarely if ever elicits a response.

In other violence, Palestinian assailants hurled a firebomb at an Israeli bus traveling between Jerusalem and Hebron on Tuesday. The firebomb failed to ignite the bus, and resulted in no injuries or serious damage.

How Does Israel Do It?

This question was asked recently in “The Hindu” – India’s equivalent of the Jerusalem Post – only with a slightly larger circulation. The reasons for the Jewish State’s scientific success are an enigma to most of the world. How do they produce so many Nobel laureates?

Israeli kids don’t start a degree course at eighteen and waste their opportunity having a good time in the university bar. Those who are driving the success of the Jewish State begin university life as mature, proactive individuals in their early twenties already having had leadership and technology training and experience in one of the most challenging organisation in the world – the Israeli Defence Forces. Every week there is at least one major discovery or innovation that emanates from one or other of Israel’s eight top Universities.

Israel’s Technion is, in my opinion, a superb advertisement for the Jewish State…. Finally, this clip highlights how the Technion’s annual “Technobrain” challenge aptly linked modern ingenuity with Israel’s historic past.

We now travel to Israel’s capital, where the Hebrew University of Jerusalem recently unveiled “Innovators Way,” a permanent photo exhibition showcasing 27 university researchers behind the 7000 patents and numerous commercial products that have revolutionized the fields of health, safety, environment, agriculture, computer science and nutrition. Moving onto Tel Aviv, Bar Ilan University welcomed 30 male and female undergraduate science majors from Yeshiva University in New York, who will spend seven weeks of the summer carrying out their research in Bar Ilan’s state-of-the-art laboratories.

It was quite apt therefore that the magazine Scientific American featured 28-year-old Israeli physicist Eldad Kepten in its “30 under 30” list of future possible Nobel Laureates. Kepten obtained his first degree at the Hebrew U and is currently embarking on a PhD at Bar Ilan. His speciality? The stochastic dynamics of chromatin (DNA) in the cellular nucleus with advanced microscopy and single particle tracking. Good luck!

The younger members of Israeli society have also been demonstrating their potential recently. We may not have won any medals at the London Olympics, but at the 2012 Maths Olympiad in Argentina, Israel’s youth team won five medals including three silvers, a bronze and one special citation.

Then at the Physics Olympiad in Estonia, Israeli kids won two silvers and three bronze medals. And at the Chemistry Olympiad in Washington the four-person team took home one silver medal and three bronzes. Also in Washington, six teenagers from Yeroham in the Negev desert won $5,000 in the FLL Global Innovation competition for youth scientists by designing a “stick” that keeps the contents of a picnic basket cool. Breaking the stick causes chemicals to mix and freeze.

When these budding entrepreneurs are ready to put their ideas into commercial ventures they will be helped by equally innovative Government support, such as Tel Aviv’s first of its kind Patents Exhibition. It will place 10,000 Israeli and foreign inventors, investors, patent attorneys, mechanical engineers and computer programmers in the same room in order to turn good ideas into actual products.

So what recent innovations have Israelis been producing? How about perfect chips? Israeli technology is responsible for the Deep Ultra Violet (DUP) lasers that US based Applied Materials Inc will use to speed up the manufacturing of the world’s microprocessors. And Tel Aviv University doctorate student Elad Mentovich has designed a molecular memory transistor called C60, based on carbon molecules that can be as small as one nanometer – far too small to see.

But it was failure to see runway debris that caused the crash of an Air France Concorde in July 2000. This inspired the Israeli company Xsight to develop FODetect, which uses hybrid radar and electro optical technology to detect foreign objects on runways.

But many Israelis (like me) believe that there is yet another factor responsible for the phenomenal success of the Jewish State. How has this tiny country survived against all odds to reach this stage? To win existential wars, avoid world financial chaos, discover vast energy reserves whilst simultaneously developing the ability to build a spacecraft to land on the Moon and detect the first stars formed when the universe was in its infancy?

The answer is out there, if you look for it.

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