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  • In Israel, Mike Pence responds to critics of Embassy move to Jerusalem: We’re speeding it up to 2019

    01/22/2018 4:52:51 PM PST · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 1/22/18 | William A Jacobson
    I reported this weekend on reports that the U.S. planned to move our Embassy from Tel Aviv, to Israel’s capital Jerusalem, by the end of 2019.This timetable, which was faster than the 3-4 years previously discussed for building a new Embassy, was based on renovating the existing U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem, the main location of which was built in 2010 and is actually larger than the Tel Aviv embassy. Those reports were confirmed today when VP Mike Pence addressed the Israeli parliament, the Knesset. Pence, the first American VP afforded that honor, was given a rousing welcome by Israeli Prime...
  • Ambassador to Israel: Pence's speech moved me to tears

    01/22/2018 1:56:45 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 26 replies
    Israel National News (Arutz Sheva) ^ | 1/22/18 | David Rosenberg
    Vice President Mike Pence’s address to the Knesset Monday afternoon, the first by a senior American official in a decade, was praised by a number of Israeli officials from across the political spectrum, who noted the Vice President’s pledge to bar Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons and a time-table for the relocation of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, however, expressed a more personal reaction to the speech, saying that he had been so touched by it as to have been moved to tears.
  • Sipan Hemo: Russia betrayed the Kurds, but victory will be ours

    01/22/2018 8:37:55 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 15 replies
    ANF News ^ | Monday, 22 Jan 2018, 11:25 | ANF QAMISHLI
    Sipan Hemo stated that their “rightful and legitimate” resistance will continue in the face of the attempted invasion of Afrin, where the Turkish state commits civilian massacres and said: “Victory will certainly be ours.” YPG Commander General Sipan Hemo stated that the Turkish media’s job is “to create the foundations for the invasion of Afrin” and that they insisted on portraying the massacred civilians as fighters. Hemo said, “But the truth is, Erdogan is targeting villages and towns and massacring civilians.” The invading Turkish army launched an attack on Afrin on January 19 with 72 fighter jets. The invasion attack...
  • US embassy to open in Jerusalem by end of 2019, Mike Pence tells Israel [end of JCPOA too]

    01/22/2018 8:21:14 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 01.22.2018 | tj/msh (AP, Reuters, dpa)
    US Vice President Mike Pence told Israel’s Knesset on Monday that Washington was intending to bring forward a controversial plan by the Trump administration to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. “In the weeks ahead, our administration will advance its plan to open the US Embassy in Jerusalem — and the embassy will open before the end of next year,” Pence said. The intention to move the embassy, which has been condemned by the Palestinians and their Arab allies, was agreed in theory by US lawmakers years ago but was set in motion by US President Donald...
  • L'OREAL MODEL STEPS DOWN AFTER ANTI-ISRAEL TWEETS UNCOVERED

    01/22/2018 8:10:48 AM PST · by C19fan · 29 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | January 22, 2018 | Amy Spiro
    A woman who appeared in a recent L’Oréal UK ad campaign for hair care products has stepped down after she received criticism over a series of anti-Israel tweets in 2014. Writing on Twitter on Monday, Amena Khan, a social media activist, wrote that she regrets the tweets she posted and will be leaving the campaign because of the backlash.
  • Egypt: Turkish attack on Afrin is unacceptable

    01/21/2018 6:52:10 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 29 replies
    ANF News ^ | Monday, 22 Jan 2018, 01:00 | ANF CAIRO
    Egypt has also voiced opposition to the Turkish state’s invasion operation against Afrin Canton of Northern Syria. The Foreign Ministry of Egypt condemned the Turkish state’s “unacceptable” attack on Afrin, calling it an intervention against and violation of Syrian lands. In a statement about the operation, the Foreign Ministry pointed out that Turkey negatively affected the political efforts for the ending of terror in Syria, saying; “The attitude of Egypt towards military methods is clear as attacks against our Syrian brothers and sisters are increasing.” On the other hand, Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of...
  • Turkey: 90,000 mosques pray Qur’anic “conquest” prayers calling on Muslims to be “ruthless...

    01/22/2018 2:13:41 AM PST · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 1/21/18 | Robert Spencer
    Surah al-Fath is the 48th chapter of the Qur’an. It promises Muslims who wage jihad much material reward: “Allah has promised you much booty that you will take and has hastened for you this and withheld the hands of people from you – that it may be a sign for the believers and He may guide you to a straight path” (48:20).It also contains this command:”Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah; and those with him are ruthless against the unbelievers, merciful among themselves” (48:29).This is the message that the Turkish government is giving to its soldiers as it sends them...
  • ‘Conquest’ prayers performed across Turkey’s mosques for Afrin operation

    01/21/2018 9:04:44 AM PST · by AdmSmith · 7 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | January 21 2018 | Staff
    Special “conquest” prayers were held across all of Turkey’s 90,000 mosques on Jan. 20 and Jan. 21 for the victory of the country’s military, which launched a cross border operation in Syria’s northwestern Afrin region on Jan. 20 against the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG). “Sessions will be held after the isha prayer tonight [Jan. 20] and the morning prayer [on Jan. 21] due to Operation Olive Branch,” said Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet) head Ali Erbas in a message sent on Jan. 20 to all offices of muftis and religious officials across the country. “The Surah Conquest [Surah al-Fath]...
  • Columbia Faculty Boycott Bookstore After it Apologizes for Promoting Palestinian Violence

    01/22/2018 5:42:50 AM PST · by MarvinStinson · 6 replies
    freebeacon ^ | January 21, 2018 | Rachel Frommer
    Professors want bookstore owners to rescind their Over 200 Columbia University faculty, students, and alumni have pledged to boycott a New York bookstore after its owners apologized for promoting and selling a children's book that praised Palestinian violence against Israel. The petition condemns Book Culture, an independent bookstore with a location near Columbia, for apologizing after Jewish and non-Jewish communities objected to its selling P is for Palestine by Golbarg Bashi, a book for young children that glorified the intifada. The petition, first reported by Campus Reform, includes a refusal to buy books from or order course materials through Book...
  • Will Germany modernize the Leopards for Afrin?

    01/21/2018 7:03:27 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 24 replies
    ANF News ^ | Saturday, 20 Jan 2018, 11:15 | ANF BERLIN
    It has become certain that the fellowship of weapons will be the most important step in the easing of tension between the Merkel and ErdoÄźan governments. The German government reportedly wants to approve the plan to modernize the Turkish armyÂ’s tanks. At a time when the forces allied to the ErdoÄźan regime come to the fore with plans to invade and attack Afrin and other areas in Western Kurdistan, Germany is preparing to take on the task of modernizing the Turkish army. It has come to light that the dirty negotiations over the German citizens held hostage by the ErdoÄźan...
  • State AG defends law barring businesses from boycotting Israel

    01/22/2018 5:23:42 AM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Howard Fischer Capitol Media Services
    PHOENIX — Attorney General Mark Brnovich is defending a 2016 law designed to prevent public dollars from going to firms that engage in boycotts of companies that do business with Israel. In new filings in federal court here, Brnovich is asking U.S. District Court Judge Diane Humetewa to throw out the claim by Flagstaff attorney Mik Jordahl that the law violates his First Amendment rights. Jordahl, in filing suit last month, said he was being forced to choose between doing business with the Coconino County Jail District and refusing to buy office equipment from Hewelett Packard because that company provides...
  • Report: Slovenia to recognize 'Palestine'

    01/21/2018 9:45:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    INN ^ | 01/22/18 06:08 | Elad Benari
    Slovenia is expected to recognize the “state of Palestine” in the coming weeks in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, senior officials in Jerusalem told Israel’s Channel 10 News on Sunday. According to those officials, three other European countries are considering the same move. About a week ago, according to the report, the Slovenian government convened to promote the recognition of “Palestine” as a state, and the Slovenian government passed the issue to parliament, which is the body authorized to recognize other countries. On January 31, the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Slovenian Parliament...
  • Report: Trump suggests annexation of 10% of Judea and Samaria [says PLO]

    01/21/2018 9:39:06 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    INN ^ | 01/22/18 01:13 | Arutz Sheva Staff
    Palestinian Authority chief negotiator Saeb Erekat revealed in a report prepared for the PLO Central Committee meeting last week details of the American proposal for a “deal of the century” aimed at advancing an agreement to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict. According to the report, the outline drawn up by US President Donald Trump’s negotiating team included the annexation of 10% of Judea and Samaria by Israel and the placement of the capital of the future state of Palestine in the suburbs of Jerusalem. The proposed Palestinian state would be demilitarized, and Israel would maintain a security presence along the Jordan...
  • Russia: Unilateral actions by the U.S. infuriated Turkey

    01/21/2018 4:28:18 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 15 replies
    Arutz Sehva ^ | 22/1/18
    "Unilateral actions" by the United States in Iran and Syria have infuriated Turkey, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Sunday, according to Reuters. "Many political scientists are asking why do we care and say that the worst is the best: let the United States prove its inability to find an agreement, (to show) its destructive role in global affairs, let it be in Iran or Syria and where the unilateral actions have already infuriated Turkey,"...
  • Turkey INVADES Syria – tanks and soldiers cross the border

    01/21/2018 9:16:15 AM PST · by caww · 99 replies
    Daily Star Uk ^ | Jan. 21, 2018 | Rachel O'Donoghue
    Shocking pictures show dozens of tanks and armoured vehicles crossing over the border in a terrifying display of military might. But the Syrian-Kurdish YPG militia has denied there is a full-scale invasion underway, claiming forces clashed in Afrin but Turkish soldiers were beaten back. YPG official, Nouri Mahmoudi, said "all the Turkish military's ground attacks against Afrin have been repelled so far and they have been forced to retreat." A statement from the militia said: "Our people are holding on to their land and do not accept surrender... we repeat our determination to protect our people in Afrin against the...
  • 1940: American Inaction and the Tragedy of European Jewry

    01/21/2018 12:51:57 PM PST · by Kaslin · 54 replies
    American Thinker.com ^ | January 21, 2018 | Richard Baehr
    During 1940, three of the most significant Zionist leaders in the world – Chaim Weizmann, Vladimir Jabotinsky, and David Ben Gurion , all visited the United States , hoping to gain a measure of American Jewish support or US government support for the creation of a Jewish army to help fight the Nazis. Rick Richman's new book, Racing Against History, provides an interesting and very carefully researched history of these visits, the leaders' goals, what they accomplished, and what prevented greater success. Richman's book is a fascinating look at a moment in time, different seemingly from our own, but with...
  • Turkish jets shell Afrin’s Rajo district (Efrin)

    01/20/2018 2:52:20 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 7 replies
    ANF News ^ | Saturday, 20 Jan 2018, 23:30 | ANF EFRIN
    The invading Turkish army shelled Afrin canton with howitzer and mortar fire tonight. Reports are coming through of aerial attack on Rajo district. Saturday afternoon, dozens of Turkish warplanes carried out a bombardment on Afrin Canton of Northern Syria, killing 7 civilians, 3 YPG/YPJ fighters and injuring 12 people. Following the deadly attack, the Turkish army has launched yet another aggression targeting south of Afrin at night. Turkish howitzer and mortar attacks target Celeme and Xelil villages in Cindires region and Iska, Basufane villages in Sherawa district. Reports suggest that Turkish jets have shelled Hecika village in Afrin’s Rajo district at night.
  • Airstrikes pound Syria's Afrin as Turkey launches 'Operation Olive Branch'

    01/20/2018 7:15:50 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 40 replies
    Rooters Ottoman Empire Nuze ^ | January 20, 2018 | Mert Ozkan and Ellen Francis
    Turkey opened a new front in Syria's nearly seven-year-old war on Saturday, launching airstrikes against a U.S.-backed Kurdish militia in Afrin province that raise the prospect of a further strain on relations between Ankara and Washington.The operation, dubbed "Operation Olive Branch" by Ankara, pits Turkey against Kurdish fighters allied to the United States at a time when ties between Turkey and Washington - NATO allies and members of the coalition against Islamic State - appear dangerously close to a breaking point.The strikes on the Syrian-Kurdish YPG militia hit some 108 targets, the Turkish military said. On land, the Turkey-backed Free...
  • A US-Turkish Clash in Syria?

    01/19/2018 7:27:27 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 19, 2018 | Pat Buchanan
    The war for dominance in the Middle East, following the crushing of ISIS, appears about to commence in Syria -- with NATO allies America and Turkey on opposing sides. Turkey is moving armor and troops south to Syria's border enclave of Afrin, occupied by Kurds, to drive them out, and then drive the Syrian Kurds out of Manbij further south as well. Says President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, "We will destroy all terror nests, one by one, in Syria, starting from Afrin and Manbij." For Erdogan, the Kurdish YPG, the major U.S. ally in Syria, is an arm of the Kurdish...
  • Barzani meets with Abadi in Baghdad (Barzani, Talabani and KDP official Fuad Hisen)

    01/20/2018 8:13:08 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 22 replies
    ANF News ^ | Saturday, 20 Jan 2018, 14:50 | ANF BAGHDAD
    Southern Kurdistan Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani had a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi in Baghdad. Southern Kurdistan Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani and his deputy Qűbad Talabani went to Baghdad on Saturday. Barzani, Talabani and KDP official Fűad Hisęn have met with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi in Baghdad. While details about the meeting are not clear, this is the first meeting held between the two sides after the controversial independence referendum of 25 September 2017. Before the referendum in Southern Kurdistan, Barzani had stated that “There is a bankrupt government in Baghdad”, referring to Abadi. Abadi had also...