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  • Jordan agrees to prisoner swap with ISIS in deal that could free pilot, Japanese journalist

    01/28/2015 4:44:32 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 28, 2015
    Jordan has agreed to demands from ISIS that it release a female jihadist held since 2006, in a move that could free a Jordanian pilot captured in Syria last month and possibly a Japanese journalist who pleaded for his life in a video released by the terror group on Tuesday. Jordanian government spokesman Mohammed al-Momani said in a statement the nation was prepared to free Sajida al-Rishawi, who was convicted of taking part in a deadly hotel bombing, if the Jordanian pilot, Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, is released unharmed. His comments were carried by Jordan's official Petra news agency. Although he...
  • Powell blames Hamas, Islamic Jihad for Palestinians' situation

    06/22/2003 9:25:08 AM PDT · by veronica · 11 replies · 217+ views
    Haaretz ^ | June 21, 2003 | Arnon Regular, Yossi Verter, Shlomo Shamir
    DEAD SEA, Jordan - U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell said Sunday he was concerned about the Israeli killing of a leading member of Hamas but nevertheless emphasized that Hamas and Islamic Jihad shoulder primary responsibility for the difficult situation facing the Palestinian people. Powell added that Middle East peace negotiators needed to keep working despite the killing of the Hamas leader in Hebron on Saturday at the hands of Israeli special police forces. "I regret we had an incident that could be an impediment to progress," he told a news conference after a meeting of the "Quartet" of key...
  • The Myth of Palestinian Centrality

    01/25/2015 7:05:58 AM PST · by SJackson · 3 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | January 25, 2015 | Yoram Ettinger
    A myth of Palestinian centrality has dominated Western policy, but contrasts with reality, in the Middle East.‎ In 2015, following in the footsteps of Presidents Hosni Mubarak and Anwar Sadat, Egyptian ‎President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi does not subordinate Egypt’s national security ties with Israel to ‎Egypt’s ties with the Palestinians. ‎ El-Sissi — just like his two predecessors — considers the transnational ‎Muslim Brotherhood and Palestinian terrorism mutual threats to Israel, Egypt, ‎Jordan, Saudi Arabia and other Arab Gulf states, which have never regarded the ‎Palestinian issue as a top priority, and have denied the Palestinian Authority their ‎financial generosity. Notwithstanding...
  • Palestinians 'made millions' selling cheap cement for barrier they bitterly oppose

    07/27/2004 11:00:12 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies · 923+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | Jul 26, 2004 | Inigo Gilmore
    A damning report by Palestinian legislators, which has been seen by the Telegraph, concludes that Mr Arafat did nothing to stop the deals although he publicly condemned the structure as a "crime against humanity"... The report reveals that the cement originally came from Egyptian companies which supplied it at a huge discount of $22 (12.50) a ton to help rebuild dilapidated Palestinian houses or buildings bulldozed by the Israelis. Between September 2003 and March this year, 420,000 tons of cement were allegedly sent to three big Palestinian companies. According to the report, however, only 33,000 tons were sold in...
  • Obama to call on Congress to approve continued military action against Isis

    01/20/2015 4:20:00 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 45 replies
    UK Gaurdian ^ | 1-20-2015 | Dan Roberts
    Barack Obama is calling on Congress to authorise continued military action in the Middle East, following growing criticism that his existing air strikes in Iraq and Syria lacked the necessary legally underpinning. In excerpts from his sixth State of the Union speech released early by the White House, the president also suggests that the coalition fight against the Islamic State will continue for months if not years to come. This effort will take time. It will require focus. But we will succeed, he will say. And tonight, I call on this Congress to show the world that we are united...
  • Iran Promises Crushing Response to Israeli Strike (Iran Attack From The Golan Was Imminent)

    01/20/2015 8:09:57 AM PST · by lbryce · 34 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 20, 2015 | Adam Kredo
    Iran on Monday promised that Hezbollah would deliver crushing response to the Israeli attack over the weekend, which killed six Iranian agents, including a top-level commander, and five Hezbollah members. The experience of the past shows that the resistance current will give a crushing response to the Zionist regimes terrorist moves with revolutionary determination and in due time and place, Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Irans Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), was quoted as saying. The Israeli strike came just days after Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah declared that the terror group was preparing for a war in Israels northern Galilee...
  • Syria: Israel kills Iran's Revolutionary Guard general Mohammed Allahdadi in Golan Heights strike

    01/19/2015 11:59:23 AM PST · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 19 replies
    International Business Times ^ | January 19, 2015 12:24 GMT | Gianluca Mezzofiore
    Iran's revolutionary guards' corps (IRGC) has confirmed that one of its senior commanders, general Mohammad Ali Allahdadi (or Dadi), has been killed by an Israeli strike on the Syrian sector of the Golan Heights. The air raid, which also killed six members of Lebanon's Shiite Hezbollah group, occurred near Syria's Quneitra border crossing with Israel. "Following the Zionist aggressions against the resistance in Syria, General Mohammad Allahdadi, a former commander of the Sarollah Brigade of the Revolutionary Guard, was martyred along with Jihad Moughniyah and three others in the same car," the Dana news website said. The senior commander was...
  • Thousands mourn Hezbollah fighter killed in Israeli attack

    01/19/2015 10:34:13 AM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jan 19, 2015 | Tom Perry
    Hezbollah supporters turned out in force on Monday to bury the son of the group's late commander, one of six fighters who died in an Israeli air strike in neighboring Syria that also killed an Iranian general. The killings raised the possibility of a retaliatory attack, with a senior Iranian official suggesting that Israel would be hit at "the right time and right place". An Israeli defense official said escalation was possible. Jihad Mughniyeh was buried in Beirut alongside his father Imad Mughniyeh, who was assassinated in Damascus in 2008. Though it was unclear what role Mughniyeh, who was in...
  • Israel killed Iranian general in strike on Hezbollah terrorists in Syria

    01/19/2015 7:29:59 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/19/2015 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    Israelis live under the constant threat of terrorist attacks. Just overnight, Israel rolled up a six-member cell linked to the Islamic State with the alleged orders to execute strikes against Israeli targets inside the Jewish state’s territory. On Israel’s borders, Hamas to the south and Hezbollah to the north represent a constant terrorist threat. Israel’s ability to defend its borders by executing strikes on terrorist targets is further complicated by the fact that any one of those strikes could ignite an international incident by accidently killing a high-ranking military officer from one of those terror groups’ state sponsors. That...
  • Hezbollah TV: Reported IAF strike in Syria could be 'costly'

    01/18/2015 12:36:51 PM PST · by Dave346 · 24 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 01/18/2015 22:10 | YAAKOV LAPPIN
    Western intelligence sources say son of late Hezbollah leader Mughniyeh was planning attacks on Israel, received direct Iranian sponsorship. Following reports of an IAF helicopter strike on Sunday that targeted a convoy of Hezbollah operatives and killed 10, Hezbollah-run television in Lebanon indicated the incident could prompt a "costly" surge in tensions in the region. On Sunday evening, the al-Manar news channel said the attack suggested that "the enemy has gone crazy because of Hezbollah's growing capabilities and it could lead to a costly adventure that will put the Middle East at stake." Western intelligence sources reported Sunday that Jihad...
  • Assads Secret: Evidence Points to Syrian Push for Nuclear Weapons

    01/18/2015 10:22:51 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | January 09, 2015 09:20 PM | Erich Follath
    For years, it was thought that Israel had destroyed Syrias nuclear weapons capability with its 2007 raid on the Kibar complex. Not so. New intelligence suggests that Bashar al-Assad is still trying to built the bomb. And he may be getting help from North Korea and Iran. [] Analysts say that the Syrian atomic weapon program has continued in a secret, underground location. According to information they have obtained, approximately 8,000 fuel rods are stored there. Furthermore, a new reactor or an enrichment facility has very likely been built at the sitea development of incalculable geopolitical consequences. Some of the...
  • Iran building nuke plant in Syria; State Dept: What difference does it make?

    01/13/2015 6:36:27 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 1/13/15 | Car in Jerusalem
    Sunday's Der Spiegel had a massive expose on the continuing efforts of Bashar al-Assad to build a nuclear weapons plant, which included evidence that Iran is constructing such a plant for Syria in Qusayr, less than two kilometers from Syria's border with Lebanon. The issue came up in the State Department's Monday daily briefing. Disturbingly, spokeswoman Marie Harf said that the United States did not plan to raise the issue in the Iranian nuclear talks, claiming that those talks only deal with Iran's nuclear capabilities and not with Syria's. According to findings of Western intelligence agencies, however, the situation...
  • ISIS Asks Followers to Suggest Ways to Kill 'Jordanian Pilot Pig'

    The Islamic State (ISIS) militants have started a discussion on Twitter asking its followers to suggest an appropriate way to kill the 'Jordanian pilot pig' captured by the group recently. Following this the Islamic State affiliated accounts have been holding discussions among its followers asking for ways to 'execute the captured pilot'. An Arabic Twitter trend started by ISIS -- "suggest a way to kill the Jordanian Pilot Pig" has been widely shared among ISIS following. A Vocativ report stated that the hashtag "suggest a way to kill the Jordanian Pilot Pig" has been shared over 1,000 times among ISIS...
  • Jordan's king and queen to attend mass rally in Paris

    01/10/2015 11:35:51 AM PST · by traumer · 30 replies
    <p>Jordan's king and queen will attend a mass national rally in Paris on Sunday, in tribute to the 17 victims of a three-day Islamist killing spree, the French presidency said.</p> <p>Some 45 foreign leaders and officials will be present at the historic march in the French capital, which is expected to attract around a million people under high security.</p>
  • Islamic State School Closures: UN Says 670,000 Children Deprived Of Education

    01/07/2015 9:03:38 AM PST · by george76 · 11 replies
    ibt ^ | January 06 2015 | Lora Moftah
    School closures ordered by the Islamic State militant group have resulted in an estimated 670,000 children in Syria being deprived of an education ... The Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot that has seized territory in Syria and Iraq, began shutting schools in areas in eastern Syria in November. The closures were ordered pending a religious revision of the curriculum. ... Between 1.3 million and 1.6 million Syrian children have been prevented from attending school as a result of the now five-year civil war, which has killed more than 200,000 and displaced half the countrys population ... In September, students...
  • Palestinian Authority: wannabe state without rules of state

    01/08/2015 3:40:34 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/08/15 | A. Dru Kristenev
    Twisted, self-indulgent, calculating projection is rife among dictators, despots, religious zealots and terrorists and, unfortunately, a growing number of elected and appointed officials here in the United States The New Year unfolded with more terror from Islamists. The Paris gunmen, reportedly an Al Qaeda terror cell with Yemeni connections who murdered 12 people at a leftist French satirical magazine, may give courage to Muslim-based wannabe states like the Palestinian Authority that try to bully authentic nations. The close of 2014 brought a defeat for the Palestinian Authority as it attempted to fast-track statehood, hoping to bypass negotiations with Israel via...
  • Hundreds of Hamas Terrorists in Israel Switching to ISIS

    01/09/2015 12:26:01 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    INN ^ | 1/8/2015, 10:48 PM | Ari Yashar
    As new details are revealed in the investigation of the Islamic State (ISIS) terror cell in Hevron, security officials estimate that hundreds of Hamas terrorists are leaving the moderate terrorist group in favor of ISIS to wage war on Israeland the Palestinian Authority (PA). The leader of the Hevron ISIS cell, Ahmed Wadah Salah Shehada (22), admitted under Israel Security Agency (ISA, or Shin Bet) investigation that he switched from Hamas to ISIS in recent years because it was too moderate for him, in that Hamas didnt compel Sharia Islamic law, reports Channel 2. Reportedly the security system assesses that...
  • Syria: Isis chief executioner found beheaded with cigarette in his mouth

    01/06/2015 6:30:41 AM PST · by Red Badger · 29 replies
    www.ibtimes.co.uk ^ | January 6, 2015 12:13 GMT | By Gianluca Mezzofiore
    In a grotesque twist of the saying "live by the sword, die by the sword", an Islamic State executioner in Syria who carried out beheadings for the jihadist group has been found with his head cut off. The body of the Egyptian man, known to be the deputy emir of the feared al-Hesbah (or Hisbah) force in the eastern province of Deir al-Zor, was recovered near a power plant in al-Mayadeen city, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The corpse showed signs of torture and carried the message "This is evil, you Sheikh" written on it. The severed...
  • No, Bibi-Bashers, Israel Is not Isolated Under Netanyahu

    01/05/2015 7:35:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind
    Pajamas Media ^ | 01/05/2015 | P. David Hornik
    [1]On Tuesday the Palestinians tried to get the UN Security Council to adopt a draft resolution to shrink Israel down to indefensible borders.They failed to get the nine votes from the 15-member council that they needed. Even if they had, the U.S. had promised to veto the resolution. But the Palestinians would have succeeded in painting Israel as a country almost friendless, hanging by the thread of U.S. support.The draft resolution demanded that Israel and the Palestinians wrap up all their disputes and reach an agreement within one year; that a Palestinian state be set up along Israels 1967...
  • A Coca-Cola factory is coming to Gaza

    01/03/2015 4:04:40 PM PST · by Lorianne · 41 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 23 December 2014 | Adam Taylor
    One of the most controversial aspects of Israel's policy on Gaza is economic: A blockade of the Palestinian territory began in 2007 after Hamas gained control of the region. Most experts agree that it has had a dramatic effect on life in the region (over the summer, the Economist said the siege had made Gaza "the world's biggest open-air prison") yet many also argue that it has failed to achieve its aims of weakening Hamas. In this light, the impending opening of a Coca-Cola factory in Gaza seems important. Reuters reports that Palestinians with Israeli approval began importing...
  • Peres: A Great Leader Must Serve the People

    01/03/2015 2:54:48 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/1/15 | Benny Moshe
    Former President Shimon Peres addressed the upcoming elections in March for the first time publicly on Saturday, hinting that he would like to see a replacement for current Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. "These elections are crucial," Peres said. "We have an opportunity to make the best out of the situation we find ourselves in. Some things have changed for the worse and need to be fixed, but there are good things and we should take advantage of them." One issue Peres said had improved was Israel's relationship with the "moderate" Arab world. "The position of the Arab world has changed,...
  • ISIS: The Best Terror Threat U.S. Tax Money Can Buy

    01/03/2015 3:56:08 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 32 replies
    The New American ^ | 1/2/2015 | Alex Newman
    The self-styled Islamic State, the gaggle of medieval savages and barbarians often referred to as ISIS or ISIL, is now infamous worldwide for its unrestrained brutality. The al-Qaeda offshoot exploded onto the scene in 2014 amid its gruesome and bloody effort to build an Islamic Caliphate, exterminate apostates, and overthrow the apostate regime of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. America and the West are supposedly next at least that is what the public is being told. Ever since ISIS emerged seemingly out of nowhere, Americans and people around the globe have been treated to a steady TV diet of beheadings,...
  • Raqqa: US Special Forces Carried Out Failed Rescue Missions to Save Jordanian Pilot

    01/02/2015 9:17:05 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 21 replies
    IBT ^ | 1-2-2015 | Johnlee Varghese
    US Special Forces reportedly carried out a failed rescue mission in Raqqa to save the captured Jordanian pilot held prisoner by Islamic State (ISIS) militants. The operation is believed to have taken place on 1 January. US Special Forces were attempting to rescue Muadh al-Kasasbeh, the Jordanian pilot who ended up in the hands of ISIS after his F-16 crashed in Raqqa on 24 December. The operation failed after US forces came under heavy fire from the ISIS. The rescue mission was confirmed by local activists,who claimed that on the day of the operation, the coalition carried out over 13...
  • U.S. raid to free Jordanian pilot captured by ISIS allegedly failed

    01/02/2015 9:00:48 AM PST · by McGruff · 24 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Jan 02 2015
    According to unconfirmed reports, the U.S. launched a special operations mission to recover the Jordanian Air Force pilot captured by IS militants after he was forced to abandon his F-16 over Iraq on Dec. 24, 2014. However, the mission had to be aborted after the commando, heading towards a private house in Al-Raqqa, in the northern part of central Syria, where the Royal Jordanian Air Force pilot was hidden, lost the element of surprise and the helicopters came under heavy fire. The news was reported by Israel News media outlet, but the source are rebels in Syria according to Turkish...
  • ISIS Captures Jordanian F-16 Pilot Downed Over Raqqa, Syria

    12/24/2014 11:26:46 AM PST · by PilotDave · 13 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 24 Dec 2014 | Tyler Rogoway
    One of the anti-ISIS air coalition's biggest fears have come true: A pilot being captured by ISIS militants. The Jordanian F-16AM was flying over the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa, Syria this morning when some say it was engaged by a shoulder-fired heat seeking missile.
  • Massive Terror, War Avoided As UN Rejects Palestinian State

    12/31/2014 4:21:32 PM PST · by IsraelBeach · 9 replies
    Israel News Agency ^ | December 30, 2014 | Joel Leyden
    By Joel Leyden Israel News AgencyNew York, New York December 30 Lethal, Islamic terror attacks and the potential for a new Middle East war were avoided this evening as the UN Security Council defeated a Palestinian resolution calling for Israel to withdraw from Palestinian territories by late 2017. The UN resolution called for negotiations to be based on territorial lines that existed before Israel captured the West Bank, east Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip in the Six Day War. It also demanded that a peace agreement be reached within 12 months. If a bid for Palestinian statehood was...
  • EU Calls for Peace Talks After PA Fails at UN

    12/30/2014 10:30:49 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 15 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 31/12/14
    The European Unions (EU) foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, said Tuesday's vote at the United Nations (UN) Security Council on Palestinian statehood underlined the need for Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) to urgently resume peace negotiations. The Security Council failed to adopt an Arab-backed resolution that would have paved the way to a Palestinian state, setting a 12-month deadline for Israel to reach a final peace deal with the PA and calling for a full Israeli withdrawal from Judea and Samaria by the end of 2017. The vote "underlines once again the urgency of resuming meaningful negotiations between the...
  • Palestinian Statehood Resolution Fails at UN Security Council

    12/30/2014 5:05:41 PM PST · by lbryce · 16 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | December 31, 2014 | Itamar Sharon
    The UN Security Council on Tuesday rejected a resolution on Palestinian statehood, with the Palestinians failing to get the minimum nine yes votes required for adoption by the 15-member council: Eight voted for the resolution and two voted against, with five abstentions. France, China and Russia were among the countries that supported the text setting a 12-month deadline for negotiations on a final peace deal with Israel and an imposed full Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank and East Jerusalem by the end of 2017. Argentina, Chad, Chile, Jordan and Luxembourg also voted for the resolution. Australia and the United...
  • Security Council Rejects PA's Statehood Resolution (falls short of 9 vote threshold)

    12/30/2014 2:39:28 PM PST · by Dave346 · 23 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/31/2014, 12:32 AM
    PA's unilateral resolution calling on Israel to "end the occupation" fails to receive the nine required votes to pass. Only eight countries voted in favor of the resolution, two voted against, and there were five abstentions. The resolution needed nine votes in favor to have passed. Australia and the United States voted against.
  • Varying accounts of U.S./Coalition Hostage Rescue Mission in Raqqa, Syria

    01/01/2015 5:21:15 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 27 replies
    Twitter ^ | 1-1-2015 | Various
    Trending now on Twitter, but no English Language articles yet. Apparently, there was some kind of a hostage rescue mission within the last couple of hours in Raqqa, Iraq, that several sources are saying "Failed", after 13 airstrikes in the Raqqa area today. The airstrikes were concentrated at an Iraqi, now ISIS Army base at the edge of the city, per ConflictNews. Conflict News ‏1 hour ago ConflictNews This ground presumed rescue operation by coalition in Raqqa today came after 13 air raids earlier in the day. Conflict News 1 hour ago BREAKING: Coalition aircraft landed in Raqqa where clashes...
  • Syria Prominent ISIS leader killed in Kobani

    01/02/2015 8:12:27 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 3 replies
    RUDAW ^ | 1 Jan 15 | Unknown
    KOBANE BORDERA prominent leader of the Islamic State (ISIS) was killed in an airstrike in Kobani on Thursday, news reports said. Social media pages of ISIS also confirmed the death of Othman Al Nazih, a Saudi national in the Kurdish city of Kobani on the Syria-Turkey border. Al Nazih, was a professor at King Khalid University in Saudi Arabia before he was sacked on charges of membership in the al-Qaeda organization. At the outset of the war in Syria Al Nazih traveled to that country and joined ISIS. Soon he became a prominent leader and was posted to front in...
  • US vet says fighting in Syria was as easy as buying airplane ticket to Miami

    01/01/2015 6:12:28 PM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | January 1, 2015 | Catherine Herridge
    EXCLUSIVE: All it took was a plane ticket, and an informal background check over Facebook. Then he was ushered to the front lines in Syria, fighting against the Islamic State. In a rare, exclusive interview with Fox News, a U.S. military veteran with multiple tours in Iraq detailed his journey to Syria to fight against ISIS, on the condition his identity was protected. The veteran, who asked to be identified as John, described a surprisingly simple process that took him from America to the dangerous Syrian civil war and not as part of the U.S. military. "I just went...
  • Coolest Archaeological Discoveries of 2014 [CHEESE!]

    12/30/2014 1:54:56 PM PST · by Red Badger · 10 replies
    www.livescience.com ^ | December 25, 2014 06:10am ET | by Megan Gannon, News Editor
    Thanks to the careful work of archaeologists, we learned more in the past year about Stonehenge's hidden monuments, Richard III's gruesome death and King Tut's mummified erection. From the discovery of an ancient tomb in Greece to the first evidence of Neanderthal art, here are 10 of Live Science's favorite archaeology stories of 2014. 1. An Alexander the Great-era tomb at Amphipolis [snip] 2. Stonehenge's secret monuments [snip] 3. A shipwreck under the World Trade Center [snip] 4. Richard III's twisted spine, kingly diet and family tree [snip] 5. A teenager in a "black hole" [snip] 6. Syria by satellite...
  • Leading Publishing House Wipes Israel Off Its Map

    12/31/2014 7:16:21 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 30 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 12/31/2014 | Ari Yashar
    One of the world's largest publishing houses is distributing school Atlases in Middle Eastern countries which totally erase any reference to the State of Israel, it has been revealed. HarperCollins' subsidiary Collins Bartholomew, which specializes in maps, are selling "Collins Middle East Atlases" to English-speaking schools in the Gulf states which depict Jordan and Syria extending all the way to the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Reported text of draft UN resolution on Palestinian statehood

    12/30/2014 7:44:09 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 9 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 12/30/2014 | TIMES OF ISRAEL STAFF
    The draft resolution by the Palestinians calling for an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank and East Jerusalem within three years and revised to include language declaring East Jerusalem as the future capital of a Palestinian state was presented to the UN Security Council late Monday. The draft resolution affirms the urgent need to achieve a just, lasting and comprehensive peaceful solution to the decades-old Palestinian-Israeli conflict within 12 months and sets a December 31, 2017 deadline for Israels occupation to end. Many of the changes to the draft are semantic, such as the addition of the word just, to...
  • Abbas Bucks Kerry and Runs to the UN to Throw Obama under the Bus

    12/30/2014 4:14:57 AM PST · by SJackson · 9 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | December 29th, 2014 | Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu
    Abbas ignored Kerrys hints of sanctions and told him Jordan will present a resolution to the UN to force Israel to "Auschwitz borders. Abbas, the one who is short in size and common sense, with Kerry, the one who is tall in size but short on common sense. Mahmoud Abbas is ignoring hints of American sanctions and a possible defeat in the U.N. Security Council which is set to consider a resolution from Jordan on Monday, ordering Israel to sign a peace treaty with the Palestinian Authority in one year. The resolution calls on Israel to surrender within three years...
  • Jordanian Preacher Yassin Al-'Ajlouni Proposes Place of Worship for Jews on the Temple Mount

    12/23/2014 4:55:21 AM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 4 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | Dec 18, 2014
    In a statement posted on the Internet on December 18, 2014, Jordanian preacher Sheik Yassin Al-'Ajlouni said that the Jews should be given a place of worship on the Temple Mount. "There should be a special place of worship for the Jews among the Israelites, under Hashemite and Palestinian sovereignty," he said. Following are excerpts: Yassin Al-'Ajlouni: I have given a lot of thought into what I am about to say, because I know that it is the most important issue of our times, and that whoever talks about it is likely to face severe criticism, and will be accused...
  • The Destruction of the Middle East ( Moslems on Jihad )

    12/28/2014 6:25:09 AM PST · by george76 · 22 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | December 27, 2014 | Denis MacEoin
    The heritage of centuries has been wiped out in little more than a year. Eventually the need to wipe out all traces of unbelief becomes obsessive. At one time, for instance, Egyptian law demanded that any house found to contain a copy of The Apology of al-Kindi (a book containing a polemical dialogue between a Muslim and a Christian) would be demolished along with 40 houses around it. Ethics were defined by what Allah said was good or evil in Sharia law. The Islamic State's behaviour is solidly rooted in Islamic ideology, law and practice. It is only when this...
  • Is Al Jazeera changing its tune on Syria?

    12/28/2014 12:47:36 AM PST · by BlackVeil · 3 replies
    Al-Akhbar ^ | December 27, 2014 | By: Wissam Kanaan
    It is no secret that Al Jazeera is the media arm of Qatari foreign policy, which has suffered a successive series of setbacks, particularly in Syria. But some time ago, signs that changes had taken place in the editorial line of Al Jazeera began to emerge, as evident in the terminology the Qatari satellite channel started using. For example, Al Jazeera no longer refers to opposition fighters as rebels. Moreover, Al Jazeera has been giving airtime for discussions about the mistakes of the Free Syrian Army. Soon enough, coverage of Syria in Al Jazeera news bulletins started decreasing. A few...
  • Jordan plane not shot down by Islamic State, says US

    12/24/2014 12:57:20 PM PST · by traumer · 44 replies
    The Jordanian plane that crashed in Syria was not shot down by Islamic State (IS) militants, the US says. The plane was lost in IS territory on Wednesday morning, and the pilot has been captured. IS militants said that they shot down the plane with a heat-seeking missile. However, the US says "evidence clearly indicates" that this is not true. Jordan is one of four Arab states in a US-led coalition that has launched air strikes on IS targets in Syria. The plane is the first coalition aircraft to be lost on IS territory since air strikes began in September....
  • Report: Prisoner swap with ISIS could be possible for captured Jordanian pilot

    12/25/2014 6:11:27 PM PST · by Dave346 · 8 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/25/2014 | ARIEL BEN SOLOMON
    A prisoner exchange may be in the cards for a Jordanian pilot captured by Islamic State fighters after his plane crashed in Syria, according to a report in the Arab press. Jordanian political activists told the London-based daily Al-Quds al-Arabi on Thursday that a prisoner exchange could be possible if the Jordanian government released people affiliated with the group al-Qaida in Iraq, the precursor to Islamic State. Tareq al-Fayed, a Jordanian political activist close to the Salafist movement mentioned Sajida al-Rishawi, an Iraqi woman who was caught trying to blow herself up in a failed suicide bombing during a wedding...
  • IS Shoots Down Warplane in Syria, Captures Jordanian Pilot

    12/24/2014 10:09:09 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 16 replies
    ABC News/AP ^ | 12-24-2014 | OMAR AKOUR and BASSEM MROUE
    The Islamic State group captured a Jordanian pilot after shooting down his warplane over Syria, Jordan said Wednesday, in the extremists' first successful downing of an aircraft from the international coalition waging an air campaign against the extremists. The show of the extremists' capabilities underscored the risks for the United States and the multiple Arab and European countries whose warplanes are participating in bombing campaign aimed at pushing back the jihadis' control across much of Syria and Iraq. It also posed Jordan with a nightmare scenario ? its pilot was the first foreign soldier to fall into the extremists' hands....
  • Warplane downed by Islamic State and pilot taken hostage

    12/24/2014 6:03:26 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 30 replies
    ITV ^ | December 24, 2014 | N/A
    A warplane has been downed in an Islamic State-controlled region of Syria and the pilot taken captive, according to both a monitoring group and supporters of the extremist group. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which is based in Britain, said the plane came down near Raqqa - a major Islamic State stronghold. *** 3 hours ago Jordan Army confirms pilot captured by Islamic State The Jordan Army has confirmed one of its pilots has been captured in Syria during coalition air raids. In a statement, the army said Islamic State "bears responsibility for his safety". The pilot has been...
  • Muslim Scholar Calls for Jewish Place of Worship on Temple Mount

    12/22/2014 5:33:29 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    INN ^ | 12/22/2014, 10:24 AM | Ari Soffer
    A Jordanian Muslim preacher has called for Jews to be allowed to pray on the Temple Mount, and even for a special house of prayer to be set up for them there. Despite its status as the holiest site in Judaism, Jews are banned from praying on the Temple Mount (as are other non-Muslims) due to pressure and threats from Muslim groupsnot least among them the Waqf Islamic trust, which administers the site under Jordanian auspices as per Jordan's peace treaty with Israel. [] In a recorded message translated by MEMRI, Salafi cleric Sheikh Yassin Al-Ajlouni says he wishes to...
  • Israel launches airstrike on Gaza in apparent retaliation for rocket attack

    12/20/2014 12:21:48 PM PST · by Patriot777 · 3 replies
    Liveleak, IDF official ^ | December 20, 2014 7:00 AM | unknown
    Tensions between Israel and the Palestinian territories are expected to heighten after Israeli aircraft bombed a site in the Khan Younis area of the southern Gaza Strip on Friday (December 19). The target is believed to have been a Hamas base. According to a spokesperson for the Israel Defence Forces (IDF), the attack was in response to a rocket fired from Gaza, which hit an open area in the south of Israel. There are no reports of casualties following either strike. Israels attacks are the first since a seven-week war on Gaza ended three months ago. The incident is expected...
  • Graham and Schumer: U.S. must veto any U.N. resolution imposing terms on Israel

    12/19/2014 5:17:45 AM PST · by SJackson · 9 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12-18-14 | Jennifer Rubin
    The Jerusalem Post reports: Secretary of State John Kerry would not guarantee the US will veto unilateral Palestinian actions at the United Nations, speaking to reporters on Tuesday. Weve made no determinations about language, approaches, specific resolutions, any of that, the secretary told the press in London. This isnt the time to detail private conversations. or speculate on a UN Security Council resolution that hasnt even been tabled. Tabled yet or not, Jordan and France have publicly declared their intentions to move forward with resolutions that would set a UN-mandated timeline for Israels withdrawal from the West Bank, without approval...
  • Convicted Terrorist Ayers Appears on Iranian Media to Give a Rebuke of the United States

    12/16/2014 6:37:18 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 48 replies
    IJReview ^ | 12/13/2014 | JOSEPH PERTICONE
    Activist turned terrorist Bill Ayers spoke with Iranian news agency Fars News last week, and called the United States a terrorist nation. Ayers is probably best known for his own terrorist activities with the Weather Underground during the 1960s and 1970s. When speaking about what constitutes terrorism and a terrorist state, Ayers said: U.S. is indeed a terrorist nation. Then he added: Its also the greatest purveyor of violence on earth over the past half century, and the foremost threat to world peace today.
  • Fact-Finding in the Middle East

    12/16/2014 8:50:32 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 15, 2014 | Armstrong Williams
    I dont usually get so personal in these columns, but today I want you to know that I feel particularly blessed. I am in the Holy Land with my friends, Dr. Ben and Candy Carson. Israel is one of my favorite travel destinations in the world. This will be my eighth visit. It is the first trip there for the Carsons and it is truly a privilege to escort them through this remarkable country. Dr. and Mrs. Carson are deeply faithful Christians, who I suspect will soon find themselves enveloped by the deep sense of spirituality that is palpable in...
  • Syria conflict: Rebels capture key Idlib army bases

    12/15/2014 9:58:27 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    BBC ^ | 15 December 2014 | unattributed
    Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Syria and allied rebel groups have taken control of two key army bases in the northern province of Idlib, activists say. Members of al-Nusra Front, supported by those from Jund al-Aqsa, captured Wadi al-Deif base on Monday after launching a fierce offensive on Sunday morning. Ahrar al-Sham later joined their assault on the nearby Hamidiya base. Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad had until now managed to repel a number of assaults on the facilities. Situated outside the town of Maarat al-Numan and next to the country's main north-south motorway, they have been surrounded since 2012. A...
  • Preacher at Al-Aqsa Mosque Omar Abu Sara to the Jews: "We Shall Slaughter You Without Mercy"

    12/14/2014 3:07:01 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 41 replies
    MEMRI ^ | 28/11/14
    In an impromptu sermon at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Sheik Omar Abu Sara called to slaughter the Jews, whom he called "the most evil of Allah's creations." The sermon was posted on the Internet on November 28, 2014. Transcript is pending. Following are excerpts from a Friday sermon delivered by Palestinian preacher Sheik Omar Abu Sara at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which was posted on the Internet on November 28, 2014: Omar Abu Sara: Let me start by saying that talking about the traits of the Jews requires one to get into a special mode, because we are dealing with people to...