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  • Palestine—United Nations Bedazzled By Abbas Word Wizardry

    10/04/2015 7:49:51 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/04/15 | David Singer
    Time the United Nations woke up and restored its own credibility. PLO Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s speech to the UN General Assembly last week contained a concoction of half-truths and outright lies that everyone who listened to him should question. Here are some prize porkies: “The question of Palestine was one of the first just issues brought before the United Nations from the time of its inception, and yet it remains unresolved until this moment”
  • Palestine: Gaza, one year after, Palestinians still suffocated by Israeli occupation

    10/04/2015 3:02:44 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 15 replies
    A year after the 51-day war in Gaza, hundreds of Palestinians with devastating injuries from the Israeli assault still fill the waiting rooms of Médecins Sans Frontičres (MSF) in need of complex reconstructive surgeries and physical rehabilitation. With the continued blockade and siege of Gaza, it is as if the latest of round of Israeli-Palestinian bloodshed had just ended. Today, perhaps more than at any time in its 20-year history of providing medical and psychological care in Gaza and the West Bank, MSF sees how the suffering wrought by the Israeli occupation has become normalized and how an end to...
  • Obama Ignored Reid’s Request to Reject Resolution for Palestinian State – Twice

    10/02/2015 5:58:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | October 2, 2015 | Cortney O'Brien
    A new report confirms more White House woes with our ally Israel. A Politico exclusive reveals that Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid confronted White House chief of staff Denis McDonough on two occasions to ask President Obama to reject a UN resolution that would grant Palestine statehood. Both times, Obama gave him the silent treatment. While Reid has previously shown his support for Israel, his latest request may not exactly have been for the Middle Eastern country’s best interests. The timing suggested he was trying to secure passage for the Iran Deal: The requests from Reid came as he was...
  • Abbas Should Have Been Jeered, Not Applauded, at the UN

    10/01/2015 11:58:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | October 1, 2015 | Jeff Jacoby
    MAHMOUD ABBAS addressed the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday in his capacity as "President of State of Palestine," or so the official text posted on the UN website identifies him. In reality, Abbas is no more the lawful president of Palestine than George W. Bush is the lawful president of the United States. Both were sworn in for four-year terms in January 2005. Those terms expired more than six years ago. If Bush had appeared before the UN plenum this week and presumed to announce a change in American policy, he would have been thought delusional and jeered off...
  • Abbas says Palestinians no longer bound by pacts with Israel [Psalms 83]

    10/01/2015 9:26:11 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 9/30/2015 | ZEINA KARAM and KARIN LAUB
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told world leaders Wednesday that he is no longer bound by agreements that have defined relations with Israel for the past two decades and are meant to form the basis for a two-state solution to the Middle East conflict. But what sounded like a potentially explosive declaration was blunted by the lack of any detail on how he plans to move forward. Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, Abbas said Israel had repeatedly violated its commitments, most notably by expanding settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, on lands the Palestinians...
  • Paris calls public school map showing Israel as ‘Palestine’ a ‘production error’

    10/01/2015 8:24:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Jewish Telegraphic Agency ^ | September 29, 2015 8:42am
    Responding to parents who complained about the distribution at public schools of a map which labeled Israel as “Palestine,” the City of Paris said it was the result of “a simple production error.” The city’s media department gave the explanation in a statement it published Friday about the distribution earlier this year to elementary school pupils of a calendar that contains a map of Europe and parts of the Middle East. The map, which ends north of central Israel and the West Bank, designates the territory of Israel included in it as “Palestine,” alongside Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Turkey. In...
  • The Delusional State of Denial

    10/01/2015 7:25:14 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/01/15 | Barry Shaw
    Palestinian leadership, in all its ugly forms, imposes on us the infamous four D’s. Not of the creation of their own state, but the deconstruction of ours. Demonization. Delegitimization, Denial. Death They deny our existence. They deny our heritage. They deny out history, our belonging. They even deny the walls and shrines that scream our name. It’s not some state created in peace that they want. It is a delusional dream in which Israel doesn’t exist. It’s not Filastin. It’s Fantasy Land. And we are expected to play along with this deception, to ignore our own rights. Dispense with our...
  • Palestinian Flag Raised at United Nations Headquarters for 1st Time in New York City

    09/30/2015 11:40:12 AM PDT · by pabianice · 21 replies
    Facebook ^ | 9/30/15
    The Palestinian flag was raised at the U.N. in a ceremony attended by President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas, who said it was "a most emotional and proud day..." ...Speaking to the crowd, Abbas dedicated the ceremony to “the martyrs, the prisoners and the wounded, and to those who gave their lives while trying to raise this flag”. Hundreds of Palestinians assembled in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, where they watched the flag-raising on a large screen set up in Yasser Arafat Square. “The mood is festive,” reported Al Jazeera’s Imtiaz Tyab, adding that “families sang along...
  • Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian Authority President, Says He’s No Longer Bound by Oslo Accords

    09/30/2015 12:50:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The New York Times ^ | September 30, 2015 | Rick Gladstone and Jodi Rudoren
    Demonstrating a new level of tension with Israel, President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority declared Wednesday that it was no longer bound by the Oslo Peace Accords and subsequent agreements that formed the basis for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In his annual General Assembly speech, Mr. Abbas accused Israel of having violated these pacts, which date back two decades and outline security, economic and other arrangements in the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel during and after the 1967 war. He asserted that there was no reason that the Palestinians should remain faithful to them as long...
  • Why Jeremy Corbyn Scares British Jews So Much

    09/17/2015 3:55:37 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 12 replies ^ | September 13, 2015 | Liam Hoare
    His politics are that of principled rebellion. Between 2005 and 2010, when Labour was in government, Corbyn voted against party lines 25% of the time. Known for his anti-war politics, he has publicly supported both the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Irish republicans. In 1996 the Guardian editorialized that his ill-timed meeting with Gerry Adams of Sinn Fein made him “a fool whom the Labour Party would probably be better off without.” Now, with the party in disarray, Corbyn has come out of obscurity to become Labour’s next leader — and British Jewry is worried. In a recent Survation poll, 67%...
  • UN Overwhelmingly Approves Raising Palestinian Flag

    09/10/2015 3:53:54 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/9/15 | Elad Benari
    The United Nations voted in favor of allowing the Palestinian flag to be raised at its headquarters in New York. Unsurprisingly, the resolution passed with an overwhelming majority, with 119 countries voting in favor, 8 voting against, and 45 abstaining. Among the countries that voted against were Israel, Canada, and the United States. The draft resolution presented last week to the General Assembly would allow the flags of the Palestinian Authority (PA) and of the Holy See to be hoisted alongside those of the 193 member states. Both the Vatican and "Palestine" have non-member observer status at the United Nations....
  • Rivlin: Israel has 'right' to settle in West Bank [Psalms 60]

    08/25/2015 7:15:32 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 20 replies
    YNet News ^ | 8/25/2015 | Staff
    President Reuven Rivlin said during talks with settler leaders on Monday that Israel had a "right" to build settlements in the West Bank, his office said in a statement. "I love the land of Israel with all my heart. I have never and will never give up on this land. For me, our right to this land is not a matter of political debate. It is a basic fact of modern Zionism," Rivlin said, For Rivlin the "land of Israel" includes the West Bank, where Jewish settlements are considered illegal under international law. "We must not give anyone the sense...
  • US troubled by Israeli Demolitions of Illegal Palestinian Homes [Zechariah 12]

    08/21/2015 10:56:40 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 19 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 8/21/2015 | TOVAH LAZAROFF
    The United States said Thursday it was concerned by the number of illegal Palestinian residential structures Israel demolished this month in the West Bank and east Jerusalem. “We are also very troubled by the recent escalation of demolitions and evictions, which include the destruction of dozens of structures and the displacement of over 150 people in the West Bank and east Jerusalem this month alone,” US State Department Spokesperson John Kirby said on Thursday. “Such demolitions and evictions are harmful and provocative and indicative of a damaging trend, particularly given settlement-related activity and continued construction in the West Bank and...
  • A New Low? UN Report Suggests Israel Caused Gaza’s Rising Infant Death Rate, Doesn’t Mention Hamas

    08/18/2015 8:01:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 08/18/2015 | by Claudia Rosett
    File this one under “UN Sleaze,” or perhaps under “UNRWA’s Use of Dead Infants to Defend and Abet Terrorists.” Though even that may be putting it too mildly.In the run-up to next month’s annual opening of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the latest Israel-trashing report from the propaganda mills of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has been released. This one’s a doozy, summed up by an UNRWA press release [1] dated August 8 with the headline: “INFANT MORTALITY RATE RISES IN GAZA FOR THE FIRST TIME IN...
  • Obama Admin Urges Court to Block Restitution to Terror Victims [semi-satire]

    08/15/2015 12:42:07 PM PDT · by John Semmens
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 15 Aug 2015 | John Semmens
    Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken argued against the imposition of jury-awarded damages to the victims of Palestinian terrorist attacks in 2002-2004. The jury award of more than $200 million in actual damages to ten families with three dozen injured, maimed, or killed is vigorously opposed by the Obama Administration. Despite proclaiming its sympathy for the victims, the Administration seeks to void the damage award because, according to Blinken, “the amount represents a significant share of the Palestinian Authority’s annual budget. The loss of so large an amount would seriously infringe upon the PA’s ability to carry out its functions....
  • Palestine: More Straight Talking—Less Doublespeak

    08/13/2015 4:52:16 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/13/15 | David Singer
    Western democracies supporting this disingenuous state of affairs should hang their heads in shame. Unless they engage in more straight talking and less doublespeak-- any negotiated two-state solution will remain pure fantasy The well-publicised “secret meeting” recently held in Jordan between Israel’s newest negotiations Minister Silvan Shalom and perennial PLO chief negotiator Saeb Erekat is but the latest in a 20 years old meaningless talkfest that has seen little tangible signs of ending the 100 years old Jewish-Arab conflict—despite two offers made by Israel in 2000/2001 and 2008 and rejected by the Palestinian Authority. Talks have been conducted on Israel’s...
  • Stop Throwing Good Money After Bad to UN Palestinian Refugee Agency

    08/13/2015 3:24:35 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/13/15 | Joseph A. Klein
    UNRWA’s latest appeal for more than $100 million in special additional funding should be treated in the same way as the boy who cried wolf The United Nations Relief and Works Agency, UNRWA, which serves Palestinian “refugees,” is constantly complaining of budget deficits. No matter how much money it sucks out of the United States, European Union countries and other donors, it is never enough. It is always pleading for more money, which it is continuing to do today with another one of its special appeals. It is time to stop throwing good money after bad to this dysfunctional UN...
  • Why Israel is treated so poorly by other nations and the media

    07/28/2015 8:54:24 AM PDT · by Zenjitsuman · 8 replies
    Jpost | 7/28 | Justin Amler
    Article written by: Justin Amler is a South African born, Melbourne based writer who has lived in South Africa, New Zealand and Australia. Such is the truth about the way Israel is looked upon by the nations of the world - Read below: Israel does not have a right to defend itself. It has no right to protect its people. It has no right to freedom and it has no right to peace. It has no right to build houses. It has no right to use its water resources, and it has no right to grow crops. It also has...
  • America's Long Middle Eastern Romance

    03/16/2003 6:49:54 AM PST · by Pharmboy · 11 replies · 395+ views
    The New York Times (Week in Review) ^ | March 16, 2003 | MICHAEL B. OREN
    JERUSALEM — Muslim militants, evoking a jihadist pretext and backed by rogue states, are attacking vital Western interests. The president of the United States fails to convince Europe to join a coalition to confront the aggressors. No, this is not President Bush versus Saddam Hussein, but Thomas Jefferson versus the Barbary pirates of North Africa, who were plundering Western ships and enslaving their crews. When Jefferson proposed creating a multilateral force to stop the pirates, Europe went on bribing them. "This is money thrown away," Jefferson concluded, before ordering the Navy into action. On Aug. 1, 1801, the first American...
  • If ISIS Doesn’t Liberate Palestine… Who Will?

    07/04/2015 8:50:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies ^ | July 4, 2015 | Franklin Lamb
    Ein el Helwe Palestinian camp, Lebanon: This is one of the questions ricocheting between Palestinians in Syria and Lebanon, posed also by ISIS (Da’ish) operatives, as the hot summer months and plummeting quality of existence raise tensions in the refugee camps and social gatherings. With its resilience, on-the-ground “achievements”, adaptability, global franchising, copy-cat knock-offs, chameleon-like adaptations, combinations and permutations, and slick honing of medium and message, ISIS is offering oppressed and desperate populations in this region both hope and fantasy for escaping their deepening misery. The dream is to escape abject poverty and indignity by any means necessary, and joining...
  • The Vatican Wants the Temple Mount Taken From the Jews [Revelation 11]

    07/02/2015 9:30:01 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 42 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 6/30/2015 | Giulio Meotti
    In 2000, speaking in a mosque in Palestinian-held Ramallah, Yasser Arafat declared, “No one will succeed in removing us from our land, including Jerusalem, and the Palestinian flag will fly from the Temple Mount and from the churches in Jerusalem.” Arafat could say that because he had won the Vatican's support for his terroristic strategy. On June 26th, 2015, the Vatican signed its first treaty with the “State of Palestine”. It is the logical conclusion of a long path. When the pontiff John Paul II ascended to the Temple Mount in 2000, Judaism’s most holy site, he wasn’t welcomed by...
  • Vatican signs treaty with "State of Palestine"

    06/26/2015 6:33:39 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 35 replies
    AP ^ | 6/26/2016 | Nicole Winfield
    VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican signed a treaty with the "State of Palestine" on Friday, saying it hoped its legal recognition of the state would help stimulate peace with Israel and that the treaty itself would serve as a model for other Mideast countries. Vatican Foreign Minister Paul Gallagher and his Palestinian counterpart, Riad al-Malki, signed the treaty at a ceremony inside the Vatican.
  • Sheikh Pronounces Blood Libel During Sermon on the Temple Mount [Ezekiel 35 - Projection]

    06/10/2015 8:59:13 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 9 replies
    Breaking Israel News ^ | 6/10/2015 | Raphael Poch
    Accusations of anti-Semitism were leveled against a Muslim preacher on Wednesday, who revived Medieval blood libels against Jews in a sermon he made on the Temple Mount earlier. The preacher, Sheikh Khaled al-Mughrabi, who teaches religious classes on the mount and is an employee of the Waqf Temple Mount oversight organization, was accused of being an anti-Semite for the comments he made to his congregants. Palestinian Media Watch translated a lecture that had been published online, in which Mughrabi accused Jews of the age-old European anti-Semitic claim of slaughtering gentile children and draining their blood for use in Passover matzot....
  • Obama Bashing Netanyahu For Embracing Security Demonstrates Unrealistic Policies

    06/04/2015 12:22:28 PM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 14 replies
    Israel News Agency ^ | June 4, 2015 | Joel Leyden
    By Joel Leyden Israel News AgencyJerusalem, Israel — June 4, 2015 … US President Obama appeared in a prime-time interview on Israel’s Channel 2 TV, accusing Netanyahu’s government of acting too often out of fear of terrorism. “I think Prime Minister Netanyahu is somebody who’s predisposed to think of security first; to think perhaps that peace is naive; to see the worst possibilities as opposed to the best possibilities in Arab partners or Palestinian partners,” Obama said. “And so I do think that, right now, those politics and those fears are driving the government’s response.” As Obama was bashing Netanyahu...
  • Obama raises possibility of allowing U.N. vote on Palestinian statehood

    06/03/2015 1:28:34 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 13 replies
    la times ^ | june 2, 2015 | CHRISTI PARSONS AND MICHAEL A. MEMOLI
    President Obama took a step toward a tougher line with Israel in an interview released Tuesday, raising the possibility that the U.S. will allow a United Nations vote on issues related to the Palestinians if the two sides make no meaningful movement toward peace. In an interview with an Israeli television station, Obama noted that his administration has “up until this point” quashed such efforts at the U.N. while insisting that the Israelis and Palestinians must negotiate a resolution. But he said it is a challenge for the U.S. to keep demanding that the Palestinians negotiate in good faith if...
  • Palestine - Netanyahu Goes For Gold In Shoot-Off With Obama

    05/28/2015 4:35:47 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/28/15 | David Singer
    Let the shoot-off with the reluctant and recalcitrant Obama administration begin Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s appointment of former United Nations ambassador Dore Gold to head up Israel’s Foreign Ministry - ensures that Israel will be confronting President Obama as he continues attempting to deviate from the commitments made to Israel by his predecessor President Bush in a letter dated 14 April to former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon (Bush Commitments). The Bush Commitments acknowledged the risks involved in Israel unilaterally disengaging from Gaza and evacuating the 8000 Jews who had established 21 settlements there over the preceding 35 years whilst...
  • The Brownshirts of Our Time [liberal intolerance]

    05/27/2015 6:49:04 PM PDT · by SJackson · 27 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 26 May 2015 | Dr. Phyllis Chesler
    On Saturday evening, November 8, 2003, I addressed a free-standing feminist “networking” conference of mainly African-American and Hispanic-American women at Barnard College. The conference was sponsored by WERISE (Women Empowered through Revolutionary Ideas Supporting Enterprise), which was described as a grassroots, multi-cultural, multi-generational, and multi-disciplinary organization for women in the arts. The women ranged in age from 20 to 65 and were dressed in corporate business suits, colorful African and ethnic attire, and youthful jeans. A few days before the conference one of the organizers asked me about my most recent book and I told her it was The New...
  • Pope Francis Did NOT Call Abbas an ‘Angel of Peace’

    05/18/2015 7:56:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/18/2015 | Ellen Carmichael
    Sunday morning, Americans awakened to headlines proclaiming that Pope Francis had called Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas “an angel of peace” during an event at the Vatican the day before. News organizations gleefully printed this claim across newspapers and news sites around the globe. Agence France-Presse’s headline: “Pope meets ‘angel of peace’ Abbas after treaty announcement.” BBC: “Pope Francis calls Palestinians’ Abbas ‘angel of peace.’” The New York Times: “In Vatican, Abbas Is Praised as ‘Angel of Peace.’” Even Jonathan S. Tobin of Commentary magazine published a piece entitled, “Sorry, Your Holiness, But Abbas Is No Angel.” Of course,...
  • Homicide Rate Four Times Higher in Palestinian Authority Than in Israel

    05/17/2015 11:12:40 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    INN ^ | 5/17/2015, 12:11 PM | Tova Dvorin
    Murder rates were four times as high in the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Gaza than in Israel in 2012, according to a new study on homicide released last week. The findings are part of a global study on homicide by the Igarapé Institute, a Brazilian think tank. […] 134 people were killed in Israel in 2012, according to this database—assuming it is not including terror victims—at a rate of 1.8 murders per 100,000 people. By contrast, 312 people were killed in the PA that same year, or a staggering 7.4 murders per 100,000 people. …
  • Installing ‘angel-hood’ on Christian persecutors

    05/17/2015 9:44:41 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/17/15 | Judi Mcleod
    Meanwhile, Earth to Pope Francis: It’s not declarations of angel hood or your sanction that the leaders of radical Islam want--it’s your own and all other Christian heads Having convinced themselves that they will be able to convert the centuries old Catholic Church now that Pope Francis has thrown in with Obama and Palestine, the chickens of the lib-left are heading home to roost. The pious music you can hear in the background, emanating as steadily as greenhouse gas emissions, is coming from three of the far left’s top dogs belting out “I love Pope Francis” hymns on their way...
  • Humble Palestinian Nuns to be Made Catholic Saints

    05/16/2015 9:38:44 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    WDAM Channel 7 ^ | 5/16/15 | CNN
    BETHLEHEM, WEST BANK (CNN) - Pope Francis will canonize two 19th century Palestinian women as Roman Catholic saints. The historic event is especially meaningful to one of the world's oldest Christian communities. It is the perfect celebration of sainthood for two Palestinian nuns, a humble and devout offering of prayer to mark a historic moment for Christians and Palestinians. In the land of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary, the land of the beginnings of Christianity, Mariam Baouardy and Marie-Alphonsine Ghattas are the first two Palestinian saints in modern times. “As Christians, this is a sign of hope, this is...
  • Hamas Wants Reparations from UK for Israel

    05/16/2015 9:10:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 05/16/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    [1]Also Hitler’s corpse would like reparations for not being allowed to conquer London.Considering that British rule helped bring in Muslim illegal aliens into the historical Jewish homeland, who then refused to leave and began killing people, Israel can then demand reparations from the UK for Hamas.Or maybe the UK can just resettle Hamas in Tower Hamlets. No one would notice the difference [2]. Hamas official Essam Adwan stated Friday that Britain “paved the way” for a “Zionist takeover” by preventing Palestinians from establishing an armed resistance against Jews in 1947 and by weakening the local economy and education system.The...
  • Reuven Rivlin—Born in ‘Palestine’? (Google vs. Israel)

    05/15/2015 5:48:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    INN ^ | 5/15/2015, 10:43 AM | Uzi Baruch and Tova Dvorin
    President Reuven Rivlin was born on September 9, 1939, in Jerusalem. However, according to the Google search engine, the tenth president of the State of Israel was born in “Palestine.” The Mayor of Ra’anana, Ze’ev Bielski, made the shocking discovery. “While working on a speech for the arrival of President to Ra’anana, and I typed his name into Google in English, and then we were amazed to see that says he was born in Jerusalem—in the Palestinian state,” Bielski stated to Yediot Aharonot on Friday. […] This is not the first time that Google has leaned toward labeling parts of...
  • Israel hawks in Congress to Pope Francis: Stay out of politics

    05/14/2015 1:48:01 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/14/2015 | By RACHAEL BADE
    After Pope Francis moved to recognize a Palestinian state, some gung-ho defenders of Israel suggested the pontiff should stick to preaching and stay out of politics. “It’s interesting how the Vatican has gotten so political when ultimately the Vatican ought to be working to lead people to Jesus Christ and salvation, and that’s what the Church is supposed to do,” said Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), a hawkish defender of Israel. It wasn’t just Duncan. Several House conservatives seemed exasperated that Francis, who will address Congress this fall, approved the Vatican’s recognition of Palestine as a state. On Wednesday, critics said...

    05/13/2015 11:51:25 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 19 replies ^ | 5-13-2015 | BREITBART NEWS
    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican officially recognized the state of Palestine in a new treaty finalized Wednesday, immediately sparking Israeli ire and accusations that the move hurt peace prospects. The treaty, which concerns the activities of the Catholic Church in Palestinian territory, makes clear that the Holy See has switched its diplomatic recognition from the Palestine Liberation Organization to the state of Palestine. The Vatican had welcomed the decision by the U.N. General Assembly in 2012 to recognize a Palestinian state. But the treaty is the first legal document negotiated between the Holy See and the Palestinian state and...
  • Russia to Help Palestine Become Independent State – Putin [Ezekiel 38]

    05/13/2015 9:57:53 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 14 replies
    Sputnik News ^ | 3/28/2015 | Staff
    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russia will help Palestine in achieving its goal of becoming an independent state with the capital in East Jerusalem, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Saturday in his address to the Arab League summit participants. “Russia will continue contributing to the attainment of this goal [Palestine’s independence], working through bilateral channels and through multilateral channels, including in the ‘Quartet’ of international mediators,” Putin said. The Quartet comprising Russia, the United States, the United Nations and the European Union, was established in 2002, aiming to reach a long-term peace agreement between Israel and Palestinians. The Russian president stressed on...
  • Vatican recognizes state of Palestine in new treaty

    05/13/2015 8:27:31 AM PDT · by Iscool · 49 replies
    The Blaze ^ | May 13, 2015
    <p>VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican officially recognized the state of Palestine in a new treaty finalized Wednesday, immediately sparking Israeli ire and accusations that the move hurt peace prospects.</p> <p>The treaty, which concerns the activities of the Catholic Church in Palestinian territory, makes clear that the Holy See has switched its diplomatic recognition from the Palestine Liberation Organization to the state of Palestine.</p>
  • Vatican recognizes state of Palestine in new treaty

    05/13/2015 7:06:01 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 70 replies
    AP ^ | 05/13/2015 | AP
    The Vatican has officially recognized the state of Palestine in a new treaty. The treaty, which was finalized Wednesday but still has to be signed, makes clear that the Holy See has switched its diplomatic relations from the Palestinian Liberation Organization to the state of Palestine. The Vatican had welcomed the decision by the U.N. General Assembly in 2012 to recognize a Palestinian state. But the treaty is the first legal document negotiated between the Holy See and the Palestinian state and constitutes an official recognition. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is due to see Pope Francis on Saturday before the...
  • Vatican Recognizes Palestine

    05/13/2015 7:05:46 AM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 20 replies
    AP ^ | 05/13/2015
    The Vatican has officially recognized the state of Palestine in a new treaty. The treaty, which was finalized Wednesday but still has to be signed, makes clear that the Holy See has switched its diplomatic relations from the Palestinian Liberation Organization to the state of Palestine.
  • Obama to back Palestinian state at Security Council – payback for right-wing cabinet [Zech 12]

    05/07/2015 9:26:20 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 13 replies
    Debka ^ | 5/6/2015 | Staff
    DEBKAfile reports exclusively from Washington: US President Barack Obama did not wait for Binyamin Netanyahu to finish building his new government coalition by its deadline at midnight Wednesday, May 6, before going into action to pay him back for forming a right-wing cabinet minus any moderate figure for resuming negotiations with the Palestinians. Banking on Netanyahu’s assertion while campaigning for re-election that there would be no Palestinian state during his term in office, Obama is reported exclusively by our sources to have given the hitherto withheld green light to European governments to file a UN Security Council motion proclaiming an...
  • Palestine – Sharon’s Ghost Returns To Haunt Obama

    04/29/2015 5:55:27 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/29/15 | David Singer
    Obama is going to find it impossible to impose his land swap proposals – if Oren has any say. Michael Oren – one of seven members of the recently formed Kulanu party elected to Israel’s new Parliament – seems destined to play a pivotal role in torpedoing President Obama’s proposals for a two-state solution aimed at resolving the 100 years old Arab-Jewish conflict. Agreement has reportedly been reached between Israel’s Prime Minister elect Benjamin Netanyahu and Kulanu chairman Moshe Kahlon for Kahlon to be appointed Finance Minister. Fellow Kulanu members - Yoav Galant and Eli Alalouf - will serve respectively...
  • Considering the Crusades in the Context of the Current Conflict with Radical Islamists

    02/17/2015 6:53:46 AM PST · by Salvation · 72 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-16-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Considering the Crusades in the Context of the Current Conflict with Radical Islamists By: Msgr. Charles PopeRecent and persistent attacks by radical Muslims, especially the most recent beheadings of 21 Egyptian Christians, have many asking what can or should be done to end such atrocities. Military actions by numerous countries, including our own, are already underway. Most feel quite justified in these actions and many are calling for more concerted efforts to eliminate ISIS and related zealots who seem to know no pity, no reason, and no limits. I do not write here to opine on the need for...
  • Hezbollah Builds Runway For Suicide Drones

    04/26/2015 12:18:27 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 26 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | April 24, 2015 | Peter Malcom
    Jane’s Defence Weekly reports that Hezbollah has built a runway in the morthern Bekaa Valley to be used for drones, likely Iranian-made UAVs. New satellite images shows the runway in an area 10 kilometers south of the Lebanese village of Hermel.
Jane’s states: The short length of the runway suggests the facility is not intended to smuggle in weapons shipments from Syria or Iran as it is too short for nearly all the transport aircraft used by the air forces of those countries. An alternative explanation is that the runway was built for Iranian-made UAVs, including the Ababil-3, which has been...
  • Carter's Arab Financiers

    12/21/2006 8:52:59 AM PST · by venizelos · 25 replies · 1,781+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | December 21, 2006 | Rachel Ehrenfeld
    To understand what feeds former president Jimmy Carter's anti-Israeli frenzy, look at his early links to Arab business. Between 1976-1977, the Carter family peanut business received a bailout in the form of a $4.6 million, "poorly managed" and highly irregular loan from the National Bank of Georgia (NBG). According to a July 29, 1980 Jack Anderson expose in The Washington Post, the bank's biggest borrower was Mr. Carter, and its chairman at that time was Mr. Carter's confidant, and later his director of the Office of Management and Budget, Bert Lance.
  • Why Two States West of the Jordan?

    04/04/2015 6:44:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies ^ | April 4, 2015 | Ken Blackwell
    Editor's note: This column was co-authored by Bob Morrison. It’s a phrase endlessly repeated since 1989. It’s been on the lips of Western diplomats, especially our own State Department types, for a quarter century: “Two-State Solution.” We must have a Roadmap to Peace and that destination must embrace a state for the Israelis and a state for the Arabs of Palestine. Anyone who questions that formulation is in danger of being marginalized. How can you oppose what Secretaries of State of both great American political parties have embraced? How can you say there are any people on earth who are...
  • How to End the Middle East Conflict in Four Easy Steps

    04/02/2015 4:39:08 AM PDT · by tedbel · 8 replies
    ISRAPUNDIT ^ | April 2/15 | Ted Belman
    Dennis Ross and David Makovsky in Israel’s Drive Toward Self-Destruction, argue that Netanyahu must offer up hope to Palestinians or face a revived de-legitimization movement. They’re certainly right to point out that the delegitimation movement will grow, but they are wrong to suggest that the answer is for Israel to offer hope to the Palestinians. How facile is that? They argue that what Israel needs to do is begin capitulating even before the negotiations commence, let alone, conclude. They want Israel to give up its bargaining chips for nothing in return. The Palestinians don’t hope to be given a state,...
  • As a Jew, You Have to Take Sides

    03/28/2015 6:26:35 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 16 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 3/27/15 | Steve Berman
    I grew up Jewish.  When I was growing up, being Jewish meant you supported Israel.  I lived through the 1967 war (I was a toddler), the 1973 war (I was in third grade), and the “troubles” since then.  Israel always seemed invincible. As I got older, things became more complicated.  Today I read about Jews of my generation who question their loyalty to Israel, who, in fact, disclaim Israel as their birthright, as if it were something that could be disclaimed. Certainly, the images of dead Palestinian children can make anyone with a shred of human decency’s heart break.  I...
  • Administration Reveals Secret Israeli Nuclear Weapons Program [semi-satire]

    03/28/2015 12:34:48 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 6 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 28 March 2015 | John Semmens
    The Obama Administration has declassified a top secret file disclosing the details of Israel's nuclear weapons program. Press Secretary Josh Earnest characterized the move as "payback for Netanyahu's deviation from the path laid out for Israel by President Obama. People have got to learn that their actions have consequences. When you defy the world's most powerful man you can't expect to get away unscathed." Earnest also argued that "it may help level the playing field in the Middle East. Even without nuclear weapons Israel has consistently defeated efforts to annihilate it. By publicly releasing this previously secret information the President...
  • All the Wars and Coups of President Ted Cruz

    03/23/2015 11:10:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Los Angeles City Watch ^ | March 24, 2015 | Professor Juan Cole, University of Michigan
    Texas Senator Ted Cruz, one of three Cuban-Americans in the Senate, is throwing his hat into the ring for the 2016 presidential race today. Cruz has made a career out of slamming President Obama for being weak and presiding over the collapse of countries like Yemen (as though Cruz could have done anything about that if he had been president). I figure if you total them all up, Cruz has called for six or seven strong US interventions abroad, whether in the form of invasions, air strikes, or covert coups d’etat. It is hard to tell exactly, since he doesn’t...
  • Obama Is No Harry Truman

    03/23/2015 3:51:36 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 20 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 3/22/15 | Steve Berman
    One of Harry Truman’s most treasured possessions was a small Torah given to him by Dr. Chaim Weizmann, Israel’s first president.  The gift was given in appreciation of a singular act of courage in a postwar world filled with deprivation and starvation in Europe, and an economic boom in America.  Hundreds of thousands of Jewish refugees lived in the same camps constructed to efficiently kill and dispose of them. At the stroke of midnight, May 14, 1948, the British mandate over Palestine ended, and they struck the Union Jack for the last time in Jerusalem.  The blue and white Star...