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Period: April 2018
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SANHEDRIN CALLS ON ARABS TO TAKE THEIR ROLE IN THIRD TEMPLE AS PROPHESIZED BY ISAIAH
By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz - March 19, 2018 - Dust clouds of camels shall cover you, Dromedaries of Midian and Ephah. They all shall come from Sheba; They shall bear gold and frankincense, And shall herald the glories of Hashem. Isaiah 60:6 (The Israel Bible™)
A model of the Temple. Photo: Shutterstock.com
The nascent Sanhedrin, a Biblically mandated court of 71 elders, released a letter in Hebrew, English and Arabic inviting the Arabs as the sons of Ishmael to take their role in supporting the Third Temple as prophesied by Isaiah. This move is far more than symbolic. It is intended to bring the entire world one step closer to the global peace that will characterize the Messianic era.
The letter reads: “Dear brothers, the distinguished Sons of Ishmael, The great Arab nation,
“With the gracious help of the protector and Savior of Israel, Creator of the world by covenant, we declare that the footsteps of Messiah are evidently heard and that the time has come to rebuild the Temple on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem in its ancient place.” “We, the Jews who advocate building of the Temple, are applying to your Honorable ones, who were nominated by their peoples to give oath, raise vows and gifts to the Temple as prophesied by prophet Isaiah concerning your essential role and honorable position in keeping the Temple and supporting it with lamb sacrifices and incense in order to receive God’s Blessings.”
Raise your eyes and look about: They have all gathered and come to you. Your sons shall be brought from afar, Your daughters like babes on shoulders. As you behold, you will glow; Your heart will throb and thrill— For the wealth of the sea shall pass on to you, The riches of nations shall flow to you. Dust clouds of camels shall cover you, Dromedaries of Midian and Ephah. They all shall come from Sheba; They shall bear gold and frankincense, And shall herald the glories of Hashem. Isaiah 60:4-6. “By virtue of this, we are certain that you will choose peaceful means and avoid all paths to hostility and violence. And we are sure that together we shall open doors to love and respect.” Cont'd:
https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/104480/sanhedrin-calls-on-arabs-to-take-their-role-in-third-temple-as-prophesized-by-isaiah


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JORDAN SUPPORTS CLOSURE OF CHURCH OF HOLY SEPULCHRE
After Christian leaders in Jerusalem came together to announce the closure of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jordan announced its support for the move protesting against Israeli taxes on churches.
Feb 26, 2018, 4:00PMValerie Berkley People gather around Church of the Holy Sepuclhre - Photo Credit: Hadas Parush/Flash90
On Monday, Jordan announced its support for the recent closure of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, located in Jerusalem’s Old City. According to the Palestinian Authority’s official news agency Wafa, the Ramallah-based Al-Ayyam newspaper said on Sunday that Jordan accused Israel of targeting the churches in Jerusalem.
Yesterday, Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III announced that the holy site will remain closed until further notice due to the municipality’s plan to collect property tax from church-owned properties not in use as a house of prayer. Additionally, the decision is a response to the Knesset bill that seeks to allow the state to seize properties sold by churches since 2010 while providing compensation to the owners. Cont'd:
http://www.jerusalemonline.com/news/middle-east/israel-and-the-middle-east/jordan-israel-violating-international-law-34797

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BREAKTHROUGH - ISRAELI SCIENTISTS COMPLETE MAPPING OF ENTIRE HUMAN GENETIC CODE
April 26, 2018 - Scientists from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have completed the mapping of the entire human genetic code, giving researchers the ability – for the first time – to understand the function of each of the 20,000-plus genes that make up the human genome. https://worldisraelnews.com/watch-breakthrough-israeli-scientists-complete-human-genome-map
ISRAELI SCIENTISTS CRACK NEW GENOME MAP
April. 25, 2018 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjAwlCoHJ0A

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AMIR'S UPDATE ON ISRAEL'S OPERATION IN SYRIA OVERNIGHT
Behold Israel/ Amir Tsarfati - May 10, 2018. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYZ1y41vp2U

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ISRAEL'S U.N. AMBASSADOR EXPOSES IRANIAN RECRUITMENT CENTER IN SYRIA
Danon exposed another major component of Iran’s military presence in Syria: a center for recruiting Shia terrorists.
By: World Israel News Staff - April 29, 2018 - Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon on Friday addressed the Security Council (UNSC) debate on the Middle East and presented new information about Iran’s presence in Syria, including an aerial photo of an Iranian-run induction and recruitment center for Shia militias.
“There are over 80,000 extremists from all over the Middle East who are members of Shia militias in Syria under Iranian control. What you see here in this image is Iran’s central induction and recruitment center in Syria,” Danon told the Security Council. Cont'd:
https://worldisraelnews.com/israels-un-ambassador-exposes-iranian-recruitment-center-syria

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BREAKING / ISRAEL ATTACKS IRAN IN SYRIA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hypj8KQuibk
A MUST WATCH ALERT, ALERT BREAKING NEWS UPDATE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kssOILODm3w

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ISRAEL GOLAN HEIGHTS ALERT OVER IRAN'S 'IRREGULAR ACTIVITY'
May 8, 2018 - The Israeli military says it has detected "irregular Iranian activity" in Syria and has told authorities in the occupied Golan Heights to open and prepare bomb shelters. It said troops were "on high alert for an attack" in the area, which is Syrian territory under Israeli control. Meanwhile Syria said an Israeli air strike had targeted an area south of Damascus. It came as President Trump said the US would quit the Iran nuclear deal.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he "fully supports" Mr Trump's withdrawal, saying the deal had "increased Iranian aggression". "For months now, Iran has been transferring lethal weaponry to its forces in Syria, with the purpose of striking at Israel... We will respond mightily to any attack on our territory," he said.
In a statement, the Israeli military said defence systems had been deployed in the Golan Heights. Israeli media said it was the first time there had been an order to prepare shelters in the occupied area since the Syrian civil war began, Reuters reported.
"Any aggression against Israel will be met with a severe response," spokesman Jonathan Conricus said.
Strikes in Syria. Meanwhile, Syria's state news agency Sana said Syrian air defences had destroyed two Israeli missiles in the Kiswah area. Cont'd: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-44046049


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SYRIA BLAMES ISRAEL FOR STRIKE NEAR DAMASCUS, TARGET WAS IRANIAN MISSILES AIMED AT ISRAEL
Israel opens shelters, braces for imminent Iranian attack - Syria TV:
Air defenses down Israeli missiles - Israel military calls up some reserves. Yaniv Kubovich and Amir Tibon - May 08, 2018 - Syria on Tuesday said Israel carried out an attack on a military base south of Damascus, which was used by Iranian forces. According to reports, Israeli fighter jets entered Syrian airspace and struck Iranian... Cont'd: https://www.haaretz.com/

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ANALYSIS: TRUMP CASTS HIMSELF AS VIGILANTE SHERIFF AFTER QUITTING IRAN NULEAR DEAL
Netanyahu has taken a risky gamble, as the chief instigator of a dramatic shift in U.S. policy, one that could ultimately embroil it in another Middle East war. Chemi Shalev May 08, 2018 10:49 PM When the late Egyptian President Anwar Sadat came to Jerusalem 40 years ago, many Israelis warned of the dangers of signing a peace treaty that entails a complete withdrawal from Sinai. You can’t trust the Iranians... Cont'd:
https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/iran/.premium-trump-casts-himself-as-vigilante-sheriff-after-quitting-iran-deal-1.6072127

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SPECIAL UPDATE ON TRUMP'S DECISION ON IRAN & JERUSALEM
Behold Israel / Amir Tsarfati - May 8, 2018 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLGi7uBADNI

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TRUMP ADMINISTRATION READYING ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN PEACE PLAN
Ahead of Jerusalem embassy opening, officials disclose peace plan progress Israeli flag March Takes Place During Jerusalem Day -
By: Adam Kredo - May 13, 2018 - The United States is in the "late phases" of finalizing its Israeli-Palestinian peace plan that will be presented to both parties for consideration, according to a senior White House official, who discussed progress on the matter ahead of a massive celebration in Israel to open the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem. Festivities surrounding the opening of the new U.S. embassy building in Jerusalem kicked off in "grand fashion" over the weekend and will spill into Monday afternoon when U.S, Israeli, and international diplomats gather to formally open the new embassy building, according to senior administration officials.
The U.S. presidential delegation touched down in Israel Sunday afternoon and quickly entered into a series of celebrations and bilateral meetings with Israeli officials. At a dinner organized by the Friends of Zion Museum, U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman and senior presidential adviser Jared Kushner, also the president's son-in-law, were presented awards for their efforts to spearhead the embassy move. While security remains tight amid fears of possible violence by Palestinian protestors, U.S. officials said the mood around Jerusalem is celebratory, with "people out in the streets carrying American and Israeli flags," according to one senior White House official who is in Israel for the embassy opening.
"Obviously security is a concern, but it's not an overwhelming feeling right now," the official said, speaking only on background. As the United States takes a historic step towards recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capitol, a point vehemently protested by Palestinian leaders, the senior administration official told the Free Beacon that this new reality is not being viewed as an impediment to peace. The United States is in the "late phase," in fact, of finalizing its peace plan that will be presented to both sides in the coming months. Cont'd:
http://freebeacon.com/national-security/trump-administration-getting-ready-present-israeli-palestinian-peace-plan/

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IRANIAN GROUP OFFERS $100,000 TO BLOW UP NEW U.S. EMBASSY IN JERUSALEM
By: Adam Kredo - May 14, 2018 - A hardline Iranian organization is reportedly offering a $100,000 reward to any person who bombs the newly opened U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, according to a translation of Farsi language reports.
A group known as the Iranian Justice Seeker Student Movement is reported to have disseminated posters calling for an attack on the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, which has been opposed by Palestinian and Iranian officials as an affront to the holy city. "The Student Justice Movement will support anybody who destroy the illegal American embassy in Jerusalem," the poster states in Farsi, Arabic, and English, according to an independent translation of the propaganda poster provided to the Free Beacon.
There will be a "$100,000 dollar prize for the person who destroys the illegal American embassy in Jerusalem," the poster states.
Iran poster
The call for an attack on the new embassy is just the latest escalation by hostile Islamic states and leaders who have lashed out at the United States and President Donald Trump for making good on a campaign promise to relocate the embassy from Tel Aviv to Israel's declared capital city of Jerusalem. News of the bomb threat was first reported by the University Student News Network, a regional Farsi-language site that aggregates relevant news briefs.
"The Student Movement for Justice declared, ‘Whoever bombs the embassy's building will receive a $100,000 award,'" the report states. "It is necessary to mention that the steps by Trump to transfer the US Embassy to Holy Qods [Jerusalem] has led to the anger and hatred of Muslims and liberators throughout the world.'" Cont'd:
http://freebeacon.com/national-security/iranian-group-offers-100000-blow-new-u-s-embassy-jerusalem/

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BRINGING MOHAMMAD HOME
By David Rice - May 13, 2016
Islam was born out of the Catholic Church and to the Catholic Church it will return…
Did you know that Mohammad's first wife was a Catholic Nun, released from a convent with her family's fortune and directed to marry the "Prophet"?
[Ednote: News to me, I was under the impression that he had a child-bride.]
It is mother and son... the prodigal will return. Francis is changing the Roman Catholic Church into an organization that many Muslims find compelling and attractive.
Both Catholics and Muslims reverence Isis...
1. The Catholics call her Mary.
2. The Muslims call her Miriam.
3. Isis, the Mother of Horus, and wife of Osiris was always known as the Mother of God.
4. Isis was always known as the Queen of Heaven
5. These ancient titles are now applied to Mary by the Catholics.
6. Mary, the Mother of Jesus is the only woman mentioned in the Qur'an.
7. Interestingly, she is mentioned 33 times.
8. Mohammad did not mention his mother or any of his wives in the Qur'an, but Mary got repeated references.
9. It is Isis, (Mary or Miriam) Queen of Heaven and Mother of God who will pull the Muslims back in under Rome.
10. Strangely, unsaved, unregenerate, lost and biblically illiterate Protestants, Evangelicals, Pentecostals and Charismatics are all feeling drawn to Mary… The idea of a compassionate, feminine mediator between God and man is compelling and the current deception is decidedly feminine in nature…
David…Cont'd: https://www.facebook.com/david.rice.908132/posts/2165535200129182

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LIVE FROM GAZA 60 KILLED / 2700 WOUNDED.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raIymW0Xk3s

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ROMANIA TO MOVE EMBASSY TO JERUSALEM: NETANYAHU PROMISES SIX MORE TO FOLLOW
By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz - April 20, 2018
“Yerushalayim built up, a city knit together,4 to which tribes would make pilgrimage, the tribes of Hashem, —as was enjoined upon Yisrael— to praise the name of Hashem.” Psalms 122:3 (The Israel Bible™)
After meeting last week with Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely last week, a Romanian politician has announced their nation will be moving their embassy to Jerusalem. This will make Romania the fourth nation to do so and the first European Union country to break ranks and recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila, a Social Democrat, proposed the move to his government last Wednesday, April 11, and the process moved forward quickly. In an interview with the Romanian TV channel ANTENA 3 on Thursday, Israeli Independence Day, Liviu Dragnea, the president of the Chamber of Deputies and a member of Romania’s ruling party, told viewers that the decision was made Wednesday night to move the embassy.
The announcement comes after Hotovely met with Romania’s prime minister and foreign minister and heads of both houses of the parliament in Bucharest ten days ago. Hotovely described this meeting as the first leg of a campaign to persuade countries to move their embassies to Jerusalem. Cont'd:
https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/106245/romania-to-move-embassy-to-jerusalem-netanyahu-promises-six-more-to-follow/

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SAUDI PRINCE TOLD JEWISH LEADERS PALESTINIANS MUST ACCEPT TRUMP'S OFFER ON PEACE DEAL
Image: "In the last several decades the Palestinian leadership has missed on opportunity after the other and rejected all the peace proposals it was given,” Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
April 30, 2018 - (Worthy News) - Saudi Arabia’s powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman recently told Jewish leaders in New York that he’s fed up with Palestinian leaders who should accept the Trump administration’s proposals on a potential peace agreement with Israel, according to a report Sunday. "In the last several decades the Palestinian leadership has missed on opportunity after the other and rejected all the peace proposals it was given,” Salman said in a closed-door meeting with heads of Jewish organizations in New York on March 27, Axios reported . “It is about time the Palestinians take the proposals and agree to come to the negotiations table or shut up and stop complaining." Axios learned the details of the meeting by obtaining a Israeli foreign ministry cable sent by a diplomat from the Israeli consulate in New York. [ Source: Washington Examiner ] Cont'd:
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/saudi-prince-told-jewish-leaders-palestinians-must-accept-trumps-offer-on-peace-deal


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POMPEO SAYS ISRAEL, PALESTINIAN PEACE STILL A U.S. PRIORITY
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict remains a priority for the Trump administration, despite its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and its planned move of the U.S. Embassy to the holy city over Palestinian protests. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, meets with Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi in Amman, Jordan, April 30, 2018. Pompeo spoke in the Jordanian capital of Amman on Monday, urging Palestinians to return to peace talks with Israel. (Muhammad Hamed/Pool via AP) (Associated Press)
by Matthew Lee - AP - April 30 2018 - AMMAN, Jordan — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict remains a priority for the Trump administration, despite its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and its planned move of the U.S. Embassy to the holy city over Palestinian protests. Pompeo also said the U.S. is “fully supportive” of Israel’s right to defend itself and declined to criticize the Israeli military for its use of live fire against Palestinian protesters along the Gaza border. He spoke in the Jordanian capital of Amman as he wrapped up the Middle East leg of his first overseas trip as America’s top diplomat. Pompeo called on the Palestinians to return to long-stalled peace talks with Israel. He said the United States is open to a two-state solution to the conflict if both parties agree, calling it a “likely outcome.” But he would not agree with Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi’s characterization of the conflict as “the main cause of instability” in the region. Cont'd:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/pompeo-says-israel-palestinian-peace-still-a-us-priority
/2018/04/30/97aaf6e0-4c50-11e8-85c1-9326c4511033_story.html

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ISRAELI SOURCE: TRUMP WILL UNVEIL PEACE PLAN AFTER THE EMBASSY MOVE
April 30, 2018 - Image: President Trump at the Israel Museum. Jerusalem May 23, 2017
(Worthy News) - President Donald Trump will unveil his long-gestating peace plan after the U.S. opens its new embassy in Jerusalem, an Israeli source stated on Saturday. Media reports have indicated that Trump’s plan is finished, but until now there have been no indications as to when it might be made public. Israel’s Channel Two cites a “senior political source” saying that the US will put forward its peace plan after the opening of the new embassy in Jerusalem. The official date for the opening is May 14, to coincide with Israel’s 70th Independence Day. [ Source: Algemeiner ] Cont'd:
https://www.algemeiner.com/2018/04/28/israeli-source-trump-will-unveil-peace-plan-after-embassy-move/

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POMPEO BLASTS IRAN AS 'GREATEST SPONSOR OF TERROR,' ASSURES ISRAEL , SAUDIS
April 30, 2018 - (Worthy News) - Mike Pompeo, calling Iran the "greatest sponsor of terrorism in the world," pledged his support to Saudi Arabia and Israel during his first foreign trip as the secretary of state Sunday. Pompeo, who was confirmed by Congress as the top diplomat last week, in both nations repeated President Donald Trump's threat to pull out of the nuclear deal with Iran if it isn't reworked.
"We are determined to make sure [Iran] never possesses a nuclear weapon," Pompeo said at a joint news conference in Riyadh with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir. "The Iran deal in its current form does not provide that assurance." [ Source: UPI ] Cont'd
https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2018/04/29/Pompeo-blasts-Iran-as-greatest-sponsor-of-terror-assures-Israel-Saudis/9651525009841/

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WATCH: ‘YOU OCCUPY A SPECIAL PLACE IN MY HEART,’ US SECRETARY OF STATE TELLS NETANYAHU
April 29, 2018 - LIVE NOW: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu
U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1Cswm2KMT0
“You’re an incredibly important partner [and] occupy a special place in my heart too,” Pompeo told Netanyahu in Tel Aviv.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Sunday at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv. The prime minister congratulated Pompeo, the former CIA director, upon his new position, saying, “We are very proud of the fact that this is your first visit as Secretary of State.”
Pompeo replied, “You’re an incredibly important partner [and] occupy a special place in my heart too.”
Pompeo, a fierce critic of the Iran nuclear deal, is on his first trip abroad as secretary of state. His first stop was Saturday in Saudi Arabia, and Iran is reportedly top on his agenda.
Watch the video and see the warmth between the Israeli leader and the top US diplomat! Cont'd:
https://unitedwithisrael.org/watch-you-occupy-a-special-place-in-my-heart-us-secretary-of-state-tells-netanyahu

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IN JORDAN, POMPEO SAYS TWO-STATE SOLUTION A 'LIKELY OUTCOME'
US secretary of state says Washington 'fully supportive' of Jewish state's right to defend itself on Gaza border
By MATTHEW LEE - April 30, 2018 - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) shakes hands with Jordan Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi in Amman on April 30, 2018. (AFP Photo/Stringer)
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict remains a priority for the Trump administration, despite its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and its planned move of the US embassy to the holy city over Palestinian protests. Pompeo also said the US is “fully supportive” of the Jewish state’s right to defend itself and declined to criticize the Israeli military for its use of live fire against Palestinian protesters along the Gaza border.
Speaking in the Jordanian capital of Amman as he wrapped up the Middle East leg of his first overseas trip as America’s top diplomat, Pompeo called on the Palestinians to return to long-stalled peace talks with Israel. He said the United States is open to a two-state solution to the conflict if both parties agree, calling it a “likely outcome.” But he would not agree with Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi’s characterization of the conflict as “the main cause of instability” in the region.
“The parties will ultimately make the decision as to what the correct resolution is,” Pompeo told reporters at a joint news conference with Safadi. “We are certainly open to a two-party solution as a likely outcome.” But, he said, the Palestinians had to return to a political dialogue to get there. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) meets with Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi in Amman on April 30, 2018. “An important piece of achieving Middle East stability is to resolve this conflict,” he added. “Precisely how to rank it among all the various challenges, I’ll defer on that. Know that it is incredible priority for the United States to provide whatever assistance we can to allow the two parties to come to a resolution.” Cont'd: https://www.timesofisrael.com/in-jordan-pompeo-says-two-state-solution-a-likely-outcome/


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ABBAS WARNS OF UNSPECIFIED 'TOUGH STEPS' AGAINST ISRAEL, US
Image: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a meeting of the Palestinian National Council at his headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Monday, April 30, 2018. (Majdi Mohammed/Associated Press)
By Mohammed Daraghmeh - AP - April 30 2018 - RAMALLAH, West Bank — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday told the PLO parliament, which was meeting for its first full session since the 1990s, that he plans to take unspecified “tough steps” soon against Israel and the United States. Abbas told hundreds of delegates that he is sticking to his rejection of any U.S. proposals for an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal following the Trump administration’s recognition in December of contested Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and a decision to move the U.S. Embassy there in mid-May. “This is completely unacceptable,” he told the Palestinian National Council members during the opening of their four-day meeting in the West Bank. “We will not accept this deal, and we will not accept the U.S. as the sole broker.”
Abbas appeared to dismiss media reports quoting Saudi Arabia’s powerful crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, as saying the Palestinians should stop complaining and accept what they are being offered by the Trump administration.
Abbas did not refer to those reports specifically, but said he has been assured that Saudi Arabia remains supportive of the Palestinian positions. “We hear lots of rumors,” he told the delegates. “Don’t believe them.”
The 83-year-old Abbas warned that he might “take tough steps in the near future in our relationship with our neighbors (Israel) and the Americans.” He did not elaborate, but said they would be important and far-reaching.
In rambling comments bound to trigger a backlash in Israel, Abbas also spoke about his views of history, portraying the creation of Israel as a European colonial project. Cont'd: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/abbas-warns-of-
unspecified-tough-steps-against-israel-us/2018/04/30/a135fd70-4cf2-11e8-85c1-9326c4511033_story.html

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ISRAELI OFFICIAL SAYS ISRAEL SHOULD WELCOME TRUMP PEACE PLAN
By Aron Heller - AP - April 30 2018 - JERUSALEM — A top Israel official said Monday that his government has never had a more favorable ally in the White House than Donald Trump and therefore it should welcome his administration’s forthcoming peace plan regardless of its content. Michael Oren, the deputy minister for diplomacy in the prime minister’s office, said the U.S. president’s much-anticipated plan will undoubtedly require Israeli concessions, but that Israel would be foolish to reject it.
“I have never known a team to be more favorably disposed to us,” Oren, a former Israeli ambassador to Washington, told foreign journalists. “My own feeling is to strongly recommend that the Israeli government accept this plan with an open mind, if not open arms, that we engage with it energetically and that we certainly don’t reject it out of hand.”
Trump has promised to pursue the “ultimate deal” between Israelis and Palestinians and both sides are eager to see what his plan entails.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has developed a close relationship with and lavished praise on Trump, who has broken with decades of tradition by appearing to openly side with Israel in the Middle East conflict.
The Palestinians have essentially boycotted contacts with Washington since Trump announced in December that the United States was recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The Palestinians claim east Jerusalem — captured by Israel in 1967 and then annexed — as the capital of a future state. The new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem is to be opened on May 14 with a huge American delegation expected to attend, perhaps including Trump himself. Cont'd:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/israeli-official-says-israel-should-welcome-trump-peace-plan/
2018/04/30/668d2828-4c80-11e8-85c1-9326c4511033_story.html

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