INTERNATIONAL PULSE

Period: January 2018
End-Time Church / Pluralism
Global Politics
Israel
 
 

 ISRAEL, THE MIDDLE EAST & ASIA
 


REPORT: RELIGIOUS JEWS’
ASCENT TO TEMPLE MOUNT UP 75%
By JNI Media January 7, 2018 - ” ‘From the time I brought My people out of the land of Egypt, I never chose a city from among all the tribes of Yisrael to build a House where My name might abide; nor did I choose anyone to be the leader of my people Yisrael.” II Chronicles 6:5 (The Israel Bible™) Report: Religious Jews’ Ascent to Temple Mount Up 75% By JNI Media January 7, 2018 , 8:30 am
” ‘From the time I brought My people out of the land of Egypt, I never chose a city from among all the tribes of Yisrael to build a House where My name might abide; nor did I choose anyone to be the leader of my people Yisrael.” II Chronicles 6:5 (The Israel Bible™)
Religious Jews on the Temple Mount (Ye’raeh Facebook page)
The number of visits by religious Jews to the Temple Mount has increased by 75% in 2017, compared to 2016, according to the Yera’eh organization, which encourages Jewish ascent to the Temple Mount. In the past year there have been 25,628 religious Jews’ visits to the Temple Mount, compared with 14,626 last year, 11,001 visits in 2015, 11,754 in 2014, and only 5,658 visits by religious Jews in 2009. Religious Jews are counted separately from the other visitors, and are not allowed to enter the Temple Mount compound without police escort. Assaf Fried, spokesman for the Temple Organizations Headquarters, who promote Jewish ascent to the Temple Mount, attributes the increase in visits to the fact that, other than one attack on the Temple Mount in July, 2017, in which two Border Police officers were killed by Israeli Arabs, security in Jerusalem and on the Temple Mount is perceived by the Israeli public as being relatively calm. “Three years ago when you came to the mountain, you knew you were coming to a battlefield,” Fried said. “You’d know they’d yell you. Today a Jew who goes up to the mountain feels that he is welcome,” Fried said.
https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/100563/report-religious-jews-ascent-temple-mount-75

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HERZOG OFFERS TEMPLE MOUNT TO SAUDIS IF LABOR WINS NEXT ELECTION
By JNI Media - January 10, 2018 - “For the sake of Tzion I will not be silent, For the sake of Yerushalayim I will not be still, Till her victory emerge resplendent And her triumph like a flaming torch.” Isaiah 62:1 (The Israel Bible™)
Israeli opposition leader Isaac Herzog promised the Saudi website Elaph that his Labor Party and its allies would topple the right-wing Netanyahu government and lead to a two-state solution with the Palestinian Authority. He appealed to the Arabs, led by Saudi Arabia, to work on breaking the impasse in the peace process, because—he intimated—the Israeli people are ready for peace.
And, pointing out that there are new and creative solutions and ideas on Jerusalem, the former Labor Party chairman invited Saudi Arabia to assume a special status in running the Holy Places in Jerusalem, and interpreted President Trump’s declaration on Jerusalem to mean that “the limits of Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem are determined by negotiations.”
Herzog called on the international community to take an example from the Jordanian King which is hosting one million Syrian refugees, despite his country’s economic condition. He also praised the positions of the Saudi Crown Prince and the Emirati leaders and described them as impressive and emotional. He praised Prince Mohammed bin Salman as one of the revolutionaries of the Middle East, who are forging a new history in the region. More at https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/100747/herzog-offers-temple-mount-saudis-labor-wins-next-elections

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ISRAELI MASTERMIND BEHIND ORGAN TRAFFICKING RING IS ARRESTED IN CYPRUS
By BZ AM Riger - January 8, 2018 - Absolute Data
Israeli mastermind behind organ trafficking ring is arrested in Cyprus
Poor people from Eastern Europe, Russia, Central Asia and Turkey were paid thousands of euros for their kidneys. A prosecutor said they were left without proper medical care and were treated “like waste.”
published on DW, on January 6, 2018
Police in Cyprus have arrested an Israeli man described as the ringleader of a world-wide organ trafficking network that operated out of the tiny Balkan country of Kosovo several years ago. Moshe Harel is accused of luring donors from eastern Europe, Turkey and the former Soviet Union to Kosovo, promising to pay them €12,000 ($14,500) for a kidney. He then allegedly charged people (most of them Israelis) in need of a kidney as much as €100,000 for the implant. Both Kosovo and Russia have issued warrants for Harel’s arrest. Kosovo has requested his extradition; it’s not clear if Russia has done likewise.
“Based on an international arrest warrant the suspect M.H. was arrested a few days ago in Cyprus,” said police spokesman Baki Kelani. “He has been a wanted person since 2010.” Israeli police arrested Harel in 2012 in a related investigation but he was never extradited to Kosovo because the two countries don’t have diplomatic relations. The trafficking ring operated out of the Medicus clinic — which has since been shut down — on a residential road on the outskirts of Pristina, the capital of Kosovo. The scandal came to light by accident in 2008 when a Turkish man collapsed at Pristina airport, visibly in pain after having his kidney removed. Court annuls convictions
The clinic was run by urologist Lutfi Dervishi. He was convicted of participating in organized crime and organ trafficking and was sentenced to eight years in prison. His son Arban was convicted of the same charges in 2013 and sentenced to seven years in prison. Both men went into hiding. [...] A special court with international prosecutors and judges, but operating under Kosovo law, was set up to resolve the allegations made by the envoy Dick Marty. But no indictments have been handed down. bik/rc (Reuters, AFP)Continued:
http://i-uv.com/israeli-mastermind-behind-organ-trafficking-ring-is-arrested-in-cyprus/

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NIKKI HALEY AND THE UN
Jan Markell - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzWEf_VdOnk

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JERUSALEM: GOD'S TIME CLOCK – BILL KOENIG AND LAURIE CARDOZA-MOORE
Jan Markell - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1HCdMBXLK8

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IRAN'S SUPREME LEADER SAYS SAUDI ARABIA SIDES WITH ISRAEL AND U.S., A 'BETRAYAL' OF 1.6 BILLION MUSLIMS
By Tom O'Connor - January 17, 2018 - Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has accused Saudi Arabia of double-crossing the Palestinians and betraying 1.6 billion Muslims by siding with the U.S. and Israel on regional affairs.
Despite Iran and Saudi Arabia's decades-long proxy war of influence in the Middle East, revolutionary Shiite Muslim cleric Khamenei said Tuesday that his country was "ready to act brotherly even with those among the Muslims who were once openly hostile to Iran."
He called on Muslim countries to unite against the U.S. and Israel's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a diplomatic earthquake that disregarded Palestinian claims to the city and upended an international consensus on its status. [...] The controversial move was welcomed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but met with massive protests around the world. It also put U.S. Arab allies Jordan and Saudi Arabia in a difficult position. Both ultimately chose to join the 126 other countries that censured Washington in a U.N. General Assembly resolution, but neither has taken any concrete steps to reduce military or political cooperation with the U.S.
http://www.newsweek.com/iran-supreme-leader-saudi-arabia-side-us-israel-betray-palestinians-all-783770

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ISRAEL BEGINS HANDING OUT DEPORTATION NOTICES TO AFRICAN MIGRANST
Eritrean, Sudanese asylum seekers to be expatriated to unnamed country that has 'developed tremendously' in the last decade, notices say
By Tamar Pileggi and Michael Bachner video
February 4, 2018 - Israel’s Population and Immigration Authority on Sunday began serving deportation notices to Eritrean and Sudanese migrants and asylum seekers, telling them that they would be sent to an unnamed African country that enjoys a relatively “stable government.”
“This is a country that has developed tremendously over the last decade and has absorbed thousands of returning residents as well as migrants from various African countries,” read the deportation notice, issued to hundreds of migrants as they stood in line at the Interior Ministry offices in Bnei Brak to renews their visas on Sunday.
“In recent years, this country has shown the highest economic growth figures in Africa, thanks to exports from the US and Europe, as well as a flourishing tourism industry,” the immigration authority notice read. “In this country, there is a stable government that encourages development in many areas, including medicine, education, medicine and infrastructure.”
https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-begins-handing-out-deportation-notices-to-african-migrants

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LABOR CHAIRMAN: I'LL PROMOTE WEST BANK DISENGAGEMENT IF PEACE TALKS FAIL
Avi Gabbay says it's Israel's responsibility, not Trump's, to solve Palestinian conflict, argues Netanyahu's meetings with world leaders aren't bearing fruit
By TOI STAFF
February 3, 2018 - Zionist Union chairman Avi Gabbay said Saturday that he would promote a West Bank disengagement plan if he failed to reach a peace agreement with the Palestinians as prime minister.
“It’s in Israel’s best interest to separate from the Palestinians,” he told a crowd at a cultural event in the central town of Ness Ziona. It would be preferable to achieve a negotiated diplomatic accord, but “if they don’t want to reach an agreement, we’ll have to separate from them unilaterally,” he said. “It’s our generation’s responsibility to reach an solution. Not [US President] Trump’s. We believe the solution is two states for two peoples,” Gabbay added. In this regard, the leader of the opposition’s largest faction said none of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s various meetings with world leaders in recent weeks was bearing any fruit. https://www.timesofisrael.com/labor-chairman-ill-promote-west-bank-disengagement-if-peace-talks-fail/

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JERUSALEM SEEKS END TO TAX BREAKS ON CHURCH-OWNED PROPERTIES
[Ednote: Catholic Properties are not open to the public.]
City council says exemptions wrongly given to commercial real estate owned by Christian institutions
By AFP - February 2, 2018
Image: Illustrative: A view over Gethsemane and the Church of Mary Magdalene in Jerusalem (Sebi Berens/Flash90)
Jerusalem’s city council has launched a fresh bid to end what it says are huge property tax exemptions wrongly given to church-owned properties in the city. A council letter seen Friday by AFP said international agreements only exempt places of worship, but for years churches have been excused charges on their huge commercial property portfolios. Municipality Director General Amnon Merhav wrote that debts on 887 properties stood at 657,180,520 shekels (over $190 million), without specifying the timeframe that covered. The letter was addressed to the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as the finance, foreign and interior ministries. It also said that the tax-free status enjoyed by several United Nations agencies with offices in the city was worth around NIS 93 million.
The letter cited a legal opinion by an Israeli international law professor that the exemption for churches applied only to properties used “for prayer, for the teaching of religion or for needs arising from that.” The Israel Hayom newspaper reported Friday that the religious institution with the biggest tax bill was the Roman Catholic Church, owing nearly NIS 12 million. https://www.timesofisrael.com/jerusalem-seeks-end-to-tax-breaks-on-church-owned-properties/


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PALESTINIAN LEADERS RECONSIDER RECOGNITION OF ISRAEL
Video - January 16, 2018 - The Palestine Liberation Organisation's (PLO) Central Council, the second-highest Palestinian decision-making body, has recommended revoking recognition of Israel until the latter recognises the State of Palestine in its 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital. During a meeting in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah late on Monday, the PLO, which is an umbrella of major Palestinian political parties, said it "assigned" its Executive Committee "to suspend recognition of Israel until it recognizes the State of Palestine on the 1967 borders and revokes the decision to annex East Jerusalem and expand and build settlements," according to Wafa, the official Palestinian news agency. Trump threat to cut Palestine aid could 'unravel Oslo'. In a final statement read after the meeting, the PLO also said that the Oslo Accords, signed with Israel in the early 1990s, "no longer stand". It added that it would renew its decision to "stop security coordination [with Israel] in all its forms" and called on all Arab states "to sever all ties with any state that recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and transfers its embassy to it". http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/01/palestinian-leadership-revokes-recognition-israel-180116060200939.html

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RABBI YEHUDAH GLICK: WE INVENTED THE WESTERN WALL 50 YEARS AGO
By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz January 16, 2018 - “At that time, they shall call Yerushalayim “Throne of Hashem,” and all nations shall assemble there, in the name of Hashem, at Yerushalayim. They shall no longer follow the willfulness of their evil hearts.” Jeremiah 3:17 (The Israel Bible™)
Rabbi Yehudah Glick: We Invented the Western Wall 50 Years Ago
By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz January 16, 2018 , 5:29 pm
“At that time, they shall call Yerushalayim “Throne of Hashem,” and all nations shall assemble there, in the name of Hashem, at Yerushalayim. They shall no longer follow the willfulness of their evil hearts.” Jeremiah 3:17 (The Israel Bible™) MK Yehuda Glick at the Western Wall Plaza after visiting the Temple Mount compound in Jerusalem’s Old City, August 29, 2017. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
Member of Knesset Rabbi Yehuda Glick (Likud) participated in a panel discussion at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya concerning the Western Wall, surprising many with his comment that he had “quite a few problems with the Western Wall”. His explanation showed a much deeper meaning and a broader, more Messianic vision for the holy site.
The panel discussion was part of the Democracy Day conference of the Student Union in cooperation with the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy, and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. MKs Aliza Lavie, Michael Malkieli, Meirav Ben-Ari, MK Oded Furer and MK Yoel Hasson also participated in the panel.
Read more at https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/101098/rabbi-yehudah-glick-invented-western-wall-50-years-ago/

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SECURITY FORCES NEUTRALIZE BOMB PLACED NEAR HUNDREDS OF WORSHIPERS AT JOSEPH'S TOMB
Image: Joseph's Tomb in Nablus (archive) Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperson's Unit
An explosive device was neutralized after it was discovered near hundreds of Jewish worshipers at Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus on Monday night. Meanwhile, stones were thrown towards worshipers and security forces in the area. No injuries were reported but a bus was slightly damaged.
Jan 16, 2018, 3:00PM Avital Zippel Israeli security forces discovered a mobile phone bomb at Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus on Monday night. The explosive device was planted near hundreds of people who came to pray at the site. Security forces have neutralized the device. At the same time, stones were thrown towards worshipers and security forces in the area. One bus carrying visitors to and from the site was slightly damaged and one rioter was arrested. Also on Monday night, IDF and Border Police forces seized two firearms in raids in the West Bank and arrested 11 wanted terror suspects.
http://www.jerusalemonline.com/news/in-israel/local/terror-attack-foiled-at-josephs-tomb-33712

 

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