Hamas chief: Gaza is on the way to ending the blockade…

Reports that ceasefire will begin in coming days; Hamas chief claims ceasefire result of Gaza’s “resilient stance”;  Hamas officials: Our weapons will remain in our hands and there are no conditions regarding Hamas’s right to the resistance.

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Hamas Chief Ismail Haniyeh claimed the blockade on the Gaza Strip would soon end as a result of the Palestinians “resilient stance”.

Giving a speech on the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha Tuesday, Haniyeh stated “Gaza is on the way to ending the blockade thanks to your resilient stance… There will be no political price for humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip,” referring to the Egyptian brokered ceasefire with Israel. He claimed the ceasefire agreement with Israel was a result of Palestinians in Gaza’s months of riots and violence on Israel’s border, stating “This is the result of our struggle and our steadfastness.”

The Hamas leader also claimed that Gaza’s humanitarian aid would be protected under an “Arab security net to offer suitable warranty,” however adding “we emphasize that opposition is the best warranty there is”. He also claimed that a unity government with Fatah would be created, as well as Palestinian elections to be held in the future.

On Monday, Hamas announced that it would not disarm under any agreements with Israel, a Hamas official stating “Our weapons will remain in our hands and there are no conditions regarding Hamas’s right to the resistance… The truce does not require a political price…”

Talks with Hamas are reported to be near an end with a possible one-year ceasefire to be announced. In the Egyptian-mediated deal, there would be a lift of restrictions on Israel’s borders with Gaza and humanitarian support, as well as the return of the remains of Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul, held since Operation Protective Edge in 2014, and release of Israeli citizens Avera Mengistu and Hisham Sayed.

Talks with Hamas with senior officials and representatives from Egypt, Qatar and the UN in the Gaza Strip began weeks ago. Hamas delegations held rounds of talks in Cairo with Egyptian officials with reports that Egypt’s General Intelligence Chief, Abbas Kamel, secretly visited Israel before meeting with Abbas last week. Reports also surfaced that Prime Minister Netanyahu met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in May, their meeting centered on efforts for a ceasefire in Gaza.

 

 

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PepsiCo to buy Israel’s Sodastream at $3.2 billion

 

PepsiCo announces deal to purchase Sodastream; Sodastream to remain independent division of company; Sodastream CEO: I am excited our team will have access to PepsiCo’s vast capabilities and resources to take us to the next level.

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PepsiCo announced on Monday that it will purchase the Israeli company Sodastream for $3.2 billion.

Sodastream International Ltd. is one of Israel’s most accomplished companies abroad, its at-home carbonated drink machines and products a global brand. The deal is expected to finalize in January 2019, PepsiCo announcing that SodaStream would become an “independent division” of the company.

Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo, Indra Nooyi, referred to the acquisition as an “inspired match,” stating on the Sodastream company and its CEO, Daniel Burman “Daniel and his leadership team have built an extraordinary company that is offering consumers the ability to make great-tasting beverages while reducing the amount of waste generated… Together, we can advance our shared vision of a healthier, more-sustainable planet.”

Burman referred to the agreement as a “milestone” that serves as “validation of our mission to bring healthy, convenient and environmentally friendly beverage solutions to consumers around the world.” He added  “I am excited our team will have access to PepsiCo’s vast capabilities and resources to take us to the next level. This is great news for our consumers, employees and retail partners worldwide.”

Earlier this month, Sodastream reported a 31.3% rise in revenue in what Burman referred to as “the most successful quarter in our company’s history.”

In mid-March, Intel Corp announced its purchase of Israel’s Mobileye, the autonomous vehicle technology company, for $15 billion- the largest acquisition of an Israeli high-tech company to date. As with Sodastream, Intel confirmed a partnership with Mobileye, announcing it would also move its automotive driving division to Israel to be managed by Mobileye’s CTO and co-founder, Amnon Shashua.

 

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Netanyahu met with US National Security Advisor in Jerusalem

Bolton in Israel until Wednesday; Meeting with Netanyahu centered on Iran’s efforts in region, nuclear and missile programs; Netanyahu: talks to center on how to “roll back Iran’s aggression in the region and to make sure that they never have nuclear weapons.

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Prime Minister Netanyahu met with US National Security Advisor John Bolton in Jerusalem Sunday evening.

The meeting was attended by both US Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, and Israel’s Ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, their meeting centered on Iran’s “aggression in the region”, including its weapons and nuclear programs.

Prime Minister Netanyahu welcomed Bolton to his home in Jerusalem, stating “We’ve been friends for many years, and I can testify that in and out of office, you’ve been a tremendous friend – tremendous friend of Israel [and] tremendous champion of the American-Israel alliance. And it’s particularly momentous to welcome you here, after the momentous decisions of President Trump, to move the embassy to Jerusalem, and get out of the terrible Iran deal.”

On their talks, he stated “I look forward to discussing with you a whole array of topics, but the most important one is how to continue to roll back Iran’s aggression in the region and to make sure that they never have nuclear weapons…”

Bolton stated on the Trump Administration’s support of Israel, “It’s been an exciting year and a half in the Trump administration with some of the things you’ve mentioned. Obviously we’ve got great challenges, for Israel, for the United States and the whole world. The Iran nuclear weapons program and the ballistic missile programs are right at the top of the list. So I’m delighted to be here, and look forward to our discussions.”

On their talks, he stated “We’ve got great challenges for Israel, for the United States, for the whole world – the Iran nuclear weapons program and ballistic missile programs are right at the top of the list.”

Upon arrival to Israel Sunday, Bolton tweeted “Just arrived into Israel. I’m looking forward to meeting with PM Netanyahu and other officials beginning today to discuss bilateral concerns and a range of national security issues.”

Bolton will be in Israel until Wednesday before meeting Russian counterparts in Geneva.

 

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Report: Egyptian Intelligence Chief visited Israel Wednesday

Israeli security officials met with Egyptian Intelligence Chief in Israel Wednesday ahead of meeting with Abbas in Ramallah; Ceasefire agreement with Hamas reportedly in last days of talks; IDF opens Kerem Shalom border crossing; IDF: Designated fishing zone off the Gaza Strip will be expanded…

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News reports claimed Egypt’s General Intelligence Chief, Abbas Kamel, visited Israel on Wednesday following reports Prime Minister Netanyahu met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in secret in May.

Kamel’s visit was centered on the Egyptian mediated ceasefire with Hamas, reports claiming Thursday morning that the talks are near an end and a possible one-year ceasefire with Hamas may be announced in the coming days. His talks with Israeli security officials reportedly centered on easing of restrictions on Israel’s borders with Gaza and humanitarian support, as well as the return of the remains of Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul, held since Operation Protective Edge in 2014, and release of Israeli citizens Avera Mengistu and Hisham Sayed.

The Egyptian official is scheduled to meet with Palestinian ‎‎Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on Thursday as part of ceasefire talks.

Israel’s Security Cabinet announced it would reopen the Kerem Shalom border crossing to the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, lifting its ban on commercial goods. The decision follows Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s assessment of the situation and border with Gaza on Tuesday, as well as three days of relative quiet following months of rocket attacks, arson kite and balloon attacks and sniper fire on Israeli soldiers and IDF vehicles. The Cabinet met on Wednesday, announcing the border crossing would reopen, as well as an extended fishing zone in the Strip.

The IDF Spokesperson Unit confirmed Wednesday, “Following the decision of the Minister of Defense… in consultation with the Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, the main cargo crossing into Gaza, the Kerem Shalom crossing, will be reopened this morning for full activity. In addition, the designated fishing zone off the Gaza Strip will be expanded to nine nautical miles.”

There have been several reports on warming ties between Israel with neighboring states. Media reports on Monday also claimed Prime Minister Netanyahu met in secret with Egyptian President Sisi in May 2018. The prime minister reportedly flew to Egypt with a small group of advisors, talks centered on the US peace plan, Gaza Strip and regional coordination. The meeting also focused on Egypt’s ongoing efforts to establish a long-term ceasefire between Hamas and Israel, as well as strategies to return the Gaza Strip to Palestinian Authority control.

Reports of a secret United Arab Emirates security delegation in Israel over the weekend also surfaced on Monday. The delegation reportedly met with Israeli security and military officials and toured IDF bases.

In June, a secret meeting between Netanyahu, the Crown Prince and an UAE diplomat in Amman on the sidelines during meetings with Jordanian Kind Abdullah II was reported, one of several secret meetings between Saudi and Israel officials since 2017. At least three meetings have been reported between Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman with Israeli officials since 2017.

Amir spoke about the conflict with Gaza during his most recent Middle East Current Events Update. Amir’s next update will be next weekend.

 

 

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Amir’s Bible Bites is LIVE!

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Our society today is in the mode of “make it short and fast”, or “I don’t have time…” The Lord has also laid heavily on my heart the generation of the millennials and we came up with “Bible Bites” – short excerpts from my YouTube teachings with a clear message.

My prayer is that you will not only be blessed by these “Bible Bites”, but that you will share them online with as many people as you can. As watchmen on the walls, we must direct people to Christ and remember our duty to be about His business until He returns.

 

Awaiting His Return,

Amir

 

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Emigration from Israel at record low

5% increase of Israelis living abroad returning to Israel since 2016; Emigration at lowest in decade; Prior statistics released report 80% of Israelis under 20 feel safe, satisfied with their lives in Israel.

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Israel’s emigration is at its lowest in a decade, a 9% decline since 2016.

In an Israel’s Bureau of Statistics report published on Tuesday, emigration is not only at a record low, but the number of Israelis citizens abroad returning to Israel has also increased. According to the report, over 8,900 Israeli citizens living abroad returned to Israel in 2016, a 5% increase from 2015.

Of those who left Israel in 2016, 15,200 left Israel for one year or longer. Of that figure, 46% were born in Israel and 54% of them were not. 11,100 were Jewish and 700 Arab.

The drop in emigration and rise in returning residents follows a previous report by the Israel Bureau of Statistics released in June measuring Israelis satisfaction with their lives in Israel. The report claimed more than 80% of Israelis under the age of 20 reported that they are satisfied with their lives and feel safe and secure in Israel.

The report evaluated data collected from 2016 and reported 89.3% of Jewish citizens and 80.7% percent of its Arab population as satisfied with their lives.

In March of this year, the UN released a report on the world’s happiest nations, Israel ranked 11th. The report cited an increase in Israeli life span of 3.4 years and Israel’s health system as factors. A low unemployment rate of 4% and strong social support were also factors.

Ahead of the Jewish new year, Rosh HaShanah, next month, Israel’s population is set to exceed 9 million, the population last measured during its 70 years of independence at 8,842,000. In 1948 when the State of Israel was established, the population stood at 806,000. In the past year, Israel’s population increased by 1.9%, with over 28,000 immigrants making “aliyah” (Hebrew term for immigration by Jews to Israel) and the birth of over 177,000 babies. The Bureau predicts that Israel’s population will rise above 15.2 million by 2048.

 

 

 

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