A Word from Amir, Dec. 12, 2017

Amir’s commentary on Turkey- ally to a soon enemy of Israel! These are the days of Ezekiel!

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Did the Turkish Sultan cross a red line and threaten to kill Jews?

The beginning of this story is in a speech that carried the Turkish President in front of hundreds of people, following the speech of Trump on Jerusalem being the capital of Israel!

During the speech, Erdogan claimed “whoever thinks they own Jerusalem knows very well, that tomorrow they won’t even be able to hide behind trees”.

So what did the Turkish Sultan mean? And why is it a threat to killing Jews? It’s important that we all understand the hidden meaning behind this expression .

Notice the last part of the sentence: they won’t be able to hide behind trees. This text is not trivial and is chosen carefully. This is the text that was taken from the Hadith (the oral Quran), and he is referring to the killing of Jews during the times of Muhammad.

This is the full part of the text, translated into English:

“Judgment day will not come until you are fight and kill them. The Jews are hiding behind stones and trees, but the stones and trees will be called: “O Muslim, o servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me come and kill him!”

Turkey- from an ally to a soon enemy of Israel! These are the days of Ezekiel!

Putin and Erdogan condemn Jerusalem recognition following meeting in Ankara

Putin meets with Erdogan following meetings with President Sisi in Egypt and Assad in Syria; Meeting centered on S-400 missile system sale, Syria and Jerusalem; Putin: The discussion today was also held concerning the area for undertaking of further steps in liberalization of our trade and economic ties., Dec. 12, 2017.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin met with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara Monday, both leaders condemning the United States’ recognition of Jerusalem as it capital, claiming it “destabilizes” the region.

Putin met with Erdogan following meetings with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in Cairo and President Assad in Syria, as Russia extends its influence in the region.

Putin’s meeting with Sisi centered on renewing civilian flights from Egypt to Russia, as well the signing of a $21 billion nuclear power plant deal, ending three years of negotiations. It will be North Africa’s first nuclear power plant and drastically increase Russian’s economic relations with Egypt.

The Russian President’s surprise visit to Syria on Monday was to announce the end of Russia’s military campaign in Syria, Putin ordering the withdrawal of Russian troops after two years.

Erdogan’s meeting with Putin Monday centered on its recent bilateral agreements, Syria, Jerusalem and Turkey’s purchase of the Russian S-400 missile defense system, Putin reporting “The discussion today was also held concerning the area for undertaking of further steps in liberalization of our trade and economic ties. I consider our conversation was very useful in this aspect”

Bother leaders addressed the press following their meeting, Erdogan, who in the past few days has accused Israel of human rights abuses, murder of children, terrorism and occupation, continued with his anti-Israel rhetoric, stating to the press “Israel sees the recent developments as an opportunity to increase pressure and violence against Palestinians. It’s not possible for anyone with a conscience, morals or principles to ignore these murders.”

Putin affirmed that “Both Russia and Turkey think the decision of the US to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is not helping the situation in the Middle East,” claiming that Jerusalem’s recognition “can derail the Israel-Palestine peace process.”

Erdogan stated previously during a demonstration attended by thousands, that Israel is a “terrorist” state and the United States has become its partner in this bloodshed”. He stated on Sunday, “The ones who made Jerusalem a dungeon for Muslims and members of other religions will never be able to clean the blood from their hands. With their decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the United States has become a partner in this bloodshed… We will not abandon Jerusalem to the mercy of a state that kills children.”

Prime Minister Netanyahu responded to Erdogan’s accusations during a press conference with French President Emanuel Macron in Paris on Sunday stating “I am not used to receiving lectures about morality from the leader who bombs Kurdish villagers in his native Turkey, who jails journalists, who helps Iran go around international sanctions, and who helps terrorists, including in Gaza, kill innocent people. That is not the man who is going to lecture us.”

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders emphasized in a recent press conference “The United States has condemned violence in Israel following Trump’s historic announcement last week…We’re continuing to urge calm and we’re open and willing and want to continue meeting and discussing a peace deal. Violence is always going to be the responsibility of those who carried it out, not the president or anyone else.”

 

 

Photo: Erdogan and Putin, CC, 2017

Netanyahu to EU: Israel is the partner for innovation, and innovation is the future.

Netanyahu met with EU’s Mogherini in Brussels following meeting with Macron in Paris; PM addresses global rejection of Jerusalem and US recognition, EU-Israel trade relations, Islamic terror and much more, Dec. 11, 2017.

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Prime Minister Netanyahu met with European Union Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini in Brussels on Monday, his meeting centered on EU-Israel trade and economic relations, the United States recognition of Jerusalem and the fight against Islamic terrorism.

His meeting with Mogherini followed a meeting with French President Emanuel Macron on Sunday, Macron, as will Moghernini, expressing the EU’s disapproval of Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem, claiming it harms the peace process.

Both leaders addressed the press following their meeting, Netanyahu beginning by addressing Islamic terror and Israel’s assistance to European states, “Europe and Israel are important partners in three main areas: in the area of security, in the area of prosperity, in the area of peace. In security, Israeli intelligence has prevented dozens of terrorist attacks, many of them on European soil, and I think countless lives have been saved as a result of this cooperation that is well known to the security services of many European governments.”

He addressed the common threat of radical Islam, the threats Iran places on the globe and threat of refugees in Europe from Middle Eastern states and Israel as an “important security function for the people of Europe”, reporting that Israel and the EU will “continue to do so as part of our common battle against terrorism. Equally, I think that the greatest problem facing Europe is the flow of people who are escaping the battle-torn areas in the Middle East, and the Middle East is under threat, both of ISIS, militant Islam of the Sunni variety, and militant Islam of the Shiite variety, led by Iran.”

Highlighting Israel’s strength, he affirmed that “Israel is the strongest power in the Middle East that is preventing the spread of militant Islam, not only preventing ISIS attacks in Europe, but also preventing the collapse of many parts of the Middle East adjacent to Israel that would otherwise be taken over by these militant Islamists, driving many, many, many millions into Europe… we do so to protect ourselves, but in so doing, I believe that Israel serves a very important security function for the people of Europe in ways that are not always understood, but increasingly are appreciated by the relevant governments.”

Netanyahu spoke of Israel’s innovation in the fields of IT, cyber security, agriculture and autonomous vehicle, and the benefits of EU-Israel trade and business relations, stating “the partnership between Israel and Europe is vital; in my opinion, it’s important not only for us—clearly it is, I wouldn’t be here otherwise—but I think it’s important for Europe. And many, many countries around the world understand that, that Israel is the partner for innovation, and innovation is the future.”

He then spoke of Israel’s natural gas fields, following the signing of a memorandum of understanding by Israel, Cyprus, Italy, Greece and the EU on the construction of the undersea gas pipeline, known as “East-Med” in November. The pipeline is proposed to be over 2,000 kilometers long and bring gas from Israel and Cyprus’s gas fields to Greece and Italy. The pipeline is expected to be completed by 2025 and is estimated to cost $6 billion. The prime minister stated Monday “We’ve also found gas… We’re actually exploring the laying of a gas pipeline from our offshore gas fields up to Italy. This would be, I think, very important for Europe’s economy in this way as well. Innovation, energy and every other way, we believe we are natural partners.”

On Jerusalem, the peace process and Palestinians, he stated “Israel has extended its hand to peace to our Palestinian neighbors for 100 years, well before there was a State of Israel and after it was established. And for 50 years, before there was a single settlement or a single issue of territory, we were being attacked constantly. We were attacked not because of this or that piece of territory, but of the idea of any territory, that there would be a Jewish state, a nation-state for the Jewish people in any boundary was rejected by our neighbors. This is what led to the conflict, and this is what continues the conflict. You see that in the continuous denial, unfortunately, by the Palestinians of Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state, and the denial of our history.”

On Jerusalem’s history and UNESCO’s efforts to erase Jewish history at its religious sites in Israel he stated “For 3,000 years, Jerusalem has been the capital of the Jewish people, from the time, established by King David, well documented in the history of the Bible and the aftermath, when Jews in the ghettos of Europe whispered, ‘Next year in Jerusalem, next year in Jerusalem.’ We never lost that connection. Yet that connection is denied in UN forums, in UNESCO, in laughable decisions that seek to deny history and seek to deny historical truth. Jerusalem has been the capital of Israel for the last 70 years. I think what President Trump has done is put facts squarely on the table. Peace is based on reality. Peace is based on recognizing reality, and I think the fact that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital is clearly evident to all of you who visit Israel, see where the seat of our parliament, our Knesset is, the seat of our government, my office, the President’s office, the Supreme Court. Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. No one can deny. It doesn’t obviate peace; it makes peace possible, because recognizing reality is the substance of peace, it’s the foundation of it.”

He called on the EU and PA to take advantage of the United States efforts in the peace process, Netanyahu calling on the Palestinians to “recognize the Jewish state”. He reiterated, “It’s always been about the Jewish state. And it’s time that the Palestinians recognize the Jewish state and also recognize the fact that it has a capital. It’s called Jerusalem. I believe that even though we don’t have an agreement yet, this is what will happen in the future. I believe that all or most of the European countries will move their embassies to Jerusalem, recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and engage robustly with us for security, prosperity and peace.”

Mogherini, consistent with majority of European leaders, reported that the EU “believe that the only realistic solution to the conflict between Israel and Palestine is based on two states with Jerusalem as the capital of both, the state of Israel and the state of Palestine. This is our consolidated position and we’ll continue to respect the international consensus on Jerusalem.”

She announced that a meeting was scheduled with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in January.

 

Photo: Netanyahu and Mogherini in Brussels, Netanyahu Facebook page, 2017

Putin visits Syria, orders Russian troops to begin withdrawal

Russian President arrives in Syria for surprise visit Monday morning, order troops to begin withdrawal from Syria; Putin: I order the defense minister and the chief of general staff to start withdrawing the Russian group of troops to their permanent bases., Dec. 11, 2017.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin made a surprise visit to Syria Monday, ordering Russian troops to begin pulling out of Syria.

Putin announced the end of its two-year military campaign against the Islamic State and “terrorist groups” in Syria during a visit to its Hmeimim air base near Latakia Monday morning where he was met by Syrian President Bashar Assad. The Russian president reported that it had completed its military campaign and had “defeated the most battle-hardened grouping of international terrorists [in Syria]”.

Putin congratulated Russian troops on Monday morning, announcing “I order the defense minister and the chief of general staff to start withdrawing the Russian group of troops to their permanent bases. I have taken a decision- a significant part of the Russian troop contingent located in Syria is returning home to Russia.”

He stated on Russia’s military campaign in Syria “The task of fighting armed bandits here in Syria, a task that it was essential to solve with the help of extensive use of armed force, has for the most part been solved and solved spectacularly.” He warned, “If the terrorists raise their heads again Russia will “carry out such strikes on them which they have never seen”.

The presidents of Turkey, Iran and Russia met in Sochi two weeks ago for a summit centered on Syria, the leaders announcing the beginning of a political solution to the Syrian civil war.

Russian forces have been in Syria since September of 2015, supporting the Assad regime.

Putin is scheduled to travel from Syria to Egypt to meet with President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

 

Photo: Assad and Putin, CC, 2017

IDF destroyed Hamas tunnel into Israeli territory over the weekend.

Second tunnel located in month period; IDF uncovered tunnel weeks ago, destroyed it on Saturday; IDF: Locating two terror tunnels in recent weeks is an operational success based on advanced technology, attesting to a rise in the level of the tools developed and used by the IDF, Dec. 10, 2017.

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The IDF uncovered and destroyed a Hamas tunnel from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory over the weekend.

Reports were confirmed that the IDF had discovered the terror tunnel from the city of Khan Younis into Israel several weeks ago, destroying the tunnel this weekend following escalation and clashes on the border between Hamas militants and IDF forces.

The tunnel, which the IDF confirmed belonged to Hamas, was the second tunnel destroyed in the past month. The IDF had located and destroyed a tunnel belonging to Islamic Jihad at the end of October. The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) also reported that it had also discovered of a Hamas tunnel under one of its schools in the Gaza Strip in October.

The IDF was able to locate the tunnel from recent technology implemented along the underground barrier being built on the border with the Strip. It stated on Sunday “Locating two terror tunnels in recent weeks is an operational success based on advanced technology, attesting to a rise in the level of the tools developed and used by the IDF.”

There were no causalities or injuries from the explosion.

Prime Minister Netanyahu has been clear that any attempt by Hamas to violate the State of Israel’s sovereignty would be met with great force. Following the last tunnel discovered in October, he stated, “I told you many times that we are developing groundbreaking technology to deal with the tunnel threat… We detected a tunnel and destroyed it, and we will continue doing so.”

The underground barrier on the border with Gaza is Israel’s third defense barrier to be constructed on the border. The first barrier was constructed post-Oslo Accords in 1994, the second following the disengagement from the Strip in 2005. During the disengagement, over 8,500 Israeli, Jewish citizens were pulled from their homes as an effort for resuming peace negotiations with the Palestinians. The Gaza Strip was then taken over by Hamas. Since then, Israel has been subject to rocket attacks and terror tunnels into Israeli territory for over a decade.

 

 

Photo: Tunnel discovered by the IDF during Operation Protective Edge (IDF Spokesperson’s Unit)

Nikki Haley: The UN has done much more to damage the prospects for Middle East peace than to advance them

UN Security Council held emergency meeting on Jerusalem Friday; 14 of 15 states denounce US recognition of Jerusalem; Haley: The UN has done much more to damage the prospects for Middle East peace than to advance them. We will not be a party to that. The United States no longer stands by when Israel is unfairly attacked in the United Nations, Dec. 10, 2017.

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The United Nations Security Council held an emergency meeting on Friday to address the United States’ recognition of Jerusalem and plans to move its embassy, with 14 of the 15 member states denouncing Trump’s recognition of Israel’s capital.

US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, addressed the United States actions in support of its ally, and as with many Security Council addresses, gave a speech in defense of Israel.

Haley addressed the history of Israel bias at the United Nations, giving a historic explanation to Israel’s right over Jerusalem, its eternal capital. In her address, she also reiterated the United States support of the Jewish state, and the Trump Administration’s commitment to Israel’s security and sovereignty.

She stated, “The Jewish people are a patient people. Throughout three thousand years of civilization, foreign conquest, exile, and return, Jerusalem has remained their spiritual home. For nearly 70 years, the city of Jerusalem has been the capital of the State of Israel, despite many attempts by others to deny that reality. The American people are less patient. In 1948, the United States was the first nation to recognize the independent state of Israel. In 1995, the U.S. Congress declared that Jerusalem should be recognized as the capital of Israel, and that the U.S. Embassy should be located in Jerusalem,” referring to the Jerusalem Embassy Act.

She went on “Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama all agreed with that position, but they did not act. They delayed, in the hopes that a peace process would produce results – results that never came. For 22 years, the American people have overwhelmingly supported that position, and they have waited . . . and waited. This week, President Trump finally made the decision to no longer deny the will of the American people.”

On Israel’s sovereignty amidst global condemnation, Haley stated, “Israel, like all nations, has the right to determine its capital city. Jerusalem is the home of Israel’s parliament, president, prime minister, Supreme Court, and many of its ministries. It is simple common sense that foreign embassies be located there. In virtually every country in the world, U.S. embassies are located in the host country’s capital city. Israel should be no different.”

On the United States recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital under the Trump Administration, Haley highlighted its reasons, explaining “The United States took this step in full knowledge that it will raise questions and concerns. Our actions are intended to help advance the cause of peace. We must recognize that peace is advanced, not set back, when all parties are honest with each other. Our actions reflected an honest assessment of reality.”

On global disapproval and rejection on Jerusalem’s status, particularly at the United Nations, she stated “ I understand the concern members have in calling this session. Change is hard. But we should never doubt what the truth can do. We should never doubt that when we face the truth, believe in the human spirit, and encourage each other, that peace can happen.”

Reassuring the United States commitment to the peace process, Haley added, “to those who have good faith concerns about the future of peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians, let me again assure you that the President and this Administration remain committed to the peace process. To those who do not act in good faith – to any person, leader, country, or terrorist group that uses this week’s decision as a pretext for violence – you are only showing yourselves to be unfit partners of peace.”

Haley then, as with majority  of her addresses to the Security Council, spoke of the United Nations’ institutionalized anti-Israel bias and organized efforts against the State of Israel, as well as the United States commitment to supporting its ally amidst constant attacks. She stated “Finally, I will not let this moment pass without a comment about the United Nations itself. Over many years, the United Nations has outrageously been of the world’s foremost centers of hostility towards Israel. The U.N. has done much more to damage the prospects for Middle East peace than to advance them. We will not be a party to that. The United States no longer stands by when Israel is unfairly attacked in the United Nations. And the United States will not be lectured to by countries that lack any credibility when it comes to treating both Israelis and Palestinians fairly.”

The United States, the Philippines and Czech Republic have all confirmed their recognition of Jerusalem, Czech’s President defending its decision to recognize West Jerusalem while condemning the European Union’s rejection stating, “The European Union, cowards, are doing all they can so a pro-Palestinian terrorist movement can have supremacy over a pro-Israeli movement.” Czech announced it recognized West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital directly following Trump’s announcement last Wednesday.

Shortly after Trump’s historic announcement last week, Prime Minister Netanyahu reported that Israel is “already holding talks with other countries, who will make a similar recognition. I have no doubt that as soon as the US Embassy moves to Jerusalem, and even before then, many other embassies will also move to Jerusalem. It’s time.”

 

 

Photo: Nikki Haley, CC, 2017