US coalition forces shot down Syrian Army jet Sunday

US military downs Syrian Army jet near Raqqa after it dropped bombs near Syrian Democratic Force

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The United States military shot down a Syrian Air Force fighter jet Sunday after it dropped bombs near US-backed forces.

It was the first time the United States Air Force downed a Syrian Army aircraft.

The attack was carried out near the ISIS stronghold, Raqqa, after the Syrian jet dropped bombs close to US-coalition partner forces of the Syrian Democratic Force.

The Syrian Army responded to the attacks first by claiming that the jet had crashed and the pilot was missing, hours later then stating that the attack was “an attempt to undermine the efforts of the army as the only effective force capable with its allies… This comes at a time when the Syrian army and its allies were making clear advances in fighting the Daesh [Islamic State] terrorist group.”

The United States Coalition forces in Syria confirmed that incident, noting that the coalition foes not “seek to fight Syrian regime”. They also reported that they had contacted its Russian counterparts by phone to establish “’de-confliction line’ to de-escalate the situation and stop the firing.”

The Coalition released an official statement with details of the incident and its position:

“In accordance with rules of engagement and in collective self-defense of Coalition partnered forces, it was immediately shot down by a US F/A-18E Super Hornet. The Coalition’s mission is to defeat Isis in Iraq and Syria. The Coalition does not seek to fight Syrian regime, Russian, or pro-regime forces partnered with them, but will not hesitate to defend Coalition or partner forces from any threat. The Coalition presence in Syria addresses the imminent threat ISIS in Syria poses globally. The demonstrated hostile intent and actions of pro-regime forces toward Coalition and partner forces in Syria conducting legitimate counter-ISIS operations will not be tolerated.”

Report: Saudi Arabia and Israel negotiating establishing economic ties

S. Arabia and Israel reportedly held talks on establishing economic ties including allowing Israel to fly over Gulf

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Israel and Saudi Arabia have reportedly held talks on establishing economic ties.

Reports of the talks surfaced over the weekend, the UK’s The Times reporting the possible establishment of economic cooperation between both states. Direct communications, flying over Gulf and the entrance of Israeli businesses in the region were reportedly discussed. The report claimed that “links would start small: allowing Israeli businesses to operate in the Gulf, for example, and letting El Al, the national airline, fly over Saudi airspace.”

Both American and Gulf sources were cited in the report.

Just two weeks, Saudi Arabia, along with four other Arab states, announced it had severed ties with Qatar over its ongoing support of terrorism, Saudi Arabia citing its reasons as “(Qatar) embraces multiple terrorist and sectarian groups aimed at disturbing stability in the region, including the Muslim Brotherhood, ISIS (Islamic State) and al-Qaeda, and promotes the message and schemes of these groups through their media constantly.”

Israel, nor Saudi Arabia, have confirmed or denied the reports.

BBC misreports terrorist attack as “Three Palestinians killed after deadly stabbing in Jerusalem”

Twin terror attacks in Jerusalem Friday; Armed terrorists stab IDF border policewoman who succumbed to injuries; BBC publishes misleading news report, failing to report of terror then later apologizes for article

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The BBC published a misleading news piece covering the twin terror attacks that took place in Jerusalem Friday night.

Three terrorists armed with guns and knives carried out the twin attack in Jerusalem on Friday, the terrorists stabbing IDF Border Policewoman Hadas Malka, Malka dying from her wounds a few hours later.

The terrorists were shot and killed by Israeli security forces.

The BBC reported the attack with the title “Three Palestinians killed after deadly stabbing in Jerusalem,” with no mention of Malka. After numerous criticism of the report, the BBC later apologized stating “We accept that the original title did not adequately reflect the events and was later changed. Although there was no intention of misleading the readers, we apologize for the damage caused.”

The news piece does not mention terror, terrorists or a terror attack, but refers to the incident as “deadly stabbing”. The BBC commonly reports on terror attacks in Israel by highlighting the injured or deaths of Palestinians, rarely reporting incidents as terror attacks.

Greece, Cyprus and Israel to expedite East-Med pipeline

Development of pipeline expedited after third meeting of trilateral committee; Netanyahu: The idea of the East Med pipeline would be a revolution.

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Greece, Cyprus and Israel have accelerated the development of a pipeline that will run from Israel’s gas fields to Europe.

Prime Minister Netanyahu traveled to Thessaloniki, Greece on Thursday where he met with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras Minister and Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades. It was the third trilateral meeting to date, all leaders signing a Joint Declaration of the Third Trilateral to expedite and move forward with the pipeline.

The trilateral committee was created in January of 2016, to serve as a means “to strengthen the cooperation between our three countries in order to promote a trilateral partnership in different fields of common interest and to work together towards promoting peace, stability, security and prosperity in the Mediterranean and the wider region.”

In April, Israel signed a joint declaration with Cyprus, Greece and Italy to move forward with construction of the undersea gas pipeline, known as “East-Med”. The pipeline is proposed to be over 2,000 kilometers long and bring gas from Israel’s gas fields to Cyprus, Greece and Italy.

Addressing the press following there meeting Thursday, Prime Minister Netanyahu stated on the East Med pipeline ” A few months ago it was in the realm of fantasy. Now it’s becoming real… The idea of the East Med pipeline would be a revolution. We’ve had preliminary studies of it. It seems promising, and we’re going to look further.”

The committee will now focus on “the establishment of a consortium of investors and its implementation,” Israel in talks with Egypt, Jordan, Italy and Turkey.

President Anastasiades emphasized the economic cooperation in the eastern Mediterranean, stating that Israel, Cyprus and Greece “agreed to expedite our joint actions concerning our agreement on the construction of a large project which will offer new prospects of economic cooperation in the eastern Mediterranean.”

The creation of the gas pipeline will not only benefit Israel’s economy and diplomatic and trade relations with European states, but also spearhead Israel’s entrance into becoming the world’s largest natural gas exporter.

The gas pipeline will also relieve markets of dependency on Russia for energy, with growing concern and opposition from EU states on approval by the EU Commission to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, a 1,200 kilometer pipeline to run from Russia under the Baltic Sea, parallel to the existing Nord Stream pipeline.

Amir’s teaching “Are You Ready?”, June 15, 2017

Amir’s teaching “Are You Ready?” from Calvary Chapel Cancun, Mexico.

Are you ready? Do you understand the times and the seasons? The words of Jesus concerning the end times together with the perfect alignment of current events with Bible prophecy are all pointing at the fact that we are indeed living in the end times!

This teaching is in Spanish and English. “Conferencia Maranatha 2017”.

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Advanced imaging reveals First Temple era inscription unnoticed for half a century

Researchers from Tel Aviv Uni. discover text on ostracan found 50 years ago, dating to destruction of Kingdom of Judah through us of multispectral imaging

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Using advanced imagery technologies, researchers from Israel’s Tel Aviv University discovered an inscription on a shard of pottery dating from the First Temple era.

Using an interdisciplinary approach and Multispectral imaging, researchers from Tel Aviv University’s and Mathematics and Archeology departments were able to decipher the ”hidden” text.

The antiquity dates back to around 600 CE. from Nebuchadnezzar’s destruction of the Kingdom of Judah.

Researchers were able to use this advanced image technology to uncover the 17 words and 50 characters on the back of the ostracan. The front of the ostracan reportedly includes a prayer to God, followed by text in the back.

The text is of correspondence between masters and military, with the name “Elyashiv” who is believed to have been the main author. One of the professors from the project described “Most of the ostraca unearthed at Arad are dated to a short time span during the last stage of the fortress’s history on the eve of the kingdom’s destruction in 586 BCE by Nebuchadnezzar… Many of these inscriptions are addressed to Elyashiv, the quartermaster of the fortress. They deal with the logistics of the outpost, such as the supply of flour, wine and oil to subordinate units.”

The shattered pottery was found 50 years ago in Arad. It was discovered in 1965, all the pieces in one place. It was recovered and has been in the Israel Museum for most of the past 50 years. There were reportedly 91 pieces found.

German Defense Minister: Europe needs army so it can intervene in Africa

Addressing European Parliament, von der Leyen calls for the organization of European Defense Union in order to be “able to react to crises in a decisive and immediate action”

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Germany’s Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen called on members of the European Parliament to move forward with the organization of a EU military as to be “more effective”.

She called on members of the European Union to move forward with the organization of the European Defense Union as to allow Europe to be “able to react to crises in a decisive and immediate action”. She stated on Tuesday “It was clear from then on that Europe had to understand that out of our own interests we Europeans have to make sure we have our own defense in our own hands so that we’re able to react to crises in a decisive and immediate action.”

She stated that as “the question has no longer been whether we need a European defense union but rather how we organize it,” Germany the most vocal European state for the creation of the army.

Von der Leyen then stated that “If Europe is going to be trying to create stability in Africa I can’t see NATO there very often but I see the EU very active on the African continent,” emphasizing the need for additional forces for non-NATO regions, stating “That’s why I see different theatres where NATO might be required and other areas where the EU has got broader instruments and can perhaps be more effective.”