UN Security Council to meet on Jerusalem recognition Friday

Eight of 15 member states call for meeting on Jerusalem; Turkey claims international laws violated; Arab world condemns USA decision, claims peace process ruined; Netanyahu reports countries already in talks with Israel for moving their embassies; The Philippines to move embassy to Jerusalem, Czech recognizes west Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Dec. 7, 2017.

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The United Nations Security Council will meet on Friday to address the United States recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, as countries globally condemn the United States’ recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Eight of the fifteen-member council, including Bolivia, the UK, Egypt, France, Italy, Senegal, Sweden and Uruguay called for the meeting following Trump’s address Wednesday, with Turkey’s representative to the United Nations accusing Israel of international law violations.

United Nations Secretary General General Antonio Guterres condemned the recognition, stating to the press following Trump’s address Wednesday “I have consistently spoken out against any unilateral measures that would jeopardize the prospect of peace for Israelis and Palestinians. In this moment of great anxiety, I want to make it clear: There is no alternative to the two-state solution. There is no Plan B. I will do everything in my power to support the Israeli and Palestinian leaders to return to meaningful negotiations.”

The Arab world immediately condemned Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem, Hamas calling for an intifada and the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas reporting, “the U.S. can no longer function as a diplomatic sponsor and peace mediator.”

Abbas stated on Wednesday night “This is a historical moment and we must act… These condemned and unacceptable measures are a deliberate undermining of all efforts exerted to achieve peace and represent a declaration of the United States’ withdrawal from undertaking the role it has played over the past decades in sponsoring the peace process.”

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag claimed that “Declaring Jerusalem a capital is disregarding history and the truths in the region, it is a big injustice/cruelty, shortsightedness, foolishness/madness, it is plunging the region and the world into a fire with no end in sight. I call on everyone to act logically, respect the agreements they signed and behave reasonably, avoid risking world peace for domestic politics or other reasons.”

Hamas head Ismail Haniyeh claimed “the American decision is a declaration of war, aggression on our people and a war on our sanctuaries,” calling for an intifada on Israel, stating We should call for and we should work on launching an intifada in the face of the Zionist enemy. He called for Friday (tomorrow) to be “a day of rage and the beginning of a major effort to rise up, which I will name the intifada of Jerusalem and the West Bank’s freedom”.

While many have condemned the recognition, some have not. The Philippines announced it would move its embassy to Jerusalem ahead of Trump’s address Wednesday, President Rodrigo Duterte announcing the move himself, and shortly after Trump’s speech, the Czech Republic confirmed it recognizes west Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Prime Minister Netanyahu again addressed Wednesday’s historic event, reporting Thursday Israel is “already holding talks with other countries, who will make a similar recognition”.

 

 

Photo: UN Security Council, CC, 2017

Netanyahu: Israel already holding talks with other countries, who will make a similar recognition.

PM addresses Wednesday’s historic events to Israel FM, “Israel already holding talks with other countries, who will make a similar recognition, Dec. 7, 2017.

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Prime Minister Netanyahu again addressed Wednesday’s historic event, speaking to Israel’s Foreign Ministry Thursday morning. He reported that Israel is “already holding talks with other countries, who will make a similar recognition.”

He started by stating “We were all excited last night to hear President Trump’s historical announcement recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. This announcement, obviously, is based on ancient rights. The Jewish people made Jerusalem their capital 3,000 years ago. This is where our forefathers walked, this is where our kings ruled. This is where our prophets prophesied. This is where our roots are buried. This is, in essence, our identity card.”

Speaking specifically on the United States support and Trump’s commitment to Israel, he stated “President Trump has tied himself for eternity to Jerusalem’s history. His name will appear now with the other names connected to the magnificent history of Jerusalem and the Jewish nation. I would like to thank him, and I would like to than the US Congress, who 22 years ago anchored this recognition until the President came and implemented it.”

He added “I would like to take this opportunity to say that we are 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.”

While many have condemned the recognition, some have not. The Philippines announced it would move its embassy to Jerusalem ahead of Trump’s address Wednesday, President Rodrigo Duterte announcing the move himself, and shortly after Trump’s speech, the Czech Republic confirmed it recognizes West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

 

Prime Minister Netanyahu: The Jewish people and the Jewish state will be forever grateful.

PM gives televised address following Trump’s announcement from Washington; Netanyahu thanks Trump, United States, calls on other countries to move embassies to Jerusalem; Netanyahu: We’re profoundly grateful for the President for his courageous and just decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to prepare for the opening of the US embassy here, Dec. 6, 2017.

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Prime Minister Netanyahu gave a televised response to Trump’s announcements Wednesday night, thanking the United States and President Trump for his “commitment to an ancient but enduring truth, to fulfilling his promises and to advancing peace”.

The Prime Minister praised the Trump Administration, first beginning his address by speaking of Jewish history in Jerusalem. He stated “Jerusalem has been the capital of the Jewish people for 3,000 years. It’s been the capital of Israel for nearly 70 years. It was here that our temples stood, our kings ruled, our prophets preached. Jerusalem has been the focus of our hopes, our dreams, our prayers for three millennia. From every corner of the earth, our people yearned to return to Jerusalem, to touch its golden stones, to walk its hallowed streets. So it’s rare to be able to speak of new and genuine milestones in the glorious history of this city.”

He went on to state “Yet today’s pronouncement by President Trump is such an occasion. We’re profoundly grateful for the President for his courageous and just decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to prepare for the opening of the US embassy here. This decision reflects the President’s commitment to an ancient, but enduring truth, to fulfilling his promises and to advancing peace. The President’s decision is an important step towards peace, for there is no peace that doesn’t include Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel.”

He addressed the international community, calling “on all countries that seek peace to join the United States in recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and to move their embassies here.”

On the peace process, Netanyahu stated “I share President Trump’s commitment to advancing peace between Israel and all of our neighbors, including the Palestinians.
This has been our goal from Israel’s first day. And we will continue to work with the President and his team to make that dream of peace come true.|

Prime Minister clarified that there would be no change in the status quo at any of Israel’s religious sites, stating “I also want to make clear: there will be no change whatsoever to the status quo at the holy sites. Israel will always ensure freedom of worship for Jews, Christians, and Muslims alike.”

He ended by saying “President Trump, thank you for today’s historic decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The Jewish people and the Jewish state will be forever grateful.”

His address comes following the historic recognition by the United States of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, President Trump officially announcing that US Embassy would be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

In a televised address from the White House, President Trump reported that he would not sign a waiver for the Jerusalem Embassy Act, officially announcing the United States’ recognition of Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel.

He stated, “Today we finally acknowledge the obvious, that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. This is nothing more or less than recognition of reality. It’s also the right thing to do. Something that has to be done.”

On his decision in relation to the peace process, Trump clarified “This decision is not intended in any way to reflect a departure from our commitment to lasting peace. We’re not taking a position on any final status issues, including Israeli sovereignty on Jerusalem. Those questions are up to the parties involved. We remain committed to facilitate peace agreement acceptable to both sides.”

 

Israel Air Force: F-35 fighter jets fully operational.

IAF announces 5 of its 9 acquired F-35 jets have completed tests and inspection and are fully operational; Commander of F-35 Golden Eagle Squadron: Will the ‘Adir’ participate in the next military campaign? I have no doubt. An aircraft like this brings capabilities to the IAF that it didn’t have before- it is an important strategic asset, Dec. 6, 2017.

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The Israel Air Force announced its F-35 “Adir” fighter jets as fully operational on Wednesday morning. Five of Israel’s recently acquired F-35’s have completed tests and drills and are “fully operational” according to the Israel Air Force (Israel Air Force).

IAF Chief Maj. Gen. Amikam Norkin confirmed the jets as operational and addressed the challenges facing Israel’s security in the region. He stated, “The declaration of the squadron’s operational capability is occurring at a time in which the IAF is operating on a large scale in a number of fronts, in the constantly changing Middle East. The operational challenge, which is becoming more and more complex each day, receives an excellent aerial response. The Adir aircraft’s operational status adds a significant layer to the IAF’s capabilities at this time.”

Commander of the of the jet’s “Golden Eagle Squadron”, Lt. Col. Yotam, spoke about the F-35’s integration to the IAF and the future of the world’s most advanced fighter jet, stating “The inspection examined missions and scenarios that include all of the operational elements required to fly the ‘Adir’, from the ground to the air. I am confident in the division’s capability to reach operational preparedness and feel that the pressure is positive and healthy.”

He addressed the challenges of the new squadron, as well as the F-35’s as a “strategic asset” in Israel’s operations in the region, stating, “The integration of the ‘Adir’ is one of the largest challenges that the IAF has dealt with, mainly because of the pioneering nature of the project. 80% of the things we do and learn here are things we taught ourselves… We haven’t stopped learning thinking and developing upon being declared operational… Will the ‘Adir’ participate in the next military campaign? I have no doubt. An aircraft like this brings capabilities to the IAF that it didn’t have before; it is an important strategic asset.”

The F-35, called “Adir” in Israel, meaning “mighty/awesome/glorious”, was revealed to the public mid-2016 at the Lockheed Martin Aerospace Company in Texas. The Lockheed Martin produced-jets cost around $110 million each. The latest 17 purchases were negotiated “below $100 million. This is a significant reduction compared to the planes Israel has brought thus far,” according to Israel’s Defense Ministry.

The F-35 is capable of carrying over 16 tons of bombs and missiles and is most unique for having the most advanced stealth technology of any aircraft. The F-35 is also Israel’s solution to the S-300, as it is capable of evading the air defense system.

Israel is the first country aside from the United States to acquire the world’s most advanced fighter jets. Israel received five F-35’s total. Israel is set to receive a total of 50 F-35’s, Israel’s security cabinet having approved the $1.5 billion purchases as part of the United States and Israel’s Memorandum of Understanding. Israel’s security cabinet approved the purchase of 14 jets in 2014, the number rising to 50 with reports that Israel intends to purchase a total of 75 jets.

Israel has also heavily contributed to the F-35’s development. While Lockheed Martin have created and produced the fighter jets, Israel’s Elbit System and Israel Aerospace Industries have created parts for the fighter jets. The helmets for the jets were also jointly created by Elbit and Rockwell Collins.

 

Photo: F-35 jets in Israel, CC, 2016

Amir’s commentary on tonight’s events.

Amir’s commentary on Trump’s scheduled announcement this evening in light of Bible prophecy, Dec. 6, 2017.

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This evening at 8:00 pm Jerusalem time, 1:00 pm Washington time, the President of the United States is going to give a historical statement on America recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state, Israel. The embassy will NOT move quickly, however, the declaration, coming nearly 70 years after Israel was recognized by President Truman, is nothing less than an earthquake for the Arab Muslim world.

The search for a new world superpower is about to begin. Russia has never been more desired among Muslims. Turkey, Iran, Libya and Sudan will stand firm with Gog (Putin) the prince of Magog (Russia). The rest will align themselves with Sheba and Dedan (Saudi Arabia). The Arab Muslim world has never been more divided. Israel has never been so strong financially and militarily. These are all the ingredients for an explosion that will lead to the prophesied Ezekiel’s war!

“… 11 And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. 12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. 13 Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lust…” (Romans 13:11-14)

Israel, Greece, Italy, Cyprus & EU to sign gas pipeline deal Tuesday

Gas pipeline will be world’s largest and to be completed by 2025; Israel, Cyprus, Greece, Italy and EU to sign MOU at energy summit in Nicosia Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2017.

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Israel and European nations will sign a memorandum of understanding on Tuesday for the construction of the longest underwater pipeline from Israel’s gas fields to Europe.

Yuval Steinitz, Israel’s Minister of National Infrastructures, Energy and Water Resources will travel to Nicosia, Cyprus on Tuesday to sign the agreement alongside Italy, Cyprus, Greece and the European Union.

In April of this year, 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. The pipeline is expected to be completed by 2025 and is estimated to cost $6 billion.

The creation of the gas pipeline will not only benefit Israel’s economic, 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.

 

Photo: Gas field, CC, 2017