Palestinian UN envoy threatens to ‘unleash all weapons’ on US if Trump moves embassy to Jerusalem
The Palestinian Authority threatened to respond by “unleashing all of our weapons” if United States President-elect Donald Trump were to move the American embassy to Jerusalem.
The Palestinian United Nations envoy Riyad Mansour stated that if Trump/America were to move the American Embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, “Nobody should blame us for unleashing all of the weapons that we have in the UN to defend ourselves and we have a lot of weapons in the UN… If they try to attack us by moving the embassy to Jerusalem, which is a violation of Security Council resolutions and a violation of Resolution 181… it means they are showing belligerency against us.”
He stated that he can make “their [US] lives miserable every day with precipitating a veto on my admission as a member state,” referring to the Palestinian Authority’s non-member observer state status. The envoy reportedly threatened to open “Pandora’s box” if the move were to occur, threatening to pursue efforts in the International Criminal Court and international organizations.
Several Israeli politicians have praised Trump on his commitment to move the Embassy from Tel Aviv to the Jewish State’s capital, Jerusalem. In September during a meeting between Netanyahu and Trump in New York, Trump confirmed that as president he would “recognize Jerusalem as the undivided capital of the State of Israel,” his campaign then releasing the statement “Trump acknowledged that Jerusalem has been the eternal capital of the Jewish people for over 3,000 years, and that the US, under a Trump administration, will finally accept the long-standing congressional mandate to recognize Jerusalem as the undivided capital of the state of Israel.”
This article originally appeared on Behold Israel, November 14, 2016, and reposted with permission.
Amir is the founder of Behold Israel and lives in northern Israel. He has been invited to churches, prophecy seminars and conferences around the world, to teach on current events in Israel in light of Bible prophecy. Since 2004, Amir has been consultant to various law enforcement agencies and seminars on homeland-security issues.
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Israeli safeguards weapons supply in case of repeat US refusal
Israel has completed modification of its U.S.-made Apache helicopters to accommodate the firing of Israeli-made missiles rather than exclusively relying on America’s supply.
The innovation came in response to a delay in missile supply during the 2014 Operation Protective Edge after the United States expressed concern that the American Hellfire missiles would be deployed in the more populated areas of Gaza and could possibly kill civilians.
Not wishing to be left unarmed, Israel took the matter into her own hands. The new missiles were made by Israel’s own Rafael Advanced Defense Systems.
Rafael’s multi-functional missiles are themselves an innovation from what was originally designed exclusively for anti-tank warfare. They are camera guided and not reliant on the pilot’s range of vision.
The new missiles are on the market with countries in Europe and South America having already purchased them for their own military helicopters, although the adaptation for the Apache is a first.
Improvisation has long been the hallmark of the Israeli military. In an army notable for its relatively low proportion of officers, battlefield innovation many times comes from relatively young and low ranking soldiers operating in close combat situations that require speedy responses to enemy maneuvers.
This latest Israeli innovation comes against a backdrop of global geopolitical maneuvers and the winding down of President Barack Obama’s administration, which was relatively cool if not outright hostile toward Israel. A warmer American administration does not guarantee that Israel’s back will be covered forever, and so Israel’s military innovation may have to become the norm.
Indeed, the discovery of Israel’s own natural gas, combined with the rapid development of its technology sector, shows that Israel is increasingly able to stand on her own feet even if most of the world, in fulfillment of Biblical prophecy, turns against her.
Joni has worked in education and management and has been a writer for Kehila News Israel since 2016. He holds an MBA, as well as teaching qualifications. He lives in Israel with his family.
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Moroccan journalists visit Israel despite threats
Facing down fear and intimidation from elements within the Arab community, a group of journalists from Morocco arrived in Israel for a week long visit this month. The five men and two women were invited by the Israeli Foreign Ministry.
“We are very excited that we succeeded in realizing this visit,” the ministry’s spokesman for Arabic media, Hassan Kaabia, told reporters. “It follows many months of hard work and comes from the realization that through their visit we can show the reality to the Moroccan public and thereby combat the negative treatment Israel receives in that country.”
The group’s itinerary included meetings with senior foreign ministry officials and military advisers as well as Supreme Court justices, members of parliament and civilians living on the Gaza border. A visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial was also scheduled.
In striking disdain for freedom of the press, movement and expression, Hamas condemned the visit, calling it a “crime.”
“We consider this a crime against our people, and an offense to the feelings of the Arabs and Muslims and lovers of the Palestinian cause and an encouragement of the Israeli entity in its crimes and violations,” Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum declared.
By coming to Israel, the Moroccan journalists went against the grain of their own culture. Israel does not have formal diplomatic ties with Morocco and the country is rife with anti-Israel sentiment. At the recent global summit on climate change in Marrakech, for instance, protests erupted at the raising of the Israeli flag which signaled the Jewish state’s participation in the convention.
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The names of the journalists and the exact dates of their visit were not disclosed for the group’s protection.
“People are scared to become outcasts,” one of the journalists told Ynet News. “If you say you support Israel, or even that you don’t have a negative opinion about the country in regard to the Palestinian issue, they will single you out.”
Speaking against normalization of relations between Israel and Morocco, Hamas’s Barhoum said, “we condemn the visit of a team of Moroccan media persons to the Israeli entity with the goal of normalizing with it and undertaking a campaign of beautifying its image in the Arab media.”
Apparently forgetting that civilian Jews are not allowed inside Palestinian controlled areas of Gaza and the West Bank, and that Israel counts 1.4 million Arabs as part of its population of 8 million people, Barhoum raged that normalizing ties with Israel must not occur because of its “actions of racist purification against our people.”
Nevertheless, the journalists’ visit took place. As one of the journalists summed up to Ynet: “I want to know the Israel that the Arab media does not show us.”
Karen Faulkner is a British Israeli citizen. She has a Master's degree in Human Rights & Transitional Justice from Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
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Israelis take three medals in judo championships
In a sport that is becoming increasingly more popular throughout the nation, Israeli judokas claimed three medals at the Under-23 European Judo Championships in Tel Aviv over the weekend.
“I’m happy we can see the depth of Israeli judo,” Israel Judo Association chairman Moshe Ponte said. “We can see it in our senior teams, youth teams and also in the trust we receive from the European Judo Union, which granted us the right to host the event. I’m delighted that the stadium was full with 2,000 fans. Israelis love their judo.”
Adi Grossman took a silver medal in the women’s under-57 kilogram contest; Tohar Butbul also reached the men’s under-73kg competition final and finished with a silver; and Alexander Raskopine took bronze in the men’s under-66kg event.
“I was ready for the championships and the crowd gave me a real push,” said Grossman. “I had an amazing day, but I’m slightly disappointed because I wanted to play Hatikvah for everyone.”
Butbul was elated.
“This is the first time that I have taken part in an event like this in Israel and it was a great experience,” he said.
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Amid calm, Israel beats Albania in World Cup qualifier
Despite terror threats, travel warnings and a change of venue for the World Cup 2018 qualifying game in Albania on Saturday following the arrest of four Islamic State members, the match went forward without incident.
Not only was it peaceful, but Israel beat the home team in an impressive 3-0 victory. And what’s more, many in the Muslim majority country welcomed the Israeli players.
On the Israeli team’s arrival, Muslim Albanian player Mergim Mavraj welcomed them to “the country of religious tolerance and harmony.”
They were then welcomed by the highest ranking religious leader of the Albanian Muslim community. On his Facebook page, the Grand Mufti Skender Brucaj, wished “sportsmen and guests from Israel a calm and peaceful stay in the Albanian land!”
The Grand Mufti took pride in what he called Albania’s “high human values, that of generosity, and religious tolerance and harmony” and highlighted Jewish-Muslim relations and history. He told the audience that he was proud of “Albanian Muslims, believers and generous ones who had sheltered thousands of Jews at their homes during World War II, turning into the only country in Europe with more Jews after the war than before it started.”
Last week KNI reported that travel warnings had been issued to Israeli fans wanting to support their national soccer team after the arrest of the Islamic State militants on suspicion of planning to carry out terror attacks at the game.
In the days leading up to the game and while the Israelis were in the Republic, Israel’s Counter Terrorism Bureau worked with the Albanian security forces to ensure the game went ahead as planned.
Albanian security forces took thorough measures to ensure that the qualifying match was uneventful. They closed roads, shops, coffee bars and other businesses between the match venue and the capital city, Tirana, well ahead of the game. Fans were instructed on what would not be allowed into the stadium and that included fireworks, sharp objects and racist banners. Over 2,000 police were assigned for duty on the day.
Boaz Rodkin, Israel’s Ambassador to Albania, appreciated the steps taken by the host country and emphasized that the Israeli team felt safe. He told a private Albanian television station that Israel does the same when it hosts international sporting events and emphasized that it was good publicity for Albania.
Israeli-born Dee Catz is a Jewish believer in Yeshua, happily married with children. She has an interest in cooking and baking and all things Biblical. History, Geography, and Archaeology are some of her favorite hobbies, as well as touring Israel's national parks and landmark sites with her family and friends. She has been contributing to Kehila News Israel since December 2015.