The Deep State Against Netanyahu

Gadi Taub is probably one of the most hated and despised people among Tel Aviv’s intellectual elite. The reason is simple: once, he was one of them. An eloquent left winger, a senior lecturer at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, with a PhD in American Studies from Rutgers University and all the right opinions. But alas, Dr. Taub woke up one morning and decided to “shift sides”. Now Taub publishes in-depth, highly controversial, right-wing op-eds in Haaretz, lately denouncing the Israeli justice system.

(Source: Arutz Sheva)

America has Finally Decided the Bible is Not Illegal

This is a major blow to the BDS movement, which calls to “boycott, divest and sanction” the State of Israel, in addition to a snub to the European Court of Justice.

Today, the U.S. State Department has just announced that it will no longer use the term “settlements” to describe Judea and Samaria, a term employed by the UN. In my view, this decision means that the United States has decided that the Bible, in terms of Israel, is not illegal.

Why is this a big deal? This is a major blow to the BDS movement, which calls to “boycott, divest and sanction” the State of Israel, in addition to a snub to the recent European Court of Justice’s call to label products from Jewish businesses in Judea and Samaria. The European Court of Justice ruled that: “Foodstuffs originating in the territories occupied by the state of Israel must bear the indication of their territory of origin.”

Regrettably, Jew-haters are able to use the land to mobilize support in their favor, resulting in the United Nations referring to this as “occupied territory” and demanding that Israel relinquish it to hostile forces.

Though, for Evangelical Christians and Israel supporters, for thousands of years, Judea and Samaria (West Bank) has been the “Bible land.” It was never illegal. The promises read by Christians and Jews were that God gave it to Israel and called it an “eternal covenant.”

Most Christians and Jews in America grow up reading the Bible that recounted the history of Judea and Samaria. They read of Hebron (Kiriath Arba) where Abraham purchased land with which to bury his wife Sarah in the Cave of Machpelah. Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, as well as the Rebekah and Leah were also buried there. It was King David’s first capital where he was also anointed as king.

Bethel was the site where Jacob dreamed of seeing angels ascending and descending a ladder to heaven. It is in the heart of what is called the West Bank, or Judea and Samaria.

Prime Minister Menachem Begin, whom I worked with, said that he informed President Jimmy Carter at Camp David that the Bible was his mandate. First Israeli Prime Minister David Ben Gurion had also stated that the Bible was his mandate. 

Prime Minster Begin had told me that he had brought a list to President Carter of cities in the U.S. named after Bethlehem. He had also told the president, “If the Governor of Pennsylvania insisted that only Caucasians could reside in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, would you say he was a racist? The original Bethlehem is in our Bible land; to tell me Jews cannot live there is racist!”

When President Donald Trump arrived in Jerusalem for Israel’s 50th Anniversary, Friends of Zion, my organization with its 67 million followers, had billboards spread around the city declaring, “Trump, Make Israel Great” and “Trump is a Friend of Zion.” Little did anyone realize how much this president would do for Israel. Not only did he recognize Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, he shut down the PLO office in Washington, stopped the funding of the PA through the Taylor Force Act, and closed the consul in Jerusalem. He has now removed the anti-Israel declaration calling Judea and Samaria Bible lands “settlements.”

Harry S. Truman is in history books for one reason above all; he recognized the rebirth of Israel on May 14, 1948. Donald Trump continues to make history. For both Jews and Evangelical Christians, Trump has completed a fulfilment of prophecy.

Among the most powerful groups in the United States are the pro-Israel Evangelicals whom consider these Bible lands, not “settlements.” We believe one of the reasons America has been blessed over the years is because we have stood with Israel. This promise is taken from Genesis 12:3, ‘I will bless them that bless thee.’ And so, for biblical reasons first and foremost, we  support the State of Israel.

For humanitarian reasons, we support the Jewish people. For historical reasons, we believe that the Bible land belongs to the Jewish people.

America has a strong interest in the Middle East. We believe that the nation of Israel is the key to that interest because of our common bonds, our common values, our common beliefs in social justice, and the godly principles on which our two countries were founded. Israel is the firewall between radical Islam and the West.

Mike Evans is a #1 New York Times bestselling author with 98 published books. He is the founder of Friends of Zion Museum in Jerusalem of which the late President Shimon Peres, Israel’s ninth president, was the chair. He also serves as a founding member on the Trump Evangelical Faith Initiative and has 67 million Facebook followers on the Jerusalem Prayer Team.

(Source: Jerusalem Post)

Historic decision: US accepts ALL Israeli settlements in Judea and Samaria

In a historic reversal of US policy, the Trump administration announced on Monday that it does not view Israeli settlements in the West Bank as illegal. The policy change was announced by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington.

“After carefully studying all sides of the legal debate, this administration agrees with president Reagan,” Pompeo said in reference to Ronald Reagan’s position that settlements were not inherently illegal. “The establishment of Israeli civilian settlements in the West Bank is not per se inconsistent with international law.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised Pompeo, saying “the United States adopted an important policy that rights a historical wrong when the Trump administration clearly rejected the false claim that Israeli settlements in Judea and Samaria are inherently illegal under international law.

“This policy reflects an historical truth – that the Jewish people are not foreign colonialists in Judea and Samaria. In fact, we are called Jews because we are the people of Judea.”

Pompeo’s remarks, The Jerusalem Post has learned, came after a year-long review conducted by the State Department’s legal office. The team met with international law experts as well as officials from different governments to hear their opinions.

Pompeo said that the review was prompted by the Obama administration’s decision to enable the passing of UN Security Council Resolution 2334 in December 2016, according to which settlement activity constitutes a “flagrant violation” of international law and has “no legal validity.”

Pompeo gave a brief historical review of US policy on the legality of settlements, mentioning how it has “been inconsistent over decades.” In 1978, he said, the Carter administration concluded that the establishment of civilian settlements was inconsistent with international law, but Reagan overturned that stance in 1981. Until president Barack Obama, he said, “administrations recognized that unrestrained settlement activity could be an obstacle to peace, but they wisely and prudently recognized that dwelling on legal positions didn’t advance peace.”

While it was not immediately clear how the new policy would impact the future rollout of President Donald Trump’s peace plan, US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said that the announcement on Monday could actually advance peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

“I am pleased that the effort has concluded and that the secretary’s conclusions have been published,” Friedman told the Post. “I believe that they will bring truth and clarity to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and advances the cause of peace.”

Pompeo said that the new announcement was not about specific settlements, about which there still could be specific legal questions. “The Israeli legal system affords an opportunity to challenge settlement activity and assess humanitarian considerations,” he said.

Netanyahu defended Israel’s legal system, saying it has “proven itself fully capable of addressing legal questions related to the settlements, [and] is the appropriate place for these matters to be adjudicated – not biased international forums that pay no attention to history or facts.”

America, Pompeo said, was also not prejudging the ultimate status of the West Bank. That, he said, would need to be worked out by the sides. In addition, he stressed that the new policy was not applicable to other situations around the world.

The US policy, Pompeo said, was “based on the unique facts, history and circumstances presented by the establishment of civilian settlements in the West Bank.”
Pompeo called on Israel and the Palestinian Authority to meet and begin negotiations to “find a solution that promotes and protects the security and welfare of Israelis and Palestinians alike. The hard truth is that there will never be a judicial resolution to the conflict, and arguments about who is right and who is wrong as a matter of international law will not bring peace. This is a complex political problem that can only be solved by negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians.”

Netanyahu echoed Pompeo’s words, saying “The Trump Administration policy is also correct in stating that those who have categorically denied any legal basis for the settlements not only deny truth, history and the reality on the ground, they also set back the cause of peace, which can only be achieved through direct negotiations between the parties.

“Israel remains ready and willing to conduct peace negotiations with the Palestinians regarding all final status issues in an effort to achieve a durable peace but will continue to reject all arguments regarding the illegality of the settlements.”

(Source: Jerusalem Post)

There’s No Temple Mount For The UN: 154 Nations Against The Heart of Jerusalem

The United Nations gave preliminary approval for a resolution that calls the Temple Mount by its Muslim name exclusively: Haram al-Sharif reports JPost.

The resolution passed at the UN’s Fourth Committee in New York City in an overwhelming turn-out of 154-8. The vote featured 14 abstentions as well as 17 absences. It was one of eight Anti-Israel resolutions approved last week. An expected 15 more anti-Israel resolutions are anticipating approval as well. The UN General Assembly will commence its final vote on the resolution next month.

Ironically, the resolution reaffirmed “the special significance of the holy sites and the importance of the City of Jerusalem for the three monotheistic religions.”

Although only Israel and the United States were the only ones to vote against all eight resolutions, Australia, Canada, Guatemala, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, and Nauru joined them in voting against the Jerusalem texts.

All of the twenty-eight EU member states backed the resolution

Some of the resolutions related to both past and future Israeli ambitions to annex territory in Judea and Samaria reading: “The occupation of a territory is to be a temporary, de facto situation, whereby the occupying power can neither claim possession nor exert its sovereignty over the territory it occupies,” a resolution stated. That same resolution recalled “the principle of the inadmissibility of the acquisition of land by force and therefore the illegality of the annexation of any part of the Occupied Palestinian Territory.” It also stated “grave concern at recent statements calling for the annexation by Israel of areas in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.”

Acting US Deputy Representative to the United Nations Cherith Norman Chalet responded to the resolution saying: “We are disappointed that despite support for reform, member states continue to disproportionately single out Israel through these types of resolutions”. She added that“it is deplorable that the United Nations – an institution founded upon the idea that all nations should be treated equally – should be so often used by member states to treat one state in particular, Israel, unequally.”

(Source: Jerusalem Post)

The Siloh Plan: Israel To Develop 24 Bibliacal Sites in Judea and Samaria

Israel has presented senior officials of the Trump administration a proposal to develop up to twenty-four major Biblical tourism sites in Judea and Samaria. The sites will feature a focus on Evangelical Christian tourism, Likud MK and former Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat is the plan’s architect.

The project is being called: “Developing Win-Win Economy in Judea and Samaria”. The idea was originally presented by Barkat to President Trump’s senior adviser (and son-in-law) Jared Kushner during the summer. The presentation reportedly came at the direct request of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu.

The plan also involves annexing parts of Area C in Judea and Samaria to Israel.

Barakat told the Times of Israel that he was inspired by the archaeological park in Shiloh. The site was the original home of the Tabernacle before the Temple was built and is also where Hannah said her prayer. Tel-Shiloh boasts 60,000 Evangelical Christian tourists per year. In the same interview, Barakat noted that “There are 800 million Evangelicals in the world”.

Barakat added that the plan was originally presented to Kushner prior to the Bahrain Conference on Israeli-Arab economic cooperation back in June.

The sites to be developed include:

The Valley of Dotan -Where Joseph was sold by his brothers into slavery

Ancient Sebastia Shomron – Once the capital of the Kingdom of Israel

Rav Kabir – The Blessing and Curse of Class

Sarbata – Mount of the Beacons

Ancient Shilo – Original home of the tabernacle

Beit El – The location of Jacob’s dream

Qasar al-Yahud – The part of the Jordan river where the Israelites entered into the land of Israel

Qumran – the location of the Dead Sea Scrolls

To Ezer – The way of the forefathers

Herodian – The Dead Sea Scrolls – King Herod

Hebron – The Cave of the Patriarchs where Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rivkah and Jacob are buried.

Maale Chever – The three angels

(Source: BreakingIsraelNews; The Times of Israel

First in Europe: Faroe Islands to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

Archipelago’s FM says he hopes diplomatic mission will open in city next fall; move seen as litmus test after Denmark gives islands more freedom on foreign policy

The Faroe Islands plans to open an office for diplomatic representation in Jerusalem and intends to recognize the city as the capital of Israel despite objections from Denmark, according to the Danish-language newspaper Politiken.

The Faroe Islands is a self-governing archipelago of islands in the Atlantic Ocean, but is a part of Denmark. Copenhagen has expressed no desire to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Faroese Foreign Minister Jenis av Rana told the newspaper that he is working to implement the plan and that the funding for the Jerusalem office would be allocated by an upcoming finance act.

“We have requested money to open [the office] in September or October 2020,” Rana told the newspaper. “It is, in fact, a recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.”

According to the report, Rana justified the move by saying that Christianity is very strong on the archipelago and “the Faroe Islands loves Israel.”

In addition, the new office and recognition could be a litmus test for Denmark’s stated desire to give the Faroe Islands (and Greenland) more freedom on foreign policy.

Israel’s Foreign Ministry didn’t comment on the report.

Israel has pushed for countries to move their embassies to Jerusalem and recognize the city as its capital, following US President Donald Trump’s decision to do so in December 2017.

So far, Guatemala is the only other country to have moved its embassy to Jerusalem. The Czech Republic, Hungary and Australia have trade offices in the city, with varying levels of diplomatic status. Slovakia and Brazil have pledged to open similar missions in Jerusalem as well.

Honduras in September opened a trade mission in Jerusalem with diplomatic status, a move the country’s president said was a “first step” toward moving the embassy to the city.

Last month the Foreign Ministry said Ukraine has informed Israel it will officially open a diplomatic mission in Jerusalem focused on innovation and investment. The Foreign Ministry statement did not specify when the Ukrainian office will open.

Moving an embassy to Jerusalem is highly contentious. Israel claims all of Jerusalem as its capital, while Palestinians view East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

Most diplomatic missions in Israel are situated in or near Tel Aviv as countries try to maintain a neutral stance over the status of Jerusalem.

(Source: The Times of Israel)