Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Obama in Washington, March 2014 Wednesday, 18 March 2015 | Israeli analyst Caroline Glick anticipates almost two years of unprecedented tension between the US and Israel.

Writing last week in the Jerusalem Post, she asserted that "the next 22 months until President Barack Obama leaves office promise to be the most challenging period in the history of US-Israel relations."

  Pope Francis The Roman Catholic Church announced in May that it has all but finalized a formal agreement with “the State of Palestine.” While it is not the first entity to do so, it might be the most significant. Because of its perceived moral authority, especially in the West, Rome's official recognition may be the “tipping point” that results in a United Nations resolution that “creates” a sovereign state of Palestine apart from negotiations with Israel and contrary to its consent.

The Vatican's official website announced that a formal agreement between “the Holy See and the State of Palestine...has been concluded.” The Holy See is Rome’s supreme authority for the Roman Catholic Church. As such, its decisions are more than statements of policy by a governmental body; they are, in fact, official doctrine for all of its churches worldwide.

A granddaughter helps her grandfather to vote Monday, 16 March 2016 | Tomorrow is a holiday in Israel. No one goes to work so that everyone can go to vote. More than 70 percent of Israeli adults living in Israel are expected to cast their ballots for one of 26 different parties. Individuals from parties that win at least 3.25% of the vote will be given seats in Israel's Parliament–the Knesset–according to the percentage of votes received.

 Friday, 6 March 2015 |Another vehicular terror attack has occurred in Jerusalem. Around ten this morning just north of Jerusalem's Old City, a Palestinian resident of East Jerusalem plowed his car into a group of female police officers. The attack occurred at the Shimon Ha-Tsadik station for Jerusalem's light rail service.

The Jerusalem Post reports that "two of the injured policewomen were in moderate condition and three were lightly wounded. They were evacuated to local hospitals in the city."

Netanyahu reads the Esther scroll for Purim Thursday night Friday, 6 March 2014 | Speaking before a joint session of the United States Congress earlier this week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made it a point to put his country and threats to its existence in a biblical context.

"We are an ancient people," he began. "In our nearly 4,000 years of history, many have tried repeatedly to destroy the Jewish people. Tomorrow night [Wednesday, 4 March], on the Jewish holiday of Purim, we will read the Book of Esther. We will read of a powerful Persian viceroy named Haman, who plotted to destroy the Jewish people some 2,500 years ago. But a courageous Jewish woman, Queen Esther, exposed the plot and gave for the Jewish people the right to defend themselves against their enemies. The plot was foiled. Our people were saved."

Netanyahu and Obama Tuesday, 3 March 2015 | Because of proximity to Israel's elections, President Obama has consistently maintained it would not be appropriate to meet with that nation’s Prime Minister while he is in the US capital, yesterday and today. “We want to avoid even the appearance of any kind of interference with a democratic election,” said Obama’s White House Secretary in January.

  Monday, 2 March 2015 | Before leaving for Washington, D.C. yesterday, Benjamin Netanyahu went to pray at the Temple Mount's Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City. In a move that has generated controversy in the US and Israel, the Israeli Prime Minister speaks tomorrow before a joint session of the United States Congress.

Netanyahu’s determination to proceed in spite of White House disapproval is rife with risk.

  Thursday, 26 February 2015 | As Benjamin Netanyahu's appearance before a joint session of the US Congress draws near, President Barack Obama is scuttling almost all pretense of diplomacy. Instead he has launched a rhetorical attack against Netanyahu. And he does so in lockstep with third-party campaigns against the Prime Minister's pending speech.

UN Ambassador Ron Prosor Wednesday, 25 February 2015 | Earlier this week the 87th Academy Awards handed out Oscars to the world’s best storytellers in the global film industry. At the United Nations Security Council [UNSC] one day later, Israel’s Ambassador, Ron Prosor, announced UN [United Nations] candidates to win Oscars for fictional performances in the category of “Maintenance of International Peace and Security.”

Prosor was speaking at a special session of the UNSC. The session’s focus was reflection on and recommitment to the United Nations Charter.

  Throughout the 1930s, Hitler groomed his culture and his continent for unspeakable savagery. He did this by glorifying his country’s collective ego and asserting the racial superiority of ‘Aryans’ who were on the cusp of a millennium of global rule. He also did it by demonizing Jews as the primary obstacle to a golden age of Aryan oligarchy.

Today Iran is doing the same thing. Asserting the imminent appearance of a Muslim messiah, the Islamic Republic is “clearing the way,” doing whatever it takes to remove all opposition to the Mahdi (Muslim messiah) and his coming rule. The greatest of all obstacles for Iran? Israel. Preparing its people for “annihilation” of the Jewish state, the Islamic Republic has resurrected anti-Semitic blood libels against the Jews.

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