US President Barack Obama Wednesday, 3 June 2015 | Last night US President Obama lectured the Jewish State on Israeli TV. "The world does not believe that Israel is serious about a two-state solution," he warned. Hence, "the danger here is that Israel as a whole loses credibility."

What's more, he said, Israel is the party primarily responsible for making peace happen. Dismissing Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's post-election statements affirming his commitment to a two-state solution, Obama said they lack credibility. "I think that it is difficult to simply accept at face value [Netanyahu's] statement made after an election that would appear to look as if this is simply an effort to return to the previous status quo in which we talk about peace in the abstract, but it’s always tomorrow, it’s always later."

  Temple Mount Friday, 4 September 2015 | The PLO [Palestine Liberation Organization] has issued an ominous 'advisory' to foreign journalists. In essence, it says, do not call Judaism's holiest site by its historically and archaeologically irrefutable name. Instead, call it Al-Aqsa, or else.

Two days ago, the "State of Palestine Palestinian Liberation Organization Negotiations Affairs Department" issued a press release. It is titled, "Advisory to Journalists Visiting the Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound."

It is an advisory that calls the site "the Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound" six times. So should reporters, says the PLO. Accordingly, it has four "urges" for journalists.

Judea & Samaria
the "West Bank"
Thursday, 19 March 2015 | Eliav Shochetman claims that history and its legal documents are clear, the case is ironclad: according to established international law, Judea and Samaria–what the world calls the West Bank– "belong exclusively to the Jewish People and to its national home." Why, he asks, is the world convinced that the opposite is true?

Shochetman is Professor of Law Emeritus at Hebrew University and Dean of the Shaarei Mishpat Law College near Tel Aviv. In the current issue of Sovereignty Journal, its editor, Shlomo Cohen, reports Shochetman's argument and explores its implications.

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.

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