John Kerry’s True Intentions for Jerusalem

By Yisrael Medad, Algemeiner— Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent speech on Israel contained a potentially dangerous element that has eluded the attention of many, including the speech’s detractors. Kerry’s vision of peace seems fairly straightforward. Jerusalem will be “the internationally recognized capital of the two states,” and “freedom of access to the holy sites…

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US senators introduce bill to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, move embassy

BY ERIC CORTELLESSA, Times of Israel— Three US senators have introduced legislation that would commit the United States to moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a move US presidents have opposed for decades but which President-elect Donald Trump has repeatedly signaled he is willing to do. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R), Florida…

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In Congress, a new battle emerges: 2 states or not 2 states

BY RON KAMPEAS, Times of Israel— There’s a striking difference between competing bids in Congress addressing last month’s UN Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements. It’s not that they differ on the United Nations – the two nonbinding congressional resolutions under consideration condemn the Security Council, as well as the outgoing Obama administration for abstaining…

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Congress to Freeze State Department Funds Until U.S. Embassy Moves to Jerusalem

By Adam Kredo, Free Beacon— A delegation of Republican senators is moving forward with an effort to freeze some funding to the State Department until the U.S. embassy in Israel is formally moved to Jerusalem, according to new legislation. The legislation comes as the Obama administration continues to face criticism over its behind-the-scenes effort to…

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Palestinians Thank UN for Giving Them Permission to Murder Jews

By Ryan Jones, Israel Today— UN Security Council Resolution 2334 was more than just a carefully-orchestrated slap in Israel’s face by outgoing-US President Barack Obama. It was a trigger, intentional or not, for renewed bloodshed. The resolution essentially supports the Palestinian interpretation of Security Council Resolution 242, namely, that Jews have no right to live…

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New Christian Zionism Book Makes Case for Israel

By Brandon Showwalter, Christian Post— A new book by Christian scholars makes a theological case for Christians to support Israel while distancing itself from the “crazy” pop-apocalyptic end-time scenarios that sometimes animate such support in contemporary politics. Born out of a 2015 conference in Washington D.C. sponsored by the Institute on Religion and Democracy, The…

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While the world condemns Israel, Putin advances Russia’s power in the Middle East

By Debkafile— President Vladimir Putin has announced that the Syrian government and rebels have signed a truce deal and are ready to begin peace talks. The ceasefire began on Thursday, 29 December, at midnight local time. The deal excludes the Islamic State (ISIS) the al-Nusra Front and all groups linked to them. Putin has not…

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Robert Jeffress Says Israel Has Biblical Land Claim; John Kerry, Barack Obama ‘on the Wrong Side of God’

BY SAMUEL SMITH , CP REPORTER— Outspoken Texas megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress has accused President Barack Obama and Sec. of State John Kerry of putting America on the “wrong side of God” after the United States failed to veto a United Nations resolution condemning Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory East of Jerusalem. While speaking on…

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Trump ‘aggressively’ pursuing Netanyahu to attend inauguration

By Times of Israel-— Deputy Minister Michael Oren on Thursday slammed US Secretary of State John Kerry’s address on the peace process as historically inaccurate, offensive and dangerous, and called for a total reset of US-Israel ties. Oren, a former Israeli ambassador to Washington, also said that the outgoing administration’s critical view of the Israeli…

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‘We don’t need this America,’ deputy minister says after UN vote, Kerry speech

By RAPHAEL AHREN, Times of Israel— Deputy Minister Michael Oren on Thursday slammed US Secretary of State John Kerry’s address on the peace process as historically inaccurate, offensive and dangerous, and called for a total reset of US-Israel ties. Oren, a former Israeli ambassador to Washington, also said that the outgoing administration’s critical view of the…

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Ukraine’s Jewish Prime Minister Who Voted Against Israel

By Tsvi Sadan— Prime Minister Netanyahu’s refusal to meet Ukraine Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman after he voted in favor of UN resolution 2334 condemning all Israeli settlements as illegal, drew attention to the fact he is the first Jew ever to ascend to such prominence in Ukraine, a country whose past is tainted with bloody…

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Secretary Kerry’s suspension of disbelief

By Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger The term “suspension of disbelief” refers to well-intentioned subordination of documented-facts and common sense to one’s zeal and wishful-thinking: sacrificing long-term realism on the altar of oversimplification and short-term gratification and convenience. Secretary Kerry’s December 28, 2016 speech was replete with suspension of disbelief, totally inconsistent with Middle East reality,…

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