This Week in History: Church of the Nativity siege

BY MICHAEL OMER-MAN, JPOST— Purported birthplace of Jesus Christ became site of five-week standoff between IDF troops and Palestinian terrorists in 2002. On April 2, 2002, a routine arrest raid in Bethlehem quickly spiraled into one of the most unexpected controversies resulting from an Israeli military operation in the past decade. Fleeing IDF troops, some…

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Global March to Jerusalem is a dud

By RYAN JONES, ISRAEL TODAY— It was anticipated that as many as two million Arabs and foreign pro-Palestinian activists would storm Israel’s borders from all sides and infiltrate Jerusalem in order to protest the “Judaization” of the city. Even Israel was taking the threat seriously, and put a large amount of reserve military forces on…

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Let's make this clear: Jordan is Palestine

BY MATTHEW HAUSMAN: Arutz 7— Listen, Palestinian Arabs, If you want to march, march on Jordan. The “Jordan-is-Palestine” option for resolving the Arab-Israeli conflict is an idea that, despite history and logic, was beaten into silence by Israel’s enemies and detractors.  Critics denounced the concept as preposterous, reactionary and counterproductive. And yet, the idea has…

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The error of Balaam

BY DEREK PRINCE (ARCHIVES FROM DEREKPRINCE.ORG)— At first glance it might seem that the story of Balaam, the soothsayer, recorded in Numbers 22–25 has no relevance for today’s Christians. However, the writers of the New Testament refer to Balaam in three separate passages—always with a note of warning. Clearly, therefore, his story contains important lessons…

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IDF, police brace for Global March to Jerusalem

BY YAAKOV KATZ, JPOST— The IDF and Israel Police went on high alert Thursday and canceled weekend leave for thousands of soldiers and policemen ahead of the Global March to Jerusalem planned to begin Friday along Israel’s borders. Defense Minister Ehud Barak ordered the IDF to prepare for a wide range of violent scenarios that…

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Israel's Secret Staging Ground

BY MARK PERRY, FOREIGN POLICY— In 2009, the deputy chief of mission of the U.S. embassy in Baku, Donald Lu, sent a cable to the State Department’s headquarters in Foggy Bottom titled “Azerbaijan’s discreet symbiosis with Israel.” The memo, later released by WikiLeaks, quotes Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev as describing his country’s relationship with the…

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The error of Balaam

BY DEREK PRINCE (ARCHIVES FROM DEREKPRINCE.ORG)— At first glance it might seem that the story of Balaam, the soothsayer, recorded in Numbers 22–25 has no relevance for today’s Christians. However, the writers of the New Testament refer to Balaam in three separate passages—always with a note of warning. Clearly, therefore, his story contains important lessons…

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Time to crack down on Arab violence

BY MICHAEL FREUND, JPOST— In recent weeks, the heart of Israel’s capital has become an increasingly dangerous place for Jews. Residents and visitors alike have been subjected to a series of ominous attacks by local Arabs, which include vandalism, stone-throwing and the torching of vehicles and other property. Even more worrisome is the fact that…

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Obama admin refuses to call Jerusalem Israel's capital

BY RYAN JONES, ISRAEL TODAY— A long-standing point of contention between Israel and the US (one of the few that exists) is the fact that while Congress and the vast majority of American citizens recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state, the White House refuses to do so. The Obama Administration’s position on…

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State Dept. Spokesman Refuses to Say Whether Jerusalem Is the Capital of Israel

BY DANIEL HALPER, WEEKLY STANDARD— There was an amazing exchange today at the State Department press briefing when the press secretary refused to say that Jerusalem is the capital of the state of Israel. “We are not going to prejudge the outcome of those negotiations, including the final status of Jerusalem,” State Department spokesman Victoria…

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