SINCE THE RAPTURE OCCURS BEFORE THE FUTURE 7 YR TREATY IS SIGNED, I WONT BE AROUND TO HAVE THE ACTUAL TREATY SIGNING. BUT UNTIL THEN THIS SITE IS DEDICATED TO THE BEGININGS OF THE ISRAELI / ARAB PEACE PROCESS. AND AS CLOSE TO THE 7 YEAR SIGNING THAT WE GET BEFORE THE RAPTURE OF THE SAVED TO HEAVEN. UNTIL WE MEET JESUS IN THE CLOUDS BODILY, AND COME TO EARTH 7 YRS LATER.

Friday, September 18, 2020

SALVATION-GODS FREE GIFT TO YOU-IF YOU ASK HIM INTO YOUR HEART

JEWISH KING JESUS IS COMING AT THE RAPTURE FOR US IN THE CLOUDS-DON'T MISS IT FOR THE WORLD.THE BIBLE TAKEN LITERALLY- WHEN THE PLAIN SENSE MAKES GOOD SENSE-SEEK NO OTHER SENSE-LEST YOU END UP IN NONSENSE.GET SAVED NOW- CALL ON JESUS TODAY.THE ONLY SAVIOR OF THE WHOLE EARTH - NO OTHER. 1 COR 15:23-JESUS THE FIRST FRUITS-CHRISTIANS RAPTURED TO JESUS-FIRST FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT-23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.ROMANS 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.(THE PRE-TRIB RAPTURE)

JACK VAN IMPE-NO BODIES IN HEAVEN ONLY ( MOSES-ELIJAH-ENOCH)-JESUS (HAS HIS NEVER DYING BODY LIKE WE CHRISTIANS GET AT THE RAPTURE TO LIVE ON EARTH FOREVER IN OUR SEEN BODY)--RIGHT NOW--ALL SPIRIT BODIES IN HEAVEN NOW ARE CHRISTIANS IN THEIR SPIRITUAL BODIES UNTIL THE RAPTURE OCCURS-WHEN ALL THE BODIES AND SPIRITS OF ALL CHRISTIANS DEAD-WILL REUNITE TOGETHER WITH EACH OTHER AGAIN.AND THEN WE WILL HAVE OUR NEW BODIES (NEVER DYING BODIES LIKE JESUS') AND WE RETURN TO EARTH WITH JESUS TO RULE FOREVER IN NOT OUR SPIRITUAL UNSEEN BODIES.BUT OUR CLEARLY SEEN NEW REUNITED SPIRIT-BODY-SOUL BODIES TO LITERALLY RULE ON EARTH FOREVER WITH JESUS.SO YES-JACK IS CORRECT THERE IS NO PERSON IN HEAVEN WITH A BODY BUT ONLY A SPIRIT BODY FOR NOW-UNTIL THE RAPTURE-WHEN WE GET OUR NEW BODIES THAT WILL BE SEEN AGAIN.AND LIVE ON EARTH WITH JESUS FOREVER.
RAPTURE-PRE-TRIB

ROSH HASHANA SHOFAR
SOUND OF THE SHOFAR

SALVATION GODS FREE GIFT TO YOU

IF YOU DONT KNOW KING JESUS AND WANT HIM TO TAKE OVER YOUR LIFE, HE LOVES YOU AND WANTS YOUR HEART TO BE WITH HIM FOREVER AND EVER. HE WANTS ALL PEOPLE ON EARTH TO COME TO REPENTENCE AND CALL ON HIM TO SAVE US FROM OUR SINS. ONLY HE CAN DO IT WHEN WE CALL ON HIM.

IF YOU WANT TO BE SAVED FOR TIME AND ETERNITY WITH KING JESUS SAY THIS PRAYER AND HE PROMISES ETERNAL LIFE WITH HIM. HELL WAS MADE FOR SATAN AND HIS ANGELS, GOD WANTS ALL HUMANS TO BE WITH HIM FOREVER.

PRAY THIS PRAYER

THANK YOU LORD JESUS. THAT YOU LOVED ME, AND GAVE YOURSELF FOR ME. WHAT LOVE, AND TODAY I RESPOND, I WANT YOU AS MY OWN PERSONAL SAVIOR. AND YOUR PRECIOUS BLOOD PUT INTO A SPECIAL BODY BY YOUR FATHER, WAS SHED FOR ME, TO CLEANSE ME, TO WASH ME, TO SAVE ME. I ACCEPT IT NOW, COME INTO MY HEART PRECIOUS SAVIOR. I PRAY THIS IN YOUR HOLY NAME KING JESUS. AMEN AND AMEN.

COME QUICKLY LORD JESUS.OUR JEWISH MESSIAH.AND KING.YOUR EARTHLY FOREVER THRONE OF DAVID AWAITS YOU IN JERUSALEM.AFTER THE 7 YEAR TRIBULATION PERIOD.

JACK VAN IMPE ALTER CALL AT 23MINUTES OF THE VIDEO

ZECHARIAH 14:4
4 And his (JEWISH KING JESUS) feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.

LUKE 1:32-33
32  He (JEWISH KING JESUS) shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:(IN JERUSALEM)
33  And he shall reign over the house of Jacob (ISRAEL) for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.(THATS RULING FOREVER FROM JERUSALEM JESUS DOES)

ISAIAH 9:6-7
6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:(JESUS 1ST COMING AS A BABY OR SAVIOR) and the government shall be upon his shoulder:(JESUS 2ND COMING AS RULING KING AND JUDGE FROM JERUSALEM FOREVER AT THE END OF THE 7 YEAR TRIBULATION) and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of his (JESUS) government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David,( IN JERUSALEM) and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

YOU EITHER LIVE WITH JESUS ON EARTH FOREVER.OR WITH SATAN FOREVER IN THE LAKE OF FIRE-WHICH I BELIEVE TO BE A BLACK HOLE IN OUTER DARKNESS OF THE HEAVINLIES.AFTER JESUS' 1,000 YEAR RULE ON EARTH.THEN ALL THE LOST DEAD STAND IN FRONT OF JESUS-THEN GET THROWN IN THE LAKE OF FIRE FOREVER WITH THEIR NEVER DYING BODY. AND WHETHER YOU BELIEVE THEIRS A HELL OR NOT. YOUR BELIEF DOES NOT MATTER. GOD TOLD US HE CREATED A HELL FOR THE DEVIL AND HIS ANGELS. AND WHOEVER IS NOT SAVED-SPENDS ETERNITY IN HELL WITH THE DEVIL AND HIS ANGELS. PERIOD.
http://israndjer.blogspot.ca/2016/02/just-seen-biggest-black-hole-ever-seen.html 

IS HELL REAL YOU DECIDE

IF YOUR NOT SAVED.YOU HAVE TO KNOW WERE YOU WILL SPEND ETERNITY-FOREVER IN YOUR NEVER DYING BODY.

The following article appeared in the well respected Finland newspaper, Ammenusastia

"As a communist I don’t believe in heaven or the Bible but as a scientist I now believe in hell," said Dr. Azzacove. "Needless to say we were shocked to make such a discovery. But we know what we saw and we know what we heard. And we are absolutely convinced that we drilled through the gates of hell!"Dr. Azzacove continued, ". . .the drill suddenly began to rotate wildly, indicating that we had reached a large empty pocket or cavern. Temperature sensors showed a dramatic increase in heat to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.""We lowered a microphone, designed to detect the sounds of plate movements down the shaft. But instead of plate movements we heard a human voice screaming in pain! At first we thought the sound was coming from our own equipment.""But when we made adjustments our worst suspicions were confirmed. The screams weren’t those of a single human, they were the screams of millions of humans!"The following is a recording that claims to be the actual sounds of hell from the above article.

Biblical Words that Describe Hell-Fire and brimstone-Furnace of fire-Judgment by fire-Fiery oven-Lake of fire-Eternal punishment-Pits of darkness-Flames of fire-Burning wind-Unquenchable fire-Judgment by fire.

Wednesday, January 01, 2020

LATEST MUSLIM FRAUD PHONE SCAMMER SCAMS

LATEST MUSLIM FRAUD PHONE SCAMMER SCAMS

HILTON HOTEL SCAM-FREE ROOM
UNITED AIRLINES SCAM-OFFERING 999.00 OFF A TRIP.

AMERICAN EXPRESS SCAM FREE ROOM # THAT CAME UP 202-957-9898 - WITH THIS AMERICAN EXPRESS SCAM. I WANNA HERE THE SCAM BUT THEY ACTUALLY HANG UP ON ME. ITS HAPPENED 3 TIMES IN 3 WEEKS NOW. MAYBE THEY KNOW I PUT ALL THE SCAMS ON MY SITE. TO WARN PEOPLE.
OCT 13,17 SOME PHONE SURVEY SCAM FOR CASH THEY CLAIM.  

OCT 21,17-4PM-THIS LATEST SCAM IS A MUSLIM THAT PHONES FROM LONDON ONT DOING SOME WESTARIO HYDRO SURVEY. I TOLD THE SCAMMER-I WANNA TALK WITH A CANADIAN NOT A MUSLIM.THEN I WILL ANSWER QUESTIONS.THE MUSLIM HUNG UP ON ME.THEN PHONED ME BACK.AND WOULD NOT ANSWER WHEN I SAID SPEAK TO ME MR MUSLIM. HE THEN HUNG UP WITHOUT SAYING A WORD TO ME  
I FINALLY DISCOVERED THAT ITS  FORMER AKTIV KAPITAL BEHIND THESE SCAM PHONE CALLS. AFTER THE OCT 21ST SCAM CALL. WHEN THE MUSLIM TOLD ME HES FROM LONDON ONTARIO. IT CLICKED IN MY MIND. WHEN AKTIV KAPITAL THE COLLECTION AGENCY HOUNDED ME FOR A YEAR-LAST YEAR. FOR MONEY-WHICH I SETTLED WITH THEM FOR PENNIES ON THE DOLLAR. I ALWAYS GOT SCAM CALLS. WHILE THEY WERE HASSLING ME FOR THE WHOLE YEAR. AND AKTIV KAPITAL IS FLOODED WITH MUSLIM OUTSOURSES. SO WHEN I FINALLY DISCOVERED WERE THE SCAM IS COMING FROM. I SET THEM UP. 1 PHONED AKTIV KAPITAL-MICHELLE OR SARAH-I CAN'T REMEMBER WHO ANSWERED THE PHONE AT 1-866-903-1741 AND SAID ARE YOU AMERICAN EXPRESS-YOUR PHONE NUMBER CAME UP ON MY PHONE SAYING THE MUSLIM PHONED FROM AKTIV KAPITALS HEADQUARTERS. SHE SAID NO WE ARE NOT. BUT SHE WOULD NOT TELL ME SHE WAS WITH A COLLECTION AGENCY. SO I SAID TO HER. I'M GONNA RUN FOR PRESIDENT OF CANADA. SO I CAN BAN ALL MUSLIM MALES FROM SCAMMING CANADIANS.  IT SOUNDED IN THE BACKROUND LIKE SHE WAS GONNA HAVE A HEART ATTACK. AND I SAID OK I GOTTA GO. AND I HUNG UP. AND EVER SINCE MY SETUP CALL. NOV 1 OR 2ND,17 NOT ONE SCAMMER HAS PHONED ME. ITS NOW NOV 14TH SO MY SETUP WORKED. IT WAS THIS SCAMMER COLLECTION AGENCY THAT IS BEHIND ALL THESE SCAM PHONE CALLS. I GET.ANYWAY - https://www.aktivkapital.com/ 
PRA GROUP NOW-EX AKTIV KAPITAL
Last year PRA Group acquired Aktiv Kapital AS, a Norwegian-based debt collector with operations in Europe and Canada, for $880 million.Litigation is actually positive for the future-PRA Group was forced to pay $19 million in consumer refunds and an $8 million penalty and to stop collecting on $3 million in debts by Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) to settle allegations arising from its practices in the last few years. Again, this is just a cost of doing business, similar to insurance companies having to pay claims. The company was ordered to stop reselling debts. PRA Group is prohibited from reselling the debts it buys to other debt collectors.


LIKE I KEEP SAYING. ALL MALE MUSLIMS 6 YEARS OLD OR OLDER MUST BE BANNED FROM CANADA. ONLY ALLOW MUSLIM WOMEN AND GIRLS TO BE ALLOWED IN CANADA.THIS IS THE ONLY WAY TO STOP TERRORISTS AND SCAMMERS.
 GOD ANSWERS MY PRAYER-70 ARRESTED IN INDIA OVER CANADA PHONE SCAM
http://israndjer.blogspot.ca/2016/10/indian-phone-scammers-get-arrested-for.html

2016 ALL U.S.A ELECTION RESULTS-HAPPENINGS
http://israndjer.blogspot.ca/2015/08/the-poll-leaders-for-president-of-usa_23.html



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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

ARABS BRACE FOR TRUMP AID CUTS FOR TRYING TO STEAL JERUSALEM FROM ISRAEL.

JEWISH KING JESUS IS COMING AT THE RAPTURE FOR US IN THE CLOUDS-DON'T MISS IT FOR THE WORLD.THE BIBLE TAKEN LITERALLY- WHEN THE PLAIN SENSE MAKES GOOD SENSE-SEEK NO OTHER SENSE-LEST YOU END UP IN NONSENSE.GET SAVED NOW- CALL ON JESUS TODAY.THE ONLY SAVIOR OF THE WHOLE EARTH - NO OTHER. 1 COR 15:23-JESUS THE FIRST FRUITS-CHRISTIANS RAPTURED TO JESUS-FIRST FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT-23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.ROMANS 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.(THE PRE-TRIB RAPTURE)

LUKE 21:28-29
28 And when these things begin to come to pass,(ALL THE PROPHECY SIGNS FROM THE BIBLE) then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption (RAPTURE) draweth nigh.
29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree,(ISRAEL) and all the trees;(ALL INDEPENDENT COUNTRIES)
30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.(ISRAEL LITERALLY BECAME AND INDEPENDENT COUNTRY JUST BEFORE SUMMER IN MAY 14,1948.)

JOEL 2:3,30
3 A fire devoureth (ATOMIC BOMB) before them;(RUSSIAN-ARAB-MUSLIM ARMIES AGAINST ISRAEL) and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.
30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.(ATOMIC BOMB AFFECT)

ZECHARIAH 14:12-13
12 And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet,(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB) and their eyes shall consume away in their holes,(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB) and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB)(BECAUSE NUKES HAVE BEEN USED ON ISRAELS ENEMIES)(GOD PROTECTS ISRAEL AND ALWAYS WILL)
13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the LORD shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour.(1/2-3 BILLION DIE IN WW3)(THIS IS AN ATOMIC BOMB EFFECT)

EZEKIEL 20:47
47 And say to the forest of the south, Hear the word of the LORD; Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will kindle a fire in thee, and it shall devour every green tree in thee, and every dry tree: the flaming flame shall not be quenched, and all faces from the south to the north shall be burned therein.

ZEPHANIAH 1:18
18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD'S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.

MALACHI 4:1
1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven;(FROM ATOMIC BOMBS) and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.

And here are the bounderies of the land that Israel will inherit either through war or peace or God in the future. God says its Israels land and only Israels land. They will have every inch God promised them of this land in the future.
Egypt east of the Nile River, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, The southern part of Turkey and the Western Half of Iraq west of the Euphrates. Gen 13:14-15, Psm 105:9,11, Gen 15:18, Exe 23:31, Num 34:1-12, Josh 1:4.ALL THIS LAND ISRAEL WILL DEFINATELY OWN IN THE FUTURE, ITS ISRAELS NOT ISHMAELS LAND.12 TRIBES INHERIT LAND IN THE FUTURE

Indian official: UN vote against Trump Jerusalem move won’t affect Israel ties-Netanyahu, Modi agree bilateral relations 'are not determined by a single issue,' say Mideast peace talks must resume quickly-By Joshua Davidovich-TOI-JAN 16,18

NEW DELHI, India — India’s vote at the United Nations condemning the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel won’t harm ties, an Indian official said Monday.Both Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu, agreed that the relations between the countries “are not determined by a single issue,” Indian Foreign Ministry economic relations secretary Vijay Gokhale said following talks between the two leaders.India’s vote at the UN last month had been a possible spoiler in the highly touted visit by Netanyahu to India this week, undercutting a close relationship on display with Modi and the signing of a raft of economic agreements Monday.A spokesperson for Netanyahu did not say if the two had discussed the vote during their approximately two-hour-long meeting and lunch Monday.A joint statement published by Delhi after the meeting only briefly mentioned the two discussing the need to quickly restart peace talks.Over the weekend, Netanyahu told India Today magazine in an interview that while Israel was “disappointed” by India’s vote, the relationship between Tel Aviv and New Delhi remained strong.“Yes, naturally we were disappointed, but this visit is a testimony that our relationship is moving on so many fronts forward,” he said.On Monday, Netanyahu hailed a “new era” in ties with India as he signed a slew of economic deals.“We are ushering today a new era in our relations,” Netanyahu said after talks with Modi. “We have had diplomatic relations for 25 years, but something different is happening now because of your leadership and our partnership.”I arrived in India with the biggest delegation of business leaders that has ever joined an Israeli PM on an official visit. The goal: to deepen the economic ties between India and Israel. Prime Minister @narendramodi, thank you for believing in Israel just as we believe in India. pic.twitter.com/dsizuIBtFC— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) January 15, 2018-Netanyahu arrived in India Sunday accompanied by the largest-ever business delegation to travel with an Israeli leader, including technology, agriculture and defense executives.The prime minister’s schedule includes a visit to Agra, to visit the Taj Mahal, and to Gujarat, prime minister Modi’s home state. He will also visit India’s business capital, Mumbai, where apart from meeting business leaders he is also slated to meet with the leaders of the country’s tiny Jewish community.Agencies contributed to this report.

Toronto police say hijab attack on girl never happened-11-year-old girl's claim that a man tried to cut her headscarf with scissors drew national attention, including from Prime Minister Trudeau-By AFP-TOI-JAN 16,18

MONTREAL, Canada — An 11-year-old Toronto girl’s claim that she was assaulted by a man who tried to cut off her hijab never happened, Toronto police said Monday.The police statement gave no indication as to what motivated Kwawlah Noman’s claim on Friday, which drew national attention, including from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.“After a detailed investigation, police have determined that the events described in the original news release did not happen,” a police statement said.Police reviewed surveillance camera footage and interviewed several residents who live near the Toronto primary school, where the girl said she was attacked by a man who cut her hijab with scissors as she walked to school with her younger brother.“The investigation is concluded,” the police statement said.Trudeau had strongly condemned the attack in a statement issued after the girl’s claim made national news in Canada.“My heart goes out to Khawlah Noman following this morning’s cowardly attack on her in Toronto. Canada is an open and welcoming country, and incidents like this cannot be tolerated.

Palestinian leaders vote to urge PLO to suspend recognition of Israel-Final decision likely to rest with Abbas; if implemented, move would apply until Israel 'recognizes state of Palestine,' cancels annexation of East Jerusalem, stops settlements-By AFP and TOI staff-15 January 2018

RAMALLAH  — Palestinian leaders voted on Monday to call for the suspension of recognition of Israel, and to suspend security coordination with Israel, as they met in response to US President Donald Trump’s acknowledgement of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.The vote ordered the Palestine Liberation Organisation to suspend its recognition of the Jewish state until Israel “recognizes the state of Palestine,” cancels its annexation of East Jerusalem, and stops settlement activity, a statement said.It was unclear if the vote by the Palestinian Central Council, a high-ranking arm of the PLO, was binding, and a final decision is likely to rest with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. A previous vote by the council in 2015 to suspend security coordination with Israel was never implemented.The vote was 74 in favour, two against, with 12 abstentions, according to an AFP journalist present.On Sunday, Abbas denounced White House peace efforts as the “slap of the century.”The rare meeting of the Palestinian Central Council — a high-ranking arm of the Palestine Liberation Organization — was called after Trump’s December 6 recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.Palestinians want the city as the capital of their future state and Abbas has said Trump’s stance means the US can no longer be the mediator in peace talks with Israel.The US president has sought to bring Israel and the Palestinians back to the negotiating table, with talks stalled since 2014.Speaking Sunday evening at the opening of the council, which brings together Palestinians from multiple political parties, Abbas told delegates: “We said ‘no’ to Trump, ‘we will not accept your project.'”“The deal of the century is the slap of the century and we will not accept it,” the 82-year-old leader added, referring to Trump’s pledge to reach the “ultimate deal.”He instead called for an internationally mediated peace process.Israel is unlikely to accept any other mediator than the United States, accusing United Nations bodies of systematic bias against it.The delegates began meeting Monday morning, with talks expected to end in the evening with a joint statement.The last meeting of the PCC in 2015 called for the ending of security coordination with Israel, but its decisions were non-binding and it was never implemented.Abbas, in his speech on Sunday, also issued a series of vicious attacks on Israel, asserting that the Jewish state was a “colonial project that has nothing to do with Judaism.”His comments met with widespread criticism in Israel — particularly the  perceived anti-Semitic comments, including denials of a Jewish connection to the Land of Israel. He went so far as to imply that European Jews during the Holocaust chose to undergo “murder and slaughter” rather than emigrate to British-held Palestine, and alleged that the State of Israel’s first prime minister David Ben-Gurion imported Jews from Yemen and Iraq to the country against their will.Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Abbas was serving Israel’s interests by lashing out against Washington and disregarding the Jewish connection to Israel.“He exposed what we have been saying all the time, that the root of the conflict is the basic refusal to recognize a Jewish state in any borders,” Netanyahu said from New Delhi, where he is on an official state visit, adding that the Palestinians would find no mediator to replace the Americans.-‘Israel ended Oslo’-The Palestinians’ relations with the US leadership have deteriorated rapidly since Trump’s election.He came to power promising to lead the most pro-Israel administration in history, but also to pursue a peace deal.His envoys, including senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner, had been shuttling between the two sides in search of common ground.But Trump also infuriated the Palestinians by refusing to commit to the idea of an independent Palestinian state and recently threatened to cut hundreds of millions of dollars of US aid.The Jerusalem announcement prompted the Palestinians to freeze ties with the administration, and Abbas is expected to shun Vice President Mike Pence when he visits the region next week.On Sunday night, Abbas also attacked the US ambassadors to Israel and the United Nations, David Friedman and Nikki Haley, calling them a “disgrace.”Both Trump appointees have been strong supporters of Israel, with Friedman having backed Jewish settlements in the West Bank.An indignant Abbas also said that Trump had accused them of refusing peace negotiations.“May God demolish your house. When did we refuse?” he said, using a common Arabic curse.Israeli media focused heavily on the phrase on Monday, while Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said the statement showed Abbas was “losing his wits and giving up negotiations.”Abbas said all options were on the table for responding to Trump’s Jerusalem declaration, but did not specifically mention suspending recognition of Israel or ending security coordination with the Jewish state — both policies mooted in the days before the council.He did, however, say the Oslo accords that led to the creation of his Palestinian Authority and envisioned a final resolution to the conflict were in effect finished.“I am saying that Oslo, there is no Oslo. Israel ended Oslo,” he said, referring to Israeli settlement building and other issues seen as eroding the possibility of a two-state solution to the conflict.Hamas, the terror group that rules Gaza, is not taking part in the council — arguing it should have been held abroad to avoid Israeli pressure.In a statement Monday the party said Abbas’s speech “did not meet the ambitions of our people.”“The central council must end Oslo and stop security coordination and withdraw the recognition (of Israel).”

Israeli envoy: UN must condemn Abbas’s ‘vile fabrications’-In letter to secretary general, Danny Danon says PA chief's denials of Jewish connection to Israel 'remind us of the worst regimes of the previous century'-By TOI staff    15 January 2018

Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon on Monday urged the secretary general to condemn Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s speech a day earlier, in which he denied the Jewish connection to the Land of Israel.“Among the many vile fabrications in his address…Abbas repeated the lie that the reestablishment of the nation-state of the Jewish people in our historic homeland is ‘a colonial project that has nothing to do with Judaism,’” Danon wrote, in a letter to Antonio Guterres.“Abbas also accused European powers of ‘moving Jews from Europe to the Middle East’ as part of a plan to further their economic interests. These statements sadly remind us of the racist words of the worst regimes of the previous century,” he said.“It is unfortunate that, with his latest statements … Abbas has yet again responded negatively to serious initiatives for dialogue by Israel, the United States and other members of the international community,” he continued.“The hateful words of the (president) of the Palestinian Authority, which seem to question the very right of a United Nations member-state to exist, are completely unacceptable and must be unequivocally condemned,” Danon stated.Abbas’s speech Sunday night, in which he angrily rejected US President Donald Trump’s approach to the Middle East peace process, was filled with perceived anti-Semitic comments. He went so far as to imply that European Jews during the Holocaust chose to undergo “murder and slaughter” rather than emigrate to British-held Palestine, and alleged that the State of Israel’s first prime minister David Ben-Gurion imported Jews from Yemen and Iraq to the country against their will.The Palestinian leader further asserted that the State of Israel was formed as “a colonial project that has nothing to do with Judaism,” to safeguard European interests.Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that Abbas was serving Israel’s interests by lashing out against Washington and Israel.“He exposed what we have been saying all the time, that the root of the conflict is the basic refusal to recognize a Jewish state in any borders,” Netanyahu said from New Delhi, where he is on an official state visit, adding that the Palestinians would find no mediator to replace the Americans.Abbas has raged against the American decision, breaking off diplomatic contacts with Washington, and on Sunday, the Palestinian leader caustically reacted to a Trump’s expected peace plan that reportedly wanted the Palestinians to accept Jerusalem suburb Abu Dis as its capital, calling it “the slap of the century.”“We told Trump we will not accept his project, the ‘deal of the century,’ which has become the ‘slap of the century,’” Abbas said. “But we will slap back.“We do not take instructions from anyone, and say ‘no’ to anyone if it is about our destiny, our cause, our country and our people… 1,000 times no,’” he said, opening a meeting of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Central Council in Ramallah.Netanyahu said Abbas’s statement, both in content and in the way it was said, would “aid” Israeli efforts to explain its position to a skeptical international community.“Without a change in the stance that Abbas expressed, there will not be peace,” Netanyahu said. “Today, when I speak about it to world leaders, it will be more clear to them.”Other Israeli officials have also sharply criticized Abbas, with Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman saying Monday he had “lost his senses.”President Reuven Rivlin said “What we heard yesterday from Mahmoud Abbas was terrible.”Joshua Davidovich contributed to this report.

Across the Mideast, Palestinians brace for Trump aid cuts-Any reduction in US aid could ripple across the region with potentially unintended consequences in countries already coping with other crises-By AP-TOI-JAN 16,18

SHATI REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza Strip — Mahmoud al-Qouqa can’t imagine life without the three sacks of flour, cooking oil and other staples he receives from the United Nations every three months.Living with 25 relatives in a crowded home in this teeming Gaza Strip slum, the meager rations provided by UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestinian refugee families, are the last thing keeping his family afloat in the territory hard hit by years of poverty and conflict. But that could be in danger as the US, UNRWA’s biggest donor, threatens to curtail funding.“It will be like a disaster and no one can predict what the reaction will be,” al-Qouqa said.Across the Middle East, millions of people who depend on UNRWA are bracing for the worst. The expected cut could also add instability to struggling host countries already coping with spillover from other regional crises.UNRWA was established in the wake of Israel’s War of Independence in 1948, that resulted in tens of thousands of Palestinians to fleeing or being forced from their homes.In the absence of a solution for these refugees, the UN General Assembly has repeatedly renewed UNRWA’s mandate, the original refugee camps have turned into concrete slums and more than 5 million refugees and their descendants now rely on the agency for services including education, health care and food. The largest populations are in Gaza, the West Bank, Jordan and Lebanon.Seen by the Palestinians and most of the international community as providing a valuable safety net, UNRWA is viewed far differently by Israel.Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accuses the agency of perpetuating the conflict by helping promote an unrealistic dream that these people have the “right of return” to long-lost properties in what is now Israel.“UNRWA is part of the problem, not part of the solution,” he told foreign journalists last week. Noting that the Palestinians are the only group served by a specific refugee agency, he said UNRWA should be abolished and its responsibilities taken over by the main UN refugee agency.Some in Israel have even tougher criticism, accusing UNRWA of teaching hatred of Israel in its classrooms and tolerating or assisting Hamas terrorists in Gaza.Blaming the Palestinians for lack of progress in Mideast peace efforts, US President Donald Trump has threatened to cut American assistance to the Palestinians. UNRWA would be the first to be affected.The US provides about $355 million a year to UNRWA, roughly one-third of its budget.US officials in Washington said this week the administration is preparing to withhold tens of millions of dollars from the year’s first contribution, cutting a planned $125 million installment by half or perhaps entirely. The decision could come as early as Tuesday.Matthias Schmale, UNRWA’s director in Gaza, said Washington has not informed the agency of any changes. However, “we are worried because of the statements … in the media and the fact that the money hasn’t arrived yet,” he said.Schmale dismissed the Israeli criticisms, saying that individuals who spread incitement or aid militants are isolated cases and promptly punished. And he said Netanyahu’s criticism should be directed at the UN General Assembly, which sets UNRWA’s mandate, not the agency itself.Any cut in US aid could ripple across the region with potentially unintended consequences.Gaza may be the most challenging of all of UNRWA’s operating areas. Two-thirds of Gaza’s 2 million people qualify for services, and its role is amplified given the poor state of the economy, which has been hit hard by three wars with Israel and a Israeli-Egyptian blockade since the Hamas terrorist group seized power over a decade ago. Unemployment is 43 percent and the poverty rate is 38 percent, according to the official Palestinian statistics office.“Nowhere else are we the biggest service provider for the population of the entire territory,” Schmale said. He said UNRWA provides food assistance to 1 million Gazans, calling it “an expression of collective shame for the international community.”With more than 12,500 teachers, nurses and other staff, UNRWA is Gaza’s largest non-governmental employer. It is also involved in postwar reconstruction projects.The dire situation in Gaza is evident inside al-Qouqa’s home, which is so cramped the family has made sleeping spaces with wood boards and fabric. Two male family members are unemployed. Two others are Hamas civil servants and get paid only intermittently by the cash-strapped movement.At 72, al-Qouqa is worried about his grandchildren. “If UNRWA provides them with bread, they can remain patient. But if it was cut, what will they become? They will become thieves, criminals and a burden on society,” he said. Many believe Hamas, which administers schools and social services in Gaza, will step in to fill the void.Jordan, a crucial ally in the US-led battle against Islamic militants, is home to the largest number of Palestinian refugees and their descendants — with nearly 2.2 million people eligible for UNRWA services. This has turned the UN agency into a major contributor to social welfare services in the country, which also hosts hundreds of thousands of Syrians displaced by war.US aid cuts could heighten the threat of instability in Jordan, which is grappling with a worsening economy hurt by the spillover from conflict in neighboring Syria and Iraq. More than one-third of Jordan’s young people are without jobs, turning them into potential targets for recruitment by extremists.Most of the Palestinians eligible for UNRWA services in Jordan hold Jordanian citizenship, and some argue that this has ended their refugee status. But most maintain that UNRWA services are vital to propping up an important ally.UNRWA’s services are also vital in Lebanon, where Palestinians are prohibited from working in skilled professions and owning property.Lebanon is the least-welcoming Arab country to Palestinian refugees, because it does not want Palestinians to settle and because it does not want the refugees to upset the country’s delicate sectarian balance. Camps in several cities are ringed by concrete barriers and Lebanese security forces use checkpoints to control who enters and leaves. A recent census found 175,000 Palestinian refugees or their descendants living in the country.The civil war in Syria has made many Palestinians refugees twice over. Some 32,000 Palestinians who were living in Syria fled to Lebanon, according to UNRWA. In Syria, Palestinians enjoyed the right to own property and to work in all professions. They are not entitled to the same in Lebanon.Balkees Hameed, 33, arrived in 2013 with her husband, two children and in-laws from Damascus, where their apartment was damaged by rocket fire. The family depends on UNRWA assistance to rent a one-bedroom apartment in a ramshackle building in Bourj al-Barajneh, a Beirut camp. Her husband wipes tables at a restaurant outside the camp. Hameed, like all Palestinians, was painfully aware of the rumors coming out of Washington.“We are already defeated and now they want to oppress us some more?” she asked.While more than 5 million Syrian refugees worldwide are entitled to assistance from the UN’s general refugee relief agency, Palestinians are barred from it under the logic that UNRWA serves them. But UNRWA in Lebanon is chronically underfunded, and the wave of Palestinians arriving from Syria has strained its finances even further.“What UNRWA provides is not even a quarter of what a Palestinian refugee needs,” said Ramy Mansour, 34, who fled to Lebanon from the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus in 2013. “Take everything and return us to our homes. We don’t want any assistance or anything, just return us to our country.”

US Jewish groups tell PM forcibly deporting Africans ‘betrays Jewish values’-ADL, HIAS express 'grave concerns' over new plan that would see migrants and asylum seekers deported to unnamed third countries against their will-By Eric Cortellessa-TOI-JAN 16,18

WASHINGTON — Two American Jewish organizations on Monday expressed “grave concerns” over Israel’s plan to deport thousands African migrants and refugees, telling Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the controversial plan betrayed Jewish values.“The sweeping nature of this deportation scheme, coupled with the extreme difficulty to access the Israeli asylum system is having a devastating impact on the refugee community in Israel and betrays the core values that we, as Jews, share,” said the letter sent by the heads of the Anti-Defamation League and the leading Jewish immigration advocacy group, HIAS.In the open letter signed by ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt and HIAS president Mark Hetfield, both groups “strongly urged” Netanyahu’s government to “refrain from implementing this plan.”Greenblatt and Hetfield called on Netanyahu to adopt a refugee policy compliant with international law, one that would grant protection to those legitimately fleeing violence or extreme persecution by allowing them to live in Israel until it was safe for them to return home.There are approximately 38,000 Africans in Israel who consider themselves asylum seekers, according to the Interior Ministry. Most arrived between 2006 and 2012, and the vast majority are Sudanese or Eritrean. Many live in South Tel Aviv, and residents have blamed asylum seekers for rising crime rates, lobbying the government for deportation.Earlier this month, government ministers approved a plan to imprison illegal migrants who refuse to leave “voluntarily.” The prime minister was also reportedly seeking ways to forcibly expel undocumented asylum seekers, to reduce strain on the prison system.Netanyahu has announced deals to send migrants to third-party countries in Africa, but has refused to divulge where they are.However, the signatories of Monday’s letter said reports indicated that migrants forced to leave were not finding safe havens elsewhere.“Testimonies of people who were relocated by Israel to third countries in Africa indicate that they did not find durable protection there and risked their lives by taking dangerous onward journeys through conflict zones in South Sudan, Sudan and Libya to seek protection elsewhere,” the letter said. “Some have drowned at sea en route to Europe, while others were reportedly detained, tortured and extorted by human traffickers.”“Those forced to leave Israel under the current Israeli government plan,” they went on, “will likely face similar conditions and challenges.”Israel tacitly recognizes that Sudanese and Eritreans cannot return to their dangerous homelands, so it has signed deals with third countries that agree to accept departing migrants on the condition that they consent to the arrangement, according to activists.In August 2017, the High Court of Justice ruled that this policy was legal, but also said that Israeli authorities had to first ensure that the countries to which migrants were being deported were safe.Africans who are in Israel currently hold short-term residence visas that must be renewed every two months.And yet, the government  also decided in November to close the Holot Detention Center, an open facility in the Negev desert that holds roughly 1,200 migrants, who are allowed to leave during the day to work. It is scheduled to be closed in March.The letter’s authors stressed that the way Israel handles the plight of refugees, particularly those fleeing persecution, has a deep resonance with Jews and Israel.“As American Jews, one of our greatest concerns is the well-being and security of Israel,” they said. “We want to see it prosper and overcome all of the challenges its precarious location imposes on it. We also care about our shared Jewish values and refugee heritage –a very human concern that reaches across borders and distances — and unifies us as a people.”

Israel to reopen Gaza crossing after destroying terror tunnel underneath-Kerem Shalom, closed since Sunday, serves as main entryway for humanitarian aid, commercial goods into the beleaguered coastal enclave-By Judah Ari Gross-JAN 16,18-TOI

The Israel Defense Forces announced it planned to reopen the Kerem Shalom Crossing into the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, days after it found and destroyed an attack tunnel that was dug underneath.“The [IDF’s] Southern Command completed the neutralization of the terror tunnel dug under the crossing and thwarted the threat it posed,” the army said in a statement on Monday evening.“With the completion of the process and following an assessment of the situation, it was decided the crossing will reopen,” the military said.The Kerem Shalom Crossing serves as the main route through which humanitarian aid and commercial goods enter the Gaza Strip. On average, hundreds of tractor-trailers pass through the crossing each day.Earlier Monday the IDF took top diplomats and officials from international aid organizations on a tour of the crossing to see the tunnel.“The Kerem Shalom Crossing constitutes a major lifeline to the Gaza Strip, and any attack on it is a terror attack against the residents of the Gaza Strip,” Col. Faris Atill told the visitors, who included representatives of UNWRA,  the UN refugee agency for PAlestinains, and USAID.Earlier today, the Head of the Gaza CLA, Col. Faris Atille, and Head of the Southern Division of the Gaza Brigade, Col….Posted by COGAT – Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories on Monday, 15 January 2018-Late Saturday night, Israeli jets and ground forces destroyed the underground passage, which the army said passed underneath the Kerem Shalom Crossing, an IDF installation, and gas and diesel pipelines.The tunnel spread into both Israeli and Egyptian territory from the southern Gaza city of Rafah. The military said the tunnel was dug by the Hamas terrorist group, which controls the coastal enclave.According to the army, the 180-meter (590 feet) portion of the tunnel that entered Israel appeared to be designed to be used for attacks on Israeli civilians and soldiers. The hundreds of meters of the tunnel that entered the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula could have been used to move fighters or smuggle goods and weapons.“Any attempt to harm Israeli civilians or violate its sovereignty will be met with force and determination,” the army said in its statement on Monday. “The IDF will continue to thwart any violent attempts made by terror organizations above and below ground, wherever needed.”On Sunday morning, the Israel Defense Forces announced it had destroyed the border-crossing Hamas tunnel, the third in recent months.Later that day, the head of the army’s Southern Command said the principal victims of the Hamas attack tunnel bombed by Israel this past weekend were the Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip, as the airstrike required Israel to shut down the main crossing for goods into the coastal enclave.“This terror tunnel, which crossed under the Kerem Shalom Crossing, harms — first and foremost — the residents of the Gaza Strip,” said Maj. Gen. Eyal Zamir, during a visit to the site where the tunnel entered Israeli territory.According to IDF figures, in 2017, over half a million tons of food entered the Strip through Kerem Shalom, along with 3.3 million tons of construction equipment and 12,000 tons of agricultural equipment.It is the second time Kerem Shalom has been closed in under a month.Israel shut down the crossing on December 14, following multiple rocket and mortar attacks from Gaza, along with Erez Crossing, through which people enter and exit the Strip. Erez reopened a day later, and Kerem Shalom was reopened on December 17.Army spokesperson Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus told reporters on Sunday that the discovery and destruction of the tunnel was possible due to a combination of “cutting-edge” technology and intelligence.It was the third tunnel entering Israeli territory destroyed by the IDF in under three months. On October 30, the army blew up an attack tunnel that belonged to the Iran-backed Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist group, in the process killing 12 members of the organization, along with two Hamas operatives. On December 10, the military demolished a second tunnel, this one controlled by Hamas.IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot made the destruction of Palestinian terror groups’ attack tunnel a top priority for the military, following the 2014 Gaza war, which saw extensive use of tunnels by the Hamas terrorist group.Over the past year, the army has been constructing the underground barrier around the Gaza Strip meant to block attempts to dig into Israel.

Commission to float anti-'fake news' proposals in spring By Nikolaj Nielsen-EUOBSERVER

BRUSSELS, 15. Jan, 16:29-The European Commission will be proposing EU-level plans before the summer on how to tackle fake news.Mariya Gabriel, the EU commissioner for digital economy, told reporters in Brussels on Monday (15 January) that its future proposals would be sourced from a group of experts that includes Silicon valley tech firms, academics, journalists, and others."Fake news is spreading at a worrying rate, it threatens the reputation of the media and the well-being of our democracies and threatens to undermine our democratic values," she said.The task is tricky given most fake news is not illegal, posing larger questions on the freedom of expression and information.The group, which met for the first time on Monday, is composed of some 40 people assigned to provide the commission with options on how to prevent the dissemination of fake news both online and offline."It is in the light of this that I think we will be able to identify the best ways of tackling the problem," said Gabriel.A separate public consultation was also launched last November. Its outcome, due at the end of February, is also set to feed into the commission plans.Wicked problem-Madeleine de Cock Buning, a Dutch university professor, presides over the group of 40."We have to face this wicked problem," she said, speaking alongside Gabriel at a joint press conference.Cock Buning also chairs the European Regulators Group for Audio-visual Media Services, an advisory body of EU national regulators.Outstanding issues on how to define fake news and who would enforce the rules remain unanswered.But she said the group would most likely propose a multi-dimensional solution that includes different levels of regulation."We are in the process of discovering of what would be the most efficient to do, also taking care of the freedom of information aspect," she said.-National elections-One Oxford University study looked at 28 million feeds shared in political debates and elections in the US, UK, France, and Germany.It found a seven-to-one real news versus fake news ratio in France. The UK and Germany had a ratio of four-to-one. Such figures have political leaders worried.Earlier this month, French president Emmanuel Macron vowed to introduce a law to ban fake news on the internet during French election campaigns.But the French move has its sceptics.Pierre Haski, who heads Reporters without Borders, told the French literary magazine Le Nouveau that Macron's plan will end up targeting sponsored content and not fake news."You have to be extremely vigilant when putting together this type of legal text in order not to open the Pandora box," he warned.

Bulgaria's corruption problem mars EU presidency start-By Eric Maurice-EUOBSERVER

Sofia, 15. Jan, 09:29-Last Friday (12 January), just as Boyko Borisov's government was hosting the European Commission in Sofia's communist-era palace of culture to launch Bulgaria's presidency of the EU Council, domestic politics cast a shadow over the country's efforts to shake off its image of a dysfunctional post-Soviet state.In a 146 to 80 vote, MPs overruled president Rumen Radev's veto of a new anti-corruption bill, after a debate in which they traded accusations of who was sabotaging the country's fight against corruption."Today, by rejecting the president's veto, our country will fulfil a commitment to the European Commission," said Tsvetan Tsvetanov, the head of the GERB, Borisov's centre-right party.He said that Radev, an independent, and the main opposition party, the Socialists, were in tandem against Bulgaria.
 But Socialist leader Kornelia Ninova accused the government of "covering up" corruption in the country.She said that "the president's veto was like the last chance to adjust" the government's policy on the issue.Radev, an independent politician who was elected in 2016 with the support of the Socialists, had vetoed the anti-corruption bill on 2 January.He said that the law "not only does not create an adequate legal basis for tackling corruption, but will even make it difficult to fight it".The text, which was adopted by the parliament on 20 December, establishes a new unit to investigate top officials when there is a suspicion of corruption or conflict of interest.But critics say that its members would not be independent because they would be appointed by the parliament. They also point out that the unit would be allowed to do wire-tappings, which could be used to pressurise people.Opponents of the bill also say that whistleblowers would not be protected enough, in particular because they would have to provide personal information.After the parliament overruled Radev's veto, Ninova said that her party would table a non-confidence vote on Wednesday (17 January) - which has little chance of passing.-Corruption network-The dispute highlights one of Bulgaria's main problems, 11 years after it joined the EU.Bulgaria is 75th in the annual ranking published by Transparency International (TI), an NGO."Corruption remains the universal explanation for all the problems in Bulgaria," said Anthony Galabov, a political scientist who works with TI."Saying that corruption is everywhere means that we don't know where corruption lies," he said, adding that "corruption is a process, not an act."He noted that corruption was "developed in a network", which makes it "very difficult to have an idea of its scale."The phenomenon has not prevented the Bulgarian economy becoming the fourth fastest-growing in the EU.But with Sofia and much of Bulgaria booming with brand-new shopping malls, business parks and roads, there are many opportunities for corruption."The real place where political corruption is generated is the link between the political offices and the administration," Galabov noted.He said that corruption starts with "trading with political influence, abuse of power" and is fuelled by "brokers who are interested in having new customers."A first step to fight corruption, he said, would be to make the funding of political parties and campaigns more transparent.The government and its supporters, however, argue that corruption is not so widespread."Unfortunately that is being used as a political weapon," said Simeon Saxe-Cobourg, a former king of Bulgaria in the 1940s, who was prime minister in 2001-2005.He helped launch the political career of Borisov, who started working for him as a bodyguard."When I hear the generalised word 'corruption'My God, I have traveled a lot and I still have to find a country that fortunately has no corruption," the former monarch told EUobserver.He argued that "Bulgaria being a modest economy and a reasonably small country, the chances for huge kickbacks are rather small".Simeon admitted however that there are kickbacks in Bulgarians' daily life.'Simplistic idea'-"The guy who gives five leva [€2.50] to a civil servant to do something for him is just as wrong or corrupted as the poor fellow who takes the five leva," he said.He said that making the law "more efficient and faster, with a big fine as soon as something is found, and not after six years of trial … would wake up [Bulgarians] a lot and eliminate a good amount of corruption."On Friday, Borisov also got the support of the president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker."I refute this simplistic idea that all Bulgaria is corrupted," he said in a press conference with Borisov, adding that he was satisfied that the Bulgarian government "has made significant progress".Sofia nevertheless remains under EU pressure to step up the fight against corruption and the reform of its judiciary.Since it joined the EU in 2007, Bulgaria has been under a special monitoring from the commission, the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM).In its latest report, last November, the commission noted that the fight against corruption was "the area where least progress had been made in Bulgaria over the ten years of the CVM."-Schengen decision-In December, EU affairs ministers welcomed "the significant positive steps taken by the Bulgarian authorities" but said that "much still needs to be done, and overall progress now needs to be further accelerated urgently."Speaking to journalists last week, the minister for the EU presidency, Lilyana Pavlova admitted that "'efforts are needed".She assured that the government was committed to make them and hoped that the CVM could be ended "at the end of this year".Exiting the CVM is important for Bulgaria, as it has been set as a political condition by some member states to accept the country in the passport-free Schengen area.Bulgaria, as well as Romania which has also been under the CVM since 2007, meets the technical requirements over the control of its borders and police cooperation.Borisov said last week that he hoped that the question of Bulgaria's accession to Schengen would be "solved quite soon".This article was corrected on 15 January. It stated incorrectly that former king Simeon was prime minister in the 90s. He was prime minister from 2001 to 2005.

GENESIS 6:11-13
11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.(WORLD TERRORISM,MURDERS)(HAMAS IN HEBREW IS VIOLENCE)
12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence (TERRORISM)(HAMAS) through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

Philippines shuts more schools as volcano spews ash and lava-[Reuters]-YAHOONEWS-January 16, 2018

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines' most active volcano spewed lava that cascaded downslope and emitted ash that fell on nearby towns, state volcanologists said on Tuesday, prompting the provincial government to shut more schools.The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) recorded nine episodes of tremor, four of which accompanied lava fountains, and 75 lava collapse events as pressure builds up leading to lava flows and ash plumes, reiterating its warning that a hazardous eruption could happen any time.Mount Mayon, a volcano in the coconut-growing central Bicol region that draws tourists because of its near-perfect cone shape, has shown increased restiveness since Saturday, displacing thousands of residents.Phivolcs said the advancing lava and pyroclastic flows had reached the six-kilometer radius no-go zone, from which some residents fled."Alert level 3 remains in effect over Mayon Volcano, which means that it is currently in a relatively high level of unrest as magma is at the crater and hazardous eruption is possible within weeks or even days," it said.Alert level 4 means an eruption is possible "within days" while level 5 is when a hazardous eruption is under way.The Albay provincial government has expanded its class suspension order to include more towns around the 2,462-metre (8,077-foot) volcano, and advised travelers to avoid ashfall-hit villages amid poor road visibility.Class suspensions have allowed the government to use schools as temporary shelters for displaced people.Reporting by Enrico dela Cruz; Editing by Martin Petty and Jacqueline Wong)

Volcano in Papua New Guinea little known, hard to predict-[Associated Press]-YAHOONEWS-January 16, 2018

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — People in Papua New Guinea are being warned that an eruption of a volcano in the South Pacific nation could also cause a local tsunami.The volcano on Kadovar Island has been erupting for more than a week, forcing 700 people to leave that island and 3,000 to be evacuated from nearby Biem Island. Flights in the area have been canceled due to the risk posed by ash plumes and ships were warned to stay away from the island.Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has said relevant state resources were being made available to support the evacuations. "We will not take risks with human lives. Let's get people out of harm's way now and constantly monitor the activity of the volcano," he said in a statement Monday.O'Neill warned northern coastal communities to be alert for possible tsunamis. Kadovar is offshore to the north of New Guinea, the larger island that includes Papua New Guinea's capital, Port Moresby.Chris Firth, a volcano expert from the Department of Earth and Planetary Science at Australia's Macquarie University, said on Tuesday the steepness of the volcano meant an eruption may trigger landslides into the sea, which could create a tsunami."Given the volcano's remoteness and dormancy, it has not been well studied in the past and does not have the monitoring infrastructure that is in place on other, more regularly active volcanoes," Firth said in a statement. "This makes it very hard to predict what will happen during the course of the current eruption."Papua New Guinea sits on the "Ring of Fire," a line of seismic faults encircling the Pacific that has frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

ARAB MENTAL CASE LEADER ABBAS BLAMES EVERYBODY FOR HIS FAILURES AS A RACIST PIG ISRAEL HATER.

JEWISH KING JESUS IS COMING AT THE RAPTURE FOR US IN THE CLOUDS-DON'T MISS IT FOR THE WORLD.THE BIBLE TAKEN LITERALLY- WHEN THE PLAIN SENSE MAKES GOOD SENSE-SEEK NO OTHER SENSE-LEST YOU END UP IN NONSENSE.GET SAVED NOW- CALL ON JESUS TODAY.THE ONLY SAVIOR OF THE WHOLE EARTH - NO OTHER. 1 COR 15:23-JESUS THE FIRST FRUITS-CHRISTIANS RAPTURED TO JESUS-FIRST FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT-23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.ROMANS 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.(THE PRE-TRIB RAPTURE)

LUKE 21:28-29
28 And when these things begin to come to pass,(ALL THE PROPHECY SIGNS FROM THE BIBLE) then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption (RAPTURE) draweth nigh.
29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree,(ISRAEL) and all the trees;(ALL INDEPENDENT COUNTRIES)
30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.(ISRAEL LITERALLY BECAME AND INDEPENDENT COUNTRY JUST BEFORE SUMMER IN MAY 14,1948.)

JOEL 2:3,30
3 A fire devoureth (ATOMIC BOMB) before them;(RUSSIAN-ARAB-MUSLIM ARMIES AGAINST ISRAEL) and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.
30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.(ATOMIC BOMB AFFECT)

ZECHARIAH 14:12-13
12 And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet,(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB) and their eyes shall consume away in their holes,(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB) and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB)(BECAUSE NUKES HAVE BEEN USED ON ISRAELS ENEMIES)(GOD PROTECTS ISRAEL AND ALWAYS WILL)
13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the LORD shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour.(1/2-3 BILLION DIE IN WW3)(THIS IS AN ATOMIC BOMB EFFECT)

EZEKIEL 20:47
47 And say to the forest of the south, Hear the word of the LORD; Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will kindle a fire in thee, and it shall devour every green tree in thee, and every dry tree: the flaming flame shall not be quenched, and all faces from the south to the north shall be burned therein.

ZEPHANIAH 1:18
18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD'S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.

MALACHI 4:1
1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven;(FROM ATOMIC BOMBS) and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.

And here are the bounderies of the land that Israel will inherit either through war or peace or God in the future. God says its Israels land and only Israels land. They will have every inch God promised them of this land in the future.
Egypt east of the Nile River, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, The southern part of Turkey and the Western Half of Iraq west of the Euphrates. Gen 13:14-15, Psm 105:9,11, Gen 15:18, Exe 23:31, Num 34:1-12, Josh 1:4.ALL THIS LAND ISRAEL WILL DEFINATELY OWN IN THE FUTURE, ITS ISRAELS NOT ISHMAELS LAND.12 TRIBES INHERIT LAND IN THE FUTURE.

Netanyahu ‘disappointed’ by Modi’s rejection of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital-Despite Delhi's UN vote condemning Washington over recognition, PM says India visit attests to the 'special relationship' between the two countries-By AFP-JAN 15,18

NEW DELHI, India — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday he was “disappointed” by India’s refusal to back recognition of Jerusalem as his country’s capital but would not let it spoil his landmark visit to the Asian giant.Netanyahu also vowed that Israel would “catch up” with the killers of a Jewish couple murdered in 2008 attacks in Mumbai whose son is accompanying him on a six-day trip to India.The Israeli leader arrived Sunday at the head of the biggest business delegation he has taken on a foreign visit.Netanyahu told the India Today media group, in an interview released Monday, that he has a “special relationship” with his counterpart Narendra Modi.But the run-up was clouded by India joining more than 100 countries at the United Nations in voting last month to condemn Washington’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.“Naturally I am disappointed but I think this visit is a testament to the fact that our relationship is moving forward on so many fronts,” Netanyahu said in the interview.Ahead of the visit, India also canceled a $500 million deal for Israeli Spike anti-tank missiles.Israel exports an average of $1 billion of military equipment each year to India, but Modi wants to end India’s status as the world’s top defense importer.But Netanyahu was again optimistic on the missile deal.“I hope that this visit can help resolve this issue because I think there is a reasonable chance we can reach an equitable solution,” he said.Declaring that no details could be given until the end of his tour, Netanyahu added: “Our defense relationship is quite significant and it encompasses many things.“I think the keyword is defense. We want to defend ourselves. We are not aggressive nations, but very committed to making sure that no one can commit aggression against us.”Netanyahu is the first Israeli leader to visit India in 15 years.The prime minister and his wife Sara were welcomed at New Delhi airport by Modi, who made history in July when he became the first Indian leader to visit Israel.Modi also stressed how the “historic” visit would “further cement the close friendship between our nations.”Netanyahu expects to sign new agreements in energy, aviation and cinema production. He is to visit the Taj Mahal and Modi’s home state of Gujarat as well as hold meetings with Bollywood stars in Mumbai.But he will also make an emotional visit to a Chabad-run Jewish center targeted in the 2008 Mumbai attacks, a symbolic gesture to India’s tiny Jewish community.Netanyahu is accompanied by 11-year-old Moshe Holtzberg whose parents were among 166 people killed by Pakistani terrorists in coordinated attacks on the city.“Ultimately we will catch up with the killers but the objective is also to prevent future killers,” Netanyahu said in the interview.Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

Did Abbas just give his valedictory speech, blaming everyone for his failures?-Saving his harshest rhetoric for Trump, 82-year-old PA president tells PLO Central Council, 'This may be the last time you see me here'-By Avi Issacharoff-JAN 15,18-TOI

Sunday’s address by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Central Council sounded like the farewell of a leader at the end of his political path, and he admitted as much.“This may be the last time that you see me here,” Abbas said in his speech in Ramallah.In March, Abbas will celebrate his 83rd birthday, and he will be hard-pushed, in celebration, to point to a single significant achievement over the past few years. With no political solution on the horizon, the idea of a two-state solution becoming a sad joke, and the prospects of a unity deal with the Hamas terror group fading daily, it seems that even Abbas has thrown up his hands in despair.Telling US President Donald Trump, “May God demolish your house,” could be attributed to the general “Trumpism” which has seized world leaders, but it also points to the deep despair of the Palestinian leadership.In his first years as Palestinian leader, and especially after Hamas seized control of Gaza in 2007, Abbas succeeding in doing what his predecessor, Yassar Arafat, had not attempted. He ended the chaos that ruled in the West Bank and established a degree of law and order. Together with the Palestinian security forces and with the help of Israel, Abbas managed to stabilize the West Bank and to remove the gunmen from the streets of Palestinian cities. That had previously appeared an impossible goal.However, since the change of government in Israel, after the resignation of Ehud Olmert — who had offered Abbas the entire West Bank and never received an answer — together with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s 2009 election victory, and especially since Trump entered the White House in 2017, the vision of two states realized through negotiations with Israel has evaporated into the thin air of history.The banner that Abbas waved time after time, as official and unofficial policy — establishing the State of Palestine along the 1967 borders — became an idea disconnected from reality. It is easy to blame Trump for this situation, but to be realistic, that has been the case since 2009.The rule of Hamas in Gaza and Israeli settlement building showed clearly that the dream was one thing and the reality was another. Trump’s December 6 White House speech, in which he recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, only made matters clearer for the Palestinians, as did the message sent from Saudi Arabia about the “deal of the century” being drawn up by the Trump administration.The frustration of Abbas and his colleagues was palpable. Furthermore, on Sunday, he did what he is so good at doing — blaming the entire world for the situation of the Palestinians, from the US, to Israel, Hamas, and even the Europeans, for their role in sending the Jews to Israel.Abbas also dedicated a large part of his address to his internal critics — not only Fatah activists who refused to participate in the conference, but also Hamas and the Islamic Jihad terror groups, who stayed away as well.Israel, he further charged, destroyed the Oslo accords. “Israel is a colonialist project, which has nothing to do with the Jews,” he added.Trump gave the Palestinians a slap in the face, he lamented. “The deal of the century became the slap of the century.”Only a few in the Palestinian Authority and the top echelons of Fatah and the PLO were left off of his list of the culprits behind the failure.When one looks at the faces of those participating in the Sunday-Monday conference, it is clear how insistently the PLO and Fatah have refused to change or reform. The leaders today are much the same ones who led the PLO in the 1980s in Lebanon and the West Bank.In this vein, over the last few years, Abbas has made sure that he has no heir, nor even a clear official process for choosing a successor. He ignored calls for reform and any kind of criticism. He made sure to isolate and weaken the most popular leader in the West Bank, Marwan Barghouti, imprisoned since 2002 and sentenced by a civilian Israeli court to five life terms for orchestrating a series of terrorist murders during the Second Intifada.In what seemed like a valedictory address Sunday, Abbas promised that the Palestinians would not give up their rights, that payments to families of terrorists would not stop, and that he would not allow the Americans to mediate in the negotiations. These and many other “nos.”“We do not take instructions from anyone, and say ‘No’ to anyone, if it is about our destiny, our cause, our country and our people… 1,000 times no,” he said.Which left many Palestinians asking themselves a simple question — one that many people in Israel also ask their leaders: “So what is ‘yes?'”It seems unlikely that the answer will be forthcoming during the Abbas-Trump-Netanyahu era.

Netanyahu and India’s Modi meet on arms deal, regional issues-Ahead of confab, Netanyahu says two countries on cusp of 'new era' of relations, hopes to revive canceled defense agreement-By Joshua Davidovich-JAN 15,18-TOI

NEW DELHI, India — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with his Indian counterpart Monday, looking to deepen the countries’ diplomatic relationship and get a massive arms deal back on track.The meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi followed an official state ceremony and a wreath-laying by Netanyahu at a memorial for Gandhi.In a brief statement to the press before the meeting, Netanyahu said Israel was on the cusp of a “new era” of relations with India.“This visit heralds the flourishing of our friendship,” Netanyahu said.Netanyahu and Modi’s meeting was expected to center on deepening “Israel’s standing as a strategic partner of India” and “advancing defense sales” among other topics, an official in the Prime Minister’s Office said.A source in Netanyahu’s office said the two leaders would also discuss regional security issues.Netanyahu is keen to revive a canceled $500 million deal between Israeli arms manufacturer Rafael and India for Spike anti-tank missiles.“I hope that this visit can help resolve this issue because I think there is a reasonable chance we can reach an equitable solution,” Netanyahu told India Today in an interview published on Monday.Israel exports an average of $1 billion of military equipment each year to India, but Modi wants to end India’s status as the world’s top defense importer.Declaring that no details could be given until the end of his tour, Netanyahu added: “Our defense relationship is quite significant and it encompasses many things.“I think the keyword is defense. We want to defend ourselves. We are not aggressive nations, but very committed to making sure that no one can commit aggression against us.”While Netanyahu and Modi have shown off their close friendship, via what some have termed the Indian prime minister’s “hugplomacy,” the countries’ ties have been hampered both by India’s continued trade with Iran and Delhi’s recent vote in the United Nations General Assembly condemning US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.Netanyahu told India Today he was “disappointed” by India’s UN vote on Jerusalem, but made clear he would not let it spoil his visit.“Naturally I am disappointed but I think this visit is a testament to the fact that our relationship is moving forward on so many fronts,” Netanyahu said in the interview.The prime minister and his wife Sara were welcomed at New Delhi airport by Modi, who made history in July when he became the first Indian leader to visit Israel.Modi also stressed on Sunday that the “historic” visit would “further cement the close friendship between our nations.”Netanyahu expects to sign new agreements in energy, aviation and cinema production. He is to visit the Taj Mahal and Modi’s home state of Gujarat as well as hold meetings with Bollywood stars in Mumbai.But he will also make an emotional visit to a Chabad-run Jewish center targeted in the 2008 Mumbai attacks, a symbolic gesture to India’s tiny Jewish community.Netanyahu is accompanied by 11-year-old Moshe Holtzberg whose parents were among 166 people killed by Pakistani terrorists in coordinated attacks on the city.AFP contributed to this report.

US envoy sends condolence letter to family of rabbi slain in terror attack-David Friedman says Raziel Shevach, killed in drive-by shooting in West Bank, epitomized the 'dedicated individuals who have built' Israel-By TOI staff-JAN 15,18

US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman on Monday sent a condolence letter to the family of an Israeli who was killed last week in a West Bank drive-by shooting terror attack.“On behalf of the United States, I offer our nation’s condolences upon the tragic murder of your husband, and father, Rabbi Raziel Shevach,” Friedman wrote.Shevach was shot dead while driving down a highway near his home in the Havat Gilad outpost last Tuesday night. He was survived by his wife and six children.Friedman said that he had received “countless communications extolling the virtues of this very special man.”“As an emergency first responder, a mohel [circumciser] and a revered teacher, Rav [rabbi] Shevach clearly was an extraordinary person more concerned with others than himself,” the envoy wrote. “He epitomized the hard working, dedicated individuals who have built and sustained the State of Israel.”Friedman said he wanted to personally deliver his message to the family during the week-long mourning period at the West Bank outpost but was not able to pay a visit due scheduling constraints.The ambassador indicated that he still hopes to see the family in the future.“Please accept this letter in the interim until we are able to meet in person,” he wrote.Following the deadly terrorist attack, Friedman had sharply criticized the Palestinian Authority, blaming it for the failure to reach peace with Israel.“An Israeli father of six was killed last night in cold blood by Palestinian terrorists. Hamas praises the killers and PA laws will provide them financial rewards,” Friedman said in a statement last Wednesday posted to Twitter in response to the killing.“Look no further to why there is no peace. Praying for the bereaved Shevach family,” he added, echoing accusations leveled by Israeli officials in the wake of the terror attack.In response to the tweet, the Palestinian Foreign Ministry issued a statement accusing Friedman of a “prejudiced and selective attitude” toward the conflict.It pointed to Friedman’s silence over what Palestinians say was the killing by Israeli forces of a disabled Palestinian man during recent protests and clashes on the Gaza Strip border and other killings as evidence of his bias.“Friedman’s remarks and positions further complicated the road towards the peace process and the resumption of negotiations between the Israeli and Palestinian sides, specifically after President Donald Trump’s declaration on Jerusalem.” the ministry said.Since Shevach’s murder, settler leaders and right-wing lawmakers have called on the government to legalize Havat Gilad. On Sunday Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman submitted a proposal to the cabinet that would start the process of legalizing the outpost.Last Thursday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu instructed the Defense Ministry to officially hook up Havat Gilad to the electricity grid. The outpost, southeast of Nablus, currently receives electricity through a makeshift connection to the power grid.Unlike previous US envoys, Friedman was known as a strong supporter of Israeli settlements before he took the job, serving as president of American Friends of Bet El Institutions, an organization that supports the large West Bank settlement near Ramallah.That support has continued since his appointment as ambassador. In September, Friedman said that settlements “are part of Israel.”In November, he canceled an appearance at a memorial ceremony for slain American teen Ezra Schwartz in the wake of a media report that it would be taking place at an illegal West Bank outpost.Earlier this month, Friedman paid a condolence visit at the home of Likud MK Yehudah Glick in the settlement of Otniel, following the death of his wife.The PA, which has expressed a refusal to engage in peace talks with Israel unless the Trump administration walks back the US president’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, has issued no statement on Shevach’s killing.Trump’s December 6 announcement that he would move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem was hailed by Netanyahu and by leaders across much of the Israeli political spectrum. Trump stressed that he was not specifying the boundaries of Israeli sovereignty in the city, and called for no change in the status quo at the city’s holy sites.However, the move enraged the Palestinians who said they will no longer engage with the Trump administration’s push for fresh peace talks.Two weeks ago, Israel’s Kan public broadcaster reported that Friedman had asked the US State Department to stop calling Israel’s presence in the West Bank an “occupation” in official documents. He reportedly recommended using the term “West Bank territory” instead of the “occupied territories.”The State Department rejected the request, according to the report, but agreed to take up the subject again in the future. A State Department official later called the report “twisted and misleading” when asked for comment.

26 killed, 90 injured in Baghdad twin suicide blasts-Bombing in bustling Tayyaran Square targets day laborers in second attack in three days-By AFP-JAN 15,18

BAGHDAD, Iraq — A double suicide bombing killed 26 people in Baghdad on Monday, officials said, the second such attack in the Iraqi capital in three days.Dr Abdel Ghani al-Saadi, health chief for east Baghdad, reported “26 dead and 90 wounded.”“Two suicide bombers blew themselves up in Tayyaran Square in central Baghdad,” said General Saad Maan, spokesman for the Joint Operations Command, which includes the army and the police.Tayyaran Square is a bustling center of commerce and a place where day laborers gather in the early morning waiting for jobs.It has been the site of deadly attacks in the past.An AFP photographer at the site of the bombing said many ambulances had gathered and security forces had been deployed in large numbers.There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but most such attacks in Iraq are the work of the Islamic State terror group.In December, the government announced the “end of the war” against IS, which has been expelled from the Baghdad region and urban areas of Iraq that it controlled.Terror groups are still active, however, north of Baghdad.

El Al passengers on way to Israel after 13 hours stuck at Canada air force base-Flight LY008 from New York to Tel Aviv was forced to make emergency landing in Newfoundland and Labrador province after the pilot reported a malfunction in the cockpit-By TOI staff-JAN 15,18

An El Al passenger flight carrying some 400 passengers took off on its way to Israel Sunday night from a Canadian air force base, 13 hours after their plane made an emergency landing there due to a technical fault.Flight LY008 from New York to Tel Aviv was forced to land at the Goose Bay air force base in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador after the pilot reported a malfunction in the plane’s cockpit.The plane landed in  Goose Bay at 5.55 a.m EST, nearly five hours after it had taken off from JFK airport at 12.41 a.m., according to El Al’s flight tracker service. But despite the airline’s immediate announcement that it would be sending a replacement aircraft to take the passengers on to Israel, it was over 13 hours before they were once again airborne.With temperatures outside reportedly at -22 degrees Fahrenheit (-30 degrees Celsius), passengers huddled under blankets to stay warm.“We’ve been here about six and a half hours,” Chen Harel, one of the passengers told Hadashot news earlier Sunday. “Every minute that passes is harder and harder for us, and we hope it will end quickly – there are adults and children here.”The flight was set to arrive in Tel Aviv at 10.00 a.m Israel time, over 26 hours after it first took off.

A Rust Belt synagogue faces the end with dignity and gathers to bury its past-The shrinking industrial town of New Castle, Pennsylvania, once housed up to 400 Jewish families. Today, the community can barely scrape together a prayer quorum-By Alanna E. Cooper-JAN 15,18-TOI

NEW CASTLE, Pennsylvania (JTA) — It was a frigid 10 degrees Fahrenheit on Sunday, the last day of 2017, but some 20 people gathered at Congregation Tifereth Israel’s cemetery in this city of 22,000 on the Ohio border. A blue tent and folding chairs had been set up for attendees, and a pit in the ground had been opened.No hearse would be arriving at this unusual burial, which was not for a person. Still, a few attendees choked up when they greeted each other with hugs and wiped tears from their cheeks. This was a subdued sort of mourning because no friend or relative had been taken from their midst. Nor was the “death” a sudden one. Indeed, the congregation had been preparing for this day for years.Deep below, the hole was lined with cardboard boxes containing yahrtzeit plaques, tallit prayer shawls and other ritual items that cemetery caretakers had carefully lowered in a few days before.The mourners had come to bury, in a sense, their synagogue.Congregation Tifereth Israel was founded nearly 125 years ago. In 1894, synagogue members lived in a busy town with a suddenly booming economy. Linked first to the canal system and later to the railroad, the population of New Castle swelled at the turn of the 20th century as the town’s manufacturing base grew. Tin plate and paper mills and steel and ceramic factories brought great prosperity to the region. Ancillary businesses cropped up to support the growing population. Many of these – drug stores, department stores, furniture stores, groceries – were owned by New Castle’s Jewish residents.Bright eyed and lively, Bruce Waldman told me that he was born in New Castle in 1942, and that one day he will be buried here. His plot in the Tifereth Israel cemetery is already designated. Waldman’s father also was a New Castle native and is buried here. His grandfather, who was among the New Castle Jewish community founders, had emigrated from Eastern Europe via Pittsburgh, 50 miles south.When Waldman was a boy in the 1950s, the town’s population reached its peak of 48,834. At the time, the Jewish community boasted two synagogues, the Reform Temple Israel joining Tifereth Israel, with 300 to 400 active families in total.As the economy changed in the 1960s, New Castle’s population dwindled, along with so many other Rust Belt cities. By 1990, the numbers had dipped to 28,334 residents; today the number stands at about 23,000. Those looking for a more robust Jewish community for their children went elsewhere. Others simply moved away for better economic opportunities. Waldman’s two sons left for college and never returned. One now lives in Sydney, Australia, and the other in New York.Faced with shrinking numbers, the town’s two Jewish congregations merged in 1997. The newly named Temple Hadar Israel operated out of the Tifereth Israel building and remained affiliated with the Conservative movement. The consolidation helped retain some vibrancy. Still, as the population continued to age and young people became scarce, it became difficult to gather a minyan, or quorum, for Shabbat services. Members began to consider the possibility of winding down synagogue operations.“We never ran out of money,” Sam Bernstine, the congregation’s president said, “but we ran out of people.”About five years ago, Temple Hadar Israel members reached out to the Jewish Community Legacy Project, or JCLP, an organization that works with small, dwindling congregations to help insure their legacies. A partnership of the Jewish federations, the Reform and Conservative movements, and two national Jewish historical societies, the JCLP helps congregations preserve historic documents, catalog and dispose of ritual objects, create oral histories and divvy up assets. JCLP says it has worked with 50 such communities and identified 100 more that meet its criteria for assistance.Bernstine cares deeply about the congregation, which helped raise him after he lost his mother to cancer when he was 9 years old. His loyalty, though, never got in the way of his pragmatism.“Do you want a dignified end?” he asked his fellow congregants. “Or do you want the last person left to have to shut off the lights?”Bernstine said his goal was to have the congregation face its own end in a “respectful manner,” to be “in control of our own destiny.” Step by step the synagogue divested of its material assets. The congregants sold the building, with the agreement that they could rent back space from the new owners and continue to meet in the sanctuary. They donated their synagogue records, photographs and a few ritual items to the Rauh Jewish History Archives at the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, the Klau Library of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and the Lawrence County Historical Society.The yahrtzeit plaques posed a more delicate problem because each of them has a connection to a particular person. Members who still live in New Castle claimed their family members’, and efforts were made to locate relatives of those who grew up in New Castle but were now scattered across the country.Whoever took control had to face the question of what to do with the plaques.“I am not going to throw them out, but I don’t want them hanging in my living room,” one woman told me, speaking about her parents’ plaques. She placed them in a box and keeps them in her basement. Alan Samuels took his parents’ plaques to the cemetery and affixed them into their headstones.Temple Hadar’s nine Torah scrolls went to congregations across the world to help those struggling to get by and reinvigorate others. One went to the new Progressive congregation Beit Centrum Ki Tov in Warsaw and another was sent to a tiny community in Indonesia that recently revived its connection to the Jewish world. One went to a Houston congregation that suffered damage in the recent floods. Other recipients included a Reconstructionist congregation in Cleveland, a Reform temple in South Carolina and three summer camps.Next month, the last remaining scroll will be donated to the Hillel Jewish University Center of Pittsburgh amid a weekend of festivities.Even with the great care to find a home for each ritual object, some remained orphaned. Among them were prayer books, prayer shawls, curtains for the Torah ark and many unclaimed yahrtzeit plaques. Rather than dispose of them, a burial was planned.On Devember 30, the members of Temple Hadar Israel held prayer services in their sanctuary for the last time. Every person was called to recite a blessing during the Torah reading — an honor known as aliyah — and people offered reflections at the final kiddush lunch. The following day, congregants drove through the snowy cemetery grounds to the pit that held the last of their items. Their part-time rabbi, Howard Stein of Pittsburgh, was not in attendance, as his own father had passed away the day before. I attended as part of my research into what congregations do with their material objects when they merge, downsize or shut down.A few weeks prior, Stein told me that his plan was to conduct the ceremony like a funeral. In his absence, the event was brief, ad hoc and raw. One man read a passage about the Cairo geniza, a famed storehouse of centuries of damaged Jewish texts and ritual objects. Another man spoke about honoring the word of God in the same way that we honor a deceased person.The ground was too cold to shovel dirt. Instead, congregants took hold of a few final items – including the prayer books that had been used for Shabbat services the day before — and together tossed them into the hole.To close the ceremony, Eric Lidji, director of the Rauh Jewish History Program and Archives, offered a few words of reflection on the verse from Ecclesiastes: “There is a time for scattering stones and a time for gathering stones.” Although Temple Hadar Israel has disbanded, Lidji explained, its stones have been gathered in the archives and here, too, in the cemetery.“These are big things that say ‘we are here’ and ‘we belong here,’” he said. The markers convey that “everything that happened here matters, and will continue to matter.”As Lidji concluded, someone in the huddled group spoke up.“Shall we say Kaddish?” this person asked, referring to the Mourner’s Prayer.Their prayer books were in the pit, but everyone seemed to know the words by heart. They recited the prayer together, memorializing their shared past, their last act as a congregation. Final hugs were exchanged as the group dispersed with lowered heads. They returned to their cars, driving in a procession up the snowy hill and out of the cemetery.Alanna E. Cooper is director of Jewish Lifelong Learning at Case Western Reserve University and an adjunct assistant professor in its Department of Anthropology.

THAT HE/SHE-GAY NOW IT TREASONOUS MANNING WILL BE RUNNING FOR SENATE. THE IT INSISTS TRUMP IS A DEMOCRAT. THIS LIBERAL RETARD IT LOSER OF OBAMA SHOULD BE BANNED FROM RUNNING FOR OFFICE DUE TO ITS TREASONOUS LEAKING OF CONFIDENTIAL E-MAILS TO WIKI LEAKS.

Monday, January 15, 2018

HAMAS SAYS IT WILL NOT ATTEND ARAB MEETING ON JERUSALEM RECOGNITION.

JEWISH KING JESUS IS COMING AT THE RAPTURE FOR US IN THE CLOUDS-DON'T MISS IT FOR THE WORLD.THE BIBLE TAKEN LITERALLY- WHEN THE PLAIN SENSE MAKES GOOD SENSE-SEEK NO OTHER SENSE-LEST YOU END UP IN NONSENSE.GET SAVED NOW- CALL ON JESUS TODAY.THE ONLY SAVIOR OF THE WHOLE EARTH - NO OTHER. 1 COR 15:23-JESUS THE FIRST FRUITS-CHRISTIANS RAPTURED TO JESUS-FIRST FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT-23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.ROMANS 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.(THE PRE-TRIB RAPTURE)

LUKE 21:28-29
28 And when these things begin to come to pass,(ALL THE PROPHECY SIGNS FROM THE BIBLE) then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption (RAPTURE) draweth nigh.
29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree,(ISRAEL) and all the trees;(ALL INDEPENDENT COUNTRIES)
30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.(ISRAEL LITERALLY BECAME AND INDEPENDENT COUNTRY JUST BEFORE SUMMER IN MAY 14,1948.)

JOEL 2:3,30
3 A fire devoureth (ATOMIC BOMB) before them;(RUSSIAN-ARAB-MUSLIM ARMIES AGAINST ISRAEL) and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.
30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.(ATOMIC BOMB AFFECT)

ZECHARIAH 14:12-13
12 And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet,(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB) and their eyes shall consume away in their holes,(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB) and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB)(BECAUSE NUKES HAVE BEEN USED ON ISRAELS ENEMIES)(GOD PROTECTS ISRAEL AND ALWAYS WILL)
13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the LORD shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour.(1/2-3 BILLION DIE IN WW3)(THIS IS AN ATOMIC BOMB EFFECT)

EZEKIEL 20:47
47 And say to the forest of the south, Hear the word of the LORD; Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will kindle a fire in thee, and it shall devour every green tree in thee, and every dry tree: the flaming flame shall not be quenched, and all faces from the south to the north shall be burned therein.

ZEPHANIAH 1:18
18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD'S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.

MALACHI 4:1
1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven;(FROM ATOMIC BOMBS) and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.

And here are the bounderies of the land that Israel will inherit either through war or peace or God in the future. God says its Israels land and only Israels land. They will have every inch God promised them of this land in the future.
Egypt east of the Nile River, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, The southern part of Turkey and the Western Half of Iraq west of the Euphrates. Gen 13:14-15, Psm 105:9,11, Gen 15:18, Exe 23:31, Num 34:1-12, Josh 1:4.ALL THIS LAND ISRAEL WILL DEFINATELY OWN IN THE FUTURE, ITS ISRAELS NOT ISHMAELS LAND.12 TRIBES INHERIT LAND IN THE FUTURE

YOU WILL NEVER READ OR HERE ABOUT THIS ON THE LIBERAL RETARD NEWS MEDIA. ESPECIALLY THE CNN (COLLUSION NEWS NETWORK) COVERUP STATION FOR HITLER 2ND MENTAL CASE CLINTON AND COMPANY. OF CORRUPT SCUM FORMER AND CURRENT FRAUD MUSLIM OBAMA SWAMPERS IN THE DOJ-AND OTHER DEPARTMENTS.

Feds announce indictment in massive bribery scheme connected to Hillary Clinton’s Uranium One deal-Jan 13, 2018 2:15 pm-Chris Enloe Weekend Editor

A federal indictment connected to the infamous “Uranium One” deal facilitated by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration was announced Friday.What happened? The Department of Justice announced an 11-count indictment against Mark Lambert in connection to a Russian bribery scheme involving the Uranium One sale. Lambert is the “former co-president of a Maryland-based transportation company that provides services for the transportation of nuclear materials to customers in the United States and abroad,” the DOJ said in a statement.He was charged with one account of conspiracy to violate the the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and to commit wire fraud, seven counts of violating the FCPA, two counts of wire fraud and one count of international promotion money laundering, the DOJ said. More from the DOJ:The charges stem from an alleged scheme to bribe Vadim Mikerin, a Russian official at JSC Techsnabexport (TENEX), a subsidiary of Russia’s State Atomic Energy Corporation and the sole supplier and exporter of Russian Federation uranium and uranium enrichment services to nuclear power companies worldwide, in order to secure contracts with TENEX.beginning at least as early as 2009 and continuing until October 2014, Lambert conspired with others at “Transportation Corporation A” to make corrupt and fraudulent bribery and kickback payments to offshore bank accounts associated with shell companies, at the direction of, and for the benefit of, a Russian official, Vadim Mikerin, in order to secure improper business advantages and obtain and retain business with TENEX.A National Review expose on the Uranium One scandal explains that TENEX is the commercial agent responsible for the sale and transportation of uranium to the U.S. It is also a Kremlin-controlled company and a subsidiary of Rosatom, Russia’s state-controlled nuclear company.The bribery scheme deal was first reported last October. According to a report from The Hill, federal investigators began collecting evidence about crimes surrounding the deal in 2009.The Hill reported the “FBI had gathered substantial evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering designed to grow Vladimir Putin’s atomic energy business inside the United States.” The report added:.Federal agents used a confidential U.S. witness working inside the Russian nuclear industry to gather extensive financial records, make secret recordings and intercept emails as early as 2009 that showed Moscow had compromised an American uranium trucking firm with bribes and kickbacks in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, FBI and court documents show.They also obtained an eyewitness account — backed by documents — indicating Russian nuclear officials had routed millions of dollars to the U.S. designed to benefit former President Bill Clinton’s charitable foundation during the time Secretary of State Hillary Clinton served on a government body that provided a favorable decision to Moscow, sources told The Hill.The report went on to state the DOJ kept Congress and the American public in the dark about corrupt Russian nuclear activities happening on U.S. soil during a time when the Obama administration “made two major decisions benefiting Putin’s commercial nuclear ambitions.”What is the Uranium One scandal? The Uranium One scandal is a controversy in which the Obama administration permitted “the sale of U.S. uranium mining facilities to Russia’s state atomic energy company,” according to NBC News. Multiple government agencies had to approve the sale and the Clintons were key players in securing the deal.Attorney General Jeff Sessions initiated further investigation into the scandal last month. He has even looked into the possibility of opening a separate probe to investigate Clinton’s involvement in the deal.

News-Exec charged with bribing Russian official in uranium deal-By Mary Kay Linge-January 13, 2018 | 1:29pm

The Justice Department has a duty to consider a probe of the Uranium One sale-Sessions considering special counsel to investigate Hillary Clinton-DOJ lifts gag order on FBI source in Russian uranium deal-Trump says uranium deal probe is the new Watergate There’s an indictment in the FBI probe of the Uranium One scandal, in which the Obama administration cleared a business deal that gave a Russian company control of 20 percent of the US uranium industry.A grand jury brought 11 counts of money laundering and wire fraud against Mark Lambert, the former head of a Maryland transportation company.Lambert allegedly tried to bribe an official at a subsidiary of Russia’s State Atomic Energy Corp.The indictment, handed up in Maryland, says Lambert tried to conceal the payments with the code words “lucky figures,” “lucky numbers” and “cake.”Lambert’s aim was to win contracts to ship uranium to the US.The federal investigation grew from charges that the Obama administration covered up an FBI probe of the uranium business — and thus allowed the Russian firm Tenex to buy a stake in Uranium One, a Canadian company that mines uranium in Wyoming and elsewhere.

Hamas says it will not attend Palestinian meeting on Jerusalem recognition-Terror group says conditions of Ramallah talks 'will not enable a comprehensive political review at the level of our aspirations'-By Agencies and TOI staff-JAN 13,18

Hamas said Saturday it would not participate in a meeting of Palestinian leaders to debate responses to the controversial US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.The terror group’s decision not to take part in the meeting set to begin late Sunday is a further setback to failing reconciliation efforts between leading Palestinian factions.“We have taken the decision not to participate in the meeting of the [Palestinian] Central Council in Ramallah,” Hamas said in a statement, but stressed its “commitment to the unity of our people.”“The conditions under which the committee will be held will not enable it to carry out a comprehensive and responsible political review, and will prevent decisions that reach the level of our aspirations,” the statement said.The two-day meeting will bring together the heads of the Palestine Liberation Organization, the internationally recognized representative of the Palestinian people.Hamas and Islamic Jihad, another Palestinian terror group, were invited to attend despite not being part of the PLO. Islamic Jihad has also announced it would not take part.Hamas, which runs the Gaza Strip, had been pushing for the meeting to be held outside the Palestinian territories, but Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas decided instead to host it in Ramallah — the base of his government in the West Bank.The Hamas statement said this left them subject to the “pressures” of Israel, which controls the West Bank and regularly arrests Hamas officials.The meeting is due to discuss responses to US President Donald Trump’s December 6 recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.The decision infuriated Palestinian leaders, who see East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state.The Trump administration has also not publicly committed to the idea of an independent Palestinian state, and briefly threatened the PLO office in Washington with closure in November.Hamas and Abbas’s Fatah party signed a reconciliation agreement in October that was meant to see the Islamists hand over control of Gaza by the end of 2017.The talks have broken down however, with disputes over the fate of tens of thousands of Hamas civil servants and the future of Hamas’s vast armed wing.Hamas seized Gaza in 2007, forcing out Abbas’s forces in a near civil war. It has fought three wars with Israel since 2008.Last week the London-based Arabic newspaper Al-Hayat reported that a senior Hamas official in Ramallah said the terror group would agree to disarm if it can gain PLO representation and join the government.There was no official confirmation of the report.

Russia: Trump would make a ‘big mistake’ by leaving Iran deal-Moscow believes Washington already set on withdrawing from accord, Deputy FM says, vowing to fight to keep agreement alive-By AFP and TOI staff-JAN 13,18

MOSCOW — Russia on Saturday said Washington would be making a grave mistake by pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal, adding that Moscow would work hard to keep the landmark agreement alive.Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov criticized remarks by US President Donald Trump, who on Friday said the US will not reimpose nuclear sanctions on Iran for the moment, but would withdraw later this year unless the terms of the deal are changed.“We are gradually coming to the conclusion that an internal decision by the US to leave the [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action] has already been made or is close to being made,” Ryabkov said in an interview with Interfax news agency.“This could be one of Washington’s big foreign policy mistakes, a big miscalculation in American policy,” he said.Under the 2015 deal with Russia, the US, China, France, Britain, Germany and the EU, Iran agreed to curb its nuclear program in exchange for lifting of a raft of international sanctions.Trump on Friday gave an ultimatum to “either fix the deal’s disastrous flaws, or the United States will withdraw.”America’s allies say the accord is the best way to thwart Iran’s nuclear ambitions and see it as a victory for multilateral diplomacy. Tehran denies it is seeking to develop atomic weapons.But Trump argues that his predecessor Barack Obama gave away too much to Iran in sanctions relief, without forcing the Islamic republic to end its ballistic missile program and support for militant groups.Ryabkov said Moscow must unite with Europe and China and undertake “intense work” to keep the existing plan intact and decried what he said was a US attempt to strongarm the situation.“In what we heard yesterday, I don’t see any invitation for Iran to enter dialogue,” he said. “This defies the logic of the agreement.”“Russia will do everything in its power to save the agreement,” he said.Iran said Saturday it “will accept no changes” to the deal with world powers and will not allow the accord to be linked to any non-nuclear issue.In a statement Iran’s Foreign Ministry said, “The Islamic Republic of Iran stresses clearly that it will take no measures beyond its commitments under the JCPOA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action — the deal’s official name] and will accept no changes to this agreement now or in the future and will not allow that the JCPOA be linked to any other issue [than the nuclear issue].”

PA ‘still in contact’ with Trump administration despite vow to cut ties-Arabic media report, citing Palestinian officials, says diplomatic channels remain open although Abbas declared a boycott of DC in Jerusalem recognition row-By TOI staff-JAN 13,18

The Palestinian Authority has retained some contact with the Trump administration, despite vowing to cut off all ties to the US leadership in protest of its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the London-based Arabic newspaper Al-Hayat reported Saturday.The paper, citing Palestinian officials, said that while Trump’s peace envoys have been shunned by the PA, diplomatic channels remain open, and were never severed.According to the report, a US official has been invited to the opening of the Palestinian Central Council summit in Ramallah on Sunday. At that meeting, senior Palestinian leaders will debate responses to Trump’s announcement on Jerusalem.Trump’s December 6 recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital infuriated the Palestinian leadership, who see East Jerusalem as the capital of a future state they have sought to gain through American-led negotiations.Trump has said his decision merely recognized the reality that Jerusalem already serves as Israel’s capital and wasn’t meant to prejudge the final borders of the city.PA President Mahmoud Abbas has said that after the recognition Americans can no longer play a role as mediators. He is expected to shun Trump’s Vice President Mike Pence when he visits Israel on January 22-23.Palestinian officials have refused meetings with any US political officials, including members of Trump’s peace team and chief negotiator Jason Greenblatt.Trump, in response, has threatened to cut off aid to the PA, asking why Washington should make “any of these massive future payments” when the Palestinians were “no longer willing to talk peace.”Agencies contributed to this report.

Iran says it ‘will accept no changes’ to nuclear deal ‘now or in future’-Responding to Trump's threat to pull out of accord, Tehran says international support has blocked US, Zionist 'warmongers' from attempts to nix agreement-By TOI staff-JAN 13,18

Iran said Saturday it “will accept no changes” to its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers and will not allow the accord to be linked to any non-nuclear issue. The statement was made in a rebuke to US President Donald Trump, who announced Friday that he would pull out of the accord in a few months if European allies did not fix its “terrible flaws.”“The Islamic Republic of Iran stresses clearly that it will take no measures beyond its commitments under the JCPOA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action — the deal’s official name] and will accept no changes to this agreement now or in the future and will not allow that the JCPOA be linked to any other issue [than the nuclear issue],” said Iran’s Foreign Ministry.The ministry added that “The internal solidity of and international support for the agreement have blocked attempts by Mr. Trump, the Zionist regime and the ominous alliance of hard-line warmongers to terminate this agreement or make changes to it.”Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Friday Trump’s latest attacks on the nuclear deal were a “desperate effort” to undermine an accord that cannot be renegotiated.“Trump’s policy & today’s announcement amount to desperate attempts to undermine a solid multilateral agreement,” Zarif tweeted after Trump reluctantly agreed to waive sanctions, but warned it could be the last time.“JCPOA is not renegotiable: rather than repeating tired rhetoric, US must bring itself into full compliance — just like Iran,” Zarif wrote of the nuclear deal.Earlier Trump signed a waiver keeping the Iran nuclear deal alive, but saying this would be the last time unless Congress and the European countries heed his call to unilaterally strengthen the deal.Faced with a deadline over whether to reimpose sanctions against Tehran that were lifted under the 2015 nuclear accord, Trump ultimately decided to keep those sanctions suspended for at least another 120 days.“Today, I am waiving the application of certain nuclear sanctions, but only in order to secure our European allies’ agreement to fix the terrible flaws of the Iran nuclear deal. This is a last chance,” Trump said in a statement.“In the absence of such an agreement, the United States will not again waive sanctions in order to stay in the Iran nuclear deal. And if at any time I judge that such an agreement is not within reach, I will withdraw from the deal immediately,” he said.Trump laid out four conditions that must be met, including increased inspections, ensuring “Iran never even comes close to possessing a nuclear weapon” and that there be no expiry date to the nuke deal. The current one expires after a decade.His last condition linked the nuclear deal to Iran’s missile program.“Fourth, the legislation must explicitly state in United States law — for the first time — that long-range missile and nuclear weapons programs are inseparable, and that Iran’s development and testing of missiles should be subject to severe sanctions, the statement said.If Trump had not signed those waivers, sanctions would automatically be reinstated, putting the US in contravention of the deal’s terms and likely spelling the end of the 2015 pact.Agencies and Eric Cortellessa contributed to this report.

At UN, diplomats are watching potential White House candidate Haley-Envoys say star of Trump administration is playing to a domestic audience as she positions herself for presidential bid in 2020 or 2024-JAN 13,18-TOI-By Carole LANDRY

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) — One year into the job, Nikki Haley stands out as the star of President Donald Trump’s administration, and diplomats say the UN ambassador is directing some of that star power into a likely White House bid.Speculation about Haley’s presidential ambitions has picked up since she defended Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, staring down friends and foes alike at the world body.The 45-year-old Republican resorted to a veto to block criticism from the UN Security Council and threatened reprisals against those who voted against Washington at the General Assembly.The clash gave UN ambassadors a reality check: Haley, they say, is a politician, not a diplomat, and at the United Nations, she is playing to a domestic audience.“She is not trying to win votes at the General Assembly. She is trying to win votes for 2020 or 2024,” a council diplomat said. “She is clearly using this position to run for something, that’s obvious.”The former South Carolina governor arrived at the United Nations last year, promising a “new day” under Trump’s America First policy and vowing to “take names” of countries that don’t toe the line.Seen at the outset as a foreign policy lightweight, Haley was quickly taken seriously because of her close ties to the unpredictable Trump.Over the past year, she has pushed through three new sets of sanctions against North Korea, bringing China and Russia on side to tackle what Trump sees as his administration’s number one security threat.Those sanctions won the unanimous backing of the council, where finding common ground with Haley is testing diplomatic skills.The daughter of Indian immigrants, Haley is hawkish on Iran, fiercely pro-Israel and a strong advocate of cost-cutting at the United Nations.-Signature issues-That those three signature issues play well with the US Republican voter base is not lost on most diplomats.“What matters above all are perceptions internally, in the US,” said another council diplomat, who like many declined to be quoted.Haley was among the first administration officials to take a hard line on Russia, declaring that sanctions over Crimea would remain in place until Moscow gave the territory back to Ukraine.Ukrainian Ambassador Volodymyr Yelchenko, who just wrapped up a two-year stint at the Security Council, says Haley is doing an “excellent job.”“She may be less diplomatic sometimes than some could expect, but this is more an asset than a shortcoming,” he said.For months, Haley had been tipped as a possible replacement to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, whom she has upstaged with her media appearances and statements that at times appear to break new ground.In October, she put that speculation to rest, telling reporters that she wasn’t interested.“I would not take it,” Haley told reporters on a trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo. “I want to be where I’m most effective.”She is seen as a possible vice president to Mike Pence, should he take over the presidency.Author Michael Wolff, whose book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” has become a national sensation, claims Haley has set her sights higher and is eyeing the presidency.According to published excerpts, Haley began positioning herself as Trump’s heir after concluding in October that he was a one-term president.Wolff quoted a senior White House staffer who described her “as ambitious as Lucifer” and another who offered the view that while being groomed by Trump, “she is so much smarter than him.”Haley has brushed aside questions about her political ambitious, saying she is focused on the job at hand as she remains firmly in the limelight as the UN’s most-watched ambassador.

After riots, Israel tells Gazans: Hamas is exploiting you-Liaison to Palestinians says terror group is sending young people to protest at border 'while hiding behind them'-By TOI staff-JAN 13,18

The Defense Ministry’s chief liaison to the Palestinians warned residents of the Gaza Strip Saturday that the Hamas terror organization was using them in its quest for violence against Israel, a day after dozens of people were hurt in border riots.“Hamas terrorists send young people to riot at the [Gaza border]… while hiding behind them and claiming that these riots are spontaneous and peaceful,” Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories(COGAT), said on Facebook.Mordechai pointed to photos of grenades hurled over the border fence on Friday, saying they were proof of Hamas’s lies.“Pictures of these grenades found inside Israeli land indicate the truth!” he wrote. “That is why 11 Palestinians have died and dozens of others have been injured in recent weeks.”Since US President Donald Trump’s December 6 recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, there have been violent protests every Friday in the West Bank and Gaza, although their size has diminished in recent weeks.“This is the Hamas approach,” Mordechai said. “To hide behind and send young people to carry out violent riots… Do not open the way for Hamas to exploit you. You are the only ones who pay!”Citing the Hamas-run Palestinian health ministry in Gaza, the Haaretz daily reported Friday that 46 Gazans were lightly or moderately wounded by live and rubber bullets. Of those, 41 were injured during clashes at a number of locations along the Gaza border. Another 105 Palestinians were said to have been injured from inhaling smoke and tear gas.Hamas has urged Palestinians to confront soldiers at the border since the December declaration. Its leader, Ismail Haniyeh, has praised the “blessed intifada,” urged the liberation of Jerusalem, and made plain the group was seeking to intensify the violence against Israel.

Tunisian leaders hope days of food protests are subsiding-Interior Ministry says 778 people — including 16 religious extremists — were arrested for vandalism and looting in nationwide unrest-By Bouazza Ben Bouazza-TOI-JAN 13,18

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia’s government said protests over rising food prices appeared to be subsiding Friday following days of clashes with police that left one person dead and scores injured.Interior Ministry spokesman Khlifa Chibani told local radio that 778 people — including 16 religious extremists — were arrested for vandalism and looting in the nationwide unrest that began Monday.But he said Thursday night’s protests were “limited” — suggesting the situation was calming down despite 151 arrests made that day.The days of protests prompted fears of a new political crisis in the North African country that inspired the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings.Chibani reported that 97 security officers were injured in this week’s violence, with dozens of police cars damaged. Two police stations were burned and eight others ransacked, while authorities seized 47 Molotov cocktails, he added.European governments warned their citizens about potential rioting Friday and this weekend, when Tunisia marks seven years since the ouster of longtime strongman President Zine Ben Abidine Ben Ali.

Only ECJ can rule if Article 50 could be withdrawn-By EUOBSERVER

12. Jan, 16:23-A legal analysis ordered by a European Parliament committee, published on Friday, said only the European Court of Justice can determine whether Article 50 of the EU treaty can be revoked. The UK triggered Article 50 last year to leave the EU. The report said that a "hypothetical right of revocation" of Article 50 can only be examined by the court, which has "exclusive right to interpret the treaty".

STORMS HURRICANES-TORNADOES

LUKE 21:25-26
25 And there shall be signs in the sun,(HEATING UP-SOLAR ECLIPSES) and in the moon,(MAN ON MOON-LUNAR ECLIPSES) and in the stars;(ASTEROIDS ETC) and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity;(MASS CONFUSION) the sea and the waves roaring;(FIERCE WINDS)
26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear,(TORNADOES,HURRICANES,STORMS) and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth:(DESTRUCTION) for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.(FROM QUAKES,NUKES ETC)

Nova Scotia under heavy rain and wind warnings as thousands lose power-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-January 13, 2018

Roughly 5,000 businesses and homes were powerless Saturday as of 11 a.m. as heavy rain and high winds swept across the province. According to Nova Scotia Power's outage map, customers are affected from Yarmouth to Sydney.Environment Canada has issued rainfall and wind warnings for all of mainland Nova Scotia, with the most rain expected in the southwest.A weather system that's over the U.S. is making its way north today, bringing wind gusts up to 90 km/hr this morning and between 25 and 50 millimetres of rain.Caitlin Walker, a spokesperson for the utility, said about 100 line technicians, contract crews and tree trimmers are stationed across the province.But they won't be able to start restoring power until winds are less than 80 km/hr, she said."Last week we were seeing winds that were comparable to Hurricane Arthur, so while the winds aren't forecast to be as strong this time, our crews always need to keep safety top of mind," said Walker.Wind warnings have also been issued for Cape Breton, but the island is not expected to get as much rain.With the heavy rain comes the possibility of localized flooding because the ground is still frozen and unable to absorb water. High winds could also damage buildings and tear down tree branches.Flash freeze warnings-Some areas in the northwest are at risk of flash freezing tonight. This happens when temperatures drop so suddenly that water on highways and roads freezes quickly.- Antigonish County-- Colchester County - Cumberland County - Pictou County. Marine Atlantic has cancelled its 11:45 a.m. crossings between North Sydney, N.S., and Port aux Basques, N.L. The next crossing is scheduled for 11:45 p.m. tonight.Bay Ferries has also cancelled its 9 a.m. crossing from Saint John, N.B. to Digby.The MacKay Bridge in Halifax is closed to high-sided vehicles. The rain and wind is expected to subside Saturday evening, said Environment Canada.

Frustrations, tragedy mount for California mudslide town-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-January 13, 2018

MONTECITO, Calif. — Frustrations and dark discoveries mounted for a California town ravaged by a deadly and destructive mudslide.Most of the people of Montecito, a town usually known for its serenity and luxury, were under orders to stay out of town as gas and power were expected to be shut off Saturday for repairs.Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown on Thursday expanded what was known as the public safety exclusion zone to incorporate most of the town. That meant even those who had stayed behind would have to leave and those who entered the zone would be subject to arrest."It is a little frustrating," said Sarah Ettman, whose home was undamaged and whose section of town still had gas and electricity. "It's martial law here, basically."However, with most utilities about to be cut off and sewage running into the nearby creek, she decided to heed the order to leave."I mean you're losing all your basic health and sanitation services," she said. "When those go down, you have to leave."It was another difficult turn for those living in the Southern California town that has been subject to repeated evacuation orders in recent weeks, first because of a monster wildfire last month, then because of downpours and mudslides.Cia Monroe said her family was lucky their home wasn't ruined and they were all healthy and safe, though her daughter lost one of her best friends.But Monroe said it was stressful after evacuating three times during the wildfire to be packing up a fourth time. A family had offered them a room to stay overnight, but then they were looking at spending up to $3,000 a week for a hotel."Where do you go when you're a family of four and you don't have a second house?" Monroe asked, noting that some residents of town have third and fourth homes. "Financially that's a burden."While Montecito is best known as a getaway for the rich and famous — the median home price among current listings is more than $4 million — there are also working families living in modest houses and apartments.More than 1,200 workers taking part in the search and cleanup effort flooded into the town with a population of about 9,000.A backhoe scooped up mud and rocks around buckled and flattened homes, while bulldozers cleared roads of tangled trees, muck and boulders. Tanker trucks were being used to haul off floodwaters sucked up from U.S. Highway 101, the crippled coastal route connecting Santa Barbara to Ventura.Brown said the recovery effort has been hindered by residents who had stayed behind or tried to check on damage in neighbourhoods where homes were levelled and car-size boulders blocked roads and littered properties.Rescuers were busy probing thick muck, swollen creeks and tangled trees with poles in search of seven missing people while dogs sniffed for bodies.A crew found the body of the 18th victim, Joseph Bleckel, 87, before noon in his home near Romero Canyon, Brown said. It was the first death discovered since Wednesday.The cause of Bleckel's death wasn't announced, but all other victims died from multiple traumatic injuries due to a flash flood and mudslides.The seven missing people included Fabiola Benitez, the mother of Jonathan Benitez, a 10-year-old killed in the flooding.Benitez lived with her sister-in-law, Marilyn Ramos, 27, who was asleep with her daughter, Kaelly, 3, when mud crashed through their Montecito rental home, carrying both to their deaths."My sister was such a good person, she only thought of others to the point that she would cry with you when you were hurt or sick," said Ramos' sister, Jennifer Ramos, pausing to sob for several seconds.The husbands of both women and the 2-year-old son of Fabiola Benitez, were hospitalized with injuries, Ramos said.Drenching rains that unleashed the deadly torrents managed to finally contain the largest wildfire in state history, which burned for weeks above Montecito and stripped the steep hills of vegetation, making it prone to mudslides. The U.S. Forest Service announced Friday that the fire that burned 440 square miles (1,140 square kilometres ) was fully contained.___Melley contributed from Los Angeles. Associated Press writers Amanda Lee Myers, John Antczak, Michael Balsamo and Andrew Dalton in Los Angeles and Aron Ranen in Montecito contributed to this report.___Follow Weber at https://twitter.com/WeberCM.Krysta Fauria And Brian Melley, The Associated Press.

Scheer accuses Trudeau of 'imposing' values on abortion with summer jobs grants-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-January 12, 2018

Opposition leader Andrew Scheer is accusing the Liberal government of "imposing" the prime minister's views on faith groups that fear they will be denied funding for summer jobs due to their positions on abortion. On Wednesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told a town hall in Hamilton that groups are welcome to apply for the Canada Summer Jobs program, but if those groups infringe upon a woman's right to choose, "that's where … we draw the line as a country."Scheer was asked about the policy Friday following his speech at an event hosted by the Mississauga Board of Trade, telling reporters his party has heard from concerned groups who are opposed to the application process. The revised application requires employers to attest that they uphold fundamental rights, including "women's rights and women's reproductive rights."Under the program, MPs allocate federal funds to non-profit organizations and small businesses in their ridings. The change in the application process comes after a review last year that was prompted by revelations MPs approved tens of thousands of dollars in grants to anti-abortion groups in two ridings."I believe that the federal government should respect the freedoms that Canadians enjoy to have different beliefs and that by imposing personal values of Justin Trudeau on a wide variety of groups is not an appropriate way to go," Scheer said."They fear that they would not be able to provide those much needed services within their communities or provide young people with the experience. We've been talking with those groups and listening to their concerns," Scheer said."We have concerns with the way this Liberal government is treating people with different opinions on different issues."Bible camp faces loss of $40K in funding-The Southern Alberta Bible Camp said it couldn't agree to the attestation and, as a result, now stands to lose approximately $40,000 for six summer counsellor positions."We don't believe that abortion is right and we're being told that in order to be able to access these [federal summer job] grants we need to affirm that," Jon Gartly, executive director of the SABC, told CBC News.Another camp, Camp Evergreen in Sundre, Alta., said it is unsure how it will proceed. "The initial reaction is that it would be very difficult for us to sign that," said executive director Bob Kroeker. He said he isn't sure if he will apply without the affirmation or forego applying entirely.'We think this is a fair process' Employment minister Patty Hajdu defended the application process Friday at a cabinet retreat in London, Ont., affirming groups are encouraged to apply for funding but must not "discriminate" against fundamental rights."We think this is a fair process," the minister said."I'm saying our ministry believes in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and these are fundamental expectations of Canadians, and we stand up for those rights — and that we ensure that the money that we disperse on behalf of Canadians is not used in a way that violates those hard-won rights."The deadline for applying for 2018's Canada Summer Jobs program is Feb. 2.

Flu-related deaths spike to 17 this season in Manitoba-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-January 12, 2018

The number of flu-related deaths in Manitoba has nearly doubled in the past week, now surpassing last year's total.From September to last week, there were nine flu-related deaths; now it's 17, according to recent data tracked by the surveillance branch of the province's public health division.By comparison, at this time last year, there was only one flu-related death and none in the 2015-16 flu season. In total last year, there were 12 flu-related deaths.Officials say this flu season, which is dominated by the H3N2 virus, is similar in severity to 2014-15. At this point in the 2014-15 flu season, there were 16 flu-related deaths."It's a normal influenza virus. In the Southern hemisphere for some reason or other it seemed to be very aggressive and we saw a lot more deaths, but in Manitoba for sure we're not seeing we're having a whole lot more people dying," said Dr. Richard Rusk, medical officer of health for communicable diseases.In total since September, there have been 113 hospital admissions related to the flu; 65% aged 65 or older.By comparison, in the 2014-15 flu season, the total number of flu-related hospitalizations was 350, 65 of whom were admitted to intensive care.A total of 48 influenza associated deaths were also reported in total that year. The majority of the hospitalizations and deaths were associated with influenza A, according to the annual report for 2014-15."So the interesting piece with 2014-15 was, we truly didn't have a vaccine. This year we do have a vaccine. It might not work as well as we want it, but it does work," said Dr. Rusk.The vaccine this year has shown early signs of less than 10% efficacy with the dominant H3 strain of virus, but is more effective in protecting against other strains of virus, including H1, he added."Where there, they didn't even have the right virus in the vaccine that was circulating. That's why we had a lot sicker people," he said.According to the latest weekly report, the main circulating strains of Influenza in Manitoba this season are Influenzas A and B, with 562 laboratory-confirmed cases of Influenza A (to which the H3N2 strain belongs) and 37 cases of Influenza B, though those numbers don't represent the population at-large."Our hospital rates and our ICU rates, they're up there, but they're always in the expected and accepted ranges," said Rusk.But flu season took Manitoba by surprise, beginning in November this year."It's earlier than normal, so there's the worry now that is this going to grumble on compared to last year — mid February, late February," he said.Canada-wide, there have been 54 flu-related deaths so far this winter.Tamiflu stocks low in pharmacies-Some pharmacies in the city are running out of Tamiflu, an antiviral flu medication that blocks the effects of the virus when taken in the first two days, but the province says wholesalers have lots and it's up to individual pharmacies to keep their stocks up.The use of Tamiflu or Oceltamivir, is climbing, according to the report, with 151 dispensed this past week, up from 108 the week before."We had to remind people. That's why we sent out a bulletin, that yes, early use of an antiviral is, that's normal and that's good medical practice," said Rusk, adding that rest and fluids is still the best flu remedy for most."But we do know there's a lot of people that end up going to their physician, so firstly, they will end up getting antibiotics, which is wrong," he added.Tamiflu, on the other hand, which comes in capsules, costs between $50 and $60 before insurance and requires a prescription, and generally reduces the length of time someone is sick with the flu by a couple days.But the president of Pharmacists Manitoba says Tamiflu is best used for the more severe cases."We don't want to hand it out to everyone, we will create resistance if we do that," said Barret Procyshyn, president of Pharmacists Manitoba.He said at the pharmacy where he works in Dauphin, Man., they've given 1,000 flu shots so far this year, a record number. Data from the provincial report showed the vaccination rate in the province has climbed a measly 1% from 19%, but it's not too late."It's not just for yourself, it's so you don't pass it on. You can be a carrier and not ever get sick," said Procyshyn."It might not be as powerful a tool as what we would want but it is still there," agreed Rusk.