Palestinians slam Congress’s passage of Taylor Force Act The Palestinian Authority excoriated Congress on Friday for passing the Taylor Force Act, a law that threatens to freeze State Department funds to the PA unless it ends its longstanding practice of compensating the families of terrorists convicted in Israeli courts. The PA’s envoy to Washington, Husam Zomlot, dismissed the effort as politically motivated. The pressure “does not work,” he said, “and severely damages the prospects for peace in the Middle East.”
Amb. Haley slams ‘foolish’ UNHRC after it passes 5 anti-Israel resolutions United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley slammed members of the Human Rights Council as “foolish” on Friday after it passed five resolutions condemning Israel. In a statement released following the conclusion of the council’s 37th session, the US mission pointed out that the inter-governmental body adopted only one resolution each against North Korea, Iran, and Syria.
Trump trade war: China tells US it will defend national interests China warned the US it will defend its interests on trade, Chinese state media says, after US President Donald Trump backed tariffs on Chinese goods. The comments came in a phone call between China’s vice-premier Liu He and US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Mr Trump has announced plans to impose tariffs on up to $60bn (£42.5bn) of Chinese goods, accusing China of intellectual property theft.
Spain Catalonia: Clashes after separatist leaders detained Crowds of protesters in Spain’s Catalonia region have clashed with police after the Supreme Court stepped up legal action against separatists. Spain’s Supreme Court ruled 25 Catalan leaders should be tried for rebellion, embezzlement or disobeying the state. Convictions could result in up to 30 years in prison.
Mount Etna is ‘sliding towards the sea’ Europe’s most active volcano, Mount Etna, is sliding towards the sea. Scientists have established that the whole structure on the Italian island of Sicily is edging in the direction of the Mediterranean at a rate of 14mm per year. The UK-led team says the situation will need careful monitoring because it may lead to increased hazards at Etna in the future.
Brexit: EU adopts guidelines for negotiations on future relations EU leaders have approved guidelines for the negotiation of future relations with the UK after Brexit. The text on trade, security and other issues was agreed in “less than half a minute”, clearing the way for the next phase of Brexit talks to get under way. The UK is due to leave in March 2019 and negotiators have said they want a deal in place by the end of the year.
US sanctions Iranian hackers for ‘stealing university data’ The United States has imposed sanctions on an Iranian company and 10 individuals for alleged cyber attacks, including on hundreds of universities. The Mabna Institute is accused of stealing 31 terabytes of “valuable intellectual property and data”. The justice department said the firm hacked 320 universities around the world, dozens of companies and parts of the US government.
Trump signs $1.3 trillion budget after threatening veto President Donald Trump grudgingly signed a $1.3 trillion federal spending measure Friday and averted a midnight government shutdown — but only after undercutting his own negotiators and setting off a mini-panic with a last-minute veto threat. The episode further eroded the already damaged credibility of both the president and a White House staff that had assured the nation he was onboard.
Pope Francis Defrocks 9 Ukraine Monks for Rogue Exorcisms, Following So-Called ‘Prophetess’ Pope Francis stripped holy orders from nine monks in Ukraine, following reports that they had engaged in unapproved exorcisms and listened to a “prophetess.” Investigators found monks violating monastic discipline and performing exorcism prayers without authorization at monasteries in Kolodiivka and Velyki Borky. Some of the monks did not follow the rules and were guided by the orders of a so-called “prophetess.”
U.N. council adopts 5 more anti-Israel resolutions The United Nations, through its much-criticized Human Rights Council, has moved further out on the anti-Israel limb, adopting five more anti-Israel resolutions to finish up its current meeting in Geneva.
Jerusalem on high alert ahead of holidays Two terror attacks in past 7 days, claiming lives of 3 Israelis in total, coupled with expected heightened tensions during the holidays period, lead security forces to raise level of alert in the capital; senior police official: ‘There is fear of copycats. Gaza also impacts Jerusalem events.’
NYC hasn’t seen snow like this in 130 years The snow has been falling all day in New York City. For most New Yorkers, the snow was probably a drag. For a record seeker like myself, this late season snow storm allowed me to catch my snow white whale.
The US liquidates its two main Mid East air bases at Incirlik and Al-UdeidPlans to speed up the transfer of the big US CENTCOM base in Qatar to Saudi Arabia were approved by President Donald Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Muhamed bin Salman when they met at the White House on Tuesday, March 20. This is an earthshaking event for the Middle East, which far transcends US-Saudi relations, say DEBKAfile’s military sources.
Why Is California Governor Brown Conducting Nuclear Explosion Drills in Sacramento?Have you ever heard of a SNAP drill? It is a drill where a terrorist event is being rehearsed, along with the response, an the drill actually turns into a live event. The 7/7 Subway bombings, the Boston Marathon and of course, 9/11. Fortunately, as we all held our collective breath, this drill passed without incident. However, it is curious that this drill, in large part, was sponsored by a State that cannot pay its bills, and yet, they had the ability and resources to carry out the following?
Full-Scale Terror Drill: US Military Simulates Nuclear Truck Bomb Attack In SacramentoOn Thursday, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) will accompany the California National Guard’s Homeland Response Force (HRF) and the 95th Civil Support Team, along with FEMA Urban Search & Rescue Forces, CAL Fire, FBI, Department of Energy Radiation Assistance Team 7, and several other emergency response agencies for a “terrorism and active shooter response exercise at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento and Sonoma Raceway,” said California Guard Deputy Director of Public Affairs.
Enigmatic Dead Sea Scroll makes rare show in Jerusalem Genesis Apocryphon, sole surviving copy of ancient text expounding on biblical tales of Noah, Abraham, to go up on display in Jerusalem’s Israel Museum for first time since its discovery 70 years ago; scroll contains ‘parallel stories we don’t have in the Hebrew Bible,’ says exhibit’s curator. The Genesis Apocryphon’s Aramaic verses describe the lives of Noah, Abraham, Enoch and Lamech, characters in the book of Genesis, and are written in the first person. It opens up a new perspective on ancient Jewish history and civilization.”
Ancient Jewish Sources Indicate Trump Will Pave Way for Third Temple: Prominent Rabbi Rabbi Yosef Berger, the rabbi in charge King David’s Tomb on Mount Zion, revealed to Breaking Israel News a 600-year-old Jewish source stating that the Third Temple will be prepared by descendants of Edom as a “reparation” for destroying the Second Temple. Additional hints from esoteric sources indicate that US President Donald Trump has already begun this process. “It sounds illogical that the Third Jewish Temple will be built by non-Jews,” Rabbi Berger told Breaking Israel News. “But Rabbinic sources state explicitly that this is what they must do to fix the historic wrongs that were committed.” “Many times in the Bible we find that the greatest spiritual light comes from the most hidden of sources.”
Trump ousts McMaster, taps Bolton as national security adviser The news of Bolton’s appointment followed a meeting he had with Trump in the Oval Office. Even Bolton was caught by surprise. “I didn’t really expect an announcement this afternoon, but it’s obviously a great honor,” he told Fox News after the announcement. “I’m still getting used to it.” Bolton, 69, is a Fox News analyst who contemplated a run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. He is a familiar figure in Washington, with a walrus-like mustache and hard-charging views on many global challenges.
Congress Advances Act Halting Aid to Palestinian Authority Over Terror Payments The Taylor Force Act, legislation that seeks to cut financial aid to the Palestinian Authority unless it ends its payments to terrorists and their families, has been included in Congress’s massive $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill that is expected to pass in the coming days. “Passage of the Taylor Force Act will give us much needed leverage with the Palestinians to push back on this outrageous policy,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who introduced the bill in 2016, said in a statement on Wednesday.
Palestinian Authority Calls to Put US Ambassador on Global Terror List On Thursday, the Ministry of Information in Ramallah issued a report titled, “Friedman, the Ambassador of Settlements and Lawyer of Extremism,” in which they called for placing the US envoy on the terrorism list “for violating international law, supporting terrorism, and promoting ethnic cleansing and black racism.”
Facebook Can STILL TRACK YOU Even If You Delete Your Account Facebook’s latest scandals involving Cambridge Analytica and Barack Obama’s campaign team allowed to break the user rules is prompting many to ponder whether deleting their Facebook account is the right move. But Facebook can still track you even if you delete your account.
President Trump Imposes New Tariffs On China Over Continued US Intellectual Property Theft President Trump just announced a new series of tariffs on roughly $50 billion in Chinese imports. These new tariffs are the result of a seven-month investigation into China’s continued theft of US intellectual property. “We have a tremendous intellectual property theft problem. It’s going to make us a much stronger, much richer nation,” President Trump told reporters this morning. “This has been long in the making.”
FULL HOUSE: President Trump Stacks Pro-Israel Playing Field By Replacing H.R. McMaster With John Bolton EDITOR’S NOTE: With each passing day, the ramp up of the Trump administration to a pro-Israel position is astounding. The pick of John Bolton to replace H.R. McMaster as National Security Advisor, in light of the upcoming May 14th 70th anniversary of regathered Israel, is something right out of a Left Behind novel. You could not ask for someone who is more pro-Israel, and pro-Jerusalem for the Jews than John Bolton. The end times prophecy table is almost completely set now, nearly all the players have taken the stage, all we need is for the Lord to flip the switch and call us up and out of here. Flight #777 on Titus213 Airlines is now boarding…all eyes on May 14th.
Christians Beware of Disney’s New Movie ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Promoting Youth Bible Study …Disney has partnered with Christian Resources to create a Bible study to go with the film that includes video lesson film clips, a three part study, and an advertising poster. Many are questioning the intention of Disney with this study due to the fact that Disney intentionally erased the Christian themes and scripture from the film in the first place. What kind of “Bible study” is this?
Netanyahu’s New Mandate to Lead By any objective standard, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s trip to Washington last week was a stunning success. US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump greeted the premier and his wife, Sara, as old friends. The substantive talks Netanyahu held with Trump on Iran and a host of other key issues were extraordinarily positive.
Turkish Leader Claims Muslim Victory Over Europe, Cites Trump’s ‘Alliance’ With Jews as Obstacle A prominent Turkish official has claimed that as a result of demographic trends in Europe, “Europe will be Muslim.” An expert on Islam says this “Islamization” is intentional, a form of silent Jihad explicitly described in the Quran as a way of conquering nations demographically. Kavaklıoğlu contended that Europe’s fate will inevitably be sealed within 20 years. “In his commentary on the Prophet Ezekiel, the Malbim explained that the War of Gog and Magog will be between Edom and Ishmael, what are known today as Christianity and Islam,” Rabbi Berger explained to Breaking Israel News
Failing health? PA hires cardiologist to monitor President Abbas A cardiologist was recently added to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s staff to monitor his health, a Palestinian source familiar with the matter confirmed to The Jerusalem Post on Thursday. The heart specialist, a German-Palestinian, has been working at the PA presidential headquarters in Ramallah alongside Abbas’s longtime personal doctor for the past month, the source said in a phone call.
Austin police say bombing suspect recorded 25-minute confession Mark Anthony Conditt, 23, who planted six bombs that killed two people and injured five others in Austin, Texas in recent weeks, left a 25-minute video confession on his cell phone, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said at a press conference. “there was no reason” for choosing to harm anyone who he did.
Palestinian claim to Dead Sea Scrolls may be next up at UNESCO The next “prize” the Palestinians will likely claim as their own at UNESCO will probably be the archeological site of Qumran and its Dead Sea Scrolls, Shimon Samuels of the Simon Wiesenthal Center said on Wednesday. He spoke at a panel on the denial of Jewish history in international organizations at the Foreign Ministry-sponsored sixth Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism in Jerusalem.
Germany stalls Iran talks over labeling Hezbollah as terrorists Germany’s government tossed a wrench into the ongoing Iran nuclear talks with the United States, rejecting a US demand to designate the entire Hezbollah organization as terrorist and blaming the Trump administration for its pro-Israel policies…When asked about Germany’s position, a US State Department representative restated President Donald Trump’s demands… “They should designate Hezbollah – in its entirety – as a terrorist organization.”
Trump set to announce China sanctions after IP probe The Trump administration plans to announce sanctions against China on Thursday after determining that the country is encouraging the theft and transfer of intellectual property from US businesses. The White House said the actions come after years of talks about the issue that failed to produce change. The actions are expected to include tariffs, as well as other measures.
Theresa May to warn EU leaders of Russian threat to democracy Theresa May will tell a summit of EU leaders in Brussels that they must remain united against a threat from Russia to all European democracies. The prime minister will say the nerve agent attack in Salisbury shows Moscow has no respect for international law. A senior Whitehall official said Russia had “shown itself to be a strategic enemy not a strategic partner”.
Syria war: Rebels ‘begin leaving key Eastern Ghouta town’ Syrian rebel fighters and their family members have begun leaving a town in the besieged Eastern Ghouta as part of an evacuation deal with the government. State television said 27 rebels and 182 civilians had crossed into government-held Damascus from Harasta on Thursday. Some 1,500 rebels and 6,000 civilians are to be transported to the northern rebel-held province of Idlib.
It didn’t take long for the U.S. to rack up another trillion dollars of debt It has taken a little more than six months for the U.S. national debt to grow by a trillion dollars, a quick clip that has little precedent over the nation’s recent history. Last week, the debt hit $21 trillion for the first time, rising from the $20 trillion mark it notched on Sept. 8. The debt is guaranteed to go higher, with President Donald Trump having signed a debt-limit suspension in February, allowing unlimited borrowing through March 1, 2019.
Student Planning Abortion Protest After School Shooting Walkout This week, Rocklin High School students are using social media to organize a pro-life walkout using the hashtag #life. “To honor all the lives of aborted babies pretty much. All the millions of aborted babies every year,” said organizer Brandon Gillespie. He says his history teacher inspired the idea.
Institute: Syria may have underground nuclear facility Syria may have built an underground nuclear reactor, according to a report released Wednesday by the US-based Institute for Science and International Security. The institute has decided to revisit a January 2015 report in the German weekly magazine Der Spiegel, according to which Syria has built an underground nuclear reactor or uranium enrichment facility.
Zuckerberg apologizes for Facebook mistakes with user data, vows curbs Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg apologized on Wednesday for mistakes his company made in how it handled data belonging to 50 million of its users and promised tougher steps to restrict developers’ access to such information…“This was a major breach of trust. I’m really sorry this happened. We have a basic responsibility to protect people’s data,” Zuckerberg said…
Turkey-Allied Jihadists Slaughtering Christians, Yazidis in Syria’s Besieged Afrin Turkey-linked jihadists from the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) and al-Qaeda are taking advantage of the Ankara offensive in the besieged Afrin region in northwestern Syria to slaughter Christians and Yazidis, caution several activists. The warnings come as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced over the weekend that his allied forces conquered the center of the Kurdish-held city of Afrin.
Sweden Unveils Plans For ‘Total Societal Mobilization’ Against Russia In yet another sign of what Russia expert Stephen Cohen has described as the escalating New Cold War, non-NATO aligned Sweden is initiating detailed plans to ready itself for total societal mobilization in response to military attack from a major external power. As Aaron Mehta points out in his exclusive for Defense News entitled Fortress Sweden: Inside the plan to mobilize Swedish society against Russia, that major external power is none other than Russia, whose heavily militarized port of Kaliningrad lies a little over 220 miles across the ocean from Sweden.
Trump: Sanctuary State Places ‘Innocent Americans at the Mercy of Hardened Criminals’ “This is actually a mass murder happening in the United States by illegal aliens killing American citizens,” Mendoza, who lives in Arizona, said Monday in a meeting that included Cabinet officials, members of Congress, and state and local law enforcement officials. “Over 63,000 Americans have been killed since 9/11 by illegal aliens,” Mendoza continued.
Polish PM’s father: Jews gladly moved to ghettos to get away from Poles A former Polish politician who is the father of the country’s prime minister said that Jews during the Holocaust moved to ghettos of their own accord to get away from non-Jewish Poles. Kornel Morawiecki, a former senator whose son, Mateusz, became prime minister last year, made the remark in an interview published Tuesday by the online magazine Kulturą Liberalną.
The story behind Africa’s free trade dream The European Union and its free trade agreement took decades to establish. Africa is now hoping it can achieve the same in a fraction of the time. But with Nigeria pulling out, questions are being raised over just how achievable it really is. The vision is a free trade deal encompassing 1.2 billion people stretching from Cape Town to Cairo.
Syria war: Dozens killed as rockets hit Damascus market At least 35 civilians have been killed in a rocket attack on a busy market in a government-held district of Syria’s capital Damascus, state media report. Rebels in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region fired the rockets at Kashkoul, police told the Sana news agency. Six other civilians were injured in a separate attack to the west, they said.
Rogue TOXIC space station could crash into Earth NEXT WEEK China’s first prototype station Tiangong-1 will come crashing back to the planet between March 30 and April 6. And space boffins have revealed it has the highest chance of crashing into cities along a narrow strip around latitudes of 43 degrees north and south. This includes a number of highly populated cities including New York, Barcelona, Beijing, Chicago, Istanbul, Rome and Toronto.
There’s a New Cold War Brewing in Space The commander-in-chief’s recent musings about forming a new military branch, a U.S. Space Force, revives a debate that began almost 20 years ago about whether the Pentagon’s space activities should be moved to a new command. “Space is a war-fighting domain, just like the land, air and sea,” President Donald Trump said…“We may even have a Space Force, develop another one. We have the Air Force, we’ll have the Space Force.”
EU to unveil plan to tax turnover of big U.S. tech firms The European Commission will propose rules on Wednesday designed to make digital companies pay their fair share of tax and set to hit U.S. tech giants such as Google (GOOGL.O) and Facebook (FB.O). The Commission is expected to propose that companies with significant digital revenues in Europe pay a 3 percent tax on their turnover, according to a draft seen by Reuters last week.
Reviving Biblical Wedding Customs in Preparation for the Third Temple Reuven Prager, who specializes in Biblically styled clothing, has a passion for restoring ancient Israelite customs. Twenty-five years years ago, Prager learned about four marriage customs described in the Talmud as having fallen out of practice after the destruction of the Temple in 70 CE and the squashed Bar Kochba revolt in 132 CE. Prager wanted to revive those customs in order to pave the way for the Third Temple, but he also had a vested personal interest.
Firing Tillerson Removed an Obstacle to Peace As Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was being fired on Tuesday, his central assumptions about the Palestinian conflict with Israel, which are shared by the entire Washington foreign policy establishment, literally blew up in Gaza.
Austin serial bomber dies in wee-hours confrontation after police trace him to motel The suspected serial bomber who killed two people and terrorized Austin, Texas, for three harrowing weeks was killed in a dramatic confrontation with police overnight Wednesday, according to authorities. The suspect, identified by police early Wednesday as a 24-year old male, was killed near the motel he was traced to by authorities using surveillance footage from a Federal Express drop-off store and cell phone triangulation technology
Abbas to approve new measures against Hamas Commentators see these steps as a deliberate move by Abbas to drag Hamas into a confrontation with Israel in order to block the “deal of the century”, the peace plan being formulated by the American administration and which the PA views as biased in favor of Israel.
Storms strike college, leave trail of damage across South The storm threatened millions of people across the Deep South, prompting tornado warnings Monday in Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia. The area around Jacksonville State University in Alabama was among the hardest hit and thousands of buildings and vehicles were battered by large hail after the night of violent weather.
Official Washington flocking to Doomsday Camps A building network of backwoods doomsday camps around the country are pulling in members from affluent areas and even Washington national security officials as the threats grow from nuclear war, an EMP or virus attack.
Researchers show how a moth’s brain is smarter than artificial intelligence Insects may be simple, and in terms of intellectual capability, they will never be able to match humans, but they do have brains. They can definitely learn, as moths do when getting acquainted with new scents. But did you know that even moths can be smarter than today’s standard level of artificial intelligence?