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PM: Yielding Temple Mount would be a fatal mistake

PM: Yielding Temple Mount would be a fatal mistake


05/21/2012 23:08

At Knesset plenum session marking J’lem Day, Netanyahu says only under Israeli control will there be freedom of religion in the heart of J’lem.

Whoever proposes that giving up the heart of Jerusalem – the Temple Mount – will bring peace, is fatally mistaken, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu declared on Monday evening.

Addressing the Knesset plenum at a special session held to honor Jerusalem Day, Netanyahu said that taking the Temple Mount out of Israeli hands, would bring decline, and the rise of radical Islam in the region and in the world. ……..

Islamist Leads Egyptian Vote – Investors On Edge

Islamist Leads Egyptian Vote – Investors On Edge

May 19, 2012

A preliminary count of votes for Egyptians living abroad has put Islamist candidate Abdul-Moneim Aboul-Fotouh in the lead, followed by left-leaning Hamdeen Sabahi . The online statement by the State Information Service (SIS) on Saturday added that the figures “confirmed a sharp competition” for third between Amr Moussa and Mohamed Mursi.

The note did not elaborate on the precise breakdown of votes, or how many had been counted so far. A total of 587,000 Egyptians abroad registered to participate, according to the Supreme Presidential Elections Commission (SPEC). The figure represents just 1.13 percent of citizens eligible to take part, but nonetheless gives valuable clues about the current strength of the 13 candidates running for the top job. Almost 45 percent of Egyptian voters overseas reside in Saudi Arabia, and some 119,000 in Kuwait.


Iran FM urges enhanced ties with Turkey

Iran FM urges enhanced ties with Turkey

Mon May 21, 2012 1:39PM GMT

Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has stressed the importance of efforts to promote bilateral cooperation with Turkey, considering the great potential of the two countries.

Iran and Turkey have enormous political and economic potential to expand cooperation, said Salehi in a meeting with Turkish Minister of Development Cevdet Yilmaz in Tehran on Monday.

He pointed to the latest round of negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 –Britain, China, France, Russia, and the US plus Germany– in the Turkish city of Istanbul and added that the talks achieved “positive” outcomes.

The Iranian minister expressed hope that the upcoming talks between Iran and the P5+1 would also end in good results.

Representatives of Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany — held the latest round of talks in Istanbul on April 14. Both sides expressed satisfaction with the general atmosphere of the negotiations and agreed to continue talks in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on May 23.

The Turkish minister, for his part, said Tehran and Ankara enjoy an appropriate atmosphere for the expansion of relations.

Yilmaz called for the continuation of meetings between the two countries’ officials at different levels. …

South African Ambassador 'Hiding' from Foreign Ministry

South African Ambassador ‘Hiding’ from Foreign Ministry

Foreign Ministry seeks to summon ambassador for censure over decision to label Yesha products but says he disconnected his phone.

By Gil Ronen 5-21-2012

Foreign Minister Lieberman (file)

Israeli news photo: Flash 90

The Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem said Monday that efforts will continue to summon South Africa’s ambassador for censure over his country’s announcement on Saturday that products made in Judea and Samaria (Yehuda and Shomron) will be marked as being from “Occupied Palestinian Territory”. The South African ambassador disconnected his telephone on Sunday, however, apparently to avoid the summons, sources in the Foreign Ministry said.

Arutz Sheva’s attempts to reach the South African embassy for a reaction were not successful.

Rabbi Natan Alexander, a Bnei Akiva emissary in Johanesburg, told Arutz Sheva on Sunday that he was not surprised by the South African announcement regarding labeling of products. He said that while there is no hostility toward Israel on the streets of South Africa’s cities, activities such as Israel Apartheid Week :angry4: by pro-Palestinian Authority activists on university campuses makes Jewish students uncomfortable.

{Apartheid (def): (in the Republic of South Africa) a rigid policy of segregation of the non white population. Words have meaning, which is why the hypenated version of Noah Webster’s 1828 dictionary no longer resembles it’s predecessor. Noah Webster stated, “Education is useless without the Bible.” He researched every word through his studies of twenty-six original languages to provide the root meanings. Both his scholarship and productivity are without equal in America, earning him the title, “Father of American Christian Education and Scholarship.” Also, he said, “In my view, the Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children, under a free government ought to be instructed.. .No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people.”

Quote source: yiratadonai}***

Dozens Retrace 1967 Route of Paratroopers in Jerusalem

Dozens Retrace 1967 Route of Paratroopers in Jerusalem


About 100 Israelis arrived at the Lion’s Gate of Jerusalem’s Old City, Sunday evening, to take part in a march, sponsored by the One Israel organization, retracing the route to the Western Wall of the Temple,taken by paratroopers who liberated the area in 1967.

The march was in memory of Fima (Chaim) Falic of Miami, whose widow Nily is chairwoman of Friends of the Israel Defense Forces in the United States and Panama. Their sons and grandsons were among the marchers.

Iranian Commander Reiterates Need to Annihilate 'Zionist Regime'

Iranian Commander Reiterates Need to Annihilate ‘Zionist Regime’

Top Iranian official: threats and sanctions will not deter the regime from “its revolutionary causes and ideals.”

By Rachel Hirshfeld 5-21-2012

Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Hassan Firouzabadi said that threats and sanctions will not deter the Islamic Republic from “its revolutionary causes and ideals,” and stressed that the regime will remain committed to the full annihilation of the Jewish state, the Fars News Agency (FNA) reported on Monday.

Addressing a defense-related gathering in Tehran on Sunday, General Firouzabadi asserted that nations must confront “the threats and dangers posed by the Zionist regime of Israel,” 👿 the news agency reported.


He highlighted the emphasis placed by Iran’s supreme leader on the necessity of supporting “the oppressed Palestinian nation and its causes.”

The Iranian nation is standing for its cause that is the full annihilation of Israel,” Firouzabadi said.

Netanyahu reaffirms commitment to Jerusalem, city of David

Netanyahu reaffirms commitment to Jerusalem, city of David


05/21/2012 00:08

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu late Sunday promised never to abandon his commitment to Jerusalem.

Speaking at Merkaz Harav yeshiva on Jerusalem Day, Netanyahu said: “There are those who say that to guarantee our future we must divide Jerusalem. I say, to guarantee our future, I will make sure that Jerusalem remains our undivided capital.”

Netanyahu added, “When I hear world leaders tell me not to build in Jerusalem I think of King David, who built this city before their nations existed.” ….

South Africa, Denmark: West Bank Products Not From Israel

South Africa And Denmark To Mark Judean and Samarian Products From ‘Occupied Palestinian Territories’, Not Israel

May 19, 2012

South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry has announced that products produced by Israeli companies in Judea and Samaria (Shomron) cannot be labeled as products of Israel. Minister Rob Davies issued an announcement warning merchants “not to incorrectly label products that originate from the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) as products of Israel.”

The announcement follows a year-long campaign by pro-Palestinian Authority groups.

Denmark is planning a similar step, and will mark all products from Judea and Samaria with a special sticker. A minister explained the policy aims to give customers “full information” regarding products’ origins.

While pro-PA groups fight to mark Judea and Samaria-produced products in an attempt to pressure Israel, the step is likely to hurt PA residents more than it hurts Israeli employers. Israel’s factories in Judea and Samaria employ a total of over 10,000 PA Arabs, doing much to reduce the PA’s high rate of unemployment.


Saudi Arabia Bans Use Of English And Gregorian Calendars

Saudi Arabia Bans Use of English And Gregorian Calendars

May 19, 2012

Saudi Arabia has banned the use of the Gregorian calendar in all official state and business dealings, the Gulf News reported Saturday.

According to the report, all ministries and agencies must no use Hijri dates – the Islamic calendar – and the Arabic language, exclusively.

The Saudi Interior Ministry said that the decision “means to preserve the Islamic calendar and the Arabic language.”

The Arabic daily Al Watan added that the ministry believes that “some government entities and establishments were using Gregorian dates unnecessarily,” in a violation of previous government orders.

Riyad’s decree also bars government and private agencies and businesses from using the English language to answer calls or communicate.


Israel's Southern Border Fence Progressing

Israel’s Southern Border Fence Progressing

May 19, 2012

As public debate on the issue of refugees and infiltrators from Africa heats up, the Defense Ministry is expediting work on the border fence in the Eilat Mountains.

Since the completion of the western part of the fence, on the Egyptian border, African infiltrators have been forced to detour south to find an ingress – sometimes through dangerous mountain terrain that stretches for 14 kilometers and is marked by canyons and cliffs up to 170 meters high.

A senior official in the Defense Ministry told Ynet that today, would-be infiltrators aim at two main locations when attempting to slip over the border into Israel: the area surrounding Eilat and the sand dunes at the northern part of the border near Kerem Shalom. The border fence is underway in both those places.