Temple Mount Sep 24, 2017 - Temple Mount is Temple Mount, regardless what its called! The IDF refers to Judaism's holiest site as "behind the Kotel" instead of the Temple Mount. The Binding of Yitzhak (Isaac) took place on the Temple Mount, behind the Kotel (Western Wall).
In June, the IDF told commanders not to discuss Israel's rights to Judea and Samaria - or the liberation of Jerusalem - with their soldiers. I remember Gen. McMonster telling Netanyahu this is NOT Israeli territory! That is outrageous for Monster to say that! www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/235789
This is very sad, Revolting!
Mattis to meet Netanyahu in Jerusalem April 15, 2017 - US defense secretary James Mattis due in Jerusalem Israel on April 20 to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Reuven Rivlin and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman. It is part of Mideast and Africa tour to re-affirm military alliances. Mattis will begin a 6 day tour with a visit to Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Qatar and Djibouti. www.timesofisrael.com/us-defense-secretary-expected-in-israel-next-week
Russia to discuss Jerusalem as capital April 19, 2017 - Even though Russia recognized west Jerusalem as the capital, it does not mean that the embassy will move from Tel Aviv. Russia’s Ambassador to Israel Alexander Shein is expected to say Moscow now recognizes west Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and that it expects that east Jerusalem will be the capital of a Palestinian state. That decision does not mean that Russia will move its embassy from Tel Aviv.
Erdogan will not allow Muslim prayers silenced in Jerusalem May 9, 2017 debka - Excuse me? Jerusalem is GOD's City - not yours! Shut up fool! Israel is sovereign, the Israeli Knesset banned amplified overnight calls to prayers from Jerusalem mosque loudspeakers in residential areas.
Trump weighs embassy move to Jerusalem May 15, 2017 debka - President Donald Trump is being very measured on how he approaches the decision to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The transfer of the American Embassy to Jerusalem will correct a historic injustice and smash the Palestinian fantasy that Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel.
Moving US embassy in Israel May 15, 2017 - Moving US embassy would help peace by shattering Palestinian fantasy, said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The relocation of the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem was one of US President Donald Trump’s campaign promises. The Israeli government is strongly for the move, which would strengthen Israel’s claim on Jerusalem as a single undivided capital of the country. Trump visits Saudi Arabia and Israel from May 22 to May 24. www.rt.com/news/388401-embassy-jerusalem-peace-process/
Bibi, Don at Masada? May 16, 2017 - Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu wants to deliver an address alongside visiting US President Donald Trump on Masada May 22-23, but the White House has reservations. Trump will be in Israel following Saudi Arabia, on his first overseas trip as president.
While in Jerusalem, Trump is expected to visit the Western Wall and Yad Vashem and hold meetings with Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin. Trump will also be the guest of honor at a dinner hosted by Netanyahu and his wife Sara.
Western Wall comments unauthorized May 16, 2017 - Official who said Kotel is not part of Israel does not represent the position of USA and certainly not of President Trump!
A member of the US delegation making preparations for Trump’s May 22-23 visit to Israel angrily rejected a request that PM Benjamin Netanyahu accompany President Trump when he visits the Western Wall, and then sniped that the Western Wall is “not your territory, its part of the West Bank.”
Trump Holy troubles May 16, 2017 - White House disavows staffer’s comments on Jerusalem Western Wall. A White House official that remarks by a Trump administration staffer rejecting the Western Wall as Israeli territory were unauthorized and do not represent the position of the United States and certainly not of President Donald Trump. The remark caused shocked anger in Jerusalem. Later that day, the new US ambassador David Friedman on arrival in Israel drove straight to the Western Wall to pray. debka.com/newsupdatepopup/20586/White-House-disavows-staffer%E2%80%99s-comments-on-Jerusalem-Western-Wall
Arabia concerns Israel May 22, 2017 - Israeli ministers want an explanation, they are concerned over US arms deal with hostile Saudi Arabia. Israel should maintain military superiority. Israel does not have official diplomatic relations with the Saudis. The Trump visit could contribute to building a broad coalition against Iran. www.rt.com/news/389133-israeli-ministers-trump-saudi/
Evidence of Ancient Battle for Jerusalem on Eve of Second Temple Destruction Unearthed 5/25/17
To mark Jerusalem Day and the 50th anniversary of the reunification of the city, the Israel Antiquities Authority and the Nature and Parks Authority unveiled Thursday 2,000-year-old evidence of the battle for Jerusalem on the eve of the destruction of the Second Temple.
Speaking at a press exhibition at the City of David in the Jerusalem Walls National Park, Israel Antiquities Authority archeologists Nahshon Szanton and Moran Hagbi showed a collection of arrowheads and stone ballista balls they discovered on the main street that ascended from the city’s gates and the Pool of Siloam to the Temple. They said the finds tell the story of the last battle between Roman forces and the Jewish rebels who had barricaded themselves in the city, a battle that resulted in the destruction of Jerusalem.
The battle is described by the historian Flavius Josephus: “On the following day the Romans, having routed the brigands from the town, set the whole on fire as far as Siloam”. (Josephus, Wars, Book 6:363)
“Josephus’ descriptions of the battle in the lower city come face-to-face for the first time with evidence that was revealed in the field in a clear and chilling manner,” said Stanton and Hagbi the directors of the excavation. “Stone ballista balls fired by catapults used to bombard Jerusalem during the Roman siege of the city, were discovered in the excavations. Arrowheads, used by the Jewish rebels in the hard-fought battles agains the Roman legionnaires were found exactly as described by Josephus.
“This conclusion in fact sheds new light on the history of Jerusalem in the late Second Temple Period, and reinforces recognition of the importance of the Roman procurators’ rule in shaping the character of Jerusalem,” they added.
The ancient road is approximately 100 meters long and 7.5 meters wide, paved with large stone slabs as was customary in monumental construction throughout the Roman Empire. The archaeological excavations on the street utilize a combination of advanced and pioneering research methods, the results of which so far strengthen the understanding that Herod the Great was not solely responsible for the large construction projects of Jerusalem at the end of the Second Temple period.
Recent research indicates that the street was built after Herod’s reign, under the auspices of the Roman procurators of Jerusalem, and perhaps even during the tenure of the Roman governor Pontius Pilate, who is also known for having sentenced Jesus to death by crucifixion.
According to Dr. Yuval Baruch, the Jerusalem region archaeologist for the IAA, the excavation of the site will continue until the entire road is exposed, a process that is expected to take five years.
“When the excavations are completed, the remains of the street will be conserved and developed and made ready to receive the tens of thousands of visitors who will walk along it,” said Baruch.
On Thursday, President Barack Obama’s last waiver pursuant to the Jerusalem Embassy Act will expire. Absent a new waiver by President Trump, the provisions of the law will go into full effect. Trump promised during his campaign to move the embassy, a policy embodied both in federal law and the Republican Party platform. But since he came into office, Trump’s promise seems to have lost some momentum.
“And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.” Zechariah 12:3 (KJV)
EDITOR’S NOTE: We were able to confirm through contact with Rep. Ron DeSantis’ office in Washington that the event mentioned below is scheduled to take place on June 7th, 2017, and that it is by invitation only. And sadly, we were also able to confirm that it is “highly likely” and a “very safe bet” that President Trump will follow in the footsteps of Obama, Bush and Clinton and sign the waiver on June 2nd delaying the transfer of the US Embassy to Jerusalem. This is one story that I hope and pray we have to issue a retraction on. Keep your promise, President Trump, and move that embassy to Jerusalem now!
The Knesset and the Congress will jointly mark 50 years since the reunification of Jerusalem in an event scheduled to be broadcast on live video link between the two legislatures next Tuesday. The move could be viewed as tacit recognition by the White House of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and spark controversy.
Sources told The Jerusalem Post that either President Donald Trump or Vice President Mike Pence will participate in the event on Capitol Hill, alongside Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, its host. In Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein will take part from the Knesset. All members of Knesset and both houses of Congress have been invited to the event, which was organized by Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer. Celebrating 50 Years of Jerusalem’s Reunification in Congress:
While the US does not officially recognize Israeli sovereignty in the parts of Jerusalem that Israel liberated in 1967, White House participation in the event could be viewed as tacit acknowledgment of Israel’s position regarding Jerusalem. The event comes after Trump became the first sitting US president to visit the Western Wall during his trip here last week but held back from making any mention of Jerusalem Day, celebrated the day after he left the country. The event comes along with a strong push from Jerusalem to recognize the city as Israel’s capital.
Netanyahu called on the US and all other countries to move their embassies in Israel to Jerusalem. Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Jerusalem Affairs Minister Ze’ev Elkin both asked Trump to recognize the capital during his visit to Israel last week.
While Trump did neither of those things, he mentioned the millennia of Jewish history in Jerusalem during his address at the Israel Museum. source