Babylonians DID burn Jerusalem 2,600 years ago: Charred wood, pottery and bones found in the City of David confirm scenes of devastation described in the Bible
Researchers discovered charred wood, pottery and foods in the City of David They also found dozens of jars with stamped rosette seals on them The findings confirm the scene in the Bible which states that the Babylonians 'burned all the houses of Jerusalem' 7/28/17
Archaeologists have found evidence that the Babylonians were responsible for the burning of Jerusalem more than 2,600 years ago.
The researchers discovered charred wood, grape seeds, fish scales, bones and pottery along with numerous other artefacts which excavating the City of David.
The findings confirm the scene as described in the Bible, which states that the Babylonians 'burned all the houses of Jerusalem.'
UN Secretary-General Guterres to visit Israel 8/3/17 - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is scheduled to visit Israel at the end of the month for his first trip here since taking over from Ban Ki-moon on January 1. While Ban made the first of his 12 visits to Israel…Guterres’s visit comes after he has already taken nearly 40 official trips abroad, including eight trips to the region: to Iraq, Turkey, Jordan, Egypt, Qatar, Oman, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. www.jpost.com/Israel-News/UN-Secretary-General-Guterres-set-to-visit-Israel-at-end-of-August-501470
President Trump To Send Jared Kushner And Envoy Back To Middle East For Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks 8/11/17 - “While the regional talks will play an important role, the president reaffirms that peace between Israelis and Palestinians can only be negotiated directly between the two parties and that the United States will continue working closely with the parties to make progress towards that goal,” the official said.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Jared Kushner is again heading to the Middle East in another attempt to broker peace between the Jews and the Palestinians. He recently stated “we’re trying to work with the parties very quietly to see if there’s a solution.” Will the mystery man from 666 Fifth Ave have enough tricks up his sleeve to pull it off what no one has been able to do over the past 69 years?
Deputy national security adviser Dina Powell will also be on the trip, which will include meetings with leaders from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Jordan, Egypt, Israel and the Palestinian Authority, the official said.
“While the regional talks will play an important role, the president reaffirms that peace between Israelis and Palestinians can only be negotiated directly between the two parties and that the United States will continue working closely with the parties to make progress towards that goal,” the official said. Jared Kushner, who serves as a senior adviser to his father-in-law, was charged with helping to broker a deal between Israelis and Palestinians after Trump took office.
The president went to Saudi Arabia and Israel during his first post-inauguration trip abroad May 2017 and has expressed a personal commitment to reaching a deal that has eluded his Republican and Democratic predecessors.
The timing of the trip was pegged to the recent “restoration of calm and the stabilized situation in Jerusalem” after a spate of violence last month sparked by Israel’s installation of metal detectors at entry points to the Noble Sanctuary or Temple Mount compound there.
Trump directed that the talks focus on a pathway to peace talks, fighting “extremism,” easing the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, and identifying economic steps that can be taken to ensure security and stability, the official said.
Jerusalem terror plans Aug 17, 2017 - Palestinians from Hebron armed with guns and explosives were intercepted en route to an attack. A widespread terror offensive in and outside Jerusalem is planned. Targets are Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Hebron and the Tel Aviv area. Hamas gets large sums of money for terrorism from the UAE. debka.com/article/26187/More-arrests-as-terror-stalks-Jerusalem-again
A suicide bomber blows himself up at Hamas checkpoint August 17, 2017 Thursday DEBKA - Palestinian-ISIS suicide bomber blew himself up at a Hamas checkpoint on the Egyptian border, killing one and injuring several Hamas operatives. This was the first time Hamas - Gaza was targeted by a suicide bomber.
Syria * Russia-Iran in Tartus Aug 23, 2017 debka - Iran building a separate troop landing terminal in Tartus Israeli PM Netanyahu meets with President Vladimir Putin in Sochi, Russia in an effort to block a permanent Iran presence in Syria, Saudi sources reveal that Iran has started building a separate terminal at the Syrian port of Tartus to accommodate Iran and Hizballah landings. Russia is in the middle of a major project for building a large naval base at Tartus. It is not clear how the Iranian project fits in with this plan.
Hizballah has begun laying an intelligence infrastructure on the Syrian Golan opposite Israeli lines.
Israel objects to Iran presence in Syria Aug 23, 2017 debka - Ahead of his meeting with President Vladimir Putin in Sochi, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke out against Iran’s accelerated attempt to establish a military presence in Syria.
Russian ambassador to Israel Alexander Shain said Russia always takes Israel’s security interests into account when conducting its operation against terror in Syria and tries to bring peace.
We have agreed that no foreign forces will remain in Syria, including Iran. At this stage it is necessary to support Assad against terror. It would be best for Israel’s interests for Assad to stay in power, because most of the opposition are Islamists who say openly that they would declare war on Israel, if they came to power. www.timesofisrael.com/netanyahu-meeting-putin-to-share-secret-intel-on-iran-threat
NKorea ships chemicals to Syria Aug 23, 2017 debka - UN confirms that North Korea has been shipping items to the Syrian government agency responsible for chemical weapons program. 2 shipments were intercepted during August by UN member states. Cooperation is prohibited of chemical arms between Syria and the DPRK (North Korea). The shipments may have been part of a Mining contract with Syria that was blacklisted in 2009 by the UN.
First Temple-Era Seals Reveal Movements of Tribes in Kingdoms of Judea, Israel
9/4/17 A collection of dozens of sealings, mentioning the names of officials dated to the days of the Judean kingdom prior to the Babylonian destruction, was unearthed during excavations by the Israel Antiquities Authority in the City of David National Park in the area of the walls of Jerusalem, funded by the ELAD (El Ir David) organization.
The sealings (bullae- from which the Hebrew word for stamp, “bul”, is derived) are small pieces of clay which in ancient times served as seals for letters. A letter which arrived with its seal broken was a sign that the letter had been opened before reaching its destination. Although letters did not survive the horrible fire which consumed Jerusalem at its destruction, the seals, which were made of the above-mentioned material that is similar to pottery, were actually well preserved thanks to the fire, and attest to the existence of the letters and their senders.
According to Ortal Chalaf and Dr. Joe Uziel, directors of the excavation for the Israel Antiquities Authority, “In the numerous excavations at the City of David, dozens of seals were unearthed, bearing witness to the developed administration of the city in the First Temple period. The earliest seals bear mostly a series of pictures; it appears that instead of writing the names of the clerks, symbols were used to show who the signatory was, or what he was sealing.
“In later stages of the period – from the time of King Hezekiah (around 700 BCE) and up to the destruction of Jerusalem in 586 BCE – the seals bear the names of clerks in early Hebrew script. Through these findings, we learn not only about the developed administrative systems in the city, but also about the residents and those who served in the civil service.”
Some of the seals bear biblical names, several of which are still used today, such as Pinchas. One particularly interesting seal mentions a man by the name of “Achiav ben Menachem.” These two names are known in the context of the Kingdom of Israel; Menachem was a king of Israel, while Achiav does not appear in the Bible, but his name resembles that of Achav (Ahab) – the infamous king of Israel from the tales of the prophet Elijah. Though the spelling of the name differs somewhat, it appears to be the same name. The version of the name which appears on the seal discovered – Achiav – appears as well in the Book of Jeremiah in the Septuagint, as well as in Flavius Josephus (Antiquities of the Jews 15: 7-8).
Chalaf and Uziel added that the appearance of the name Achiav is interesting for two main reasons. First, because it serves as further testimony to the names which are familiar from the kingdom of Israel in the Bible, and which appear in Judah during the period following the destruction of the kingdom of Israel. “These names are part of the evidence that after the exile of the Tribes of Israel, refugees arrived in Jerusalem from the northern kingdom, and found their way into senior positions in Jerusalem’s administration,” they said.
Furthermore is the fact that the two names which appear on the seal – Achiav and Menachem – were names of kings of Israel. Though Achav (Ahab) is portrayed as a negative figure in the Bible, the name continues to be in use – though in a differently-spelled version – both in Judea in the latter days of the First Temple, as reflected in Jeremiah and on the seal, and also after the destruction– in the Babylonian exile and up until the Second Temple period, as seen in the writings of Flavius Josephus.
The various stamps, along with other archaeological findings discovered in the recent excavations, will be exhibited to the public for the first time at the 18th City of David research conference, the annual archaeological conference held by the Megalim Institute, on September 7th at the City of David National Park.
Did a Saudi prince visit Israel? Sep 11, 2017 - It happens often, just not publicly. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman visited Israel last week. He has been there before, I reported it. Prince Bandar has been there too. Salman held high-level talks with Israeli officials www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/235314
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!
Jerusalem security ramped up for Yom Kippur Sep 29, 2017 - Judea and Samaria are sealed off for Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar. The Gaza crossings will also remain closed except for emergencies. Border Guard contingents in Jerusalem have been reinforced with volunteers and roadblocks put up to safeguard the town against rock-throwing incidents and other disturbances.
Israel upset at Egypt Oct 9, 2017 - Israel asks USA to plumb real motive behind Sisi Palestinian talks. Egyptian President Abdel Fatteh El-Sisi talks aimed at helping the Palestinian brothers to start a new stage of unity among Palestinians.
His goal is an independent Palestinian state. Israel isnt happy. Trump envoy Jason Greenblatt in Cairo to ask the Egyptians what they are up to. Article full of a lotta Muslim lies and crap bad for Israel. tinyurl.com/IsEgyPal
Netanyahu says Israel will follow the United States in pulling out of the United Nations' cultural agency.
US Withdraws! Oct 12, 2017 The US has withdrawn from UNESCO, the UN’s cultural body. The US State Department confirmed the country is officially withdrawing from UNESCO, the UN's cultural body it helped found back in 1945. The move is to take effect on December 31, Washington announced.
This decision was not taken lightly, and reflects US concerns with mounting arrears at UNESCO, the need for fundamental reform in the organization, and continuing anti-Israel bias at UNESCO," the State Department said in a Thursday statement cited by Reuters.
Washington will remain in the organization "as a non-member observer state in order to contribute US views, perspectives and expertise," the statement said. There has been no immediate comment from the US government. redstatewatcher.com/article.asp?id=99243
Move embassy to Jerusalem Nov 9, 2017 Arutz - Israel will not give up Jerusalem. Former Israeli UN Ambassador Dore Gold tells Congress that moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem where it belongs would bring a diplomatic solution closer. Dore Gold testified before the US House Oversight Natl Security during a hearing entitled, “Moving the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem: Challenges and opportunities.” The hearing was attended by John Bolton.
Israel will never give up Jerusalem. This was Israel's choice and Jerusalem will continue to be the capital of Israel. The transfer of the embassy will only bring the possibility of a diplomatic solution closer. www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/237840