‘Trump is Demolishing the Palestinian Lie’: Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan lauded President Donald Trump on 12 Sept 2018 saying that the decision to shutter the Palestine Liberation Organization’s office in Washington DC was part of a larger effort by the USA president to ‘demolish the Palestinian’ narrative of Israeli intransigence. At the beginning of the week, the PLO announced that the USA had ordered the closure of its Washington DC mission. The USA State Department later confirmed the move, stating that the Palestinian Authority (PA) had consistently refused to engage with the USA government or to support peace talks with Israel.
"We have permitted the PLO office to conduct operations that support the objective of achieving a lasting, comprehensive peace between Israelis and the Palestinians since the expiration of a previous waiver in November 2017," a State Department spokesperson stated. Since President Trump’s, Dec 2017 announcement recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and subsequent relocation of the USA embassy from Tel Aviv, the Palestinian Authority has snubbed senior USA leaders, including Vice President Mike Pence. The PA has also repeatedly refused to accept the White House’s upcoming framework for a final status agreement. Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said the White House’s latest move was the nail in the coffin for the PA claim that Israeli intransigence was the barrier to peace in the region. “My happiness over Trump’s move is very understandable. Finally there is a leader of the world’s greatest superpower who is demolishing the Palestinian lie.” (INN)
Palestinian organizations have consistently demonstrated their hatred of Israel and their desire to destroy the Jewish state with terrorist attacks, media bias, promotion of jihad, from the cradle to the grave, and Palestinian school text books filled with lies. Peace with the Jewish state has never been a part of the Palestinian agenda. “Whoever remains stiff-necked after many rebukes will suddenly be destroyed - without remedy.” Proverbs 29:1
USA for Closing PLO Delegation Office: Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu praised President Donald Trump’s decision to close the PLO delegation office in Washington DC, saying: "the United States has made the right decision. The Palestinians refuse to enter negotiations with us and at the same time, they are attacking Israel with lies in international forums. Israel highly appreciates the Trump administration's decision and supports American actions aimed at making it clear to the Palestinians that refusing to enter negotiations and unbridled attacks not only will not advance peace - they will not benefit the Palestinians." (Arutz-7)
Cruz Welcomes Closing of PLO Office in Washington DC: USA Senator Ted Cruz on 11 Sept 2018 praised the Trump administration’s decision to close the Palestine Liberation Organization’s (PLO) office in Washington, D.C. “Thirty years ago, Congress correctly declared that the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) and its affiliates were terror groups who had no place keeping an office in the United States. Decades of Palestinian behavior since then has confirmed the wisdom of that judgment. Today, Palestinian leaders still refuse to recognize Israel as a Jewish State, still incite and financially reward terrorism, and still lash out against our lawmakers and diplomats,” said Cruz. “Until today, presidents from both parties let the PLO keep an office open in Washington D.C., which signaled to Palestinian leaders that violence and intransigence had no costs, and so hindered the cause of peace. I have repeatedly introduced legislation requiring the office's closure. I commend President Trump and his administration for taking the necessary, prudent, and long overdue step of closing down the PLO office,” added Cruz. (INN) Source for above items:
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Theresa May: We Won’t Let Anti-Semitism Win: A recent poll that found nearly 40% of British Jews would leave the country if Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn came to power. “This sickens me,” British Prime Minister Theresa May said. “I do not underestimate the threat posed by those who promote anti-Semitism, or hatred in any form. Nor the pernicious nature of what those people say and what they stand for,” May said at a recent United Jewish Israel Appeal dinner in London. “But I do not believe those voices speak for the vast, overwhelming majority of people in our country. And most importantly, I do not believe that those voices will ever win. We will not let them win,” she told the audience of 800. “If we are to stand up for the values that we share – then one of the things we need to do is give young Jewish people the confidence to be proud of their identity – as British, Jewish and Zionist too,” May said. She offered her support to the British Jewish community and to Israel. “I have come here tonight as Prime Minister of our country to say that I stand with you,” she said. “I stand with Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people. And I stand with the entire Jewish community in Britain.” (Arutz-7)
United Nations Observes Yom Kippur
Julie Stahl [CBN News] said: “European Christians say there’s a "prophetic, political significance" to the recent UN recognition of Yom Kippur. The United Nations is often known for singling out Israel for condemnation. But oddly enough in recent years, it's adopted some Jewish practices.
On 19 Sept 2018, the UN observed Yom Kippur as an official holiday for the fourth time. For them that means at least not holding any high level meetings on that day.
After extensive diplomatic efforts by the Israeli Mission to the United Nations (with help from the European Coalition for Israel – a pro-Israel Christian group) the UN finally recognized Yom Kippur in December 2015.
Prior to 2015, there were 10 official holidays at the United Nations, including Christmas, Good Friday and two Muslim holidays. There were other recognized days, called "World Days," which included Buddhist holidays and the Persian New Year, but no Jewish holidays.
European Coalition for Israel (ECI) Founding Director Tomas Sandell told CBN News he believes the move on the part of the UN to recognize Yom Kippur has both political and spiritual significance. "Politically as this is a first step in giving Jewish people the same respect as Christians and Muslims for their holidays. But it is only a first step," Sandell said in a written response. "Spiritually, I believe it is prophetically significant that the nations are gradually adapting to His [God's Biblical] calendar - His appointed times," he added.
In an earlier interview, Sandell said that Yom Kippur "has a message which goes beyond Judaism." The Book of Leviticus says of Yom Kippur, "You shall afflict your souls … and you shall do no work on that same day, for it is the Day of Atonement to make atonement for you before the Lord your God…." (Leviticus 23:26-32)
State Department: Why Should USA Fund PA Hospitals?: State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert recently said that the USA had no reason to fund Palestinian Authority (PA) hospitals, as this funding allows the PA to free up funds for payments of terrorists. Earlier this month, USA President Donald Trump announced he would cut $25 million in aid to six PA-run hospitals in Jerusalem, noting the funds would be directed to "high-priority projects elsewhere." Previously, the USA covered the costs of medical treatment for Palestinian Arabs who received care at these hospitals. Nauert was asked whether she anticipated any sort of blowback from the decision to cut the aid to PA hospitals. “The United States Government does not believe that it is responsible for paying for the hospital bills,” she replied. “Now, that may shock some people to hear that. The Palestinian Authority is solely responsible for paying for the treatment of Palestinians in those hospitals. “Historically,” noted Nauert, “they have neglected to pay the bills of those individuals and other bills related to the hospital. Our funding in the past has generously shored them up. The PA, though has failed to prioritize paying its debts and has instead put money into funding things like payment to families of terrorists. The Palestinians should be funding the care of their own people in the hospitals and it should not be the responsibility of the United States Government to pay those bills when the Palestinians have that money that they could choose to use for their own people, as opposed to funding the families of terrorists and those who are serving in prison,” she said. (Arutz-7) Source: firstname.lastname@example.org
USA Ambassador: PA Terror Compensation Must Stop: USA Ambassador to Israel David Friedman reiterated on 20 Sept. 2018 his country's demand that the Palestinian Authority stop paying the families of terrorists. “The Palestinian Prisoner Affairs Commission has confirmed that the family of the terrorist who murdered Ari Fuld is 'eligible to receive a monthly salary' as compensation for his incarceration,” he tweeted. “This practice is unconscionable and must stop if there is to be any hope for peace.” It should be noted that Fuld, who was murdered last week in a stabbing attack at the entrance to the shopping center near the Gush Etzion junction, was an American citizen. Hours after the murder, Ambassador Friedman posted an announcement saying that “America grieves as one of its citizens was brutally murdered by a Palestinian terrorist. Ari Fuld was a passionate defender of Israel and an American patriot. He represented the best of both countries and will be deeply missed. May his family be comforted & his memory be blessed.” (Arutz-7)
Pray that the Palestinian Authority will meet with increasingly severe penalties for promoting terrorism, providing jailed terrorists with salaries, educating its youth to hate Israel, and glorifying terrorist murderers as heroes. PA political heads have been warned repeatedly that USA aid will be slashed if such activities persist. In August, the Trump administration cut more than $200 million in bilateral aid to the Palestinians, following a review of the funding for projects in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza. One of the main issues the USA has had with support for the Palestinian Authority had been its stipends paid to the families of Palestinians killed, injured or jailed for attacks on Israel. Israel and the Trump administration, have repeatedly demanded that those payments from a so-called "martyrs' fund" be halted because they encourage terrorism. PA president Mahmoud Abbas has refused to do so.
Kosovo Offers Israel an Embassy in Exchange for Recognition: President Thaci of Kosovo says his country would set up an embassy in Israel if the Jewish state recognizes it as an independent state, media sources reported Friday 21 Sept. 2018. “If Kosovo were recognized by Israel, I would place the Kosovo embassy in Jerusalem,” Thaci was quoted as saying. The United States and dozens of other countries have recognized Kosovo, a Muslim-majority country, as a state since it declared independence from Serbia in 2008. Opposition by Russia and China have kept Kosovo from getting UN membership, however. (Arutz-7)
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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told a UNESCO conference on anti-Semitism on Sept 19: "Jews continue to be attacked for no other reason than their identity."
"Where there is anti-Semitism, there are likely to be other discriminatory ideologies and forms of bias - feeding each other in a cauldron of contempt....Anti-Semitism threatens all people's human rights."
"In more recent times, it is expressing itself in attempts to de-legitimize the right of Israel to exist, including calls for its destruction, using the pretext of the situation in the Middle East to target Jews and Jewish symbols....All of us have a duty to fight back."
Editor's Note: This is a remarkable statement by the head of the United Nations, considering the historic anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism of this world body of nations.
Prime Minister Netanyahu declined an invitation from UNESCO to participate in a conference on anti-Semitism at the UN on Wednesday. He said: "I have decided not to participate in this week's UNESCO conference on anti-Semitism due to the organization's persistent and egregious bias against Israel. Since 2009, UNESCO has passed 71 resolutions condemning Israel and only 2 resolutions condemning all other countries combined. This is simply outrageous."
"UNESCO...must do more than host a conference on anti-Semitism. It must stop practicing anti-Semitism....No matter what UNESCO says, the Western Wall is not occupied Palestinian territory and the Cave of the Patriarchs - the burial site of Abraham and Sara, Isaac and Rebecca, Jacob and Leah - is not a Palestinian Heritage Site....If and when UNESCO ends its bias against Israel, stops denying history and starts standing up for the truth, Israel will be honored to rejoin." (Prime Minister's Office)