16 May 2017

Rivlin to Friedman: Time to recognize Jerusalem as our capital
“I’m happy to welcome you and your dear wife to Israel, to Jerusalem, the capital city of Israel, and I’m welcoming you, not only as the President of Israel, but also as a Jerusalemite – seventh generation.

Stone Age Fire-Making Stone, Dating to Beginning of Civilization, Discovered on Highway
Israeli archaeologists discovered a rare 9,000-year-old limestone slab used by inhabitants of the land during the Stone Age to light fire. Anna Eirich-Rose, an expert on the prehistoric era and the manager of the excavation, believed that the slab dated back to the Neolithic 2 period when mankind started to adopt a sedentary lifestyle and began to farm the land.

500,000 People Watch Pope Francis Create Two Child Saints Who Spoke With Demons In Fatima Vision
Clutching Babylonian rosary beads and praying to statues, the Roman Catholic faithful showed up in massive numbers to worship at the feet of Pope Francis as he declared two children who were visited by demons at Fatima in 1917 to be “saints”. During the mass, he held high an Egyptian sun disk as he prayed to his god.

Ambassador Friedman to President Rivlin: Trump’s Commitment to Israel Rock-Solid
The new Ambassador stressed, “I am so grateful to President Trump for giving me the opportunity, for having confidence in my abilities, and most importantly for sending me off this past week with the unequivocal and unambiguous mandate to support the State of Israel in every way, and in all ways. As you know, the President has chosen Israel as the site for his first international visit this coming week. His love for and commitment to the State of Israel is rock-solid and enjoys his highest priority.”

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich Tells President Trump ‘Close Down the Press Room’
former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said Trump should put his words into action, citing recent remarks by the president that he might stop the daily briefings at the White House. “What they ought to do is get out of all this junk, they ought to focus on the big goals, they ought to report to the nation on the big goals, ignore all these reporters, close down the press room, send the reporters off [to Starbucks],”

Report: Arab states offer Israel improved ties in exchange for peace concessions
Various Arab Gulf nations are reportedly prepared to improve ties with Israel if Jerusalem takes…significant efforts to relaunch the stagnate peace process with the Palestinians…Gulf states would reportedly be willing to set up telecommunication lines between the countries, allow for Israeli businesses to trade with their Arab counterparts and allow for Israeli planes to fly over their airspace. In return, Israel would have to freeze settlement construction and relax trade restrictions with the Gaza Strip.

Israeli minister calls for assassination of Syria’s Assad
Housing Minister Yoav Galant called for the assassination of Syrian President Bashar Assad following the reports of the regime using a crematorium to hide their atrocities outside Damascus. “The reality in which people are executed in Syria, being hit deliberately by chemical weapons, their bodies being burned, something we haven’t seen in 70 years, we are crossing a red line and it is time to eliminate Assad, literally,”…

White House questions authenticity of ‘Western Wall’ sovereignty comments
The Trump administration is denying that one of its top officials characterized the Western Wall as West Bank territory outside of established Israeli jurisdiction, after local reports claimed a US official said as much to counterparts in the prime minister’s office. “These comments, if true, were not authorized by the White House,” a spokesman told The Jerusalem Post on Monday afternoon. “They do not reflect the US position, and certainly not the president’s position.”

France’s Macron calls for ‘historic reconstruction’ of Europe
France’s new president, Emmanuel Macron, has called for a “historic reconstruction” of Europe, saying it is “the only reaction” to fight populism. Speaking in Berlin on the first full day of his presidency, he was joined by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. She said the pair had a “joint conviction” that they needed to “deepen the European Union”.

Open Sesame: Science centre unveiled in Jordan
In a rare show of unity in the Middle East, an advanced research centre to be shared by the troubled region is opening today in Jordan. Despite political tensions and rows, countries usually hostile to each other are jointly supporting the venture. Its name is Sesame – Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East.

Syria’s Saydnaya prison crematorium hid killings, says US
The Syrian government has constructed a crematorium at a military prison to dispose of the remains of thousands of murdered prisoners, the US has alleged. The state department has released satellite images of the facility which it said was used to hide evidence. Rights groups say thousands of inmates have been tortured and hanged at the military prison outside Damascus.

WannaCry ransomware cyber-attack ‘may have N Korea link’
Who was behind the huge global cyber-attack? One prominent theory right now is North Korea – but what we know is far from conclusive…Security experts are now cautiously linking the Lazarus Group to this latest attack after a discovery by Google security researcher Neel Mehta. He found similarities between code found within WannaCry – the software used in the hack – and other tools believed to have been created by the Lazarus Group in the past.

Trump administration vastly expands global anti-abortion policy
The Trump administration said on Monday it was vastly expanding the scope of a policy blocking U.S. assistance to foreign groups that perform or provide information about abortions, a move critics say will hinder women’s access to critical care…The policy, introduced in 1984, holds that no U.S. government funding for family planning services can be given to foreign clinics or groups that offer abortion services or discuss abortion…

China Could Become the Biggest Christian Nation by 2030s
The rapid spread of Christianity in China is well documented, but few would have imagined the communist country might one day become the most populous Christian nation on the planet.

Jim Bakker: Making Fun Of Trump Is The ‘Spirit Of The Antichrist’
The “spirit of the Antichrist” is alive and well and living inside people who dare to mock President Donald Trump, disgraced televangelist Jim Bakker said. Bakker now sells survivalist food and gear to doomsday preppers on his “Jim Bakker Show.” In a clip from Thursday that was posted online by Right Wing Watch, he claimed there was a “hatred among peoples and this is satanic.”

Baltimore: A Glimpse Of America’s Future “Retail Apocalypse”
Block after block, it resembles a post-apocalyptic view of America, if industry fails to return… “we’re hitting ‘peak youth’, and a ‘demographic tidal wave’ is coming.”

Canadian Elementary School Letter: Mothers’ Day Cancelled To ‘Nurture’ Students Part of Non-Traditional Families’
Canadian elementary school has nixed any celebrations for Mothers’ Day and Fathers’ Day in “effort to celebrate diversity, inclusivity and also nurture our students who are part of non-traditional families.”

An eruption at one of the world’s most dangerous supervolcanoes is closer than we thought
One of the world’s most dangerous supervolcanoes appears to be closer to erupting than we once thought, scientists have warned. Campi Flegrei in southern Italy has been showing signs of reawakening over the past 67 years, and new research indicates the volcano has been building energy throughout this period, increasing the risk that it will erupt.

Lt. Gen. McInerney: North Korea has crossed the red line
Fox News military analyst Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney on the latest threats from North Korea.