7 June 2017

Netanyahu pledges Israel will never give up Golan Heights
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated on Tuesday morning at a youth conference of the Ministry for the Development of the Negev and the Galilee: “I came to tell you that the Golan Heights will always remain under Israeli sovereignty. We will never leave the Golan Heights. It is ours.”

Battle for Britain’s Soul
Many British Christians are understandably frustrated and weary. We have been warning our leaders for so long about the Islamic threat along with the dangers of discarding God’s laws. But, as in the days of Jeremiah, their response is to declare ‘Peace, peace,’ when there is no peace: or tell us that the new morality is good for us because it satisfies our need for ‘diversity and equality’. Of course, if you throw God out of the equation, who’s to judge what is right and wrong?

Top Israeli intel official: Threat of Iran’s Mideast dominance ‘immediate’
The threat from Tehran’s growing strength in Syria should be the number one focus of concern for Israel and the West, a top Israeli intelligence official said…“The Iranian nuclear issue will of course always be a very high priority,” Intelligence Ministry director-general Chagai Tzuriel told The Jerusalem Post…“But the negative potential built-in the nuclear agreement will become more threatening as time goes by, while the threat of Iranian dominance in the region is immediate.”

Palestinian expert: Hamas might end up biggest loser in Qatar dispute
The rupture in relations between Qatar and a number of its Arab neighbors could hurt Hamas, a Palestinian expert said Tuesday. “Assuming that the Arab states continue to pressure Qatar, Hamas could lose the different forms of political, financial and logistical support it receives from Qatar,” said Ghassan Khatib, a vice president of Bir Zeit University. “That would be really bad news for Hamas.”

Philippines bank BPI hit by glitch which debited accounts
The Bank of the Philippines Islands (BPI) says a major system glitch led to customers being hit by unauthorised money withdrawals and deposits. The problematic transactions reached up to thousands of pesos. Some users claimed on social media that their accounts had even gone into the red. BPI chief executive Cezar Consing apologised on Wednesday morning in an interview with a local TV station.

Germany backs pullout from Incirlik airbase in Turkey row
Germany’s cabinet has agreed to move military forces from Turkey to Jordan amid a diplomatic dispute. Turkey has repeatedly refused to allow German MPs to visit the 260 soldiers stationed at the Incirlik airbase. The Ankara government is angry that Germany gave asylum to soldiers accused of involvement in a botched coup.

Pentagon: Beijing Is Arming Its Manmade Islands in South China Sea
China is outfitting its manmade island outposts in the South China Sea with warplane hangars and weapons, the Pentagon said Tuesday in its annual assessment of Beijing’s military. Once finished, the People’s Liberation Army Air Force intends to base three regiments of warplanes there, says the report, which was “generated” on May 15 and released to the public today.

Sears and Walmart sell ‘Free Palestine’ paraphernalia
Sears and Walmart are selling clothes and accessories calling for the liberation of Palestine and an end to “the Israeli occupation.” The web stores of both American retail giants offer a variety of clothing options, including tank tops, short-sleeve shirts and long-sleeve shirts. The shirts feature a fist with the colors of the Palestinian flag above the text, “Free Palestine. End Israeli occupation.”

Netanyahu doubles down on settlements
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has iterated his support for the settlement enterprise, saying, “I have the right, after decades, to be the first prime minister to build a new community in Judea and Samaria.”…Netanyahu referred to the two most pressing issues for settlers—the building taking place today and the possibility that they could be evacuated from their homes as part of an agreement with the Palestinians.

Pro-Assad alliance threatens to hit U.S. positions in Syria
A military alliance fighting in support of President Bashar al-Assad said on Wednesday it could hit U.S. positions in Syria, warning that its “self-restraint” over U.S. air strikes on government forces would end if Washington crossed “red lines”. The threat came in a statement in the name of the “commander of the operations room of the forces allied to Syria”, and was circulated by a military news unit run by the Lebanese group Hezbollah, one of Assad’s military allies.

Massive malware attack enslaves 250 million computers
A massive worldwide malware attack called “Fireball” is being reported by experts who estimate it already has infected and taken over 250 million computers. And it’s growing.

IRAN ATTACK: ISIS claims responsibility for pair of assaults in Tehran
ISIS claimed responsibility for a pair of Wednesday attacks in Tehran in which suicide bombers and teams of gunmen stormed Iran’s parliament and the nearby shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, killing at least 12 and injuring dozens of others.

British PM: Ready to Curb Human Rights Laws to Fight Extremism
British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Tuesday she would be willing to weaken human rights protections to make it easier to deport or curb the movements of suspected terrorists who there is not enough evidence to prosecute. May used one of her final speeches in an election campaign which has turned into a debate about national security to step up her rhetoric against radical Islamic extremism, pledging to ensure security services had the powers they needed.

Police Discover Pipe Bombs Stored in Aqsa-Mosque
“Masked protesters who were inside the mosque threw stones and fireworks at police,” a police statement said. “Suspicious pipes that could be filled with homemade explosives were also found at the entry to the mosque.”

Do stars fall quietly into black holes, or crash into something utterly unknown?
Astronomers in the United States, at the University of Texas at Austin and Harvard University, have put a basic principle of black holes to the test, showing that matter completely vanishes when pulled in.

Saudi Arabia Gives Qatar 24 Hour Ultimatum As Analysts Warn Of “Military Confrontation”
Saudi Arabia has given Qatar a 24 hours ultimatum, starting tonight, to fulfill 10 conditions, among which ending all ties Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas.

Syphilis cases hit highest level since 1949 amid rise in risky sex
Syphilis cases have reached the highest level since 1949 following a rise in unsafe sex as fears about HIV have faded, new figures suggest.

US Intelligence Says Russian Hackers Are To Blame For Qatar Crisis: CNN
It appears there is nothing in this world that Russian hackers can’t do.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Offered Resignation Amid Trump Tensions
As the White House braces for former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony Thursday, sources tell ABC News the relationship between President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions has become so tense that Sessions at one point recently even suggested he could resign.

Russian fighter intercepts U.S. bomber over Baltic Sea
Russia scrambled a fighter jet on Tuesday to intercept a nuclear-capable U.S. B-52 strategic bomber it said was flying over the Baltic Sea near its border, in an incident that had echoes of the Cold War.

13 Alabama counties saw 85 percent drop in food stamp participation after work requirements restarted
Thirteen previously exempted Alabama counties saw an 85 percent drop in food stamp participation after work requirements were put in place on Jan. 1, according to the Alabama Department of Human Resources.