18 Sep 2017

The State Department’s Strange Obsession
If we apply Occam’s Razor to recently reported positions of the US State Department, then we can conclude that the people making decisions at Foggy Bottom have “issues” with Jews and with Israel.

‘Be Ready’: Famed Evangelist Warns of ‘Biblical Signs Before Christ’s Return’ Amid Wildfires, Violent Hurricanes and Earthquakes
With natural disasters raging across America, Franklin Graham, son of famed evangelist Billy Graham, is warning Christians to “be ready” for Jesus’ return, as the CEO of Samaritan’s Purse shared a plethora of Bible verses about the biblical end times.

Hurricane Maria nearing already battered Caribbean islands
A strengthening Hurricane Maria churned toward the Leeward Islands in the eastern Caribbean on Monday as forecasters warned it was expected to become a major hurricane by early Tuesday. Maria swiftly grew into a hurricane Sunday, and forecasters said it was expected to become much stronger over the coming hours following a path that would take it near many of the islands wrecked by Hurricane Irma and then on toward Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

Egyptian court sentences ex-President Morsi to 25 years for spy case
An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced ousted President Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood to 25 years in prison in a final ruling over a case accusing him of spying for Qatar, judicial sources said.

Poll: Public Overwhelmingly Supports Free Speech, Opposes SPLC, Antifa, Soros Efforts to Restrict It
By a margin of 85 percent to 8 percent, respondents said that, in the aftermath of the riots in Charlottesville, Virginia, last month, “all Americans are entitled to free speech,” not “just some of us.”

Peace talks take back seat on Trump’s UN agenda
The Trump administration’s push for peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians will not feature prominently this week at the UN General Assembly, where the president, on his first trip there, will prioritize more pressing national security concerns, officials told The Jerusalem Post…President Donald Trump is expected to focus more on his showdown with North Korea, Iran’s nuclear program and the broad threat of violent religious extremism.

Israel to amend adoption law, give same-sex couples equal rights
The Israeli government said it would amend adoption law in the country to give same-sex couples equal rights. The state made the announcement Sunday during a hearing at the Supreme Court in response to a petition regarding adoption by same-sex and common-law couples filed by the Association of Israeli Gay Fathers, with the Israel Religious Action Center of the Reform movement, against the Social Affairs Ministry and the attorney general.

US says it is considering closing its embassy in Cuba
The US is considering closing its embassy in Cuba after diplomatic staff reported health problems which Washington blames on a “sonic attack”. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said a decision whether to shut to the mission in Havana was “under evaluation”. More than 20 staff suffered conditions ranging from mild brain trauma and hearing loss to dizziness and nausea.

Paris climate deal: Trump open to staying in, Tillerson says
Donald Trump is open to staying in the Paris accord on climate change, his secretary of state has said, just hours after the White House insisted there would be “no change” to US policy. Rex Tillerson said the US would stay in the agreement “if we can construct a set of terms that we believe is fair”. His comments come despite the White House earlier denying reports it was softening its stance on the accord.

Why Obamacare’s Much-Criticized Individual Mandate Is Likely to Endure (for Now)
The Affordable Care Act’s requirement that Americans either carry health insurance or pay a fine remains the law’s most unpopular feature. Nevertheless, a bipartisan group of governors is insisting that the so-called individual mandate remain in place — at least for now. In a letter sent late last month, the governors urged federal lawmakers to retain the mandate to help stabilize insurance markets.

Battered St. Martin residents fight to survive, struggle to decide whether to remain
Ten days after Hurricane Irma turned St. Martin into a jigsaw of ripped metal and shattered wood, residents were still struggling with an existential question: Should they cling to an island that can barely support life or start over elsewhere? Irma hit the shared Dutch and French Caribbean island as a Category 5 hurricane with winds in excess of 200 miles an hour, turning the picturesque tourist haven into a sweltering trash heap without power, water or communications.

Can the US Military Re-Invent the Microchip for the AI Era?
As conventional microchip design reaches its limits, DARPA is pouring money into the specialty chips that might power tomorrow’s autonomous machines. The coming AI revolution faces a big hurdle: today’s microchips…That poses a big problem for the Defense Department. In 2014, Defense One asked DARPA director Arati Prabhakar about it…

Strange lights spotted in sky above Salt Lake City
Fox 13 News received several calls and messages about a series of strange lights in the sky above Salt Lake City Saturday night, and it appears the lights were likely part of the pregame festivities for Utah’s game vs San Jose State at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Several videos shot just before 8 p.m. near Salt Lake City show the lights in the sky, with one video appearing to show a single point of light breaking up into smaller objects.

Top 5 Revealed Biblical Prophecies of 5777
As Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, approaches this week, it is customary to look back and reflect on the previous year. Between Sunday and Wednesday, Breaking Israel News will present a series of Top Lists recalling some of the most significant Biblical and Israel stories of 5777.

2,000-Year-Old Murder Mystery of 1st tury Jews Solved With Secret Burial Ceremony
“I have no doubt that these people were murdered in the first revolt in 69 CE at the hands of the Romans,” Dr. Stripling told Breaking Israel News. “It was a 2,000-year-old mass-murder mystery that was solved, and we now can tell their story.” “Many of the bones were disarticulated and jumbled, perhaps by animals, but we were able to determine that one of the women was arthritic and elderly, and one was a six-year-old child. Most of the skeletons belonged to young women.”

Magnitude 5.1 earthquake shakes Alaska, British Columbia
A Magnitude 5.1 earthquake shook Alaska about 135 miles (217 kilometers) northwest of the state’s capital city Juneau. Coincidentally, the City and Borough of Juneau’s Disaster Preparedness Expo was winding down as the earthquake hit Saturday afternoon. No damage was immediately reported.

‘Don’t ever compare settlements to terror – terrorism is murder’
US Ambassador slams Obama admin for comparing Israeli housing projects to terror, says Obama ‘showed his true face’ to Israel with UN vote.

Bahrain king denounces Arab boycott of Israel, says countrymen may visit
The king of the island nation has plans to establish a Museum of Religious Tolerance in the capital city by the end of the year. At the event, Rabbis Marvin Hier and Abraham Cooper, who head the Wiesenthal Center, revealed the king’s pronouncements made to them during their visit to Manama, Bahrain’s capital city…

 Hurricane Maria to become major storm as it nears Caribbean
Maria is expected to become a dangerous major hurricane as it nears the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean. The category one hurricane will rapidly strengthen over the next 48 hours and will hit the islands late on Monday, the US National Hurricane Center says.

Pension Storm Coming: “This Will Become One Of The Most Heated Battles Of My Lifetime”
This issue is going to set neighbor against neighbor and retirees against taxpayers. It will become one of the most heated battles of my lifetime. It will make the Trump-Clinton campaigns look like a school kids’ tiddlywinks smackdown.

THE FOURTH REICH: U.N. to Publish ‘Blacklist’ of Jewish Companies in latest slap in the face to Israel and the Jews
The U.N. Human Rights Council, despite international outrage and pressures, will go forward with a publication of a list of companies that do business outside of the borders established in 1967 — a “blacklist” of sorts, aimed at squashing Israel’s economy.

Jim Rogers Warns “If Trump Starts A Trade War With China, It Will End US Hegemony”
“…In his mind, he wants to do it, he is ready to do it. Some of his advisors are very much in favor of a trade war. It may very well happen. If it happens, it is going to be very bad for the world and it is going to be worse for America than for other people.”

Box Office Poison: Jennifer Lawrence’s ‘Mother!’ Crashes to Career Low $8M
This is a catastrophe for Lawrence, one of Hollywood’s most stridently bigoted (former) stars. The Oscar-winner’s hateful attacks on Christians, conservatives, President Trump and his supporters have chipped away at her popularity going back to 2014, but no one expected this, expected anything close to $8 million, to single digits. At worst, Mother! was projected to squeak in at $12 million.

United Nations has ‘exhausted’ options on North Korea, says top US diplomat
The UN has run out of options for confronting an increasingly belligerent North Korea, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has said, presenting a unified front with Trump administration officials who continue to float a military option ahead of this week’s summit in New York.