1 Jan 2018

A “Monster Of A Storm” Could Hit The East Coast Next Week
“The potential for a strong coastal storm system is increasing next week as multiple pieces of energy come together. However, where this system tracks remains highly uncertain and will ultimately determine sensible weather impacts along the East Coast. Subtle changes to the forecast may be the difference between a snowstorm or more Arctic cold and little or no snowfall,” said Ed Vallee, a meteorologist who specializes in Northeast weather. As the New Year’s festivities begin, the increasing threat of a major East Coast snowstorm is possible for the second half of the upcoming week. Recent Weather Channel computer models are in agreement that a surface low-pressure system will develop off the Southeast coast Wednesday, then charge up the coast towards the north-northeast over the western Atlantic Ocean Thursday.

Clay Seals From First Temple Found, Hint at Kings of Israel
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. (VIDEO).

Likud Central Committee Votes To ‘Exercise Sovereignty’ Over Judea and Samaria
“To mark 50 years to the liberation of Judea and Samaria, including Jerusalem our eternal capital, the Likud Central Committee calls on Likud officials to act so as to enable free construction and to apply Israeli law and sovereignty in all the liberated settlements in Judea and Samaria,” read the resolution passed by the committee. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was a notable absentee from the event held at the Airport City convention center. Knesset speaker Yuli Edelstein told the 1,500 delegates attending the event that United States President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital had “opened a new chapter with regard to how the international community views Israel, Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria.”

Iranians take to the streets for fourth day of anti-regime protests
Anti-government protesters demonstrated in Iran on Sunday in defiance of a warning by the authorities of a tough crackdown, extending for a fourth day one of the most audacious challenges to the clerical leadership since pro-reform unrest in 2009. There were also reports of demonstrations in the cities of Sanandaj and Kermanshah in western Iran as well as Chabahar in the southeast and Ilam and Izeh in the southwest. Tens of thousands of people have protested across the country since Thursday against the Islamic Republic’s unelected clerical elite and Iranian foreign policy in the region. They have also chanted slogans in support of political prisoners.

US far-left subversion is reaching Israel
An article recently appeared on Arutz Sheva quoting Deputy Defense Minister Rabbi Eli Ben Dahan (Jewish Home) and his response to a letter written by “Israeli high school seniors” calling on their peers not to enlist in the IDF. The letter claims Israel “oppresses” Palestinian Authority Arabs, and the signatories refused “to have any part” in such “oppression.” The rhetoric, however, was not that of some sixteen to eighteen-year-olds in high school, but of the terrorist group PFLP (Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine) and the Israeli and American Far Left. What’s that? The American Far Left?

Crack in the Iranian Wall? Leading Iranian ‘Hard-Line’ Cleric Supports Protests
A top Islamic legal authority in the Iranian city of Qom – a member of the council headed by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei – has announced his support for demonstrators as the protests enter their fourth day in Iran. Grand Ayatollah Hossein Noori-Hamedani, age 92, is the country’s top religious authority on Islamic jurisprudence. On Saturday he was quoted by the Tasnim news agency as expressing his support for “the people,” saying it was time to support their rights.

Storm Eleanor to SMASH UK: Hurricane-force winds will sweep Britain as flood alert issued
The entire country is warned to batten down the hatches for torrential downpours and 50 to 80mph gales through tomorrow. Heavy rain threatens widespread flooding sparking warnings to expect travel mayhem through the start of 2018. It is likely forecasters will name the fifth storm of the season today (Tuesday) – Eleanor – following Dylan on New Year’s Eve.

Saudi Columnist Says Trump Right to Recognize Israel’s Claims to Jerusalem
While much of the Arab world predictably reacted with outrage to US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a number of leading Arab intellectuals took a very different position. Among them was Abdulhameed Hakeem, head of the Middle East Center for Strategic and Legal Studies in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. While Riyadh publicly decried Trump’s announcement, the Saudi regime did not engage in long-winded rants against Israeli control over Jerusalem, prompting many to wonder where the oil-rich kingdom really stood on the issue. In an interview on the US-based al-Hurra Arabic-language TV channel, Hakeem tried to clarify why Trump’s decision actually met with muted acceptance, even some degree of appreciation, in Saudi Arabia:

Intelligence Minister: Iran directly involved in upgrading Hamas threat
Iran is currently working on upgrading Hamas’ capabilities, Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Monday. “In recent days, while we face the known threat from Gaza, there is a direct Iranian intervention. Iran, Hezbollah and Hamas are involved in operative preparations to upgrade the threat to Israel from the direction of Gaza,” he stated.

Kurdish-Iranian groups support protests for democracy in Iran
Three Kurdish parties have called on their supporters to join the demonstrations in Iran. Many thousands of Kurds in Iran have been protesting over the last several days, clashing with security forces. Over the weekend video from numerous Kurdish towns and cities showed protesters in the streets and scuffles with police.

North Korea’s Kim Jong-un issues threats and olive branch
North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un has said a nuclear launch button is “always on my table” and warned the US it will never be able to start a war. In a televised new year speech, he said the entire US was within range of North Korean nuclear weapons, adding: “This is reality, not a threat.” But he also offered a potential olive branch to South Korea, suggesting he was “open to dialogue”.

Germany starts enforcing hate speech law
Germany is set to start enforcing a law that demands social media sites move quickly to remove hate speech, fake news and illegal material. Sites that do not remove “obviously illegal” posts could face fines of up to 50m euro (£44.3m). The law gives the networks 24 hours to act after they have been told about law-breaking material.

Palestinians recall envoy to US
The Palestinians have announced they are recalling their envoy to the United States for “consultations”, weeks after President Trump recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said he would not accept any US peace plan in the wake of Mr Trump’s move. Protests and clashes broke out in the Gaza Strip after the announcement.

China’s moon mission to boldly go a step further
This time next year, there may be a new world leader in lunar exploration. If all goes according to plan, China will have done something no other space-faring superpower has been able to do: land on the far side of the moon…In 2018, they will launch a pair of missions known collectively as Chang’e 4. It is the fourth mission in a series named after the Chinese moon goddess.

Torrential downpour leads to floods in multiple regions
Israel saw heavy rainfall Monday morning in the northern and central regions accompanied by thunder storms, with flood warnings in the communities of the Coastal Plain. The rain will be spreading to the Negev later Monday, with flood warnings in the streams of the Judea Desert, Dead Sea and Negev.

“Fake News’: Half of all Americans believe the media make up anti-Trump stories
Nearly half of all Americans believe media outlets fabricate negative stories about President Trump, according to a new survey. Forty-four percent of respondents in the 2017 Poynter Media Trust Survey say the media invent “fake news” to make the president look bad.

France’s secret tax authority for Jews only
…“The procedure is new and questionable, and discriminates against French Jews,” Itay Bracha, a tax expert who represents French clients with tax authorities in Israel and France, told the Globes. “The measure is an extremely irregular and rare one in which a tax authority in a foreign country is setting up a special division to handle Jews, and recruiting an exceptionally large number of employees for it.”

Jerusalem Muslims go nuts at Israeli plan to cut the glorifying of terrorism and hatred of Jews out of its school textbooks
Parents, religious leaders, and PA officials band together protesting Israel’s proposed changes to the PA curriculum of incitement.

Russia demands that US forces leave ALL of Syria immediately – the American response ‘HELL NO’
 In a statement sure to raise tensions between Russia and the USA, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated on Thursday that US forces must leave all of Syria.

Jedi religion much like others, rabbi concludes
There’s a new religion arising in Western nations – Jediism – based on the “Star Wars” movies.

America: Home Of The Human Lab Rats – Why Prescription Medications Are Mostly Unsafe Chemical Experiments That Worsen Overall Health 
…Currently, about 35 million people abuse opioids worldwide. Unintentional overdoses have quadrupled since 2000. Thanks to drugs like oxycodone (think of Percocet) and hydrocodone (think of Vicodin), the U.S. is the biggest consumer of deadly prescription painkillers.

New ‘SofTouch’ Abortions Kill Unborn Babies In Only Minutes
A device called SofTouch performs an abortion in minutes, virtually removing all the burdens of more conventional abortion methods.

A “Monster Of A Storm” Could Hit The East Coast Next Week
“This is likely going to be one monster of a storm later this week. Seeing ensemble members between 950-970mb with an ensemble mean of 982mb is absolutely impressive for a 5 day lead time.”