19 Jan 2021

Israel approves construction of 780 homes in Judea and Samaria
The Israeli government on Sunday approved plans to build 780 new homes in Judea and Samaria, drawing criticism from the European Union, according to Reuters. One hundred of the units will be built in Tal Menashe, a settlement in northern Samaria that was home to Esther Horgen, a 52-year-old mother of six killed on Dec. 21 by a Palestinian terrorist while she was jogging in the forest near her house.

South Dakota Governor to End Abortions for Babies with Down Syndrome
As the US prepares for a drastic change in leadership and state legislation concerning abortion is becoming a battleground issue, South Dakota is taking the lead in the pro-life battle, preventing abortions based on the results of prenatal testing for Down Syndrome. Overwhelmingly utilized in Europe, these abortions are compared to genocide and eugenics by some, while one rabbi explains this practice, based in idolatry, is an attempt to delay the Redemption.

Trump Plans 100 Pardons For Tuesday – Will Assange Be Among Them?
But the biggest name said to be under possible consideration is WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange, subject of a major independent and social media campaign to lobby for his full pardon and release from a London jail where extradition proceedings are still ongoing. Will President Trump pardon Assange?

‘No Evidence Of Threats, No Issues Flagged’ As MSM Stokes Fears Of Military Insider Attack At Inauguration
Fears of mayhem at state capitol buildings and the US Capitol complex in Washington, DC, this past weekend were widely overblown by mainstream media. Now there’s more fearmongering from mainstream outlets, this time it’s AP, who reports fears of an insider attack that have prompted the FBI to vet the 25,000 National Guard troops stationed in DC ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

Major Airstrikes Rock Iran-Backed Iraqi Militias Near Baghdad, Casualties Reported
In what could be the start of a last-minute ‘counter Iran’ military operation which many have anticipated during President Trump’s final days in office, a major air assault on Iran-backed paramilitary units southwest of Baghdad is being reported in regional media.

Church Growth Soars in India Despite Persecution, COVID-19
For the second year in a row, Open Doors ranks India 10th on the list of countries where it’s most challenging to be a Christian. “But even [amid] that persecution, God grows and strengthens his Church,” says David Reeves, President and CEO of unfoldingWord.

Indiana Lawmakers File Bill Ending Regulation of Abortion in State, Outlawing It Completely
For the fifth year in a row, an Indiana lawmaker has proposed a bill that would declare that life begins at conception and would repeal all state statutes regulating abortion, making it consequently illegal with no exceptions. This time, Rep. Curt Nisly, R-Goshen, is joined by the newly-elected Rep. John Jacob, R-Indianapolis, in presenting the legislation.

UAE’s new vision for Mideast includes Israel
It is safe to say that the peace agreement between the UAE and Israel represents an important strategic shift, and a fundamental turning point for the long-running conflict between Arabs and Israel. t can be described as one of the clearest practical manifestations reflecting the new ideological approach being adopted by UAE’s leadership to address the region’s conflicts and challenges.

Trump lifting COVID-19 travel restrictions on Europe, UK, Brazil – report
US President Donald Trump on Monday rescinded entry bans imposed because of the coronavirus on most non-US citizens arriving from Brazil and much of Europe effective Jan. 26, two officials briefed on the matter told Reuters.

Report: Biden to reverse Trump’s entry ban for Muslims on 1st day
Biden is expected to sign about a dozen executive orders on his first day in office, including rejoining the Paris climate agreement and reverse his predecessor’s ban on entry of people from certain Muslim majority countries.

Israel Determined To Prevent Iran From Achieving ‘Syria Project’
The alleged strikes in the Deir al-Zour and Albu Kamal areas were the latest in a long series of reported Israeli attacks that are designed to thwart the Islamic Republic’s attempts at building a war machine in Syria. The airstrikes nevertheless stood out in light of the extraordinary comments made by a senior American intelligence official, who told the Associated Press that the bombings were enabled by intelligence provided to Israel by the United States. “Iran is attempting to take advantage of the transition in the United States and in Israel to alter the balance of power. Israel and the U.S. will not allow this. We will act resolutely and as needed.”

Israel to name Train stop at Temple Mount after Trump
An Israeli minister stated in an interview that he stands firm in his commitment to name the soon-to-be-built train station adjacent to the Temple mount “Donald J. Trump Station.” Some rabbis note that the station will serve the Third Temple and, as such, the connection to the president is implicit.

Helsinki Committee to declare Pfizer performing unauthorized human experiment in Israel
the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights is expected to announce that Pfizer is conducting unauthorized human experiments in Israel. The committee in charge of supervising human trials is expected to submit an opinion to the Health Ministry stating that the immunization process led by the state with Pfizer is a clinical study, and therefore needed to be approved in advance.

Sheba Hospital study: 2nd vaccine dose extremely effective
Antibody tests for people who received the second vaccine dose show they develop more antibodies than people with severe cases of COVID.
People who received both doses of the coronavirus vaccine produce between six to twenty times as many antibodies a week after receiving the second dose, the communication and information division at Sheba Tel Hashomer Medical Center reported Monday.

Gantz: Wide-scale settler outpost legalization ‘irresponsible’
A government declaration to legalize 46 West Bank settler outposts would be irresponsible, Alternative Prime Minister and Defense Minister Benny Gantz said on Tuesday. He spoke amid a push by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to place the issue on the government’s agenda when it meets on Tuesday afternoon.

Alleged US airstrike was ISIS attack on power lines: Iraqi officials
An attack by ISIS militants on power transmission towers south of Baghdad caused the explosions mistakenly reported by regional media as US airstrikes on sites belonging to pro-Iranian militias in Jurf al-Sakhar south of Baghdad on Monday night, Iraq’s Security Media Cell confirmed on Tuesday morning.

Iran loses UN voting rights over unpaid dues, blames US sanctions
Iran and six other countries lost their right to vote in the UN General Assembly, because they have not paid their dues, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Monday. Iran blamed US sanctions for blocking the Islamic Republic from paying its required contribution to the UN…Iran owes $16.2 million, more than any other country.

Russia’s FM: Syria must not be an Israel-Iran battlefield
Israel should report security threats in Syria rather than immediately respond to them, in order to keep the country ravaged by civil war from being turned into a battlefield against Iran, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday…Lavrov criticized Israel for responding to security threats from Iran in Syria, while stressing that Moscow also does not approve of Syria being used against.

Arab League head hopes Biden changes Trump Mideast policies
The head of the Arab League expressed hope Monday that U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s administration will change Donald Trump’s policies and launch a political process supported by regional and international parties to achieve independence for the Palestinians. Ahmed Aboul Gheit…told the UN Security Council that a two-state solution…“has been marginalized by the main mediator in the peace process,”…

Iran kicks off ground forces drill on coast of Gulf of Oman
Iran’s military kicked off a ground forces drill on Tuesday along the coast of the Gulf of Oman…the latest in a series of snap exercises that the country is holding amid escalating tensions over its nuclear program…According to the report, commando units and airborne infantry were participating in the annual exercise, along with fighter jets, helicopters and military transport aircraft.

Six asteroids to make ‘close approach’ as Biden takes over presidency
NASA is tracking six asteroids set to approach Earth on the same day Joe Biden will become the 46th President of the United States. Donald Trump will make way for Joe Biden on Wednesday, January 20, and NASA has its eye on four rocks that will be zipping past Earth. One of the rocks has the potential to be almost as big as the Statue of Liberty in New York City, an iconic American landmark.

China Reports 100+ Cases For Sixth Day As Lockdowns Expanded To 29MM
So far this year, 457 new cases have been confirmed in the region, though Beijing has long been suspected of under-reporting the numbers.

15 dead, 24 379 houses inundated as worst floods in 50 years hit South Kalimantan, Indonesia
A series of floods struck the Indonesian province of South Kalimantan Province over the past 10 days, leaving at least 15 people dead, 24 379 houses inundated, and 39 549 displaced as of Monday, January 18, 2021. President Joko Widodo described the massive flooding in the area as the worst in the past 50 years, with almost 10 districts and cities affected.

Tropical Storm “Eloise” forecast to strike Madagascar and Mozambique
Tropical Storm “Eloise” formed on January 15, 2021, as the 5th named storm of the 2020/21 Southwest Indian Ocean cyclone season. The cyclone is moving toward Madagascar. A landfall at tropical cyclone intensity on January 19 remains a real possibility, although less likely based on the latest guidance. Eloise is expected to reintensify after it exits into the Mozambique Channel and strike Mozambique on January 23.

You Can Thank Donald Trump For Causing The Liberal Enemies Of Christianity, Conservatism And America To Step Out Of The Shadows And Expose Themselves
Here we are, smack dab in the middle of the last 36 hours or so of the Donald J. Trump presidency, an era that began in chaos and is ending the way it started. Over the past four and one half years, I have probably written close to 100 articles on Donald Trump, and something tells me this is not going to be the last one either. But if I could get a word out to the president, and he is still very much the president, I would just have two words to say to him. Thank you.

China Health Experts Call for Suspension of COVID Vaccines as Norway Investigates 33 Deaths, Germany Probes 10 Deaths
China health experts say Norway and other countries should suspend the use of mRNA vaccines like those produced by Pfizer and Moderna, especially among the elderly, according to Global Times.

Sahara desert hit by icy blast as snow blankets parts of Saudi Arabia
The Sahara desert has been hit by an icy blast with temperatures dipping below freezing.

Game-changing intel grants Trump new pathways to VICTORY
Because of the increasing popularity of the Situation Update podcast, information came my way that lays out a path for justified optimism on what’s coming in the days ahead.

Former Florida data scientist for COVID to turn herself in on arrest warrant
The Florida scientist accused by the state of manipulating coronavirus data says she’ll turn in herself, in response to an arrest warrant being prepared by authorities.

Panic in DC: Biden Inaugural Rehearsal Evacuated Over Fire Blocks from Capitol
The rehearsal at the Capitol Monday morning for Wednesday’s inauguration of Joe Biden was evacuated by officials who told participants “this is not a drill.” The rehearsal had been postponed one day due to security concerns.

‘TOTAL DISASTER’: California Likely Paid Out $10 BILLION in CoVID Relief to ‘Organized Crime, Russia, China’
California residents fumed Monday morning over new reports the Golden State likely paid out upwards of $10 billion in phony CoVID relief claims to organized crime in other countries, including Russia and China.

The left uses Capitol invasion as Nazis used the Reichstag fire
Watching America accept the rationally and morally indefensible physical and economic lockdown of the country, I concluded: “Apathy in the face of tyranny turns out not to be a German or Russian characteristic. I just never thought it could happen in America.”

Goldman: Here Is What Bidencare Will Look Like
Bidencare will be just the “virtuous wrapper” the doctor ordered so speak, to transfer $1.5 trillion in debt-funded deficit spending into the broader economy, while enabling tens if not hundreds of billions of government inefficiencies (read corruption) along the way