Abbas: Trump’s Jerusalem announcement ‘serious crime’ | JerusalemOnline

The Palestinian leader said on Wednesday that the US has ended its role in the peace process, saying peace will not exist without a recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of the Palestinian state.

Source: Abbas: Trump’s Jerusalem announcement ‘serious crime’ | JerusalemOnline

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Israeli minister invites Saudi Crown Prince to visit | JerusalemOnline

Yisrael Katz, Israel’s Minister of Intelligence, spoke with a Saudi newspaper about the Iranian threat, Iran’s presence in Syria and the notion of Saudi Arabia acting as a mediator in the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

Source: Israeli minister invites Saudi Crown Prince to visit | JerusalemOnline

PRESIDENT TRUMP’S RECOGNITION OF JERUSALEM SPARKS NEW TALKS ON THE BUILDING OF THE THIRD JEWISH TEMPLE

“There have been amazing advances towards bringing the Temple this year. It was clear that Trump was part of that process, guided by Hashem (God),” Fried declared. He is hardly alone in his jubilation about the possibilities of rebuilding a Temple last destroyed in A.D. 70 – 1,948 years ago. “The prophets’ words of prophecy are coming forth from the Bible and becoming facts right before our eyes,” said Likud lawmaker and prominent Temple Mount movement figure Yehuda Glick.
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WHILE MUSLIMS JEER, ISRAELIS CHEER PRESIDENT TRUMP’S JERUSALEM DECLARATION, PROMPTING JEWISH RELIGIOUS ACTIVISTS TO SUGGEST BUILDING THE THIRD TEMPLE IS CLOSER TO REALITY THAN EVER BEFORE.

“And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.” Daniel 9:27 (KJV)

EDITOR’S NOTE: When I first started studying prophecy and heard people talk about the coming Third Temple in Jerusalem, it used to excite me to think we might be the generation that actually sees that happen. But the more I studied and learned how to rightly divide the Scriptures as Paul tells us to do, the more it became apparent that the next Jewish Temple will not house the Holy Spirit, but Antichrist. Jesus warns about that in Matthew 24, Daniel warns about that in chapter 9, and John in Revelation tells us that Jerusalem will be seen as “Sodom and Egypt” by God in the time of Jacob’s trouble. 

“What he did … was an enormous step in bringing the Temple,” said Asaf Fried, official spokesman for the United Temple Movement, an association of organizations working towards making the Third Temple a reality.

He added, “This necessarily had to come from a non-Jew in order to bring them into the process, so they will be able to take their part in the Temple.” Fried sees Trump’s role similar to the one played by Cyrus, the Persian king who ended the Babylonian exile and helped build the Second Jewish Temple.

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“THERE HAVE BEEN AMAZING ADVANCES TOWARDS BRINGING THE TEMPLE THIS YEAR. IT WAS CLEAR THAT TRUMP WAS PART OF THAT PROCESS, GUIDED BY HASHEM (GOD),” FRIED DECLARED.

He is hardly alone in his jubilation about the possibilities of rebuilding a Temple last destroyed in A.D. 70 – 1,948 years ago.

“The prophets’ words of prophecy are coming forth from the Bible and becoming facts right before our eyes,” said Likud lawmaker and prominent Temple Mount movement figure Yehuda Glick.

Quoting from the opening words of the book of Lamentations, in a reference to Jerusalem, Glick noted that once Jeremiah had wept, crying “How doth the city sit solitary, that was full of people! how is she become as a widow! she that was great among the nations, and princess among the provinces, how is she become tributary!” Lamentations 1:1 (KJV)

But the rise of the state of Israel, coupled with Trump’s declaration, have now changed all that, Glick suggests: “So, Mister Jeremiah, I’m sending you a WhatsApp: ‘Jerusalem is no longer alone like a widow. Jerusalem is recognized as the capital of the Jewish People.’”

Rabbi Hillel Weiss, spokesman for the nascent Sanhedrin, was cautiously optimistic.

“One year ago, the Sanhedrin called on Trump to build the Temple as Cyrus did 2,000 years ago,” Weiss said. “He has clearly moved in this direction but there is still a long way to go and many pitfalls that could prevent that from happening. Trump is facing enormous political pressures. The borders of Jerusalem are still open to negotiation. The Temple Mount is still not a settled issue and the United Nations is working hard at trying to convince the world the Jews have no place there. If Trump is to succeed, the Jews have to come together in unity in order for him to remain strong.”

YAKOV HAYMAN, THE UNITED TEMPLE MOVEMENT CHAIRMAN, ALSO SAW TRUMP’S STATEMENT AS PART OF A MAJOR SHIFT IN MODERN HISTORY FOR ISRAEL AND THE JEWISH PEOPLE.

He said, “1917 was the Balfour Declaration establishing Israel for the nations, 2017 was Trump’s declaration.”

“WHEN JEWS AND NON-JEWS GO UP EN MASSE, THE TEMPLE IS INEVITABLE,” HAYMAN ADDED. “THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL ARE RETURNING TO THEIR ROOTS WHILE SIMULTANEOUSLY THE NON-JEWS OF THE WORLD ARE REALIZING THE AUTHENTICITY OF OUR CLAIM TO THE TEMPLE MOUNT AND OUR RIGHT TO BUILD A JEWISH TEMPLE AS A HOUSE OF PRAYER FOR ALL NATIONS. THESE PROCESSES ARE CODEPENDENT. IT DEPENDS ON THE JEWS, OUR ACTIONS, BUT THE NON-JEWS ARE AN ESSENTIAL PART OF THE PROCESS. OUR TASK IS TO ACT AS PRIESTS TO MAKE THE WHOLE WORLD HOLY,” HAYMAN SAID, CITING VERSE 19:6 IN THE BOOK OF EXODUS: “AND YE SHALL BE UNTO ME A KINGDOM OF PRIESTS, AND AN HOLY NATION. THESE ARE THE WORDS WHICH THOU SHALT SPEAK UNTO THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL.”

He added: “That will only happen in a Temple in Jerusalem,” he emphasized. “The next step, the most important step, must be taken by the Jews. We need to begin going up to the Temple Mount is massive numbers. Once we do that, the Temple is the next inevitable step.”

Glick said: “Just as I’ve said that the State of Israel is a miracle, one of the greatest of miracles, it seems to me that the fact that hundreds of millions of people, Christians, recognize Israel, is another stage in the miracle.”

“There is something very special and holy in Trump,” added Hayman. “Sometimes, he appears coarse and not connected to religion, but every time he addresses the nation he speaks about God. Last night, he said his motivation for recognizing was Jerusalem was because it was the right thing to do. That is precisely how a leader guided by God should speak.” source

Israeli Deterrence Holds Against Iran In Syria – For Now

 

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BY YAAKOV LAPPIN/JNS.ORG DECEMBER 12, 2017

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A recent surge in Israeli strikes on targets in Syria appears to suggest a new Israeli urgency to block Iran’s spread into the war-torn country. So far, neither Iran nor its terror proxies have retaliated.

 

Yet the lack of retaliation is not something that can be counted on forever and Israel’s deterrence is not a cast iron concept that will always come through, warned a former senior Israeli defense official.

 

“I do not know if [Iran and its proxies] are deterred or not,” Maj. Gen. (res.) Yaakov Amidror, former national security advisor to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, told JNS.

 

“It is clear that in the cost-benefit calculation…they ran through their considerations and concluded that launching a war [against Israel] is not something they should do. There is no telling when their considerations will change,” he said.

 

The latest purported Israeli strikes in Syria targeted weapons production facilities and an Iranian military base.

 

Amidror, who also headed Israel’s National Security Council, cautioned about the limits of deterrence, saying that it “is an evasive matter that must be examined per incident.”

 

In the new regional reality, Syria and Lebanon have merged into a single, two-part front, according to Israeli intelligence assessments.

 

With Iran’s chief proxy, the heavily armed Hezbollah, deployed in both Lebanon and Syria, and with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps building up the military capabilities of Iran’s clients in Syria and Lebanon, it is seemingly no longer possible to view the Lebanese-Syrian border as holding any real significance.

 

This was reflected in comments made by Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who stated in October, “In the next war in the north, there will be only one sector, the northern sector, Syria and Lebanon together.”

 

This has required the IDF’s Northern Command and Military Intelligence Directorate to change the way they operate in Israel’s northern arena, allowing them to better track movements of weapons and fighters across the border.

 

It has also affected Israeli planning, based on the understanding that an escalation in Syria can quickly trigger an escalation in Lebanon, and vice versa.

 

Prof. Eyal Zisser, an expert on Syria at Tel Aviv University, said the Iranian-led axis has little interest in getting involved in an escalation with Israel over its reported strikes in Syria at this time.

 

“It prefers to allow Syria to respond, or not to respond. Syria is no one’s land. This allows everyone that is part of this arena to avoid getting too entangled,” Zisser told JNS.

 

“But I assume that Iran continues to try and consolidate itself in Syria, friction can be created that will eventually compel it to respond, if Israel continues to attack,” he said, adding, “At the moment the war there continues, and the priority [for Iran] is to first of all win, and leave Israel to the side.”

 

Whether it is deterred by Israel, or simply too busy to become involved in a war with Jerusalem, the Iranian axis is continuing to make progress in linking Syria to the Iranian zone of influence.

 

“On the one hand, they have a land corridor from Tehran, through Baghdad, to Damascus and Beirut. And they have forces in Syria,” Zisser said, describing Iran’s activities in the region.

 

“On the other hand, the Russians will certainly try to limit them,” he said. “They have a presence and they cannot be ignored, but this does not mean that Syria is in their control.”

 

Addressing Monday’s announcement by Russian President Vladimir Putin of Moscow’s withdrawal of troops from Syria, Zisser said such statements cannot be relied upon.

 

“Putin has already announced a withdrawal a few times, and in reality everyone stayed,” he said. “I think that this time too, the withdrawal will be partial and symbolic, and will not influence Russia’s presence and standing in Syria.”

 

Zisser believes that while there are enough elements to prevent an escalation in Syria from triggering a new Hezbollah-Israel war at this time, a victory in Syria could prompt the Iranian axis to grow more provocative towards the Jewish state.

 

“The Iran axis or Hezbollah could become more aggressive towards their rivals,” Zisser said. “That could increase tension in Lebanon.”

 

Originally published at JNS.org – reposted with permission.