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Israel Ranked 8th Most Powerful Nation | United with Israel

Israel ranked as the 8th-most-powerful nation; the Jewish state comes in 19th out of 180 for food security and nutrition;370 international students are beginning the spring semester at Tel Aviv University, and much more.

U.S. News and World Report ranks Israel as the 8th-most-powerful nation based upon defensive strength, strong international alliances, and economic and political influence. Bloomberg ranks Israel as the 10th-most-innovative country based on spending on R&D and number of listed hi-tech companies.

https://www.jns.org/israel-ranked-as-one-of-the-worlds-most-powerful-and-innovative-countries/

The United Nations ranked Israel 19th out of 180 in its 2017 State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World report on how well countries can feed their populations.

http://www.israelhayom.com/2017/10/01/israel-ranked-19th-most-food-secure-by-un-global-hunger-report/

370 international students are beginning the spring semester at Tel Aviv University the most in two decades. They hail from the USA, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Greece, Panama and UK. The average age is 20 and 69% are female. Most are on TAUs study abroad program.

http://www.israelhayom.com/2018/01/22/tel-aviv-university-hosts-record-number-of-study-abroad-students/

Israel is the only free country amongst its Middle East neighbors, according to the latest report from Freedom House. With Turkey becoming Not Free and Tunisia about to lose its Free status, it is about time that the UN gave Israel due respect.

https://freedomhouse.org/report/freedom-world/freedom-world-2018

Echoing the Jewish principle that everyone is responsible for everyone else, Israeli organization Yedidim (Hebrew for loved ones or good friends) has over 6,000 volunteers ready to help drivers on Israeli roads. Especially useful during winter storms.

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20 members of the IDFs Special in Uniform unit have graduated from the IDFs dog handling program. They developed skills to direct, feed and exercise dogs and will now work on bases with guard-dogs, detection dogs and search and rescue dogs.

http://www.jpost.com/OMG/IDF-recruits-youths-with-disabilities-to-serve-as-military-dog-handlers-537047

Arab students made up 16.1 percent of Israels undergraduates in 2017, a 60% rise from 2010, according to the latest survey by Israels Council for Higher Education (CHE). They also constitute 13% of Masters students, double that in 2010. 41% of Haifa University students are Arab.

Enrollment of Arab Students in Israeli Universities Increases 79 Percent in Seven Years

The Israeli delegation to the UNs Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC) presented Israeli projects for the benefit of Palestinian Arabs. They include an improved cellphone network, an enhanced water supply system, a PA industrial zone in Tarqumiyah and water desalinization in Gaza.

https://unitedwithisrael.org/israel-presents-the-world-with-projects-that-benefit-palestinians/

A Druze Staff Sergeant from southern Israel is saving wounded civilians from Syria. When I meet the wounded, he says. I just go up to them and say in Arabic, Hi, my medical team and I are here to help you, and then just treat them.

http://www.israelhayom.com/2017/10/16/i-tell-them-in-arabic-were-here-to-help-you/

I included previously(Apr 2016)an article about Israels Reporty which forms the basis for an emergency video app used by Israels Magen David Adom. Now Reporty is being piloted by 2000 members of the French public in Nice to film and report crimes or incidents to the police.

https://www.connexionfrance.com/French-news/Nice-locals-asked-to-film-crimes-in-new-police-app

http://reporty.com/about/

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MIDDLE EAST PREDICTIONS 2018Three Clairvoyants predicting to : Bashar al-Assad, Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani (Qatar), Recep Tayyip Erdogan , Benjamin Netanyahu, the Leaders of Palestine, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon (Hezbollah), Devlet Bahceli , Kurdistan…

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Table of Contents:1. Hassan Rouhani (Iran) Clairvoyant predictions for Iran year 2018. How will be solved the political crisis in Iran through the eyes of Hassan Rouhani Jan.3, 2018. 2. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ( Iran) Year 2018 will be as zero year for Iran battles, politics, business everything will be for the putting of the foundations for Iran year 2019 Clairvoyant predictions Jan.3, 2018.3. In addition: Ali Khamenei and the President of Iran by Clairvoyant Stoyanka Staikova . 4. King Abdullah II of Jordan ( Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan) – Mysteries, Religion, Energy field, an attempt for a coup – when? Exploitation of new energy fields (deposits), New territories in icy region, Meeting with the Pope, War – year 2018 – Clairvoyant predictions Jan. 4,2018 . 5. – King Abdullah II of Jordan by Clairvoyant Ivelina Staikova – King Abdullah II of Jordan by Clairvoyant Stoyanka Staikova 6. Hassan Nasrallah (Hezbollah) – Magic, inverse luck – when? Prominent assassinations , New leader of Hezbollah – when? Omens, natural cataclysms – when? War, Elections in Lebanon – when? – Clairvoyant predictions Jan. 5, 20187. – Hassan Nasrallah (Hezbollah) by Clairvoyant Ivelina Staikova – Hassan Nasrallah ( Hezbollah) by Clairvoyant Stoyanka Staikova 8. Devlet Bahceli (Turkish Nationalist Movement Party and the Grey Wolves organization) – How will be solved the case of the Turkish banker Hakan Atilla convicted in U.S. sanctions case – When? – details. The health of Devlet Bahceli , Very successful business. When is the toughest month for him year 2018 – Clairvoyant predictions Jan. 6, 201810. Recep Erdogan (Turkey) – Energy Corridors, Business partners, Construction of Power Plants, Kurds, Muslim Brotherhood. Relationships with Russia, Palestine, Israel, the European Union, Africa, South America… A conquering war with refugees… to Greece, Cyprus, Bulgaria. Entering in Bulgaria at the city of Bourgas – how ? Goal – Israel ? – Clairvoyant predictions Jan.6, 2018 12. Recep Tayyip Erdogan -Clairvoyant Stoyanka Staikova13. Haider al – Abadi ( Iraq) – Health, Election, Iraq year 2018, Interesting meetings on the border with Turkey of Americans and Russians. Contaminated drinking water. Refugees from and in Iraq – Clairvoyant predictions Jan. 12,201814. Haider al- Abadi – Clairvoyant Stoyanka Staikova 15. Aldar Khalil ( An architect of the Kurdish – led plans for autonomous rule in Northern Syria) -Year 2018, Year 2019, Health, The territory of the Kurds – united and separated on parts. Negotiations and battles with Turkey. When will be recognized the Kurdish State ? Elections, credits about the building of Nuclear power plant, Business, Problems with the feeding of the population. New international union the Kurds – Israel – Clairvoyant predictions January 13,2018 16. Aldar Khalil – Clairvoyant Stoyanka Staikova17. Mahmoud Abbas ( Palestine) – War and Health problems, Terrorism, Invasion, Attacks against Al-Aqsa mosque and gas fields. International contracts. Temporary new leaders. When will be the negotiation for peace ? – Clairvoyant predictions Jan. 15,2018 18.Mahmoud Abbas (Palestine) – Clairvoyant Stoyanka Staikova19. Bashar al-Assad (Syria) – Health , War, Trials and shootings in Syria, Natural cataclysms , a black machine is leaving from the sands of Syria, New business and the new old investors, Preparation for Syrian Elections – Clairvoyant predictions Jan. 20 ,2018 20. Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani ( The leader of Qatar) – Health, Very,very profitable business, War, Coalitions, Politics, European Union – investments… The mystery of the Millennium – Where is disappearing the gold of Qatar – Clairvoyant predictions Jan. 21 ,201821. Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani ( Qatar) – Clairvoyant Stoyanka Staikova 22. Benjamin Netanyahu (Israel) – Health, Business, Money, Attacks over the sea, Problems with Russia, Wars with Palestine, Syria, Lebanon. A threat of a nuclear bomb for Israel…. Jan. 22 ,2018 And more…

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January 29, 2018 The Land of Israel

On this weeks Israel Uncensored, Josh Hasten details a week in which top US Administration officials showed strong support for the State of Israel. First it was the historic speech in the Knesset by VP Mike Pence. Then it was President Trump in Davos threatening to defund the PA for refusing to talk peace, and for slighting Pence when he was in the region. Finally at the UN Security Council Ambassador Nikki Haley stuck it to Mahmoud Abbas for disrespecting President Trump and for delivering a hate-filed, libelous speech against the State of Israel. All of this and many other stories making news in Israel, on this weeks show.

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Roman J. Israel Esq review: Dir. Dan Gilroy (2018)

Roman J. Israel Esq review by Tina Baraga.

In the age of corruption and greed we are made to believe that superheroes are a thing of fantasy, someone you may find while flicking through the pages of a science fiction book. But if they were real, they would come in the form of Roman J. Israel, Esq.

A man true and honest to his core, Roman (Denzel Washington) is what one could describe as a modern day hero. The esquire in his name stands to that, representing a title of dignity, slightly above gentleman, below knight. Working most of his life as the behind-the-scenes brain of a two-man law firm aimed at helping the underprivileged, Romans life takes a sudden turn when his partner passes away.

The law firm is taken over by his deceased partners ex-student George Pierce (Colin Farrell), a successful attorney who stands for everything Roman has fought against. Surrounded by a corporate and money-driven world and faced with the futility of his lifes work, Roman starts to question his fundamental beliefs and his life as a social warrior.

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Washington is at the top of his game, developing the character of Roman through a unique and captivating performance. From the slight limp in his walk from the heavy briefcase he carries around filled with his lifes work to his awkward and pained expressions, he captures the essence of a man torn between idealism and reality. A man caught between making the world a fairer place and the sacrifices needed to achieve this.

While the actors bring their a-game, what Dan Gilroys (Nightcrawler) second directorial feature film lacks is that one question that leads the narrative. In fact it does the opposite, asking more big and important questions than it is able to answer, leaving the viewer confused as to what the message of the story is. Perhaps it is about the ethics of forcing someone to mortgage their house in order to afford a good defence lawyer? Or the comparison between modern day social activism and the grassroots activists of the sixties? Maybe it is about the internal struggle between fighting for whats right and fighting for survival? All of these are valid and important topics, but lack real development and leave the viewer feeling deflated and confused.

Roman J. Israel, Esq. can best be described as a hit and miss dramatic thriller which takes the viewer on a personal tumultuous journey showing us that although reality can bring down even the most resilient modern day heroes, their passion may be an important inspiration to the people that surround them.

Roman J. Israel, Esq. review, by Tina Baraga, January 2018.

Roman J. Israel, Esq. is showing in UK cinemas from Friday 2nd February 2018.

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Dec 21 2017

Since the 2011 outbreak of what some still call with macabre humour the “Arab Spring”, a bloody civil war has raged in Yemen, a war that has cost the lives of 10,000 civilians to date. This civil war is perhaps the least reported of all the upheavals to have engulfed the Arab world in the past six years

Dec 21 2017

“Rome and Jerusalem”, for many readers, will evoke the groundbreaking work by Moses Hess published in 1862, which greatly influenced left-wing thinking on the re-establishment of a Jewish State in the land of Israel.

In December 2017, these cities each hosted a significant event, both of which would have been unimaginable 75, let alone 150, years ago.

Dec 21 2017

US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital did not whip up quite the furore in the Arab and Muslim street envisioned by Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah and head of Hamas’ political bureau Ismail Haniyeh.

The Arab street’s reaction, in fact – as seen in a multitude of Muslim countries the world over – was relatively moderate and subdued…

Dec 21 2017

On Dec. 8, the UN Security Council convened an “extraordinary debate” to discuss the US Trump Administration’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

This seems like an “extraordinary” thing to do. Why would the Security Council, whose primary role is overseeing the “maintenance of international peace and security” need to discuss the fact that one country recognised another country’s capital?

Dec 20 2017

Enough with the pearl-clutching already. US President Donald Trump’s statement on Dec. 6 that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel is more bipartisan than anything he has ever said and likely ever will say as president.

Dec 20 2017

An examination of Arabic media in Australia over recent months has revealed that… antisemitic content and anti-Israel conspiracy theories are being actively promoted by various print and electronic media outlets operating in Arabic.

Particularly concerning is material that has been broadcast on the community based and partly government-funded radio station 3ZZZ in Melbourne…

Dec 20 2017

The Israeli army’s discovery on Dec. 10 of a Hamas attack tunnel dug into Israeli territory in the Western Negev – the second such find in six weeks – reflects a shift in the military balance between Israel and Hamas.

Dec 19 2017

When US President Donald Trump issued his pronouncement on Jerusalem, traffic here came to a stop, stores were empty and we were all listening carefully. It’s not because we needed the President of the United States to tell us where our capital city is located, but instead reflects the anticipation of righting a 70-year wrong…

Dec 19 2017

On Dec. 6, in a 13 minute, 1,200 word speech, US President Donald Trump recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Although he promised a departure from failed policies of the past and sought to put his imprimatur on the peace process, much of the speech he gave was based on careful wording intended not to upset the status quo too much.

Dec 19 2017

Imagine if no other country would accept Canberra as the capital of Australia. We have our parliament, all government ministries, the High Court there, but to placate a neighbour with more international support, and a habit of issuing violent threats, no country will acknowledge that Canberra is the capital. Instead, they all locate their embassies in Melbourne, and insist the capital is there.

That, in a nutshell, is Israel’s situation…

Dec 18 2017

Dr Matthew Levitt, the Director of The Washington Institute’s Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, recently completed a successful visit to Australia and New Zealand as a guest of AIJAC.

In addition to briefing politicians, think tanks and law enforcement officials, Dr Levitt’s busy schedule also included several media appearances, which can be streamed below.

Dec 17 2017

Imagine if no other country was prepared to accept that Canberra is our capital, to keep happy a neighbour with more international support, and a habit of issuing violent threats. Instead, they all site their embassies in Melbourne, and maintain that is the capital.

That, in a nutshell, was Israel’s situation, until Donald Trump officially recognised Jerusalem as the capital…

Dec 7 2017

AIJAC welcomes the announcement by the US Trump Administration yesterday that it will correct a historic injustice by recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and begin the process of moving the US Embassy to the city.

Dec 4 2017

The 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper seeks to navigate Australia’s great uncertainties and challenges in international relations – from China’s rise to the perceived US retreat, regional interests, forces of protectionism and nationalism overseas, and the weakening of the international rules based order. Regarding areas of particular interest to AIJAC, the White Paper discusses issues including Australia’s support for Israel and the two state outcome, multiculturalism, the Iran nuclear deal known as the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action), the threat of Islamist terrorism and Australia’s role at the United Nations.

Dec 1 2017

Heller’s book on Jabotinsky and the Eastern European roots of Revisionist Zionism is a vital contribution. The miracle is that he has given us a wonderfully well researched, finely nuanced and deeply informative history, rather than an ideological polemic.

Dec 1 2017

For the third time in the last two years, Israel threatened military action to stop an attack by extremist Syrian rebels on the Syrian Druze village of Khader. It did so despite the fact that Syrian Druze have sided with the Assad regime in that war, meaning they’re aligned with Israel’s arch-enemies, Iran and Hezbollah; despite the fact that Khader itself has been the source of several anti-Israel terror attacks; and despite the fact that such intervention risks entangling Israel in Syria’s civil war…

Dec 1 2017

“Breaking the Silence” is an Israeli NGO that campaigns against Israeli military policies in the West Bank by circulating often damning testimonies from soldiers and former soldiers about alleged human rights abuses of Palestinians…

Nov 30 2017

In the Hobart Mercury (Nov. 13), columnist Greg Barns penned an extraordinary apologia dismissing claims of alleged Russian and Chinese interference in politics here and elsewhere, saying the true threat comes from the US and Israel.

Nov 30 2017

The leaders of the nascent pan-Arab movement were perfectly amenable to endorsing the Balfour Declaration so long as this seemed to be conducive to their ambitions.

Nov 29 2017

Economic cooperation between Israel and the Palestinians was discussed on Oct. 29 during a meeting between Israel’s Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon and PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah…

Nov 29 2017

The 100th anniversary commemoration of the Charge of the Light Horse saw a cornucopia of media reports on the legacy of the Battle of Beersheba.

Nov 29 2017

Under Prime Minister Najib Razak, the Malaysian government has long touted the merits of a cohesive and inclusive multi-religious society in the Muslim-majority nation…

But a string of racial and religious incidents has brought concerns of rising Islamic conservatism to prominence, as the government plays on identity issues to widen not only its advantage ahead of the coming election season but also the divide between Muslims and non-Muslims.

Nov 29 2017

Forty years ago this month, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat landed at Ben-Gurion Airport for a two-day visit in Jerusalem at the official invitation of Prime Minister Menachem Begin. The entire world held its breath.

Nov 28 2017

On May 2, 2011, a US Navy SEAL team made a brief stop in Abbottabad, Pakistan where they terminated Osama bin Laden’s life and then moved on to their second mission: collecting as much information as possible from within the al-Qaeda leader’s compound.

They carried off computers, memoranda, photos, audio files, even a 228-page handwritten diary – “the single largest collection of senior terrorist materials ever,” a Pentagon briefer told reporters five days later.

Nov 28 2017

Israel’s creation depended heavily on the actions of H.V. Evatt, the enigmatic Australian statesman who served as president of the UN General Assembly at the time of Israel’s admission to the United Nations.

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AMMAN/CAIRO Leading Arab allies threatened with cuts in aid by Donald Trump said on Friday they had no choice but to defy the U.S. president over his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and did not believe he would follow through.

The State Department tells refugee agencies to cut U.S. offices, Catalan separatists win shock narrow victory and a special report reveals how Belgian businessman cashing in on selling passports in Africa

ANKARA Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan called on Friday for the United States to step back from its decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital after the United Nations voted against the move despite what he called “ugly and unforgivable” U.S. threats.

KUALA LUMPUR Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak vowed on Friday to use every means to protest against U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a tough stand likely to win him support among Muslim voters.

Some 128 countries defied U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday and voted in favor of a U.N. General Assembly resolution calling for Washington to drop its recent recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

JOHANNESBURG South Africa’s ruling ANC decided to downgrade its embassy in Tel Aviv to a liaison office over a U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, ahead of a U.N. vote on Thursday on a resolution urging Washington to drop the move.

Apple to win big from with U.S. tax bill, two suspects arrested after a car plows into pedestrians in Australias Melbourne and shots fired in DMZ as North Korean soldier defects to South.

ALMOG, West Bank The aromatic plants bestowed on the infant Jesus are being cultivated by an Israeli entrepreneur who aims to transform the gifts of the Christmas story into therapeutic balms and incense. |Video

Dec 21 2017

VIENNA Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on Wednesday his new coalition would focus on fighting anti-Semitism, after Israel made it clear it would not work directly with any ministers from the far-right party now back in government.

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Cane Pancake Gravy: Israel

Cane Pancake Gravy: Israel IsraelThe only thing that made the children of Israel special was the calling they received from God. They were not great builders; they were not great warriors. They did not have great philosophers or mathematicians. They were not renowned for their art. They were not wealthy; they were not, at the time of their calling, even free.God is not a respecter of persons; He is a respecter of Nobody. Moses was a Somebody in Egypt, but after he had been herding sheep for forty years in the Sinai desert, he was Nobody, and it was then he received his call. David was Nobody when Samuel was sent to anoint a new king — David was left out in the fields, tending the sheep, while his brothers, who had the potential to be Somebodies, were brought before Samuel.Only a Nobody is fit to represent the True God. If a rich man were chosen, people would think he was chosen for his riches; if a learned man were chosen, it would be thought he was chosen for his learning; if a strong man were chosen, it would be thought he was chosen for his strength. “But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty.”We see the same thing in the Gospels. OK, in the non-canonical “Gospel of James”there was a sort of competition among all the widowers of … Jerusalem? Judea? Galilee, too? to find a suitable husband for Mary, and a miracle revealed God’s choice to be Joseph. But that book is non-canonical, and neither St. Joseph nor the Virgin Mary were given any special accommodation for the birth of Jesus, nor did they seem to be VIPs in Nazareth. As far as the world was concerned, Jesus was a Nobody: “He hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.”Incidentally, this is probably how Pontius Pilate saw Jesus — though he was troubled by his wife’s dream — and, based on the few surviving extrabiblical references to Pilate, it is 100% how he saw the Jews. When he had the inscription written to be placed over the head of Jesus, “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews”, to him it likely meant, “Nobody from Nowheresville, King of the Nobodies”, and it was meant as an insult to all those impudent Nobodies that the imperial Caesar had sent him to govern. LikeCaiaphas, he did not truly understand the meaning of what he said; “for had [he] known it, [he] would not have crucified the Lord of glory.”What about today?Today the Jews are Somebodies. Many of the greatest artists, scientists, and politicians are Jews. Jewish culture has embraced learning more than most other ethnic cultures, and that has made them wealthy and powerful — and envied. Everyone from China to Chile pays attention to threats exchanged between the modern state of Israel and Iran, in part because the Israelis are pretty well known to be members of the nuclear club.Being a Somebody has never really been compatible with Israel’s unique calling, though. David conducted a census to see if he was really a Somebody, and that turned out badly. Solomon was indisputably a Somebody, which contributed to his fall into idolatry and the splitting of the Kingdom. Hezekiah showed off being a Somebody by exhibiting to the Babylonians “all the house of his precious things, the silver, and the gold, and the spices, and the precious ointment, and all the house of his armour, and all that was found in his treasures,” which impressed the Babylonians so much that the returned to take it not long after Hezekiah’s death.Today’s state of Israel is a Somebody, just like Greece or Japan or the UK. Just like Greece or Japan or the UK, though — Netanyahu does not lead the Kingdom of David. Even if the Temple in Jerusalem is one day rebuilt, it will only take the Jews farther from their sacred origin asdivinely chosenNobodies. There is no going back to the Temple of Solomon, and for a Christian, no reason to miss it, either.There are still Nobodies in the world, and God still makes use of them, but the key fact of this stage of salvation history is not that God respects Nobody, but that God desires the salvation of Everybody. That will be my next topic.

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Israel Ranked 8th Most Powerful Nation | United with Israel

Israel ranked as the 8th-most-powerful nation; the Jewish state comes in 19th out of 180 for food security and nutrition;370 international students are beginning the spring semester at Tel Aviv University, and much more. U.S. News and World Report ranks Israel as the 8th-most-powerful nation based upon defensive strength, strong international alliances, and economic and political influence. Bloomberg ranks Israel as the 10th-most-innovative country based on spending on R&D and number of listed hi-tech companies. https://www.jns.org/israel-ranked-as-one-of-the-worlds-most-powerful-and-innovative-countries/ The United Nations ranked Israel 19th out of 180 in its 2017 State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World report on how well countries can feed their populations. http://www.israelhayom.com/2017/10/01/israel-ranked-19th-most-food-secure-by-un-global-hunger-report/ 370 international students are beginning the spring semester at Tel Aviv University the most in two decades. They hail from the USA, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Greece, Panama and UK. The average age is 20 and 69% are female. Most are on TAUs study abroad program. http://www.israelhayom.com/2018/01/22/tel-aviv-university-hosts-record-number-of-study-abroad-students/ Israel is the only free country amongst its Middle East neighbors, according to the latest report from Freedom House. With Turkey becoming Not Free and Tunisia about to lose its Free status, it is about time that the UN gave Israel due respect. https://freedomhouse.org/report/freedom-world/freedom-world-2018 Echoing the Jewish principle that everyone is responsible for everyone else, Israeli organization Yedidim (Hebrew for loved ones or good friends) has over 6,000 volunteers ready to help drivers on Israeli roads. Especially useful during winter storms. https://yedidim-il.org/ 20 members of the IDFs Special in Uniform unit have graduated from the IDFs dog handling program. They developed skills to direct, feed and exercise dogs and will now work on bases with guard-dogs, detection dogs and search and rescue dogs. http://www.jpost.com/OMG/IDF-recruits-youths-with-disabilities-to-serve-as-military-dog-handlers-537047 Arab students made up 16.1 percent of Israels undergraduates in 2017, a 60% rise from 2010, according to the latest survey by Israels Council for Higher Education (CHE). They also constitute 13% of Masters students, double that in 2010. 41% of Haifa University students are Arab. https://www.algemeiner.com/2018/01/25/enrollment-of-arab-students-in-israeli-universities-increases-79-percent-in-seven-years/ The Israeli delegation to the UNs Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC) presented Israeli projects for the benefit of Palestinian Arabs. They include an improved cellphone network, an enhanced water supply system, a PA industrial zone in Tarqumiyah and water desalinization in Gaza. https://unitedwithisrael.org/israel-presents-the-world-with-projects-that-benefit-palestinians/ A Druze Staff Sergeant from southern Israel is saving wounded civilians from Syria. When I meet the wounded, he says. I just go up to them and say in Arabic, Hi, my medical team and I are here to help you, and then just treat them. http://www.israelhayom.com/2017/10/16/i-tell-them-in-arabic-were-here-to-help-you/ I included previously(Apr 2016)an article about Israels Reporty which forms the basis for an emergency video app used by Israels Magen David Adom. Now Reporty is being piloted by 2000 members of the French public in Nice to film and report crimes or incidents to the police. https://www.connexionfrance.com/French-news/Nice-locals-asked-to-film-crimes-in-new-police-app http://reporty.com/about/ Click HERE for this weeks Good News from Israel. Donate to vital charities that protect Israelis and help educate and inspire millions around the world to support Israel too! Now more than ever, Israel needs your help to fight the battle of public opinion. Israel’s enemies are using social media to incite brutal terror against innocent civilians. Please help us fight back! CLICK HERE TO MAKE A DONATION

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MIDDLE EAST PREDICTIONS 2018 – Palestine, Iraq, Iran, Jordan …

MIDDLE EAST PREDICTIONS 2018Three Clairvoyants predicting to : Bashar al-Assad, Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani (Qatar), Recep Tayyip Erdogan , Benjamin Netanyahu, the Leaders of Palestine, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon (Hezbollah), Devlet Bahceli , Kurdistan… Authored by Clairvoyant : Dimitrinka Staikova, Ivelina Staikova, Stoyanka StaikovaPublished January 27, 2018 Buy the Paperback book from Amazon- https://www.amazon.com/dp/1984289276/ Buy the Ebook only from the Authors – https://sites.google.com/site/dimitri… Order your Ebook today, pay with PayPal and You will receive the PDF file in the next 24 hours with Email delivery.https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr… Table of Contents:1. Hassan Rouhani (Iran) Clairvoyant predictions for Iran year 2018. How will be solved the political crisis in Iran through the eyes of Hassan Rouhani Jan.3, 2018. 2. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ( Iran) Year 2018 will be as zero year for Iran battles, politics, business everything will be for the putting of the foundations for Iran year 2019 Clairvoyant predictions Jan.3, 2018.3. In addition: Ali Khamenei and the President of Iran by Clairvoyant Stoyanka Staikova . 4. King Abdullah II of Jordan ( Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan) – Mysteries, Religion, Energy field, an attempt for a coup – when? Exploitation of new energy fields (deposits), New territories in icy region, Meeting with the Pope, War – year 2018 – Clairvoyant predictions Jan. 4,2018 . 5. – King Abdullah II of Jordan by Clairvoyant Ivelina Staikova – King Abdullah II of Jordan by Clairvoyant Stoyanka Staikova 6. Hassan Nasrallah (Hezbollah) – Magic, inverse luck – when? Prominent assassinations , New leader of Hezbollah – when? Omens, natural cataclysms – when? War, Elections in Lebanon – when? – Clairvoyant predictions Jan. 5, 20187. – Hassan Nasrallah (Hezbollah) by Clairvoyant Ivelina Staikova – Hassan Nasrallah ( Hezbollah) by Clairvoyant Stoyanka Staikova 8. Devlet Bahceli (Turkish Nationalist Movement Party and the Grey Wolves organization) – How will be solved the case of the Turkish banker Hakan Atilla convicted in U.S. sanctions case – When? – details. The health of Devlet Bahceli , Very successful business. When is the toughest month for him year 2018 – Clairvoyant predictions Jan. 6, 201810. Recep Erdogan (Turkey) – Energy Corridors, Business partners, Construction of Power Plants, Kurds, Muslim Brotherhood. Relationships with Russia, Palestine, Israel, the European Union, Africa, South America… A conquering war with refugees… to Greece, Cyprus, Bulgaria. Entering in Bulgaria at the city of Bourgas – how ? Goal – Israel ? – Clairvoyant predictions Jan.6, 2018 12. Recep Tayyip Erdogan -Clairvoyant Stoyanka Staikova13. Haider al – Abadi ( Iraq) – Health, Election, Iraq year 2018, Interesting meetings on the border with Turkey of Americans and Russians. Contaminated drinking water. Refugees from and in Iraq – Clairvoyant predictions Jan. 12,201814. Haider al- Abadi – Clairvoyant Stoyanka Staikova 15. Aldar Khalil ( An architect of the Kurdish – led plans for autonomous rule in Northern Syria) -Year 2018, Year 2019, Health, The territory of the Kurds – united and separated on parts. Negotiations and battles with Turkey. When will be recognized the Kurdish State ? Elections, credits about the building of Nuclear power plant, Business, Problems with the feeding of the population. New international union the Kurds – Israel – Clairvoyant predictions January 13,2018 16. Aldar Khalil – Clairvoyant Stoyanka Staikova17. Mahmoud Abbas ( Palestine) – War and Health problems, Terrorism, Invasion, Attacks against Al-Aqsa mosque and gas fields. International contracts. Temporary new leaders. When will be the negotiation for peace ? – Clairvoyant predictions Jan. 15,2018 18.Mahmoud Abbas (Palestine) – Clairvoyant Stoyanka Staikova19. Bashar al-Assad (Syria) – Health , War, Trials and shootings in Syria, Natural cataclysms , a black machine is leaving from the sands of Syria, New business and the new old investors, Preparation for Syrian Elections – Clairvoyant predictions Jan. 20 ,2018 20. Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani ( The leader of Qatar) – Health, Very,very profitable business, War, Coalitions, Politics, European Union – investments… The mystery of the Millennium – Where is disappearing the gold of Qatar – Clairvoyant predictions Jan. 21 ,201821. Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani ( Qatar) – Clairvoyant Stoyanka Staikova 22. Benjamin Netanyahu (Israel) – Health, Business, Money, Attacks over the sea, Problems with Russia, Wars with Palestine, Syria, Lebanon. A threat of a nuclear bomb for Israel…. Jan. 22 ,2018 And more…

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January 29, 2018 The Land of Israel

On this weeks Israel Uncensored, Josh Hasten details a week in which top US Administration officials showed strong support for the State of Israel. First it was the historic speech in the Knesset by VP Mike Pence. Then it was President Trump in Davos threatening to defund the PA for refusing to talk peace, and for slighting Pence when he was in the region. Finally at the UN Security Council Ambassador Nikki Haley stuck it to Mahmoud Abbas for disrespecting President Trump and for delivering a hate-filed, libelous speech against the State of Israel. All of this and many other stories making news in Israel, on this weeks show.

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Roman J. Israel Esq review: Dir. Dan Gilroy (2018)

Roman J. Israel Esq review by Tina Baraga. In the age of corruption and greed we are made to believe that superheroes are a thing of fantasy, someone you may find while flicking through the pages of a science fiction book. But if they were real, they would come in the form of Roman J. Israel, Esq. A man true and honest to his core, Roman (Denzel Washington) is what one could describe as a modern day hero. The esquire in his name stands to that, representing a title of dignity, slightly above gentleman, below knight. Working most of his life as the behind-the-scenes brain of a two-man law firm aimed at helping the underprivileged, Romans life takes a sudden turn when his partner passes away. The law firm is taken over by his deceased partners ex-student George Pierce (Colin Farrell), a successful attorney who stands for everything Roman has fought against. Surrounded by a corporate and money-driven world and faced with the futility of his lifes work, Roman starts to question his fundamental beliefs and his life as a social warrior. Related: Nightcrawler review Washington is at the top of his game, developing the character of Roman through a unique and captivating performance. From the slight limp in his walk from the heavy briefcase he carries around filled with his lifes work to his awkward and pained expressions, he captures the essence of a man torn between idealism and reality. A man caught between making the world a fairer place and the sacrifices needed to achieve this. While the actors bring their a-game, what Dan Gilroys (Nightcrawler) second directorial feature film lacks is that one question that leads the narrative. In fact it does the opposite, asking more big and important questions than it is able to answer, leaving the viewer confused as to what the message of the story is. Perhaps it is about the ethics of forcing someone to mortgage their house in order to afford a good defence lawyer? Or the comparison between modern day social activism and the grassroots activists of the sixties? Maybe it is about the internal struggle between fighting for whats right and fighting for survival? All of these are valid and important topics, but lack real development and leave the viewer feeling deflated and confused. Roman J. Israel, Esq. can best be described as a hit and miss dramatic thriller which takes the viewer on a personal tumultuous journey showing us that although reality can bring down even the most resilient modern day heroes, their passion may be an important inspiration to the people that surround them. Roman J. Israel, Esq. review, by Tina Baraga, January 2018. Roman J. Israel, Esq. is showing in UK cinemas from Friday 2nd February 2018.

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Dec 21 2017 Since the 2011 outbreak of what some still call with macabre humour the “Arab Spring”, a bloody civil war has raged in Yemen, a war that has cost the lives of 10,000 civilians to date. This civil war is perhaps the least reported of all the upheavals to have engulfed the Arab world in the past six years Dec 21 2017 “Rome and Jerusalem”, for many readers, will evoke the groundbreaking work by Moses Hess published in 1862, which greatly influenced left-wing thinking on the re-establishment of a Jewish State in the land of Israel. In December 2017, these cities each hosted a significant event, both of which would have been unimaginable 75, let alone 150, years ago. Dec 21 2017 US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital did not whip up quite the furore in the Arab and Muslim street envisioned by Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah and head of Hamas’ political bureau Ismail Haniyeh. The Arab street’s reaction, in fact – as seen in a multitude of Muslim countries the world over – was relatively moderate and subdued… Dec 21 2017 On Dec. 8, the UN Security Council convened an “extraordinary debate” to discuss the US Trump Administration’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. This seems like an “extraordinary” thing to do. Why would the Security Council, whose primary role is overseeing the “maintenance of international peace and security” need to discuss the fact that one country recognised another country’s capital? Dec 20 2017 Enough with the pearl-clutching already. US President Donald Trump’s statement on Dec. 6 that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel is more bipartisan than anything he has ever said and likely ever will say as president. Dec 20 2017 An examination of Arabic media in Australia over recent months has revealed that… antisemitic content and anti-Israel conspiracy theories are being actively promoted by various print and electronic media outlets operating in Arabic. Particularly concerning is material that has been broadcast on the community based and partly government-funded radio station 3ZZZ in Melbourne… Dec 20 2017 The Israeli army’s discovery on Dec. 10 of a Hamas attack tunnel dug into Israeli territory in the Western Negev – the second such find in six weeks – reflects a shift in the military balance between Israel and Hamas. Dec 19 2017 When US President Donald Trump issued his pronouncement on Jerusalem, traffic here came to a stop, stores were empty and we were all listening carefully. It’s not because we needed the President of the United States to tell us where our capital city is located, but instead reflects the anticipation of righting a 70-year wrong… Dec 19 2017 On Dec. 6, in a 13 minute, 1,200 word speech, US President Donald Trump recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Although he promised a departure from failed policies of the past and sought to put his imprimatur on the peace process, much of the speech he gave was based on careful wording intended not to upset the status quo too much. Dec 19 2017 Imagine if no other country would accept Canberra as the capital of Australia. We have our parliament, all government ministries, the High Court there, but to placate a neighbour with more international support, and a habit of issuing violent threats, no country will acknowledge that Canberra is the capital. Instead, they all locate their embassies in Melbourne, and insist the capital is there. That, in a nutshell, is Israel’s situation… Dec 18 2017 Dr Matthew Levitt, the Director of The Washington Institute’s Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, recently completed a successful visit to Australia and New Zealand as a guest of AIJAC. In addition to briefing politicians, think tanks and law enforcement officials, Dr Levitt’s busy schedule also included several media appearances, which can be streamed below. Dec 17 2017 Imagine if no other country was prepared to accept that Canberra is our capital, to keep happy a neighbour with more international support, and a habit of issuing violent threats. Instead, they all site their embassies in Melbourne, and maintain that is the capital. That, in a nutshell, was Israel’s situation, until Donald Trump officially recognised Jerusalem as the capital… Dec 7 2017 AIJAC welcomes the announcement by the US Trump Administration yesterday that it will correct a historic injustice by recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and begin the process of moving the US Embassy to the city. Dec 4 2017 The 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper seeks to navigate Australia’s great uncertainties and challenges in international relations – from China’s rise to the perceived US retreat, regional interests, forces of protectionism and nationalism overseas, and the weakening of the international rules based order. Regarding areas of particular interest to AIJAC, the White Paper discusses issues including Australia’s support for Israel and the two state outcome, multiculturalism, the Iran nuclear deal known as the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action), the threat of Islamist terrorism and Australia’s role at the United Nations. Dec 1 2017 Heller’s book on Jabotinsky and the Eastern European roots of Revisionist Zionism is a vital contribution. The miracle is that he has given us a wonderfully well researched, finely nuanced and deeply informative history, rather than an ideological polemic. Dec 1 2017 For the third time in the last two years, Israel threatened military action to stop an attack by extremist Syrian rebels on the Syrian Druze village of Khader. It did so despite the fact that Syrian Druze have sided with the Assad regime in that war, meaning they’re aligned with Israel’s arch-enemies, Iran and Hezbollah; despite the fact that Khader itself has been the source of several anti-Israel terror attacks; and despite the fact that such intervention risks entangling Israel in Syria’s civil war… Dec 1 2017 “Breaking the Silence” is an Israeli NGO that campaigns against Israeli military policies in the West Bank by circulating often damning testimonies from soldiers and former soldiers about alleged human rights abuses of Palestinians… Nov 30 2017 In the Hobart Mercury (Nov. 13), columnist Greg Barns penned an extraordinary apologia dismissing claims of alleged Russian and Chinese interference in politics here and elsewhere, saying the true threat comes from the US and Israel. Nov 30 2017 The leaders of the nascent pan-Arab movement were perfectly amenable to endorsing the Balfour Declaration so long as this seemed to be conducive to their ambitions. Nov 29 2017 Economic cooperation between Israel and the Palestinians was discussed on Oct. 29 during a meeting between Israel’s Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon and PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah… Nov 29 2017 The 100th anniversary commemoration of the Charge of the Light Horse saw a cornucopia of media reports on the legacy of the Battle of Beersheba. Nov 29 2017 Under Prime Minister Najib Razak, the Malaysian government has long touted the merits of a cohesive and inclusive multi-religious society in the Muslim-majority nation… But a string of racial and religious incidents has brought concerns of rising Islamic conservatism to prominence, as the government plays on identity issues to widen not only its advantage ahead of the coming election season but also the divide between Muslims and non-Muslims. Nov 29 2017 Forty years ago this month, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat landed at Ben-Gurion Airport for a two-day visit in Jerusalem at the official invitation of Prime Minister Menachem Begin. The entire world held its breath. Nov 28 2017 On May 2, 2011, a US Navy SEAL team made a brief stop in Abbottabad, Pakistan where they terminated Osama bin Laden’s life and then moved on to their second mission: collecting as much information as possible from within the al-Qaeda leader’s compound. They carried off computers, memoranda, photos, audio files, even a 228-page handwritten diary – “the single largest collection of senior terrorist materials ever,” a Pentagon briefer told reporters five days later. Nov 28 2017 Israel’s creation depended heavily on the actions of H.V. Evatt, the enigmatic Australian statesman who served as president of the UN General Assembly at the time of Israel’s admission to the United Nations.

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AMMAN/CAIRO Leading Arab allies threatened with cuts in aid by Donald Trump said on Friday they had no choice but to defy the U.S. president over his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and did not believe he would follow through. The State Department tells refugee agencies to cut U.S. offices, Catalan separatists win shock narrow victory and a special report reveals how Belgian businessman cashing in on selling passports in Africa ANKARA Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan called on Friday for the United States to step back from its decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital after the United Nations voted against the move despite what he called “ugly and unforgivable” U.S. threats. KUALA LUMPUR Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak vowed on Friday to use every means to protest against U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a tough stand likely to win him support among Muslim voters. Some 128 countries defied U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday and voted in favor of a U.N. General Assembly resolution calling for Washington to drop its recent recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. JOHANNESBURG South Africa’s ruling ANC decided to downgrade its embassy in Tel Aviv to a liaison office over a U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, ahead of a U.N. vote on Thursday on a resolution urging Washington to drop the move. Apple to win big from with U.S. tax bill, two suspects arrested after a car plows into pedestrians in Australias Melbourne and shots fired in DMZ as North Korean soldier defects to South. ALMOG, West Bank The aromatic plants bestowed on the infant Jesus are being cultivated by an Israeli entrepreneur who aims to transform the gifts of the Christmas story into therapeutic balms and incense. |Video Dec 21 2017 VIENNA Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on Wednesday his new coalition would focus on fighting anti-Semitism, after Israel made it clear it would not work directly with any ministers from the far-right party now back in government.

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Cane Pancake Gravy: Israel

Cane Pancake Gravy: Israel IsraelThe only thing that made the children of Israel special was the calling they received from God. They were not great builders; they were not great warriors. They did not have great philosophers or mathematicians. They were not renowned for their art. They were not wealthy; they were not, at the time of their calling, even free.God is not a respecter of persons; He is a respecter of Nobody. Moses was a Somebody in Egypt, but after he had been herding sheep for forty years in the Sinai desert, he was Nobody, and it was then he received his call. David was Nobody when Samuel was sent to anoint a new king — David was left out in the fields, tending the sheep, while his brothers, who had the potential to be Somebodies, were brought before Samuel.Only a Nobody is fit to represent the True God. If a rich man were chosen, people would think he was chosen for his riches; if a learned man were chosen, it would be thought he was chosen for his learning; if a strong man were chosen, it would be thought he was chosen for his strength. “But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty.”We see the same thing in the Gospels. OK, in the non-canonical “Gospel of James”there was a sort of competition among all the widowers of … Jerusalem? Judea? Galilee, too? to find a suitable husband for Mary, and a miracle revealed God’s choice to be Joseph. But that book is non-canonical, and neither St. Joseph nor the Virgin Mary were given any special accommodation for the birth of Jesus, nor did they seem to be VIPs in Nazareth. As far as the world was concerned, Jesus was a Nobody: “He hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.”Incidentally, this is probably how Pontius Pilate saw Jesus — though he was troubled by his wife’s dream — and, based on the few surviving extrabiblical references to Pilate, it is 100% how he saw the Jews. When he had the inscription written to be placed over the head of Jesus, “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews”, to him it likely meant, “Nobody from Nowheresville, King of the Nobodies”, and it was meant as an insult to all those impudent Nobodies that the imperial Caesar had sent him to govern. LikeCaiaphas, he did not truly understand the meaning of what he said; “for had [he] known it, [he] would not have crucified the Lord of glory.”What about today?Today the Jews are Somebodies. Many of the greatest artists, scientists, and politicians are Jews. Jewish culture has embraced learning more than most other ethnic cultures, and that has made them wealthy and powerful — and envied. Everyone from China to Chile pays attention to threats exchanged between the modern state of Israel and Iran, in part because the Israelis are pretty well known to be members of the nuclear club.Being a Somebody has never really been compatible with Israel’s unique calling, though. David conducted a census to see if he was really a Somebody, and that turned out badly. Solomon was indisputably a Somebody, which contributed to his fall into idolatry and the splitting of the Kingdom. Hezekiah showed off being a Somebody by exhibiting to the Babylonians “all the house of his precious things, the silver, and the gold, and the spices, and the precious ointment, and all the house of his armour, and all that was found in his treasures,” which impressed the Babylonians so much that the returned to take it not long after Hezekiah’s death.Today’s state of Israel is a Somebody, just like Greece or Japan or the UK. Just like Greece or Japan or the UK, though — Netanyahu does not lead the Kingdom of David. Even if the Temple in Jerusalem is one day rebuilt, it will only take the Jews farther from their sacred origin asdivinely chosenNobodies. There is no going back to the Temple of Solomon, and for a Christian, no reason to miss it, either.There are still Nobodies in the world, and God still makes use of them, but the key fact of this stage of salvation history is not that God respects Nobody, but that God desires the salvation of Everybody. That will be my next topic.

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