Headlines from Jerusalem, 17 February 2017

Why are the nations in an uproar and the peoples devising a vain thing? Psalm 2:1


Netanyahu Heads Home Following Summit With Trump

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was on his way back to Israel Friday morning after a series of meetings in Washington which culminated in a summit with US President Trump and a joint press conference in which Trump appeared to waver on long-standing US support for the Two-State solution. Reactions to this statement came quickly from around the world, with many governments and NGOs declaring emphatically that the Two-State solution was the only acceptable path forward.
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Western Wall Plans Stirring Controversy at Knesset

The leadership of the Ultra-Orthodox (haredi) factions in the Knesset, Shas and United Torah Judaism, issued a joint statement on Thursday demanding that the government repeal a decision to allow for a section of the Western Wall to be set aside for co-ed groups and non-traditional streams of Judiasm to pray, adding that if this is not done, they will introduce a law making it illegal for non-Orthodox prayers to take place there.
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Maccabi Tel Aviv Wins State Cup

Legendary Israeli basketball club Maccabi Tel Aviv won its eighth consecutive State Cup Thursday with a convincing 82-68 victory over Hapoel Jerusalem at the Pais Arena in Jerusalem. Jerusalem, led by NBA veteran Amar’e Stoudemire , had been favored to win and was leading at halftime, but MTA rallied in the third and fourth quarters to clinch the title.

Hezbollah Leader Advises Israel to Shut Down Reactor

Hassan Nasrallah, leader of the Lebanese Shi’ite terror militia Hezbollah made another bizarre webcast speech Thursday in which he warned Israel to dismantle it’s nuclear power generating reactor in Dimona, saying that if a rocket from Hezbollah or another terror militia targeting Israel were to hit it it would cause widespread devastation. Following this, he accused Israel of warmongering and threatening its neighbors.

Blues Singer Entertains Students in Lod

Popular Blues singer Roy Young was at the Lod Cultural Center on Thursday to share some music with hundreds of local high school students, both Jews and Arabs, who responded enthusiastically. The concert was organized by the US Embassy as part of Black History Month.


Tread Carefully with the New US Administration
Yaakov Amidror, BESA

The new US administration is far more sympathetic to Israel than was its predecessor, but we must avoid taking steps from which there is no return. The Middle East is not Washington’s sole focus and Israel must preserve the bipartisan support it enjoys.
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Iran Calls for Destruction of Israel after the JCPOA
The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs

The signing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA, July 2015) between the P5+1 and Iran has not stopped Iran’s religious, political and military establishment – and Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei – from propagating Israel’s destruction, terming the “illegal and filthy Zionist regime” a cancerous tumor in the very heart of the Middle East. The JCPOA failed to recognize that Iran’s extensive missile program is a direct factor in the dramatic increase in the self-confidence of the Islamic Republic.
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ICEJ Aid-Food for Needy Families

There is an increasing need to provide basic food items for families struggling below the poverty line at the holidays and throughout the year. $100 provides a family with a basket of basic food items.
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Feast of Tabernacles 2017: 6-11 Oct

The 2017 Feast will be an historic convocation with great prophetic significance as Israel celebrates 50 years since the reunification of Jerusalem. You don’t want to miss this once-in-a-lifetime experience to celebrate this Jubilee feast in the “City of God”!
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Today’s news was written and compiled by Aaron Hecht.

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