Headlines from Jerusalem, 18 February 2019

“But there will be no more gloom for her who was in anguish; in earlier times He treated the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali with contempt, but later on He shall make it glorious, by the way of the sea, on the other side of Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles. The people who walk in darkness will see a great light; Those who live in a dark land, the light will shine on them” Isaiah 9:1-2


Sea of Galilee Rises As Rainy Weather Continues

The skies above Jerusalem remained overcast on Monday morning following a weekend which saw rain falling in many parts of the country. The level of the Sea of Galilee (Lake Kinneret) was reported on Monday to have risen four feet since the beginning of the rainy winter season in October, although the Water Authority cautioned that it is still as much as 16 feet below historic levels of what would be considered “full” and faith leaders throughout the Holy Land urged their followers to continue praying for more rain before the onset of summer.


Iranian Officials Denounce Pushback Against Them

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif gave a fiery speech at the Munich Security Conference on Sunday, demanding that European countries reject an appeal by US Vice President Mike Pence the day earlier at the same conference to follow Washington’s lead in walking away from the JCPOA nuclear agreement and rejoining the campaign to confront the Islamic Republic’s renegade nuclear program. Also on Sunday, Iranian President Hassan Rohani gave a televised address in which he demanded that his country’s neighbors ignore its malign activities and believe him when he says that the clerical regime in Teheran “is ready to work with regional states to preserve security in the Middle East.”

Israel Katz Appointed Temporary Foreign Minister

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appointed Intelligence and Transportation Minister Israel Katz as acting foreign minister for the duration of the current government on Sunday. The appointment is highly significant as Katz is highly popular within the faction and has strongly signaled his desire to lead the party when Netanyahu eventually departs the scene.

Nasrallah Issues Fiery Threats to Attack Israel

Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, leader of the Iranian-backed Lebanese Shi’ite terror militia Hezbollah, took part in “Martyrs Remembrance Day” events Saturday by giving a speech in which he said, among other things, that his troops are prepared to do battle with Israel. He also made reference to a recent report by IDF Ombudsman Maj.-Gen. (res.) Yitzhak Brick which cast serious doubts on the readiness of the IDF ground forces, saying that Israeli leaders “do not trust their army but we trust ours.”

Jerusalem’s Old City Getting NIS 200 Million Facelift

Reports emerged over the weekend that the Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem’s Old City is about to get a massive NIS 200 million facelift, with repairs and improvements being made to a variety of sites in the neighborhood popular with locals and tourists alike. The project is being launched jointly by the Company for the Reconstruction and Development of the Jewish Quarter in the Old City of Jerusalem and the office of Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion. Funding is being provided by the Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry of Construction and Housing and the Jerusalem Ministry of Heritage.


Jordanian-Palestinian Collaboration against the “Deal of the Century”
Yoni Ben Menachem, JCPA

Jordan and the Palestinian Authority have set up a joint council to administer the Temple Mount and the Jerusalem holy places as a preparatory step toward scuttling President Trump’s “Deal of the Century.” This is a dangerous move that is a violation of the Oslo Accords and compromises Israel’s sovereignty in Jerusalem.


INSS on Israel’s Upcoming Elections

Analysts from Israel’s leading think tank share their thoughts regarding the upcoming elections in Israel, including in-depth analysis of various issues facing voters and likely outcomes of different campaign strategies.


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Today’s news was written and compiled by Aaron Hecht.

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