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Biden Tells Israeli Government He’s Reversing Trump’s Jerusalem Move Despite Its Strong Objections


Reported by By Andrew Jose  September 8, 2021

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President Joe Biden, right, meets with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in the Oval Office at the White House on Aug. 27, 2021.President Joe Biden, right, meets with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in the Oval Office at the White House on Aug. 27, 2021. (Sarahbeth Maney – Pool / Getty Images)

President Joe Biden is expected to reopen the U.S. consulate in Jerusalem, in a reversal of a decision by former President Donald Trump. When the Trump administration moved the U.S. Embassy in 2019 from Tel Aviv to Israel’s capital city of Jerusalem, the consulate was merged with the new embassy — a move that led to worsening ties with the Palestinian Authority, NPR reported at the time.

However, according to a Wednesday report by Axios, the Biden administration has its eyes set on overturning the decision made by the Trump administration, despite Israeli objections.

“President Biden told Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett during their White House meeting that he will not abandon his plan to reopen the U.S. consulate in Jerusalem, setting up a major point of contention between the administrations,” Axios reported.

Citing unnamed Israeli and U.S. officials, Axios correspondent Barak Ravid reported that during Bennett’s bilateral meeting with Biden, the issue of the consulate in Jerusalem was raised multiple times by the U.S. president. Biden reportedly stressed that he had made a campaign pledge regarding the issue. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has also already said the U.S. would go ahead with the decision. According to Axios, the Biden administration previously agreed to carry out the reopening after Nov. 4, which is the deadline for Bennett to get his budget passed in the Knesset, the unicameral Israeli equivalent of Congress.

Biden’s plans were criticized by several Israeli officials.

“We think it’s a bad idea,” Israel’s foreign minister, Yair Lapid, told journalists on Sept. 1, according to The Guardian.

“Jerusalem is the sovereign capital of Israel and Israel alone, and therefore we don’t think it’s a good idea.”

“We know that the [Biden] administration has a different way of looking at this, but since it is happening in Israel, we are sure they are listening to us very carefully,” Lapid said.

“Jerusalem is the capital of one country only: Israel. I don’t want to go into details, but this is my clear position,” Bennett told the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations on Friday through a Zoom video conference.

Bennett, however, also mentioned that he desired a “no drama” relationship with the Biden administration, according to Axios. The outlet reported that many Israeli leaders, such as Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked and Minister of Justice Gideon Sa’ar, believe that reopening the consulate would be tantamount to Biden infringing on Israel’s sovereignty in Jerusalem. Israel considers all of Jerusalem to be its capital. The Palestinians seek the eastern half of the city to be the capital of their desired Palestinian state.

“We have an interesting and yet delicate structure of our government and we think this might destabilize this government and I don’t think the American administration wants this to happen,” Lapid told reporters at the Sept. 1 news conference, The Guardian reported.

“If the Biden administration wants to see Netanyahu abandoning his Pilates classes and going back to the prime minister’s office, this is the best way to do it,” a senior Israeli official told Axios.

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Archaeologists Uncover Definitive Proof of Bible Passage in Middle of Jerusalem


Reported By Jack Davis | Published April 1, 2019 at 7:14am | Modified April 1, 2019 at 9:16am

An artifact recently discovered beneath a Jerusalem parking lot contains the first non-Biblical reference to an Old Testament figure in the court of King Josiah. The 2,600-year-old clay impression references the biblical name Nathan-Melech, according to the Times of Israel.

The clay was stamped with a seal that read, “(belonging) to Nathan-Melech, Servant of the King,” the newspaper reported. Nathan-Melech is named in 2 Kings as an official in the court of King Josiah.

The discovery took place within the ruins of a building destroyed during the destruction of the First Temple. It was found during excavations of a parking lot in the City of David National Park in Jerusalem, the Jerusalem Post reported.

A second seal was found that said it belonged “to Ikkar son of Matanyahu.”

Doron Spielman, vice president of the City of David Foundation, which operates the park, told the Times of Israel that the mention of Nathan-Melech’s name makes the discovery important.

“This is an extremely exciting find for billions of people worldwide. The personal seal of Nat(h)an-Melech, a senior official in the government of Josiah, King of Judah, as described in the Second Book of Kings.

“The ongoing archaeological excavations at the City of David continue to prove that ancient Jerusalem is no longer just a matter of faith, but also a matter of fact,” he said.

“It is truly fascinating to watch how archeologists have uncovered more than 12 layers of Jerusalem history in what used to be a parking lot until just few years ago,” he said.

Nathan-Melech is mentioned in 2 Kings 23:11. As an official of King Josiah, he implemented religious reforms.

2 Kings 23:11 New King James Version (NKJV)

11 Then he removed the horses that the kings of Judah had [a]dedicated to the sun, at the entrance to the house of the Lord, by the chamber of Nathan-Melech, the officer who was in the court; and he burned the chariots of the sun with fire.

The finds are “not just another discovery,” said archaeologist Yiftah Shalev of the Israel Antiquities Authority.

The “paint a much larger picture of the era in Jerusalem,” he told the Times of Israel.

“What is (of) importance is not just that they were found in Jerusalem, but inside their true archaeological context,” he said, commenting on the two-story First Temple structure in which the items were found.

Shalev said the building was an administrative center in ancient Jerusalem.

Shalev and Yuval Gadot, an archaeologist and professor at Tel Aviv University, said in an antiquities authority news release that the area shows signs of destruction in the sixth century B.C., roughly the time of the Babylonian destruction of Jerusalem.

“These artifacts attest to the highly developed system of administration in the Kingdom of Judah and add considerable information to our understanding of the economic status of Jerusalem and its administrative system during the First Temple period, as well as personal information about the king’s closest officials and administrators who lived and worked in the city,” the news release stated.

Anat Mendel-Geberovich of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Center for the Study of Ancient Jerusalem said that it’s a bit too early to be certain that the individual referenced on the clay and the biblical figures are one and the same, but admitted the possibility is strong.

“Although it is not possible to determine with complete certainty that the Nathan-Melech who is mentioned in the Bible was, in fact, the owner of the stamp, it is impossible to ignore some of the details that link them together,” he told the Times of Israel.

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Nikki Haley Announces Punishment For UN Members That Voted Against Jerusalem Move


Reported by Benny Johnson | Reporter At Large | 4:48 PM 01/02/2018

Ambassador Nikki Haley said Tuesday that the U.S. is taking its first move to punish the countries that opposed moving its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Those countries, it seems, will not be invited to a party America is throwing.

“As I said in December, we won’t forget the Jerusalem vote,” Haley, U.S. ambassador to the U.N., said. “To that end, tomorrow night, we are having a reception for the countries who chose not to oppose the U.S. position. This is a great sign of U.S. friendship, and I look forward to tomorrow evening. We hope to see more of this in 2018.

“The United States is asked to do a huge amount around the world, and we are happy to do that. But we expect to be treated respectfully in return.” 

President Donald Trump said that the countries who don’t vote with the U.S. at risk of having their U.S. aid cut. Were Trump to follow through on his threat, Daily Caller research found that the U.S. would save more than $24 billion.

But for now, no cocktails for you.

The decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel sparked international backlash against America, and a referendum condemning the move was put forward at the United Nations. In response, Haley said that the United States would not forget the countries that “disrespected” America. When the final vote came down, 128 countries voted in opposition to the U.S. Embassy move to Jerusalem.

Israel Furious About UN Resolution That Denies Jewish History And Christian Tradition In Jerusalem


waving flagAuthored by Yochanan Visser October 15, 2016

Israelis were flabbergasted Thursday when the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization adopted the draft version of its second resolution in one year denying any Jewish connection to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Temple Mount is Judaism’s holiest site, and the site where important events in the life of Jesus took place as recorded in the New Testament.

According to UNESCO, the Western Wall or Wailing Wall — the last remaining wall of the destroyed temple in Jerusalem — doesn’t exist and has been renamed as the Al-Buraq Plaza the Muslim name for the site where Muslims believe Mohammad was carried to Heaven on a tall, white beast called al-Buraq (lightning) that resembled a horse.

The UNESCO resolution also referred to the Temple Mount as Al-Ḥaram Al-Sharif and read as a press release by WAFA the official Palestinian News Agency that is used to release only virulent anti-Israel propaganda.

Israel is called “the occupying power” of the Temple Mount and Israelis and Israeli security forces are constantly “storming the El-Aqsa Mosque” and threatening “to destroy” the Muslim holy place according to UNESCO.

By the “storming of the El-Aksa Mosque,” UNESCO was referring to the daily visits of groups of Jews and Christians to the site where the Temple once stood. Israel also allegedly commits crimes, abuses and aggression against the El-Aqsa mosque and has caused excessive damage to the Muslim shrines on the Temple Mount, claims UNESCO.

The same resolution also deals with Gaza that apparently has become a place of importance for UNESCO’s work as protector of world heritage sites. UNESCO condemns the continuing (legitimate) sea blockade of Gaza by the Israeli navy and blames Israel for the deaths of thousands of civilians in the Gaza Strip.

UNESCO also reaffirmed that Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem and the Tomb of the Jewish Patriarchs in Hebron are “Palestinian sites” where Israel is doing all sorts of “illegal things” such as building roads and maintenance work.What did you say 07.jpg

Israel’s supposed transgressions at both Jewish holy sites are linked to the Palestinian Knife Jihad that has killed scores of Israelis since September 2015, while “settlers” and other “Jewish extremists” are blamed for the “ongoing cycle of violence” by the UNESCO resolution.

Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu was one of the Israeli politicians who reacted furiously to the UNESCO resolution.

“The UNESCO theater of the absurd continues,” Netanyahu said in a statement

“Today that organization adopted another delusional decision stating that the Jewish People have no connection to the Temple Mount or the Western Wall,” Netanyahu wrote.

“Even if they do not read the Bible, I would suggest that UNESCO members visit the Arch of Titus in Rome. On it one can see what the Romans brought back to Rome after they destroyed and looted the Second Temple on the Temple Mount 2,000 years ago. There, engraved on the Arch of Titus, is the seven-branched menorah that is the symbol of the Jewish People and, I remind you, is also the symbol of the Jewish state today. Soon, UNESCO will say that the Emperor Titus engaged in Zionist propaganda,” Netanyahu fumed.

“To say that Israel has no connection to the Temple Mount and the Western Wall is like saying that China has no connection to the Great Wall of China or that Egypt has no connection to the pyramids,” he continued.

”By this absurd decision, UNESCO has lost what little legitimacy it had left. But I believe that historical truth is stronger and that truth will prevail. And today we are dealing with the truth,” the Israeli leader, the son of a famous historian, added.

Netanyahu later ridiculed the UNESCO decision to adopt the resolution that was submitted by Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar and Sudan.

“What’s next? A UNESCO decision denying the connection between peanut butter and jelly? Batman and Robin?” Netanyahu asked.

The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs also reacted to the new UNESCO resolution and released a short video. The video showed a man reading UNESCO’s version of the Bible where texts such as John 2:13 were “revised.”

On Friday, Israel suspended all cooperation with UNESCO over the resolution that was backed by a large majority of the organization’s members. Only six countries voted against the resolution: The United States, Lithuania, Great Britain, Germany, the Netherlands and Estonia.

France, Sweden, Spain, Greece and Italy were among the countries that abstained from voting while Russia supported the motion.

Even Irina Bolkova the director-general of UNESCO, expressed her dismay and opposition to the resolution on Friday.

“The heritage of Jerusalem is indivisible, and each of its communities has a right to the explicit recognition of their history and relationship with the city,” Bolkova said in a statement.

Muslim Starts Stabbing Elderly Women, Then She Utters Four Words And He Stops Immediately


waving flagPosted by B. Christopher Agee October 22, 2015

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She said she immediately turned to her faith as she was being stabbed.

muslim-obamaA 78-year-old woman in Jerusalem is crediting God and a Good Samaritan for her ability to escape a recent terror attack. One of numerous violent incidents across the region in recent weeks, Marike Veldman recalled spotting two suspicious men on the bus she was riding last week. “I thought to myself, ‘What were they doing on a bus at this hour? They should be at work,” she explained.

Within moments, Veldman said the men began praising Allah as one fired shots and the other began stabbing her.stab01

“People screamed very loudly,” she said, describing the ordeal as “awful.”

Though two individuals died in the attack, Veldman survived – as did 15 other injured passengers – and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. She said she immediately turned to her faith as she was being stabbed. “I cried constantly in Dutch,” she said, “‘Lord Jesus! Lord Jesus! Help me! Help me!’”stab02

As she called out to Jesus, Veldman said the man backed away, allowing her to escape through the bus’s open door.

“I started walking up the hill there and I was bleeding terribly and I was alone,” she said, noting that a Jewish passerby picked her up and drove her to the hospital. Reports indicate she was admitted with several injuries, including punctured lungs.

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