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'Build the Wall,' Trump Plans July Trip to Israel
Donald Trump, presumptive US president nominee, plans to visit Israel a few days before
his Republican party convention opens in Cleveland July 18, DEBKAfile sources in
Washington and Jerusalem report. But still under discussion are the exact dates of the
visit, the Israeli public figures he will meet and the sites he will visit.
The timing of the trip is planned for Trump to reach the convention hall in Cleveland
directly from Israel, while issuing statements of support for the Jewish state along the
way. Just as importantly he will guarantee to terminate the secret military cooperation
deal between the US and Iran if he is elected President, while warning Iran against going
forward with the development of its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.
The visit and its schedule are being worked out by the candidate's legal officer for
his business and his advisor on Israeli affairs, Jason Dov Greenblatt, who is an Orthodox
Jew from New Jersey, and Ron Dermer, Israel's ambassador in Washington.
Trump has evidently changed his mind since December 2015, when he announced: "I have
decided to postpone my trip to Israel and to schedule my meeting with Netanyahu at a later
date after I become President of the US."
At the time, there were 16 Republicans running for president and very few Israeli
intelligence experts imagined the candidate would last long enough to challenge Hillary
Had the Trump visit taken place seven months ago, it would have consisted of not much more
than a photo-op of shaking hands with Netanyahu. The visit at this stage will have a more
One of Trump's important objectives would be to demonstrate the feasibility of the wall
he is hard-selling between the US and Mexico, to curb the flow of illegal migrants to the
US. He hopes to point to the 240 km fence Israel erected along its border with Egypt as a
good example for one of his key campaign slogans to build the wall.
It is a fact that the Sinai barrier staunched the flow of potentially millions of
migrants into Egypt and through there to Israel. The wall built in the year 2015, has
proved massive enough to act as a barrier against ISIS intrusions from Egyptian Sinai.
A visit to the southern fence will be essential to Trump's visit, along with
explanations from IDF high ranking officers and a photo shoot with soldiers from the
Karakal battalion who are defending the fence. There will also be a visit to the northern
security fence along the border with Syria and Lebanon.
These tours will give Trump an opportunity to speak about his support to Israel, and
will also allow him to criticize President's Obama's policy and that of Hillary Clinton
regarding what goes on beyond that fence, in the wars in Syria and in Iraq against
Trump will also be able to speak against Washington's support for the Iranian forces
taking part in these wars and denigrate the covert US and Iranian military cooperation.
He is aware that one of Obama's last goals before leaving office is to push the
US-Iranian detente as one of his main achievements.
Indeed, after his visits to Kobe and Hiroshima in Japan, Obama is preparing to travel
to Tehran or any other venue, to stage a meeting with Iran's president Hassan Rouhani.
DEBKAfile's Iranian sources report that the White House has already sent feelers to this
end. During Trump's upcoming visit to the fence along Israel's northern border, he will
declare his intentions to block such moves when he enters the White House.
Waqf Illegally Built Dozens of Toilets Next to Temple Mount
Archaeologist Dr. Gabi Barkai, a member of the Committee for Preventing the Destruction
of Temple Mount Antiquities, welcomed a decision that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
made Tuesday to stop the Jordanian Waqf from building toilets at the foot of the Temple
More measures are needed to save the site, however, he explained in a special interview
with Arutz Sheva. "Sewage infiltrating areas of the Western Wall tunnels is the dangerous
possibility; beyond that there is a danger of flooding," Barkai said, noting that serious
restoration work needs to be done and that there "are not enough stop-work orders."
Barkai argues that beyond the risk of flooding, the Waqf is guilty of one of the most
severe injuries antiquities ever. "The construction has been going on for two years - I'm
surprised that it's just in the headlines now," he said. "There is a terrible crime of
trying to break through openings in the walls of the Temple Mount, at the northwestern
corner of the Temple Mount adjacent to the Western Wall, its highest point.
"There is art there which had adorned the walls of the pillars of the Temple Mount,
there are important archaeological remains there," he continued. "So what is happening
there today is a crime of the first order, breaking there all the possible laws, licensing
laws and the laws of the Israel Antiquities Authority."
The Jerusalem Municipality issued the stop-work order Tuesday against a building
project for dozens of toilets and showers just outside the Temple Mount. The Waqf had been
working on the partially-completed structure illegally.
Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel (Jewish Home) welcomed the move, noting its timing just
before Jerusalem Day. "On the eve of Jerusalem Day, we witnessed a severe blow to the
Muslim Waqf to Israeli sovereignty over the holiest site to the Jewish people," Ariel
stated. "Illegal construction of the Muslim Waqf on an archaeological site near the Temple
Mount is a very serious matter and we must not be content with serving writs, but with the
realization of that writ via law enforcement."
Mohels Warned: Get Checked for Herpes After Babies Infected
Two babies were hospitalized at Schneider Children's Hospital in Petach Tikva for being
infected with herpes during circumcision, Kikar HaShabbat reported Wednesday night: And a
prominent mohel has demanded that fellow mohels get checked for the disease before
performing the ceremony.
Mohel Rabbi Shlomo Mahfoud told the daily that mohels must "check themselves first for
cold sores - anyone infected could infect the baby. The mohel cannot circumcise until he
knows he's free of infection. For a baby who contracted herpes, it is best to consult a
doctor and undergo medical treatment by a certified professional."
However, Rabbi Moshe Dayan argued that there's "no scientific proof" the mohel could
spread herpes to the infant," but added nonetheless that "if the baby is indeed infected
with herpes simplex virus he must be brought in for medical treatment."
The Shin Bet is Recruiting
The public barely knows about its existence. They mainly see it on their TVs, while
people armed with pistols and earpieces are surrounding the leaders of the country. They
are the VIP Protection Unit of the Shin Bet, and they're looking for the next generation
to protect Israel's leaders.
Last week the Shin Bet sent out a WhatsApp message featuring a video which portrayed
the intense and important work of protecting the state leadership including the
president and the prime minister against terrorists and sabotage both in Israel and
abroad. The organization is hoping the video will reach potential candidates, start a
buzz, and get out to the general public which might not necessarily know about the
existence of the unit or the possibilities of working in it.
The video has been spread far and wide and to many different people, including soldiers
getting released from select units in the IDF. The organization hopes that a high number
of candidates come to the screenings so that the pool they have to choose from will be
Meanwhile, the video itself shows and explains a lot about how the unit works. It
portrays members of the unit during weapons training, practicing Krav Maga, and showing
how they deal with a terror attack and an assassination attempt.
Special Shin Bet jeeps were also spotlighted, with several scenes which seem like they
were lifted straight out of an action movie, even including a screeching car chase. All of
this is accompanied by the sounds of sirens and explosions.
The Shin Bet website describes the type of person they are looking for "being a
body guard is a challenging, interesting, and dynamic profession. An ideal candidate has
the following characteristics: have an athletic lifestyle, have high levels of physical
fitness, disciplined, ability to be discrete, wide general knowledge, curiosity, and be a
person who strives for excellence.
Thinking of trying out? The Shin Bet website notes that the length of time required to
serve in the unit is a minimum of three years. It includes a basic Shin Bet course and
another supplementary course. If you sill aren't convinced, the Shin Bet mentions that the
people serving have a wide range of professions within the organization; from command
positions in the unit or being in charge of the security for Israeli delegations to
outside of the country to jobs in intelligence.
Misread Toy Box Label Prompts Bomb Scare on Israel-Bound Flight
By Reuters and Israel Hayom
A flight from Cyprus to Israel on Tuesday was delayed after an aircraft cleaner,
thinking a label on a toy box was a bomb warning, caused a brief panic. The Aegean
Airlines flight, bound for Tel Aviv via Larnaca, was searched by police at the Cypriot
airport on Tuesday after a cleaner found a label with the word "booba" in English
"Booba," which means doll in Hebrew, looks alarmingly like "bomba," or bomb, in Greek.
"Cyprus' civil aviation authority checked it and there was no problem. There was a small
delay, but the alarm was lifted immediately," an Aegean Airlines spokeswoman said in
Israeli Man Stuns Girlfriend with Out-of-this-World Proposal
By Israel Hayom
Last Thursday, Adi Alfendri, 28, made plans with her boyfriend, Adam Tzaidi-Eden, to
eat out and catch a movie. Suffice it to say, she was left stunned -- and overjoyed -- by
the surprise she had in store.
The happy couple strolled into the movie theater in Rehovot, as planned, and sat down to watch a movie. At that point, however, the plot quickly turned. The "trailer" on the big screen was actually an original and touching marriage proposal, in the form of a short clip produced by Adam -- filmed in outer space. https://youtu.be/TgS3FP3Wbig
To make the clip, Adam tied a small wooden box to a weather balloon filled with helium.
He then attached a GoPro camera to the apparatus and launched it skyward to a height of 25
kilometers (16 miles), while focusing the camera the entire time on the box. As the
balloon continues to rise, breathtaking views of the planet are caught in the background,
beginning in Birmingham, England, where the balloon was let go, and then other parts of
the globe. At the end of the short film, the box slowly opens, revealing inside a ...
well, you can guess on your own.
The stirring film was shot two weeks ago and set to the couple's favorite song: "I
Don't Want to Set the World on Fire" by The Ink Spots. Once the film was over, Adam knelt
down on his knee in front of a stunned Adi, who of course said "yes."
"I thought about it a lot and went for something that we both like -- outer space and
outside the box thinking," Adam told Israel Hayom. "It was exactly right for us, certainly
for the love of my life. That night I asked a couple of friends to film the proposal at
the movie theater. It was kind of crowded in the row of seats to kneel down, but
definitely worth it." Adam is the son of Israel Hayom reporter Miri Eden.
ISIS Fighter Tries to Sell Sex Slaves on Facebook
By Virtual Jerusalem
According to recent Facebook posts, ISIS fighters might be selling sex slaves. ISIS
fighter Abu Assad Almani, who is believed to be a German national in Syria, posted photos
of two young girls on Facebook on May 20th with the captions: "To all the bros thinking
about buying a slave, this one is $8,000," and, "Another sabiyah [slave], also about
$8,000. Yay, or nay?"
"What makes her worth that price? Does she have an exceptional skill?" With the reply,
"Nope. Supply and demand makes her that price."
Facebook deleted the posts within a few hours, but caught the attention of human rights
groups and the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), which is a Washington-based
non-profit that monitors the social media accounts of terrorists. Until this incident,
Facebook had been the platform of conversations about buying and selling sex slaves, but
no pictures had been posted. Conversation threads included the rules and regulations of
owning sex slaves, including acceptable ages of girls and the degree to which they can be
Steven Stalinsky, executive director of MEMRI said, "We have seen a great deal of
brutality, but the content that ISIS has been disseminating over the past two years has
surpassed it all for sheer evil. Sales of slave girls on social media is just one more
example of this."
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has estimated that approximately 1,800 girls are being held by
the Islamic State as sex slaves. ISIS has defended its actions by claiming that they have
done no wrong according to Islamic law. The enslaved women are non-Muslims and were
captured in battle or have renounced the Islamic religion, making them legally eligible
Skye Wheeler, researcher of women's rights at HRW, said, "The longer they are held by
ISIS, the more horrific life becomes for Yazidi women, bought and sold, brutally raped,
their children torn from them. Meanwhile, ISIS' restrictions on [non-enslaved] Sunni women
cut them off from normal life and services almost entirely."
Although some of the girls being held prisoner have been able to escape, the number of
sex slaves among ISIS fighters seems to be increasing.
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