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Netanyahu: Western Wall, Temple Mount Will Always be Under Israeli Sovereignty

By DEBKAfile &

Opening national events to mark the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Sunday night: "We have not occupied, we have liberated Jerusalem. Jerusalem was and always will be the capital of Israel. The Western Wall and Temple Mount will always remain under Israeli sovereignty.

"It is not our adherence to Jerusalem that demands an explanation, but rather the disgraceful attempt to expropriate our ties to Jerusalem and our sovereignty in Jerusalem. Where were UNESCO and its ilk, when for 19 years we were deprived of our right of free access to the holy sites of our people? Why were their voices not heard when all traces of Jewish existence in eastern Jerusalem were shattered? Well, in the face of this hypocrisy, which, unfortunately, has reached delusional heights, we will continue to insist with all our strength on the truth: Jerusalem has always been the national capital of the Jewish people alone, and not of any other people," said Netanyahu.

"We do not need to explain our presence in Jerusalem. We owe no apology for this. We are in Jerusalem with a right, an absolute right, and this right is only reinforced by our being the only true democratic state in the Middle East."

"In the Middle East minorities are persecuted to death. Places of worship are destroyed - synagogues, churches, mosques. Holy sites are turned into dust, and rare heritage treasures are erased from the face of the earth. On the other hand, look what happens in Jerusalem under Israeli sovereignty. We carefully maintain the holy sites and guarantee freedom of worship for all. And we will continue to live in Jerusalem with mutual respect and tolerance - and, ladies and gentlemen, we will continue to build Jerusalem as our capital," vowed Netanyahu.

President Donald Trump will arrive in Israel at 11 a.m. (4 a.m. Eastern time) on Monday and will leave at 4 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon. "I will discuss with President Trump ways to strengthen even further the first and strongest alliance with the US. We will strengthen security ties, which are strengthening daily, and we will also discuss ways to advance peace. Mr. President, we look forward to your visit. The citizens of Israel will receive you with open arms."

Trump made his first public address abroad since taking office on January 20th, speaking Sunday in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to condemn radical Islamic terror and call for a united front in the region against terrorism.

The president called the war on terrorism a struggle against "barbaric criminals", and criticized his predecessor, President Obama, and others for not acknowledging the threat posed specifically by radical Islam.

"This is not a battle between different faiths, different sects or different civilizations," Trump said. "This is a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate human life and decent people, all in the name of religion. People want to protect life and want to protect their religion. This is a battle between good and evil. That means honestly confronting the crisis of Islamic extremism and the Islamists and Islamic terror of all kinds."

The president, who landed in Saudi Arabia on Saturday - the first stop in a five-state trip – addressed the Muslim world, calling for the "foot soldiers of evil" to be driven out of Islam. "Drive them out of your places of worship. Drive them out of your communities. Drive them out of your holy land. And drive them out of this earth."

During his speech, the president singled out the Hamas and Hizbullah terror organizations, listing them alongside ISIS and Al-Qaeda as the greatest purveyors of terrorism.

Some estimates say that more than 95% of the victims of terrorism, are themselves Muslims. It is a tragedy of epic proportions. No description of the suffering can begin to capture its full measure. ISIS, Al-Qaida, Hizbullah, Hamas - it must be counted not just in the number of dead, but in generations of vanished dreams. The terrorists, Trump continued "do not worship God, they worship death. If we do not act against this organized terror, we know what will be the end result."

A spokesman for the Hamas terror group slammed Trump after the speech, accusing him of a pro-Israel bias. "The statement describing Hamas as a terror group is rejected and is a distortion of our image and shows a complete bias to the Zionist occupation," Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said.

Yaphank New York Enclave with Nazi Roots Agrees to Change Policies


A New York enclave with a history of Nazi affiliation in the 1930s has agreed to change its policies that limited home ownership to people of German descent. The German American Settlement League has settled a discrimination case brought by New York state. The enclave in Yaphank, on eastern Long Island, has agreed to replace its leadership and comply with all state and federal housing laws. Although an attorney for the group did not respond to email requests for a comment, one board member said the community welcomes people of all ethnicities.

News accounts recall a groundswell of Nazism in the enclave in the years before the start of World War II. Streets were named after Adolf Hitler and other Nazis. Those names were changed long ago.

Ivanka's Rabbi: I Didn't Permit Them to Fly on Shabbat

By Reuters

Kehilat Yeshurun Rabbi Haskel Lookstein said on Sunday that he was not the rabbi who gave Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner permission to fly on Air Force One on Shabbat (Sabbath), calling the rumors "fake news." Lookstein is the rabbi who converted Ivanka in 2009, prior to her marriage to Jared Kushner.

According to Yediot Ahronot, Lookstein told Opposition Leader Yitzhak Herzog (Zionist Union) that he has not been in touch with Ivanka for "several weeks" and the information was false.

Ivanka and Jared flew on Air Force One together with President Donald Trump to Saudi Arabia on Friday, landing after the start of Shabbat on Friday night. However, they did not state which rabbi had given them permission to do so.

Jewish law does not permit traveling on Shabbat except in cases deemed life threatening and Orthodox Jews refrain from flying on Shabbat. In fact, presidential advisor, Jason Greenblatt, an Orthodox Jew, arrived before Shabbat and did not take part in meetings on Saturday. Ivanka and Jared are Orthodox Jews and generally observe Shabbat. Both serve as unpaid advisers in the White House.

In fact, since a plane is similar to a boat in Jewish law, and since the amount of additional gas Jared and Ivanka's weight would cause the plane to use is minimal, the main issue with the couple's flight is how they would get off the plane and get around after landing. The halakhic (Jewish legal) discussion and decision must take various factors into account, including the spirit of the Shabbat day and whether there is a safety issue involved. Given the backlash expected in such an unusual case, it is not surprising the rabbi who granted the permission did not feel comfortable with the couple publicizing his name.

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