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Netanyahu: Western Wall, Temple Mount Will Always be Under Israeli Sovereignty
By DEBKAfile & IsraelNationalNews.com
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
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
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
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
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
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