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EU to Netanyahu: Jerusalem Must be Capital of Two States Last Updated: December 11, 2017 1:30 PM

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, speaks with European Union High Representative Federica Mogherini during a bilateral meeting at the EU Council building in Brussels on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, speaks with European Union High Representative Federica Mogherini during a bilateral meeting at the EU Council building in Brussels on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday he believes most or all European countries will move their embassies to Jerusalem and recognize the city as Israel's capital, following last week's declaration by U.S. President Donald Trump to do the same.

Speaking in Brussels alongside European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, Netanyahu said Trump's recognition of Jerusalem "put facts squarely on the table" and that "peace is based on reality."

"Jerusalem is Israel's capital. No one can deny. It doesn't obviate peace; it makes peace possible because recognizing reality is the substance of peace. It's the foundation of peace," Netanyahu said.

Mogherini, however, rebuffed Netanyahu, saying the EU will not join Trump in recognizing Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.

"We believe the only realistic solution to the conflict between Israel and Palestine is based on two states with Jerusalem as the capital of both the state of Israel and the state of Palestine," Mogherini said.

She pledged to increase work with partners in the region, including Egypt and Jordan, as well as the Israelis and Palestinians themselves to relaunch the peace process, "even if it seems like difficult times."

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) meets with Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo, Dec. 11, 2017.
Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) meets with Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo, Dec. 11, 2017.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a speech while visiting Egypt, also stressed the need for "the immediate resumption of Palestinian-Israeli talks over all disputed issues, including the status of Jerusalem."

Mogherini said the worst that can happen at this time is an escalation of violence and tension, and she condemned "in the strongest way" all attacks against Jews and Israel.

Protests against Trump's decision continued Monday, with tens of thousands of people turning out for a Hezbollah rally in Beirut, Lebanon, and chanting, "Death to America!" and "Death to Israel!" Protesters carried banners saying, "Jerusalem, Eternal Capital of Palestine."

In Jakarta, the Indonesian capital, demonstrators burned U.S. and Israeli flags in front of the American embassy in another day of protests against Trump's decision.

Protesters burn an effigy of U.S. President Donald Trump during a rally outside U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, Dec. 11, 2017.
Protesters burn an effigy of U.S. President Donald Trump during a rally outside U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, Dec. 11, 2017.

Ahead of the visit to Brussels to meet with EU foreign ministers, Netanyahu had criticized European leaders for what he called their "hypocrisy" in standing against Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and set in motion the process of moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to the city.

"I hear voices from there condemning President Trump's historic statement, but I have not heard condemnations of the rockets fired at Israel or the terrible incitement against it," the Israeli leader said Saturday.

French President Emmanuel Macron and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attend a joint news conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Dec. 10, 2017.
French President Emmanuel Macron and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attend a joint news conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Dec. 10, 2017.

He added Sunday after meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron that Jerusalem has always been Israel's capital, adding, "The sooner the Palestinians come to grips with this reality, the sooner we'll move toward peace."

Macron condemned attacks on Israel, but said he opposes Trump's decision on Jerusalem. Macron described it as a "breach of international law and a risk for peace...because I believe these statements do not serve security, including the security of Israel and the Israelis."

On Sunday, the Arab League called Trump's decision "a dangerous development that places the United States at a position of bias in favor of the occupation and the violation of international law and resolutions."

Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, defended Trump's decision in an interview on CNN. She said Israel already has numerous government agencies in Jerusalem, adding, "Why shouldn't we have the embassy there?" She said Trump "did the will of the (American) people" with a decision that previous U.S. presidents refused to make.

President Trump displays an executive order after he announced the U.S. would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, at the White House, Dec. 6, 2017.
President Trump displays an executive order after he announced the U.S. would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, at the White House, Dec. 6, 2017.

The heads of the largest Christian church in Cairo and Al-Azhar University have said they will not meet with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence when he visits Cairo on December 20. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has also announced he will not meet with Pence, saying, "The U.S. has crossed red lines" on Jerusalem.

A spokeswoman for Pence said Sunday it was "unfortunate that the Palestinian Authority is walking away again from an opportunity to discuss the future of the region.''

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Iron Dome intercepts rocket above Ashkelon Barrage of rockets launched at Hof Ashkelon Regional council towns, Ashkelon; at least 1 rocket intercepted by Iron Dome system over Ashkelon. Ynet|Published: 11.12.17 , 23:59

The Iron Dome system intercepted a rocket launched from the Gaza Strip Monday night. No one was harmed and no damage was reported.

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Rockets launched from Gaza at around 11:30 pm triggered Code Red alarms in multiple communities in Ashkelon and the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council.

The rocket's interception over Ashkelon

The Code Red alarm was triggered in Berekhya, Hodaya, Kfar Silver, Mash'en, Nir Yisrael, Beit Shikma, Bat Hadar, Ge'a, Zikim, Karmia, Yad Mordechai and Netiv HaAsara.

The rocket's interception
The rocket's interception

Explosions were heard in the surrounding region after the shooting and interception, reportedly stemming from the IDF's retaliation to the shooting.

Another rocket was launched at Israel from the Gaza Strip earlier Monday, and detonated in open land within the Eshkol Regional Council on the Gaza perimeter. No physical or material damage was caused. The IDF confirmed it retaliated to the rocket launch using armored and air forces targeting Hamas posts near the border fence in southern Gaza.

It was cleared for publication Sunday the IDF had exploded a Hamas terror tunnel reaching hundreds of meters into Israeli territory.

In response, Hamas threatened that "the enemy must be afraid and know it will pay a price for breaking the rules of engagement with the Gaza resistance. The coming days will prove the enormity of the enemy's mistake and miscalculation as to the resistance's willpower."

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IDF attacks Hamas targets in Gaza

IDF strikes Hamas positions in northern Gaza in retaliation for rocket fire on Ashkelon. Contact Editor
Elad Benari, 12/12/17 00:52

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The IDF on Monday night attacked positions belonging to the Hamas terrorist organization in northern Gaza, the IDF Spokesperson's Unit said.

The attacks, which were carried out using tanks and aircraft, were in retaliation for the rocket fire on Ashkelon earlier.

"The IDF considers the Hamas terrorist organization solely responsible for what is happening in Gaza," said the IDF statement.

Rocket sirens were heard in the Ashkelon and Hof Ashkelon regions in southern Israel on Monday evening at around 11:30.

Shortly thereafter, the Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepted two rockets that fired from Gaza towards the area. No physical injuries or damages were reported.

Earlier on Monday, Gazan terrorists fired a rocket into Israel which exploded in the Eshkol Regional Council, near the Israel-Gaza border. There were no reports of physical injuries or damages.

Following the rocket attack, the IDF attacked terrorist positions belonging to the Hamas terrorist organization in southern Gaza.

On Friday, terrorists in Gaza fired two rockets at Israel. One of the rockets struck a kindergarten in Sderot.

No injuries were reported as the kindergarten was closed at the time.

Coming soon: Hollywood movie on Eichmann capture

Filming completed about capture: 'We rented out a whole airport, we didn't take anything from the real location.' Contact Editor
Shimon Cohen & Mordechai Sones, 11/12/17 22:55 Share

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The operation to kidnap Adolf Eichmann and bring him to Israel has been described in books, theater, and film. Now a Hollywood movie is being produced about it.

Arutz Sheva spoke with former Mossad agent Avner Avraham, as he returned from the filming location in Argentina where he served as a credibility advisor for the film. He is a producer of international exhibitions on security to teach about the affair.

"About six months ago, I read an article saying that Hollywood is producing a movie called Operation Finale, and through the journalist who published the article I contacted Fred Berger, director of La La Land. From there it was a small step to invite Chris Weiss, the movie's director, to Chicago to see my exhibition.

"He came specially, saw the exhibition, and decided he wanted to work with me. After a little while they integrated me into the team and in July I started working with them as a consultant on the film, spending about two of the past three months on the set in Argentina

"Filming has been completed It was filmed in Buenos Aires and its suburbs and in Bariloche, which is the Swiss region of A.rgentina thousands of kilometers from the capital," Avraham says, noting that this is a place "very similar to the real area, but we took nothing from the real area because Eichmann's house on Garibaldi street no longer exists. They destroyed it and today it's a poor neighborhood that it is dangerous to enter. There's an empty lot there with a fence preventing entry into the area."

In this context, Avraham adds: "The former house of Eichmann, where he lived when his son went out with a Jewish woman, was in Hollowius on Chakabuku Street. I visited there. They didn't open the door or let me in but I was there."

Avraham was asked how he reconciled being a man of archives and exhibitions who wants to be accurate and authentic, with being a Hollywood film producer who wants to add heroism and flair to the story. "It's not a documentary film but a Hollywood film," he says at the beginning of his answer, "but between the screenplay and the mode of photography, there's space for me to enter. It begins with simple things about Judaism and the Land of Israel. For example, when the protagonist of the film Zvi Malkin, played by Oscar Isaac, arrives for his mother's Sabbath dinner."

"The whole apartment was built like an apartment in Haifa in the fifties down to the smallest details, but the planning of the meal, the food, the candlesticks, challah, the kippah on the head of the main player, the need to teach him to bless in Hebrew. All this was the job of the Jew who was there, and that's me."

About the skullcap placed on the main actor's head, Avraham says that production wanted to pin it on, but he noted that precisely in this situation there is no room for a pin, since this isn't a religious person's skullcap, but rather the skullcap of a person who wears it as part of his respect for religion and tradition.

Another example he tells regards the mezuzah at the door. At the time of filming there were about 200 participants in each scene, so he himself told the producers that he'd wait in a nearby cafe and if he was needed for any questions and inquiries, he could be approached there. Indeed, soon a production man came to him with a mezuzah in his hand, asking how and where exactly to hang it. In order to clarify the laws of mezuzahs, Avraham turned to Google and researched the precise details regarding mezuzah placement. ?? ????? ???? ?????????: ???? ?????

The film also features a major Israeli actor, Lior Raz, who is remembered from Fauda, who plays the character of Isser Harel, head of the Mossad. Actor Ben Kingsley plays Eichmann, and Melanie Lawrence from France was cast as a doctor replacing the doctor in the historical event, "in order to create tension between men and women" in the words of Abraham mentioning various actors, some more and some less famous, who share the set, such as an actor playing Ben-Gurion and another actor, Peter Strauss, who plays "the blind Jew who discovers that his daughter is going out with Eichmann's son and from here the whole story begins."

Avraham himself has a cameo appearance in the film. "I briefly appeared in a scene filmed in a cafe that was supposed to be in Jaffa. I asked to be an extra in the scene. They told me to grab a table, and a few minutes before the scene, I said that maybe I would sit with the main actor in the restaurant," and thus it was decided. Abraham's role as an extra took on another dimension.

In Avraham's estimation, another film of this scope will not be made about this case. "We rented an entire airport to design it as an airport from the 1960s, when we had to build a plane we built a plane, and if we need a cavalry parade with horses or to build Eichmann's house we did those one by one. It's a very big and professional undertaking."

Filming was completed last Wednesday and the movie will be released in October 2018 after editing.

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US tactical training school teaches civilians IDF combat methods

'I believe in 'Never Again', and I think it's a mitzvah to protect our families, protect our synagogues.' Contact Editor
Mordechai Sones, 11/12/17 19:25

Honesdale in northeastern Pennsylvania is a rural location that is home to the Israeli tactical training academy, Herev Gideon. Kan television visited the facility and spoke with Yonatan Stern, Director of Herev Gideon. "It's been my dream to start an Israeli tactical training school here. I would have done it in Israel if I could, but it's not legal to do this in Israel.

"I want to have Jews armed in their synagogues and trained, so that when the see an antisemite walking in with a weapon, they'll know how to neutralize that threat."

Stern grew up in Kiryat Arba, Israel, served in the Netzach Yehuda IDF battalion, and has been in US for 11 years. For five years he has built his fully-equipped training school where they teach American civilians as well as law enforcement Israeli tactical firearms training.

"We are blessed in Pennsylvania with very liberal gun laws. Anything we'd like to do with firearms that I feel is necessary for people to defend themselves with, I can do. Anyone who legally qualifies to own a firearm can come here and train."

90% of Stern's clients are Orthodox Jews from the New York City area, he says. Herev Gideon has trained hundreds of students since beginning the program, and the numbers are growing.

"A lot of people don't realize the kind of threats that Jews are facing in America today. When I saw the footage from Charlottesville with hundreds of Nazis carrying torches screaming 'Jews will not replace us' it sent shivers down my spine ... We're training to defend ourselves and our communities in the case of need. Anyone who's threatening us automatically becomes a target for us," said one academy student.

"What we focus on here is Israeli tactical training. It's developed over the course of seventy years of constant combat and conflict in the Middle East, and it has refined itself to be an extremely effective combat training method. It's all about winning the fight as quickly as possible," explained Stern.

"The time when I actually saw combat in Israel was as a civilian, other than in the military because I was living in Kiryat Arba and I was involved in a lot of combat instances, a lot of gun battles. I saw a lot of action, a lot of people being shot, people being killed, and that's something that really motivated me to train others to protect themselves because I really don't want to see anyone being a victim.

"The goal is that everyone should be armed, everyone should be prepared, everyone should have the training to safely, effectively, and legally carry and use firearms in the case of need."

Another participant says, "I believe in 'Never Again', and I think it's a mitzvah to protect our families, protect our synagogues, our shuls."

When asked whether he thinks the answer to terror and violence really is to increase the number of firearms in people's hands, Stern is straightforward and unapologetic: "To the issue of terrorism, and anti-Semitic violence, and political instability, absolutely; guns are the answer, yes."

Bitcoin ATM in Israel Shuts Down Due to Demand Overload The bitcoin fever has hit Israel, but the global demand is crashing the infrastructure Hagar Ravet 17:0411.12.17
Bitcoin has just arrived on the stock markets, and its popularity is higher than ever. It's so in demand, in fact, that bitcoin trading websites such as the Chicago Board Options Exchange crashed within minutes of launching, unable to handle the traffic. In Israel, local enthusiasts looking to get into the bitcoin craze are also having trouble. There are currently two bitcoin ATMs, but only one of them is still operating; the other was shut down a week ago due to the extraordinarily long processing times.

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A bitcoin ATM lets customers buy bitcoin and other kinds of cryptocurrency (like Etherium) in a quick and uncomplicated manner. All one has to do is download a digital wallet and open an account in a few short steps. When cash is then inserted into the machine, the amount should immediately appear in the wallet. The two bitcoin ATMs operating in Israel charge 4-5% commission for each transaction, a slightly higher commission than for other methods of purchasing cryptocurrency. They are popular with first-time customers because the local shops assist in the process.

Bitcoin Change in Dizengoff Street. Photo: Orel Cohen Bitcoin Change in Dizengoff Street. Photo: Orel Cohen

Israel's first bitcoin ATM is located inside the Israeli Bitcoin Embassy, a Tel Aviv community center for the local bitcoin scene. The Embassy's ATM is operated by currency exchange service Bits of Gold Ltd., which leases space in the same building. Less reliant on the cryptocurrency marketplace infrastructure, the service is still operating, though it has been shutting down periodically to process pending purchases due to high demand. Operating hours were also cut back, and the ATM now closes at 6 p.m. every day, though the center remains open to visitors.

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The second ATM, opened in October and located in Dizengoff Street, has been closed for the past week due to the pressure on the global cryptocurrency infrastructure. The machine's operator told Calcalist he hopes it will return to regular activity later today, or tomorrow at the latest.

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