US MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEM DEPLOYS TO ISRAEL: At the direction of the Secretary of Defense, US European Command deployed a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system to Israel in early March 2019 as a demonstration of the United States’ continued commitment to Israel’s regional security under the Department of Defense’s Dynamic Force Employment concept. THAAD is the most advanced integrated air and missile defense system in the world, and this deployment readiness exercise demonstrates that US forces are agile, and can respond quickly and unpredictably to any threat, anywhere, at any time. This deployment incorporates key capabilities, systems and people stationed in the continental United States and Europe, and with our partners in the Israel Defense Force. During the deployment, US service members will work in various locations throughout Israel and will practice operational procedures for augmenting Israel’s existing air and missile defense architecture. “Deployment of the American anti-missile system in Israel is additional testimony to the commitment of the US to the security of Israel,” Israeli PM Netanyahu said. “The bond between the US and Israel has never been stronger. I welcome the holding of this joint exercise.” (Arutz-7)
A SYNAGOGUE ON THE TEMPLE MOUNT? A large group of Israeli activists are calling on the government to establish a synagogue on the Temple Mount and open it for Jewish prayer. On Sunday, 3 March 2019, Religious Zionists leaders gathered to discuss the situation on the Temple Mount. Jews believe the site – venerated as holy in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam alike – is where the Beit Hamikdash (the Temple that was first built by King Solomon) used to sit. Late last month, riots erupted on the Temple Mount as thousands of Palestinians stormed the Golden Gate, which had been closed by a court order since 2003. The Israeli activists said that based on the violation of the status quo on the Temple Mount, they wanted to establish a synagogue in the Golden Gate area, which Jews refer to as “Sha’ar HaRachamim” (Gate of Mercy). The Israeli activists also said that Jewish prayer on the mount should be a precondition for any future coalition agreement. Currently, the Jerusalem Waqf Islamic religious trust controls and manages the Islamic edifices on and around the Temple Mount. The east Jerusalem Waqf is controlled by Jordan. No Jewish or Christian prayer is allowed on the mountain and such prayer is subject to arrest. Since last month, the Golden Gate remains open despite Israeli attempts to close it and in violation of a court order. The Muslims have threatened violence if Israel attempts to re-shut the area. (J.Post)
PUTIN PROMISES NETANYAHU TO STOP DELIVERY OF S-300 TO SYRIAN REGIME: Russian President Vladimir Putin has informed Israeli PM Netanyahu that Moscow would stop the transfer of the S-300 surface-to-air missile system to the Syrian army. During the recent meeting in Moscow, Putin also pledged to allow Israel to operate freely in Syria. Russia has dispatched advanced S-300 air defense batteries to Syria, but they have yet to be deployed, according to intelligence assessments. On Sunday 3 March 2019 media sources reported that the deal struck between the Russian and Israeli leaders means that the Syrian army would not control the S-300 air defense system, already installed in northern Syria, and would be banned from using it unilaterally against Israeli jets. However, military analyst Tal Lev-Ram said that the “Russians would not exert pressure to force the pullout of Iranian forces from Syria.” (Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs)
REP. ILHAN OMAR ACCUSES JEWISH CONGRESS WOMAN OF WANTING HER TO HAVE DUAL LOYALTY TO ISRAEL: Muslim Rep. Ilhan Omar just can’t seem to stop making anti-Semitic statements. She is a devout believer in Islam, and the Qur’an demonizes the Jews in numerous ways. It depicts the Jews as inveterately evil and bent on destroying the well-being of the Muslims. The chances that Ilhan Omar will continue to make anti-Semitic statements are 100%. So will she be removed from the Foreign Affairs Committee and repudiated in other ways? Or will Democrats circle the wagons, defend her, and thereby continue to normalize anti-Semitism? The latter is more likely. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) ignited another firestorm on Sunday 3 March 2019 when she made anti-Semitic comments to a Jewish member of Congress, accusing the congresswoman of wanting her to have dual loyalties to Israel. Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), who is Jewish and the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, condemned Omar on Friday, 1 March 2019 for anti-Semitic remarks she made last week, calling her comments “vile,” “anti-Semitic,” “outrageous,” and “deeply hurtful.” On Sunday, 3 March 2019, Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY), who is also Jewish, called out Omar for her anti-Semitic remarks from last week, tweeting: “Lawmakers must be able to debate w/o prejudice or bigotry. I am saddened that Rep. Omar continues to mischaracterize support for Israel. I urge her to retract this statement and engage in further dialogue with the Jewish community on why these comments are so hurtful.”
Omar responded: “Our democracy is built on debate, Congresswoman! I should not be expected to have allegiance/pledge support to a foreign country in order to serve my country in Congress or serve on a committee.” In essence, what Omar is saying is that she believes Jewish people expect her to have dual loyalties to Israel. “I have not mischaracterized our relationship with Israel, I have questioned it and that has been clear from my end,” Omar falsely claimed. “I have not said anything about the loyalty of others, but spoke about the loyalty expected of me. There is the difference.” Omar’s latest round of anti-Semitic remarks drew a lot of criticism from notable figures in the media and in politics: “Someone please write ‘Anti-Semitism for Dummies,”’ Bret Stephens,- journalist, editor, and political commentator – tweeted. “Nobody expects @IlhanMN to pledge ‘allegiance’ to Israel. But her attacks on pro-Israel Americans of doing so is a charge of dual loyalty. That is classic anti-Semitism.” Despite only being in Congress since Jan. 2019, Omar has been the center of controversy over numerous remarks she’s made that have been labeled anti-Semitic. (Jihad Watch)
TRUMP ON REP. OMAR’S STATEMENTS: A DARK DAY FOR ISRAEL: US President Donald Trump blasted Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) for her anti-Israel statements, after Jewish groups in the US sent a petition to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi demanding that Omar be removed from the House Foreign Affairs Committee. “Representative Ilhan Omar is again under fire for her terrible comments concerning Israel. Jewish groups have just sent a petition to Speaker Pelosi asking her to remove Omar from Foreign Relations Committee. A dark day for Israel!” he wrote. (INN)
BELGIAN CARNIVAL FLOAT FEATURES PUPPETS OF GRINNING JEWS, A RAT AND MONEY BAGS: Dutch Chief Rabbi Binyomin Jacobs condemned the float on Sunday 3 March 2019 at the annual Aalst Carnaval street celebration as “shocking.” It contains “typical, anti-Semitic caricatures from 1939,” he said. The umbrella groups representing Flemish and French-speaking Jews in Belgium, FJO and CCOJB respectively, complained to the federal UNIA watchdog on racism about the display. “In a democracy like Belgium, there is no room for such things, carnival or not,” they wrote. The Vismooil’n group, a veteran participant that specializes in hyper-realistic puppets, created the display featuring two giant puppets with streimels, hats favored by some Orthodox Jews, in pink suits. They both have sidelocks. One of the puppets is grinning while smoking a cigar and extending a hand, presumably to collect money. That puppet has a white rat on his right shoulder. Both puppets are standing on gold coins and have money bags at their feet. In 2013, a different group designed for the Aalst carnival a float resembling a Nazi railway wagon used to transport Jews to death camps. The people who designed the float, known as the FTP Group, marched near the float dressed as Nazi SS officers and haredi Orthodox Jews. A poster on the wagon showed Flemish Belgian politicians dressed as Nazis and holding canisters labeled as containing Zyklon B, the poison used by the Nazis to exterminate Jews in gas chambers in the Holocaust. (JTA)
HUNGARY TO OPEN JERUSALEM DIPLOMATIC OFFICE IN TWO WEEKS: Hungary will open a trade office in Jerusalem on 19 March 2019 Israeli media sources have reported. The trade office will be located in the center of Jerusalem, and will have “diplomatic status.” Its dedication ceremony will include Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó, who will launch Israel’s Hungarian Culture Month. Hungarian PM Viktor Orban announced his decision to open the office in Jerusalem after several bilateral meetings with Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu. The initial announcement did not include a timeline for the move. The United States relocated its embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv last May, five months after President Donald Trump announced that the US would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Guatemala moved its embassy to Jerusalem two days later. (Arutz-7)
YET ANOTHER ANTI-SEMITIC INCIDENT IN FRANCE: Swastikas were discovered on Mon. 4 March 2019 on the door and facade of a building in the town of Mommenheim that formerly held a synagogue and has Hebrew lettering etched above its doorway. The building now houses a sports facility. The incident is the latest in a string of anti-Semitic attacks in France. On Saturday 2 March, 2019 vandals toppled a monument to a synagogue which was destroyed by the Nazis during World War II. Last week, statements celebrating the Holocaust were sent in a letter to a Jewish school south of Paris and, separately, the words “death to Jews” were painted on the fence of a synagogue north of the city. Two weeks ago, swastikas were spray-painted on a hundred graves in the Jewish cemetery of Quetzenheim, and swastikas were also spray-painted on a memorial to victims of the Holocaust. In Feb. 2019 French authorities reported a 74% increase in anti-Semitic incidents in 2018 over the previous year. (Arutz-7) Continue to pray that European Jewish communities and individuals will be protected from the growing tide of anti-Semitism in their lands and governments.
ISRAEL RANKED AMONG TEN MOST POWERFUL COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD: Israel was ranked the eighth most powerful country in the world, according to US News and World Report’s 2019 power ranking. The power status is based on leadership, economic influence, political influence, international alliance, and military strength. Israel received a high ranking because of its strong military, along with its strong political influence and international alliances. The United States occupies the number one spot because it has the largest economy and biggest military budget in the world. Other highly ranked countries include Russia, China, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Japan, and Saudi Arabia. (Arutz-7)
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