INTERNATIONAL PULSE

Period: July 2018
End-Time Church / Pluralism
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 ISRAEL, THE MIDDLE EAST & ASIA
 


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PRINCE OF PEACE?
UK tabloid claims William is now devoting himself to Mideast peace
'This is the start of something new,' 36-year-old Duke of Cambridge said to tell aides after being 'deeply moved' by Israel-PA visit
By TOI STAFF - July 1, 2018 - Britain's Prince William stands on Jerusalem's Mount of Olives overlooking the Old City with the golden dome of the Dome of the Rock on June 28, 2018. (AFP Photo/Pool/Thomas Coex)
The British tabloid The Mirror claims Prince William, second in line to the British throne, was so deeply affected by his visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority last week that he plans to make advocating for peace in the region “my lifelong mission.”
“The visit had a profound effect on the Duke,” a “royal source” told The Mirror.
“The places he visited, the people he met and the stories he heard have all moved him very deeply,” the source said.
According to a “highly-placed Palace source” the 36-year-old royal told his aides at the conclusion of his four-day trip: “This is the start of something new. I will forever honor my commitments to the people I have met.”
Britain’s royals are expected to remain above debates over politics and policy, so it is not clear what William, if the report is true, intends to do to fulfill his commitment to playing “a significant role in bringing ‘peace and prosperity’ to the Middle East,” as the Mirror report put it. The Palace source told the paper: “William was happy the subject of politics was brought out into the open” in planning for the trip, “as it allowed him to talk freely about the troubles of the Middle East and the quest for peace in the separate states.” [...]
image: Prince William (c) tours the Temple Mount on June 28, 2018. (British Consulate General Jerusalem)
On Wednesday, in Ramallah, Prince William told Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas he was “glad our two countries work so closely together.” Later that day, at a British Consulate event in East Jerusalem, he assured the Palestinians that they have not been “forgotten.” [...] Cont'd: https://www.timesofisrael.com/uk-tabloid-claims-william-is-now-devoting-himself-to-mideast-peace

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DON'T LET ISRAEL BECOME A PROMISED LAND OF IMPUNITY FOR CROOKS AND FRAUDSTERS
Israel's law enforcement bodies are not cooperating with their foreign counterparts in tackling financial fraud. Are they 'only' spectacularly incompetent, or something even worse?
By SIMONA WEINGLASS and DAVID HOROVITZ - July 1, 2018 Cont'd:
https://www.timesofisrael.com/dont-let-israel-become-the-promised-land-of-impunity-for-crooks-and-fraudsters/
 

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KUSHNER RIPS ABBAS, SAYS MIDEAST PEACE PLAN DUE 'SOON'
President Donald Trump's White House senior adviser Jared Kushner attends an iftar dinner, celebrating Islam's holy month of Ramadan, in the State Dining Room of the White House Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
June 24, 2018 - Newsmax.com - President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser said in an interview published Sunday that the administration will soon present its Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, with or without input from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
In an interview published in the Arabic language Al-Quds newspaper, Jared Kushner appealed directly to Palestinians and criticized Abbas, who has shunned the Trump team over its alleged pro-Israel bias, particularly on the fate of contested Jerusalem.
The interview came out after a weeklong trip around the region by Kushner and Mideast envoy Jason Greenblatt. The team met with leaders of Israel, Jordan, Qatar, Egypt and Saudi Arabia to discuss the worsening humanitarian situation in Gaza and the administration's proposals for a peace deal.
Palestinian leaders have blasted the Trump negotiating team in recent days. Senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat accused Kushner and Greenblatt on Saturday of trying to topple the Abbas-led West Bank autonomy government and dismantle the U.N. aid agency for Palestinian refugees.
Any peace plan would face major obstacles, including the increasingly dire humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip, internal Palestinian divisions, and recent cross-border violence between Gaza's Hamas rulers and Israel. It remains unclear how the Trump administration would proceed with a peace plan without Palestinian cooperation.
Kushner said the plan is "almost done," but offered scant details aside from the promise of economic prosperity. He made no mention of a Palestinian state arising alongside Israel. Kushner cast doubt on Abbas' ability to make a deal, alleging that the Palestinian leadership is "scared we will release our peace plan and the Palestinian people will actually like it" because it would offer them a better life.
"The global community is getting frustrated with Palestinian leadership and not seeing many actions that are constructive toward achieving peace," Kushner said. "There are a lot of sharp statements and condemnations, but no ideas or efforts with prospects of success."
Palestinian leaders have refused to meet with the Trump team since the president recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital in December. Jerusalem is an emotional issue at the epicenter of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Israel captured the city's eastern half, home to holy sites for Jews, Christians, and Muslims, in the 1967 Mideast war and annexed it. Palestinians seek east Jerusalem as capital of a future state.
Cont'd: https://www.newsmax.com/newsfront/jared-kushner-palestine-peace-plan-meeting/2018/06/24/id/867958/


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A PALESTINIAN PROTEST HOLDS UP A SIGN THAT READS GAZA UNITES US, DURING A DEMONSTRATION IN RAMALLAH CALLING ON PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY PRESIDENT MAHMOUD ABBAS TO LIFT SANCTIONS ON THE GAZA STRIP (Photo by: REUTERS)
 
PALESTINIANS PLANNING MASS PROTESTS AGAINST TRUMP'S PEACE PLAN
By KHALED ABU TOAMEH - July 1, 2018
The protest in Ramallah will be followed by similar demonstrations in other Palestinian communities in the coming days and weeks. Palestinian activists in the West Bank said over the weekend they have received a green light from the Palestinian Authority to organize protests against US President Donald Trump’s yet-to-be-unveiled plan for peace in the Middle East.
The decision to launch the protests came following the recent visit to the region by US envoys Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt. The Palestinians believe the two emissaries, who did not meet with any representative of the Palestinian Authority during their visit, came to the region to lay the final touches on the Trump plan before presenting it to Israel and the Arab countries. Trump has referred to his upcoming plan as the “deal of the century,” while PA President Mahmoud Abbas and other Palestinians have denounced it as the “slap of the century.”
The new campaign is seen as the PA leadership’s response to the Hamas-sponsored “March of Return” demonstrations along the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel. The PA leadership is hoping to show that it too is capable of sending Palestinians to the streets to stage protests. “We believe that the countdown for publicly announcing the Trump plan has begun,” a senior PA official in Ramallah told The Jerusalem Post. “This is why we have decided to act quickly in order to thwart this evil plan, which is aimed at liquidating our national rights and the entire Palestinian cause.”
The first protest is expected to take place in Ramallah on Monday. A group called The National and Islamic Forces on Saturday called on Palestinians to gather in the center of the city to voice their opposition to the Trump plan. The group also urged Palestinians to use the protest to express their support for the PA leadership. The protest in Ramallah will be followed by similar demonstrations in other Palestinian communities in the coming days and weeks. Last week, Palestinian activists launched an online campaign with the sole goal of “thwarting” Trump’s plan. The campaign is being waged under the title, “The National Campaign to Down the Deal of the Century.”Cont'd: https://www.jpost.com/printarticle.aspx?id=561234

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ABBAS SAID SEEKING UNITY GOVERNMENT WITH HAMAS TO COUNTER US PEACE MANEUVERS
Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper says PA president has asked former PM Salam Fayyad to lead new coalition with aim of later calling general election
By STUART WINER - July 2, 2018 - Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah, June 27, 2018. (Alaa Badarneh/Pool Photo via AP)
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is making renewed efforts to form a national unity government with the Hamas terrorist group with the aim of calling long-overdue Palestinian national elections, the Arabic-language Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper reported Monday. Sources told the London-based daily the maneuver is intended to prevent the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip from being isolated from the West Bank as part of the Trump administration’s peace plan, details of which have not yet been published.
According to the report, the Abbas government is convinced the US plan envisions creating a separate state in the Gaza Strip while expanding Palestinian self-rule in the West Bank.
Abbas intends to appoint former Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad to lead the new unity government. The PA leader recently met with Fayyad and they discussed the matter for over two hours, the sources said. Fayyad, who resigned in 2013 amid a power struggle with Abbas, is said to have agreed to the proposal on condition that he is a “partner and decision-maker” in the government. In addition, the former prime minister demanded the revival of the defunct Palestinian Legislative Council, of which he is a member, and expansion of membership in the Palestine Liberation Organization. The Palestinian Legislative Council last held elections in 2006 and has not met fully since 2007 due to the Hamas takeover of the Gaza Strip which created an acrimonious divide with the West Bank-based PA. Although the PA is tasked with governing the Palestinian territories, the PLO is the official representative of the Palestinian people as a whole. Fayyad reportedly told Abbas he is not interested in being in a government that does not have full power. Among the ideas that Fayyad is said to have proposed is a Palestinian referendum on how to move forward, including setting a specific date for ending the Israeli occupation, and a non-aggression pact among Palestinian factions. Cont'd:
https://www.timesofisrael.com/abbas-said-seeking-unity-government-with-hamas-to-counter-us-peace-maneuvers

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AUSTRALIA ENDS DIRECT AID TO PA OVER PAYMENTS TO TERRORISTS
Foreign minister says Canberra concerned money will be distributed to Palestinian prisoners in an 'affront to Australian values,' redirects funding to UN
By Michael Bachner and AP - July 2, 2018 - Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop at United Nations headquarters, March 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Australia has ended direct aid to the Palestinian Authority over fears its donations will be used to pay Palestinians convicted of terrorism and their families.
Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Monday that funding to a World Bank trust fund was cut after she wrote to the Palestinian Authority in late May seeking assurance that Australian funding was not being misspent. Cont'd:
https://www.timesofisrael.com/australia-ends-direct-aid-to-pa-over-payments-to-terrorists

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US GIVES PALESTINIANS CRITERIA TO RECEIVE AID AGAIN
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEUbjZdCDl8
 

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ISRAELI NEWS LIVE - STREAMED LIVE ON JUNE 28, 2018
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P07C9uw2bRQ
Iran coming into the cross hairs of Israel and the US as generals meeting in the US for an emergency meeting. Seems Trump and Putin have agreed to let Assad get Southern Syria in exchange for war on Iran. Yet Assad will be next after false flag chemical attack as the New World Order steems over everyone in its path
http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-mideast-crisis-lebanon-syria-refugees/lebanon-says-unhcr-residence-visas-depend-on-syria-refugee-
plan-idUKKBN1JN2F0southfront.org/27-aircraft-1140-personnel-withdrawn-from-syria-over-past-days-putin/
axios.com/israeli-defense-chief-urgent-visit-washington-talks-on-syria-6997f44d-852a-4d77-8f19-5821a6b6cfa2.html
http://allnewspipeline.com/We_Could_Lose_America_If_We_Dont_Stop_Whats_Happening_Now.php

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FIRST-EVER WORLD TOLERANCE SUMMIT TO BE HELD IN DUBAI
Around 1,000 leaders and delegates to forge partnerships against extremism during two-day event in November
Clint Egbert/Gulf NewsKhalifa Mohammed Al Suwaidi, General Coordinator World Tolerance Summit, (left) and Hamad Al Shaikh Ahmad Al Shaibani, MD of the International Institute for Tolerance and Chairman of the Higher Committee of World Tolerance Summit, at a press conference in Armani Hotel, Dubai on 25th June, 2018. Photo - June 25, 2018 Gulf News Faisal Masudi, Staff Reporter
Dubai: Around 1,000 leaders and delegates from the fields of politics, religion, and culture, among others, will convene in Dubai in November for the first-ever World Tolerance Summit (WTS) to forge alliances against extremism and sectarianism, officials announced on Monday. The summit, an initiative of Dubai-based International Institute of Tolerance (IIT), will be held on November 15 and 16, coinciding with the International Day of Tolerance (November 16).
IIT, part of the Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, acts as a think tank providing solutions to the challenges of extremism and sectarianism through promotion of a culture of tolerance. On Monday, officials of WTS and IIT said during a press conference that a number of countries in the Middle East and elsewhere are strife-torn, not least because of a prevalence of intolerance in sections of society. The press conference was held to announce WTS — another press conference will be held later to reveal the WTS speakers and main delegates. An official at the event said key figures have been invited from “all over the world” and could include ministers, among other leaders in various sectors.
The theme of the first WTS is ‘Prospering From Pluralism: Embracing Diversity through Innovation and Collaboration’.
Day one of the summit will be attended by Shaikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and chairman of the board of trustees of IIT. In a statement conveying a message from the UAE to the world, Shaikh Nahyan said: “Tolerance is not simply enduring the existence of opinions, ideas, behaviours or practices that do not concur with your own. It is about recognising, respecting and embracing diversity. It is about being secure in your own culture and beliefs, so that you respond to what is different with curiosity and compassion rather than with fear and intolerance. To be tolerant one needs to be concerned genuinely for the welfare of one’s fellow human beings, and to take action based on those concerns.” The first day of the summit will feature several forums to promote a global culture of tolerance, including the role of governments, schools, artists and social media influencers, with a strong focus on youth and women. Day one will conclude with the Tolerance Awards that will give recognition to political and business leaders, change-makers, cultural figures, artists, and influencers for their contribution in the advancement of a culture of tolerance. Cont'd:
https://gulfnews.com/news/uae/culture/first-ever-world-tolerance-summit-to-be-held-in-dubai-1.2242097

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EU: WE'RE REVIEWING OUR ENGAGEMENT IN SUPPORT OF A TWO-STATE SOLUTION
Haaretz News - EU stresses 'there is no intention to reduce the current level of EU funding, nor to review EU policies on the Middle East Peace Process,' but rather to 'hear the views'
Noa Landau - July 02, 2018 - Image: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and EU's Federica Mogherini in Brussels, 2017.Credit: Bloomberg The European Union announced Monday that it would consult with Israel and the Palestinian Authority on its engagement in support of the two-state solution in the region. A first report on the issue will be submitted to the forum of EU foreign ministers toward the end of August.
European Commission Director General Christian Danielsson, and Fernando Gentilini, who is managing director for the Middle East and North Africa and former Special Representative for the Middle East, will hold consultations this week with representatives of Israel and the PA, according to a statement published by Maja Kocijancic, spokesperson for EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini. This decision was made at the EU foreign ministers meeting back in September 2017.
The objective of the review, according to the statement, is to ensure "EU's engagement – activities and instruments, the EU's diplomatic engagement, financial assistance and EU civilian missions – are as efficient and as effective as possible" in order to advance the two-state solution. According to the announcement, “including in Gaza which, together with the West Bank, is an integral part of a future Palestinian state."
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-eu-we-re-reviewing-our-engagement-in-support-of-a-two-state-solution-1.6240335

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ALL THE KINGS MEN
Israeli News Live - July 8, 2018
Is Pope Francis really against moving the Embassy to Jerusalem?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jj44RSKe6ew

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TURKEY SAID TO BE TAKING A MORE PROMINENT ROLE IN EAST JERUSALEM
By TOI staff - Ankara's new support for Temple Mount activism causing alarm in Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the PA, which are calling on Israel to act Turkey is trying to extend its sphere of influence to East Jerusalem, according to a report Thursday, causing alarm in Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the Palestinian Authority.
Amman, Riyadh and Ramallah are concerned that the move is an attempt by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to claim he is the custodian of the Muslim sites in the city, weakening Jordanian and Saudi claims and positioning him to better challenge Israel, the Haaretz daily reports.
For over a year, Turkish Islamic associations have sponsored activities and trips for thousands of people in East Jerusalem, the paper reports, and has been able to influence protests over the Temple Mount in the capital. Israeli security officials tell Haaretz that they are aware of Turkish involvement, and are following the situation closely. Jordan reportedly began expressing its concern over a year ago and accused the Israeli government of “being asleep at the wheel.” The Jordanians claim that after Israel signed a reconciliation deal with Turkey in 2016 it was afraid of confrontation with Erdogan. https://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog-june-28-2018

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BIGGEST EARTHQUAKE CENTERED IN ISRAEL IN 14 YEARS...
By: FrancisDrake - July 4, 2018 - An unusual swarm of earthquakes began in Israel, north of Nazareth and in the Sea of Galilee (near Capernaum) the first quake in the series was at 8:50 p.m. CDT, magnitude 4.0 or 4.2--
https://tinyurl.com/Israel-Quake-7-3-2018-USGS
https://m.emsc.eu/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=687138

https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5303645,00.html
"Bar Ben-Shabat from Tiberias said she could feel the earthquake in her room. "The earthquake was really strong. The bed was shaking. Everything it the room was shaking. It was really scary. By the time I realized this was an earthquake and that I had to get up and leave the room, it calmed down. Later there was another smaller one. The entire neighborhood is up. Some actually came out of their homes in panic."
"It was just scary," said Milna from Tiberias. "I was just in the living room, turning on the air conditioning, when all of a sudden I felt I was moving. It was simply one of the more frightening things to have happened to me. My heart just dropped. I just froze in my spot, I couldn't do anything out of fear."
"Some people reported feeling the earthquake in central Israel as well. Shelly from Petah Tikvah said she felt her bed move, "and my birds woke up and started flying screeching in panic in their cage."
https://www.timesofisrael.com/minor-earthquake-rattles-northern-israel/
https://www.jta.org/2018/07/04/news-opinion/swarm-earthquakes-centered-sea-galilee-hit-northern-israel/amp
https://m.jpost.com/Israel-News/41-magnitude-earthquake-shakes-northern-Israel-561502/amp

"...local residents complained of a rude awakening. A smaller aftershock was felt at 6:50 a.m. said the Geophysical Institute.
Soli Bar-Hen, a resident of Tiberias, told Army Radio that she was woken up by her entire apartment block shaking.
"I thought initially that a rocket had fallen here, there's such a mess in the north," Bar-Hen said, referring to growing tension on Israel's northern front. "When I woke up, I saw that the whole house was shaking, so I just ran outside."
Breaking news report: https://m.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Breaking-Light-tremors-felt-in-Israels-norther-region-561679

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BIG NAME EVANGELICALS FULFILL PROPHECY
DeNoon Institute - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f86mNza0LXU

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