If the applause during Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before the UN General Assembly recently is any measure, he won an Oscar. Netanyahu said he’d come “to expose the brazen lies spoken from this very podium against my country and against the brave soldiers who defend it.” Among the lies he addressed were war crimes charges by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, the subject of a UN Human Rights Council investigation. “Ladies and gentlemen, the people of Israel pray for peace, but our hopes and the world’s hopes for peace are in danger because everywhere we look militant Islam is on the march,” he said.

The goal of these Islamists, he said, is world domination. Like a cancer that’s left unchecked, it grows and metastasizes over wider and wider areas. It must be removed before it’s too late. Israel’s battle against Hamas mirrors the battle against global jihadists. People don’t understand that “ISIS and Hamas are branches of the same poisonous tree.” “ISIS and Hamas share a fanatical creed, which they both seek to impose beyond the territory they control,” he continued. About two months ago, ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi said “the day will soon come when the Muslim will walk everywhere as a master and will cause the world to hear and understand the meaning of terrorism and destroy the idol of democracy,” Netanyahu said.

“Now listen to Khaled Meshaal, the leader of Hamas. He proclaims a similar vision of the future: ‘We say this to the West—by Allah you will be defeated.Tomorrow our nation will sit on the throne of the world,'” Netanyahu said. “It’s one thing to confront militant Islamists on pickup trucks armed with Kalashnikov rifles. It’s another thing to confront militant Islamists armed with weapons of mass destruction,” he said. The prime minister then warned of the danger of ending the ISIS threat while leaving a potentially nuclear Iran unchecked. “Make no mistake,” Netanyahu said. “ISIS must be defeated. But to defeat ISIS and leave Iran as a threshold nuclear power would be to win the battle and lose the war.”

Netanyahu also spoke about Israel’s war with Hamas. The Israel Defence Force (IDF) did not target civilians and regretted every casualty, he said. Hamas, on the other hand, builds its terror infrastructure in residential areas and uses children as human shields. “This is a war crime. And I say to Palestinian Authority President Abbas, these are war crimes committed by your Hamas partners in the national unity government that you are responsible for.” “By investigating Israel rather than Hamas for war crimes, the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has betrayed its noble mission to protect the innocent,” he said. “By granting international legitimacy to the use of human shields, the UNHRC has become a terrorist rights council.”

Source: CBN News

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Over 10,000 cases of Ebola have been reported and over 3,000 people have died of the disease in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia since the start of the year. The actual numbers are estimated to be much higher, though most cases are concealed for fear of forced quarantine. On at least two occasions in recent months Israel has quarantined people suspected of having contracted the virus during visits to Africa. Both cases turned out to be false alarms. Israel has dispatched medical teams to Sierra Leone and Cameroon to train local doctors on how to better combat the Ebola outbreak. Sierra Leone has also requested medication for treating the symptoms of Ebola, and Israel has reportedly promised to provide.

There is no known cure for Ebola, though American drug company Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc. has produced an experimental treatment known as ZMapp. The only problem is that the relatively limited supply of ZMapp has been exhausted, and the company says it will take months to produce more. An Israeli biopharmaceutical company, Protalix, says it is ready to step in and fill the gap. “Today our production capacity exceeds our needs, and we would certainly be happy to have the company producing the Ebola drug have us produce the drug for them. We would know how to do it effectively, in large quantities, and in a relatively short period of time,” a representative of Protalix said.

Meanwhile, a smartphone app developed on an Israeli-made platform is already having a major impact on the spread of Ebola. Called “About Ebola”  the app’s makers successfully leveraged the Snapp platform to get the crucial software to market in a mere three days. “About Ebola” has since been downloaded thousands of times by medical workers in the field and by residents of the affected areas. It has even been rapidly translated into local rural languages thanks to the flexibility of Snapp. When the UN Security Council gathered in emergency sessions for the first time ever in response to a health crisis, Ambassador Ron Prosor said “Israel is proud to be playing its part” in the urgent global effort to defeat Ebola.

Source: Israel Today

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British lawmakers have voted overwhelmingly in favour of recognizing a Palestinian state. While the vote is unlikely to change government policy, the lawmakers have made a giant political statement.  The ayes carried the vote with a total of 274 votes, with only 12 nays. Prime Minister David Cameron and other senior political leaders abstained. More than half of the 650 Commons members did not take part in the vote. The motion put forth to the House of Commons stated: “The House urges the government to recognize the State of Palestine alongside the State of Israel.” It was later amended to add “as a contribution to securing a negotiated two-state solution.”

The motion was sponsored by Grahame Morris, a member of the opposition Labour party. Morris said that Britain has a “moral responsibility” to help found an independent Palestinian state based on Britain’s history as a colonial power in the Middle East. Britain controlled Palestine from 1920-1948 until the State of Israel was founded. The Balfour Declaration of 1917 was a significant step forward towards Jewish statehood. “It’s absolutely clear that Israel-Palestine relations are stuck at an impasse, as is our foreign policy,” Morris stated at the opening of the debate.

In Israel, lawmakers are not happy with the outcome of the vote. Israel’s Foreign Ministry warned that prematurely recognizing a Palestinian state would undermine peace efforts. “Premature international recognition sends a troubling message to the Palestinian leadership that they can evade the tough choices that both sides have to make, and actually undermines the chances to reach a real peace,” a statement released by the Foreign Ministry read. The vote comes after Sweden’s new government announced that it would recognize a Palestinian state.

Source: Breaking Israel News

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In an interview with Italian media, Israeli Christians from Nazareth have debunked assertions that Israel is an apartheid state with their own powerful testimonies. There is a growing rift in the Israeli Christian community between those who choose to side with the Jewish state and those who choose to identify with the “Palestinian” narrative. The problems facing Christians however are not coming primarily from Jewish Israel, but rather from the Muslims, as even a cursory investigation of Nazareth reveals.  In Jesus’ hometown, Muslim intimidation has been on the rise, leading many Christians to pack up and head to nearby Christian-only villages or even Jewish-dominated towns, such as Upper Nazareth.

To better understand the standing of Christians in Israel, the Italian media spoke to Shadi Khalloul, spokesman for the Israeli Christian Recruitment Forum.  Khalloul insisted that by comparison with what is happening to Christians in Syria, Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East  Israel was a paradise for Christians.”  Another young Israeli Christian echoed Khalloul’s remarks, adding that Christians in Israel “live in peace and security; we are not discriminated against and we enjoy our freedom.” He said that even in Palestinian Authority-controlled territories, such as Bethlehem, “Christians are subject to discrimination and oppression,” and were much better off when Israel was in full control of the so-called “West Bank.”

Source: Israel Today

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