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  • U.S. President and Israeli Prime Minister Discuss Jerusalem, Shared Values & Cooperation

    United States President Donald Trump hosted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House yesterday. They spent a good deal of time discussing many topics, including Israel’s capital — Jerusalem. They discussed the long-standing friendship between both the U.S. and Israel as well as Trump and Netanyahu, personally. Fighting militant Islamic extremism was one of the common threads than ran through their discussion about the many topics that so deeply affect the U.S., Israel and the entire world. One of the important points discussed was with regards to the so-called “Two-State Solution” versus “One-State Solution.” President Trump made it clear that his administration will not pressure Israel toward any specific peace deal – rather, he prefers whatever solution is agreed upon by both Israel and the Arabs. Clarifying this, PM Netanyahu explained that “Rather than deal with labels, I want to deal with substance…” He went on to describe the two important pre-requisites upon which any peace agreement must be based: The Arabs must recognize Israel as the Jewish State, stopping the call for Israel’s destruction; and “Israel must retain over-riding security control of the entire area west of the Jordan River” in order to ensure Israel’s security. President Trump also noted that he would love to see the U.S. embassy move to Jerusalem.

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  • Jews as the Indigenous People of Israel with Jerusalem as their Ancient Capital

    We often hear people in today’s day and age throwing around false accusations against Israel. Amongst these common charges are that the Jews have no true historical connection to Jerusalem; the Jews stole the Land of Israel from Arabs; and that Israel is a group of outsiders occupying someone else’s land. Of course, there’s ample evidence througout history, archaeology, science and literature that these claims are outright lies. The evidence of Jerusalem’s first and second Jewish Holy Temples, the archaeology of Israel’s first and second commonwealth throughout Jerusalem and the entire country — it all confirms the Jewish Nation’s biblical evidence. This evidence isn’t just limited to finds within Israel or within the Bible but is corroborated by evidence around the world — ancient maps, manuscripts, engraved tablets and literature from various countries and cultures. The Cyrus Clay Cylinder pictured above is just one example where King Cyrus II of Persia and Media declared the rebuilding of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. Still, there are always naysayers who need to be confronted with the ever-mounting evidence of the truth. In this article, the author tackles the question – are Jews really the indigenous people of Israel?

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    Are Jews Indigenous to the Land of Israel?

    Article Courtesy: TabletMag

    As an indigenous activist—I am a Métis from the Paddle Prairie Metis settlement in Alberta, Canada—there is one question I am most often asked by the public, one that can instantly divide a community due to its intense and arduous subject matter.

    Yet, regardless of the scenario, each time I hear the words, “Are Jews the indigenous people of Israel?” I’m inclined to answer not only with my heart but with the brutal, honest truth, backed by indisputable, thousands-year-old historical and archaeological fact: yes.

    While evidence in favor of this view is overwhelming, activists who oppose Israel’s right to exist and deny the Jewish people’s connection to the land—perhaps before learning where indigenous status stems from and what it means—still have an issue with this claim, supporting a narrative built on falsehoods that today is basically acknowledged as fact.

    It is my belief that strengthening Jewish identity is the optimum way to fight against the perpetuation of false narratives and lies. This can be achieved only through an indigenous decolonization of Jewish identity, which would urge Jews to see themselves through a Jewish lens and manifest the indigenous aspects of Jewish identity in a meaningful way.

    Now, to understand indigeneity, one must also understand indigenous people, how we see ourselves, and how we see the world. At its simplest, indigenous status stems from the genesis of a culture, language, and traditions in conjunction with its connections to an ancestral land, most commonly derived from ties to pre-colonial peoples. Once a people have such a cultural, linguistic, and spiritual genesis as well as a coalescence as a people, they are generally acknowledged as an indigenous people.

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  • How do you demonstrate ownership over your land? You build!

    Israel continues to build and strengthen Jerusalem — this is the proper response to terrorists and their supporters who try to deny Israel’s sovereignty in Jerusalem. Despite attempts by many terrorists in the Muslim world to deny the facts of history (both ancient and current) Israel will continue to build Jerusalem, its unified eternal capital. This isn’t a matter of narrative, perspective or any other spin — this is a matter of proven fact. There is no better way to strengthen the holy capital than to demonstrate ownership through building and development that benefits everyone. The recently announced construction will benefit all sectors of the city.

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    Israeli government approves 671 new homes in Jerusalem

    Article courtesy: ArutzSheva

    The Jerusalem District Planning and Building Committee approved on Sunday 671 new housing units in various Jerusalem neighborhoods.

    Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said, “We have suffered eight difficult years of Obama, who pressured Israel to freeze building. Even though the Jerusalem municipality never froze building in the city, many times we were not given government approval, and sometimes homes were not put on the market because of US pressure.

    “I hope that era is over, and that from now on we will continue to build and develop Jerusalem for the good of its residents, Jewish and Arab alike. We must strengthen our sovereignty over Israel’s capital and create a unified Jerusalem.

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  • Will Trump allow the US to fund terrorism in Jerusalem and the rest of Israel?

    Illustrative Photo Credit: Thomas Cizauskas [License]

    The past week has seen a flurry of reports about Obama’s last minute release of $221 Million to the Palestinian Authority (PA) against the freeze order placed on the money by Congress. In the final hours of his presidency, Obama secretly over-ruled that freeze and agreed to give the money to the PA, despite their continued and blatant terrorist activities. This includes the PA’s “salary payments” to convicted Muslim terrorists and their families. The most recent terror attack in Jerusalem, when an Arab truck driver rammed into a group of soldiers on tour in the capital, killed four and injured scores more. That terrorist’s wife is now receiving monthly salary payments from the PA of approximately 2,900 shekels ($760) each month in addition to several one-time payments. This money comes from the funds given by the United States and European Union taxes that are given to the PA. Officials in Jerusalem explain that the $221 Million from Obama will directly go toward this and other similar payments to thousands of terrorists and their families. Jerusalem officials see this as a parting shot taken by the Obama administration against the safety of Jerusalem and all of Israel. Luckily, President Trump’s State Department has frozen these funds again, pending further investigation.

    Of note, Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the PA, has repeatedly refused to hold democratic elections since 2005. He is currently in his twelfth year of what should have been a four-year presidential term. In addition, the PA has created an alliance between the Islamic terrorist-group Hamas, that controls Gaza, and Abbas’ Fatah party. The new US administration will need to look more closely at their relationship with the PA and decide if their tax dollars should be going to fund a non-democratic group that supports terrorism.

    Trump admin puts a freeze on Obama’s $221 million payment to Palestinians

    Article Courtesy: TheBlaze.com

    After the revelation on Monday that Obama had quietly and quickly approved a $221 million payment to the Palestinian Authority just hours before Trump’s inauguration ceremony, the State Department says it will investigate the matter and stop the payment if it’s inappropriate.

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  • Reaffirming the bond between Jerusalem and Washington DC

    Jerusalem’s Mayor :: “Let’s make the U.S.-Israeli relationship great again!” The people of Israel join together with voices around the world to welcome the returned strength of a warm relationship between long-time allies in Jerusalem and Washington DC.

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    Article Courtesy: JPost

    In a full-throttled attack against US President Barack Obama, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat on Thursday released a video statement accusing the outgoing president of “surrendering to the Iranian’s and radical Islam,” as well as “abandoning Israel.”

    While Barkat has made no secret of his opposition to the Obama Administration’s policies toward Israel, in the brief video he uses perhaps his strongest language to date to condemn the American president, and beseech all Israeli’s to support President-elect Donald Trump.

    The video, emailed to Israelis with an accompanying letter of support for Trump, comes one day before the president-elect’s inauguration, as he doubles-down on his promise to relocate the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in multiple interviews with Israeli news publications.

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  • How will the U.S. respond to Islamic militant threats surrounding embassy move to Jerusalem?

    Several Islamic militant groups and leaders have been threatening Israel and the United States over the issue of moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. As has been widely publicized, the U.S. President-Elect and Congress have committed themselves to moving the embassy to Israel’s capital. However, many in the Muslim world continue to fight this and have promissed increased terrorism as a result. The question now remains, how will the United States respond? Will they surrender to the terrorists or will they continue the fight for truth and justice?

    Illustrative photo credit: The Israel Project [License]

    Will the US ambassador move to Jerusalem without the embassy?

    Article Courtesy: IsraelNationalNews

    Report claims Trump Administration to allow ambassador to live, work in Jerusalem while keeping embassy in Tel Aviv following Arab protests.

    David Friedman, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for the post of Ambassador to Israel, may work out of Jerusalem while the US embassy remains in Tel Aviv, according to a report by Channel 2.

    Friedman and Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway had stated that the incoming Trump Administration would move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

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  • U.S. Congress Bill Introduced in Support of Jerusalem as Israel’s Unified, Eternal Capital

    A new bill has been presented in the United States Congress in line with President-Elect Trump’s promise to finally move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, and in response to outgoing President Obama’s attempt to delegitimize Israel’s capital. The bill will freeze some of the State Department’s funding pending their compliance. We say thank you on behalf of Jerusalem and all of Israel to our friends in Congress who have written and supported this legistlation.

    Article Courtesy: FreeBeacon.com

    Congress to Freeze State Department Funds Until U.S. Embassy Moves to Jerusalem

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    A delegation of Republican senators is moving forward with an effort to freeze some funding to the State Department until the U.S. embassy in Israel is formally moved to Jerusalem, according to new legislation.

    The legislation comes as the Obama administration continues to face criticism over its behind-the-scenes effort to forward a United Nations resolution condemning Israel.

    The Obama administration, like previous administrations, does not formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city and has worked to stymie efforts to move the U.S. embassy there.

    While Congress first approved legislation to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem in 1995, the new bill threatens to cut State Department funding until the relocation is complete.

    The effort is being spearheaded by Sens. Ted Cruz (R., Texas), Marco Rubio (R., Fla.), and Dean Heller (R., Nev.), all of whom support efforts by the incoming Trump administration to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem after years of debate.

    “Jerusalem is the eternal and undivided capital of Israel,” Cruz said in a statement. “Unfortunately, the Obama administration’s vendetta against the Jewish state has been so vicious that to even utter this simple truth—let alone the reality that Jerusalem is the appropriate venue for the American embassy in Israel—is shocking in some circles.”

    “But it is finally time to cut through the double-speak and broken promises and do what Congress said we should do in 1995: formally move our embassy to the capital of our great ally Israel,” Cruz said.

    The legislation orders the White House to identify Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, which the Obama administration has refused to do. The bill will freeze a significant portion of the State Department’s funding until it completes the relocation.

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  • The United Nations and Obama Try to Attack Jerusalem

    Outgoing U.S. President Obama has tried colluding with the United Nations in an attempt to rock Jerusalem to its core. They erroneously believe that Jerusalem derives its legitimacy from them. Luckily, the truth will prevail and the Jerusalem will remain the unified eternal capital of Israel, as it has been for over 3,000 years.

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    Why This Resolution Was Different

    Article Courtesy: Commentary by Jonathan S. Tobin

    In the wake of President Obama’s decision to abandon Israel at the United Nations Security Council last week, some administration apologists have sought to spin the vote on Resolution 2334—which “condemned” as illegal the Jewish presence in any part of the West Bank or parts of Jerusalem—as being in keeping with decades of American foreign policy positions. It is also defended as being balanced in its criticisms of Israel and the Palestinians and thus a necessary prod to peace. The White House and left-wing Jewish groups are also seeking to shift the blame for the decision from the president to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu.

    All of these arguments are patently false.

    They also deliberately miss the point of Obama’s decision to not merely abstain on a measure that was blatantly biased against Israel but to actually help draft the document and to push hard for its passage, even after one of its initial sponsors sought to pull it back. The resolution was the culmination of an eight-year effort to distance the United States from Israel. That process began in January 2009, when the new president openly stated that one of his top foreign policy priorities was to create more “daylight” between the two allies. It continued through years of ginned up fights with Netanyahu over settlements, borders, Jerusalem, and the president’s push for a rapprochement with Iran that culminated in the nuclear deal in 2015. This UN resolution, one that could escalate diplomatic and economic attacks on Israel at a time of rising anti-Semitism around the globe, represents the capstone on Obama’s effort to isolate Israel.

    No previous American government made a point, as Obama has consistently done, of attacking Israel’s position in Jerusalem. Under the terms of this resolution, the Western Wall and other Jewish holy places in Jerusalem are considered to be Palestinian. This isn’t merely offensive to Jews. It’s a not so thinly veiled endorsement of the vicious Palestinian campaign at UNESCO and other UN bodies to deny Jewish history and religion by claiming Jerusalem’s holy places are exclusively Muslim.

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  • Free Zion :: Coin Screams Out From Jerusalem’s Ancient Past

    The excitement of seeing ancient Jewish history in Jerusalem come to life is quite palpable in the holy city. We are actually able to hold the history in our hands as our Jewish ancestors call out for freedom in Israel’s capital.

    Illustrative Photo Credit: Israel Culture and Sports Ministry

    ‘Free Zion’ coin minted 1,967 years ago unveiled

    Article Courtesy: JPost

    Long before the ‘Free Palestine’ slogan became popular – in fact about 1,967 years before – a “‘Freedom of Zion” coin was minted and circulated in Jerusalem.

    Culture and Sport Minister Miri Regev unveiled that coin at Sunday’s cabinet as part of a presentation she gave about preparations for next year’s celebration of 50 years since the reunification of Jerusalem. The coin was uncovered during an excavation about a month ago of a recently uncovered road in Jerusalem. The excavation site will be opened to the public during Hanukka.

    The ancient coin was one of a series minted during the Jewish revolt against the Romans that eventually led to the destruction of the Second Temple in 70. The flip-side of the coin bears the inscription, “Two years to the Great Revolt,” which dates it to the year 67.

    “Exactly 1,900 years later, in 1967, the paratroopers entered Jerusalem’s Old City and renewed its freedom, and ours,” Regev said. “We restored Jewish sovereignty to Jerusalem. We threw into the dustbin of history the coin issued by Titus after his victory over the rebels: Judea Capta [Judea Captive].”

    Regev was referring to a series of commemorative coins issued by the Roman Emperor Vespasian commemorating the Roman defeat of Judea and destruction of Jerusalem.

    Regev, noting the recent “ridiculous” UNESCO resolutions that sought to expunge any Jewish connection to the Temple Mount, said, “In 1967 we returned to Bet El, Hebron, Shiloh and Elon Moreh.

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  • Moving US Embassy to Jerusalem a Step in the Right Direction

    United States President-Elect Donald Trump has been discussing moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem. We hope that this will quickly come to fruition. Of course, this is not the end-game. This will be an important step in the right direction — international recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel — in line with over 3,000 years of indisputable facts. We encourage everyone to sign the One Jerusalem petition to make this a reality!

    Article Courtesy: Israel National News
    Illustrative Photo Credit: Hakan Dahlstrom [License]

    Trump campaign manager: He will move US embassy to Jerusalem

    President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, confirmed that Trump intends to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

    Speaking with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt on his Monday morning show, Conway said that moving the embassy to Jerusalem “is very big priority for this president-elect, Donald Trump.”

    “He made it very clear during the campaign, Hugh, and as president-elect I’ve heard him repeat it several times privately, if not publicly.” she continued.

    Congress passed a law in 1995 mandating that the US embassy be moved to Israel. The law included a waiver allowing the the President to postpone the move. Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama have all exercised this waiver throughout their presidencies, despite promises to move the embassy.

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