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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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  • Jerusalem in the year 2050 :: What does the future of Israel’s capital hold?

    Jerusalem5800: Much more than just Jerusalem

    Illustrative Photo Credit: Jonas Hansel [License]

    Planners say the capital must expand to the north, south and east, including an international airport, subways, and much more.

    What will the Jerusalem metropolitan area look like in the year 2050? That’s what some Jerusalem lovers and supporters not only want to answer, but want to help shape – and that’s why they have been working hard on the comprehensive and well-researched plan they call Jerusalem5800.

    At a Policy Paper workshop organized by KeepJerusalem on Wednesday, Jerusalem City Councilman Aryeh King presented the outline of Jerusalem5800, and said, “It is not a political plan – but it certainly is dependent on, and can shape, political developments.”

    The main revolution heralded by Jerusalem5800 – sponsored by philanthropist and Jerusalem enthusiast Kevin Bermeister – is that it relates to the city not in and of itself, but as a greater metropolitan area that includes a very large surrounding expanse that is planned as one unit. Its reach is far, based on the Ministry of Interior’s definition of the “Jerusalem District:” From the Jordan River and Dead Sea in the east, Beit Shemesh in the west, Beit El and Ofrah in the north, and Gush Etzion to the south. It is thus an area in which Jerusalem is the center, encompassed by suburbs and small communities that relate to Jerusalem as their “primary city.”

    The plan foresees an international airport, larger than Ben-Gurion, in the Judean Desert southeast of Maaleh Adumim; a major thrust in hotel construction in and around the capital; and a large-scale transportation scheme including subways, national train routes, and new highways – some of which is already in place. Archaeological and other sites in the greater area are to be developed and highlighted.

    A “Gates of Jerusalem” program is envisioned in which visitors are grandly welcomed to Greater Jerusalem upon their arrival in Gush Etzion, east of Maaleh Adumim, the Binyamin Region, before Givat Ze’ev, Latrun, and south of Beit Shemesh.

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  • Is Israel’s Claim to Jerusalem and Israel Based on the UN Vote for Partition in 1947?

    The answer to this question is a resounding no — but let’s find out more about WHY!

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    Today is the 69th anniversary of the United Nation’s “vote for partition” that was held on November 29, 1947. Unfortunately, many people begin talking about the history of the State of Israel with this historic vote. However, this is a significant mistake that undermines Jerusalem and Israel’s ancient and rich past. In short, the world’s 1947 vote was another step in the realization of the Jewish People’s return to their nearly 4,000-year-old homeland. The following is an excerpt from a worthwhile article about the Jewish history of Jerusalem:

    The following list of twenty-one dates is a summary of the 3,700-year-old relationship of the Jewish people to Jerusalem.

    1738 BCE The first Jew goes to Jerusalem
    Abraham, the founding father of the Jewish people, was sent by God to Israel. After arriving in Israel, Abraham went to Jerusalem where he received a blessing from king Melchizedek.

    1676 BCE The binding of Isaac
    One of the most important events in early Jewish history was when Abraham almost sacrificed his son Isaac. This took place on Mt. Moriah in Jerusalem.

    1590 BCE Jacob’s dream
    One of the most important experiences in the life of Jacob, the grandson of Abraham, was his mystical dream about a ladder that reached to heaven. This dream took place in Jerusalem.

    866 BCE Jerusalem becomes the capital of Israel
    King David established Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel.

    825 BCE The first Temple in Jerusalem
    King Solomon built the first Temple in Jerusalem. The Temple stood for 400 years until being destroyed by the Babylonians.

    423 BCE Destruction of first Temple
    The Babylonians conquered Israel, destroyed the Temple and exiled the Jews

    352 BCE The second Temple in Jerusalem
    The Temple was rebuilt and stood for another 400 years.

    70 CE The second Temple is destroyed
    The Romans destroyed the second Temple.

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  • Mayors From Cities Around the World Stand Up for the Truth About Jerusalem

    We welcome the love and support of mayors from cities around the world who take a stand for Jerusalem! We hope you enjoyed your visit in Israel’s capital and know that you will return to your cities as excellent ambassadors of TRUTH about Jerusalem!

    Illustrative Photo Credit: Joachim Tüns [License]

    International mayors denounce UNESCO for ignoring Jewish ties to Temple Mount

    Article Courtesy: JPost

    An international delegation of mayors presented a resolution to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday, decrying the recent UNESCO resolution that denies Jewish and Christian ties to the Temple Mount.

    The resolution states that UNESCO must cease to repeatedly exacerbate tensions.

    “In recent days, UNESCO joined the community of deniers by voting in a secret ballot that Jews and Christians have no connection to the Old City of Jerusalem, and referencing religious sites there by only their Arab name,” states the letter, signed by 20 of the visiting 21 mayors.

    In Israel to attend the American Jewish Congress’ annual Mayors Conference, the mayors stated their resolve to “work to end politically inspired falsehood and distortion, and to speak truth about all relevant history.”

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  • Did terrorists try to burn Absalom’s Tomb and Jehoshaphat’s Cave in Jerusalem?

    Muslim terrorists are suspected of trying to destroy Jewish historical evidence throughout Jerusalem. Their attempt to erase the facts of the Jewish heritage in Israel’s capital city must be exposed and repelled. We ask you to SHARE the TRUTH about Jerusalem!

    Suspected arson damages Second-Temple era site

    Article Courtesy: YNet News
    Absalom’s Pillar 1914 Photo Credit: FotoGuy 49057 [License]

    Authorities announce that their official investigation into the fire around ancient Jewish burial sites in the Kidron Valley has revealed that it appears to have been intentional.

    Israeli authorities suspect arson as the cause of a fire in the area of the Tomb of Absalom and the Cave of Jehoshaphat that caused damage to an archaeological site from the Second-Temple era over the weekend.

    The site is situated in the Kidron Valley on the eastern side of the Old City separating the Temple Mount from the Mount of Olives. The burial complexes are attributed to the Jewish aristocracy of the late Second Temple period and are considered to represent architectural wonders. The national park around the walls of Jerusalem surrounds the Old City.

    The Israel Police and the Israel Nature and Parks Authority launched an intensive investigation into the case and preliminary finding seem to indicate arson, causing a fire at 4:15pm on Friday. Both bodies are attempting to find the persons responsible in order to bring them to justice.

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