5-man Hamas cell that killed Naama and Eitam Henkin arrested

Israeli security forces have arrested the Palestinian terror cell that carried out the murders of Naama and Eitam Henkin in the West Bank on Thursday, the Shin Bet security service said Monday evening.

A statement from the Shin Bet said it had carried out the operation in conjunction with the Israel Defense Forces and Israel Police. The suspects had been taken in for questioning by the Shin Bet and had admitted their involvement in the attack, the statement said.


Morning Briefing – The Telegraph

Good morning.

David Cameron will wrap up the Conservative conference today by talking about the “long term” part of his “economic plan”, dubbing the 2010s a “turnaround decade”. In the first sign of what he sees as part of his legacy, the Prime Minister will pledge a “national crusade” to build homes in the hope of transforming “generation rent” into “generation buy”.

The Tory leader is giving himself an ambitious task, as the rate of housebuilding has remained stubbornly around 150,000 homes a year (152,940 permanent dwellings completed in 2010/11, and 140,850 in 2014/15). However, he hopes to get Britain building – fulfilling his pledge of 200,000 “starter homes” – by having developers build affordable housing to buy, rather than to rent. But will this be enough to help Britons onto the ladder? Shelter estimates that someone would need to make £50,266 a year, or £76,957 in London, to buy a starter home.

Success as the “party of home ownership” could leave Cameron a powerful legacy, as previous Conservative leaders have found. When Harold Macmillan was given the task by Winston Churchill in 1951, as his housing minister, of building 300,000 homes a year, he was famously told: “It is a gamble—it will make or mar your political career, but every humble home will bless your name if you succeed.” His success helped keep the Tories in power for the next 13 years.

The Prime Minister will be setting out what he wants to achieve in his final five years in office, and has made clear he will be off in 2020 – telling LBC “10 years is a long time…and I think after that people will be ready for somebody new”. This hasn’t stopped the leadership beauty parade, with Boris Johnson and Theresa May laying out their competing stalls yesterday. “What an odd contrast,” thought Michael Deacon. “Winter then summer in the space of an hour.” Iain Duncan Smith has called for calm, urging ambitious colleagues to “get it under control”, and now it is up David Cameron to show his party the plan he wants them to get behind.

“We can make this era – these 2010s – a defining decade for our country. The turnaround decade.”

Three Isn’t The Magic Number
The Conservatives’ tax credit reforms will teach parents that “children cost money” and discourage them having a third child, Iain Duncan Smith has said.

Softly, As I Leave EU
Britain has nothing to fear from leaving the European Union, Chris Grayling has indicated as he said the country would “prosper” whatever the result of the In/Out referendum. Mary Riddell writes in today’s paper that both the Prime Minister and Labour will want Britain to stay in the EU, explaining: “If the EU referendum is lost, or narrowly won, the PM and his heir presumptive are finished, and Labour’s vision of social democracy will turn to ashes.” Meanwhile, the Times reports on a secret plan to deport hundreds of thousands of failed asylum seekers from Europe.

Wage Against The Machine
Middle class white collar jobs in the financial service and law are at risk of disappearing because of the new living wage, David Willetts – the head of the thinktank behind the policy – says. The former Tory minister, and now executive chairman of the Resolution Foundation, warned that these jobs could be eventually “routinized” by computers because of the new basic hourly pay rate, which comes in next April.

There Goes My Euro
Lord Mandelson has conceded that it would now be pointless for Britain to join the euro, after years of campaigning for the country to adopt the single currency.

Carry On Doctor, Abroad
Three quarters of junior doctors say they will leave their jobs if changes to their contracts go ahead. A poll of more than 6,000 trainees found just one in four claims they will stay in post if controversial Government reforms are made.

Met Vs Beeb
Scotland Yard has accused the BBC of undermining its investigation into historical child sex abuse, claiming that the corporation’s actions risked deterring victims from coming forward.


Russia’s violation of Turkish airspace over the weekend “does not look like an accident”, Nato has said.

Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Russia had not provided “any real explanation” of the violation, which “lasted for a long time.

“Russia says Saturday’s incursion was brief and due to bad weather. It is examining claims of another violation.

Turkey’s army also says an unidentified fighter jet locked its radar onto eight of its jets on Monday

….Turkey’s government has been enraged by these Russian incursions – and by Moscow’s military intervention in Syria as a whole.


Senior Hamas Official: Time Ripe for 3rd Intifada

Mahmoud al-Zahar, a senior Hamas official, said that the conditions are ripe for a new intifada against Israel, but, unfortunately, the Palestinian Authority prevents it and uses its security forces to block the emerging uprising. In an interview with Hamas’ website, Al-Zahar said that the only way to protect the Al Aqsa mosque would be with the Arabs in Judea and Samaria and Jerusalem taking up weapons, but, as he put it, the sad reality is that these weapons are being used to protect the settlers.

“The image of Palestinians from the West Bank and Jerusalem throwing stones and Molotov cocktails has dealt a blow to the occupier,” Al-Zahar said.

So far, no Palestinians official has condemned the murders of Jews by Arabs in the past three days in Jerusalem.


Election 2048 – Under the Peace of Islam

Election Coverage 2048 – Al-CNN

As the election of 2048 approaches, the candidates from both parties continue to exchange strong views on the issues that affect the lives of Americans. The Party of Democracy and Justice (Hezb-Al-Dimukratie-Wa’al Adalah) continues to maintain that the election will come down to social justice issues.

“With 34 percent unemployment and the price of goat so far out of range of most working families that they have been forced to switch to chicken, it is time that our opponents stopped dodging the issues and took a serious look at the economic consequences of their policies,” Bashar Mohammed Hussein Al-Hamdani, said during a campaign stop at a HalalBurger in Peoria, Illinois.

However the ruling Freedom and Religion Party (Hezb Al-Hurriyah Wa’al Allah) denounced this as class warfare. Still preoccupied with the ongoing occupation of the Netherlands and Greece, the party has taken criticism for ignoring the economic problems of the United States while being preoccupied with waging foreign wars in the name of Islam.


Migration Crisis: Germany Wants to Be “Miss Congeniality”

Overwhelmed by the unprecedented influx of migrants, Germany has imposed temporary border controls. This temporary halt in new arrivals is “intended to give Germany a chance to catch its breath while at the same time ratcheting up the pressure on other European Union member states to accept a quota system for the distribution of asylum recipients across the bloc,” according to Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann of the German state of Bavaria on public radio. Germany’s move to tighten its border controls, however, is not going to halt millions of migrants already mobilized by Berlin’s suspension of existing asylum rules and its open border policy in the first place.

Horst Seehofer, the leader of Christian Social Union (CSU), the Bavaria-based sister party to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU), painted a grim picture, saying that Merkel’s open border policy “was a mistake that will occupy us for a long time yet. I see no possibility of putting the stopper back into the bottle.”

German media is in lockstep with the government, giving happy-talk and a positive spin on migrant crisis of gigantic proportions hitting Europe.


Turkey Needs to Practice in Turkey What It Preaches in Cyprus

The Turkish Cypriots are sort of like the “Kurds” of Cyprus — with the emphasis on the sort of. Like the Kurds in Turkey, the Turkish Cypriots are a sizeable minority in Cyprus — and that may be just about where the similarity ends.

The Greek Cypriots, the original Cypriots, like the Kurds in Turkey, have a provenance that is deeply rooted in history.

They happen to have, in fact, an uninterrupted, well-documented Greek and Christian cultural footprint that dates back over three millennia. Modern Cyprus was born in 1960 out of geostrategic concerns after an anti-colonial struggle, the aim of which was union with Greece.

In Turkey, similarly to the Greeks in Cyprus, the Kurds who have lived mostly in north Kurdistan, the eastern part of the country, have a history as its indigenous people of over a thousand years.