The Israeli Problem Rears it Head Once More

Beyond the Cusp

We thought that perhaps the Israeli Supreme Court had finally found a small degree of sanity. They had finally agreed that an illegal Arab Bedouin outpost near Jerusalem built without any plan or official recognition was to be dismantled. The outpost lacks all the essentials including having no electricity, no water supply, no sewage system, no gas, no utilities and no access roads. What less can a place have? This outpost is as isolated as an outpost could be except it lies between Jerusalem and Kfar Adumim on lands which are within the city limits provided for Kfar Adumim. This outpost was built in the early 1990’s with aiding financing from the European Union and some European nations and was given the name of Khan al Ahmar. It was financed and built with the intent to prevent the connecting of Kfar Adumim with the Jerusalem suburbs such that the rest…

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Europe: “The Vision is an Islamic State”

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A Dutch government report published in June showed that Muslims in the Netherlands are becoming more religious. The report, based on information from 2006-2015, is a study of more than 7,249 Dutch nationals with Moroccan and Turkish roots. Two thirds of the Muslims in the Netherlands are from Turkey or Morocco.

According to the report, 78% of Moroccan Muslims pray five times a day, as do 33% of Turkish Muslims. Approximately 40% of both groups visit a mosque at least once a week. More young Moroccan women wear a headscarf (up from 64% in 2006 to 78% in 2015) and large majorities of both groups eat halal (93% of Moroccan Muslims and 80% of Turkish Muslims). 96% of Moroccan Muslims say that faith is a very important part of their lives, whereas the number is 89% for Turkish Muslims. The number of Dutch Moroccan Muslims who can be described as strictly adhering to Islam has increased from 77% in 2006, to 84% in 2015. For Turkish Muslims, the numbers have increased from 37% to 45%. There are few secular Muslims — 7% among Turkish Muslims, 2% among Moroccan Muslims.

In Denmark, the trend of Muslims becoming more religious was apparent as early as 2004, when a poll showed that Muslims were becoming more religious than their parents, especially “young, well-educated and well-integrated women”. At the time, Professor Viggo Mortensen said, “The growing religiousness is not an expression of marginalization. We are talking about people who are well-integrated, but who want to be religious”.

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Watch: Palestinian Diplomat Rages As US Dismantles UN’s Aid Agency For Palestinians

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A senior Palestinian negotiator, Saeb Erekat, has accused the United States of trying to topple the autonomous government of President Mahmoud Abbas by cutting off US foreign aid and dismantling the United Nations’ aid agency for Palestinian refugees.
The United States has frozen its aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA). The move comes after Congress passed the Taylor Force Act, which aimed to force the PA to terminate its “pay-for-slay” policies of paying stipends to convicted terrorists in Israeli jails and to the families of dead terrorists.
Since Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the Palestinians have refused to return to the negotiating table with Israel.
Western countries must follow the Trump government and cut all foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority, Hamas and UNRWA (the UN agency in Gaza).

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Is Turkey Playing a Double Game with NATO?

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In January, 2018 Turkey reportedly awarded an 18-month contract for a study on the development and production of a long-range air- and missile-defense system to France and Italy, showing — ostensibly — Turkey’s ongoing commitment to NATO. The study, contracted between the EUROSAM consortium and Turkey’s Aselsan and Roketsan companies, was agreed upon in Paris, on the sidelines of a meeting between French President Emmanuel Macron and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The contract for the study came on the heels of a deal between Ankara and Moscow, according to which Turkey would purchase the S-400 missile defense system — one of the most sophisticated on the global market — from Russia. The question is: Why would Turkey first order a Russian defense system and then turn around and make a cooperation agreement with Europe for the same purpose?

The answer is likely that Ankara is trying to pretend that it is still loyal to NATO, at a time when its strategic inclinations seem to indicate otherwise.

As Turkey is a member of NATO, its decision to opt for the S-400, a non-NATO missile-defense system, has been the subject of speculation and controversy. NATO has adopted the European Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA), according to which the United States plans to deploy its missile-defense systems in various parts of Europe, to protect its forces and those of other NATO members from Iranian missile attacks. Turkey’s move appears to run counter to the EPAA.

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