This issue looks at Obama’s trip to Israel, Israel’s new government, chemical weapons in Syria, American support for Israel, an official Islamic denial of violence against women, Obama’s new map of Israel, an update on the DHS’s ammo purchase, what’s now being taught in Texas schools, and another demand for answers re: Benghazi.
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‘Filth’: Here’s How Snubbed Members of Knesset Are Responding to Obama’s Jerusalem Speech
The Blaze reports: Now that the applause has died down from President Barack Obama’s address to students in Jerusalem, Members of Knesset are coming out with their criticisms, with one lawmaker calling Obama’s speech “offensive to Netanyahu” and another saying it contained “filth.” Read more.
Meet Israel’s New Government
CFI-IND reports: As of March 14, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has managed to put together a majority coalition “that could change the way some things are run in Israel” (Israel Today Magazine, March 14). Until now, Ultra-Orthodox religious parties had to be brought into the coalition in order to form a majority government. The Orthodox parties would always come with certain conditions and demands, which ranged from no buses on Shabbat to kashrut certifications for restaurants-plus other, more minor things. The most significant thing about the new government is that, for the first time in decades, it will include no Orthodox parties.
News from The Israel Project
Israeli officials believe that chemical weapons were used yesterday in Syria for the first time in that country’s two-year conflict, with each side blaming the other for an attack that killed at least 25 people. Syria’s arsenal of chemical weapons is thought to be the world’s largest, and last week IDF Director of Military Intelligence Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi warned that the Bashar al-Assad regime was preparing to deploy portions of that arsenal. Opposition forces are known to be seeking to overrun Syrian army depots where the weapons are stored, but are not known to have succeeded.
Croatia is withdrawing its contribution of troopsfrom the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), the peacekeeping mission that has patrolled the Golan Heights border zone between Israel and Syria for the last four decades. Canada and Japan have in recent weeks pulled their troops from the region, also citing security concerns. Earlier this month, 21 Filipino UNDOF troops were kidnapped by Syrian rebels and held for several days.
American sympathies for Israel are at a 22-year high, according to a just-released Gallup poll When asked whether their sympathies were “more with the Israelis or more with the Palestinians,” 64 percent of respondents said that they sympathized more with Israelis opposite 12 percent who sympathized more with the Palestinians. The number is the highest that Gallup has registered since it began asking the question in 1988.
Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood is denouncing a United Nations report aimed at ending violence against women, calling it “deceptive” and declaring that the recommendations undermine Islamic mores.The Brotherhood, to which Egypt’s incumbent president Mohamed Morsi is closely linked, claimed that implementation of the policies would cause the “complete disintegration of society” and would mark “the final step in the intellectual and cultural invasion of Muslim countries.”
IT’S NEWS TO ME
White House Map ‘Erases’ Jerusalem, Biblical Territories
WorldNetDaily reports: The White House has released what it says is a map of Israel. The only problem is that Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the Golan Heights are missing. An Obama administration video highlighting the president’s plans for his Mideast trip depicts Jerusalem, the Golan and the West Bank – also known as Judea and Samaria – as non-Israeli territory. The Washington Free Beacon, which first reported the discrepancies, noted the video shows the Golan Heights as part of Syria; Jerusalem is depicted as part of the West Bank; and northern Israel is shown as part of Lebanon. Read more.
Congressman Asks Big Sis to Explain Huge Ammo Purchases
Info Wars reports: New Jersey Congressman Leonard Lance (R) has demanded an explanation from Secretary Janet Napolitano as to why the Department of Homeland Security is buying huge amounts of bullets. Asked about the federal agency’s purchase of over 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition over the past year – enough to wage a 20 year plus war – as well as thousands of armored vehicles – Lance called on Congress to get involved. Read more.
Texas Public School Curriculum Teaches Students To Design A Socialist Flag And That Christianity Is A Cult
Right side news reports: Socialism is being promoted and Christianity is being demonized in the public school systems of some of the most conservative states in America. For example, students in Texas public schools have been taught to design a socialist flag for a new nation, that those that participated in the Boston Tea Party were “terrorists”, and that Christianity is a cult. Read more.
Benghazi Survivors ‘Told to Be Quiet’ by Obama Administration, Claims GOP Senator
Fox News reports: The Obama administration has told the injured survivors of the Benghazi terror attack “to be quiet,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) alleges in an exclusive interview with Fox News. While Congress presses for more information surrounding the infamous Sept. 11, 2012 terror attack, Graham says the survivors feel as if they can’t reach out and tell their stories. Critics of the White House’s handling of Benghazi say survivors have been completely inaccessible to Congress and the media. Read more.
ON THE LIGHTER SIDE
Announcement in a Church Bulletin:
Scouts are saving aluminum cans, bottles and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children.