This issue looks at Palestinian teen graduates from Hamas terror training school, the White House petition to celebrate Muslim holidays in US schools, the latest spin on Benghazi, Iran’s strategic acquisition, and more.
OUR ISRAELI CONNECTION
Archaeologists Announce Location of David’s Palace
Breaking Christian News reports: “When David would visit this important regional center, he definitely didn’t live in a simple home… this is unequivocally evidence of a kingdom’s existence.” -Saar Ganor, Israel Antiquities Authority
Israeli archaeologists Yossi Garfinkel and Saar Ganor have made the discovery and location of David’s Palace official, announcing they have excavated a palace and royal storehouse belonging to King David in Khirbet Qeiyafa near Beit Shemesh, southwest of Jerusalem-believed by some to be the fortified city of Shaarayim. Read more.
13,000 Palestinian Teenagers Graduate from Terrorist School
Jerusalem Prayer Team reports: On Monday of this week, Hamas celebrated the graduation of 13,000 Palestinian 10th through 12th graders (both boys and girls) from their “pioneers of liberation” training program. The course, which is taught by Hamas military personnel, covers weapons training, first aid, self-defense, and how to identify Israeli spies. This is the second year of the training, and nearly three times as many teenagers went through it this year compared to last year. The program is run by the Interior Ministry and the Education Ministry of Hamas. Government leaders attended the graduation ceremony where Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said, “This is a generation which knows no fear. It is the generation of the missile, the tunnel and the suicide operations.”
News from The Israel Project
A CNN interview to be aired on Sunday will have Iranian President Hassan Rouhani declaring to CNN host Fareed Zakaria that Iran “will not accept any limitations” on its “nuclear technology” in the context of a comprehensive agreement between Tehran and the West, and that the Iranians will “not under any circumstances” agree to destroy any uranium enrichment centrifuges.
Counterterrorism officials are continuing to unpack the significance of yesterday’s announcement by Israel’s Shin Bet security service that Israeli officials had captured three Al Qaeda-linked Palestinians plotting mass-casualty terror attacks in Israel, with Israeli CT expert Aviv Oreg telling USA Today that the plot indicated “that hard-core al-Qaeda elements are involved within Israel” for the first time in years.
IT’S NEWS TO ME
White House Petitioned to Have Muslim Holidays Recognized in School Year
Freedomoutpost.com reports: With the growing population of Muslims in the United States of America (including first, second, third, and fourth generation) we believe it is high time that Muslim holidays are recognized by schools throughout this nation. Unfortunately many Muslim families are forced to choose between their children’s education and their religious obligations. Muslim school children and staff deserve the same benefits afforded to the followers of other faiths. We call on President Obama to support this petition and advance the inclusiveness of our great nation. Read more.
Media Blames Chris Stevens for His Own Murder – New Talking Points to Clear Clinton for 2016
Freedomoutpost.com reports: In a move that can only be considered so low as not to be believed, the liberal media has decided that Ambassador Chris Stevens is to blame for his own death at the hands of terrorists. T.V. talk show host and staunch liberal Bill Maher begins by essentially suggesting that the latest intelligence committee report all but exonerates everyone stateside of any incompetence, wrongdoing, or cover up. He then goes on to state who he does think bears some blame. Read more.
15 More Benghazi-Related Victims Murdered: Does it Matter Now Hillary?
Freedomoutpost.com reports: Wednesday the Senate finally made a statement about Benghazi. A bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee has found that the State Department could have likely prevented the death of four Americans in Benghazi if they would not have ignored the intelligence reports and pleas for assistance from our diplomatic mission. The findings are that increased security was needed. Read more.
Has Iran Gained a Foothold in the Arabian Peninsula?
Daniel Pipes reports: According to a sensational report by Awad Mustafa in Defense News, not only has Tehran signed an agreement with the United Arab Emirates over three disputed islands in the Persian Gulf, near the Strait of Hormuz, but it has also reached a possibly even more important accord with the government of Oman. Both of these agreements have vast implications for the oil trade, the world economy, and Iranian influence…This is big news. But bigger potentially yet is the source’s statement that “Oman will grant Iran a strategic location on Ras Musandam mountain, which is a very strategic point overlooking the whole gulf region. In return for Ras Musandam, Oman will receive free gas and oil from Iran once a pipeline is constructed within the coming two years.” Read more.
Hamas Murder as Brought to you by Disney Princesses
Debbie Schlussel reports: Oh, the Palestinian Muslim children. They’re just like your children, right? And their backpacks adorned by Disney animated princesses shouldn’t be subject to any kind of search because, because, because . . . they’re just innocent children. Uh-huh. And innocent backpacks like this one that the Israeli Defense Forces just discovered in the back of a Palestinian Muslim car in Beka’ot, an Israeli settlement in the so-called “West Bank.” Read more.
ON THE LIGHTER SIDE
A man’s home is his castle, in a manor of speaking.