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PM’s Son Affirms Jewishness of Jesus

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8 Jul 2019 (All day)
PM’s Son Affirms Jewishness of Jesus
Islamic activist Linda Sarsour started a Twitter storm on Saturday evening after claiming “Jesus was Palestinian of Nazareth and is described in the Quran as being brown copper skinned with wooly hair”. One sharp response came from Yair Netanyahu, son of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who tweeted back saying “Are you that stupid? On the cross above Jesus’ head was the sign ‘INRI’ – ‘Iesvs Nazarenvs Rex Ivdaeorvm. Which means in Latin – Jesus of Nazareth king of the Jews! The Bible say that Jesus was born and raised in Judea!”

The original tweet by Sarsour drew both condemnation and praise, and left some analysts speculating that Sarsour was joining a movement which seeks to identify Jesus as a Palestinian Arab and co-opt him for the Palestinian nationalist cause. Meanwhile, some leaders of Israel’s Believer community were saying it could be a blessing that the controversy has prompted so much discussion among Israelis about Jesus.

Tensions Grow Between Iran and Western Powers
Following further breaches by Iran of the 2015 JCPOA nuclear deal on Sunday and related developments including the seizure of an Iranian oil tanker by British forces and a threat by an Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps general to seize a British ship in retaliation, a spokesman for the clerical regime in Teheran declared on Monday morning that the regime will continue to do whatever it thinks is necessary to preserve its interests regardless of the cost. Tensions were running high throughout the Middle East as governments consulted with allies and military forces on all sides were on high alert for further developments.

“Iran’s latest expansion of its nuclear program will lead to further isolation and sanctions,” U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a tweet on July 7. “Nations should restore the longstanding standard of no enrichment for Iran’s nuclear program. Iran’s regime, armed with nuclear weapons, would pose an even greater danger to the world.”

European signatories to the JCPOA warned Teheran that they could not tolerate its violations of the agreement while Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif insisted that the steps taken so far were “reversible” if the European countries would simply accede to Iran’s demand that it find ways to circumvent US economic sanctions.

Here is a video giving some analysis of the situation

Israel Blesses the World
Israeli defense and hi-tech firm Elbit Systems Ltd. Announced on Wednesday that its subsidiary, Cyber Intelligence Ltd., has won a contract to provide the Dutch National Police with a cyber intelligence system. Elsewhere, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) recently released its annual report on agricultural policy in member states which included high praise for Israel’s agricultural technology development sector, which has developed tools used by farmers in many countries around the world.

BDS Movement Suffers More Defeats
In a pair of defeats for the movement to Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) Israel, an Israeli diplomat was elected to serve as Rapporteur of the Fifth Committee and representative of Western European and Others Group of the UN last week and the Israeli national baseball team won an important tournament. The team went 6-0 to claim the top spot at the Confederation of European Baseball’s (CEB) European Championships Pool B tournament in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria over the weekend, a first step towards qualifying for the 2020 Olympics.

Netanyahu Presents Progress in Cutting Regulatory Burden
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presented a report to the Cabinet Sunday morning on steps that have been taken to date to cut the regulatory burden on Israeli businesses. “I want to be one of the least bureaucratic countries, least regulated countries, in the world, because this means money in consumers’ pockets,” Netanyahu said.

Today's video shows archeological excevations of the Biblical city of Ziklag


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