Friday, August 18, 2017
HIGH COURT FREEZES CONTROERSIAL OUTPOST LEGALIZATION LAW.
3 For the LORD shall comfort Zion:(JERUSALEM) he will comfort all her waste places;(FROM NUCLEAR WAR) and he will make her wilderness like Eden,(I BELIEVE THE EZEKIEL-4TH TEMPLE WILL BE BUILT 25 MILES FROM THE CURRENT TEMPLE MOUNT AFTER JESUS RULE FOR THE 1,000 YRS FROM JERUSALEM) and her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.(PRAISE TO JESUS IN THE DESERT-COULD BE THE NEW JERUSALEM-4TH TEMPLE BUILT 25 MILES INTO THE DESERT FROM THE CURRENT TEMPLE MOUNT.SINCE EZEKIELS TEMPLE IS WAY TO BIG FOR THE CURRENT TEMPLE MOUNT)
4 Hearken unto me, my people;(ISRAEL) and give ear unto me, O my nation:(ISRAEL) for a law shall proceed from me,(JESUS IN JERUSALEM) and I will make my judgment to rest for a light of the people.(ISRAEL AND THE WORLD)
28 And when these things begin to come to pass,(ALL THE PROPHECY SIGNS FROM THE BIBLE) then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption (RAPTURE) draweth nigh.
29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree,(ISRAEL) and all the trees;(ALL INDEPENDENT COUNTRIES)
30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.(ISRAEL LITERALLY BECAME AND INDEPENDENT COUNTRY JUST BEFORE SUMMER IN MAY 14,1948.)
3 A fire devoureth (ATOMIC BOMB) before them;(RUSSIAN-ARAB-MUSLIM ARMIES AGAINST ISRAEL) and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.
30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.(ATOMIC BOMB AFFECT)
12 And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet,(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB) and their eyes shall consume away in their holes,(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB) and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB)(BECAUSE NUKES HAVE BEEN USED ON ISRAELS ENEMIES)(GOD PROTECTS ISRAEL AND ALWAYS WILL)
13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the LORD shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour.(1/2-3 BILLION DIE IN WW3)(THIS IS AN ATOMIC BOMB EFFECT)
47 And say to the forest of the south, Hear the word of the LORD; Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will kindle a fire in thee, and it shall devour every green tree in thee, and every dry tree: the flaming flame shall not be quenched, and all faces from the south to the north shall be burned therein.
18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD'S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.
1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven;(FROM ATOMIC BOMBS) and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.
And here are the bounderies of the land that Israel will inherit either through war or peace or God in the future. God says its Israels land and only Israels land. They will have every inch God promised them of this land in the future.
Egypt east of the Nile River, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, The southern part of Turkey and the Western Half of Iraq west of the Euphrates. Gen 13:14-15, Psm 105:9,11, Gen 15:18, Exe 23:31, Num 34:1-12, Josh 1:4.ALL THIS LAND ISRAEL WILL DEFINATELY OWN IN THE FUTURE, ITS ISRAELS NOT ISHMAELS LAND.12 TRIBES INHERIT LAND IN THE FUTURE
High Court freezes controversial outpost legalization law-Following petitions, legislation allowing retroactive land legalization in West Bank delayed for two months until government responds-By Stuart Winer and Jacob Magid August 17, 2017, 12:21 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
The High Court of Justice on Thursday postponed for two months the implementation of a controversial law that legalizes wildcat West Bank outposts constructed on private Palestinian land in certain restricted cases.The legality of the highly contentious Regulation Law was challenged in the High Court by left-wing NGO’s Peace Now, Yesh Din and Association for Civil Rights in Israel on behalf of 27 Palestinian local councils and 13 Israeli civil society organizations.The court’s interim order gives the government two months to respond to the challenge, freezing the bill in the meantime.The law allows the Israeli government to expropriate private Palestinian land where illegal outpost homes have been built ex post facto, provided that the outposts were built in good faith or had government support.In return, the legislation states, the Palestinian landowners will be compensated financially or with other land.Analysts say the law will pave the way for the government to recognize some 4,000 illegally built Israeli homes.The passage of the bill, originally meant to save the since-razed outpost of Amona, was roundly condemned by activists and political figures in Israel and abroad.With Thursday’s High Court interim decision to freeze the legislation, no additional land will be expropriated even if it fits the above conditions. At the same time, outposts found to have been built in good faith or with government backing will not be demolished until a final decision is made.Jewish Home MK Shuli Mualem-Refaeli, who co-sponsored the legislation said in a Thursday statement that the court had over-stepped its authority.“Once again, we see how the High Court of Justice tramples on the separation of powers,” she said.“The fight against Jewish settlement in Judea and Samaria, and against Israel’s existence, is being fought through terror and incitement, but through the abuse of Israel’s justice system as well,” she said, referring to the West Bank by its Biblical names.In its own statement, the pro-settlement NGO Regavim said the court decision “set a severe and dangerous precedent.” The group called on the Knesset to enact legislation that would “balance” lawmakers authority with that of the judicial branch.In the months leading up to the February 6 Knesset vote on the Regulation Law, Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit warned the legislation bypassed standard land regulation procedures in the West Bank and that it legalized Israeli settlements built on private Palestinian land in breach of local and international law.Mandelblit also cautioned that the legislation openly curtailed property rights of Palestinians in the West Bank in a way that contravenes the protections granted to occupied populations under the Fourth Geneva Convention.When the Knesset passed the law anyway, Mandelblit officially notified the High Court that he would not defend the legislation if it was challenged.Harel Arnon, an attorney in private practice, replaced Mandelblit to represent the state in petitions against the law. In May, Haaretz revealed that Arnon’s own home in the Elazar settlement is being built illegally on land that had been designated strictly for military purposes.
Abbas congratulates North Korea’s Kim amid nuclear tensions-Minister Naftali Bennett slams the PA president, saying it follows Palestinian support for Hitler and Saddam Hussein-By Dov Lieber and AP August 15, 2017, 7:05 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday congratulated North Korean Leader Kim Jong-Un on the occasion of his country’s “Liberation day,” amid a high-stakes nuclear standoff between Pyongyang and Washington.“The Korean people offered the most precious sacrifices for their freedom and dignity,” Abbas said in a telegram to Kim, the PA’s official news outlet, Wafa, reported.The US and Korea have locked horns over the hermit nation’s nuclear and missile programs, with US President Donald Trump also ratcheting up the rhetoric and promising Pyongyang “fire and fury.”Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett slammed Abbas for his comments, saying it showed the Palestinians were bereft of any moral compass.“First Hitler, then S. Hussein, now Kim Jong-un. If you want to take a moral stand, check who the Palestinians support and do the opposite,” Bennett tweeted.First Hitler, then S. Hussein, now Kim Jong-un.If you want to take a moral stand, check who the Palestinians support and do the opposite.— Naftali Bennett בנט (@naftalibennett) August 15, 2017-Abbas expressed his appreciation for North Korea’s “firm solidarity in support of the rights [of the Palestinian] people and its just struggle to end the occupation and establish our independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital.”The PA president also expressed wishes for Kim’s “health and happiness,” for North Korean “prosperity” and for the “historic relationship between Palestine and North Korea to further develop.”In a separate statement, Abbas congratulated the leader of South Korea, Moon Jae-in, for his nation’s own Liberation Day.He wished prosperity for the South Koreans and a development of ties with the Palestinians.Earlier Tuesday, Kim signaled he would not launch missiles near Guam, amid sky-high friction with the US.During an inspection of the North Korean army’s Strategic Forces, which handles the missile program, Kim praised the military for drawing up a “close and careful plan” and said he would watch the “foolish and stupid conduct of the Yankees” a little more before deciding whether to order the missile test, the North’s state-run Korean Central News Agency says.Kim said North Korea would conduct the launches if the “Yankees persist in their extremely dangerous reckless actions on the Korean Peninsula and its vicinity,” and that the United States should “think reasonably and judge properly” to avoid shaming itself, the news agency said.While Palestinian relations with Pyongyang have been minimal, at least at the public level, the Hamas terror group in Gaza has praised North Korea for its harsh rhetoric against Israel. In April, Hamas thanked Kim for his support of the Palestinian cause, after the latter slammed Israel for insulting its leadership.
Trump decries monument removals, ‘history ripped apart’-US president continues with combative tweets, attacks fellow Republicans following racially charged Charlottesville rally-By Julie Bykowicz and Jonathan Lemire August 17, 2017, 6:03 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
WASHINGTON (AP) — US President Donald Trump bitingly decried the rising movement to pull down monuments to Confederate icons Thursday, declaring the nation is seeing “the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart.”Trump’s new remarks came even as the White house tried to manage his increasing isolation and the continued fallout from his combative comments on last weekend’s racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.He also tore into fellow Republicans who have criticized his statements on race and politics, fanning the controversy toward a full-fledged national conflagration.Pressured by advisers, the president had taken a step back from the dispute on Monday, two days after he had enraged many by declining to single out the white supremacists and neo-Nazis whose demonstration against the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue had led to violence and the death of a counter-protester in Charlottesville.He returned to his combative stance on Wednesday — insisting anew that “both sides” were to blame. And then in a burst of tweets on Thursday he renewed his criticism of efforts to remove memorials and tributes to the Civil War Confederacy.Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments. You…..— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2017-“You can’t change history, but you can learn from it,” he tweeted. “Robert E. Lee. Stonewall Jackson — who’s next, Washington, Jefferson? So foolish. ……can't change history, but you can learn from it. Robert E Lee, Stonewall Jackson – who's next, Washington, Jefferson? So foolish! Also…— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2017-“Also the beauty that is being taken out of our cities, towns and parks will be greatly missed and never able to be comparably replaced!”…the beauty that is being taken out of our cities, towns and parks will be greatly missed and never able to be comparably replaced!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2017-He wasn’t talking about beauty in earlier tweets, lashing at GOP Senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Jeff Flake of Arizona.He accused “publicity-seeking” Graham of falsely stating his position on the demonstrators, called Flake “toxic” and praised a Flake primary election opponent.Graham said Wednesday that Trump “took a step backward by again suggesting there is moral equivalency” between the marching white supremacists and the people who had been demonstrating against them. And Flake has been increasingly critical of Trump in recent weeks.Publicity seeking Lindsey Graham falsely stated that I said there is moral equivalency between the KKK, neo-Nazis & white supremacists……— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2017-Other Republicans, including the most powerful in Congress, have been making strong statements on Charlottesville and racism, but few have been mentioning Trump himself.The Senate’s top Republican, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, condemned “hate and bigotry.” House Speaker Paul Ryan charged that “White supremacy is repulsive.” But neither criticized the president’s insistence that there were “very fine people on both sides” of the violent weekend clash in Virginia.The nuanced statements reflect the party establishment’s delicate dance. Few top Republican officeholders want to defend the president in the midst of an escalating political crisis, yet they are unwilling to declare all-out opposition to him and risk alienating his loyalists.In another major sign of discontent within the Republican Party, Trump abruptly abolished two of his White House business councils Wednesday as corporate chiefs began resigning in protest of his racial statements.Rather than putting pressure on the businesspeople of the Manufacturing Council & Strategy & Policy Forum, I am ending both. Thank you all!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 16, 2017-“Rather than putting pressure on the businesspeople of the Manufacturing Council & Strategy & Policy Forum, I am ending both. Thank you all!” Trump tweeted from New York. His action came after one of the panels had already agreed to disband earlier in the day.The White House is trying to deal with the repercussions from Trump’s defiant remarks on the Virginia tragedy. Advisers hunkered down, offering no public defense while privately expressing frustration with his comments.But Trump himself, staying at his golf club in New Jersey, was increasing rather than slowing his tweet-a-thon.On Wednesday, he had told associates he was pleased with how his combative press conference had gone a day earlier, saying he believed he had effectively stood up to the media, according to three people familiar with the conversations who demanded anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about them.Business leaders felt differently.Denise Morrison, chief executive of Campbell Soup, declared she was leaving Trump’s manufacturing council, saying, “The president should have been — and still needs to be — unambiguous” in denouncing white supremacists.#CEODenise resigns from president’s manufacturing jobs initiative https://t.co/3R62gBOemD pic.twitter.com/B2FAmcCNyF— Campbell Soup Co (@CampbellSoupCo) August 16, 2017-CEOs had begun tendering their resignations from White House panels after Trump’s initial comments following the Saturday violence. The first to step down, Kenneth Frazier of Merck, drew a Twitter tongue-lashing from the president. Later, Trump called those who were leaving “grandstanders” and insisted many others were eager to take their places.Members of the Strategy and Policy group, led by Blackstone CEO Stephen Schwarzman, concluded after a 45-minute conference call in the morning that they would end the council and announce their decision in a statement, according to two people familiar with the discussions. They insisted on anonymity to discuss private conversations.In a subsequent call with Trump, the president agreed it was the right course of action. He tweeted before they could announce the decision they’d reached — making it appear it was his choice.Publicly criticizing the president and resigning from his councils is a significant step for big-name corporate leaders. Though the policy influence of such advisory groups is sometimes questionable, simply meeting with Trump with TV cameras going is valuable face-time for the executives — and for the president.
Amid US racial divisions, Auschwitz memorial issues warning-3 construction workers killed, 2 seriously hurt in 4 accidents within 5 hours; UAE promises $15m per month in aid to Hamas-By Times of Israel staff August 17, 2017, 2:07 pm
17:49-Rabbi who converted Ivanka slams president’s response to Charlottesville-Haskel Lookstein, the New York rabbi who oversaw the conversion to Judaism of US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka, criticizes the president’s response to the violent white supremacist protest in Charlottesville, Virginia.Lookstein weighs in on the issue Wednesday along with other rabbis at Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun, a prominent modern Orthodox synagogue in Manhattan.“We are appalled by this resurgence of bigotry and antisemitism, and the renewed vigor of the neo-Nazis, KKK, and alt-right,” the rabbis write in a letter to members of the synagogue and its affiliated Ramaz School. “While we avoid politics, we are deeply troubled by the moral equivalency and equivocation President Trump has offered in his response to this act of violence.“We pray that our country heeds the voices of tolerance, and stays true to its vision of human rights and civil rights.”— JTA-17:44-Amid US racial divisions, Auschwitz memorial issues warning-WARSAW, Poland — The memorial site of Auschwitz-Birkenau appears to have weighed in on the debate over US President Donald Trump’s response to the outpouring of anti-Semitic and racially charged hatred in Charlottesville, Virginia.The state museum writes on Twitter: “One of the hardest lessons for us today. Perpetrators were people. They accepted an ideology that rationalized and promoted hatred & evil.”Beneath the words is a photo of Auschwitz officers and guards smiling and having fun.One of the hardest lessons for us today. Perpetrators were people. They accepted an ideology that rationalized and promoted hatred & evil. https://t.co/wqJMUxMOvH— Auschwitz Memorial (@AuschwitzMuseum) August 16, 2017-The message is posted in several languages two days after Trump made comments which appeared to rationalize the actions of neo-Nazis and white supremacists who marched in Virginia.A museum spokesman told The Associated Press that people are free to interpret the message as they wish.Auschwitz stands today as a painful reminder of what racist & antisemitic ideologies can lead to, of what may happen when people hate… pic.twitter.com/T1ygdlZwU0— Auschwitz Memorial (@AuschwitzMuseum) August 13, 2017— AP-17:10-UAE promises $15m per month in aid to Hamas-A Hamas delegation returns to Gaza from Egypt after securing a promise to receive $15 million monthly from the United Arab Emirates and other donor countries to support a committee meant to improve conditions in Gaza.The Hamas delegation spent six days in Egypt, where it met with associates of Mohammed Dahlan, an exiled Fatah party member currently living in the UAE.Samir Al-Mashharawi, an ally of Dahlan, reports the existence of the $15 million monthly aid deal in an interview with the Egyptian daily Al-Youm Al-Saba.Mashharawi says the money will be under the supervision and custody of Egypt.Dahlan and Hamas agreed during negotiations in Cairo over July to form a joint committee that would work on humanitarian relief and development of the Gaza Strip.The committee will be run by Dahlan associate and Fatah lawmaker Majed Abu Shammala.Mashharawi also says the committee spoke with Egyptian officials about permanently opening the Rafah crossing in the coming weeks.— Dov Lieber-17:08-Police arrest E. Jerusalem man carrying 30-centimeter knife-Police arrest a Palestinian man in his twenties from the Shuafat refugee camp in East Jerusalem after finding a 30-centimeter (12-inch) knife in his backpack.Police are alerted to the knife by a woman from the refugee camp who approaches officers at a checkpoint near the camp and tell them she saw a young man pack a knife into a backpack and board a bus.The officers then locate the bus, board it and search the man’s belongings, finding the knife hidden in a bag of cotton balls.In a statement, police say the woman’s report demonstrates the “public’s trust in the police.”16:55-Firebrand cleric Raed Salah’s arrest extended till Monday-The Rishon Lezion Magistrate’s Court extends the remand of firebrand Muslim cleric Sheikh Raed Salah, arrested overnight Monday, for four more days, till August 21.Salah, from the Israeli city of Umm al-Fahm, was arrested on suspicion of incitement to violence and terror, as well as supporting and being active in a banned organization — the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement, which he heads.Salah has dismissed his arrest as a tactic to divert attention from various corruption investigations linked to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.16:36-US culture ‘ripped apart’ by statue removals – Trump-US President Donald Trump says the history and culture of the United States were being “ripped apart” by the removal of statues memorializing the Confederate era.“Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments,” Trump writes on Twitter.“You can’t change history, but you can learn from it. Robert E Lee, Stonewall Jackson — who’s next. Washington, Jefferson? So foolish!”— AFP-16:00-Amid Charlottesville row, America’s top soldier endorses generals’ anti-racism tweets-US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford strongly endorses the statements by the leaders of the four major US military services, the Army, Air Force, Marines and Navy, who spoke out against racism and extremism after last weekend’s violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.During a visit to Beijing, Dunford says: “I have seen the chiefs’ tweets and I can absolutely and unambiguously tell you that there is no place for racism and bigotry in the US military or in the United States as a whole.”He said the “chiefs’ statements were important. They were speaking directly to the force and the American people.”Dunford said the intent was “to the force, to make it clear that that kind of racism and bigotry is not going to stand inside the force. And to the American people, to remind them of the values for which we stand in the US military, which are reflective of what I believe to be the values of the United States.”The tweets come amid ongoing criticism of the Trump White House for what critics say was US President Donald Trump’s equivocating in his condemnation of white supremacists who marched Friday and Saturday in Charlottesville.— AP and Times of Israel staff-15:54-Belgium orders trial for terror suspect Abdeslam over shootoutBelgium orders Paris terror suspect Salah Abdeslam to stand trial over a shootout in Brussels last year with Belgian and French police officers who had been tracking Europe’s most wanted man for four months.Abdeslam, who has ties to Islamic State and is the sole surviving alleged assailant in the November 2015 Paris massacre, was arrested three days after the shootout on March 15 last year in which several officers were wounded.Judges on Thursday order Abdeslam, 27, and his alleged accomplice Sofiane Ayari, 24, to stand trial in Brussels criminal court, the federal prosecutor’s office says.The two will be tried for “attempted murder on several police officers in a terrorist context” and “carrying banned weapons in a terrorist context,” the office says in a statement.A French woman police officer and Belgian colleagues were wounded at the Forest neighborhood apartment in which an Algerian Islamist suspect was killed.After finding Abdeslam’s fingerprints in the apartment, they arrested him and Ayari during a raid on March 18, 2016 in the gritty Brussels immigrant neighbourhood of Molenbeek, shooting Abdeslam in the leg.Investigators suspect that Abdeslam’s arrest precipitated the attacks in Brussels four days later by suicide bombers linked to him as they feared they, too, would be captured before they could carry out their plot.— AFP-15:40-3 construction workers killed, 2 seriously hurt in 4 accidents within 5 hours-Three construction workers are killed in the space of five hours today at three separate building sites.A 25-year-old man is killed when a steel beam on which several workers were sitting collapses and falls on him in a site on Silver Street in the northern city of Nahariya.A second worker, a 29-year-old man, is hospitalized in serious condition.Earlier in the day, a 40-year-old man was killed when he fell from a high floor in a construction site in Rosh Ha’ayin, while another 40-year-old was hit by a truck he was directing at a building site north of Tel Aviv.Another construction worker is seriously hurt after being electrocuted at a building site in Beitar Illit southwest of Jerusalem. He is hospitalized at Jerusalem’s Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem with burns covering parts of his upper torso.14:59-Israel to release tycoon, adviser arrested for corruption-Israeli police say a prominent billionaire businessman and a political consultant arrested this week on an array of charges will be released under restrictive conditions.Spokeswoman Luba Samri says that Beny Steinmetz, a Geneva-based diamond-mining magnate, and Tal Silberstein, a former adviser to the Austrian chancellor, reached an agreement where they will be released after their extended remand Friday. She does not elaborate on the terms of their release.The two were arrested on charges including money laundering, obstruction of justice and bribery following a joint investigation with Swiss and American authorities.Israeli authorities arrested Steinmetz in December over allegations of bribing officials in the West African country of Guinea to promote business interests there.Austria’s Social Democratic Party severed relations with Silberstein after his arrest Monday.— AP-14:58-Russia blocks white supremacist website-CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia — Russia’s state communications watchdog quickly blocks the US white supremacist website that demonized the woman killed while protesting a white nationalist rally last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia.Access to the Daily Stormer, a site taking its name from the Nazi propaganda newspaper Der Stürmer, has been sporadic since Monday, when Google canceled its domain name registration, making its IP address nearly impossible for internet users to locate. The website briefly resurfaced Wednesday with a Russian domain name and registration.Alexander Zharov, the head of Roskomnadzor communications watchdog, says his agency has ordered to strip the website of the Russian registration as it “propagates neo-Nazi ideology and incites racial and ethnic hatred.”The site has mocked Heather Heyer, the woman killed when a driver rammed a car into a crowd of demonstrators Saturday.— AP-14:09-War would be ‘horrific,’ US says, but N. Korean nukes ‘unimaginable’-A military solution to the North Korean missile threat would be “horrific” but allowing Pyongyang to develop the capability to launch a nuclear attack on the United States is “unimaginable,” the top US military officer says in Beijing.The chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, tells reporters that US President Donald Trump has directly “told us to develop credible viable military options and that’s exactly what we’re doing.”Dunford responds to questions about Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon saying in a new interview that the threat posed by North Korea cannot handled by force.“There’s no military solution, forget it,” Bannon tells The American Prospect. “Until somebody solves the part of the equation that shows me that 10 million people in Seoul don’t die in the first 30 minutes from conventional weapons, I don’t know what you’re talking about, there’s no military solution here, they got us.”In Beijing, Dunford says it’s “absolutely horrific if there would be a military solution to this problem, there’s no question about it.”But, he adds, “what’s unimaginable is allowing KJU (North Korean leader Kim Jong Un) to develop ballistic missiles with a nuclear warhead that can threaten the United States and continue to threaten the region.”— AP-14:08-Syria rebels lose key ally with collapse of Islamist faction-Syria’s opposition loses one of its most powerful factions with the collapse of Islamist heavyweight Ahrar al-Sham, which once walked a fine line between jihadists and more mainstream rebels.The group has been decimated by deadly fighting, with a former Al-Qaeda affiliate emerging the winner in the only Syrian province entirely beyond regime control.Clashes between the former allies broke out in mid-July when Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) attacked Ahrar positions across the northwestern province of Idlib.By the time a ceasefire deal was reached and the guns fell silent, Ahrar had been devastated.The group was expelled from Idlib city, the lucrative Bab al-Hawa border crossing with Turkey and surrounding territory near the frontier including checkpoints and key roads.Without revenues from commercial products taxed at Bab al-Hawa, Ahrar’s financial resources will likely be slashed.Its legitimacy as a governing force may also take a hit with HTS’s takeover of institutions like religious courts.— AFP-14:08-Trump lashes GOP senator, denies equating neo-Nazis to counter-protesters-US President Donald Trump takes a swipe at a fellow Republican, calling Sen. Lindsey Graham a “publicity seeking” lawmaker.In a daybreak post on his Twitter account Thursday, Trump faults the GOP senator for statements Graham has made about the president’s stance on the violence and death of a woman in Charlottesville, Virginia.Trump says in his tweet: “Publicity seeking Lindsey Graham falsely stated that I said there is moral equivalency between the KKK, neo-Nazis & white supremacists and people like Ms. Heyer.” He was referring to Heather Heyer, the woman who was killed when she was struck by a car driven into the crowd.“Such a disgusting lie,” Trump says of Graham’s remarks. “He just can’t forget his election trouncing. The people of South Carolina will remember.”In a separate tweet, Trump accuses “the Fake News” of distorting “what I say about hate, bigotry, etc. Shame!”— AP.
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