Gaza War Diary 1 Tue-Wed. Feb.14-15, 2017 Day 1256-1257 1 2am
Dear Family & Friends,
I had prepared this Diary last night but didn’t finish sending it. So, tonight we have 2 issues:
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu meeting with the new American President Donald J. Trump at the White House, with Bibi’s wife Sara visiting with Melania Trump, President Trump’s wife. Try to view the various YouTube URLs to see these visits in full. As various analyses are published, we will try to publish them for you – with any other pertinent You Tubes.
The second issue: The Jerusalem Covenant, which I remember signing when it first appeared at an International Conference in Jerusalem in 1992. That was a thrill.
So, lots of action: View the videos of the PM of Israel & the President of America meeting & speaking & answering umpteen questions from various journalists present. Then, view & sign the Jerusalem Covenant.
Tonight is very cold, with a steady rain whose clouds are obscuring the full moon.
All the very best, Gail/Geula/Savta/Savta Raba x 2/Mom
1.Watch: Trump says parties must decide about 2-state solution http://snpy.tv/2lR9sVP https://youtu.be/kl5EA627b0U Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu arrived at the White House at approximately 12:00 p.m. Eastern standard time.
US President & PM Netanyahu give joint press conference before first meeting since Trump’s inauguration. By Gary Willig, 15/02/17 19:09
President Trump began the press conference by speaking about the Iranian threat. “One of the worst deals I’ve ever seen is the Iran deal. My administration has already imposed new sanctions on Iran, and I will do more to prevent Iran from ever developing, I mean ever, a nuclear weapon.”
He praised the US military assistance to Israel as necessary.
Speaking about the peace process, Trump said: “It is the parties themselves who must directly negotiate such an agreement,” & that both sides would have make compromises to achieve peace.
Trump did not commit to the 2 state solution, saying he would be happy with any agreement Israel & the PA reach. “I’m looking at two-state & one-state & I like the one both parties like. I’m very happy with the one that both parties like. I can live with either one.”
Addressing construction in Judea and Samaria, he told Netanyahu, “I’d like to see you hold back on settlements a little bit…We’ll make a bigger deal that most people think.” [Gail sez Not in the transcript but, in the Video Bibi said: That’s…my part: …..That’s the art of the deal’”– President Trump chuckled.]
Prime Minister Netanyahu attacked the PA for its incitement, the salaries it pays to the murderers of Israelis & even Americans & its denial of Jewish history & Jewish rights. “If anyone believes that I, as the Prime Minister of Israel, [who is] responsible for the security of my country, would blindly walk into a Palestinian terrorist state, which seeks the destruction of my country, they are gravely mistaken.”
Netanyahu said that the Jews are native to the Land of Israel. “Why are Jews called Jews? The Chinese are called Chinese because they come from China. The Japanese are called Japanese because they come from Japan. Well, Jews are called Jews because they come from Judea. This is our ancestral homeland.”
Netanyahu brought up the idea of a larger regional agreement between Israel and the Arab nations. Trump called the idea “a terrific thing.”
Trump agreed with Netanyahu about the incitement in the PA & called on the PA to recognize Israel.
[Gail sez: We need a complete transcript to catch all the nuances – maybe tomorrow. But, it was a very warm & cordial news conference.]
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Wednesday held a press briefing following his meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, in which he revealed that he asked Trump to fully recognize Israel’s presence in Golan Heights as part of the State of Israel.
He noted that Trump did not rule out the possibility & was not surprised by the request.
Netanyahu also hailed the friendship between the United States and Israel, saying, “I’ve felt quite a few miracles in my life and I can say that we have never had a greater friend than Trump. We discussed the major challenges in the Middle East & talked about a dramatic upgrade in the relations between Israel & the United States.”
Relating to the Israel-Palestinian Authority (PA) issue, Netanyahu said he & Trump agreed to discuss the Jewish communities in Judea & Samaria soon in order to reach an understanding and to strive for peace.
Asked if the 2-state solution is no longer an option in the wake of Trump’s comments that he would not necessarily push for that specific solution, Netanyahu replied, “In my perception, Israel will maintain, under all circumstances, the highest authority on security issues & I will insist on that.”
“I do not want to annex two million Palestinians to Israel, but must ensure we will not be subjected to the terror from a Palestinian state,” added the PM, who refrained throughout the briefing from mentioning the term: “2 states”. Referring to the possibility of the American embassy in Israel moving from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the PM noted, “Trump is looking into the issue & he heard we are interested [in such a move]. He’s working on it.”
Click on this photo (at left) at Jerusalem of Peace to open that beautiful website for access to sign The 1992 Jerusalem Covenant.
Special Note from Gail: Although I well remember first signing the Jerusalem Covenant (I think) in 1992 at an International Conference, this is the first time I’ve seen the Jerusalem of Peace Website offered – with the Official Jerusalem Covenant you can sign – as you see above. The Website of Jerusalem of Peace is very beautiful, thoroughly enjoyable & inspiring. Below is a simple version of the Website. However, if you click onto its Website above, you can see a wonderful photo exhibit & a very well designed Website:
Thanks to Ted Belman for featuring the request to sign the Jerusalem Covenant in his excellent Website & Blog: “IsraPundit”.
Thanks to Uri Ariel at the 14th Jerusalem Conference for requesting President Donald Trump offer to Prime Minister Netanyahu to take Jonathan Pollard & his wife home to Israel with him!
I see the glowing full moon through the clouds tonight, between bouts of very heavy rain & winds…we still need the rain! I’H.
All the very best, Gail/Geula/Savta/Savta Raba x 2/Mom
The historic Jerusalem Covenant was written to celebrate miraculous return of the Jewish people to Jerusalem 6/1967.
We have gathered together in Zion, national leaders and heads of our communities everywhere, to enter into a covenant with Jerusalem, as was done by the leaders of our nation and all the people of Israel upon Israel’s return to its Land from the Babylonian exile; and the people and their leaders will dwell in Jerusalem, the Holy City.
Once again, ‘our feet stand within your gates, O Jerusalem – Jerusalem built as a city joined together’ which ‘unites the people of Israel to one another’, and ‘links heavenly Jerusalem with earthly Jerusalem.’
We have returned to the place that the Lord vowed to bestow upon the descendants of Abraham, Father of our Nation; to the City of David, King of Israel; where Solomon, son of David, built a Holy Temple; a Capital City which became the Mother of all Israel; a metropolis for justice and righteousness and for the wisdom and insights of the ancient world; where a Second Temple was erected in the days of Ezra and Nehemiah. In this city the prophets of the Lord prophesied; in the City the Sages taught Torah; in this City the Sanhedrin convened in session in its stone chamber. ‘For there were the seats of Justice, the Throne of the House of David’, ‘for out of Zion shall go forth Torah, and the Word of the Lord from Jerusalem.’.
Today, as of old, we hold fast to the truth of the words of the Prophets of Israel, that all the inhabitants of the world shall enter within the gates of Jerusalem: ‘And it shall come to pass at the end of days, the mountain of the House of the Lord will be well established at the peak of the mountains and will tower above the hills, and all the nation shall stream towards it.’ Each and every nation will live in it by its own faith: ‘For all the nation will go forward, each with its own Divine Name; we shall go in the name of the Lord our God forever and ever.’ And in this spirit the Knesset of the State of Israel has enacted a law: The places holy to the peoples of all religions shall be protected from any desecration and from any restriction of free access to them..
Jerusalem – peace and tranquility shall reign in the city: ‘Pray for the peace of Jerusalem; may those who love you be tranquil. May there be peace within your walls, and tranquility within your palaces.’ Out of Jerusalem, a message of peace went forth and shall yet go forth again to all the inhabitants of the earth: ‘And they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation will not lift up sword against nation, nor shall they learn war anymore.’ Our sages, peace be upon them, said. In the future, The Holy One, the Blessed, will comfort Jerusalem only with peace..
From this place, we once again take this vow: “If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, may my right hand lose its strength; may my tongue cleave to my palate if I do not remember you, if I do not raise up Jerusalem at the very height of my rejoicing.’.
And with all these understandings, we enter into this Covenant and write: We shall bind you to us forever; we shall bind you to us with faithfulness, with righteousness and justice, with steadfast love and compassion. We love you, O Jerusalem, with eternal love, with unbounded love, under siege and when liberated from the yoke of oppressors. We have been martyred for you; we have yearned for you, we have clung to you. Our faithfulness to you we shall bequeath to our children after us. Forevermore our home shall be within you.
As presented to the Israeli government in 1992, upon the 25th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem.
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IsraPundit by Ted Belman February 13, 2017
“If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, may my right hand lose its strength; may my tongue cleave to my palate if I do not remember you, if I do not raise up Jerusalem at the very height of my rejoicing.’.
I met, for the first time MK Yehuda Glick, at the Sovereignty Conference. Glick, as you may know, is the leader of HaLiba, a coalition of groups dedicated to “reaching complete & comprehensive freedom & civil rights for Jews on the Temple Mount.”
He writes: “In wake of the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem & due to great potential times in history we are in, I took upon myself to try to bring about a wave from all over the world of millions supporting Jerusalem as the Godly Biblical city of peace.”