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Wednesday, Sep. 20 '17, כ"ט באלול תשע"ז



HEADLINES:
1. 'WE'RE BASICALLY IN WORLD WAR THREE'
2. WATCH: UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SHOT DOWN OVER NORTHERN ISRAEL
3. RABBIS: WESTERN WALL CONTROVERSY IS NOT ABOUT RIGHTS AT ALL
4. 'SUPREME COURT IS THE LAST SANCTUARY FOR THE WEAK'
5. CHABAD LEADERS: REPORT CHILD ABUSE TO SECULAR AUTHORITIES
6. THREE ARABS ARRESTED FOR 'AGRICULTURAL TERROR'
7. SISI: PALESTINIANS MUST CO-EXIST WITH ISRAELIS
8. WATCH: THE MOMENT MEXICO'S EARTHQUAKE BEGAN


1. 'WE'RE BASICALLY IN WORLD WAR THREE'
by Eliran Baruch

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In an interview with Arutz Sheva, philanthropist Kenneth Abramowitz spoke about Iran, terror organizations, and US President Donald Trump's first speech at the United Nations General Assembly.

Abramowitz is the co-founder of NGN Capital and founder of a blog about the threats facing the West called SaveTheWest.com.

"Mr. Trump is the clearest it's been in a long time," Abramowitz said, noting that the US President could still be "a little more clear."

"In the Middle East, we are fighting four terror organizations," he explained. "People think we're fighting ISIS, Al-Qaeda. They also know we're fighting Iran, which is the number one terror organization today. But we're also fighting the Muslim Brotherhood, financed by Turkey and Qatar, who are half friends, half enemies... And we're also fighting the Wahhabis financed by Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, who are half friends half enemies."

"Trump is the best we can do, but he still does not have quite the clear enough picture to realize we're fighting four terror organizations at the same time."

Regarding cohesion within the Trump administration, Abramowitz said, "Trump has a good vision of whats going on. Not all his security advisers are on the same page, but knowing Trump, he'll just make sure the security advisers come onto the same page. "

According to Abramowitz, war is inevitable.

"We're basically in World War Three," he said. "Iran has promised to kill everyone in America: Death to America, genocide against America, [and] now genocide against Israel, too. But as President of the United States, he has a responsibility to protect us."

"It's one thing to speak about Iran, it's another thing to do something about Iran. The administration hasn't yet realized that there's no non-military solution for Iran and North Korea. When you're dealing with professional terror organizations like that, you can't negotiate your differences.

"In the next fifteen years, either Iran or America will not exist as we now know it. Basically, we'll find out which one wont exist in fifteen years."

The Iran deal is a figment of the world's imagination, Abramowitz said, noting that "Iran never signed the deal."

"The deal with Iran doesn't exist, it's all in the imagination of people. Iran never signed the deal. There is no deal. It's just a question of when America accepts the fact that there's no deal, that it realizes that it must protect itself. Iran's working on nukes and ICBMs (intercontinental ballistic missiles), you only need ICMs to blow up America. So the plans are there to blow up America, we just can't sit around and think about it."

Predicted that Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu would give a "great" speech at the General Assembly, Abramowitz noted that Israel is "vitally important" to America.

"I'm sure [Netanyahu] will give his usual great defense of Israel and how important Israel is to America. Israel basically protects America from the four political Islam terror organizations, and is therefore vitally important to America."


2. WATCH: UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SHOT DOWN OVER NORTHERN ISRAEL
by David Rosenberg

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An unmanned aircraft was shot down over the Golan Heights Tuesday afternoon, an IDF spokesperson reported.

The drone unit was shot down by Israeli forces after it penetrated Israeli airspace.

According to the IDF spokesperson, a Patriot missile downed the unmanned aircraft, which likely entered Israeli airspace from Syria.

No injuries or damage were reported.

"Soldiers from Israel Air Force’s air defense [command] fired a Patriot missile to shoot down an unmanned aircraft, apparently operated by the Hezbollah organization," a statement released by the IDF read.

"The IDF will not permit an incursion or encroachment on the frontier in the Golan Heights by Iranian terror groups, Shi’ite militias and global jihad. We will forcefully respond to any action and we will act to prevent any such attempt."


3. RABBIS: WESTERN WALL CONTROVERSY IS NOT ABOUT RIGHTS AT ALL
by Arutz Sheva Staff

The Coalition for Jewish Values (CJV), a public policy center representing the voice of hundreds of American rabbis, on Tuesday rebuked seven Jewish US senators for their "inappropriate intervention in the religious affairs of another sovereign nation."

The Coalition for Jewish Values (CJV), the largest rabbinic public policy organization in America, articulates and advocates for public policy positions based upon traditional Jewish thought.

The rebuke comes in response to a letter sent by the senators to Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, calling upon him to change Israeli government policy decisions concerning religious facilities at the Western Wall (Kotel) in Jerusalem.

In June, the government froze a plan which included moving the entrance to the mixed gender prayer section to the other sections' entrances and allowing representatives of the Reform and Conservative movements to be on the Kotel Committee.

"Jews affiliated with the American liberal movements experience Judaism very differently from Israelis, and indeed from most of the rest of the world," commented Rabbi Yaakov Menken, Director of the CJV. "It is wrong for these senators to exploit their position as US legislators to publicly suggest changes to Israeli policy, especially in religious affairs with which they are unfamiliar."

"The last time PM Netanyahu spoke before the US Congress," added Rabbi Pesach Lerner, a CJV Senior Rabbinic Fellow, "six of these seven rejected his urgent pleas for Israel's security in order to support the Obama Iran deal. Now they presume to meddle in Israel's internal affairs."

"Is there no area of Israeli policy which they will not entrust to Israelis?"

The rabbis expressed particular offense at the senators' claim that the American movements are "denied equal rights in Israel."

Israel is the one Middle Eastern country committed to providing free religious practice to adherents of all religions, and indeed facilities already exist for alternative prayer at the Western Wall as desired by American liberal leaders.

"These senators claim to back Israel, yet support a slanderous claim in an area where Israel is light years ahead of its neighbors," Menken said. "As the Prime Minister noted yesterday, what the American liberal movements demand is not about rights at all. They demand formal recognition as the same Judaism observed by Jews around the world for millennia."

"This is ahistorical, and it is no coincidence that these movements are failing to sustain themselves. By no means should US senators be party to unreasonable demands with religious implications that would threaten the future of the Jewish people."


4. 'SUPREME COURT IS THE LAST SANCTUARY FOR THE WEAK'
by Arutz Sheva Staff

Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon (Kulanu) on Wednesday morning responded to Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Jewish Home) and Education Minister Naftali Bennett's (Jewish Home) proposed law to rein in the Supreme Court.

Under the proposal law now being finalized by Bennett and Shaked, the Knesset would add a new Basic Law on legislation, joining existing Basic Laws covering the Knesset, the judiciary, the government, and the presidency.

The new Basic Law would limit the court’s ability to nullify Knesset law to specifically delineated situations. In addition, the new Basic Law would clarify the process for establishing future Basic Laws, and explicitly prohibit the judiciary from nullifying any Basic Law. 

In an interview with Radio 101.5, Kahlon admitted he had "not liked" some of the Supreme Court's recent rulings.

"I didn't like their ruling on the draft law, but we have a year to fix it, and we'll do it," he said. "I didn't like their rulings regarding the infiltrators, or the tax on those who own three or more apartments.

"However, I am still against the proposal to rein in the Supreme Court. It's going to hurt Israel's democracy.

"I preserve rule of law and the Supreme Court. I don't want to live in a country which does not allow judicial criticism, where people disappear overnight. No one wants to live in such a country. But does that mean I love the Supreme Court's recent rulings? The answer is no. If we need to, we can fix this. But we shouldn't destroy [the Supreme Court].

"The Supreme Court is the last sanctuary of society's weaker elements. You need to understand that. The strong want to destroy it, because it bothers them. I don't like the rulings against the tax on a third apartment or against the infiltrators. But at the end of the day, when you look at the broader picture, it's better to have a hierarchy and courts. There need to be courts, police, a prosecutor's office, a government, and a Knesset. We need to protect these things."


5. CHABAD LEADERS: REPORT CHILD ABUSE TO SECULAR AUTHORITIES
by JTA

Rabbinic leaders of the Chabad-Lubavitch hasidic group have signed a proclamation calling for the immediate reporting of child sexual abuse and other kinds of abuse to secular authorities.

"We recognize in light of past experiences that our communities could have responded in more responsible and sensitive ways to help victims and to hold perpetrators accountable," reads the document released Monday.

The proclamation outlines policies that all Lubavitch institutions, including schools and synagogues, should adopt immediately. These include educating staff in identifying, responding to, and reporting sexual abuse, and teaching "body safety" to students.

The document also states that members of communities must be made aware when a sex offender moves in to a community.

In addition to child sexual abuse and other forms of child abuse, the document includes domestic abuse, elder abuse, and abuse of the disabled.

"The reporting of reasonable suspicions of all forms of child and adult abuse and neglect directly and immediately to the civil authorities is a requirement of Jewish law. There is no need to seek rabbinic approval prior to reporting," according to the document.

In 2016, 300 Orthodox rabbis signed a proclamation urging those suspecting child sex abuse to notify secular authorities and calling on Jewish institutions to take preventative measures to prevent abuse. The signatories included members of the Orthodox Union, Rabbinical Council of America, and Yeshiva University.

Members of Orthodox communities have traditionally hesitated to involve outside authorities because of injunctions against "mesirah," or turning over a Jew to non-Jewish authorities. As well, these communities are wary of publicly airing allegations against fellow Jews, especially communal leaders.

"Regardless of the standing of the abuser, accusers and their family members must be treated in an accepting, nonjudgmental manner so that they feel safe and can therefore speak frankly and fully," said the Chabad statement.

"This is necessary for them to receive suitable therapeutic support, and in order to facilitate proper investigation and pursuit of justice. Shunning or encouraging social ostracism of victims, their families, or reporters is strictly forbidden."

Among those signing the document are Rabbis Yehoram Ulman and Moshe Gutnick, senior dayanim, or judges, of the Sydney Beth Din, or rabbinical court, in Australia; Rabbi Yosef Feigelstock, senior dayan of the Beth Din, Argentina; Rabbi Baruch Hertz of Congregation Bnei Ruven and the Chabad community of Illinois; Rabbi Yisroel Rosenfeld, dean of Yeshiva Schools of Pittsburgh; Rabbi Yosef Shusterman, senior Dayan and director at Chabad of Beverly Hills, California; and Rabbi Mordechai Gutnick of the Melbourne Beth Din, Australia.

The document concludes: "Ultimately, it is the halakhic (pertaining to Jewish law) and moral obligation of the entire Jewish community, individually and collectively, to do all in our power to safeguard both children and adults by preventing abuse and responding appropriately once instances of abuse have occurred."

Dovid Nyer, a licensed clinical social worker and activist from New York, has coordinated the project.


6. THREE ARABS ARRESTED FOR 'AGRICULTURAL TERROR'
by Ido Ben Porat

An indictment has been filed against three Arabs from Yeriho and Keseifa who are suspected of livestock  thefts.

The three are being charged with stealing lambs from three towns in northern Israel: 36 from the town of Beit Yosef, and 122 from the towns of Alma and Rehov. They are also being charged with breaking into homes and stealing vehicles from the town of Prazon in northern Israel, and stealing a truck from the southern town of Kiryat Gat, and stealing calves from the central kibbutz of Hafetz Haim.

Earlier this month, Border Police were scrambled to the southern district, where the Arab thieves were preparing to steal a tractor from one of the local towns. The three suspects were arrested that night for stealing a tractor from the town of Pa'amei Tashaz.

Border Police officers returned the tractor to its owner.

On September 8, Border Police officers, both in uniform and undercover identified two trucks carrying stolen sheep. The trucks were improperly transporting 39 sheep which had been stolen earlier this week from the Arab village of Mu'awiya, located in Wadi Ara.

The suspects, Palestinian Arab residents of Barta'a and Yabed near Jenin, in their 20s and 50s, were taken in for questioning.

In July, a tractor stolen from the central town of Karmei Yosef was found near the Ramallah-area Arab town of Budrus. Initial investigations showed that the thieves attempted to breach the security fence while traveling towards Judea and Samaria, but were forced abandon their loot.


7. SISI: PALESTINIANS MUST CO-EXIST WITH ISRAELIS
by Elad Benari

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi on Tuesday urged Palestinian Arabs to overcome their differences and be ready to co-exist with each other and with Israelis in safety and security.

"I tell the Palestinian people it's extremely important ... to overcome the differences and not to lose opportunities and to be ready to accept co-existence with the other, with Israelis in safety and security," Sisi said in a speech before the UN General Assembly, as quoted by Reuters.

Addressing Israelis, the Egyptian President said, "We have an excellent experience in Egypt in peace with you for longer than 40 years."

"We can repeat this experience and this excellent step once again - the peace and security of the Israeli citizens together with the peace and security of the Palestinian citizens," Sisi told the 193-member General Assembly to a round of applause.

The Egyptian President’s speech came hours after he met with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, marking the first time the two have held public talks. They twice met for closed-door talks in 2016.

The 90-minute meeting at the Palace Hotel in New York City covered regional issues including instability in Gaza and efforts by the Trump administration to reboot talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

A statement by the Prime Minister’s Office following the conclusion of the meeting said the two leaders held a "comprehensive discussion about the problems of the region."

The Egyptian leader "expressed his desire to assist in efforts to achieve peace between Israel and the Palestinians and the region."

Israel and Egypt signed a peace treaty in 1979, with Egypt becoming the first Arab country to sign a treaty with Israel.

Sisi’s comments also follow an announcement by Hamas this week that it was willing to hold talks with Fatah, which is headed by Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas, as well as to dismantle the Gaza administrative committee, which served as a local independent governing authority.

Abbas’s spokesman welcomed Hamas's decision to restart reconciliation efforts earlier this week, calling it "a step in the right direction" and a "genuine historic opportunity" to end the rift between the sides.

On Monday, Abbas and Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh spoke for the first time in nearly a year.


8. WATCH: THE MOMENT MEXICO'S EARTHQUAKE BEGAN
by Arutz Sheva Staff

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