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Sunday, Sep. 25 '16, כ"ב באלול תשע"ו



HEADLINES:
1. GIULIANI HOPES NEXT PRESIDENT WILL NULLIFY IRAN DEAL
2. PHILADELPHIA WOMAN PLANNED TO LEAVE CHILDREN, JOIN ISIS
3. TRUMP ADVISOR AGAINST EXPELLING JEWS
4. ANTICIPATION RUNS HIGH LEADING UP TO FIRST PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE
5. FORMER CHIEF RABBI OF FRANCE PASSES AWAY AT 73
6. 'I SEE A HUMAN BEING, THE DEFENDANT SEES A PIG'
7. WATCH: SELICHOT NIGHT WITH SINGER YITZCHAK MEIR
8. MINISTER GALANT: BUILD AN ARTIFICIAL ISLAND FOR GAZA


1. GIULIANI HOPES NEXT PRESIDENT WILL NULLIFY IRAN DEAL
by Yoni Kempinski

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Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said on Saturday night that the United States should oppose the two-state solution to solve the Israeli-Palestinian Arab conflict.

"The United States should reject the whole notion of a two-state solution in Israel, or maybe it should restate it: It should be a two-state solution when the Palestinian Authority demonstrates that it can be a state, and not a homeland for terrorism," Giuliani said at the Israeli American Council (IAC) conference in Washington as the crowd responded with applause.

He also expressed hope that the next U.S. president would cancel the nuclear agreement with Iran, who he said is "the single, biggest state sponsor of terrorism in the world…what does that mean if we give them hundreds and millions and billions of dollars?"

"If they’re the biggest sponsors of terrorism in the world, that means they sponsor more terrorism," added Giuliani, who warned that Iran’s Supreme Leader and the people around him are "insane, homicidal maniacs who have killed hundreds of thousands of their own people, who have recently killed young American men and women in Iraq with the Quds Force…and we’re going to give them nuclear weapons?"

"I hope we elect a President who reverses that agreement," he continued. "I can’t speak for anyone else. I oppose the agreement because I would never put nuclear material in the hands of a proven homicidal maniac. I consider putting a nuclear weapon in the hands of a country that is dedicated to the extermination of the state of Israel as not being a friend of Israel."

The former Mayor also stressed that all of the American people strongly support Israel.

"No matter what's going on between our governments, our people here love you," he said, adding, "All of America supports Israel since we are all in the same boat in the fight against terror."

Giuliani is known for his staunch support for Israel, and has visited the Jewish state several times in the past.

During his tenure as mayor of New York City, the city came under attack on September 11, 2001, and he told Arutz Sheva several months ago that Israel's conduct in the face of ongoing terror inspired him in the aftermath of those attacks.

"I have to tell you, I owe you, the State of Israel a lot of gratitude," he said. "A lot of how I motivated myself and the people of New York City after September 11 was to tell them that the people of Israel go through this more often than we do, and if they're able to go on with their daily lives then so should we."


2. PHILADELPHIA WOMAN PLANNED TO LEAVE CHILDREN, JOIN ISIS
by Hillel Fendel

A mother of two from Philadelphia was charged on Friday with attempting to join the Islamic State.

Keonna Thomas, in her early 30's, admitted in federal court that she had been planning to abandon her two children, aged seven and nine, to fight for ISIS – and hopefully to carry out a suicide attack.

She told the judge, "I believe that I'm guilty of this charge." She said that the only reason she did not carry out her plan was that federal agents raided her home and arrested her the day she was due to leave.

The FBI monitored Thomas’s online communications with jihadists abroad between August 2013 and March 2015. For instance, in January 2014 she tweeted "Only thing I’m jealous of is when I see the smiles of shuhadaa [martyrs]."

Thomas began her terrorist career by posting extremist statements online in 2013 under the pseudonyms Fatayat Al Khilafah and YoungLioness. She gradually became more involved and ultimately asked a Jamaican Muslim cleric to help her marry a jihadist. With his help, she married an ISIS recruit in an online ceremony conducted over Skype.

When he asked her in 2015 if she wanted to carry out a suicide operation she replied, "That would be amazing. . . A girl can only wish." He responded, "I can help you fulfill your wish." He at one point also told her that if he would ever discover that his wife was a spy against ISIS, he would behead or shoot her; she responded that beheading "would be more personal."

Charged with attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, she faces up to 15 years in prison.


3. TRUMP ADVISOR AGAINST EXPELLING JEWS
by Arutz Sheva Staff

David Friedman, Trump's top advisor, came out against claims that Jewish rule in Judea and Samaria would hurt the rest of Israel's Jews by diluting the Jewish character of the country.

"Right now, 75% of the population within the Green Line is Jewish," Friedman said, in a video publicized by Channel 2. "There are 400,000 Jews in Judea and Samaria, as well as another 400,000 in eastern Jerusalem. And it's funny, but the Arab birthrate is declining."

According to Friedman, there is a trend of Arabs leaving Judea and Samaria, with their names remaining on the property deeds.

"So if you ask 10 different statisticians how many Arabs live in Judea and Samaria, none of them will be able to give you the correct answer. It could be that no one knows," he said.

"According to most calculations, if you take all of Israel, from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea, and you include all of Judea and Samaria, Jews will make up at least 65% of the population," Friedman noted.

He also added that, "The claim that if Jews rule Judea and Samaria, the State of Israel will no longer be a Jewish state is not true. That's not what the numbers are showing. If we look at the numbers, it'll be obvious that the idea that we have to give up Judea and Samaria in order to keep Israel's Jewish nature is simply not true."

Tomorrow, PM Netanyahu is set to meet with Donald Trump, as well as Hillary Clinton, in New York.


4. ANTICIPATION RUNS HIGH LEADING UP TO FIRST PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE
by Yoni Kempinski, New York

The first debate between the two US presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, will take place Monday at Hofstra University in Long Island, New York.

The candidates will be asked to address pressing issues on the American public agenda. The answers they give, as well as their body language, facial expressions, and general demeanor, will provide tools for the voters to choose between Trump and Clinton.

Millions of viewers from around the world will follow this debate, as well as the two others scheduled before elections day. Past experience has shown that the debates have a major impact on public perception of presidential candidates, and so Clinton and Trump have reportedly been preparing for the debates for weeks, rehearsing answers to likely questions as well as some rhetorical barbs to be directed at opponents.

Anticipation for this particular round of debates is running sky high, as television showmanship - which serves candidates very well at these debates - is considered to be Donald Trump's strongest suit. In fact, one of the key selling points for Trump in the Republican primaries was the anticipation that he would be more aggressive, direct, and confrontational toward Clinton in the debates, something many Republican voters would very much like to see.

A Reuters poll estimates that 22% of US voters are still undecided as to who (if anyone) they will support come election day. This is a very high percentage, double the proportion of undecided voters at the same point of the 2012 election campaign pitting Barack Obama against Mitt Romney.

All this means that the debate on Monday may prove especially crucial to the outcome in November.

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The debate host and moderator will be Lester Holt, the NBC Nightly News anchor. He has already announced that the questions will revolve around three topics: "America's Direction," "Achieving Prosperity," and "Securing America."

A Los Angeles Times poll published on Sunday shows Trump with a 4% lead nationwide on Clinton. Of those polled, 42% said they'd vote for Clinton, while 46% said they'd be voting Donald Trump in November.

A McClatchy-Marist poll, however, yielded very different results, with 48% saying they'd vote for Clinton and only 41% for Trump.

The high-variance nature of the campaign looks set to continue with the volatile base of undecided or wavering voters, a state of affairs that points at unpredictability being the only certainty going forward.


5. FORMER CHIEF RABBI OF FRANCE PASSES AWAY AT 73
by Haim Lev

Rabbi Yosef Haim Sitruk,who served for many years as the chief rabbi of France, passed away this morning (Sunday) in a local hospital at the age of 73.

About fifteen years ago Rabbi Sitruk suffered a stroke and the name Haim (life) was added to his original name, as is the tradition when a person is severely ill. Recently Rabbi Sitruk was hospitalized locally and this morning passed away.

The Shas party published a statement in the name of the party and Rabbi Shalom Cohen, head of the Porat Yosef yeshiva and the Shas council of Torah sages, in which they mourned the loss of "this great man, the illustrious Rabbi Yossef Haim Sitruk of blessed memory, who served as the chief rabbi of France for decades and ably led his community."

Rabbi Sitruk served as the rabbi of Strasbourg and Marseilles before becoming the French chief rabbi. He "elevated French Jewry in the manner and tradition received from previous generations, worked with pleasantness and charm to bring people to love of God and maintained strong connections with the French government in order to promote the needs of the French Jewish community," according to the Shas party statement.

Rabbi Sitruk also maintained a warm relationship with the late former Chief Sephardi Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, with whom he consulted frequently on communal issues.

A few months ago Rabbi Sitruk was interviewed on the Paris-based Radio J and termed the gay Pride Parade in Tel Aviv an "abomination" and an "attempt at the moral extermination of the People of Israel". He called for "a radical response" to the parade.

"The Torah states that homosexuality is an abomination and deems it a human failure," he explained. "The danger appears to me serious enough that everyone ought to openly express their outrage at such a transgression."

Rabbi Sitruk was speaking as tens of thousands of people marched in Tel Aviv at the 23rd gay Pride Parade. "I hope that listeners will respond in a radical way to this abomination," he added. His statements received a mixed response in the local Jewish community, with observant Jews supporting them.



6. 'I SEE A HUMAN BEING, THE DEFENDANT SEES A PIG'
by Shlomo Pyutrokowski

Jerusalem magistrate Shmuel Herbst slapped an eight-month jail sentence and a six-month suspended sentence this morning (Sunday) on Sheikh Omar Abu Sara who was found guilty of incitement offenses.

Among the things emerging from the verdict was the fact that in November 2014 the Sheikh spoke on theTemple Mount and said, among other things, "I say this to the Jews: It is time to slaughter you, time to kill you and we are ready for this in the name of Allah as righteous Muslims."

"We await the moment when the slaughtering period will begin," added the Sheikh. "When that day comes, the day of slaughter, we will slaughter you without mercy. On that day, O Allah bring that day, bring the day of their slaughter, the day of war, Allah bring the day of slaughter, the day of purification of El-Aksa from its filth."

The speech was filmed and uploaded to a YouTube channel with 2,174 registered members. By the time of the indictment, it had been viewed 399 times.

In the verdict, the judge noted the severity of the charges and among other things said that making such a speech on the Temple Mount added to the seriousness of the act.

In his conclusion the judge wrote, "I look at the accused and see a human being. It is a shame that when he looks at me, he sees the image of a monkey or pig which must be mercilessly destroyed. What a shame."



7. WATCH: SELICHOT NIGHT WITH SINGER YITZCHAK MEIR
by Arutz Sheva Staff

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Selichot are emotional prayers asking G-d for forgiveness said before dawn during the period before and during the High Holydays. Sephardic Jews begin saying the prayers a full month before Rosh Hashanah, the New Year holiday, and most Israelis are familiar with the haunting tune they sing for the acrostic "Adon Haselichot", translated as "Master of forgiveness." Tours that visit some of the many historic sephardic synagogues in Jerusalem in the wee hours of the morning are filled with schoolchildren, soldiers, tourists and students on one year programs.

Ashkenazic Jews begin the selichot on the Saturday night preceding Rosh Hashanah that allows for a minimum of four services. This year, the selichot began ten days before the holiday which starts early next week. In Jerusalem, people filled the streets at ten and again at midnight, choosing to pray at a large variety of Ashkenazic synagogues from Carlebach (at 10:30 p.m.) to Merkaz Harav yeshiva (at 00:30 a.m.) to popular Religious style singer Yitzchak Meir, filmed by Arutz Sheva.

The video begins with a Chabad niggun followed by a Carlebach one and a stirring song to the verse "My heart and body will praise our living G-d." The use of musical instruments and the recital of serious prayers juxtaposed with rhythmic song and dance is meant to be attuned to today's Religious Zionist Israeli youth, explains Chanan Rubin of the Jerusalem municipality in Hebrew on the video, but the thousands of worshipers who filled the entire area run the gamut of Israel's population sectors and age groups.

May all the prayers of the Jewish people all over the world find their way to the Heavenly Throne. "...increase your supplications and cries before the King on High (from the Ashkenazic selichot)."


8. MINISTER GALANT: BUILD AN ARTIFICIAL ISLAND FOR GAZA
by Yoni Kempinski

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Housing and Construction Minister Yoav Galant was interviewed by the Jerusalem Post chief editor Yaakov Katz at the IAC (Israel American Council) conference and said that the situation in which Israel's friends and enemies are fighting together against their common enemy ISIS is dangerous to Israel, since in the course of their fighting they share information, military techniques, and technology.

"In any solution which may develop, we must ensure that Iran does not have a hegemony over the area. Iran and Hizbullah must be isolated from the rest of the Western world. It must be clearly emphasized that Iran is not part of the regional solution," said Galant.

With reference to the southern area, Galant said that "Our strategic interest in the Gaza strip is peace, disarmament and the removal of responsibility from Israel. We need to find a solution which will improve the economic situation and standard of living in Gaza, and therefore I am in favor of creating an artificial island with a harbor connecting it to Gaza which can be inspected at all times and will maintain Israel's security requirements."

Galant also stressed that Israel has a moral obligation to return the missing soldiers Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul to Israel.

In reference to Israel's success as a "start-up nation," Galant said that the Jewish spirit and the Israeli determination were the answer to the difficult situations which Israel has faced in the past and may need to face in the future.

The Israeli-American Council (IAC), is an organization that has as its mission statement the effort "to build an engaged and united Israeli-American community that strengthens the Israeli and Jewish identity of our next generations, the American Jewish community, and the bond between the peoples of the United States and the State of Israel."





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