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Israel's leaders must stop their attacks on the city, Davutoglu warns.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu slammed Israel for its "attacks" on Jerusalem, vowing to defend the city and its holy sites, even if doing so alone.

"Nothing will prevent Turkey from protecting Jerusalem and the al-Aksa mosque," Davutoglu addressed his party at a weekly faction meeting on Wednesday.

Israel's "brutal" leaders must not "dare consider" continuing their attacks on the city, Istanbul's Hurriyet quoted him as saying. 

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Israel okays call-up of 40,000 troops as Gaza death toll hits 11

Israel launched a major operation against Gaza in the early hours of Tuesday morning, dubbed Operation Protective Edge, following heavy Hamas rocket fire over the preceding days. The fast-escalating situation in the south comes in the shadow of spiking Jewish-Arab tensions in Israel over the brutal killings of four teenagers - three Jews and one Arab - by extremists. Stay with The Times of Israel's liveblog for updates throughout the day.

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Hagee: Israel is not an 'occupier' but the owner of the land

One picture captured my heart this past Sunday. The sight of Pastor John Hagee, the leader of tens of millions of evangelicals in the United States and around the world, and Rabbi Aryeh Scheinberg, a great scholar and veteran rabbi of the Orthodox community in San Antonio, embracing during a joint prayer at the Western Wall.

This picture joins the mounting evidence of a theological earthquake occurring in parts of the Christian world pertaining to relations with the Jewish people and the State of Israel. While some of us have difficulty opening up to these changes, considering the bloody historical account of the Jewish people with the church, it is important to know of this revolution and the righteous among the nations who come to our assistance.

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Hamas warns Israel against expelling its men

Hamas cautioned Israel that expelling its leaders from the West Bank would be ineffective at breaking the will of the Palestinian people and would also make Israel subject to heavy "consequences."

"The scenario of expulsion has always failed in breaking the will and determination of Palestinians," Hamas official Mushir al-Masri told the Ma'an news agency on Monday.

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Israelis long for peace

We arrived in Israel on Aug. 29, two days after a truce had been declared in the 50-day conflict with the Hamas in Gaza, the longest since the 1948 War of Independence.

The streets, beaches, bike paths, shops, cafes and buses were teeming with people - to us rather shocking, but to those who live here under the repeated threat of war, it was just proof that life does indeed go on.

As we were told, conflict, sadly, has become their way of life - some Israeli children living in the south, in fact, have known nothing but a constant barrage of Hamas missile fire - and that Israelis are very resilient.

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Poll: 93% of Palestinians hold anti-Jewish beliefs

The Middle East is the most anti-Semitic region on earth, with 93% of Palestinians holding anti-Semitic beliefs, a global survey of anti-Semitism revealed Tuesday morning. The survey conducted by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) across 100 nations and territories revealed that almost half of the world's adults have never heard of the Holocaust, while over a quarter hold anti-Semitic attitudes.

"For the first time we have a real sense of how pervasive and persistent anti-Semitism is today around the world," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL national director. "The data from the Global 100 Index enables us to look beyond anti-Semitic incidents and rhetoric and quantify the prevalence of anti-Semitic attitudes across the globe. We can now identify hotspots, as well as countries and regions of the world where hatred of Jews is essentially nonexistent."

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ISIS Bullseye on Jordan, Next Stop: Israel

The terror group calling itself the Islamic State rolled through major parts of Iraq and occupies land in Syria, but its ambitions spread far beyond the land it now controls.

Jordan is a major tourist destination. Each year, millions of tourists flock to famous sites, like Petra.

"I think Petra is amazing. I think it truly is one of the wonders of the world," one tourist told CBN News.

But now Jordan finds itself on the front lines with the Islamic State.

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Robert Fulford: The BDS smokescreen

The people who defame Israel and wish to undermine its status in the world are not anti-Semites - or so they will tell you, every chance they get. Their denial of anti-Semitism is essential to their moral position. In their own view they are good progressives, therefore absolutely innocent of racial or religious discrimination. Their propaganda campaign, which they hope eventually will escalate into economic warfare, is intended merely to reshape Israel's policies.

What they oppose, they want to assure us, is Israel's position in the West Bank. Their increasingly loud and self-confident BDS movement (Boycott, Divest, Sanction) is not, as they tell it, a struggle against the Jews. They simply want to bring Israel into line with enlightened leftist opinion in Europe, the U.S. and Canada.

Scarlett Johansson, the film star, found herself the enemy of BDS in January, when she appeared in advertisements for SodaStream, an Israeli home carbonation device that eliminates cans and bottles. SodaStream's offence is to have one of its factories in the West Bank, where it employs Palestinians who might otherwise have no work at all.

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Islamic State Vows to Reach 'Palestine' and 'Kill The Barbaric Jews'

The organization calling itself the Islamic State has risen from the fog of war in Syria and Iraq in recent months and drawn the attention of the world with major victories on both sides of the Euphrates River that have claimed swaths of territory for its declared caliphate, or Islamic State. 

Now in the organization's new English language publication, Dabiq, aimed at young Muslims in western states, the extremist organization declared, "Islamic State will do everything within its means to continue striking down every apostate who stands as an obstacle on its path towards Palestine."

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Popular televangelist claims four blood moons are sign of 'world-shaking event'

The heavens are putting on a celestial show next week - and one Christian pastor is convinced it's a sign from God.

Bestselling author and televangelist Pastor John Hagee claims the four blood moons that will soon appear in the skies over America are evidence of a future "world-shaking event."

The blood moons are part of a tetrad, a set of complete and consecutive lunar eclipses that will begin on April 15 and continue in roughly six-month intervals until October 2015.

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Israel hits Hamas in fresh airstrikes as rocket fire shatters truce in Gaza

The Israeli military said it carried out a series of airstrikes Tuesday across the Gaza Strip in response to renewed rocket fire, a burst of violence that broke a temporary ceasefire and endangered negotiations in Egypt over ending the monthlong war between Israel and Hamas.

The fighting occurred some eight hours before a temporary truce was set to expire. Egypt had persuaded Israel and Egypt to extend the truce by 24 hours to give more times for the negotiations.

While there were no injuries reported in Israel or Gaza, it remained unclear whether the talks in Egypt would continue.

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Weeks after welcoming the Muslim Brotherhood into the UK, Cameron orders them investigated for "links to extremism"

Just weeks after the British government declared that membership in the Muslim Brotherhood was "not proof of extremism" and welcomed Muslim Brotherhood members to live and operate in the UK, David Cameron orders British officials to investigate the Brotherhood. This is, in other words, yet more indication that the British government has no idea what to do about Islamic jihad terror and supremacism, and is running blind and scared. They're banning counter-jihadists from the country in an effort to appease Leftists and Islamic supremacists and welcoming in the Brotherhood, and then looking at their hopelessly compromised position and trying desperately to shore it up. Unless they throw out Cameron and his gang of sycophants soon, and replace it with a sensible anti-jihad government, Britain is finished.

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Recep Erdogan's unhinged anti-Israeli hate speech is a disgrace to Turkey

"Godwin's Rule of Nazi Analogies," as it is widely known on the Internet, states that as any online comment thread grows longer, "the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 100%." With all due respect to American internet-law pioneer and free-speech advocate Mike Godwin, perhaps the law ought to be renamed after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who might just be the world's most verbally promiscuous trivializer of the Nazi legacy.

"Just like Hitler, who sought to establish a race free of all faults, Israel is chasing after the same target," Mr. Erdogan recently told supporters at a campaign event. "They kill women so that they will not give birth to Palestinians; they kill babies so that they won't grow up; they kill men so they can't defend their country... They will drown in the blood they shed." On a separate occasion, Mr. Erdogan argued that Israel has been engaged in a Nazi-like campaign of "systematic genocide every day and every month" since its creation in 1948. Indeed, Mr. Erdogan apparently believes that the Israelis are worse than Hitler: Last month, he declared: "They curse Hitler day and night, but they have surpassed Hitler in barbarism."

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Israel closes embassies all over the world as diplomats go on indefinite strike

Employees of Israel's Foreign Ministry went on an all-out strike Sunday for the first time in the country's history over a dispute surrounding workers' salaries and conditions.

The dispute has been going on for nearly two years. Seven months of negotiations ended on March 4, when workers rejected a proposal by the Finance Ministry.

Israeli ambassadors abroad will not go to work, no consular services will be available, and Israel will not be represented at any international gatherings during the strike. Even the Foreign Ministry's political leadership and management will be locked out.

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Canada to continue $300-million humanitarian aid to Palestinians: spokesman for John Baird

The Harper government pledged Tuesday night to preserve hundreds of millions of dollars in Canadian humanitarian aid to the Palestinians.

The issue was vigorously discussed during a 90-minute meeting in Ottawa involving Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, International Co-operation Minister Julian Fantino and four envoys who were called home for talks.

Canada strongly opposed the Palestinians' successful effort last week to win elevated status at the UN, so Baird recalled senior diplomats from Israel, the West Bank and the UN missions in New York and Geneva to discuss a response.

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Obama Threatens Netanyahu

"If Palestinians come to believe that the possibility of a contiguous sovereign Palestinian state is no longer within reach, then our ability to manage the international fallout is going to be limited."

"If you see no peace deal and continued aggressive settlement construction - and we have seen more aggressive settlement construction over the last couple years than we’ve seen in a very long time,"

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Canada is Israel's 'most stalwart' friend: Consul-general

The Stephen Harper government stands out today as the "most stalwart" and "most clear-minded" friend Israel has internationally, says Israel's consul-general to Toronto and Western Canada.

DJ Schneeweiss told the Toronto Sun in a candid interview Wednesday the Canadian government's "full-throatedly clear" view that Israel has no choice but to respond to the indiscriminate violent attacks by Hamas is the kind of position many Israelis wish they'd see emulated by other countries around the world.

"The story is a lot simpler than a lot of people would like to think... by those who think they have to play both sides," he said.

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Syria jihadists say liberation of "Palestine" will follow Assad's fall

Mainstream analysts see all these jihads as separate, discrete conflicts that have nothing to do with one another. This is because they discount and choose to remain willfully ignorant of the jihad doctrine that these jihadists all believe in, and that binds them together, leading them to see these conflicts all as part of the larger global jihad to impose Sharia the world over. There has been an international aspect to all the jihads of recent years, with foreign fighters streaming in from all over the world to Bosnia, or Iraq, or Afghanistan, and now to Syria, to wage jihad for the sake of Allah. Purely nationalist struggles would never have attracted that kind of international support.

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Harper government backs Israel as missiles pound Gaza

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird called on Hamas Monday to immediately halt its "indiscriminate" firing of rockets into Israel or "accept blame" for the continuing conflict in the region.

Baird's office said he made the comments during a phone call with his Egyptian counterpart, Sameh Shoukry, in which the two discussed how Egypt could try to convince Hamas to end its rocket attacks.

"Canada believes that Israel has every right to defend itself, by itself, from such belligerent acts of terrorism," said a statement from Baird’s office.

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"Moderate" Fatah: "We will turn Tel Aviv into a ball of fire"

Once again Fatah has chosen to post threats of terror against Israel on its official Facebook page. Yesterday, the movement posted a video in which Fatah's military wing, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, threatens to turn Tel Aviv into a "ball of fire":

"We swear to you that we will turn the beloved [Gaza] Strip into a graveyard for your soldiers, and we will turn Tel Aviv into a ball of fire."

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