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July 31, 2017- Trump, Putin, Xi: Talking fades to shows of force


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Headline: No Arabs, on Temple Mount on 9 B’Av Week

The week of the 9th of Av (Monday night) began with joy, the emple Organizations Headquarters reported Sunday morning, as 278 Jews strolled around the periphery of the holiest site on the planet. Despite the security brouhaha and shameful capitulation, which followed five cowardly and brutal murders by Arab terrorists, a new week began on the Temple Mount and hundreds of Jews crowded at the entrance, eager to ascend to our Father’s place all mikvah-cleansed joyous.The Waqf has returned to the Temple Mount, after two weeks of a blessed absence, report the Temple Organizations Headquarters. But despite the official return of the Waqf, Israeli police allowed only one Wakf official to accompany the Jewish groups, as ordered him to do it from a respectful distance. Other than that Jordanian agent, the Temple Mount was almost empty of Muslims Sunday.
July 30, 2017

Headline: Netanyahu: Decision on Temple Mount Security Measures Was ‘Tough’

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Sunday that the security cabinet has approved up to NIS 100 million to develop technologies to enhance security at the Temple Mount, and added that the decision to remove metal detectors from the holy site last week was “not easy.” “The past two weeks have been very busy, both for me and for our security forces,” Netanyahu said ahead of the weekly cabinet meeting, adding a note of thanks for all branches of the security forces for their efforts in the aftermath of the July 14 terror attack in which three Arab Israelis emerged from the Mount and killed two on duty policemen at Lion’s Gate. Islamic officials in Jerusalem have said they would not accept any new Israeli security measures at the site, which they say belongs to Muslims only. Following the July 14 attack Israel installed metal detectors and security cameras at entrances to the Mount, but the declared a boycott in response and demanded that the security measures be removed, leading to fears that the standoff could explode into a large-scale conflict. Last week, Netanyahu agreed to the demand
***See also Turkey & Iran below
July 31, 2017

Headline: Hundreds of Russian combat troops posted at Quneitra opposite Golan

DEBKAfile’s military sources report that several hundred Russian combat troops took up position Monday at Quneitra opposite Israel’s Golan border. Contrary to Russian media reports, they are not military police officers bearing the light weapons of peacekeepers, but fully kitted out and armed Russian special operations troops, the first to be deployed at any Israeli border.
July 31, 2017



Headline: Jordanian newspaper reveals identity of Israeli embassy security officer

Jordanian newspaper Al-Ghad revealed on Sunday night the identity of the Israeli security guard who shot dead two Jordanians in an incident at Israel's embassy in Amman last week. "This is the Israeli that killed two Jordanians, Mohammad Jawawdah and the doctor Bashar Hamarnah, in what has been termed the 'Israeli embassy crime'," wrote the newspaper. "The shooting was carried out in a building that belongs to the embassy in Amman, last Sunday night." The report noted that, according to documents obtained, the guard carried a diplomatic identity card. Although the newspaper did not write the guard's name, a photo shows an identity card supplied by the Jordanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Protocol Department with the name "Ziv Chai Mordechai Moyal" written in Arabic.  Israel's Foreign Ministry has not responded to the newspaper report.
July 31, 2017


Headline: Hezbollah seizing territory along Lebanon's northeastern border

Headline: Thousands to leave Lebanon-Syria border zone under deal

A long-awaited assault against extremist mili­tants holed up in moun­tains along Lebanon's northeastern border with Syria is under way with Hez­bollah spearheading the attack and swiftly seizing territory. The offensive began July 21 as Hezbollah units moved north from their hilltop posts southeast of the town of Arsal into terrain controlled by Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, for­merly known as al-Nusra Front. In just a few days, Hezbollah had seized most of the ground held by JFS and was poised to turn its at­tention to the Islamic State, which dominates the ground northeast of Arsal. The Lebanese Army, which has a strong defensive perimeter around Arsal and a line of fortified observa­tion towers along the western flank of the battleground, used artillery fire against groups of militants who tried to infiltrate the town during the fighting. As this battle is fought in the rug­ged mountains of northeast Leba­non, 20 miles to the south, the Leba­nese state is establishing a renewed presence along part of the tradi­tionally neglected eastern frontier with Syria.
July 31, 2017

Saudi Arabia

Headline: ISIS attacks Houthi forces in central Yemen

ISIS forces based in central Yemen have launched a deadly night raid against Houthi rebels, killing their fighters and seizing some of their military equipment. According to reports, ISIS militants conducted their attack throughout the hours of absolute darkness in the al-Zahraa region of al-Bayda’ Province. During the raid Islamic State militants were able to capture one Houthi position, killing several fighters who were manning it, and then proceeded to loot weapons and ammunition from the site. After doing this, the ISIS raiding party then retreated from the area.
July 31, 2017



Headline: Mass rally in Istanbul over Israel's Jerusalem measures

Thousands of supporters of a conservative Turkish party rallied in Istanbul on Sunday to protest measures taken by Israel in Jerusalem and show solidarity with the Palestinians. Israel had angered Turkey by installing metal detectors and security cameras at the Haram al-Sharif holy site in Jerusalem, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, following a July 14 attack in which gunmen killed two policemen. The move sparked Muslim protests and deadly unrest, and last week the Israeli government removed the detectors and cameras. But feelings remain high in Turkey, with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan saying the removal of the detectors was "not enough". Sunday's protest was called by the Saadet (Felicity) Party, which sprung from the same Islamic-rooted political movement as the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) of Erdogan but is seen as more religiously conservative. Under the slogan of "Israel understands a show of strength", the rally was held at the vast Yenikapi Square by the Sea of Marmara which has been the scene of many of Erdogan's biggest meetings. However there was no sign of any senior government official at the meeting.
July 30, 2017'


Headline: Iranian leader calls on Hajj pilgrims to support Palestine

Headline: Iranian FM to attend conference on Jerusalem in Istanbul

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has called on Muslims to take the opportunity of the Hajj rituals to take a united stance against “Israeli efforts to control the Aksa Mosque.” The Iranian leader described Hajj rituals as the best opportunity for Muslims to speak up about the Aksa and Palestine issue, Iranian media reported. “Where can the Islamic Ummah find a better venue than Hajj to comment on the Aksa Mosque?” he said addressing a group of Iranian organizers of Hajj on Sunday. He further accused the US of meddling in the issues of Muslim countries and creating terrorist groups in the region.
July 31, 2017


Headline: Kabul attack: Gun battle and suicide bombing in Afghan capital

Afghan security forces battled gunmen following a suicide attack outside the Iraqi embassy in the capital, Kabul. A bomber blew himself up at the embassy's gate, then three other attackers entered the compound, the Afghan interior ministry said. Two Afghan embassy employees were killed, and three people, including a police officer, were injured, a spokesperson told the BBC. So-called Islamic State (IS) said it carried out the attack. After a gunfight lasting several hours, Afghan authorities said the attack was over and all the assailants had been killed. Correspondents say this is the first attack on the city's Iraqi embassy. It comes two weeks after the embassy held a news conference to celebrate the defeat of IS in the Iraqi city of Mosul.
July 31, 2017


Headline: Libya’s rebels slain 5 in attack on Haftar’s forces

Headline: ISIS now 'regrouping' in Libya, analysts say

Rebels on Sunday killed five members of a force led by military strongman Khalifa Haftar in the country’s east, sources said. “Terrorist groups attacked at dawn Sunday three sites under the control” of Haftar’s forces south of the eastern city of Derna, they said. Four of Haftar’s forces were also wounded, it added. Derna was known for being a bastion for rebels even before the 2011 uprising that toppled and killed former ruler Muammar Qaddafi. Haftar’s forces are waging a campaign against rebel and terrorist groups, including efforts to capture the eastern city from the “Revolutionary Shoura Council of Derna,” a coalition of militias close to Al-Qaeda. On Saturday, a pro-Haftar fighter died as he took part in a mission to try and rescue a pilot whose plane had crashed in the same area.
The pilot who died in the crash, had been carrying out a raid against rebel positions when his fighter jet was hit by a missile, the news agency said. Haftar’s forces have lost several aircraft in recent months.

July 30, 2017


Headline: Deadly protests mar Venezuela ballot as voters snub Maduro assembly

Headline: White House Sanctions Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro

Deadly protests rocked Venezuela on Sunday as voters broadly boycotted an election for a constitutional super-body that unpopular leftist President Nicolas Maduro vowed would begin a "new era of combat" in the crisis-stricken nation. Anti-Maduro activists wearing hoods or masks erected barricades on roads, and scuffles broke out with security forces who moved in quickly to disperse demonstrators who denounced the election as a naked power grab by the president. Authorities said 10 people were killed in the confrontations, which made Sunday one of the deadliest days since massive protests started in early April. Maduro, widely disliked for overseeing an unraveling of Venezuela's economy, has promised the assembly will bring peace by way of a new constitution after four months of opposition protests in which more than 120 people have been killed. Opposition parties sat out the election, saying it was rigged to increase Maduro's powers, a view shared by countries including Spain, Canada, Colombia and the United States.
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Headline: Shabaab ambushes AMISOM forces in southern Somalia

Shabaab, al Qaeda’s branch in East Africa, launched a deadly ambush on African Union Mission (AMISOM) forces in southern Somalia yesterday. AMISOM initially claimed that 12 soldiers were killed and several others wounded, but subsequent reporting indicates that the death toll may be higher. Shabaab has trumpeted the operation on social media sites and via its Shahada News Agency. In a statement yesterday, Abdul Aziz Abu Musab, the group’s spokesman, claimed that the jihadists had the bodies of some of the dead in their possession. “The Mujahideen today set up a series of ambushes for the convoy of the Ugandan Crusader forces and more than 39 soldiers were killed,” Abdul Aziz Abu Musab said. He added that Shabaab had also captured AMISOM weapons. In a subsequent posting on Shahada News, Shabaab alleged that the number of dead was even higher, with 51 Ugandan troops perishing in the assault. Earlier today, AMISOM reported fewer casualties, saying that “12 gallant AMISOM soldiers lost their lives while seven others sustained injuries and are currently receiving treatment.” The “troops were ambushed during a regular patrol to secure the Mogadishu-Barawe Main Supply Route.” AMISOM added that the attack involved an improvised explosive device (IED). The Ugandan military quickly moved to refute Shabaab’s statments, claiming that the al Qaeda group was exaggerating the number of casualties, according to The Ugandan.
July 31, 2017


Headline: Trump, Putin, Xi: Talking fades to shows of force

Over the weekend, three world leaders, US president Donald Trump, Russia’s Vladimir Putin and China’s leader Xi Jinping stepped off the diplomatic path over their differences on world issues and switched to displays of military might. In a show of force after North Korea’s two ICBM tests, two US B-1B bombers capable of delivering nuclear weapons, escorted by South Korean and Japanese fighters, took off from Guam Saturday, July 29 and cut across the Korean peninsula. There was no word on whether they entered North Korean skies. Further west, US Vice President Mike Pence toured East European capitals. Speaking in Tallinn, Estonia, he assured “our Baltic allies” – as well as Georgia and Montenegro, his next destinations: “We are with you and will stand with you on behalf of freedom.”  He said that the president would soon sign the latest round of sanctions voted on by Congress, since “Russia’s destabilizing activities and support for rogue regimes and its activities in Ukraine are unacceptable.” Shortly after President Donald Trump criticized China over failing to deal with North Korea, President Xi Jinping in a general’s uniform viewed a huge military parade Sunday marking the People’s Liberation Army’s 90th anniversary. Xi is the PLA’s commander in chief. Whereas the annual parade usually takes place in Beijing, this one was staged at the remote Zhurihe military base in Inner Mongolia., with the participation of 12,000 soldiers, 100 bombers and fighters and a display of 600 weapons systems, 40 percent of them new products of China’s arms industries. “The world isn’t safe at the moment,” the Chinese president told his people. “A strong army is needed more than ever.”
July 31, 2017


Headline: Ban on Cash — Coming to America?

A firestorm of speculative commentary has been ignited by reports that JPMorgan Chase has ceased to accept cash for payments on credit cards, mortgages, auto loans, lines of credit and so on. Not to defend any bank actions, but it is not difficult to imagine the confused look of a teller when you show up with a bundle of cash and instructions on how to apply the cash toward a loan payment. Of course it would beg the question, where did you get the cash? Did you steal it? Is it unreported income? Did you print it yourself? Or are you just trying to make a point? Point being: A ban on cash has begun.In the U.S., the war against cash is perhaps more covert. Yes, domestic banks are restricting the use of cash to make loan payments, prohibiting the storage of cash in certain safety deposit boxes and the withdrawal of cash from bank accounts is becoming more difficult. Just try to give a cashier $100 for a $25 purchase and see how many stores don’t have change. A first step toward banning cash in America is the proposed elimination of the $100 bill. As I write, a number of economists are calling for exactly this. Former Secretary of Treasury Larry Summers is a prominent voice in the argument to eliminate the $100 bill. Harvard Professor Ken Rogoff is another strong advocate. The next step took place just days ago as the world’s elites gathered in Davos, Switzerland for the Davos Economic Forum. Here, the cry from elites went out for the elimination of cash in the United States. Joseph Stiglitz, the Nobel Prize winning Professor from Columbia University, reportedly made this statement during the forum. “I believe very strongly that countries like the United States could and should move to a digital currency.”
July 31, 2017

Headline: EU Proposes Account Freezes To Halt Bank Runs

European Union states are considering measures which would allow them to temporarily stop people withdrawing money from their accounts to prevent bank runs, an EU document reviewed by Reuters revealed. The move is aimed at helping rescue lenders that are deemed failing or likely to fail, but critics say it could hit confidence and might even hasten withdrawals at the first rumors of a bank being in trouble. The proposal, which has been in the works since the beginning of this year, comes less than two months after a run on deposits at Banco Popular contributed to the collapse of the Spanish lender. Giving supervisors the power to temporarily block bank accounts at ailing lenders is “a feasible option,” a paper prepared by the Estonian presidency of the EU said, acknowledging that member states were divided on the issue. EU countries which already allow a moratorium on bank payouts in insolvency procedures at national level, like Germany, support the measure, officials said. “The desire is to prevent a bank run, so that when a bank is in a critical situation it is not pushed over the edge,” a person familiar with German government’s thinking said. The Estonian proposal was discussed by EU envoys on July 13 but no decision was made, an EU official said. Discussions were due to continue in September. Approval of EU lawmakers would be required for any final decision. Under the plan discussed by EU states, pay-outs could be suspended for five working days and the block could be extended to a maximum of 20 days in exceptional circumstances, the Estonian document said.
July 30, 2017


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