Released: January 10, 2013 By: Daniel Whyte III
1. According to Israel National News, Benjamin Netanyahu says that Iran's nuclear ambitions and Syria's chemical weapons are the real threats facing the Middle East and the stability of the entire international community, not the so-called "Israeli settlement" expansion. After a lengthy process and much heated debate, Ariel University, located in Samaria, recently received government recognition as a full-fledged university, making it the first Israeli university over the 1949 armistice line. The Israeli government has recently approved thousands of new Jewish homes in east Jerusalem.
2. According to Breitbart, a Palestinian Authority chief judge has stated that Jerusalem will be the capital of a new Islamic Caliphate. According to television comments translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute, the judge stated that, "The caliphate will be restored after this tyrannical rule comes to an end. What we are seeing in Egypt are birth pangs. The struggle between Islam and others that aim at stopping the train that has already set out to liberate Jerusalem and to restore Islamic rule. Jerusalem will be the capital of the caliphate. It is imperative to awaken Palestine to its duty to liberate the land of Jerusalem."
3. According to Reuters, a judge has ruled that a public school district in Texas can require students to wear locator chips when they are on school property. U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia said the school district had the right to expel sophomore Andrea Hernandez from John Jay High School because she refused to wear the device, which is required of all students at the magnet school. The family of the student has opened a lawsuit against the school and has stated that wearing such a chip violates their religious beliefs.
4. According to The Times of Israel, a Saudi Arabian newspaper has reported that some five thousand Hezbollah combatants entered Syria in December to aid the faltering regime of Bashar al-Assad. The four "support battalions" have succeeded in killing some 300 rebel soldiers in recent weeks as battles raged between government and opposition forces around the capital Damascus. Hezbollah has remained staunchly allied with the Assad regime throughout the popular uprising in Syria that began in March 2011.
5. According to The Times of Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Jerusalem will not be divided as long as he is prime minister. When asked about recent polls that show two-thirds of Israelis support the division of the city as part of a peace agreement with the Palestinians, the prime minister said, "I don't buy it" and stressed that Hamas would be at the walls of Israel's border if Jerusalem were split. Netanyahu cited the importance of his late father Benzion's ideology and its influence on how he thinks, noting the "privilege" of being in the Land of Israel.
The Bible says in Philippians 3:20-21: "For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself."
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