Israel Flag Cookie Mosaic Breaks Guinness World Record

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ISRAELI FLAG COOKIE MOSAIC BREAKS GUINNESS WORLD RECORD: The Jewish community of Atlanta, Georgia, has broken the Guinness World Record for the largest cookie mosaic, by building an enormous Israeli flag. Congregation Beth Jacob - in the presence of Michael Empric, a judge from Guinness World Records - used about 117,000 blue-and-white cookies on Sunday, 3 June 2018 to assemble an Israeli flag that was more than 3,200 square feet in size. The Cookies for the Israel project were trucked in from the kosher Strauss Bakery in Brooklyn, and 300 members of the community gathered at the synagogue to help create the flag. It took just over four hours to complete the enormous project. Organizers for the event confirmed that all the cookies will go to charities and nonprofits in the area to feed hungry people. (J.Post) Israel, always a winner!

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DAMAGE FROM KITE TERRORISM: 5 MILLION SHEKELS: Israel’s Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon this week addressed the phenomenon of agricultural and kite terrorism which has caused severe damage along the Gaza periphery. Kahlon said that the destruction from the fires set by kites attached to firebombs had reached five million shekels ($1.4 million). "About a month ago, when the fire kites started, I arrived in the Gaza area and declared that the State of Israel recognizes the phenomenon as terrorism and that the residents will be compensated until the last shekel. To date, 25 claims have been opened, including some 5,000 dunams (1235 acres) of wheat, orchards and irrigation systems. All claims are in advanced stages of processing," he said. He added that security forces in the relevant areas would be intensified and that punishment and increased fines would be imposed on the criminals.” PM Netanyahu is presently weighing a plan to allocate compensation taken from Palestinians Authority funds for Israeli communities suffering damage from the kites. (INN)

RUSSIA ATTEMPTS TO CONSTRAIN IRAN: Russia has made it clear that it expects all foreign forces to withdraw from Syria, including those belonging to Iran, Turkey, the USA and the Lebanon-based Hezbollah terrorist organization. A Moscow think tank recently published a commentary blaming Iran for the deteriorating situation between Iran and Israel in the Syrian theater. Putin reportedly has growing reservations about Iran's policy of exporting the Islamic revolution from the soil of Syria. Now, with ISIS fundamentally vanquished, Iranian military activity in Syria has lost its primary justification. Russia is not cutting its ties with Iran, but it is clearly cutting back Iran's freedom of action in Syria. The idea that Russia would back Iran's use of Syria as a platform for operations against Israel or Jordan is not tenable, according to sources close to Putin. The regime in Tehran got the message and issued a sharp rebuke of its Russian ally. The Iranians did not see their deployment in Syria as temporary. Five years ago, a leading religious figure associated with the Revolutionary Guards declared that Syria was the 35th province of Iran. Besides such ideological statements, on a practical level, Syria hosts the logistical network for Iranian resupply of its most critical Middle Eastern proxy force, Hezbollah. Iranian officials say the country has invested too much blood and treasure - upwards of $30 billion – to fold to international demands. (Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs)

NETANYAHU PRESSES HARDLINE POSITION ON IRAN IN EUROPEAN TOUR: Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu departed Monday 4 June 2018 for Europe, where he is now pushing hardline positions on Iran in talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin; French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris; and British PM Theresa May in London. The Israeli premier’s four-day, whirlwind diplomatic tour comes amid efforts by European powers, in conjunction with Russia and China, to salvage the 2015 nuclear deal in the wake of Washington’s withdrawal from the accord. Germany, France, and Britain are all parties to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action—as the nuclear agreement is formally known. While PM Netanyahu’s meetings are focusing primarily on Tehran’s atomic program, he is also seeking backing for Israel’s intermittent use of military force in Syria to prevent the Iranians from gaining a permanent military foothold in the country. Merkel said after a press conference with Netanyahu that Germany will exert its influence in such a way that “Iran is pushed out of this region”.

Regarding the Iranian nuclear deal, Merkel acknowledged that the information Israel provided to Germany and the IAEA from the nuclear archives it spirited out of Iran was important but said Israel and Germany have a difference of opinion regarding the agreement. “Germany did not cancel this agreement, and together with other European partners, we stand by it,” she said. Asked how Germany can negotiate with a country whose leader Ali Khamenei tweeted on Sunday 3 June 2018 that Israel is a “malignant cancerous tumor” that needs to be “removed and eradicated,” Merkel said that Germany strongly condemns this type of language but believes the JCPOA is the best way to keep Tehran from getting the bomb. Netanyahu referred to Khamenei’s tweet, and said that it is “amazing that at the beginning of the 21st century, somebody talks about destroying Israel – that means destroying another six million-plus Jews. It is really quite extraordinary that this goes on, but this is what we face.”(Medialine/J.Post)

IF IRAN ATTACKS, NATO WON’T SUPPORT ISRAEL: North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg recently announced that NATO will not support Israel in the event that Iran decides to attack the Jewish State. Speaking to media sources, Stoltenberg said "the security guarantee of NATO does not apply to Israel" because Israel is not part of the alliance. He also said that NATO has no interest in involving itself in conflicts in the Middle East. Israel formed a partnership with NATO in 1994, but is not a full member. Stoltenberg also said he did not believe that the 2015 "Iran deal" would last after the USA pulled out, and expressed concern over Iran's activities in the Middle East. According to him, Iran's funding of terror contributes to the "instability" in the region. (J.Post) How is it that NATO has helped to ensure that Afghanistan is no longer a safe haven for international terrorist groups, when Afghanistan is in the Middle East and has never been a NATO member? NATO has played a significant role in fighting terrorism. NATO became a full member of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS. How is it that when it comes to Israel, NATO says its support in the wake of an Iranian attack on the Jewish state would not apply because Israel is not “a part of the NATO alliance” or that “NATO has no interest in involving itself in Middle East conflicts"?

ARGENTINIAN JEWISH PROSECUTOR NISMAN WAS MURDERED, COURT CONFIRMS: Argentinean prosecutor Alberto Nisman was murdered and did not commit suicide, the Federal Court of Buenos Aires ruled last week on an appeal against a lower court ruling. Nisman was found dead with a single bullet to the head on 18 January 2015, just days after he filed a 300-page document accusing then-president Cristina Fernandez Kirchner of covering up Iran’s role in the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish community center in Buenos Aires. The ruling upheld a decision made in December last year by Federal Judge Julian Ercolini. The motive for Nisman’s murder was directly linked to the allegations that Kirchner tried to cover-up Tehran’s involvement in the AMIA bombing that left 85 people dead, the judges ruled. In its ruling, the court told the lower-court judges to focus on the criminal investigation “with the speed and seriousness that such a grave fact imposes.” In the December ruling, Ercolini said there was sufficient proof to conclude the shot to the head that killed Nisman in January 2015 was not self-inflicted, saying, “Nisman’s death could not have been a suicide.” In March 2018 it was confirmed that Kirchner, now a senator, would be put on trial for the alleged cover-up along with 11 other former government officials. (J.Post) May long overdue compelling evidence come to light that will bring to justice all those involved and responsible for these past brutal attacks and murders - suspected to have been conducted by Iran and covered up by Buenos Aires government officials.

FIRST SAUDI WOMEN GET DRIVER’S LICENSES: Saudi Arabia on Monday 4 June 2018 began issuing its first driver’s licenses to women in decades. The move comes as Saudi Arabia, the only country in the world where women are not allowed drive, prepares to lift its decades-long ban on female drivers on 24 June 2018. Authorities have started swapping international licenses for Saudi ones in multiple locations across the kingdom, with women applicants made to undergo a “practical test.” The move is part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s liberalization drive as he seeks to modernize the conservative petro-state. The self-styled reformer, who recently undertook a global tour aimed at reshaping his kingdom’s austere image, has sought to break with long-held restrictions on women and the mixing of the genders. (Times of Israel)

ISRAEL RUSHES EMERGENCY AID TO GUATEMALA AFTER VOLCANO: Israel is rushing emergency aid funding to Guatemala to assist in the purchase of medicine, food, and blankets for those affected by the eruption of the country's Fuego volcano, which has killed at least 62 people and left thousands homeless. (i24News) Intercede for comforting, and abundant aid and provision to come to Guatemala’s stricken people.

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