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Jerusalem: the Middle East’s Wounded Princess

In Zionists’ eyes, these areas – and in particular East Jerusalem – should never be relinquished. In Israeli politics, Jerusalem is commonly referred to as the ‘eternal and indivisible’ capital of Israel. To reinforce these words, Israel has since the 1970s implemented an aggressive settlement policy. Apart from the settlements in the hills of the West Bank, some 200,000 Jews have also settled in East Jerusalem, under the authority of successive Israeli governments. Several hundred Jewish fanatics have even cracked houses in the Muslim and Christian neighbourhoods of the Old City.

Trump in the Middle East

More aggressive to US enemies, arguably more erratic with US allies and with the financial benefit to the US at the centre of his foreign policy, Trump’s involvement in the Middle East has not been a stabilizing factor in one of the most turbulent periods of the region’s recent history. With at least two years left in the White House, it is too early to say what his lasting legacy in the Middle East will be, but the signs do not point to a positive one.

The Armenian Apostolic Church: Continuity and Change

Since late 20th century together with other Oriental Orthodox churches, the Armenian Apostolic Church is taking an active part in religious dialogues with both the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches in order to resolve doctrinal differences dating back to the Council of Chalcedon. They have been able to resolve many of these historical differences.

Khan al-Ahmar Reignites International Row Over Israeli Illegal Settlements

In the case of Khan al-Ahmar, the threat of demolition serves yet another goal, that of expanding settlements. The Bedouin village is situated in an area Israel has designated as ‘E1’, the largest planned settlement in the West Bank. With the Bedouins removed, Israel can control the entire centre part of the West Bank, from Jerusalem to the Dead Sea, and could cut the territory in half, denying Palestinians the possibility to travel from north to south or vice versa.

Cable Car Scheme Sparks New Row Over Jerusalem’s Holy Sites

Since East Jerusalem is a military occupied territory, Israel has an obligation under international law to not make changes to the land, except that which is in the benefit of the occupied people, who under law are a ‘protected people’. These excavations, as well as the planned cable car, can be classified as part of Israel’s illegal settlement enterprise.”

As Charges Mount, Israeli PM Refuses to Step Down

However, there is no clear rule that obliges Netanyahu to leave office during the investigation. He likely won’t. Most pundits predict he will at least hold onto power until the next general elections, which must be held before November 2019. In those elections, Netanyahu will seek a renewed mandate from his voters. A win would give him significant leverage. Being strong enough politically would allow him to try to remain in office, even while being prosecuted. If he succeeds, he will surpass David Ben-Gurion as the longest serving prime minister.

Khan al-Ahmar Reignites International Row Over Israeli Illegal Settlements

In the case of Khan al-Ahmar, the threat of demolition serves yet another goal, that of expanding settlements. The Bedouin village is situated in an area Israel has designated as ‘E1’, the largest planned settlement in the West Bank. With the Bedouins removed, Israel can control the entire centre part of the West Bank, from Jerusalem to the Dead Sea, and could cut the territory in half, denying Palestinians the possibility to travel from north to south or vice versa.

Divide and Conquer: Netanyahu Woos Eastern Europe in Bid to Rattle EU

In recent years, Israeli government officials, and members of government proxy groups, have visited European countries to convince parliamentarians that funding the Palestinian Authority means subsidizing terrorists, or to pressure them to adopt a definition of anti-Semitism that includes being critical of Israeli politics or supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

Zoroastrianism: An Obscure Persian Religion that Changed the World

In terms of rituals and practices, Zoroastrians pray several times a day and worship communally in a fire temple. Contrary to Christianity, fasting and celibacy are proscribed except as part of a purification ritual. Although human struggle has a negative aspect, individuals must strive for purity and avoid defilement by the forces of death.