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The Lord Thy God will Circumcise Thine Heart, to Love the Lord Thy God - Deuteronomy 30:6
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F.B. Meyer
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Circumcision is the sign of separation. It was enjoined on Abraham and his children that they might be God's peculiar people, chosen from all the nations of the earth. Similarly, the circumcision of Christ, which is made without hands, of which the Apostle speaks, is a putting off, a separation from the sins of the flesh, a participation in the grave and burial of Christ (Col 2:12).

We must be separated from the spirit and temper of the world. Between us and its sins, ambitions, methods, there must be not only an outward, but a heart severance. We were separated in the purpose of God when Jesus was cast without the camp to die. But we must be separate in our personal behavior. Wouldst thou have this? Then claim that this promise should be fulfilled, and ask that God would circumcise thine heart - the seat of thine affections, the hearth of thy soul-life.

Then thou wilt love the Lord with all thine, heart. This is why we love God so little. The force of our love is spread over too wide a sur-face-it is like the river Orinoco, which is lost in swamps as it approaches the sea. If only we were really separated from all that is alien to God, and. given up to Him wholly, we should find all the capacity of our hearts becoming filled with His love. We should love all things and people with a tenderness and glow which were steeped in colors obtained from His.

You will never succeed in overthrowing the strongholds of Satan, Christian worker, till God has taken away your self-reliance, and has brought you down into the dust of death: then, when the sentence of death is in yourself you will begin to experience the energy of the Divine life, the glory of the Divine victory.

The Episcopal Church General Convention's Sin of Scapegoating Israel
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"Episcopalians are famous for taking words seriously," proclaimed Bishop John Taylor at the Episcopalian Church's 79th General Convention (GC) last week. If Taylor's claim is accurate, Episcopalians should be horrified by their General Convention's political scapegoating of Israel -- with at least 15 anti-Israel resolutions considered, and six passed. 

After all, Bishop Taylor made his statement while arguing in the House of Bishops against the use of the word "apartheid" in the anti-Israel resolution "D039 Regarding Occupation and Apartheid."

And some Episcopalians were outraged. Rising in opposition to D039, William Murchison -- a deputy (delegate) from Texas -- pointed out in the House of Deputies that the Episcopal Church was not calling attention to the threat that Hamas and Hezbollah pose to Israelis. Speaking again, this time against D027, Murchison concluded, "The mood of the house is to beat up on Israel, to beat it to a pulp, and to make excuses for its adversaries and its sworn enemies." 

Murchison was immediately and personally ridiculed on Twitter by some fellow Episcopalians. A fellow deputy felt the need to rise and issue a rebuke from the floor of the House of Deputies. Unfortunately, for far too many deputies and bishops debating and voting on anti-Israel resolutions, their words and resolutions were extremely harmful, careless, and frankly, sinful toward Israel. 

But in the House of Bishops, concern over the wording and sources of resolutions was more prevalent. Bishop W. Nicholas Kniseley spoke of his concerns about resolution B016 having "an imbalance in the intentions towards one party of the conflict." Bishop J. Scott Barker pointed out that a portion of D038 was based on hearsay, and that the resolution's original explanation "referenced Mondoweiss [a virulently anti-Israel website], which if you just give the quickest look to evaluate what kind of website that is, it's highly controversial and highly partisan."

Highly controversial and highly partisan anti-Israel sentiments were plentiful at the Episcopalian Church's 79th GC, despite some church officials' and deputies' protestations to the contrary. Deputies and bishops not only voted on divestment from Israel, but also on a multitude of other anti-Israel resolutions and revisions. 

The GC appeared to be splitting hairs and only paying lip service to support for Israel and their opposition to antisemitism. In its "divestment" resolution, the GC amended D019's language to supposedly differentiate between antisemitism and opposition to Israeli government policies in an apparent effort to garner more votes for divestment. While D019 -- the main divestment resolution -- failed in the House of Bishops, the language of B016, which was adopted, did not even pay lip service to supporting Israel's right "to exist in secure borders" and opposing antisemitism.

Rev. Daniel Joslyn-Siemiatkoski, a professor of church history at the Seminary of the Southwest and a scholar of the history of Jewish-Christian relations, testified against C017 -- a proposed boycott and divestment resolution targeting Israel (which was not passed). He said: "I frame my opposition to this legislation not out of guilt or anxiety about anti-Semitism, but in terms of the deep problem of Christian supersessionist theology that is endemic within Western Christian thought, including within progressive Christianity and this denomination." 

He reminded his fellow Episcopalians, "Supersessionism at its heart claims Jews have lost their covenant because of their sins. It perpetuates the logic that Israel as a people have failed and the Church is able to stand in judgement of it and determine what aspects of Israel are legitimate and which are not. Supersessionism is the original sin of the Christian church." 

He added, "If the government of Israel is only ever the target of resolutions considered by the committees of the General Convention and the clear wrongdoing of the other parties in the conflict is not also subject to proposals for direct action, then it is hard to avoid the question of the degree to which supercessionist thinking unconsciously informs the progressive social theology underlying proposed legislation." 

Clearly, the identity of those targeted by the GC's anti-Israel resolutions contradicts D019's supposed distinction, and is revealed by B016's lack of distinction. The GC passed resolution "A230 Deploring the Sin of Scapegoating in Politics." Yet, the Episcopal Church's GC had no issue whatsoever with politically scapegoating Israel. 

Speaking about D039, Bishop Eugene Sutton admonished his fellow bishops: "There's a sense of piling on here in these resolutions. And it makes me wonder, as my Jewish friends say to me constantly, 'Why the fixation on Israel?' -- with the massacres going on around the world, the abuses everywhere, and in this country [the United States]. But there are no resolutions from this body of boycotting American goods because our treatment of immigrants on our borders right now and our citizens in the streets. There are abuses around the Middle East. There are no calls for boycott of Saudi Arabian oil. There are no calls for boycotts in conflicts in the Congo."

He concluded by stating that, "We are for human rights. And we have to ask ourselves, 'Why are we constantly having many resolutions around this conflict that are primarily addressing the abuses of Israel?'"

Resolutions specifically targeting Israel was not the only concern at the Episcopalian Church's 79th GC. The House of Deputies' Committee 13 controversially removed "Israel," and replaced it with "all nations" in a liturgical prayer: "We give thanks to you, O God, for the goodness and love which you have made known to us in creation; in the calling of all nations to be your people."   

This Eucharistic Prayer B is contained in the Episcopal Church's "Holy Eucharist, Rite II," and is also known as the Nunc Dimittis (or the "Song of Simeon"). Some Episcopalians, united in their concern over this controversial revision, took to Twitter to express their thoughts on the shift in language and its ramifications. 

Discussing rising antisemitism, Everett Lees -- the vicar of an Episcopalian church in Tulsa, Oklahoma -- exclaimed "to separate Jesus from the Jewish people is highly problematic and dangerous. #gc79." When asked to explain what had happened, he responded, "A member of the committee moved to strike Israel from the salvation history of Prayer B and include all nations." He also said, "Seems like we need some basic instruction on OT [Old Testament] theology."

Echoing similar concerns, Jonathan Grieser -- an Episcopalian priest from Madison, Wisconsin -- tweeted, "Why I quake in fear at the prospect of #bcprevision: the amendment to replace 'Israel' with 'all nations' in Eucharistic Prayer B. That it was proposed is pathetic. That it passed calls into question the biblical & theological literacy of the deputies who voted for it. #gc79."

J. Wesley Evans -- the rector of an Episcopalian church in Texas -- shared the original Christian passage, Luke 2:30-32, on which the prayer is based: "For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, which thou hast prepared before the face of all people, to be a light to lighten the Gentiles, and to be the glory of thy people Israel! #gc79 #KeepIsrael #D078." He then admonished, "Quick OT [Old Testament] lesson: God called Israel out of the nations to be his Covenant People, to Israel was given the Law and prophets, and it was through Israel that was born Jesus the Messiah to redeem the world. #gc79 #KeepIsrael #D078." 

While the House of Deputies eventually voted to reinsert "Israel" into the D078 liturgy -- and the House of Bishops concurred -- deputies' arguments for doing so were generally based on the claim that "Israel" refers to the historical Israel, not the modern State of Israel.

The Episcopalian Church's GC evidently did not see a connection between historical Israel and its modern form. And given the prominence of "pro-Palestinian" advocates and organizations, who chaired critical committees and organized "pro-Palestinian" testimonies at committee hearings, who can be genuinely surprised by that outcome or by the anti-Israel resolutions that were passed? 

Arguing on behalf of divestment, Rev. David Ota of the Diocese of California exclaimed, "When I think about this issue, when I see Palestinians behind walls, I see Jesus and I see my family and I see our church."

Under its current leadership, the Episcopal Church's GC has made one thing abundantly clear through its rhetoric, resolutions, and revisions. Apparently, it does not see Jesus -- the Jewish carpenter -- in the face of Israelis living under constant threat of attacks for their very existence in the Jewish state. 

On Friday, Christians from a variety of Christian denominations were being alerted of rockets from Gaza being fired at Israelis. The same day that Israeli children were hiding in shelters in fear of rockets raining down on them, the Episcopal Church GC's House of Bishops was voting on anti-Israel resolutions -- passing resolution C038, which accuses Israel of mistreating detained Palestinian children.

 

\Bishop Edward Little stated in his remarks opposing C038's passage: "Jesus loves the little children -- Palestinian and Israeli. I oppose this resolution for two reasons. First, is that it provides no facts." After explaining that the resolution was predicated on an outdated UNICEF report, he concluded, "Second, this resolution ignores the fact that Israeli children have suffered as well. They have been killed in suicide attacks -- in buses, cafes, markets, Passover dinners."  

Does the Episcopal Church not see Jesus' early disciples -- who were all Jews living in the land of Israel -- as "family" and "our church"? Because its General Convention seemingly refused to see their descendants -- Israelis living under constant threat in the land of Israel -- as worthy of the support and respect afforded one's "family" and "church." 

While many Christians embrace the Jewish roots of their faith and support the State of Israel, by its own rhetoric and actions, it is clear that the Episcopal Church's General Convention was only concerned with politically and exclusively scapegoating Israel -- the world's only Jewish state. 

In sharp contrast to its claims of being part of a Jesus Movement and the Way of Love, the Episcopal Church's General Convention showed itself to be only a royally anti-Israel General Convention under the leadership of its royally anti-Israel bishop Michael Curry.  

Will Episcopalians join other Christians in taking their words seriously and in only speaking love and truth to their Jewish and Arab brethren? Or will they continue down the path of politically scapegoating Israel with their careless rhetoric and harmful resolutions?  

Perfect Storm: 15 Flashpoints to Watch in 2nd Half of 2018
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Events are beginning to greatly accelerate, and many believe that the ingredients for a "perfect storm" are starting to come together as we enter the second half of 2018. Other than the continual drama surrounding the Trump presidency, things have been quite calm for the past couple of years. 

We have been enjoying a time of peace, safety and relative economic prosperity that a lot of Americans have begun to take for granted. But great trouble has been brewing under the surface, and many are wondering if we are about to reach a major turning point. 

Our planet is being shaken physically, emotionally and financially, and it isn't going to take much to push us over the edge. The following are 15 flashpoints which could create world changing events during the 2nd half of 2018...

#1 War In The Middle East - A state of war already exists in Israel. 200 rockets and mortar shells were fired into Israel on Saturday alone, and it won't take much to spark a much broader regional war.

#2 Civil Unrest In U.S. Cities - Progressives are promising a "summer of rage", and they are assuring us that all of the anger that has been building up against President Trump and his administration is about to starting boiling over onto the streets of our major cities all across America.

#3 The Nomination Of Brett Kavanaugh To The Supreme Court - Prominent liberals are stoking fears that the Supreme Court will start taking away "our most cherished liberties" if Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed by the Senate. Expect Washington D.C. to be the focus for a lot of the chaos that will happen later this summer.

#4 Tensions In The Windy City - The City of Chicago is a powder keg that could erupt at any moment. The recent shooting of a young African-American man resulted in a violent night of protests, and we should expect much more chaos in the days ahead.

#5 The 2018 Mid-Term Elections - These are probably the most important mid-term elections in modern American history, and tempers are running high on both sides. At this point the left appears to have more energy than the right, as they have accumulated a voter registration lead of 12 million in states that require party affiliation.

#6 Hillary Clinton - Hillary has been acting very much like a presidential candidate in recent days, and she has been continually fueling hatred for Donald Trump during her public appearances. Many believe that she will launch yet another campaign for the presidency once the 2018 mid-term elections are over.

#7 The U.S. Border With Mexico - President Trump's immigration policies have absolutely infuriated the left, and Mexico's new president is a radical socialist that absolutely hates Donald Trump and that has declared that immigration to the United States is a "human right". It is difficult to see how this crisis is going to end well.

#8 The Trade War Between The United States And China - A full-blown trade war has erupted between the two largest economies on the entire planet. U.S. consumers are going to have to start paying much more for certain goods, and U.S. businesses that are heavily dependent on exports are going to have to start laying off workers.

#9 The Deteriorating Relationship Between The United States And Russia - Russia has become the "boogeyman" that gets blamed for everything these days, and relations between our two nations are the worst that they have been since the Cold War. Hopefully Trump and Putin can change that, but it is hard to be optimistic at this point.

#10 Will NATO Survive? - Donald Trump has threatened to pull the United States out of NATO if European leaders do not "immediately" begin increasing defense spending.

#11 The Stock Market - Markets all over the world have already been plummeting, and the smart money in the United States is getting out of the market at a pace that we haven't seen since 2008. We are way overdue for a major crash, and if one happens during the second half of 2018 it definitely will not be a surprise.

#12 The Price Of Oil - The price of oil has reached levels not seen in many years, and many believe that the price is going to go much higher. This is already putting a tremendous amount of strain on working families all over America.

#13 The Political And Financial Crisis In Italy - The Italian government is going through an enormous amount of turmoil right now, and there are rumblings that the Italians may decide to leave the euro altogether. If that happens, we should expect to see the greatest financial shaking in modern European history.

#14 Earth In Travail - More than 30 volcanoes are erupting all around the world right now, and seismic activity appears to be escalating along the Ring of Fire. It is only a matter of time before we have a major seismic event in the United States, but hopefully that will not happen within the next six months.

#15 Drought In The Southwest - A devastating drought of historic proportions has already caused "Dust Bowl conditions" to return to some areas of the Southwest. If more rain doesn't start falling, farmers and ranchers in the region are going to be absolutely crippled.

Of course it is inevitable that we will face some moments of crisis during the second half of 2018 that have nothing to do with the items on this list. One thing that is always true about life is that it is unpredictable, and so we should expect the unexpected.

But what virtually everyone should be able to agree upon is the fact that we are witnessing a very strange confluence of events that is unlike anything that we have witnessed in a very, very long time.

Is America about to plunge into a time of unprecedented turmoil? Only time will tell, but all of the ingredients are definitely there, and if a "perfect storm" does emerge during the second half of 2018 there are many of us that won't be shocked at all.

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Trump And Putin Vow To Destroy The ‘New World Order’
The two great leaders of the world, President Trump and President Putin, have vowed to destroy the ‘New World Order’. During a closed door meeting in the Finnish Presidential Palace, the two world leaders discussed how to dismantle the New World Order, much to the dismay of the globalists.

Rep. Louis Gohmert: FBI Agents Told Me Peter Strzok ‘Has Gotten Away With Murder’
“I heard from more FBI agents saying, ‘If any of us had done a fraction of what Strzok did, we would not only have been run off, we probably would have been prosecuted. This guy has gotten away with murder and he’s hurt our reputation around the country.’ So hearing more and more of that, and also hearing from other government employees, saying he’s giving government employees a bad name. I’m just still holding onto that hope that springs eternal, that justice will hold out, and it will end up holding Strzok accountable. We’re not giving up,” Rep. Gohmert said.

Defense Minister Liberman: ‘We can defeat any foe’
“The IDF is ready and prepared for any mission that we give it”, the office of Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman reported Tuesday. Lieberman made the statement while visiting a military drill in the south of the country. The division drill, which is to last until Thursday, will see the 162nd Armored Division’s 401st Brigade simulate the capturing of Gaza City by IDF troops.

Trump: Putin is a ‘Bibi fan’
Russian President Vladimir Putin likes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, he really does, United States President Donald Trump told Fox News on Monday night. He spoke with Fox just after his meeting with Putin in Helsinki, which he described as positive. “We discussed many, many things. At the end of a long period of time, it was just the two of us [and] interceptors. At the end of this meeting I think we came to a lot of good conclusions. A really good conclusion for Israel, something really strong,” Trump said.

‘Putin is serious about forcing Iran out of Syria’
Russia has mutual interest with US and Israel in ultimately removing Iranian forces from Syria, says Dep. Min, ex-ambassador Michael Oren.

Sleeping Giants’ Anonymous Founder Unmasked; Top Ad Writer Behind Boycott Campaign Targeting Breitbart, Ingraham
The founder of Sleeping Giants, a left-wing activist group that has targeted right-wing voices with boycott campaigns, has managed to keep his identity a secret, even as his own group has become a major political player among liberals. Until now. Sleeping Giants was founded by Matt Rivitz, an award-winning ad copywriter based in San Francisco, a Daily Caller News Foundation investigation has found.

More Cases Of West Nile Virus Detected In U.S.
DeKalb County officials announced on Friday that they caught a mosquito that tested positive for the West Nile virus. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, this is the first mosquito with the virus caught in DeKalb County this year. There have been no humans affected by the virus in the county this year.

Devious, dark forces at work to derail America
We are bombarded daily with increasingly bizarre and surreal news reports. Like the outrageously biased Mueller investigation into Trump’s non-existent “Russia collusion.” Like embarrassingly deranged Democrat leaders Nancy Pelosi and Maxine Waters constantly claiming President Trump is mentally incompetent and must be impeached. Like the Washington “swamp” – which includes treacherous, self-serving, never-Trump establishment Republicans – working daily to undermine America’s duly elected president as he tirelessly keeps his promises to revive America’s economy,

Donald Trump Calls on DNC to Hand Over Email Server
“I will say this: I don’t see any reason why it would be [Russia]. But I really do want to see the server,” he said. The DNC refused to turn over its server to authorities, and, instead, had a private company, Crowdstrike, examine it for forensic evidence. Crowdstrike attributed the hacking to two Russian groups, Fancy Bear and Cozy Bear. Trump also said he wanted to see the House Democratic Caucus server handled by former DNC chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz’s former IT aide, Imran Awan, who went missing.

Hamas condemns Israeli ban of gas and fuel into Gaza 
Hamas strongly condemned Israel’s decision to halted the flow of gas and fuel into Gaza from Tuesday to Sunday, but will continue to allow in food and medicine on a case by case basis. The announcement of some of the harshest restrictions Israel has ever leveled against the Gaza Strip comes in the aftermath of a violent weekend in which Gaza Palestinians launched 200 rockets, mortars, and kites into southern Israel, injuring four people.

‘Breaking the Silence’ bill passed into law 
Left-wing NGOs deemed to be acting against the IDF and delegitimizing Israel will now be prevented from accessing schools and their students, after the Knesset approved the…’Breaking the Silence law’… The law…states that organizations delegitimizing the State of Israel, acting against IDF soldiers and the objectives of the Israeli education system, will not be permitted to enter school premises or meet with students.

‘A strong message to Iran from Israel’: Syrians debate Aleppo airstrike 
A source close to the Syrian rebels said that Syrians in the northern Idlib province heard missiles fly over their locations on Sunday before explosions occurred near Aleppo’s Nayrab Airport in the evening. “It is a strong message to Iran,” a man familiar with the situation told the The Jerusalem Post. “Iran must get out entirely from Syria, not only keep away from the border [with Israel].”

EU signs its biggest free trade deal with Japan
The European Union and Japan have signed one of the world’s biggest free trade deals, covering nearly a third of the world’s GDP and 600 million people. One of the biggest EU exports to Japan is dairy goods, while cars are one of Japan’s biggest exports. The move contrasts sharply with actions by the US Trump administration, which has introduced steep import tariffs.

Editing human embryos ‘morally permissible’
Should we or shouldn’t we be allowed to modify human DNA in future children? An inquiry into the ethical issues surrounding genetically altering a human embryo has found there is “no absolute reason not to pursue it”. But appropriate measures must be put in place before it becomes UK law, said the report – which calls for further research both medically and socially.

Japan’s growing plutonium stockpile fuels fears
Japan has amassed enough plutonium to make 6,000 atomic bombs as part of a programme to fuel its nuclear plants, but concern is growing that the stockpile is vulnerable to terrorists and natural disasters. Japan has long been the world’s only non-nuclear-armed country with a programme to reprocess spent nuclear fuel from its power plants into plutonium.

Socialist Darling Ocasio-Cortz Trashes Israel, Calls Them “Occupiers” of Palestine
Democrat Socialist darling Ocasio-Cortez sent shock waves through the Democrat Party when she defeated the fourth most powerful Democrat in the House of Representatives…In typical Socialists fashion Ocasio-Cortez unloaded on Israel: Ocasio-Cortez: “I also think that what people are starting to see at least with the occupation of Palestine is the increasing crisis of humanitarian condition. And that to me is where I tend to come from on this issue.”

Chicago May Become Largest City in U.S. to Try Universal Basic Income
Chicago Alderman Ameya Pawar is worried about the future. He is concerned that a coming wave of automation could put millions of people out of work and result in more extreme politics…”We have to start talking about race and class and geography, but also start talking about the future of work as it relates to automation…He has decided to endorse the universal basic income — an idea that has been picking up steam across the world.

Egypt gives Hamas a few days to end kite, balloon terror
Egypt has warned Hamas to significantly reduce or completely end within a few days the launching of incendiary balloons and kites into Israeli territory from Gaza, Ynet learned on Tuesday morning, giving the terror group an extended deadline to restore calm to the border. The ultimatum came after Israel announced…it would be closing the commercial Kerem Shalom crossing to gas and fuel supplies after a ceasefire agreement was violated…

Putin, Trump say Israel’s northern border will be secured
The United States and Russia will work together to ensure Israel’s security, US President Donald Trump said on Monday after his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Speaking during a joint press conference after a one-on-one meeting with Putin behind closed doors in Helsinki in a long-awaited summit, President Trump said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had been consulted on the matter.

U.S. launches five WTO challenges to retaliatory tariffs
The United States launched five separate World Trade Organization dispute actions on Monday challenging retaliatory tariffs imposed by China, the European Union, Canada, Mexico and Turkey following U.S. duties on steel and aluminum. The retaliatory tariffs on up to a combined $28.5 billion worth of U.S. exports are illegal under WTO rules, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said in a statement.

Putin: George Soros is Meddling in Elections, NOT Russia
During the historic summit between US President Trump and Russian President Putin in Helsinki, Russia’s leader highlighted the international threat posed by billionaire globalist George Soros.

Israelis FUME as 174 rockets fired into the country by Islamic terrorists yet again leads to a weak response and government agreed ceasefire
…when Hamas and its allies upped the ante by lobbing no fewer than 174 rockets and mortar shells into southern Israel at the weekend, there was some hope that the Israeli army would finally get a green light to take real action.

Trump praises Hungary for their refusal to take in Muslim refugees, and says Brexit was a direct result of mass immigration that is destroying Christian Europe
In an interview on Air Force One with Piers Morgan, host of Good Morning Britain, Trump states, “I said Brexit was going to happen for a specific reason: immigration. I think the people of the UK want to have who they want in their country, and I think what’s happening all over Europe is very sad”.

Obama to Make Rare High-Profile Speech on Mandela’s Legacy 
In a speech marking the 100th birthday of anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela, former U.S. President Barack Obama will urge youth around the world to work for human rights and fair societies, highlighting the late South African leader’s example of persevering in the struggle for democracy and equal rights for all.

Trump: “I think the European Union is a foe” in interview with Jeff Glor ahead of Putin meeting at Helsinki Summit
Coming off a contentious NATO summit and a trip to the U.K. in which he seemed to undercut the government of America’s closest ally, President Trump took aim at another Western institution just days before his high-stakes meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Putin Name Drops George Soros at Press Conference with Trump
Russian president Vladimir Putin accused far-left billionaire George Soros of meddling in international affairs during a joint press conference Monday with President Donald Trump in Helsinki, Finland.

CDC Survey: Spike in homosexuality among American youth due to indoctrination
America is doing a terrific job of pushing LGBT in schools, and as a result, more of our kids are engaging in this behavior and adopting the identity.

OUTBREAK ALERT: 500 Are Sick After Visiting Tennessee Zip-line Attraction
More than five-hundred people so far have been sickened in Tennessee at a zip line attraction after E. Coli bacteria was found in the water. And at least 550 people have tested positive for the norovirus after visiting the same location.

 Soros?—–Who was behind Alexandria Ocasio Cortez’s astonishing makeover?
….In tandem with her transformation from nerd to a female Che Guevara, she morphed from capitalist to membership in a party that wants to “abolish profit.”

Clinton’s Multi Million-Dollar Communist Uranium Deal
Bill Clinton advocated for an oppressive communist leader known for human rights violations, corruption and election fraud to help a Vancouver businessman get uranium and, in return, the millionaire cut a hefty check to the former president’s foundation.

Former CIA Officer: Clinton “Involved In Biggest Treason In History”
Shipp explains, “Hillary Clinton used this to launder money in foreign banks so it wasn’t subject to U.S. laws, congressional subpoenas or FOIA demands for the evidence.  This was done to launder this money globally into the Clinton Foundation so the U.S. government could not examine it at all.”

Vatican Bishop Confesses: ‘Senior Catholic Officials Are Paid By George Soros’
European politicians and senior Catholic officials have been bought and paid for by George Soros, according to Vatican Bishop Athanasius Schneider, who confessed to an Italian newspaper that the migrant crisis was orchestrated with the goal of “radically altering the Christian and national identity of the peoples of Europe.”

Can the U.S. & Israel Trust Putin on Iran & Syria?
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U.S.  President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin just concluded a bilateral summit in Helsinki, Finland, that proved to be one of the most widely anticipated meetings in years--or, at least, since the meeting with North Korea. 

While the discussions centered on relations with Europe and the United States, a topic that also took high priority was the ongoing civil war in Syria.

Over the last month, the Syrian regime--backed by Russian, Iran, Hezbollah and Shi'a militias--has launched a massive operation in its south to defeat one of the remaining rebel strongholds in the country. Not only has the operation, spurred on by Syrian President Bashar Assad, led to a massive humanitarian disaster, but it has brought Iran and its terror proxies even closer to the Israeli border.

The issue of Iran's presence has been a growing concern for Israel and the United States. Israel has raised alarms over Iran and its Shi'ite terror proxies establishing a permanent presence in post-war Syria, especially along the demilitarized Israeli-Syrian border.

Since the beginning of the year, Israeli and Iranian forces have come close to a full-scale conflict over Iranian provocations along the Israeli-Syrian border and even into Israeli territory itself. In February, an Iranian drone was shot down by Israel after it crossed into Israeli airspace. This led to retaliatory Israeli airstrikes inside of Syria that saw an Israeli F-16 shot down.

Tensions again threatened to boil over in May, when Israel carried out its largest airstrikes in Syria in decades against Iranian infrastructure in the country.

Since then, the Israeli Air Force has continued smaller-scale airstrikes in Syria in response to Syrian or Iranian provocations, as well as targeted Iranian efforts to transfer weapons into Syria to bolster pro-Iranian militias and Hezbollah.

But Tehran has dismissed any suggestion that it will leave.

"We came [to Syria] not at the invitation of the United States, and we will not leave because of its threats," Ali Akbar Velayati, a close adviser to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said at the Valdai Discussion Club last week while visiting Moscow.

At the same time, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has met with Putin three times in the last six months to press him on the issue. Last week at a meeting in Moscow, Netanyahu firmly told Putin that "Iran needs to leave Syria."

Then on Saturday, Netanyahu spoke with Trump by phone, saying the topics discussed were "Syria and Iran, first and foremost."

Following the Putin-Trump meeting, Netanyahu issued a statement saying that he "commends" the commitment by President Trump for Israel's security during the summit. He also said he "appreciates the security coordination" between Israel and Russia and the "clear position expressed by President Putin regarding the need to uphold the 1974 Separation of Forces Agreement between Israel and Syria."

U.S. says for time being, it's staying put in Syria

Nevertheless, while both Israeli and American leaders seem to be focused on discussing with Putin Iran's presence in Syria, it remains unclear the extent that Putin is able or even willing to force Iran out of the country.

Anna Borshchevskaya, an expert of Russia's policy towards the Middle East at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, told JNS that Putin does not have the leverage or desire to force Iran out.

"I don't think he [Putin] can get Iran out. Even if Putin wanted to do this, which is doubtful at the very least, Putin doesn't really have any leverage over Iran to do this. Putin wants to appear as a peacemaker, a mediator; he would like to be elevated to this role. And then he will play all sides, to elevate himself," she said.

According to Borshchevskaya, true peace and stability in Syria would undermine Putin's ability to stay as the chief mediator; therefore, any Russian promises have to be met with skepticism.

"We already saw what appeared, at the very least, [to be] a superficial withdrawal from southern Syria, she said. "If anything, it appeared to be a deception because these people appeared to just switch into Syrian uniforms."

And, she added, "Lavrov already said it's impossible to get Iran to completely withdraw from Syria."

Reports in recent weeks have continually suggested that Russia has been working to remove Iranian from along the Israeli-Syrian border and to create a buffer zone. But Israel is still demanding a full withdrawal.

 Vice Admiral John Bird, USN (ret.), who currently serves on JINSA's Gemunder Center Iran Task Force, told JNS that Putin is concerned with anything that can jeopardize his country's strategic position in Syria.

"Assad is reconquering the country, the world has seen Russia stand by its ally and bolster its prestige, and Russia also has secured permanent naval/air bases--all at relatively little cost to itself. Iran's entrenchment in Syria could risk everything Putin has gained," he said.

"However, if Iran and Israel get into a full-blown war that potentially threatens the Assad regime and/or forces Russia to get involved," then this could jeopardize that situation, he said.

For its part, the United States has limited leverage in Syria. The American involvement in Syria has mainly been focused on the eastern half of the country, where the Islamic State terror group established the capital of its so-called caliphate in the Syrian city of Raqaa. While a U.S.-led coalition have largely dismantled this caliphate in Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State threat still remains.

Nevertheless, National Security Advisor John Bolton said in recent days that the United States will remain in Syria as long as the threat from the Islamic State and Iran continue.

"I think the president's made it clear that we are there until the ISIS territorial caliphate is removed, and as long as the Iranian menace continues throughout the Middle East," Bolton told ABC News.

In the past, Trump has suggested pulling all U.S. forces out of Syria, which has led to some concern among observers that it would lead the United States to have even less sway over Middle East regional developments.

Bird said that Trump needs to "develop a position of strength" in order to properly negotiate with Putin on Syria.

"Putin likely would love to continue being the irreplaceable diplomat that arbitrates between Israel and Iran, but Trump must convey to Putin that all of this could be lost if Israel has to go to war to prevent Iranian entrenchment in Syria."

Similarly, Borshchevskaya said that instead of reaching a deal on Syria, Trump should make it clear to Putin that America is not leaving Syria.

"Trump should assure Putin that the U.S. is not leaving Syria, and that the U.S. will push back against Iran militarily on the region," she said. "What Putin wants is to see America retreat; it is a strong American presence that will deter Putin and Iran as well."


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