The Netherlands has decided to take a bold stand for Israel in the United Nations and to oppose all resolutions that do not use the Jewish name for the Temple Mount. 

Israel and Israel supporters have long contended that using just the Arabic name for the site, Haram al-Sharif, amounts to a blatant denial of Judaism’s connection to its holiest site. The Temple Mount is the holiest site in Judaism.

The Dutch Senate passed the motion 50 to 25 earlier this month. 

Sen. Peter Schalk of the Christian SGP party asked the government “to vote as much as possible against UN resolutions referring to the Temple Mount using only the Arabic name al-Haram al-Sharif and to encourage other European Union countries to do the same.”

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U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan) is already taking aim at the Joe Biden administration warning them they had better let her use her “First Amendment right” to attack Israel as she sees fit. 

Responding to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s decision to defund groups that support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, she castigated the decision as another slap in the face to Palestinians by Donald Trump’s administration. Tlaib, though born in America, is of Palestinian ancestry and still has family in the West Bank.

“Sec. Pompeo has moved to suppress BDS, a peaceful protest movement protected by the 1st Amendment,” Tlaib said on Twitter,

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President Trump has been the most pro-Israel president ever. And, his bold moves actually led to peace with many Arab nations—just the opposite of what the talking heads predicted. But now the Palestinians are preparing a list of demands for President-elect Joe Biden, most of them calling for the reversal or cancellation of “anti-Palestinian” decisions made by Donald Trump’s administration.

The Jerusalem Post reported that the Palestinian Authority has prepared a list to present to Biden after he is sworn in on Jan. 20. Officials have already been in touch with Biden’s transition team and are encouraged by a positive response especially after four years of U.S. policy that was seen as heavily favoring Israel. 

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Yossi Cohen, head of the Mossad, flew to Saudi Arabia to meet with the crown prince there before returning to Israel in a very quick visit that was made in secret.

This occurred after a week of historic meetings in Jerusalem between Israeli and American officials and Bahrain’s first official state visit to Israel last week with a delegation led by the foreign minister. 

After Israeli media broke the news of Netanyahu’s trip on Sunday, some officials here confirmed the meeting took place, but Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan denied that Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman met any Israelis in the kingdom on Sunday.

“I have seen press reports about a purported meeting between HRH the Crown Prince and Israeli officials during the recent visit by @SecPompeo,” he wrote on Twitter. “No such meeting occurred. The only officials present were American and Saudi.”

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A very famous megachurch pastor says, “the devil has made a strategic mistake and awaken (sic) the Church.” He is speaking about the election. I am deeply concerned about the mixing of politics and the gospel. The apostles were singularly focused on wining souls and discipling them; planting congregations and raising up leaders. Is this deception?

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