Muslims and Israeli police clashed at Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on the Temple Mount for a second straight day on Monday, prompting at least three arrests, police said.
“As the police entered the compound masked youths fled inside the mosque and threw stones at the force,” a police statement said. Masked Palestinians attacked also police metal bars before fleeing into the mosque, Army Radio said.
Police said they entered the hilltop compound to ensure that Muslim youths massing there did not harass Jews or tourists during the morning visiting hours. The site is sacred to both Jews and Muslims.
After the Sunday raid, which quickly turned violent, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel of carrying out an “attack” on the mosque and said sites such as al-Aqsa constituted a “red line,” adding that the Palestinians “will not allow attacks against our holy places.”
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will convene urgent consultations Tuesday evening, once the Jewish new year holiday is over, to discuss the ongoing violence on the Temple Mount, which on Monday saw Palestinians clashing with Israeli police officers for a second consecutive day.
Attending the Tuesday meeting will be Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein and representatives of the security forces. Israel’s Ynet website reported.
Russia on Monday launched its largest military exercises of the year, Centre-2015, involving some 95,000 soldiers including ground troops, navy and airforce units.
The long-announced war games are "the most large-scale drill of 2015," the defence ministry said.
Russia has recently intensified snap checks of its military might, testing its capabilities from the Arctic to the Far East as relations with the West have plunged to a post-Cold War low over the Ukraine crisis.
Centre-2015 takes place at 20 sites across Russia's central military district, which reaches from the Volga River to the Ural mountains and Siberia in the east, while also including far northern Russia.
Troops from member states of the Russia-led Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO), made up of several ex-Soviet countries, are also involved in the exercise.
The defence ministry said the war games are aimed at testing the readiness of the military of the CSTO countries to "manage coalition groups of troops in containing an international armed conflict."
The exercises running to September 20 include 20 naval ships and up to 170 aircraft, the defence ministry said.
The international left wasted no time in using the below tragic image as fodder for the multiculturalism/open borders war, suggesting that somehow the West's reluctance to provide safe haven for potentially every human being on the planet is responsible for the death of this 3-year-old boy and the other displaced people with whom he was traveling.
The reason these people left their homes is not in dispute. They were fleeing ISIS and their trademark hellish barbarism. Why is there an ISIS? Because our president is determined to create an Islamic counterbalance to perceived Western hegemony.
Europe and America are too strong, and they achieved their success on the backs of the oppressed peoples of the world, most notably the peaceful Islamic peoples of the Middle East. So goes the narrative.
If there were only some political construct that could unite the oppressed Islamists in a sort of "pan-Arabic Islamic Union," then the Muslims of the world could take their place among the economic privileged of the world, functioning like an Islamic version of the European Union, or our NAFTA, eliminating their need to lash out in acts of barbarity that (of course!) can be fueled only by their righteous anger at their exploitation by the Western powers.
This is the Arab Spring, folks. It has never been a democracy movement, nor is it a cry for self-government; it is a movement to replace largely secular non-Islamist governments with fully Islamist theocratic regimes that will eventually fall under the umbrella of a restored caliphate, led by the Muslim Brotherhood.
ISIS is the tool with which this administration and its Muslim Brotherhood allies hope to pry Syria from the hands of Assad.
The entire enterprise is foolish in the extreme – not simply because it is insanity to partner in any way with barbarous Islamic supremacists such as ISIS, but primarily because we're doing it all in pursuit of a fantasy.
The Islamists are lashing out not because of Western oppression. They aren't raising generation after generation of hate-filled terrorists in response to Western exploitation.
They are doing precisely what Islamists have done for 1,400 years – attempting to take over the world for Islam, as their prophet commanded them to do.
Every few hundred years throughout the history of Islam, the "religion" has achieved a critical mass of power in a given region, enabling its adherents to conquer and rule that region under Islamic law.
After that comes the next phase, where the Islamists (who recognize no borders but their own) begin the process of infiltrating and conquering their neighbors, attempting to fulfill Allah's command through their prophet to put the Earth under the domination of Islam.
History reveals that this phase has been followed reliably by the rest of the world beating Islam back into the stone ages, eliminating their armies, and dividing them into groups too small to mount any meaningful threat. Then, after a few hundred years, after the memories of the true nature of Islam have faded, the cycle begins anew.
Obama and his collectivist ilk see all problems through red-tinted Marxist eyes – as a battle between the bourgeoisie and the proletariat – leaving them completely unprepared (or unwilling!) to see the truth that some people, unlike themselves, believe so strongly in their religion that they will follow its precepts to the death, again and again.
The Middle East is a volatile region because of Islam, not in spite of it. There are divisions within Islam that are irreconcilable. Sunni considers Shia to be apostates, and Shia reciprocates the sentiment. There is no way Iran (Shia) will permit a revived Ottoman Empire in the form of a Sunni-dominated caliphate to exist without the ability to defend themselves against it.
This is the impetus behind the tragically wrong-headed Iran nuclear deal. The Shia get a nuclear weapon with which to ward off the inevitable Sunni caliphate's aggression, and Obama gets his pan-Arabic Islamic Union.
It is a devil's bargain that will lead to unimaginable suffering, because it is a deal made on a fundamental misapprehension of the dynamic at work. It's Islam, stupid, not the economy.
We are watching the pursuit of a policy rooted in fantasy, with the lives of millions at stake. When former State Department spokesperson Marie Harf famously said we need to address the root problems by finding jobs for ISIS, she inadvertently revealed the reality behind Obama's deeply flawed worldview.
This child is dead due to Obama's folly, but hopefully this poignant photo will wake up an uninterested world to the fallacy of Obama's class-warfare worldview before it's too late to forestall the murder of millions in the not too distant future.