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  • Members of Palestinian forces loyal to Hamas take part in a military parade in Gaza City on July 26, 2017 amid a tense standoff between Israel and Muslim worshipers at Jerusalem's Temple Mount. (AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS)

    Some 2,000 members of the Hamas terror group marched in the Gaza Strip Wednesday to mark “victory” after Israel removed contested metal detectors from entrances to the Temple Mount a day earlier in a bid to calm tensions.

    The group also called for a fresh “day of rage” throughout the West Bank on Friday to protest continued Israeli security measures at the site.

    The group urged Palestinians to “respond to the ongoing events in order to deter Israel from continuing its violations against our people and holy places,” according to Israel’s Channel 2.

    It was the second week in a row the Palestinian terrorist group made such a call.

  • President Trump tweeted Wednesday that the U.S. government will not allow transgender people “to serve in any capacity in the U.S. military.” 

    In a series of tweets, he wrote: 

    "After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow...Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming..victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you."

    The president’s tweets came only a few weeks after Defense Secretary James Mattis said he would give military chiefs another six months to conduct a review to determine if allowing transgender individuals to enlist in the armed services will affect the “readiness or lethality” of the force. The deadline for that review was Dec. 1, 2017.

  • US President Donald Trump and Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri speak at a press conference at the White House on July 25, 2017. (AFP Photo/Tasos Katopodis)

    US President Donald Trump called the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah a threat to the entire Middle East on Tuesday, accusing it and Iran of fueling a humanitarian disaster in Syria.

    “Hezbollah is a menace to the Lebanese state, the Lebanese people and the entire region,” Trump said at a joint press conference alongside Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri at the White House.\

    “The group continues to increase its military arsenal which threatens to start yet another conflict with Israel… With the support of Iran, the organization is also fueling humanitarian catastrophe in Syria,” he told reporters.

    Hezbollah’s “true interests are those of itself and its sponsor, Iran,” he said.

  • US Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivers a speech outlining the Department of Justice policy regarding Sanctuary Cities and crime by illegal immigrants at the US Attorney's Office in Center City Philadelphia last week. Bastiaan Slabbers Sipa USA via AP

    President Donald Trump is getting a bitter Washington lesson when he messes with Jeff Sessions – you don't pick a fight with one of the Senate's guys.

    It's a lesson that could cost him politically in a Senate where he badly needs Republican support for his lengthy agenda, starting with healthcare on Tuesday.

    "I don’t understand it. There’s no more honorable person I’ve ever met in my life than Jeff Sessions,” said Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., a close friend of Sessions and his wife. “The only person who is more upset with Trump about this than me, is my wife.”

    Sessions spent 20 years in the Senate, winning a reputation for affability and party loyalty. He understood and doggedly practiced the code of what's been called the world's most exclusive club: You can disagree without being disagreeable, but you protect the institution and its members.

  • Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi (Photo: AFP)

    Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi directly addresses the Israeli public and government, calling on both not to take steps that provoke Muslims; El-Sisi: 'We want to live side by side and that is a shared issue that we need to protect.'

    Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi addressed Israel in a speech Monday, calling on its residents and leaders to "stop what is happening in the Al-Aqsa Mosque and not to provoke the feelings of Arabs and Muslims." 

    El-Sisi, who was speaking to a young audience in Alexandria, answered a question from an audience member on the issue and said, "The unfortunate events at Al-Aqsa are causing an unnecessary situation. I appeal to public opinion in Israel, the Israeli people and the Israeli leadership—please, this must stop.

  • Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a tour of Mt. Hermon and Golan IDF positions.. (photo credit:DEFENSE MINISTRY)

    Russia has deployed military police to monitor two safe zones being established in Syria, including one watch-post near Israel’s Golan Heights, the defense ministry in Moscow said Monday.

    Chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the Russian General Staff Col. Gen. Sergei Rudskoy said that Russian forces had set up checkpoints and observation posts in the southwest de-escalation zone and one covering Eastern Ghouta near the capital of Damascus.

    According to Rudskoy two checkpoints and ten watch posts were deployed on July 21 and 22 “along the approved areas of lines of contact” between rebel forces and Assad regime troops.

    “It is to be stressed that the nearest watch post is 13 kilometers far from the zone of separation zone between Israel and Syria near the Golan Heights. The zone has been approved in accordance with the international agreements,” he said adding that Moscow had informed Israel, the United States, and Jordan about the deployment.

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“The men who have done the most for God in this world have been early on their knees. He who fritters away the early morning, its opportunity and freshness, in other pursuits than seeking God will make poor headway seeking Him the rest of the day. If God is not first in our thoughts and efforts in the morning, He will be in the last place the remainder of the day.” 
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