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One Policeman And One Terrorist Killed In Champs-Elysées Shooting in Paris

Update:  ISIS has claimed responsibility and identified the terrorist in a shooting on Paris’ Champs-Elysees that killed a police officer and left two others gravely wounded.  The terrorist  is Karim Cheurfi aka Abu Yusuf al-Baljiki.  He was released from prison early for trying to kill cops, in 2001 he was sentenced to 20 years for trying to kill police officers.

A police officer was killed and two others wounded before the terrorist was killed in an in an attack on the Champs-Elysées.  It is thought a second attacker was involved and is still at large.

The officer who was killed in the attack was shot while in a police car waiting at a red light by an attacker driving by, a police union representative said on Twitter.

Paris police spokeswoman Johanna Primevert told AP that the attacker targeted police guarding the area near the Franklin Roosevelt metro station at the center of the avenue.  France24

Kalashnikov

Pierre-Henry Brandet, spokesman for France’s Interior Ministry, confirmed that one police officer was dead and two seriously wounded following the ‘targeted attack’.

He said a ‘car pulled up just after 9pm’ next to a police patrol car which was parked up on the busy avenue.

A man jumped out with a Kalashnikov and started firing indiscriminately into the police vehicle, hitting the unidentified officer who died directly in the head.

The assailant then ran off, pursued by other officers. Two of them were wounded as they killed him.

Mr Brandet said ‘all lines of investigation were being pursued’, while intelligence sources said the dead assailant was a known radical on a so-called S-file, for ‘State-security’.

This means he would have been under surveillance, because he was a known risk to the country.

An eyewitness, called Chelloug, said: ‘It was a terrorist. DailyMail


Terrorrism

Police have now issued an arrest warrant for a second suspect – a man understood to have arrived in France by train from Belgium.

French President Francois Hollande said the attack was ‘terrorist related’ and scheduled an emergency meeting following the shootings on Thursday evening. French prosecutors have opened a terrorism investigation. DailyMail

France Deradicalization Of Jihadists A “Total Fiasco”

A parliamentary report reveals, France’s attempts to deradicalize jihadis have been a complete failure.  Who would have guessed?

The report implies that deradicalization, either in specialized centers or in prisons, does not work because most Islamic radicals do not want to be deradicalized.

Although France is home to an estimated 8,250 hardcore Islamic radicals, only 17 submitted applications and just nine arrived. Not a single resident has completed the full ten-month curriculum.

The original plan was to build 13 deradicalization centers — known as Centers for Prevention, Integration and Citizenship at a cost of €40 million ($42 million).

The government’s first — and, until now, only — deradicalization center, housed in the Château de Pontourny, an isolated 18th-century manor in central France, opened in September 2016…

Although France is home to an estimated 8,250 hardcore Islamic radicals, only 59 people have inquired about going to Pontourny since its opening. Of those, only 17 submitted applications and just nine arrived. Not a single resident has completed the full ten-month curriculum.

One of the residents was a 24-year-old jihadist named Mustafa S., who was arrested during a counter-terrorism operation near Strasbourg on January 20, 2017. Police said he has links to one of the authors of the November 2015 jihadist attack on the Bataclan Theater in Paris. Mustafa S. was arrested while on leave from Pontourny: He was allegedly on his way to join the Islamic State in Syria.

After just five months of operation, Pontourny is now empty, even though it employs 27 people, including five psychologists, a psychiatrist and nine educators, at an annual cost of €2.5 million ($2.6 million).

Another one of the residents of Pontourny was a 24-year-old pregnant woman named Sabrina C., who lived in the facility from September 19 to December 15. She revealed to a local newspaper that she has never been radicalized but took advantage of Pontourny to escape her “family cocoon” and get some “fresh air”:

“At no time did I feel interested in any religion whatsoever. My family is Catholic, non-practicing, we go to church from time to time, but no more. My boyfriend wanted me to wear the headscarf, but I always refused.”

Sabrina’s mother said the deradicalization facility “was an opportunity for our daughter to attend vocational training, to learn cooking, to be near the animals.” Sabrina added that her stay there was a nightmare: “I wept every night, I did not feel in my place. In Pontourny, they treated me like a criminal.” She speculated that the only reason she was allowed into the facility was because the government needed “to make the numbers.”  GatestoneInstitute

Anti-Christian Attacks On The Rise In France

90 per cent assaults on places of worship target Christians.

While racist, anti-Muslim, and anti-Semitic attacks have seen a huge fall since 2008, those on Christian places of worship more than doubled in this period of time, France’s interior ministry reported last week.

Having documented a record number of anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim attacks in 2015, the French government spent €100 million on a huge anti-populist campaign to reduce Islamophobia, racism, and anti-Semitism.

Subsequently, racist, anti-Semitic, and anti-Muslim attacks fell sharply in 2016 with the former seeing a decline of 58.5 per cent and the latter a drop of 57.6 per cent. These attacks are defined as being fires, violence, degradation, and threats — comments, inscriptions, insulting letters.

In this year, attacks on Christian places of worship have increased by 17.4 per cent in 2016 compared to 2015. Racist attacks, meanwhile, dropped by 23.7 per cent (608 versus 797).

Attacks On Christian Places Have Increased

Le Figaro reported that acts which target Christians now account for 90 per cent assaults on places of worship.

The newspaper points out that, while it is to be expected that attacks on churches are the most plentiful because they exist in the largest number, cases in which Christian places of worship were defiled saw a huge rise between 2008 and 2016.

The government says the majority of the 949 attacks on churches have “no religious motive”, but that there was a possible “satanic motivation” in 14 cases and an “anarchist” motivation in 25. However, since 2008 assaults on Christian places of worship have risen by 245 per cent.

Last year in Dülmen, following the arrival of well over a million migrants in Germany, local media said “not a day goes by” without attacks on Christian religious statues. Breitbart

Silly French Authorities

At the start of 2017 we’re still looking back at 2016.
Today’s cartoon is based on a story reported in many places including Israel National News. DryBonesBlog

Paris rejected Israeli software which could have stopped attack

A groundbreaking Israeli security system could have helped French authorities prevent the Paris massacre last November – but authorities balked at the deal under pressure from the anti-Israel boycott movement.

Speaking to Fox News, an Israeli counter-terrorism source with intimate knowledge of both the software involved and the deal itself said that after the Charlie Hebdo and Hyper Cacher attack the previous January an Israeli company offered to provide French authorities with special terrorist-tracking software, which could well have enabled them to flag the ISIS terrorist network operating under their noses.

But although the French were initially very keen on the idea, they ultimately rejected it, the source said.

“French authorities liked it, but the official came back and said there was a higher-level instruction not to buy Israeli technology,” he told Fox News. “The discussion just stopped.”

The technology enables intelligence agencies to “connect the dots”, by aggregating and analyzing fragmented intelligence from multiple sources to provide a clear, comprehensive assessment. It has already been shared with the US and other Israeli allies, and helps to pinpoint terror suspects and other persons of interest to investigators.

The source claimed it could well have helped stop the Paris attacks, and potentially the more recent Brussels attacks as well, which were carried out by the same ISIS terror network. INN

The Paris Peace Conference Ends With A Long Declaration

Without the UK and other Commonwealth countries, this Paris declaration most likely will not show up at the UN this week.

Now it is a forceful statement from countries for Israel and the Palestinians to revive work toward long-elusive peace — including an independent Palestinian state.

Israel Cheers

Jerusalem takes credit for softened statement by 70 nations, which omits the ‘problematic passages’ of December’s UN anti-settlements resolution.

The Israeli officials were jubilant that “problematic passages” in a contentious recent UN Security Council resolution on the settlements were not included in the Paris document. Resolution 2334, passed on December 23, had harshly condemned the settlement enterprise, declaring that it has “no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law and a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-state solution and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace.” TimesofIsrael

US

Kerry, who attended the parley, called Netanyahu from Paris and said the United States will oppose any efforts to codify the Paris declaration into another Security Council resolution.

Israeli sources said Kerry called Netanyahu from the conference to brief him on the efforts the US was taking there to soften the language of the final statement.

According to the sources, Netanyahu told Kerry that damage had already been done to Israel by the anti-settlement resolution that the US allowed to pass in the Security Council last month, and that no more harm should be allowed to be caused from the Paris summit.

Kerry assured Netanyahu that there would be no follow- up to the Paris conference in the Security Council, according to the sources.

And, in fact, the statement made no reference to a further Security Council resolution, but did call for a follow-up conference by the end of the year “to support both sides in advancing the two-state solution through negotiations.” JPost

It pushes the two-state solution.

Sending a forceful message to Israel’s prime minister and the incoming Trump administration, dozens of countries called Sunday on Israel and the Palestinians to revive work toward long-elusive peace — including an independent Palestinian state.

The closing declaration at a Mideast peace conference in Paris urged both sides to “officially restate their commitment to the two-state solution” and disassociate from voices that reject this. It also warned them against taking one-sided actions that could hurt talks, an apparent reference to Israeli settlement building. AP

It also welcomed the UN Security Council resolution 2334 and pre-1967 lines.

The Paris summit did indeed end with a long declaration that began with a reaffirmation that insists “a negotiated solution with two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security, is the only way to achieve enduring peace.”

The declaration also demands the two parties restate their commitment to this solution…. “fully end the occupation that begin in 1967, satisfy Israel’s security needs and resolve all permanent status issues on the basis of UN Security Council resolutions 242 (1967), 338 (1973) and also relevant UNSC resolutions” – like the one passed last month.

In addition, the declaration “welcomed” the adoption of UN Security Council resolution 2334 and US Secretary of State John Kerry’s “principle on the two-state solution on 28 December 2016″ – which included his six-point plan for peace.

None of which are in the best national interests of the State of Israel, nor ever addresses or even mentions the systematic government-sponsored terrorist brain washing and programming from cradle to grave carried out by the Palestinian Authority, led by Mahmoud Abbas. Nor do they ever mention the system-wide glorification of terrorism and terrorists that exists throughout each and every school, camp, town, city and village in the Palestinian Authority.  JewishPress

Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon:

Online: Full text of Middle East Peace Conference Joint Declaration

Video: Mideast peace summit in Paris ends with warning, calls for two-state solution

United Kingdom Attended Paris Summit in ‘Observer Status’ Only

Great job UK Prime Minister Theresa May!

The UK did not sign the Paris joint declaration, which reaffirms UN Security Council resolution 2334.

The United Kingdom held back from the Paris conference in more than one way on Sunday — and for good reason — making clear from the very start it had no intention of actively taking part in any international move against Israel.

Prime Minister Theresa May was careful to send that message to both the Netanyahu government and incoming U.S. President-elect Donald Trump in her choice of delegates.

Number 10 Downing sent no senior government officials to the summit. Moreover, a UK Foreign Office spokesperson told the BBC that Britain attended the conference in “an observer status” – which led the UK to refrain from signing the joint declaration of the Paris summit as well.

The Foreign Office told the BBC the UK had “particular reservations” about a gathering “intended to advance peace between the parties that does not involve them.” JewishPress

The UK sends junior delegation to Paris Summit in deference to Trump

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May looked to the future of her country and deferred to US President-elect Donald Trump on Paris.

Number 10 Downing declined to send its senior ministers to Paris on Sunday, making it clear that for the moment, at least, it won’t support any major moves against Israel in an international forum.

Last week senior advisers to President-elect Donald Trump reportedly told French government officials in a meeting at Trump Tower they “strenuously objected” to the Paris conference, scheduled just five days before Mr. Trump’s inauguration into office and presenting what the president-elect sees as unfair pressure on Israel along with an unjustified reward to Ramallah.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson did not attend the summit, nor did the UK Ambassador to France, according to a report published Sunday by The Guardian. Likewise, Canada announced that it, too, would refrain from sending senior government officials to the conference. JewishPress

Key Players Absent From The Jan. 15th Paris Peace Conference

The key players absent are Israel, Palestinians, and the next White House administration.  The UK also greatly helped to put a kibosh to this confab.

Those at the confab in Paris backed down.  Now it’s: ‘statement of intent’ and ‘urge’.

The Paris peace conference is taking place without the participation of officials from Israel, the Palestinians or the incoming US government. And while it may seem like a long shot to try to restart beleaguered Middle East peace talks without any of the key players, organisers say that moving forward sends a message. They want both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President-elect Trump to see that most of the world wants a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

According to a draft statement obtained by The Associated Press on Friday, the conference will urge Israel and the Palestinians “to officially restate their commitment to the two-state solution”. It also will affirm that the international community “will not recognise” changes to Israel’s pre-1967 lines without an agreement by both sides.

The Palestinians have welcomed the French initiative and Abbas was initially expected to attend, although his visit to Paris has been postponed. But Netanyahu says the conference is “rigged” against Israel and declined an invitation to a special meeting afterward.

Israeli and Palestinian leaders haven’t negotiated even indirectly since a previous US peace effort collapsed in 2014. Palestinian attacks on civilians and incitement to violence have heightened tensions, as has expanded Israeli settlement-building.

Israel has settled some 600,000 of its citizens in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, which is claimed by the Palestinians for a future independent state. Israel captured both areas in the 1967 Mideast war. Netanyahu has ruled out a return to Israel’s 1967 borders, and many members of his coalition oppose Palestinian independence. France24

Video:  France24’S Irris Makler  — Israel-Palestinian Conflict

Draft Summary From Next Weeks – January 15, 2017 – Paris Israel-Palestinian Peace Conference

What are the 70 nations meeting in Paris Jan. 15th trying to pull?

Yes, the Paris Israel-Palestinian Peace Conference is next week, Jan. 15th.  Haaretz shared a scanned PDF of the draft summary statement that is designed to come out of the conference being held January 15, 2017, in Paris.

1  It is a draft waiting for signatures.
2  It firmly pushes the creation of a Palestinian state.
3  The only solution is a two-state solution.
4  Back to pre-1967 borders for Israel.
5  Jerusalem is divided with most handed over to the Arabs.
6  Changes “two democratic states” that was in the UN Security Councils Resolution 2334 to “two states.”  John Kerry in his  December speech used the term “two states” and did not stipulate both must be “democratic”

Reiterating its vision of a region where two democratic states, Israel and Palestine, live side by side in peace within secure and recognized borders, UN Security Councils Resolution 2334

7  Summary paragraph states:

“expect both sides to restate their commitment to the two-state solution and to disavow official voices on their side that reject this solution”

That is not democratic!  Leaders of democratic countries can not do that.  That is a slick way of under minding democracy in Israel.  That is a setup to isolate Israel more, as Israel can not debate and discuss it only agree or go against 70 nations by disagreeing.

Disavow official voices on their side that reject this solution?  Not just shame and reproach but also attack.

When someone gets disavowed, we all know that to be associated with them will lead to shame and reproach. That person and what they represent, it has been made clear, is out of bounds. theweek

8.  Golan Heights

The Paris Peace Draft:  “underscored the Arab Peace Initiative as a vision for a comprehensive resolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict”

The Arab Peace Initiative on the Golan Heights in 2002 at the Beirut Summit and re-endorsed at the 2007 Arab League summit:

Complete withdrawal from the occupied Arab territories, including the Syrian Golan Heights, to the 4 June 1967 line and the territories still occupied in southern Lebanon; BBC

Jan. 15th Draft Summary Full Text:

I) Following the Ministerial meeting held in Paris on 3 June 2016, the Participants met in Paris on 15 January 2017 to reaffirm their support for a just, lasting and comprehensive resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. They reaffirmed that a negotiated solution with two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security, is the only way to achieve enduring peace.

They emphasized the importance for the parties to restate their commitment to this solution, to take urgent steps in order to reverse the current negative trends on the ground and to start meaningful direct negotiations.

Continue reading Draft Summary From Next Weeks – January 15, 2017 – Paris Israel-Palestinian Peace Conference

70 Nations – The Grandsons Of Noah

These are the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth overspread. Genesis 9:19

The source of 70 nations is the 70 grandsons of Noah listed in the Bible in Genesis 9 and 10.

They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance. Psalm 83:4

High-ranking officials from 70 nations of the world will gather in Paris on January 15th in an attempt to force Israel to accept a two-state solution with the Palestinian Authority. By so doing, they will be fulfilling a momentous Biblical prophecy foretold thousands of years ago.

When Israeli statesman Shimon Peres passed away in September, leaders and dignitaries from 70 nations gathered in Jerusalem to pay their last respects. The symbolism is no mere coincidence; the very same number of representatives will gather in Paris, but this time to deny the Jewish connection to the Land of Israel.

“Everyone knows already what the purpose of the conference is: it will be used as another opportunity to try to impose a settlement on Israel and avoid direct negotiations between Israel and it’s neighbors,” Rabbi Avraham Arieh Trugman, director of Ohr Chadash Torah Institute, told Breaking Israel News. “What’s interesting is that it isn’t just one or two enemies with a specific grudge, like the Arabs or the Nazis. It is 70 nations, which in Torah terms, means all of the nations,” explained Rabbi Trugman.

Rabbi Shimon Apisdorf, a prominent Jewish educator and bestselling author, told Breaking Israel News that seeing 70 nations written in the headlines caught his attention.

“There is no question that the aspect of specifically 70 nations gathering is significant, the point being Israel is not one of them,” said Rabbi Apisdorf, citing the book of Numbers.

Lo, it is a people that shall dwell alone, and shall not be reckoned among the nations. Numbers 23:9
Full article at Breaking News Israel

See also:  January 15, 2017 – 70 Nations Will Gather In Paris To Discuss The Future Of Israel

Online:
Table of Nations – Genesis 10 & 11 (clearer to understand)

Josephus and Genesis Chapter Ten
The Table of Nations – Gen. 10

See also:  January 15, 2017 – 70 Nations Will Gather In Paris To Discuss The Future Of Israel

Draft Summary From Next Weeks – January 15, 2017 – Paris Israel-Palestinian Peace Conference

January 15, 2017 – 70 Nations Will Gather In Paris To Discuss The Future Of Israel

Update:  The Paris Peace Conference Ends With A Long Declaration

“This is not a peace conference. It’s a tribunal against the state of Israel, a conference whose whole point is to harm the security of Israel, its good name — a trial against Israel,” Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said.

Israel said it will not attend.

On January 15th, representatives from 70 different countries will gather in Paris, France for an unprecedented global conference. The stated goal of this conference is to promote a “two-state solution” as the way that lasting peace will be brought to the Middle East.
In Israel, there is a tremendous amount of concern that whatever is agreed upon at this conference will immediately be used as the basis for a UN Security Council resolution that would permanently divide the land of Israel and create a Palestinian state.

But things would have to move very rapidly in order for that to happen, because Barack Obama’s time in the White House comes to an end on January 20th, and Donald Trump has already made it exceedingly clear that he would never support such a resolution.Prophecy News Watch

Israel Urges Jews To Leave France To Protest Peace Talks

Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman urged all Jews in France to leave the European country as a sign of protest against an upcoming conference hosted by Paris that is looking to restart Israel-Palestine peace talks.

Representatives from 70 countries will gather in Paris for the Jan. 15 peace talks, which Israel said it will not attend.

“Perhaps it’s time to tell the Jews of France, ‘This isn’t your country, this isn’t your land. Leave France and come to Israel,’” Lieberman reportedly said Monday.

He also described the upcoming conference as a new “Dreyfus trial.” Alfred Dreyfus, a French Jewish army captain, was wrongly convicted of espionage and treason in 1894. His trials divided the French society until he was cleared of all charges and reinstated in the army in 1906. His trials and conviction are viewed as a symbol of injustice and the anti-Semitic views in France at the time.

“This is not a peace conference. It’s a tribunal against the state of Israel, a conference whose whole point is to harm the security of Israel, its good name — a trial against Israel,” Lieberman said. “It’s a Dreyfus trial in a modern version, what they’re preparing there in Paris for January 15, with one difference. Instead of one Jew being on trial, it will be the entire Jewish people and the state of Israel.” IBT

January 15, 2017,  is a Sunday.  Monday, January 16, 2017, is a federal holiday, Martin Luther King day.

The next day it will be Obama’s turn. Obama can be expected to use the occasion of Martin Luther King Jr. Day to present the Palestinian war to annihilate Israel as a natural progression from the American Civil Rights movement that King led 50 years ago.

Finally, sometime between January 17 and 19, Obama intends for the Security Council to reconvene and follow the gang at the Paris conference by adopting Kerry’s positions as a Security Council resolution. That follow-on resolution may also recognize “Palestine” and grant it full membership in the UN. FrontPageMag

Dore Gold, ex-Israeli Foreign Ministry Director and the current president of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.

See also:  Draft Summary From Next Weeks – January 15, 2017 – Paris Israel-Palestinian Peace Conference

70 Nations – The Grandsons Of Noah

Fatah, Hamas To Visit Moscow January 15-17, 2017 For Reconciliation Talks

French Terrorism Suspects Arrested – Suburban Middle-Class Jobholders – French Surprised

So far 7 have been arrested.  “Five of the suspects are French, one is Moroccan and the other Afghan, and they are between 29 and 37 years old.  Six of them hadn’t been known to intelligence services,” stated French Interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve.

One was a well-liked elementary school assistant. Another was a hard-working cargo handler. The third was a friendly grocer. They were longtime friends in their quiet suburban neighborhood, and they joked with teenagers and greeted children with a smile.

Yet in the early hours of Nov. 20 agents from France’s internal security agency swooped down, plucking the three and one other from their apartments, charging them with plotting a terrorist attack, and locking them up in a prison outside Paris.

Here was a new type of terrorism arrest: decently paid men in their 30s giving no warning signs of radicalization – no beards, no robes, no proselytizing[.] … There were certainly more obvious candidates for jihad. The four arrested gave no outward hint of radicalization.

And unlike many troubled youths in Paris and Brussels who have latched onto the Islamic State, they did not live on the margins. They had stable jobs and no previous brushes with drugs or crime.

“Nobody saw anything,” said Olivier Bitz, Strasbourg’s deputy mayor in charge of counter-radicalization. “And that is profoundly disconcerting. It is profoundly destabilizing for society. Now, the threat can come from anywhere.”..

This weekend another man connected to the Strasbourg cell was arrested, authorities said, bringing the total to seven, including one in Marseille and one in Morocco. Potential targets, according to the authorities: police headquarters in the heart of Paris, the Christmas market on the Champs­Élysées, and cafes in the city’s 20th Arrondissement.  NY Times

France TV Bans Ad Featuring Children with Down Syndrome –Might ‘Disturb’ Post-Abortive Women

Take away the smiles of happy children to hide oneself from the pain of conscience.

A French court has drawn international backlash for ruling that a popular video showing happy children with Down syndrome was “inappropriate” for French television…

The video in question, entitled “Dear Future Mom,” was released in 2014 for World Down Syndrome Day and has received more than 7 million viewers online alone. It shows children with Down syndrome from around the world reassuring a mother whose child has received a diagnosis. The children tell her that her child “can be happy – just like I am” and reinforce what they are able to do and accomplish.

On Nov. 10, the French Council of State, a body of the French government, ruled that the short video was inappropriate for broadcast on French television as a commercial.

In a decision upholding the French Broadcasting Council’s earlier ban of the video, the Council of State said it failed to meet the criteria for a public service announcement. In its reasoning, it pointed out that the happiness of the children shown in the video was “likely to disturb the conscience of women who had lawfully made different personal life choices.” CatholicNewsAgency