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Abbas is inciting jihad, has joined
ranks with IS, Liberman says

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman speaks to Channel 2
on Saturday, October 18. (screen capture: Channel 2)

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman on Saturday compared PA President Mahmoud Abbas to the Islamic State and said that the Palestinian leader’s call to defend the Temple Mount from “settlers” is evidence of his attempt to fan the flames of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and turn it into a religious war.

The foreign minister was responding to remarks by Abbas on Friday, in which the Palestinian Authority leader said that Israeli “settlers” had no right to “desecrate” the Temple Mount and should be prevented from accessing the site deemed holy to both Judaism and Islam.

Abbas reiterated those statements Saturday, saying his people should guard a Jerusalem holy site against visiting Jews, whom he referred to as a “herd of cattle.”

Islamic State flying three jets in Syria

A Syrian air force fighter in the north of Aleppo. ISIS is said to have taken three
Russian-built MiG jets from Assad's forces. (photo: Goran Tomasevic, Reuters)

Iraqi pilots who have joined Islamic State in Syria are training members of the group to fly in three captured fighter jets, a group monitoring the war said on Friday, saying it was the first time the militant group had taken to the air.

The group, which has seized swathes of land in Syria and Iraq, has been flying the planes over the captured al-Jarrah military airport east of Aleppo, said Rami Abdulrahman, who runs the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Reuters was not immediately able to verify the report and U.S. Central Command said it was not aware of Islamic State flying jets in Syria.

Palestinians demand Israeli
pullout vote by end of year

The Palestinian UN ambassador said Friday his government wants the UN Security Council to vote on a resolution before the end of the year that would set November 2016 as the deadline for Israeli troops to withdraw from all Palestinian territories.

Riyad Mansour said Friday that if the resolution is defeated — which is almost certain because of opposition from Israel’s closest ally the United States and others — the Palestinians have other options.

U.S.-led coalition jets strike Kobani
after Islamic State shelling

(photo: Reuters, Kai Pfaffenbach)

U.S.-led coalition jets struck suspected Islamic State targets at least twice in the besieged Syrian town of Kobani on Saturday after fierce shelling by the insurgents hit the town center.

Kerry didn't 'link' Israel, Islamic State growth

US Secretary of State John Kerry "didn’t make a link between growth of ISIL and Israel, period," a spokesperson for the US State Department said Friday after heavy criticisms from Israeli politicians led to yet another political clash between the US and Prime Minister Netanyahu's government.

Responding to the claims, Marie Harf, the US State Department spokeswoman, said Kerry's comments did not make the link between the two, but only made the point that peace would increase regional stability.

This is not the first time the two administrations have been at odds with one another over comments made by Kerry and senior Israeli officials. During peace talks, Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon was quoted as saying that Kerry's peace efforts were "obsessive" and even "messianic." Later, a day before peace talks were set to end, Kerry was quoted as warning foreign leaders in a private discussion that Israel risked becoming "an apartheid state" should it fail to reach a two state solution.

Bennett blasts Kerry for linking Israeli-Palestinian
conflict to ISIS proliferation

Economy Minister Naftali Bennett slammed US Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday for comments the top American diplomat made, indicating that the unresolved conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians is contributing to gain made by the Islamic State group. In remarks Kerry made Thursday, he said the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was thought of by various leaders as fueling violence and leading to recruitment by the jihadist organization.

"Asserting that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict reinforces ISIS, gives a boost to global terrorism," Bennett charged.

"It turns out that even when a British Muslim beheads a British Christian, there will always be those who blame the Jews," Bennett said in reference to videos of recent decapitations of Western captives by an Islamic State member who speaks with an English accent.

Palestinians to submit UN resolution by end of October

The Palestinians will submit a draft resolution to the UN Security Council demanding the end of Israel's 'occupation' by the end of October, a senior official said on Thursday.

The Palestinians have been under intense pressure not to push forward with the resolution - including with alleged threats of cuts to US aid - but PLO secretary general Yasser Abed Rabbo said a decision was taken late Wednesday to push ahead.

Kerry asked us to postpone UN resolution

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday US Secretary of State John Kerry has asked him to postpone the Palestinians' request to the UN Security Council to pass a resolution setting a deadline for Israeli withdrawal.

Obama names Ebola 'czar,' bolsters Texas response

President Barack Obama appointed a former White House adviser as Ebola "czar" on Friday and named officials to bolster the response to the disease in Texas, the center of U.S. Ebola cases, as the death toll in three West African nations topped 4,500.

Obama appointed Ron Klain, a lawyer who had served as chief of staff to Vice Presidents Joe Biden and Al Gore, to oversee the US Ebola response.


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