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  • An FBI agent views the area where debris of a car was blown up by police as a precaution, near the Curtis Culwell Center on May 4, 2015 in Garland,Texas after a shooting occurred during the "Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest." (Photo credit: AFP /JARED L.CHRISTOPHER)

    The Islamic State jihadist group on Tuesday claimed responsibility for its first attack on US soil, a shooting at an event in Texas showcasing cartoons mocking the Prophet Mohammed that left the gunmen dead.

    “Two of the soldiers of the caliphate executed an attack on an art exhibit in Garland, Texas, and this exhibit was portraying negative pictures of the Prophet Mohammed,” the jihadist group said.

    “We tell America that what is coming will be even bigger and more bitter, and that you will see the soldiers of the Islamic State do terrible things,” the group announced.

  • Naftali Bennett -- Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90 Photo

    Members of the Jewish Home party gathered on Monday night for an emergency faction meeting in the Knesset, following the announcement of the coalition agreement between Likud and Shas.

    Officials in the party said that Jewish Home is outraged over the fact that Shas was given the Religious Affairs Ministry as well as control of the rabbinical courts.

    As such, said the officials, Jewish Home chairman Naftali Bennett would demand that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu give the party another senior ministerial portfolio such as Defense, Foreign Affairs or Justice, to “compensate” for taking the Ministry of Religious Affairs from the Religious Zionists.

    Earlier Monday, shortly after announcing the deal with Shas, Likud both made an offer and a threat to Jewish Home.

  • Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas shakes hands with former US president Jimmy Carter during their meeting on May 2, 2015 in the West Bank city of Ramallah. (photo credit: AFP/Pool/Abbas Momani)

    Former US president Jimmy Carter called Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal a strong proponent of the peace process Saturday, and said he wasn’t meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu because it would be “a waste of time.”

    The president, who has been visiting Israel and the West Bank, met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas Saturday but didn’t meet with Netanyahu or President Reuven Rivlin.

    He told reporters that he didn’t ask to meet with Netanyahu or his government, and never has, because it would be a “waste of time.” He told Channel 2 in an interview broadcast Saturday that he requested to meet Rivlin, but the president’s office declined.

  • Bashar Assad. (photo credit:REUTERS)

    The balance of power between Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces and the rebels seems to be leaning in the rebels’ favor in the long-run, but the regime is not at risk of collapsing in the coming weeks, experts told The Jerusalem Post.

    Prof. Eyal Zisser, an expert on Syria from the Moshe Dayan Center at Tel Aviv University, told the Post on Monday that there has been no dramatic change in the balance of power as of late, but “the momentum is definitely going against Assad and in the long run it is hard to see how he can survive.”

    “The main issue is the lack of manpower,” said Zisser adding that even with the additional Hezbollah and Shi’ite forces, it is not enough to really change the dynamics of the war.

  • Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks with leader of the Shas party, Aryeh Deri, during a plenum session in the Knesset on May 4, 2015. (photo credit: Miriam Alster/Flash90)

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed a coalition agreement with the Shas party on Monday night, giving the ultra-Orthodox party control of the economy and religious affairs ministries and moving one step closer to building a government.

    Under the agreement, Shas will also control the Negev and the Galilee development ministry, and Shas MKs will be appointed deputy finance minister, the chairman of the education committee, and deputy Knesset speaker.

    The announcement came hours after the Yisrael Beytenu party announced it would sit in the opposition, a major blow to Netanyahu’s efforts to build a stable coalition.

  • Israeli soldiers stand near the border with Syria in the Golan Heights. (photo credit:REUTERS)

    Tensions have flared along Israel’s northern border for the second time this year, following a suspected Israeli Air Force attack on weapon deliveries to Hezbollah. Days later, when Hezbollah gunmen tried to plant an explosive device on the Israeli border, an Israeli air strike killed the four men.

    Most Middle East analysts say that neither Israel nor Hezbollah wants a war.

    “An escalation with Israel is the last thing that Hezbollah wants,” Mario Abou Zeid, from the Carnegie Middle East Center, based in Beirut told The Media Line. “It would mean being caught between two fronts.”

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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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