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Netanyahu`s re-election improved the changes of a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians

Benjamin Netanyahu is set to be Israel`s longest-serving prime minister despite ongoing probes and a tough election campaign against a former military chief. Netanyahu faced tough challenge from the military veteran Gantz, who has the security credentials prized by Israeli’s and a clean-hands image.

This referendum was all about Netanyahus character, as hes likely to be indicted on corruption charges later this year. But people in Israel voted for him because they don`t care about some cigars and a few packages. He is suspected of wrongfully accepting $264,000-worth of gifts, which prosecutors said included cigars and Champaign, from tycoons and dispensing favours in alleged bids for improved coverage by an Israeli newspaper and a website.

Attorney General Avihai Mandelblit intends to charge Netanyahu in three craft cases, but Netanyahu claim he is innocent but will also stand down if convicted. Netanyahu is called «the magican» and «King Bibi», and he has previously said that the corruption probes were fabricated by opponents who can`t defeat him at the ballot box.

Netanyahu became the leader of Likud in 1993 and won the 1996 elections, becoming Israels yongest-ever Prime Minister, serving his first term from June 1996 to July 1999. He worked as a Finance Minister from 2003 to 2005 in Ariel Sharons governments.

Following the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, his temporary successor Shimon Peres decided to call early elections in order to give the government a mandate to advance the peace process. Netanyahu hired Republican political operative Arthur Finkelstein to run his campaign, and he became the youngest person in history of the position and the first Israeli Prime Minister to be born in the State of Israel.

Netanyahu`s victory over the pre-election favorite Shimon Peres surprised many. The main catalyst in the downfall of the latter was a wave of suicide bombings shortly before the elections, on 3 and 4 March 1996.

Palestinians carried out two suicide bombings, killing 32 Israelis, with Peres seemingly unable to stop the attacks. Unlike Peres, Netanyahu did not trust Yasser Arafat and conditioned any progress at the peace process on the Palestinian National Authority fulfilling its obligations, mainly fighting terrorism, and ran with the campaign slogan «Netanyahu – making a safe peace».

He engaged in a major reform of the Israeli economy, which was credited by commentators as having significantly improved Israels subsequent economic performance. During Netanyahus decade in power, Israel`s economy grew nearly 75 percent.

Netanyahu retook the Likud leadership in December 2005, after Sharon left to form a new party, Kadima. In December 2006, Netanyahu retook the Likud leadership in Opposition in the Knesset and Chairman of Likud.

Following the 2009 parliament election, in which Likud placed second and right-wing parties won a majority. He formed a coalition government. He won electoral victory in the 2013 elections for the third time, and in the 2015 elections for the fourth time, matching David Ben-Gurion for most premierships, and he is the only prime minister in Israel`s history to have been elected three times in a row.

This is a historic day for Israel, and one of the secret weapons in this election is the relationship with the U.S president Donald Trump who recognized Jerusalem as Israels capital and recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. He also delivered Netanyahu a jackpot when he was withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal.

Netanyahus re-election improved the changes of a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians. «Hes been a great ally and hes a friend. Id like to congratulate him on a well-thought-out race,» Trump said.

«I think well see some pretty good action in terms of peace,» Trump told reporters at the White house on Wednesday. «I never made a promise. But everyone said you cant have peace in the Middle East with Israel and the Palestinians. I think we have a chance,» Trump said.

Before the inauguration in 2017, Trump assigned his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to seek the «deal of the century» by coming up with a new Middle East peace plan. Pompeo has also said that they have some new and fresh and different ideas.

Kushner said a few weeks ago that the Trump administration will not release its peace plan prior to the election this week. He is working with Trump`s former personal lawyer Jason Greenblatt to present economic elements of the plan to wealthy Arab allies after series of meetings at the Munich Security Conference in Warsaw, Poland.

It would be great for Netanyahu if the peace plan is released before coalition formation because that can broaden his coalition. But he has said in the past that he will not divide Jerusalem, even if Palestinians say they want to establish their capital there as well. Jerusalem is a pivot point and that can also disrupt Natanyahu`s ability to hold together a coalition.

If Kushner can`t achieve Mideast peace, nobody can, Trump said.

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Is this the beginning of the apocalypse and will Jesus descend to Syria and Damascus?

This is not the first time we have seen a chemical attack in Syria. Five years ago, former president Barrack Obama had to deal about it, and now it is Trump`s turn to something. Mr Trump said the United States will make «major decisions» about its response over the next 24 to 48 hours.

“It was an atrocious attack”, Mr Trump said. It was horrible five years ago, and it is still horrible. Mr Trump are studying the situation extremely closely and he will meet the military leaders to make any decisions.

 

 

“Were talking about humanity," Trump said. "And it cant be allowed to happen. Well be looking at that barbaric act and studying whats going on.” The Pentagon chief said he would not rule out a U.S military strike against Syria in response to a suspected poison gas.

Trump`s new national security adviser, John Bolton, had his first day on job on Monday, and he has previously advocated military action against Syria.

The poison attack on Saturday took place in a rebel-held town near Damascus amid a resumed offensive by Syrian government forces after the collapse of a truce. A day later, Israel conducted an airstrike on a Bashar al-Assad air base in Syria.

What in the world is going on in Syria?

King David, during his war against the Arameans, captured the city Damascus (Samuel 8:5-6). Later, it was conquered by Rezon, who cast off Israelite sovereignty during Solomon`s reign, and made it the capitol of the Aram-Damascus kingdom (1 Kings 11:23).

It remained the capitol until it was destroyed by the Assyrians in 732 BC. After the Assyrians, Damascus was taken over by the Chaldeans, then the Persians, then the Greeks.

Damascus was conquered by Alexander the Great, and after the death of Alexander in 323 BC, Damascus became the site of a struggle between the Seleucid and Ptolemaic empires. In 64 BC, the Roman general Pompay annexed the western part of Syria. In the New testament era there was a large Jewish community living in Damascus, as well as a Christian community.

In 1516, the Ottoman Turks came and remained for the next 400 years. Damascus had 10,423 households at that time. Under Ottoman rule, Christians and Jews were considered dhimmis (Non-Muslims) and were allowed to practice their religious precepts.

Islam is the dominant religion in Syria, and the majority of Muslims are Sunni while Alawites and Twelver Shi`a comprise sizeable minorities. Damascus is the capitol of Syria, north of Israel, and today, Damascus is the largest city of Syria with an estimated population of about 1,5 million people.

A closer look at the bible tells us that the great evangelist, Paul, converted to Christianity when traveling on a road to Damascus. Saul (later known as Paul) was on his way to Damascus to persecute Christians when he was blinded by a light from the presence of Jesus. He spent three days in Damascus, blind, until Jesus sent a disciple named Ananias to Saul.

Through Ananias, Jesus restored Saul`s sight, and baptized him. Damascus was the city in which Paul began his work as a great evangelist, teaching people in Asia, Africa and Europe about Jesus. This is where the conversion of Paul the Apostle comes in.

The conversion of Paul the Apostle, was, according to the New Testament, an event in the life of Paul the Apostle that led him to cease persecuting early Christians and to become a follower of Jesus. It is normally dated to AD 33-36. The phrases Pauline conversion, Damascene conversion and Damascus Christophany, and road to Damascus allude to this event.

The phrase «road to Damascus» is an English idiom that means an important point in a person`s life where a great change of ideas or beliefs takes place. The idiom comes from the Christians Bible (Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 9). It refers to the conversation of Saul of Tarsus (a.k.a St Paul) to Christianity while travelling to Damascus.

Many people around the world claim that jesus will descend in Damascus and not in Jerusalem.

The Second Coming is a Christian and Islamic belief regarding the future return of Jesus Christ after his incarnation and ascension to heaven about two thousand years ago.

The idea is based on Messianic prophecies found in the canonical gospels and is part of most Christian eschatological. Views about the nature of Jesus` Second Coming vary among Christian denomination and among individual Christians.

Most English versions of the Nicene Creed include the following statements: «…..he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in his glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end….. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.»

According to historian Charles Freeman, early Christians expected Jesus to return within a generation of his death and the non-occurrence of the second coming surprised the early Christian communities.

“Children, it is the last hour, and just as you heard that Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrist have appeared, from this w know that it is the last hour.”

The Second Coming of Jesus Christ is the hope of believers that God is in control of all things, and is faithful to the promises and prphecies in His Word. In His first coming, Jesus Christ came to earth as a baby in a manger in Bethlehem, just as prophesied.

Jesus fulfilled many of the prophecies of the Messiah during His birth, life, ministry death, and resurrection. However, there are some prophecies regarding the Messiah that Jesus has not yet fulfilled.

The Second Coming of Christ will be the return of Christ to fulfill these remaining prophecies. In His first coming, Jesus was suffering Servant..

In His second coming, Jesus will be the conquering King.

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