Israel nods in approval as Iran nuke talks extended but calls for toughening sanctions

Iran nuke mapNetanyahu says that as long as negotiations are ongoing, sanctions should be increased to force Tehran into a deal

Israel on Monday welcomed the extension of nuclear talks between Iran and the West. “No deal is better than a bad deal,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in an interview with the BBC. “The deal that Iran was pushing for was terrible. The deal would have left Iran with the ability to enrich uranium for an atom bomb while removing the sanctions.

Netanyahu made the comments after diplomats close to negotiations in Vienna said that the P5+1 nations — the US, Britain, France, China, Russia, plus Germany — had decided to extend talks with Iran until July 2015 after they apparently failed to come to terms hours ahead of a midnight deadline.

“The right deal that is needed is to dismantle Iran’s capacity to make atomic bombs and only then dismantle the sanctions,” the prime minister continued. “Since that’s not in the offing, this result is better. A lot better. I think Iran should not have any capacity to enrich. There is no right to enrich. What do you need to enrich uranium for if you are not developing an atomic bomb?”

Continue reading at the Times of Israel.

Day after terror attack, congregants return to pray at Har Nof synagogue

Morning prayers at the Kehilat Bnei Torah synagogue in Har Nof, Jerusalem, on November 19, 2014. (photo credit: Courtesy)

Morning prayers at the Kehilat Bnei Torah synagogue in Har Nof, Jerusalem, on November 19, 2014. (photo credit: Courtesy)

Members of Kehilat Bnei Torah Synagogue returned Wednesday for morning prayers (Shacharit), the first service held at the shul since the gruesome terror attack Tuesday that left five people dead.

For the first time, a security guard kept watch at the entrance.

The regular congregants were joined by several Israeli political figures, including Economy Minister Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home) and US-born Yesh Atid MK Rabbi Dov Lipman.

Lipman said he wanted to “demonstrate support for the regular minyan attendees” and convey the message that the Jewish people in Israel will not be intimidated by terror attacks. Read more at The Times of Israel.

CUFI’s Talking Points on the Terorrist Attack at the Synagogue in Jerusalem

Pray-WesternWallEarly this morning, four rabbis were murdered in Jerusalem as they gathered for morning prayers.  The attackers left behind bibles and prayer shawls soaked in Jewish blood.  The victims left behind 24 fatherless children. Our prayers are with the victims’ families.

This was a premeditated act of terrorism.  The attackers — two cousins from East Jerusalem — entered the synagogue when they knew it would be filled with worshippers and began shooting and hacking while shouting” Allahu Akbar” — Allah is great.   The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine has claimed credit for these murders.  And Palestinians in Gaza have been dancing in the streets and handing out sweets to celebrate the bloodshed.

According to the terrorists’ relatives, they killed the rabbis to protest what Israel is doing on the Temple Mount — the place where the First and Second Temples stood and which is now the site of two important Muslim mosques.  But what exactly is Israel doing on the Temple Mount other than exercising surprising restraint?  Israel liberated this site — the holiest site in Judaism — in 1967.  Yet in deference to Muslim sensibilities Israel has allowed a Muslim Authority — the Waqf — to continue governing the Temple Mount.  And in further deference to Muslim demands every Israeli government including the current one has forbidden Jews from praying at the Temple Mount.  Non-Jews are merely allowed to visit in small groups.

These events should demonstrate an important fact about Israel’s conflict with her neighbors: sometimes restraint is not rewarded.  And sometimes, the truth just doesn’t matter.  Murderous grievance can flow from complete myth or pure hate.  The Christians being crucified, beheaded and murdered by similar Muslim extremists throughout the middle east have fallen to the same evil.

Let us pray for the families of these victims.  And let us pray for the peace of Jerusalem.  And let us insist upon telling the truth as the best way to protest these murderers and their lies.