Benjamin Netanyahu: Jerusalem Is the “Nation’s Heart”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a special Knesset (parliament) session Wednesday to mark Israel’s Jerusalem Day. The Prime Minister took the occasion to remind the world that he intends to keep Jerusalem the unified capital of the Jewish state. “Jerusalem is the heart of the nation. It will never be divided,” said the Prime Minister.

Tuesday night marked the 47th anniversary of Jerusalem’s reunification. From 1948 until the Arab-Israeli war of 1967, Jerusalem was split between Israel and Jordan.

Knesset speaker Yuli Edelstein talked about the feeling of triumph after Israel’s 1967 victory and reclamation of Jerusalem. “Jews stood tall. They were proud to be Jewish, to go to synagogue, to walk around with a kippah, to speak Hebrew,” he said. Edelstein continued, discussing that Jerusalem belongs to all Jews, no matter how religious they are or where their political ideologies align.

“My dear friends, 47 years ago Jerusalem was united. That is how it always was. And this is how it will always be,” asserted Netanyahu at a Yeshiva (Jewish school) Tuesday night.

Netanyahu also spoke about the Jewish people’s ancient connection to Jerusalem, which is thousands of years old.

The Israeli Prime Minister argued that Zionism, Israel, and Jerusalem go hand in hand. 

Speaking at the school, Netanyahu said:

Rabbi Kook believed that Zionism cannot be disconnected from Judaism. He believed that nationalism alone, without a connection to the eternal wells of Judaism, would not allow for the justification of Israel’s existence or foster the unity needed for its existence. Without spirit, there is no material, without Torah there is no salt.

Netanyahu spoke of Jerusalem as the “heart” of Israel, that it will be forever part of the Jewish state. “We are safeguarding our heart, the nation’s heart, and we will never divide our heart. Because it is the nation’s heart, it must be connected to Israel’s eternal future,” said the Prime Minister.

Jerusalem remains a hotly debated issue in the ongoing “peace-process” between Israel and the Palestinians. The Palestinians have demanded East Jerusalem as part of negotiations for a two-state solution.

Many countries, including the United States, have refused to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city. Several recent U.S. administrations have spoken of their support to move the United States embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, but no administration has followed through with the initiative.

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Liberal Media Bemoans Pro-Life Activists’ Success In Restricting Abortion

A Christian obstetrician practicing in Washington, D.C. says he once refused to perform abortions, but about ten years into his career, he changed his mind. Now, he is willing to perform late-term abortions, even at 24 weeks of pregnancy.

Authors of a pro-abortion article at by Star-Ledger staff are concerned that Dr. Willie J. Parker will no longer be among the “11 percent of all abortion providers who will do the procedure that late in the second trimester.”

“Some people are determined to stop him,” the authors of the article complain. “Congress is considering a ban on all abortions after 20 weeks in the district, which would affect Parker directly.”

Obviously upset with the recent success of the pro-life movement, the authors cite a record number of new restrictions on abortions over the past year, including bans on late-term abortions, and laws requiring abortion clinics to meet the same health and safety standards as other medical facilities.

In his interview with Julie O’Connor, Parker said that, while he grew up believing that abortion is wrong, once he became an OB/GYN, he saw “the dilemmas women found themselves in,” and found he could not “weigh the life of a pre-viable or lethally flawed fetus equally with the life of the woman sitting before me.”

Parker said he came to a “deeper understanding” of his spirituality after listening to a sermon by Dr. Martin Luther King, who spoke about the good Samaritan as a man who focused on what would happen to the traveler if he never stopped to help him.

“I became more concerned about what would happen to these women if I, as an obstetrician, did not help them,” Parker said.

Parker went on to say that women in their second trimester of pregnancy often need an abortion the most because “they lack access to health care or don’t have an understanding of their body changes, and often figure out later that they’re pregnant.”

These women, he said, “are trapped in poverty, often women of color or poor socioeconomic backgrounds, less education, and women and girls at the extremes of reproductive age.”

Parker said that “compelling” reasons for late-term abortion are developmental abnormality, rape, and incest. However, he urges that abortion be considered as part of normal “reproductive health care and a basic human right.”

Citing the long distances some women have to travel to reach an abortion provider, Parker said laws that require waiting limits and notifications “further distort the reality of women’s access to abortion care.”

Parker believes the decision about having an abortion should focus on the woman, not the unborn child.

He stated that limitations on abortion create “a duty and obligation for a woman to make her decision in a time frame acceptable to people other than herself.”

Parker asserts that there is no scientific information to support restrictions on late-term abortions, and claims there is no evidence that unborn babies can feel pain prior to the 25th week of pregnancy, a direct contradiction to the fetal pain research that led to the passage of the U.S. House’s 20-week abortion ban and comparable bans in many states.

A similar article at the Telegraph refers to a woman’s “right to choose” as “America’s new frontline.”

Peter Foster writes in Texas that pro-abortion activists bemoan the fact that those believing abortion is murder are now on the winning side of the argument after 40 years since the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision. Pro-choice groups claim legislation that requires abortion clinics to have the same safety standards as other medical facilities is not really going to help women because, ultimately, women want abortions.

Dr. Bernard Rosenfeld, a 71 year-old abortionist who runs Houston Women’s Clinic said his clinic cannot meet the new health and safety standards passed in Texas.

Referring to pro-life activists as “religious extremists,” Rosenfeld said it would cost him about $3.8 million, not including land and machines, to build a new abortion facility.

“In practice, we would be finished,” he said.

Rosenfeld mocks the polls that show 65 percent of Texans are against abortion.

“What they mean is that they are against other people having abortions,” he quipped. “As soon as their young daughters get pregnant, they change their minds.”

Otherwise America would be full of Christian babies being put up for adoption, but it’s not,” Rosenfeld argues. “I run a gynaecological clinic and I have hundreds of patients who want to adopt babies, but can’t. They have to go to Russia to adopt. It’s a hundred per cent hypocrisy.”

As more abortion restrictions have been passed, the liberal press is publishing an increasing number of articles depicting the pro-life movement as uncaring and unfeeling toward women who are finding it increasingly difficult to obtain an abortion.

Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America (SFLA), told Breitbart News that she expects to see many “news” articles like these in the coming years.

“Pro-abortion journalists trying to sound the alarm to the millions they believe are on their side, so they can fight for legal abortion,” she said. “Regrettably for them, the majority of America is pro-life and sees the more than 200 laws that have been passed across the country as common sense.”

“I found it sickening that abortionist Bernard Rosenfeld, a man who snuffs out life every day at his Houston facility, went on to comment about a lack of children waiting for adoption as proof that his ‘services’ are needed,” Hawkins added. “Even a freshman in Logic 101 can see through that fallacy.”

Left-wing organizations admit they have been complacent about their long-protected access to legal abortion.

“This feels like an overnight success, but it was 20 years in the planning,” said Poppy Northcutt, president of the Texas chapter of the National Organisation for Women, about the explosion of more than 200 abortion-related measures passed in 30 state legislatures over the last three years.

“They worked like termites, undermining the foundation of a building, and by the time it came crumbling down, it was too late to stop it,” Northcutt acknowledged.

Hawkins agrees.

“When it comes to fighting for the lives of women and the pre-born, being called a ‘termite’ is an honor,'” she said.

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Lib Dem Lord Oakshott Resigns Over Bungled Leadership Coup

A close friend and ally of would-be Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable has resigned from the Liberal Democrats after he was accused of getting involved with a coup to remove the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg. 

Lord Oakshott had commissioned a poll that showed Clegg would lose his Sheffield Hallam seat and leaked it to the press, as reported by Breitbart London.

The peer has always made it clear that he wanted Cable to succeed Clegg when he stands down, but appears to have acted to speed this process up. His move against Clegg badly backfired when Cable temporarily stopped engagements in China to denounce his friend’s actions. This morning, Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg began an investigation, claiming that some Lib Dems were out campaigning others were plotting.

Although Oakshott’s plans were weak and poorly executed they did come at a moment after the local and European elections when Clegg was looking very vulnerable. He had suffered major losses at the local elections and all but one of his MEPs had lost their seats.

The blame for this meltdown fell squarely with Nick Clegg because he had taken on Nigel Farage in the Europe debates and lost badly. He had also made a series of pre-election pledges that were remarkably unrealistic and left-wing, many of which he had to U-turn on when he entered the coalition. One such example was his commitment to abolish Tuition Fees at University, however after the election he was forced to raise them to as much as £9,000 due to a funding crisis Labour had left.

Cable is well known for having his eyes on the leadership but it is unclear how much he encouraged Oakshott’s actions. He is known to be far more left-wing than Nick Clegg, he is famed for his regular economic predictions and for crowing when some of them come true. This has led to the joke that Cable has successfully predicted fifteen of the last two recessions.

Oakshott cannot resign from the House of Lords as appointments are for life, he can however take a leave of absence.

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Isla Vista Shooter’s Relationship with Parents Complicated

Whenever a young person engages in a mass shooting, media scrutiny immediately falls on the parents – particularly when, as with Elliott Rodger, there was a long history of mental illness. In this case, a checkered family history marked by consistent but sporadic attempts to find help ended in tragedy. Here is what we know about the shooter’s relationship with his parents:

His Parents Divorced When He Was 7. His mother, Li Chin Rodger, alleged in divorce documents that he had special needs, and was autistic. Peter alleged that he was not aware that Elliott was autistic. Elliott wrote in his manifesto, “I believe it was my mother who told me that she and my father were getting a divorce; my mother, who only a few months before told me that such a thing will never happen. I was absolutely shocked, outraged, and above all, overwhelmed. This was a huge life-changing event… a very sad day.” He added, “The family I grew up with has split in half, and from then on I would grow up in two different households. I remember crying. All the happy times I spent with my mother and father as a family were gone.”

He Was in Therapy from Age 8. We now know that Elliott Rodger had been undergoing therapy since age eight, but in adulthood had stopped taking his medication. During high school, he reportedly saw a therapist “pretty much every day,” and had lately seen two therapists. Rodger was living at the Independent Living Institute in Santa Barbara, which is designed for adults with disabilities. His grandmother said, “He was a very disturbed boy.”

He Hated His Stepmother. Rodger apparently wanted to murder his stepmother and stepbrother. He wrote, “It will be a hard thing to do, because I had really bonded with my little brother in the last year, and he respected and looked up to me. But I would have to do it. If I can’t live a pleasurable life, then neither will he! I will not let him put my legacy to shame… In order to kill him I would have to kill Soumaya too, but that will be easy. All I would need to do is think about all of the hurtful things she had said to me in that past as I plunge my knife into her neck.”

His father apparently brought Soumaya into his life shortly after the divorce: “My father having a girlfriend so shortly after divorcing my mother didn’t even occur to me. I couldn’t understand it. Soon enough, though, I realized that Soumaya was, in fact, his ‘girlfriend,’ and they were together just like how my father and mother were together. It was the first time I learned the concept of a ‘girlfriend,’ and it was hard to grasp. Before that, I always thought a man and a woman had to be married before living together in such a manner, and that it would take a long time for such a union to happen. Father finding a new girlfriend in such a short amount of time baffled me. I was completely taken aback.”

His Mother Called the Cops on Him on April 30. After Rodger posted videos of himself ranting about the injustices of life on YouTube, his mother called his therapist, who then called a Santa Barbara mental health hotline, who then called the police. They arrived and did not search the apartment – apparently because, since Rodger had never been committed, they had no authority under which to do so.

Peter Rodger and Former Wife Li Chin Drove to Santa Barbara on Friday. After seeing his latest video, titled “Retribution,” they drove to Santa Barbara in an attempt to find their son. They were unsuccessful.

The Rodgers Are “Crippled With Guilt.” According to family friend Simon Astaire, the parents can “barely string a sentence together” and are in the midst of “grieving for those innocents who lost their lives, above their own son.” He continued, “They are absolutely crippled by grief. I know them very well and it is incredibly hard to be in their company, because they are so distraught. It is hard to be near them because they are so devastated.”

Ben Shapiro is Senior Editor-At-Large of Breitbart News and author of the New York Times bestseller “Bullies: How the Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences America” (Threshold Editions, January 8, 2013). He is also Editor-in-Chief of Follow Ben Shapiro on Twitter @benshapiro.

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Sen. Roger Wicker Calls for MS GOP to Unite Behind Primary Winner, Cochran or McDaniel

SOUTHAVEN, Mississippi—He’s endorsed his colleague Sen. Thad Cochran’s (R-MS) re-election campaign. But addressing a crowd of 100 Republicans here Tuesday, Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) urged party unity, no matter who wins the bitter Senate primary.

“I think we need to be unified after the primary,” Wicker said in a brief interview when asked if the unity message applies to a victory for Cochran’s primary challenger, state senator Chris McDaniel, too.

“I would have supported my opponents in 1994. I think we’re all going to join together on behalf of the Republican nominee. I hope that Republican nominee is Sen. Thad Cochran but we’re going to join together on behalf of whoever is the nominee,” he added.

In a speech to the DeSoto County Republican Club here at the Southaven Public Library, Wicker told three separate stories of the GOP unifying after a brutal primary: for his own House seat in 1994, Rand Paul’s victory in Kentucky in 2010, and Gerald Ford’s 1976 victory over Ronald Reagan.

“I want to tell you a story—three stories,” Wicker told the group of about 100 Republicans—split down the middle between McDaniel and Cochran supporters. “That primary’s going to be over and we’re going to have to pull together as Republicans, Mississippians. We’ve done it before.”

His first story, which was about his own House primary back in 1994, Wicker said, “there were six of us running and then there was a runoff.”

“A runoff is the worst thing—you’re running against your fellow Republican,” Wicker remarked. “It’s just a terrible three weeks. It was for me. I ran against a gentleman named Grant Fox—a hard-charging young lawyer who had been on Thad Cochran’s staff.”

Wicker said his runoff against Fox was bitter.

“You know what? He said some things that I took offense at,” Wicker said. “And I said some things that he felt were completely beyond the scope of [what was fair]. We fought.”

Wicker won by small margin.

“Somehow or another, I ended up beating him with a vast 53 percent of the vote,” he joked, to loud applause from the room.

“I had already made up my mind: If I had lost that race, I was going to get in my car and head to Houston, MS, and endorse him that night,” Wicker continued. “As it was, the shoe was on the other foot. Fox called me and was very nice and said: ‘I’m going to support the nominee of my party. I’m going to help you.’ A few days later, Grant Fox took me around the square in Houston, MS, and vouched for me in every storefront and to every supporter of his. He was a champion and I’ll never forget it even though there still were some things that had bothered us about that campaign. That happens. It’s happening. But we pulled together and we won that race for America.”

Wicker’s seat was a pickup for Republicans that year, helping deliver the House to Newt Gingrich so he could become Speaker. He beat 22-year incumbent Democrat Rep. Jamie Whitten.

“We had the first Republican Speaker ever in 40 years and we passed welfare reform, repealing an entitlement for the first time in history,” Wicker said.

Wicker’s second example of GOP unity was when then-President Ford—who took the White House after a series of resignations, Spiro Agnew first then Richard Nixon, pushed him into the oval office from the House of Representatives—worked with Reagan in 1976 after Ford beat Reagan for the nomination.

“Do you remember 1976?” Wicker asked the room. “Most people don’t because you’re all so young. In 1976, we had a president—Gerald R. Ford—right after Watergate, it was a terrible time. Ronald Reagan decided to challenge him.”

Wicker noted how bloody the battle for the GOP nomination was that year. Interestingly, Cochran backed Ford, and Mississippi’s delegates delivered the nomination to Ford over Reagan. “It came down to the convention,” Wicker said. “Remember that? It came down to the convention—and it’s hard to beat an incumbent president. Well, Ford was nominated. And he was up there to make his acceptance speech and he said, ‘Ronald: come on down, come on down. This crowd wants to hear you one more time.’ Reagan came down and he made a speech and was a gentleman in every sense of the word. We didn’t win that year, but four years later we nominated Ronald Reagan—one of the best presidents ever.”

Wicker’s third story of GOP unity is much more recent. In 2010, he said that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell “asked me if I would send a PAC check to a friend of his.”

Wicker is referring to Trey Grayson, the McConnell-backed candidate in Kentucky’s 2010 GOP primary. “Mitch McConnell was supporting this guy [Grayson] and here comes a young fellow, an ophthalmologist out of the clear blue named Rand Paul,” Wicker said. “He won the nomination over Mitch McConnell’s pick. I talked to Mitch McConnell during that day, and McConnell said, ‘Rand Paul’s going to win and he’s going to be a good senator and he knows how to win and I’m going to support him.’ He did, and we won that race. And I like Rand Paul—and you know what he did? This year, he stood by Mitch McConnell because he knows the next Majority Leader of the United States Senate needs to be Mitch McConnell. We need to make Mitch McConnell the offensive coordinator, not longer the defensive coordinator.”

Earlier in his speech to the room, Wicker said he is “enthusiastically supporting” Cochran because he is the “conservative” candidate in the race. Wicker touted Cochran’s NRA and National Right to Life Committee endorsements. But Wicker did not take any shots at McDaniel. In fact, he never even said McDaniel’s name. Wicker also touted Cochran’s seniority in the U.S. Senate and said he’d expect Cochran to be chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee again if he wins. Wicker said such a position would allow Cochran to ensure certain things important to Mississippi are funded, and things that would hurt Mississippi are not funded.

Asked afterward why he didn’t mention McDaniel during his remarks, Wicker told Breitbart News he “just wanted to stick to my positive points tonight about Sen. Cochran’s record.”

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