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    While U.S. President Joe Biden's team and surrogates remain adamant that the octogenarian will run for a second term in November, behind closed doors there is growing resignation to calls calling on him to step down due to declining health, the New York Times reported Friday. However, the report added, it is understood Biden is unwilling to step down until after the upcoming speech to Congress by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, so [not] to be seen as affording Netanyahu a victory lap over the perceived downfall of a political rival. 

  • Judges of the International Court of Justice leave after delivering a non-binding ruling on the legal consequences of the Israeli "occupation" of Judea and Samaria in The Hague on July 19, 2024. Photo by Nick Gammon/AFP via Getty Images.

    The International Court of Justice, the principal judicial arm of the United Nations located in The Hague, issued a non-binding, 83-page opinion on Friday declaring Israeli “occupation” of Judea and Samaria to be “unlawful.”

    “The court reaffirms that the Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and the régime associated with them, have been established and are being maintained in violation of international law,” the U.N. high court stated.

  • Travelers stand in front of an information board at BER Airport in Berlin, Germany, Dec. 18, 2021. (Joerg Carstensen/dpa via AP)

     Major U.S. carriers including American Airlines, Delta Airlines and United Airlines issued ground stops on Friday morning citing communication issues, less than an hour after Microsoft resolved its cloud services outage that impacted several low-cost carriers.

    It was not immediately clear whether the call to keep flights from taking off were related to the earlier Microsoft cloud outage. Apart from American and Delta, UAL and Allegiant Air  too grounded flights.

  • A series of technical glitches disrupted services at airlines, banks and the London Stock Exchange (LSEG.L) on Friday, an unusually widespread cascade of failures that erupted from the US to Asia after Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) reported an outage across its online services.

  • Security personnel at a cordoned-off area where an explosion "caused by the falling of an aerial target" took place in Tel Aviv on July 19, 2024. Photo by Gil Cohen-Magen/AFP via Getty Images.

    An Israeli man was killed and four others were wounded overnight Thursday when what the Israel Defense Forces described as an “aerial target” exploded in a residential neighborhood in central Tel Aviv.

    During the search of a building, Magen David Adom emergency medics found the lifeless body of a man in his 50s with “penetrating injuries” and determined the fatality was caused by the blast.

  • Mohammed Hamed Jabara was a commander of Hamas's military wing in Lebanon. (photo: 27A)

    The Israel Defense Forces said it had killed Mohammed Hamed Jabara, a military commander leading Hamas-affiliated forces in Lebanon, in an airstrike in the Bekaa region.

    The airstrike targeted a vehicle in Gaza, a town with the same name as the Palestinian enclave, in the eastern part of Lebanon.

    Jabara planned and executed attacks against Israel. Leading the Fajr forces of the Muslim Brotherhood in Lebanon, called Jama'at Islamiya, he was a key figure in tying Hamas efforts north of Israel's border.

    "His elimination diminishes the capabilities of the Hamas terrorist organization to plan and carry out attacks against the State of Israel in the area of the northern border," the IDF said in a statement.

  • Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other MKs attend a Knesset plenum session on July 17, 2024. (photo: Yonatan Sindel, Flash90)

    The Knesset late Wednesday voted overwhelmingly to pass a resolution rejecting the establishment of a Palestinian state.

    The resolution was co-sponsored by parties in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition together with right-wing parties from the opposition and even received support from Benny Gantz’s centrist National Unity party.

    Lawmakers from Opposition Leader Yair Lapid’s center-left Yesh Atid party left the plenum to avoid backing the measure, even though he has spoken in favor of a two-state solution. The only ones to oppose the resolution were lawmakers from the Labor, Ra’am and Hadash-Ta’al parties.

  • Jack van der Tang signs the decree in The Hague as his wife, Inge (right), Rev. Satish Kumar of India and former Rep. Michelle Bachmann look on, July 4, 2024. Photo by Chris van Beek.

    Nearly a thousand Christians from 45 nations have expressed their support for Israel’s biblical connection to the Holy Land in a decree presented to the International Court of Justice in The Hague ahead of a key ruling by the U.N. court this week.

    The direct appeal by the Christian representatives, which was handed to the court registrar for each of the 15 justices earlier this month, was made ahead of Friday’s scheduled ruling on the legality of Israel’s control of east Jerusalem and the biblical heartland of Judea and Samaria.

  • An anti-missile system fires interception missiles as rockets fired from Lebanon, as it seen from the northern Israeli town of Kiryat Shmona, July 16, 2024. (photo: Ayal Margolin, lash90)

    Israeli Air Force fighter jets struck Hezbollah terrorist infrastructure in Southern Lebanon overnight Tuesday after the Iranian-backed terror army fired 15 rockets across the border.

    The IAF hit terror sites in the areas of Yarine, Ayta ash Shab and Aalma El Chaeb. Additionally, Israel Defense Forces artillery fired to remove a threat in the area of Majdal Zoun.

    “Some of the projectiles were successfully intercepted by the IDF Aerial Defense Array and the rest fell in open areas. No injuries were reported,” the IDF said.

  • Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah delivers a televised speech during a gathering to mark annual Quds (Jerusalem) Day commemorations in south Beirut on April 5, 2024. (photo: Anwar Amro, AFP via Getty Images)

    Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah threatened to attack Israeli communities that have not come under fire yet if the IDF continues to, in his words, “attack civilians” in Southern Lebanon.

    The Iran-backed terrorist army “will continue to launch missiles at settlements that were not attacked before,” Nasrallah said in a speech marking the Muslim holiday of Ashura that was broadcast on Lebanese television. He made the statement after noting an alleged increase in the number of “non-involved” casualties in Lebanon in recent days.

  • US Deputy Special Envoy to Combat and Monitor Antisemitism Aaron Keyak (L) and Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism Deborah Lipstadt testify about the recent rise in antisemitism and its threat to democracy before the US Helsinki Commission in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on December 13, 2022 in Washington, DC. (photo: Chip Somondevilla, Getty Images via AFP)

    The United States leads 33 other countries in adopting global guidelines for countering antisemitism during a gathering of antisemitism envoys from around the globe in Buenos Aires, Argentina where they will be attending an event marking the 30th anniversary of the AMIA terrorist attack.

    “This comprehensive framework, crafted through months of collaboration among special envoys worldwide, lays out essential ‘best practices’ to combat Jew hatred effectively,” says US envoy for combating antisemitism Deborah Lipstadt, calling on more countries and international groups to join in the effort.

    The legally non-binding guidelines include policies to monitor and combat antisemitism that can be implemented and adapted to a wide variety of national, regional, and cultural contexts.

  • Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar holds the son of an Al-Qassam Brigades terrorist who was killed in recent fighting with Israel, during a rally in Gaza City, May 24, 2021. (photo: Mahmud Hams, AFP via Getty Images)

    Hamas leader in Gaza Yayha Sinwar is being pressed by the terror group’s military commanders to accept a ceasefire deal and end the war with Israel, according to U.S. intelligence.

    CIA Director Bill Burns conveyed this message to attendees of a closed-door conference in Sun Valley, Idaho on Saturday, a source present at the meeting said to CNN.

    According to the source, the architect of the Oct. 7 attacks and Israel’s top target is not “concerned with his own mortality” but is facing calls for Hamas to lay down its arms because it will be blamed for the growing suffering in Gaza after more than nine months of fighting.

  • U.S. Ambassador to Israel Jack Lew arrives at the President's Residence in Jerusalem, Nov. 5, 2023. (photo: Yonatan Sindel, Flash90)

    Although Jack Lew, the U.S. ambassador to Israel, told the American Jewish community in a briefing on Monday that he cannot confirm whether Mohammed Deif was killed in an Israeli strike, there are “indications” that the Hamas leader is dead.

    In the call, the U.S. envoy also said that he hopes that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress, scheduled for July 24, will be bipartisan.

    U.S. President Joe Biden has reportedly invited Netanyahu to the White House—something he hasn’t offered the Israeli leader since the latter was elected in December 2022.

  • The South Grounds and the White House on Jan. 17, 2024. (photo: Adam Schultz, White House)

    U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday hosted Israeli National Security Adviser Tzachi Hanegbi and Strategic Affairs Minister Ron Dermer at the White House for a U.S.-Israel Strategic Consultative Group meeting.

    The American and Israeli leaders “were joined by senior representatives from their respective foreign policy, defense and intelligence agencies” for a discussion about countering the Iranian threat to the Jewish state and the region, the White House said.

    The group also addressed “developments with respect to Iran’s nuclear program and discussed mutual coordination on a series of measures to ensure that Iran can never acquire a nuclear weapon,” according to the U.S. readout of the meeting.

  • Former U.S. President Donald Trump and Ohio Republican U.S. Senator JD Vance. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images.)

    Former President Donald Trump has chosen Sen. J.D. Vance of Ohio to be his vice presidential running mate this November. Trump announced his VP pick on social media just before he was to accept the presidential nomination at Republican National Convention in Milwaukee on Monday. 

    Trump wrote, "After lengthy deliberation and thought, and considering the tremendous talents of many others, I have decided that the person best suited to assume the position of Vice President of the United States is Senator J.D. Vance of the Great State of Ohio." 

    He said of Vance that he had "honorably served our Country in the Marine Corps, graduated from Ohio State University in two years, Summa Cum Laude, and is a Yale Law School Graduate, where he was Editor of The Yale Law Journal, and President of the Yale Law Veterans Association."

  • Iranian President-Elect Masoud Pezeshkian. (photo: X)

    Iranian President-elect Masoud Pezeshkian spoke on Monday with Ismail Haniyeh, head of the Hamas terrorist movement’s political bureau, the Tehran regime’s state media reported.

    Haniyeh “expressed gratitude towards the Islamic Republic of Iran over its support for the Palestinian cause and called for stepped-up diplomatic efforts to end the Israeli regime’s aggression against Gaza,” according to the IRNA news agency.

    For his part, “The Iranian president-elect stressed that his country will never stop backing the Palestinian people at these difficult times.”

    Pezeshkian on Sunday praised Iran’s Yemeni terrorist proxy the Houthis “for their courageous measures to support the Palestinians in war-ravaged Gaza, in reference to Yemen’s months-long military operations targeting Israel-linked ships in the high seas over its war in the besieged territory,” IRNA reported.

  • Former US president Donald Trump gestures while surrounded by US Secret Service agents as he is helped off the stage at a campaign rally in Butler, Pennsylvania, July 13, 2024. (photo: Gene J. Puskar, AP)

    Former US president Donald Trump tells The Washington Examiner that he has rewritten the speech he was set to deliver at the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee on Thursday after being the target of an attempted assassination at his rally Saturday.

    In the interview, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee says he will now call for a new effort at national unity, noting that people from different political views have called him.

    US President Joe Biden says “we can’t, we must not go down” the road of political violence in American after the attempted Trump assassination.

  • In a video posted on YouTube on March 14, Brandon Biggs spoke about a... divine vision he had about the attempt at Trump's life. Biggs has a YouTube channel where he frequently posts videos on "visions and prophetic warnings".

    "I saw an attempt on his (Donald Trump) life. This bullet flew by his ear and it came so close to his head that it busted his eardrum, and I saw he fell to his knees during this timeframe and started worshipping the lord," he said.

    [Side note from Koenig News: Biggs is one of the people we referenced in our article on the major New Madrid Earthquake if America facilitates a two-state plan that divides Israel (linked here). Max who wrote the earthquake article had some email contact with Biggs last year. The video above is an excerpted portion of a video originally published on March 14, 2024 with Pastor Steve Cioccolanti. Biggs has been actively praying for God to protect Trump's life.]

  • Israelis from across the political spectrum on Sunday conveyed overwhelming support for Donald Trump following the attempt on his life at a campaign rally in Pennsylvania.

  • Republican presidential candidate former US president Donald Trump is helped off the stage by US Secret Service agents at a campaign event in Butler, Pa., July 13, 2024. (photo: Gene J. Puskar, AP)

    Former US president Donald Trump called on Americans on Sunday to stand united after he was injured in an assassination attempt on Saturday and said that “God alone” saved him.

    The 78-year-old former president was hit in the ear at a campaign rally in Butler, Pennsylvania, while the shooter and a bystander were killed and two spectators critically injured in the worst act of US political violence in decades.

    “In this moment, it is more important than ever that we stand United,” Trump said in a statement on his Truth Social network, adding that Americans should not allow “Evil to win.”

    The Republican added that it was “God alone who prevented the unthinkable from happening” and that he would “FEAR NOT.”

  • Corey Comperatore who killed yesterday while attending Trump's rally in Pennsylvania is shown in this photo. (photo: GoFundMe)

    Officials have reportedly identified the person killed in a shooting at a Donald Trump rally in Pennsylvania on Saturday, July 13.

    According to multiple outlets, including CNN, Reuters and The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the man has been identified as 50-year-old firefighter Corey Comperatore.

    Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro said during a press conference on Sunday, June 14, per CNN, that Comperatore "died trying to protect his family."

    “Corey was a girl-dad. Corey was a firefighter. Corey went to church every Sunday,” the politician said, according to The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “He was so excited last night to be there with [Trump] and the community.”

  • As the Secret Service escorted Trump away from the rally, he was bleeding after being grazed by a bullet on his right ear. (photo: Blair White, X)

    President Trump was rushed off the stage by the Secret Service at a rally in Butler, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, after apparent gunshots rang out.

    Gunfire appeared to break out shortly after Trump began speaking at the rally at Butler Farm Show grounds on Saturday evening.

  • Republican presidential candidate former President Trump is surrounded by U.S. Secret Service agents at a campaign rally after having been grazed on the ear by a bullet during an assassination attempt on Saturday, July 13, 2024, in Butler, Penn. (photo: Evan Vucci, AP)
  • Trump’s campaign said the presumptive GOP nominee was doing “fine” after the shooting, which he said pierced the upper part of his right ear.

    “I knew immediately that something was wrong in that I heard a whizzing sound, shots, and immediately felt the bullet ripping through the skin. Much bleeding took place,” he wrote on his social media site.

    At least one attendee was dead and two spectators were critically injured, authorities said. The Secret Service said it killed the suspected shooter — who it said attacked from an elevated position outside the rally venue, a farm show in Butler, Pennsylvania — and that Trump was safe.

  • An undated picture of Hamas terror commander Mohammed Deif. Credit: Channel 12.

    The IDF targeted Hamas’s supreme military commander Mohammad Deif on Saturday in the al-Muwasi humanitarian zone near Khan Yunis in southern Gaza. He has been one of the terrorist group’s leading military figures for years.

    A senior source noted that there was a high likelihood that Deif was killed in the strike, but that confirmation was, as of yet, forthcoming, Israeli state broadcaster KAN reported.

    In a joint IDF and ISA activity, the IDF's Southern Command and the Israeli air force struck an area where two senior Hamas terrorists and additional terrorists were hiding among civilians, the IDF later reported. The location of the strike was an open area surrounded by trees, several buildings, and sheds.


  • U.S. President Joe Biden wipes his eye as he speaks during a press conference at the close of the 75th NATO Summit at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., on July 11, 2024. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images.

    U.S. President Joe Biden drew rebukes for comments about the Jewish state during a nationally televised press conference on Thursday night, in which he assured the American public that he intends to remain in the presidential race. 

    While fielding questions from reporters for nearly an hour, Biden referred to the Israeli war cabinet as “one of the most conservative” in the Jewish state’s history. Contrary to polling, he also claimed that Hamas is increasingly unpopular in Judea and Samaria and that “my numbers are better in Israel than they are here. But, then again, they’re better than a lot of other people here, too.”

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