Gawronski War Information
Hundreds of Argentines have joined protests against British military exercises in the Falkland Islands (also known as Islas Malvinas) by setting fire to Union flags outside the British Embassy in Buenos Aires.
The Russian Ministry of Defense says that the US-led coalition is responsible for striking mourners in the Iraqi city of Daquq on Friday, killing dozens of civilians, including women and children.
As a result of the summit of 28 EU leaders on Thursday and Friday in Brussels, the EU did not adopt new sanctions against Russia over Syria. This is indicated by the summit’s final communique.
However, the adopted document did say that “The European Council condemns the Syrian regime and its allies, including Russia’s attack on civilians in Aleppo.”
The German Bundestag passed new legislation providing for the biggest reform of the Federal Intelligence Service (BND) in history. According to the new law, German Intelligence is supposed to be under a greater control but at the same time receive more powers that might enable it to spy on European governments and NGOs.
For his part, Russia’s UN Permanent Representative Vitaly Churkin addressed the session saying that the US has supported with money and weapons those who took up arms against the Syrian state, who later joined ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra, noting that the humanitarian situation would improve if that support stopped.
Churkin affirmed it was time that the US met its obligations of separating the terrorists from what it calls “moderate opposition”
Damascus calls Turkish bombing of mainly Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces targets in northern Syria “flagrant aggression” which could “escalate the situation” in the multi-sided conflict
UK Defense Secretary Michael Fallon says his country is partaking in the ongoing battle to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul by conducting cyber attacks against the Daesh (ISIL) Takfiri terrorists.
The Iraqi army, volunteer Shia and Sunni fighters along with Kurdish Peshmerga forces have launched a fierce battle to liberate Mosul, the last stronghold of Daesh in Iraq, which was overran in June 2014.
A 28-year-old Syrian migrant who has been in Britain just 11 days says he is “miserable” and wants to go back to his life in his war-torn country saying it “is better than it is here.”
Abdul Kader al-Zuebi, who was once a military doctor in the Syrian army, says he fled the war in his homeland because he did not want to have to kill.
US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has arrived in the Turkish capital Ankara for talks with the country’s leaders over the battle against the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group in Iraq and Syria.
The Pentagon chief’s arrival on Friday comes amid escalating tensions between Ankara and Baghdad over Turkish military operations in northern Iraq.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed especially harsh words 20 october 2016, dubbing the document submitted by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as “delusional.” The group failed to mention by name the Temple Mount, a sacred site in Judaism believed to be located inside of the walls of the Noble Sanctuary, a religious plaza in the Old City that shelters the al-Aqsa mosque.
There is already ample evidence to suggest that the Old Testament is not an historical document but a religious one. Zahi Hawas, the famed archaeologist, has come to the conclusion that the flight from Egypt actually happened to the Hyksos, not the Hebrews, and Pharaoh gave chase simply because the Hyksos were killing and looting everywhere they went.
But just as the ancient Hebrews copied the story of the great flood from the Epic of Gilgamesh, they appear to have lifted the exodus from the Hyksos. The Bible is not science, it is the collected stories of a primitive tribal people telling each other how important they are. And like fishermen talking about the one that got away, or Ramses with his temple carvings of the did-not-really-happen victory over the Hittites at Kadesh, the writers of the ancient testaments assumed that the people they were telling stories to had no way to verify the claims for themselves. So « embellishment » was a low-risk activity. The writers of the ancient texts were probably not thinking much further into the future than the guys who pen the « Celebrity dates space alien » stories you see at supermarket checkout lines. The fact that the celebrity is a real person does not prove the space alien exists. It’s just a story.
The fact is that Egypt (along with Iraq, Iran, Syria, etc.) have vast archaeological treasures from which their ancient histories are confirmed. For the stories told the situation is quite different. The story of ancient Israel has no archaeological support for it, and indeed the available archaeology suggests the stories are just that; stories. Israel, while rich in antiquities, is almost totally devoid of artifacts from this supposedly glorious time in her history. The existence of the fabled First Temple was supported with just two artifacts, a carved staff ornament in the shape of a pomegranate and the Jehoash tablet. Both of these artifacts have been exposed as frauds. We are told that once there was a magnificent temple on that hill, but it « all went away. »
But even Israeli archaeologists are now admitting that the available evidence indicates that the first Temple was a very small shrine roughly 1/3 mile south southwest of the Dome of the Rock, and not actually part of the current platform, which is actually the remains of a Roman Fort dating from Herod’s time. Meir Ben-Dov, an Israeli archaeological expert who is author of many books about Jerusalem and the Temple Mount, further asserted that the Wailing Wall, the Jewish name for the Western Wall, has no sacred significance in the Jewish faith.
Leen (left) discussing the excavation results of the first season in 1975 with the late Prof. Benjamin Mazar (middle) and Meir Ben-Dov (right).