Monday, 4 July 2016

Happy 4th of July America in Israel and Saudi Arabia (see the difference)


As all the free world celebrates the fourth of July ...



Israel: Israeli Leaders Celebrate July 4 at Home of US Ambassador
United with Israel writes: Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu participated in a 4th of July celebration at US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro’s home in Herzliya on Thursday.
During the event, Shapiro thanked the Israeli government for “years of friendship” and said he feels at home in the Jewish state. “Please make yourselves at home here,” he said, adding that American commitment to Israel is a sign of a partnership “in the struggle for security, freedom, and prosperity.”
“We will fight for Israel, for her security, her freedom, her prosperity, and her ability to live in peace with her neighbors. The US is committed to allowing Israel to live the dream of its founders: to be a free people in our land,” said Shapiro.
Rivlin thanked the US for this support on the diplomatic and military fronts. “We in Israel are committed, and we will remain committed to this special relationship. Our shared values are under attack, as in the terror attacks in Istanbul, Orlando, and Hebron. We will continue to confront these challenges together,” he said.
“Israel’s strongest and most central ally is America. While the number of nations we can now count as friends is growing, we will never forget that our true partner is the US. And do you know why this relationship will weather every storm and withstand every challenge? It is because when the US looks at Israel, it sees itself. And when Israel looks at America, we see ourselves,” Netanyahu said.
“Yes, we have our differences and disagreements. For example, we drink chocolate milk out of a bag, and you haven’t gotten there yet,” he said, adding a touch of humour.


Saudi Arabia what a 4th of July celebration ! 

Attack near US consulate in Saudi city of Jeddah


A suspected suicide bomber has died after detonating a device near the US consulate in the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah, the interior ministry says.
Two security officers were slightly injured as they tackled the man, but no one else was hurt.
The attack came in the early hours of US Independence Day and shortly before dawn prayers marking the start of the daily Ramadan fast.
Militants attacked the Jeddah consulate in 2004, leaving nine people dead.
The US State Department said it was aware of Monday's blast, adding that it "can confirm that all personnel under chief of mission authority are accounted for at this time".
Security guards became suspicious of a man in the car park of the Dr Suleiman Faqeeh hospital around 02:15 (23:15 GMT Sunday), interior ministry spokesman Maj-Gen Mansour al-Turki said in a statement.
The hospital is opposite the US consulate. 
As the guards approached the man, "he blew himself up with a suicide belt inside the hospital parking," the statement said.
The US embassy in Saudi Arabia issued a warning after the attack, urging Americans to "remain aware of their surroundings, and take extra precautions when travelling throughout the country".