According to the BBC, US Secretary of State John Kerry met the chief Palestinian negotiator in London over moves to set a timetable for an end to the Israeli occupation.
The European parliament settled on a compromise resolution recognizing Palestinian statehood and the two-state solution in principle as long as peace talks progress on Wednesday.
Rivaling the Europeans, Kerry was expected to urge the Palestinians not to push for a UN Security Council vote on a draft resolution calling for Israel to leave the occupied territories by November 2016.
A separate draft would set a two-year deadline for a final peace treaty.
Israel looked for reassurance from the US that it would veto both resolutions.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he saw no reason why Washington would not “stand by its position for the past 47 years that a solution to the conflict will be achieved through negotiations”.
Two Palestinians armed with a gun, knives and axes stormed a synagogue complex in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhood in West Jerusalem’s Har Nof area on Tuesday morning. They killed four men in the middle of their morning prayers, the Israeli police said.
The DShK (also called the Dushka, or “sweetie”) is a gas operated, belt fed, air-cooled machine gun that fires in automatic mode only.
It is a machine gun found all over the Middle East and is often mounted on the backs of trucks. It is used by the Kurdish peshmerga and other goups. It can be seen in much of the Iraq or Syria war footage.
It is a 12.7mm caliber (.50 cal.) and was made by the Soviet Union. It was first built in 1938 and made until 1980. It has been used against ground troops and also as an anti-aircraft weapon.
The “Dushkas” in the Middle East are old, but they are still considered to be destructive and effective.
Cruz was talking at a conference for Middle Eastern Christians in Washington, D.C.
They seemed to have a different view of the Israelis than he did.
Sources claim that many Christians in the Middle East take issue with Israeli military policy, which has made life for Palestinian Christians in their homeland very difficult, and driven many from their homes.
EWTN News Nightly’s Jason Calvi caught the moment on video.