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WATCH: Jewish worshippers pray for Pres. Trump at the Western Wall

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In the holiest city for the three monotheistic religions, Rabbis and Jewish worshippers prayed for President Donald Trump’s health amid his battle with COVID-19, as seen in a video posted to Twitter.

President Trump was diagnosed with the virus late last week and has been receiving treatment just outside of Washington at Walter Reed Medical Center since then.

The group recited the Jewish prayers of healing at the Western Wall, where Jews from all over the world come to pray. The site, also known as the “Kotel,” is the only remaining retaining wall that surrounded the First and Second Temples.

The prayer took place during Sukkot, when Jews gather traditionally in the thousands to recite the “Birkat Kohanim,” also known as the “Priestly Blessing.”

“The Birkat Kohanim written in the Torah contains a promise to safeguard from harm and bring peace to Israel.  In these hard times, we need that blessing even more,” Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, rabbi of the Western Wall and holy sites, said, according to Christian Broadcasting Network.

“Unfortunately, this special event was held this year in a different format, without the participation of thousands of Jews.  We upheld the tradition in a limited format while abiding by regulations, connecting the entire Jewish nation from Israel and the diaspora,” Rabinowitz added.

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Although Israeli citizens are in their second COVID-19 lockdown, Israelis are rallying around the President and First Lady Melania Trump. In fact, a billboard in Tel Aviv was erected to show support for the President and First Lady amid their diagnoses.

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Trump: Tanks to Ukraine could escalate to use of ‘NUKES’

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Former President Donald Trump stated bluntly on Truth Social,  “FIRST COME THE TANKS, THEN COME THE NUKES. Get this crazy war ended, NOW. So easy to do!”

Trump was referring to the escalation of war in Ukraine. He, like many other commentators and lawmakers, are warning that the decision to continue sending weapons – and now tanks – could potentially lead to the use of “nuclear weapons.”

It’s mission creep and it’s dangerous, they say.

Why? Because Russian President Valdimir Putin has indicated in two different speeches that he would use nuclear weapons to defend Russia, if needed. Those warnings are not just bluster but a very real possibility.

And the escalation of war is visible.

Russia launched 55 missiles strikes across Ukraine Thursday, leaving 11 dead. The strikes come one day after the United States and Germany agreed to send tanks to Ukraine in an effort to aide the country. 47 of the 55 missiles were shot down according to Ukraine’s Air Force command.

Eleven lives were lost and another 11 were injured additionally leaving 35 buildings damaged in the wake of the attacks. According to The New York Times, Denys Shmyhal, said in a post on Telegram. “The main goal is energy facilities, providing Ukrainians with light and heat,” he said.

Ukraine is now demanding that they need F-16 fighter jets. In a post on twitter Ukrainian lawmaker, Oleksiy Goncharenko said, “Missiles again over Ukraine. We need F16.”

The US has abstained from sending advanced jets in the chances that a volatile decision could foster more dangerous attacks like former President Trump’s post on Truth referred to. If the US did authorize the decision to lend Ukraine the F-16 jets Netherlands’ foreign minister, Wopke Hoekstra, would be willing to supply them. According to The New York Times, Hoekstra told Dutch lawmakers, “We are open-minded… There are no taboos.”

F-16 fighter jets are complex to work on, they are not the average aircraft that can be learned in a matter of weeks. It can take months for pilots to learn how to fly these birds. European and US officials have the concern that Ukrainian forces could potentially use the jets to fly into Russian airspace and launch attacks on Russian soil.

Western allies are trying to avoid such a provocation, because that could lead to nuclear warfare in reference to what Putin has said he would do to defend his country.

 

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