TO HELP PAKISTAN, FIGHT IRAN: The assassination of Benazir Bhutto is yet another brutal peek into the world's future if the jihad threat is not confronted and defeated. Just as Syria routinely assassinates its democratic opponents in Lebanon, and just as Iraqi politicians and citizens fear for their lives while trying to escape a legacy of tyranny, we see how Islamo-fascists will stop at nothing to destroy their archenemies: democracy and freedom. We also see that no country or faith is safe from the jihadis and their favourite weapon, the suicide bomber, since they have no compunction at slaughtering fellow Muslims in a Muslim country. The problem of Pakistan cannot be viewed in isolation, but rather in the continuum of the West's battle to defend itself against jihad. The Muslim world itself is a primary target of the jihadis, who see it as the springboard for confronting the West. The most important thing the West can do to help Pakistan and all other Muslim countries, themselves torn between battling and appeasing the jihadis, is to stand up to jihadi central: Iran. The entire jihadi front, including Hamas, Hizbullah, al-Qaeda, and even the Taliban, will benefit from a nuclear Iran. The sense of inevitability surrounding an Iranian bomb must be broken, or struggles and tragedies like that of Pakistan will multiply in both the Muslim world and the West. (Washington Post)
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IS RICE PUSHING TOO HARD ON ISRAEL? The Prime Minister's Office is anxious about U.S. Secretary of State Rice's tendency to push ahead too quickly. After the conference of donor countries to the Palestinians that took place in Paris last week, Rice wanted to proceed on to Jerusalem. But David Welch, her aide on Middle East affairs who had visited Israel a few days before that, felt she wouldn't be able to achieve much with a lightning visit so soon after Annapolis. The Americans say they don't want Rice's visits to become routine. In private conversations - and as she said in Annapolis - Rice tends to compare the Israeli occupation in the territories to the racial segregation that used to be the norm in the American South. Checkpoints remind her of buses she rode as a child in Alabama with separate seats for blacks and whites. This is an uncomfortable comparison, of course, for Israelis, who view it as "over-identification" on her part with Palestinian suffering. Rice hoped that in Annapolis principles would be set down for a final-status accord, but Israel told her that wasn't going to happen. She thinks that the PA is making satisfactory progress with the reform of its security forces, while officials in Israel say she's exaggerating and that the reform is still very far from accomplishing anything. She wanted Israel to make more good-will gestures, but the Israelis remind her that this will be hard to do as long as Palestinian rockets continue to fall on Sderot. (Ha'aretz)
THE PLIGHT OF PALESTINIAN CHRISTIANS - Leading Israeli human rights lawyer Justus Weiner has criticized Western governments and the mainstream media for ignoring the systematic persecution of Palestinian Arab Christians by their Muslim neighbours and rulers. Speaking at the Jerusalem Centre for Public Affairs, Weiner presented several specific cases of recent intimidation, physical abuse and murder of Palestinian Christians, but said those were merely the tip of the iceberg. He noted that most of the massive Christian exodus from Bethlehem has come after Israel handed control of the city to the Palestinian Authority. The answer, said Weiner, is for Western "Christian" governments, the international media, and human rights organizations to intervene and demand the PA begin protecting the rights of Christians living in areas under its control.
JEWISH AGENCY TO GET CHRISTIAN REPRESENTATIVE: The Jewish Agency for Israel is to appoint a Christian representative to its board of directors for the first time, following an agreement this week with the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, headed by Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein. The IFCJ raises funds for Israeli and Jewish causes among American Evangelical congregations (Ha’aretz).
SOUTH KOREA CHOOSES ISRAELI UNMANNED SURVEILLANCE PLANE: South Korea has decided to buy the Israeli-made Skylark II unmanned surveillance plane. The drone aircraft has a range of more than 60 kilometres, can operate day or night and in adverse weather conditions, and has a silent electrical propulsion system. According to Elbit, Skylark is currently deployed in the global war on terror in Israel, Iraq and Afghanistan (Ha’aretz)
THE ALGERIAN TERROR LESSON: The suicide bombings at UN headquarters and the Supreme Court building in Algiers this month were crimes against humanity. They also offered clues about the aims of al-Qaeda and true scope of the threat from fanaticized jihadists. The primary objective of al-Qaeda and likeminded groups is to overthrow Arab regimes they consider to be un-Islamic, such as the regime in Algeria. In the Algerian press, the bombings were seen as a sign that government efforts to co-opt violent Islamists by pardoning them have failed. There remains a lingering threat from small bands of radicals intoxicated by a fanciful vision of restoring the glory of a vanished Islamic caliphate around the world. Yet when Muslim communities experience what it would be like to live under the al-Qaeda version of a restored caliphate - as in Iraq's Anbar province - they recoil in horror. (Boston Globe)
ISRAEL HAS VIDEO OF EGYPT HELPING HAMAS TERRORISTS CROSS GAZA BORDER: Israel is sending video footage - which shows Egyptian security forces assisting Hamas terrorists cross illegally into Gaza - to the U.S. Congress to pressure Egypt to clamp down on Hamas smuggling activities. The House and Senate agreed to hold back $100 million in military aid for Egypt unless Secretary of State Rice certifies that concerns about smuggling weapons into Gaza and human rights abuses have been addressed. Israel filed an official complaint with Cairo after Egypt unilaterally opened the Rafah Crossing and allowed Palestinians who claimed to be travelling to Mecca for the hajj pilgrimage to leave Gaza. Israel has received intelligence indicating that among the 1,700 pilgrims are a significant number of Palestinian terrorists who travelled to Iran and Lebanon for military training.
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BETHLEHEM AND BIGOTRY: There's one invariable sign that Christmas is almost upon us - a story about how Bethlehem is suffering at the hands of wicked Israel. It has become almost as much a feature of seasonal journalism as commentaries on how commercialism is snuffing out the true meaning of the festival. The truth is very different. The parlous position of Palestinian Christians, indeed the difficult position of most Christians across the Arab world, is a consequence not of Israeli aggression but of growing Islamist influence. Israel goes out of its way to honor sites and traditions sacred to other faiths, while the radicals who are driving Palestinian politics seek to create an Islamist state in which other faiths, if they survive at all, do so with the explicit subject status of dhimmis (Times-UK).
QUESTIONS FOR THE AUTHORS OF THE NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE ESTIMATE: Two main ingredients are required for a nuclear bomb: fissile material and a special explosion device. The production of the fissile material requires large, easily detectable industrial facilities like the one in Natanz. To develop and produce the weapon device, however, only a small plant is enough, whose size and contours are similar to any innocent laboratory. Can the authors of the U.S. National Intelligence Estimate on Iran say with confidence that such a laboratory does not exist anywhere in Iran? The writer, a retired Israeli general and a former deputy minister of defense, is a member of the Israeli Knesset's subcommittee on intelligence. (Boston Globe)
RUSHING TO HAND THE PALESTINIANS A COUNTRY: There is no problem with a quest for peace between Israel and the Palestinians. The problem is rushing to hand the Palestinians a country before they seem remotely able to function as a sufficiently peaceful people. Look at Gaza. Israel, America and the world were told that if Israel would just withdraw from Gaza, the Palestinians left behind would show their aptitude for self-rule. That they did, as Gaza became a hellish nightmare of violence. Mr. Abbas can talk all day about his desire to peacefully coexist with Israel - I may be on the verge of believing him - but until there is an appreciable number of Palestinians similarly inclined to such civility, the two-state solution, the Roadmap to Peace - or whatever one wishes to call it - is worse than no solution. It is a delusion that only serves to reward horrific behaviour. In Jerusalem a few summers ago, I met many Palestinians eager to coexist peacefully with Israel. There simply are not enough of them. (Dallas News)
PA POLICE ‘CRACKDOWN’ ON STOLEN VEHICLES? In a report last week, a senior Palestinian police officer boasted that following their new deployment, Palestinian police were able to confiscate a total of 180 stolen Israeli vehicles. An Israeli reading this report would think: Look at that, Mahmoud Abbas is starting to put his house in order. But wait a moment. What do they mean by "confiscated?" What would a Swiss police officer do if his people seized vehicles stolen in Italy? We can assume he would call his counterparts in the Italian police force and hand over the vehicles to them. However, Palestinian police "confiscated" the vehicles. In other words, the Palestinian police force is short on vehicles, so it confiscates stolen vehicles to meet its own needs (Ynet News)
CIA HAS RECRUITED IRANIANS TO DEFECT: The CIA launched a secret program in 2005 designed to degrade Iran's nuclear weapons program by persuading key officials to defect, an effort that has prompted a "handful" of significant departures, current and former U.S. intelligence officials familiar with the operation say. The previously undisclosed program, which CIA officials dubbed "the Brain Drain," is part of a major intelligence push against Iran ordered by the White House two years ago. Officials said fewer than six well-placed Iranians have defected, and that none has been in a position to provide comprehensive information on Tehran's nuclear program. The rewards for defectors can be substantial, including relocation to another country and lifetime financial support. During a briefing last week, a senior U.S. intelligence official said that Iran was "the hardest intelligence target there is." "I mean, by comparison, North Korea is an open and transparent society,” the official said.
FOR ZION’S SAKE – Some time ago a church from a historically anti-Semitic German town, which once proudly expelled its Jews and invited Hitler to be an honourably citizen, sought forgiveness in a march to Dachau: The small university town of Tübingen in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, first expelled its Jewish residents in 1477. Since then it has historically also been the origin of various church doctrines directed against the Jews. In the 1930s the town was among the first to again expel all of its Jewish residents, prompting the mayor to write a letter to Hitler proclaiming this news and asking him to become an honourably citizen of Tübingen, which he gladly accepted. Now, in addition to a tiny Jewish community that has returned to the town, the Tübingen Offensive Stadtmission church, commonly known as TOS, has grown over the last 20 years to some 250 members who all have a special love for Israel and the Jewish People. Most of the churches in Germany are either Protestant or Catholic and are managed by the state, so for an independent, Israeli-loving church to survive and flourish is indeed something special. The TOS is a large tent built on top of railroad tracks that once deported Jews from the town to camps throughout Germany and Poland, but the spirit of the church is founded on acknowledgement and repentance for the sins of their forefathers. Part of that repentance was the March of Life organized by the TOS around Holocaust Remembrance Day. The march by these German Christians was aimed at healing the wounds of the past in order to build relationships that will last into the future. The route followed that of a death march that took place in early 1945 just months before the end of World War II and covered some 350 kilometres from Bisingen to Dachau. The area of the Swabian Alb in south-western Germany had several concentration camps, mostly for labour. There were 10 such camps in the area around Bisingen, with 15,000 prisoners forced to dig for shale that would then be processed and made into oil for the Nazi regime. Uta Hentsch runs a small museum in Bisingen dedicated to remembering those prisoners who worked and died in the area camps and in the death marches that followed. She has also volunteered in Israel at a home for Holocaust survivors near Haifa and even spoke Hebrew. A group of more than 50 American Christians joined the more than 300 Germans in their march to proclaim healing and solidarity among the different groups – German, Christian and Jewish. One of the march organisers, Heinz Reuss, was very pleased with the turnout and said, “We expected 150 people to be on the march, but it turned out to be more than double.” He also said that for him the purpose of the march was ‘to make a stand for Israel, for Jewish life and for the God of Israel here in southern Germany.” In a special meeting held the night before the start of the march, four TOS members stood before the assembly and told difficult and emotional stories of the Nazi past of their families. Bärbel Pfieffer, who now sings as part of the church worship group known as Be’er Sheva, spoke of how she only recently discovered that her grandfather was a SS guard who beat Jews and other prisoners as they worked to make tanks in a factory. She and three others then followed the example of Jesus and humbly washed the feet of several of the Jewish guests, including some Holocaust survivors, many of them weeping. The Jewish guests then in turn washed the feet of their German hosts, signalling their forgiveness. Also on the march was a man from Syria, who dared not give his name or hometown for fear of being killed upon returning home. He said that as a Christian from Syria he struggles with managing what he was taught about hating Israel and the Jews versus what Jesus taught about loving even your enemies. He felt that if Germans and Jews could be reconciled, the same model could also be applied between Arabs and Jews. The 350 kilometres of the march were broken down into different segments. All of the marchers started together at Bisingen and ended together at Dachau, and in between smaller teams marched different segments of the route. The march began with a time of prayer and worship on the empty field at Bisingen where the camp was stood, and from there the different teams split off. Along the way each of the teams would stop at locations to hear what events had happened at that particular spot on the original death march and to pray for healing and forgiveness over those places.
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ISRAELIS BRIEF TOP U.S.OFFICIAL ON IRAN: Adm.Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, heard Israel’s assessment of Iran’s nuclear ambitions during a visit to Israel on Monday. Israel thinks that an American intelligence assessment of Iran’s nuclear weapons program, published in an unclassified version last week, is unduly optimistic and focuses too narrowly on the last stage of weapons development – fashioning a bomb from highly enriched uranium. Israeli intelligence estimates say Iran stopped all its nuclear weapons activities for a time in 2003, nervous after the American invasion of Iraq, but then resumed those activities in 2005, accelerating enrichment and ballistic missile development and constructing a 40-megawatt heavy-water reactor in Arak that could produce plutonium. Israel believes Iran continues to work on all phases of building a nuclear weapon (New York Times). The Bible says, “I approached one of those standing there and asked him the true meaning of all this. So he told me and gave me the interpretation of these things” (Dan.7:16).
BRITAIN: IRAN ‘HOODWINKED’ CIA OVER NUCLEAR PLANS: British spy chiefs have grave doubts that Iran has mothballed its nuclear weapons program, as a U.S. intelligence report claimed last week, and believe the CIA has been hoodwinked by Teheran. The timing of the CIA report has also provoked fury in the British Government, where officials believe it has undermined efforts to impose tough new sanctions on Iran and made an Israeli attack on its nuclear facilities more likely. The security services in London want concrete evidence to allay concerns that the Islamic state has fed disinformation to the CIA. The report used new evidence - including human sources, wireless intercepts and evidence from an Iranian defector - to conclude that Teheran suspended the bomb-making side of its nuclear program in 2003. But British intelligence is concerned that U.S. spy chiefs were so determined to avoid giving President Bush a reason to go to war - as their reports on Saddam Hussein's weapons programs did in Iraq - that they got it wrong this time. A senior British official delivered a withering assessment of U.S. intelligence-gathering abilities in the Middle East and revealed that British spies shared the concerns of Israeli defence chiefs that Iran was still pursuing nuclear weapons. (Telegraph-UK) The Bible says: “Even one of their own has said: ‘They are always liars and brutes!” This testimony is true.
MUSLIM GUNMEN TARGET CHRISTIAN IN GAZA: Over the weekend, four masked gunmen tried to kidnap Palestinian Christian Nabil Fuad Ayad, who works as a guard at a Gaza City church. Nabil's cousin, Rami, was kidnapped and murdered two months ago by the same group, members of the radical Islamic Salafi movement, local sources said. The gunmen tried to force Ayad into their car as he was walking in the street, but he managed to escape to a nearby shop. The assailants fired several shots into the air as they fled the scene. The Salafis, who have become very active in Gaza in recent months, are totally opposed to common Western concepts like economics, constitutions and political parties. They refer to the 2,500 Christians in Gaza as Crusaders and have vowed to drive them out. "The latest incident is aimed at sending a message to all the Christians here that we must leave," said a Christian leader. "Radical Islamic groups are waging a campaign to get rid of us and no one seems to care." (Jerusalem Post) The Bible says: “Blessed are you, when men hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven!” (Luke 6:22-23)
ISLAM AND TEDDY BEARS: Sudan's president Monday pardoned British teacher Gillian Gibbons, jailed last Sunday for insulting Islam by allowing her mostly Muslim students at an English school in Khartoum to name a teddy bear "Muhammad." In a rally on Friday, thousands of protesters, many armed with clubs and swords, called for Ms. Gibbons' death. In the paranoid vision of Muslim fanatics, even a stuffed toy can be part of the "plot against Islam." Where believers are determined to feel insult where none was intended and, worse, use violence to revenge any slight, imagined or real, inter-religious dialogue becomes, let's say, problematic. (Wall Street Journal) “You blind guides!” says Jesus, “you strain out a gnat but swallow a camel” (Matth.23:24).
PALESTINIAN LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL PASSES LAW AGAINST ANY CONCESSIONS ON JERUSALEM: The Hamas-dominated Palestinian Legislative Council Thursday passed a law that makes any concessions on Jerusalem illegal and defines such concessions as a crime of high treason. Many Fatah legislators made it known that they too support the law, which states that Jerusalem is a Palestinian, Arab and Islamic city. The new law still requires the approval of Mahmoud Abbas, said Ahmed Bahar, acting speaker of the PLC. The law is intended to embarrass Abbas and ties his hands on the eve of the resumption of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations on core issues, including the future status of Jerusalem. Hamas officials said Abbas would have no other option but to endorse the law. (Jerusalem Post) The Bible says, “If I forget you, o Jerusalem, may my right hand forget its skill. May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth, if I do not remember Jerusalem my highest joy” (Psalm 137:5-6)
HOPES FOR PEACE: Mahmoud Abbas, the Fatah leader presuming to speak for the Palestinians at the Annapolis conference, no longer controls Gaza and his grip on the West Bank is so weak that even in his capital of Ramallah, Fatah lost to Hamas in the most recent mayoral election. Most intelligence assessments agree that Fatah has virtually ceased to exist in the West Bank. Remove Israeli forces in the West Bank and Hamas takes over. And where would that leave the Israelis, given the vulnerability of major cities like Tel Aviv to rocket fire? The harsh reality is that every time Israel has transferred security to the PA and its police, terrorism has followed. In the decade before the Oslo "peace" agreement, 41 Israelis were murdered. In the decade after, 945 were murdered. Anybody who has visited the West Bank knows how much Fatah is dedicated to peace with Israel. The Fatah-controlled press and TV and the mosques reverberate with continuous incitement to violence and hate. Suicide bombers are depicted as heroes. In recent polls, almost half the Palestinian population would not accept Israel, even if there was a settlement. And Fatah still maintains its own terrorist wing, the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades. Nobody wants Annapolis to fail. But it was prematurely arranged, and the sequence is wrong. The Palestinians should have had to build up a civil administration and an effective and reliable security force first. (U.S. News) The Bible says:”When you sit to dine with a ruler, not well what is before you…” (Proverbs 23:1).
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REPORT: PALESTINIAN PRISONERS RELEASED BY ISRAEL KILLED 177 ISRAELIS. Palestinian militants freed in past prisoner releases by Israel were responsible for at least 30 terror attacks which claimed the lives of 177 Israelis, according to a study published Monday by Almagor, an organization representing the victims of Palestinian terrorism. According to the report, 6,912 militants were released between the years 1993 and 1999, and nearly 80% of them returned to terrorist activity (Ha'aretz). The Bible says, “From the root of that snake will spring up a viper, its fruit will be a darting, venomous serpent (Is.14:29).
ISRAEL: IRAN LIKELY RESTARTED NUCLEAR ARMS PROGRAM: Israeli intelligence believes Iran is still trying to develop a nuclear weapon, Israel's defence minister said Tuesday, disputing a U.S. intelligence assessment that Iran has halted its program. "It's apparently true that in 2003 Iran stopped pursuing its military nuclear program for a time. But in our opinion, since then it has apparently continued that program," Defence Minister Ehud Barak told Army Radio. Barak said, "We cannot allow ourselves to rest just because of an intelligence report from the other side of the earth, even if it is from our greatest friend." (AP/International Herald Tribune). The Bible says, “Stop trusting in man, who has but a breath in his nostrils. Of what account is he?” (Is.2:22)
BEING GREEN IS PART OF ISRAEL’S CULTURE: In Israel, there is a solar panel on almost every rooftop, heating our water. Our solar power company, Solel, is at the head of its class, having upgraded power plants in southern California. Now the sun powers our payphones and street lights. Israel has hundreds of start-up companies in the energy sector. Israeli scientists are creating fuel from grass clippings and cow waste.
AFTER ANNAPOLIS: PA TV SHOWS ‘PALESTINE’ MAP ERASING ISRAEL: An information clip rebroadcast after the Annapolis meeting on Abbas-controlled Palestinian television shows a map in which Israel is painted in the colours of the Palestinian flag, symbolizing Israel turned into a Palestinian state. The description of all of the State of Israel as "Palestine" is part of a formal, systematic educational approach throughout the Palestinian Authority. (Palestinian Media Watch)
BLAIR: THERE WON’T BE A PALESTINIAN STATE UNLESS IT IS COHERENTLY RUN: Quartet envoy Tony Blair said in an interview in Washington on Wednesday he no longer believes that "land for peace," in and of itself, is sufficient. What is no less important, in his view, is the character of the Palestinian state. He constantly warns senior PA officials: "There won't be a Palestinian state unless it is coherently governed and run, and anyone who tells you different is misleading you." What Blair has tried to explain to the Arab world and to the Palestinians is that they must understand how the events in Gaza have affected the Israeli public and leadership. If one looks at it from the vantage point of Israelis, they left Gaza, evacuated 7,000 settlers, and ended up with a Hamas takeover. Blair believes that anyone who wants to reach a solution has to understand that Israelis' security concerns are genuinely and deeply felt. (Ha'aretz)
THE STING OF THE JIHAD BEE: Farfur (the Mickey Mouse look-alike created by Hamas) may be dead, but his cousin is still buzzing around with his deadly sting. Nahoul, a bee character, popular in the Arab world, preaches the same message as Farfur: The path of martyrdom is the only way. After an international outcry over the use of ‘Mickey Mouse’ to promote violence and terror, producers had Farfur ‘martyred’ at the hands of an Israeli security official. But just a week later, the show Pioneers of Tomorrow, produced by Hamas, introduced a new character, Nahoul, who also promotes jihad to Palestinian children. “I’m Nahoul, Farfur’s cousin,” the bee announces, “I want to continue in the path of Farfur – the path of Islam, of heroism, of martyrdom, and of the mujahadeen (holy warriors). My friends and I will follow in the footsteps of Farfur. We will take revenge upon the enemies of Allah, the killers of the prophets and innocent children, until we liberate Jerusalem from their impurity. We place our trust in Allah.”
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IDF: ISRAELI TROOPS ESSENTIAL IN WEST BANK: "There's no way to control terror without a persistent physical presence," said Maj.-Gen. Yair Naveh, the recently retired head of Israel's Central Command with responsibility for the West Bank and Jerusalem. “I don't want to control the population, but I do want to control terror. And that requires presence in the sector at all times," Naveh said. Last week IDF leaders conducted the largest counterterrorist command post exercise in eight years. Dubbed "Bright Summer," the exercise was designed around a scenario in which significant Israeli force strength was committed in Gaza, where air, land and sea forces waged high-intensity operations against Palestinian fighting formations and rocket-launching squads. At the same time, the IDF had to respond to "suicide bombers in Ramat Gan [a Tel Aviv suburb], multiple roadside shootings in the West Bank, and coordinated infiltrations of some settlements beyond the Green Line," an Israeli military officer said.
THE DUBIOUS LOGIC OF RELEASING PRISONERS: Military sources, almost 80% of Palestinians arrested for hostile activities engage in terrorism again after they are released, despite signing a statement to the contrary. Israel has released Palestinian terrorists time and again as ‘goodwill gestures’ aimed at boosting the peace process. Some time ago, Israel freed 250 Palestinian prisoners in a bid to strengthen Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas after the violent takeover of Gaza by Hamas. Between 1993 and 1999, the six years following the Oslo Accords, Israel released 6.912 Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails, 854 of whom had Jewish blood on their hands. Here are some examples: Marwan Barghouti, who was expelled to Jordan during the first Intifada (uprising) in 1987, was permitted to re-enter Israel in the wake of the Oslo agreement. He ended up back in Israeli custody after playing a major role in the second Intifada that erupted in 2000. Barghouti was convicted in 2004 of masterminding terrorist attacks in which five people were killed. The spiritual leader of Hamas, Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, was released from an Israeli jail in 1985 after a two-year term. In 1987, he founded Hamas and was arrested again in 1989 on terrorism charges. He was released in 1997 and immediately started planning new attacks. In 2004, after dozens of deadly Hamas suicide bombings, he was assassinated by the Israeli army (ISRAEL TODAY). The Bible says, “Seek good, not evil, that you may live… Hate evil, love good; maintain justice in the courts” (Amos 5:14-15).
RIDICULING ROCKETS: The Palestinian press ridiculed the rocket attacks on the town of Sderot in southern Israel, showing pictures of fleeing and weeping Israelis in the newspaper Al Risalah. “The Palestinian resistance against the Zionists proves to be successful and forces settlers to leave their homes,” the newspaper reported. “Dozens of the settlers of Sderot stormed Mayor Eli Moyal’s office and pleaded to be evacuated, feeling threatened by the Kassam rockets. Israel’s Ministry of Interior moved thousands of residents to the north for security reasons because of our rockets. They are afraid of us.” The report refers to the citizens of Sderot as settlers, like those who live in Judea and Samaria, proving that Palestinians believe that any Jew in Israel, whether in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem or the disputed territories has no rights or legitimate claims to the Land. “We chased the Jews out of Gaza,” the article said. “And now we will kick them out of Sderot, and afterwards from Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.” “… Israel has become the scorn of his neighbours” (Psalm 89:41).
KNESSET MOVES TO BLOCK THE DIVISION OF JERUSALEM: The Israeli Parliament gave preliminary approval to a bill intended to hinder any division of Jerusalem in a future deal with the Palestinians, by stipulating that any change in the city’s status would require approval by two-thirds of the 120-seat legislature, or 80 votes, instead of a simple majority of 61. Senior members of Prime Minister Olmert's coalition voted in favour of the bill - which passed by 54 to 24. The Jerusalem bill has a long way to go before it becomes law, having to pass through a committee and three votes in the full Knesset first. (New York Times) Isaiah declares, “I have posted watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem” (62:6).
EU ANNUAL AID TO PA SURPASSES 1 BILLION DOLLAR: PA Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr. Ahmad Subuh on Wednesday announced that the EU had donated aid to the PA over the past year totaling $1,080 million. He said the amount had increased significantly from last year's $980 million and the previous year's $880 million. The Bible declares, “You have planted much but have harvested little” (Haggai 1:6).
HARD FACTS ABOUT THE THREATS FACING ISRAEL: Over the coming year, there is no doubt that Hamas in Gaza will be producing Kassam-type rockets with a range of 20-25 km, bringing all of Ashkelon, Kiryat Gat, Netivot, Ofakim and the many kibbutzim and moschavim that surround them into the line of fire. Over a quarter of a million Israelis will be in range. Moreover, Hamas will be able to fire the rockets from the heart of Gaza, without having to send launch teams to the open areas close to the border fence. This means that unless there's a miracle, the Israeli government, lacking any alternative, will have to order the army to carry out a major operation to clean up Gaza, along the lines of the successful Operation Defensive Shield in the West Bank in 2002. “...a squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger” (Luke 8:23)
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A GUINESS WORLD RECORD FROM ISRAEL: Shane Bernier, an 8-year old boy who was diagnosed with cancer, dreamt of being in the Guinness Book of World Records as the person who has received the most birthday cards. Workers at the Israeli Embassy in Canada read the touching story and decided to help him in his endeavour. They advertised in Israel’s biggest newspaper Yediot Ahronot and in response, thousands of Israeli children sent Shane congratulations via an Internet forum. The enormous response surprised everyone. With the help of the Israeli embassy the young Canadian received 20,000 birthday letters from Israel, which were added to 5 million letters from 36 countries around the world. Shane smiled shyly and disclosed another one of his wishes. “When I am healthy,” he said, “I want to go to Israel to visit all the kind people who thought of me.” The psalmist says, “You have granted him the desire of his heart and have not withheld the request of his lips (Psalm 21:2)
NAZARETH TO BUILD WORLD’S LARGEST CROSS: Christian businessmen from Israel and overseas plan to construct the world’s largest cross in Jesus’ hometown of Nazareth. ‘The Nazareth Cross’ would stand 60 meters (197 feet) and be adorned with 7,2 million mosaic tiles made of Nazareth stone, as well as gold, silver and platinum. If the city council approves the plan, an ornate church would be constructed in Nazareth’s Old City with the 15-story cross rising above it. Organisers hope the cross will boost tourism to the Israeli Arab town. Many Christian shopkeepers were forced to close down when tourism collapsed after the Palestinian uprising erupted in 2000. A monorail transportation system will provide pilgrims easy access to and from the historic Christian churches, the Fountain of Mary and the city’s central bazaars. The cross is likely to cause unrest in the city because two-thirds of the population is Moslem. Religious tensions have boiled over in the past with the Moslem attempt to build a mosque next to the Church of the Annunciation, the traditional place where Gabriel appeared to Mary, announcing she would bear the Messiah.
ISRAELI VERSION OF ’NOT WITHOUT MY DAUGHTER: A touching drama occurred at the Israeli-Egyptian border crossing in Taba after a Polish woman who is married to an Egyptian found herself in a terrifying situation: Her husband refused to allow their young daughter to leave Egypt. It was similar to the film Not Without my Daughter, in which an American woman married an Iranian doctor who prevented her and her child from leaving Iran after a visit. The story of the woman from Poland began 10 years ago when she met an Egyptian in the United States. They got married and had a daughter, Sarah. A few years later the husband demanded that the family live with his parents in Egypt. It was a hard adjustment for the woman to the Moslem country on the Nile. She decided to leave, but the husband would not allow her to take their daughter. The Bible says: “…they have brought disaster upon themselves!” (Isaiah 3:9)
HIZBOLLAH: WE CAN HIT ALL PARTS OF ISRAEL – Naim Kassem, Hizbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah’s deputy, siad in an interview with the Arab-Israeli paper Sawt el-Balad that Hizbollah’s weapon arsenal can hit all parts of Israel. He described a training exercise the group conducted at the beginning of this week as preparation for the next war with Israel (Ynet News). “Now Lord, consider their threats…” (Acts 4:29)
ABBAS PLEDGES TO MOVE ARAFAT’S GRAVE TO JERUSALEM: Mahmoud Abbas has pledged to continue to work for the transfer of the body of Yasser Arafat to Jerusalem. He made his promise during the inauguration of a mausoleum dedicated to Arafat in Ramallah on the third anniversary of his death. The shrine is designed to allow its future transfer to Arafat's desired final resting place in Jerusalem. (Maan News-PA) Jesus says, ”… let the dead bury their own dead” (Matthew 8:22).
SAUDI PRINCE BUYING ‘FLYING PALACE’ AIRBUS: Saudi Arabian billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal is purchasing an Airbus A380 to be a "flying palace" at a cost more than $320 million, the manufacturer, Airbus SAS, announced Monday. The A380 is as tall as a seven-story building with each wing big enough to hold 70 cars. It is capable of carrying 853 passengers. Take out the seats, and the plane can be transformed into a flying mansion (Washington Post). The Bible says, “… those who trust in their wealth and boast of their great riches (Psalm 49:6).
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IN THE NEXT WAR, EXPECT MISSILE ATTACKS: The forecast presented by Maj.-Gen. (res.) Yaakov Amidror at last month's meeting of the Israel Missile Defence Association was quite worrisome. Amidror, the former head of the research department in the Israel Defence Forces' intelligence branch, predicted that if, in the future, Israel gets into a war with the conventional army of a neighbouring country (Syria is the most likely opponent), the missile and rocket threat the country will face in such a situation will make the Second Lebanon War look like child's play. This time, the threat to population centres on the home front would not end, as in the war of the summer of 2006, at the Afula-Hadera line, but would cover most of the country. At the same time, Syria and Hizbullah are expected to use artillery, rockets and missiles against the forces at the front and military targets located toward the rear - from headquarters and army bases to areas where reserve units have been mobilized. "We've never had a war in which the IDF was so threatened by fire on its permanent bases," said Amidror. "In two hours, a Syrian rocket battalion could produce more fire than everything we took from Hizbullah in the entire war." Is Israel capable of deterring its hostile neighbours from launching a missile attack on its territory? After Lebanon, the conventional wisdom in Israel says the answer is no. With encouragement and funding from Iran, a comprehensive threat to the Israeli home front has begun to take shape: From the north (Syria and Lebanon) and from the southwest (Gaza), with the only real deterrent to rocket fire from the east (the West Bank) being intensive IDF and Shin Bet security service activity against the terror networks there. About two months ago, IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi presented the IDF's new multi-year plan. Its major emphases include the importance of achieving a rapid victory and the need to significantly upgrade the ground forces. On several occasions, Ashkenazi has said that in case of war, one of his main objectives would be that, at the end, "no one will ask who won, because it will be obvious that we won." (Ha'aretz) The Bible says,”The seas have lifted up their voice; the seas have lifted up their pounding waves. Mightier than the thunder of the great waters, mightier than the breaks of the sea – the Lord on high is mighty!” (Psalm: 3-4)
HAMAS FORCES DISPERSE FATAH RALLY IN GAZA, KILL SIX PALESTINIANS: Hamas militiamen on Monday violently dispersed a massive rally organized in Gaza by Fatah to mark the third anniversary of Arafat's death. Six people were killed and 75 wounded, Palestinian officials said. While Hamas Interior Ministry spokesman Ehab Ghussein charged that "armed men from the Fatah movement initially opened fire," a Washington Post reporter on the scene saw no Fatah gunmen at the rally or in its vicinity. Palestine TV reported that Hamas militiamen fired into the crowd from the roof of Al-Azhar University. Other Hamas militiamen moved in to arrest and beat people in the crowd, and ordered journalists not to film the event. (Washington Post) (See Prophetic Review, Saturday: ‘Hamas loosing grip on Gaza’). The Bible says, “Come,” they say, “let us destroy them as a nation that the name of Israel shall be remembered no more!” (Psalm 83:3)
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IDF INTELLIGENCE: U.S. PROMISED SYRIA TO DISCUSS GOLAND HEIGHTS AT ANNAPOLIS. The U.S. has promised Syria that the issue of the Golan Heights will be brought to the agenda of the upcoming regional meeting scheduled for later this month, the head of Israeli military intelligence said on Sunday. Briefing the weekly cabinet meeting, Maj.-Gen. Amos Yadlin said that the Americans had made the promise in effort to convince Damascus to participate in the summit, which it is hosting in Annapolis, Maryland (Ha’aretz). The Bible says, “If you do not turn away from your own flesh and blood, - then your light will break forth like the dawn!” (Isaiah 58:7-8)
ISRAEL URGES EGYPT TO ACT AGAINST HAMAS: Israel says Egypt is doing far too little to stop the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, which controls Gaza, from smuggling weapons, militants and cash into the area from Egypt, and is appealing to Cairo to do more. At the same time, a senior Israeli legislator from the opposition Likud party, Yuval Steinitz, has written to all the members of the U.S. Senate to support a move begun in the House of Representatives to freeze $200 million of a projected $1.3 billion in military aid to Egypt unless it takes action. In his letter, Steinitz accuses Egypt of allowing Hamas to obtain 20,000 rifles, 6,000 anti-tank missiles, 100 tons of explosives and several dozen Katyusha rockets and shoulder-held anti-aircraft missiles. In the last three months, Steinitz says, Egypt has allowed "the organized departure of large groups of operatives from Gaza for military training in Iran." In September, he notes, 100 Gazans who had trained in Iran were allowed by Egypt to return home despite Israeli protests. His complaints are shared by the Israeli government (New York Times). The Bible says: “Arise, o Lord, in your anger, rise up against the rage of my enemies. Let the assembled peoples gather around you. Rule over them from on high!” (Psalm 7:6-7)
IRANIAN BOMB POSSIBLE BY 2009: Next year will be a critical one in efforts to stop Iran from acquiring nuclear capabilities, Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz said last week. “Iran’s nuclear program is proceeding like an express train. The diplomatic efforts to thwart Iran are like a slow train. If we cannot derail the Iranian train from the tracks, we are on the verge of a nuclear era that will totally alter the regional reality,” the former defence minister and IDF chief of General Staff told the Conference of Presidents of Mayor American Jewish organisations in New York. Another warning that time is running out came from Brig.-Gen. Yossi Baidatz, head of Military Intelligence’s research bureau, who told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee that if Iran’s nuclear program went unchecked; the Islamic Republic could have nuclear weapons by the end of 2009. Israel’s response to the Iranian nuclear program will be periodically re-evaluated to check its effectiveness, said Defence Minister Ehud Barak, who also addressed the committee. “The things that we do behind the scenes, far from the public eye, are far more important than the slogan charade. Talks don’t make threats go away. We must show good judgment and act wisely,” said Barak (Jerusalem Post). The Bible says, “He has prepared his deadly weapons… but He, who digs a hole and scoops it out, falls into the pit he has made” (Psalm 7:13-15).
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AL-QAEDA RECRUITING TEENGAGERS TO ATTACK TARGETS IN BRITAIN: Teenagers as young as 15 are being groomed to carry out terrorist attacks in Britain and al-Qaeda sympathizers are hatching plots in a growing number of foreign countries against targets in the UK, the head of MI5, Jonathan Evans, warned Monday. (Guardian-UK) BRITISH INTELLIGENCE CHIEF WARNS OF 4,000 SUSPECTED TERRORISTS: British security officials suspect that at least 4,000 people are involved in terrorism-related activities in Britain and that al-Qaeda's "deliberate campaign" against Britain poses the "most immediate and acute peacetime threat" to the nation in a century. (Boston Globe /Washington Post) ISLAMIST EXTREMISM GREATEST THREAT TO EUROPE, EU’S NEW COUNTER TERRORISM COORDINATOR SAYS: To fight terrorism effectively, EU member states need to share information more widely, both with each other and with the EU institutions. But compensatory measures are also needed, so that the fight against terrorism does not shrink individual liberty, the EU's new Counter-Terrorism Coordinator Gilles de Kerchove told the Civil Liberties Committee on Monday. (European Parliament) The Bible says,”They conceive trouble and give birth to evil. They hatch the eggs of vipers and spin a spider’s web… and acts of violence are in their hands” (Is.59:5-6).
AL-QAEDA RECRUITING TEENGAGERS TO ATTACK TARGETS IN BRITAIN: Teenagers as young as 15 are being groomed to carry out terrorist attacks in Britain and al-Qaeda sympathizers are hatching plots in a growing number of foreign countries against targets in the UK, the head of MI5, Jonathan Evans, warned Monday. (Guardian-UK) BRITISH INTELLIGENCE CHIEF WARNS OF 4,000 SUSPECTED TERRORISTS: British security officials suspect that at least 4,000 people are involved in terrorism-related activities in Britain and that al-Qaeda's "deliberate campaign" against Britain poses the "most immediate and acute peacetime threat" to the nation in a century. (Boston Globe /Washington Post) ISLAMIST EXTREMISM GREATEST THREAT TO EUROPE, EU’S NEW COUNTER TERRORISM COORDINATOR SAYS: To fight terrorism effectively, EU member states need to share information more widely, both with each other and with the EU institutions. But compensatory measures are also needed, so that the fight against terrorism does not shrink individual liberty, the EU's new Counter-Terrorism Coordinator Gilles de Kerchove told the Civil Liberties Committee on Monday. (European Parliament) The Bible says,”They conceive trouble and give birth to evil. They hatch the eggs of vipers and spin a spider’s web… and acts of violence are in their hands” (Is.59:5-6).
HAMAS STRENGETHENING GAZA BORDER: Israeli incursions into Gaza now encounter increasingly effective resistance from forces organized by militants trained in Iran and by Hizbullah in Lebanon, Israeli officers say. Israel has resumed almost daily operations in Gaza in recent months in what it calls the "security zone," a two-mile-wide swath on the Palestinian side of the fence separating Gaza from Israel. The object of these sweeps is to prevent the militants from digging tunnels underneath the fence or from firing mortars or rockets within the zone. These incursions now are met by forward Hamas units, supported by auxiliaries from other militant groups. Hamas has organized every area with a coordinated network of observation posts and forces that include riflemen and anti-tank units whose rockets also are effective against infantry.< BR>"They are building an army," said Gen. Moshe Tamir, commander of the Israeli division assigned to Gaza, "and are trying to build bunkers and mortar positions along the border." He said more than 200 militants have been killed since the beginning of the year. The head of Israel's Shin Bet security service, Yuval Diskin, said Monday that Hamas has smuggled in more than 70 tons of explosives from Egypt since it took control of Gaza in June, bringing the total in its possession to 112 tons. He told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee that Hamas forces in Gaza now totalled 15,000 trained men in a military-style structure. (Washington Times) The Bible says, “The Israelites have been saying: Do you see how this man kept coming out. He comes out to defy Israel” (1.Sam.17:25).
ARAB EVANGELICAL PASTOR THREATENED: An Arab-American evangelical pastor said Wednesday – while at the same time he sent out an urgent plea to his ‘family in the Messiah’ on the Internet – that he has been threatened by a Palestinian security official in Ramallah, and has fled to Jerusalem for safety. Pastor Isa Bajalia, 47, a US citizen born in Birmingham, Alabama, said that he had been threatened over the last two months by a Fatah security official from the Tanzim militia who also demanded 30,000 dollars in protection money. Bajalia said he had moved to nearby Jerusalem since the threats began. For the last decade he served as pastor for a group of 30-35 people in Ramallah, holding Sunday services in private homes and carrying out missionary work among the Palestinians, who are predominantly Muslim. “We will do to you what Hamas did to Fatah in Gaza,” Bajalia, who has a vision problem, said he was also told that in addition to his eye problem he would not be able to walk anymore. The Palestinian security official subsequently told Bajalia to register some of his family’s land in the official’s name and pay him 30,000, the pastor said. Bajalia said he had also been watched for six months. Bajalia, who had worked in various ministerial roles in Alabama, said he had made the move to his former hometown due to a ‘sense of calling’ to help the people of Ramallah. “I don’t want to leave Ramallah, I feel a calling to be there – I consider it my city.” “All men will hate you because of Me, but he, who stands firm to the end will be saved” (Matthew 10:22).
HAMAS IMPROVING MILITARY CAPABILITIES IN GAZA: In recent months, the IDF has been conducting operations in Gaza up to three kilometres inside the border fence - an area the army calls the "security zone." There are regular clashes with forward units of Hamas, which set up ambushes when IDF troops enter and leave Gaza. The IDF is seeking to prevent the militants from crossing into Israel, digging tunnels, abducting soldiers, firing mortars and laying roadside bombs. The efforts by Iran and Hizbullah to improve Hamas' military capabilities are beginning to be felt, and not only in better weaponry. Dozens of militants trained in Iran and Lebanon have re-entered Gaza to create a system of control and coordination. There is a chain of command for every area, which operates a coordinated network of observation posts, infantry and antitank forces. (Ha'aretz) The Bible says:”He says to himself: Nothing will shake me. I’ll always be happy and never have trouble. His mouth is full of curses and lies and threats, trouble and evil is under his tongue. He lies in wait near the villages, from ambush he murders… watching in secret for his victims” (Psalm 10:6-8).
PRIESTLY BLESSING ON TEMPLE MOUNT: For the first time since the destruction of the Temple almost 2000 years ago, the Priestly Blessing (Numbers 6:24-26) was recited on the Temple Mount. A group of some 25 Jews, organized by the Temple Institute in Jerusalem, visited the Temple Mount. Usually only groups of less than 10 Jews are allowed to visit in fear of them forming a “minyan” and holding a prayer meeting. A notable aspect of the visit was the welcoming attitude of the Israeli police. In an unusual departure from standard procedure the police were particularly sympathetic even when the Moslem Waqf (religious police) started yelling that they were praying, which is normally not allowed. One of the policemen took the side of the Jewish descendants of the Priestly tribe and allowed them to finish their prayers. Rabbi Chaim Richman, one of the organizers of the trip, said: " At times like these, when there is talk of giving away our precious places, and when despair is sometimes in the air, events of this nature serve to remind us that God has not forgotten about us, and that He still has big plans for both us and the Holy Temple - and that the Temple will yet become the focal point of the world once again." “Therefore, this is what the Lord says, “I will return to Jerusalem with mercy. And there My house will be built” (Zech.1:16).
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BUSH PROPOSES SIXFOLD INCREASE IN AID TO PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY: President Bush has proposed a six fold increase in aid to the Palestinians, including $150 million in direct cash transfers to the Palestinian Authority, in an effort to bolster the government in advance of a Middle East peace conference planned in Annapolis. The $435 million in additional aid, on top of $77 million requested earlier this year, would constitute the administration's largest amount of direct aid to the PA. State Department officials said the money is a signal that substantial aid will flow to leaders who reject terrorism. The aid request "supports a critical and immediate need to support a new Palestinian Authority (PA) government that both the U.S. and Israel view as a true ally for peace," the State Department said Tuesday. The "funds would provide immediate, demonstrable improvements in the lives of Palestinians by supporting the PA's efforts to extend the rule of law, achieve economic revival, improve governance, and avoid a fiscal crisis." Congressional officials said the aid request has little chance of approval if the Annapolis conference does not show substantial results. (Washington Post) “But as soon as they were at rest, they again did what was evil in the sight of the Lord” (Neh.9:29).
DONATION FOR THE BUILDING OF THE TEMPLE : On the last day of Sukkoth (Feast of Tabernacles), a delegation from West Papua presented a kilogram of gold and a large sum of money to be used in the building of the Holy Temple. The delegation came to the Temple Institute in Jerusalem’s Old City and presented the gold to Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, a founder of the institute, and Yehuda Glick, its director. Rabbi Ariel said the episode was emotional as it constituted the fulfillment of the words of the prophets that nations will come from afar to help build the House of God in Jerusalem. “There is no doubt that this is a sign that the rest of our prophets’ prophecies will soon be fulfilled as well.” This prophetic deed was covered widely by the Israeli media. Before visiting the Temple Institute the Papuans arrived in the desert of Zin not far from the Jordanian border near Hazeva. They wanted to see an area near the mount of Edom, where the ancient city of Bozra is situated. The place is connected with the prophecies of Isaiah, who mentions that besides the coming of the Messiah to the Mount of Olives (Zech.14:4) He may also be expected to come to this place (Is.63:1-2). When the rabbis received the Temple donation, they were reminded of the words of the prophet Zechariah: “Thus says the LORD of hosts: Behold, the man whose name is the Branch, for he shall grow up in his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD …… And those who are far off shall come and help to build the temple of the LORD and you shall know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you. And this shall come to pass, if you will diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God.” (Zechariah 6:12-15) (Read tomorrow: ‘Priestly Blessing on Temple Mount)
THREE PALESTINIAN GIRLS KILLED IN GAZA ‘WORK ACCIDENT’: Two teenaged Palestinian girls and one 2-year-old died Saturday in an explosion in a house in southern Gaza. The blast is thought to have been the result of a "work accident" after a large bomb hidden in the house exploded. Six other Palestinians were injured. (Haaretz) The Bible says,”On your clothes men find the lifeblood of the innocent. Yet in spite of all this you say: ‘I am innocent!’ (Jer.2:34)
A WOLF IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING: Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Rowan Williams arrives in Jerusalem for two days of meetings with the Chief Rabbinate in a bid to improve relations damaged by the Church of England’s 2006 decision to back divestment from Israel. An outspoken critic of the war in Iraq, Williams denounced American neoconservatives last month for advocating pre-emptive action against Iranian and Syrian nuclear stockpiles. A military strike, he said, would be a ‘criminal, ignorant and potentially murderous folly’. “I can’t understand what planet such persons are living on, when you see the conditions that are already there,” Williams told the BBC upon his return to London following a September 27 meeting with Syrian President Bashar Assad. The spiritual head of the 77 million-member Anglican Communion has also been a vocal critic of Israeli policies in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and at the meeting of the Church of England’s parliament last year endorsed a call for divestment from ‘companies profiting from the illegal occupation’ of the territories. Jesus says, “Watch out! They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves!” (Matthew 7:15).
ANALYSTS FIND ISRAEL STRUCK A NUCLEAR PROJECT INSIDE SYRIA: Israel's air attack on Syria on Sep. 6 was directed against a site that Israeli and American intelligence analysts judged was a partly constructed nuclear reactor, apparently modelled on one North Korea has used to create its stockpile of nuclear weapons fuel. The New York Times reported earlier that a debate had begun within the Bush administration. Officials did not say that the administration had ultimately opposed the Israeli strike, but that Secretary of State Rice and Defence Secretary Gates were particularly concerned about the ramifications of a pre-emptive strike in the absence of an urgent threat. North Korea has long provided assistance to Syria on a ballistic missile program, but any assistance toward the construction of the reactor would have been the first clear evidence of ties between the two countries on a nuclear program. North Korea has successfully used its five-megawatt reactor at the Yongbyon nuclear complex to reprocess nuclear fuel into bomb-grade material, a model that some American and Israeli officials believe Syria may have been trying to replicate. (New York Times) “A cloud of smoke comes from the north. What answer shall be given to the envoys of that nation? The Lord has established Zion!” (Is.14:31-32) See Saturday ‘PROPHETIC REVIEW’: ‘Pre-emption, Israeli Style’
LEBANON’S GOVERNMENT BY MURDER: Forty Lebanese members of parliament belonging to the pro-Western, anti-Syria March 14th majority bloc currently reside at Beirut's Phoenicia Intercontinental Hotel. But the lawmakers aren't guests; they're prisoners. Armed escorts from Lebanon's Internal Security Forces accompany guests to their rooms. Inside, curtains are permanently drawn to discourage snipers from targeting the MPs. Since 2005, four members of parliament affiliated with this bloc have been assassinated in Beirut. A government that once had 72 out of 128 legislators now rules by a razor-thin margin of 68 of 127 seats. The Bashar Assad regime in Syria is widely assumed to be behind the assassination campaign. Should the trend of assassinations continue unchallenged, the pro-Syrian opposition, led by Iranian-sponsored Hizbullah, waits in the wings. The write r is a senior fellow in Arab politics at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. (Los Angeles Times) The Bible says,”I am about to summon all the peoples of the northern kingdom,” declares the Lord. The will come and set up their thrones at the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem…” (Jer.1:15)
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THE FIGHT FOR JEWISH CONTROL OF JERUSALEM: Standing at the site of ancient Jerusalem’s most strategically vulnerable point, Opposition Leader Binyamin Netanyahu launched an offensive Tuesday to maintain Jewish control of Jerusalem. “Jerusalem has been the pulsating heart of the Jewish people. Now there are those who come and say, let’s divide this heart,” Netanyahu said. “The prime minister wants to come and divide this city. If we leave any part of Jerusalem, militant Islam walks in. That is the reality of the Middle East.” In a Knesset speech last week, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert suggested he would be willing to cede outlying Arab neighbourhoods of Jerusalem as part of a peace agreement with the Palestinians. Ending his tour at the Mount of Olives, Netanyahu looked out onto the landscape of the Old City of Jerusalem and called it the ‘most explosive square kilometre in human history’. “This area has been kept safe and calm through Israel’s presence,” said Netanyahu. “If any part of this were handed over it would create nightmares that we cannot even imagine.” “May my right hand forget its skill and my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth, if I do not consider Jerusalem my highest joy!” (Psalm 137:5-6)
OLMERT, SARKOZY SEE EYE-TO-EYE ON IRAN: Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Monday that France and Israel share "identical" views on the threat posed by Iran's nuclear program following talks in Paris with President Nicolas Sarkozy. French presidential spokesman David Martinon said, "Israel and France share the view that the Iranian nuclear program must be implemented with the greatest transparency and for peaceful ends." "A nuclear-armed Iran is unacceptable for France and for Israel," he said. (AFP/Yahoo) The Bible says, “The noble of the nations assemble, as the people of the God of Abraham, for the kings of the earth belong to God!” (Psalm 147:10)
ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER ESCAPED AUGUST TERROR ATTACK IN JERICHO: A group of Fatah gunmen attempted to hit Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's convoy as it made its way from Jerusalem to Jericho for a meeting with Mahmoud Abbas on Aug. 6, Shin Bet chief Yuval Diskin told the cabinet Sunday. The attack was thwarted by the Shin Bet and the Palestinian Intelligence Service. The plot to assassinate Olmert was originally planned for June 6, when the prime minister was first scheduled to meet with Abbas in the territories, and included five members who were involved in previous terror attacks in the West Bank. (Ynet News) Some of the five Fatah operatives suspected of plotting to assassinate Prime Minister Olmert were members of the PA security forces and were meant to guard the prime minister's convoy, Channel 2 television quoted Israeli security officials as saying on Sunday (Jerusalem Post) The Bible says, “His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart (Psalm 91:4)
IRAN THREATENS TO LAUNCH 11,000 ROCKETS: Iran is capable of firing 11,000 rockets into enemy bases in the first minute after any attack, state-run television quoted a top Revolutionary Guards Corps commander as saying Saturday. Gen. Mahmoud Chaharbaghi, the missile commander of the Guards, said Iran has identified all enemy positions and was prepared to respond in less than a minute to any possible attack. But Israeli missile expert Dr. Gerald Steinberg, head of Bar-Ilan University’s Political Science department, dismissed the general’s comments as ‘en extreme exaggeration’. “There is a long history of similar Iranian claims and these latest comments reflect a significant amount of insecurity,” Steinberg said. The US has 40,000 troops on various US bases in other Persian Gulf countries and 20,000 in Middle East waters. Another 160,000 US troops are in neighbouring Iraq. Steinberg noted that the Iranian general’s comments were clearly timed as a response to last week’s remarks by US President George W. Bush warning that Iran’s nuclear program must be stopped to prevent World War III. The apostles say: “Now Lord, consider their threats…” (Acts 4:29).
BUSH: PREVENT IRAN FROM GETTING NUCLEAR WEAPONS TO AVOID WORLD WAR III - President Bush told a press conference in Washington on Wednesday: "I believe that if Iran had a nuclear weapon, it would be a dangerous threat to world peace....We've got a leader in Iran who has announced that he wants to destroy Israel. So I've told people that if you're interested in avoiding World War III, it seems like you ought to be interested in preventing them from have the knowledge necessary to make a nuclear weapon. I take the threat of Iran with a nuclear weapon very seriously." (White House) Jesus says,”Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Will he not first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand?” (Luke 14:31)
EVANGELICALS RAISE $8.5 MILLION FOR ISRAEL: Pastor John Hagee, a founding member of Christians United for Israel, hosted 6,000 people at his 26th annual "Night to Honour Israel" at the Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas. Hagee told the gathering: "America must never pressure Israel to give up land. It must never pressure her to divide Jerusalem. Turning Jerusalem over to the Palestinians is tantamount to giving it to the Taliban." John Hagee Ministries gave more than $8.5 million, most of which came from private donations, to Israeli causes from the Israel National Autism Foundation to the city of Ariel's Development Fund. Over $6m. went to aliya organizations such as Nefesh B'Nefesh and Exodus II.
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CHRISTIANS AMBUSHED IN IRAQ: Pope Benedict XVI made a public appeal in Rome on Sunday for the release of the two Catholic priests kidnapped a day earlier on their way home from a funeral in northern Iraq. The priests were abducted about 4 p.m. Saturday after participating in a funeral in western Mosul, about 360 km. northwest of Baghdad, according to a church official. Gunmen ambushed the priests’ car, dragged them out and took them to an unidentified location, he said. The official said he had waited a day to publicize the incident because he had hoped the kidnappers would demand ransom and release the priests. He said he hadn’t yet heard from them. The Christian community in Iraq is about 3 percent of the country’s 26 million people. In Saddam-era Iraq, the country’s estimated 800,000 Christians were generally left alone, but after US forces toppled the regime and sectarian clashes broke out, their situation grew more precarious. Jesus says, “Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves!” (Luke 10:3)
WAS ’DR.DEATH’ ASSASINATED? The chief Nazi hunter of the Los Angels-based Simon Wiesenthal Centre on Sunday dismissed as ’pure fantasy’ claims by a former Israeli colonel that he had participated in the execution of the notorious Nazi war criminal Dr. Aribert Heim in the United States two and a half decades ago. The unsubstantial claims that Heim was killed are made in Not Forgotten or Forgiven; On the trail of the last Nazi, a book by former Israel Air Force colonel Danny Baz, slated to be published in France this week. Heim, who is known as the notorious ‘Dr.Death’, is wanted for the murder of hundreds of inmates of the infamous Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria, and is the second most wanted Nazi criminal in the world. “There is ample evidence that clearly shows that Dr.Heim was alive long after he was supposedly executed,” said Dr. Ephraim Zuroff, the centre’s Israel director. “In fact, there is every indication that he is still alive today, and for that reason, the search for his whereabouts continues.” Zuroff said there was a 310,000 Euro award being offered by the German government, the Wiesenthal Centre and the Austrian government for information which will lead to Heim’s arrest and prosecution by the German government. The Bible says,” Is it not ruin for the wicked, disaster for those, who do wrong?” (Job 31:3)
CALLING GOD ALLAH? ”Catholic churches in the Netherlands should use the name of Allah for God to ease tensions between Muslims and Christians,” says a Dutch Bishop. Tiny Muskens, the Bishop of Breda, told the Dutch TV program ‘Network’ that he believes God doesn’t mind what He is called. “The Almighty is above such ‘discussion and bickering’,” he insisted. “Someone like me has prayed to Allah yang maha kuasa for eight years in Indonesia,” Muskens said. “In the heart of the Eucharist, God is called Allah over there, so why can’t we start doing that together?” The Bishop thinks it could take another 100 years, but eventually the name Allah will be used by Dutch churches, promoting rapprochement between the two religions. However, a survey published in the Netherlands’ largest newspaper, De Telegraaf, showed 92 % of the more than 4,000 people polled oppose the bishop’s view, the Associated Press reported (WorldNetDaily.com) Dr. Morey, an international recognized scholar in the fields of theology and apologetics (author of 25 books about the theme) claims that Allah is a pagan god in Arabia from pre-Islamic times. It’s the cult of a moon-god from the most widespread religion of the ancient world. The Old Testament constantly rebuked the worship of this moon-god (see: Deut. 4:19; 17:3; II.King 21:3,5; 23:5; Jer.8:2, 19:13). “By praying towards Mecca several times a day, making pilgrimage to Mecca, running around the temple of the moon-god called the Kabah, kissing the black stone, fasting for the month which begins and ends with the crescent moon, is not to worship the God of Israel, the father of Jesus Christ,” says Dr. Morey.
SCHWARZENEGGER VETOES GAY MARRIAGE BILL: California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed another gay marriage bill, saying voters and the state’s Supreme Court, not lawmakers, should decide the issue. The Republican governor turned down a measure by Assemblyman Mark Leno that would have defined marriage as a union between two people, not just a man and a woman. Schwarzenegger vetoed a similar bill from Leno, a San Francisco Democrat, in 2005 and has said he would veto all such bills. The California Supreme Court is likely to rule next year on whether the state’s voter-approved ban on gay marriage violates the constitution. The Bible declares homosexuality to be ‘an abomination’ (Lev.18:22), ‘indecent act’, ‘shameful lust’ and ‘unnatural relations’ (Romans 1:26-28)
ISRAELI STRIKE ON SYRIA KINDLES DEBATE IN U.S.: A sharp debate is under way in the Bush administration about the significance of the Israeli intelligence that led to last month's Israeli strike inside Syria. The debate has fractured along now-familiar fault lines, with Vice President Cheney and conservative hawks portraying the Israeli intelligence as credible and arguing that it should cause the U.S. to reconsider its diplomatic overtures to Syria and North Korea. By contrast, Secretary of State Rice and her allies have said they do not believe that the intelligence presented merits any change in the American diplomatic approach. Current and former American officials said Israel presented the U.S. with intelligence over the summer about what it described as nuclear activity in Syria and told the White House shortly in advance of the September r raid. One former top Bush administration official said Israeli officials were so concerned about the threat posed by a potential Syrian nuclear program that they told the White House they could not wait past the end of the summer to strike the facility. Bruce Riedel, a veteran of the CIA and the National Security Council and now a Middle East expert at the Brookings Institution, said Israel would not have launched the strike in Syria if it believed Damascus was merely developing more sophisticated ballistic missiles or chemical weapons. "Those red lines were crossed 20 years ago," he said. "You don't risk general war in the Middle East over an extra 100 kilometres' range on a missile system." (New York Times) ”This enraged the king of Aram (Syria). He summoned his officers and demanded of them: ‘Will you not tell me, which of us is on the side of the king of Israel’? ‘None of us, my Lord, the King,’ said one of his officers. But Elisha, the prophet, who is in Israel tells the king of Israel the very word you speak in your bedroom” (2.King 6:11-12).
REPORT: HAMAS AND FATAH KILLED INNOCENTS IN GAZA WAR: Hamas and Fatah committed "grave breaches" of international law in their civil war in Gaza in June, the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) said Tuesday in a new report detailing a series of extra-judicial killings. 161 Palestinians, of whom 41 were civilians, were killed during fighting. The PCHR "documented a number of cases in which militants executed wounded persons during their evacuation to hospitals," the 105-page report said. At least two people - a Fatah fighter and a Hamas member - were pushed to their deaths from tall buildings. In one incident, a wounded Fatah member was shot dead in a hospital by Hamas gunmen. (Reuters) … but I, the Lord, was there. Therefore as surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, I will treat you in accordance with the anger and jealousy you showed in your hatred of them, and I will make myself known… when I judge you!” (Ez. 35:10-11)
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PROMINENT PALESTIAN CHRISTIAN KILLED IN GAZA: Rami Ayyad, 31, a prominent Palestinian Christian in Gaza, was found dead on Sunday after being abducted near his home, six months after the religious bookshop he ran was blown up. Medical officials said he had been stabbed and shot. 3,000 Christians live among 1.5 million Muslims in Gaza. (Reuters) Ayyad, who had received repeated death threats, was director of the Teacher's Bookshop, Gaza's only Christian bookstore, which is run by the Bible Society of Gaza Baptist church. (AP/Ha'aretz) “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Do not be afraid of those, who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet, not one of them falls to the ground apart from the will of your father (Matthew 10:16+28-29).
PALESTIANAS FIRE LONGER-RANGE ROCKET DEEPER INTO ISRAEL: Palestinians fired a Katyusha rocket into Israel east of Gaza on Sunday that landed in Netivot, 6.8 miles east of Gaza. The Katyusha, a factory-manufactured missile with a longer range than the Kassam, better accuracy and a warhead of some 11 pounds, must be smuggled into Gaza rather than made there. The Israeli Army said four Katyushas were fired from Gaza before - one was fired at the city of Ashkelon a year ago. The Katyusha has a range of 7.4 to 12.4 miles, as opposed to the Kassam's range of 5 to 7.4 miles. The Katyusha was used extensively by Hizbullah in southern Lebanon against Israel in the August 2006 war. (New York Times) Palestinians in Gaza fired a Katyusha rocket, three Kassam rockets, and eight mortar shells at Israel on Sunday. The mortars hit Kibbutz Kerem Shalom, striking a house and causing a fire. The Grad-type Katyusha rocket landed in Netivot. Netivot is 11 kilometres east of Gaza, while Sderot, the target of frequent attacks, is less than one kilometre from Gaza. (Ynet News) The Bible says,”You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day…” (Psalm 91:5).
THE CHRISTIANS: ISRAEL’S BEST FRIENDS Despite the recent ruling by the Chief Rabbinate that Jews may not participate in any Christian events, Rabbis Shlomo Riskin and Benny Elon spoke in support of the Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem at the Haas Promenade. Organised by Rev. Robert Stearns of the group Eagles’ Wings and Dr. Jack Hayford of The Church on the Way, DPPJ united over 150 nations and more than 150,000 churches worldwide in prayer. “Our best friends in the United States are Christians, offering love, friendship, and partnership. We would be foolish not to take advantage of it, especially during these troubled times,” said Riskin. Both Riskin and Elon credited the Christian community with not only helping Israel survive, but also vanquishing the threat of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and of radical Islam. MK Elhanan Glazer, representing the Christian Allies Caucus, also praised the mutual effort against external threats to Israel, saying that ‘Christians support Israel because we have the same Book, the same God, and we both love that God more than all the oil in the world.” This message of intertwining faith and politics underscored the event. Former Israeli ambassador to the United States Danny Ayalon stressed the extreme importance of reaching out to the Christian community, saying that they ‘strengthen our faith’. “For He himself is our peace, who has made the two one (the believing Jews and believing Non-Jews) He has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility (Eph.2:14).
DEATH TO ISRAEL: Iran’s hardline president called the existence of Israel an ’insult to human dignity’ during annual rallies in support of Muslim claims to the holy city of Jerusalem. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s remarks came as millions of Iranians held rallies across Iran to protest Israel’s continued hold on Jerusalem, the city where Muslims believe Islam’s Prophet Muhammad began his journey to heaven. Ahmadinejad said, “The occupation of Palestine is not limited to one land. The Zionist issue is now a global issue. Thousands also marked ‘Al-Quds Day’ – Al-Quds is the Arabic name for Jerusalem – with demonstrations in Syria and Bahrain. In the capital Teheran, hundreds of thousands of people poured into the streets as they chanted ‘Death to America’ and ‘Death to Israel’. Some protesters also burned American and Israeli flags. Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shadroudi, Iran’s judiciary chief, said Friday’s rallies were ‘a good start for the destruction of the Zionist regime. “Lord, how many are my foes!” says David. “How many rise up against me! Many are saying of me: God will not deliver him! But you are a shield around me, o Lord. I will not fear the tens of thousands drawn up against me on every side” (Psalm 3:1-3+6).
MIXED HOMECOMING FOR RELEASED GAZA PRISONER: The Gaza homecoming on Tuesday of Fatah loyalist Abdel-Hadi Hassanein, after seven years in an Israeli jail for shooting attacks against Israeli soldiers, was an upbeat affair - until members of Hamas' paramilitary Executive Force showed up. "They smashed the chairs and peppered my house with bullets," said Hassanein, among a group of 29 Palestinian prisoners from Gaza freed by Israel. "It seems they have been angered because we sang songs honouring Samih al-Madhoun," Hassanein said. Madhoun was an arch-foe of Hamas executed by its fighters in June. (Reuters) ”Pride is their necklace, they clothe themselves with violence” (Psalm 73:6)
ISRAELI AIRPORT COMMUNICATIONS WERE INTENTIONALLY JAMMED: Israel Radio correspondent Mickey Gurdis reported that on Thursday, during the Simhat Torah holiday, Israeli airport communication frequencies were frequently jammed, creating a very dangerous situation for planes landing and taking off. Only Israeli frequencies were being jammed and the phenomenon could not be attributed to illegal Israeli radio stations since they did not broadcast during the holiday. The battle for Jerusalem takes many forms. But the Word of God says: “My name will remain in Jerusalem forever!” (2. Chron.33:5) “Indeed, He who watches over Jerusalem, will not slumber nor sleep” (Psalm 121:4).
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CHRISTIAN COUPLE FORCED TO LEAVE ISRAEL AFTER 20 YEARS: Ron Cantrell was living out his calling to stand by the Jewish people in Israel when on June 11, 2003 he was at the scene of a suicide bombing that killed 18 people on a bus on Jaffa Road, the main street in downtown Jerusalem. “Experiencing terrorism in such a personal way only confirmed my resolve and commitment to the Jewish nation of Israel,” Cantrell wrote on his website. Four years later, however, the Ministry of Interior refused the Cantrell’s application to live in Israel and gave them two weeks to leave the country. After more than 20 years in the Land, they were forced to return to the U.S. Ron and Carol Cantrell were long-time volunteers for a Christian organisation in Jerusalem and have two children who are married to Israeli citizens. In 2003, Cantrell and his wife created Shalom Shalom Jerusalem Ministries, a Christian Zionist organisation which encourages Jews to immigrate to Israel. Earlier this year, the couple applied to Israel’s Interior Ministry for permanent residency. They were informed in August that their application was turned down due to ‘suspected missionary activity’. Legal adviser Michael Decker said the Interior Minister has ‘ultimate discretion’ in his decisions, unlike any other government minister in Israel. The current minister, Meir Sheetrit, has been cracking down on non-Jewish and even Jewish applications to the country (that is: if there had been signs of Christian beliefs) – Info: ISRAEL TODAY “A friend loves at all time and a brother is born for adversity” (Proverbs 17:17). When does Israel learn to discern the difference between friends and foes?
SYRIAN HELICOPTERS SEND IAF SCRAMBLING: For the second time in less than a week, Israeli Air force fighter jets were scrambled to the northern border after radar systems picked up Syrian helicopters making their way towards Israel. The jets took off from a base in the North and were ordered to head to the border and if needed intercept the helicopters. Minutes later, the IAF determined that the Syrian aircraft were not on their way to an attack and the Israeli planes were ordered to return to base. Since the alleged Israeli Air force’s air strike on a nuclear installation in northern Syria on September 6, tension has been mounting between the two countries. Last week, IAF jets were scrambled when a Syrian military jet appeared from Israeli radar screens. A short time later, the air force discovered that the enemy jet had crashed in Syria. The IAF jets returned to their bases and the level of alert was lowered. “He has showed you, what the Lord require of you. To walk – prepared for action – with your God” (Micah 6:8+1.Pet.1:13).
ATTACK ON ELDERLY WOMAN SHOCKS GAZAN CHRISTIANS: An attack on an 80-year old Christian woman in Gaza City has triggered renewed fears among the Gaza Strip’s 2,500-strong Christian community. Claire Farah Tarazi was the latest victim of anti-Christian attacks that have increased in the Gaza Strip since Hamas took full control of the area in June. Leaders of the Christian community condemned the assault and appealed to Hamas to make an effort to protect Christians. Representatives of various women’s groups in the Gaza Strip who visited Tarazi expressed shock and called on the Hamas government to halt attacks on Christians. They expressed concern over increased attacks on Christians in light of the absence of law and order in the Gaza Strip. Since the Hamas takeover, a Christian school and a church have been targeted by Muslims. Father Manuel Musalam, leader of the small Latin community in the Gaza Strip, said masked gunmen torched and looted the Rosary Sisters School and the Latin Church. “The masked gunmen used rocket-propelled grenades to storm the main entrances of the school and the church,” he said. Musalam expressed outrage over the burning of copies of the Bible, adding that the gunmen destroyed all the crosses inside the church and school. “Protect my life from the threat of the enemy. Hide me from the conspiracy of the wicked, from that noisy crowd of evildoers” (Psalm 64:1-2) God will shoot with arrows; suddenly they will be struck down. He will turn their own tongues against them (Psalm 64:7-8).
HAMAS-FATAH CLASH INSIDE MOSQUE: Hamas and Fatah loyalists clashed Saturday at a mosque in the southern Gaza Strip, leaving nine people wounded in the latest flare-up of violence between the two factions, witnesses and medical officials said. The melee erupted after Hamas brought one of its own religious leaders to preside over evening prayers at a Khan Yunis mosque instead of the independent cleric who usually leads the service, witnesses said. What began as fistfights among worshippers soon degenerated into face-offs with stones and knives. Hamas security officials who arrived on the scene fire rounds in the air, then came under fire themselves from a nearby area, witnesses aid. Medical sources in Khan Yunis said nine people suffered knife and gunshot wound, including two who were critically hurt. Hamas security officials were sealing the area and pressing the local clan to hand over the people who opened fire on Hamas forces. … I have withdrawn my blessing, my love and my pity from this people,” says the Lord (Jer.16:5).
PERES SLAMS COLOMBIA FOR HOSTING AHMADINEJAD: President Shimon Peres criticized Columbia University for hosting Iranian President Ahmadinejad and giving a stage to "the world's biggest lying leader." "I am all for the freedom of expression, but what happened there is giving a stage to lies that harm the world. After all, there is no one that doesn't know that Iran is building an atomic bomb and is a hotbed for global terror, out of the aspiration to impose radical-religious hegemony over the entire world." "All the countries of the free world must unite against Ahmadinejad. Remember that dictatorship goes hand in hand with lies, murder, and terror, just as is happening in Iran at the hands of the greatest and most dangerous radical leader," Peres said. (Ynet News) Iranian state television sharply criticized the way President Ahmadinejad had been treated during his Columbia University talk and asserted that he had triumphed over his adversarial hosts, whom it described as Zionist Jews. (New York Times) Psalm 102 in the Bible says: “The nations will fear the name of the Lord, all the kings of the earth will revere your glory. For the Lord will rebuild Zion and appear in His glory” (v.16).
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AHMADINEJAD SNUBS WIFE OF KIDNAPPED ISRAELI SOLDIER: Iranian President Ahmadinejad refused to address an Israeli woman who asked him at a news conference about her husband, one of two Israeli soldiers kidnapped by Hizbullah last year. Karnit Goldwasser accused Ahmadinejad of being behind the kidnapping and urged him to at least provide some proof of life. "How come you're not allowing the Red Cross to visit them," she asked from the front row. (Reuters) Thousands of protesters gathered outside UN headquarters to oppose Ahmadinejad's appearance at the opening of the UN General Assembly session last week. Organizers said the demonstration was the largest such protest in recent years. Martin Berger, an 84-year-old Holocaust survivor, stood for more than two hours in the warm sun to "show the world that Auschwitz is not a myth. We were in Auschwitz." He said it was hard for him to hold up his sign, which read: "You liar! You denier! I'm a Holocaust survivor!" throughout the rally, but that it was important to do so (Jerusalem Post). “The Lord said to me,” says the prophet Isaiah, “take a large scroll and write on it with an ordinary pen…” (Is. 8:1). (See: next weeks Prophetic Review ‘IRAN AND THE UN’)
“The Columbia University dean who was sponsoring the obscene appearance by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is deeply unworthy of the position he holds,” declares New York’s Daily News (on Sept.24th). The newspaper continues: “In saying that he would welcome Adolf Hitler to campus, John Coatsworth revealed that he lacks the moral compass, historical perspective and human decency to be the head of the university’s School of International and Public Affairs. There is no way, at least in civilized society, to defend Coatsworth’s expressed openness to granting a forum to a man who was the world’s most determined, most efficient mass murderer. Here is what Coatsworth said in an interview with Fox News. So shocking were his comments that we quote verbatim to assure the reader that he actually said what he said: “If Hitler were in the United States and wanted a platform from which to speak, he would have plenty platforms to speak in the United States. If he were willing to engage in a debate and a discussion, to be challenged by Columbia students and faculty, we would certainly run it.” … Coatsworth’s efforts to justify his remarks further showed he is absolutely ill-equipped for his post. He told the Daily News a few days ago he meant ‘in 1939, (when Hitler) had not started the war and the Holocaust hadn’t begun’: “Oh. So six years after Dachau, four years after the anti-Jewish Nuremberg Laws and a year after Kristallnacht, when Hitler’s intentions were known to all, he’d be a fine speaker for Columbia? (See: PROPHETIC REVIEW)
EXPLOSIVES BELT FOR PALESTINIAN SUICIDE BOMBING ON YOM KIPPUR FOUND IN TEL AVIV: Israeli security forces foiled a Palestinian suicide attack that would have targeted a packed synagogue during the Yom Kippur holiday, confiscating an explosives belt from a South Tel Aviv apartment Saturday and arresting the head of the cell planning the attack on Friday. (Haaretz) Hamas is under orders to perpetrate a large terrorist attack in an Israeli city to undermine the peace meeting scheduled for November, senior defence officials said Saturday, hours after the Yom Kippur suicide attack was thwarted. Military sources said Israeli security forces prevented a major attack at the last minute, given that the explosives were already in Tel Aviv. (Jerusalem Post) The Bible explains that when Nehemiah, who restored the walls of Jerusalem, was building between the gates of the Holy City, he had ‘half of his men to work, while the other half were equipped with spears, shields, bow and armour (4:16). “They did their work with one hand, and held a weapon in the other,” he said (4:17). Israel has to be alert every hour, day and night – and so do all the believers in the nations, because the enemy of God wants to kill and destroy.
THE BLOOD RED MOON: A total lunar eclipse/’blood-red’ moon occurred on July 16th 2000, while U.S. President Bill Clinton, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Palestinian President Yasser Arafat were at the Middle East Summit at Camp David. The sticking point that caused the summit to fail had to do with who would have sovereignty over the Temple Mont – the Israelis or the Palestinian Arabs. During this year’s total lunar eclipse/’blood red’ moon of Aug. 28, 2007, that rose over North America, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert offered the Palestinians sovereignty over the Temple Mount. What was so incredible about the timing of this offer is that it didn’t take place days, weeks or months after the ‘blood-red’ moon but on the very same day. In other words, the Temple Mount’s sovereignty was a central focus during both total lunar eclipse/’blood-red’ moons in 2000 and in the last week of August. The Old and New Testaments speak of blood-red moons prior to the Tribulation. Joel 2:31 (KJV) The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord come. Acts 2:20 (KJV) The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come. The Jewish Talmud (book of tradition/interpretation) says, “When the moon is in eclipse, it is a bad omen for Israel. If its face is as red as blood, (it is a sign that) the sword is coming into the world.” Total-eclipse ‘blood-red’ moons are rare according to Bill Koenig. The next total-eclipse/’blood-red’ moon will occur on Febr. 21, 2008. Having another total eclipse this close to a previous one is extremely rare; to say the least, we will be watching that day with much interest. (See: PROPHETIC REVIEW: ‘The Blood-Red-Moon’)
WELCOME CHRISTIAN FRIENDS This is the 27th year in which the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem has been organizing its march of support for Israel. This year the increasingly haredi-oriented Chief Rabbinate has seen fit to issue a ban forbidding Jews from joining the street celebration in Jerusalem due to suspicions of ‘missionary activity’ by the participating evangelicals. The ICEJ will be bringing more than 7,000 Christian pilgrims from some 100 countries this holiday. This has grown into Israel’s largest single tourist event each year, with thousands of well-wishing Christians congregating in Jerusalem and revitalizing its economy. Those boosts of economic and moral support came even in Israel’s bleakest years of violence and in the face of danger, when others shunned Jerusalem. The march, moreover, has become a regular attraction for many thousands of Israelis. To rebuff such unadulterated amity and goodwill is beyond the irrational and foolish. It also cuts deeply against the grain of Jewish hospitality, particularly during the coming holiday, when we welcome ushpizin (guests) into our Succoth. We can only wish ourselves that this New Year would bring us many more visitors like those affiliated with the Christian Embassy. “The stone, the builders rejected, has become the cornerstone,” declares the psalmist. “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord” (psalm 118:22+26).
ISRAEL DECLARES GAZA ‘HOSTILE TERRITORY’ – WHAT DOES IT MEAN? The Israeli government on Wednesday declared Gaza as "hostile territory," though there is no such concept in international law. A source explained that the term was not a legal concept but rather the description of a practical fact. The government is saying that Gaza has been hijacked by terrorists. It was essentially a warning notice to the world that Israel intends to treat Gaza differently than it has until now and to apply measures it has not used before. The government will apply three restraining principles to its decision. It won't carry out any measures immediately, it will give due consideration to the legality of every measure it wants to take, and it will not take measures that would lead to a humanitarian crisis in Gaza. (Jerusalem Post)
ISRAEL, IRAN COOPERATE IN THAILAND CRASH PROBE: Officials from Israel and Iran put aside political animosity Tuesday to work together in using Israeli forensics expertise to identify their dead from the crash of a jetliner on the Thai resort island of Phuket. Six Israelis and 18 Iranians were among the 89 people killed. "It's human nature to help in solving this problem as soon as possible," Safdar Shafiee from the Iranian Embassy in Bangkok said after shaking hands with Yaki Oved, head representative of Israeli police in Southeast Asia and the Pacific. "The main thing is to help. You don't think about the politics," Oved said. (AP/Yahoo)
WHO IS PRESSING THE PALESTINIANS TO MAKE DIFFICULT COMPROMISES? Israel's offers were not good enough for Arafat in 2000, and now Mahmoud Abbas is demanding more, and sooner than Olmert is willing or able to provide. Abbas also continues to express the Palestinian dream of refugees from 1948 and their children returning to homes that no longer exist, and he is not able or willing to assert security on that portion of the West Bank that he controls. Israeli leaders have offered reasonable proposals, but they are not willing to commit suicide for themselves or their population. The ball remains in the court of the Palestinians. It has been there for the better part of 60 years. They have to do more than demand ever more generous terms from Israel (Jerusalem Post).
HEZEKIAH INSCRIPTION TO RETURN TO ISRAEL: An ancient inscription memorializing Jerusalem's salvation from Assyrian invaders 2,700 years ago is to be returned to the Holy Land from Turkey for study and public display. Israel has been trying for about 20 years to recover the artefact. As Assyrian forces under King Sennacherib were about to march on Jerusalem, a defiant King Hezekiah ordered the construction of a tunnel connecting the city to the Gihon Spring outside its walls, ensuring a source of drinking water. An inscription inside the tunnel described the dramatic moment when stonecutters working from either end converged in the middle. Ottoman Turkish authorities shipped the inscription to Istanbul where it has been kept in the Museum of the Ancient East near the Topkapi Palace. (Washington Times)
WHY IS THE TEMPLE MOUNT SO IMPORTANT? Dr. Gabriel Barkay, a professor of biblical archaeology at Bar-Ilan University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, explained in an interview the Jewish and Christian connections to the Temple Mount and why it is vital to stop the destruction of Jewish antiquities on the Temple Mount currently being carried out by Muslim religious authorities who are digging a trench at the site: He writes: "The Temple Mount is the heart, soul, and spirit of the Jewish people. It is the only holy place that Jews have and it is the place chosen by the Almighty which is mentioned in Deuteronomy. This is the place believed to be the site of the binding of Isaac. This is the place where David built the altar on the threshing floor of Aravna the Jebusite to stop the plague. This is the place where the First Temple was built and the Second followed it, built by the returnees to Zion from Babylonian captivity. This is also the place of the third edifice built on the site by King Herod the Great - the building so frequently mentioned in the New Testament. The Temple Mount occupies about 1/6th of the total area of the old city of Jerusalem and this is one of the most important cornerstones of Western civilization. It is at the moment the focus of a political battle that embodies within it the crux of the Near Eastern conflict, as both parties claim to have historical linkage to the site. The Temple Mount represents the Near Eastern conflict in a nutshell and whatever happens to the Temple Mount will happen to the rest of the country. If the Temple Mount is under Palestinian rule and there is no accessibility for Jews to the Temple Mount and no control on the antiquities discovered there, that means that the legitimacy of Jews in the entire country is questioned. The gigantic stones of the Temple Mount are mentioned in the New Testament: Jesus was brought to the Temple Mount as an infant, and later in his career he chased away the money changers from the Temple Mount. There are approximately twenty references to the Temple Mount in the New Testament and beyond any doubt the Temple Mount is an integral part of the Christian heritage. It should be sacred and important to any civilized person all around the world. I am amazed that there was a world outcry concerning the blowing up of the statues of Buddha in the Bamiyan Valley by the Taliban authorities in Afghanistan, while the destruction on the Temple Mount didn't hit the media and there was no outrage expressed."
EU LAWMAKERS PROTEST ANTI-ISRAEL UN CONFERENCE: A UN-sponsored conference on the rights of Palestinians opens this week at the European Parliament, despite protests by Israel and European Union lawmakers who say the meeting's organizers have an anti-Israel agenda. Israel views the committee as a legacy of the 1975 UN General Assembly resolution - revoked in 1991 - that equated Zionism with racism. "It is absolutely improper and offensive that a conference like this is now taking place at the premises of the European Parliament," said Czech legislator Jana Hybaskova, chairwoman of the parliament's Delegation for Relations with Israel. (AP/International Herald Tribune) LEVEL OF TENSION WITH SYRIA DROPS: According to a new intelligence understanding formulated in both Damascus and Jerusalem, both sides have apparently come to the conclusion that the other side is not looking to launch a surprise attack this summer. Suspicions remain, but the alert level has been dropped a notch or two. Tehran had invested heavily in attempting to persuade Syria's Bashar Assad that Israel was planning a military strike against the Syrian regime and Hizbullah. (Ynet News) RUSSIA CAUSE OF TENSION BETWEEN ISRAEL AND SYRIA: Russia was partly responsible for the heightened tension between Israel and Syria at the beginning of the summer, Gen. Amos Gilad (ret.), head of the Diplomatic-Security Bureau at the Defence Ministry, told Army Radio on Thursday. "At a certain time, the Russians caused the Syrians to believe that Israel was preparing for war," Gilad said. "I think that they have stopped this. Syria is not planning on attacking Israel, and Israel is definitely not planning on attacking Syria." According to a report in Ma'ariv, Kremlin officials purposely mislead the Syrians in order to further maximize their profits from the sale of military equipment. (Jerusalem Post)
PA POLICE RESCUE IDF OFFICER LOST IN JENIN: Palestinian police officers came to the rescue and saved an IDF officer who accidentally entered Jenin on Monday and was attacked by an angry crowd. A senior Central Command official said that "the officer owes his life to the Palestinian security organizations." The senior Central Command officials defined the incident as "extremely severe." According to them, what happened in Jenin served as proof that the cooperation between Israeli and Palestinian security forces had been reinforced recently. (Ynet News)
GOD’S JEWISH WARRIORS – CNN’S ABOMINATION is a three-part series intended to examine the growing role of religious fundamentalism in today's world. Unfortunately, the first program in the series, "God's Jewish Warriors," is one of the most grossly distorted programs to appear on mainstream American television in many years. It is false in its basic premise, established in the opening scene in which Jewish (and Christian) religious fervency is equated with that of Muslims heard endorsing "martyrdom," or suicide-killing. There is, of course, no counterpart among Jews and Christians to the violent jihadist Muslim campaigns underway across the globe, either in numbers of perpetrators engaged or in the magnitude of death and destruction wrought. While in reality Jewish "terrorism" is virtually non-existent, the program magnifies at length the few instances of violence or attempted violence by religiously-motivated Jewish individuals - including having to go all the way back to 1980. Disproportionate reliance on partisan voices, some extreme figures, skews the message dramatically. Jimmy Carter and John Mearsheimer, chief proponents of the discredited canards about Jews subverting American national interests to those of Israel, are repeatedly and respectfully interviewed. (CAMERA)
WEST BANK COULD SOON FALL TO HAMAS: The lawlessness that led the moderate Fatah faction to lose control of Gaza is repeating itself in the West Bank, a senior Palestinian official has claimed. Taysir Nasrallah, an electoral officer, also cautioned the international community not to rely on the weak leadership of Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian national authority. "Mr Abbas's leadership is not strong enough to stand up to the armed factions here in the West Bank,'' Mr Nasrallah said in his home town of Nablus. "He is also not strong enough to stand up to the Israelis or to win the confidence of the Palestinian people that Israel will end its occupation and remove the reason for the armed factions to exist. So we have more chaos here, more criminality and more lawlessness - just as there was in Gaza before Hamas took over. "Unless the security situation improves there is a chance that what happened in Gaza could happen here too. The West Bank is the last piece of Palestinian territory nominally under the control of Fatah and Mr Abbas, its leader. But the gunmen who routinely run amok here do not belong to any of the official security agencies. "This week a local gunman took a stolen car to the licensing authority and when the manager refused to give him a licence, he shot the ceiling of the office and went outside still shooting,'' Mr Nasrallah said. "This was about 20 metres from an official police checkpoint but they did nothing. Eventually, another manager came, apologised and gave the gunman the licence for the stolen car.''
HAMAS: GOAL OF RESISTANCE IS TO WIPE ISRAEL OFF THE FACE OF THE EARTH Hamas representative in Lebanon Osama Hamdan said in an interview on the Iranian TV channel Al-Kawthar on August 6, 2007: "We are making the preparations for a confrontation...because the final goal of the resistance is to wipe this entity [Israel] off the face of the Earth. This goal necessitates the development of the capabilities of the resistance, until this entity is wiped out." (MEMRI)
DONORS BEWARE: 3,500 Hamas "security-force" salaries have been paid by the Fatah-led Salaam Fayad government in the West Bank. At first this was passed off as a computer error. The latest version is that a higher-up in the PA Finance Ministry may have been bought off by Hamas. The fact that money from ostensible moderates made its way to incontrovertible fanatics is telling. Something is seriously wrong in Abbas' Palestinian Authority if, quite apart from continuing to pay the salaries of Hamas parliamentarians and, reportedly, planning to buy them all new $70,000 cars as well, it ends up underpinning the very militiamen who so violently expelled Fatah from Gaza in June. It can only deepen the doubts about how far the PA can be trusted, even under the financial stewardship of the ostensibly responsible Fayad. The Israeli government, following much heated public debate, reluctantly decided to transfer to Ramallah NIS 400 million of tax revenues that had been withheld out of the fear that such funds would reach Hamas and be used to bankroll its terrorist schemes. Now some of these funds have ended up precisely where Israel was solemnly assured they would not. If this proves indicative of a wider financial malaise then, as with Fatah's chronic failure to stem terror, it becomes immaterial whether Fatah couldn't or wouldn't live up to its undertakings. The end result is what counts. (Jerusalem Post)
PA GOVERNMENT PAYS ONE-YEAR’S SALARY TO HAMAS MILITIA: (Maan News-PA) The new Palestinian ministry of finance mistakenly transferred one year's salary (12 months) to 3,500 members of Hamas' Executive Force in Gaza - and not just one month's salary, as earlier reported. The salaries were paid out of funds transferred by Israel, which specifically stipulated that the money mustn't reach Hamas.
HAMAS FORCED CHRISTIAN PROFESSOR IN GAZA TO CONVERT TO ISLAM: Fatah officials in Ramallah claimed over the weekend that Professor Sana al-Sayegh, the dean of the science and technology faculty at Palestine University in Gaza City and a member of the tiny Christian minority in Gaza, was kidnapped by Hamas militiamen who forced her to convert to Islam against her will. "She was kidnapped and held for two weeks during which time she was not allowed to contact her family," Fatah officials said. Two weeks later the family was summoned to a meeting with some of Hamas Prime Minister Haniyeh's aides, who were accompanied by Sayegh. The family was told that she had converted to Islam and married a Muslim man. When her stunned mother asked her if this was true, she nodded her head, murmuring: "Yes, God has guided me through the right path." (Jerusalem Post)
WILL PALESTINIAN STATEHOOD SOLVE THE REFUGEE PROBLEM? We now have a radical, Jihadist "government" in Gaza supported by Iran, whose declared aim is to wipe out Israel, while on the West Bank there is what can only be described as a make-believe government under the aegis of Mahmoud Abbas. It surely hasn't escaped President Bush that Abbas, on whom he is now placing all his bets, never met the standards set forth in Bush's June 24, 2002, Rose Garden speech - that American support for Palestinian statehood would require the Palestinians to "embrace democracy, confront corruption, engage in a sustained fight against the terrorists and dismantle their infrastructure." None of this has happened; on the contrary, Abbas refrained from disarming Hamas when he still could have done it. The theory that creating a Palestinian state could resolve the refugee problem was never a sound one. A physically and economically "challenged" mini-state could not absorb more than 10-15% of the refugee population anyway; the only practical way to address the problem would be by their genuine integration into the countries in which they have resided for three generations. But the Arab world, including the Palestinian leadership, has always opposed this in order to keep the refugee problem alive and put pressure on Israel. Thus the creation of such a Palestinian state wouldn't end the clamour for the so-called "right of return" of the refugees to Israel, but would actually intensify it.
THE GREAT PALESTINIAN DOWNFALL: Following the Nakba (the 1948 defeat and the State of Israel's establishment) and the Naksa (the 1967 defeat), the Palestinian split and the disconnection from Gaza are being referred to as Wakseh, meaning humiliation, ruin, and collapse as a result of self-inflicted damage. The term expresses the great downfall of the Palestinian national movement and its division into two ideological camps - the national camp and the Islamic camp. The Palestinian national movement has regressed 50 years to an era of national disintegration and focus on a daily struggle for personal survival: The Fatah movement, which started disintegrating following Arafat's death, has collapsed and shattered. Its leaders are still members of the "old Tunisian guard" - Mahmoud Abbas and his group. The transitional generation is tired and broken. The Fatah young guard no longer exists. Abbas is counting the days to the end of his term in office. In practice, he is no more than the ruler of the Muqata, the government compound in Ramallah. The Western world, which views radical Islam as the enemy, continues to hand over large sums of money to Abbas, who sends the money to Gaza and helps stabilize Hamas rule there. The introduction of Islam by Hamas in Gaza is being undertaken at a slow pace, but consistently and with determination. Hamas has no shortage of money either, and it pads the pockets of its new supporters with welfare and aid funds. Gaza residents have become used to Hamas and do not miss the corrupt Fatah officials. (Ynet News)
SECURING THE ARAB WORLD: As a consequence of the conflict in Iraq, we see that as the U.S. pulls out of that country, Iran is moving in. For some time Sunni Arab leaders in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan had been warning that a Shiite arc was spreading its influence across the region. Iraq's descent into civil war and Iran's defiant pursuit of nuclear weapons have fed these concerns, but it was only when Hizbullah provoked the confrontation with Israel in Lebanon and when Damascus blocked Egypt from intervening in Gaza that these leaders began to ring the alarm bell. Without Iranian backing it is doubtful that Hamas would have succeeded in taking over Gaza last month. Meanwhile, in Iraq, Iran is aiding and encouraging the Shiite militias. Most alarmingly, Iran is attempting to achieve military dominance in the Middle East through a nuclear program that could put it in possession of nuclear weapons within five years. (The Age-Australia)
LOSING MY JIHADISM - Mansour al-Nogaidan writes: Once, I was a jihadist. I grew up in Saudi Arabia. When I was 16, I joined a hard-line Salafi group. In 1991, I took part in firebombing video stores in Riyadh and a women's center in my home town of Buraidah, seeing them as symbols of sin in a society that was marching rapidly toward modernization. After the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, I criticized al-Qaeda's school of thought, which considers everyone who isn't a Salafi Muslim the enemy, and wrote that Islam calls for friendship among all faiths. I lost a lot of friends after that and was eventually fired from the newspaper I wrote for. In December 2002, in a Web site interview, I criticized al-Qaeda and declared that some of the Friday sermons were loathsome because of their attacks against non-Muslims. Within days, a fatwa was posted online, calling me an infidel and saying that I should be killed. (Washington Post)
WILL IMMUNITY GESTURE RESTORE TERROR INFRASTRUCTURE IN WEST BANK? Nightly IDF actions have completely impeded the operations of the Palestinian terror infrastructure in the West Bank for at least a year. Instead of plotting terror attacks against Israelis, the al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades and Islamic Jihad activists are busy seeking refuge, escaping and living underground in constant fear of the IDF. If hundreds of persecuted Fatah activists get immunity, the West Bank will once again become an immune paradise for anti-Israel terror. True, Israel wants to bolster Fatah vis-a-vis Hamas, yet these very same people also perpetrate terror acts against Israel. In prisoner release deals with Ahmed Jibril and Hizbullah, 80% percent of released Palestinians, all of whom had made a commitment not to be involved in terror, immediately resumed their terror acts against Israel. In 2005, a few prominent prisoners were released as a gesture to Mahmoud Abbas. Within a month they were apprehended for preparing the infrastructure for firing rockets at Israeli communities in the West Bank (Ynet News).
IRAN’S REGIONAL AMBITIONS: IMPLICATIONS FOR ISRAEL, IRAQ AND THE GULF STATES: Iran's national interest would be to regard Israel as a strategic ally and partner because Iran does not want a Middle East which is entirely Arab. But the Islamic Republic wants to lead the Muslim world, create an Islamic superpower, and save mankind from a Judeo-Christian conspiracy. Jerusalem contains the al-Aqsa Mosque, but it is a Sunni mosque. Iranians are Shiites and cannot pray there because their prayers would not be accepted. So liberating Jerusalem is a totally useless project from an Iranian religious perspective. The majority of the Shiite clergy, in Iran and elsewhere, are against the Iranian regime. There are more Iranian mullahs in prison today than workers or intellectuals. All of the grand ayatollahs are now bitter enemies of the regime because it is a distortion of Shiite theology. Those who are fighting the regime inside Iran are mostly industrial workers, who have been on strike in many areas. Another group fighting the regime is women, who are very active, especially in hundreds of NGOs. The regular Iranian armed forces, as distinct from the Revolutionary Guards, are also unhappy with the present situation. The real issue in Iran is how it can find a way to emerge from its revolutionary experience, keep part of it, discard other parts, and really become a nation state. Once Iran has become a nation state, instead of a country devoted to an abstract cause, then it will display normal behaviour and not be an existential threat to anybody (Jerusalem Centre for Public Affairs).
THE HARD LIFE OF AN ARAB: It's a tough, stressful life being Arab. At best, you have to keep your mouth shut; at worst you have to sing the praise of your dictators, those leading you to disaster. What if you are Palestinian or Lebanese and terrorists choose to use the roof of your house to fire rockets at Israelis? Do you run upstairs and tell these armed men to stop shooting and go away? Can you even dare criticize them publicly after your home gets blown up? When dealing with the most thoughtful, and idealistic Arab intellectuals, I have a repetitive sadly amusing experience. In private, they speak honestly about the need for peace with Israel, their own leaders' shortcomings, and their hope for change. Then, the microphones and cameras turn on and they recite, parrot-like, the official line. Polls show ordinary Palestinians want peace with Israel and an end to the fighting. That may well be true, but do their leaders and all those gunmen care at all for how these people feel? These are the forces ensuring that there be no two-state solution and end to the endless violence from which they benefit. How can one not feel the misery of the Arab peoples, intoxicated as many are by the opiate of Arab nationalism and Islamism, the false promises of impending triumphs and the horror stories of satanic foes? How can one not sympathize with the frustration of real moderates who live in societies where they are treated as madmen and traitors? (Global Politician)
There may be new troubles brewing right next door to Gaza in the Egyptian Sinai desert. The gap between Cairo and the Bedouins of northern Sinai was a fairly local concern until 2004, when extremists launched coordinated bombings at three resorts near the Israeli border - the first acts of terror in Egypt since 1997. Four more attacks and more than 120 deaths later, Israeli officials say the Sinai remains restive and rife with extremism. Yuval Diskin, the chief of Israel's Shin Bet security agency, told foreign journalists that Israeli intelligence officials see the Sinai as crucial new ground for the "Global Jihad" movement of Sunni Muslim extremists, who espouse ideology similar to Osama bin Laden's and employ nearly identical terrorist tactics. "I think the Egyptians have big, big problems here," he said. He also said Israeli officials are seeing growing connections between Sinai militants and those in Gaza. (Wall Street Journal
YA’ALON: LAND FOR PEACE CONCEPT FAILED: The concept of land for peace is a proven failure in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and any future withdrawal of Israeli troops from the West Bank will create a "Hamastan" there too, former Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. (res.) Moshe Ya'alon said at the Shalom Centre in Jerusalem on Wednesday. He said faulty conceptions included the notions that the Palestinians wanted - or were able - to establish an independent state on the 1967 borders, that a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was the creation of two states on the 1967 borders, that land for peace should be the basis for any peace agreement, that peace would bring security, and that the key to stability in the Middle East was the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Ya'alon argued that the violent Palestinian rejection of the peace offer put forward to them at Camp David seven years ago, which would have awarded them with a Palestinian state on upwards of 95 percent of the West Bank, and the refusal of both Hamas and the more moderate Fatah to recognize the existence of a Jewish state, negated the very essence of Israeli and international policymaking. He said Israel must treat Hamas-run Gaza as an "enemy entity," and should "disengage" from being the provider of its water, electricity, and goods. At the same time, Israel should give the Fatah-run PA in the West Bank a chance to establish autonomy, while Israel would be in charge of security. (Jerusalem Post)
KIDNAPPED BBC MAN’S FATE HANGS ON CLAN FEUD: Hamas security forces snatched two members of Jaish al-Islam on their way from dawn prayers on Tuesday and held them at the former Fatah military intelligence HQ, hoping to pressure the group - led by Mumtaz Dughmush - into releasing BBC correspondent Alan Johnston. "The response to this was that Mumtaz threatened all foreigners and journalists in Gaza," said Hamas police commander Abu Khalid. Jaish al-Islam has demanded the release of one of three prisoners: Abu Qatada, a radical Palestinian cleric held in the UK; Sajida Rishawi, an Iraqi woman sentenced to death in Jordan for her participation in a 2005 suicide bomb hotel attack that killed scores of people; and Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi, linked to the late Abu Musab Zarqawi, who is also in Jordanian custody. Moderates in the Dughmush family say that Jaish al-Islam has become more radicalized and closer to al-Qaeda in the past year with the arrival of veterans of wars in Chechnya and Iraq, and they fear Mumtaz has fallen under the sway of al-Qaeda's brand of global jihad. It also explains demands for the release of Islamic militants not linked to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (Observer-UK) Hamas militiamen have been surrounding the compound where the Dughmush clan lives in the Sabra neighbourhood of Gaza City for the past two weeks. Hamas officials said it was only a matter of time before their men raided the compound to release the journalist. Members of the clan accused Hamas of kidnapping and killing Ahmed Dughmush, 28, on Saturday night. His bullet-riddled body was discovered in Gaza City shortly after he was kidnapped from the street by Hamas' Executive Force. (Jerusalem Post)
A FRIEND IN TIME OF NEED: The US-reverend Jerry Falwell’s death at age 73 set off a wave of retrospectives in the media about his iconic position as the bête noire of liberal Jewry who regarded his noisy support for Israel – and the willingness of Israeli leaders such as Menachem Begin and Binyamin Netanyahu to embrace him for it – with a combination of disgust and horror. Jerusalem Post’s Jonathan S.Tobin, the executive editor of the Jewish Exponent in Philadelphia, writes about this fear and horror for the tele-evangelist: “Perhaps the main disconnect came from the fact that for Falwell and his friends, Israel was not the marginal point that it has become for many Jews who place its survival far below domestic issues on their list of priorities. Though he never harmed a single Jew in his life, most of us still seemed to be more afraid of him than we were of Hamas. At a time when Israel is under increasingly vitriolic as well as violent attack, this reluctance to extend the hand of friendship to an ally remains, at best, short-sighted. One imagines that few synagogue sermons were devoted to Falwell’s memory, but before the dust settles over his grave, it might be appropriate if more Jews took a moment to recognize his friendship. The rise of international anti-Semitism and left-wing anti-Zionism should remind us that – whether we like it or not – we are going to need a lot more ‘unwelcome’ allies like Jerry Falwell in the years to come. The Bible says: “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity” (which means that he’ll be there in time of need).
ABSENCE OF A PROPER LAW TO PUNISH THE PERPETRATORS! Ohaila Shomar, coordinator of SAWA (All Women Together Today and Tomorrow) operates a hotline for battered Palestinian women. In co-operation with other organisations she reported that at least 48 women have been killed in the last three years in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip as a result of domestic violence. Until 2004, the number of Palestinian women murdered every year ranged between 10 and 12. Most of the victims were murdered for allegedly bringing ‘shame’ on male members of their families. The victims’ ages ranged between 12 and 85. Shomar, who for years has helped Palestinian women deal with violence and sexual abuse, said that 32 of the cases were related to ‘honour-killings’ and all except two of the victims were Muslims. Fourteen of the women were single, eight married, six divorced and two widowed. Seventeen of the women had been murdered by their brothers, while only five were slain by their fathers, the report showed. The methods of murder included strangulation, poisoning, hanging, shooting and beating. Half of the murders took place in the West Bank, while the other half occurred in the Gaza Strip. The 40-page report pointed out that the real problem was the absence of a proper law to punish the perpetrators. The Palestinians still use a Jordanian law dating back to 1960 and which imposes a light sentence on men involved in ‘honour-killings’.
Additional News: THE GUIDEBOOK FOR TAKING A LIFE: “We were in a small house in Zarqa, Jordan,” two journalists of the New York Times report, “trying to interview two heavily bearded Islamic militants about their distribution of recruitment videos when one of us asked one too many questions. "He's American?" one of the militants growled. "Let's kidnap and kill him." But before anyone could act on this impulse, the rules of jihadi etiquette kicked in. You can't just slaughter a visitor. You need permission from whoever arranges the meeting. And in this case, the arranger who helped us to meet this pair declined to sign off. "He's my guest," Marwan Shehadeh, a Jordanian researcher, told the bearded men. The rules of jihad etiquette have some general themes. Suicide bombers have long been called martyrs; a locution that avoids the Koran's ban on killing oneself in favour of the honour it accords death in battle against infidels. Here are five of the more striking jihadi tenets, as militant Islamists describe them: Rule No. 1: You can kill bystanders without feeling a lot of guilt. Rule No. 2: You can kill children, too, without needing to feel distress. Rule No. 3: Sometimes, you can single out civilians for killing; bankers are an example. Rule No. 4: You cannot kill in the country where you reside unless you were born there. Rule No. 5: You can lie or hide your religion if you do this for jihad.
Prior to any discussion regarding Israel’s handling of the rocket fire from Gaza, three key assumptions should be made. 1.The rocket fire cannot be halted by aerial operations only. 2. Without changing the situation along the Gaza-Egypt border, Hamas will continue to boost its military force. 3. The reality in Sderot is unbearable. If the rocket fire cannot be stopped remotely from the air, how can it be stopped? Option A: Capturing areas in the Gaza Strip, particularly the Philadelphi Route - while not sufficing with capturing the Route, which is too narrow to protect, and widening it. Israel would insist that it would withdraw its troops only if and when a satisfactory security arrangement is hammered out. Israel should reach an agreement on it with the U.S. prior to such an operation. Option B: Israel announces that as far as it is concerned Gaza is a political entity (separate from the West Bank) which is ruled formally by Hamas. As this entity is in a state of war with Israel, Israel would have to take three measures: Immediately close off border crossings between Israel and Gaza (as Gaza is open to Egypt, supplies to and from Gaza could be transferred through there). Announce that in several months Israel would cease to supply water, electricity and fuel. Since Gaza is an enemy state in a state of war with Israel, every governing institution in Gaza and the infrastructure serving the belligerent effort against us, including roads and bridges, should be targeted. There is no choice but to take a political risk, to anger several players and to force them to take action as well. (Ynet News) “When you go into battle in your own land against an enemy, who is oppressing you, sound a blast on the trumpets. Then you will be remembered by the Lord your God and rescued from your enemies (Num.10:9).
GAZA HAS JOINED THE EXPANDING JIHADISTAN TERRORIST LANDSCAPE: Gaza is only the most recent addition to Jihadistan's several cities in Iraq, the tribal regions along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, much of Somalia, and the Hizbullah-controlled areas of southern Lebanon - yet another place for terrorist-masters to meet, organize, plan, and operate. It will be a farce if President Bush and Prime Minister Olmert have spent their meeting discussing a two-state solution or how many millions of dollars are needed to shore up the non-existent authority of Fatah. What is needed is a plan to stop the addition of Gaza to Jihadistan, to contain it, and to bleed it. Throwing money at the problem will not do. If the Gaza collapse has proved anything, it is that Western funding ends up either in the hands of Muslim fundamentalists or in the pockets of corrupt Fatah officials. Many Palestinian Arabs are cared for with funds from the UN and Western charities. This humanitarian aid, unfortunately, has relieved Palestinian Arab terror groups, such as Hamas and Fatah, from the obligation of feeding their own and allows them to use all their money for war. (New York Sun)
UK UNIVERITY LECTURERS VOTE FOR BOYCOTT OF ISRAELI UNIVERSITIES: Delegates at the first conference of the new University and College Union in Bournemouth voted by 158 to 99 for "a comprehensive and consistent boycott" of all Israeli academic institutions. A boycott might involve refusing to work with journals published by Israeli companies or collaborate on research contracts with Israeli academics. But Sally Hunt, the general secretary of the union, said: "I do not believe a boycott is supported by a majority of [120,000] UCU members, nor do I believe that members see it as a priority for the union." The boycott was also opposed by the education minister, Bill Rammell, who said: "The UK government fully supports academic freedom and is firmly against any academic boycotts of Israel or Israeli academics." (Guardian-UK)
Additional News: HAMAS’ GAZA TAKEOVER WAS MONTHS IN THE MAKING: Hamas spent months planning and preparing to take over the Gaza Strip, importing weapons from abroad and training for a confrontation that the militant group's leadership believed had become inevitable, officials in the Islamist movement said Friday. Sheik Yazeeb Khader, a Hamas newspaper editor who is now in hiding in the West Bank as Fatah steps up its retribution there, said that Hamas had learned from the success of Lebanon's Hizbullah movement. Hizbullah used a network of tunnels to smuggle weapons into position ahead of its war last summer against Israel. Khader gave credit to the international Muslim Brotherhood, of which Hamas is an offshoot, for "never being stingy" in providing financial and other aid to the Palestinian wing. Hamas also makes its own weapons, he said, including the Kassam rockets it uses to attack Israel. (Globe and Mail-Canada)
Additional News: TERROR STATES: In fighting that Reuters is calling ‘the worst in Lebanon since the 1975-1990 civil war’, 79 people have been killed: 34 Lebanese soldiers, 27 jihadis and 18 civilians. It started when Islamists attacked Lebanese forces stationed near the Palestinian-populated town of Nahr-el-Bared. The group taking responsibility is Fatah al-Islam, which Lebanese authority say includes Islamists from Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Tunisia, Syria and Lebanon. Through the group is widely labelled as ‘al-Qaeda-linked,” Lebanese journalist Michael Young points the finger elsewhere. While ‘specific militants’ might be from al-Qaeda, ‘the top leadership is most likely acting today on behalf of the Syrian security services, which have allowed the group to Lebanon through Syria’s borders,” he writes. “The decision to launch the attacks on the Lebanese army was ‘very clearly a Syrian effort to show both Lebanon and the international community that a Chapter VII tribunal (directed at Syria on the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri) would have nefarious consequences,” he goes on. Syria’s foreign minister and its UN ambassador have confirmed this by overtly linking stability in Lebanon to the tribunal. Looming in the background is the threat that Iran and Syria will mobilize the entire jihadi axis, including al-Qaeda, Hizbullah, Hamas, Fatah al-Islam and groups yet to be named or invented in a rash of attacks on the West. Iran and Syria are certainly working to encourage such fears. The July 12, 2006 Hizbullah attack that started the Second Lebanon War, launched just before a G-8 summit that was considering sanctions on Iran, was most likely such an effort. And so again is the latest fire started by Syria, and probably Iran, in Lebanon. The lesson that Iran and Syria are trying to convey with such intimidation tactics is the same as what these countries say more or less directly when ‘engaged’ by American or European diplomats: leave us along and you will enjoy greater stability; confront us and we will fight back with terrorism and mayhem. But is this the lesson that the West should internalize and act upon? (Jerusalem Post)
Additional News: FROM GANG WARS TO DELEGITIMIZATION: How can it be that the Fatah and Hamas leaderships have been so incompetent and brutal as to allow their followers to stoop to this level of political imbecility and human irresponsibility? Some gunmen may find it fulfilling to capture the headquarters of a rival group in Gaza. Most of the Palestinian people and all their many Arab supporters find this an act of juvenile political immaturity at best, and depraved criminality at worst. Whether these gunmen think they are acting in the name of God or a nationalist revolution is beyond any reasonable credibility, because their actions in recent months have deeply scarred the powerful authenticity and legitimacy of the Palestinian cause. (Daily Star-Lebanon) “Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand” (Matthew 12:25).
Additional News: HAMASTAN With the seizure of the Gaza Strip by Hamas, a new Islamist state is being established and it doesn't bode well for the West or regional stability. Since the peace process began in 1993 with the Oslo Accords, the Fatah leadership made hardly a single effort to move Palestinian society toward peace and moderation. Fatah did have an attractive alternative it could have offered: We will get a state, return the refugees to live in it, develop our economy and culture and enjoy large-scale international aid in exchange for ending the conflict. Instead it continued to glorify violence, spread hatred of Israel and America, and raise a new generation with a belief in eventual "total" victory and the extinction of Israel. Unwilling to make peace and uninterested in governing well, Fatah dug its own grave. Why should anyone be surprised that Hamas replaced it? Let's get this straight: There is no near-term solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict. There is no Palestinian side with which a compromise agreement can be negotiated. Western and especially U.S. policy must get beyond an obsession with solving this conflict. It is going to go on for decades. Hamas will not be persuaded to moderate - why should it when it expects victory at home and appeasement from Europe? Hamas is the enemy, just as much as al-Qaeda, because it is part of the radical Islamist effort to seize control of the region, overthrow anything even vaguely moderate, and expel any Western influence. It is time to support Israel proudly and fully. Israel has done everything possible for peace, taking great risks to do so.
IRAN CONTINUES TO DEFY UN: Iran has again defied UN demands to suspend its nuclear enrichment programs, according to a report issued Wednesday by the International Atomic Energy Agency, leading Bush administration officials to demand increased pressure on Tehran. The IAEA report comes amid tension within the administration over how aggressively to respond to the continued Iranian defiance on a range of issues, including its nuclear program and support for international terrorism and violent insurgents in Iraq. Vice President Cheney's office and hard-liners on the National Security Council staff think the current carrot-and-stick strategy leans too far in the direction of carrots. The IAEA report said that during a surprise visit, nuclear inspectors found eight operating enrichment cascades - each with 164 centrifuges, for a total of 1,312 - being fed uranium hexafluoride at the underground facility near Natanz. Five additional cascades were in various stages of completion. The number was more than four times the total number of centrifuges operating at the time of the last IAEA report, in February. (Washington Post) Defying the international community, Iran has sharply upgraded its capacity to enrich uranium in recent months while the outside world's access to and grasp of Iran's nuclear program "has deteriorated," according to a unusually blunt report by the International Atomic Energy Agency. "Iran is thumbing its nose at the international community," Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns said in Washington. "We are not going to agree to accept limited enrichment, to accept that 1,300 centrifuges can continue spinning at their plant at Natanz." (Los Angeles Times) Nobody has to forget that the Hebrews have a secret weapon:”At your rebuke, oh God of Jacob, both horde and chariot lie still. You alone have to be feared. Who can stand before you, when you are angry?” (Psalm 76:6-7)
Additional News: WAITING FOR ISLAM’S MESSIAH: According to Shiite tradition, the Twelve Imams, descendants of the Prophet Muhammad's cousin and son-in-law Ali Ibn Abi Talib, were endowed with divine qualities that enabled them to lead the Shiite believers and to function as Allah's emissaries on earth. However, when the Twelfth Imam, Muhammad Al-Mahdi, disappeared in 941 CE, his connection with the Shiite believers was severed, and since then, the Shi’iten are commanded to await his return at any time. Immediately upon assuming the Iranian presidency, Ahmadinejad began to assert his belief in the imminent return of the Mahdi as the basis for his political activities. Despite the traditional belief that no one can foresee the hour of the Mahdi's return, Ahmadinejad frequently stated that his coming was nigh, and even gave a more specific prediction. During a meeting with the foreign minister of an Islamic country, he said that the crisis in Iran "presaged the coming of the Hidden Imam, who would appear within the next two years." The messianic doctrine of Mahdism is also manifest in Iranian foreign policy, especially in its attitude toward the Western superpowers and toward the nuclear program. Ayatollah Mesbah-e Yazdi, mentor to Ahmadinejad, expressed this approach in an October 11, 2006 speech: "The greatest obligation of those awaiting the appearance of the Mahdi is fighting heresy and global arrogance [i.e., the West, primarily the U.S.]." Ahmadinejad and his close circle do not avoid confronting the West, since they consider this struggle to be one of the ways to prepare the ground for the return of the Mahdi. (MEMRI)
WHEN ISRAEL GAVE AMERICA A GIFT: The Mig-21 was considered the number one fighter plane during the Cold War, and the U.S. had no clue how it was built, what its weaknesses were, and what weapons should be developed against it. On August 16, 1966, a Mig-21 jet plane, the flagship of Soviet industry, landed at the Israel Air Force base in Hatzor. Captain Munir Redfa, the Iraqi fighter pilot who flew the jet to Israel, said that he decided to defect to the West because of the remorse and guilt he felt over attacking Kurdish villages with napalm bombs. But Redfa's defection was also the result of a Mossad-initiated operation. A new movie produced by the Israel Intelligence Heritage and Commemoration Centre (IICC) and Israel Television reveals that the idea to try and obtain a Mig-21 was first raised in 1965 by then IAF commander Ezer Weizman. The Mossad knew that Egypt had 34 Mig-21 jets, Syria had 18 and Iraq had 10. The movie includes photos of Redfa from a visit to Israel prior to his defection. After a month in Israel, the Mig-21 was transferred to the American Air Force for testing and intelligence analysis. Thanks to this Israeli "gift," Israel was finally able to replace its French Vautour and Mirage jets with U.S.-made Phantoms. A year later, during the Six-Day War, Israeli fighter jets succeeded in shooting down dozens of Mig-21 jets in air battles, owing to the knowledge obtained from the analysis of the Iraqi Mig-21. The Iraqi pilot, Redfa, and his family left Israel after a short stay and moved to another Western country. Redfa died of a heart attack about nine years ago. (Ynet News)
ADDITIONAL NEWS: FABRICATING AN EMOTION FOR JERUDALEM: The Koran relates that Muhammad in a single night was transported to heaven by Burak, a horse with wings, a woman's face, and a peacock's tail. He was first taken to what the Koran called the "uttermost mosque" - il masjad al aksa. Jerusalem is not mentioned in the story, and there was no mosque in Jerusalem at the time. After Muhammad's death, the tradition - which did not pass unchallenged by an opposing school of thought - laid it down that the "uttermost mosque" meant the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. On this legend rests the Muslim claim to the Jewish Temple Mount as a Muslim holy place. The Muslims were not overly impressed with Jerusalem's importance when they ruled in Palestine. While, in turn, Damascus, Baghdad, and Cairo glittered with the lustre of an imperial capital, Jerusalem stagnated as a remote provincial town let. To the Muslims, Jerusalem, though the site of a Holy Place was a backwater. Even during the Jordanian control of Jerusalem (1948-1967), not a single globe-trotting Saudi prince ever set foot in the city. The Arabs' slight and superficial relationship to the city has only recently been expanded into a claim of an uncompromising, even exclusive, ownership. (Jerusalem Post)
NOTHING SHORT OF MADNESS: Israel agreed to extensive training of members of the Presidential Guard of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas near Jericho in the Jordan Valley. The Palestinian Presidential Guard is undergoing similar training in Egypt. The request for Israel to permit such extensive training was made through the Americans. Prior to this, Israel agreed to the transfer of thousands of rifles and ammunition to Abbas' Presidential Guard, but has refused to approve a request for the transfer of heavy machine guns. (Haaretz) ”It is nothing short of madness that Israel can contemplate sponsoring gun imports into Gaza while scores of Kassams rain on the western Negev daily. Nevertheless, this is on the government’s agenda,” writes Jerusalem Post. “The havoc in Gaza is evoked to try and justify such a move, along tortuous logical routes that can lead nowhere but to disaster. The primary aim to keep Hamas from defeating Fatah outright and usurping absolute control of the Gaza Strip. Superficially, this makes sense. Your enemy’s enemy is usually your friend. But not necessarily in this case. Hamas uses less duplicitous language and more radical Islamist rhetoric. But Fatah is hardly the paragon of coexistence and cooperation. Its terrorist record is long and heinous. “Wisdom is better than weapons of war,” says the Bible (Eccl.9:18).
ADDITIONAL NEWS - ISRAELI BOY DIES OF ROCKET-INFLICTED WOUNDS: A 13-year old Israeli boy died of wounds sustained during a Palestinian rocket attack on the Israeli town of Sderot. Haim Shalom – who was deaf, mute and crippled – was critically wounded while riding in a bus with four other physically-challenged children. All of the passengers were wounded, as was the bus driver. (Israel Today)
SUNNIS IN BAGHDAD JOIN FIGHT AGAINST AL-QAEDA IN IRAQ: Sunni residents of a west Baghdad neighbourhood battled the Sunni insurgent group al-Qaeda in Iraq, leaving at least 28 people dead. The mayor of the Amiriyah neighbourhood, Mohammed Abdul Khaliq, said residents were rising up to try to expel al-Qaeda in Iraq. "I think this is going to be the end of the al-Qaeda presence here," Abdul Khaliq said of the fighting, which began over accusations that al-Qaeda in Iraq had executed Sunnis without reason. (Washington Post)
THE HIGH COURT RULING NUMBER 7348/06: The Jerusalem Open House has received a letter from Israeli police, giving the community centre preliminary permission to hold the annual gay pride parade in Jerusalem, this June. The parade's organizers submitted their request for the permits needed to hold the parade last March, but the controversial parade was fiercely apposed by the city's Orthodox residents. "Let there be no doubt – the police department is fully obligated by High Court ruling 7348/06", said Jerusalem District Police Commander, Major-General Ilan Franco in the letter sent to the Open House. The High Court ruling specified the district police must provide the permits and security necessary for the gay pride parade. "This said", the letter continued, "it is within the district commander's jurisdiction to determine, according to the intelligence information and/or evidence he may have at hand, on any restrictions he sees fit to apply to the event, it's location, and arrangements." "The organization awaits the official authorization from Jerusalem police," Noa Satat, CEO of the Jerusalem Open House said. "This letter proves that both parties have learned their lesson from last year's events, realizing that obeying the law is in everyone's best interest," she added. New Testament’s condemnation of the Israeli High Court ruling number 7348/06 is strong. “Although they know God’s righteous decree (of the Torah) that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them” (Rom.1:32).
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MOSLEMS AGAINST MOSLEMS: Fierce clashes have erupted between Lebanese Army soldiers and the Islamic militant group Fatah al-Islam in the vicinity of a Palestinian refugee camp in Tripoli, leaving 22 Lebanese soldiers and 17 militants’ dead and dozens injured. The confrontation raised fears of a wider battle to rout militants in the rest of Lebanon's 12 refugee camps, where radical Islam has been gaining in recent years. The ranks of religious militants bent on a broader jihad have swelled, as some have travelled to Iraq to join the insurgency there and, more recently, have returned to establish movements of their own within the camps. Fatah al-Islam has been a growing concern for security authorities in Lebanon and much of the region. Intelligence officials say it counts between 150 and 200 fighters and subscribes to the fundamentalist precepts of al-Qaeda. The group's leader, Shakir al-Abssi, is a fugitive Palestinian. He was sentenced to death in absentia for the 2002 murder of an American diplomat, Lawrence Foley, in Jordan. (New York Times) Fatah al-Islam, a shadowy Islamic extremist group, says it is training young Palestinians to fight "the Jews in Palestine." (AFP/Yahoo) “… you shall call him Ishmael,” says the Lord about Abrahams son with the Arabic slave girl, Hagar. Ishmael is reckoned as the father of the Arab tribes. His hand will be against everyone, and everyone’s hand against him – and he will live in hostility towards all his brothers” (Genesis 16:11-12).
THE HOUR OF DECISION FOR LEBANON: A stream of Palestinians flowing out of the Nahr al-Bared refugee camp near Tripoli continued Wednesday, as the Lebanese Army reinforced its positions and vowed to crush the militants inside. Young men tied to various Lebanese political parties have arrived at the entrance to the camp carrying weapons in recent days, seeking to fight alongside the army, underscoring the growing tensions between Lebanese and Palestinians. (New York Times) “Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision. For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision” (Joel 3:14).
EUROPE’S CHOICE: International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors found 1,300 centrifuges running smoothly at Iran’s Natanz uranium enrichment facility. Experts estimate that Iran could have 3,000 centrifuges running in a few months, which would allow the regime to produce one or two bombs’ worth of enriched uranium annually. While a short time ago, Iranian claims of successfully running such numbers of centrifuges were widely dismissed, today they are not. “We believe they pretty much have the knowledge about how to enrich,” experts say. “From now on, it is simply a question of perfecting that knowledge. People will not like to hear it, but that’s a fact.” European foreign policy chief Javier Solana said recently, “Iran is steadily moving toward nuclear weapons capability, and the negotiations are not working… But this doesn’t mean war… You have to resist the urge to strike out militarily, which could even be worse than Iran gaining nuclear weaponry.” “Europe must choose between its commercial interests and its desire to avoid war. If the US and Israel are left with no option but military action, European short-sightedness will be to blame,” says a Jerusalem editorial, “Europe needs no further UN resolutions to act; it needs to decide to divest itself from Iran.” On the day of battle, Israel’s Messiah exclaims, “From the nations no one was with me. I looked, but there was no one to help. I was appalled that on one gave support, so my own arm worked salvation for me” (Is.63:2+5).
IDF Arrests Hamas Leaders in West Bank: In a continued crackdown on Hamas in the wake of Kassam rocket attacks from Gaza, the IDF arrested 33 senior Hamas leaders in the West Bank overnight Wednesday, including the PA education minister, three parliament members, and several mayors. The army also shut down ten Hamas offices in towns throughout the West Bank. "This is a terror group," an officer said, "and we will hunt them wherever they are." (Jerusalem Post) The IDF Spokesperson said: "The Hamas terror organization is currently involved in enhancing the terror infrastructure in the Judea and Samaria region - based on the model used in the Gaza Strip. The organization exploits governmental institutions to encourage and support terrorist activity." (IDF/IMRA) The Lord says to Israel: “But all, who devour you will be devoured, all your enemies will go into exile. Those who plunder you will be plundered, all who make spoil of you, I will despoil (Jer.30:16)
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The Sderot Municipality temporarily evacuated 4,000 residents after Palestinians fired approximately 50 rockets into the area around the Gaza border within 24 hours. The city plans to close its schools for the second day in a row. This is the first time – after enduring more than 4,500 rocket attacks over six years – that city officials, with support from the Defence Ministry, planned the temporary removal of some residents. It is clear to most that these attacks are an outgrowth of the Hamas-Fatah fighting in Gaza over the last few days. They are an attempt to provoke a massive Israeli response that would both unite the Palestinians against a common enemy, and divert international attention from the chaos in Gaza. The transparency of that move is painfully obvious. The Palestinians will stop killing each other, and will provoke an Israeli response that will inevitably lead to more Palestinian casualties. The television camera lens will then shift from showing Palestinian violence to showing Palestinian victims of Israeli violence. The whole narrative will change, and the world media will go from dealing with Gaza’s fast descent into anarchy to Israel’s ‘disproportionate’ response to the firing of primitive ‘projectiles’. Little will be said of the fear and trembling of Sderot, because that will pale in comparison to the death of dozens of Palestinians over the last few days. The Lord is warning Israel against the Philistines saying, “They will become snares and traps for you, whips on your backs and thorns in your eyes” (Joshua 23:13).
AT LEAST 8 DEAD IN HAMAS ATTACK ON ABBAS’ PRESIDENTIAL GUARD: Hamas gunmen killed at least eight members of Mahmoud Abbas' Presidential Guard at a training base near the Karni Crossing as Palestinian factional fighting threatened to spill into full civil war. "They are attacking the headquarters and the crossing with RPGs (rocket-propelled grenades) and mortar bombs....I warn of a massacre here (by Hamas).”A Presidential Guard spokesman, said in a call for help on Palestinian television. The area evacuated by Israel in 2005 is well on its way to becoming a kind of a safe haven and training ground for extremists of all kinds. Aid workers recently returned from Gaza describe a city breaking down into tribal and gang formations, much like Iraq. The fact that these groups can act with impunity is clear in the ongoing captivity of BBC journalist Alan Johnston, who was kidnapped in March, and has been held despite the fact that his release has been demanded by the top leadership of both Fatah and Hamas. (TIME) “There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies…” (and as the seventh thing, which is like a wicked crown): ’A man, who stirs up dissensions among brothers’ (Proverbs 6:16-19).
SYRIA SECRETLY BUILT 30 UNDERGROUND BUNKERS FOR MISSILES: Yediot Ahronot has reported that foreign experts say Syria has built a huge underground compound that includes 30 steel-reinforced concrete bunkers, production facilities, development labs and command posts for missiles that can cover the entire area of Israel. In contrast to mobile deployment systems that are easy prey to air attacks, the bunker system is designed to enable Syria to launch missiles against Israel before the Israel Air Force can take them out. Syria has some 200 Scud B, 60 Scud C, and an unknown quantity of North Korean-made 700 km. range Scud Ds. Syria recently received 100 C802 Chinese anti-ship cruise missiles from Iran. (Yediot Ahronot/IMRA) “How then can you say to me,” David asks, “Flee like a bird to your mountain. For look, the wicked bend their bows; they set their arrows against the strings, to shoot from the shadows at the upright in heart” (Psalm 11:1-2).
SAUDI ARABIA ON BEHEADING SPREE (Kuwait Times): Four Saudis were beheaded by the sword Monday after being convicted of rape and murder, while an Iraqi and a Pakistani national were executed for drug trafficking, the Interior Ministry said. The six beheadings - one of the highest numbers of executions in one day - brought to 72 the number of executions announced by the Saudi authorities this year, almost double the figure in 2006. It is remarkable that in the persecutions of the end-times, the Moslem way of executions will be dominating. “I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony for Jesus,” says the apostle John (Rev.20:4).
4-YEAR-OLD BOMBER ON HAMAS TV: Hamas TV featured a dramatization of the four-year-old daughter of female suicide bomber Reem Riyashi singing to her dead mother and vowing to follow in her footsteps. The children’s program shows child actress playing the daughter, watching her mother preparing the bomb and asking her,” Mommy, what are you carrying in your arms instead of me? A toy or a present for me?” She later sees a TV news story about her mother’s suicide mission and death and realizes her mother had been carrying a bomb. “Now I know what was more precious than us,” she sings of the bomb. Although she misses her mother, she vows to follow her example. The video ends as she opens a drawer and picks up sticks of explosives her mother had left there. Another video a week later showed small children in camouflage uniforms, holding rifles and participating in military training. A song accompanying the video described them as ‘seekers of martyrdom’. “By their fruit you will recognize them,” says Jesus. “Do people pick up grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles? Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit!” (Matth.7:16-17) Can Hamas-incitement towards children bear good fruit?
The squeaky-voiced Mickey Mouse look-alike, named Farfur, is the star of a weekly children’s program called Tomorrow’s Pioneers on the official Hamas TV station (Al-Aqsa TV), which broadcasts from Gaza via satellite to the entire Arab world. Farfur and his co-host, a young girl named Saraa’, teach children about such things as the importance of the daily prayers and drinking milk, but also instruct them to hate Israel and the US and support "resistance" – a euphemism for terror. Farfur tells children that they must pray in the mosque five times a day until there is “world leadership under Islamic leadership.” The earnest and soft-spoken Saraa’ explains that the nucleus of the Islamic leadership of the world will be from “all of Palestine,” including Israel. Farfur refers to Israel as “the oppressive invading Zionist occupation,” which the children must "resist." Saraa’ announces that after death, the children will have to answer to Allah for what they did or did not do for the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem and for Palestinian prisoners: “I remind you that Al-Aqsa and the prisoners are a responsibility on our shoulders, and Allah will ask us on Resurrection Day what we gave for their sake," she tells the tots viewing the show. According to Palestinian Media Watch, "using a character based on an appealing, world-famous and beloved icon like Mickey Mouse to teach Islamic supremacy and resistance as Islamic duty is a powerful and effective way to indoctrinate children." The program encourages participation by child viewers, who phone in to the show and recite poems with images of hate and violence; for example, “We will destroy the chair of the despots, so they will taste the flame of death,” and, in another poem, "Rafah sings ‘Oh, oh.’ Its answer is an AK-47. We who do not know fear, we are the predators of the forest." “He tends His flock like a shepherd,” says the Bible about the care of God for the small ones. “He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart. He gently leads those that have young” (Isaiah 40:11). “They come to you in sheep clothing,” says Jesus about the false teachers, “but inwardly they are ferocious wolves” (Matth.7:15). (See tomorrow’s story about a 4-year old Hamas suicide bomber).
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HAMAS TERROR MOUSE BACK ON TV: A weekly children’s show on a Hamas-run TV station, featuring a Mickey Mouse look a like that preaches Islamic domination, was broadcast as usual despite (as we wrote in our news-bulletin yesterday) an earlier announcement by the Palestinian information minister that it would be pulled off the air for a review. The show features a giant black-and-white Mickey Mouse-like character, called Farfour (‘butterfly’ in Arabic). The program made headlines worldwide because the character has preached against Israel and the US and praised armed resistance. The lead character said he cheated in his exams because ‘the Jews destroyed my house’ and he lost his books under the rubble. Children called in telling him his behaviour was un-Islamic. During the show, Sharawi, the station’s manager, and the adult presenter told viewers that once Islam ruled, its message of ‘good and peace’ would also rule. “We don’t incite. We present facts. We can’t cut off our children from the reality they live everyday,” said Sharawi. “To hate is to be a liar,” says the Bible (Prov.10:18). “They strengthen the hands of the evildoers so that no one turns from his wickedness” (Jer.23:14). (See tomorrow how Mickey Mouse declares to kill)
PALESTINIAN MICKEY MOUSE: A program using a Mickey Mouse-like character to urge Palestinian children to fight Israel and the West and work for world Islamic domination has been pulled off Hamas‘s television station for ‘review’, the Palestinian information minister said. Israel’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Mark Regev called the program ‘outrageous’ and charged that the Palestinians have not carried out their commitments to stop incitement of hatred toward Israel. “Children are taught that killing Jews is a good thing,” he said. “Children are taught to hate Jews and to hate non-believers.” “You and I are laying the foundation for a world led by Islamists,” the cartoon character squeaked on a recent episode of the show, which is titled, Tomorrow’s Pioneers’. “We will return the Islamic community to its former greatness, and liberate Jerusalem, God willing, liberate Iraq, God willing, and liberate all the countries of the Muslims invaded by the murderers.” Children call in to the show, many singing Hamas anthems about fighting Israel. “Things that cause people to sin are bound to come,” says Jesus, “but woe to that person, through whom they come. It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than to cause one of these little ones to sin” (Luke 17:1-2). Tomorrow the last news about Hamas terror-mouse coming back on Palestinian TV will be brought in our daily info.
Hizbullah Leader: "We Can Fire 3,000 Rockets a Day" (Ynet News) Hizbullah "could launch between 1,000 and 3,000 rockets daily," secretary general Hassan Nasrallah claimed in an interview with a Dubai satellite TV station last week. Nasrallah's comments were reproduced on Hizbullah's Arabic language website on Saturday, under the heading: "We could launch...3,000 rockets daily in a war in July." “Now, Lord, consider their threats!” (Acts 4:29)
EU, U.S. to Snub Jerusalem Day Celebrations - Barak Ravid: Ambassadors from the U.S. and the EU countries will not attend the celebrations Wednesday to mark the 40th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem, the Israeli media reported Sunday. All of the embassies in Israel are based in Tel Aviv, and not Jerusalem, due to the disputed status of the capital. The entire city fell under Israeli control during the 1967 Six-Day War, an event marked annually by Jerusalem Day. (Ha'aretz) “If I forget you, O Jerusalem, may my right hand forget its skill. May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth, if I do not remember you, if I do not consider Jerusalem my highest joy” (Psalm 137:5-6) It’s high time that the embassies of the nations are moved to Jerusalem as a sign of acceptance that Jerusalem is and remains the capital of Israel.
IGNORING THE GAZA CHAOS - Avi Issacharoff (Haaretz): For several weeks now the Gaza Strip has been burning. This is not a matter of fighting between Hamas and Fatah activists or actions by the IDF, but battles between armed groups that for the most part are identified with large clans. Nearly every day for the past two weeks, men, women and children have been killed in Gaza. The number of armed men in the Gaza Strip, according to various estimates, is greater than 100,000. These men belong to security mechanisms, political organizations and above all to clans, and are trying to ensure the economic interests of their kinfolk. In recent weeks attacks on Western and Christian targets in the West Bank have also become common. Members of terror cells identified with Al-Qaeda-type organizations are blowing up and destroying institutions linked to Western culture such as the American School, a church library and dozens of Internet cafes. But the world is ignoring this. The media in Israel and the West, which reported on every person killed or wounded in the conflicts between Fatah and Hamas or because of "the Israeli occupation," are not taking any interest in Gaza. Thieves break into houses; bandits rob in the street!” (Hosea 7:1). The prophet continues: “They do not realize that I remember all their evil deeds. Their sins engulf them. They are always before me!” (v.2) A few weeks ago a Palestinian leader expressed his sorrow over the growing chaos in the territories. “It’s as if we are hit with a curse!” he said.
FRENCH JEWS CELEBRATE: Optimistic and celebratory, Jewish groups were quick to offer congratulations to Nicolas Sarkozy after his victory in French presidential elections. The former interior minister was seen by Jewish voters as a friend to Israel and an important figure in the fight against anti-Semitism. Soon after his opponent conceded, Jewish groups came out with their good wishes. (Australian Jewish News) Sarkozy's mother was born to the Mallah family, one of the oldest Jewish families of Salonika, Greece. In a 2004 interview, Sarkozy stated, "Every Jew carries within him a fear passed down through generations, and he knows that if one day he will not feel safe in his country y, there will always be a place that would welcome him. And this is Israel." (European Jewish Press) Mordecai the Jew was second in rank among the Jews, because he worked for the good of his people and spoke up for the welfare of the Jews” (Esther 10:3).
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President Moshe Katzav’s lawyers met with Attorney-General Menahem Mazuz for four hours to complete their arguments against putting their client on trial for rape. Channel 2 reported that two friends of one of the complainants against the president had contradicted her account on her alleged rape. During the initial investigation the complainant was asked by police why her story should be believed. She responded that she had two good friends living in New York who could verify her account, since she told them of the alleged rape soon after it supposedly happened. However, when the friends were questioned, investigations got no such verification. Instead, the two said she had a ‘romantic affair’ with Katzav and was ‘obsessed’ with the president. “If she had been raped by Katzav she definitely would have told us,” Channel 2 quoted the friends. Katzav’s lawyer told the Jerusalem Post the legal team would present material that the police and the prosecution had not yet seen and that was not included in the investigation material. He expressed optimism and satisfaction following the hearing. He did not disclose details of the hearing but said he was optimistic that the authorities could be convinced of the president’s innocence. In a public speech about his countrymen the president has quoted the word from Isaiah: “They are swift to shed innocent blood!” (59:7)
THE VINOGRAD REPORT: The Israeli political system is already dealing with the findings of the interim report of the Winograd Committee, established to evaluate Israel’s difficulties in last summers’ war in Lebanon. “From where we sit, here in America,” declares an editorial of the New York Sun, “the report in itself, and the capacity for self-criticism it indicates, is a sign of Israel’s strength. Can one imagine an independent government commission in Jordan or Saudi Arabia writing a report scathingly criticizing the Hashemite or Saudi king, then seeing the report published in the local press and debated and discussed openly by the population? Such an action would be impossible in Egypt or in Syria – anyone who tried to convene such a committee would be thrown in jail. So in our view, those enemies of Israel who see in the Winograd report a sign of weakness or of self-doubt in Israel are mistaken. It is through such open debate that societies are able to improve themselves, which is why Israel, whatever its faults, has an economy that is much stronger than its neighbours, a military that is mightier than its enemies, and a population that is more free.” “We all stumble in many ways,” the apostle says (James 3:2) and in another place it is written: “But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another… if we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves!” (1.John 1:7-8)
PRO-GAY RESOLUTION AGAINST ISRAELI SEMINARY: A group of Israeli and US Conservative rabbis will try to pass a resolution that would force Israel’s rabbinic seminary to admit homosexuals. Rabbi David Lazar, who has been conducting same-sex commitment ceremonies for over a decade in open disregard of Conservative Judaism’s official stance, is one of the rabbis behind the initiative. Rabbi Einat Ramon, dean of the Conservative/Masorti movement’s Schechter Rabbinical Seminary in Jerusalem, who decided last month against admitting openly homosexual seminary students, attacked the resolution. “It challenges the very concept of pluralism,” said Ramon. “There are three legitimate rulings on the issue (of admission policy for homosexuals). We chose one opinion while other seminaries chose another. We expect our decision to be respected just as we respect the decisions of other seminaries. Rabbi Abraham Skorka, rector of Latin America’s Conservative seminary, the Seminario Rabinico Latinoamericano in Buenos Aires, Argentina, has publicly announced that his institution would not admit homosexuals, claiming that Latin America’s strong Catholic influence makes the move unrealistic. The New Testament declares that those who permit ‘men to commit indecent acts with other men’ will ‘receive in themselves the due penalty for their perversion’ (Rom.1:27). “They approve of those, who practise homosexuality” (v.31). The Jewish rabbinical seminaries are a target for the same aggressive and militant, homosexual influence, as was the case for the church of the last decades.
A FAILED LEADERSHIP: With all due respect for the prime minister, Winograd Committee interim report, the political career of Ehud Olmert is not the most pressing issue on the national agenda. What is most critical, rather, is that this country be governed by men and women with the ability to protect it and to keep its people safe. The failure of the subsequent, belatedly named Second Lebanon War to defang the Hezbollah threat and reassert Israel’s vital deterrent capacity can be no means be laid solely at the then-new prime minister’s door, as the Winograd interim report has made clear. A good part of it stems from miscalculations and errors in the years preceding the outbreak of the conflict, and must be ascribed to military officers and politicians who no longer hold central positions of power. Having earlier stressed that he took full responsibility for the events last summer, the prime minister has been indicating that he will not resign. “This is a mistake,” says an editorial commentary in the Jerusalem Post, “and he must think again. <he cannot go on. A conscientious, thorough inquiry has catalogued his failure, and its consequences. His tenure from hereon will be a losing rearguard action, a prime ministership on borrowed time. Again, what is critical here is that Israel – with Hezbollah and Palestinian extremists a constant threat, and their inspiration, Iran, marching toward nuclear capability – be governed by a leadership of competence. In that context, the Winograd report casts the current leadership – and that extends to the entire government, which ‘failed in its political function’ – in a dismal light. “I am about to take from Jerusalem and Judah supply and support,” says the Lord. “I will make boys their officials, mere children will govern them.” (Isaiah 3:1-4).
LE PEN: FRANCE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR JEWS DEPORTATION. Jean Marie Le Pen, France’s far-right National Front leader and presidential hopeful, has said that outgoing President Jacques Chirac’s 1995 recognition of France’s responsibility for the deportation of Jews during World War II was regrettable. Chirac was the first president to acknowledge the state’s responsibility when he made his comments. According to Le Pen, Chirac’s remarks are scandalous because they taint the country’s image. “To criticize Chirac’s courage is not surprising and shows clearly that Le Pen is an anti-Semite,” Simon Wiesenthal Director and Nazi hunter Efraim Zuroff told the Jerusalem Post. In September 1987, Le Pen stated that the gas chambers were ‘a point of detail of the history of the Second World War,” a statement that cost him a 183,200 fine from the French Justice Department. “I tell you the truth,” Jesus says, “whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for Me!” (Matth.25:40). “About those, who failed to help His brothers, Jesus warns, “Then He will say to those on his left: Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matth.25:41). It is a serious crime not to have given a helping hand to the persecuted Jews during the war – and it is due for punishment, if someone won’t admit the grave Nazi-collaboration that happened in France during the war.
BUSH: SYRIAN BEHAVIOR IS UNACCEPTABLE. President Bush said last Thursday: "We have made it very clear to President Assad that there are a series of gestures we'd like to see him make for the sake of peace. One such gesture is to leave Lebanon alone; let the Lebanese democracy flourish; stop interfering in this young democracy....We have said to the Syrians, stop harbouring Hamas and Hizbullah - violent, radical organizations aimed at causing harm in the Middle East. And we have said to President Assad, stop allowing the flow of suicide bombers through your country into Iraq." "You know, some have suggested that the United States start diplomatic relations with Syria. My message is...the Syrian president must make the choice that will stop isolating his regime. And the United States will continue to make it clear to Syria, and work with other nations to make it clear to Syria, that their behaviour is unacceptable if we want peace in the Middle East” (White House) Jesus says: “Simply let your ‘yes’ be ‘yes’ and your ‘no’ be ‘no’. Anything beyond this comes from the evil one” (Matth. 5:37). “A man of knowledge uses words with restraint” (Prov.17:27). With a few words the position of the United States in the Middle East concerning Syria seems to be made clear. It is a loud and understandable ‘No’. It is a restrained but clear message to those, who want the USA to start talks with Syria and Iran. The ‘No’ cannot be misunderstood.
THE POPE’S PASSIVITY: The Vatican’s ambassador to Israel, Archbishop Antoinio Franco, initially refused to attend the official Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony at Yad Vashem to protest the museum’s depiction of Pope Pius XII as a passive bystander to the Nazi extermination of European Jewry. Books like Hitler’s Pope by John Cornwell and The Battle for Rome by Robert Katz convincingly demonstrate that Pius was more vocal regarding threats to church property than he was regarding human beings being sent to their death from his own city. Pius even granted a secret audience to Supreme SS Polizeifuehrer Wolff, who had served as Himmler’s chief of staff and was in 1943 the chief of the German persecution apparatus in occupied Italy. That Pius realized that what he was doing was scandalous is attested to by the fact that the meeting took place in great secrecy and Wolff came dressed in disguise. Years later, Wolff said about the meeting: “From the Pope’s own words I could sense the sincerity of his sympathy and how much he loved the German people.” Pius’s lowest moment came on 16 October 1943, the day the Germans rounded up more than 1,000 Jews of Rome for extermination. Nearly all would perish by gas at Auschwitz. A special SS contingent had been brought in for the roundup, and since many of them had never seen the great city they used the roundup of the Jews as a partial tourist excursion. This brought them to St.Peter’s Square, where many of the trucks actually parked 300 feet from Pius’s window. Even as the Jews were herded aboard cattle trains and taken to their death, Pius, the most influential religious personality alive, refused to intervene or speak out. According to the Torah the distance between the Pope’s window and the killed Jews is of importance. According to the Law of Moses ‘the judges shall go out and measure the distance from the dead body to the neighbouring people. ‘Thus’ the elders of the nearest town shall wash their hands and declare: “Our eyes didn’t see anything!” (5.Mose 21:2 and 7). It will be hard for the Vatican to defend the pope, whose window was the nearest to the crime.
NAIVE IN THE EXTREME: The bishop of the British armed forces has come under fire in the UK for praising the Iranian leadership for its ‘forgiveness’ and ‘act of mercy’ after the regime’s decision to release the British service crew held captive in Teheran. In a statement welcoming the hostages’ release, Rev. Tom Burns said the Iranians’ religious beliefs had played a large part in the decision to release them and that the act had demonstrated ‘faith in a forgiving God’. Burns said Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had spoken of forgiveness and appealed to Islamic tradition. He also said that Iran’s actions must be seen in the context of their belief that Britain had violated their territorial waters. “So if that is the case they are putting forward, then by their own standards… they have chosen to put their faith into action to resolve the situation,” Burns said. He added that Islam shared other religions’ values. “We all profess to hold a faith that comes from Abraham, father of all nations,” he said. Conservative party defence spokesman Liam Fox called Burns ‘naïve in the extreme’ and said the bishop had been ‘taken in by the clever propaganda’ of the Iranian regime. “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter” (Is.5:20). The words of the British bishop are more dangerous than an expression of ‘extreme naivety’. According to the Bible such a statement is to be considered as an anathema: “Woe to those”… A liberal, humanistic position toward the evil powers of blood and terror in the Middle East is a sign of dangerous, spiritual blindness.
IMPLICATIONS OF A SHI’ITE VICTORY IN IRAQ: There is a civil war between the Shiites and the Sunnis in Iraq. Of late, a Shiite victory looks imminent. The turning point took place over a year ago after the Sunnis attacked the great mosque in Samara, killing hundreds of worshippers. The outcome has been a gradual Shiite takeover of the capital and the Sunni neighbourhoods lie mostly in ruins. It is hard to escape the conclusion that if Arabs and Muslims can be so cruel to one another, imagine what they are capable of doing to others. If the Shiites strengthen then their grip on Iraq, it will be the first time in modern Arab history that a Shiite regime rules an Arab country. Victory in Iraq will bring the power that comes with oil resources. A Shiite victory will also affect Israel’s security. The same holds true for a Shiite Iraqi pact with Hizbullah. Meanwhile, if an American pullout from Iraq is interpreted by the Arabs as a sign of American defeat, Israel can look forward to a radical Arab shift that will strengthen all the extremists around Jerusalem. “I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling” (Zach.12:2). The prophet speaks even about ‘panic and madness’ (v.4) – and it seems as if a religious fanatic spirit has taken hold of ‘the surrounding nations’. “On that day,” says the Lord, “I will shield those, who live in Jerusalem” (v.8).
A CURSE ON GAZA? Palestinian Authority officials have expressed fear that the United Nations may formally declare the Gaza Strip a ‘dangerous zone’ – a move that would result in the evacuation of the remaining foreign nationals from the area and drastically hamper international humanitarian aid to the Palestinians. PA security sources told The Jerusalem Post that 25 Palestinians were killed in the Gaza Strip last month in internal fighting. “The Gaza Strip is full of gangsters who are responsible for the ongoing anarchy,” a PLO-official said. “The Gaza Strip has become worse than Somalia,” a prominent human rights activist in Gaza City told the Post. “Thousands of gunmen continue to roam the streets and the new government hasn’t done anything to restore law and order. Every day you hear horror stories about people who are killed and wounded. The situation is really intolerable.” Muhammad Dahlan, who was recently appointed PA National Security Adviser, said it was time to admit that a ‘curse has hit’ the Gaza Strip. “Anyone who does not admit that there’s a curse in the Gaza Strip, does not know what he’s talking about,” he said. Who will tell this open minded Palestinian Security Adviser, what the prophet of old warned the neighbours of Israel about? The prophet Balaam said (in regard to Israel): “May those who bless you, be blessed and those who curse you be cursed” (Numbers 24:9). And who is warning the Arab leaders, the European heads of state, and the powerful men of the media-world never to make the same mistake as the Palestinians had made: To curse Israel! If they do, they will reap the same consequences under which Gaza is suffering today!
CHURCH EXCISES ANTI-SEMITIC LITURGY: A group of 12 Orthodox priests have called on their Church to review its longstanding theological positions toward Jews and the State of Israel, and to excise anti-Semitic passages from its liturgy. The dissident priests made their demands in a 12-point declaration adopted during a weeklong visit to Israel. The dozen Orthodox priests who signed the declaration – some in open defiance of directives from the church leadership – represent five different Orthodox churches, including the Russian, Greek, Ukrainian, Georgian and Ecumenical Orthodox Churches. “We came to the firm belief that it is high time for the Orthodox Church to correct its attitude toward Jews and Judaism,” the declaration states. Unlike the Catholic and Protestant churches, the Orthodox Church has never removed anti-Semitic passages from its liturgy, which still refers to Jews as Christ killers. The anti-Semitic passage includes statements such as ‘the Jewish tribe which condemned you to crucifixion, repay them, Oh Lord,” which is repeated half a dozen times, and ‘Christ has risen but the Jewish seed has perished,” as well as references to Jews as ‘God-killers’. The Orthodox Church seems to have forgotten the statement of the New Testament: “As far as election is concerned, the Jews are loved on account of the patriarchs” (Rom.11:29), and the admonishment of the Epistle to the Hebrews that those, ‘who have shared in the Holy Spirit and have tasted the goodness of the word of God… if they fall away… they are crucifying the Son of God all over again” (6:6). The accusations the Church is directing towards the Jews, may fall on themselves…
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PHONE-TAP ROW ERUPTS IN KATSAV CASE: One of President Moshe Katzav’s lawyers has said that the president’s close aides had ‘convincing proof’ their telephones had been wiretapped over the past few months. A member of Katzav’s defence team, attorney Avigdor Feldman, told The Jerusalem Post that ‘one of Katzav’s aides found a listening device’. A Channel 1 report inferred that the wiretaps were carried out by the police, showing footage of the head of the police intelligence and investigations branch, Cmdr. Yohanan Danino, defending the use of wiretapping before the Knesset Law Committee last February. Justice Ministry spokesman Moshe Cohen told the Post the ministry had no comment. If the report is true, it could have serious implications for Katzav’s hearing, scheduled for May 2, and for a High Court petition filed by the president’s lawyers, which is due to be heard on Sunday. Katzav is facing indictment for rape and other charges. In the petition, the lawyers are demanding that the state prosecution give them all the material related to Katzav’s investigation that it has not yet provided. Amir told the Post earlier this week that the lawyers knew of specific material in the state’s possession which it had not yet handed over, and was certain that there was additional material that they did not know about. Should it turn out to be true that Katzav’s close friends were wiretapped and that the wiretapping was conducted by the police, the lawyers would obviously demand this material as well. In this whole case with the president of Israel, the Hebrew state must consider the word of the wise king Salomon: “Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent, the Lord detests them both!” (Prov.17:15)
IRAN RECRUITS ISRAELI SPIES: Iran has been making concerted efforts to recruit Israelis as spies during their visits to relatives in the Islamic Republic, the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) said. The Shin Bet has, over the past two years, questioned about 10 Israelis, some of them Jews, who are suspected of agreeing to spy for Iran during visits to the country. While President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called repeatedly for the destruction of Israel, Iran is not officially considered an enemy state, and Israelis can travel freely to the country if granted entry papers by Teheran. Some 25,000 Jews live in Iran. Over the past two years, approximately 100 Israelis have applied for visas to Iran; after questioning, the Shin Bet discovered that 10 of them have been recruited to spy for Teheran. “The Iranians are intensely collecting intelligence on the State of Israel,” a senior Shin Bet said. The official said it was imperative that legislation be passed defining Iran as an enemy country, to prevent Israelis from travelling there. “But mark this;” says the New Testament, “there will be terrible times in the last days. People will be… treacherous!” (They will betray their country and friends) 2.Tim. 3:1-4.
Iran Is Seeking North Korea's Nuclear Expertise: Iran and North Korea have appointed high-level delegations to deepen cooperation on nuclear weapons technology, according to diplomatic sources in Beijing. The countries are keen to seal a deal before North Korea starts to close its Yongbyon reactor under the terms of an agreement with the U.S. Iran has taken advantage of the delay to intensify attempts to negotiate a deal that would give Teheran access to the nuclear expertise North Korea acquired during last year's atom bomb test. Iranian scientists have been invited to Pyongyang to study data collected from the test. Although North Korea has agreed to shut the Yongbyon reactor, the agreement puts no limits on North Korea to export the expertise it acquired from the test. The sale of plutonium represents the gravest and most immediate threat. Obtaining 10 to 20 kilograms of plutonium from North Korea, would catapult Iran into nuclear-weapon status. “How many are rising up against me,” says Israel (psalm 3:2), “but I will not fear the tens of thousands drawn up against me on every side, because the Lord sustains me” (v.6 and 5).
MESSIANIC BELIEVERS PERSECUTED IN ARAD: In connection with the explosion at the Protestant Holy Bible Society in Gaza City, where fire was ignited, and shelves of Christian books burned, we are publishing a letter from Messianic believers in the Jewish town of Arad/Israel. “Eddie was inside the Chess and Bible Shop in Arad and a small army of Haredim (Jewish orthodox men) came looking for him. The Chess players shut the door and told Eddie to stay inside. However, the Haredim next surrounded our van in the parking area. The Bedouin came running to tell Eddie that the Haredim were messing with the vehicle. Intending to just get in the van and drive away, Eddie went running to the parking area. They would not let him drive away, so he got out and ran after one of them - the others jumped on him, and he was hurt and they ripped his shirt. The police came and the Haredim complained that Eddie attacked them. The police never ask what the Haredim are always doing at our place or around our car and congregation. They blame us for the disturbances the Haredim cause: They tell us, "If you weren't here, we wouldn't have to deal with this trouble."...So, they arrested Eddie and put him in leg irons and took him to jail. They completely ignored the Bedouins testimony that Eddie did nothing and the Haredim attacked him. He spent the night in a small filthy cell with 5 other men and in the middle of the night, they transferred him to another filthy cell. This afternoon, he was arraigned before a judge in Beersheva, and a plea bargain was offered to him. Go to jail or agree not to return to Arad for 45 days. So Eddie agreed not to return to the city of Arad for 45 days. This is a culmination of a week of horror as far as the Haredim are concerned. Just this week, Avi was harassed by them four different times - they blocked his car and pounded on it. Rebecca has been harassed while walking her child from school by these grown men. She and I have been harassed several times in public areas while walking. All this because we have committed the crime of being believers. Pray for us! Pray for the Jewish People. The rest I leave in His righteous Hands.” (From Eddie’s wife, Laura) About the Jewish apostle, Paul, it is told that he and his companion, Silas, “were brought before the magistrates,” with the following accusation: “These men are throwing our city into an uproar. The magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten, thrown into prison… in the inner cell with their feet fastened in the stocks” (Acts 16:20-24).
TURKEY’S CHRISTIANS TARGETED. Assailants killed three people at a publishing house that distributed Bibles, in the latest attack apparently targeting Turkey’s tiny Christians minority. The three victims were found with their throats slit and their hands and legs bound at the Zirve publishing house in Malatya, a city in eastern central Turkey. Two of the victims were Turkish, and one was a German who had lived in Malatya since 2003. The manner in which the victims were bound suggested the attack could have been the work of a local Islamist militant group, commentators said, and CNN-Turk television reported that police were investigating the possible involvement of Turkish Hizbullah. Turkish Hizbullah has been known to ‘hog-tie’ its victims while torturing them. Attacks have become more common against members of Turkey’s tiny Christian community, which comprises less than one percent of the population. Of Turkey’s 70 million people today, only about 90,000 are Christians. New Testament is giving the following report about religious hatred: “On that day a great persecution broke out against the church at Jerusalem,” (Act 8:1) “Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples (Acts 9:1). “Who are you, Lord?” he asked as the Lord revealed himself to him. “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” was the reply from heaven (verse 5). (Read tomorrow about an attack on a Christian Bookshop in the Jewish town of Arad).
CHRISTIAN BOOKSHOP BOMBED IN GAZA - Nidal al-Mughrabi (Reuters) An explosion before dawn Sunday at the Protestant Holy Bible Society in Gaza City blew out windows and ignited a fire that burned shelves of books. Some 3,000 Christians live among 1.5 million Muslims in Gaza. Elsewhere in Gaza City, a bomb destroyed an Internet café. “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me,” says Jesus (Matth.24:9). (Read tomorrow about a similar attack on a Christian publishing house in Turkey, where three were killed).
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“There are at least three reasons why "doing a deal" with the Islamic Republic is both potentially disastrous and ultimately self-defeating,” says Washington Times. Regime ideology: The Islamic Republic established by the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in 1979 remains a radical revolutionary movement. The goal of the Iranian regime, in other words, is not to become a part of the world community, but to overturn it. Strategic: The Iranian leadership has made clear that it has prioritized the acquisition of a nuclear capability over dialogue with the West. For Iran's ayatollahs, the nuclear program is not a bargaining chip; it is a core element of regime stability and a vehicle for regional dominance. Demographic: Iran today is in the throes of societal transformation; two-thirds of the country's 70 million population are aged 35 or younger, are deeply disillusioned with the Islamic Revolution, and are largely Western-looking in orientation. The country's current ruling elite, by contrast, is aging and ill, and by all accounts lacks serious popular support from the Iranian "street." All of which means that in the next five to ten years Iran's current leadership will give way to a new ruling order that may be more predisposed to partnership with the U.S. and the West. The writer is vice president for policy at the American Foreign Policy Council. “Let the wise listen and add to their learning,” says the Bible. “And let the discerning get guidance” (Prov.1:5). It seems as if the Washington Post commentator, Ilan Berthan, has been able to give his government three useful advices. By listening to them, the leaders of the West would receive guidance in their dealings with Tehran – and much bloodshed will be avoided.
Saudi Columnist: "The Right of Return Is an Illusion" Saudi columnist Yousef Nasser al-Sweidan wrote in the Kuwaiti daily Al-Siyassa on March 5, 2007: "It is patently obvious that uprooting the descendents of the refugees from their current homes in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and other countries, and returning them to Israel, to the West Bank, and to Gaza is a utopian ideal and [a recipe for] anarchy. More than that - it is an idea that cannot be implemented." "The Arab countries where the Palestinians live in refugee camps must pass the laws necessary to integrate the inhabitants of these camps into society." In a second article on March 16, he wrote: "The Palestinian refugees in Syria and Lebanon - who have for many long years been fed by their Arab hosts on impossible dreams and on shiny promises that were soon broken - do not need another 60 years of misery, wretchedness and suffering...in order to figure out for the thousandth time that all the talk about the 'bridge of return' is nonsense and deceit - a fairytale that exists only in the old, worn-out demagogy of the Arab propaganda." "In reality, there is no 'bridge'...except for the bridge that we now must pass...called the peace process and normalization of relations between the Arabs and Israel." (MEMRI) These courageous articles by an Arabian journalist, who dares to speak up against the leaders of a totalitarian system, are a reminder of the words of the apostle:”For God did not give us a spirit of timidity!” (2.Tim.1:7)
EU Says No to Aiding Palestinian Unity Government: Palestinian Finance Minister Salam Fayyad has failed to convince the EU to agree to resume aid to the PA. EU External Affairs Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner repeated Wednesday in Brussels the international demands that the Palestinian government renounce violence, formally recognize Israel's right to exist, and abide by former agreements. She said until that happened, the EU would only deal with what it considered to be Western-friendly members of the new Palestinian unity government. In 2006, the EU redirected its funding for the Palestinians through a special mechanism to help the neediest people while bypassing the government to avoid contact with Hamas - which it considers a terrorist organization. Ferrero-Waldner said this temporary mechanism would continue, but offered Fayyad technical assistance for his ministry. ( Deutsche Welle-Germany) “Honest scales and balances are from the Lord,” says the Bible “all the weights in the bag are of His making” (Proverbs 16:11)… which means that the Lord demands fairness in all political deals. Honesty is a principle – and if the EU has false and untrue dealings ‘hidden in the bag’, it will soon be revealed. In the past huge sums of money have fallen into the hands of Hamas – in spite of all ‘mechanisms’ – or have simply disappeared in the pockets of unknown men. It’s going to be difficult to find members of the new Palestinian unity government, who are truly and with an upright heart ‘Western-friendly’. Some may come forward with a smile – but with a knife behind their back.
Arab newspaper editors have expressed dismay and revulsion over the Palestinian infighting that has raised fears of civil war. Suhir Andrews is editor-in-chief of the Israeli Arab newspaper Kul-el-Arab. Here are some excerpts from his commentary: “I simply cannot understand how my nation is behaving. A nation, which has nothing to eat, springs to arms in order to kill each other. Arab and Western journalists who travel to Gaza to report about the situation are being kidnapped by Palestinians. In the past the world was on our side, but now the journalists who supported our fight for freedom hate us. The Palestinian citizen has become a hostage of street gangs. The people are more afraid of the gangs than of the Israelis. I cannot understand how it has come this far. I am ashamed to be a Palestinian.” Nasser Laham editor-in-chief of the independent Palestinian news agency Maan in Bethlehem expressed similar views: “While I scan the websites of Fatah and Hamas, I feel a chill and cannot believe that there is so much evil among us Palestinians. I ask myself: ‘Will the sheikh of the mosque whom I trusted, voted for and made my imam in prayer kill me? Or will I be killed by my Fatah companion in the prison cell, who is married to my sister and whose kids I raised in my own home?’ Those who stay alive will be unable to provide even a loaf of bread. In the end, these weapons will be used to kill and slaughter Palestinians by Palestinians in the name of defending religion and revolution.” “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, said to me: ‘Take from my hand this cup filled with the wine of my wrath, and make all the nations, to whom I send you, drink it. When they drink it, they will go mad. I send you to the Philistines, to Gaza…” (Jer. 25:15-16+20).
Israeli Security Agency Warns of Hamas Attacks - Isabel Kershner A recent wave of arrests of Hamas militants in the West Bank town of Kalkilya, linked to a truck packed with 220 pounds of explosives and driven to the Tel Aviv area, provided evidence that Hamas members there are primed to resume attacks in Israel, the Israeli internal security service Shin Bet asserted Tuesday. The Shin Bet statement warned that Hamas operatives in Kalkilya "continue to work on the planning and execution of significant attacks, including ones in the immediate future." There has been a hiatus in Hamas suicide attacks since August 2004, but a senior Israeli army commander said recently that there are "some groups in the military wing of Hamas that don't like the cease-fire or the unity government." David Baker, an official in the office of Prime Minister Olmert, asserted that Hamas "continues to target Israeli civilians." "Terrorism is a cornerstone of the new Palestinian government, a government that should be shunned," he said. (New York Times) “For in Scripture it says,” declares the apostle in the New Testament, “see I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone” (2.Peter 2:6). While the officials in today’s Jerusalem characterize the cornerstone of the government of the enemies of Zion as: ‘terrorism that should be shunned’, the apostle mentions the cornerstone of Zion with the words, “the one, who trusts in Him (The Messiah) “will never put to shame” (v.6).
A few months before he died, one of Israel’s most prominent rabbis, Yitzhak Kaduri, supposedly wrote the name of the Messiah on a small note which he requested would remain sealed until now. When the note was unsealed, it revealed what many have known for centuries: Yehoshua or Yeshua (Jesus) is the Messiah. With the biblical name of Jesus, the Rabbi and cabbalist described the Messiah using six words and hinting that the initial letters form the name of the Messiah. The initials spell the Hebrew name of Jesus. With one of Israel’s most prominent rabbis indicating the name of the Messiah is Yeshua, it is understandable why his last wish was to wait one year after his death before revealing what he wrote. When the name of Yehoshua appeared in Kaduri’s message, ultra Orthodox Jews from his Nahalat Yeshiva (seminary) in Jerusalem argued that their master did not leave the exact solution for decoding the Messiah’s name. A few months before Kaduri died at the age of 108, he surprised his followers when he told them that he met the Messiah. Kaduri gave a message in his synagogue on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, teaching how to recognize the Messiah. When he died, more than 200,000 people joined the funeral procession on the streets of Jerusalem to pay their respects as he was taken to his final resting place. “When he comes, the Messiah will rescue Jerusalem from foreign religions that want to rule the city,” he said. “They will not succeed for they will fight against one another.” (Israel Today). “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree,” says Jesus, “as soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near” (Matth.24:33). In the Bible the fig tree is often symbolizing Israel. When the hardened heart is getting soft and new life is sprouting, then we know that a bitter winter has passed, and this age will come to its close. Then ‘Messiah is at the door’ (v.33). “I tell you the truth,” says Jesus, “this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened” (v.34).
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Hamas Planned Tel Aviv Passover Bombing - Amos Harel The Shin Bet announced Tuesday that it broke up a Hamas cell in the West Bank city of Kalkilya that had planned to detonate a car bomb in Tel Aviv during the Passover holiday. The driver, a suicide bomber, had crossed into Israel in a vehicle laden with about 100 kilograms of explosives. However, once he reached Tel Aviv, he changed his mind and returned to Kalkilya. Nineteen members of the cell have been arrested by the security forces. The would-be suicide bomber managed to enter Israel because he holds an Israeli identity card. He is married to an Israeli Arab from Taibeh and received residency status as part of the program of reuniting families. The vehicle he was driving had Israeli license plates. (Ha'aretz) New Testament declares that ‘the prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective’ (James 5:16). Worldwide prayer for the peace of Jerusalem has been effectuated among Christian friends of Israel in regard to the Passover-time in the Holy Land. Is the sudden and remarkable change of mind in the heart of the Hamas-suicide bomber an answer to prayer?
Palestinian Authority officials have accused German Chancellor Angela Merkel of ’offending the Palestinian feelings’ during her visit to Ramallah. The accusations, the first of their kind against a European leader, were made by top PA officials. “She did everything to provoke the Palestinians during her visit,” said one official. “She showed no understanding for the plight of our people. On the other hand, she appeared to be very biased toward Israel.” The official claimed that while Merkel refused to meet with families of Palestinian prisoners held in Israel, she focused during her talks with Abbas on the need to release kidnapped IDF Cpl. Gilad Schalit, who has been held in the Gaza Strip since last June. In addition, he noted, Merkel met with the families of missing IDF soldiers during her visit to Jerusalem. Another PA official described Merkel’s visit to Ramallah as ‘extremely negative and a total disappointment’. He revealed that Abbas had originally requested that the meeting take place in Bethlehem, where Christians are celebrating Holy Week. “We were hoping to show her the wall that Israel built around Bethlehem, but she refused to go there,” he said. “When Bileam saw that it pleased the Lord to bless Israel, he didn’t resort to sorcery as at other times,” says the Bible about one of the prophets (Numbers 24:1). The German chancellor, daughter of an East German pastor, might have recognized the words: “It pleases the Lord to bless Israel,” and because of that she didn’t act as other EU-leaders on their visits to the Middle East. She didn’t follow the procedure, which pleases men, but she acted according to what ‘pleases God’. As Bileam of old, she didn’t do, what was done before, but ‘she turned’ and walked the other way!
The Implementation of Security Council Resolution 1701 (Lebanon Cease-Fire) - Six Months Later An examination of the implementation of Security Council Resolution 1701 six months after its passage shows that the Lebanese army and UNIFIL have not enforced its essential provisions. South Lebanon has not become a demilitarized zone free of terrorist organizations and their weapons, Hizbullah was not disarmed, the process of rehabilitating its military strength continues, and an effective embargo on smuggling arms from Syria to Lebanon has not been imposed. The quiet prevailing in south Lebanon since the war ended is to a great extent a function of Hizbullah's focus on rehabilitating its military strength. As the rehabilitation process continues and Hizbullah's confidence increases, so will its willingness to continue disregarding the implementation of Resolution 170 1. (Intelligence and Terrorism Information Centre) “Stand in the gate of the Lord’s House,” says the Lord to His prophet. “Proclaim this message: This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says, “Do not trust in deceptive words!” (Jeremiah 7:1-4)
Iran has released the 15 British sailors and marines it seized at sea, in what Iran’s president called a ‘gift to the British people’. However, the surprise release was the result of a fierce debate within the Iranian regime rather than the product of negotiations with Britain (Times UK). In the end, Iran recognized that the crisis was beginning to exact a cost, as it came under pressure even from allies and other Islamic countries, officials and experts said. Even Syria urged Iran to release the Britons, Syrian and U.S. sources said. "In the long term, it undermines their ability to attract foreign investment and have good relations" with the outside world,” says Washington Post. Tehran was also unable to rally significant public support for a show down. When an enemy-king once hired a backslidden prophet to curse Israel, he received - according to the Bible story – the following message: “How beautiful are your dwelling places, o Israel. May those who bless you be blessed and those who curse you be cursed” (Numbers 24:5+9).
Rabbi Einat Ramon, dean of a Conservative Rabbinical Seminary in Jerusalem, has announced that there will be no change in its refusal to ordain practicing gay and lesbian rabbis or to sanctify same-sex commitment ceremonies. The Jewish Theological Seminary in New York – the main seminary and flagship institution of Conservative Judaism – said it would start accepting openly gay and lesbian students. In a position paper that Ramon distributed to the Executive Committee, she called attention to the historic centrality of heterosexual marriage in Jewish life. “Jewish theology regards the union between a man and a woman who are sexually and emotionally different from one another as a complementary covenant of friendship and intimacy, which forms the basis for procreation and childrearing. This is why Jewish law has so fervently opposed sexual relations between members of the same sex,” she said, “and why the heterosexual family has played such a vital role throughout the ages in the transmission of Jewish values and the survival of the Jewish people.” According to the Torah, Homosexuality is absolutely forbidden and considered as an enormous sin. “Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman,” says Leviticus 18:22, and continues, “that is detestable!” The New Testament follows the same line warning women, who turn against God’s natural plan and indulge in sex sin with each other – “and the men,” says the apostle, “instead of having a normal sex relationship with women, burn with lust for each other, men doing shameful things with other men” (Romans 1:26-27).
The Arab Peace Initiative got off to a bad start when Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal warned Israel that its rejection of the plan would leave its fate in the hands of the ’lords of war’. This war-warning became serious when Jim Hoagland disclosed in The Washington Post that Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah cancelled a mid-April gala dinner with President George W. Bush in the White House. Hoagland heard that Riyadh had decided to seek common ground with Iran, Hamas and Hizbullah. The last time that Saudi initiative was discussed during the 2002 Arab summit in Beirut, there were more than rumours of war. Hamas attacked the Park Hotel in Netanya during the first night of Pessah, killing 29 Israelis and wounding over 150. The Saudi peace initiative goes well beyond the much-discussed issue of the ‘right of return’ for Palestinian refugees. “The Saudi plan demands ‘full withdrawal’ from ‘all the territories’ Israel captured 40 years ago in the 1967 Six Day War. “I am for peace, but when I speak, they are for war,” says the Bible (Psalm 120:7).
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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called the UN Security Council an ‚illegitimate’ body. “Using the Security Council as an instrument, the enemies of Iran want to prevent the progress of the Iranian nation,” Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying by the state Islamic Republic News Agency. “But the Security Council today has not legitimacy among world nations. Today the Iranian nation fully possesses the nuclear fuel cycle. If all of you gather and also invite your ancestors from hell, you will not be able to stop the Iranian nation”, he said and continued, “Do you think that if you gather and issue torn pieces of paper, you will be able to prevent the progress of the Iranian nation?” Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying by the semi-official Mehr news agency. An old saying in the Bible speaks about people, who blurt out provocative words. In one place they are called ‘self sufficient fools, who in the end will fall flat on their faces’. The Proverbs declare that such a man is ‘a chattering fool, who comes to his ruin!” (10:8) Yes, he even ‘invites ruin’ (verse 10). No doubt wise men among the Arabs and in the Persian language are speaking about ‘provocateurs’ in the same way. It’s high time to listen to these voices. Ahmadinejad is like Adolf Hitler ‘inviting’ sorrow and ruin over his nation! He will surely ‘be destroyed by lack of common sense’ (10:21). The New Testament explains who is behind the foolishness of a nowadays Pharaoh: “For the Scripture says to Pharaoh: “I raised you up for this very purpose that I might display my power in you, and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth!” (Romans 9:17)
Bill to Forbid Evangelism in Israel The ultra-Orthodox Shas party declared war on Messianic Jews and Christians when it proposed a bill stating that anyone attempting to ‘convert’ Jews should be jailed. “Every time he (Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef) hears of a case where someone falls into missionary hands, he feels great sadness and asks us to try and save at least one soul in Israel”, said Shas Knesset member Yaakov Margi. Shas sees the messianic believers who share their faith as missionaries out to convert Jews to Christianity. Margi proposed that those preaching ‘conversion’ should be imprisoned for one year. “Whether it’s Christians coming from abroad or Jewish converts working in Israel, they all have the same agenda – to destroy every trace and memory of the people of Israel, and they plan to do this by converting Jews”, the proposal says. “These people are operating mainly among sectors of the Jewish population which are under physical, social and spiritual distress.” Under the current law, anyone who offers money in exchange for conversion is subject to five years in prison. The recipient also faces charges. Those who conduct a ‘conversion ceremony’ on minors face up to six months of jail. The priests and the captain of the Temple guard and the Sadducees came up to Peter and John, while they were speaking to the people. They were greatly disturbed because the apostles were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead. They seized Peter and John and put them in jail… (Acts 4:1-3).
Israel’s Channel 2 television has aired an in-depth report on Messianic believers in Israel and portrayed them in a positive light. It opened with the Ronen family praying before their evening meal, and then featured them lighting the candles and having a traditional Sabbath dinner. The reporter noted that although these families are believers in Yeshua (Jesus), they are still Jews who have not forsaken many customs and traditions. Ayelet Ronen, a sabra (native-born Israeli) and Messianic believer, talked about the distortion of Jesus’ name in Hebrew by Israelis who say Yeshu – a derogatory acronym – instead of Yeshua. She explained that it’s “Yeshua, Ben Ha-Elohim v’Mashiach” – Jesus Son of God and Messiah! Ayelet is from the Bar David family, one of the first Messianic families in Israel, which boasts generations of sons who have served as officers in elite military units. “We are first Jews, who serve our country faithfully, just as we are committed to the Tanach (Old Testament) and New Testament,” said Tsuriel Bar David. Channel 2 also showed that Jewish believers in various parts of the country are persecuted by some ultra-Orthodox sects. In the Negev desert town of Arad, for example, ultra-Orthodox Jews have burned down shops, scuffled with believers and held protests at their homes. (Israel Today) About the first Messianic group of believers in Jerusalem the New Testament tells us that they worshipped together regularly in the Temple each day, met in small groups in homes for communion and shared their meals with great joy and thankfulness, praising God; the whole city was favourable to them. “Every day,” explains the 2000 year old passage from Acts, “they continued to meet together in the Temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favour of all the people” (2:46-47). So Channel 2 took viewers inside the worship service of Shemen Sasson (oil of joy) one of the assemblies in Jerusalem. Congregants were seen praying for Israel and her leaders, worshipping – and some even dancing for joy down the aisles. (Read tomorrow how the Ultra-Orthodox have declared war on Messianic Jews)
Evangelical leaders urge unconditional support for Israel. Two prominent evangelical Christians pledge ‘unconditional support’ for the State of Israel. “Anything less than total commitment by Christians to Israel and the people God considers ‘the apple of His eye’ is unscriptural,” Earl Cox told the Dove television network. “The formula for success is for Christians and Jews to lock hands together and speak with one voice against Palestinian fabrications which feed the appetite of the liberal media creating anti-Israel biases and fuel anti-Semitic attitudes.” Echoing Cox’s call, Front Page Jerusalem Global Radio Network co-host Ben Kinchlow called on Evangelical Christian leaders to ‘stand up and be counted among Israel’s supporters – and don’t be passive or lethargic about proclaiming your support.” The remarks come at a time of burgeoning ties between Israel and the worldwide evangelical Christian community. The New Testament declares that the feud between Jews and Gentiles has ended. “As part of the same body”, says the apostle, “our anger against each other (Jews and Gentiles) has disappeared, for both of us have been reconciled to God (Ef.2:16). The Jewish apostle Paul adds, “And He has brought this Good News of peace to you, Gentiles, who were far away from Him, and to us Jews, who were near” (v.17). (Read tomorrow how Israel’s Channel 2 has portrayed the Messianic believers in a positive light).
“The sleeping giant of Christian Zionism has awakened. There are 50 million Christians standing up and applauding the State of Israel.” So began a speech by Pastor John Hagee, founder of Christians United for Israel, before an AIPAC Policy Conference plenary a few weeks ago. The speech certainly did not lack clarity. “It is 1938,” Hagee said, “Iran is Germany, and Ahmadinejad is the new Hitler. We must stop Iran’s nuclear threat and stand boldly with Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East. Today I humbly ask forgiveness of the Jewish People for every act of anti-Semitism, and the deafening silence of Christians in your greatest hour of need, during the Holocaust,” Pastor Hagee continued. “We were not there. We cannot change the past, but together we can shape the future. Think of our potential future together: 50 million evangelicals joining in common cause with 5 million Jewish people in America on behalf of Israel is a match made in heaven.” According to Jerusalem Post the AIPAC audience granted Hagee multiple standing ovations. The Jewish people, some surely thought, have been waiting two millennia to hear such unalloyed words of contrition and support, and they could not have come at a more propitious time. The New Testament declares that the two groups (Jews and Gentiles) that have been opposed to each other, have been fused together in the Messiah to become one new person. “His purpose was”, says the apostle, “to create in Himself one new man out of the two!” (2:15) (Read tomorrow how evangelical leaders urge unconditional support for Israel).
In a highly symbolic move, evangelical Christian leaders have presented the Knesset with a ‘letter of repentance for crimes committed by Christians against the Jewish people over the centuries’. “On behalf of millions of Christians who love Israel and pray for her, we would like to repent before you for the crimes committed against the Jewish people throughout history in the name of Christianity. We have sinned against God and against you,” the letter reads. The letter (www.letterofrepentance.com), which is being sponsored by a large number of evangelical groups was presented to the Knesset’s Christian Allies Caucus in a special session attended by a few hundred Christian Zionist leaders from around the world. “This event is a dream come true and a revolution of historic proportions,” said Christine Darg, who is active in evangelical work in the Muslim world. She called the letter of repentance ‘an earthquake measuring 9.8 on the Richter scale’. The parliamentary lobby, led by its chairman, MK Benny Flon was co-hosting the event. He has come to epitomize Israel’s newfound interest in garnering the support of the Christian world, especially from the largely pro-Israel evangelical community. “Any Zionist – Jewish or Christian – will be thrilled with this event,” Pastor David Decker, president of the Covenant Alliance said. The New Testament declares that the Messiah is the way to peace. He is the ‘spiritual roadmap in the battle-tired region’. “He has made peace between us Jews and you Gentiles by making us all one family,” says the Jewish apostle, Paul. “He does that by breaking down the wall of contempt that used to separate us.” The letter, which was delivered to the Knesset by 250 Christian leaders and addressed to the people of Israel, voiced the hope that Jews and Christians ‘can be brothers and sisters again!’ The exact quotation from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians is: “For He Himself (the Messiah) is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility (2:14). ‘The two, who become one’, are according to the context: Jews and Gentiles! In a day, where the Moslem world is stirring up hatred against Israel, the Evangelical Christians make an important step to fulfil this word of Scripture by delivering a ‘love-letter to Israel’, “declaring their unequivocal support for the State of Israel.” (Read tomorrow how the sleeping giant of Christian Zionism has awakened).
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On March 25th in Berlin, government leaders of Europe signed a 50-page ‘Declaration on the Future of Europe' many of them without consulting their own people. This is the bit many have been dreading. It is a binding treaty that embodies "basic laws" for 490 million people in 27 countries based on a despised constitution which has been rejected by voters across Europe. Nine countries with over 150 million people have already turned it down or decided not to put it to the vote. If the nations of Europe do not want to be controlled by a European Federation, the opposition must demand national referendums NOW, otherwise the EU will create: A PERMANENT, unelected, EU president. A sole voice for Europe serving a 5 year term. FULL-TIME foreign and defense ministers for Europe, meaning powers like the Palestinians and the Arab states will by-pass all national governments to speak directly to the EU-leaders. A REFORMED European parliament drawing up its own laws. The national government would not be able to veto the EU’s decisions and each member state’s government will lose the right to "opt out" of EU laws & treaties. The New Testament warns about a very subtle enemy of mankind that will appear in the last days. It is a ‘secret spirit of rebellion and hell’, which will try to set up a new world order. The apostle calls this dark influence ‘the secret power of lawlessness’ and emphasizes that ‘it is already at work’ (2.Thess.2:7). It is a ‘powerful delusion’, which makes people ‘believe the lie’ (v.11). The way the Berliner declaration has been signed without the full knowledge of the different populations, speaks its own language. WITH ALL THE HEAVY NEWS WE HAVE TO BRING FROM THE MIDDLE EAST, NEXT WEEK WE WILL BE DEDICATED TO A SERIES OF GOOD NEWS. SOMETHING GREAT IS HAPPENING IN ISRAEL FOR THE MOMENT. FOLLOW THESE EVENTS FROM MONDAY APRIL 2ND.
Sweden joined several other European countries in a show of support for the new Hamas-Fatah coalition, dispatching its foreign minister for talks with his Palestinian counterpart despite Israel’s call for a diplomatic boycott. A day earlier, Belgium reached out to the new Palestinian government, declaring that the week-old coalition cabinet was more moderate than its Hamas-led predecessor. In Gaza, Fatah supporters clamoured for revenge against Hamas, as they buried the fourth victim of factional fighting this week. The renewed violence, which also claimed the life of a four-year-old boy caught in crossfire, raised concerns that the power-sharing deal between the rivals might not hold. Abbas has said the coalition is the only way to avert civil war. More than 140 Palestinians were killed in factional fighting in the past year. Norway, a major donor to the Palestinians, was the first country to lift sanctions against the PLO. Norway’s deputy foreign minister Raymond Johansen met with PA Prime Minister Ismael Haniyeh of Hamas, becoming the first high-ranking Western official to do so. Russia and France have said sanctions against the Palestinian Authority should be lifted. It is obvious that the European leaders have never understood the warning words of Jesus: “A divided kingdom ends in ruins” (Matth.12:25) … and even, when these clear words are referring to the sad personal experience of some of the divorced politicians private life, the truth does not sink in: “A home divided against itself cannot stand” (v.25). Europe and the nations, which are hasting to engage themselves in the disastrous situation around Jerusalem, will come to taste the bitter cup themselves: Divisions will enter their own house! They will not escape – those, who are knocking at the doors of the enemies of Israel!
Ramping Up on Iran - In the words of Henry Kissinger: "There are all kinds of tactical discussions about how to deal with Iran....But there are a number of fundamental principles to keep in mind. If Iran acquires nuclear weapons, we will live in a new world. That is the fundamental issue we must face. And our only choice is either to prevent it, or to pay the price of not having prevented it. In dealing with the Iran tyranny, prudence dictates we assume the worst, especially when no serious international inspection of Iran's nuclear program has been agreed to by the warmongering Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Because Nevil le Chamberlain didn't think the worst of Adolf Hitler, millions and millions of people paid a price in lives and treasure. Because we didn't think the worst of Islam fascism, the attacks of September 11, 2001, happened. Sweeping and enforceable sanctions - now - against Iran is the first step. The writer is a research fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution. (Washington Time) The very first words in the Bible emphasize that God was pleased with the light, and that he immediately divided it from the darkness:”God saw the light was good, and He separated the light from the darkness” (Gen. 1:3). In dealing with the sinister threats of Iran, the same stand of separation has to be taken. Our governments and political leaders must recognize and accept this fundamental principle of existence. If not we will all be overwhelmed and swallowed up by darkness.
Israeli Website Teaches Iranians about the Holocaust - Sonia Verma (Globe and Mail-Canada) An Israeli website, written in Persian, is aimed at convincing the people of Iran of the Holocaust's historical truth. The new website, designed by Israel's Holocaust museum, is an attempt to sway Iranian public opinion in the face of a growing nuclear threat. "Ahmadinejad is using Holocaust denial as a concrete tool to pave the way for nuclear strikes," said Avner Shalev, director of Yad Vashem. In the two weeks after its Jan. 27 launch, more than 10,000 people logged on in Iran and hundreds of e-mails flooded in, thanking the museum for providing information that some Iranians found difficult, if not impossible, to access in their country. The New Testament declares that God will show His anger against ‘sinful, evil men, who push away the truth from them’. This denial of the truth about the millions of Jews, who perished in the Nazi death camps during World War II, will indeed arouse the anger of the God of Israel. The apostle says, “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men, who suppress the truth by their wickedness” (Rom.1:18) Jesus says, “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free’ (John 8:38). This may also be referred to the liberation, people experience, when they see the lies of their leaders fall to the ground. The many thankful letters from Iran to Jerusalem testify to that fact.
Raymond Johansen, the Norwegian deputy foreign minister was in a hurry to be the first European representative to meet Ismail Haniyeh, the prime minister of the new Palestinian unity government in Gaza. What was the hurry? He certainly read Haniyeh’s March 17 speech in which the Hamas chief outlined the Fatah/Hamas government program. Haniyeh said: “The government affirms that resistance in all its form is a legitimate right of the Palestinian people.” And he knows what Haniyeh means by ‘resistance’ – suicide bombings of cafes and buses, drive-by shootings, rocket launchings. The Israeli commentator Alexander Zwitzli writes in the Jerusalem Post about the Norwegian name ‘Quisling’. He explains, “When Germany invaded Norway on April 9, 1940, Quisling announced a pro-Nazi coup. He thus betrayed the king and his country to collaborate with the invading German forces. The very name ‘Quisling’ still stands for a betrayal. In 1993, it was the Norwegian government that helped foist the Oslo agreement on us. Now, after over 2000 Israelis perished or were maimed by the Palestinian terror which came in the wake of Oslo, the very name ‘Oslo’ has become anathema to most Israelis. The question is whether other European countries will enter the same bloodstained pathway of betrayal? From Jerusalem a voice is complaining, “If an enemy were insulting me, I could endure it… but it is you, a man like myself, my companion, my close friend, with whom I once enjoyed sweet fellowship – how could you do this to me?” (Psalm 55:12-14)
To many observers, the discussion over whether the new Hamas-led Palestinian unity government has adhered to the Quartet’s condition may seem baseless. 1. The PLO under Fatah rampantly violated the agreements it not only ‘respected’, but negotiated and signed. Hamas opposed these agreements from the beginning, and so has even less intention of abiding by them. 2. The Abbas-controlled Palestinian media continues to broadcast incitement to hatred of Israel, in violation of the Oslo Accords and numerous subsequent commitments. Does anyone expect Hamas to put a stop to this? 3. It is also obvious that Hamas does not recognize Israel’s right to exist. Indeed, Hamas and its jihadi allies in Hizbullah and Iran openly claim that they are closer to their dream of destroying Israel than they ever were. No vague statement about past agreements changes this. 4. Finally, far from renouncing terrorism, Hamas – again with characteristic openness – continues to support ‘all forms of resistance’ (another word for terror and suicide bombers). The international community cannot have it both ways. It cannot say it wants terrorism against Israel to stop, while opening ties with and bankrolling a PA that is preparing to launch the next terror war. As it is, the UN reports that aid to the PA has actually risen – to more than 1.2 billion dollars per year – since Hamas came to power. Why would Norway (whose government normally is strongly influenced by evangelical Christian lobbying) and perhaps France, in the interest of peace, join Iran in aiding Hamas directly? The Bible asks how it is possible to cooperate with people, whose words sting like poisonous snakes and who are continuously plotting against you? “After each agreement they wait in ambush with a net to turn over us,” the Israeli politicians say. David of old agrees in his 140th psalm, “They make their tongues as sharp as a serpent’s,” he says, “the prison of vipers is on their lips … they have spread out the cords of their net, and have set traps for me along my path” (3-5)
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“You can’t have agreements while this kind of hatred is inculcated in the children,” Knesset Education Committee Chairman Michael Melchior (Labor-Meimad) said after seeing new 12th grade textbooks published by the Palestinian Authority late last year. Melchior’s statements at the Knesset followed the presentation of Palestinian Media Watch saying that Palestinian 12th grade textbooks teach that hating Israel and pursuing its destruction are religious duties. PMW director Itamar Marcus told the Education Committee it was the first time the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been depicted in Palestinian schoolbooks as a religious, rather than a territorial conflict. “According to these books,” Marcus told the MKs, “the war over this land is a war for Muslim land, and will end only with the resurrection of the dead.” The books teach that ‘recognition of Israel is forbidden by religion’, he said. According to Melchior, the report’s findings indicate a trend from ‘a conflict over land, which can be resolved by partition, to an existential religious conflict that cannot be resolved.” MK Zeev Elin (Kadima) called on the government to put in place ‘sanctions against the PA for such violations of the Oslo Accords’, which he called, ‘more dangerous than security violations in the long run’. Committee members promised to pressure international donors, particularly Belgium, whose contributions receive specific mention in the textbooks, to suspend their aid as long as such incitement continues in PA textbooks. The conflict about the Palestinian textbook is highlighting the words of the prophet Jeremiah, who says, “Has a nation ever changed its gods? (Yet, they are not gods at all). Then he turns to the people of the Living God and warns them with the words, “But my people has exchanged their glory for worthless idols” (2:11).
Israeli officials have expressed disappointment that EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana backed a full Israeli withdrawal from the Golan Heights following talks in Damascus with Syrian leaders, rather than publicly calling Syria to task for supporting terrorism. “This is not the message that Syria needed to hear at this time. Syria needed to hear that it must stop supporting terrorism, stop trying to undermine the government in Lebanon, stop supporting Hizbollah and Iran”, one official said. Solana’s remarks prompted strong reactions from MKs. “There is no chance Israel will retreat from the Golan Heights. The Golan Heights are an inseparable part of the State of Israel and are essential for its security and defence”, said MK Yisrael Katz. MK Nissan Slomiansky joined in Katz’s criticism. “Solana should know that if he wants to continue to be a neutral mediator between states in conflict with each other, it is inappropriate that he should choose to travel to a known terror-supporting country and make one-sided statements. If he continues to present a one-sided view the European Union will become irrelevant,” Slomiansky said. “With their tongue, they speak deceit,” says one of the biblical psalms (5:9) when it refers to false diplomacy. “Not a word from their mouth can be trusted” (v.9). “Let their intrigues be their downfall” (v.10)
Remarks by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi. She says: “America's commitment to Israel's security is unshakable. As we all know, the source of Hezbollah’s weapons is Iran. President Ahmadinejad continues with hate-filled rhetoric about the U.S., Israel and the Holocaust. His recklessness with words underscores our concerns about his development of nuclear weapons. Iran must not be allowed to obtain a nuclear weapon. It threatens the security of Israel, the stability of the region and the safety of the world. There are those who contend that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is about Israel's occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. In truth, the history of the conflict has never been about the occupation. It is over the fundamental right of Israel to exist. The success of Hamas in last year's election, followed by the decision by Abbas to form a unity government, is a major disappointment. Peace efforts are at a standstill because of Hamas' failure to meet the most basic standards of the international community: first, recognition of Israel's right to exist, second, renunciation of terror, and third, there must be acceptance of prior agreements.” (AIPAC) The Apostle Paul, in his Epistle to the Romans, wrote the following remarkable words (9:1-5), of which the Church has forgotten the real significance:”I am speaking the truth in Christ… for I could even pray to be outcast… for the sake of my brothers, my natural kinsfolk who are Israelites: they were made God’s sons; theirs is the splendour of the divine presence, theirs the covenants, the Torah, the worship and the promises. Theirs are the Patriarchs, and from them, in natural descent, sprang the Messiah.”
Four years ago, when the U.S. and Great Britain brought Saddam Hussein's rule in Iraq to an end, there was a collective sigh of relief within the Israeli defence establishment. The "Eastern Front" had ceased to exist. The nightmare scenario of the Republican Guards' armoured brigades sweeping across the lightly defended Hashemite Kingdom to attack Israel on its long and unfortified Jordan Valley border could be taken off the list of threats. Nor would Hussein's Scud missiles be once more pointed at Tel Aviv. For more than three decades, ever since the Yom Kippur War, the Arab states haven't tried to use their conventional forces against Israel. Two facts, though, seem unavoidable. Any prospective president planning to win the November 2008 U.S. election will have to promise a clear time frame for extricating American troops. And whenever that evacuation is over, there will still be sizable groups of terrorists of various stripes and colours holding out who will celebrate the U.S. departure as their victory. At that moment, the Eastern Front will once again become a threat for Israel. Thousands of Islamist fighters, both Sunni and Shiite, will be anxious to take on "Little Satan." Flushed with what they will obviously see as their success at having evicted Big Satan from the land of Islam, they will believe that the same thing can be done to the Zionist entity. Their arrival will boost the capabilities of Hizbollah, Hamas and the other Palestinian terror groups and further encourage them to seek violent confrontations with Israel. (Jerusalem Post) Israel is worried a hasty American withdrawal from Iraq could topple the Hashemite regime in Jordan. Prime Minister Olmert has received an assessment from the security services that says a U.S. withdrawal from Iraq before that country has stabilized would have immediate repercussions on the domestic situation in Jordan. These effects could even threaten the stability of the Hashemite monarchy. Israel views Jordan as a strategic asset whose stability is a vital Israeli interest. (Haaretz) The Scriptures not only identify Jerusalem as Zion (“The Lord loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob” (Psalm 87:2)), but the Land of Israel (“The Lord will surely comfort Zion” (Isaiah 51:3)) and the Jewish People (“Hear me…you people, who have my law in your hearts” (Is.51:7)) as well. At the heart of Christian Zionism is the recognition that Israel, God’s Covenant people, remain central to the fulfilment of His purposes in the world, for “God’s gifts and His call are irrevocable (Romans 11:29). In this perspective the war in Iraq has to be considered as one of the battles for Zion. If it is lost it means new dangers for the east-gate of Jerusalem.
The Pentagon Thursday released an additional portion of the transcript of a military hearing for al-Qaeda leader Khalid Sheik Mohammed in which, in gory detail and boastful prose, he said he personally beheaded Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in February 2002."I decapitated with my blessed right hand the head of the American Jew Daniel Pearl in the city of Karachi, Pakistan," Mohammed is quoted telling the military panel Saturday. "For those who would like to confirm, there are pictures of me on the Internet holding his head." FBI and CIA officials who reviewed a videotape of the murder have long known that Mohammed took part in the killing. (Washington Post) Among the seven things ‘the Lord hates’ and which are ‘detestable to him’ are “hands that shed innocent blood” (Proverbs 6:16-17). When the Muslim murder speaks about his ‘blessed right hand’ it is not blessed by God.
The state-run Russian company building Iran’s first nuclear power plant said last Monday that the reactor’s opening will be postponed because of payment delays. Russia has accused Teheran of paying only a fraction of the required monthly payments of 25 million dollars for construction work at Bushehr in recent months, and warned that the funding delays would push back both the reactor’s launch and the delivery of the uranium fuel needed to power it. Iranian officials rejected Russia’s claims and suggested Moscow is bowing to international pressure to take a tougher line against Teheran. “The power of a righteous man”, declared the New Testament, “is powerful and effective” (James 5:16). The nuclear-danger from Iran has been a subject for prayer in many nations.
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Al-Qaeda: The Second Coming - Jason Burke (Observer-UK) Nine years after bin Laden's declaration of war on the West and five and a half years after the attacks of 11 September 2001, al-Qaeda is as present as ever on the world stage, linked to violence across half the globe. "Al-Qaeda as an operational, technically capable network, with chains of command leading back to Pakistan from many places, is very much alive and well and continuing to plot," said one security source. Thousands of young Muslims from a wide variety of backgrounds have been mobilized around the world in the last five years, aided by the Internet. Belgian officials point to a recently arrested teenager who had "gone from no engagement at all to full commitment to a suicide attack" in the space of a few weeks "alone with a computer in his bedroom." Concerning the young men, who are led astray by radical Muslim teaching, they will suffer the same consequences as all other people who are following false prophets! The prophet Isaiah warns Israeli youth by reminding them about the word of God (during another historic period): “Those who guide this people mislead them, and those who are guided are led astray. Therefore the Lord will take no pleasure in the young men nor will the pity the fatherless and widows” (9:15-16). A young Muslim cannot expect to find mercy by God (as his Islamic teachers tell him) if he ruthlessly destroys innocent people by suicide bombing or other kind of terror.
The Palestinians are taking advantage of the restraint demonstrated by the Israel Defence Forces to bolster their arms and improve the range of their rocket fire, Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) Director Yuval Diskin told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee Tuesday. He said Hamas was sending hundreds of men to Iran for prolonged periods of advanced training, and that 31 tons of explosive material had been smuggled into Gaza in the last year by terror groups, a six-fold increase. Palestinian terror groups are attempting to increase their rocket range to strike Kiryat Gat and Ashkelon; Islamic Jihad succeeded in launching a Grad rocket some 16 kilometres last July. In the West Bank, both the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades of Fatah and Islamic Jihad aspire to be the first to launch rockets into Israel (Haaretz). All the scenarios point to a war in Gaza. A decision must be made to do something. According to Shin Bet chief Yuval Diskin's forecast, some 200,000 Israelis will find themselves under the threat of missile fire from Gaza as early as this year. In parallel to upgrading its rockets against the Israeli home front, Hamas has established a well-equipped and trained, four-division army based on the Hizbollah model. Just like in Lebanon, bunkers and underground tunnels under built-up areas are being constructed in Gaza. Hamas' effective military might is improving daily. (Ynet News) “I lift up my eyes to the hills,” says King David, “where does my help come from?” He gives the answer himself: “My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth,” He adds, “indeed, He who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep” (Psalm 121: 1 and 4).
Hamas Leader and Ahmadinejad meet to plan next steps. Hamas political chief Khaled Mashaal met with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Iranian Foreign Affairs Minister Manuchehr Mottaki in Tehran to brief ‘our friends and brothers’ about the details of the Mecca deal between Hamas and Fatah and the steps that need to be taken in the future. Ahmadinejad told Mashaal to continue carrying out acts of ‘resistance’ against Israel. “They must prepare the ground for the removal of the Zionists from the holy land of Palestine until not a single piece is occupied (Ynet News). At the same time Jordan put on trial three suspected Islamists for conspiring to assassinate President George W. Bush when he visited the country last year, as part of a previously undisclosed plot to bomb the U.S. and Danish embassies (AFP). Some people say: “Isn’t it going too far to condemn all the nations, who want to divide the land of Israel into a Jewish state and a Palestinian state? After all, they are only trying to finally achieve peace in the Middle East through their peace initiatives? That is the world’s view. God, however, thinks differently because Eretz Yisrael (the land of Israel) is His land. As it says in Joel 3:2, “I will enter into judgment with them (all the nations, who) … have divided up My land.”
Three Iraqi children suffering from heart defects have arrived in Israel to be operated on by cardiologists from the Wolfson Medical Centre in Holon as part of the humanitarian project ‘Save a Child’s Heart’. Since the association was founded 12 years ago, more than 1,600 children from 25 different countries have undergone surgery in Israel. The New Testament is strong in its encouragement to show concern for children but sharp in its condemnation of people who do otherwise. “Whoever welcomes a little child in my name, welcomes me,” Jesus says and adds, “But if anyone causes one of these little ones, who believes in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea” (Matthew 18:5-6). This, in fact, is part of the ‘Judeo-Christian heritage’, which under this title seeks to be rooted in the EU-constitution being prepared by Germany in 2007 and planned to be ready for the EU-Parliament in 2009.
Israeli Ambassador Blasts German Bishop for Warsaw Ghetto Remark: The Israeli ambassador in Berlin, Shimon Stein, on Tuesday criticized comments by a German bishop in which he compared the situation of the Palestinians to Jews in the Warsaw ghetto during World War II. The bishop of Eichstaett, Gregor Maria Hanke, was quoted by German media Monday as saying after a visit to the Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem, "In the morning we saw photographs from the inhumane Warsaw ghetto, and in the evening we drove through the ghetto in Ramallah....It is infuriating." In 1940, months after invading Poland in September 1939, the Nazis forced some 500,000 Jews into the Warsaw ghetto, surrounding it with a high wall. About 100,000 died inside from hunger and disease, and over 300,000 were sent to death camps. Stein said the bishop had "demonized" Israel in the conflict and used double standards to attack its policies. "A fence or a wall built by people as a security measure can, when the political conditions change, be dismantled," he said. (AFP/Yahoo) It is tragic to watch how often leaders from the historical churches are motivated by anti-Semitic ideas. In their eagerness to defend the enemies of Israel they seem to forget the admonishment of the apostle: “As far as election is concerned they (the Jews) are loved on accord of the patriarchs” (Rom.11:28).
NBC has been running a gripping series on the emergency military triage facilities in Iraq. Last Thursday, NBC showed wounded Iraqi insurgents being brought to Camp Speicher near Tikrit. Two of them had been caught placing an explosive device on a nearby road, intending to kill Americans, when a U.S. helicopter opened fire on them. The U.S. medical team moved heaven and earth to save their lives. One insurgent, however, was not going to survive unless he got thirty pints of blood. But the base was low on blood. The call went out for volunteer donors; minutes later, dozens of G.I.s had lined up. At the head of the line was a battle-hardened soldier named Brian Suam. Asked if it mattered that his blood was going to an insurgent, he smiled and said, no—"A human life is a human life." “I have never seen a more dramatic example of worldviews in contrast,” writes the editor of Break Point, “nor have I been prouder of an American G.I. On one hand, we have the horrors of a civilization that values death—even the death of its own children— if by killing them they can hurt the infidels. On the other side, we have a story that makes us realize just how deeply embedded within American life is our Judeo-Christian heritage. This heritage teaches that human life is sacred - even the life of an enemy who falls into our hands. In 2007 Germany is editing a new constitution for Europe. It’s important to watch whether the suggestion of Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor (who is a daughter of an evangelical pastor) is followed. “Europe has a Judeo-Christian heritage,” she says. What is the content of that heritage? The New Testament answers with the following story: “Remember me, when you come in your kingdom,” a dying terrorist said, when he was executed on Calvary together with Jesus. All his life he had been fighting for another kingdom, and now his last words were these: “I’m punished justly, and I only get what my deeds deserve.” (Jesus didn’t ask him any questions abut his past life). He answered him: “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in Paradise” (Luke 23:42-43).
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The Justice Department is conducting a criminal investigation into the New York branch of Jordan-based Arab Bank and its financial links to organizations and individuals accused of terrorism, according to three former U.S. counter-terrorism officials. A three-year investigation is producing extensive evidence of how tens of millions of dollars have flowed from wealthy Saudi Arabians to Palestinian groups that used some of the money to pay off suicide bombers and their survivors. Lawyers suing Arab Bank on behalf of Americans and Israelis injured in terror attacks accuse the firm of facilitating acts of terrorism by providing accounts and other financial services to Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and similar groups. Arab Bank also acted as the administrator of a plan in which suicide bombers and others designated as "martyrs" by the PA and other organizations were compensated for their actions. The lawsuits charge that the payments provided an incentive for suicide bombings. (Los Angeles Times) ”Now listen, you rich people”, warns the apostle. “Weep and wail because of the misery that is coming upon you.” New Testament doesn’t speak about the earthly judgment only. It refers the wrath of the Almighty coming against criminal and murderous acts. “Your wealth has rotted”, the apostle says, “your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire.” The apostle concludes, “You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourself in the day of slaughter. You have murdered innocent men, who were not opposing you!” (James 5:1-6)
Iran has trained secret networks of agents across the Gulf States to attack Western interests and incite civil unrest in the event of a military strike against its nuclear program, according to Adel Assadinia, 50, a former Iranian career diplomat who was consul-general in Dubai. Trained by Iranian intelligence services, spies working as teachers, doctors and nurses at Iranian-owned schools and hospitals have formed sleeper cells ready to be "unleashed" at the first sign of any serious threat to Teheran, it is claimed. Assadinia said the Iranian consulate in Dubai was used as a conduit for illicit funding of Hizbollah. Iranian foreign ministry agents would regularly pass through with suitcases containing up to £11 million, using diplomatic baggage channels to bypass customs scrutiny. The consulate, he said, was a hub for regional intelligence operations because of the huge number of Iranians working in Dubai's 4,000 Iranian businesses, which provide easy cover for espionage. "The government sees itself as strong, but in fact it is like Saddam Hussein before he was overthrown - very fragile and brittle within," said Assadinia, who was granted asylum in Europe in 2003 (Sunday Telegraph, UK. by Colin Freeman). “Persia”, is mentioned among the nations, who in the latter days will join the armies that will attack Israel in a Third World War (Ez.38:5). Ancient Persia is partly modern Iran. “After many days you will be called to arms”, (v.8) says the prophet (500 years B.C.). Is exactly this happening today?
Enmity between Hamas and Fatah has not ceased and may still lead to civil war. In spite of the agreement that was made between Hamas and Fatah earlier this month, the battle between the two parties seems to flare up again. During negotiations in Mecca Hamas and Fatah decided to stop the fighting in which already more than 130 people lost their lives since it erupted in May last year. They were willing to form a new government of national unity. Haniyeh promised in Saudi-Arabia that Hamas would “respect” the former peace agreements, but they refused to recognize Israel and will never stop the Jihad against the Zionists. The US and Israel demands that the new Palestinian Government will recognize Israel and stop all the fighting. Only when these conditions are met the two allies are willing to negotiate with a future government coalition of Hamas and Fatah. Abbas responded with anger to this request: “You are putting me under tremendous pressure, but there is already enough tension in my own home (Fatah). This pressure is unbearable. The only alternative to come to an agreement with Hamas is civil war.” Although the original Philistines have assimilated among the nations, the long-time enmity has been taken over by the Palestinians. If the Palestinians would truly be the descendants of the Philistines they would be Greek and not Arab. However Ezekiel says that the descendants of Edom, the Arab nations, also have a perpetual enmity against Israel. “Because you harboured an ancient hostility”, says the Bible, “and delivered the Israelites over to the sword at the time of their calamity… therefore as surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, I will give you over to bloodshed, and it will pursue you” (Ez. 35:5). This enmity keeps flaring up. God will cut off the pride of these Philistines. But some of them will be saved and belong to God. They will even become part of Judah (Zech. 9:7).
Israel is to hold nationwide nuclear attack drill. Next month, all of Israel will participate in a massive drill simulating nuclear and chemical attacks on the country's major population centres. The decision to hold such an exercise comes amid growing fears that Iran and Syria will use proxies such as Hizbullah to attack the Jewish state with such weapons in the future. Hizb'allah fired 4,000 rockets into Israel during last summer's Lebanon war, and intelligence suggests that both Syria and Iran are resupplying the group and equipping with even more advanced missiles. Nor is the possibility of a direct Iranian or Syrian attack being ignored. Last month, Syria tested a new delivery of long-range Russian-made missiles capable of delivering heavy payloads on just about any part of Israel. Iran also says that it has developed ballistic missiles capable of reaching the Jewish state and even Europe. “Consider”, says the apostle James, “what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.” He continues, “Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. It sets the whole course of life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell” (James 3:5-6).
The Shia holdiay of Ashura, which celebrates the martyrdom of the Imam Hussein at Karbala in 680 CE, generates an endless supply of gruesome images: thousands of enraged young men slicing their foreheads with swords, beating themselves with chains, and screaming their allegiance to Allah in the streets of Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Pakistan, and across the Muslim world – scenes that perfectly encapsulate Western fears of militant Islam. While you won’t see any self-flagellation of Hizbollah’s Ashura ceremonies, the movement has appropriated the ancient rite for its own political ends, and it is actually promoting a more dangerous form of violence. In the southern suburb of Beirut, Hizbollah supporters marched and chanted ‘Death to America!’ and ‘Death to Israel’! and adorned the streets with revolutionary quotes from Ayatollah Khomeini. The terrible images give a perfect picture of what was going on on Mount Carmel, where the priests of Baal ‘cried aloud and cut themselves after their manner with knives till the blood gushed out upon them’! The prophet Elijah mocked them and said, “Shout louder! Surely he is a god! Perhaps he is deep in thought, or busy, or travelling. Maybe he is sleeping and must be wakened!” (1.King 18:27-28). The New Testament warns against idol worship of that kind. “What fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness”, the apostle asks, “and what communion has light with darkness – and what accord has Christ with Belial?” (2.Cor. 6:14-15)
The Teheran Holocaust deniers’ conference marks a turning point not only because of its state sponsorship, but also because of its purpose. Up until now, Holocaust deniers have wanted to revise the past. Today, they want to shape the future: to prepare the way for the next Holocaust. In his opening speech to the conference, the Iranian foreign minister, Manucher Mottaki, left no doubt on this point: “If ‘the official version of the Holocaust is called into question’,” Mottaki said, “then ‘the nature and identity of Israel’ must also be called into question.” If it should turn out, however, that the Holocaust did happen after all, Ahmadinejad explains that it would have been a result of European policies, and any homeland for the Jews would belong not in Palestine but in Europe. Either way, the result is the same: Israel must vanish. The writer is a Hamburg-based political scientist and a research associate at the Vidal Sassoon International Centre for the Study of anti-Semitism at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Weekly Standard). The first reference to acts of anti-Semitism in the Bible is to be found in the story of the Hebrews’ slavery in Egypt: “And Pharaoh charged all his people saying, ‘Every son (of the Hebrews) that is born, ye shall cast into the river’.” (Ex.1:22) New Testament however declares, “For the Scripture says unto Pharaoh, ‘Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up that I might show my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.”
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Video Games have become the latest weapon in the Middle East! An exhibition of ideological video games from Arab countries at the Israeli Centre for Digital Art outside Tel Aviv demonstrates the chilling potential of games as a propaganda tool. Special Force offers players a choice of missions in southern Lebanon against ‘the Zionist enemy’. The game opens with a training centre in which the shooting targets are portraits of Israeli leaders. A Syrian game called ‘The Stone Throwers’ offers a sort of digital martyrdom, as the player takes the role of a lone Palestinian resistance fighter armed only with rocks against waves of Israeli soldiers. In the Israeli game Intifada, the player becomes a single IDF soldier facing stone-throwing demonstrators. In dealing with the demonstration, players must bear in mind the army’s public opinion rating, and refrain from using live ammunition. If they cause casualties, the government is voted out of office, and available weaponry is reduced for the next game. The battle for the mind will in the latter days influence ‘the desires of the flesh and of the mind’ argues the apostle (Eph.2:3). He urges the believers to bear in mind, ‘that they may be carried away unto dumb idols, even as they are led’ (1.Cor.12:2) and he warns against these powers, which are ‘darkening the understanding… through the ignorance that is in them!” (Eph.4:18). The digital world is a powerful weapon in the hands of the enemies of God.
”Which role did Al Qaeda play in the Istanbul plot? Did Ben Laden meet with the Turks?” These are the questions asked by Washington Post. The paper reveals some striking news about what’s going on in Turkey? (Karl Vick) About a week before Sept.11, 2001, Osama Ben Laden met in the Afghan city of Kandahar with guests from Turkey who had arrived with a plan for a spectacular terrorist strike. Al-Qaeda’s military commander gave the visitors 10.000 dollars in cash and crucial words of guidance. So began the plot that ended in November 2003 with the staggered detonation of four powerful truck bombs in Istanbul, which killed 58 people and wounded 750. The continuing trial of about 70 defendants in Istanbul provides a rare, fine-grained look at the inner workings of a terrorist-bomb plat. Al-Qaeda operative Louai Sakka, a Syrian, delivered 100,000 dollars to the conspirators. At a certain time in the history of Israel evil plots were operating among the people. “The conspiracy was strong”, declares the Bible concerning a wicking plan against King David. “The plot increased continually among the people” (2.Sam. 15:12). The New Testament speaks about such a conspiracy as ‘leaven of malice and wickedness’ (1.Cor.5:8). “Such leaven must therefore be purged out”, the apostle says. “A little leaven leavens the whole lump!” (v.6-7)
An Israeli historian of Italian origin has revived ’blood libel’ in an historical study which hit Italian bookstores. Ariel Toaff, son of Rabbi Elio Toaff, claims that there is some historic truth in the accusation that for centuries provided incentives for pogroms against Jews throughout Europe. Toaff’s tome, Bloody Passovers. The Jews of Europe and Ritual Murders, received high praise from another Italian Jewish historian, Sergio Luzzatto, in an article in the Corriere della Serra daily entitled ‘Those Bloody Passovers’. Luzzatto describes Toaff’s work as a ‘magnificent book of history’… Toaff holds that from 1100 to about 150000 several crucifixions of Christian children really happened, bringing about retaliations against entire Jewish communities – punitive massacres of men, women, children. Neither in Trent in 1475 nor in other areas of Europe in the late Middle Ages were Jews always innocent victims. A minority of fundamentalist Ashkenazis… carried out human sacrifices”, Luzzatto continued. Toaff offers as an example the case of Saint Simonino of Trent. In March 1475, shortly after a child’s body was found in a canal near the Jewish area of Trent, the city’s Jews were accused of murdering Simonino and using his blood to make matzot. After a medieval trial in which confessions were extracted by torture, 16 members of Trent’s Jewish community were hanged. Toaff reveals that the accusations against the Jews ‘might have been true’. Dr. Amos Luzzatto, former president of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities said, “I would expect a more serious statement than ‘it might have been true’. It is totally inappropriate to utilize declarations extorted under torture centuries ago to reconstruct bizarre and devious historical theses”, declared 12 of Italy’s chief rabbis in a press release refuting Toaff’s claims. New Testament states that days will come, where ‘the Prince of the power of the air (which is a spirit) will be working ‘in the children of disobedience’ (Eph.2:2). The same evil spirit, which caused Pharaoh of old to persecute and annihilate the children of Israel, is the one that is influencing people today to commit acts of anti-Semitism. Is the son of that old rabbi, Elio Toaff, ‘a child of disobedience’ – and would his father take the same stand against this latest book of hateful accusations toward the Hebrews as the twelve chief rabbis of Italy are doing today?
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The Gaza Battle between Fatah and Hamas has destroyed two universities. The smell of charred books drifted through the ravaged rooms of the Islamic University's main library. "I can't recognize it," said math student Rihan Riha, 20. "It's totally destroyed." The attacks on competing colleges allied with the two factions are visible reminders of how deep the divisions between Hamas and Fatah run, how fragile their power-sharing deal may be and what could happen if the two return to open warfare. Forces loyal to Mahmoud Abbas stormed the Islamic University after claiming that Hamas was using it as a launching pad for mortar attacks. Virtually every building was set ablaze. Thousands of books in the central library were destroyed. The student union hall was ransacked. Offices across campus were torched. The Islamic University has long served as an intellectual incubator for Hamas. Virtually every major leader of the militant Islamist movement has taught or studied at the university. Afterward, masked gunmen believed to be with Hamas attacked Al Quds Open University with rocket-propelled grenades, stormed the three-story building, doused classrooms with gasoline and set them on fire. Dozens of computers were stolen, and scores more were destroyed, said university spokesman Assad Keita. (McClatchy/Kansas City Star) The Bible speaks remarkably clear about the son of the Arabic slave woman, Ishmael, and predicts that he will turn out to become not only ‘a wild man’ but ‘a wild donkey’ (Gen.16:11-13). His master gets the important information that this boy will become a ‘wild person’, whose ‘hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him.’ On the first pages of the Bible it is foretold that it is in a ‘state of opposition’ that he will live among his brothers (v.12). It’s evident that exactly these features are to be recognized in the Middle East today – and with this background-information from Scripture, it seems unfair and unreasonable to seek the cause of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in another realm than the spiritual one, as indicated in the Bible.
The Mecca agreement disappointed the hopes of the international community by failing to acknowledge the right of Israel to exist, renounce violence against it or do more than promise ’respect’ for previous peace agreements between Israel and the Palestinians. Is it any surprise the deal drew praise from Islamic Jihad and why has this happened? Being that Hamas leader Khaled Meshal lives not in Gaza or the West Bank but in Syria, where Hamas is based the notion of ‘self government’ in Gaza takes a big hit. And his residence in Damascus only underscores the destructive role of Syria and Iran, a major backer of Hamas. What is the reason that it has come so far? The answer to these questions is slowly emerging: With Mahmoud Abbas compromising on almost every critical issue to reach accord with the leadership of Hamas, the Mecca agreement blurs the distinction between moderate and extremist in the Palestinian camp. Abbas’ decision to reach an accord with Hamas rather than face Hamas in an electoral showdown comes at a moment when both the U.S., Israel and Europe are pursuing risky political moves to revive the dormant Israeli-Palestinian peace process and strengthen Abbas’ position vis-à-vis Hamas. Defining a ‘political horizon’ for Palestinians could only be made possible by a generous Israeli interpretation of the terms of the Roadmap to allow for negotiations over the shape of a permanent status agreement (the third phase of the Roadmap) before an effort had even been made to dismantle terrorist infrastructure (the first phase of the Roadmap). Israel was once more ready to give away a greater part of the biblical heartland to the Palestinians – and once again it seems like an invisible hand from above has blocked these plans. The anger of the Lord God of Israel is clearly revealed, when He ‘refers’ to the destructive plans of the roadmap. Through the prophet Joel he says, “They have parted my land and cast lots for my people!” (3:2-3). The prophets concludes with the word of the Lord, “Yeah, and what have you to do with me, o all the coasts of Palestine?” (v.4) An editorial in the New York Daily News gives the answer to this question: “The Palestinians have demonstrated the ability to manage their own state affairs by demolishing that state block by block, blowing one another to smithereens, taking boatful pride in positioning themselves as international pariahs, and blindly raining down unrelenting misery and woe upon thousands of their own people. But without calm in Gaza and without a facsimile of a functioning government, Israel, the U.S., and all other right-thinking, civilized parties will forever waste time and energy, spinning their wheels in search of peace in the Mideast.” It’s the grace of God that the US-EU plan to hand over His land to the murderous Hamas-regime has been hindered. When friends of Israel all over the world hear the news that the EU-project again has been stopped, they say: ‘Hallelujah’.
”That cursed Israel is trying to destroy al-Aqsa mosque,” Mohammed el-Katany of President Hosni Mubarak’s National Democratic Party told a heated Egyptian parliament session last Monday. “Nothing will work with Israel except for a nuclear bomb that wipes it out of exististence”, he said. Jerusalem Mayor Uri Lupolianski announced last week that he has decided to postpone construction of the walkway at the Mugrabi Gate to the Temple Mount until zoning authorities complete plans for the area. Lupolianski said, “the plan to construct the walkway engendered a wave of rumour and speculation about Israeli intentions regarding the Al-Aqsa mosque. The walkway is in no way injurious and does not enter the Temple Mount.” The salvage excavation being constructed by the Antiquities Authorities is expected to continue (Haaretz). The Temple Mount, which is Judaism’s holiest and Islam’s third holiest site, has been the scene of violence in the past, which later spilled out across the country. The most amazing thing about the riots on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem is how they once again have revealed the depths of religious fear that lurk in the Muslim mind, and which one day will spill over and cause the so called ‘Gog-war’ (Ez.38-39). Islam fears that the Jews secretly are planning to raze the dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa mosque and build their temple instead on that site. The Jews, needless to say, may be planning something of the sort – but according to the Jewish Prophets a four square mile site may be levelled to the ground by a huge earthquake. “Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel”, says Ezekiel (38:19). Many walls of mosques and churches ‘shall fall to the ground’ to give room for the House of the Lord (Ez.37:20). This greatest fear of Islam has often been whipped up by Friday sermons in the Al Aqsa, and rioters have rushed out of the mosque and stoned Jewish worshippers at the Western Wall below – but one day it will no longer be minor riots; it will be war!
The agreement negotiated in the so called ’Mecca Summit’ last week will help Hamas recover from its economic crisis, strengthen its hold on government, and arrive at the next elections for the legislative council (Ynet News). One Hamas leader in Gaza City said, “Fatah made 90 % of the concessions, while Hamas made only 10 %.” The same deal could have been struck several months ago, when Hamas and Fatah launched the unity talks. “The Saudis told us that we had only two hours to sign an agreement and that they wouldn’t accept any excuses,” a top Fatah official said. “It was a real threat that made President Abbas very nervous and forced him to accept all of Hamas’ conditions.” Hamas’ 4,000-strong paramilitary Executive Force will be incorporated into the Palestinian security forces, which means that their salaries will be paid by the U.S. and EU. With other words: The tax payers in Britain, France, Germany and Poland will have to pay for the same force that was recently outlawed by Abbas. The Mecca summit has enhanced Hamas’ role as a major political force in the Middle East. The fact that Hamas leaders are put on equal footing with the heads of the Saudi royal family and the PA carries symbolic importance. The agreement has buried any chance of dismantling the Hamas-led government, at least in the next three years. Abbas’ threat to call early elections has gone down the drain. A certain ‘darkness’ and even ‘foolishness’ is falling upon the leading men and women of Europe and the USA. Is it the fulfilling of the stern warning given by the New Testament apostle? He writes, “They knew God, but they glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations and their foolish heart was darkened” (Romans 1:21).
“Peace with Israel was not the subject of the summit meeting Palestinian leaders held in Mecca last week. The Saudi government summoned the leaders of Hamas and Fatah to negotiate a halt in their incipient civil war, which was alarming and embarrassing and embarrassing the Arab world. Before Europe and the U.S. will release aid to the Palestinian Authority, Hamas must recognize Israel, renounce violence and abide by previous arrangements between Israel and the Palestinians. Saudi Arabia should make clear that continued aid will require clear proof that the new government is reining in terrorism”, says an editorial in New York Times. “The new Palestinian unity government will be headed by Hamas’ Ismail Haniyeh. It will not recognize Israel and does not pretend to meet the Quartet’s conditions. Yet at the same time, Hamas will not have a majority in the cabinet. The finance minister-designate, Salem Fayad, is the White House’s darling. The foreign minister-designate, academic Ziad Abu Amar has lectured at many American universities and does not have extremist positions on Israel”, declares the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz. “With the signing of the Mecca Agreement, Hamas is celebrating its final victory: Mecca paved the way to its international legitimacy as an elected representative of the Palestinian people. Hamas got what it wanted without having to relinquish any of its principles and beliefs. The Mecca Agreement is the result of a Saudi dictate that tends to favour Hamas by some 85 %. A unity government wasn’t established in Mecca, but, rather, a government under Saudi patronage. Even if the international blockade is not lifted quite yet, the Saudi benefactor and its allies can funnel the Palestinian protectorate aid amounting to 3 billion dollar every year without batting en eyelid. Their oil revenues last year totalled 480 billion dollar. The Mecca Agreement will establish an emboldened Hamas government that would dance to the tune by Khaled Mashaal and composed in Riyadh” (Ynet News). The New Testament characteristic of certain peoples or races is without diplomacy. About the Cretans the apostle says: “They are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons.” He adds that this is a saying ‘of one of their own prophets’, and that ‘the witness is true’ – “Wherefore”, he ends, “rebuke them sharply…” (Titus 1:12-13). Likewise it is often said about the Arabs that they ‘speak with a double tongue’. If this witness is true, the West must watch out for the so called ‘moderate Muslim nations’. Without any diplomacy Saudi Arabia must be ‘sharply rebuked’, because she speaks in moderate terms but acts otherwise. She has strengthened the hands – and will probably go on to do so – of the most extremist terror group in Gaza and thereby emboldened the archenemies of Israel and the West.
The next edition of ’Daily Journal’ will be posted on Monday. God bless you! (Psalm 16:1-2)
The greater Middle East consists of 22 states, sixteen of them Arab. Every one of them is engaged in pressing irredentist claims of one kind or another against one or more of its neighbours, and most have entered into armed battle with each other as a consequence. All told, in the past six decades, this region has witnessed no fewer than 22 full-scale wars over territory and resources, not one of them having anything to do with Israel and the Palestinians. And these international disputes are quite apart from the uninterrupted string of domestic clashes, military coups, acts of sectarian and ethnic vengeance, factional terrorism, and other internal conflicts that have characterized the greater Middle East. The notion that all these problems can be waved away by ‘solving’ the Arab-Israeli conflict is thus at best a delusion, at worst a recipe for maintaining today’s wider political, diplomatic, and social paralysis. What is the reason behind the failure of the 1991 Madrid conference, the slow but steady death of the 1993 Oslo accords, the collapse of President Bill Clinton’s final effort to negotiate a peace deal at Camp David in 2000, and the faltering history of President George W. Bush’s ‘road map’? One of the most remarkable answers to that question is – to me – the 10. chapter of the Book of Daniel, where an angel visits Daniel and reveals an astounding insight into unseen spiritual warfare. The angel says that he was held up by resistance from ‘the prince of the Persian Kingdom’. Who was this ferocious individual? World leaders today are challenged to find out. If they try, they’ll soon discover that he is a spiritual rather than a human being – an angel who owes his allegiance to the devil himself. I believe that the Christian faith is God’s true revealed message to the human race… and the only weapon against the Prince of Persia.
Some 30 large Hizbollah flags were raised across southern Lebanon, several meters from the Israeli border, for the first time since last summer’s war, as UN peacekeepers there changed commanders. The act was seen as a message from Hizbollah to Israel that despite the deployment of an expanded UNIFIL force and the Lebanese army, the group was still present in southern Lebanon. Italian Maj.Gen. Claudio Graziano took over command of the UNIFIL forces, which currently stand at 12,000. Iranian political influence in Lebanon is backed up by the biggest donation it has made to Hizbollah – an estimated 1.2 billion dollars in 2006. Iran has already provided 300 million in cash to Hizbollah to repair the war damage. “The Zionist enemy destroys, and Iran’s Islamic Republic builds,” says a banner near bombed buildings in Shiite-populated suburb of Beirut. Former Dutch parliament member Ayaal Hirsi Ali was asked: Have you seen any ideology coming from within Islam that gives young Muslims a sense of purpose without the overlay of militancy? Ali: “There is no active missionary work among the youth telling them, do not become jihadis… Every time there is a debate between a real jihadi and what we have decided to call moderate Muslims, the jihadis win. Because they come with the Koran and quotes from the Koran. They come with quotes from the Hadith and the Sunnah, and the traditions of the prophet. And every assertion they make, whether it is that women should be veiled, or Jews should be killed, or Americans are our enemies, or any of that, they win. Because what they have to say is so consistent with what is written in the Koran and the Hadith (New York Times). The only way to come up against the teachings of the Koran is to present the teachings of the New Testament. It’s evident that the events in the Middle East are a poignant sketch of the times in which we are living… as somebody said: “Quite possibly man’s final season.” There is only one possible way for the Christians: Jesus commanded them to be light in the world. That means in the political world as well, where there’s an increasing need for the light from the prophetic word of God. As the battle escalates around Jerusalem, the spiritual wars are not only inevitable but grow in strength as well. The near future holds a final epic battle that cannot be watched only by sitting in the living room. It’s the moment to become active players and obey the calling: “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation” (Mark 16:15).
In his speech at the 7th Herzliya conference, Former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu mentioned Iran, saying: “What is the big picture today? We are standing before a large challenge – the threat of radical Islam in its various factions and regimes. This is a threat to the entire world, but Israel is on the frontline. There is no one medicine for this disease. We need perspective and the capacity to rein in many bodies to this struggle, spearheaded by the Iran’s nuclear effort. The extremist regime carries in it the seeds of its own destruction. First of all, it is economically vulnerable. It is possible to increase the economic pressure, as well as other pressures, on Iran. Secondly, it is possible to use Ahmadinejad’s hatred against him – to turn this regime into an unacceptable exile of the family of nations, even to the point of undermining its existence. It is possible to close most doors in its face. We must produce a wave of delegitimazing the Iranian regime while applying economic pressure.” It’s a special time for Israel and its friends to embrace the word of the prophet Ezekiel: “For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land. You will live in the land I gave your forefathers; you will be my people, and I will be your God (36:24-28).
The unanimous passage of UN Security Council sanctions against Iran in December has shaken that nation’s public and ruling elite, prompting talk of a shake-up of top officials and fears of a U.S. attack. “There is a deep concern and uncertainty on behalf of the Iranian leaders about the consequences of the nuclear program of Ahmadinejad’s administration”, said Hossein Bastani, the former general secretary of the Association of Iranian Journalists. A senior diplomat from the region said Iranians were troubled less by the specific economic sanctions than by the line-up of countries that had supported them, including Russia and China. An alliance of reformists and conservative ‘realists’ has emerged to say the president’s actions are leading the country to the brink of war. Reports also say Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is upset at Foreign Minister Manoucher Mottaki’s inability to win allies among Iran’s Arab neighbours at a time when the U.S. is encouraging moderate Arab states to line up against Iran (Washington Times). “Israel needs two plans of action”, former Israel MP Benjamin Netanyahu said at the 17th Herzliya conference, “one is to put Ahmadinejad on trial internationally for threatening genocide. This effort will reveal to the ugliness of this regime before the eyes of everyone, and will prepare people’s hearts to isolate the regime. This initiative has gained monumentum in recent weeks. Second, on the economic level, Israel is taking action to advance voluntary sanctions on Iran. It must start in the large financial institutions in the West. Jerusalem is at the start of this plan but needs to increase efforts. The moment the snowball of voluntary sanctions against Iran starts rolling, it will put an immense amount of pressure on the regime and the Iranian people. Such voices are already heard in Iran. An operation is needed here that isn’t partial, that is coordinated, and that Israel needs to lead. First and foremost, the action needs to focus on the United States, and must kick-start Jewish public opinion, the Congress and the Senate, American media, economic forces, and the average citizens. It has been said that Israel needs to maintain a low profile in regards to Iran. This is true in regards to its means of self-defence. However, when recruiting an international front against someone who is threatening genocide against the Jewish people in Israel is in question who will lead this campaign if not the Jews themselves?” Israel and the world are facing a danger, which has a terrible spiritual background. In the manner of all bloodsucking gods, the Prince of Persia (Dan.10:13) will in the short term grow even stronger. His rallying point will be the ensign of Islamic fundamentalism. The hatred of millions of terminally sentenced demons will give way to a level of violence the world has not yet known.
When Israel was asked whether she could consider releasing Palestinian prisoners, including Marwan Barghouti, Y. the answer was: ‘There is a gap between the public image and the intelligence we have on Barghouti’s stances and his role as a moderating element. Environment Minister Gideon Ezra, a senior political ally of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, said that Israel should release Marwan Barghouti in order to prop up Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Barghouti, as leader of the Al-Aksa Martyrs Brigades, was convinced in 2004 for the murders of four Israelis and a Greek monk and one attempted murder. He was sentenced to five life terms. Barghouti is the most popular leader in the Palestinian territories. He is regarded as the only figure able to unify clashing Palestinian factions, rein in militants and get peace talks with Israel moving again. Spokeswoman for the Prime Minister’s office, Miri Eisin, said the release of Barghouti was ‘not on the agenda. While in prison he formed the ‘Prisoners’ Document’ with other terrorists being held in Israeli jails. Five leaders of five different terror organizations collaborated in formulating this 18-point peace plan. Their plan calls for the establishment of a PA State in all of Judea, Samaria and Gaza. The world of popular Islam is sometimes illustrated in the well-known story of ‘Alladin And The Wonderful Lamp’. In the tale, whenever the fifteen year old Alladin rubs his magic lamp a genie rises from its brass spout to do his bidding. While Alladin and his lamp are a fable, however, not so the genie. ‘Genie’ is the English form of ‘jinni’, the Arabic word for a spirit said to be created out of smokeless flame and ‘possessing tremendous power’… Concerning the question of releasing dangerous terrorist prisoners to help the peace process ‘move forward’ some government leaders may have the idea that they just have to ‘rub the lamp’, and help will be on its way. But they don’t know what comes out of the lamp. They are not aware of the hierarchy of evil powers, which are radiating out over the earth to administrate areas and people already under satanic dominion (strongholds) wage war… amongst them is ‘the Prince of Persia (Dan.10:13), who is resisting the emissaries of God and opposing Israel.
The next edition of ’Daily Journal’ will be posted tomorrow. God bless you! (Psalm 16:1-2)
What is the biggest danger lurking around the corner? The dark figure that immediately appears is wearing a turban and a long, black cloak. He looks like one of the ancient Persian priests – or one of the Ayatollahs of modern day Iran. He speaks the language of the regions of Baghdad and Tehran – and proclaims the threats that occupy the world media… He is called: “The Prince of Persia” and is mentioned in the Bible in Daniel (10:13+20). He is God’s enemy number one and the archenemy of the archangel Michael, who is considered the protector of Israel. USA and Europe now want to make a deal with this evil power of Persia: The ruler of Iran, the hater of Israel and the world’s biggest nuclear threat…“We have much to say about this, but it is hard to explain because you are slow to learn”! (Hebrews 5:11) But if you try to keep up with our daily prophetic news you’ll slowly begin to understand: “See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples” (Is.60:2). This anti-Semitic and anti-Christian darkness is about to fall upon the nations. “But the Lord rises upon you and His glory appears over you!” (v.2)” “If your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness”, says Jesus (Mathew 6:23). The vision, which is being spread by the Prince of Persian, is an evil vision. It’s a ‘bad eye’; which hurls the entire body of the Arab nations into darkness.
The Knesset House Committee was scheduled to discuss the process of removing President Moshe Katzav from office on Monday. The meeting comes after Attorney-General Menahem Mazuz told Katzav he would indict him on charges of sexual crimes, pending the outcome of his hearing. In order to remove Katzav from office, the Knesset must have a majority of 90 out of 120. In the next ten days Katzav’s defence attorney Zion Amir and David Liba’I are required to appear before the committee and argue their cases forcing the president out of office. The House Committee granted Katzav’s request for a temporary suspension, effectively postponing Mazuz’s indictment by three months. The accused president of Israel called out the below mentioned verses at the end of a stirring speech during a press conference a few days ago in his official residence. Although the president has always claimed to be not guilty, this was the first time after keeping his cool for many weeks he accused the media and the police of a poisonous and terrible campaign against him. “In Israel of 2007, it seems there is no need for proof or evidence, it's enough just to hear one side. My fate was decreed even before I could say one word in my defence”, he said. “They succeeded in besmirching my name”, he continued, “but I assure you citizens of Israel, I am not guilty of these crimes. I admit that I would like to resign now as you have succeeded in taking away the joy of serving in this honourable position. But I refuse to give in to blackmail and lies.” Following his outburst and open defence against the media Katsav received an unprecedented public outpouring of support and compassion. Most people in Israel believe that he should be regarded as innocent until proven guilty (Jerusalem-Online). The President’s prayer: “O Lord, deliver me from evil men, keep me safe …… For their hearts are full of evil designs and they are ever making ready causes of war. Their tongues are sharp like the tongue of a snake, the poison of snakes is under their lips. O Lord, take me out of the hands of the wicked …… for they are designing my downfall.” (Psalm 140:1-4 BBE)
The last six years have seen an explosion of Internet use in Syria, with close to 1 million of the country’s 18 million people now online, compared to just 30,000 in 2000. Damascus writers are churning out hundreds of blogs in English and Arabic as well as dozens of broader independent news-and-commentary sites. But is the Internet really Syria’s public sphere to freer speech, or is the government simply letting people speak up online as a means of identifying opposition figures and troublemakers? Reporters Without Borders ranks Syria as ‘one of the worst offenders against Internet freedom’. Its 2006 report said the government ‘censors opposition and independent news websites, barring access to those that deal with Syrian policy, monitoring online activity to silence dissident voices, and jailing Internet users and bloggers.’ Now, when these sad news from a totalitarian state reach us from the Middle East, the worst-case scenario of the same type is lurking at our doorstep. According to the new EU-constitution, Europe will be able in a short time to produce a system, which is worse than the Syrian one! The jailing of Internet users and bloggers is not far away. Fear is growing that one day in the near future the Brussels administration will order strikes against dissident voices – and the war on the believers in Christ has begun. “And he (the Beast) was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them” (Revelation 13:7).
Ahmadinejad's popularity with the Iranian electorate seems to be falling. His casual dismissal of UN sanctions has apparently earned him an unprecedented rebuke from the supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei - reflecting growing concerns among the political elite, including many conservatives, who are increasingly anxious at Iran's worsening international situation. His critics argue that not only has he courted the anger of the U.S., but his economic mismanagement and political nepotism have weakened the internal integrity of Iran. Ahmadinejad appeared to follow the dictum of his mentor, Ayatollah Khomeini - "Economics is for donkeys." So the oil reserve fund was spent on cash handouts to the grateful poor, and the central bank was instructed to cut interest rates for small businesses. These had the effect of pushing up inflation, hurting the poor. Richer Iranians, worried about rising international tension, decided to ship their money abroad, which added to inflationary pressure. Ahmadinejad's demise, if it comes, will have less to do with the international environment and more with his own political incompetence. The writer is director of the Iranian Institute at the University of St Andrews. (Guardian-UK), Ali Ansari. “I saw that all who lived and walked under the sun followed the youth, the king’s successor”, says the wise King Solomon. “There was no end to all people who were before him. But those who came later were not pleased with the successor. This too is meaningless, a chasing after wind” (Eccl.4:15) As Islam all over the world again is on the move, men will rise and men will fall. Today Islam is considered to be the world’s fastest growing religion and is predicted to double in size around the year 2020. One Islamic researcher reckons there are some 50 million new Muslims each year. (Reported on ABC’s ‘nightline’ aired Febr.15, 1989. The spreading an impact of Islam bears witness to the presence of a deeper source of empowerment. If one leader is wiped out another will emerge. Iran is heading towards a target which is not dependant on one man. More than nationalist aspirations are behind the shadows of ancient Persia.
Thirteen Palestinian militants, all but one from Fatah, have been killed in violent clashes between Hamas and Fatah since a brief cease-fire collapsed last week, Palestinian sources said. Some 170 have been wounded in the fierce fighting. Hamas fighters blew up a pro-Fatah radio station in Gaza, ambulances were caught in the crossfire, and gunmen exchanged heavy fire in deserted streets. (Haaretz). Heavy clashes between Fatah and Hamas members continued on a Friday morning in Gaza. Hamas members killed two Palestinian intelligence officers and took over dozens of posts belonging to the Palestinian security forces. In some of the posts, Fatah-affiliated security officers were being held hostage. (Ynet News) Hamas gunmen ambushed a Fatah convoy in Gaza on Thursday, killing six Fatah members. "A real war is taking place, gunmen are using the heaviest arms they have," said one witness. (Ynet News) “Their swords will pierce their own hearts”, says King David (Psalm 37:14). “Every man’s sword will be against his brother”, declares Ezekiel (38:21). Driving around Gaza and talking to residents, many say they are against Hamas, even if they voted Hamas in last year's elections. Mahmoud Abed, who runs a Gaza shoe store, said, "I believed that Hamas was better than Fatah, but in the end I discovered that they're both bad." The level of mutual trust between Fatah and Hamas is at such a low point that many assume that any agreement can only be temporary. Both movements have rival armed wings ready to battle at the drop of a hat. They also have armies of media professionals and spin-masters, and their own local radio and television stations and websites. The fighting can be explained as much by mutual animosity and personal conflicts as by political or ideological disagreement. (Haaretz) But there is also a deeper, and to many, unknown explanation: A disastrous fate is awaiting those, who are fighting, not only against Israel, but against the God of Israel! When the Lord God was judging His own people because of their rebellion against Him, we are told that ‘in those days it was not safe to travel about, for all the inhabitants of the land were in great turmoil” (2.Chron.15:5). “One city was being crushed by another, because God was troubling them with every kind of distress” (v.6). LAST NEWS: In the days following a Fatah-Hamas cease-fire, four more Palestinians were killed early on Sunday, bringing the death toll to 26 in Gaza Strip clashes since Thursday. More than 230 have been wounded, 41 in critical condition and of the 26 victims, four were children.
The young Islamic suicide bomber from Gaza, who expressed a prayerful desire to enter Paradise by becoming a martyr, took three Eilat citizens with him in the grave, when he triggered off his explosive belt. The three bombing victims laid to rest, were the following: Emil Almaliakh, 32, is survived by his wife, Keren, and two-year-old daughter, Jan. He served in the Golani Brigade’s reconnaissance unit and performed reserve duty with the Alpinist unit on Mount Hermon. Almaliakh opened the Lehamim bakery eight months ago. Michael Ben-Sa’adon, 27, joined him as a partner in the bakery three months ago. Ben Sa’adon is survived by his wife, Shani, and eight-month-old son, Nahorai. Israel Samolia, 26, known to all as Izzy, worked at the bakery. Originally from Peru, he immigrated to Israel from Miami several years ago (Jerusalem Post). The Eilat attack illustrates that Palestinian terror, despite being restrained, still exists and is dangerous. The Palestinian motivation to target Israel and Israelis has not decreased in light of the economic and international pressure exerted on the Hamas government and the intra-Palestinian clashes; the opposite is true. Moreover, even if a Palestinian national unity government is formed and a compromise is reached on the release of abducted IDF soldier Gilad Shalit, there would still be powerful elements on the Palestinian street that would continue to target Israel with outside encouragement. Israel’s government and citizens must prepare for a situation where we have to defend ourselves over a long period of time against radical Palestinian and Islamic terrorism (Ynet News). Ever since the very earliest days of faith, the Christian nations have been admonished through centuries to equip themselves for ‘spiritual warfare’. The New Testament verse often quoted to underline this is from the letter of Paul to the Ephesians, chapter 6, and verse 12: “For our struggle is not against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (New International Version). Islamic terror is a spiritual minefield – and in this specific matter the leaders of the Western governments are rarely walking and working in an awareness that they are coming up against real, albeit unseen, spiritual adversaries.
Iran has converted its most powerful ballistic missile into a satellite launch vehicle that ’will lift off soon’ with an Iranian satellite, according to Alaoddin Boroujerdi, chairman of the Iranian parliament’s National Security. U.S. agencies believe the launcher to be a derivation of the 800-1,000-mile-range Shahab 3 missile. The 30-ton rocket could also be a wolf in sheep’s clothing for testing longer-range missile strike technologies. Orbiting its own satellite would send a powerful message throughout the Muslim world about the Shiite regime in Tehran. There are concerns in the West that space launch upgrades could eventually create an Iranian intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) with a range of nearly 2,500 miles, giving Tehran the ability to strike as far as central Europe, well into Russia and even China and India. A small line of prophecy has escaped the attention of the governments of the world. During a coming world war those who think they are living in security will be sadly surprised. “I will send fire on those who live in safety in the coastlands”, says the Lord (Ezekiel 39:6). If the US Defence Intelligence Agency is right in what they have told the congress, Iran may be capable of developing 3,000-mile-range ICBM by 2015. Iran is a danger not only for Israel – but for the whole world.
Iran’s school are nurturing a siege mentality in children with textbooks showing preparations for war and depicting Israel and the West as the enemy, the Israel-based Centre for Monitoring the Impact of Peace (CMIP) said this week. Director of Research Arnon Groiss said CMIP surveyed 115 textbooks published in Iran in 2004. All the textbooks were underpinned by the belief that Iran was a world power preparing for global ‘jihad’, with the aim of world dominance of Islam. “This has been a structural component of the Iranian regime since 1979”, he said. A picture book for 10-year-olds showed veiled girls carrying rifles, while material for 13-year-olds provided a basic acquaintance with weaponry, explosives, and military tactics. Israel was consistently referred to as ‘the regime that occupies Jerusalem’ and marked out on maps as ‘Occupied Territories’. The U.S. was the ‘Great Satan’ or the ‘World Devourer’. Research by the Policy Exchange think-tank in London released at the same time found that 37 % of 16-24-year-old British Muslims would prefer to live under Islamic sharia law than under British law. 74 % of young Muslims said they preferred women to wear a veil or hijab. 13 % of those aged 16-24 also agreed with the statement that they ‘admire organizations like al-Qaeda that are prepared to fight the West. There is no doubt that the West is heading for a major confrontation with a generation of Muslim youth being religiously prepared (in their homelands as well as in the countries to which their parents immigrated) for ‘Islamic jihad’. At the same time Europe is preparing a 2009-EU constitution, where the name of God cannot be mentioned, all signs of religious belief must be banned from public life and a witch hunt on Christian schools teaching ‘that God is the Creator of the Universe’ is prompted. “These commandments that I give you today”, says Moses speaking about the foundation of Jewish and Christian beliefs, “are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates” (Deut.6:6-8). The reason for this strong appeal for instruction is the preparation for the (spiritual) warfare ahead… “so that you may have the strength to go in and take over the land, that you are crossing the Jordan to posses” (Deut.11:8).
Dozens of al-Qaeda suicide bombers from countries such as Saudi Arabia and Sudan are crossing into Iraq from Syria every month, a senior U.S. official said in the beginning of February. The official said that 75-80% of the estimated 75 suicide bombings a month were carried out by foreigners, with the vast majority of suicide bombers coming across the border from Syria. They receive training for their task within Syria as well as inside Iraq itself. The U.S. says outside actors – chiefly Syria and Iran – are still one of the biggest factors determining the level of violence in Iraq. “We have been wholly unsuccessful in affecting Syrian behaviour with regard to the passage of these elements”, the official said, adding that the countries of the region wanted to isolate Syria further. While these news are reaching Israel and the world, it’s a sad fact that US-leaders and governments of the West are suggesting closer ties with Iran and Syria and that secret meetings between the Olmert government and the PA seem to be setting up a hand-over of portions of the West Bank to the Palestinians … with more Jewish displacement. Condolezza Rice has put pressure on Israel to dismantle more checkpoints in Judea and Samaria to ‘make life easier’ for the Palestinians… ignoring the fact that those check points intercept terrorists and stop many terror attacks against the Jews. The prophet Daniel, who is considered a key to Bible prophecy and whose chronicle includes unmistakable inferences to present world powers and Israel’s relation to them, was given revelation as to ‘the ram of Persia’. “I look up”, says Daniel, “and there before me was a ram with two horns. One of the horns was longer than the other but grew up later” (8:3). The hour has come to have a closer look at that long and powerful horn of ‘the ram of Persia’, which no doubt is referring to modern Iran…
The Islamic Jihad suicide bomber from Gaza who killed three people on Monday entered Israel through the border with Egypt, several dozen kilometres northwest of Eilat, a senior Israel Defence Forces officer said. An Israeli civilian who unwittingly drove the bomber close to the scene of the attack suspected the man was a terrorist and called the police. Two patrol cars rushed to the scene, but the bomber carried out the attack seven minutes after the call. The Israeli fatalities from the bombing were – according to Haaretz - three young men (32, 27 and 25 years old). While this attack was carried out Palestinian infighting raged in the Gaza Strip despite a cease fire declaration by warning Hamas and Fatah factions aimed at ending factional clashes that have left more than 60 dead in the past two months. Gunfire and explosions were audible in downtown Gaza City as gunmen from the rival factions ignored the cease fire. At the same time a totally new and effective plan is about to come forward which will establish a Palestinian State with Fatah’s Abbas at its head. Military training, weapons and finances will come from the USA, the EU and other international bodies to establish and encourage this new State, which should serve as a wall against hostilities. Therefore, this is what the Lord says, … I will tear down the wall you have covered with white wash …”you lead my people astray, saying, ‘Peace’ when there is no peace” (Ez.13:13-14 + 10).
BREAKING NEWS: The family of suicide bomber Mohammad Saqsaq told Israel’s Ynet that the family was very happy, when they heard it was Mohammed, who blew himself up in a bakery in Eilat, killing three. “We know that he was waiting and praying for this moment. He always said: ‘If only I could be a shahid (martyr), if only I could carry out an attack. And here Allah gave him the privilege’, his brother said. Mohamed was actively involved in fighting in Jabalya and Beit Hanoun refugee camps in the Gaza Strip against Israeli troops. He was married and his only child died three weeks ago. “He was waiting for this moment. The truth is that we knew that at some point he would be killed in a confrontation with the Israelis and would be a shalid. Because of this, we are happy that Allah gave him what he asked for.” “He got his wish, and we got this honour. The people in the mourners’ tent in Beit Lahiya are praising us for this action.” The great and sad lie that a so called ‘shalid’ (martyr) will enter paradise and be blessed by Allah is spreading within the Arab world. In his writings Marco Polo is quoting the doctrine of Hassan-i-Sabbah from ‘Sacred Rage’ pp. 39-40: “Go thou and slay so and so; and when thou returnest, my angels shall bear thee into Paradise. And shouldst thou die, nevertheless even so will I send my angels to carry thee back into Paradise.” The coming of the lawless one will be preceded by all kinds of satanic deceptions”, says the apostle (2.Thess.2:9-10), and when ‘The Great Dragon’ at last is ‘hauled down’, he is labelled as ‘the serpent who leads the whole world astray’ (Rev.12:9). The suicide bomber, who hit Eilat yesterday, took three innocent people with him to death and wounded a dozen others.
LAST NEWS: A bomb has exploded inside Eilat, the Red Sea holiday resort in the south of Israel. This is the first suicide attack in that part of the country, but the police have received warnings that more bombings in Eilat will follow. The bomb exploded in a small bakery, which also serves as a cafeteria. At least three persons are killed and a dozen wounded. The blast happened this morning 9.30. The news around the suicide bombing is confusing. Director of Magen David Adom in Eilat Robert Tolesco said that paramedics arrived on the scene and began searching for injured, but found no one in need of medical attention. While police originally believed the attack to be a gas explosion, investigations revealed a suicide bomber had entered the bakery in a shopping centre in one of Eilat’s older neighbourhoods and detonated either an explosives belt or a bag filled with explosives. The Shin Bet (Israel’s Secret Service) is still investigating the attack. Islamic Jihad and Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, associated with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah faction, both claimed responsibility for the attack. Egyptian security forces arrested a 17-year old Alexandria resident on Sunday who told a taxi driver in Sinai of his intention to carry out a suicide bombing in Israel. There has not been a suicide attack in Israel since April 17, 2006. While the suicide bomber blew himself up in Eilat, furious gun battles went on in the Palestinian authority between the rivalling terror groups. In these hours the behind the scene negotiations regarding the handing over of most of the West Bank to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas are being carried out. The prophet Ezekiel says, “They lead my people astray, saying: Peace, when there is no peace… (Ez.13:10-15).
Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni will meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at an international conference in Switzerland, a Livni spokesman said Thursday. Spokesman Mark Regev did not have any details about when the two would meet. Abbas and Israel Prime Minister Ehud Olmert held talks last month in an effort to explore ways to restart long-stalled peacemaking. The two are going to try to push that process forward further next month in a three-way summit with Secretary of State Condolezza Rice. The date and venue for that session have not yet been set. Observers are relating these meetings to the behind-the-scene negotiations regarding the handing over of most of the West Bank to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. European Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana has promised an ‘historical political evolution’ within two months. “Then the Lord will be jealous for His Land”, says the prophet Joel (2:18). The leaders of Israel are like farmers, who have ‘rented the land’ (Matth.21:32, Mark 12:1 and Luke 20:9)… like ‘tenants’, who one day will have to give an account for the way they treated the vineyard of the Lord… (Matth.25:19).
Israel has transferred 100 US dollars to the Palestinian Authority. The 100 million US dollar is a portion of PA tax revenues Israel had collected on behalf of the Palestinian Authority but froze them when the Hamas-led government came to power. According to a senior official in the prime minister’s office, the funds had been help up due to the delay by the Palestinians to set up a mechanism whereby Israel would be satisfied that the funds would not make their way into the hands of Hamas-led government officials. It is a well know fact that large funds from the West have disappeared because such a mechanism had not been functioning. In an interview with Israel Radio Saeb Erekat, the head of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s negotiating team; said that the hopes Israel will transfer the remaining tax revenues to the Palestinian Authority, which is a total of over 500 million dollars. Ismail Haniyeh, Palestinian Prime Minister, said that he hopes the Arab states will put pressure on Israel to release the remaining funds. The PA had requested that the funds be transferred to a Beirut bank account, but Israel refused the request and the PA finally agreed to use an Israeli bank for the transfer. The account was set up in a way that would allow Israel to monitor the funds and how they are being used. The Bible speaks about ‘men of integrity’ (Neh.7:2) and it is a challenge for Jews and Palestinians alike. Scripture declares: “Blessed is the man in whose spirit is no deceit” (Psalm 32:2). When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, He said of him: ‘Here is a true Israelite in whom there is nothing false’ (John 1:47).
In a fiery and emotional speech, Israeli President Moshe Katzav denied allegations that he sexually assaulted four female employees and said he would take a leave of absence from his position, but would only resign if formally indicted. “I didn’t carry out any of the actions attributed to me”, Katzav said. “The law does not demand that I quit. The attorney-general does not demand this. I am not prepared to bow to blackmail.” Katzav blamed the media for his troubles and even singled out a television reporter in the audience, saying he should be ashamed of himself for his coverage of the scandal. “I saw myself as a symbol for all those who are not part of the elite clique born with silver spoons in their mouths… who believe that only they can represent the people of Israel”, he said. “There is no doubt in my mind that the president cannot continue to fulfil his position and he must leave the president’s residence,” Olmert said. “This is a sad day for the State of Israel.” A majority of Israelis think Katzav should resign. According to a poll performed by Yedioth Ahronoth and the Dahaf Institute, 71 % of Israelis want him out immediately. The Israeli public carries a great responsibility concerning the fate of their president. The prophet Isaiah warns his own people with the words: “They are swift to shed innocent blood!” (59:7) … and the prophet Daniel had a great trust in the Lord, when he was falsely accursed. “My God sent his angel”, he said, “and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done anything wrong before you, oh king” (Dan.6:22).
The sad charges against the president of Israel have entered a new phase and the Parliament members are facing a major challenge. President Moshe Katzav is due to hold a press conference where he is expected to announce he will temporarily step down, following Attorney General Menahem Mazuz’s recommendation to indict him on charges of rape and abuse of power. Mazuz told Katzav he plans to indict the president on charges of sexual crimes against four women, including one case of rape. The president denies the charges. The maximum sentence for rape is 16 years in prison. The Law and Justice Committee will convene on Wednesday to discuss Israel’s Basic Law concerning the president of state. Ninety votes of 120 are needed for impeachment. Parliament member Zahava Gal-On (Meretz) has already collected the necessary 20 signatures to bring the impeachment motion to the Knesset floor. Katzav’s lawyer, Zion Amir, told Israel Radio it was ‘too early to mourn the passing of the president’, and that Mazuz is only ‘considering’ indicting the president. Every Knesset member will now have to consider the words of the Scripture: “Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent – the Lord detests them both” (Prov.17:16).
Israel and the Palestinians have been conducting behind-the-scene negotiations regarding handing over most of the West Bank to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, according to top Egyptian and European diplomatic sources who told WND they were directly involved with the talks. The West Bank borders Jerusalem and is within rocket-firing range of Tel Aviv and Israel's international airport. The Egyptian and European sources told WND the negotiations for an Israeli withdrawal were mediated by Egypt and the European Union, with U.S. input. The sources said major changes in Israeli-Palestinian affairs are expected within a few weeks to two months. According to an aid to European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana, speaking on condition of anonymity, there will be a "historic political evolution and movement in negotiations in the next few weeks and few months, unseen since the Camp David peace talks in 2000." By this the hour has come to listen seriously to the warnings of the Jewish prophet, Ezekiel. He declares: “Because they lead my people astray, saying: ‘Peace’, when there is no peace, and because, when a flimsy wall is built, they cover it with whitewash that it is going to fall! Rain will come in torrents, and I will send hailstones hurtling down, and violent winds will burst forth. When the wall collapses, will people not ask you, ‘Where is the whitewash you covered it with? Therefore this is what the sovereign Lord says, “I will tear down the wall you have covered with whitewash and will level it to the ground so that its foundations will be laid bare… and you will know that I am the Lord” (Ez.13:10-15). These secret negotiations will ‘lead the people of Israel astray’, and whatever diplomacy will be used to whitewash this initiative, the wall will fall, and the real motivations behind this ‘historical political evolution’ will be laid bare.
In a television-interview on Al Manar, that is run by Nasrallah, head of Lebanon’s radical Islamic movement, said on Friday that he was ’very happy with the resignation of the IDF chief of staff, Dan Halutz. He added: “Hizbollahs martyrs have achieved this resignation after Israel lost the war in Southern Lebanon.” While the Hizbollah-chief is speaking these harsh words, Israel remains under attack with Israeli families and children directly in the line of fire. Rockets and missiles launched by Hizbollah are raining down on Israel’s northern region and Gaza, indiscriminately killing and injuring young and old, and destroying homes and businesses. Northern towns are eerily quiet as residents sit in crowded, neglected, poorly ventilated bomb shelters… It is in a moment like this that Syrian president, Basher Al Assad, who is supporting Hizbollah, is apparently preparing peace talks with Israel. His aids are daily knocking at Ehud Olmert’s door, from a distance. They exhort him to believe that their intentions are genuine… and in Israel, as usual, there are those, who in their eager expectation for peace cannot wait to shake hands with Assad. One public opinion poll suggested that 55 % of Israelis think it is worth giving it a try. Is it really the moment for peace talks? Isn’t it the hour, about which Nehemiah says: “Each had his weapon, even when he went for water” (Neh.4:23). “Wicked people are plotting against Israel, yes: ‘Even on their bed, they plot evil’”(psalm 36:4). One day Israel will – according to the prophet Daniel – make an astounding failure. They will ‘confirm a covenant’ with their greatest enemy (9:27). The road to this tragic misunderstanding is paved with many misleadings of the same kind. May the God of Israel help the leaders to discern the danger – and stand up against it!
On a press conference in China the Iranian chief negotiator to the UN, Mr. Ali Larijani, has declared that the Iranian nuclear programme does not solely have a peaceful purpose. “If we are threatened, the programme could get a more sinister goal”, he said. The intentions of Iran are clear: Iran has started paying large sums of money to Palestinian groups. Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and Fatah have received economic help – now the list includes PFLP (The Palestinian Popular Front for Liberation) with a monthly payment of 180.000 US dollars. Mr. Mohammed Ali Ramin, who organized the Teheran Holocaust-denial conference, has (according to a newsletter from “Honestly Concerned”) expressed an interest in opening an office in Berlin, with the purpose of “denying holocaust”. In an interview with the Iranian website “Baztab” (28.12.06) Ramin claims that “Hitler’s mother was Jewish, that the Soviet government of the time were Jews, that the Jews founded the USA, and that the Jews were the cause of The First and The Second World Wars.” The influence of “The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion” on Iran’s ideology is apparent. The deep roots of anti-Semitism can be found in the story of Nehemia, who tells the story of how God sent him to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. He writes: “When Sanballat the Hornonite and Tobiah the Ammonite official heard about this, they were very much disturbed that someone had come to promote the welfare of the Israelites” (Nehemiah 2:10). This hatred against Israel, and against anyone who wants to do anything in favour of Jerusalem and the Jewish people, will soon grow to unimaginable dimensions.
Stirring the pot of controversy, Israel’s liberal Supreme Court has ruled that the government must recognize same-sex marriages performed abroad. Though homosexual marriages still may not be legally performed in Israel, gay couples just have to pass the border and return with a marriage certificate from abroad, and the Ministry of Interior in Jerusalem will have to give them the same status as heterosexual couples married in Israel. The decision has sparked outrage in Israel. The Orthodox Jews referred to the Torah: “Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman. That is detestable (or: an abomination) (Lev.18:22), and the Messianic Jewish leaders quoted the New Testament: “Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations and were inflamed with lust for one another” (Rom.1:27). “As opposed to us being a light to the nations”, they said, “We’re heading in the opposite direction.” Gay activists hailed the decision of the Supreme Court as a victory and are preparing for the next struggle: To make another attempt – to carry out the World Pride march in Jerusalem…
BLOOD AND TERROR. Iran’s “hidden” agenda. With a growing intensity the world will be told that Iran is ready to contribute to the stabilisation of Iraq. The message will sound like this: “Iran has a clear interest in avoiding total chaos in their neighbouring country”. Government leaders of the world should read Konrad Heiden’s English translation of ‘Mein Kampf’. “Herein is put forward a programme of such blood and terror that it is hard for the read to believe it’s serious”, the author says and continues: “The most effective way to hide your intentions is to make them public”. Iran has hosted the first world conference where the Holocaust is denied: This proves Teheran’s intentions; Iran wants to exterminate the Hebrew state! “God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil (Ecc.12:14). “Wait till the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men’s hearts” (1.Cor.4:5).
Hamas warriors are now flagging with a new Palestinian banner. It’s part of the latest struggle between Fatah and Hamas. Now the white field in the middle of the flag has the inscription: “There is no other God than Allah!” This makes the target of the conflict obvious. The new inscription states that from now on the fight is against anyone with another religious belief than Hamas, whose foremost ideology is the destruction of Israel. The inscription makes it clear that Hamas’ perception of Allah and the God of Israel cannot be perceived as the same. The first of the Ten Commandments that the God of Israel gave Moses on the mountain of Sinai, says: “You shall have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3). The god, whose name one of Israel’s most hard necked enemies now paint on their flag, cannot be the same as the God who says to the Hebrews: “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.” (Exodus 20:1) Nor can the god of the Hamas-flag be the same as the One, Jesus mentions, about, when he proclaims: “Salvation is from the Jews” (John 4:22). The anti-Semitic flag hereby bears an inscription that is in direct opposition to the inscription that was nailed to the cross of Jesus: “THE KING OF THE JEWS” (John 19:19). The green flag of Hamas has like the Saudi Arabian flag carried the same Islamic proclamation of faith. Now the hostile slogan is printed on the Palestinian flag. In the debate that may arise in the wake of the new militant Palestinian banner I would consider the words of the apostle Paul to the inhabitants of Athens: “From one man he made every nation of men… so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him” (Acts 17:26-27). There is hope for everyone – even the most militant enemies of the God of Israel and the gospel of Jesus Christ. Along with the Scriptures’ own description of Paul when he was passionately burning for Judaism: “Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples.” (Acts 9:1). His life was changed, when he encountered his Messiah. “So, because you are lukewarm” says the Lord “(which is the sad position of many Christians today): neither hot nor cold, I am about to spit you out of my mouth” (Revelation 3:16)
Since mid January Egypt has had its first spy-satellite in orbit. It was launched from Kazakhstan and travels 668 km above the surface of the earth with its watchful eye. It is equipped with a telescope that can observe objects on earth as if it were from only four meters above ground. The Israeli Fischer Institute for strategic studies in space has declared the new satellite “a danger for Israel”. “Take heed, you senseless ones among the people; … Does he who formed the eye not see?” Says the Lord in Psalm 94 verse 8-9. The surveillance systems of man are nothing compared to the watchful eye of God who watches Israel day and night. The wise king Solomon declares: “Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stands guard in vain.” (Psalm 127:1). In Psalm 121 Israel asks: “where does my help come from?” (Verse 1) and the answer is: “My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. … he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.” (Verse 2-3).
Once again the American foreign minister Condolezza Rice has visited Jerusalem. She has brought the papers from the old “road map” (2003) that aims at a two state solution: Israel and Palestine. In connection with her visit in Jerusalem she also visited Mahmud Abbas, the Palestinian president, and Abdullah the second, the king of Jordan. “Her visit could spark a civil war in Gaza” Hamas stated. Israel’s salvation does not come from the USA. “salvation for Israel would come out of Zion” (Psalm 14:7). By the way, the Palestinian prime minister, the Hamas leader, Ismael Hanijah, has got into unforeseen trouble. A video recording reveals that he has said: “Even if Allah himself gave us an ultimatum we would not bow to it!” In the words of the apostle Peter the leader of Hamas uses “empty boastful words” (2. Peter 2:18)… and in such a degree that he sins against his own religion. The mufti of Gaza has declared that: “Those who speak like this, do not belong to Islam!” … To finish off I have a question for the foreign ministers of the Western world. The Israeli foreign minister is examining the possibility of trialling the Iranian president Mahmud Ahmadinejad at the international court in Haag. The reason being that the Iranian president continuously and aggressively encourages to “wipe Israel off the map”. Such a case should be raised by a third party; this is a worthy task for any Western country. The country that rises to this occasion should contact the president of governmental and civil cases, Dr. Dori Gold (former ambassador to the UN). He has been collecting evidence for such a case the last six months. Who will rise to this occasion? It is not enough to be repulsed by the Iranian president’s anti-Semitic attacks. He must be trialled! If the world is scared of Iran’s threats they should remember the words of the apostle “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity” (2. Timothy 1:7)
THE LEBANON-SIGN Is the war in Lebanon one of ‘the signs of the times’? Jesus used this expression when He spoke to the Jewish leaders of His day. He told them that they were quite able to ‘discern the face of the sky’. He said: ‘In the evening you’ll say: It will be good weather, for the sky is red, and in the morning: It will be bad weather, for the sky is red and threatening… but the signs of the times you can’t discern!’ The weather forecast is every 24 hours. Is the Lebanon-war one of the signs of the time? … so much more as Lebanon is one of the neighbouring countries to Israel, about which the prophet said: ‘Behold I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about….(Zach.12:2). ‘The cup of drunkenness’ may well refer to the unbalanced religious ideology of Israel’s neighbouring, Islamic enemies. What has been going on in Lebanon and what is yet to happen might – as far as I can see – be a first, small fulfilling of the word of Isaiah, when he says: "Behold the former things do I declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them" (42:9). The Lord God of Israel may with the Lebanon-war be telling the world something, which is yet to happen. The war is no particular fulfilling of any written prophecy – but it is a distinct ‘foretelling’ and as such an important sign of the time… The ‘foretelling’ goes like this: "It is not yet a very little while, and Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful field, and the fruitful field shall be esteemed as a forest" (Is.29:17). With such an encouraging word the believers everywhere lift up their heads. In the night of tragic events they are looking forward to the fulfilling of the words of the apostle, when he speaks of the Lord Jesus, saying: ‘whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all the prophets since the world began’ (Acts 3:21). One of these places the prophets of old have spoken about is Lebanon! "Lebanon is ashamed and hewn down", they say (Is.33:9) – but they are also foretelling, that ‘Lebanon is going to be ‘a fruitful field and that in such a measure that it shall be considered a lovely forest… and not only that, but even the fulfilling of this prophesy shall become one of the greatest signs of the times… The prophetic word about Lebanon goes on like this: "… and in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity, and out of darkness" (v.18). The perspective of this utterance is of such new-covenant-dimensions, that the Lebanon-war suddenly opens up for new expectations! Is this (that ‘the deaf shall hear the words of the book’) what the apostle spoke about, when he wrote about the people of Israel,… ‘for their minds were blinded; for until this day remaineth the same veil untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which veil is done away in Christ…’ (2.Cor.3:14)? If this is the case that Lebanon is a sign of the taking away of the veil, which according to the apostle is blinding the Jewish People, so that they cannot understand the reading of the book – then we better have a closer look at the prophecy! * First of all I need to repeat that I do not consider the Lebanon-war as a final fulfilment of the words of Isaiah! I speak about the recent events in the Middle East as sinister signs in ‘the face of the sky’, which for the moment are ‘red and threatening’ … and I refer to a spiritual revival among the children of Israel as a wonderful promise to be seen ‘before it springs forth’ (Is.42:9). The prophet Isaiah must have been shaken by the declaration that the destitution of Lebanon is connected to ‘the day, when the deaf shall hear the words of the book and the eyes of the blind shall see…’ (Is.29:18). Even the opposite words of this message were the ones entrusted to him, when he first heard the voice of God in the temple of Jerusalem! While the seraphims were standing around the majestic throne of the Almighty, he heard the words: "Go and tell this people: ‘Hear ye indeed, but understand not, and see ye indeed, but perceive not!’ (6:9) Filled with desperation the prophet asked: "How long Lord? – and got the dreadful answer: "Until the cities be wasted without inhabitants, and the houses without men, and the land be utterly desolate" (v.11). … which means (as far as I can see) that the fulfilling of the divine promise (that the blindness and deafness may begin to disappear) is not when everything finally has been re-established – but already when desolation is at hand! That is why – I believe – ‘the blind shall see out of obscurity, and out of darkness’ (Is.29:18)… and that is why the apostle declared that ‘God hath commanded the light to shine out of darkness’ (2.Cor.5:6)… Yes, ‘when darkness was upon the face of the earth… the Spirit of God moved … and God said: "Let there be light!" (1.Genesis 1:1-3) Likewise the God of Israel is moving with His Spirit upon the dark face of the waters of the Middle East. Lebanon is a sign of the times. Light is approaching, the brilliant morning of the Messiah… * … and now the actual events in regard to Lebanon; they have to do with the divine principle of creation: "And God divided the light from the darkness" (Genesis 1:4). The international community is for the moment in danger of making peace… where there is no peace. "They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying: Peace, peace; when there is no peace" (Jer.6:14). In regard to the particular ‘Lebanon-promise’, the prophet Isaiah continues: "The terrible one is brought to none, and the scorner consumed, and all that watch for iniquity are cut off" (29:20). As long as a terror-organisation is ruling Lebanon, there can be no peace. Hizbollah (and Hamas) must ‘be brought to none’! There can be no cooperation whatsoever with Iran; its present president, the scorner, ‘must be consumed’, and no compromise can be made with Syria (watching for iniquity) ‘it must be cut off!’ … and around the negotiation-table of the UN those, ‘who make a man an offender for a word… and are turning aside the just for a thing of nought’ (Is.29:21) must likewise be cut off. The hour has come to ‘divide the light from the darkness.’ The Lebanon-situation is not left in the hands of corrupted men. "When Lebanon is ashamed" (Is.33:9)… "I will arise, saith the Lord" (v.10). This recent Middle East-war has brought the world nearer to ‘the everlasting burnings’ (Is.33:14) (‘des flammes eternelles) It is a dreadful place, where the leaders of the nations cannot any longer ‘conceive chaff’ (Is.33:11); they dare not any longer ‘take counsel – but not of the Lord’ (Is.30:1) (prendre des resolutions sans Moi) and they certainly should not ‘make a covenant with death (terror)’ (Is.28:15). No, this is the day to ‘walk righteously’ and ‘speak uprightly’. This is the hour to ‘despise the gain of oppression and bribe’ (Is.33:15). This is the moment ‘to bless Israel’ (Numbers 24:1) and to pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
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