Netanyahu Delivers Stern Message to Iran in United Nations Speech

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pulled no punches during his speech before the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday.

The focus of Netanyahu's speech was the failed nuclear agreement with Iran, which continues to deny international inspectors and violate the terms of the deal.

Iranian officials have in recent weeks boasted that they can restart a nuclear arms program at any moment, and that they remain dedicated to eradicating Israel within 25 years.

Netanyahu told them firmly and boldly that will never happen.

"I have a simple message for Ayatollah Khamenei, the dictator of Iran: The light of Israel will never be extinguished!" insisted Netanyahu.

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Iran Reiterates Threat to Destroy Israel in Very Near Future

A top Iranian general this week again threatened to destroy Israel, saying the Jewish state's demise would come even sooner if it didn't keep quiet about the nuclear deal Tehran signed with Barack Obama.

“Israel should stay quiet and count the days until its death. Its smallest mistake will result in its destruction,” said General Abed Al-Rahim Musawi, according to the Iranian Tasnim news agency.

Three weeks ago, Musawi stated firmly that within 25 years, Israel would no longer exist.

In his latest remarks, the general sought to clarify that "this doesn't mean Israel will have the full 25 years to live."

 

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Trump Vows America Will Help Israel Push Back Iran

US President Donald Trump has reportedly vowed to help Israel ensure that Iran does not bolster its power and influence in the Middle East, in particular by filling the power vacuum in Syria.

"The US will not allow Iran to take over Syria. The US will not leave Israel alone in this arena," a senior US official quoted Trump as saying in remarks to the daily newspaper Israel Hayom.

Israel has warned that it will use any means necessary to prevent Iran from establishing a foothold in Syria, and especially to deny the transfer of game-changing weaponry to Iran's Lebanese proxy, Hezbollah.

Trump will reportedly meet privately with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu next week when the two attend the opening of the UN General Assembly.

Netanyahu is said to be preparing an outline for significant chances to the Iran nuclear deal that he intends to present to Trump.

PHOTO: Netanyahu meets with President Trump at Ben Gurion Airport (FLASH90)

 

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The God of Israel Rules

The threats of the North Korean dictator are frightening indeed, and could well ignite a nuclear war, but they are part of a bigger picture of worldwide rebellion against the God of creation. On a more specific front, they’re a smokescreen for a potential Armageddon in the Middle East as Russian-backed Iran and its allies move dangerously close to Israel’s borders.

Only last week (September 7) Israel carried out a daring air strike against an Iranian-run weapons factory in the heart of Syria, severely damaging (if not destroying) the facility where chemical and biological munitions as well as medium-range missiles are being developed. Syria has in turn warned about “dangerous repercussions”.

The strike took place exactly ten years after Israel – the only country in recent years that has stood up to North Korea until now – destroyed a Syrian nuclear reactor being built with the help of the rogue regime.

British politicians, while appalled by the antics of Kim Jong-un, are nevertheless shaking their fists at God in their own way as, with their atheist agenda, they question the existence of a divine order. Like the serpent in the Garden of Eden, they pose the subtle question: “Did God really create man and woman to procreate?” (See Genesis 3.1)

At the centre of the earth today stands a small Jewish state. And what the world interprets as an ideological battle over a piece of land the size of Wales is in effect an Arab-Muslim challenge to the God of Israel, revealed to us through his Son Jesus Christ.

Their claim that the land does not belong to the Jews despite thousands of years of historical, archeological and biblical evidence was decisively countered by the 1947 discovery on the shores of the Dead Sea of ancient scrolls proving Jewish connection to the territory well before the emergence of Islam – and recognised as such by the United Nations that same year.

The findings in caves at Qumran included the entire original text of the Book of Isaiah, over 2,500 years old. This was found intact among hundreds of parchment scrolls hidden in the desert cliffs exactly as it is recorded in modern times – no Chinese whispers here, but God’s authentic hand.

There is no doubt that the unearthing of these scrolls – along with much more archeological evidence – fully vindicated Israel’s claim to the land, quite apart from other political and biblical factors.

At the heart of all the sabre-rattling going on now is a battle – not really over whether there is a God, but over who he is. And the Judeo-Christian position that formed the basis of Western civilization is that He is the God of Israel. When Sennacherib, the Assyrian king, threatened Jerusalem with destruction in ancient times (2 Kings 18 & 19), Judah’s King Hezekiah prayed to the ‘God of Israel’ and the result was a resounding defeat for their enemies. The emphasis of his prayer was that his Lord would demonstrate that he alone was God. (2 Kings 19.14-19)

Similar threats are heard today from those opposed to Israel. The former Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Sheikh Ekrima Sabri, has been denied the chance “to promote dialogue and a better understanding of the Palestinian narrative” in the UK Parliament thanks, it seems, to an 18,000-strong petition. But the barefaced nerve of a man who has called for the destruction of Britain to attempt to infiltrate its parliament with his poisonous lies takes some beating.

This man represents the same ideological ethos as Islamic State. We are investing so much in the prevention of terror, yet are pathetically slow to recognise such threats to our democracy. ‘We all worship the same God,’ I hear so many naïve people say – even in church pews. But Sheikh Sabri says that when he enters the Al-Aqsa Mosque (on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount) he is “filled with rage toward the Jews”.

Contrast this with Jesus’ command to love our enemies and pray for our persecutors. (Matthew 5.44) As the Sheikh makes clear, Islam is a death cult committed to the destruction of ‘infidels’. “The Muslim loves death and martyrdom,” he says.

Part of the ‘Palestinian narrative’ is that Israel is guilty of human rights violations and of being an apartheid state. But the absurdity of these accusations is underlined by the emergence of a transgender Arab Christian from Nazareth as a new secret weapon against BDS, the boycott Israel campaign. Talleen Abu Hana, winner of the first Miss Trans Israel pageant, was guest of honour at the Israeli Embassy in Washington during LGBT Pride month.

Abu declared: “I’m happy to be Israeli because being Israeli means being truly free.” And when an American journalist questioned Israel’s record on human rights, she replied: “Are you crazy? In what other country in the Middle East can I live my life openly.”

Most Christians, including myself, do not agree with her lifestyle choice, but far more distasteful is the rank hypocrisy behind much liberal thought which sets politically correct agendas that are inevitably contradictory.

In any case, Israel’s restoration – according to biblical prophecy – is not yet complete. A restoration to the land (i.e. a political rebirth) is what we are witnessing today; this will be followed by a restoration to their Lord and Messiah, which is in the process of happening but still in the early stages.

One line of theological thought sees the ‘fig tree’ (Matthew 24.32) as a symbol of political Israel while the olive tree is seen as representing a return to its original purpose as a nation under God.

The fig tree is certainly blossoming as Israel becomes a powerful nation once more, but many of its inhabitants are still in rebellion against the Almighty.

Christians are privileged to have been grafted onto the natural olive tree of Israel (Romans 11.11-24). But the day is coming when all Israel will finally turn to their Messiah (Romans 11.26).

All the hordes of hell are trying to stop that happening – hence the current battle – because it will usher in the Lord of glory who will crush the enemies of Israel and rule over the earth from Jerusalem for a thousand years of peace.

Pic: [The caves of] Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered by a shepherd boy in 1947


Charles Gardner is author of Israel the Chosen, available from Amazon, and Peace in Jerusalem, available from olivepresspublisher.com

 

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Israel Warns Trump That It Will Attack Syria Again, If Necessary

Israel sent a clear message to the Trump Administration that it will not hesitate to again attack neighboring Syria if forces embroiled in a bloody civil war there cross two red lines.

Speaking at a pre-Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) gathering that included a large number of senior US officials, Israel's ambassador to Washington, Ron Dermer, stated:

"Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has been very clear about Israeli red lines in Syria, and Israel has acted to enforce those red lines."

Those red lines are the transfer of "game-changing" weapons from the Syrian regime to its Hezbollah allies, and the establishment of an Iranian "beach head" in Syria.

While it has never officially admitted to doing so, Israel has repeatedly launched aerial strikes against Syrian convoys transferring weapons to Hezbollah.

The Syrian regime has threatened serious retaliation against the Jewish state, but has never followed through on those threats.

 

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Say Hello and Goodbye to September 23

In April 2011, William Taply (pictured) published a video discussing the planetary alignment that would happen on September 23, 2017. Taply, a prophet in his own eyes, based his prediction on his own earlier "prophecies," along with a computer program called Stellarium. 

His conclusion is that the upcoming alignment of the moon, Jupiter, the Sun, Mercury, Mars, Venus and the position of the constellation Leo right on top of Virgo, are the literal manifestation of Revelation 12:1-2, which reads: "...a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth."

This composition of stars that, according to Taply, will hover over Jerusalem, will happen only on September 23, 2017. On that day, there will appear in the sky Virgo, who is the woman pregnant with a child clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet. The crown of twelve stars on her head is Leo with its nine stars, plus three additional aligning "stars" in Mercury, Mars and Venus. This cluster of stars, says Taply, resembles the crown, although a bit in a Celtic shape. 

Virgo, the "woman," is giving birth to Jupiter, symbolizing Jesus. Taply believes his image is a visible heavenly sign of warning that will be followed by the great final war of Armageddon, which is supposed to break out in 2017.

Taply's prediction was further popularized by Evangelical preachers like Scott Clarke of ERF Ministries, Greg Lauer of Revelation 12 Daily, and Gary Ray of the news portal Unsealed Christian. This "prophecy" even caught the attention of media outlets like the Washington Post, the Boston Globe and CBN News.

September 23 comes just as the Jewish feast of Rosh Hashanah (new year) ends. Though this biblical holiday marks the beginning of 22 days – from Rosh Hashanah to the Feast of Tabernacles – during which God judges every single Jew for the previous year's deeds, the Evangelical heavenly warning sign does not appear on the Jewish radar.

The few similar end-times sensational Jewish predictions give a broader picture, though few would risk providing an exact date. www.sod1820 for one states that the prophesied War of Gog and Magog already began on August 28 2017, when North Korea launched a missile toward the territorial waters of Japan. This site brings Hurricane Irma as another clear end-time sign. By dividing the Hebrew spelling of the word Irma, a known Jewish interpretation tool, the authors of this website came up with "fear God" (yere mh'). They also see the shape of a trumpet (shofar) in Irma's path of destruction.

Rabbi Nir Ben-Artzi, another controversial but popular end-time "prophet," continues to warn Jews through his weekly "messages" that Gog and Magog is already happening in plain sight. Though he does not give precise dates, Ben-Artzi nevertheless urges all Jews to stay put in Israel, the safest place on earth for them in times of great trouble.

Rabbi Amnon Yitzhak, another popular figure, says that everything is set for the great War of Gog and Magog. The nations are setting the stage by pushing Israel into a corner, a situation in which any little miscalculation could be the spark that will set off this great war. Israel's perceived violation of the Temple Mount's "status quo," or an Israeli attack on Syrian military targets that accidentally kills Russian soldiers, things of that nature could ignite the Gog and Magog war in an instant.

But, judging by similar predictions in the past by both Christians and Jews, the year 2017 is just as likely as not to come and go in relative peace.

 

Israel's Ex-Defense Minister Demands Netanyahu's Immediate Resignation

Israel's former minister of defense Moshe Ya'alon insists that the various corruption scandals surrounding Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu compels the latter to resign immediately.

"The prime minister must resign today--immediately," Ya'alon said during a cultural event in the coastal town of Netanya.

"There is a lack of confidence in the leadership. If the considerations from above are not clean, I am not positive that there is not also an effect on IDF enlistment," he added.

Before serving as minister of defense, Ya'alon was the IDF chief of general staff. He was fired from his cabinet position in 2016 after publicly disagreeing with Netanyahu's policy decisions.

Of particular concern to Ya'alon at present is the scandal surrounding Israel's purchase of naval vessels from a German conglomerate with which several Israeli officials appear to have ties.

A number of close associates and relatives of Netanyahu have been caught up in what is known as Case 3000, though the prime minister himself is not a suspect.

Even so, Ya'alon said that "people don’t understand how much the corruption harms all of us. Think about what you could with two billion euros instead of going with a deal for naval vessels that there is no need for."

PHOTO: Former Israeli Minister of Defense Moshe "Boogie" Ya'alon speaks at the Hebrew University, on January 18, 2017. Photo by Miriam Alster/FLASH90

 

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The End of the World is Coming, Again?!

The end of the world is coming again and people wonder, “Is it true this time?”

This year’s doom’s day prediction is scheduled for September 23rd based on an alignment of the stars called Virgo, the constellation of a woman that will be in position over the moon and under 12 stars. As with most end-time predictions, the date corresponds to this year’s Jewish calendar and believers are saying this rare alignment of stars represents the last days woman found in Revelations chapter 12 with “the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head.”

What are we to do? With the Jewish holidays just weeks away, we could spend our remaining days and hours (or until next year’s predictions) trying to calculate what the Bible says about the end of the world and wait to see what happens.

But the truth we so easily ignore, and which is often concealed behind these annual doom’s day predictions, is that the end of the world is coming for all of us - and it could be any day, at any hour. By September 23rd, millions around the world will die in car accidents, disease, overdose or in one of the many hurricanes and natural disasters now visiting the earth. Are you ready?

Can you get ready? The idea that we are at the end of the world can be scary, and if so for you, hold that thought for a minute, and ask yourself, “What am I afraid of?” When you discover the answer, think about what changes you could make in your life, where you might better invest your time and how you can make things right with God, and with yourself. Nobody knows better than you what you need to do to get your house in order.

If you clean your house just once a year it becomes an overwhelming task to face. The time you need to clean it, and the energy you would need is so great that you probably give up before you even start. Our lives are not much different than a dirty house. If it hasn’t been cleaned for a long time it's easy to give up. It would be far better to clean regularly, take the garbage out every day, wash your clothes when they are dirty and fix things when they break. Maintain your life, correct, repair and be ready for the end of your world. It could happen any day.

These end of the world scenarios remind me of the safety exercises that are supposed to make us ready for fires, bomb attacks and earthquakes, so that when the real thing happens we won’t become confused and disorientated and get lost. In the Israeli army we use a saying from Alexander Suvorov, the greatest Russian military strategist: “Hard in training, easy in war.” Practicing to be prepared for the coming of our Messiah, or to meet him sooner than we thought, is always a good idea, even if you wonder about the sign of a 12 starred constellation.

Exercise kindness, unselfishness, sympathy, decency, good will and live an upright life before God in your daily life and perhaps the end of the world (or the end of our world) might not be so terrifying. The only way to cope with the disquieting fact of our pending mortality is to practice daily the skills of faith in God and a moral lifestyle until these become so much a part of who you are that you don’t even have to think, or worry, about it anymore because you are prepared.

The Apostle Paul in his First Letter to the Corinthians (chap.13) reminds us that we prophecy in part, but faith, hope and love endure forever (not doom, gloom or red moons). One more thing. Remember Noah. The end of his world came true even as he boldly warned the people through his words and actions. How many believed and repented? How many missed that boat?

 

Africa's Climate Change

Winds of change are once more blowing across Africa. And as South Africa’s Tshego Motaung has well illustrated, it is her own country that is again resisting the phenomenon.

When British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan made his famous ‘Winds of Change’ speech to the Cape Town Parliament in 1960, he was talking of the reality of national liberation sweeping the continent.

South Africa’s political elite, however, were in denial of it, resisting the inevitable for 30 years until God intervened in answer to much prayer – specifically in Nelson Mandela and F W de Klerk being reconciled through their common faith in Jesus Christ.

Now there is a new movement of change, Tshego points out – a growing recognition of God’s purposes for Israel among African nations. And the irony is that the black majority government of South Africa is actually moving in the opposite direction, downgrading their ties with the Jewish state while being taken in by Palestinian propaganda.

Nevertheless, Tshego is clearly excited by the fulfillment of ancient prophecies as African nations forge closer ties with Israel. As MC for the recent Africa Israel Chamber of Commerce pre-launch event in Johannesburg, Tshego was reminded of the Isaiah 19 prophecy of a time when a highway of reconciliation would link Egypt, Israel and Assyria. (Isa 19.23-25)

And she believes that what was described at the time (700 BC) as Egypt refers to most of what we know as Africa today.

“Initiatives like the AICC are some of the tools for bringing fulfillment to these prophecies,” she wrote in a recent online article for Gateway News (South Africa). “However, it is fascinating to notice how the current South African political leaders are acting in the same way their predecessors did in 1960, when they resisted the winds of change.”

A further irony, in my opinion, is that a huge swathe of churches in South Africa are pro-Israel – and are in fact in revival because of that (as I believe the two are directly connected). The wind of the Holy Spirit is clearly blowing across the nation - what other explanation is there for nearly two million people turning up to a prayer meeting on a farmer’s field on June 22nd this year? But the political leaders are trying to avoid the spiritual climate by sinking their heads in the South African sand (of which there is plenty). Like true believers down the ages, the country’s Christians are being counter-cultural and we should pray that their courage will not fail them at this desperate hour.

It is worth remembering that the Church also led the way for change in the apartheid era. Through much prayer and witness and a determination not to back down, they eventually won the battle. If the pattern is repeated, the political leaders will succumb.

Perhaps it’s just a matter of when – not whether – the South African government repents; not only of its corruption, but of its anti-Israel stance.

Winds of change have also blown through Britain since the 1960s – and on the whole they have wreaked havoc (rather as Hurricane Harvey has done in America) as family life has been seriously undermined and the Church has remained largely silent.

As the social structure of the UK continues to collapse, my prayer is that we will cease to resist the wind of the Spirit that is willing and wanting to rebuild our shattered society. The wind that blew on the Day of Pentecost changed the world (see Acts 2.2). Jesus spoke of a blowing of the wind, and of our response to it, when referring to the need for people to be “born again” in order to enter the kingdom of God. (John 3.8) This wind also came in the form of Jesus breathing on his disciples (John 20.22).

But the blowing of wind can also be negative, as I’ve intimated with my reference to havoc-wreaking hurricanes. St Paul writes about those who are easily led being tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine (Ephesians 4.14) and when Jesus summed up his amazing Sermon on the Mount, he talked of destructive winds that would topple houses of thought and ideology built on the sand of lies and propaganda. (Matthew 7.24-27)

There is a growing movement dedicated to a coming together of the Word and Spirit in our churches which I believe holds out a very precious hope of future restoration. Too many of our churches (in the UK at least) favour one over the other, concentrating on preaching the Bible on the one hand and emphasising the gifts of the Spirit on the other. But many are now recognising that the time has come to weave both streams together.

The result, certainly according to legendary early 20th century evangelist Smith Wigglesworth in an extraordinary prophecy made shortly before his death in 1947, will be spiritually explosive.

He said at the time: “When the Word and the Spirit come together, there will be the biggest move of the Holy Spirit that the nation, and indeed the world, has ever seen. It will mark the beginning of a revival that will eclipse anything that has been witnessed within these shores – even the Wesleyan and Welsh revivals of former years. The outpouring of God’s Spirit will flow over from the United Kingdom to mainland Europe and, from there, will begin a missionary move to the ends of the earth.”

I was born in Cape Town just eleven years before Prime Minister Macmillan’s historic speech, and I experienced my own ‘winds of change’ not many years later in 1972 shortly after moving to the UK. As a 22-year-old, I recognised that I needed purpose and direction and, when a friend told me that Jesus had come to give us “life in all its fullness” (John 10.10), I sought this very thing and was forever changed after the Lord of glory breathed his Spirit into my soul.

I pray for a similar conversion both for the leaders of the land of my forefathers in Africa as well as for my adopted country in the northern hemisphere.


Charles Gardner is author of Israel the Chosen, available from Amazon, and Peace in Jerusalem, available from olivepresspublisher.com

 

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Days After Harassing Messianic Jews, Orthodox Sect Clashes With Secular Israelis

Israel Today reported last week on the harassment of Messianic Jewish believers in the southern city of Arad by local Orthodox Jews belonging to the fringe sect known as Gur Hassidim.

While that incident mercifully ended without any injuries or damage to property, the Gur are known for easily resorting to violence, as they did during a confrontation with the secular Israeli residents of Arad on Saturday night.

The long-running Gur campaign to take over Arad has included regular attacks on the town's mayor, Nisan Ben-Hemo. Over the weekend, one Arad man decided to hit back by hanging a large poster informing the Gur "grand rabbi" that the town is "not for sale."

Gur activists responded by hurling burning tires at the man and his wife, which resulted in mobs gathering on both sides.

The man told Israel's Ynet news portal: "We put them out, and they started coming in droves. We hung the sign because they're putting up signs against the mayor, so we paid them back in kind. We'll take down ours when they take down theirs."

The situation quickly descended into open violence after Gur activists started spitting on the secular residents and throwing stones.

There were no reports of serious injuries, but police did arrest four people for their roles in escalating the confrontation.

 

Palestinian Parents Turn In Own Son After Learning He Planned Terror Attack

If only this were the norm, rather than the exception.

A Palestinian couple last month discovered that their teenage son was planning to carry out a terrorist attack against Israeli soldiers, and rather than let him become a "martyr," they turned him in.

Israel's Tazpit News Agency reported that the parents became concerned after finding a "farewell" note written by their son, along with his cellphone.

They immediately contacted the Israeli army, which managed to find the boy near a military installation in Samaria. He was carrying a large knife.

Incessant propaganda in Palestinian schools and in the regime-controlled media seeks to encourage young Arabs to carry out spontaneous "lone-wolf" attacks against Israelis.

PHOTO: Illustration. Israeli soldiers arrest Palestinian terror suspects. Photo by Gershon Elinson/Flash90

 

REPORTS: Israeli Jets Bomb Chemical Weapons Stockpile Deep Inside Syria

A large military facility where the Syria regime was stockpiling chemical weapons and missiles was bombed in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Damascus immediately blamed Israel for the attack, and Israel did not deny the allegation.

The facility is located near Masyaf, in northwestern Syria, a region still firmly under the control of Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces and their allies.

The official Syrian Arab News Agency reported:

"Israeli warplanes fired several rockets from the Lebanese airspace at 02:42 a.m. on Thursday targeting one of the Syrian military posts near Massyaf, killing two army personnel and causing material damage to the site."

Syrian military forces claimed the Israeli strike was carried out in service to ISIS and other Islamic groups trying to topple Assad.

In reality, Israel has long been concerned that non-conventional weapons being stockpiled and used by Assad's forces will also be shared with his allies in the Lebanese terrorist militia Hezbollah.

Israel has vowed to immediately target any Syrian arms transfers to Hezbollah to ensure the Lebanese group does not emerge from Syria's civil war more dangerous and deadly than ever.

For Hezbollah to take possession of chemical warheads would represent an unacceptable shift in the balance of power.

Israeli military officials declined to comment on the incident.

 

Iran Boasts That It Tricked the World, Can Now Start Making Nukes

Israel warned former US President Barack Obama that Iran wouldn't honor the nuclear arms deal he brokered with the Islamic Republic.

The ayatollahs and their elected puppets went through the motions, but never truly fulfilled the stipulations of the agreement.

The West, fearful of escalating tensions, turned a blind eye to numerous violations. But that only kicked the can down the road, as the Americans say.

Now, top Iranian officials are openly boasting of successfully playing the West, while retaining the ability to restart their nuclear arms program at a moment's notice.

In an August 22 interview on Iran's IRINN TV, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Ali Akbar Salehi, revealed that his people had poured cement into a few external pipes at the Arak nuclear reactor in order to fool international inspectors, but had not disabled its core.

"If we want to, we can start enriching uranium to 20% within five days, and that is very significant," said Salehi.

Indeed, this is very significant. The question is whether or not Western powers see it as such.

 

Major Archaeological Find Again Proves Bible is Accurate

 

Netanyahu: Cooperation Between Israel and Arabs Greater Than Ever

If there's one silver lining to the Iran nuclear crisis, it's growing cooperation between Israel and its Arab neighbors.

Speaking at a pre-Rosh Hashanah event in Jerusalem on Wednesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that cooperation between Israel and the Arab world is actually greater today than it was when Jerusalem signed peace agreements with Egypt and Jordan.

"It's a huge change," said Netanyahu, while acknowledging that much of the cooperation is not publicly visible, since countries like Saudi Arabia still don't have official relations with the Jewish state.

Netanyahu urged the Palestinians to recognize the shifting realities and not get left behind by clinging to impossible hard-line demands.

 

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Messianic Jews Pray For Orthodox Mob 'Besieging' Their Congregation

Last week, the religious Israeli news portal Arutz 7 happily reported that Orthodox Jewish "anti-missionaries" had successfully demonstrated against a "new" Messianic Jewish congregation in the desert city of Arad, and thereby prevented a number of locals from entering what they called a "church."

The report made it sound as if the entire city of Arad, or at least its religious population, had turned out to protect their town from the "dangers" of the Gospel. It even stated that Mayor Nisan Ben Hamo had led the charge.

But the report was largely false, an unfortunate example of "fake news" aimed at curtailing the growing presence and influence of Messianic Jews in Israel.

The congregation in question is Hasdey Yeshua (Yeshua's Grace), which is by no means new, but rather is long established in Arad. The congregation was simply meeting at an alternate location due to the heavy summer heat.

Israel Today reached out to Hasdey Yeshua to find out what really happened.

Indeed, a couple weeks ago, when they first started meeting in their cooler warehouse location, Hasdey Yeshua was the target of a demonstration by local ultra-Orthodox Jews belonging to the sect known as Gur Hassidim.

But it wasn't the entire Gur population. It wasn't even hundreds, as Arutz 7 stated. A representative of the congregation told us that only about 20-30 protesters showed up, and they arrived well after the service had already begun.

Safe inside the closed warehouse, the local believers knew the Orthodox protesters were outside, but could barely hear them. Of course, that didn't stop Hasdey Yeshua from dedicating much of the service to praying for those who (attempted to) persecute them.

"We began to pray for them, and as we did there was supernatural joy and peace; we could sense the presence of the Lord," said our contact. "Thankfully they were gone by the time we were finished."

There were numerous other inaccuracies or outright falsehoods in the Arutz 7 report, chief among them being:

  1. Mayor Hamo wasn't part of the protest. In fact, according to our contact, he wasn't even in town that weekend. And he wouldn't have joined the Gur demonstration even if he was, considering that local Orthodox hate him nearly as much as they hate Messianic Jews.

  2. The Gur said they were "praying" against the Messianics, but all our contact could hear was cursing and hostile slogans. Granted, given the Orthodox sect's enmity toward Jewish believers in Yeshua, they might have considered those curses to be "prayers."

  3. The Arutz 7 article made much of the "fact" that the Gur demonstration had succeeded in preventing several local Jews from entering the service, and had thereby "saved their souls" from being corrupted by the Gospel. Our contact noted that everyone was inside well before the Gur even arrived, and no one was turned away by their petty protest.

The Gur returned the following Shabbat, but, as our contact reported, the congregation wasn't at the warehouse, so all the "anti-missionaries" accomplished was to "yell at a padlocked door."

It is an interesting time in Israel in regards to these confrontations between Messianic Jews and fringe Orthodox sects.

As the general public becomes more and more fed up with the hypocrisy, violence and failure to contribute by many of these Orthodox sects, it is in turn increasingly welcoming of Messianic Jews.

Perhaps the primary motivating factor behind this phenomenon is to spite the Gur Hassidim and other like-minded sects. The enemy of my enemy is my friend, and all that. Be that as it may, far from driving Messianic Jews out of the country, actions like these by the Gur Hassidim and other sects are more likely to strengthen the position and influence of local believers.

PHOTO: ILLUSTRATION. Young Orthodox Jews protest. Photo by David Cohen/Flash90.

 

VIDEO: Names of Biblical Kings Found on Ancient Seals in Jerusalem

 

Israel's 70th Anniversary Celebration...

Our editorial team are also back at the wheel in full force after hot summer vacations and deserved breaks, with new and creative ideas.

In just a little more than 2 weeks is Rosh Ha'Shana - the Jewish new year - of 5778. This is the beginning of an exciting 70th anniversary of the establishment of Israel.

We are all curious of what Israel's 70th birthday will bring... We are already working on a special edition for the occasion and many other surprises that we will be bringing you this year!



 

Love Your Enemies: Conan O'Brien Says Israel Deserves Nobel Prize For Treatment of Syrians

Popular late night television host Conen O'Brien has been in Israel for the past week filming a segment of his documentary series "Conan Without Borders."

While there have been a lot of laughs, Conan's also made some very serious stops as he makes his way through the Holy Land.

One was to Ziv Medical Center in the Galilee city of Safed, where thousands of Syrians wounded in their nation's bloody civil war have been treated.

The fact that Israel and Syria remain officially at war was not lost on Conan.

"I am amazed and excited by what is being done here at Ziv for the sake of people from a neighboring country and an enemy," he told the Ziv medical personnel, as reported by The Jerusalem Post.

Conan went on to state that if it were up to him, the Israeli doctors involved in this selfless, life-saving work "need to receive the Nobel Peace Prize."

Several thousand Syrians, on both sides of the conflict, have in recent years made their way to the border with Israel, desperate for help and medical attention.

And Israel has been there to answer the call.

 

Israeli Rabbis Embroiled in Kosher Cock Fight

About three years ago, some Orthodox entrepreneurs decided to import the Belgian Barkel chicken breed. 

First, they sold the Barkel eggs above market price under the strictest kosher code of Mehadrin (for consumption by people who are meticulous in their observance). 

When the eggs were well-received, the entrepreneurs built a proper slaughterhouse and started to import the "pure breed" Barkel chickens. They slaughtered some 7,000 chickens before they were summoned to a Jewish court of law (beit din) that was to rule whether this breed was kosher or not.

The "Barkel Controversy" became a laughing-stock among many Israelis who saw it as yet another example of rabbinic backwardness and the irrelevancy of Jewish law. Chicken is a chicken is a chicken, they sneered at the TV screens, as the bizarre test for determining a chicken's "kosher-ness" was explained. For it to be kosher, the chicken had to be able to stand on a broomstick. The Barkel failed the test and was spared to live another day.

But, in all seriousness, for Jews who care for the divine commandments, eating impure animals is a grave matter. Today, Jews regard all chickens as pure fowls without too much thinking. However, considering that flesh-eating birds are impure, the chicken, known to eat flesh, is an edge case. This is why Karaite Jews don't eat chicken, and why many others eat only fowls that were recognized as chickens by previous generations. Making matters more complicated, the Barkel has hair-like feathers on its neck, a feature that could identify it with the "ostrich" category of impure fowls. 

The Barkel, therefore, had to stand the test of tradition, as well as "science." Regarding tradition, despite the claims of the entrepreneurs, after thorough investigation it was decided by the very important Rabbi Moshe Sternbuch that the Belgian breed was unknown to previous generations. This means that the Barkel must be a cross-breed, and, thus, impure. The broomstick test was proof enough for the esteemed rabbi to seal the fate of this bird.

The ruling of Rabbi Sternbuch reveals another layer in this kosher cock fight. By and large, the Orthodox community is financially needy, and that is always a concern for responsible Orthodox leaders. The initial rabbinic permission to import the Barkel, given by "minor" Orthodox rabbis, rested on a verbal agreement that the meat would not be more expensive than local chicken. That the Barkel eggs were then sold as more expensive "extra kosher" eggs, thereby promoting the Barkel as the "purest" breed, angered local competitors and raised concern within the Orthodox community. From this angle, the cock fight may have exposed as a non-kosher scam.

Yet, as is typically the case, other rabbis disagreed with Sternbuch's ruling. The decision of religious-Zionist Rabbi Yehudah Amichai, for example, rested on the examination of "chicken" organs, such as a special kind of gizzard, goiter, the existence of spur, etc. 

Remote and strange as it may seem to many, at least among the kosher-eating Jews, and they are the majority, this cock fight is kosher.

 

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WATCH: Palestinian Christian Went From Hating to Loving Israel

 

VIDEO: South Tel Aviv and Israel's Illegal Immigrant Problem

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the southern district of Tel Aviv last week to reassure residents there that they haven't been forgotten.

South Tel Aviv has in recent years transformed into something of a slum, and become a major political issue.

The source of the problem, at least as far as local residents are concerned, is the influx of over 18,000 illegal African immigrants over the past decade.

Israel doesn't have the resources to effectively absorb non-Jewish immigrants in such numbers, but at the same time has difficulty turning away anyone truly in need given the tragic history of the Jewish people in exile.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Why Are Young Israeli Messianics Leaving Local Congregations?

Israel Today speaks to local pastors about why young Jewish believers are leaving the congregations.

This is just one of many feature stories appearing in the latest issue of Israel Today Magazine. CLICK HERE to read them all in our Digital Edition!

 

Israeli-Arab Summer Camp Teaches Kids to Hate Israel

The summer holidays are coming to an end. That means summer camps are wrapping up with ceremonies and celebrations. One local Arab summer camp in Israel is concluding in a particularly worrying manner.

The above video is from the summer camp program of the Arab Balad Party, a faction in Israel's Knesset.

The organizers of this camp decided this year to conclude with a special march through Bethlehem, where the Israeli-Arab children were encouraged to honor Palestinian "martyrs."

As the kids marched through Bethlehem carrying Palestinian flags, they changed: "With our spirit and with our blood, we will liberate you, O Palestine."

Nor was the indoctrination saved for just the end of the camp.

During the entire course of the program, the children were split into groups named after Palestinian terror groups and Arab leaders hostile toward Israel.

Member of Knesset Haneen Zoabi later wrote that her Balad party was "proud of these youth for their spirit of struggle and strength."

Various NGOs have demanded that the Israel Police investigate Balad for breaking Israel's laws regarding incitement.

 

Experts Warn: UN Blacklist of Israeli Companies Will Spur Antisemitism

An upcoming “blacklist” of major international companies with business ties to Israeli communities in Judea, Samaria, the Golan Heights and eastern Jerusalem represents yet another attempt by anti-Israel actors in the United Nations to single out and demonize the world’s only Jewish state, experts say. 

The U.N. Human Rights Council (UNHRC) had voted to approve the database of businesses last year, defying objections from the U.S. and Israel. U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Prince Zeid bin Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein submitted a draft of the blacklist to the countries where the businesses are based. He is expected to receive a response from those nations by Sept. 1, and the UNHRC will publish the database by the end of this year. 

American firms on the list include Caterpillar, TripAdvisor, Priceline and Airbnb, The Washington Post reported.

“The blacklist is the latest incarnation of the decades-long Arab boycott and yet another singling out of Israel by the U.N. Because Israel, the Jewish state, alone is singled out, the intent and impact is anti-Semitic,” Anne Herzberg, a U.N. expert and the legal advisor for the Jerusalem-based NGO Monitor watchdog group, told JNS.org.

 Similarly, Israel’s Ambassador to the U.N. Danny Danon described the list as “an expression of modern anti-Semitism reminiscent of dark periods in history.”

While the list will have no legal consequences for Israel or the companies involved, its opponents say it could put pressure on the U.N. Security Council to take action.

Supporters of the list draw inspiration from efforts to target international businesses that were involved in apartheid-era South Africa as well as Arab-led boycotts of Israel as a means to pressure the Jewish state to change its policies regarding the Palestinians and the disputed territories.

But Michal Hatuel-Radoshitzky, a research fellow for Israel’s Institute for National Security Studies, said the list will likely do the opposite and undermine any chances for a two-state solution.

“First and foremost, this is because such a ‘blacklist’ serves to strengthen the common Israeli perception of a hostile international community which is united against the Jewish state,” Hatuel-Radoshitzky told JNS.org. 

She said, “This paradigm strengthens the hardliners and works against the moderate camp that perceives the two-state solution—which ultimately necessitates compromises from Israel—as the desired alternative.”

UN’s credibility


The blacklist also “serves to undermine the credibility of the UNHRC in specific and to further taint the U.N. in general,” Hatuel-Radoshitzky said.

 Since taking over as U.N. secretary-general in January, Portugal’s António Guterres has attempted to take a more evenhanded approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict after years of disproportionate criticism of Israel by the world body.

“As secretary-general of the United Nations, I consider that the state of Israel needs to be treated as any other state,” Guterres said in an address to the World Jewish Congress in April. 

“I have already had the opportunity to show that I’m ready to abide by that principle even when that forces me to take some decisions that create some uncomfortable situations,” he added, referencing a move he made to squash a report by former U.N. official Rima Khalaf that called Israel an “apartheid state.”

Herzberg said that while it does not appear Guterres is in favor of the of the blacklist, it might be impossible for him to stop its release.

“Due to the U.N. bureaucracy and the dominance of the Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, it would be difficult if not impossible for the secretary-general to halt the process,” she said.

According to Herzberg, such reports are often compiled by a “narrow sector” of political activists and NGOs, many who are linked to terror groups and the BDS movement.


“Many U.N. officials were formerly employed by these partisan organizations and harbor extreme anti-Israel views,” she said. 

US response


The Trump administration recently urged the human rights commissioner, Hussein, not to publish the blacklist. U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley called the list “shameful” and “counterproductive” to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

“It is an attempt to provide an international stamp of approval to the anti-Semitic BDS movement. It must be rejected,” Haley said.

In June, the U.S. indicated that it may replace its membership in the UNHRC with “other means” for addressing human rights issues, unless the U.N. body significantly reforms its conduct and anti-Israel bias.

At the same time, more than 20 U.S. states have passed legislation in recent years opposing the BDS movement, by requiring state institutions to cease any business with companies that boycott the Jewish state.

Both federal and state measures against BDS “will be effective in blunting the impact of the blacklist,” Herzberg said, adding she believes U.S. leadership will be essential in curbing the effectiveness of the U.N. blacklist.

“Countries and companies will have to decide—do they want to do business in the U.S. or side with the bigots of the U.N., the Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation,” she said.

Reprinted with permission from JNS.org

 

Anticipation!

"Mom, when is Rosh Hashana?", a little boy asked his mother, still a bit sleepy, as she woke him. "I am looking forward to Erev Chag (New Year's Eve)!"

While Rosh Hashana is still a few weeks away, most children are looking forward to the approaching festivities, the festive family meal and, of course, the short school break.

There is one little problem. The summer vacation isn't over yet!! Kids will be going back to school this Friday, September 1st after a 2 month break.

And during all this excitement there are children that are poor and needy that only look forward to surviving today not knowing what tomorrow will bring!

Do you have a heart for children?


 

EXCLUSIVE: 'I Will Not Hate You'

Israel Today speaks to Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, who, despite losing his children in the last Gaza war, refuses to surrender to hate against Israel.

The full article appears in the Aug-Sept issue of Israel Today Magazine.

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Abbas Tells Trump He Won't Stop Giving American Money to Terrorists

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has rejected American demands that he stop using foreign financial aid to pay stipends and salaries to the families of jailed Palestinian terrorists.

Abbas met last week with US envoys Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt as part of President Donald Trump's efforts to restart Middle East peace talks.

According to Israeli journalists present at the meeting, Kushner, who is Trump's son-in-law, reiterated the long-standing demand that the Palestinian Authority not reward terrorism with financial gain.

Congress has repeatedly threatened to halt all foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority over the payments to jailed terrorists, nearly all of whom are incarcerated in Israel for carrying out attacks on Jewish men, women and children.

The Arabic-language newspaper Al-Quds reported that Abbas' response was to "inform Kushner that he would never stop paying these salaries until his dying day, even if this cost him the presidency."

 

Watch Israel's Newest Co-Ed Infantry Battalion Hold First Exercises

As many Western nations continue to debate placing women in combat, Israeli girls are taking up arms side-by-side with their male comrades.

The Lions of the Jordan Valley is Israel's newest co-ed light infantry battalion.

It is tasked with defending Israel's eastern border against infiltration and dealing with Palestinian terror threats in the area.

The battalion recently held it's first live-fire field exercises.

Check it out:

 

Israel Likes the F-35 So Much, It's Buying 17 More

US President Donald Trump was initially no fan of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, which ended up being America's most expensive weapons project ever.

But Israel's been pretty happy with the new plane since taking possession of its first five such aircraft back in December 2016. In fact, Jerusalem is so pleased with what's called the "Adir" in Israel, that it's ordered an additional 17 F-35s to go with the original order of 33 planes, for a total fleet of 50 aircraft.

The planes will arrive in Israel as they are built, a process that will take several years. By 2021, Israel is expected to take possession of all 33 planes from the original order, and by 2024 the full 50-aircraft fleet will be deployed.

Here's video footage of Israel Air Force pilots testing the first F-35s to arrive late last year:


Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman called the F-35 a significant and strategically important improvement to Israel's military capabilities.

PHOTO: Defense Minister Lieberman in an F-35 aircraft (photo by Ariel Hermoni / Israel Defense Ministry)

 

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Palestinians Threaten to 'Blow Up' Peace Process After Trump Refuses to Back Two-State Solution

Both sides and the mainstream media tried to give a positive spin, but there's every indication that last week's meeting between US special envoy Jared Kushner and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas was just as stormy as the first time the two men got together back in June.

Abbas reportedly told Kushner that he'd work together with the Trump Administration to find a solution to the Israeli-Arab conflict.

But just days earlier, the Palestinian Authority (PA) had said that, behind closed doors, it would also give Kushner a firm ultimatum -- deliver Israeli concessions within 45 days, or we "blow up" your peace process.

It's not an uncommon threat for the Palestinian leadership to make.

Palestinian officials who spoke to Al-Monitor said that the ultimatum was the result of "lengthy negotiations at top PA levels, including consultations with its teams of Trump experts."

Should Kushner and his father-in-law, President Donald Trump, fail to strong-arm the Israelis back in line, the Palestinians said they would "turn to an alternative plan on which they have been working for the past two years."

The Palestinian threats came shortly after the Trump Administration broke with decades of American foreign policy by declaring it was no longer committed to the "two-state solution."

Shortly after taking office, Trump signaled that he wasn't married to any particular peace formula, and would work with both sides to find a solution that fit their needs.

"I’m looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like," Trump told reporters back in February.

Last Wednesday, his State Department echoed Trump's earlier sentiment.

"We are not going to state what the outcome has to be – it has to be workable to both sides. And I think, really, that’s the best view as to not really bias one side over the other, to make sure that they can work through it," said US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert when asked if the president backed the two-state solution.

PHOTO: Palestinian demonstrators hold signs accusing Senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner of being the whipped dog of his "Zionist" wife, Ivanka Trump. Photo by Flash90

 

WATCH: Jewish and Arab Children Sing Together

Project Common Sounds is using music to foster coexistence by bringing together Jewish and Arab youth choirs.

Sponsored by the US Embassy in Israel, the project is active primarily in the northern Galilee region.

Choirs and singers from Jewish schools in the area are regularly paired with their counterparts from neighboring Arab villages.

 

When the Fig Tree Blossoms

While spending time in north London looking after my mum again this summer, I was once again inspired by the verdant overhanging fig tree almost blocking my path as I walked (and ran) around Hampstead.

Laden with ripening fruit, it was another reminder of one of the most significant events of our time, largely missed by most people – including Christians – I’m afraid.

In speaking to his disciples about Israel’s restoration and of his coming back to reign on earth, Jesus indicated that one of the signs of his imminent return was “when the fig tree blossoms…” (Matthew 24.32f) The fig tree is a biblical symbol of Israel.

There is a lot of talk in church circles these days of a coming revival of fervent Christianity. There is certainly a need for one, and I pray it will happen. In fact my understanding is that, along with much trouble and strife, there will be revival in the last days because Joel prophesied of how the Spirit would be poured out on all flesh (Joel 2.28). That was partly fulfilled at Pentecost of course, but its final fulfilment is yet to come, although Asia, Africa, the Far East and South America have already witnessed great outpourings of heavenly rain in recent decades.

But who in the church is preparing for the great revival prophesied for Israel? God has not forgotten them, nor has he replaced them with the Church as some preachers suggest. He has made an everlasting covenant with Israel – with Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and their descendants.  Covenants are not meant to be broken; a disciple of Christ who expects God to go back on his word has completely misunderstood his character! If Israel is cut off from God because of unfaithfulness, what chance has the Church with all her backsliding over the centuries – especially in terms of persecution of the Jewish people? No, God will never reject his chosen ones. “Only if the heavens above can be measured and the foundations of the earth below be searched out will I reject all the descendants of Israel because of all they have done,” declares the Lord. (Jer 31.37)

Even the New Covenant spoken of by Jeremiah is not addressed particularly to the Church, as you might think from the context in which it is used over Christmas. No, it is with Israel that the Lord promised a new covenant, when he will put his law in their minds and write it on their hearts – and they will all know him. (Jer 31.31-34) Earlier in the same chapter, he declares his “everlasting love” with his chosen people whom he vows to restore – to their land, which would once more become fruitful, and to their Lord, who says: “I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.” (v13)

If only the Church would take a closer look at Israel, they would be so much better informed and live with much greater hope, for the Jewish state is a mighty testament to our God’s great faithfulness and love. He entrusted the Jews with his word so that they could be a light to the Gentiles (Isaiah 49.6), but they broke his covenant, forsook his laws and turned to idols instead. Yet, just as the prophet Hosea kept faith with his adulterous wife, he never stopped loving them.

He brought them back to the Promised Land from every corner of the globe in perfect fulfilment of his word. Now almost half of world Jewry lives in re-born Israel, and more keep coming as anti-Semitism rears its ugly head once more in the nations to which they were dispersed for so long.

The Lord didn’t wait until they put things right. He honoured his promise and now waits patiently for the time when “they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest” (v34). As St Paul put it, the day will come when “all Israel shall be saved” (Romans 11.26), echoing the word of Zechariah speaking of the time when they will look on him whom they have pierced and mourn for him as for an only child (Zech 12.10).

Perhaps you look at the 200,000 people who marched through the streets of Tel Aviv in support of Gay Pride, and the fact that most of Israel’s population are secular in outlook. But don’t be blinded by that. See how the fig tree is blossoming: a nation has been rebuilt from a barren wasteland, now supplying the world with fruit and a global leader in technology, using their agricultural genius to help African and other countries, and even using their medical expertise to heal their ‘enemies’ as they tend to the wounds of Syrian soldiers wounded in the civil war that has been raging on their northern border.

But the real clue to their coming restoration is evidenced by the growing number of Messianic Jews – those who have recognised that Jesus (Yeshua in Hebrew) is indeed their Messiah. Despite the high price paid by Jewish believers in Jesus (being cut off from their families in many cases), they keep ‘coming home’, like the Prodigal Son – not only in Israel but throughout the world.

Yet the fig tree is still only a bud, a blossom. But it will soon be laden with fruit, like the one in Hampstead’s Spring Path.

The Church really does need to ‘watch’ Israel, especially the growth of Messianic Judaism, for it is key to the unfolding events leading up to the second coming of Christ. It is also key to understanding the lovingkindness, forbearance and longsuffering of our God, who watches over his word to see it fulfilled (Jer 1.12).

Sadly, many Christians can’t see what Israel has to do with them; they seem to forget they worship the God of Israel, which means in fact that it has everything to do with them. But if they only knew, for example, how Jews and Arabs are being reconciled through the cross (in accordance with Ephesians 2.14) and are worshipping together in many parts of Israel, their faith would be encouraged no end. For this surely underscores the truth that Jesus holds the answer to world peace.

Even on the war front, there are lessons to be learnt. The ongoing tension on the Temple Mount, for instance, needs to be understood more as a spiritual battle than a political conflict, representing on a grand scale what Christians are taught to expect in their individual lives.

Ignorance of Israel will leave your faith weakened while knowledge of Israel, even it its present largely unrepentant state, will edify your soul as you realise afresh that you can trust in the one and only Saviour of the world, for whom the Jewish people remain the apple of his eye (Deut 32.10, Zech 2.8).

Some date the budding of the fig tree from the year 1967, fifty years ago, when Israel recaptured the Old City of Jerusalem for the first time in 2,000 years, thereby ending (in the understanding of some) the ‘trampling down of Jerusalem by the Gentiles’ spoken of by our Lord (Luke 21.24). It’s an interesting point that 1967 is generally also regarded as the year the Messianic movement began in earnest, coinciding (as it happens) with the breakthrough of the Charismatic movement that brought a restoration of the gifts of the Holy Spirit to the old historic churches. The feast of Pentecost (known to Jews as Shavuot) is still seen in Israel as a celebration of the Law received by Moses, which of course is now ‘written on our hearts’ through the work of the Spirit in accordance with Ezekiel 36.26f. It seems that there is a ‘golden’ thread holding together this trinitarian truth.

So in this golden year of celebrations, make sure that ‘Jerusalem the Golden’ lightens up your understanding of the Scriptures and of God’s wonderful – though sometimes mysterious – ways.


Charles Gardner is author of Israel the Chosen, available from Amazon, and Peace in Jerusalem, available from olivepresspublisher.com

 

Barcelona Chief Rabbi to Jews: Get Out, Go To Israel

Following the Barcelona terror attacks in which 14 people were killed and some 130 wounded, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) asked the Spanish city's chief rabbi, Rabbi Meir Bar-Hen, what he thought of the future of Jews there.

Generally speaking, European Jewish leaders are extremely cautious, and would seldom, if ever, dare to call upon Jews of their respective countries to pack their belongings and move to Israel. The negative backlash to Netanyahu urging Jews to leave Europe following the January 2015 attack on a Jewish supermarket in Paris is still well remembered. "To all the Jews of France, all the Jews of Europe, I would like to say that Israel is not just the place in whose direction you pray; the State of Israel is your home," said the Israeli leader at the time. 

Netanyahu made a similar plea just a month later following the February 2015 attack outside a Copenhagen synagogue that left a Jewish security guard dead.

These calls to immigrate, which were made by other Israeli officials as well, were criticized by many European Jewish leaders. Rabbi Menachem Margolin, director of the European Jewish Association, argued that encouraging Jews to leave Europe "severely weakens and damages the Jewish communities that have the right to live securely wherever they are." Chief Rabbi of Denmark, Yair Melchior, likewise criticized Israel by stating that "if the way we deal with terror is to run somewhere else, we should all run to a deserted island."

The ISIS attack on Barcelona has elicited a similar reaction, but this time it's not Israeli officials urging Jews to flee to their ancestral homeland. It's coming from a prominent leader in the European Diaspora. Rabbi Bar-Hen firmly concluded that "Jews are not here permanently. I tell my congregants: Don’t think we’re here for good. And I encourage them to buy property in Israel. This place is lost … Europe is lost."

Bar-Hen wasn't referring only to the terror attack. He says that Spain is not only reluctant to confront Islamic terror, it fails to recognize the danger of Muslim fanaticism, as the case of Leila Khaled has clearly demonstrated. Khaled, a Palestinian terrorist convicted for hijacking airplanes in 1969 and 1970, was allowed to participate in the latest Barcelona "Revolution Means Life" book fair in May. Khaled was scheduled to speak at the launch of Sarah Irving's book Leila Khaled: Icon of Palestinian Liberation.

This wasn't an oversight by Barcelona's municipality. Five months ago, the city, led by Mayor Ada Colau Ballano of the far-left en Comú party, issued a statement supporting the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. The city's official declaration from last April states that the "Barcelona City Council puts an end to the complicity of the city of Barcelona in the flagrant, systematic human rights violations of the colonizing occupation and expansion of the State of Israel in Occupied Palestinian Territories, and recognizes the right to BDS."

A city welcoming BDS and convicted terrorists is enough for Bar-Hen to reach the conclusion that European Jewish communities are doomed. But, as was always the case, most Jews are the last to recognize their own precarious situation. So it's little surprise that we now hear Barcelona Jewish Community spokesman Victor Sorrenssen saying, "We Jews will not leave our city," and that "we are living a revival of Jewish culture." 

One can only hope Sorrenssen is right. But if not, Jews at least have a safe haven waiting for them, something not available to the many Europeans who are currently supporting the very thing that threatens their way of life.

PHOTO: The Tel Aviv municipality building seen lit up to depict the Spanish flag, in solidarity with Spain, following today's terror attack in Barcelona, where 13 people were killed and many more injured when a man drove his truck into a crowd of people. August 17, 2017. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90

 

Netanyahu To Putin: Iran Seeks To ‘Annihilate Israel,’ Control Syria And The Region

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin Wednesday in the Russian resort town of Sochi to discuss how Iran’s “accelerated” presence in Syria threatens the Jewish state and the Middle East.

Netanyahu was joined in Sochi by Yossi Cohen, director of the Mossad intelligence agency, and Meir Ben-Shabbat, the recently appointed leader of Israel’s National Security Council.

“Mr. President, with joint efforts we are defeating Islamic State, and this is a very important thing,” Netanyahu told Putin. “But the bad thing is that where the defeated Islamic State group vanishes, Iran is stepping in.”

“We cannot forget for a single minute that Iran threatens every day to annihilate Israel,” he said. “It arms terrorist organizations, it sponsors and initiates terror.”

Netanyahu also noted that the Islamic Republic is “well on its way” to controlling not only Syria, but other countries in the Middle East, including Iraq, Yemen and Lebanon.

“Beyond making the argument that Iran’s growing sphere of influence threatens Israel, I hope Netanyahu pointed out to Putin in their private meeting that Moscow’s short-term benefits from working with Tehran pale in comparison with the long-term dangers,” Daniel Pipes, president of the Middle East Forum think tank, told JNS.org.

“When strong enough, the mullahs inevitably will turn their aggressive ideological attentions on an increasingly Muslim Russia,” he said.

During the portion of the leaders’ meeting that was open to the public, Putin did not respond to Netanyahu’s comments regarding Iran’s role in Syria.  

In the closed-door part of the meeting, the Mossad’s Cohen reportedly presented the Russian leader with “sensitive, credible and very disturbing detailed intelligence” of Iran’s expanding military presence in Syria.

Citing a senior Israeli official, Haaretz reported in July that Israel is aware of Iranian plans to build up its forces in Syria through the establishment of permanent air and naval bases.

“Israel must put pressure on the Russians” to protect its security interests in Syria, Prof. Eyal Zisser, a senior research fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, and the vice rector of Tel Aviv University, told JNS.org. 

Yet Israel has “relatively little leverage” over the Russians, said Dr. Jonathan Schanzer, senior vice president of research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies think tank.

“Israel has its own missile defense and air defense systems for its own perimeter, which gives it a seat at the table,” Schanzer told JNS.org, “but in terms of telling the Russians or the U.S. what to do, this is a heavier lift.”

Netanyahu’s visit to Russia comes after a high-level Israeli security delegation met with senior U.S. defense officials last week in Washington, D.C. The Israeli officials were dismayed over a failure to secure a commitment from the U.S. for an inclusion of a clause demanding the full withdrawal of Iranian forces from Syria in the event of a peace deal to end that country’s civil war.

“The problem now is that things have evolved quickly in a way that has left the Israelis without many options,” Schanzer said. “And we’re seeing a quickening of this Iranian land bridge stretching from Iran to Lebanon and the installations that the Iranians are building.”

Since becoming actively involved in the Syrian Civil War in 2015, Russia has worked closely with Iran in support of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. Israel, meanwhile, has allegedly conducted several missile strikes targeting Iranian-sponsored weapons convoys heading to the Hezbollah terror group in Lebanon.

Netanyahu said in July that a cease-fire agreement in southern Syria, brokered by the U.S. and Russia at the G20 Summit in Germany, perpetuates the presence of Iranian forces near Israel. America and Russia responded to Netanyahu’s criticism by saying Israel’s interests would be taken into account in the war-torn state.

“What we can say for certain is that the Israelis have been consistent in their messaging with the Russians,” said Schanzer. “They have been firm on their needs and demands. In other words, they have said…‘This is what we are going to do when we see certain Iranian or Hezbollah activity.’”

Putin and Netanyahu have held five other bilateral meetings during the past two years to discuss regional issues, and to help maintain a protocol that prevents friction between their militaries in Syria. The leaders last met in Moscow in March.

“What’s needed right now,” Schanzer said, “is a broader pressure campaign against the Iranians….International pressure and attention at the United Nations is probably what is in order.”

While America’s strategy regarding Iran’s role in Syria “is still evolving,” he said, Israel is “in a different mode now as the dangers are becoming more acute.”

In Schanzer’s estimation, once the Iranian land bridge in Syria takes shape, “there will be choke points that the U.S. and Israel can target that will potentially weaken Iran’s position.”

“Once you build a land bridge, you need to maintain it,” he said. “This is not static situation.”

Reprinted with permission from JNS.org

 

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Top Israeli, American Experts Concerned About North Korean Nuclear Precedent For Iran

Several top Israeli and American experts on nuclear proliferation and Iran say the failure to successfully deal with North Korea sets a precedent for a similar result with the Islamic Republic.

“The aspect of the North Korean case that needs to be taken into account with regard to Iran is the fact that despite all the differences between the two states, they share a determination to acquire nuclear weapons in violation of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) commitment they took upon themselves to remain non-nuclear,” said Emily Landau, director of the Arms Control and Regional Security Program at Tel Aviv University’s Institute for National Security Studies.

Although North Korea exited the NPT in 2003, the international community did not view that move as giving the rogue state carte blanche to become nuclear, she noted.

“The international community faces a similar challenge in getting Iran and North Korea to back down and return to the fold of the NPT,” Landau told JNS.org, “and in both cases the strategy chosen for this was negotiations and diplomacy.”

The North Korean case entails 25 years of failed negotiations. The country has been a nuclear state for at least a decade and now has demonstrated the ability to reach the U.S. with an intercontinental ballistic missile. 

“This raises a question regarding the outcome of negotiations with Iran as well,” said Landau. “In 1994, there were celebrations of the deal with North Korea that were viewed as ending the nuclear crisis, but it continued to move forward.”

The Obama administration had celebrated the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers with even greater fanfare, but Landau believes “there is no indication of an Iranian strategic U-turn in the nuclear realm, and the deal itself is severely flawed.”

“If a short-term delay causes the international community to be lulled into a false sense that the deal ‘is working,’ as we are hearing lately from deal supporters, it is likely to wake up with a nuclear Iran that will be as firmly entrenched as North Korea,” she said, noting Iran “has been emboldened” in the Middle East since the nuclear deal was reached.

Landau also expressed concern about military collaboration between North Korea and Iran in both the missile and nuclear spheres. This activity needs to be closely monitored by intelligence agencies, she said, explaining that North Korea “will sell anything to anyone for hard cash, and Iran can pay.”

Michael Rubin—a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and a former Pentagon official, whose major research areas include the Middle East, Iran and diplomacy—said the current dilemmas with Iran and North Korea relate to how both nuclear deals were negotiated. 

“American diplomats in both cases were so afraid talks would fail that they would agree to a bad deal, and ignore backsliding and cheating just to keep hope alive,” Rubin told JNS.org.

“There was also hope in both cases that the regime was at the turning point,” he added. “Those negotiating with North Korea were convinced that the regime wouldn’t live out the deal anyway, and those negotiating with Iran fooled themselves into thinking reformists mattered.”

While the Iranian and North Korean ideologies may be different, their hatred of the West brings them together, according to Rubin.

“Add into the mix that Iran wants technology and North Korea wants cash, and it’s a match made in hell—one could even say it’s an axis of evil,” he said.

The Middle East is watching North Korea

Col. (res.) Dr. Shaul Shay, director of research for the Institute for Policy and Strategy at Israel’s IDC Herzliya research college, said Middle Eastern states such as Iran are watching how America deals with the North Korean crisis. 

“North Korea had supported Syria to build the nuclear reactor in Deir ez-Zor and Tehran used North Korean knowledge to build its nuclear program,” Shay told JNS.org.

Shay said failure to thwart North Korea “may be a prelude to a more challenging threat from Tehran.” The Americans should use a combination of military and political threats while recruiting China and Russia to defuse the tensions and prevent North Korea from going nuclear, he advised.

“So far, Iran is responding to the U.S. sanctions with further provocations,” he said. “Iran’s parliament voted Sunday to allocate $520 million to develop its missile program to fight Washington’s ‘adventurism’ and sanctions, and to boost the foreign operations of the country’s Revolutionary Guard.”

Ali Alfoneh, an Iran analyst and non-resident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, told JNS.org that “as long as Tehran complies with the JCPOA (the nuclear agreement’s formal name), as it apparently is doing, as the U.S. government recognized on July 18, I see no similarities” between the Iranian and North Korean issues.

If Tehran fails to comply with the nuclear deal, Alfoneh said, then resemblances with North Korea may emerge.

“The campaign against North Korea,” said Shay, “may define the American position against Iran.”

Reprinted with permission from JNS.org

 

Trump Demands UN Not Blacklist Companies That Do Business With Jewish Settlers

The Trump Administration is again demanding that the UN Human Rights Council refrain from publishing a "blacklist" of international companies that are in any way engaged in business in the Jewish settlements.

The UN hopes to scare these companies -- which include Caterpillar, TripAdvisor, Priceline.com and Airbnb -- to shun those Jews who live in the so-called "West Bank" as a means of ultimately driving the Jews out.

The Trump Administration, which has already once forced the UN to postpone publishing the blacklist, called it a totally counterproductive move.

"The United States has been adamantly opposed to this resolution from the start," said State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert, adding, "These types of resolutions are counterproductive and do nothing to advance Israeli-Palestinian issues."

But UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein signaled that he is determined to publish the list by the end of the year, and start pressuring large public firms to join the anti-Israel boycott.

 

Israel Expects High Profits From Medical Cannabis Exports

Israel stands to generate large profits from its burgeoning medical cannabis industry after a joint committee of the country’s Health and Finance ministries Aug. 13 approved a new measure allowing for international exports of the plant.

According to some reports, the state could earn up to $4 billion annually in revenue from medical cannabis exportation, an industry that Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon said has “significant economic potential for the state of Israel and will strengthen Israeli agriculture.”

Saul Kaye, CEO of the iCAN: Israel-Cannabis organization, whose stated mission is “to identify, invest, accelerate and showcase cannabis innovation for the global cannabis economy,” said the Israeli government’s move “will significantly increase investment as well as entrepreneurship” in the country’s cannabis technology sector.

“Numerous jobs will be created throughout the country, in areas such as ag-tech, pharma, packaging and transportation, as well as all the support services required like legal and accounting,” Kaye told JNS.org. “The economic impact will prove to be a tremendous benefit to Israel and produce many winners.”

Israeli Health Minister Yaakov Litzman initially opposed medical cannabis exports, due to concern that they may encourage recreational use of marijuana within the Jewish state. 

“Remember that the law prohibits the use and trade of cannabis, with the exception of medical cannabis for treating serious diseases in special cases and under special restrictions,” he said.

Following the ministerial measure’s approval, Litzman vowed to work to ensure that a portion of the revenue from medical cannabis exports will be applied to improving Israel’s healthcare system. 

The joint committee that recommended approving the exports also recommended certain restrictions, including limiting the privilege to the Israeli Health Ministry and licensed growers under direct government supervision. 

Israeli medical cannabis would only be exported to countries where the plant is approved for medicinal use, and which already have trade relations with Israel. The new measure allows for all forms of medical cannabis to be exported, including raw buds for smoking, oils, tablets and edibles. 

Prior to the measure’s approval, several countries had already expressed strong interest in importing Israeli medical cannabis and applied for permission to do so, including Australia, Germany, Denmark, the Czech Republic and Cyprus.

“In view of the general trend in the industry, it is expected that additional countries will potentially be interested in Israeli exports,” the joint committee stated. 

Ma'ayan Weisberg, head of foreign relations at Tikun Olam Ltd., Israel’s first and largest supplier of medical cannabis, said the organization “has received hundreds of requests throughout the years to export our products internationally.”

“We thank the recommendations of the government for allowing exports in the near future with no more difficulties,” she told JNS.org.

Weisberg noted that more than 90 percent of Tikun Olam’s medical patients “have benefited” from the cannabis strains and products provided by the company. 

“Patients have reported an improvement in their health and daily functionality, a decrease in need for medication and an increase in overall wellbeing,” she said. 

The medical cannabis supplier had already established various international “collaborations” in Canada, the U.S., Australia “and in other places soon to come,” Weisberg said.

“There is no logical or legal reason not to authorize exports for the benefit of the Israeli economy and people,” she asserted.

Tikun Olam is one of eight licensed medical cannabis growers in Israel, which combine to produce some 10 tons of the plant annually. More than 500 additional growers have applied to produce medical cannabis for the purpose of international exportation. 

In February, an Israeli government committee took the first steps toward allowing the export of medical cannabis from Israel, and in March, the Knesset legislature passed a new law essentially decriminalizing recreational marijuana use nationwide.

In recent years, Israel has become a hub for the study and distribution of medical cannabis. Hebrew University’s Prof. Raphael Mechoulam initially discovered THC, the primary psychoactive compound in the cannabis plant, in the 1970s. Since then, Israeli hospitals have demonstrated a willingness to perform clinical trials on the effectiveness of cannabis in relieving the symptoms of tens of thousands of patients suffering from chronic or terminal conditions.

“Israel’s medical cannabis program is the oldest and most advanced in the world,” said iCAN’s Kaye. “Our regulatory environment allows for clinical trials to test efficacy on a variety of illnesses and our government has even provided grants for several cannabis companies. This is in stark contrast to the United States, where the ability to research the plant is nearly impossible because of Cannabis’s status as a Schedule I substance.”

Reprinted with permission from the Jewish News Service

 

Serving in the IDF always has its dangers...

While most 18 year-olds, the world over, are enrolling in universities and colleges or getting jobs, their peers in Israel are enrolling in the Israel Defense Forces. They patrol our borders, man checkpoints, serve as medics, gather intelligence and participate in a variety of combat roles.

Even during “quiet” times in Israel, there is always be a risk of danger. The recent "intifada of the knives" has especially targeted our young operational soldiers as well as unarmed civilians.

Despite the dangers they experience every day, Israeli soldiers continue to fulfill their duties to the maximum.



 

Top Pro-Israel Figures in America Want Trump to Fire His NSA

There is a mounting campaign amongst conservatives in America to convince President Donald Trump to fire his national security adviser, H.R. McMaster.

Leading the charge are top pro-Israel figures like Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) President Morton Klein and billionaire philanthropist Sheldon Adelson.

Klein and the ZOA have published a number of reports highlighting McMaster's hostility toward the Jewish state, his support for the failed Iran nuclear deal, and his whitewashing of Islamic terror groups like Hamas and Al Qaeda.

Israel-supporters fear McMaster will use his position to derail Trump's stated pro-Israel policies.

For his part, Adelson is a major financial backer of the Trump presidency, and had previously declined to join any kind of public attack on the president's staffing choices.

Liberal media outlets in America took that to mean that Adelson rejected the criticism of McMaster.

But in an email to Klein that was given to the JTA, Adelson acknowledged that he previously didn't know much about Trump's NSA, and now that he's learned more, he supports efforts to remove McMaster from the White House staff.

Adelson, who has some degree of influence with Trump for the aforementioned reasons, concluded his email to Klein by stating:

"Politics is your full time job. It’s not my full time job. I can’t get involved in every campaign and every debate. Now that I have talked to somebody with personal experience with McMaster, I support your efforts. Not that I am looking to get deeply involved in this debate."

 

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Hamas Gets Taste of Its Own Medicine in Gaza Suicide Bombing

Hamas popularized the use of suicide bomb attacks as a more effective way of murdering Israeli men, women and children.

So it was with a small degree of satisfaction that Israelis learned at the weekend that a top Hamas commander in Gaza had been killed by an ISIS suicide bomber.

The attack occurred on Thursday morning along the Gaza-Egypt border.

Four members of a local ISIS cell were trying to cross from Gaza into the Egyptian Sinai when they were apparently stopped by both Hamas security personnel and the Egyptian military.

One of the ISIS terrorists later identified as Mustafa Kullab then detonated his bomb vest, killing the Hamas commander and wounding five of his men.

Kullab was revealed to have been a former Hamas member who was apparently left disillusioned by the group. His victim was Nidal al-Jaafari, a member of Hamas' "elite" forces and commander of the snipers' division.

 

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Yeshua's Prompt Return

The Lord Yeshua's imminent Second Coming is the most relevant topic for our generation.

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Palestinian Leadership Congratulates North Korean Regime

Two peas in a pod, is how some might describe fellow despots Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

On Tuesday, Abbas made no secret of his affinity for the regime in Pyongyang by issuing a statement congratulating Kim on the occasion of North Korea's "Liberation Day."

The holiday marks the fall of North Korea to what is today one of the most repressive regimes on the face of the earth.

"The Korean people offered the most precious sacrifices for their freedom and dignity," stated Abbas, ignoring the enormous suffering and oppression of the citizens of North Korea.

Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett said he was not surprised by Abbas' position, noting that it's not the first time the Palestinian leadership has aligned itself with history's most villainous regimes.

"First Hitler, then S. Hussein, now Kim Jong-un. If you want to take a moral stand, check who the Palestinians support and do the opposite," tweeted Bennett.

 

Hilarious Satire Skewers Palestinian Authority For Selling 'Alternative Facts'

How is it that despite written and physical evidence, the Palestinian Authority has managed to convinced the world that Jews have no connection to this land?

The following satirical video clip, while hilarious, contains some very key truths that anyone who wants to truly understand the Middle East conflict needs to come to grips with.

Chief among those is that the Palestinian Authority has learned that by calling their phony claims a "narrative," they have cleverly precluded being held accountable by the mainstream media or liberal governments.

 

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A Bundle of Love for Immigrant Families

We are in the planning stages to distribute prepared food packages to Ethiopian families soon, in cooperation with the "Ministry of Immigrant Absorption", in Mevaseret Zion (near Jerusalem)!

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Rabbi: Solar Eclipse is Divine Warning For America

Israeli rabbis have joined American Christian leaders in issuing a range of divine interpretations for the upcoming solar eclipse that will be visible across the United States.

A solar eclipse is an exceedingly rare event, and the fact that it will be entirely visible in only one country has struck many as being indicative of divine intervention.

Rabbinical officials in Israel have further noted that the eclipse will occur on August 21, which coincides with the last day of the Hebrew month of Av, a day known in Judaism as Yom Kippur Katan, or the "minor" Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.

Taken together, American-born Israeli rabbi and author Lazar Brody explained the significance to Breaking Israel News:

"In Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism), the sun represents the nations of the world, and the moon represents Israel. This eclipse is only over the United States. That is a shout from above, saying,  ‘America, get your act together, Come back to the Almighty and cast away all your legalization of what the Torah calls abominations’. Idol worship isn’t only bowing down to idols. In the US, there are people who worship homosexuality and perversion, one of the reasons the Talmud states for a solar eclipse."

 

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Threatened By North Korea, Governor of Guam Draws Comparison With Israel

At a press conference addressing the North Korea nuclear threat against his island, Governor Eddie Calvo drew clear comparisons between the situations in which both Guam and Israel currently find themselves.

During an exchange with an Israeli reporter, Calvo noted:

"Like Israel, we’ve had a lot of practice here. Some of it, most of it, has been made by nature and now, of course, some of the threats are made by a gentleman from North Korea."

 

Arab States Slash Aid to Increasingly Irrelevant Palestinian Authority

The Palestinians' worst nightmare is coming true -- they are becoming irrelevant in the eyes of regional and global power players.

For decades, the Palestinian leadership and other Muslim groups exploiting their cause have managed to keep the Palestinian "struggle" front and center.

So successful have they been that the so-called Palestinian "refugee crisis," dubious as it may be, is the only refugee community in the world to have a dedicated United Nations body and permanent agenda item.

But all that started to change when Donald Trump entered the White House.

President Trump's initial interactions with the Palestinian leadership have been rough, to say the least, while the US-Israel relationship has entered a second honeymoon under his leadership. Whispers out of Washington indicate that Trump doesn't expect much to come of the current land-for-peace process, and certainly isn't going to screw Israel just to get a bad deal signed.

Combined with numerous other factors -- such as ISIS and the Iran nuclear threat -- that has, in turn, resulted in leading Arab states dropping the Palestinians from the top of their own lists of priorities.

And with that has come a drastic decrease in financial aid.

A Channel 2 News report last week revealed that donations from the Arab world to the Palestinian Authority have been slashed by 50 percent over the past four years.

A mere quarter of the Palestinian Authority's 2017 budget of approximately $3.7 billion has come from her Arab neighbors. The bulk was provided primarily by the European Union, the United States and Canada.

Those feeling the pinch hardest are the residents of the Gaza Strip. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has cut off almost all government funding to Gaza, which has since 2007 been under the direct control of his Hamas rivals.

 

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Israel Grants Asylum to Iranian Journalist Facing Death Penalty

Israel Interior Minister Aryeh Deri just before the weekend granted political asylum to Neda Amin, an Iranian journalist facing the death penalty for the crime of writing a column for an Israeli media website.

Amin had previously been staying in Turkey while penning her views for the Times of Israel. But she was recently informed by Ankara that she'd have to return to Iran.

Back in her home country, Amin was facing the death penalty for cooperating with Israel.

Deri said the decision to grant her asylum was a no-brainer.

"This is a journalist whose life is in real danger, only because of writing columns on an Israeli news website. In these clear humanitarian circumstances, I authorize her entry without hesitation," announced the interior minister.

After landing in Israel over the weekend, Amin gushed her appreciation.

"I was in danger and the State of Israel saved me. I want to stay here for now, but I will honor any decision of the authorities," she told reporters.

Amin further explained that she'd been instilled with an affinity for Israel by her father.

"My father didn't really believe in Islam, so he also learned about Judaism," she said. "My roots are somewhat connected to Judaism. I loved Israel since my youth; I never accepted all the regime’s anti-Israel slogans. I always dreamed that I will somehow get to Israel."

 

How Beautiful on the Mountains…

Beautiful feet took a message of good news for Israel across the mountains of North Wales in partial fulfilment of an ancient prophecy (Isaiah 52.7).

Some 80 competitors took part in an 8km run along the Clwydian range to demonstrate Christian support for the Jewish state.

Organised by the Father’s House Sabbath congregation at Shotton, Deeside, it was preceded by two days of prayer for Israel attended by over 150 people and featured Revelation TV Middle East Report presenter Simon Barrett.

Wearing T-shirts specially designed for the occasion, the participants placed an Israeli flag atop the area’s highest peak, Moel Famua, at 1,843ft, and were much encouraged by support from the public.

One person shouted that they were “running for a great cause” and drivers blew their horns as competitors drove away from the event with Star of David flags on their cars.

Father’s House pastor Michael Fryer said: “As British Prime Minister in 1917, Welshman David Lloyd George stood in support of the establishment of the state of Israel, resulting in what we know today as the Balfour Declaration. He was one of many UK Christian leaders who understood the importance of Israel as the home of the Jewish people. Today in Wales there are still many Christians who feel the same and want to express their support.”

He added: “Israel is a world leader in medical and technological research as well as in horticulture and agriculture which is helping many poor countries around the globe. We want to say thank you to Israel for all these advancements, but also for all that they have given to us spiritually – we also see that Israel is fulfilling the words of the prophets.”

The weekend included a photographic exhibition of children and other members of Kibbutz Kfar Aza, situated close to Gaza, which has been a target for Hamas rockets over many years. Depicting the reality of what it’s like for ordinary communities to live under the constant threat of terror, the photos were taken by student photographer Grace Fryer, who has stayed in Kfar Aza.

PHOTO: Hoisting the Israeli flag atop a Welsh mountain. Photo by Charles Gardner


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Are We Witnessing the End of Netanyahu's Reign?

Many people here are convinced that when Prime Minister Netanyahu's former adviser Ari Harow turned state's witness, it marked the beginning of the end for Israel's longest serving leader. Not a few believe that Netanyahu will soon resign, and could even find himself convicted of bribery and fraud.

Yet, just as many, if not more, are in agreement with Professor Alan Dershowitz, who said that the multiple investigations into Netanyahu's conduct are a deliberate attempt by the mainstream media and left-wing politicians to force him out of office. Since the left "can't beat him through democratic means," Dershowitz said, "they're trying to use these investigations and the media to push him out of office."

The notion that Netanyahu must be overthrown by almost any means necessary was poignantly expressed recently by well-known actress Rivka Michaeli, who told the Israeli newspaper Ma'ariv that she hopes that "people who care for this country will wake up and take by force what was taken from us by force." As to who took what by force, Michaeli left that to the readers' imagination.

To be sure, Michaeli is one of many who are willing to stop at nothing in their campaign to oust Netanyahu. For several months now, a group of several hundred have been demonstrating outside the home of Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit, demanding that he stop stalling the investigations into Netanyahu, as they see it. Passions runs high among these demonstrators. One recently held a sign reading: "Bibi is guilty until proven innocent!!!" Though none in this group seemed bothered by the fact that the absurd slogan was signed by none other than "The Democratic Camp -- The Democrats," whoever that is.

Dershowitz may indeed have a point. To see that, all one need do is compare the outrage over Netanyahu's drinking and smoking habits to the nonchalant attitude toward former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's extravagant collection of fountain pens (valued at an estimated $1 million), many of which were received as gifts during his time in office. Or, perhaps consider the lavish birthday parties that were thrown for the late Shimon Peres at the state's expense, which didn't seem to bother either the media or his supporters.

Sadly, this blatant double standard, coupled with a constant flow of misinformation, may ultimately have the desired effect. Still, as one trustworthy journalist, Yoav Yitzhak, speculated, turning Harow state's witness wasn't done to ensures Netanyahu's indictment, as so many had hoped. Rather, the goal is to get to the truth, whatever it may be.

In the meantime, media polls show a steady decrease in support for Netanyahu. Social media, on the other hand, gives the impression that a growing number of people who didn't vote for Netanyahu will vote for him next time around due to little more than their distaste for such anti-democratic campaigns designed to overthrow a duly-elected government. 

But the battle is still raging, and its outcome is anything but certain.

 

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Workers Revolt Against Gay Pride

The victory of National Trust volunteers who objected to wearing badges showing support for gay pride was as welcome as it was unexpected – given the current politically-correct climate.

Can Israel learn from this in respect of caving in to intimidation over the Temple Mount? And they also face issues of gay pride, with a march being held in Jerusalem this week. More on the Mount later…

For those outside the UK, the National Trust is charged with looking after many of the nation’s great estates, particularly in cases where their upkeep is no longer economically viable for the original owners.

Now, following an outcry to a new directive barring volunteers from public-facing duties at a Norfolk stately home if they refuse to wear the gay ‘rainbow’ symbol over which dozens have quit, the Trust has backed down.

Unpaid staff at Felbrigg Hall had been offered behind-the-scenes roles after saying there were “uncomfortable” with the idea – part of a six-week ‘Prejudice and Pride’ event marking 50 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality.

As Trust members, my wife and I were already concerned about the trend shown in their magazine to promote the homosexual legacy linked with some of their country houses, and so I suppose this ‘badge of honour’ was the next inevitable step.

But they have tripped up, fulfilling a biblical promise that “whoever leads the upright along an evil path will fall into their own trap, but the blameless will receive a good inheritance.” (Proverbs 28.10)

The BBC and other media are milking the ‘golden’ anniversary for all its worth in plaguing us with a veritable flood of gay propaganda, so much so that it seems hardly possible to find alternative viewing. Their clear agenda is to heap this new morality on millions of people forced to pay through the nose for the ‘privilege’ with a hefty license fee.

That is bad enough, but when the national body entrusted with the immense privilege of looking after our magnificent heritage takes up the baton for which they have absolutely no mandate (neither does the BBC, for that matter), things have gone too far.

The courage of the NT workers is to be applauded. It shows there is still a remnant of decent folk who are not necessarily Christians but have nevertheless decided against having their hard-fought freedom, principles and consciences dictated to any longer.

The shame is that our spineless church leaders, who haven’t the bottle to say boo to a goose, failed to lead the way in what I suspect could be the beginning of a fight-back for a recovery of Christian standards.

Of course it’s too early to say if the backlash has truly begun – and things could yet get worse. After all – riots, terror and intimidation seem to have worked in Israel where murder and mayhem followed the killing by terrorists of two Israeli border policemen on the Temple Mount. These riots were not incited by Jews whom you might have thought would have been justified in doing so, but by Palestinians.

Because of the slaying of the policemen, the Israeli government installed metal detectors at the Temple Mount entries as an obvious safety measure – and this is what sparked the riots, said to have been inflamed by Israel’s arch-enemy Iran. To their shame, however, the authorities eventually backed off as tensions threatened to get out of control.

Bizarrely, Jews visiting the Mount – where their first and second Temples stood 2,000-plus years ago and which Muslims now claim as their own – are not even permitted to pray on what is their holiest site! And they do not object to metal detectors as they have no intention of harming anyone.

Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that (caving in to mob-rule) in the ongoing battle between gay rights and God’s laws.

In Hull, Yorkshire – once renowned from its predominance of evangelicals including the legendary William Wilberforce – a Church of England minister has held a special service to mark the city’s homosexual pride celebrations. And the event was addressed by a transsexual activist who was born male but lives as a woman and describes himself as a lesbian.

Meanwhile the Emmaus Group have launched a series of articles highlighting what they refer to as increasing acts of sedition against our most holy God.

“One of the biggest challenges hitting the church right now is the storm of secularism and humanism with its LGBT and transgender movements,” they said, adding: “The word of God is clear, concise and unambiguous: no sexually immoral person will have a place in the kingdom of heaven.”

Also among those denied entry to God’s eternal dwelling, they point out, are “all liars” – and they will be cast into the lake of fire. (Revelation 21.8)

Such people “willfully pursue what is in opposition to God’s will and practice it with pride. So it should be no surprise the LGBT movements hold what they call ‘pride’ festivals…celebrating all that is abominable before God. And church leaders who advocate in favour of such iniquity will be judged more harshly.”

But I nevertheless hope and pray that we have turned the corner. Ordinary, decent folk also have rights – especially to a quiet life devoid of manipulation, intimidation and interference from busybodies determined to force their agenda onto an unsuspecting world.

The words of King Solomon are so true of today – and they also give us hope: “When the wicked thrive, so does sin, but the righteous will see their downfall.” (Proverbs 29.16)


Charles Gardner is author of Israel the Chosen, available from Amazon, and Peace in Jerusalem, available from olivepresspublisher.com

 

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The Jews of Arabia and the Making of Islam

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Jerusalem Residents Tell Gay Parade: You Would Never Do This In An Arab Town

Right-wing religious Jewish protesters were out in force during the 16th annual Gay Pride Parade that made its way through the streets of downtown Jerusalem last week.

Police arrested one man who was threatening the marchers, but the parade concluded without any violent incidents.

The anti-gay protesters, however, did loudly call out the apparent hypocrisy of the LGBT movement and its liberal backers.

"They would never let you hold such a march in Umm el-Fahm (a major Arab Muslim town in northern Israel). Show your respect to Jerusalem residents," shouted Bentzi Gopstein, head of the often violent Lehava anti-assimilation organization.

Indeed, surveys have shown that a majority of Israeli Jews, like Muslim Arabs, do not want grand open displays of homosexuality on their streets. But the LGBT movement forces itself upon the residents of Jerusalem, while conspicuously avoiding Muslim towns, either out of fear or respect for Islam.

In fact, the Jerusalem Pride Parade won't dare enter Arab neighborhoods in the capital itself.

Jerusalem Chief Rabbi Aryeh Stern took a somewhat softer tone in lamenting what he saw as the desecration of the Holy City.

"It is sad that a couple of days after Tisha B’Av, when masses visited Jerusalem and remembered it being a holy city… The essence of this parade is contradicting the trend of Jerusalem as a holy city, and that is the city we want," Stern told Army Radio, adding that "holding the parade in the city streets is causing more damage to its supporters than benefiting them."

 

Israeli Journalists Nearly Lynched to Death in Jaffa by 'Peaceful' Local Arabs

Israel has grown so fearful of upsetting the status quo with the Arabs living both inside and surrounding the country that it is willing to quietly sacrifice the safety of its own Jewish population, the very people the state was established in order to protect.

Late last month, a 20-year-old Arab criminal from the Tel Aviv suburb of Jaffa was shot and killed by police while attempting to evade arrest. The incident marked a point of severe tension in a mixed Jewish-Arab town otherwise known as a model of coexistence.

It's the kind of story journalists salivate over, and so two of Channel 2 News' top correspondents, a reporter and a cameraman, arranged to attend the funeral. What could go wrong? We're talking about Jaffa, not Palestinian Authority-ruled, Hamas-infested Hebron.

Tellingly, the funeral procession did very much resemble those seen in Hamas-dominated areas, complete with chants of "Allah hu-Akbar" from a mob that just looks like it's itching for a fight. And since they were the only Jews in sight, the two Channel 2 correspondents quickly went from invited media guests to targets of murderous violence.

The irony of the situation must be highlighted: These young Arabs were upset over alleged police brutality, and so demonstrated their frustration by attempting to beat to death two innocent Jews.

The lead reporter provided his harrowing first-hand account via Facebook from his hospital bed in Tel Aviv:

Many thanks to all the friends, colleagues and dear followers who contacted me and asked how I’m doing. I can’t reply to everyone, but you have warmed my heart this whole day.

We were in a lynch yesterday. I and the cameraman Gal Zaetman went to cover the funeral of the Jaffa youth who was shot by police. As is our habit, we tried to bring the pictures and voices from the under-belly of the area, in order to convey the situation and to bring to our viewers the most objective pictures.

We marched along with them. Hundreds of people, mostly youths, marched behind the vehicle carrying the body of the youth, and they were calling “Allah u-Akhbar”. Since we had been invited there by some of them, I felt – apparently without justification – that it was fairly safe.

In one second, everything burst into flames. It started with Gal; they began hitting him. They took his camera and smashed it. He received punches and kicks but succeeded in escaping.

The minutes were pressured, but I remember (oddly) having clear and analytical thoughts. I remembered how on a safari trek in South Africa, the guide advised us that if a wild animal starts to chase you – don’t run; this only encourages its natural predator instinct. So, I stood my ground with those who had beaten Gal, and I held up my hands as a sign of apology. I thought that if I just asked forgiveness for having disturbed them, I would be able to leave in peace.

There was no one to talk to.

The first punch that landed on my face was still tolerable. Again, the analytical thought: Don’t return the punch, even though you can, even though you know how. It will only fan the rage of the crowd.

Suddenly another punch, and another kick. Two held me down to the ground, others ripped my shirt. Another man was grasping me tightly with his arms around my throat. He brought his mouth down to my arm and bit it, hard.

And now, a different clear thought: The time period has already expired for what I would have estimated is the average time for an attack on a man who has surrendered and is lying on the ground. I am being lynched.

I don’t know how long this lasted. It could have been five minutes, or maybe 15 seconds. I have no idea. Nor do I have an idea how many people were participating in this celebration. Maybe five, maybe 15.

I was alone. I understood that I needed to escape from there as soon as possible. But I couldn’t see at all out of one eye, and my left leg was too weak for me to drag myself out of there. Dozens of people were around me, shouting and calling out in bloodlust, which I hear as though I’m sitting in a closed room and they’re standing outside the door.

Suddenly someone pulled me by the hand. An anonymous person, whose face I can’t remember, yanked me out of the circle. “Run,” he said to me. I started to run. The beasts had apparently had their fill, because no one chased me.

At Ichilov Hospital I was diagnosed with lacerated shoulders, ribs that felt better than they were, a black eye and bruises all over my body. My doctors said to me, “It was only a miracle that nothing worse happened,” applying the media cliché that I try so hard to avoid every day.

The time is still ahead to draw lessons from this incident, but I do not regret going there. My job as a journalist is to bring to the viewing public the real picture, the authentic voices that can’t be accessed from the outside.

The Jaffa crowd that I encountered was inflamed and enraged. They are not the only ones inciting against media people. We will continue to be there, reporting with integrity and preserving our job as gatekeepers – even opposite an enraged and inflamed crowd, and even opposite whoever is inciting them.

(Translated from Hebrew by Hannah Weiss in her coverage of the near-lynch for Kehila News.)

Shockingly, this serious incident received minimal media coverage.

The international press didn't touch it at all, though had the roles been reversed (Jews lynching Arab journalists), you can be certain it would have made headline news around the globe.

In Israel, only a couple English-language outlets covered the story. The mainstream Hebrew press carried it, but relegated the attack to second-tier news. Even Channel 2 failed to adequately highlight what had happened to its own reporters and what that said about race relations in Israel.

The reason for this is painfully obvious for those living in this land. Israel has grown so fearful of upsetting the status quo that its government and media organs will turn a blind eye even to attempted murder. The result is that there are today a great many areas in the Jewish state where Jews tread at their own risk.

PHOTO: Arab residents of Jaffa holding placards and waving the Palestinian flag during a protest at the Jaffa Clock square on July 3, 2014. Photo by Tomer Neuberg/Flash90

 

To Ascend the Mount, or Not, That is the Question

Last week, a record number of Israelis visited the Temple Mount. 

According to some sources, more than 1,200 Jews entered the holy site to mark the fast of Tisha b'Av, which commemorates the destruction of the Temple. Hundreds more were not allowed in because, unlike Muslims, Jews can enter the Temple Mount for only four hours a day through a single gate equipped with metal detectors. 

This number of visitors in a single day is the highest since 1967. Even so, statistically speaking, it was a surprisingly low turnout, considering that seven million Jews now live in Israel. One reason for this is that a great many Israeli Jews simply don't think much of the Temple Mount. For far too many, Judaism's holiest site is a religious relic of the past. These Israelis would probably have agreed with Moshe Dayan, who, instead of establishing firm Israeli sovereignty over the Temple Mount in 1967, asked, "Why do I need this Vatican?" and handed it over to the Islamic Trust (Waqf).

But far more Israelis will not ascend the Mount for religious reasons. Still today, the rabbinic prohibition on entering the sacred compound is viewed by the majority as obligatory. The rabbinic ruling is predicated on the inability to determine where exactly the Temple once stood, meaning that one risks inadvertently treading on the area of the Holy of Holies. To do so would invite upon oneself the severe "cutting off" (Kareth) punishment, which means either death by divine hand or being cut off from the people of Israel.

The significantly large number of people who did enter the Temple Mount last week has prompted Chief Sephardi Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef to issue a special warning reminding the people that "Halacha [rabbinic ruling] forbids ascension to the Mount, and those Jews who do ascend desecrate the holiness of the Mount." Rabbi Yosef's opinion, shared by other leading rabbis, most of them ultra-Orthodox, is a powerful deterrent for many Jews.

However, if in the past this prohibition ruled supreme, today more and more rabbis are saying the exact opposite, that it is obligatory to ascend the TempleMount. These rabbis, mostly from the national religious faction, justify their opinion by presuming to know which places on the Mount are off-limits. In addition, they say, because of the Israeli government's appalling discriminatory policy against Jews, "the need to ascend the Mount is even more important because it has a 'conquering' aspect to it."

This second group of rabbis is calling for nothing less than toppling the sacred traditional halachic ruling that is still very much in force. The record number of Jews who entered the Temple Mount on Tisha B'Av is a clear sign that the times are changing. It is most likely that in the future more and more Jews will reject the old dictum and ascend the Mount in greater numbers, challenging both the Israeli government and the Muslim world.

 

New Poll Shows Israelis Want Embattled Netanyahu to Resign

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is currently being investigated on multiple charges of bribery and fraud, and recent Israeli media reports suggested that the legal noose was tightening.

Last week, police officials announced that Netanyahu's former chief of staff Ari Harow had turned state's witness, and would testify against the prime minister.

Currently, the most severe charge against Netanyahu is that he made an illicit deal with the publisher of Yediot Ahronot, Israel's best-selling newspaper, to hinder its top rival, the free daily newspaper Israel Hayom, in exchange for more flattering coverage.

A Channel 10 survey revealed that 51 percent of Israelis believe Netanyahu is guilty, and that 66 percent expect him to resign immediately if indicted.

Minister of Environmental Protection Ze'ev Elkin (Likud) responded on Israel Radio, insisting that the public is lashing out at Netanyahu while only possessing one side of the story.

"Netanyahu cannot present his version of things. Everyone shows only the version that accuses him, so it is an unfair contest," said Elkin. "The public's attitude is not surprising, considering that for a few days all they heard in the media is that Netanyahu has already been convicted, so obviously this has an impact on the question of the public's trust."

 

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Trump Stands By White House Official Accused of Being Anti-Israel

US President Donald Trump has risked upsetting his Christian supporters by openly supporting embattled National Security Adviser Lt.-Gen. H.R. McMaster amid charges that the latter is anti-Israel.

McMaster's appointment by Trump ruffled pro-Israel feathers months ago due to his previous support for the Iran nuclear deal and his referring to the Jewish state as an "occupying power."

It was widely rumored that during Trump's visit to Israel earlier this year, it was McMaster that ultimately convinced the president to not allow Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to accompany him to the Western Wall.

Trump initially wanted Netanyahu by his side, a move that would have firmly demonstrated America's commitment to a united Jerusalem under Israeli rule.

McMaster was again making waves last when he fired Ezra Cohen-Watnick, the senior director for intelligence on the National Security Council.

Like two other NSC officials recently fired by McMaster, Cohen-Watnick is staunchly pro-Israel and, as such, vehemently opposed to the Iran nuclear deal in its current form.

In short, McMaster's recent moves seem to be in service to maintaining a situation in the Middle East that Netanyahu has described as an existential threat to Israel, an assessment with which Trump previously agreed.

That led to a social media backlash, with millions posting messages to Twitter accompanied by the hashtag #FireMcMaster.

The president, who as we all know frequents Twitter, shot back in a letter he sent to the New York Times.

"General McMaster and I are working very well together," Trump insisted. "He is a good man and very pro-Israel. I am grateful for the work he continues to do serving our country."

 

Palestinian Terrorist Looks to Score Major Payday For Killing Jewish Family

A commentary in the National Post indicates that Canadians are becoming fed up with their tax dollars rewarding Palestinian terrorists for murdering Israeli Jews.

Israeli officials have long lamented that the policies of the Palestinian Authority have made terrorism the most lucrative profession in the "disputed territories."

A terrorist that successfully kills Jews, but is then captured and jailed is entitled to a monthly government stipend of around $3,000, which is far higher than the average monthly income in the Palestinian-controlled territories.

At just 19 years of age, Omar al-Abed joined that elite middle class when, on July 21, he infiltrated the Israeli settlement of Halamish and slaughtered a Jewish family preparing for the weekly Shabbat meal.

Those stipends are paid to murderers like al-Abed by the Palestinian Authority, which in turn receives most of its financing from foreign donors like the United States, European Union and Canada.

Writing for the National Post, an indignant Casey Babb insisted that it is "abhorrent to think that any money from North America governments might be rewarding terrorism, yet it’s hard to conclude otherwise."

The Palestinian Authority receives its funding from various sources, such as the United National Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). But all of those sources receive their funding directly from Western governments.

Canada halted its funding of UNRWA in 2010 precisely because too much of the money was going toward encouraging terrorism against Israel. But liberal Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reinstated the funding, to the tune of $25 million a year, shortly after taking office.

PHOTO: Family and friends say goodbye to Yosef Salomon (70), his daughter Haya (46) and son Elad (35). Meanwhile, their murders will provide a major financial boon to the family of terrorist Omar al-Abed thanks to generous Western financial support for the Palestinian Authority. Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

 

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Trump's Son-in-Law Jared Kushner Recorded Taking Israel's Side in Temple Mount Dispute

US President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior aid Jared Kushner was recorded telling a closed-door meeting that Israel was in the right when in came to the recent tension over the Temple Mount.

Kushner was speaking to congressional interns, one of whom recorded the conversation and leaked it to the media.

In the portion dealing with the recent clashes over Israel's installation and subsequent removal of metal detectors at the Jerusalem holy site, Kushner stated:

"I don’t know if everyone is familiar, but there were two people—two Israeli guards killed at the Temple Mount, and that’s the first time in many, many, many years that that happened, so Israelis [unintelligible] putting up metal detectors on the Temple Mount, which is not an irrational thing to do. So then what happens is they start inciting it. They say look, you know, this is a change to the status quo. The Temple Mount is a [unintelligible] occupation of Israel, and Israel was saying we don’t want anything to do with that, we just want to make sure people are safe. And that really incited a lot of tension in the streets."

Kushner also acknowledged that the Trump Administration was unlikely to succeed where past administration had failed in bringing genuine peace to the Middle East.

"What do we offer that’s unique? I don’t know. I’m sure everyone that’s tried this has been unique in some ways, but again we’re trying to follow very logically. We’re thinking about what the right end state is. And we’re trying to work with the parties very quietly to see if there’s a solution.

"There may be no solution, but it’s one of the problem sets that the president asked us to focus on. So we’re going to focus on it and try to come to the right conclusion in the near future."

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In the most recent edition of Israel Today Magazine we discussed the growing rift between the Trump Administration and the Palestinian Authority, revealed when Kushner met with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and firmly took Israel's side.

While the Trump Administration may indeed be unable to oversee a genuine peace, it appears that it won't follow in the footsteps of past administrations by pushing a phony peace.

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Israeli Man in Critical Condition After Fighting Off Palestinian Terrorist

The above video is security camera footage of a 19-year-old Palestinian Arab brutally stabbing an Israeli supermarket employee in the town of Yavne on Wednesday.

Despite multiple stab wounds, the victim was able to stay on his feet, fight back and ultimately get away from the terrorist.

Outraged local citizens then chased down and apprehended the terrorist before police arrived and arrested him.

The victim is currently in a coma with severe wounds to his chest and neck.

 

Just Don't Move Your Lips!

Earlier this week, Israeli Jews marked Tisha B'Av, the fast commemorating the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem. Over 100,000 came to the Western Wall, and more than 1,000 Jews ascended the Temple Mount, the latter being a new record in these times.

But, in accordance with the Muslim-imposed status quo, those Jewish visitors were forbidden to pray at Judaism's holiest site.

The following is an account from Israel Today columnist Tsvi Sadan about his recent visit to the Temple Mount. It was first published in the June edition or our magazine:

I last visited the Temple Mount some 40 years ago, and even then it was as a tourist. So, I’m hardly qualified to address this topic, but I feel the need to, nevertheless.

My recent visit to the Temple Mount began with an extensive security check and we were accompanied the entire time by a police escort. These measures were not for our safety, but rather to ensure we didn’t make even the slightest religious (Jewish) gesture.

Foreign tourists strolled about freely, while we Israelis were tightly surrounded by police officers, one for every Jew.

We were allowed to move only as a group, and had to follow a specified route. Deviating was forbidden, and we were being photographed the entire time. I wondered out loud if these policemen were there to protect us, or from us. Most were either Druze or Muslims, and had difficulty understanding my nuanced Hebrew.

The Temple Mount is open to Jews for only a short period of time each day, and we were careful not to enter areas forbidden by Jewish laws of purity. Muslim families, meanwhile, were picnicking wherever they pleased while their children played soccer. They could come and go unhindered 24 hours a day through eight different gates. Jews can enter the Mount through only one, which is closed most of the time.

As we arrived on the eastern side of the Mount, our Orthodox Jewish guide, Moshe, came to a halt opposite the place where the Temple’s doors once stood. He prayed silently, in his heart, careful not to move his lips, lest the vigilant police officers forcibly remove him from the holy site and possibly place him under arrest. 

As we moved on, a policeman asked one of two group members not wearing a kippa why he had joined a group of religious Jews. "You are secular!" he exclaimed. "Next time enter the line of tourists." He had no clue about the yearning of the Jewish soul.

Make no mistake. The Temple Mount is in our hands, but any Jew making a religious gesture will be punished to the full extent of

the law. The State of Israel exercises sovereignty over the Temple Mount, but it is a timid sovereignty driven by fear that any expression of Jewish control would set off this "powder keg."

And so Israel tiptoes around the Temple Mount, embittering the lives of Jewish activists, while being careful not to ruffle a single feather among Muslim provocateurs.

It is a convoluted sovereignty applied in self-deception that is now crumbling under its own lies. It is a sovereignty that knows nothing of the yearning of the Jewish soul.

This account was first published in the June 2017 issue of Israel Today Magazine.

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The Face of Ungratefulness

A sense of despair accompanies the experience of watching someone defending Israel. The bias, the ignorance, the post-truth era, makes it nearly impossible to win an argument that favors Israel. 

It's as if in and of itself speaking positively about the Jewish state is illegitimate. 

The reasons for such an appalling atmosphere are shifting, according to the trendiest ideological buzz. Today, what makes Israel hated is colonialism. Jews who came from Europe, or so claim the anti-colonialists, colonized Palestine, which is why no matter what Israel does, its existence can't be justified.

Yesterday, we marked the 9th of Av (Tisha B'Av) fast day, which commemorates the destruction of the Temple, the same holy site UNESCO refuses to acknowledge has any Jewish connection. This theft of Jewish heritage, which is part of an overall attempt to destroy Israel, was instigated by Palestinians who, quite hypocritically, then also feed off of Israeli goodwill.

How interesting it is that on this day of all days we learn that long-time Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat (pictured) is suffering from pulmonary fibrosis. Erekat, like the rest of the Palestinian leadership, his vitriolic and malicious in his efforts to defame Israel, and has more than once accused the Jewish state of "genocide." But, when it comes to saving his own life, there's only one place Erekat would turn–Israel. 

This venomous anti-Israel spokesman is now hoping Israeli surgeons can successfully provide him with a replacement lung, most likely taken from a Jewish Israeli donor.

We also learned yesterday via the internet news portal Divuach Rishoni of a Palestinian family demanding that one of its members badly injured in a car accident be transferred to an Israeli hospital. Video footage published online showed officials at Razi Hospital in Jenin refusing the request, and then one of the family members pulling out a gun in order to "persuade" the hospital to send his relative to receive Israeli care.

Israeli hospitals routinely accept Palestinians, no matter who they are. Even terrorists who killed Israelis receive life-saving treatment from the very people they would kill given the chance. And medical care is just one of many benefits Palestinians receive from Israel. 

Little wonder that most Palestinians prefer to be under Israeli "occupation" than live under the dysfunctional hand of the Palestinian Authority. But this matters little to those who, without any shred of evidence, continue to charge Israel with anything from genocide to apartheid to water-poisoning.

 

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Israelis March Demanding Access to Temple Mount and Building of Third Temple

Monday evening marked the beginning of the Jewish fast of Tisha B'Av, which commemorates the destruction of the First and Second Temples.

Thousands of Israelis participated in an annual march around the walls of Jerusalem's Old City, with a special focus on the Temple Mount.

Though it is Judaism's holiest site, Jews are still not allowed to pray there due to threats of Muslim violence.

Government officials participating in the march noted that the people of Israel are seeking much more than just the right to pray atop a Muslim-occupied Temple Mount.

They want the Third Temple.

"Everyone who came here tonight proved with his feet that we want the Temple back - and quickly," Deputy Defense Minister Eli Ben Dahan told Arutz 7.

 

Video Shows Arabs Faking Injuries During Temple Mount Clash With Israeli Police

This is nothing new, but it's instructive to understand that it's still happening.

The Palestinians have long exploited a willing mainstream media to paint Israeli soldiers and police officers as blood-thirsty killers.

They were at it again atop the Temple Mount last week.

Following Friday prayers, a Muslim mob violently attacked the Israeli police stationed at the Temple Mount.

Clearly the confrontation had been premeditated, because media cameramen were there ready to film the clashes.

But, apparently, the Israelis weren't retaliating harshly enough, so the young Muslim men had to start faking injuries for the entertainment of media viewers around the world.

 

Time for a new beginning!

Soon the month of Elul is starting, the month of mercy and forgiveness. Elul is traditionally a month of introspection which culminates in the high holidays of Rosh Hashanah (New Year) and Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement).

During Elul Jews concentrate on the upcoming period of judgment and reconciliation.

Each morning the shofar is blown and penitential prayers are said. Jews the world over see this period as a time of new beginning.

 

'Hot Mic' Catches Netanyahu Trashing Useless 'Palestine'

When Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Israel in early July, he very conspicuously skipped Ramallah and the Palestinian leadership.

A couple weeks later, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was meeting with eastern European leaders in Budapest when a "hot mic" caught him explaining precisely why Modi shunned the Palestinians, and why everyone else should, too.

"Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he needs water for his people. 'Where will I get it? Ramallah? No,'" Netanyahu is heard telling the Europeans in audio released by Israel's Ha'aretz daily newspaper.


Indeed, the international community has poured an exaggerated amount of money into the Palestinian Authority (more per capita than what America spent rehabilitating post-World War II Europe, a scheme known as the Marshall Plan).

Most have been tremendously disappointed with the Palestinian leadership's failure to use those funds to build a vibrant, viable and self-sustaining society and economy.

Meanwhile, tiny Israel, with strained and limited resources, has managed to become a global economic power making disproportionately large contributions to medicine, science, technology and agriculture.

 

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