VIDEO: Watch As The UN Turns Blue & White!

Yesterday, Wednesday March 29th, the second annual "Ambassadors Against BDS" meeting took place at the United Nations. Attending were 2000 people that were hoping that Ambassador Haley would deliver some more of her pro-Israel sentiments that she delivered at the AIPAC conference just a couple of days earlier.

She certainly did not disappoint anyone pro-Israel and lived up to what was expected of her.

"The effort to delegitimize the state of Israel being waged on college campuses and the anti-Israel obsession at the UN are one in the same. They both seek to deny Israel’s right to exist," Haley said. "They are both efforts to intimidate her friends and embolden her enemies. They are both extensions of an ancient hatred," she continued.


Israel's UN Ambassador, Danny Danon, thanked Ambassador Haley and said, "Thank you Ambassador Haley for recognizing the dangers of BDS and for being the first US governor to sign legislation against BDS. And thank you Ambassador Haley for the strong stance taken by the US for condemning all forms of anti-Semitism."

He continued, "We are here today with a simple message for those who seek to harm the Jewish state and the Jewish people. We will keep fighting until we eliminate BDS completely, from the campuses to the UN, and we will keep fighting until anti-Semitism is finally defeated."

There have been bi-partisan efforts across thye aisle in Congress recently to counter BDS activities in the US. For example, Republican Senator Rob Portman and Democratic Senator Ben Cardin as well as Democratic Representative Juan Vargas and Republican Representative Peter Roskam have jointly introduced the Israel Anti-Boycott Act.

The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations on Monday urged Congress to swiftly pass the bill saying, "This bipartisan legislation is urgently needed to reinforce our country’s commitment to ensuring that Israel is treated fairly and attacks on Israel at the UN and by the BDS movement will not succeed. By prohibiting boycotts or requests for boycotts imposed by international governmental organizations against Israel, the Israel Anti-Boycott Act will add a significant tool to similar bans already imposed by legislation adopted with bipartisan majorities in Congress."

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Where’s the Temple?

If there’s one thing most Christians and Jews agree on is that Israel’s restoration cannot be complete without the third temple. “For I shall return to Jerusalem with compassion; and My house shall be built in it, declares the Lord” (Zech. 1:16). Well, if the coming of Messiah is as near as many of us believe, then you have to ask – where’s the temple?

Would you be shocked to learn the temple is well along in its construction and nearing completion? If so, then you probably have been looking for it with natural eyes, not eyes of faith. Natural eyes are focused on the Temple Mount, hoping and praying for some divine intervention to remove the Dome of the Rock so construction can finally begin. But that is not the kind of temple God has in mind.

Like Israel’s God-given Feast Days, the Mosaic temple complex was just one more type and shadow pointing to a spiritual fulfillment in Messiah. Weren’t we told that - “The Most High does not dwell in houses made with human hands?” (Acts 7:48) And that - “Heaven is My throne, and earth is the footstool for My feet; What kind of house will you build for Me?” (Isa. 66:1). Why then would we look for a temple that men can build?

If we want to see God’s eternal place of residence today we must look at what God has been doing to restore the church. And by “church” I mean the body of Messiah, not the worldly institutional corporate entity which is the fruit of the fourth-century apostasy. For we are the living stones of the New Covenant temple - “having been built upon the foundation of the apostles and the prophets, Messiah Yeshua himself being the corner stone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord” (Eph. 2:20-22).

In two previous articles I tried to show how each stage of God’s restoration of Messiah’s congregation could be seen as a restoration of the fulfillments of Israel’s major Feasts. But that isn’t the only thing being revealed in the stages of our restoration. We can also track the rebuilding of the temple.

As most know, the Mosaic tabernacle/temple complex was divided into three separate sections: the Outer Court, the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies. The last two sections were under one roof separated (in Moses’ day) by a thin veil. Each section roughly corresponds to the three major Feasts of Passover, Pentecost and Tabernacles.

Now throughout the temple were seven carefully placed pieces of “furniture.” Each one speaking volumes of spiritual truth concerning our salvation, taking us from justification to sanctification to glorification.

In the Outer Court were the Brazen Altar and the Laver. Within the Holy Place were the Menorah, the Table of Showbread and the Golden Altar of Incense. And in the Holy of Holies, where God’s Presence dwelt, we find the last two: the Ark of the Covenant and the Mercy Seat.

In 1517, when Martin Luther discovered that Yeshua’s sacrifice was the only sacrifice by which we could be justified before God, the Brazen Altar experience was restored to the body. In the ensuing Reformation, when Believer’s Baptism was restored by the Anabaptists, the Laver was again set in place. That completed the Outer Court.

Then, in the early 1900’s, Pentecost broke out and the Menorah, the seven-branched lamp which is symbolic of the Holy Spirit, was brought back from Rome. Christians could now minister in the light and power of the Spirit. Then came June 7, 1967, and the Israeli military victory that birthed a new repentance and fellowship between Jews and Christians. And the Table of Showbread with its twelve loaves, which speaks of the One New Man and the Lord’s commitment to save all Israel, was restored.

That only leaves the Golden Altar of Incense, which lay directly in front of the veil, to complete the Holy Place. Incense, we are told, represents “the prayers of the saints” (Rev.8:4). Could that altar have been restored over the last four decades when the Charismatic Movement burst on to the scene with its emphasis on restoring our spiritual prayer language? Perhaps. It was at that time, also, that Jews began to believe in Yeshua again in numbers not seen since the first century. Both these awakenings then filled the tabernacle with spirit-filled songs of praise and worship.

But this altar plays a central role on the Feast of Atonement also, when the High Priest goes through the veil into the Holy of Holies to make atonement for the people and to purify the whole temple (us). That Day speaks of the final perfection of God’s people – our complete deliverance from sin and carnality.

But before that Day can come we must first cross through what the Jews call “the Days of Awe.” They are the ten days between Trumpets and Atonement when the people would repent of their transgressions against God and their fellow man.

It is very possible these ten days will manifest as the Great Tribulation. “You shall have tribulation ten days; be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.” (Rev. 2:10) God would use that time to strip us of all dependence on self and this world system before our great salvation appears. It would prepare us, like the five virgins, to go through the door (veil of flesh) with Yeshua, our High Priest, into the Holy of Holies and celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles in its season. Which is also, no doubt, the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.

Once God’s eternal dwelling is completed the world will witness a sight far more spectacular than Solomon’s Temple. It will be the glorified body of Messiah clothed in God’s righteousness. As Haggai so famously understated: “The latter glory of this house shall be greater than the former” (Hag. 2:9).

Brian Hennessy is the author of Valley of the Steeples

 

Trump Takes Support For Israel To A New Level

When US President Donald Trump made strong statements of support for Israel during the election campaign, Israelis wanted more than anything to believe him. But we’d heard it all before. Bill Clinton, Barack Obama (though certainly not as adamantly) and George W. Bush had all made similar statements and promises.

The full article appears in the April 2017 issue of Israel Today Magazine.
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World Shrugs as Hizballah Prepares Massive Civilian Deaths

Originally written for the Investigative Project on Terrorism

Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah recently warned Israel that his Iran-backed terror group could attack targets producing mass Israeli casualties, including a huge ammonia storage tank in Haifa, and a nuclear reactor in Dimona.

Also last month, Tower Magazine reported that, since the beginning of the Syrian civil war, Iran has provided Hizballah with a vast supply of "game-changing," state-of-the art weapons, despite Israel’s occasional airstrikes against weapons convoys.

In a future conflict, Hizballah has the capacity to fire 1,500 rockets into Israel each day, overwhelming Israel’s missile defense systems. Should such a scenario materialize, Israel will be forced to respond with unprecedented firepower to defend its own civilians.

Hizballah’s advanced weapons and the systems needed to launch them reportedly are embedded across a staggering 10,000 locations in the heart of more than 200 civilian towns and villages. The Israeli military has openly warned about this Hizballah war crime and the grave threats it poses to both sides, but that alarm generated almost no attention from the global media, the United Nations, or other international institutions.

Like the terror group Hamas, Hizballah knows that civilian deaths at the hands of Israel are a strategic asset, because they produce diplomatic pressure to limit Israel’s military response. Hizballah reportedly went so far as offering reduced-price housing to Shiite families who allowed the terrorist group to store rocket launchers in their homes.

But if the global media, the UN, human rights organizations, and other international institutions predictably pounce on Israel after it causes civilian casualties, why are they doing nothing to prevent them? Hizballah’s very presence in southern Lebanon is a flagrant violation of United Nations Security Council resolution 1701, which called for the area to be a zone "free of any armed personnel, assets and weapons" other than the Lebanese military and the U.N. Interim Forces in Lebanon (UNIFIL).

The resolution also required Hizballah to be disarmed, but the terror group today has an arsenal that rivals that of most armies. Hizballah possesses an estimated 140,000 missiles and rockets, and reportedly now can manufacture advanced weapons in underground factories that are impervious to aerial attack.

"Israel must stress again and again, before it happens, that these villages [storing Hizballah weapons] have become military posts, and are therefore legitimate targets," said Yoram Schweitzer, senior research fellow at Israel’s Institute for National Security Studies (INSS).

Meir Litvak, director of Tel Aviv University’s Alliance Center for Iranian Studies, agrees, adding that global attention would "expose Hizballah’s hypocrisy in its cynical use of civilians as… human shields."

But even a concerted campaign to showcase Hizballah’s war preparation is unlikely to change things, said Eyal Zisser, a senior research fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies. Hizballah exploits the fact that "the international community is too busy and…weak to do something about it," Zisser said. All of "these talks and reports have no meaning. See what is happening in Syria."

Israel has targeted Hizballah-bound weapons caches in Syria twice during the past week. Syria responded last Friday by firing a missile carrying 200 kilograms of explosives, which Israel successfully intercepted.

If Hizballah provokes a war, Israel can legitimately attack civilian areas storing Hizballah arms if the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) first attempts to warn the targeted civilians to leave those areas, Litvak said. But "it will certainly be very difficult and will look bad on TV."

While Sunni Arab states are generally united against the Shiite Iranian-Hizballah axis, Litvak, Zisser, and Schweitzer all agreed that Israel could hope for no more than silent support from them when the missiles fly.

Indeed, the "Sunni Arab street" is likely to be inflamed by the images of civilian death and destruction caused by Israel that international media will inevitably broadcast, further limiting support for Israel from Iran’s Sunni state foes.

Rather perversely, the Lebanese government has embraced the very terrorist organization that could cause hundreds of thousands of Lebanese civilian deaths by converting residential areas into war zones. "As long as Israel occupies land and covets the natural resources of Lebanon, and as long as the Lebanese military lacks the power to stand up to Israel, [Hizballah’s] arms are essential, in that they complement the actions of the army and do not contradict them," President Michel Aoun told Egyptian television last month. Hizballah, he said, "has a complementary role to the Lebanese army."

Aoun’s declaration means that Lebanon "takes full responsibility for all of Hizballah’s actions, including against Israel, and for their consequences to Lebanon and its entire population, even though the Lebanese government has little ability to actually control the organization’s decisions or policy," said INSS Senior Research Fellow Assaf Orion.

MK Naftali Bennett, a veteran of Israel’s 2006 war with Hizballah, believes that Lebanon’s official acceptance of Hizballah and its policy of embedding military assets inside residential areas removes any prior constraints on Israeli targeting of civilian areas. "The Lebanese institutions, its infrastructure, airport, power stations, traffic junctions, Lebanese Army bases – they should all be legitimate targets if a war breaks out," he said. "That’s what we should already be saying to them and the world now."

In a future war, Hizballah is certain bombard Israeli civilian communities with missile barrages. Israel, in response, will have to target missile launchers and weapons caches surrounded by Lebanese civilians.

But it need not be so. Global attention on Hizballah’s abuses by journalists and diplomats could lead to international pressure that ultimately reduces or even prevents civilian deaths.

Those truly concerned about civilians do not have a difficult case to make. Hizballah has shown a callous disregard for innocent life in Syria.

It helped the Syrian regime violently suppress largely peaceful protests that preceded the Syrian civil war in 2011. Last April, Hizballah and Syrian army troops reportedly killed civilians attempting to flee the Sunni-populated town of Madaya, near the Lebanese border. In 2008, its fighters seized control of several West Beirut neighborhoods and killed innocent civilians after the Lebanese government moved to shut down Hizballah’s telecommunication network.

Hizballah terrorism has claimed civilian lives for decades, including a 1994 suicide bombing at Argentina’s main Jewish center that killed 85 people. As the IDF notes, "Since 1982, hundreds of innocent civilians have lost their lives and thousands more have been injured thanks to Hizballah."

If world powers and the international media genuinely care about avoiding civilian casualties, they should be loudly condemning Hizballah’s ongoing efforts – in flagrant violation of a UN resolution – to cause massive civilian death and destruction in Lebanon’s next war with Israel.

Noah Beck is the author of The Last Israelis, an apocalyptic novel about Iranian nukes and other geopolitical issues in the Middle East.

 

VIDEO: US Vice President Addresses AIPAC Convention

US Vice President Mike Pence said yesterday in a speech before the annual AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) conference that President Donald Trump is seriously considering moving the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

In front of 18,000 participants in the conference, Pence said, "After decades of simply talking about it, the POTUS is giving serious consideration to moving the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem!"

He said, "If the world knows nothing else, the world will know this, America stands with Israel!" He went on to say that, "in President Trump America has a leader that will call their enemies by their name. The US administration is planning to defeat radical Islam so it can no longer threaten our people, allies or our most cherished ally Israel!"

Pence promised that the United Nations would no longer serve as an instrument and forum against the Jewish state. He then congratulated the new Israeli ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, whose appointment had been approved by the Senate following a narrow vote last Thursday. Friedman would deepen the American relations with Israel even more, it was an honor for him to sworn him as the new ambassador in Israel.

 

The Widening Rift Between The IDF And Religious Community

In September 2016 the Liba Center published a report with a title that speaks volumes: "Coerced Pluralism" in the military. The report not only dispelled the popular impression that the army is becoming more religious, it says that the exact opposite is taking place – the army is becoming the vanguard of the radical liberal agenda. The Liba report exposed, perhaps for the first time, the radical shift of values the IDF has chosen to adopt.

Since then clashes between religious leaders and the army have become more frequent and more volatile. The recent clash involves rabbi Yigal Levinstein's remarks on coed combat units of men and women. Levinstein, head of the prestigious pre-military academy of Eli, said on March 7, among other things, that the IDF "recruits [religious women] to the army, where they enter as Jews, but they are not Jews by the time they leave … not in the genetic sense, but all of their values and priorities have been upset and we must not allow it.” Two days later Minister of Defense Avigdor Lieberman said that "anyone offending army values can't educate youth going to serve in it." Lieberman threatened that the academy would be shut down unless Levinstein resign.

This conflict, yet to be resolved, created even greater tension after Israel Prize winner, moderate rabbi Eli Sadan was summoned, together with Levinstein, to the Defense Minister's office, where it was expected of them to capitulate. In his article "Saving the IDF – No Draft" MK Bezalel Smotrich of the Jewish Home party wrote: "Like a loving mother who sees her beloved son associating with bad company, needs to rein him in before he slides away, even if she must hurt him, so must we, in our great love for the IDF, save it from the claws of extreme postmodernism that has overtaken it with the shiny wrap of equality - accepting the other - we have to use measures to bring the army back to its senses." One of the measures he suggested is postponing the drafting of pre-military students for a few months. "The army will then ask itself what is better – first class soldiers or unisex bathrooms."

Smotrich's suggestion to postpone the draft was understood as a call to avoid military service altogether, which caused even his party members to criticize him. Yet Smotrich's suggestion is mild in comparison to other voices now being openly voiced.

Writing on the religious portal Srugim, Rabbi Ariel Bareli, head of the Hesder Yeshiva of Sderot, said quite clearly that a temporary separation between the army and the religious community may be necessary.

Smotrich's suggestion, says Bareli, "is correct and healthy, we have to remember where we came from. The source is realizing the vision of the prophets … this is the Torah with which our students go with into the army, and it is it that empowers them to risk their lives." Therefore, he writes, "there can be a situation in which avoiding enlisting to the military, that forces upon its soldiers secularization and promiscuity" could become an option. Bareli doesn't suggest it to be the first option but, the very suggestion from a rabbi who teaches Yeshiva students that will become soldiers, signal to all who are concerned that more influential rabbis are willing to risk their career rather than compromise.

This hard line is condemned, for now, by most rabbis, it is nevertheless a warrying sign of the real rift developing between the IDF and the religious community.

 

Spring Is The Time Of Renewal

In most households, the dusters and cleaning cloths are being used in full swing cleaning out all crumbs and every speck of dust. It is the season for a spring-cleaning!

Many Israelis like to renew old and dated furnishings and even renovate their apartments.

Anything and everything goes at this time of the year! Spring and Passover are a good reason for a clean fresh start!

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How Many Arab Land Claims Are Real?

A new housing project planned in the town of Efrat south of Jerusalem overcame the last major hurdle recently, when Arab claims to the land were exposed as false.

The claim made by an Arab resident of the nearby village of Al-Khader delayed construction of the housing project by more than a year, blocking all work on the neighborhood, which is planned to include 50 homes.

According to an Israel Radio report, a court proved that that the Arab claimant had no basis of ownership, and that the claim on the land was entirely false.

The project was organized by the future residents themselves, who commissioned a contractor to build the 50 homes. Members of the group had already invested vast amounts into the project and the year-long delay caused the prospective homeowners huge amounts of monetary loss.

After the status of the land selected for the project had been carefully checked, the group obtained building permits and work began preparing the plots for construction.

This is when a resident of Al-Khader registered a complaint with authorities claiming ownership of the land. But it turned out, the man’s only claim to the land was a small grove of trees he had planted on a plot he never owned.

 

The Law of Continuity for Fallen Soldiers

A few hours after Staff Sgt. Kevin Cohen was shot dead by a Palestinian Sniper in 2002, his mother requested to preserve his semen. Twelve years later, Cohen's daughter was born to a surrogate mother. The first to suggest a special sperm bank for soldiers came from Irit Rosenblum, founder of the "New Family" NGO. In 2001, at the height of the terror wave that hit Israel, Rosenblum raised the idea to use the "wondrous technological solution" of a sperm bank to ensure that Israeli soldiers would be able to fulfill "the right to procreate." Freezing soldiers' semen would allow even a dead soldier to "express his aspirations and choose the ways to fulfill them," writes Rosenblum.

As could be expected, "New Family" promotes anything but what would be considered a traditional Jewish family. New Family is committed to the causes of "LGBT, interfaith and bi-national families, single parents, common-law couples, Reform, Conservative and other non-Orthodox Jews, converts, immigrants, minorities, religiously taboo unions, migrants, refugees, asylum seekers, people who don’t meet the religious definition of any faith, or meet the definition of two faiths, and their children. New Family serves families across religious, national, political and geographic boundaries."

Aware of the motivation behind this idea, yet having to deal with this new possibility from a religious point of view, M.D. Rabbi Mordechai Halperin began a halachic query and reached a conclusion that "such a practice has no place in Israel." Nevertheless, reluctantly he reached the surprising conclusion that, "the one born by insemination after death to a lawful wife is considered a son in every way."

The dughter of deceased Staff Sgt. Cohen was the first case ever in Israel, where after six years of fighting bureaucracy, and the legal system, which not only approved the concept of "A biological will™" but also reprimanded the Israeli government for its unwillingness to legislate the idea of "A biological will™". The same story repeated itself in 2013 and in 2016, when Israeli courts ruled again that a surrogate mother can be inseminated with semen of a deceased soldier.

These legal decisions have yet to be challenged in the Supreme Court, which is why another family of a deceased soldier is pushing for legislation. In the case of Capt. Shaked Meiri who was killed in 2004 during a military exercise, after his widow refused to have a child from her long dead husband, his parents are now campaigning for a new "continuity law" that will put an end to the legal difficulties facing families that want to have a grandchild from their deceased son.

Despite the haunting moral questions like, choosing a child to be an orphan or, creating a child as a "living memorial," and many other liberal ideas, this one too is likely to be accepted, first by the Israeli public that will be coached by the media to accept it, and then by the Knesset. If that would happen, the vision of "New Family" will take another step on the road that, many believe, would lead to the destruction of the Jewish family.

 

A Bundle of Love for Passover

"Good Deeds Day" is around the corner and children in Israel are learning what it means to be grateful for everything we have and not to take it for granted. There are so many that are not fortunate and we need to be aware of the commandment how important it is to give to the needy!

The idea of ​​"Good Deeds Day" is a conscious reminder to think of our neighbors. Thousands of volunteers commit to help their fellow human beings by doing random acts of kindness - whether small or large - and by so doing do their little bit to make the world a better place.

Help us to support needy Ethiopian families as Israel Today plans to distribute food packages to new immigrant families in cooperation with the "Ministry of Immigrant Absorption" in Mevaseret Zion (near Jerusalem)!

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London Terror – A Wake-up Call!!

The latest London terror attack is another wake-up call for a nation that has become far too complacent in the face of current threats to our Judeao-Christian civilization.

I am not referring to our police and security services, but to how we have jettisoned the biblical principles on which our once great nation was built. And it appears we haven’t got the moral backbone to successfully counter the death culture of fundamentalist Islam.

This is not surprising given that Parliament – the focus of Wednesday’s attack – is ‘celebrating’ 50 years since the passing of the Abortion Act, which has led to the killing of eight million unborn babies. This is the Parliament that was quite literally built on the Word of God in the form of the Latin text of Psalm 127, verse 1 inscribed onto the stone floor of its central lobby, which translates: “Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labour in vain.” And this is only the first part of the verse, which continues: “Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain.”

Now we have witnessed a terrible tragedy, reminiscent of the 7/7 bombings in the capital which saw 52 killed and some 700 wounded, including my younger brother. He only survived thanks to medical expertise and the prayers of friends around the world, though the physical effects of that dreadful day continue as he struggles through a series of often ill-fitting prosthetic limbs.

The March 22 atrocity, which saw 52-year-old Khalid Masood murder four people as he ploughed through pedestrians on the famous Westminster Bridge before crashing outside Parliament and stabbing a policeman to death, bears stark similarities to the January attack in Jerusalem which saw a Palestinian terrorist run over four young Israeli soldiers (three of them women) before being shot at the wheel. His cause was ‘jihad’ (holy war) against the Jews; Muslim convert Masood’s fury was no doubt generally aimed at the infidel (unbelieving) West and those perceived as supporting Israel, whom Islamists claim to have stolen Arab land.

This latest act of barbarism was also reminiscent of last July’s bloodcurdling rampage in Nice which saw 80 innocent revellers mown down by another fanatic trying to rid the world of those who refuse to bow the knee to Allah.

Yet this kind of slaughter has been enacted in Israel for many years, and little notice is taken by the West as we sit in our relative comfort zones lamely imbibing the lies and propaganda that would have us believe Israel is getting its just desserts for its persecution of the Palestinians.

Now London, Paris, Antwerp and other European cities are getting a taste of the poisonous medicine Israelis are forced to swallow on an almost daily basis.

Displaying double standards both on a political and religious front, we do not see it as our problem when innocent Jews get stabbed and mown down by cars in the Middle East, but when evil monsters spread their tentacles to our doorstep, it’s a different matter of course.

Nationally, we have acted like the religious leaders in Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan in walking by on the other side of the road as a wounded man lies bleeding. (Luke 10.25-37)

It’s time we learnt that Israel’s battle – for democracy, civilization and truth – is also our battle. Their troubles, their wounds, and their worries should be our concern too. Without them we would never have had a modern democracy built on the principles taught by Jesus, the Jewish Messiah.

When we (the church, government and nation at large) start showing concern for their plight, perhaps then we will awake from our slumber.

When we acknowledge once more our debt to Jesus, the Jew, as our Lord and Saviour – how, in answer to prayer, he rescued us from the jaws of the Nazis, for example – then perhaps the storm will subside.

When the disciples were in the boat on the Sea of Galilee during a furious squall (Matthew 8.23-27, New Testament), it was Jesus who was sleeping – because he was perfectly at peace whereas his followers were understandably frightened.

Nevertheless, when they woke their Master, calling on his name, he calmed the storm with a word – and the true nature of who he was came home to them with renewed force: “Who is this whom even the winds and the waves obey?”

When, oh when, will the church in Britain acknowledge Jesus as Lord – and his chosen people as our special concern. For when we bless, encourage, help and pray for them, we will become a blessed nation once more (Genesis 12.3). But if we continue to curse them by ignoring the extreme danger they face, as many did during the Holocaust, we will keep inviting judgment on ourselves.

I plead with government and church: don’t wait until the streets are running with blood before acknowledging our great sin in defying the God of Israel by throwing out his precepts and betraying his people.

Perhaps we need to mobilise an army of Christian soldiers to take on the battle for the soul of the nation, insisting on a restoration of godly principles in our laws and institutions. The liberal left have had their way for too long. It’s time for a counter-revolution based on morality and righteousness.

Jesus paid with his own blood to bring us peace. He is the Lamb of God, and when, figuratively speaking, we apply his blood to our hearts as the Jews of old marked the doorposts of their homes on the eve of the Exodus, we will be rescued and spared from the worst that the enemy can do.

When the angel of death saw the blood, he passed over the Israelite houses and spared their first-born. But Egypt – that great civilization of ancient times – suffered a terrible calamity.

We too have to choose between a plague of trouble and freedom in Christ. I pray for revival in our land where, as I hope to see a Christian nation re-emerge, we will become the Good Samaritan who tends to the wounds of our Jewish friends and takes care of them.


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

 

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For the first time, the Palestinians have more diplomatic missions than Israel

In light of the damage to the Israeli Foreign Service and the closing of embassies - for the first time since the establishment of the State, the Palestinian Authority has more diplomatic missions from Israel around the world.

The Palestinian Authority has 98 embassies, consulates and other diplomatic missions in 95 countries. In addition, they have 5 missions to international organizations, a total of 103 active diplomatic missions.

Israel closed four representative offices last year (the embassy in El Salvador, the Consulate General in Marseilles, the Consulate General in Philadelphia and the Israeli Embassy to the Caribbean) and now has 98 embassies, consulates and other diplomatic missions in 78 countries.

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This means that the State of Israel is lagging behind the Palestinians in the number of countries in which it is represented: the Palestinians are deployed in 95 countries while Israel is deployed in only 78 countries. And they lead Israel in the number of missions: 103 to the Palestinians versus 102 to Israel.

And if that is not enough: Turkey has 223 representative offices in the world; Egypt has 166 representations; Iran, 142; To Morocco; Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Saudi Arabia 108. The Arab League and Iran have 1941 representative offices compared with Israel's 102.

Hanan Goder, chairman of the Foreign Ministry's workers' committee, said in response: "I say that the time has come for the State of Israel to understand: every embassy is facing challenges at foreign relations. The more positions there are - the stronger the line of defense. The State of Israel needs to reach every possible place in the world."

 

Is it time for the US to resign from the Human Rights Council?

Israel is working to persuade the Trump government to withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council, and Deputy Prime Minister Michael Oren has begun a campaign to persuade the US to quit the council he calls an "anti-Semitic body."

Oren spoke yesterday with Deputy Secretary of State Erin Berkley, who earlier this month addressed the council in Geneva and called on them to stop their obsession with Israel. The United States is one of 47 council members and their three-year membership is due to end in 2019. "The US government headed by Donald Trump is examining his participation in the UN human rights body in order to promote a reform that will lead to a more balanced agenda that will end the organization's obsession with Israel. In order for the Council to have any credibility, and especially in order to succeed in its role, it must abandon its unbalanced and ineffective positions. When we look at our continued conduct, my administration will consider the Council's actions with a view to reform - in order to achieve the Council's goals of protecting and promoting human rights, "Berkeley said.

Berkeley added: "The United States continues to be very concerned about its consistent, unfair and unbalanced focus on one democratic state, Israel. At present, North Korea and Iran are denying millions of people the right to freedom of religion, belief, assembly, freedom of association and freedom of expression. "The obsession with Israel is the greatest threat to the credibility of the Council. It limits the good we can achieve by making this council a mockery. The United States will oppose any effort to delegitimize or isolate Israel. Not only in the Human Rights Council, but everywhere it happens. When it comes to human rights, no country should be free from criticism, but there should not be a situation in which a democratic state is always judged unfairly, unbalanced or based on unfounded prejudices."

"I very much hope that some of the changes in foreign policy and policy toward Israel in particular will be one of the changes that the US will stop legitimizing for a body that is not only anti-Israel but also anti-Semitic," said Oren. Berkeley replied to Oren that the administration was considering exiting the body. Oren said, "I certainly enjoyed a sympathetic ear."

In addition, Oren held a number of discussions on the subject with members of Congress. US Secretary of State Tillerson also published an article on the subject in which he said that the US demands reforms from the Council otherwise the US will leave.

The Bush administration withdrew its ambassador from the council in 2006 partly because of the anti-Israel nature of the council. Obama returned the ambassador and refused Israeli demands to withdraw him on the grounds that the American presence on the council could change the council from within.

Michael Oren believes that it is precisely the American presence that legitimizes a body that is fundamentally anti-Israeli. "The Americans did not succeed during the Obama administration in bringing about any change for us in the council, and our situation has only deteriorated," he added.

 

Iran Vows to 'Liberate' Golan Heights

Many believe that it’s inevitable that the Syrian civil war will eventually spill over into northern Israel.

Iran is doing everything in its power to prove them right.

Iran’s Lebanese proxy, Hezbollah, is already heavily engaged in the war in Syria. But the group has suffered major losses, and is stretched thin trying to keep Syrian dictator Bashar Assad in power.

So Iran has funneled money and resources to establish a new Hezbollah brigade focused on “liberating” the Golan Heights from Israeli control.

A spokesman for the “Golan Liberation Brigade” told Iranian media:

“This is a trained army with specific plans. If the government of Syria requests, we and our allies are ready to take action to liberate Golan. We will not permit Arab and Islamic countries in the region to remain in the grasps of the occupiers.”

The new brigades promotional video featured soldiers carrying flags that read “Israel Will Be Destroyed.”

PHOTO: IDF Spokesperson

 

Intel Talks Up It's New Partnership With Israel

Hi-tech behemoth Intel is really excited about its acquisition of Israel’s autonomous driving company Mobileye, and its new base of operations in the Jewish state.

At a press conference announcing the acquisition, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said: “We think of ourselves as an Israeli company as much as a US company.”

Intel paid a whopping $15 billion for Mobileye. It’s the largest ever exit for an Israeli hi-tech company. But it’s also the second largest acquisition Intel has ever made.

The chip-maker believes so much in Israeli innovation, that it’s going to make Mobileye’s Jerusalem headquarters the new central base of operations for all of Intel’s autonomous vehicle efforts.

Mobileye “will lead Intel’s overall autonomous vehicle efforts, across the whole company, not just here in Israel,” said Krzanich. “We will be folding in operations in the US underneath the operations here.”

That’s a major vote of confidence in Israel, and a major blow to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

 

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Is Netanyahu Losing His Base Support?

Four key affairs may prove detrimental to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's political future – the police investigation probing unlawful gifts he allegedly received from Arnon Milchan, Sgt. Elor Azaria's conviction for killing a wounded terrorist, the demolition of the settlement outpost of Amona, and the coalition rift over replacing the old Israel Broadcasting Authority with a new independent broadcasting corporation.

Regarding the those gifts (primarily cigars and champagne), while most Israelis view the investigation as politically-motivated, if charged, Netanyahu is expected to resign. But this scandal is less severe, and could actually end up strengthening Netanyahu. 

His real problems are the Azariya case and the demolition of Amona. A large and growing portion of Netanyahu's core right-wing constituency can't understand why he failed to stand up for the young soldier and why he still hasn't built new homes for the former residents of Amona, as he promised to do.

These two affairs could lose him votes. And it's Netanyahu's erratic behavior in regards to the new broadcasting corporation, over which he is resorting to threats, that could bring about early elections.

Growing dissatisfaction among right-wing Israelis is reflected in recent polls that show Netanyahu's Likud winning about the same number of seats as the centrist Yesh Atid party (26 to 25) if elections were held today. Of course, such polls have proved unreliable (suspiciously so) in recent years, and therefore may not be the best way to judge sentiments in the conservative camp.

The new seismograph for public opinion is online social media. Following a selection of influencers on Facebook can indicate far more accurately which way the wind is blowing. For instance, Oria Amrani's posts have caused severe headaches for Netanyahu's office for some time now, after she turned from a staunch supporter into a harsh critic.

In her December 31 post, Amrani took Netanyahu to task for "abandoning" Sgt. Azaria and warned that allowing the young soldier to be convicted [which he later was] would determine the outcome of the next national election. She wrote: "...you sent Azaria [to Hebron] … and he did what was expected of any sane soldier … yet you have thrown him to the dogs."

Moti Carpel, another influential Facebook figure, was protective of Netanyahu until he realized that the latter's attitude toward Amona and the Jewish settlement enterprise in the "West Bank" is not what it seems to be. 

As a religious person, Carpel attempted to give his followers a spiritual perspective regarding Netanyahu. In his March 19 post, Carpel wrote that the Heavenly Court is now presiding over Netanyahu's moral conduct, not over his smoking habits. According to Carpel, Netanyahu's political future relies on him seizing the historic opportunity to begin annexing Israel's biblical heartland.

Everything Netanyahu has done until now, Carpel expounded, could still be forgiven. "But now, there are no more excuses," he wrote, concluding that "in the Lord's hand, the king's heart is a stream of water that he channels toward all who please him."

Finally, we have a post from Assaf Voll lamenting the "retarded" state of the conservative camp. On March 19 Voll wrote: "The problem of the Right is not that the Left controls the media, academia and courts of law, but that it has no style … those who care for truth must admit: The Right is moronic." 

Voll continued by skewering most right-wing spokespeople as "self-righteous and pompous." 

While he would not comment directly on Netanyahu, Voll gave the impression that he wouldn't shed any tears should the prime minister be ousted from office.

One can find many, many more such examples of the growing sense of dissolution on the Right. But, when all is said and done, Netanyahu could once again emerge victorious if he can convince voters of his commitment to seeing Israel blossom as a full-blown Jewish state.

 

Apartheid Claims Exposed

As genocide is being committed against Christians, Yazidis and even ‘dissident’ Muslims across the Arab world, the international finger of criticism continues to point at Israel.

The latest example is a UN report urging swift action to oppose and end Israeli “apartheid”.[1]

Thankfully, my Christian Friends of Israel colleague David Soakell has produced an ‘ace’ card exposing all this nonsense with a timely series of testimonies from Arabs which I have aptly titled Apartheid Claims Exposed (ACE).[2]

He tells us that Israeli Arabs – both Christian and Muslim – are risking disapproval from their own communities by volunteering for the Israeli Defence Forces in increasing numbers, disproving the lie that Israel is a racist, apartheid state. (Non-Jews are not obligated to serve in the IDF).

One Muslim female soldier said: “I wanted to enlist because it is my duty to serve and protect my country.” And she is even allowed weekly visits to her family during the Ramadan fast, so there is no difficulty with her practicing her religion in the Jewish state.

Ibrahim Bari, an African Muslim refugee, went public with his testimony, saying: “In the army, I made friends for life [and] would do everything to defend Israel.”

Elinor Joseph, an Arab Christian serving in the IDF, says: “This is my country. When I see the [Israeli] flag waving in the wind I get excited.”

Another Arab-Israeli soldier, Monaliza Abdo, adds: “I came to serve my country and my home.”

And Major Ala Wahib, the highest-ranking Muslim in the IDF, asks: “Is Israel inherently racist – an apartheid state? Well, do you think that such a country would tolerate a person like myself getting to the position I am today? Someone who has not only fought alongside Jewish soldiers, but now trains them too? …I do not serve in the army to kill people – I serve in it to save people. When Hamas fires rockets, or Fatah encourages stabbings, we are here to protect the lives of all Israeli citizens, Jewish and non-Jewish.”

Adam Ram has also decided to “break the silence” by standing against the slander and constant defamation of Israeli soldiers. A Bedouin serving as a combat soldier in Hebron, a particularly tense area, he says: “The war is against all Israelis, regardless of who you are, because when a terrorist leaves his home with a knife, planning on murdering a soldier or a civilian, he does not care if his victim is a Jew, a Muslim or a Christian …As long as you hold a blue Israeli ID card, you are a fair target.”

Furthermore, Palestinians he has met on the streets see them as their protector, preferring them to the failure that is the Palestinian Authority which, incidentally, contributes just 10% of the cost of medical care for Palestinians treated in Israel – the rest is paid by the Israeli taxpayer.[3]

“As opposed to Daesh and other Islamic regimes, Israel is democratic and extends rights even to those who are not citizens of the state,” Adam adds.

Contrast this with the blatant discrimination against non-Muslims in much of the surrounding Arab world, where even Muslim women do not share the rights of their menfolk.

Meanwhile a group of North African journalists from Muslim Arab countries, visiting the Jewish state as guests of the Foreign Ministry, have described their first impressions of Israel as “appearing Western and free” and as “an opportunity to see the real Israel without the media acting as a middle man”.[4]

Even if all this criticism of Israel was justified, it is out of all proportion to the reality that exists in the region. The tiny Jewish state has had to suffer wars and rumours of wars on a constant basis since she emerged once more onto the world stage as a new nation in 1948.

The world, particularly in the shape of the United Nations, is largely silent as terror stalks the streets of Jerusalem but at the same time condemns the Jews for stealing land allegedly not their own.

The sabre-rattling of Israel’s enemies involves guns, knives, rockets, missiles and even the threat of nuclear weapons. But more than anything it is a battle for truth in the midst of ferocious spiritual warfare which demands the engagement (in prayer and other ways) of all who love the truth, perfectly revealed in our Messiah Yeshua. And we must stand up for Israel against such shocking bias that is so transparent it demands a rewriting of history.

Accusing Israel of being an ‘apartheid’ state is just the latest in a long line of anti-Semitic attempts to invoke the wrath of a world effectively rebelling against the God of Israel, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Jewish Messiah.

First there was identity theft as Yasser Arafat invented a ‘Palestinian’ nation where Jews were once known as Palestinians; then the Jews were accused of stealing ‘Palestinian’ land they had inhabited for thousands of years, which God himself had given them according to the Scriptures, and to which they even acquired an international legal right through a treaty signed at San Remo on the Italian Riviera in 1920. And now, in raising their protests during the recent Israel Apartheid Week, students have abandoned their inquiring minds in pursuit of a vendetta of lies and propaganda against the only democracy in the Middle East.

Open their eyes, dear Lord!


  1. Produced by the UN’s Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, according to World Israel News, March 15, 2017  ↩

  2. CFI’s Watching over Zion newsletter, March 9, 2017  ↩

  3. Ibid  ↩

  4. United with Israel, March 16, 2017  ↩


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

 

EXCLUSIVE: Israel Today Speaks to Israeli Claiming to be Messiah

There are a number of current claimants to the title of "Messiah," so we caught up with one to see where he's coming from.

The full interview appears in the March 2017 issue of Israel Today Magazine.
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Outrage Over Bar Mitzvah Boy Found Wearing 'Christian' Prayer Shawl

Local newspaper Hashavua described it as a “great embarrassment” when a 13-year-old boy who was about to read from the Torah to mark his bar mitzvah was found to be wearing a tallit (Jewish prayer shawl) with “Christian” inscriptions.

A spokesman for the Merom Israel Synagogue in Bat Yam where the event was taking place said the family was not particularly religious, so did not notice the “Christian” wording.

According to the synagogue, the entire bar mitzvah would have been for naught had the boy read from the Torah while wearing this particular prayer shawl.

The synagogue provided the boy with a replacement prayer shawl and the service continued.

Religious figures in Bat Yam are now hunting for the store that sold the prayer shawl, after the boy’s family refused to get involved by revealing its name.

The report did not say which “Christian” scripture or inscription was discovered on the prayer shawl, but numerous stores in Israel sell “Messianic” tallits.

PHOTO: Illustration of a young Israeli Jewish boy “ascending” to read the Torah publicly for the first time on the occasion of his bar mitzvah. Photo by Serge Attal/Flash90

 

Are the Restorations of Israel and the Church Converging?

I believe God is doing an amazing thing in our day that has flown largely under the radar. It appears He is merging His restoration of the church with His restoration of Israel.

In my previous article I discussed how the Feasts of Israel were actually dress rehearsals intended to point to a spiritual fulfillment in Messiah. Passover, of course, was fulfilled in Yeshua on Passover when he died and was resurrected. And Pentecost on Pentecost when he sent the Holy Spirit to the early church. Only the third Feast of Tabernacles remained without a New Covenant fulfillment.

However, as I said, I now believe the first of the three Tabernacle feasts, the Feast of Trumpets, received its spiritual fulfillment on June 7, 1967 when Jerusalem was liberated in the Six-Day War. But as some commented, it didn’t happen on the exact date of the feast. Didn’t that disqualify it?

That puzzled me at first also, until I saw it in the context of the restoration of the church. Let me explain.

To begin, it’s important to understand that the church was taken captive in the fourth century when Constantine married the church to the state. He did so with the help of many church leaders whose Biblical understanding had been corrupted by Greek philosophy.

Convening at Nicea in 325 AD, the Emperor Constantine established Christianity as a new Gentile religion that would have its own feast days (Easter, a Sunday Sabbath), rituals and priesthood. His goal was to separate Christianity from Judaism. To quote the words of Constantine: “Nothing should be held in common with that nation of liars and Christ-killers.”

In doing so, Constantine severed the church from its Hebraic roots and established the Roman Catholic Church as the official expression of Christianity. His actions plunged the church and Europe into spiritual darkness for centuries. A period appropriately termed The Dark Ages.

But God in His mercy did not leave us there. In time He began to restore our stolen heritage and the spiritual truths connected to the seven Biblical Feasts of Israel. As it played out in history, His restoration came as extended seasons which didn’t necessarily start on the Biblical Feast dates.

It officially began when Martin Luther posted his 95 thesis in October of 1517 and the Protestant Reformation was launched. In his awakening to the truth that “the just shall live by faith,” and not by religious works, he discovered he’d been born-again. And the spiritual fulfillment of Passover was restored to the church.

Soon afterwards, the Bible was translated into the common language of the people, first by Luther in Germany, and then by Tyndale in England. As a result, more and more false teachings of the Roman Church were uncovered and discarded and slowly replaced with the correct Biblical understandings. The Feast of Unleavened Bread was restored.

In the process, many believers began to see God required more than just a true knowledge of salvation. He wanted us to put on the new man and live godly lives from then on. The first to switch obedience from the traditions of the Catholic/Protestant Church-state systems to the teaching of Scripture were called Anabaptists. They simply wanted to practice believer’s baptism, not the Church’s infant baptism. And for that they were cruelly persecuted. God soon raised up gifted teachers, men like John Calvin, the Wesley brothers, George Whitfield, George Mueller to build up the body of Messiah. And a new wave offering of faithful believers began to serve the Lord, restoring the Feast of First Fruits.

Then at the start of the Twentieth Century a small group of believers in Kansas sought for, and experienced, the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with its spiritual gifts. That led to the Azusa Street revival, which spread around the world. And the power of Pentecost was back.

Then came June 7, 1967 when Israel miraculously recaptured Jerusalem and precipitated several historic awakenings in both the Jewish and Christian communities.

For Christians, it was the trumpet call that awakened us to the Hebraic roots of our faith. And to discover the enormity of the crime that had taken place at Nicea so long ago.

So even though the event itself didn’t happen on the exact date of Trumpets, it did happen in Jerusalem. And led to tens of thousands of Christians coming up to Jerusalem to bless the nation and celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. But this restoration, which resulted in such a huge spiritual victory in the hearts and minds of so many Christians, was significantly different from all the rest. Instead of being initiated from within Christianity, it was instead triggered by a Jewish military victory in Israel.

Doesn’t that suggest a spiritual convergence of our two communities not seen since the first century?

If I am correct in this discernment, it means we are coming into the unity that Yeshua prayed for just before his death (John 17:21). Because the next feast to be fulfilled in both our restorations from “Babylon” will be the Feast of Atonement. If that feast results in a large scale Jewish/Israeli awakening to Yeshua, and a cleansing of the body of Messiah - as many anticipate - wouldn’t that bring about a complete spiritual merger of the church and Israel in Messiah? Wouldn’t that truly make us “one flock with one shepherd”? (John 10:16)

After Atonement, of course, comes the Feast of Tabernacles, also called the Feast of Ingathering. That convocation speaks loudly of “the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and our gathering together to him” (2 Thess.2:1) But before all that happens there must come the Day of the Lord with the apostasy and revealing of antichrist.

Surely we live in prophetic times.

Brian Hennessy is the author of Valley of the Steeples

 

Biblical King's Palace Found Under Shrine Demolished by ISIS

ISIS is going around destroying any and all historical sites that belong to any religion besides Islam.

But they may have just unwittingly helped prove the veracity of at least one book of the Bible.

While occupying the Iraqi city of Mosul, ISIS demolished the traditional Tomb of Jonah, the biblical prophet tasked with preaching to the people of the Assyrian capital of Nineveh.

After ISIS was recently pushed out of Mosul, archeologists had a chance to examine the wreckage, and made a stunning discovery.

Fox News reported that below the ancient tomb lies the long-lost palace of the Assyrian King Sennacherib, whose invasion of Judah and miraculous defeat before the walls of Jerusalem is extensively documented in the Bible.

In the palace, archeologists have begun to uncover ancient inscriptions and documents from the time of Sennacherib, his son King Esarhaddon, and his son King Ashurbanipal.

The find is one of the more exciting archeological finds in recent years, and provides yet further evidence that the biblical account of Middle East history is accurate.

 

Purim, the Past is Present

Jews around the world just finished celebrating Purim. The Book of Esther tells us that the on the 13th of the month of Adar, Haman's plan to annihilate the Jews was approved by King Ahasuerus (Xerxes), but the opposite happened: 

"On this day the enemies of the Jews had hoped to overpower them, but now the tables were turned and the Jews got the upper hand over those who hated them."

The reason for this holiday, according to the biblical account, is not vindictive jubilation. Rather, it is because on the 14th of Adar "Jews got relief from their enemies, and as the month when their sorrow was turned into joy and their mourning into a day of celebration."

This historic event that took place some 2,400 years ago still plays in today's politics. 

In his recent visit to Russia, Prime Minister Netanyahu reminded President Putin that "in ancient Persia, there was an attempt to wipe out the Jews, which did not succeed.” Iran is the heir of Persia, and, therefore, there is a direct link between Ahasuerus' willingness to annihilate the Jews and present day Iran's desire to wipe out the Jewish state. 

For his part, Putin insisted there was no basis for such a link.

But the Iranians were not offended by the link drawn by Netanyahu. Rather, they were upset by the assertion that the Persian king had planned to kill all the Jews in his kingdom. 

Reacting to Netanyahu, the speaker of Iran's parliament, Ali Larijani, said that Netanyahu "has distorted the Iranians' pre-Islam historical era and attempted to misrepresent events. Apparently, he neither is familiar with the history nor has studied the Torah. Of course, nothing more than presenting such lies is expected from a wicked Zionist."

Similarly, Iran's Minister of Foreign Affairs Javad Zarif tweeted that Netanyahu is selling "bigoted lies against a nation which has saved Jews 3 times." According to Zarif, King Xerxes I, Cyrus and Iran during WW2 saved Jews, rather than kill them.

To be fair, Netanyahu should have been more precise. While at first Ahasuerus went along with Haman's plan, he nevertheless regretted it and prevented it from happening. In that sense, in a strange way this king did save the Jews from his own edict.

Like Netanyahu, many Jews believe that Iran plays a key role in the apocalyptic war that precedes the coming of Messiah. 

Itzik Magrafta, a colorful and knowledgeable expert on the Shia Islam, commented on his Facebook page that according to Shi'ite theology, "Iran is a central trigger in the last phase of Israel's redemption … the coming hidden Mahdi will be the one who will allow the restoration of the Davidic Kingdom." As it was in the beginning, so it will be in the end, predicts Magrafta. Just as the Persians ended up saving the Jews all those years ago, so too it will be in the last days.

Whatever one's view is of these predictions, there can be little doubt that the events of the ancient past remain relevant in this part of the world, so much so that they continue to guide the decisions of contemporary world leaders.

PHOTO: Netanyahu reads from the Scroll of Esther at a Jerusalem synagogue on the occasion of Purim. Photo by Photo by Kobi Gideon / GPO

 

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Intel Buys Israeli Start-Up MobilEye For Whopping $15.3 Billion

The above video gives a little background on the Israeli start-up MobilEye.

The company's patented sensor technology is highly coveted amongst those in the autonomous car industry.

Intel's offer of $15.3 billion to buy MobilEye is the largest exit ever for an Israeli hi-tech company.

 

Palestinians Claim They Squeezed Major Concessions From Trump

Palestinian officials say that Mahmoud Abbas was able to squeeze major concessions from US President Donald Trump when he called the Palestinian leader over the weekend.

Abbas is expected to visit the White House next month.

When he does, chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat says Trump will make a “historic” offer to the Palestinians.

According to Erekat, Trump will ask Abbas to restart peace negotiations with Israel in exchange for American pressure on Israel to freeze Jewish settlements.

Trump will also reportedly offer to rescind his promise to return the US Embassy to Jerusalem, a move that would offer significant backing to Israel’s claim to the holy city.

Erekat’s claims, which he made to the Arabic-language daily Al-Khaleej, could not be verified.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday met with Trump’s special envoy to the Middle East, Jason Greenblatt.

There seemed to be no talk of a settlement freeze, but Greenblatt did convey Trump’s desire to boost the Palestinian economy, which Netanyahu wholeheartedly agreed with.

PHOTO: An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man dresses as US President Donald Trump for the Jewish festival of Purim. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

 

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Israel Reminds Trump It Has No Peace Partner

Days after US President Donald Trump phoned Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and urged him to finally make peace with Israel, a top Israeli government official said Abbas is not a genuine partner for peace.

“Israel is just telling the truth about Abu Mazen’s [Mahmoud Abbas] extreme positions, which negate the existence of [Israel] as a Jewish state,” National Infrastructure Minister Yuval Steinitz (Likud) told Israel Radio.

Abbas is expected to visit the White House at Trump’s invitation in the coming months.

Before that happens, Abbas is hoping to forge some kind of unity amongst the fractious organizations - both political and military - that make up the Palestinian Authority.

At an urgent meeting called in Ramallah on Sunday, Abbas stressed that “national” unity was needed in order effectively negotiate with the new American president.

The fact that Abbas does not have effective control of the territories supposedly under his rule has been a major sticking point for Israel when it comes to making land concessions.

For instance, the Palestinian Authority was supposed to govern the Gaza Strip following Israel’s withdrawal, but the coastal enclave was quickly and easily seized by Hamas.

 

Arab Terrorist Stabs Two Jerusalem Police on Purim

An Arab terrorist stabbed and moderately wounded two Border Police officers in Jerusalem’s Old City early Monday morning.

The attack occurred at the Lion’s Gate on the city’s eastern side facing the Mount of Olives.

The 25-year-old terrorist approached the police guard station, entered and began wildly stabbing.

One of the officers was eventually able to push the terrorist outside, load his weapon and shoot the assailant.

The terrorist later died, while both officers were listed in stable condition.

Police were on high alert throughout Jerusalem on Monday as the city celebrated the Purim holiday, which sees thousands of children dress up and gather in public areas.

 

Spring Greetings From Israel

Israel is already experiencing nature awakening from its winter sleep. The countryside is a verdant green and the flowers are vying with each other to show off their colors. The new grass sprouts appear like a soft green carpet in the woods...

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Trump Calls Mahmoud Abbas, Says It's Time to Make Peace

US President Donald Trump on Friday phoned Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and said the time had come to seek a genuine peace agreement with Israel.

Trump reiterated to Abbas that his administration will not follow in the footsteps of its predecessors by trying to impose a solution on Israel, The Hill reported.

“The President noted that the United States cannot impose a solution on the Israelis and Palestinians, nor can one side impose an agreement on the other,” read a statement released by the White House.

Trump reportedly invited Abbas to visit Washington “in the near future.”

Last month, Trump served notice to the Palestinians that he was not married to the two-state solution, and suggested he’d be willing to back any solution that Israel found most fitting.

“I’m looking at two-state and one-state [solutions], and I like the one that both parties like. I can live with either one,” he said during a press conference with visiting Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

 

Palestinians Name Youth Camp After Blood-Soaked Terrorist

Let’s say that you’re involved in a blood feud with a neighboring family.

A member of that family murders one of your children.

Some time later, the neighboring family says it wants to enter discussions to end the feud.

But at the same time, they put a big sign out front of their house honoring the murderous family member that took the life of your child.

Would you still believe their overture of peace to be genuine?

That’s precisely what Israel is dealing with in it’s conflict with the Palestinian Authority.

They say they want peace. They shout as much at the top of their lungs when the international community is listening.

But then they turn around and glorify those Palestinians who have murdered Israeli men, women and children.

Not only is it a slap in Israel’s face, such behavior encourages even more Palestinians to carry out even more acts of murder.

And they call this a foundation for peace?

The most recent example of this disturbing phenomenon occurred last week when the Palestinian Authority named yet another government-backed youth camp after the terrorist Dalal Mughrabi.

Mughrabi is famous for one reason, and one reason alone.

In 1978, she led a squad of Palestinian terrorists in hijacking a public bus on Israel’s coastal highway. Mughrabi and her men mercilessly slaughtered 38 Israeli men, women and children and wounded another 70.

For this she is honored.

And Palestinian children are encouraged to see her as a role model.

Peace can never be established upon such foundations.

PHOTO: Palestinians children hold posters of Dalal Mughrabi during a rally in Ramallah. Issam Rimawi / Flash 90

 

VIDEO: Purim Celebrations, 1932

As Israel prepares to celebrate Purim this weekend, let's take a look back to how the holiday was marked in Tel Aviv in 1932.

Mayor Meir Dizengoff can be seen leading the parade on a horse!

 

Self-Destruction By Order of the Nations

Israel Today speaks to Jewish settlers forcibly uprooted under international pressure, and what that means for Israel.

The full article appears in the March 2017 issue of Israel Today Magazine.
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Is the Feast of Trumpets Being Fulfilled In Our Day?

As most Christian lovers of Israel now realize, the three major feasts or holy convocations God gave to Israel all pointed to a New Covenant fulfillment in Messiah. The Hebrew word for “convocation,” mikra, implies a “dress rehearsal.”

They were preparations for a deeper spiritual reality.

Although grouped into three convocations, there were actually seven feasts in number, requiring all Israel to be present in Jerusalem at the time of their celebration. They are Pesach (Passover, Leavened Bread, First Fruits), Shavout (Pentecost) and Succoth (Trumpets, Day of Atonement, Tabernacles). Those clustered around Passover and Pentecost are known as the Spring Feasts. Those connected to Tabernacles were the Fall Feasts. Taken together, all seven represent the salvation plan of God in Messiah.

Now we know the Spring Feasts have already had their New Covenant fulfillment.

Passover was fulfilled in Jerusalem when Yeshua was crucified for our sins on the very day the feast was celebrated. And his followers were born again. Pentecost too was fulfilled on the very date, the seventh Sunday after First Fruits, when the Holy Spirit was poured out on the early church.

But Tabernacles still awaits its spiritual fulfillment, which will no doubt also occur in its assigned season. And also take place in Jerusalem.

The question is, could we have actually witnessed the fulfillment of the first of the three fall feasts associated with Tabernacles, namely Trumpets, without realizing it?

I believe so.

It dawned on me recently that when Israel won the Six-Day War and recaptured Jerusalem and the Temple Mount on June, 7 1967 had to be the fulfillment of Trumpets on God’s calendar.

Here’s why.

When the Jews regained control of Jerusalem after 2000 years of exile it was like the blast of a shofar (trumpet) that sent a shockwave that resonated throughout Israel and around the world. Aside from the pure emotional excitement of the event, four major spiritual awakenings trace their beginnings to that day. All were in keeping with God’s assigned purposes for the blowing of trumpets, which were to announce special times, gather His people together, break camp or go to war.

The first awakening took place among assimilated Jews in Russia who suddenly rediscovered their Jewish heritage and wanted to go home to Israel. When Russia refused to let them go they were termed Refuseniks. Their courage in face of great persecution eventually won them international support and permission to emigrate.

A second awakening also occurred among the Jews, primarily in the West, when suddenly thousands began to believe in Yeshua as Messiah. That was the start of the Messianic Jewish Movement.

The third awakening erupted in the Christian world. After seeing the miraculous way Israel recaptured Jerusalem, tens of thousands of Christians suddenly realized God was fulfilling the ancient prophecies of Israel’s restoration. This led many to rediscover the Hebraic roots of our faith, inspiring the Christian Zionism Movement that has done so much to bless Israel as of late.

The fourth big awakening also took place among Christians and became known as the Charismatic Movement. Nominal Christians from the dead mainline churches were born again and began to move in the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

If I am correct in this, it means we are on the verge of seeing the fulfillment of the next holy convocation, which is the Day of Atonement. Called Yom Kippur by the Jews, it is the holiest day on their religious calendar and occurs ten days after Trumpets. Historically on that day the high priest entered the Holy of Holies to make atonement for the whole nation. Also, every fiftieth year on that date the trumpet was blown to announce the Year of Jubilee “when you shall proclaim a release [from all debts]… and each of you shall return to his own property” (Leviticus 25:10). It is the verse inscribed on the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia celebrating the 50th anniversary of the city’s founding.

It really gets exciting when we realize Jun. 7th of this year will be the fiftieth anniversary of the recapture of Jerusalem! Could that mean the Ten Days of Awe following Trumpets are over and God’s Yom Kippur could begin to be fulfilled this very year? Could we actually be on the verge of seeing Zechariah 12:10–14 come to pass in our day?

And one more thing. Could the election of Donald Trump(et) signal the final shofar sound of this feast day ? And if so, will he become the new King Cyrus who many Christians are likening him too? The one who released the Jews from Babylon and helped them restore their temple? Or will he prove to be the new Constantine, “that horn which had eyes and a mouth uttering great boasts… who was waging war with the saints and overpowering them?” (Dan. 7:20,21) Will he be the Great Deceiver “who’ll take his seat in the temple displaying himself as being God” (2 Thess.2:4)?

Stay tuned.

Brian Hennessy is the author of Valley of the Steeples

 

The Language of the Hebrew Woman

The upcoming International Women's Day is dominating the news cycle, which will now for days on end inundate us with the feminist agenda. 

Feminism, to be sure, is not a naughty word. Women must have exactly the same rights as men. But feminism long ago left behind its simple quest for equality and today demands all sorts of things, including the right to ignore the uniqueness of the biology, physiology and psychology of women. 

The battle for equality has not escaped the Hebrew language, which has also come under attack.

Traditionally, the Hebrew language is considered sacred because God created everything by speaking Hebrew commands. Hebrew letters and words, therefore, are the building blocks of the universe. Jewish mysticism views the Hebrew alphabet as the DNA of everything that exists. The extraordinary care scribes took to meticulously copy the Old Testament springs from that viewpoint. Corrupting the sacred manuscript amounts to corrupting the world. 

The feminist agenda to change the language, therefore, is nothing short of horrifying to those who still believe Hebrew to be sacred.

Speaking on Israel's Channel 2 News, Avshalom Kor, a leading Hebrew linguist, was trying to explain that gender in Hebrew has nothing to do with male chauvinism. But Daphna Eisenreich, his feminist co-panelist, remained resolute that the Hebrew language undervalues women. 

Kor simply couldn't understand why anyone would protest a language. After all, he quipped,"'success' in Hebrew is a feminine word, while 'failure' is masculine."

Regardless, Eisenreich insisted that the fact the masculine form of words is used when addressing a mixed audience didn't happen by chance. Linguistic gender, she implied, enforces outdated male/female stereotypes. The televised debate itself only fueled this sensationalist social battle by pitting a man against a woman.

But this unnecessary battle between the sexes won't end with linguistics.

The continued deliberate gender confusion, viewed by many as "progressive," has led the Ministry of Education to recommend that kindergarten teachers avoid the use the expressions like "mom and dad." Instead, the ministry suggests the more neutral "parents." In so doing, the Ministry of Education has fallen victim to the agenda of organizations like Hoshen that promote homosexuality.

Among Hoshen's recommendations to the Ministry of Education is encouraging children to speak and dress as girls and to not assume heterosexual family situations. It also wants to see the inclusion of books that teach alternative family life styles. All of this has one goal - radically changing the gender perception of Israeli children. 

Such fundamental changes are entering every strata of Israeli Jewish society, almost without challenge.

 

Turning the Tables!

As Iran’s supreme leader calls for a ‘holy intifada’ to eradicate Israel, Jews everywhere can be encouraged that the tables were turned on a man from the same part of the world when he made a similar threat.

As we approach the annual Jewish feast of Purim, we recall the plot to destroy all Jews living in the ancient and far-reaching Persian Empire. The man behind it was Haman, political aide to King Xerxes, but thanks to the intervention of Queen Esther, his plan was ultimately foiled and the gallows he had constructed for his Jewish enemy Mordecai (cousin and guardian of the beautiful young Queen) was used for him instead.

In the same way today, those who side with the Islamic world in opposition to Israel are building their own gallows.

Describing Israel as a “cancerous tumour”, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei said the international community was heading toward confrontation with the “Zionist regime”.[1]

But as Barry Segal of the Jerusalem News Network put it: “Actually, it is Iran that is heading towards a confrontation with the international community with its support of global terrorism, its nuclear ambitions, and its unrelenting hateful tirades against Israel and the USA.”[2]

Mordecai had learned of the 500 BC plot to destroy the Jews and managed to persuade Esther to approach the King on behalf of her people, even though it was against protocol to do so without being summoned.

“Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape,” Mordecai warned. “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” (Esther 4.13f)

So Esther resolved to risk her life for her fellow Jews, saying: “If I perish, I perish.” (v16)

Modern-day Iran is part of ancient Persia and its threat against Israel bears all the hallmarks of the Haman spirit, with successive leaders promising to wipe the Jewish state off the map and underscoring their sabre-rattling by boasting of missiles capable of reaching Tel Aviv in seven minutes. And all the time they continue to work towards nuclear capability.

But, as with Haman, their plans will be ultimately brought back on their own heads as the Bible makes clear that, in the last days, many nations will attack Israel and come under God’s judgment as a result. (See Joel 3.2 & Zechariah 14.2f)

Thankfully, some modern-day Esthers are standing up to the bully-boys. America’s new Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, speaking of that body’s Security Council, says its “double standards are breathtaking”. Declaring that the U.S. was determined to stand up to the UN’s anti-Israel bias, she said the prejudiced approach to Israeli-Palestinian issues “bears no relationship to the reality of the world around us.”[3] (The Trump administration has indicated that it may pull America out of the UN Human Rights Council due to its Israel bias[4], which even outgoing Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has admitted to have been the case).[5]

Also showing Esther-like qualities is America’s new First Lady Melania Trump who boldly led a Florida rally in the Lord’s Prayer.

Watching an old Hollywood movie on the subject, One Night with the King, reminded me of how, just after retiring from full-time work in the newspaper industry, I felt the Lord say that I had been called to the kingdom “for such a time as this”, confirming an earlier call to be a “helper of Israel” in these last days by writing the truth about Middle Eastern affairs.

England’s own Esther has emerged in the form of a beautiful young lady called Aisling Hubert, who is having to pay a heavy price for standing up for the unborn, eight million of whom have been killed since the UK Abortion Act was passed 50 years ago. Aisling launched a private prosecution against two doctors who had been secretly filmed offering gender abortion. But the Crown Prosecution Service ruled that pursuance of the case was not in the public interest, and the doctors were awarded costs. An undisclosed settlement has been reached, and it is “a large sum”.

Aisling has been supported throughout her ordeal by the Christian Legal Centre. Do get in touch with them if you wish to help by visiting www.christianconcern.com/aisling

Mary, the mother of Jesus, performed an Esther role in carrying the Messiah, whom the devil tried to destroy at birth as Herod ordered the killing of Bethlehem’s infant boys in a desperate bid to prevent his crown from passing to the new king. (Revelation 12.4, Matthew 2.16)

In the end her soul was pierced by a sword, in fulfilment of Simeon’s prophecy (Luke 2.35), as she watched her innocent young son being crucified, aged just 33.

Yet in the fulness of God’s perfect time, and just a generation before the Jews would be scattered abroad by Roman brutality, Jesus himself stepped forward to die on behalf of his people, and of all who would, metaphorically speaking, mark the doorposts of their hearts with the blood of the Lamb.

“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.” (Isaiah 53.5)

Truly, Jesus (Yeshua in Hebrew) is the Jewish Messiah who has come to the rescue of his people in these last days. Welcome him in advance of that great day when his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem. (Zechariah 14.4)


  1. Daily Mail, Times of Israel, February 21 2017  ↩

  2. Jerusalem News Network (JNN), February 23 2017  ↩

  3. David Soakell’s Christian Friends of Israel newsletter Watching over Zion, February 23 2017  ↩

  4. JNN, quoting the Jerusalem Post, February 27 2017  ↩

  5. Ynetnews.com, December 17 2016  ↩


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

 

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Media Misfeasance Exposed in “Eyeless in Gaza” Documentary

Originally written for the Investigative Project on Terrorism

Hamas operatives burst into the Associated Press (AP) Gaza bureau during the 2014 war with Israel, angered by a picture shot by an AP photographer. Gunmen threatened the AP staff, which never reported the incident.

The incident shows that Hamas can control what journalists report, and what they don’t, former AP Middle East reporter Matti Friedman says in a new documentary, “Eyeless in Gaza.”

Producer Robert Magid’s 50-minute film, which is screening via pay-per-view online, examines the flaws and challenges in reporting on the 50-day war.

Magid said he wanted to “set the record straight and provide context,” after being appalled at news coverage that ignored Hamas practice of launching rockets from civilian areas. That omission allowed the media to push a false narrative that “Israel was callous in their bombing.”

The sullied moral image of Israel that emerged from the media’s biased coverage sparked public outrage and anti-Semitism. “Muslims will crush the Jews as they did in Khyber 14 centuries ago,” protestors in the film shout. Another says: “I see the Jews in Israel as total Nazis.”

Reporters routinely failed to show the history leading up to the conflict or how Hamas instigated it. Magid provides viewers with some brief historical context: Israel expelled 10,000 of its own citizens from the Gaza Strip in 2005 and offered the Palestinians their first chance at self-rule. But Hamas took over the territory and turned it into an Islamist terror state, rather than a model for responsible self-rule and peaceful coexistence with Israel.

Viewers see how attack tunnels exemplify Hamas’ policy of diverting public resources to pursue terrorism. Israel allows high-quality cement into Gaza in response to the humanitarian need to rebuild damaged buildings, only to discover the same cement being used to build massive underground tunnels whose only purpose is to target Israelis. Each tunnel costs about $3 million, and an Israeli military spokesman interviewed in the film estimates $100 million in resources were diverted.

Despite Israel’s unprecedented efforts to minimize Gaza’s civilian casualties, the film shows how Hamas works to maximize them.

“The Israeli army called me, they asked me to leave Al-Sajaeya,” says one Gazan. “We stayed at home because Al Aksa and Al Quds [Hamas] radio stations told us ‘Don’t leave your homes, it’s rumors.’ We remained in our homes, but when we saw the bombs pouring on us, we miraculously got out…Five of my brothers’ sons were killed, and the houses destroyed.”

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) went to great lengths to spare civilians, issuing warnings by leaflets, SMS messages, the “roof knock” technique, and social media. Col. Richard Kemp, the former commander of British forces in Afghanistan, notes in the film “the immense efforts that the IDF took when fighting in this very challenging environment, to minimize the number of civilian deaths [even though] Hamas used human shields virtually constantly. They deliberately site their weapon systems, and their fighters among the civilian population.”

“Eyeless in Gaza” shows the underreported perspective of Israelis trying to survive Hamas rocket attacks, including a huge explosion on a populated beach, and people racing to shelters with just 15 seconds to reach them. Israel’s Iron Dome defense system is no silver bullet: “10 percent [of] rockets…could hit you,” notes Tal Inbar, head of the Space Research Center at the Fisher Institute for Air and Space Strategic Studies in Herzliya. “And…if the enemy is firing thousands of rockets…10 percent…is quite a lot.” Even intercepted rockets can still cause shock and injuries from falling shrapnel.

Kneejerk global condemnations of Israel triggered by a lopsided casualty count resulted, at least in part, from the media’s failure to cover the true nature of the mass casualty-threat facing Israel. Hamas launched thousands of rockets at schools, hospitals, and densely packed Israeli neighborhoods, demonstrating the group’s intent to kill many thousands of civilians. Hamas failed only because Israel had invested billions in a rocket defense system and Israelis regularly scurried to bomb shelters despite the disruption to their lives. 

Former Russia Today correspondent Harry Fear, who calls himself “one of the most Palestinian-sympathizing journalists in the world,” notes that Palestinians “rejected cease fires, which could have saved…thousands of lives…”

Fearing violent retribution from Hamas, journalists engaged in collective self-censorship, he told Magid. Just about all foreign correspondents witnessed Palestinian war crimes without reporting them.  “Rockets were being fired consistently from densely populated areas,” he said. He was expelled from Gaza after reporting on Twitter such fire.

An Indian television crew aired footage of Palestinian terrorists firing rockets from civilian areas only after it had left Gaza. Its report, shown in “Eyeless in Gaza,” notes that the rocket fire “will obviously have serious consequences… for those who live here, should Israel choose to retaliate.”

Hamas’ intimidation of journalists produces flawed, misleading coverage, as Friedman elaborates: “Most of the work of the international media in Gaza is done not by western journalists … but by local Palestinians from Gaza: fixers, translators, reporters, photographers … their families are in Gaza, and they’re not going to get Hamas angry. And because these people largely shape the coverage, that ends up having a very significant effect.”

Fear decries the limits to free speech in Gaza, citing a 2014 poll indicating that 80 percent of Palestinian journalists exercise self-censorship for fear of retribution.

Similarly, Friedman says in the film, “I understand why reporters censor themselves … in Gaza. What I don’t understand is why the news organizations haven’t made clear the restrictions under which they operate in Gaza, so that news consumers can understand that they are seeing a warped picture.”

The intimidation can be worse for Palestinian journalists. Ayman Al Aloul describes his imprisonment and torture by Hamas after he refused to stop writing about Gaza’s extreme poverty, and Hamas’ failed economic policies. “They started beating me and cursing at me. When I went back inside [my cell], I feared someone would be sent to end my life… I was scared they would say, ‘He died from cold or hunger.’ I was really scared.”

While the Western media and United Nations Human Rights Council obsessively harp on any alleged Israeli human rights violation, it completely ignored Al Aloul’s case.

Conflicts that receive far less media attention than the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, despite being exponentially bloodier, also have been neglected, thanks to the media’s obsession with Israel. The film notes that, since 2011, nearly half a million people have been killed or wounded in Syria, compared to about 2,000 in Gaza. “160,000 Palestinians lived in Yarmouk prior to 2011. [Because of] Syrian…bombing and starvation policies, there are now 18,000.”

Thus, campus protesters who routinely accuse Israel of “genocide” and “massacre” are either grossly misinformed (at least in part because of media bias) or simply anti-Semitic.

UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) spokesperson Chris Gunness acknowledges a double standard by the media and Arab governments’ in terms of attention given to the plight of Palestinians in Syria versus Gaza. But when asked why UNRWA failed to condemn Egypt’s security-motivated destruction of thousands of homes along the Gaza border, he says only, “we are not mandated to work in Egypt.”

Friedman notes, “If Israel did 1 percent of that, of course the international community would be in an uproar. I think people aren’t interested in Arabs in general, or what Arabs do to each other. I think they’re basically interested … in the actions of Jews. And that’s why Egypt can destroy entire neighborhoods [bordering] Gaza, as it did recently, and the world kind of yawns. That I think proves that...the story being told here by the international media is not a story about current events. It’s a story about something else. It’s a morality play starring a familiar villain [the Jews].”

This hostile paradigm explains the failure of Western media to report on the anti-Semitic nature of the Hamas charter, which blames all of the world’s woes – including every major war and revolution, and even the Holocaust – on the Jews, while calling for their annihilation, Friedman says in “Eyeless in Gaza.”

“If you say that Hamas is anti-Semitic, if you quote their charter, if you look too closely at exactly what their goals are, and who they are, then it would disrupt the narrative, according to which Israel is an aggressor, and the Palestinians are passive victims who have reasonable goals,” Friedman says.

Nevertheless, the media’s failure to include critical facts like those exposed in “Eyeless in Gaza” encourages terrorist groups like Hamas to embrace tactics intended to maximize civilian casualties. The resulting global condemnation of Israel for Gazan deaths only encourages Hamas to jeopardize civilians in the next round of violence.

As “Eyeless in Gaza” highlights, the kind of journalism that covered the 2014 war in Gaza distorted the truth, abetted a terrorist group, and strengthened the party most responsible for Gaza’s misery and ongoing hostilities with Israel. For more on the film, click here.

Noah Beck is the author of The Last Israelis, an apocalyptic novel about Iranian nukes and other geopolitical issues in the Middle East.

 

It Is Less Than A Week To Go To Purim...

In just five days it will be Purim! The children dress up, prepare gift baskets for friends and relatives and, above all, fulfill the commandment to give to the poor and needy.

We would also like to invite you, dear friends of Israel, to participate in this wonderful festival. In the next few days, we will be distributing the Purim parcels that you have so generously donated to children in hospitals. Be there for these unfortunate kids!

Shared happiness is double happiness! This is the last opportunity for you to participate!



 

VIDEO: Palestinian Doctor 'Feels at Home' Working in Israeli Hospital

You won’t see this reported in the mainstream media, but stories of coexistence like this are not at all uncommon.

Dr. Wisam al-Jamal’s story is probably ignored by the press because he’s not afraid to tell the truth - that Jews and Arabs can live together in peace, and that rather than discriminate against and oppress him, Israel provides him with opportunity and dignity in his profession.

 

Banksy: Safe Under Israeli Protection

Famous British street artist Banksy has opened his new nine-room Walled Off Hotel facing the security wall that Israel erected between Bethlehem and Jerusalem to stop Palestinian suicide bombers from blowing up buses and cafes in the Israeli capital. 

But Banksy doesn't care why Israel erected this wall. Detached as he is from reality, and protected by his anonymity, Banksy opened the hotel "with the worst view in the world" to convince Israelis and Palestinians that their bloody struggle is nothing more than a pillow fight between two immature adults.

Speaking to The Guardian, Banksy explained that “it’s exactly 100 years since Britain took control of Palestine and started rearranging the furniture – with chaotic results. I don’t know why, but it felt like a good time to reflect on what happens when the United Kingdom makes a huge political decision without fully comprehending the consequences.” 

One of Banksy's works featured in the hotel depicts Lord Balfour signing his famous 1917 declaration designating mandatory Palestine as the Jewish home. Balfour is seen sitting in an office resembling an English gentlemen’s club from colonial times.

For Banksy, the West Bank and Gaza are the largest prisons in the world. And the walls, well, for one who has no idea what it's like to lose relatives to a suicide bomb, "the segregation wall is a disgrace."

The truth is that Israelis have long been fed up with these types of self-righteous artists who think for whatever reason that they have the right tell us how to live our lives. Little wonder that Reuven Berko, considered one of Israel's top experts on Arab affairs, pulls no punches in addressing Banksy's latest propaganda stunt. 

Writing in the Hebrew daily _Israel Hayom, _Berko reports:

"[Banksy's] people explain on Facebook that he 'found the most charged scenery and turned the hotel into an anti-occupation presentation … the artistic boutique creates a different reality which invites going out of the automat while melting the walls with courage and wisdom.' These are lofty intellectual words for describing an anonymous and cowardly antisemite … who came from England to work against the Jews. Someone with really courage will notice upon exiting this trippy hotel that it's built in an area safely under Israeli control. What the hypocritical artist most wanted was security. Had he built the hotel deeper inside Bethlehem, Banksy knows well the hotel would have had a different kind of 'ugly view': the ghostly remnants of the once large Christian community that has since been raped, robbed and decimated by terrorist militias."

 

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US Congressional Team in Israel to Discuss Moving Embassy to Jerusalem

President Trump is the first president since Congress passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act in 1995 to take seriously his campaign promise to return the US Embassy to the Israeli capital.

And that’s why an official Congressional delegation landed in Israel this weekend to begin deliberations over the embassy move.

A statement released by Israeli lawmaker Yehuda Glick (Likud) said that the Americans were arriving to “closely examine the issue of transferring the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem - both from a practical standpoint as well as politically.”

Glick said that he would again impress on them the “unique history and political reality of Jerusalem, past and present.”

The delegation was also scheduled to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and to personally examine potential sites to house the embassy in Jerusalem.

The goal of the trip was to return to President Trump with a full and accurate analysis of when and how to best move the embassy.

 

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'We do not want to throw the Jews into the sea'

Top Palestinian Muslim leader tells Israel Today that two-state solution is impossible, Jewish presence is legitimate.

The full article appears in the March 2017 issue of Israel Today Magazine.
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Israel - Butt of a Sick Joke

There is a tired old joke among journalists about never letting the facts get in the way of a good story. But it is meant to be a joke, not reality.

However, it would seem that media, educational and political circles are now taking it seriously, effectively adopting this line as their modus operandi.

As a result, many of our great institutions have become a sick joke – I am thinking particularly of the United Nations – and the British Parliament, for example, is totally confused over what it is supposed to believe about Israel.

First, Britain backed a UN resolution[1] effectively denying historic Jewish links to much of the Holy Land including the Temple Mount and Western Wall – Judaism’s holiest site. This in spite of the wealth of biblical and archaeological evidence supporting Jewish ties with Jerusalem going back some 3,500 years while Islam, which now claims these holy places for itself, only came on the scene in the 7th century AD.

Now there is further confusion as the British House of Commons this week opened a travelling UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) exhibition on Judaism’s 3,500-year ties to the Holy Land.[2] (Apparently the original exhibition title referred to Israel, but this has been changed out of political correctness).

So, just two days before Christmas, the British Government did not believe Israel had such historic ties to this much-contested land. But now, apparently, they do.

However, the UK Parliament has now passed a motion condemning further Israeli ‘settlements’ in the so-called ‘occupied’ West Bank as “contrary to international law”[3], thus ignoring historic – and legal – documents, and contradicting the very exhibition they have agreed to host.

The San Remo agreement of 1920 confirmed Britain in its role (as outlined in the Balfour Declaration of 1917) to facilitate the immigration of Jews to the land including Judea and Samaria (the West Bank). As February’s Parliamentary vote was unanimous, one has to ask if any of our MPs are aware of the documents – never mind the biblical and archaeological evidence, and the exhibition itself.

Amazingly, it is the settlement issue that is seen by most politicians as the main barrier to peace (despite the murderous threats against Israel from Iran and its proxies) when the facts tell quite another story. Both San Remo and Balfour charged Britain with the duty to facilitate Jewish immigration and settlement in the territory which then included Transjordan (now Jordan). The San Remo resolution has never been abrogated – in fact the legitimacy of Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Jordan also derive from the same international agreement.[4]

As I have said before, Britain is plagued by moral confusion, partly through the ineffectiveness of the church which once led the nation in terms of influence and authority. The Balfour Declaration itself, 100 years old later this year, was agreed by David Lloyd-George’s ten-strong War Cabinet mostly made up of evangelical (i.e. Bible-believing) Christians.

Jesus’ warning to the once thriving church at Ephesus surely applies to us now: “Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.” (Revelation 2.5)

Another example of substituting facts with fiction is the Israel Apartheid Week currently being staged on university campuses in Britain. Many of these institutions were once icons of learning and free speech envied by the rest of the world, but they have become hotbeds of anti-Semitism.

While few come to the aid of the Christians and others being butchered across a largely oppressive Middle East, ignorant young students vent their fury on the region’s only democracy – where, incidentally, Arabs have the same rights as Jews (and yet Jews are banned from many Arab states).

Israel is also a place where women enjoy equality, unlike much of the Arab world where women do not have the same rights as men. I have written about this issue at length in other places. But trust me; I grew up in apartheid South Africa, and have twice visited Israel which bears no resemblance to the culture in which I was nurtured.

Thankfully, the University of Central Lancashire has cancelled its event following a campaign by Christians United for Israel UK to persuade the authorities concerned that they would be breaking the law by offending Jewish students.[5] So Islamic theologian Farid Esack will not now be addressing students there, but he is still expected to speak at other campuses.

There are 1.6 million Arabs living in Israel. And yet Mahmoud Abbas (the Palestinian Authority leader) will not allow any Jews to live in his proposed state of ‘Palestine’. So who’s practicing apartheid?

Jesus reserved some of his strongest criticism for hypocrites, who sought to extract a speck of sawdust from their brother’s eye while all the time paying no attention to the plank in their own. (Matthew 7.4)


  1. UN Resolution 2334, December 23 2016  ↩

  2. Jewish News, February 21 2017  ↩

  3. British MPs demand immediate freeze on Israeli settlements, Middle East Eye, February 9 2017  ↩

  4. Much of my information for this article is sourced from Christian Friends of Israel’s David Soakell in his Watching over Zion newsletter of February 23 2016.  ↩

  5. Prophecy Today UK, February 24 2017  ↩


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

 

Facebook Restores Fatah Account, Apologizes to Palestinian Terrorists

To the stunned approval of Israel and its supporters Facebook earlier this week shut down the official account of the ruling Palestinian faction, Fatah.

Someone apparently felt Fatah had violated Facebook community standards by posting an old photo of its former leader, Yasser Arafat, posing with a rifle next to the group’s current leader, Mahmoud Abbas.

On Wednesday, Facebook apologized for the “mishap” and reinstated the Fatah page.

“The page was removed in error and restored as soon as we were able to investigate. We apologize for this mistake,” a Facebook spokesman was quoted as saying by RT News.

Sadly, Fatah’s years of posts inciting murderous violence against Israeli Jews don’t seem to have triggered Facebook’s censors.

Is it within Facebook’s guidelines for Fatah to boast, as it did last August, of its killing of more than 11,000 Israelis, far more than any other Palestinian group?

 

Behold the Man - Jesus in Israeli Art

 

Trump Calls Out Antisemites in First Address Before Congress

US President Donald Trump opened his first address before Congress by calling out a recent spate of antisemitic attacks and threats against American Jews.

The past month has seen a sharp rise in antisemitic incidents in the US.

“Recent threats targeting Jewish community centers and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries, as well as last week’s shooting in Kansas City, remind us that while we may be a nation divided on policies, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its forms,” he said.

Just last week, vandals severely damaged Jewish tombstones in Pennsylvania and Missouri, and a number of Jewish Community Centers received bomb threats.

Trump and others in his circle have suggested that some of the bomb threats could have been made to further the perception that his presidency has brought about an increase in antisemitism.

Many of Trump’s detractors insist he is a racist and a bigot, ignoring the fact that his daughter converted to Judaism and remains his most trusted advisor, and that he has numerous Jews serving in high-ranking roles.

A number of leading Jewish organizations praised Trump for opening his speech by condemning antisemitism, but they did so cautiously.

Groups like the Anti-Defamation League have been vocal critics of Trump’s immigration policies targeting certain Muslim countries and his rollback of protections for “transgenders.”

 

Political Dirt Is Often Dirtier Than Earthly Rubbish

What is clearly written in the Bible is either ignored or expressly denied in modern politics. The decision, which was rejected by UNESCO in October, which denies any historical connection to Jerusalem by the people of Israel, and thus relents to Palestinian pressure, confirms the current trend. The resolution passed by the UNSC is absolute madness. There is unquestionable historical and archeological evidence that Jerusalem was the site of the First and Second Jewish Temples.

Towards the end of the 1990s, as the Muslims built a third shrine on the Temple Mount at the site of Solomon’s Stables, they dumped 400 truckloads of debris on the outskirts of Jerusalem.

Archaeologists Prof. Gabriel Barkai and Tzachi Davira have since then, with the help of volunteers, rescued the dumped rubble and have been meticulously sifting through the rubble. Since the beginning of the project, thousands of coins, seals, potsherds and mosaic tiles from the time of the First and Second Temples have been found.

The archaeologists complain that the Israeli governments have not done anything to preserve the Jewish temple site. "How many times have we asked the governments for financial help and not got a cent over the years," both experts said.

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Facebook (finally) Closes Account of Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah Party

Facebook has finally closed the account of the Palestinian Authority’s “moderate” ruling party, Fatah.

That comes after years of posts inciting murderous violence against Israeli Jews.

Facebook has launched a new campaign to purge pages that promote violence.

A spokesman for Fatah told The Jerusalem Post that his party’s account was closed due to a single photograph of Yasser Arafat holding a rifle.

Never mind the thousands of posts glorifying terrorism and calling for the blood of Jews.

Just last year, Fatah posted on Facebook boasting that over the years it had killed 11,000 Israelis, far more than any other Palestinian group.

And Fatah thinks it was removed from Facebook over a photo of Arafat holding a rifle.

Folks, this is the sort Israel is dealing with in this farce of a peace process.

PHOTO: Serge Attal/FLASH90

 

The IDF Has Become a Promoter of Godless Values

For more than a year now, the IDF finds itself deeply involved in a different kind of battle, the battle over Israel's identity. 

This is a battle between Israel's secular liberal Left and its religious conservative Right.

The army was supposed to stay out of this socio-political struggle. There's nothing more damaging than a politicized army, but the IDF has nevertheless adopted the liberal agenda lock, stock, and barrel.

The latest manifestation of this came in the form of promoting of gay marriage. 

The army seized the opportunity provided by International Family Day (February 26) to present on the official website of the Israel Air Force (IAF) a blatantly "politically-correct" set of families, including a single-parent and a gay family.

The IAF site proudly featured Captain Adir Gabbai and his partner Dean. The caption accompanying the photo of the gay couple reveals that they served in the same unit in the IAF, and that they are now "newlyweds."

Nor is this the first time the army has promoted such ideology.

According to Arutz 7, "the IDF … has been intensively promoting gay and transsexual soldiers in recent years, alongside the never-ending campaign promoting combat service by women, which involves lowering the standards for acceptance into combat units." The report added that since 2015, the military has adopted a gender-blurring ideology.

Responding to the IAF's Family Day ad, Rabbi Haim Navon wrote on Facebook that "though everyone has the right to live as they wish … no one has the right to impose upon us new definitions of marriage and family." The IAF reacted by belittling Navon and his Facebook remarks, resulting in the rabbi closing access to his account amidst an avalanche of curses and threats.

Unfortunately, instead of maintaining its traditional role as the people's army and staying out of politics, the IDF has either decided or simply stumbled into accepting an ideology that divides Israeli society.

 

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Gaza Missile Hits Southern Israel

During the predawn hours on Monday, terrorists operating out of the Gaza Strip fired a missile into southern Israel.

The projectile landed in an open field causing neither injuries nor damage.

This is the fourth missile attack on Israel by terror groups this year.

Israel's early warning sirens failed to sound during the attack, raising some concerns.

Israel's military has yet to respond to the provocative terrorist action.

PHOTO: Archive photo (Flash90)

 

Messiah Unveiled Down Under

An Israeli backpacker had to travel to the other side of the world before finding the Jewish Messiah no-one had told him about at home.

Born and raised in a secular kibbutz (and knowing almost nothing about Jesus), Omri Jaakobovich was taken aback when the Dutch-born host of his hostel in Paihia, Bay of Islands, New Zealand, kept referring to him as one of God’s ‘chosen people’.

Like most Israelis, he had been horrified by the relatively recent assassination of then Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin by an Orthodox Jew in the name of God.

So he challenged his host: “What’s so chosen or so much better about us Jews?” adding that for the first time in history a Jew had killed the chosen leader of the Jewish nation.

But he was shocked by her reply: “It’s not the first time that the Jews have killed the chosen leader of the Jewish nation.”

“What are you talking about?” he wondered.

“This is what you did to Yeshua,” was her response.

Realising that Yeshua (Hebrew for Jesus) was a Jew like himself, Omri’s interest was piqued: “Were they trying to hide something from me?” he pondered. “How come they told me absolutely nothing about him in Israel?”

Having wrestled since he was a kid with the question, ‘Why was I born if one day I have to die?’ it now seemed logical to him that, ‘if Yeshua has been raised from the dead, maybe I too can be resurrected.’

A chance meeting with another Israeli backpacker who had a Tenach (what Christians call an Old Testament) among his belongings led Omri to start reading its prophecies.

And seeing Yeshua in every one of them, he became convinced beyond any doubt that He was indeed the promised Messiah – at which stage he thought he was the only Jewish believer in Jesus as he didn’t know of any others.

A Christian he met then read 2 Corinthians 3.14 to him, which says that only when Jews turn to Christ will the veil (of understanding) be lifted from their eyes.

There was no voice from heaven, he recalls, but he realised right then and there that he needed to start telling his people about it. So he began sharing his faith with every Israeli who came to the hostel. And within just four months, the man who gave him the Bible also came to faith.

Omri subsequently founded a unique travel programme aimed at offering cheap accommodation for young Israeli backpackers and at the same time giving an opportunity for Christians to express their indebtedness to Israel for the Bible, salvation and, above all, their Saviour.

Hosting Israeli Travellers (HIT) has since provided inexpensive rooms in a friendly home environment to more than 15,000 youngsters touring the world after their demanding stints in the Israeli Defence Forces.

Beginning in New Zealand, which has become a favourite destination for young Israelis, it has now also spread to Australia, Fiji, Hong Kong and the UK.

HIT membership cards are available for a nominal fee and most hosts make only a small charge of up to £5 a night to cover overheads, though many still prefer to offer rooms free.

“One of the most significant developments over the years has been the ever-increasing openness of these young people to spiritual matters,” a spokeswoman said.

And Omri is now encouraging the Church to take up its calling to provoke the Jews to jealousy by sharing the gospel with them (Romans 11.11 & 14; also Romans 10.14).

To learn more, or to sign up, visit www.hitinternational.net


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

 

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Top Oscar Nominees All Turned Down Trip to Israel

Of the 25 leading candidates to win an Academy Award last year, none chose to exercise the offer by the Ministry of Tourism to enjoy a free upscale vacation in Israel.

According to the company that gives the special gift bags to Oscar nominees, the only Hollywood star to make any use of the Israeli gift card was Jennifer Lawrence, who gave it to her parents.

Some, like British actor Mark Rylance, star of the movie “Bridge of Spies,” openly rejected the Israeli offer.

With the 2017 Oscars just around the corner, pro-Palestinian groups told AFP that the failure of the Israeli gift card last year was due to their pressure on Hollywood stars to boycott the Jewish state.   The Oscar gift bags contain about $200,000 worth of gifts. Valued at $55,000, the Israeli officer of first class airfare, 5-star accommodations and culinary experiences for two is one of the more expensive offerings.

Pro-Palestinian activists have accused Israel of using the expensive gifts to trick Hollywood stars into photo-ops that would benefit the Jewish state. They have urged the celebrities to shun Israel, just as they refused to visit apartheid South Africa in the 1980s.

Among the groups pressuring celebrities to NOT visit Israel are liberal Jewish organizations like “Jews for Peace,” which warned Hollywood stars that by visiting Israel they would be identifying with the “occupation of Palestine.”

That seems to have been enough to scare off every single one of last year’s top Oscar nominees. We’ll wait and see if the pressure works again this year.

Meanwhile, Israel’s Ministry of Tourism said that while the 25 Oscar nominees didn’t visit, a great many other Hollywood stars did come to Israel over the past year, and returned home as newly-minted goodwill ambassadors for the Jewish state.

PHOTO: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seen with movie star Keanu Reeves at an event held at the home of producer Arnon Milchan (not seen), featuring Hollywood movie stars and other film industry personalities. March 06, 2014. Photo by Avi Ohayon/GPO/FLASH90

 

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This is NOT Land Theft

The media has grossly misreported Israel's 'Regulation Law' as a land grab, when in fact it helps the Palestinians.

The full article appears in the March 2017 issue of Israel Today Magazine.
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VIDEO: Israelis Rescue Electrocuted Palestinian Boy

Think Israel hates and wants to kill all Palestinians, especially the children?

That's what the Palestinians and their allies in the media want you to believe.

But if that were true, why would Israelis go to such trouble, and at great expense to Israeli taxpayers, to save the life of this young boy?

 

Is There Hope for the Holy Land? Christian Surfers Weigh In

Two years ago, we interviewed a group of Christian surfers from America who had made a groundbreaking film about what Israel means to them and their faith.

After visiting Israel to make that movie, the surfers became intimately aware of the conflict that surrounds the modern Jewish state.

Now they are back with a new documentary with their views on how Christians need to see and engage with this conflict in the context of our faith and Israel’s biblical destiny.

Check out the trailer for “Hope in the Holy Land” below. And be sure to read the upcoming April 2017 issue of Israel Today Magazine where we will speak to these surfers about their new project. (If you’re not yet a subscriber, you can CLICK HERE to join the family today!)

 

Hero of Anti-Israel Propaganda Film Says He Doesn't Hate IDF Soldiers

The above video is an excerpt from the leftist propaganda film “The Boy From H2” that seeks to portray Israeli soldiers as heartless and abusive toward the Palestinian Arabs.

The film was such a hit among liberals in Israel that the left-wing NGO B’Tselem entered it in the International Film Festival that concluded yesterday in Berlin.

But “The Boy From H2” was a flop on the international stage, and suffered even more disappointment when the “hero” of the documentary, Mohammed Burkan, who was 12 when it was filmed in 2011, came out and said he isn’t angry at the Israeli soldiers.

As can be seen in the clip above, the soldiers actually behaved in a very humane manner after young Mohammed threw stones at them. One soldier said the frightened boy had been punished enough, while another took him home to his parents with no further punitive action.

Burkan was actually at the film festival, and was asked on stage to answer questions following its screening.

To the astonishment of the audience and festival organizers, when Burkan was asked, “Do you have anger toward the Israeli soldiers and the occupation?” he simply replied, “No.”

 

Church Fails to Give Moral Lead

The Church of England has once again failed to give a moral lead to the nation.

Their Synod (parliament) has voted against the Bishops’ recommendation that, in the face of huge pressure to allow same-sex ‘equality’, they should continue to take the traditional view of marriage.

Those within the church desperately trying to honour the clear biblical teaching – that a man shall leave his father and mother and be united to his wife (Genesis 2.24) – have reached a discouraging impasse.

Is it not time to say: ‘enough is enough’? Undermining the authority of the Bible only leads to heresy within and confusion without. Sure, the watching world sees a church divided, and some would say that is a bad witness. But there are surely issues over which it is impossible to compromise.

Endless debates create much heat, but bear little fruit. What, after all, is there left to debate? If the choice is whether or not to follow Scripture, then the advice from the Apostle Paul is: “Come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.” (2 Corinthians 6.17) Those pushing for same-sex marriage are surely touching something ‘unclean’.

At the end of the day, we will all stand before God to give account of the decisions we have made or haven’t made. (Romans 14.12)

The letters to the seven churches of Asia recorded in the Book of Revelation give as much emphasis on teaching as on behaviour – the key doctrines of Christian belief are hugely important.

The Apostle John, in his first letter, reminds his hearers that those who were spreading false teaching had come from within the churches. “They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us,” he wrote. (1 John 2.19)

Heresy was a great danger in the early church, just as Jesus predicted it would be in these latter days. When his disciples asked him about signs of the end of the age, the first thing he said was: “Watch out that no-one deceives you.” (Matthew 24.4.)

Yes, Jesus prayed passionately for unity among his followers. It was never meant to be unity at any cost, however, but the sort of oneness about which Paul spoke in his letter to the Ephesians when he explained that the apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers were there “to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature…” (Ephesians 4.12f)

The context is clearly about developing maturity within the body of Christ as disciples learn to walk in harmony with the Word of God.

But because the modern church has failed to give a moral lead on the issue of homosexuality, the entire Western world is now in the grip of ‘redefining marriage’, if that is really possible.

We have seen the same thing happen over Israel. Undermining the authority of the Bible has led to the heresy of ‘replacement theology’, teaching that the church has replaced Israel in God’s affections. As a result, there is very little understanding of Israel in the UK church today, and yet God’s end-time purpose is for Jew and Gentile to work together for the gospel! How far we have fallen behind God’s programme!

Tragically, the church has succumbed wholesale to worldliness, ignoring the Bible’s directive: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” (Romans 12.2)

For example, as the mainstream media demonizes President Trump as a fool and a fascist, Christians will all too willingly pick that up without considering whether the truth may well have been stretched and muddied.

Lynne Patton, a black female executive for the Trump Organization, released a statement last year defending her boss against accusations of being a racist and a bigot, tearfully revealing how she’s struggled with substance abuse and addiction for years. But instead of kicking her to the curb, she said that Trump and his entire family loyally stood by her through “immensely difficult times.”

This was revealed in an article by Liz Crokin, an entertainment correspondent who has been reporting for the past ten years on Trump – especially over his involvement in The Apprentice TV show.

“Trump’s kindness knows no bounds and his generosity has and continues to touch the lives of people from every sex, race and religion,” she wrote. “When Trump sees someone in need, he wants to help.”[1]

Isn’t it time we re-committed ourselves to seeking the truth, perfectly demonstrated in Jesus Christ – “the way, the truth and the life”? (John 14.6)


  1. townhall.com, 13 February 2017, also published by Joy Digital, South Africa  ↩


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

 

Israel Provides Life-Changing Surgery to Deaf Palestinian Children

You won’t hear about this in the international mainstream media that is determined to paint Israel as hostile toward all Arabs.

But this month Israel provided, free of charge, life-changing surgery to 16 Palestinian children who were born deaf.

The children came from Judea and Samaria (the so-called “West Bank”), as well as from Hamas-ruled Gaza.

They were each fitted with a special cochlear implant allowing them to “hear” sounds in their surroundings, and underwent special therapy to help them get used to the drastic change in their lives.

The procedures took place at Jerusalem’s Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital. The outreach was done in cooperation with the Peres Center for Peace, with special authorization from the Israeli government.

And it is yet further evidence that Israel is fulfilling Jesus’ command to “love your enemies” even as it is forced to fight for its life.

 

Light Up a Little One's Eyes

Passover is quickly approaching and Purim is, to the delight of most children, just around the corner. With much anticipation the little ones are already planning their costumes and, of course, their accompanying accessories.

But not all children are fortunate enough to enjoy the festival times like their peers.

Sadly, according to statistics of the Israel's department of social welfare, 776,000 children live under the poverty line! Frightening figures for our little country.

Israel Today has once again accepted the task to find affected groups of children and has determined to make this day special for them like the majority of children in Israel.

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Top Israeli Minister Says Real Chance for Peace With Trump

Israel Public Security Minister Gil’ad Erdan on Monday said that with US President Donald Trump rewriting the rule of Mideast peacemaking, there was now a real chance for a genuine agreement between the Jewish state and its Arab neighbors.

At his press conference with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week, Trump said he was not married to the two-state solution, and would consider any reasonable proposal for peace, so long as Israel likes it.

Speaking at a gathering of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations in Jerusalem, Erdan said that attitude from an American president is a game-changer:

"We have an opportunity to create, together with the administration, the conditions for serious peace negotiations, by changing the basic approach of the international community.

“I believe that peace is possible. Every time Israel had a real partner for peace, we were willing to take far-reaching steps. If we have a true partner for peace, and we have to check that we have a true partner, we can make a deal, as some like to say. You probably know who I’m talking about.”

 

Rockets From Sinai Hit Israel; Another ISIS Attack?

Two rockets fired from the Egyptian Sinai landed in southern Israel on Monday morning.

The attack caused no injuries or damage.

It came just hours after the Islamic State in Sinai, the local ISIS affiliate, accused Israel of killing several of its members in a drone attack.

The Islamic State in Sinai has launched several attacks on Israel in recent months, most targeting the southern resort town of Eilat.

Israel has been quietly working with Egypt to combat the ISIS presence.

PHOTO: Illustration (Wissam Nassar/Flash 90)

 

IDF Expects Major Increase in Number of Female Combat Soldiers

The Israeli army is expecting so many more young women to volunteer for combat duty that it is set to inaugurate a fourth mixed-gender combat battalion next month.

Nearly 1,200 young Israeli women are expected to volunteer for combat duty this year, with most serving in combat-intelligence units, a smaller number going to the artillery corps and a handful opting for infantry.

The IDF already fields three mixed-gender combat battalions - Caracal, Bardalas and the Lions of Jordan - all of which are tasked with guarding Israel’s borders with Egypt and Jordan.

The fourth mixed-gender battalion is as yet unnamed, but will be deployed to the Jordan Valley.

 

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Israeli Media Speculates That Netanyahu's Downfall May Come Sooner Than Expected

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is facing a trio of serious corruption charges.

Even if the allegations aren’t all that serious (and some of them are) and even if he ends up not being guilty (but he probably is of at least some), the weight of the current scandal could still end his political career.

At least, that’s what the Israeli media is speculating. And some believe Netanyahu’s ouster may be closer than many realize.

Commentator Amotz Asa-El wrote over at The Jerusalem Post:

THE THREE probes all involve potential bribery aspects but are nonetheless completely unrelated, not only in their circumstances but also in their substance: one is about personal conduct; the other about influence peddling; and the third about governance.

The article goes on to analyze the “Game of Thrones” type of scenario that would follow Netanyahu’s resignation, with party leaders and Likud heavy-weights all vying for power.

The most likely short-term outcome would be one of Netanyahu’s more powerful Likud underlings becoming prime minister, at least temporarily.

But the inescapable reality is that Benjamin Netanyahu is currently the only politician in Israel that most can see successfully holding together a ruling coalition in the fractured wasteland that is Israeli politics.

 

Pornography in the Messianic Community

Messianic pastors and youth leaders must be willing to open up and talk about the rising influences of pornography in our society and in their own lives.

The full article appears in the February 2017 issue of Israel Today Magazine.
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Trump Effectively Puts Israel Back in the Driver's Seat

To say that Israelis were glued to their televisions as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stood side-by-side with US President Donald Trump to address the media would be a major understatement.

For most Israelis, this first meeting between the two leaders since Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States was enormously fateful.

And most Israelis were beyond pleased with the outcome, and the drastic improvement over relations during the Obama Administration.

What most took away from the press conference was that Trump had effectively put Israel back in the driver’s seat when it comes to making peace in the Middle East.

No more will Washington dictate to the Jewish state and impose detrimental “solutions” that ultimately only serve American interests.

Unlike Obama, Trump recognizes Israel’s sovereignty and is prepared to deal with Netanyahu as an equal, not an underling.

We’ll be taking a little more in-depth look at this critical meeting and the Israeli response to it in the upcoming issue of Israel Today Magazine, scheduled to go to print next week.

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Trump's Effect on the Israeli Right

For Israeli right-wingers, the movement that carried Donald Trump into the White House is like a blessed wind filling the sails of a motionless ship on calm seas. 

Trump's bold pro-Israel stand filled the right-wing constituency with high hopes, some would say too high, that during his presidency Netanyahu's government would finally be able to implement its version of the Zionist vision. This entails, among other things, constitutionalizing Israel as a Jewish state and annexing at least parts of the West Bank. 

No less import, Trump's boldness inspires ministers and Knesset Members to express views they would not dare say prior to his election.

A day before Netanyahu flew to meet President Trump, the head of Jewish Home party, Education Minister Naftali Bennett, said that "after decades of misery, now there is a chance for good tidings, for a new way, getting off the idea of another Palestinian state in addition those in Gaza and Jordan." 

At the 14th Jerusalem Conference hosted by Besheva Media Group, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked expressed the same kind of bold spirit. "I view the election of President Trump as a landmark event, in a way, only the tip of the iceberg of an awe-inspiring global chain of events." The State of Israel, she said, "has a rare opportunity to shape its future and borders … it is our duty to do it … we have to make the whole world recognize our legitimate presence in Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley … we must stop feeding the illusion that Israel will withdraw, freeze, disengage, hand territories over to our enemies." 

Shaked concluded her speech with "For Zion's sake I will not keep silent, for Jerusalem's sake I will not remain quiet" (Isaiah 62:1).        

Speaking at the same conference, Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan said that "we have here a new historic opportunity for a new era. We return to proudly say that the land of Israel belongs to the Jewish people." The Temple Mount, he stressed, "is the most holy place for the Jewish people, and only for the Jewish people."    

Last, but not least, President Rivlin, who tries hard to pacify every minority, said that over the years Israel has cleverly and patiently extended its sovereignty over East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights. He didn't once mention a Palestinian state. Instead, Rivlin said that if Israel decides to extend its sovereignty to Judea and Samaria, it must also grant Israeli residency status to the Palestinians. Rivlin stressed his belief that "Zion is all ours," meaning that Israel and the West Bank should be under Israeli sovereignty.

The next coming months will tell how bold is Israel in turning such clear and unambiguous statements to reality.

 

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