It's Not About Metal Detectors, Dummy

The present Palestinian riots over the placing of metal detectors at the eight gates leading to the Temple Mount following last week's killing of two Israeli policemen by three Arab Israelis is not about status quo, nor is it about the restriction of Muslim worshipers. 

Those who try to convince us that this security measure hurts the feelings of Muslims don't know what they are talking about. Even worse, they are playing right into the hands of Muslim radicals who hope to turn the conflict into a full-blown religious war.

One can argue about the wisdom of such a move, but Israel made the decision to install the metal detectors solely for the safety of visitors to the holy site. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's quick acquiescence to earlier Muslim demands that he remove the metal detectors was seen as fear of Palestinian rage and a further compromising of Israel's sovereignty. Having seemingly heard the voice of his disgruntled constituency, Netanyahu is now taking a harder line, and putting the present troubles in the context of a larger, ongoing war against Israel.

Nevertheless, it is surprising how slowly both the Israeli and Palestinian leaderships appeared to grasp what the masses understood immediately–that the riots aren't really about metal detectors. They're about what the entire conflict is about–Jewish sovereignty over "occupied" Muslim territory.
Mahmoud al-Habash, religious advisor to Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, stated clearly that the "primary reason for the [killing of the two policemen] is the occupation, the cancer that corrodes stability, security and peace." Likewise, Palestinian diplomat Abu Alaa (Ahmed Qurei) said that what Israel is now doing looks like "reoccupation of Jerusalem," itself an interesting comment about who really controls the Temple Mount.

From the Israeli side, influential columnist Kalman Liebskind echoed the opinion of many when writing that "only a fool would believe that the issue is metal detectors … it is about sovereignty." Palestinians are unwilling to go through these devices because, he continues, "such checks proclaim that these are our security measures, this is our Mount. And it is for this reason why our government must not blink. For a blink would be another proof that we are not really sure whether this place is ours." 

A similar view was expressed by the daily Israel Hayom columnist Dror Eydar, who wrote that "a sovereign presence [at the Temple Mount] requires determination. Not a hesitant, indecisive presence that wishes to appease our enemies, but rather a clear and natural presence of a nation at its holiest site."

Now torn between fear of Muslim rage and necessity to protect Jewish life at all costs, Netanyahu is still weighing his options, including the complete removal of those metal detectors. Being dragged unwillingly into the sovereignty issue, Netanyahu is caught between a rock and a hard place, which means he is bound to disappoint his voters, and that very well may cost him the next election.

 

Israel and Jordan in Diplomatic Showdown Over Amman Embassy Attack

Tensions between Israel and Jordan were already building over the past week after Jerusalem reinstalled metal detectors at the Temple Mount following a fatal terrorist shooting there.

The Jordanian government is the official overseer of the Muslim holy sites occupying the Temple Mount, though security is supposedly in Israel's hands.

Now, relations between the neighboring countries appear to be on the brink of collapse after Jordanian terrorist attacked an Israeli embassy security guard in Amman.

The security officer was stabbed yesterday (23 July 2017) by a Jordanian worker who had entered the Israel Embassy compound for routine furniture replacement.

The security officer, the Jordanian landlord and two Jordanian workers were present. One of the workers attacked the Israeli security official from the rear and began stabbing him with a screwdriver. 

The security official, who was slightly wounded, defended himself.  During the incident, the Jordanian worker was killed, but the landlord was injured as well. He later died of his wounds.

In accordance with the Vienna Convention, the security officer has immunity from investigation and imprisonment.

But Jordan is demanding Israel hand him over for interrogation and possible conviction. The terrorist's family claim he was "shot in cold blood" and is now a "martyr."

 

Who Sold 50 Hectares Of Property In Jerusalem?

The Greek-Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem sold over 200 properties and apartments, all in expensive neighbourhoods of Jerusalem, to a mysterious group of companies last year. Since then, nervousness has broken out among the inhabitants of Talbiya, Rechavia and Nayot ...

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Arabic Message For a Messianic Jew

A Jewish follower of Jesus was having second thoughts about being ordained into the Church of England ministry when he got the surprise of his life.

A message in tongues was given during a home meeting which Ralph Goldenberg immediately recognised as Sudanese Arabic.

Having grown up in Sudan with the ability to speak several languages, he knew exactly what it meant. And it could not have been a clearer confirmation of his calling.

“Allah be’hebak – Inta min al dam beta Ibrahiem – Al Angiel fi fomak” _translates as: _“God loves you. You are from the blood of Abraham. The gospel is in your mouth.”

The messenger, who hadn’t even realised he had spoken a real (as opposed to angelic) language, subsequently interpreted what he had said (as instructed by the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 14.27) as: “You are to proclaim the gospel and bring my people to the kingdom.”

As recorded in his autobiography, Find the Truth and Lock it in Your Heart (www.creativebooksolutions.com), that miraculous incident sparked the beginning of a very fruitful 20-year ministry for the Rev Goldenberg, a former optometrist who has since been helping people to see spiritual truths.

Now 72 and retired, Ralph led churches in various parts of England, including the Jewish community of Edgware in north London, where he encountered opposition as well as interest.

At his first church, in his home town of Bournemouth, he witnessed the miraculous healing of a missionary to China who had come home for back surgery which was cancelled after prayer and anointing with oil.

The Holy Spirit, who had so empowered the first believers on the Day of Pentecost that they spoke in the languages of Jews from many nations who were staying in Jerusalem for the festival (also known as Shavuot), has clearly played an essential role in Ralph’s ministry.

He recalls the time when, during a Pentecost Sunday service, “nearly everyone received the Holy Spirit and children spontaneously started praying and prophesying over the adults.” His final Pentecost service turned into an impromptu full immersion baptism and lasted four hours.

Ralph was among 40 grandchildren to a Chief Rabbi sent to lead the Jewish community in Sudan, and both his grandparents told him to ‘Find the truth and lock it in your heart’ – hence the book’s title.

So imagine his surprise when the vicar in charge of the church where he was married a golden 50 years ago (on July 29 2017) told him to “search for the truth and follow wherever it leads you”.

Ralph was sent to a Jewish school in Brighton, England – and seemed to meet Christians at every turn of his life from this point on. He had also, in fact, attended a Catholic school in Sudan.

He followed his father into optometry, meeting wife Helen at the City University in London where she was also an optometry student, and when he joined an optician’s partnership, he too was a Christian!

Ralph and Helen had three lovely boys, a beautiful home and in time seemed to have everything, but still felt empty inside.

They joined the Round Table, made friends with a Christian couple and soon became connected with St Mary’s, Ferndown.

“I am a Jew but I want to know about Jesus,” Ralph told the vicar. Helen meanwhile had already been persuaded that Jesus was knocking on the door of her life just waiting to be invited in (Revelation 3.20) and Ralph was duly challenged to read the New Testament, which he found ‘mind-blowing’.

But he needed to be sure that Jesus was divine. So he challenged God to send at least one person – perhaps even six – to say “Jesus is alive!”

He subsequently felt drawn to attend church with Helen, and was blown away when a new song was introduced which repeated the line ‘Jesus is alive today’ several times!

He never looked back, and it was ten years later, while experiencing pre-ordination nerves, that he got the knockout confirmation of his calling in Arabic!

Ralph has certainly found the truth his grandparents encouraged him to seek and is currently part of the leadership of the Church’s Ministry among Jewish people (CMJ), an international body dedicated to the spiritual rebirth of Israel.

PHOTO: Rev Ralph Goldenberg pictured at Swanwick in Derbyshire where he was among the speakers for this year’s UK conference of the Church’s Ministry among Jewish people (CMJ). Charles Gardner


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

 

Jerusalem On Edge As Israel (Sort Of) Flexes Muscles at Temple Mount

No, Jews still can't pray at Judaism's holiest site. The threat of Muslim violence has firmly established that status quo.

But Israel is partially exercising its sovereignty by refusing to remove newly reinstalled metal detectors at the entrances to the Temple Mount.

It was Israel's acquiescence months ago to Muslim demands that it remove those metal detectors that facilitated last Friday's deadly terrorist shooting that took the lives of two Israeli police officers guarding the holy site.

Israel promptly put the metal detectors back in place, and the Muslim world proceeded to lose its mind.

At first, Muslims boycotted the holy site (which must not then be all that holy to them), but that only enabled more Jews to visit.

So, the Muslims instead decided to flood the Temple Mount this Friday, but were met by an Israel Police blockade.

Bus loads of Muslim rioters...er, worshippers were turned back, while mobs of those who arrived on foot from more nearby locations pelted police with stones.

A number of local Arab village leaders and Arab Members of Knesset were detained for openly inciting violence.

 

Christian Archeologists Search for Biblical Tabernacle at Shiloh

At a time when a majority of people in the "Christian" West now reject the veracity of the Bible, believers with a more academic background are increasingly setting out to prove the Scriptures reliable.

One such Christian academic is Dr. Scott Stripling, head of the Associates for Biblical Research and director of a new excavation at Shiloh, where the Bible records the Tabernacle of God was located for 369 years.

Stripling told The Times of Israel: "There are some who say the Bible is unreliable. We have found it to be very reliable. We’re taking the Bible as a serious historical document, but the evidence is what the evidence is."

Stripling and his team of dedicated Christian researchers intend to dig at Shiloh and other sites in Israel for decades to come.

Already, they have uncovered large clay pots that were abandoned, which would hint at the biblical narrative that suggests Shiloh's sudden destruction. I Samuel chapter 4 records Israel's defeat at the hands of the Philistines and the subsequent loss of the Ark of the Covenant. The Prophet Jeremiah (7:12) later indicates that Shiloh itself was sacked following that defeat.

 

Muslims Return to Temple Mount, Jews and Christians Removed

For several days this week, the Islamic Trust (Waqf) was on strike over Israel's insistence on installing metal detectors at the entrances to the Temple Mount.

Jewish groups took advantage of the situation to finally pray openly at Judaism's holiest site.

But the Waqf is now back on the job, and expelling any Jews and Christians who dare express their faith atop this holy mountain.

 

Why Did Trump Fail to Declare Iran Noncompliant?

Israel was eagerly awaiting this week's expiration of an American deadline for Iran to come into full compliance with the Obama-brokered nuclear deal.

Iran hadn't fully complied, and it was expected that President Donald Trump would use the opportunity to scuttle the Obama deal and finally hold Iran accountable.

And then he didn't.

The Associated Press is now reporting that Trump intended to publicly call out Iran, but was dissuaded from doing so at the last minute by top cabinet members.

According to the report, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and national security adviser H.R. McMaster successfully urged Trump to maintain the status-quo for the next few months so that his new Iran policy can be fully fleshed out.

What that means is that Iran will continue to enjoy sanctions relief until the next deadline three months from now, at which point most expect Trump will be unwilling to give the Islamic Republic another second chance.

 

Jews Openly Pray Atop Temple Mount For First Time in Decades

Jewish visitors to Jerusalem's Temple Mount on Monday did something that many are calling a prophetic breakthrough–they prayed, openly and without harassment.

Typically, non-Muslim visitors to Judaism's holiest site are accompanied by officials from the Islamic Trust (Waqf) to ensure they don't engage in acts of Christian or Jewish worship, which in the eyes of Muslims would desecrate the sacred compound that is today occupied by several mosques.

But this week, the Waqf was boycotting the Temple Mount over Israel's decision to reinstall metal detectors at its entrances.

Previously, Israel had removed the metal detectors at the behest of the Waqf and its Jordanian overseers. That ill-advised move enabled three Israeli Arab Muslim terrorists to enter the Temple Mount with guns last week. Following Friday prayers, they proceeded to murder two Israeli police officers there.

So Israel reinstalled the metal detectors. And the Waqf stayed away (and urged other Muslims to do the same). And Jews flocked to the Temple Mount unhindered for the first time in many years.

The first thing one of the Jewish groups did was go to the very point where the police officers were killed last week and recite prayers for the deceased and their families.

What made this action particularly poignant was that the officers themselves weren't Jewish. They were both members of Israel's Druze minority.

 

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Who Would Believe the Palestinian Peace Discourse?

Though founded in 1965 by the militant Muslim Brotherhood activist and Egyptian national Yasser Arafat, Israel is still unable to determine whether the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) is primarily a religious or a nationalistic movement. 

This despite the fact that how one views the aspirations of such groups is a game changer. 

If the PLO, the largest and ruling faction in the Palestinian Authority, is primarily nationalistic, then, at least theoretically, peace is a real possibility. If, however, the PLO is religiously motivated, genuine peace is nothing more than a fool's hope.

In her book Yasser Arafat (2016), Ronit Marzan writes that even after Arafat's meeting with terror groups in 1997, after the signing of the Oslo Accords when he supposedly turned his back on terrorism, Israel's intelligence community couldn't agree on the meaning of Arafat's rhetoric. Despite recording him quoting repeatedly from the Koran, Israel top security minds couldn't agree on whether or not Arafat's was a religious discourse. 

Marzan was among those who chose to believe Arafat's peace rhetoric. So much so that even when Arafat used the thoroughly religious term "jihad," these people insisted that the Palestinians had moved from "military struggle" (lesser jihad) to building a state through diplomatic efforts (greater jihad). Accordingly, they believe that the Palestinians have given up on the violent religious struggle to "free" Palestine for a more realistic diplomatic effort to gain independence in the West Bank and Gaza. 

According to this view, from 1993 onwards, the PLO became primarily nationalistic in nature. The continued use of religious motifs in Palestinian discourse was merely meant to pacify the masses and slowly encourage them to accept Israel. It is this view that transformed Arafat's understudy, Mahmoud Abbas, into a genuine partner for peace. Not surprisingly, most of those advocating this view are left-wingers.

On the other side of the debate stand those who say that the Palestinian rhetoric of peace is in fact Taqiyya – a religious duty to conceal Islam's true goals. Among other things, Taqiyya shows itself in the attempts to convince the West that Islam is a religion of peace. Disassociating Islam from terror, for one, falls under the category of Taqiyya.

Itamar Marcus belongs to this school that says Palestinians are engaged in an elaborate campaign of deception to persuade Israelis that Palestinian violence is not jihad, but a legitimate struggle for freedom, justice and peace. Marcus, who in 1996 founded Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), said in an interview with Mida (November 2012) that religion is at the very core of the Palestinian Authority's worldview. Mahmoud Abbas, he noted, attends Friday prayers during which Palestinian clerics remind the faithful that war against Israel is religious, not nationalistic.

Marcus explained that these clerics, who are paid by the Palestinian Authority, define the struggle against Israel as Ribat, the noblest expression of jihad, because it is defensive rather offensive jihad. Defining the struggle against Israel as Ribat means that the Holy Land is a Muslim land. It is Arafat, Marcus continued, who turned the fight for a Palestinian state into a war against infidels who had conquered sacred Muslim territory. One might add that the recent UNESCO decision that Hebron is a Palestinian world heritage site is testimony to the effectiveness of this campaign of deception.

Both schools back their conclusions with documented Palestinian discourse, which leaves Israelis divided. The left chooses to believe the Palestinian a struggle is one of freedom and peace. The right chooses to believe that a peaceful Palestinian state is a means to achieve Islam's ultimate goal of dismantling the Jewish state. To date, most Israelis refuse to believe the Palestinian rhetoric of peace, and who can blame them?

 

Antisemitism Follows Resurgence of UK's Hard Left

The re-emergence of the British Labour Party as a serious contender for power – following a period when they seemed unelectable under a new leader from the hard Left – is extremely worrying.

Although I recognise a clear resurrection of Marxism here, it is also worryingly comparable to the nightmare scenario of the rise of Nazism in the early 1930s when Hitler was swept to power by an electorate desperate for a restoration of pride and plenty. With the rise of socialist agendas in Britain and in other countries, the subtle agenda of anti-Semitism is once more being carried along by an increasingly angry undercurrent for change.

I am not suggesting Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is a new Hitler, but it is difficult not to be reminded of the Nazi era. After all, swathes of young people came out in support of Corbyn – the no-hoper turned celebrity almost overnight – in spite of much negative press coverage, including his evident anti-Semitic sympathies. But as someone has said, “the lesson we learn from history is that we never learn the lesson from history!”

The latest victim of the menacing – some would say thuggish – behaviour of those surrounding Mr Corbyn is one of his own MPs, Luciana Berger, a 36-year-old Jewish mum representing a Liverpool constituency.

According to the Daily Mail, she faces the threat of de-selection from party activists unless she apologises for previously criticising her leader. A former member of the Shadow Cabinet who quit her post in protest at Mr Corbyn’s stance, Miss Berger has received vile anti-Semitic abuse including 2,500 hate-filled messages in just three days from internet trolls. These included threats to rape or kill her, while some featured the yellow star used by the Nazis to identify Jews.

Mr Corbyn has faced repeated criticism that he has failed to tackle anti-Semitism in his party. He has personally referred to terror groups Hamas and Hezbollah as ‘friends’ and, in October 2014, travelled to Tunisia to visit the grave of a PLO terrorist linked with the massacre of Jewish athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

But none of this seems to move the rising mass of ‘Corbynistas’, who instead turn out to cheer their man as if he were some kind of pop star. Meanwhile, Labour takes an eight-point lead over the Conservatives – 46 per cent to 38 – according to a YouGov poll for The Times.

Grassroots group Momentum, evidently responsible for Mr Corbyn’s meteoric rise to prominence, has clearly recruited a sea of red political soldiers waving flags of intolerance at anyone daring to oppose their ideologies.

Isi Leibler, a highly respected Jewish leader and commentator, advises Britain’s Jews to cross this ‘Red Sea’ by packing their bags for Israel. The threat to their well-being and safety may be worse than at any time since 1656, when Jews were invited back to Britain under Cromwell following their expulsion in 1290.

“It is a horrifying prospect that a man who publicly praises Hamas and Hezbollah as his ‘friends’, who attended a ceremony in Tunis commemorating the murderer of Israeli Olympic athletes, was employed by the state-controlled Iranian TV to present programs, and tolerated the proliferation of overt anti-Semitism in his party was so close to being elected Prime Minister,” he wrote.

Such huge support “for a primitive Trotskyite whose friends include terrorists…is simply mind-boggling”.

The ‘red line’ has now been crossed for British Jews who are considered pariahs by a substantial proportion of the nation, he added. Anti-Israel rhetoric has reached unprecedented levels both in street demonstrations and at universities, while armed guards are now required at schools, synagogues and other Jewish centres.

By contrast to the 1930s, he said, today’s Jews have a state willing to embrace them where they can enjoy the fruits of the Jewish national renaissance and leave behind the humiliation of anti-Semitism.

Germany in the 1930s might seem a world away from 21

st century Britain, but what makes us think we are insured against totalitarianism, dictatorship, chaos and confusion, riots in the streets and even civil war?

We can insure our houses against a variety of risks, but there is no such insurance policy for our nation at this time. We have turned our backs on the Lord of glory – and he has left us to our own devices and dilemmas. We are now paying heavily for not taking out (everlasting) life insurance as we reap the consequences of worshipping the hedonistic idols of atheism, with society breaking down, terror stalking our streets and what we used to regard as ‘sin’ being celebrated and promoted.

In 1930s Germany, few dreamed that this apparently charismatic figure who talked of restoring German pride and was gaining in popularity by the day would, within a dozen years, have sent 50 million people to their deaths in a war that would see the destruction of the nation’s economy along with many of its great cities, and the most appalling crime in history – the murder of six million Jews.

Many believe the Holocaust could never happen again – and some actually believe it never took place at all – because it was wicked beyond belief. But in Britain’s brave new world where anything goes, a party whose leader has obvious anti-Semitic sympathies is now more popular than the newly re-elected Conservative Government of Theresa May, which has had to agree to work with Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party to carry out legislation.

It’s worth recalling that homosexuals were also sent to Nazi death camps. But now, perversely, their lifestyle is held up as something for which we must all be proud – and those who disagree are, like the Jews, also pariahs. Of course both these scenarios are horribly wrong. God loves gay people as much as any of us, but not their lifestyle.

An estimated one million people joined the ‘Gay Pride’ march through London, seen by the BBC as something to lift our spirits in these difficult times blighted by terror and confusion. But the ‘happy’ scene is in fact a tragedy, underscored for me as I watched the TV cameras pan across the parade down Regent Street with the distinctive features of All Souls, Langham Place, in the background.

For many across the world, this church is seen as the very heart and soul of Christian evangelicalism – representing those who believe the Bible is the unchanging word of God for all time; and that it means what it says, and says what it means. But the contrast picked up by the cameras also reminds us that the current state of the union is only temporary, whereas our God is eternal. Comparing people to grass, the prophet Isaiah wrote: “The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever” (Isa 40:8).

And remember: “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account” (Heb 4:13).


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

 

Tourism to Israel is Booming

Israel logged record levels of incoming tourism during the first half of 2017.

Tourism Minister Yariv Levin stated:

“The June tourism statistics bring us to record levels for incoming tourism in the first six months of the year. Our policy continues to prove itself and to bear fruit, and we can see that the right marketing strategy can bring Israel to new heights."

According to the Central Bureau of Statistics, some 1.74 million tourists entered Israel between January-June of this year. That’s an increase of 26 percent over 2016 and 24 percent over 2015.

 

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Jerusalem On Edge After Police Officers Murdered at Temple Mount

There was bolstered security in and around Jerusalem's Old City just days after two Border Police officers were shot dead by Muslim terrorists following prayers atop the Temple Mount.

Recently, Jordan, which administers the Temple Mount, complained about Israel installing metal detectors at the entrances to the holy site.

So, Israel removed them.

And that allowed three terrorists from the northern Israel town of Umm al-Fahm to attend Friday Islamic prayers armed with guns, which they used to murder the Israeli policemen as they departed the time of worship.

Both of the victims were identified as members of Israel's Druze minority.

Israeli responded by closing the Temple Mount completely for the first time since 1969, reinstalling the metal detectors and arresting three Islamic Trust (Waqf) officials who are believed to have facilitated or encouraged the attack.

Israel was scheduled to reopen the Temple Mount to Muslim worshippers on Sunday afternoon following a fierce outcry from the Islamic world.

Ignoring almost completely the unprovoked attack on the policemen, Muslim leaders from Israel and from across the Arab world accused the Jewish state of moving the region closer to religious conflict.

Muslims claim that Israel will use such incidents to "Judaize" the Temple Mount. But Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated that he will maintain the status quo and continue to prevent Jews from praying at Judaism's holiest site, in accordance with Muslim demands.

 

Hamas May Have No Choice But to Attack Israel, Soon

Hamas is feeling the pressure like never before. Even while being pounded by Israeli bombs, the terror group was never in so much trouble as it is today.

The full article appears in the July 2017 issue of Israel Today Magazine.
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COMMENTARY: Why Jesus Died

Persecution of the Jews – at least from those supposedly following Jesus – would perhaps have been largely avoided if the Church had fully understood the Messianic promises of the Tenach (Old Testament).

Biblical illiteracy among Christians (certainly in the West) is a major contributing factor to its present backslidden state, which is why I heartily recommend R T Kendall’s book Why Jesus Died, published in 2011 by Monarch.

Sadly, the demise of many Christian bookshops in Britain is the reason I have only just come across this profoundly inspiring meditation on Isaiah 53, with a foreword by Jews for Jesus associate executive director Susan Perlman.

The much-loved preacher specifically addresses Jews at various points, but the whole work, in my opinion, is more of a challenge to a sleepy church that has either forgotten or deliberately cut herself off from her Hebraic roots.

Lack of understanding of the fundamental truth that the Messiah had to die – it wasn’t principally the fault of the Jews, or the Romans – is what, in large measure, led to the pogroms perpetrated against God’s chosen people over the centuries.

It is true, of course, that Pontius Pilate, the Roman Governor, handed Jesus over to be crucified, and that the Jewish chief priests consented to it. But Jesus died for our sins – so in that sense we all put him on the cross.

However, ultimately, it was God’s doing – as the Kentucky-born preacher so eloquently argues.

Isaiah wrote: “Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer…” (Isa 53.10)

And in the case of verse 6 of the chapter, Kendall calls it “the Bible in a nutshell”, rather as John 3.16 is often described.

The verse reads as follows: “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”

The author writes: “Isaiah 53.6 basically shows two things: that we are all sinners but God has shown his love by transferring the guilt of our sins to Jesus who has paid our debt.”

That many Jews still can’t see that this ancient prophecy is so clearly fulfilled in Jesus is a point of great frustration to many Christians. But as R T points out, it may seem obvious, but we all still need the Holy Spirit to give us the revelation we need on Scripture.

In summary, the passage under consideration speaks, not of a charismatic personality who would be immediately recognised for his dashing looks and regal qualities, but of a Messiah who was despised and rejected, afflicted, wounded and even “cut off from the land of the living” – despite the fact that “he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth”. But he would be raised to life and justify many by his sacrifice.

In acknowledging the part played by Jews in Jesus’ death, the author asserts that God has not washed his hands of them. He is ashamed of anti-Semitism in the church, including that of Reformation founder Martin Luther himself, which he believes was fuelled by the verse, _“All the people answered: ‘His blood is on us and on our children!’” _(Matthew 27.25)

Kendall’s view is that there is no clear evidence that they had authority to pass on a curse to successive generations of Jews.

“Although blindness came on Israel and God opened the door to Gentiles (Romans 11.7-12), the door has always been open to all people who would accept the gospel…I also believe with all my heart that the blindness now on Israel is about to be lifted, and that it won’t be merely dozens but hundreds of thousands (perhaps millions) of Jews who will be converted before the Second Coming of Jesus.”

This book is extremely edifying and enlightening, a ‘must read’ for all serious believers.

Susan Perlman calls it “a treasure trove of gems and practical applications” written with “such skill and biblical insight”.

And evangelist J John says of the title (Why Jesus Died): “This is the most important question to ask, and here is the most insightful and inspirational answer I have ever read.”

R T Kendall, now 82, was minister at the famous Westminster Chapel in London for 25 years and now lives in Tennessee, though he continues to make regular appearances on the TBN-UK television channel.


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

 

What Occupation? Most Israelis Say This Land is Ours

A growing majority of Israelis no longer sees the presence of Jews or the Israeli military in the so-called "West Bank" as an occupation.

Many do see it as a fulfillment of biblical prophecy.

That wasn't what the researchers behind a recent survey hoped to find.

Under the banner "Save Israel. Stop the Occupation," Tel Aviv University professors Dr. Nimrod Rosler and Daniel Bar-Tal set out to reveal what most Israelis think about the biblical heartlands of Judea and Samaria and the Jewish settlements there.

According to the survey, as reported by Israel National News, a mere 30 percent of Israelis today view this as "occupation."

That is down from 51 percent who said in 2004 that Israel was occupying the West Bank.

The drop in the number of Israelis who see the situation in Judea and Samaria as an occupation has corresponded to a drastic reduction in those who support the land-for-peace process leading to a "two state solution."

 

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The Meaning of UNESCO's Decisions Regarding Jewish Heritage in the Holy Land

The latest UNESCO decision to recognize Hebron and the Cave of the Patriarchs as a threatened "Palestinian" world heritage site sparked a tantrum among Israeli leaders. 

Though it is a given that Hebron is an indisputably Jewish heritage site, in all fairness at least the Cave has become a Muslim heritage site, too. UNESCO's manifest about old town of Hebron al-Khalil & its environs demonstrates its unforgivable bias that conveniently skips any Jewish history in the area. Yet, to argue that Hebron has nothing to do with Islam is to miss the point entirely.

Stressing the importance of Hebron for Islam inevitably shifts the conflict from the nationalistic to the religious sphere. Whether wittingly or not, UNESCO has agreed to prefer Islam's version of the Bible, transforms Abraham into the father of Islamic faith. When Prime Minister Netanyahu says in response that Abraham is the father of the Jewish people, he says nothing Muslims don't know. They would agree, but would also insist that because Jews have forsaken the teachings of the prophets, they no longer belong to the heritage of the prophets, Abraham being the first of them.

Netanyahu and UNESCO demonstrate best of all what happens when the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians is finally placed in its correct context: A fight over God's inheritance that can never be compromised. 

This sober reality means that the conflict will end only when Israel or the Palestinians accept the other side's interpretation of the Bible. This, we all know, will never happen. Furthermore, if the conflict is primarily religious in nature, as indeed it is, a Palestinian state should be viewed as a tool designed to achieve a greater Islamic goal, which is to free the Promised Land from the grip of the most vile of infidels, the Jews.

Unfortunately, since its miraculous victory in 1967, Israel has been content to pay little more than lip service to Jewish heritage sites like the Temple Mount and the Cave of the Patriarchs. Even Netanyahu's decision to divert money from UNESCO to building a Jewish heritage center in Hebron is pathetic. Rather than strengthening living Jews, he has opted for building a memorial for the dead. 

For some, this comes as little surprise, considering that it was Netanyahu who, in 1997, agreed to pull out of Hebron under the Oslo Accords. And it wasn't only Netanyahu. Every Israeli prime minister since then has been willing to surrender more and more of Hebron, along with its sacred Jewish heritage sites, to the Palestinians. Such a policy leaves the onlooker wondering about the level of Jewish commitment to their heritage.

Nevertheless, UNESCO's greatest service is in its insistence on clearly revealing the true nature of the conflict. By its consistent decisions denying Jewish heritage in the Holy Land, UNESCO says loud and clear that a significant part of the international community prefers the welfare of Islam over that of the Jewish people.

 

Palestinian Terrorist Rams Israeli Soldier

An Israeli soldier was moderately wounded when a Palestinian terrorist rammed him with his vehicle south of Jerusalem on Monday.

The attack occurred just outside the Judean community of Tekoa, a short distance south of Bethlehem.

The assailant reportedly exited his vehicle and tried to stab another soldier before being shot and neutralized. He then received medical attention from Israeli first responders.

The injured soldier is said to be 20 years old.

It should be noted that "moderate" injuries may not sound that bad, but typically result in life-long disabilities, like the loss of an arm or leg. Just because the injury is not life-threatening doesn't mean this young man won't suffer for the rest of his life.

 

Palestinian Authority Thanks Terrorists For Murdering 22 Jewish Kids

In the above video, an announcer on official state-run Palestinian Authority TV is heard openly praising the actions of the terrorists who perpetrated the Ma'alot massacre in 1974.

Ma'alot is situated in northern Israel, far from the "disputed territories." The attack was a demonstration that Palestinian groups ultimately intend to "liberate" all of the Holy Land from Jewish rule.

In this particular attack, jihadists with the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) infiltrated an elementary school in the Galilee town of Ma'alot and took the entire student body and faculty as hostages.

When Israeli commandoes attempted to storm the facility, the terrorists massacred 22 Israeli children and four teachers.

The Palestinian Authority continues to see this as a "heroic" military operation, rather than the brutal act of senseless murder that it is.

 

It's Time to Back Israel, or Face the Consequences

The moral backbone of the UK Government is once more being tested – this time on the crucial issue of whether or not we will stand with Israel in her time of need.

Stalked by terror and threats on every side, the Jewish state is potentially in as great a peril now as its people were under the Nazis, with an estimated 120,000 missiles pointed at Israeli cities by the Iran-sponsored, Lebanese-based terror group Hezbollah.

And supporters of this vile enemy of democracy have been allowed to march through the streets of London waving an intimidating flag featuring an assault rifle, and calling for the destruction of Israel!

In the wake of a petition signed by over 10,000 people calling upon the UK Government to ban Hezbollah which Home Secretary Amber Rudd has promised to consider, a House of Commons debate on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was called on Wednesday.

It was perhaps aptly summed up by the sense of de ja vu expressed by one participant as ‘two-state solution’ mantra once more echoed through the chamber.

But Israel clearly still has friends in the UK who understand their predicament. Conservative member John Howell made the point that no lasting peace was possible if Palestinians continue to be indoctrinated to hate Jews and Scottish Conservative Ross Thomson called for a full ban on Hezbollah, adding that Israel was “truly a beacon of democracy in a troubled region”.

Fellow Conservative Theresa Villiers said that glorifying terrorists was part of the problem, mentioning how 25 Palestinian schools had been named after them, and quoting PA leader Mahmoud Abbas as saying, “We welcome every drop of blood spilled in Jerusalem.”

Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt commended Labour’s new MP for Peterborough, Fiona Onasanya, for blaming man’s frailties rather than religion for causing these problems after she had referred to the UK Parliament’s motto, “Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labour in vain” (Psalm 127.1) – inscribed into the stone floor of the central lobby and written in Latin.

Unfortunately, the general misunderstanding of Israel being the ‘occupying power’ skews the narrative in favour of the Palestinians, whereas in truth the Jews are entitled to every square inch of Judea and Samaria – and much more – according to the terms of the international treaty signed at San Remo in Italy in 1920.

The aforesaid petition, launched by Christians United for Israel (CUFI), follows the June 18 Al Quds march through central London during which anti-Israel protestors carried Hezbollah flags.

The terror organization is banned throughout the world – including by the Arab League – but only its military wing is proscribed in the UK. This provided the legal loophole allowing marchers to show their support for its political wing. Yet, by its own admission, Hezbollah does not differentiate between its political and military wings.

“If Britain is to genuinely say ‘no to terror’ then all terrorist organizations must be banned without compromise,” says CUFI UK executive director Des Starritt. “Following the Arab League and the United States in proscribing Hezbollah is one simple step that the UK Government can take in ensuring that extremism will not be tolerated in this country.”

Indeed, what is so complicated about that?

The organization shamelessly calls for the destruction of Israel and now has “more missiles below ground in Lebanon than the European NATO allies have above ground,” according to Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon.

“Hezbollah has placed these positions next to schools and other public institutions, putting innocent civilians in great danger,” he said.

In fact, Israeli Defense Forces Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot says “every third or fourth house” of southern Lebanon’s civilian population is being used as human shields for terror activities.

Meanwhile mortar shells have been fired across the Israeli border from the Tehran-backed Syrian army, increasing the prospect of global conflict possibly also involving Russia. And Iran’s long-held aim of wiping Israel off the map was graphically demonstrated at the UN where a photo was shared showing their use of a Jewish ‘Star of David’ symbol as a target for a ballistic missile test.

It’s time our politicians faced up to the fact that the terror tactics we have recently witnessed in Manchester and London were first used on the streets of Israel. Now even Muslim London Mayor Sadiq Khan has reportedly sought help from Israel on security matters.

The Bible says very clearly that if you bless the seed of Abraham, you will be blessed; but that cursing will bring judgment. (Genesis 12.3) In the days leading up to the Balfour Declaration of 1917, Britain ruled the waves and it was said that the sun never set on our empire. But in the last 100 years, during which we have repeatedly betrayed Israel, we have not only lost our empire, but have fallen into decadence and confusion.

Surely we are not suggesting that Israel deserves terror, but we don’t?

Speaking of the future glory of Zion, the prophet Isaiah wrote: “For the nation or kingdom that will not serve you will perish; it will be utterly ruined.” (Isa 60.12)

And it’s also worth noting that former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar has urged support for Israel on the basis that “if it goes down, we all go down”.

He argues that the Jewish state is at the cutting edge in the battle between militant Islam and the West and, in a Times article, concludes: “Israel is a fundamental part of the West which is what it is thanks to its Judeo-Christian roots. If the Jewish element of those roots is upturned and Israel lost, then we are lost too. Whether we like it or not our fate is inextricably intertwined.”


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

 

Christian Leader Hunted by ISIS Finds Shelter in Israel

To hear some of Israel's antagonists speak one would think the Jewish state was hostile toward Christians.

Why then has a Christian leader dedicated to serving the Arab world sought shelter in Israel after having a price put on his head by ISIS?

Could it be that he, unlike Israel's detractors, knows that the Jews and their army (called by many an "occupation force") are a bulwark against the rising tide of Islam, and therefore a haven for Christians?

Canon Andrew White, dubbed the "Vicar of Baghdad," spent years serving the Christians of Iraq, even under direct threat from radical Muslim groups.

But his outspokenness regarding the atrocities faced by Iraq's Christians eventually earned White a spot at the top of ISIS's "most wanted" list, and that's when his superiors in the Church of England ordered him to get out.

"ISIS were threatening to kill me, they were after me," White said in an interview with CBN. "They wanted that priest from England. So, the Archbishop of Canterbury said, ‘You’ve got to leave now.’ I can’t argue with the Archbishop of Canterbury, especially as he used to be my colleague.  We used to work together. So, I’m in Israel now. He wanted me to get out of Baghdad."

Canon Andrew White is one of many local Messianic and Christian figures that Israel Today has interviewed in the past.

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VIDEO: Opening Ceremony of the 20th Maccabiah Games

 

Hamas Thanks UN For Taking Its Side Against Israel

Hamas on Wednesday issued a statement essentially thanking the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for siding with the terrorist group in its struggle against Israel.

A day earlier, UNESCO's World Heritage Council passed a Jordanian-sponsored resolution calling Israel "the occupying power" on the eastern side of Jerusalem, including the Old City, Temple Mount and Western Wall.

The resolution reaffirmed past UN decisions denying any Jewish religious or historical connections that would give Israel claim to that half of the Holy City.

In response, Hamas spokesman Abdel Latif al-Qanua said that the international community had taken another important step toward defeating what he called the "false Israeli narrative" regarding Jerusalem.

He urged the UN to follow up with firm action on the ground to "save Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque from Judaization, excavations and Zionist projects."

The resolution was supported by 10 member states. Jamaica, the Philippines and Burkina Faso voted against, and another eight countries abstained.

The United States under President Donald Trump has repeatedly condemned UNESCO and other UN bodies for their obsession with Israel, and has threatened to withdraw American funding if the situation is not remedied.

 

WATCH: Maccabiah 'Jewish Olympics' Opens in Israel

Tonight Israel will officially kick off the 20th Maccabiah Games at a special ceremony at Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem.

Over 10,000 Jewish athletes from 80 countries will compete in a wide range of sporting competitions over the coming weeks.

Maccabiah is often referred to as the "Jewish Olympics," and not only because it's held every four years. It is the largest Jewish sporting event in history, and today serves to underline Israel as the center of Jewish life for Jews from every corner of the earth.

On top of that, many Jewish medal winners from the actual Olympic Games also compete in the Maccabiah Games.


This year is the 20th anniversary of the games, and it will be the largest Maccabiah since the event was inaugurated in 1932.

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We Do Not Know How To Give Up, We Believe In Miracles!

More than 70 years ago Israel's founder David Ben Gurion said, "He who does not believe in miracles is not a realist!" One just needs to open one's eyes to recognize the miracles in everyday life.

For me, it is a moving miracle when our children come home from military service on weekends. Even greater than the fact that the last half century seems like a miracle to Israel: the country has survived wars and political attacks on the international stage. The reunification of the biblical capital of Jerusalem is another miracle, which we reported in detail in the Golden Jerusalem edition.

We have been praised worldwide for the content and presentation of the Golden Jerusalem edition (80,000 copies printed and mailled), but such projects like this are only possible with the involvement of our friends, especially at a time when the sinking euro is straining us financially. We do not know how to give up, we believe in miracles! We want to issue a special edition to celebrate Israel's 70th anniversary in May 2018.

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We sincerely thank you for your commitment and wish you a blessing.

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Welsh Mountain Run For Israel

An eight-kilometre run along a beautiful Welsh mountain range is being staged as a demonstration of support for Israel.

Organised by the Father’s House Congregation in North Wales, the five-mile trail will take place on Sunday August 6th, and an Israeli flag will be hoisted on the mountain as part of the event.

The exact location is being withheld for security reasons, but participants who have registered an interest will be informed nearer the time.

Sponsors are encouraged to back competitors with a view to benefiting various organisations in the Holy Land. And a walk along an alternative shorter route will also be available for those with less stamina.

The event is being held as part of a weekend gathering at Father’s House – in Shotton, Deeside – including prayer, worship and teaching.

This extraordinary show of support for Israel comes in response to the persistent rise in anti-Semitism here in Britain along with the obvious ongoing political and military threats faced by the Jewish state.

“We are all worried by the manifestation of hatred against Jews and Israel by a minority in Europe who are becoming more vocal and aggressive,” explained Father’s House pastor Mike Fryer. “So we felt this would be a fun and novel way to express support for God’s chosen people. The route winds along the beautiful mountainsides of North Wales which have been an area where regular prayer for Israel has been carried out over the past 20 years.

“We are hoping to welcome folk from as many areas of the UK as possible, and even from other countries, to join us in this expression of love. We want to make it very clear how much support Israel really does have here in the nations.” [For more details, call Mike on +44 (0)1244 823378]

Wales has in the past blessed the nations through awesome revivals of Christianity whose influence has spread throughout the globe.

In the midst of one of those Holy Spirit outpourings, at the turn of the 19th century, a 15-year-old girl called Mary Jones, having saved up for six long years so she could afford to buy a (Welsh) Bible, trekked 26 miles across perilous mountain tracks in order to make her precious purchase.

Inspired by her endeavours, Rev Thomas Charles and his colleagues founded the British and Foreign Bible Society (now known simply as Bible Society), which has since printed and distributed millions of Bibles in hundreds of languages throughout the world!

Clearly, Welsh people have placed a great value on God’s Word over the centuries – so it is not surprising that Christians among them should express such love for the God of Israel, and the people to whom he has promised “everlasting love”. (Jeremiah 31.3)

Meanwhile a grim picture of the predicament of UK Jews has been presented in a recent Jerusalem Post article by Isi Leibler.

Calling on them to seriously consider making aliyah in light of the surge of support for Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn – a ‘friend of Hamas’ – he says the threat to their well-being and safety may be worse than at any time since 1656, when Jews returned to the country following their expulsion in 1290.

He said the “indifference of a substantial proportion of the electorate who voted for an overtly anti-Semitic leader must surely switch on a clear red light for British Jews.”

He added: “The anti-Israel rhetoric has reached unprecedented levels both in street demonstrations and at the universities, where many Jewish students seek to disguise their Jewish identity and in some cases even display hostility to Israel to curry favour.”

It is indeed a shocking thing to consider that, despite nearly 70 years of sovereignty and thousands of years of being connected to the Holy Land, Israel is still trying to ‘prove’ its right to exist there.

PRECIOUS PRIZE: A tranquil view of the lake beside the town of Bala, on the edge of the Snowdonia range in North Wales, where Mary Jones purchased her precious prize. Runners will now take to the mountains in honour of the land that brought us the Bible. Picture: Charles Gardner


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

 

WATCH: Netanyahu Boards Visiting US Aircraft Carrier

The USS George H. W. Bush, one of the largest warships in the world, is currently docked opposite Haifa Port in northern Israel.

Prime Minister Netanyahu boarded the ship as a demonstration of the close cooperation between Israel and the United States in combatting jihadist terrorism in the region.

The USS George H. W. Bush is at the forefront of America's efforts to defeat ISIS and other terror groups in Syria.

 

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VIDEO: What's Happening in Jerusalem These Days?

Yesterday I had dared to go outside in the 38 degree (100.4 fahrenheit) heat. During a quick stroll down Jerusalem's Ben Yehudah pedestrian mall I took the above footage for you. Then quickly retreated back to the Israel Today office, where the air conditioning was waiting.

 

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Israel Recognizes Christian Zionism as a Strategic Asset

More and more, Israel views global, Bible-based support from Christians as a strategic asset in its struggle for survival.

The annual Herzliya Conference is Israel's premier forum on security and diplomacy, and is regularly addressed by the nation's top political and military leaders.

This year, it was also addressed by two representatives of the Christian Zionist movement.

Dr. Jürgen Bühler, executive directory of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ), and Dr. Jerry Johnson, president and CEO of the National Religious Broadcasters, were both invited to deliver keynote speeches.

Israeli and Jewish attendees made note of the fact that Bühler's was the only speech at the conference that was opened with prayer.

After ICEJ spokesman David Parsons thanked God for the opportunity to stand there in defense of Israel, Bühler challenged his hosts to "think about the strategic opportunities that the evangelical world can offer to the State of Israel today and in the future."


Dr. Johnson added during his time at the podium:

"The Jewish people have been a blessing for Christianity. Christianity came out of Judaism. Freedom is an ultimate value in Christianity, and when you read the Hebrew scriptures you read about liberty, freedom and the rule of law. Israel stands alone in this region in defense of liberty, freedom and the rule of law."

h/t Kehila News

 

A Palestinian State Will Be Hell For Abused Women

One of the cornerstone understandings of the original Israeli-Palestinian peace process was that a future Palestinian state would be notably different from the neighboring Muslim Arab authoritarian regimes.

We now know that won't be the case, and evidence to that effect keeps mounting.

Take women's rights, for instance.

Currently, Israel is the one place in the Middle East where women enjoy full equality with men. The assumption was that a Palestinian state would be the same.

It won't.

Nor do the Palestinians themselves want it to be.

A women's study conducted by the United Nations discovered that most Palestinians, both men and women, hold very troubling views when it comes to the treatment of the fairer sex.

Among Palestinian men, 64 percent believe that a woman who dresses provocatively (a subjective term) deserve to be raped. Fifty-two percent said that a women found in public places at night should suffer the same fate.

And once they've been raped, 57 percent of Palestinian men said these women must marry their assailants or risk brining "shame" to their families. If they do end up bringing "shame" to their families, 47 percent of respondents said these women should be murdered.

Unbelievably, the responses from women were almost identical to the men.

Most Palestinian women agree that fellow women should be raped for dressing a certain way or going out at night, and must either marry their rapist or be killed for bringing "shame" on their families.

Half of all Palestinian surveyed said they personally knew of an honor killing in their community in the previous year, and were not overly troubled by it.

This is the kind of state the Western world is trying to help birth. A state where human rights are secondary to Sharia Law.

 

The Topsy-Turvey Political Leanings of Israeli Millennials

In much of Europe and the United States, young adults – the so-called Millennials – are leaning ever more left. Confusingly, they largely oppose the “big government” agenda of most left-wing parties, but are at the same time easily seduced by the socialist messages of those same parties.

But in which direction do Israeli Millennials tend to lean politically?

The full article appears in the July 2017 issue of Israel Today Magazine.
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Pop Star's Journey to Hell and Back

A 70s pop star’s suicide bid went awry when he landed on his feet – quite literally – as he battled in vain to beat the booze!

A distraught John Gaughan jumped out of the third-storey window of his Leeds home onto the concrete below – and miraculously survived, though with severe injuries.

As he was recovering, he called out to God for help – and Jesus came knocking at his door!

“Well, the man was gentle and concerned, and it was just as if he had heard my prayer,” recalled the 63-year-old musician who was once part of supergroup Herman’s Hermits, but is now a pastor also singing and recording songs of praise – even in Israel, which he has twice visited!

“I suppose he was more of a Good Samaritan; a concerned neighbour. He also happened to be an elder of a nearby Elim Pentecostal church who, in response to a prompting he felt from God, called in to see if I was alright.

“That was the beginning of a long road to healing and freedom. I went to his church and gave my life to the Lord, but I had many setbacks. I had tried to kick the booze for some time prior to my conversion, but it had proved impossible so far.

“I had started off as a teenage tippler and was pretty much addicted by the time my career took off when I was just 19. Friends frogmarched me to a talent contest – when I should have been working – and I got spotted.

“I duly signed up for a series of record deals, including a contract with Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway – leading singer-songwriters of the time. I even joined Herman’s Hermits for a brief period, playing with them on an American tour in the early 70s which included a gig at Madison Square Garden. I am actually on the cover of the live album recorded there.

“I also worked as a solo artist – under the name Bobby Moonshine for a time – but alcohol proved a major obstacle to my progress, and I failed to capitalise on opportunities as a result.

“My new Christian life was also initially hampered by the control it had on me. Then I was introduced to a lady evangelist who, through a ‘word of knowledge’ (a gift of the Holy Spirit mentioned in the New Testament – 1 Corinthians 12.8), told me that my addiction was the result of a generational curse inherited from my grandfather.

“I was confused by this at first because the grandfather I knew had no such problem. But I later discovered that he was in fact my step-granddad, and that my real granddad, whom I had never known as he had died prematurely, did indeed have a severe drink problem.

“The evangelist duly prayed into this situation and, in Jesus’ name, cut me off from the curse. I felt an immediate cleansing, and was healed right then and there! I’ve not touched a drop of the hard stuff since.

“There’s so much more to my story (I have written a book with Charles Gardner, and we are looking for a suitable publisher). I have been to hell and back. But now I’ve had a touch from heaven and God has met my needs in so many ways – financially, emotionally and otherwise. It’s such a privilege to serve my Lord, especially as a pastor myself now.”

John was ordained into the evangelical offshoot of the Episcopal (Anglican) Church in the USA, but has nevertheless stuck to his Yorkshire roots as pastor of the Congregational Church in Driffield, East Yorkshire.

Once belting out hits such as I’m into something good _(when all was not so rosy), John now writes, sings and records gospel songs to the God who saved him.And among the highlights of his re-born career was singing one of his favourite self-penned songs, _You Alone are Lord, in the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus agonised in prayer shortly before his crucifixion.


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

 

A Nurse Reflects a Nation

Israel Today speaks to a Jewish ER nurse who didn't hesitate to nurse a starving Palestinian baby after a deadly car accident.

The full article appears in the July 2017 issue of Israel Today Magazine.
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The Empty Pages of Palestinian History

The title of the new book by Israeli author Assaf A. Voll, A History of the Palestinian People: From Ancient Times to the Modern Era, quickly hit the bestseller list of Amazon, but you won't find it there. 

"The joke's run its course," Voll told Israel Today after Amazon yanked the book only two days after it was published. A copy of the letter from Amazon sent to us by Voll states the reason for removing the book: "We found that your book(s) are resulting in a disappointing customer experience."

That might be because the book contains 131 blank pages. 

Voll saw Amazon's decision as silly after the online publisher agreed to produce and carry the book in the first place, requiring only that he add watermarks. The only other text appearing in the book is a quote from the "Seinfeld" character George Costanza: "Just remember, it's not a lie if you believe it."

Voll, a former teacher of Jewish history at Haifa University, and currently creative manager in an advertising firm, explained to Israel Today that he got the idea of an empty book about Palestinian history following an opportune meeting in Italy. While there, he heard someone quip that the shortest book in the world must be about Italian bravery. Last March, Amazon published another similar book titled Reasons to Vote for Democrats, which also quickly hit the bestseller list before being just as quickly removed.


The empty book, says Voll, is a challenge rather than insult. People are welcome to contribute a chapter to the still empty pages of Palestinian history, providing it comes with adequate and reliable sources. 

Asking what kind of feedback he's received, Voll told us that except for one very annoyed Harvard professor, most responses were actually quite positive. Unsurprisingly, the stunt was a viral sensation in Israel, where Voll was invited to speak on television and radio programs. And the commotion surrounding the book, which is still available under its Hebrew title, is far from over. Voll never anticipated his antic would reverberate so widely, but now he see that "the story is far from over."

 

Muslim NBA Legend Breaks Ramadan Fast With Israeli Officials

At a time when religious tensions are reaching breaking point, a message of coexistence between Jews and Muslims comes to us from Los Angeles.

The iftar meal is what Muslims eat to break the daylight fast during the month of Ramadan. Earlier this month, Israel's consul-general in Los Angeles, Sam Grundwerg, hosted an iftar dinner and was pleased to welcome a very special guest.

Joining the meal was NBA legend Kareem Abdul Jabbar, considered by most to be among the world's top Muslim celebrities.

Jabbar delivered a short address urging dialogue and greater mutual respect between Jews and Muslims.

"The fundamental values ​​of Islam, Christianity and Judaism are the same: compassion, tolerance and assistance to the needy," the Hall of Fame basketball star asserted. "Those who incite us against each other do so not out of religious belief, but out of their own political and economic ambitions."

PHOTO: NBA legend Kareem Abdul Jabbar breaking his Ramadan fast with Rabbi Marc Schneier of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding and Israeli Consul-General Sam Grundwerg. (Michelle Mivzari)

 

A Tale of Two Terror Attacks and The New York Times

Originally written for the Investigative Project on Terrorism

Last month’s suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester wasn’t the first time an Islamist terrorist targeted young people out for a night of fun. In 2001, a Hamas-affiliated terrorist blew himself up outside the Dolphinarium, a Tel Aviv nightclub, killing 21 Israelis, including 16 teenagers.

But news coverage of the two massacres was strikingly different, as the Manchester attack generated exponentially more attention. The New York Times, for example, offered a handful of small accounts about the Tel Aviv attack. But the Manchester bombing generated dozens of wire service and Times staff updates along with analysis stories and an editorial lamenting the horror of targeting children.

There are reasons why attacks in Europe are covered more exhaustively than those targeting Israelis. But as a result, Americans may not fully appreciate the depth of Palestinian violence because the near-daily examples of it are all but ignored.

The stark reporting contrast between the Manchester and Dolphinarium attacks reveals a change in how terrorism has been covered during the intervening 16 years. The Dolphinarium attack took place about three months before the September 11th attacks that dramatically increased media attention to terrorism.

A significant reporting gap continued after 9/11, however. Two 2002 shooting attacks within 12 days of each other prompted vastly different coverage by the New York Times. The July 4 shooting attack at Los Angeles International Airport, which claimed two lives, produced at least 13 articles. By contrast, nine people were murdered in a July 16 shooting and bombing attack against an Israeli bus going to the settlement of Immanuel. The Times devoted only one article to this slaughter.

The Times commits minimal attention to attacks on Israelis today. Last Friday’s fatal stabbing attack in Jerusalem received a scant 431-word article containing no images or references to “terror,” “terrorist,” or “terrorism.”

Worse, the newspaper ran a 243-word Associated Press article about the attack with a headline emphasizing the terrorists’ deaths, rather than their victim: “Palestinian Attackers Killed After Killing Israeli Officer.”

By contrast, the Times provided much more sympathetic coverage to an April terrorist attack in Paris that similarly claimed a police officer’s life. At 1,037 words, the article was almost three times as long, contained six photos of the attack scene, and referred six times to “terrorism” and thrice to “terrorist attack.”

An attack’s location plays a significant role in determining the extent of news coverage. Commentator Joe Concha calls this the “there versus here” phenomenon.

For example, the Times published eight articles about last November’s car ramming and stabbing attack at Ohio State University that killed no one, but injured 11 people. That included a profile of the suspected terrorist behind it. Deadlier attacks overseas generally receive far less coverage.

However, that “there versus here” explanation falters when comparing vehicular attacks in Israel with similar attacks in other non-US countries since Ohio State.

The March truck attack in Westminster that killed five people generated 20 articles. December’s Berlin Christmas market truck attack that killed 12 generated at least 50 articles.

By contrast, January’s truck attack in Jerusalem that killed four people generated just three articles and a mention in a daily news digest.

One reason European attacks receive more attention is that they raise new concerns about safety throughout the West, as the Islamic State pursues a campaign to hit soft targets wherever it can.

Another explanation may be that so many terrorist attacks in Israel have occurred over the last few decades that the Times has grown desensitized to them, no longer considering them as newsworthy.

Egyptian Copts, who have also suffered from Islamist terror for decades, may fall into the same unfortunate category. The attack last month in Minya, in which gunmen opened fire on Christian pilgrims, massacring 29, generated only four Times articles.

When the news media under-report terrorist attacks in places where they occur routinely, they do an injustice to victims in need of sympathy, while helping terrorists to defer the day that international leaders unite against them.

CAMERA, a nonprofit media watchdog, has compiled an extensive record of chronic anti-Israel coverage and commentary by the Times, and has launched billboard campaigns to expose the bias.

While some might point to the newspaper’s April decision to hire pro-Israel columnist Bret Stephens as a sign of growing balance on the issue, subsequent coverage led veteran Times critic Ira Stoll to argue that the move just gave the paper cover to intensify its anti-Israel slant. Stoll lists five Times op-eds, each of which “taken alone, would be totally outrageous and indefensible. The onslaught of all five of them, in six weeks, constitutes an outbreak of anti-Israel and anti-Jewish hostility at the Times.”

The Dolphinarium attack, one of Israel’s deadliest suicide bombings, marked its 16th anniversary on June 1. While it’s too late for the Times to give due coverage to the 16 teens and five adults who were slaughtered, the paper conceded the parallels between their fate and that of the Manchester victims, by running this op-ed by a survivor of the Dolphinarium massacre expressing empathy for those affected by the Ariana Grande attack.

However, when the Times published its May 23 editorial on the Manchester attack, it failed to mention the Dolphinarium attack, and thereby omitted the suicide bombing most similar to the Manchester attack in its targeting of children. The editorial duly notes how terrorists have shattered innocent lives, listing attacks in three European cities, but somehow forgets that Islamists have taken far more lives of Israelis “simply out enjoying themselves” than of all Islamist terror victims in Europe combined.

At least 1,600 Israelis have been killed in terrorist attacks since the 1993 Oslo accords that were intended to foster Israeli-Palestinian peace. How many more Israeli casualties are needed before the New York Times starts to cover them as it would European victims?

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

 

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Britain's Battle for Truth

As Londoners are left reeling with shock at a succession of terrible tragedies, angry residents and pundits inevitably start looking for someone to blame.

When children fight in the playground and someone gets hurt, it’s always someone else’s fault. But there is a sense in which we are all to blame – for we have, as a nation, turned our backs on truth, honesty and integrity in favour of the brave new world’s ‘anything goes’ mantra as long as it feels right. How do we measure truth when it is so subjective? If it’s not found in the Bible, where do we look for it?

After discarding our Christian heritage and throwing out God’s laws, it’s not surprising there are so many different versions of truth portrayed by today’s media.

The BBC, for example, has shown a propensity in recent times for turning terrorists into victims – particularly when reporting on violence in Israel. Thus, on June 16, when a 23-year-old Israeli policewoman was stabbed to death and four others injured in a Jerusalem attack which also involved shooting, the BBC tweeted: “Three Palestinians killed after deadly stabbing in Jerusalem” – a shamefully misleading headline focusing attention on the attackers, as if they were the victims.

The prophet Isaiah wrote of how – when we have turned our backs on God – “truth has stumbled in the streets; honesty cannot enter. Truth is nowhere to be found.” (Isaiah 59.13-15)

At the rally following London’s Al Quds march, the Iranian-inspired day calling for the destruction of Israel, one speaker perversely blamed the tragic West London fire on ‘Zionists’.

“Some of the biggest supporters of the Conservative Party are Zionists,” he ranted. “They are responsible for the murder of the people in Grenfell (the tower block).”

As blogger Richard Millett asked: “How in 2017 is a terror organisation like Hezbollah, with a rifle emblazoned on its flag, allowed to parade through London? Is the British Jewish community so ill-considered, so small that we are so easily sacrificed? Would the authorities allow Al Qaeda or ISIS parades?”

The marchers have exploited a loophole in the law against flying the flags of proscribed organisations like Hezbollah by claiming that they are supporting its political (rather than military) wing even though they both use the same flag and support the same cause, which is the total destruction of the Jewish state, as their chants – “from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free” – clearly indicate.

Whatever happened to the law against ‘hate speech’?

Convened by the Islamic Human Rights Commission, a British Muslim organisation with close ties to the Iranian regime, the march took place despite a petition calling for its ban signed by over 20,000 people which stated: “After the terrible recent terrorist events in Manchester and London, this display of extremism has no place on the streets of the UK.”

In the light of such a brazen demonstration of hatred, a backlash from unhinged members of society is hardly surprising, as in the tragic events outside the Finsbury Park mosque which left one dead and a number injured when a 47-year-old man ploughed into them with a van.

Unfortunately, this attack is being cynically used by jihadists as a call to war. But neither Britons as a whole, nor Christians in particular, have any quarrel with the Muslims. We share their grief – our people are suffering all over the world for their faith – and we reach out to them with the love of Jesus. They are our friends, not our enemies. And Jesus has told us to love even those, like jihadists, who wish us harm!

But I see hope on three specific fronts, starting with the example of Christians in South Africa, to whom I have already referred on this site. Faced with corruption and violence in their nation, they came together on a farmer’s field to pray on April 22nd; not just the faithful few who turn up to such meetings, but a massive gathering of 1.7 million – more than the population of Birmingham, Britain’s second city. Many had travelled the length and breadth of that big country to plead God’s mercy on their troubles. Isn’t it time British Christians got together to do something similar? Is our situation not desperate enough, with violence becoming endemic and truth turned on its head?

Secondly, not far from Birmingham, I visited a friend in prison whose Christian faith shines out so brightly that he is effectively working as a chaplain to many of his fellow inmates. He knows from his experience in the outside world how it is often difficult to get people to talk about or share their faith, even in churches. But now he struggles to shut them up as they all want to share the goodness of God, especially during Bible classes and chapel services packed with men praising the Lord in full voice. And a friend tells of a jail in Wiltshire where men, “feeling completely abandoned by society, are so ready to hear the gospel”.

Many years ago I was told of a prophecy that revival in Britain would start in the prisons!

Thirdly, I have been profoundly moved by the response of churches in the Grenfell Tower area of London, scene of the tragic fire where an estimated 79 people perished and hundreds more were made homeless.

One such is the Tabernacle Christian Centre which had opened its doors to the victims at 2am on the night of the fire, shortly after it started. And they have been providing refuge and shelter ever since. Members had been praying at the church just before the fire broke out when someone shared what he felt was a ‘word from the Lord’ that He was going to bring many people into the church, and that they must be prepared!

A cross stands at the centre of the premises, with a menorah close by. “We preach Christ crucified,” the pastor explained, adding that they also love Israel and the Jewish people, and regularly pray for them.

Sally Richardson, a friend of mine who visited them, reported: “We can thank God for all the local churches – also including the Latimer Christian Centre – that have opened their doors, day and night, to victims of the tragedy. They have provided a listening ear, comfort (both spiritual and practical), and have fed, clothed and watered all who have come to them…”

She added: “I am reminded of the words of the Oxford martyr Latimer who, as he was burnt at the stake for his faith, turned to comfort fellow victim Ridley with the words ‘…we shall this day light such a candle, by God’s grace, in England, as I trust shall never be put out.’

“Grenfell Tower has burned, but let’s pray that a candle will burn in North Kensington that will never be put out. May the surviving victims find Jesus to be their tower of refuge and strength.” (Proverbs 18.10)


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

 

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Israel Blocks UN Delegation From Entering Hebron

Is it the "Trump Effect"?

Israel is finally standing its ground against the hostile United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and that could have a lot to do with the American president's aggressive position toward the world body.

On Saturday, Israel denied access to Hebron to a delegation from UNESCO. The aim of the planned visit was to make a show of solidarity with Hebron's Old City, which UNESCO lists as a "threatened" Palestinian World Heritage Site.

Hebron's Old City is one of 35 sites to be discussed at UNESCO's World Heritage Committee next week in Krakow, Poland. The Palestinians requested the Hebron be urgently addressed there, claiming that the biblical city is being threatened with "destruction."

Israel's ambassador to UNESCO, Carmel Shama-Hacohen, applauded the decision to bar his UN colleagues from Hebron. "Israel should not allow any political action by the Palestinians under the cover of culture," he said.

Photo: Hebron's Old City. Lior Mizrahi / Flash90

 

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REPORTS: Trump Furious With Palestinians, May Pull Out of Peace Process

The international mainstream media painted last week's meeting between Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and US President Donald Trump's senior advisor and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as "productive."

Apparently, that description wasn't entirely accurate.

The London-based Arabic-language daily al-Hayat instead called the meeting "tense," and said it ended with a serious rift between the Americans and the Palestinians.

According to Palestinian officials who spoke to the newspaper, Trump is now considering pulling out of the Mideast peace process altogether.

The Jerusalem Post quoted an American administration official as saying that was "nonsense," though he did not refute other details of the al-Hayat report.

Abbas is said to have been outraged when Kushner entered the room and conveyed Israel's demand that he stop using international financial aid to pay salaries to terrorists sitting in Israeli jails.

Kushner also reportedly insisted that Palestinian officials halt all incitement against Israel, and expressed disappointment that Abbas had failed to condemn last week's deadly terrorist stabbing in Jerusalem, which took the life of a young female Border Police officer.

Al-Hayat wrote that Abbas fired back by accusing Kushner of "taking Israel's side," and was adamant that paying salaries to convicted terrorists was part of his "social responsibility."

 

IDF Releases Video of Aerial Assault on Syrian Forces

Israel on Saturday responded harshly to errant Syrian army fire that hit the Israeli side of the Golan Heights.

The above footage shows Israeli military aircraft targeting a number of Syrian positions, including at least two tanks.

Syrian sources said that two people were killed in the strikes.

It appears that Islamist rebels in the area took advantage of the Israeli strikes to launch their own attack on the Syrian military. Damascus accused Israel of colluding with the jihadists.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the retaliation sent a clear message: "We are not willing to accept any spillover or leakage of fire from any front. We will respond with force to any fire on our territory."

 

Israel's Illegal Immigrant Time Bomb

The southern neighborhoods of Tel Aviv have been overrun in recent years. The number of African asylum-seekers and economic migrants now living there is approaching 100,000.

Some have been repatriated. But most remain in the country illegally.

Israel finds itself in a conundrum–how can it turn away or deport those in need considering the Jews' own history? At the same time, how can the tiny nation of Israel absorb such numbers without taking a serious hit to its economy?

And time's running out to find a solution.

According to Oved Hugi, a social activist from southern Tel Aviv, the "infiltrators' birthrate stands at 10,000 per year. That means 50,000 children in five years, and that should cause the Prime Minister to lose sleep. South Tel Aviv is a ticking time bomb."

In an interview with Israel National News, Hugi added that the situation has exposed the hypocrisy of the Left.

"Members of the Knesset from the left are hypocrites," he said. "They favor giving a state to the Palestinians in order to preserve the Jewish and democratic character of the state yet on the other hand they encourage the immigrants to stay here? It's hypocrisy."

 

UN Excuses Wife-Beating as Natural Reaction to 'Israeli Occupation'

First, they called terrorism a "natural reaction" to the presence of Jews in the Holy Land. Now, Palestinian men are being excused by none other than the United Nations for taking out their frustrations with Israel on their own spouses.

At a UN Human Rights Council debate earlier this month, the director of UN Watch, Hillel Neuer, challenged a new report blaming Israel for when Palestinian husbands beat their wives.

"Is it right to continue infantilizing Palestinians, such that when a man in Ramallah beats his wife, we encourage him to say ‘Israel made me do it’?" Neuer asked the report's author, Dubravka Šimonovic, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women.

Neuer further noted that while Israeli counter-terrorism measure might put pressure on the Palestinian population, that doesn't explain why violence against women is equally prevalent in the neighboring countries of Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Egypt.

Nor was there any excuse for Šimonovic's lack of actual evidence to support her conclusion.

But, most notably, Neuer wondered how the report could draw a dubious link between Israeli security and Palestinian spousal abuse, while ignoring entirely the regular weekly sermons by Palestinian Muslim clerics encouraging such domestic violence.

Neuer clearly hit a nerve, because the chair of the debate, UNHRC Vice-President Amr Ahmed Ramadan, broke with protocol by refusing to thank the speaker, stating instead:

“I would like to say thank you, but I can’t—because I think that you need to respect this Council more in the next days.”

 

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Arab Paramedic Fought to Save the Life of Fatally Wounded Soldier

The following is the personal account of Mohammed Abed al-Rahman, a senior paramedic with Magen David Adom (MDA) who gave his all last week to save the life of Border Police officer Hadas Malka, who ultimately died of her injuries sustained in an ISIS terror stabbing at Jerusalem's Damascus Gate.

A peaceful Friday evening was interrupted with the voice of the Shift Officer at MDA’s 101 dispatch center who announced a stabbing attack had taken place at the Nablus Gate in Jerusalem. Seconds earlier, three terrorists attacked a Border Police force patrolling the area. One of the terrorist, who was only 18 years old, began stabbing policewoman Hadash Malka, critically injuring her, but Malka didn’t give up and fought him back extensively. When her squad members realized what was going on, they immediately shot the terrorist and called MDA to the scene.

Mohammed Abed al-Rahman, a veteran paramedic at MDA’s Jerusalem station has already tended to dozens of terror attacks in his career, but he knew this one was different and more severe. “I was manning a Mobile Intensive Care Unit in Pisgat Ze’ev. When we arrived at the Begin junction, a short drive from the scene, we received a report from the MDA Jerusalem dispatch center about a Police request to deploy an ambulance to Nablus Gate after noticing security camera footage showing a person stabbing a policeman who was laying on the ground. Initially, we didn’t know it was a policewoman. The shift officer, Noam Tiram, immediately deployed an ambulance to the scene. Shortly thereafter it was clear that this was a terror attack. Seemingly, an ongoing attack, and I immediately offered myself as a first responder as I was very close to the scene.

We immediately left for the scene and heard from the dispatch center that the incident was ongoing but at the moment, it was unclear what was going on. Initially, it was suspected as a criminal incident. Seconds later it was already reported as a terror attack. We were instructed to armor ourselves, group with police forces and instruct youth MDA volunteers to remain inside the ambulance. I reported to the dispatch center and learned that I would be first to arrive on the scene, and that five additional ambulances were to follow.”

Hadas Was Bleeding and Unconscious

The encounter with Hadas reminded Mohammed of previous terror attacks at Nablus Gate, in which he also treated victims in critical condition. “When I arrived on the scene I noticed a standard ambulance that reported on evacuating a patient in severe condition to Hadassah Mount Scopus Hospital, and we decided to group at Nablus Gate near the scene of the attack and transport the patient to our Mobile Intensive Care Unit in order to provide her with medication and advanced lifesaving procedures during the evacuation. When I opened the door I noticed a combat Border Policewoman, 23, wearing a vest and flak jacket. She was unconscious. I conducted a preliminary situation assessment and noticed stabs in her upper body. She was bleeding massively. Following a thorough checkup of her wounds I understood that I was operating against the clock and began intensive treatment.”

When Reports of Additional Terrorist on the Scene Began Coming in, Were You Anxious?

“When I accept a patient with wounds at such a severe degree I am only concerned with her, and not with the reports. I didn’t even hear of the warning that there were additional attackers on the scene, and it didn’t matter to me as I sensed an obligation to treating Hadas. At that time I was only with her, I conducted surgical procedures on the field in order to release the pressure in her chest as well as treated her other injuries to prevent loss of blood.

I instructed my team to begin resuscitation. We began conducting chest compressions physically. Another volunteer laid over the wound in her neck in an attempt to halt it from bleeding, another volunteer conducted compressions and I was kneeling over her, conducting intubation, while opening up a vein in her neck in order to hydrate and stabilize her.

In only seven minutes we were able to provide her with the utmost preliminary medical treatment on the field using advanced gear including surgical treatment, artificial respiration, medication, and more, while speeding to the hospital.”

We Were Hopeful That She Would Make It

The team arrive with Hadas at the hospital and immediately entered the trauma room. Mohammed’s team members joined the doctors who fought for her life and he treated her until her last moments. “There were barely any moments of optimism, when we arrived at the hospital and brought her into the trauma room, the happiness was premature because her condition deteriorated and became critical.

We continued with the compressions constantly, we provided her with more blood transfusions and medication treatment but ultimately, we had to pronounce her dead an hour after her arrival at the hospital. We fought for her life, all of us, the MDA team and the Hadassah team. The moment in which we pronounced her dead was difficult for all of us.”

Mohammed’s team remained in the hospital until Hadas’ family learned of her passing. “Only after the incident concluded and we were released from the hospital I heard on the news that it was an incident with two scenes and three perpetrators who stabbed and shot the victims. Only then we learned how grave the incident was.”

Today, Mohammed shares: “Many times we enter scenes of ongoing incidents and treat patients under danger. In these moment we operate with a sense of mission and with a single intention at hear – saving the patient. We don’t think about what’s to come, and not about what could happen to us. Anytime we see a scene of terror attack we run and leap in, other people’s common logic says ‘run away’. But this is us, and that’s we know and ought to do.”

 

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Judea and Samaria: Who's Allowed to Build?

Jewish construction in the biblical heartland of Judea and Samaria has come to a near standstill. Jewish settlers and their representatives in the government hold Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responsible for the freeze.

Publicly, Netanyahu speaks of the importance of settling the land. But behind the scenes, he's accused of doing everything in his power to curb Jewish construction.

"Netanyahu is playing us for fools," insisted Salman Melamed, a leading rabbi in the settler movement. Housing Minister Uri Ariel has demanded that Netanyahu "restart construction in the Jewish settlements immediately."

More than 350,000 people currently live in the 120 Jewish settlements scattered across Judea and Samaria. Due to a high rate of natural growth, more homes are urgently needed.

Compounding the frustration of right-wing voters is the fact that Netanyahu has largely turned a blind eye to burgeoning Palestinian Arab construction in the disputed territories. "Even as we are bullied by the Palestinians, we hand them 14,000 new houses adjacent to Highway 6," Education Minister Naftali Bennett lamented on Twitter.

Bennett and other members of Netanyahu's cabinet have urged the prime minister to, at the very least, freeze Palestinian construction so long as Jews aren't allowed to build.

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God Will Not Be Mocked!

As if London hasn’t seen enough tragedy of late, her weary eight million residents woke up to a veritable picture of Dante’s inferno on Wednesday morning. The sight of a West London tower block burning away all night was truly terrible, with all the loss of life, home and family that resulted. Our hearts go out to all the victims.

In truth, we are all reeling in shock, perhaps wondering why things just seem to have gone from bad to worse in the wake of the recent terrorist attacks. And though the Grenfell Tower fire did not fall into the latter category, the cause is as yet unknown.

Nevertheless, we need to take stock, and continue to pray for God’s mercy on our battered nation, now further rocked by the resignation as leader of the Liberal-Democrat Party of Christian politician Tim Farron. More of that later…

In fact not everything is gloom and doom; there are real signs of hope despite a General Election that left confusion and chaos as politicians jostled for power, the Conservatives winning most seats but with no overall majority, and thus in a seemingly weak place for negotiating our exit from the European Union.

The Bible says: “When a country is rebellious, it has many rulers, but a ruler with discernment and knowledge maintains order.” (Proverbs 28.2)

Christians had been dismayed as they found themselves having to choose between main parties who had all agreed that sexual ethics – and in particular same-sex marriage – was not an issue. So it seemed that the way was left open to continue running the country on secular-humanist lines, with no thought for the biblical laws that have underpinned our civilization for centuries.

But who would have thought the Conservatives would be forced to “get into bed” with the strongly Christian Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) of Northern Ireland in order to secure a still wafer-thin overall majority for carrying out planned legislation? The DUP’s ten seats add up to a coalition fractionally more than all the other parties put together. So they will clearly be beholden to their friends from across the Irish Sea, a fact provoking hysteria from many quarters – not least the Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson, who is a lesbian.

It could certainly make for a rough passage for any new un-Christian laws. The DUP is thoroughly opposed to same-sex marriage and, in line with their Bible-believing basis, is also unreservedly pro-Israel.

So, for all the humanistic attempts to rid Parliament of its Christian witness, God has ensured that it remains – and that biblical thinking cannot be ignored. God will not be mocked.

The psalmist asks: “Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the Lord and against his anointed, saying, ‘Let us break their chains and throw off their shackles.’ The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them…” (Psalm 2.1-4)

The fiercely Protestant DUP was founded in 1971 by the Rev Ian Paisley who, when he launched the Northern Ireland Friends of Israel group in March 2009, drew a parallel between his own country’s struggles against terrorism and that of Israel’s. And he also prayed for peace in Jerusalem!

Last Sunday evening, as my wife and I contemplated the ongoing political turbulence, we suddenly noticed a worrying crack in the ceiling, with water dripping through. Our hot water tank was leaking and on the blink, and we have since had it replaced (at no small cost). Fortunately, disaster was averted by an emergency plumber.

It was very much a picture of the state of the nation with the drip, drip feed of secularism (and in particular the LGBT+ agenda) on the point of bringing the house down. We are in serious hot water, and poison is leaking from the ship of state, which is on the verge of sinking.

I am sickened by the BBC’s continual obsession with depicting the ‘virtues’ of left-wing propaganda. As the country rocks with uncertainty, and in danger of collapse, a great show is made of a ‘gay pride’ march in York described as a symbol of unity and love. Of course I realise this is nothing compared to the 200,000 who marched through Tel Aviv, Israel’s major city, in celebration of the homosexual lifestyle. And that in what is universally known as the ‘Holy Land’! However, this only goes to prove that both Jews and Gentiles are prodigals whom the Father longs to welcome back.

And since we are talking numbers, it’s worth noting that a recent prayer meeting of Christians in South Africa drew a massive 1.7 million people (equal to Tel Aviv’s total population) to a farm outside the central city of Bloemfontein, where they pleaded God’s mercy for their beloved nation. We too, in Britain, need to pray – and how! Surely it’s time Christians got together, as they have done in South Africa, to plead God’s mercy for our land?

Tragically, much of the West has not only rejected God and his laws, but has gone further by turning millennia-old precepts completely upside down. The prophet Isaiah, writing 2,700 years ago, said: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight. Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine and champions at mixing drinks…” (Isaiah 5.20-22) Ring any bells?

To put it another way, it would be like Monty Don reporting from the Chelsea Flower Show that weeds are the new flowers and rubbishing anachronistic gardeners who insist on showing their beautiful roses and lilies amidst finely-cut lawns and water features.

Exaggerating? Hardly – for one of the most disturbing aspects of the election campaign was the blatant anti-Christian prejudice promoted in much of the media, claiming that Christian candidates were unfit to hold public office because of their biblical views. Even the Prime Minister was condemned by a major national newspaper for visiting one of the UK’s largest black churches – because the church opposes abortion and same-sex marriage.

And now Tim Farron is the latest victim. After an insufferable media campaign directed at his Christian faith, in the words of Evangelical Alliance spokesman David Landrum, “he has found himself torn between living as a faithful Christian and serving as a political leader – and so he has resigned. And who could blame him? Politics has always been a tough business and general elections have always been rough rides. Tim was surely prepared for that. What he wasn’t prepared for, and what nobody really expected, was a vicious and sustained assault on his faith. And he wasn’t alone in this.”

And finally, on a more positive note: Rosaria Butterfield, a former lesbian and LGBT advocate, converted to Christ after reading large sections of the Bible as part of research into why the so-called religious right ‘hated’ people like her. Her first book, The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert, details her conversion and the cataclysmic fallout which followed – in which she lost “everything but the dog,” yet gained eternal life in Christ.

We are the people of the Book, which holds the key to life and leads us to the ‘pearl of great price’ which can often cost us everything. (Matthew 13.46)

Pearls are shaped through rough times, and we need to speak up for Christ in the face of the storm.


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

 

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Donald Trump Jr. Slams BBC For Misreporting Jerusalem Terror Stabbing

US President Donald Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., leapt to Israel's defense on Saturday after the BBC blatantly misrepresented Friday's ISIS terrorist stabbing in Jerusalem.

The BBC's original headline read: "Three Palestinians killed after deadly stabbing in Jerusalem"

The headline, which is all most people read these days, gives the impression that Palestinians were the victims.

Trump Jr. made sure that as many people as possible knew the truth.

He immediately tweeted in response to the BBC: "You mean after they stabbed a female Israeli police officer to death... right? This is as close to being misleading as possible."

Killed in that attack was 23-year-old Border Police officer Hadas Malka, who was responding to a shooting attack in Jerusalem's Old City when she was ambushed.

ISIS later claimed that both incidents were part of a coordinated assault on Israel's Jews.

A number of Israelis spoke out to thank Trump Jr. for taking such a stand.

And he was happy to do it.

 

Messianic Presence at Hebrew Book Week Angers Ultra-Orthodox

Israel last week conducted Hebrew Book Week, an annual week-long event celebrating Hebrew literature.

The event is marked with book fairs in cities across the country. And the presence of Messianic book publishers at several of these fairs had ultra-Orthodox Jewish "anti-missionaries" fuming.

In fact, the often-violent anti-missionary group Yad L'achim filed an official police complaint after discovering a booth operated by the "HaGefen" publishing house at the book fair in Rishon Letzion.

HaGefen is a well-known Messianic publisher. Among its offerings at the book fair its series titled "The Testimony," which is a modern translation of the Bible with Israeli youths in mind.

Yad L'achim claimed that the books constituted "incitement and solicitation of minors to convert."

What most bothers groups like Yad L'achim is that these books are not identified as "Christian." They refuse to accept that Messianic Jews are very much an integral part of the Jewish people as a whole and of Israel.

"The innocent buyers do not know that these are missionary books that encourage conversion to Christianity," read the Yad L'achim complaint.

HaGefen issued a response noting that it has been a registered non-profit in Rishon Letzion for no fewer than 42 years. It further pointed out that the "offending" series of books, "The Testimony," consist almost entirely of a literal modern translation of the Bible.

PHOTO: President Reuven Rivlin and his wife Nechama visit a Hebrew Book Week book fair at the First Station in Jerusalem. Photo by Mark Neyman/GPO

 

The Temple Mount is Important to Christians, Too

Israel Today visits with the Temple Mount Sifting Project to find out what role Christians have played.

The full article appears in the June 2017 issue of Israel Today Magazine.
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VIDEO: Thank You to Jerusalem's Watchmen on the Walls

The video above was produced by the Israel Police to say "Thank You" to the thousands of men and women who daily serve as Jerusalem's "watchmen on the walls," keeping this city safe from threats both within and from without.

 

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Israeli Nationalists Thank Muslim Leader For His Friendship

The following is a portion of a press release from Turkish Muslim teacher Adnan Oktar, whose recent Ramadan gathering in Istanbul was attended by several leading Israeli nationalist figures.

This year’s event once again demonstrated that people of different cultures, identities and views could come together in an atmosphere of love and peace.

The guests of this special event were Jewish rabbis and Christian priests, politicians, the esteemed members of the Turkish Assyrian, Armenian, Jewish, Greek Orthodox and Catholic communities, as well as of the Jaffari, Alawite and Bekhtashi communities, the religious orders of the Nakshibendi and the Kadiri, the followers of the Treatise of Light (Nur), and National Vision (Milli Görüş) Movement.

One of the nicest gestures was the video message sent by Likud Party Knesset Member Rabbi Yehuda Glick to Mr. Adnan Oktar in celebration of Ramadan. Rabbi Glick began by saying, "My dear friend, honorary Mr. Adnan Oktar, champion of religious tolerance, champion of love to all human beings, champion of God in the world..."

Glick continued: "From the city of Jerusalem, chosen by God to be a city of peace, allow me to wish each and every one of you, blessings of success in bringing of God's light to all... We shall see on the Temple Mount, that House of Prayer, that unite all nations to One and Only God. From Jerusalem, allow me to wish you all Ramadan Kareem, from Jerusalem, the city of peace, city of Shalom."

During the day of the banquet, the Israeli delegation made a visit to the Jewish Museum of Turkey at the Neve Shalom Synagogue in Istanbul. Additionally, they toured the Bosphorus with the representatives of Mr. Adnan Oktar.

One of the guests, Mr. Yishai Fleisher, the international spokesman for the Jewish community in Hebron and an Israeli radio show host and writer, participated in Mr. Oktar’s live broadcast on A9 TV. He addressed Mr. Oktar saying, “I think that by you bringing us here today to Istanbul, you are part of that vision of connecting the peoples of the Middle East.”

Mr. Oktar replied, “People are more religious in Israel, that is a blessing for the entire region and the Islamic world. They are not aware that Jews are people of love. We all will be students of the King Moshiach, the King Messiah. The love for Moshiach brings blessings to Israel, this is a vital matter. God protects Israel from all troubles. If anyone attempts any harm against Israel, we will bring heavens down on them.”

Mr. Oktar made a request from the Israeli youth asking thousands of Jewish youth to come together and pray out loud for Moshiach’s coming.

Regarding Israel's presence in the Middle East, Mr. Oktar added, “God promised you to live on that land. You are a blessing for Muslims, but they can’t appreciate this.”

 

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Where Jews Dare Not Pray

I'm hardly qualified to address this topic, but I feel the need to, nevertheless.

The full article appears in the June 2017 issue of Israel Today Magazine.
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When the Arabs Shuttered Al Jazeera, but Israel Couldn't

The current regional crisis with Qatar has again demonstrated the bizarre position in which Israel often finds itself in the volatile Middle East.

Israel is often the victim of media slander, and even incitement. Sometimes, those media voices slander and incite against Arab governments, too.

One of the biggest differences is that the Arab governments, authoritarian as they are, quickly shut down the offending media, while Israel, the region's only true democracy, must endure the slander.

Such is the case with Al Jazeera.

Founded and largely owned by the rulers of Qatar, Al Jazeera has become a thorn in the side of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan and other "moderate" Arab states.

Using the crisis with Qatar as an excuse, Saudi Arabia and Jordan this week shuttered the local Al Jazeera bureaus in their respective states.

Israel wishes it could do the same.

"Al-Jazeera is not media, it’s not journalism. It’s an incitement machine. It’s pure propaganda, of the worst variety, in the style of Nazi Germany or Soviet Russia," said Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman during a Knesset meeting on Monday.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly convened the relevant government agencies to explore the option of shuttering Al Jazeera's office in Jerusalem.

But for a nation that holds to true democratic rule of law, such things aren't so simple as they are in neighboring countries.

For starters, if the government moved against Al Jazeera, the network's first move would be an appeal to Israel's Supreme Court on the basis of freedom of the press. Even if the court ultimately sided with the government, the spectacle of an Arab news network suing Israel over freedom of the press wouldn't play well on the international stage.

And that's if the court sided with the government.

Israel's Supreme Court is notoriously liberal when it comes to the right of detractors to slander the Jewish state. Losing such a case would look even worse.

 

'United Jerusalem More Important Than Shaky Peace'

Education Minister Naftali Bennett publicly stated what has in more recent years become the position of a growing majority of Israelis–namely that a united Jerusalem under Israeli control is more important than a shaky peace deal with the Palestinians.

"Jerusalem is above logic," insisted Bennett. "We would rather have a united Jerusalem than a diplomatic agreement."

The statement was greeted with jeers from the crowd. But that was expected, given that Bennett was speaking at the Israel Conference for Peace organized by the ultra-liberal daily newspaper Ha'aretz.

Bennett reminded the naysayers that while they may disagree with his conclusion, most Israelis do not. "Some of this crowd may not agree with what I said, but 85% of the Israeli public does agree."

 

Israel Prepares for Major Earthquake

At Sunday's cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held an urgent discussion on home front preparations for a major earthquake that is expected to hit Israel in the coming years.

The discussion kicked off a nationwide emergency drill involving rescue forces from the army, police and medical organizations.

"As part of our efforts and actions to improve home front emergency preparedness, we are beginning today a national earthquake exercise, called 'Earthquake 2017,'" said Netanyahu. "There are enough earthquakes around us in all senses of the word, but we live adjacent to the Syrian-African rift, and an earthquake can hit at any moment. They already have and they undoubtedly will."

Should an earthquake hit, the prime minister reminded the public that the emergency procedures are quite opposite to those during a missile or terrorist attack.

"In the case of an earthquake, in contrast to other scenarios which threaten the home front, the basic rule is to get out of your homes, get out of buildings. The safest place to be is in open space."

Photo: Marc Israel Sellem / Pool / Flash90

 

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