Israeli Muslim: Fasting Doesn't Make Anyone a Better Muslim

"In Israel we have more freedoms and therefore are less fearful to admit to such ‘crimes.’"

The full article appears in the August 2016 issue of Israel Today Magazine.
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TV: Knesset Protects Christian Soldiers, Honors Messianic Group

Recently a prominent Palestinian Christian leader castigated Israel and Zionist Christians for supporting Israel to the detriment of "Christians in Palestine". The point of his argument was that the Palestinian entity is not supported and that Arab Christians are by default mistreated by Israel.

There is strong move by Arab Christian Israelis that are in favor of serving Israel to the fullest, including serving in the IDF. Many of these Arab Christians have experienced threats to their lives, even death threats, as well as actual violent attacks.

The Israel Knesset recently passed a bill designed to protect Arab Christians who enlist in the IDF. The law, which includes an extended prison sentence for anyone who tries to dissuade a Christian Arab from serving in the IDF, became necessary in the face of the above-mentioned threats and attacks.

Does this sound like mistreatment of Arab Christians? Of course not!

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Israeli Government, Rabbis Spar Over 'Gay Pride'

Against the backdrop of this week’s upcoming “Gay Pride” parade in Jerusalem, Israeli government officials have been verbally sparring with several prominent rabbis who insist homosexuals should rather be ashamed.

Rabbi Yigal Levinstein, head of the Bnei David yeshiva and a central figure in the pre-army preparatory education system for young religious Israelis, stated last week that homosexuals are “perverted.”

Levinstein went on to criticize the military brass for allowing the gay agenda to infiltrate the Israeli army.

Rabbi Ratzon Arusi of Kiryat Ono (a recognized expert on Jewish Law) agreed that “homosexuality is not a natural thing,” and that the “gay pride” movement is harmful to everyone, especially homosexuals, most of whom are certainly not “proud or happy” about what he described as their condition.

Rabbi Dov Lior, a heavyweight in the national-religious community, called bringing “gay pride” to the streets of Jerusalem “an abomination,” and urged religious Israelis to “protest the desecration of the Holy City.”

Levinstein and those who stood with him earned quick condemnation from political figures, including Education Minister Naftali Bennett, who is himself a religious Jew.

“Jewish Law is meant to determine what is permitted and what is forbidden, it was not meant to serve as a tool to divide us or to single out people, identities or sectors,” Bennett told the Knesset plenum. “These comments are unacceptable in my opinion. This is not the way of the religious-Zionist movement.”

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan added that Israelis must “respect every person: his choices, his identity, his belief. I believe this is also the role of rabbis.”

A number of high-profile rabbis decided to protest Levinstein’s remarks by attending the Jerusalem “Gay Pride” parade. Among them will be Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, chief rabbi of Efrat, who suggested that in regards to the Bible homosexuals are exempt from criminal responsibility because they were born with these tendencies.

Who won’t be marching in the parade is Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, who appeared to criticize its offensive nature, while defending the right of homosexuals to conduct the event.

“I won’t be marching because I don’t want to be part of something that offends the religious population,” Barkat told reporters. “Of course it’s their right to march…but they need to know that it offends others. Tolerance isn’t just letting people march, it’s also looking for ways to achieve your goals without attacking other people’s feelings or opinions.”

Barkat also ordered that the “gay pride” rainbow flags that have been installed along streets throughout the city ahead of the parade be removed in the area of the Great Synagogue.


The Rock That Will Not Roll

At a time of great turbulence, when all around is sinking sand, there is a rock of perfect security on which to stand. His name is Jesus. And those who fail to honour Him will stumble. (Isaiah 8.14; Romans 9.33)

In the world of politics, too, there is an “immovable rock” that will injure those nations wishing to move it. (Zechariah 12.3) Could this mean that all who attack Jerusalem – “the city of the Great King” (Matthew 5.35) – will themselves be terrorised?

Best-selling novelist Jack Engelhard seems to think so, saying that the dreadful terror attacks enacted by Islamic fanatics in Paris, Brussels, Istanbul and Nice all began in Israel. He said the nations kept telling Israel not to answer with force, but to make peace with them. Yet every such gesture was met with more demands and more terror; and the world refused to figure it out – that it had nothing to do with Israel.

The Jewish state was merely a laboratory for radical Islam who have murdered thousands of Israeli civilians with guns, knives, suicide belts, and now the automobile – reminding us that cars have been used to ram innocent pedestrians to death in Israel on a regular basis since last autumn. And referring to the summit called by French President Hollande to impose peace in Israel, Engelhard asks: “Is he calling for a peace summit with whoever came to Nice to mow down hundreds of celebrants?”

Also asking questions is evangelist Franklin Graham, son of Billy, who says terrorists continue to attack because the U.S. government refuses to recognize the danger of Islam.

Even in England, Muslim converts to Christianity require special protection in the face of threats and persecution from their own families.

Yes, the grim spectre of violence stalks the earth like a big black cloud. All this is surely a sign of the imminent return of our Messiah, Yeshua. (Luke 17.26f, Matthew 24.29f) But it’s a time to fasten our seatbelts… I believe the Lord was speaking of these days when he said: “In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. I will shake all nations, and the desired of all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory.” (Haggai 2.6f)

And this theme is repeated in the New Testament when, in warning against godlessness and sexual immorality (Heb 12.16) – an apt summary of today’s Britain – the writer to the Hebrews reminds us of what happened at the giving of the Law on Mt Sinai when the mountain shook in a terrifying spectacle accompanied by fire. This would happen again, though on a bigger scale, at the end of the age so that what cannot be shaken would remain.

Hold on tight, for we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken. Let’s not buckle under the pressure of worldly wisdom, but press on as we look to Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. (Heb 12.2) May I encourage you to “strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees” (Heb 12.12), a verse I have taken literally, as a result of which it has become a constant source of testimony to the power of God. If I had listened to worldly wisdom, I would have given up running when my knees got painful but instead, inspired by this scripture, I trusted God to heal them. It’s interesting that the very next verse says: “Make level paths for your feet, so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.”

Now I am able to continue running with perseverance the race marked out for me (Heb 12.1), both physically as well as spiritually.

Jesus said: “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” (Matthew 24.35) He also said that “everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” (Matthew 7.24)

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


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Women With Guns

The idea of sending girls into battle is uncomfortable for many, except here in Israel.

The full article appears in the July 2016 issue of Israel Today Magazine.
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Israel Intrigued by Trump Selection of Mike Pence for VP

Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s selection of Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his running mate has Israelis intrigued.

As if the prospect of a Trump presidency wasn’t enough to gain everyone’s attention.

Trump has already made unwavering support for Israel a centerpiece of his campaign. Bringing Pence on board only amplifies that message.

An unabashedly conservative Christian, Pence previously spent 12 years in Congress, where he led several pro-Israel efforts, including placing stricter conditions on funding for the Palestinian Authority.

In 2007, Pence co-led the bipartisan Congressional Anti-Semitism Task Force.

In 2009, Pence addressed the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), stating “emphatically” that his “Christian faith compels me to cherish the state of Israel.”

Nor has his support for Israel waned since becoming governor.

Indiana recently became one of the first American states to outlaw the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement that targets Israel.

Trump’s selection of Pence “signifies the rising power of Evangelicals among the Republican elite, which is a good thing for Israel,” wrote Yosef Hirsh on the Israeli news portal Mida.


Jewish 'Settlers' Honor Palestinian Arab Doctor

Israeli Jews living in the so-called “West Bank” are painted as intractably hostile toward the local Palestinian Arab population, and vice versa. But the reality is very often far different.

Take for instance the terrorist shooting attack on the roads of Judea earlier this month, when Rabbi Michael Mark was killed and his family wounded by Palestinian gunmen.

The first person on the scene was a Palestinian passerby who quickly extracted the Mark children from their crashed vehicle.

The next to stop was Dr. Ali Abu Sharach, a Palestinian doctor, who, along with his nurse wife, did not hesitate to administer life-saving first aid to the wounded Israeli Jewish children.

Last week, two Israeli medical organizations publicly honored Dr. Abu Sharach for his selfless actions.

Hatzalah Yehuda Shomron, a volunteer paramedic organization, and the Saving Without Borders, both of which are “settler” organizations, noted that they both often treat Palestinian Arabs, and to find Palestinians like Dr. Abu Sharach who do the same speaks volumes regarding hopes for coexistence.

Saving Without Borders rewarded Dr. Abu Sharach by providing him thousands of dollars worth of portable emergency medical equipment, after learning that he had had no choice but to treat the Mark children with nothing but his bare hands.


Middle East Migration: Muslims Out, Jews In

According to the UN Population Division, there are today 244 million immigrants or people living in a country other than their own, 60 million of whom are refugees.

The UN defines a refugee as “someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war, or violence.”

Though living in a state of bloody conflict for decades, Israel, including the West Bank, is not considered a country at war, which is why those leaving Israel today are not considered refugees.

Arab countries around Israel that are ravaged by war produce a staggering amount of refugees and immigrants. According to Pew Research Center, between 1990–2015, there are 5 million Syrian, 1.5 million Iraqi and nearly one million Lebanese displaced people, most of whom are defined as refugees.

During those same years, almost one million non-Syrians, 350,000 non-Iraqis and 2 million non-Lebanese settled in these respective countries. Most of this influx represents Muslim refugees from neighboring countries, not immigrants by choice.

When considering Israel, the very opposite seems to be happening.

Between 1990–2015, some 2 million Jews arrived in Israel, while 340,000 left the country. Among Middle Eastern states in conflict, Israel is the only one that attracts more people than it repels. This is even more striking given that almost all the newcomers immigrate by choice. The only Arab states where this is true are Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, which attract millions of immigrants seeking a better life, but are comparatively not engaged in open conflict.

This picture is even more intriguing considering that while millions of Muslims who are forced to leave their countries are choosing the West as their destination, Jews are going in the opposite direction.

To further emphasize this point, European Jews who have other choices of destination besides Israel are nevertheless choosing to migrate to the Jewish state in the Middle East rather than go elsewhere in Europe or to the Americas.

There is often a grim truth behind this choice.

Today, a great many Jews are leaving free, democratic countries - French Jews in particular - because they no longer feel safe there. Most arriving from well-to-do countries are doing so because they once again feel compelled by the rise of anti-Semitism.

Though the phenomenon is by no means a reflection of deliberate policy, Jews are nevertheless once again being expelled from Christian nations.

But contrary to centuries past when fleeing Jews could only trade in one hostile country for another, today they believe that Israel, imperfect as it may be, is the only place where our people can feel perfectly at home.


VIDEO: What Palestinians DON'T Want YOU To Know

"I believe in peace [and] as a Jewish Israeli soldier, I love the Palestinians."

That is how Messianic Israeli soldier Hananya Naftali opened his newest YouTube video.

Sadly, as he went on to explain, the younger generations of Palestinians have been so brainwashed with hate that they "don't even have the option to choose peace."


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The Case for Kurdish Statehood

Originally written for the Investigative Project on Terrorism

Why has the West been so supportive of Palestinian nationalism, yet so reluctant to support the Kurds, the largest nation in the world without a state?

The Kurds have been instrumental in fighting the Islamic State (ISIS); have generously accepted millions of refugees fleeing ISIS to the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG); and embrace Western values such as gender equality, religious freedom, and human rights. They are also an ancient people with an ethnic and linguistic identity stretching back millennia and have faced decades of brutal oppression as a minority. Yet they cannot seem to get sufficient support from the West for their political aspirations.

The Palestinians, by contrast, claimed a distinct national identity relatively recently, are less than one-third fewer in number (in 2013, the global Palestinian population was estimated by the Palestinian Authority to reach 11.6 million), control land that is less than 1/15th the size of the KRG territory, and have not developed their civil society or economy with nearly as much success as the Kurds. Yet the United Nations, the European Union, the Arab League, and other international bodies have all but ignored Kurdish statehood dreams while regularly prioritizing Palestinian ambitions over countless other global crises.

Indeed, in 2014 the UK and Sweden joined much of the rest of the world in recognizing a Palestinian state. There has been no similar global support for a Kurdish homeland. Moreover, Kurdish statehood has been hobbled by U.S. reluctance to see the Iraqi state dismantled and by regional powers like Turkey, which worries that a Kurdish state will stir up separatist feelings among Turkish Kurds.

With an estimated worldwide population of about 35 million (including about 28 million in the KRG or adjacent areas), the Kurds are the fourth-largest ethnic group in the Middle East (after the Arabs, Persians, and Turks), and have faced decades of persecution as a minority in Turkey, Iran, and Iraq.

The 1988 "Anfal" attacks, which included the use of chemical weapons, destroyed about 2,000 villages and killed at least 50,000 Kurds, according to human rights groups (Kurds put the number at nearly 200,000). Several international bodies have recognized those atrocities as a genocide.

The Kurds in Turkey have also suffered oppression dating back to Ottoman times, when the Turkish army killed tens of thousands of Kurds in the Dersim and Zilan massacres. By the mid-1990s, more than 3,000 villages had been destroyed and 378,335 Kurdish villagers had been displaced and left homeless, according to Human Rights Watch.

The drive for Kurdish rights and separatism in Iran extends back to 1918, and – during its most violent chapter – cost the lives of over 30,000 Kurds, starting with the 1979 rebellion and the consequent KDPI insurgency).

A 2007 study notes that 300,000 Kurdish lives were lost just in the 1980s and 1990s. The same study states that 51,000 Jews and Arabs were killed in the Arab-Israeli conflict from 1950 until 2007 (and, because that total includes wars with Israel's Arab neighbors, Palestinians are a small fraction of the Arab death toll).

Perhaps because of the Kurds' own painful history, the KRG is exceptionally tolerant towards religious minorities and refugees. The KRG has embraced its tiny community of Jews, and in 2014, the Kurds rescued about 5,000 Yazidis trapped on Mount Sinjar after fleeing attempted genocide by ISIS. Last November, the Kurds recaptured the Sinjar area from ISIS, liberating hundreds more Yazidis from vicious oppression.

The KRG absorbed 1.8 million refugees as of December, representing a population increase of about 30 percent. The KRG reportedly needs $1.4 to 2.4 billion to stabilize the internally displaced people in its territory.

"Most of the refugees [in the KRG] are Arab Sunnis and Shia, Iranians, Christians, and others," Nahro Zagros, Soran University vice president and adviser to the KRG's Ministry of Higher Education, told the  IPT. "Yet there is no public backlash from the Kurds. And of course, we have been helping the Yazidi, who are fellow Kurds."

The Kurdish commitment to gender equality is yet another reason that Kurdish statehood merits Western support. There is no gender discrimination in the Kurdish army: their women fight (and get beheaded) alongside the men. Last December, Kurdistan hosted the International Conference on Women and Human Rights.

The Kurds are also the only credible ground force fighting ISIS, as has been clear since the ISIS threat first emerged in 2014. ISIS "would have totally controlled the Baji oil field and all of Kirkuk had the [Kurdish] Peshmerga not defended it," said Jay Garner, a retired Army three-star general and former Army assistant vice chief of staff who served during "Operation Provide Comfort" in northern Iraq. "Losing Kirkuk would have changed the entire war [against ISIS], because there are billions of dollars [per] week in oil flowing through there. The Iraqi army abandoned their equipment [while the Kurds defended Kirkuk, which has historically been theirs]."

Masrour Barzani, who heads the KRG's intelligence services, says that Kurdish independence would empower the Kurds to purchase the type of weapons they need without the delays that currently hobble their military effort against ISIS. Under the present arrangement, Kurdish weapons procurement must go through Iraq's Shia-led central government, which is also under heavy Iranian influence.

Besides bolstering the fight against ISIS, there are other geopolitical reasons for the West to support Kurdish statehood: promoting a stable partition of Syria, containing Iran, balancing extremist forces in the Middle East, and giving the West another reliable ally in a volatile region.

Now that Syria is no longer a viable state, it could partition into more sustainable governing blocs along traditional ethnic/sectarian lines with Sunni Arabs in the heartland, Alawites in the northwest, Druze in the south, and Kurds in the northeast. KRG leader Masrour Barzani recently argued that political divisions within Iraq have become so deep that the country must transform into "either confederation or full separation."

Southeast Turkey and northwest Iran also have sizeable Kurdish areas that are contiguous with the KRG, but those states are far from disintegrating, and would aggressively resist any attempts to connect their Kurdish areas to the future Kurdish state. However, the Kurdish areas of former Syria should be joined to Iraqi Kurdistan as a way to strengthen the fledgling Kurdish state and thereby weaken ISIS.

In a recent article, Ernie Audino, the only U.S. Army general to have previously served a year as a combat adviser embedded inside a Kurdish Peshmerga brigade in Iraq, notes that Iran currently controls the Iraqi government and Iran-backed fighters will eventually try to control Kurdistan. He also makes the point that Western support for the Kurdish opposition groups active in Iran would force the Iranian regime to concentrate more on domestic concerns, effectively weakening Iran's ability to pursue terrorism, expansionism, and other destabilizing activities abroad.

Because the Kurds are religiously diverse moderates who prioritize their ethno-linguistic identity over religion, a Kurdish state would help to balance out the radical Mideast forces in both the Shiite and Sunni camps. The Kurds are already very pro-American, thanks to their Western-leaning values, the U.S.-backed-no-fly zone, and the 2003 toppling of Saddam Husssein that made the KRG possible.

A Kurdish state would also have excellent relations with Israel, another moderate, non-Arab, pro-Western democracy in the region. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu endorsed Kurdish independence in 2014, and Syrian Kurds – after recently declaring their autonomy – expressed an interest in developing relations with Israel.

By contrast, the Palestinian Authority slanders Israel at every opportunity: Abbas recently claimed in front of the EU parliament that Israel's rabbis are trying to poison Palestinian drinking water. The Authority raises Palestinian children to hate and kill Jews with endless anti-Israel incitement coming from schools, media, and mosques. Palestinians have also shown little economic progress in the territories that they do control, particularly in Gaza, where Palestinians destroyed the greenhouses that donors bought for them in 2006 and instead, have focused their resources on attacking Israel with tunnels and rockets.

By almost any measure, a Kurdish state deserves far more support from the West. After absorbing millions of Syrian refugees while fighting ISIS on shrinking oil revenue, the KRG is battling a deepening financial crisis. Aggravating the situation, Iraq's central government has refused – since April 2015 – to send the KRG its share of Iraqi oil revenue. The economic crisis has cost the KRG an estimated $10 billion since 2014.

U.S. Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, introduced House Resolution 1654 "to authorize the direct provision of defense articles, defense services, and related training to" the KRG. Fifteen months later, the bill is still stuck in Congress.

Helping the Kurds should be an even bigger priority for the European Union, which absorbs countless new refugees every day that ISIS is not defeated. If the EU were to fund the KRG's refugee relief efforts and support their military operations against ISIS, far fewer refugees would end up on their shores.

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


Major Jerusalem Terror Attack Thwarted

Israeli security officials on Sunday thwarted a major terrorist attack when they identified and detained a Palestinian man attempting to board the city’s light rail with a bag full of pipe bombs.

The incident occurred along the busy pedestrian mall on Jaffa Road in downtown Jerusalem.

A security guard for the light rail noticed the suspect standing behind one of the pick-up points with a large bag. Feeling uneasy about his demeanor, the guard asked to examine the man’s bag and quickly noticed what appeared to be a bomb.

Police responded to the scene immediately and arrested the would-be terrorist at gunpoint, while sappers disposed of the explosives.

Officials said that had the terrorist been successful, a great many people could have died and been injured, as that portion of the light rail is usually packed with commuters during morning rush hour.


Israel Passes Law to Protect Christians in IDF

The Knesset passed a bill this week designed to protect Arab Christians who enlist in the Israeli army.  The law, which includes an extended prison sentence for anyone who tries to dissuade a Christian Arab from serving in the IDF, became necessary in the face of stiff opposition and violent attacks against the Christian soldiers.

Much of the hostility towards the Christian soldiers comes from Arab members of Israeli Knesset. Knesset member Aida Touma-Suliman of the Joint Arab List attacked the bill during the debate. “They want to drag the Christian Arab population into volunteering for the army that is occupying their people,” she said. “We will try to suggest to our young people a path that is total pride and honor, and not to be part of any machine (IDF) that oppresses our people.”

There are over 130,000 Christian Arab citizens in Israel, a potential source of significant recruitment for the IDF. However, Arab Christian enlistment has been severely limited due largely to the threats and incitement against young Christians wanting to join the army. That appears to be changing as unprecedented numbers of Christians are enlisting.

Father Gabriel Naddaf, a Greek Orthodox priest who has advocated for a strong connection to Israel and IDF service for Christian Arabs, has also been threatened with violence, and even death. His 17-year-old son was attacked in Nazareth. The attacker was identified as an activist from the Arab Hadash party in Israel’s Knesset. Other Arab MKs have also condemned Naddaf, calling him “an agent of Zionism who seeks to divide Arabs.” 

Arab Knesset members present during discussions over a bill ultimately designed to end intimidation against fellow Arabs (albeit Christians) were extremely vocal in their opposition. MK Talab Abu Arar from the Joint Arab List told the plenum, “I, as a Bedouin Arab, call on all Bedouin Arab soldiers to throw away their uniforms … and to return to the struggle against racist policies (of the IDF) against Arabs in general and against Bedouin in the Negev in particular.”

It was a bold and dangerous decision by the Israeli government to encourage Arab Christians to enlist in the IDF. Now that the government has passed a bill putting into law protections for the Arab Christians who want to serve in the army, a clear message has been sent to the rabble-rousers stirring up violence between Jews and Arabs in the country;  they will be punished. 

Our prayer is that this bold message will contribute to greater integration and cooperation between the many Jews and Arabs who want to live together, and serve together, in Israel.


Time to Send a May Day Signal!

“May Day” was how one of Britain’s top-selling tabloids greeted the announcement of Theresa May as its new Prime Minister.

It was quite appropriate, really, as the country reels from the shock of the referendum vote to leave the European Union. But there is indeed a call for much alarm and ‘dis-may’. For in spite of appearances of calm assurance, we are all at sea as a nation, and rapidly heading for the rocks, unless…

The short-term effect, from Israel’s perspective, is helpful. Both Mrs May and new Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson are friends of the Jewish state. But just as God expects more from his chosen people than mere survival and economic prosperity, so he does of Great Britain which has experienced huge blessing over the centuries. As our Lord said, “Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required…” (Luke 12.48 ESV) More than anything else, God wants his people to repent of their waywardness and return to him.

Yet in her speech outside No 10 Downing Street, the PM’s official residence, Mrs May made a priority of commending her precedessor on the “social justice” he had achieved by changing the law on marriage to allow people of the same sex to wed. And I’m led to believe that Mrs May (as Home Secretary) had encouraged David Cameron on this measure in order to appeal to the gay community.

Opposition Leader Jeremy Corbyn also commended the outgoing PM on this achievement while reminding him that it wouldn’t have passed without Labour support. And Mr Cameron himself told Parliament in response that a comment of gratitude from one of his staff, who had benefited from the new law, was among the highlights of his time in office.

When I think of social reform, I think of the Bible-believing evangelical leaders of the 19

th century like slave trade abolitionist William Wilberforce and those who campaigned against child labour like Lord Shaftesbury and James Montgomery.

But instead of hanging our heads in shame at the brazen promotion of such gross sin as homosexuality (see Romans 1.26 & 27), our political leaders actually boast about it! And it is seen as among an otherwise competent Prime Minister’s special legacies.

As to Wilberforce, the abolition of slavery was only one element of his two-pronged goal, the other being to effect a “reformation of manners” in the nation, by which he meant moral reform and a return to living by biblical principles. And with the help of great gospel preachers, he lived to see his nation receive a ‘new heart’ expressed in compassion for men and love for God. Now we are enslaved by sin, selfishness, secularism – and much besides.

Most of us are aware that we are sailing in choppy, uncharted waters and that, if we are not careful, the ship of state will crash onto the rocks. Yes, it’s time to send that ‘May Day’ signal!

The urgent need of the hour is to return to the Lord who has never failed us in the past. When we turned as a nation to prayer as the dark shadow of Nazism hung over our shores, God delivered us through the miracle of Dunkirk which saw a host of little ships rescue our men, and our hopes.

Who among our leaders now is brave enough to call the nation back to prayer and godly living?

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


GOP Under Trump More Pro-Israel Than Ever?

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Wednesday declared on Twitter that the party’s platform is now more pro-Israel than it has ever been.

Indeed, the Republican Party’s Platform Committee did make surprising policy changes that no previous candidate would or could have represented.

The new platform erases all reference to a “two-state solution” and utterly rejects “the false notion that Israel is an occupier.” It further states that Jerusalem is the “indivisible” capital of the Jewish state.

“Our party is proud to stand with Israel now and always,” that portion of the Republican platform concludes. The changes must still be approved by the full Republican National Convention.

Hours later, Trump again took to Twitter to ask, “Is President Obama trying to destroy Israel with all his bad moves?”

It remains surprising to most (at least those who don’t read the Bible) how such a small country embroiled in a relatively minor conflict could be such an important plank in the platforms of the two parties contesting the most influential job in the world.


Why the IDF's New Chief Rabbi is Under Attack

The announcement regarding the appointment of Eyal Karim as the new chief rabbi of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) was meant simply to introduce this person to the public at large, but in Israel nothing is as simple as it seems. 

As soon as the announcement was made, the daily Yediot Ahronot ran a front page headline reading: "The New Chief Rabbi: Rape is Allowed During War." The page four title for the main body of the report was even more insidious. In quotation marks, suggesting Karim had said it, the headline read: "In Time of War [soldiers] are Allowed to Satisfy Their Lust by Having Sex With Beautiful Gentile Women." As if this wasn't enough, the daily chose to use the Hebrew the word for "gentile women," which without vowel markings can be misread as "corpses" (goyot/gviot). 

The English news portal of the same newspaper repeated the same allegation to shape the thoughts of those who know nothing about this issue: "Col. Eyal Karim, the IDF's intended next chief rabbi, has previously provided misogynistic interpretations of Jewish law that consider female conscription 'utterly forbidden' and permits raping 'attracting Gentile women' as a way to keep up morale."  

Rabbi Karim himself is the third IDF chief rabbi in a row to have served in an elite combat unit. Before him were Avi Rontzki and fighter pilot rabbi Rafi Peretz. These rabbis belong to a new generation of religious soldiers who find themselves in the army's upper echelons. Rather than just being a sort of passive figurehead restricted only to their religious duties, these rabbis sought to influence "the spirit of the IDF," and it is this which scares the daylights out of the die-hard secular old elite. 

Concerning the ugly charge of permitting rape during war, Yediot Ahronot dug up Karim's short answer to a question posted in 2002 to the "ask the rabbi" section of the religious portal Kipa. The one asking wanted to know if Deuteronomy 21:10-14 - "when you go out to war against your enemies … and you take them captive, and you see among the captives a beautiful woman …" - permits raping non-Jewish women. Karim answered that "coupling" with a gentile is a serious error and permission to do it in time of war is severely restricted. 

Two days ago, Karim clarified this 14-year-old answer: "It is obvious that Torah never permitted rape. The ruling concerning 'a beautiful woman' meant to cause the soldier to think twice before he marries a captive woman … further, the essence of this ruling (note that this is not a commandment) is to restrain the barbarity of war as it existed then, a time in which every soldier could do whatever he wanted with his captives … it is a given that this ruling is not applicable today and contradicts the IDF's ethics and policies." 

Following these allegations, Rabbi Karim was summoned to give an explanation to the charges, and his nomination has yet to be confirmed. But whatever the outcome may be, the indignation against Karim's appointment has little to do with him personally. 

This attack comes from the secular old elite who fear what they perceive to be a process of turning the army more religious. The forum of ex-IDF chief rabbis have rightly observed that "elements in the Left have understood that one of the most influential agents on Israeli society is the army, and this is why they are trying to push the chief rabbinate aside by any means. To achieve this goal everything is kosher, including cynical recycling of the rabbi's views on Torah." 

As for now we don't know what will be the decision of IDF Chief-of-staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eizenkot. However, it is important to stress that the aim of this attack is not to get rid of this or that rabbi. What those orchestrating this malicious campaign want to achieve is a lame duck in the army's rabbinate, a goal they may very achieve. 


Are Arab Christians Mistreated by Israel?

"Arab regimes use local indigenous Christians as puppets who end up betraying the true Christian cause of coexistence both in Israel and across the Middle East."

The full article appears in the July 2016 issue of Israel Today Magazine.
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Messianic Organization Awarded in Israeli Knesset

Be’ad Chaim, a Messianic pro-life and women’s health organization has received an award from the Israeli government for their “significant contribution to the protection of mothers and children.” What began as a small Messianic prayer group, has blossomed into a nationally recognized women’s health organization.

It began back in the 1980’s, when Messianic Pastor Tony Sperandeo (pictured, right), together with other local believers, initiated a fight against what they called “the shedding of innocent blood” in Israel. They started a regular prayer meeting, lectured in congregations across the land, and passed out fliers on street corners teaching people that abortion is a sin against God, and against our own people.

Today the organization is having a significant impact for change in Israeli society as social workers, welfare officials and needy families around the country refer mothers with unborn children and crisis pregnancies to one of Be’ad Chaim’s 12 offices.

“It is very significant in our short history that a Messianic Jewish organization is now recognized as a well-known, humanitarian organization in Israel,” Sandy Shoshani (pictured, left), director of Be’ad Chaim, told Israel Today upon receiving the award. “I am humbled, honored and appreciate all those who went before me.”

Why would the government chose a Messianic pro-life organization for the award above other organizations providing care for mothers and their babies? “We offer sensitive and caring assistance in a loving atmosphere,” notes Shoshani. “And we help all mothers, and all babies.  Sudanese, Arab and Jewish mothers all come to us. While the largest pro-life organization in Israel will not assist non-Jewish mothers and children, including many Russian immigrants, we help them all. We even have many Orthodox Jewish women coming to us for assistance when they are pregnant out of wedlock. They do not want to be recognized by their own religious communities.”

One of the main reasons for abortion today is financial concerns. “We ask the women if they would keep their babies if they knew that the baby’s stroller, crib, diapers and other needs would be provided for during the first year,” Shoshani explains. “Almost all of them say yes, they would. So we developed the concept of Operation Moses where we find sponsors to pray and provide for Israel’s babies until their first birthday.” Today, Operation Moses is assisting 450 mothers and babies.

To date, over 1,500 babies have been saved through the program. Most of the support for the mothers and babies comes from Christians who care about Israel. “We have donations from China, Hawaii, Finland – all over the world. If they want, sponsors are able to have a personal relationship with mom and baby. They share pictures, and many are in regular prayer for the young families,” Shoshani tells us.

If you would like to receive the Be’ad Chaim weekly newsletter, or get more information on how you can sponsor a mother and baby, go to their website at:


Israeli Doctors Save 4000th Foreign Child's Heart

Sanusey lives with his family in a small town south of the capital of Gambia, the smallest country on the African continent. At the age of three months, doctors diagnosed him with a severe heart defect. After three years of regular trips to the local hospital, doctors there began searching for expertise from abroad to save Sanusey’s life. They found that expertise in Israel.

Sanusey arrived in Israel last month along with three other children from the Islamic Republic of Gambia to undergo life-saving heart surgery courtesy of the Israeli NGO Save a Child’s Heart. The British Jewish Federation in cooperation with Israeli Ambassador to Senegal Paul Hirshon, who is responsible for relations with Gambia, connected the children and their families with this wonderful organization.

Four-year-old Sanusey marked a milestone for Save a Child’s Heart, being the 4,000th child that the organization has connected with Israeli doctors for successful life-saving heart surgery. Many of those children have come from Africa and the Arab Middle East.

Given the complicated nature of Sanusey’s condition, his treatment was at times harrowing for both doctors and the little boy’s family.

After arriving at Ben Gurion Airport with his big sister, Panda, Sanusey was taken to Wolfson Medical Center in the Tel Aviv suburb of Holon for preliminary tests. Shortly after, his condition deteriorated severely. Within minutes, the medical staff stabilized little Sanusey and rushed him into emergency surgery, where Dr. Lior Sasson and his operating staff worked for hours to save the boy’s life.

Panda was left to sit, cry and pray for her brother. Those prayers were answered, and just three days after surgery, Sanusey was sitting up in bed and smiling. Today, he is recovering with other children from around the world at the Save a Child’s Heart center in Holon.

A further three children from Gambia recently arrived in Israel for heart surgery, and Ambassador Hirshon has arranged for a number of doctors from the African nation to visit Israel and gain the knowhow to provide more advanced care at home.


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'Israel Instructing US Police to Murder Blacks'

Israel is responsible for the killings of African-Americans by the US police, according to pro-Palestinian groups.

Palestinian activists are spreading the dangerous libel against the Jewish state claiming that the “genocide” of Black Americans is a direct result Israeli “inhuman treatment and genocide of Palestinians.”

Here are the facts. Confronted with increased terrorism in the US, the American government has been inviting Israelis to train their police forces in anti-terror tactics. Israel is known for maintaining the highest level of anti-terror security and uncovering and foiling planned terror attacks. The US is just one in among a growing number of countries around the world inviting the Israelis to train their anti-terror units.

Palestinians are claiming, however, that the Israelis do more than train anti-terror units. According to numerous articles being published by pro-Palestinian groups, the Israelis are also instructing US police forces “to use the same murderous and racist tactics used by Israelis against Palestinians.” US cops, say the pro-Palestinian groups, are murdering Blacks because that’s what Israel is teaching them.

One group called the NYU Students for Justice in Palestine posted a condemnation of the number of black people killed by the police in the US, and called for Palestinians to support African-Americans protesting against such violence. “We must remember that many US police departments train with the Israeli Defense Forces,” the group wrote. “The same forces behind the genocide of black people in America are behind the genocide of Palestinians. The IDF assists the NYPD and other American police departments in their oppression and murder of black people.”

A Jewish pro-Palestinian activist, Alice Rothchild, also addressed the training of some US law enforcement officials in Israel, alleging that IDF policies are based on racism toward “brown people.”

“While the carnage in our cities is certainly related to our own history of slavery and modern day racism and lack of gun control and a host of societal forces, having a police force influenced and trained by an occupying military force that sees another group of brown people (Arabs) as the enemy has certainly heightened the issue. The parallels between white racism and Jewish supremacy flourish here and abroad,” wrote Rothchild

Some of the groups associated with the Black Lives Matter movement protesting against US police violence towards black Americans have tied themselves to pro-Palestinian activists. For example, Dream Defenders – a Black Lives Matter group founded by Palestinian Ahmad Abuznaid – declares on their website that they are dedicated to fighting against the “continued settler colonial project, the state of Israel.”


Does the Church Need a Hanukkah?

This is not a campaign to add one more feast day to the Christian calendar. It’s about the church’s pressing need to celebrate a victory over a tyrannical ruling power as the Jews did over Greece in first century BC. Especially since the tyrannical power that has imprisoned and defiled the body of Messiah for centuries is the same Greek culture of corruption. 

As testimony to the Hellenization of the church, I could introduce a whole card catalogue of eminent historians and theologians. But I’ll let the words of one Biblical scholar, Norman H. Snaith, speak for all:  “Our position is that the re-interpretation of Biblical theology in terms of the Greek philosophers has been both widespread throughout the centuries, and everywhere destructive to the essence of the Christian faith…Neither Catholic nor Protestant theology is based on Biblical theology. In each case we have a domination of Christian theology by Greek thought” (The Distinctive Ideas of the Old Testament, p 187,188)

How did this happen, you ask? And why are so few Christians aware of it? More importantly, what can be done given that most are as clueless of this dreadful state of affairs as I was once. It took a class in Bible College entitled “Early Christian Thought” to open my eyes. That’s where I learned (with no help from the professor) how the early Church Fathers corrupted the church by interpreting the Bible through the philosophical “wisdom” of Aristotle, Plato and Socrates. 

Unlike the Jewish disciples who had faithfully delivered the gospel to us, these new Gentile leaders had not been raised on the Scriptures, but converted from paganism. In their zeal to define and defend the new faith, and to steer us away from Jewish hopes and promises for which they had little sympathy or understanding, they moved the church off the bedrock of revealed truth on to the shifting sands of man’s reasoning. 

Like a true Trojan Horse, Greek philosophy was ignorantly inserted into the life of the church.  But it didn’t take full control until a church council met at Nicea in 325 AD, presided over by the high priest of all Rome’s religions, the Emperor Constantine. The parallel between this man and Antiochus IV, the Greek tyrant who tried to snuff out all worship and knowledge of the one true God in Israel, is eerie. Constantine’s conquering “soldiers,” however, were Christian theologians schooled in Alexandria, Egypt, a hotbed of Greek philosophical study. Applying their scholasticism to the most dividing issues in the church, he imposed a cruel theological unity upon the church backed by the power of the state. 

In doing so, compliance to church creeds replaced love as the hallmark of the true believer. From then on, any departure from an approved creed - even when refuted by the plain text of Scripture - defined you as a heretic. Consequently, millions of both Jews and true followers of Yeshua were martyred.

It was at Nicea that the stripping of Christianity from its Hebraic roots began in earnest. The oneness of God, as capsulized in Deuteronomy 6:4, along with the Jewish humanity of Yeshua, were redefined in Greek philosophical terms. The Saturday Sabbath was changed to the Sun’s Day to become the official Christian holy day of rest. The celebration of Yeshua’s resurrection was moved to a week after the Jewish Passover (and later called “Easter”).  And to give this new Gentile religion its own worship places, Constantine soon launched a church building program to rival the synagogues. 

Through it all, Paul’s dire warning went unheeded: “See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Messiah” (Col. 2:8).

Well, the body of Messiah has been imprisoned in this Greco/Roman dominated church system now for almost two millennium. Will we get a Hanukkah deliverance? Yes, but only as each of us allows the “Maccabee” spirit within us to rise up and renew our mind in the Scriptures, and to cleanse our own temple. But the institutional church system, like the leavened bread of Pharaoh’s Egypt, must be left behind. 

 Isaiah cries to us from across the centuries: “Awake, awake, clothe yourself in your strength, O Zion….Shake yourself from the dust, rise up, O captive Jerusalem. Loose yourself from the chains around your neck, O captive daughter of Jerusalem” (Isa. 52:1,2).

Remember too, Antiochus IV, like Constantine, are but types and shadows of the coming Satanically-possessed “man of lawlessness” who will martial a world gone mad to try and  obliterate all worship of God from this earth. He will no doubt appear as a champion and unifier of apostate Christianity and unite it to the State, as did Constantine.  And then, as Antiochus IV did, try to crush the one nation that by its very existence testifies the Lord Almighty lives - Israel. 

What can believers do? We’ve already been told: “Return to the stronghold, O prisoners who have no hope; This very day I am declaring I will restore double to you. For I will bend Judah as My bow, I will fill the bow with Ephraim. And I will stir up your sons, O Zion, against your sons, O Greece; And I will make you like a warrior’s sword” (Zech. 9:12,13).

Brian Hennessy is author of Valley of the Steeples


Boycott of Israel Makes Inroads in Europe

The full article appears in the July 2016 issue of Israel Today Magazine.
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Iran Threatens to Destroy Israel With '100,000 Missiles'

Iran last week reiterated that it is putting the pieces in place for its own version of the “final solution” to the problem of Israel and Jewish sovereignty.

“If the Zionists make a wrong move, all the occupied territories will come under attack from dedicated fighters and, Allah willing, the territories will be liberated,” declared Gen. Hossein Salami, deputy chief of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards.

To achieve this grisly goal, Salami noted that Iran and its ally, Hezbollah, have deployed “100,000 missiles that are ready to hit Israel.” Those missiles are in southern Lebanon, where the UN promised to prevent another buildup to conflict following the last Lebanon war in 2006.

Salami made his remarks during anti-Israel rallies that featured the familiar chants of “Death to Israel” and “Death to America.”

Back in May, Ahmad Karimpour, an advisor to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, told reporters that the Islamic Republic and its allies were ready to “raze the Zionist regime in less than eight minutes” should the order be given.


Developments in the Family Member Clause of the Law of Return

As of late, there have been various developments as they relate to the rights of family members of Jews to immigrate to Israel, in accordance with the Family Member Clause within the Law of Return, Jewish year 5710 – 1950 (hereinafter: the "Law of Return").

According to section 4a(a) of the Law of Return, a family member can be either a child of a Jew, a grandchild of a Jew, or the spouse of an individual who is a child of a Jew, or the spouse of an individual who is a grandchild of a Jew (hereinafter: "Family Member of a Jew").

These changes have limited the rights of a Family Member of a Jew to immigrate to Israel, and as of today, although section 4a(a) of the Law of Return still exists, it is currently unclear which type of Family Member of a Jew can immigrate, and which type cannot.

These developments will naturally also have an effect on Hebrew Christians, and Messianic Jews, who are technically defined as Family Members of a Jew.

In this article, I will briefly explain the Law of Return, and following so, I shall then elaborate on the aforementioned recent developments.

Section 1 of the Law of Return determines that every Jew shall be entitled to immigrate to Israel, and obtain immediate citizenship.

Section 4(b) of the Law of Return defines a Jew as an individual who has a Jewish mother, or as a convert to Judaism, and who is not a member of another religion.

In HCJ 265/87 Beresford v. the Interior Ministry, it was determined that a Messianic Jew/Christian is a member of another religion, and is therefore considered not Jewish, in accordance with the Jewish definition given in Section 4(b) of the Law of Return.

Section 4a(a) of the Law of Return permits non-Jews to immigrate to Israel, if they are Family Members of Jews (as defined above), but restricts this right from an individual who was once Jewish, but then willfully changed his or her religion.

Therefore, if a non-Jewish member of another religion only has a Jewish father, or Jewish grandparents, and does not have a Jewish mother, he or she should, as matters seem, be entitled to immigrate, in accordance with the Law of Return.

In fact, in HCJ 2708/06 Steckback v. the Interior Ministry (hereinafter: the "Steckback Case"), our firm won a case in this matter, in which it was clearly determined that a Messianic Jew would be entitled to immigrate to Israel, according to Section 4a(a) of the Law of Return, providing that he or she does not have a Jewish mother.

The same logic would apply to a Messianic Jew/Christian, with a mother who became Messianic Jew/Christian before the birth of this individual, and as such, this individual would not have a Jewish mother, and would therefore not be defined as a Jew, according to Section 4(b) of the Law of Return.

In any case, regardless of whether you have a Jewish mother, or whether you are a convert to Judaism, and despite the Steckback Case, the Interior Ministry has denied most applications submitted by a Messianic Jew/Christian, in the event that the Interior Ministry discovered that the individual in question is a Christian/Messianic Jew.

Furthermore, and in more recent years, the State Attorney's Office (which represents the Interior Ministry before the Supreme Court of Justice), tried to convince the Supreme Court to adopt an essential interpretation of Section 4a(a) of the Law of Return, whereby the objective of the Law of Return is to allow Jews to return to the land of their fathers, along with Family Members of a Jew, with the hope that the Family Member of a Jew shall return to the Jewish faith, as well (as can be learned from the explanatory notes on Section 4a(a) of the Law of Return).

According to this position, which was accepted by the Supreme Court of Justice, a Family Member of a Jew who is actively distributing Christian literature in Israel should not be entitled to immigrate to Israel, as such activity would contradict the objective of the Law of Return (HCJ 8320/10 Zev Isaacs v. the Interior Ministry (hereinafter: the "Isaacs Case")).

Just recently, however, this precedent was stretched even further, in the case of HCJ 10535/09 Jane Doe v. the Interior Ministry (hereinafter: the "Jane Doe Case").

In the Jane Doe Case, Justice Hanan Meltzer rejected a petition that was submitted by the Movement for Progressive Judaism in Israel.

In their petition, the Movement for Progressive Judaism, requested that the Supreme Court order the Interior Ministry to grant citizenship to a certain grandchild of Jewish grandparents, even though the mother of the petitioner may have converted to Islam, as she married a Muslim man in a Sharia court and raised her children (including the petitioner) in accordance with Muslim values, in the Arab city of Shechem (Nablus), and even though the petitioner may be defined as a Muslim, as well.

In this regard, it should be noted that the Movement for Progressive Judaism in Israel argued Aliyah eligibility for the petitioner, in accordance with the grandchild clause of the Law of Return (Section 4a(a) of the Law of Return), as an alternative argument.

However, the administrative factual findings of Justice Hanan Meltzer led him to the conclusion that the mother of the petitioner did convert to Islam, and that the petitioner leads a Muslim lifestyle.

The legal conclusion of Justice Meltzer, therefore, whereby the petitioner is not even eligible to immigrate to Israel as a non-Jewish grandchild of a Jew, in accordance with Section 4a (a) of the Law of Return, became a very significant determination in the Jane Doe Case.

The reason that the precedent set in the Isaacs Case was extended, is rooted in the fact that the petitioner in the Jane Doe Case, according to the verdict itself, is not a Muslim "missionary".

The Movement for Progressive Judaism in Israel actually submitted a petition for an additional hearing with a broad panel of judges, due to the new precedent which was determined in both the Isaacs Case and the Jane Doe Case, and which is in contradiction to the modus operandi of the State of Israel during past decades, as it relates to its immigration policies, their interpretation, and application, of Section 4a(a) of the Law of Return (Dangatz 1197/97 Jane Doe vs. the Interior Ministry (hereinafter: the "Request for an Additional Hearing")).

It is still not clear how the precedents set in the Isaacs Case and the Jane Doe Case may be applied in future cases, as well as the Request for an Additional Hearing. However, in my opinion, it does seem as though every case, according to its specific circumstances, will be decided upon on an ad hock basis, as Section 4a(a) of the Law of Return still exists, which can only mean that certain type of non-Jewish descendants of Jews are still eligible to immigrate to the State of Israel.

The above-mentioned information naturally does not replace particular legal consultation with a licensed Israeli attorney, and therefore, for any further questions in this regard please feel free to contact advocate Michael Decker directly at:

Advocate Michael Decker is an Israeli, lives in Jerusalem with his wife and 4 children, owns a law office in central Jerusalem (Ben Hillel 12 Street, 4th Floor, Jerusalem), and has passion for separation of state and Church, and the advancement of religious freedoms.


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British Christians Must Tend to Israel's Wounds

British and European nations now under constant threat of terror attacks should spare a thought (and prayer) for Israel.

In one of the most shocking incidents yet since the start of lone-wolf knife and gun attacks by Palestinian terrorists, a 13-year-old girl was butchered to death while asleep in her bed.

The grisly murder of Hallel Yaffa Ariel came just days after a senior adviser to PA president Mahmoud Abbas urged his people to slit the throats of Israelis rather than engage in dialogue. “If you ask me my blunt position, I would say—every place you find an Israeli, slit his throat,” Sultan Abu al-Einein, a central committee member of the ruling Fatah party, told the Palestinian website Donia al-Watan when asked about Palestinian officials participating in Israeli conferences. “Likewise, I am against talks, negotiations, meetings and normalization in all its forms with the Israeli occupation.”

And on the day after the world woke up to news of Hallel’s tragic death, an Iranian military official boasted of having 100,000 missiles in Lebanon ready to annihilate the Jewish state.

Speaking on al-Quds Day, when Iranians mark their solidarity with Palestinians, Iranian Revolutionary Guard deputy commander Hossein Salami said: “The opportunity to destroy Israel is now better than ever because tens of thousands of long-range missiles all over the Islamic world are ready to hit Israel immediately upon receiving the order.”

Adding gross insult to these appalling injuries have been the outrageous comments of Britain’s Opposition Leader Jeremy Corbyn who appeared to compare Israel to Islamic State during an event designed to confront claims of anti-Semitism within his party.

Jewish Labour MP Ruth Smeeth left the meeting in tears after saying she had been insulted by a hard-left activist using “traditional anti-Semitic slurs”, adding that Mr Corbyn’s failure to intervene was “final proof for me that he is unfit to lead and that a Labour Party under his stewardship cannot be a safe space for British Jews.”

Mr Corbyn denied that he had intended to compare Israel to ISIS. A spokesman said he had been referring to states that were Islamic in character such as Saudi Arabia, Pakistan or Iran. He actually said: “Our Jewish friends are no more responsible for the actions of Israel or the Netanyahu government than our Muslim friends are for those of various self-styled Islamic states or organizations.”

In any case, the Jewish people are under greater threat now than they were under the Nazis, and this time British Christians especially must avoid the shameful option of passing by on the other side of the road like the religious folk in Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10.25-37). Israel has fallen “into the hands of robbers” (v30). We must take pity on them, tend to their wounds and look after them. The church dare not remain silent. “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish.” That’s a pretty dire warning from God’s word.

But a great opportunity also lies before us, as the verse continues: “And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?” (Esther 4.14)

However, if we refuse to come to their aid, we will not prosper. For, in speaking of the future glory of Zion, Isaiah declares that “no weapon forged against you will prevail”. (Isa 54.17)

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


A Muslim Looking Forward to the Third Temple?

The following is a press release from Turkish religious figure Adnan Oktar (pictured, center), who recently hosted a number of Israeli Jewish officials during Ramadan and very interestingly expressed his anticipation for the restoration of the Temple in Jerusalem.

Mr. Adnan Oktar, prominent Muslim opinion leader from Turkey, welcomed a delegation of rabbis and politicians from Israel for the iftar dinner he hosted in Istanbul on June 22, 2016. Rabbi Dov Lipman, a top officer from the World Zionist Organization, was among those attending the dinner, along with many Muslim, Jewish and Christian representatives. Following his visit to Istanbul, Rabbi Lipman noted that he was very pleased with the friendship and goodwill blessings he received in Turkey, and the previous negative image about Turkey in his mind had completely changed.

Mr. Oktar’s guests from Israel also appeared on his live program on the A9 television channel, and applauded Mr. Oktar’s unwavering efforts to end anti-Jewish sentiment in Turkey. The program saw important statements on relations between Israel and Turkey, peace in the region and the world, and in particular on the friendship between Muslims and Jews.

Mr. Adnan Oktar explained that the days when the Prophet Solomon’s Masjid and Palace (Solomon’s Temple) will be rebuilt in an atmosphere of global peace and tranquility are at hand. Rabbi Ben Abrahamson, who is a historian and consultant to the Sanhedrin regarding issues related to Islam, emphasized that the rebuilding of the Temple is a very good development for all mankind.

Mr. Oktar said that Muslims, Jews and Christians share many common values and the current opposition was a ploy of satan. He said people of reason who are full of love should come together and enourage peace and love.

When Mr. Adnan Oktar was asked what should be done to dispel the tension between Muslims and Jews, he urged the Israeli and Turkish governments to be more courageous, and not be influenced by loveless articles published in the media or be concerned with loss of votes.


Israel Today News of July 07, 2016 now online

This weeks news episode from Israel today with news from Israel can now be seen online.

- Rami Hamdallah condemns Israel's self defense activities,
- Calls for Israel removing boosted police presence in Jerusalem during Ramadan,
- Arabic speaking Christians support service in the IDF,
- Israel celebrated the 49th anniversary of the re-unification of Jerusalem,
- Israel Today interviews Asa'el Shabo, a survivor of the June 20, 2002 Itamar terror attack, who was only 9 years-old at the time. Asa'el became an Israeli Disabled Basketball champion.


The Choice Between People and Land

Israel’s new Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman told the General Staff: “When there is a conflict between the unity of the nation and unity of the Land, unity of the people is of greater importance.”

The full article appears in the July 2016 issue of Israel Today Magazine.
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Pro-Israel Protesters Counter Hateful al-Quds Day Protest

Every year, hundreds of pro-terror Hamas, Hezbollah and Palestinian supporters march through London unopposed.

This year, the Israel Advocacy Movement had a great surprise for the protesters and it was epic.

Initially a handful of Zionist supporters stopped the progress of the hateful marchers in their tracks.

It was not not long afterwards that the terror supporting marchers were outnumbered by a sea of blue and white to counter the annual ‘Al Quds Day’ anti-Israel, pro-terror march in London.

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Israel, US Test Missile Defense Systems

The Israeli Missile Defense Organization (IMDO) and the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) successfully conducted an Israeli and American missile systems integration.

The first of its kind "Integrated Ground Test", tested the real-time communication between missile defense systems in Israel and the US where a simulated scenario in which thousands of rockets and missiles from Iran and Lebanon are simultaneously fired at Israel.

The multi-tiered missile defense systems worked together to eliminate the threats. The focus was on connecting the missile defense systems to the US radar systems to detect and eliminate the projectiles.

The systems tested were the Arrow 2 and Arrow 3 as well as Israel's David’s Sling in conjunction the Aegis Ships, Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) and Patriot missile defense systems.

The Defense Ministry described the tests hailed the test as “another milestone in the missile defense program, which is a cooperation between the US and Israel.”


Yair Lapid Sets the Record Straight with UNRWA

Yair Lapid, head of the Yesh Atid party, is positioning himself to be a serious contender to Benjamin Netanyahu in the next elections. What he wrote on his Facebook page yesterday, therefore, are things to be reckoned with. Since his response is so eloquent, it is worth leaving it as is.

"UNRWA Spokesperson Chris Gunness harshly criticized our decision to demolish the homes of two terrorists who last December stabbed two Israelis to death at the Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem. I have one question for Mr. Gunness: What’s it got to do with you? Actually I have another one: Who asked you?

UNRWA is the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees. Its role is clear. It is meant to help Palestinians find work and if they can’t find work then to assist them with food and medication.

That’s it. It doesn’t have another role. There is nothing in UNRWA’s mandate which justifies intervention in security matters. There is nothing in Chris Gunness’ past which qualifies him to give us advice on how to protect ourselves.

And if we’re already speaking Chris, here are another few questions: Why doesn’t the State of Israel appear on maps in UNRWA schools?

If you condemn violence, why were you silent when it became clear that an UNRWA building was used as a hiding place for a terror tunnel used to kill three Israeli soldiers?

Why are the Palestinians the only ones in the world allowed to pass down the status of refugee from one generation to the next? Why can someone be born in Qatar, live in a villa in Paris, hold a Spanish passport and still be considered a Palestinian refugee?

Why is it that among the 23,000 UNRWA employees are there so many Hamas people (I didn’t say that Chris - as you know the Secretary General of your organization said so himself)?

In actual fact, why is it that only the Palestinians have a refugee agency of their own? What do they deserve that the 21.5 million refugees from Tibet, Darfur, Syria, Iraq and elsewhere don’t?

How is it that since UNRWA was founded, in 1950, the number of refugees has increased from 750,000 to over 5 million (!) without a single Palestinian being expelled? Is UNRWA creating refugees?

And a question to the citizens of the United States: 'Do you know that your taxpayer dollars fund over a hundred million dollars a year of this insanity?'"


In rare twist, Palestinians help treat wounded Israelis

Just a few years ago, Islam al-Bayed spent seven months in an Israeli prison for participating in a stone throwing attack on Israeli troops. Now, the 26-year-old Palestinian man has become an unlikely symbol of tolerance after providing assistance to an Israeli family whose car crashed following a deadly roadside shooting by terrorists last Friday.

Al-Bayed was the first person to arrive at the scene of last Friday's terror attack on the Mark family and he was joined shortly afterwards by Ali abu Sharkh, an Arab doctor from the town of Dahriyah, south of Hebron.

The shooting attack happened at about 3pm on Friday afternoon. After the terrorists' vehicle overtook the Mark family car, they opened fire on the family. Mark was killed while his wife Chava was seriously wounded and two of his children were hurt.

When Al-Bayed saw the overturned car of the family, he thought that it was an accident. He approached the car and saw the two children crying for help. "I tried to open the door of the car, but all the doors were locked," he said. "I worked for about two minutes to open car doors. I initially calmed the daughter and comforted her in Hebrew. I told her she need not be afraid, I would help them."

Dr. abu Sharkh was driving with his wife and brother towards Jerusalem for Friday prayers at al-Aqsa when they saw the Mark family's vehicle flipped over on the side of the road.

"We immediately stopped. There was a young Palestinian man with his wife who were trying to help the wounded," Dr. abu Sharkh said. "The first thing I saw was that Tehila was in a state of shock. I began to speak to her in English and she didn't understand me. Then my brother began to speak to her in Hebrew and said to her 'don't be afraid, this is my brother, and he's a doctor. He wants to help you.'"

"I examined the girl and saw that she was not seriously injured. Then I took care of the mother, who was very seriously wounded. Shortly thereafter, an ambulance of the Palestinian Red Crescent Society and an IDF jeep arrived. I asked the soldiers in English that they need to call an Israeli ambulance."

The first Magen David Adom ambulance arrived a few minutes later. Dr. abu Sharkh explained to the paramedics that he's a doctor, and that the wife still had a pulse but needed to be evacuated to a hospital immediately.

After he finished treating both the mother and their daughter, a Red Crescent paramedic approached him and told him that this was the result of a shooting attack, and wasn't just another traffic accident.

"The paramedic told me that I should leave the area because there might be a hostile reaction to me being there," abu Sharkh said.

"I carried out my duty," he explained. "It doesn't matter if we're talking about a Palestinian or a settler. My job is to save people because they are people."

In a message to the children of the Mark family, who lost their father in the attack, and whose mother is in critical condition, he said "I understand that the family is in great pain, but I want them to know that I did all I could to help them. I wish the family a speedy recovery and would like to offer my condolences on the death of the father"

While Al-Bayed describes himself as a victim of Israeli occupation, he said he steers clear of politics and is just a "normal guy" struggling to feed his family. He said he has received mixed reactions from residents in his refugee camp. Some say he did the right thing, while others think he shouldn't have helped the settlers. But he said he has no regrets.

The condition of the mother improves
Meanwhile, Chava Mark's condition has stabilized and is steadily improving. She is out of her medically induced coma and is now breathing on her own. She still cannot speak but responds when called. The children informed their injured mother of their father's death.


Did Yeshua Give us a 'New' Covenant, or a 'Renewed' Covenant?

When God announced the New Covenant through Jeremiah, He said "I will put My law within them, and on their heart I will write it" (Jer. 31:33). Well, it seems some Christians take those words to mean God puts His Holy Spirit within us so we can now keep all 613 commands of the Old Covenant.

In short, they see the New Covenant as simply a renewal of the Mt. Sinai contract. Although they acknowledge that a few commandments, those pertaining to animal sacrifice, stoning, banishment, circumcision etc., are outdated and should be understood spiritually now. They accept all this even though God specifically said the New Covenant is "NOT LIKE THE COVENANT which I made with the fathers when I brought them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke" (Jer. 31:31).

So is the New Covenant just a renewal of the Old Covenant? Or is this movement just a renewal of the legalism that Paul continually waged war against in his epistles? Surely it’s the latter. For the writer of Hebrews couldn’t have made God’s intentions any clearer concerning the passing away of the Old Covenant: "When He said a new covenant, He has made the first obsolete. But whatever is becoming obsolete and growing old, is ready to disappear" (Heb. 8:13).

For centuries the issue of the Law lay dormant following the expulsion of the Jews by Rome. The entire temple complex had been destroyed and the Levitical priesthood ceased to function. What’s more, the center of Christianity had shifted from Jerusalem to Rome, so there was no longer a Pharisaic authority to try and impose the Mosaic Law upon "Gentile" believers. Or intimidate Jewish believers into going back to their divinely-given religion of types and shadows.

But with Israel’s rebirth the whole confusion has come roaring back to life. Many believers, in their excitement upon discovering the Hebraic roots of their faith, have started to live what they call a "Torah-observant lifestyle." Some see it as a way to more fully embrace their heritage and draw closer to the Jewish people. Others embrace it as a fitting religious replacement for a Christianity they now see as a corruption of the faith preached by the apostles.

The result is a rapidly growing hybrid religion that could be termed 'New Covenant Judaism' (as distinct from Rabbinic Judaism, the other hybrid version of the Mosaic Law that the Jewish community has practiced since the destruction of the temple).

Of course, this blending of covenant practices is no less devastating to our life in Messiah now then in the First Century when Paul warned: "Are you so foolish? Having begun with the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?...If righteousness comes through [practicing] the Law, then Messiah died needlessly" (Gal. 3:3; 2:21).

The New Covenant cannot be a renewal of the Mosaic religion because it’s not a religion. Instead it provides a new relationship with God based on our faith. And we know "the Law is not of faith" (Gal 3:12). And that’s just for openers. The New Covenant gives us eternal life. The Old Covenant was "a ministry of death" (2 Cor. 3:7). The New Covenant responds in love. The Old Covenant demanded an eye for an eye. The New Covenant gives us power over sin. The Old Covenant gave sin power over us (Rom. 5:20). The New Covenant makes us saints. The Old Covenant made us sinners. The New Covenant declares us righteous. The Old Covenant brought us into judgment. The New Covenant makes us sons of God and heirs. The Old Covenant left us slaves and outcasts from the promises (Galatians 4:21-31).

What many believers fail to grasp is that the Mosaic Law was never God’s main covenant with Israel. God’s main covenant was the one He made with Abraham based on a promise.

In Galatians, Paul gives a short lesson on covenant contracts, reminding us that when one is ratified "no one sets it aside or adds conditions to it." Therefore, the Law which came 430 years later did not replace, set aside or modify that original covenant promise to Abraham. If it had, the inheritance would now be based on Israel’s obedience to the Law – not on God’s promise. "But God gave it to Abraham by means of a promise" (Gal 4:15-18).

"Why the Law then?" Paul asks. "It was added because of transgressions, until the seed would come to whom the promise had been made" (Gal. 3:18,19). "It was "added…until" Messiah because Israel had an underlying sin problem that needed to be revealed. The Law was in essence a temporary measure to show we had a congenital obedience problem and needed a savior.

With Yeshua’s death, Israel received a new covenant in his blood. The Old Covenant, having served its purpose, was retired. Yeshua had fulfilled all the types and shadows that had pointed to him. He had redeemed God’s people from the curse we’d incurred for failure to keep the Law. And he’d put a new spirit within us so we could love God and our neighbor from the heart - which was the whole intent of the Law.

For believers seeking to keep Yahweh’s Torah commandment today, here it is: "It was for freedom that Messiah set us free [from the Mosaic Law]; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery" (Gal. 5:1).

Brian Hennessy is author of Valley of the Steeples


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An Appeal From an IDF Soldier

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Screeching "Allahu akbar" on Temple Mount declared illegal

A Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court judge ruled that Shouting "Allahu akbar" – Arabic for "god is greater" - at non-Muslims on the Temple Mount constitutes a disturbance of the peace.

From experience it is known that shouting the chant other than in times of prayer is often used during riots and usually accompanies violence and terrorism. This was the summary of the ruling of the Jerusalem magistrate when he declared that yelling "Allahu akbar" at non-Muslims on the Temple Mount is now illegal.

The ruling came at the end of a five-year-old case involving Sahar Ghazzawi, an Arab detained by police after he yelled "Allahu akbar" at a group of Jews on the Temple Mount. While being escorted away from the area, he began to resist and attacked a policeman pushing him to the ground and breaking his radio. Ghazzawi was then indicted for interfering with a policeman in the exercise of his duties.

Ghazzawi claimed that he had merely made religious utterances as part of his worship. He also claimed that the reason he pushed the police officer was because the policeman refused to let him go to the bathroom.

According to witnesses Ghazzawi had not been saying "Allahu akbar" while praying, but as intimidation against Jews visiting the site. It emerged that Gazawi regularly visited the Temple Mount confronting Jews but would not admit that his activities were sponsored by "Amrat al Aqsa," an Islamist group which pays activists to harass non-Muslims on the site.

The judge ruled that chanting "Allahu akbar" during prayer, at a site of prayer and in the appropriate spot during prayer, does not constitute a breach of the peace. However, when those calls are used during demonstration or protest, creating a riot or unrest, they do not constitute prayers and are a clear disturbance of the peace." This is particularly true of the politically charged and sensitive Temple Mount. Any attempt to inflame the atmosphere can be considered a provocation.

The judge highlighted the fact that Muslims have more rights on the Temple Mount than members of other religions. "All he had to do was exercise those basic rights without hurting the rights of visitors of other faiths."

At the beginning of the "Intifada of the Knives", that has rocked Israel since September 2015, PA President Mahmoud Abbas declared: "Al-Aqsa is ours… and the Jews have no right to defile it with their filthy feet. We will not allow them to, and we will do everything in our power to protect Jerusalem."


Kid-friendly activities in Israel this summer

Go to the Zoo...
Israel has amazing zoos. In Jerusalem, the Biblical Zoo is beautifully designed and has over 2000 animals. There are animals native to Israel and from countries around the world. Or visit the Monkey Park near Modi’in, which houses over 250 species of monkeys. Looking for something with more adventure? In Ramat Gan, you can go on a safari in an African-style park, which has the largest animal collection in the Middle East!

Float in the Dead Sea...
Don’t leave Israel without a visit to the Dead Sea! Kids, and even adults, find it fun to float on their backs without sinking into the salt-dense sea. The minerals found in the Dead Sea and in the mud will leave your skin soft for days. An all around winner for the whole family.

Visit the many ancient sites...
Israel is full of them, and going to see them brings the history books, and the Bible, to life. Young children can be captivated by the beauty and history of the land. If your children’s attention span won’t last that long, visit Mini Israel, which has thousands of crafted buildings, models and figures, replicating many of Israel’s important sites, just much smaller.

Snorkel in the Red Sea...
What did the children of Israel see beside them while they crossed the Red Sea? Find out yourself by snorkeling in the Red Sea. Kids, including the older ones, can pet the dolphins among many other activities at the Dolphin Reef in Eilat.

Go Camping...
Plan your annual camping trip this year in Israel. The kids can play, swim and pick up some Hebrew from the other kids while you soak in the beauty of the land without rushing off to the next attraction.

The land of Israel is full of beauty and adventure but many Israeli families can’t afford to take family trips around their own country. Sometimes it’s hard just to put food on the table.


Israel announces attack on Syria

The IDF spokesman Monday reported attacks on two Syrian military targets in response to cross-border fire adjacent to Israel’s northern security fence. Two Syrian Army targets were identified and direct artillery strikes were recorded and the targets were destroyed.

Although the Syrian fire did not endanger local residents or security forces, the IDF stated it is "determined to respond to any irregular incident."

The spokesman noted that Israel has no intention of interfering in the Syrian civil war. The the locations of the fire from Syria nor the Israeli response were not reported.

In an unusual move Israel only announced the IDF response a day after the incident.


Will Israel endure a "Shalit 2" deal?

What will be the final price that Israel pays for the bodies of the fallen soldiers Goldin and Shaul as well as 2 civilians being held in Gaza?

There are rumors in semi-official circles that Hamas has placed their opening bid regarding the price for the release of the bodies of IDF Officer Hadar Goldin and soldier Oron Shaul as well as the two civilians Avra Mangisto and Hisham al-Sayed.

The price is expected to be high, very high, because Hamas have shown that they are not moved by feelings and have simply shown that they only care about their own being held in Israeli jails!

In the aftermath of the kidnapping and murder of "the three boys" close to Hevron - Gil-Ad Shaer, Naftali Frenkel and Eyal Yifrah - in June 2014, "Operation Brother's Keeper" rounded up over 50 Hamas terrorists that had been previously released to Yehuda and Shomron to secure the release of Gilad Shalit in 2011.

According to the unofficial reports, Hamas have demanded the release of these Hamas terrorists just to enter into negotiations.

It can be guaranteed that Hamas will demand the release of most of the approx. 1500 Hamas members currently held in Israeli jails.

In the cases of Shaul and Goldin it is almost certain that negotiations will be for their bodies only and that Israeli leaders should limit exchanging only the Hamas members arrested during Operation Protective Edge and the bodies of Hamas combatants killed that Israel is holding.

It remains to be seen how much the pressure being placed on the Government by the Shaul, Goldin and Mangisto families will affect the negotiations and the ultimate price Israel will be prepared to pay.


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The "Accurate" Reporting of Alhurra

Alhurra is the United States run Arabic TV channel that broadcasts in the Middle East and North Africa. Alhurra's stated mission is to provide "objective, accurate and relevant news and information" and to "support democratic values." Here are two most recent examples of such "objective and accurate" reports guided by US democratic values.

On June 21 Alhurra reported on "a Palestinian teenager killed by Israeli fire" near the town of "Beit Nour." The "teenager," 15-year-old Mahmoud Badran was killed during a Molotov and rock throwing incident on highway 443 near the town of Beit Sira. Rightly so, Israel considers such attacks as terror acts during which soldiers can shoot to kill. The death of Badran and his three injured friends is now under Israeli investigation attempting to find out whether or not the shooting was justified.

Alhurra's report, probably based on the well documented biased reports of "B'tselem," has decided in advance that Badran is innocent. Alhurra was also inaccurate in placing the incident near "the town of Beit Nour." Objectively speaking, there is no such place as Beit Nour. The dead teenager is from Beit Ur-A-Tahta, the terror attack was aimed at Israeli cars on highway 443.

On the death of 13-year-old Hallel Yaffa Ariel from Hebron that took place on June 30, Alhurra begins its short report with "the Israeli army said" that the Palestinian who stabbed Hallel to death was killed. This kind of report about a "Palestinian" who murdered a 13-year-old girl in her bed is a step short of calling him a martyr.

Similarly, a report on the stabbing attempt that took place in Hevron the next day reports on "the killing of a Palestinian who tried to stab Israeli soldiers." This report too failed to identify the Palestinian woman as a terrorist killed by the soldiers whom she attempted to kill. The title, notably, cares more for a death of a terrorist than it does for the (potential) Israeli casualties.


Holocaust Survivor and Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Elie Wiesel, Has Died

Nobel Prize laureate Elie Wiesel, the Holocaust survivor whose sad eyed face became a piercing, reminder of humanity’s ongoing agony, has died at age 87.

For more than a half-century, Wiesel gave voice to the pain of our people to influential leaders, celebrities and audiences around the world. He wrote more than 40 books, and was best known for "Night," a retelling of his experiences as a 15-year-old boy in Auschwitz.

The best way we can all remember Mr. Wiesel is to listen closely to a man who lost his mother, father and sister in a Nazi death camp, tattooed with the number A-7713 on his arm, as he stands before the world, telling his story upon receiving the Noble Peace Prize.

"I remember: it happened yesterday or eternities ago. A young Jewish boy discovered the kingdom of night. I remember his bewilderment, I remember his anguish. It all happened so fast. The ghetto. The deportation. The sealed cattle car. The fiery altar upon which the history of our people and the future of mankind were meant to be sacrificed.

I remember: he asked his father: "Can this be true?" This is the twentieth century, not the Middle Ages. Who would allow such crimes to be committed? How could the world remain silent?

And now the boy is turning to me: "Tell me," he asks. "What have you done with my future? What have you done with your life?"

And I tell him that I have tried. That I have tried to keep memory alive, that I have tried to fight those who would forget. Because if we forget, we are guilty, we are accomplices.

And then I explained to him how naive we were, that the world did know and remain silent. And that is why I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Wherever men or women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must – at that moment – become the center of the universe.

We must not allow our past to become our children’s future."

In 1985, when Wiesel received a Congressional Gold Medal from President Ronald Reagan, he stood before the gathering, and as the president looked on, asked him to cancel a planned trip to a cemetery in Germany that contained graves of Hitler's SS guards.

"May I, Mr. President, if it's possible at all, implore you to do something else, to find a way, to find another way, another site. That place, Mr. President, is not your place. Your place is with the victims."

Reagan visited the cemetery, in Bitburg, despite international protests.

Wiesel often dismayed that in spite of our duty to remind the world of past mistakes, the greatest disappointment of his life was that "Nothing changed. Human nature remained what it was. Society remained what it was. Too much indifference in the world, to the Other, his pain, and anguish, and hope."

Even so, he never gave up. Listen again.

"Yes, I have faith. Faith in God and even in His creation. Without it no action would be possible. And action is the only remedy to indifference: the most insidious danger of all.

As long as one dissident is in prison, our freedom will not be true. As long as one child is hungry, our lives will be filled with anguish and shame. What all these victims need above all is to know that they are not alone; that we are not forgetting them, that when their voices are stifled we shall lend them ours, that while their freedom depends on ours, the quality of our freedom depends on theirs.

This is what I say to the young Jewish boy wondering what I have done with his years. It is in his name that I speak to you. No one is as capable of gratitude as one who has emerged from the kingdom of night. We know that every moment is a moment of grace, every hour an offering; not to share them would mean to betray them. Our lives no longer belong to us alone; they belong to all those who need us desperately."


One Dead, 5 Wounded in Wave of Palestinian Terror

Palestinian Arab gunmen opened fire on a family vehicle near Hebron on Friday, killing an Israeli man and wounding his wife and two teenage children.

The terrorists attacked from a passing vehicle, causing the victims’ car to flip over.

The mother remains in serious condition with gunshot wounds to the head.

A day earlier, a Palestinian Arab stabbed two Israelis in the coastal town of Netanya.

One of the victims, 62-year-old Luba Gadimov, was leaving the hairdresser after getting ready for her daughters wedding when the attack occurred. She suffered light injuries.

The second victim, an Israeli man in his 40s, suffered serious stab wounds to the upper body.

The terrorist was shot and killed by an armed civilian.

On Friday morning, a Palestinian woman attempted to stab Israeli soldiers guarding the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron. The terrorist was shot and killed before being able to harm anyone else. She was later identified as a relative of the Palestinian youth who on Thursday murdered a 13-year-old Israeli girl in her bed.


Palestinian Mother Overjoyed Her Son Murdered Jewish Child

“My son is a hero. He made me proud. My son died as a Martyr defending Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque. …Allah willing, all of them will follow this path, all the youth of Palestine. Allah be praised.”

Those were the words of Mohammed Taraireh’s mother to Palestinian media hours after he butchered a 13-year-old Israeli girl, Hallel Yaffe Ariel (pictured). Mohammed was shot and killed by security officials responding to Hallel’s screams.

While Mrs. Taraireh proudly owned her son’s savagery, official Palestinian Authority media suggested the attack might not have taken place, and that Israeli forces killed Mohammed for no reason.

It is this Palestinian society with which Israel is expected to find a genuine and lasting peace. As seen in these in these two examples, Palestinian society is either celebrating violence against Israel, or denying it altogether.

The one thing the Palestinians are not doing is fulfilling their peace obligations to condemn violence and educate their population for peaceful coexistence.


Was Jesus the First Leftist?

Publication operated by Benjamin Netanyahu's sister-in-law asserts that "Jesus of Nazareth was probably the first leftist." It was not a compliment.

The full article appears in the July 2016 issue of Israel Today Magazine.
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Israeli Leftists Nearly Lynched Trying to Celebrate Ramadan

A group of naive Israeli left-wing activists snuck into the de facto Palestinian capital of Ramallah on Wednesday to mark the breaking of the Ramadan fast with local Muslims, and were nearly lynched.

As soon as the nine activists, who were in several vehicles, were identified as Israelis, local Muslims began hurling stones and firebombs at them.

One of the vehicles caught fire, forcing the Israelis to beat a hasty retreat.

Israeli and Palestinian Authority security forces were able to extract the leftists before any were harmed. One was briefly taken for questioning by PA police, and all nine are now under investigation by Israeli authorities for violating a prohibition on Israeli citizens entering areas under full Palestinian Authority control.

PHOTO: Illustration (Flash90)


UPDATE: Palestinian Terrorist Butchers Jewish Teenage Girl

A Palestinian terrorist on Thursday morning snuck into the outskirts of the Jewish town of Kiryat Arba in Judea, broke into an outlying house and stabbed 13-year-old Hallel Yaffe Ariel to death as she lay in bed.

A local response team was already aware of the infiltration, and stormed the house after hearing Hallel's screams.

One of the first responders found the girl covered in blood and began to administer CPR, but was jumped and stabbed by the terrorist. The rest of the team arrived moments later and shot the terrorist dead, but also accidentally hit the first responder helping Hallel,

The wounded first responder is listed in moderate condition.

Hallel, who was not breathing and had no pulse, was rushed to a hospital in Jerusalem, but doctors were unable to save her life.

PHOTO: Hallel Yaffe Ariel's blood-soaked bedroom (IDF Spokesperson)


Moon Highlights Israeli Madness

The definition of insanity is when you keep repeating the same action over and over again, compulsively, obsessively, while thinking that somehow you will get a different result. 

That is what UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said about Israeli leaders this week during his brief visit to the country. “You must stop repeating the same platitudes and expecting a different result. It is maddening,” he blustered during a speech to dignitaries at Tel Aviv University.

Israelis left scratching their heads, wondering, “Who’s insane? Me, you, the UN or Moon?”

Yair Lapid, head of the centrist Yesh Atid (There is a Future) party, put forth simple, straightforward questions to Moon’s UN:

“Why have you condemned Israel 67 times over the past 10 years in the UN Human Rights Counsel, while during the same period, all the nations of the world (all of them!), you condemned just 61 times?”

Sounds like the UN is obsessively compulsive against Israel.

 “Can you tell me why the UN World Health Organization chose to condemn Israel’s 'occupation' of the Golan Heights, instead of discussing ways of finding cures and vaccinations for the ongoing epidemics around the world? Never mind that the Golan is not 'occupied,' just a few hundred meters from the border, in Syria, children, women and elderly are being slaughtered, and you remain silent?”

That’s plain insane.

“Why does a child with Palestinian grandparents, who was born in an upper-echelon, exclusive neighborhood in Paris receive compensation and refugee rights, while a child whose [Jewish] grandparents were persecuted and chased out of Morocco, Egypt and Libya receive no status or rights?”

Ummm, what?

Michael Oren, Knesset Member and former Israeli Ambassador to the US, also pointed out the insanity of Moon’s UN in a personal letter:

“Dear Mr. Secretary-General,

We have lost confidence in the UN because:

- The UNESCO resolution on Jerusalem that denied any Jewish connection to the Temple Mount holy site, while recognizing the Muslim holy site. The Brazilian foreign ministry called this “an error which makes the text partial and unbalanced.”

- The UN condemns Israel, a country with free speech, free elections and minority rights more often than all the world’s mass murdering dictatorships combined. In 2007, you said you were “disappointed” by the UNHRC singling out of Israel. Nine years later that exact same bias is still present. There has been no progress.

- UN schools in Gaza have been repeatedly used by Hamas to store weapons. You yourself said this was “turning schools into potential military targets.”

- Hamas rockets have caused three wars during your tenure. Hamas continues to reject peace and build rockets and tunnels to attack Israel. Despite your admission that Hamas-Fatah reconciliation is “critical” and peace cannot happen without “a single legitimate Palestinian authority,” the UN sits idly by and this “critical” step to achieving peace remains elusive in the face of the Palestinian leadership’s internal squabbles.”

Moon’s hypocrisy insults our intelligence.

During his visit, the darker side of Moon found time to reflect on the PLO’s suffering under “occupation,” blamed Israeli “violence,” all the while ignoring ongoing Palestinian and radical Islamic terror.

“I stand with the people of Gaza to say that the United Nations will always be with you,” he stated. “They are enduring enormously difficult living conditions. The closure of Gaza suffocates its people, stifles its economy and impedes reconstruction efforts. It is a collective punishment for which there must be accountability.”

The UN chief continued: “I am aware that many Palestinians question the feasibility of reaching a just and lasting peace with Israel. They hear talk of peace, but they see violence. They still live a life of checkpoints, permits, blockades, demolitions and profound economic hardship.”

A lunatic is someone affected with periodic insanity, dependent on the changes of the Moon.


Muslims Riot, So Jews Are Barred From Temple Mount

Israel’s near total lack of authority over Judaism’s holiest site - Jerusalem’s Temple Mount - was again on display this week when Muslims rioted and the Israeli authorities capitulated by barring Jewish visitors.

Jerusalem police officials on Tuesday announced a full three-day ban on Jewish visitation to the Temple Mount after Muslim worshippers repeatedly attacked non-Muslim visitors the two days preceding.

The Muslim agitators, most of them young men and youth, barricaded themselves in the Al Aqsa Mosque and from there hurled stones and firecrackers at the Jewish visitors.

Israeli police used tear gas in an effort to quell the violence and arrested several of the perpetrators, but ultimately determined it was better to simply let the Muslims have their way and remove the Jews.

Unsatisfied with merely driving the Jews from atop the Temple Mount, the Muslims began hurling stones down on worshippers at the Western Wall, wounding a 73-year-old Jewish woman.

The Likud’s newest member of Knesset, Yehuda Glick, a long-time leader of the movement to return Jewish worship to the Temple Mount, decried Israel’s failure to take a more resolute stand.

“We cannot allow a situation where dozens of tourists and Jews wanting to visit the Temple Mount, from which the call of ‘Nation shall not lift up sword against nation’ is supposed to emanate, are repeatedly held hostage by a violent rabble roused by radical Islamic clerics,” read a statement released by Glick’s office.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat was also critical of the police ban on Jewish visitors, insisting that “we must not make decisions under pressure from violent disturbances. Only consistent and determined practice in protecting the status quo will ensure a long-term reduction in violent incidents and bring quiet to Jerusalem.”

In an interview with Arutz Sheva radio, Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, head of the Temple Institute, stated the obvious: “It makes no sense that [the Arabs] riot, but [the government] closes the Temple Mount to Jews. It is the rioters who should be punished and not their victims.”


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Israelis Say Clinton More Presidential, Trump Better for Israel

In the latest Israeli poll regarding the upcoming American presidential election, more respondents felt Hillary Clinton was more suited to the office, while Donald Trump would likely be more favorable toward the Jewish state.

Conducted on behalf of Israel Channel 2 News, the survey asked Israelis who of the Democratic and Republican frontrunners would make the best president of the United States.

Forty-seven percent said Clinton was more fit for the task, and 42 percent said they’d vote for the Democrat if they were American citizens. Just 31 percent of Israelis polled felt Trump was a better candidate for president, while 35 percent said they’d vote for the real estate mogul.

When asked which candidate would be better for Israel, the results were somewhat different.

Thirty-seven percent of Israelis felt Trump would be better for their country, compared to 36 percent for Clinton.

A 57-percent majority said Clinton was far more likely to pressure Israel into making inadvisable concessions to the Palestinians, while just 13 percent feared the same from Trump.


"It never crossed my mind to leave my passengers" - Flight Captain Michel Bacos

On July 27 1976, an Air France Airbus A300, flight 139, flying out of Athens and carrying 248 passengers and 12 crew ended up at Entebbe airport in Uganda instead of its intended destination of Paris. The plane had been hijacked by pro-Palestinian terrorists and its captain, Michel Bacos, found himself facing a moral dilemma of life and death proportions.

Now aged 92, Bacos recounts his story vividly. One thing particularly stands out in his mind. It was the moment when the two Palestinian and two Germans hijackers divided the hostages into two groups — Israeli nationals and Jews to one side, non-Jews to the other.

It was at this moment that one holocaust survivor amongst the hostages showed her concentration camp number tattooed on her arm and said to one of the German hijackers, "your handling of us is identical to that of the Nazis". He responded that he was not a Nazi but an idealist against imperialist Israel leading an expansionist war against her neighbors.

"I knew precisely what fascism was all about and what separation meant. I wasn’t going to leave my passengers to their fate, even though I was told I could leave. Not for a moment", Bacos said.

"While I was being held hostage, I called the crew together and said: "We have to remain with the passengers until the end — that is our duty". Every member of my crew agreed with me no matter what. It had to do with basic values of decency and human behaviour. It was, put simply, the right thing to do."

He recalls, "I remember when one of the German terrorists said to me: 'If any army from any country tries to save you, you can rest assured that we will hear them first and we will kill every last one of you'."

The 100 hostages were heavily guarded under difficult circumstances for a long week. Many suffered from diarrhea and vomiting and the 75-year-old Jewess Dora Bloch, whose father was the co-founder of the Israeli city of Rishon LeZion, was hospitalized in Kampala after collapsing. The day after the liberation of the hostages by the Israeli commando force she was murdered in her hospital bed by the Ugandan army.

"It was 11.30 pm when I heard machine gun fire. When the fighting broke out he could have shot us. Twenty seconds later he was dead, shot by Israeli commandos", said Bacos.

Although there were three fatalities among the hostages and one IDF soldier, Operation Jonathan - named after Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's older brother, the only IDF force killed in the raid - is considered to be the most successful and most daring rescue ever carried out.


The Surprising Transformation of The Palestine Post

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas last week met with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud in Jeddah. In an exchange of gifts in keeping with diplomatic protocol, Abbas handed the Saudi monarch a framed copy of the old daily Palestine Post

In a gesture indicative of the Palestinian narrative itself, the gift was an embarrassment.

The Palestine Post came into being in 1925 as the Palestine Bulletin. The newspaper was founded by Jacob Landau, founder of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. 

The use of the term "Palestine" was at that time unambiguous - it was clear that Palestine was a Jewish entity. For example, a 1919 headline from the Jewish-owned Chicago weekly The Sentinel reads "rejoice over news of establishment of Palestine." The jubilation, The Sentinel informs us, is over "the establishment of an autonomous Jewish state in Palestine."

On February 1, 1948 a car bomb blew up in front of the Palestine Post offices, destroying the printing press and killing three people. Palestinian Arab leader Abd al-Qadir al-Husayni, who was later killed in the famous battle of the Qastal, took responsibility for the attack.

The Palestine Post operated under that name from 1935-1950. It was only two years after the establishment of the State of Israel that the newspaper changed its name to The Jerusalem Post.

Seizing upon this faux pas, Prime Minister Netanyahu wrote on Facebook: 

"Mahmoud Abbas this week gave the Saudi king a copy of The Palestine Post as a gift. Abbas apparently didn't know that The Palestine Post was a Zionist newspaper that changed its name to The Jerusalem Post and is still published today, in Jerusalem our capital."


Netanyahu - More Left Than the Left?

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday endured severe criticism from across the political spectrum for going much further than even the liberal, left-wing opposition had been willing to go in reconciling with Turkey.

After years of strained relations, Netanyahu announced that he had achieved rapprochement with Ankara, but many insisted the price was far too high.

Israel and Turkey were previously close allies.

But in 2010, a flotilla led by the Turkish-flagged Mavi Marmara attempted to break what the UN concluded was a legal and legitimate maritime blockade of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.

Israeli naval commandoes stormed the flotilla’s flagship (an action also later deemed legal under international law), where instead of humanitarian activists they found armed militants who wounded and abducted a number of the soldiers.

The Israelis eventually responded with live fire, killing nine Turkish nationals.

Turkey’s increasingly Islamist leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, seized the opportunity to score points with the Muslim world by accusing Israel of piracy and taking a hostile diplomatic stance toward the Jewish state.

According to details of the new reconciliation agreement published on Sunday, Netanyahu has acquiesced to demands that Israel pay $20 million in compensation to the families of the militants killed aboard the Mavi Marmara.

For its part, Turkey has agreed to talk to Hamas about releasing the bodies of two Israeli soldiers killed during the last Gaza war.

Those terms elicited a furious response from left-wing opposition lawmakers.

Opposition leader Isaac Herzog said that while “restoring diplomatic relations with Turkey is important…compensating the Turks because IDF soldiers had to defend themselves is unconscionable.”

Fellow Zionist Union (Labor) MK Erel Margalit wrote on Facebook: “Netanyahu again puts his tail between his legs with Hamas, harms IDF soldiers without blinking, and harms the families of the missing [soldiers and civilians]. Once again Mr. Security strengthens the radicals and weakens Israel.”

Former Likud heavyweight Gideon Sa’ar, who has formed his own party to challenge Netanyahu as prime minister, called the deal “a national embarrassment and an invitation for more flotillas and libels by Israel haters.”

Radical Arab MK Hanin Zoabi, who participated in the ill-fated flotilla, called the agreement an admission of guilt “of kidnapping and piracy on the high seas” on the part of the Netanyahu government.

Turkish officials hailed the deal as a great diplomatic victory over Israel.


The Queen Against Boycotting Israel.

Helen Mirren is recognized as a woman who played the part of the queen, but her less than royal role was picking grapes on a kibbutz in Israel shortly after the Six Day War in 1967.

"I had a Jewish friend many years ago and we visited Israel together as young backpackers," Helen recalls with a sparkle in her eyes reminiscing at the beginning of her love affair with Israel.

She worked in the vineyards at Kibbutz HaOn, on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, and then did a stint in the kitchen. The romance that started then has never waned. She has visited Israel several times since, and finds it difficult to explain what caused her to fall in love with Israel.

Ever since she has felt a strong attraction to Israel. "I believe that whoever supports the boycott of Israel is punishing not only the other side." She has come out strongly against the boycott, particularly the boycott of Israeli artists.

Mirren arrived in Israel this time to award the Genesis Prize to extraordinary Jewish figures, and the current recipient was violinist Itzhak Perlman.

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Palestinian Leader Admits He Lied to European Parliament

Last week Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas told the European Union Parliament that rabbis were instructing Jews to poison Palestinian water supplies. Abbas now admits what any reasonable person already knew - that he lied.

In apparently unscripted remarks to European leaders, Abbas screeched that “a number of rabbis in Israel announced, and made a clear announcement, demanding that their government poison the water to kill the Palestinians.”

He called it a “clear incitement to commit mass killings against the Palestinian people.”

His tirade won Abbas a standing ovation from the EU parliamentarians.

Of course, there was absolutely zero evidence that any of this was true, and on Friday Abbas’ office, as reported by the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency, was forced to acknowledge that “the alleged statements by a rabbi on poisoning Palestinian wells, which were reported by various media outlets, are baseless.”

The statement went on to note that “President Mahmoud Abbas has affirmed that he didn’t intend to do harm to Judaism or to offend Jewish people around the world.”

Abbas was widely accused of blatant anti-Semitism given that his accusations closely echoed medieval charges that Jewish poisoning had been responsible for various plagues that ravaged Europe during its “dark ages.”


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EU Applauds Anti-Semitic Libel, Then Gets Rocked by UK Vote

“Moderate” Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday used his opportunity to address to the European Union Parliament in Brussels to screech out wildly unsubstantiated conspiracy theories regarding Israel.

In allegations echoing a popular medieval anti-Semitic libel, Abbas charged, “Only a week ago, a number of rabbis in Israel announced, and made a clear announcement, demanding that their government poison the water to kill the Palestinians. Isn’t that clear incitement to commit mass killings against the Palestinian people?”

Abbas and his regime based their claim off a Turkish state news agency report that a “Rabbi Shlomo Mlma, chairman of the Council of Rabbis in the West Bank settlements”, had called on Jewish settlers to poison Palestinian water supplies.

But investigations by Reuters and other news agencies were unable to find any such edict, or, indeed, a rabbi named Shlomo Mlma or an organization called the Council of Rabbis.

In other words, the entire affair was fabricated.

But that didn’t stop the European lawmakers from giving Abbas a standing ovation following his libelous speech.

Perhaps it was no coincidence that this happened on the very same day, in fact just hours before the British public rocked the EU by voting to pull their nation out of the politico-economic union, a move that could have devastating economic consequences for the continent.


Is the Gospel Age Ending?

We know that God has set times to accomplish His purposes, for the Bible tells us “there is an appointed time for everything” (Eccl. 3:1). We saw it with Israel’s 40 years in the wilderness, in their 70-year incarceration in Babylon and more recently her return to the land after a 2000-year Roman exile. Once His purposes are accomplished, and the lessons learned, He moves on to the next phase of His plan to redeem, not only Israel, but the whole world.

So what is “the Gospel Age,” and what happens when it ends? By “the Gospel Age” I mean that time period Yeshua spoke of when, following his resurrection, his Jewish disciples asked if he was now restoring the kingdom to Israel? He said only the Father knew for sure when it would come. In the meantime they had work to do. But it couldn’t begin until they’d received the power of the Holy Spirit. Then they were to go forth and “be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth"(Acts 1:8).

In other words, the rest of the world still had to hear the good news that God had given His son as a sacrifice to atone for our sins, and that now all was forgiven. At this point, of course, the disciples were clueless that the goyiim were going to be the main target in this Gospel outreach. Or that many generations would have to come and go before the job was done and God’s kingdom (the Messianic kingdom of Israel) could appear. 

Well, that was then and this is now. And my Spirit alarm clock is blaring, telling me to wake up and get ready – it’s God’s “set time to favor Zion” (Ps. 102:13). 

To begin, notice the path the Gospel would travel according to Yeshua. It was to start in Jerusalem. And indeed it did when three thousand Jews were saved following Peter’s first sermon on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:41). But that revival would be short lived. The majority of Jewish Israel, led initially by an irate, unsaved Saul, would reject it vehemently, forcing the disciples to take the message northward. To Samaria (Acts 8:5), Damascus (Acts 9:19,20), Phoenicia, Cyprus and Antioch (Acts 11:19), and finally to Greece and Rome and eventually every nation on earth.  And to make certain there would be no going back to Jerusalem God sent in Rome to slam the door behind them. 

But now it has been reopened in our day look - and look what is happening in the world. The Western nations of Europe and America, where the Gospel prospered most and was then sent out to other nations, have largely abandoned their “Christian” world view.  Indeed, they are embracing the tenets of atheistic humanism more and more each day. Consequently, all manner of evil has broken out in our societies. Christians (and Jews) are beginning to feel like outsiders in their own nations. Our churches have also succumbed to worldly values and largely abandoned the teachings of the Bible. No wonder so many have become mausoleums. Or rock concert halls. Or feel-good coffee houses. Or even mosques. Places where God’s biblical truths are no longer heard.

At the same time, look at where the Gospel is flourishing. Among the Muslim nations that surround Israel. Tens of thousands are being motivated to find this Jesus they are meeting supernaturally in dreams and visions. They are then being led to believers to hear the Gospel for the first time, and getting saved.  In other words, the Gospel that went out like a tsunami to crash upon distant shores is receding back from whence it came. It is headed back to Jerusalem. 

Isn’t that what Paul prophesied would happen in the last days? After describing how the wild, uncultivated Gentile olive branches were being grafted into the cultivated olive tree of Israel through the Gospel, he said this: “I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this mystery, that a partial hardening has happened to Israel, UNTIL the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And so [in this way] all Israel will be saved” (Rom. 11:25,26).

Paul’s “until” is a timing word. It implies the beginning of something. And also the end of something. It means the Jews who had been deliberately hardened by God to the Gospel for centuries will finally be given ears to hear it. And that all the Gentiles who had been harvested by the Gospel would “come in” to the land to join their Jewish brethren as the Israel of God. Then all Israel would be saved! Both Isaiah and Jeremiah clearly prophesied about this coming second exodus of God’s people out of all the nations (Isaiah 11:1-16 and Jer. 23:5-8).

Understood, of course, is that when all those who had received the Gospel exit their former homelands the Gospel door will slam shut behind them. And the light will go out from those countries. “And darkness will cover the earth, and deep darkness the peoples” (Isa. 60:2).

It appears time is running out for the nations. 

Brian Hennessy is author of Valley of the Steeples


A 'Palestinian People'?

Isham Asa told Israel Today that his clan came from Saudi Arabia, while the family history of his neighbors bearing the name Radaydeh originates in Greece.

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Actress Helen Mirren Says She Believes in Israel

Acclaimed international actress Helen Mirren was in Jerusalem this week to serve as master of ceremonies for the annual Genesis Prize event.

During a gathering at the Jerusalem Cinematheque on Wednesday, Mirren said that being invited to emcee the ceremony was the perfect “opportunity to come back to Israel.”

Mirren said that she’s not only a fan of Israel, but “a believer,” calling the Jewish state an “extraordinary country.”

Mirren first became acquainted with Israel in 1967, when she and her boyfriend worked on a local kibbutz during a backpacking trip.


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Israeli Official: Trump Misrepresented Israeli Profiling

During a campaign interview this week, presumptive Republican candidate for the US presidency, Donald Trump, used Israel as an example of the kind of racial and religious security profiling he feels is necessary to keep America safe.

“I think profiling is something that we’re going to have to start thinking about as a country,” the real estate mogul said. “Other countries do it, you look at Israel and you look at others, they do it and they do it successfully. And I hate the concept of profiling, but we have to start using common sense and we have to use our heads.”

A former senior Israeli security official told the Ynet news portal that it was erroneous to draw parallels between Israel’s security methods and the type of profiling most people assume Trump is talking about.

“A person who poses a threat either by his luggage or himself is taken care of immediately, without regards to his religion, sex or race,” explained Yaron Bloom, a former high-ranking official in the Shin Bet, Israel’s equivalent of the FBI.

Bloom insisted that one must “differentiate between what Donald Trump said versus what goes on in the Israeli system. Here, there isn’t any profiling for a certain population, but rather a method of classification aimed at isolating and being certain that every passenger that gets on a plane is free of explosives or the intention to carry out an attack of one kind or another.”

Israel, Bloom noted, “has been performing security classifications on Israeli flights for decades on the basis of threats, threat assessments, and situational assessments. On that basis, they identify which passengers are suspected to be involved as supporters of terrorist acts of one kind or another. If they’re Muslim, Christian or an Israeli Jew, it doesn’t make a bit of difference.”


Israel Wants to Build Gaza an Airport Island

Israeli Minister of Transportation Israel Katz (Likud) this week presented to foreign media outlets his ambitious plan to create an artificial island just off the coast of the Gaza Strip to provide the area’s residents with a modern airport and seaport.

Katz noted that the project would significantly ease the difficult economic situation in which Gaza finds itself without harming Israel’s security.

Predictably, the Palestinians themselves protested the plan, insisting it was an Israeli scheme to drive a further wedge between Gaza and the so-called “West Bank.”

If implemented, the plan would see the construction of an artificial island eight square kilometers (three square miles) in size and connected to the nearby Gaza shore by a four-mile bridge.

Katz, who is a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s security cabinet, noted that Israel is keen to ease restrictions on Gaza, but must be assured that its own security needs will be met.   Israel’s cabinet will soon vote on the proposal, after which it will seek international partners to help finance and build the $5 billion project.


Call to Repent of Jewish Betrayal

A book dealing with a prophesied financial earthquake set to strike London calls on Britain to repent of its betrayal of the Jews.

This is among a string of sins which it is claimed have provoked the judgment of God. The list centres on how the country has forsaken its Christian heritage and moved away from the Coronation Oath through which the monarch vows allegiance to the Protestant faith.

Earthquake in the City was published in 1997 but has come under renewed focus in light of this week’s referendum as a call to come out of Europe forms a significant thrust to the prophecy on which the book is based.

The prophecy appeared to have been partially fulfilled by the serious recession of 2008. But it is believed the ‘big one’ is yet to come and that it will shake the foundations of the City of London – the world’s foremost financial centre – and probably be accompanied by a physical ’quake as warning to a nation that has forsaken the God of the Bible.

Published by Jesus Is Alive Ministries and co-authored by Clifford Denton and Paul Slennett, the book takes an in-depth look at the nature of the prophecy, along with its implications and the need for repentance.

Though given to Christian bookseller Paul Slennett way back in 1989, it is as relevant today as ever. It speaks of “alarm bells sounding all over Europe” and of an earthquake that will “swallow up the whole City. Whole companies and city institutions will collapse…, some never to rise again.”

It calls for church-led repentance which, if taken up, will lead to revival. Then it adds: “In regard to Europe, come out of her…for she will align herself with the Beast and the False Prophet who will arise and appear for just a short while.”

This echoes a biblical passage from the Book of Revelation (chapter 18) on the ultimate destruction of a great, but evil, world power – compared to ancient Babylon – that will arise in the last days before Jesus returns.

Earthquake in the City reminds readers that it was the 18th century evangelical revivals that paved the way for 19th century social reform including the building of hospitals, the abolition of slavery and child labour, and the introduction of schools for all.

But now we are in the process of throwing away our freedoms, for which we have fought at great cost. Key among these is the undermining of our sovereignty by Europe on an ever-increasing scale. Laws based on the Ten Commandments have now been supplanted by others reflecting secular values and moral relativism. And it was time we broke with the Continental link.

In addition, Britain – and the church which ought to be influencing the nation – should repent of passing godless laws allowing abortion, easy divorce, homosexuality and general promiscuity. And the City will be in the eye of the storm of a coming crash because we have made an idol of the economy. Much of the debate on this week’s referendum has centred on this factor, whereas few have raised the issue of the undemocratic values represented by the EU, or of its disturbing resemblance to the evil world system described in the last book of the Bible (Revelation).

Earthquake in the City also points out that, though given the inestimable privilege of guiding Israel to statehood through the Palestine Mandate she held from 1917-1947, Britain turned its back on the Jews. Fortunately this didn’t prevent Israel’s re-birth, but it is widely felt on these shores that we could have done so much more to help them at a time when they were threatened with extinction.

We have allowed godlessness to come in like a flood, and we haven’t raised a standard. But, as already mentioned, the prophecy adds a promise of revival if the nation repents.

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


Israel Gives Mixed Messages on Messianic Lobby

The Alliance for Israel Advocacy is lobbying on Capitol Hill against the dangers of BDS and Palestinian terrorism, and presenting its understanding of a one-state solution.

The full article appears in the June 2016 issue of Israel Today Magazine.
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Syrian Groups Furious Over Israeli Food Aid

The various different groups fighting in Syria’s bloody civil war were all pointing accusatory fingers at one another last week over photo evidence of Israeli food aid reaching some of the rebel factions.

Bags of Israeli rice and flour were shown near road signs in the Qunietra region on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights.

The pictures sparked a war of words on social media.

“It is a disgrace to be receiving food from the Zionist Entity which has stolen the Golan,” wrote one jihadist group.

Pages linked to the Syrian regime insisted the photos were evidence that rebel groups are cooperating with the hated Israeli enemy.

According to the pan-Arab newspaper al-Quds al-Arabi, the food is provided to some of the more moderate rebel groups that make up the Free Syrian Army, which regularly brings its wounded and other victims to the Golan border to receive medical aid from the Israelis.


3 Hurt as Palestinians Firebomb Israeli Motorists

A group of Palestinians on Monday night hurled large stones and firebombs on motorists north of Jerusalem, wounding one Israeli and two tourists.

The attack occurred on Highway 443, one of the major thoroughfares connecting Tel Aviv and the coastal plain to Jerusalem.

Israeli forces responding to the scene opened fire on a car full of Palestinians whom they believed to be behind the attack. A 15-year-old Palestinian boy was killed and at least three others wounded.

The army later retracted its initial statement, and acknowledged that the shooting had been a tragic case of mistaken identity. The Palestinian car in question had not been involved in the stoning and firebomb attack.

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Messianic Book Breaks Into Mainstream

Israelis read a lot, more than most nations, and this week it’s “Shavua Hasefer,” the national book week where tables and displays are put out in every town, village and city square across the country for an entire week, attracting massive numbers of Jewish bookworms waiting to dive into the latest yarn.

On the tables across the country we can find a new Messianic publication in Hebrew which translates, “Animals Do Their Thing.” Written and published by the Messianic Jewish publishing house Hachotam, located on a kibbutz in the south of the country, this is the first time a Messianic publication has broken into the mainstream of the Israeli Hebrew language book world, as far as I know.

The hardcover, colorful book teaches children, “That God is alive and well, and that he loves our world,” says Eitan Kashtan, Chief Editor of the non-profit Messianic publishing house. “We want Israeli kids to see God’s love in his care for the animals. God covers their bodies with furs, and made each one with unique qualities to be able to perform their special jobs.” The book covers the lives and unique activities of fifty different animals, as God made them.

Kashtan says that they are concerned about the strong emphasis put on evolution being taught to our children in Israeli schools. He wants to present an alternative so children canto understand that it is God who created the world. But getting Messianic literature into Israel’s mainstream has not been easy. “For 15 years we have been offering a variety of titles to the Israeli markets. A book we published about Noah was initially marketed, but when the distributors found out we are Messianic, they sent the books back,” Kashtan says.

The team at Hachotam are encouraged, but also surprised, that their new children’s book has broken through, and is now being sold in major book stores across the country. “Sales are going really well. I just received an order for even more copies,” Kasthan says. Just in time for the national book week.

Orit Kashtan, Eithan’s wife, authored the new book, and the artwork was produced by the design team at Hachotam. The non-for-profit Messianic publishing house has so far published fifty books, mostly for use by local Messianic believers. Kashtan says that the heart of their work, the publications really making a difference, are their magazines.

“Somethin Else" is a magazine they produce for teenagers. It includes articles on Faith and Science, a Question and Answer segment dealing with troubling questions a teen might have, and articles about studying the Bible. "Yaldei-Ya" (God’s kids) is a magazine for children, with quizzes that encourage children to increase their knowledge of the Bible, important biblical facts, and short articles about nature that demonstrate God’s wisdom. "What’s Going On" is a new magazine written by youth for youth that reports on daily issues and news from the Messianic believes in Israel. There are personal stories and testimonies, as well answers to "hard to understand" questions from the Bible.

“The exciting thing is that we have the privilege to serve the youth, but also to train and equip young people to serve, think and write Christian material in Hebrew,” Kashtan writes on their web page. “We pray and hope that God will raise from these youngsters the next generation of Christian publishers in Israel.”

Each of these magazines are published quarterly and distributed free of charge to the Hebrew-speaking Messianic congregations across Israel.


Israel Helps Cyprus Battle Monster Wild Fire

Israel has sent a third of its aerial firefighting fleet to aid Cyprus in battling the largest wild fire to plague the island nation in recent years.

The fire began late last week, and on Saturday Israel dispatched three firefighting planes to aid the Cypriots.

“Last night I ordered that three of our firefighting aircraft, out of our fleet of 13 or 14, be sent to help them, and the planes are now in Cyprus. This is part of the regional arrangement we have made with Cyprus and Greece about emergency assistance. I am pleased that we are able to extend this assistance,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at Sunday’s cabinet meeting.

The fire looked to be somewhat under control on Sunday, but overnight winds bolstered the blaze.

On Monday, the Israeli army sent another two planes to Cyprus, which only has a single firefighting plane of its own.


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Israeli Christians: If Israel Goes, We Go

"Today Christians are fleeing from Iraq, Syria and Palestine. We understand that if Israel goes, we go. Those not willing to honor Israel are welcome to leave."

The full article appears in the June 2016 issue of Israel Today Magazine.
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Israeli Minister Steps in to Help Christian Schools

Israeli Social Equality Minister Gila Gamliel has decided to go to bat for the nation’s 47 Arabic-speaking Christian schools, which are facing a severe financial crisis.

The Christian schools went on strike last year demanding government funding, even though they are not part of the state-controlled public school system.

Israel’s Education Ministry agreed to provide the Christian schools a one-time 50 million shekel injection, but that funding is now three months overdue.

Israeli officials are arguing that if the Christian schools want to receive taxpayer funding, they need to be folded into the official public school system.

But Gamliel says that regardless of their current status (the schools may still yet be recognized as official public schools) they deserve state funding.

A program Gamliel is quickly putting in place will allow any schools - including the Christian network - that meet certain requirements to apply for and receive grant money from the government.


Birds of prey – and the Sabbath!

As I shared in my last posting, I learnt much through my observations of nature and of God’s wonderful creation while on holiday in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales.

I was particularly impressed by what I discovered from experts about birds of prey – perhaps most importantly, that they do not fly just for the fun of it, as I had always imagined. They fly for food! In fact they spend much of their time conserving their energy so that it is not wasted on needless ‘flights of fancy’, but only on necessary shopping expeditions!

The energy used for flying in search of food is, of course, gained through previous successful ‘fishing’ trips. And this disciplined lifestyle will not allow them to indulge on ‘snacking in-flight’. Even food salvaged while hunting is stored in a special sack until an appropriate time when the bird can eat in safety and afterwards put its feet up.

Eating ‘in-flight’ will result in loss of alertness for the job in hand which, in the case of Falcons, means catching prey in mid-flight and warding off other predators. We make much of drink-driving, but what about the dangers of a heavy meal sending you to sleep at the wheel?

Question: Do we put all our energies into a search for spiritual food, reserving the time when we are most alert to seeking the presence of God and listening out for his voice? The best time to read, pray and digest his Word or other edifying material? Not just an add-on to our busy lives on the Sabbath, but fresh manna from heaven each new day, just as our heavenly Father provides for the birds (Matthew 6.26).

Is seeking bread from heaven the driving force of our lives without which we can never be fully mature, with the strength and muscle to win life’s battles and ward off danger while also enjoying the fullness of life God promises to those who follow him? (John 10.10)

One falconry expert explained the importance of perfect weight and balance. It was amazing to discover, for example, that the ideal weight for this bird – capable of over 200mph – is 1¾lb. Too light, and she will die. Too heavy, and she can’t fly. And if she can’t fly, she will die, because there’s no other way of finding food.

We too should always be seeking for more food while at the same time living off the nutrients we have already and consistently built up through a regular healthy diet.

We are not expected, except in unusual circumstances such as anticipating a famine, to store up food for a rainy day (Matthew 6.26 again). We always need fresh manna.

And we should stay as light as a feather, like these birds, by refusing to become entangled by the woes and cares of this world (Hebrews 12.1).

And lastly, remember how the bird conserves its energy for the most important task – that of finding food. That actually means plenty of rest before going to work! We humans tend to do it the other way round, seeing leisure and holidays as a reward for hard work. But the bird of prey rests in order to work.

One of the reasons Jews have done so well in business is because they all keep the Sabbath, one of God’s key commands. As Yeshua said, the Sabbath was made for man, not the other way round. (Mark 2.27) It’s for our own good – both physically and spiritually. It’s absolutely essential, in order to regain our strength.

God rebukes his people when he says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.” (Isaiah 30.15)

But those who wait upon the Lord – giving their best time to God – “will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40.31)


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Social Experiment: Muslim Terror vs Christian Terror

The above video has received a lot of hate from the politically-correct crowd, but it serves to demonstrate a very important fact that is at the heart of most of the armed conflicts in the world today.

The primary Muslim slogan of religious praise has become a literal battlecry, a call to violence, and it shows in the way people respond to a suspicious Muslim-attired person shouting "Allahu Akbar".

By contrast, no one in their right mind would suspect someone shouting "Praise Jesus" of being a terrorist.

So which is the true religion of peace?


Palestinian PM Says Israel Has No Right to Counter Terrorism

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah this week issued a statement condemning Israel’s response to last week’s deadly Tel Aviv terrorist shooting, and insisting that Muslims be given free rein in Jerusalem’s Old City.

Following the shooting at Tel Aviv’s Sarona Market, Israel learned that the shooters had come from the Hebron-area Palestinian village of Yatta. As expected, Israeli forces sealed off the area and conducted investigations in and around the village for several days, before largely lifting the restrictions this week.

According to Hamdallah, this mode of operation is unacceptable.

Misrepresenting international law, Hamdallah was adamant that as a “nation under occupation” (even though ‘Palestine’ has never been a nation) the Palestinian Arabs have the right to combat Israel by any means deemed necessary.

Apparently, in the thinking of the Palestinian leadership, that also includes murdering unarmed civilians sitting down to dinner.

The statement went on to demand that Israel withdraw its boosted police forces that were deployed to Jerusalem’s Old City during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, when an increased number of Palestinian and Israeli Arabs are visiting the mosques that occupy the Temple Mount.

These are the people with whom Israel is expected to find an equitable diplomatic solution to the conflict.


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Christian IDF Soldier Attacked in Uniform

A growing number of young Arabic-speaking Christians are volunteering to serve in the Israeli army. Some even want their service to be mandatory, as it is for Jews. But there are some elements in Arab Christian society that remain hostile to this phenomenon.

That was the experience of a young Arabic-speaking Christian who spoke to Israel’s Mako news portal. Identified only as “Y” for his own safety, the young man recounted how his family and friends urged him not to join the IDF, and how his insistence on doing so earned him death threats and a physical beating.

“I knew I was going to pay a heavy price. Most of my friends cut off contact with me,” said Y, who signed up to serve in the Bedouin Reconnaissance Battalion, and has since started a course to become a combat medic.

“The few times I got home, I received death threats from various people who live and work in my neighborhood,” he continued. “They were outraged that I was walking around in uniform and serve in a combat unit.”

During a recent visit to his hometown of Haifa, Y was physically assaulted by a passerby. “He punched me just because I was wearing a uniform. He told me, ‘You and your friends are traitors.’ It’s scary. Next time it could end in murder,” said the shaken young man.

Due to the situation, Y has petitioned the army to allow him to travel in civilian clothing. But until permission is granted, he is forced to spend most weekends at a soldiers’ boarding house to avoid physical violence, or worse.


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The Israeli army is served by thousands of “lone” soldiers who have come from all corners of the globe, leaving behind family and friends, to fight for their ancestral homeland.

And while these brave young men and women make this sacrifice proudly, it nevertheless elicits tears of great joy to be reunited with their loved ones.

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Why you should stand with Israel

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The God of the Bible is the God of Covenant. He is a promise-making and promise-keeping God. Those who claim that God is not accountable to the promises He made to the children of Israel are contradicting the Apostle Paul’s words to the Gentile Christians of the early church:

Romans 11:1 (KJV)

I say then, “Hath God cast away his people? God forbid.”

The God of the Bible is a Zionist and the Bible is a Zionist document that mandates Christians stand with the Jewish people. The Scriptures are replete with verses that foretell the restoration of the Jews to their homeland, “never again [to] be rooted out from their land.” As it is written:

Amos 9:14-15 (NASB)

“I will also plant them on their land, And they will never again be rooted out from their land. Which I have given them,” Says the Lord your God.

God said to Abraham in Genesis 12:3 “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you;” this is an eternal and irrevocable promise of God to the nations of the world.

Where are the nations that have persecuted the Jewish people? Where is Pharaoh and his army, where are the Babylonians, the ancient Romans and Greeks, the Ottoman Empire, and the Nazis? All of these empires are located in the boneyard of human history.

As for Israel and the Jewish people, they are alive and well. They thrive, prosper and grow. Even in the face of adversity, they remain a light unto the nations.

Unfortunately, Christians have not always stood with the Jewish people. In fact, from an historical perspective, Christian Zionism is the exception, not the rule.

Throughout the past 2,000 years, under the banner of the cross, Jews have been persecuted and murdered. We cannot change this history, but we must learn from it. We must return to God’s literal word - not the contortions of men - and recognise that anti-Semitism is sin and that Christians must stand up to it at every turn. To quote Dietrich Bonhoeffer, “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”

At times anti-Semitism is naked. Those who desecrate holocaust memorials and paint swastikas on synagogues are more easily identified. But in recent years, organised anti-Semitism has largely cast off its white hood and is now hiding in plain sight under the guise of opposition to Israel and to those who stand with her.

Rather than hurling disgusting epithets, this new brand of anti-Semitism hides behind buzzwords like justice and peace, and misuses them to single out the Jewish state for criticism. This deceptive brand of anti-Semitism is the cyanide that lures the misinformed Christian.

From the United Nations to newsrooms, campuses and even pulpits across the nations, it has become all too common to accuse Israel of the very sins committed against her. For example, some accuse the Israeli military of harming civilians, yet Israel takes great risks to minimise civilian casualties in conflict. As one senior British military office said, “No other army in the world has ever done more than Israel is doing now to save the lives of innocent civilians in a combat zone.” Conversely the Jewish state’s enemies intentionally attack Israeli civilians while hiding behind innocent women and children.

Likewise, Israel’s detractors accuse her of discrimination, yet from its founding Israel enshrined in its basic laws “dignity and liberty” for all of its citizens. As one prominent Israeli Christian leader told the United Nation’s Human Rights Council, “The Jewish state is the only safe place where the Christians of the Holy Land live in safety.”

Unsatisfied with simply vilifying the Jewish state, modern anti-Semites also slander Christian Zionists. All manner of outlandish accusations are levelled against us, including the allegation that we are “using” the Jewish people to fulfil an apocalyptic belief that requires all of the Jews to return to Israel and/or are lobbying for an ‘end-of-days’ battle between Israel and Iran - all in order for Jesus to return. These accusations reveal a great deal about the ignorance of those who spew them, but nothing about the motivations behind Christian Zionism.

There is no connection between Christian Zionism and Christ’s return. God has chosen a specific date as noted by Jesus.

Mark 13:31-33 (NASB)

“Speaking of His return, Jesus said: ‘But of that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. Take heed, keep on the alert; for you do not know when the appointed time will come.’”

From accusing Israel of using animals as spies, to engaging in sorcery, to practicing apartheid, the sum total of lies levelled against the Jewish state and people is far too long and ridiculous to list here.

Discerning readers recognise that those who have nothing but ill-words for Israel and her allies - yet are simultaneously silent in the face of real human rights abuses across the Middle East - are nothing more than articulate bigots who mock the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Standing with Israel is not a political issue; it’s a Bible issue.

The Bible makes it abundantly clear that God, the Owner of the earth, entered into an eternal covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and their descendants that the land of Israel belongs to the Jewish people (Genesis 13:14-15, Exodus 32:13, 2 Chronicles 20:7)

If God stands with Israel then we as Christians are mandated to do the same.

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