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Author:  justgrace [ Thu Aug 11, 2011 5:48 pm ]
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Part of the reason for protest demonstrations in Israel lately is that there is a severe housing shortage and the price for an apartment has become so high.
PA Bemoans Jerusalem Construction

Here is an article from Israel National News:

Palestinian Authority officials slammed Israel's decision to build 4,300 new units in Jerusalem saying it was a 'war crime.'
by Gavriel Queenann
Published: 11/08/11, [August 11, 2011] 7:29 PM

The Palestinian Authority on Thursday condemned Israel’s decision to build new housing projects in Jerusalem and accused the Israeli government of seeking to create new 'facts on the ground,' the PA-run Maan news agency reported.
Interior Minister Eli Yishai (Shas) on Thursday approved 1,600 apartment units in the Jerusalem haredi neighborhood of Ramat Shlomo late on Wednesday night. It was also reported the Interior Ministry was working to prepare two additional projects, including 2,000 projects in Givat Hamatos and 625 units in Pisgat Zeev.

Nabil Abu Rudaineh, spokesman for PA President Mahmoud Abbas, said that the decision was an attempt by the Israeli government to create new facts on the ground ahead of a UN vote next month on recognition of a PA state along the pre-1967 lines.

But observers note the approval of 1,600 units by Israel today -- or 2,700 more later in the week -- does not mean they will magically appear within the month and would, therefore, have no influence on the vote at the UN.

Abbas’s Fatah faction accused Israel of waging a “new aggression” by approving the new projects in Jerusalem.

“We reject the policy of the Israeli occupation government to solve its social and economic problems at the expense of the Palestinians and their occupied territories,” Fatah added in a statement.

“We are determined to defend the rights of our people and resist the occupation’s settler projects through legal means.”

Gaza, Judea, Samaria, and eastern Jerusalem are technically 'disputed territories' under international law, and have been since their liberation from Jordan's illegal 17-year occupation of those sections of the British Mandate, which began in 1948. There has never been a 'Palestinian state' for Israel to occupy.

Chief PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat condemned the housing projects as a “war crime” and urged US President Barack Obama to change his position against the PA’s statehood bid at the UN.

“We condemn this action which is considered a war crime by the 1949 Geneva Conventions,” Erekat said.

Israel's construction would only be a violation of the Geneva Convention if the areas claimed by the Palestinian Authority were 'occupied territories' rather than the 'disputed territories' legal experts define them as.

“The only way to preserve the option of the two-state solution – Palestine and Israel – is through the UN and that Palestine be accepted as a member on the 1967 borders,” Erekat said. “Then the policy of settlement construction and imposing dictates on us will become null and void.”

Erekat also criticized the US and other countries for putting pressure on the PA to abandon its statehood plan. “This pressure is completely unacceptable and will plunge the region into a cycle of violence, extremism, anarchy and bloodshed,” he cautioned.

The US, one of the five permanent veto-wielding members of the UN security council has promised to scuttle the PA statehood bid should it be raised in September.

Israel maintains Jerusalem -- in which it has exercised de jure sovreignty since 1967 - will never be divided.

Author:  justgrace [ Wed Aug 17, 2011 10:40 am ]
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September 20 Date Set

Palestinians are seeking a state in September, but it would be more accurate to say that the Muslim Brotherhood is seeking to push forth its agenda of taking land for Islamic rule and domination throughout the Middle East. The plight of the Palestinian people is merely an excuse for a takeover of Israeli land. Unfortunately, our President has furthered the cause of the "Arab Spring" and the deposition of President Mubarek in Egypt. It appears they are now slipping away from any pro-Western alliance and destabilizing the whole area.

I find the following verses fascinating from Psalm 83. There are ten nations mentioned as coming against Israel. The interesting thing is that there is no fulfillment of this scenario in the Old Testament. It appears to be future. I am not saying this refers specifically to today's news of a Palestinian confederacy going against Israel. But it certainly sounds like a picture of what is happening today. And it could be used as a prayer by the Jews and for the nation of Israel today.

Do not keep silent, O God!
Do not hold Your peace,
And do not be still, O God!
For, behold, Your enemies make a tumult [or uproar];
And those who hate You have lifted up their head [or exalt themselves].
They have taken crafty counsel against Your people,
And consulted together against Your sheltered ones.
They have said, "Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation;
That the name of Israel may be remembered."

For they have consulted together with one consent [heart];
They form a confederacy against You; [literally cut a covenant]

The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites;
Moab and the Hagrites;
Gebal, Ammon, and Amalek;
Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre;
Assyria also has joined with them;
They have helped the children of Lot.(Psalm 83:1-8)

Many of these names are still identifiable places today, with similar names. This area includes Ammon--east and northeast of the Dead Sea, and Moab--southeast of the Dead Sea, also Tyre, still a city in southern Lebanon, and Assyria, which would include present day Syria.

Palestinians set date for statehood showdown at UN'
08/13/2011 ... 33625&R=R1

September 20 marked for Palestinian UN statehood bid, AFP reports; PA foreign minister says Abbas “will insist on this historic initiative and Ban Ki-moon will present the request to the Security Council.”

NEW YORK - The Palestinians set September 20th as the date for the much-anticipated vote over Palestinian statehood at the United Nations, according to AFP.

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki informed UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will ask the international community to recognize Palestine as a sovereign state on the first day of the annual opening gathering at UN headquarters in New York.

“Abbas will personally present the request to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon... at the opening of the sixty-sixth session," he was quoted as saying by the French news wire. “[Abbas] will insist on this historic initiative and Ban Ki-moon will present the request to the Security Council.”

The announcement cast aside speculation that the Palestinians might quietly step back from their bid for statehood in response to mounting international pressure against it.

Israel adamantly opposes the Palestinian move saying a unilateral declaration of independence would be detrimental to the peace process.

In recent months it has been engaged in extensive diplomatic efforts to prevent a confrontation with Palestinians at the UN over statehood. The US has publicly said it would oppose such a vote in the Security Council and independent observers like the New York Times have argued pressing for Palestinian independence given Israel's and the US's opposition would be “profoundly damaging to all involved.”

Last month, an open session at the Security Council on the Middle East turned into a dress rehearsal for the expected vote in September.

“With international political and financial support this plan has reached its objectives as acknowledged by the international community,” a Palestinian envoy told the Security Council. “We have completed our responsibilities and are ready to govern ourselves.We cannot keep waiting for Israel to negotiate with good faith.”

Israel retorted by saying Palestinians were deeply divided between Hamas and Fatah, which have fought each other in a civil war, and that recognition of Palestinian statehood would bring instability to the region.

“On behalf of whom will you present a resolution in September? Mr. Abbas or Hamas?” asked Israel’s ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor. “Will it be on behalf of both the Palestinian Authority and the Hamas terrorist organization, which advances a charter calling for the destruction of Israel and the murder of Jews?"

Author:  justgrace [ Fri Aug 19, 2011 8:12 am ]
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Obama is having his wish, and it is hurting Israel and the stability of the Middle East. President Obama was a strong advocate of the Arab Spring uprising in Egypt and the attempt to oust pro-Western Egyptian President Hosni Mubarek, who has been put on trial in Egypt.

What has happened now is the destabilization of the border between Egypt and Israel. Also. the Muslim Brotherhood is gaining more power and along with that has come the persecution of the Coptic Christians in Egypt and the burning of churches. And we can see how futile the attempt to appease the PLO was with the creation of the Gaza Strip under terrorist control.

Gaza rockets fired into Israel
19/08/2011 - 11:40:08

Gaza militants launched barrages of rockets deep into Israel early today and Israeli aircraft struck targets in the Palestinian territory in the aftermath of the deadliest attack against Israelis in three years.

On Thursday, gunmen apparently from Gaza and who crossed into southern Israel through the Egyptian desert, ambushed civilian vehicles travelling on a remote road, killing eight people.

Six were civilians, and two were members of Israeli security forces responding to the incursion.

The attack signaled a new danger for Israel from its border with the Sinai Peninsula, long quiet under the rule of Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak.

Mubarak was deposed in February and the desert of the Sinai Peninsula – always restive and largely controlled by Bedouin tribes – has become increasingly lawless.

Israel responded hours after the attack with an air strike that killed five members of the Palestinian group that Israel said was behind it, an organisation known as the Popular Resistance Committees.

The dead included the group’s leader.

A spokesman for the group, Abu Mujahid, would not confirm or deny responsibility for the attack inside Israel, but said militants would avenge the killing of the men in Gaza.

Hamas denied any connection with the attacks, but hurriedly evacuated all of its security facilities in anticipation of more Israeli retaliation.

Those strikes continued through the night, targeting what the military said were smuggling tunnels and sites used by gunmen.

Hamas officials said two children, three and 13, were killed in the Israeli strikes.

The Israeli military’s chief spokesman, Brig Gen Yoav Mordechai, said it was “too early” to say that a broad escalation in Gaza was imminent.

“If we see that Hamas is choosing to escalate, we will not hesitate to expand the scope of our actions, respond in strength and exact a price from Hamas,” he told Army Radio on Friday morning.

Militants in Gaza launched at least 10 rockets into Israel today, the military said. One, aimed at the city of Ashkelon, was intercepted by the new Israeli anti-missile system known as Iron Dome.

Another hit the port city of Ashdod and wounded six Israelis, according to Israeli emergency services.

Israel’s south has been equipped with early warning systems and bomb shelters over years of rocket fire from Gaza, and those measures have helped keep casualties low.

The attacks focused Israel’s attention on its border with Egypt – 125 miles of mountainous desert with no fence for most of its length.

The border has traditionally been crossed mainly by Bedouin smugglers ferrying drugs and thousands of African asylum-seekers into Israel.

Thursday’s attack – the deadliest for Israel since a Palestinian gunman killed eight people in a Jerusalem religious seminary in 2008 – took place near Israel’s popular Red Sea resort city of Eilat, at the height of the tourist season.

Though the desert outside Eilat showed signs of an increased military presence today, the city itself appeared unaffected. Joggers and cyclists were visible along the beach.

A new fence is currently under construction, and the military says it will be complete by the end of 2012.

Read more: ... z1VTWLTCM8

Author:  GrannyT [ Fri Aug 19, 2011 10:20 am ]
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Ironically, I was reading Scripture about Israel this morning and was curious about what is going on with Israel:

Genesis 12:1-3 (KJV)
1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

Thank you so much for keeping up with this thread. You have news about Israel all in one place for us! :soldier

Author:  melopa [ Fri Aug 19, 2011 11:15 am ]
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Do not keep silent, O God!
Do not hold Your peace,
And do not be still, O God!

For, behold, Your enemies make a tumult [or uproar];
And those who hate You have lifted up their head [or exalt themselves].
They have taken crafty counsel against Your people,
And consulted together against Your sheltered ones.
They have said, "Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation;
That the name of Israel may be remembered."

For they have consulted together with one consent [heart];
They form a confederacy against You; [literally cut a covenant]

The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites;
Moab and the Hagrites;
Gebal, Ammon, and Amalek;
Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre;
Assyria also has joined with them;
They have helped the children of Lot.(Psalm 83:1-8)

Author:  justgrace [ Fri Aug 19, 2011 11:28 am ]
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GrannyT wrote:

Ironically, I was reading Scripture about Israel this morning and was curious about what is going on with Israel:

Genesis 12:1-3 (KJV)
1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

Thank you so much for keeping up with this thread. You have news about Israel all in one place for us! :soldier

You are welcome. I believe there is no other foreign policy matter more crucial at this point than the general upheaval in the Middle East and how it affects the future of our friend and ally, Israel. It also will decide if the USA will have a secure future. We have to make the right choice in Israel.

I am trying to keep a balance, but obviously I do believe Scripture teaches that though the Lord has treated Israel differently (judged) because/after they "killed the prophets," etc. and broke their side of the covenant with God, yet He will ultimately fulfill prophecies to bring them back to Him.

And I believe that when Jesus wept over the city of Jerusalem before His death, that He had not rejected them but that He knew most of them had rejected Him as Messiah. He could forsee the pain and destruction coming upon Jerusalem not too many years following His crucifixion, and I think He was even thinking of the scattering of the Jews and the Holocaust. Yet, for all their sins (which remind us of our own), God has not forgotten His promises to make them a great blessing (which He has through giving Scriptures through Jewish writers and giving Jesus of Jewish ancestry). And certainly verse three would be true for always. Those who bless Israel and the Jewish people will receive God's blessings. And likewise those who curse them shall receive the curse of God, whatever form that may take.

Author:  justgrace [ Tue Aug 23, 2011 11:50 am ]
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The residents of Israeli communities east of the 150 square mile Gaza strip--which was given to the Palestinians several years ago to appease them--are being attacked by the Hamas terrorists from Gaza.

These continued rocket attacks illustrate again how fruitless and counter-intuitive it would be for the Israelis to surrender more of their land for a Palestinian state.

There appears to be no stopping the Islamic extremists. These are the same groups that are trying to gain control of the West Bank and create a Palestinian state under a deal brokered by the Muslim Brotherhood. President Obama is taking sides with them and their goals in the Middle East for the takeover of Israeli land. All that restrains this administration is the opinion of the American people, which is why we must keep speaking out in support of Israel. Are our leaders in this administration so naive as not to know that the Hamas and alFatah (as well as the Hezbollah and alQaeda) will not be satisfied until every Jew is killed and the nation pushed off into the Mediterranean Sea?

It saddens me to think that our leaders could want to take a chance trusting the same groups that sought to destroy our nation's capital, Pentagon, and financial system on 9-11-01. That attack, we are finding, was broader than just al-Qaeda. And this is the enemy that considers America the "Great Satan" to be destroyed.

Have we forgotten? America needs to wake up and demand that we stand by our best ally (and possibly the only Middle East ally when the Arab Spring finishes off the other pro-West alliances.)

Now, President Obama has promised the "people of Libya" that we will be their ally no matter what. Even if they are another land taken over by Muslim Brotherhood?

'Hamas officials go underground in fear of Israeli attack'
08/22/2011 12:04

Hamas PM Haniyeh, senior official Zahar operating with restricted movement within Gaza, according to Arab media.

Senior Hamas security and political officials have descended to underground tunnels in the fear that Israel may try to attack them, according to sources within Hamas quoted by newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabi as reporting.

Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh and senior official Mahmoud al-Zahar are now operating with restricted movement within the Gaza Strip, according to the report.

Diplomatic sources expressed concern that escalation in the South could upset Egypt and and hurt Israel at the UN vote for Palestinian statehood in September. Palestinian rocket and mortar attacks on southern Israel resumed on Sunday evening and continued into Monday morning despite reports that the Islamist group was seeking an immediate ceasefire.
[My comments in red: We need a strongly, pro-Israeli President to declare to the UN that we will not allow our ally to be hurt and destroyed.]

Sixteen rockets were fired from the[area] after midnight on Sunday. Four kassam rockets landed in Sderot, the Eshkol Regional Council area and on the outskirts of Ashkelon. No injuries or damage were reported in the attacks. [These communities are just east of Gaza, in southern Israel. Many of them have no bomb shelters but the residents live in fear of terrorist attack at any time.]An additional rocket damaged a building in the Eshkol Regional Council on Monday morning and the Iron Dome anti-rocket shield intercepted one rocket fired in the direction of Ashkelon. [But only one of sixteen rockets was shot down effectively by their defense shield called the Iron Dome. Miraculously, no one was killed.]

Author:  QuoVadisAnima [ Wed Aug 24, 2011 2:49 am ]
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Saw this pic of Jerusalem on this website of a priest who is preparing to lead a pilgrimage there
http://sevenoaksordinariate.wordpress.c ... a-pilgrim/
Not sure if he took it, but whoever did - wow!, doesn't it make you think of the Heavenly Jerusalem in Scripture?


Author:  justgrace [ Wed Aug 24, 2011 8:09 am ]
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Reminds me of Jerusalem, the Golden. One of my father's favorite hymns.

Jerusalem the golden, with milk and honey blessed!
Beneath thy contemplation sink heart and voice oppressed;
I know not, O I know not what joys await me there;
What radiance of glory, what bliss beyond compare!

Thy stand, those halls of Zion, all jubilant with song,
And bright with many an angel, and all the martyr throng;
The Prince is ever in them, the daylight is serene;
The pastures of the blessed are decked in glorious sheen.

There is the throne of David; and there, from care released,
The song of them that triumph, the shout of them that feast;
And they who with their Leader have conquered in the fight,
Forever and forever are clad in robes of white.

O sweet and blessed country, the home of God's elect!
O sweet and blessed country that eager hearts expect!
Jesus, in mercy bring us to that dear land of rest;
Who are, with God the Father, and Spirit, ever blest.
- Bernard of Cluny, c. 1145

A hymn written nearly one thousand years ago!

Of course, the New (heavenly) Jerusalem will far exceed the present one.

"That great city...Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God." (Rev. 21:10)

And the gold-domed mosque on the temple mound? Prophetic Scriptures tell us what will happen there, but I will let each of you read and decide for yourself what will happen. Many see remarkable fulfillment of prophecies regarding the state of Israel in the end times, as well as the people who are redeemed by the Jewish-born Savior, Jesus Christ.

Author:  justgrace [ Fri Aug 26, 2011 9:03 am ]
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I am becoming convinced that there is a rise in anti-Semitism that rivals that which rose under the demonic rule of Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich.

Nation after nation in the Middle East are falling under the influence of the terrorist groups, which are being unified and funded by the Muslim Brotherhood. With the fall of Egypt's Mubarek and the unrest brought about by the ill-named "Arab Spring," we are seeing the somewhat modifying influence of nations that were pro-West being stripped away, exposing the stark madness of anti-Semitic, anti-Christian forces. In Libya, a cruel leader has been deposed, but in his place there is likely coming, not democracy as we know it in the West, but rather Sharia law, with its stated purpose the destruction of those who are not Islamic. Threat after threat is being hurled against the Jews in Israel, calling for the destruction of the people and their nation. We live in dangerous times. And Israel needs our friendship and support more now than ever.

Gary Bauer, President of American Values and Chairman of the Campaign for Working Families writes of this in the following article:
Obama's Middle East Muddle

Yesterday Libyan rebels sacked Col. Muammar Qadhafi's compound and consolidated their hold over the capital city of Tripoli. While one Muslim dictator has been deposed, it is unlikely that freedom lies ahead for the Libyan people. According to various reports a draft constitution establishes Islam as the official state religion and Sharia law as the "principal source of legislation."

Moreover, we have known from the beginning that Al Qaeda and other jihadists were part of the opposition movement. Not surprisingly, the Associated Press reports that there is a mad rush to secure and/or destroy Qadhafi's weapons of mass destruction before they fall into the wrong hands.

Next door in Egypt, anti-Israeli sentiments are on the rise. As Israel struggles to defend itself from attacks in the lawless Sinai region, politicians are fanning the flames of anti-Semitism ahead of the upcoming elections. Over the weekend, a massive protest erupted in front of the Israeli embassy in Cairo. The Israeli flag was burned, there were signs with swastikas and obscene slogans such as, "The gas chambers are ready." Meanwhile, to Israel's north, Syria's civil war rages on.

Obama's election was supposed to usher in a golden age of diplomacy and cooperation. Obama began his presidency by giving his first interview as president to the Al-Arabiya news channel, an Arab language satellite network. In his remarks, Obama said he felt his "job" was to communicate "to the Muslim world . . . that the Americans are not your enemy."

He followed that up with a video message reaching out to the mullahs in Iran based on "mutual respect," and then delivered his grand speech in Cairo, Egypt, once again reaching out to the Muslim world. To what effect? If anything, the Middle East is less stable today. (Gary Bauer)

Please pray especially fervently now, because the schemes and plans of terrorists are reaching a new high as the tenth anniversary of the 9-11-01 terrorist attack at the Twin Towers in New York, the attempted destruction of our defense and military command center (the Pentagon), and the attempted attack on the White House occurred. America needs to renew her efforts at self-defense, not tell New Yorkers they cannot pray for our nation at the former site of World Trade Center.

Author:  justgrace [ Sat Aug 27, 2011 12:02 pm ]
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The situation in Israel, threatened now by Egyptian unrest left in the wake of the Mubarek ouster and leadership vacuum, is troublesome, to say the least. Israel and ultimately the United States and free world must take serious notice.

The Sinai Peninsula (where Israel four times has defeated the Egyptians who attacked their borders) was returned to Egypt in the Carter presidency Camp David Accords. Unlike any other nation that has achieved a military victory, however, Israel was made to return the conquered land--the Sinai to Egypt--to make peace. Now chaos and anarchy are reigning without a stable government in Egypt, as a result of the touted Arab Spring. And the Muslim Brotherhood is stepping into the vacuum. Perhaps Obama really meant to protect America when he proclaimed that we were "not a Christian nation." Because what the terrorists and jihadists aim to do to Israel, they also hope to do to Christians, especially to America. Obama has yet to learn that he cannot appease the "brothers" in the Middle East with such mollifying statements.

Islamist Cleric: Meet an Israeli? Kill Him
Muslim Brotherhood cleric declares ordinary Egyptians should kill 'Zionists' they meet.
by Gil Ronen
Published: 23/08/11, 4:13 PM

[Muslim Brotherhood symbol shown, which is crossed sabers]

A senior cleric in the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood has declared that ordinary Egyptians are obligated to kill 'Zionists' whom they encounter. According to Arutz Sheva Arab affairs expert Dalit Halevy, the pronouncement is part of a general wave of incitement that directly endangers Israelis who are currently in Egypt.

This follows Muslim Brotherhood calls to end the peace treaty with Egypt and threats to kill Israel's ambassador if he does not leave the country. Although there are many benefits for Egypt if it continues its relations with Israel, not the least of which is continued American aid, that is not always what counts in the Middle East where hatred is often stronger than logic.

Dr. Salah Sultan, a lecturer on Islamic law in Cairo University and head of the Al Quds [Muslim name for Jerusalem, which in Hebrew, interestingly, means City of Peace] Committee in the World Federation of Islamic Scholars, declared Friday that an Egyptian citizen who encounters a "Zionist" should kill him. This should be done because Israel "killed" the Camp David Accord, [?!!] he explained. Sultan said that Israel provokes Egypt by pointing its jet fighters at Egyptian soldiers.

Sultan spoke at a protest outside Israel's Cairo embassy, before about 200 members of the Freedom and Justice Party (a front for the Islamic Brotherhood), the Islamic Brotherhood movement, and other extreme groups.

In an April interview Sultan said that "the liberation of Palestine will come from Tahrir Square."

When the Crusaders invaded Jerusalem, the liberation began from Egypt, he said. Similarly, when Mongols reached Syria in the 13th century CE, Egyptians were the ones who organized and blocked them. "The next campaign [against Israel] will be launched from Egypt," he said.

Author:  justgrace [ Sat Aug 27, 2011 4:24 pm ]
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Please read the above comment, along with some other stories you can find by clicking the url address given.

While researching, I found this interesting story about Governor Huckabee's visit to Israel about three years ago. At the time of this news story he was considered to be on the "short list" of Vice Presidential names for Senator John McCain.

Huckabee: 'There is Only One Place for a Jewish Homeland'
Former Arkansas Governor and vice-presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee flew in Monday on a whirlwind two-day fact-finding and solidarity tour.

by Yishai Fleisher and Elana Eden
Published: 19/08/08, 12:04 PM / Last Update: 19/08/08, 1:05 PM

Former Arkansas Governor and vice-presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee flew in to Israel Monday on a whirlwind two-day fact-finding and solidarity tour. On his first day in the Holy Land, Huckabee visited Jewish neighborhoods in Jerusalem, while on Tuesday he is scheduled to tour Sderot.

Huckabee is said to be on Republican presidential candidate John McCain's "short list" of running mates.

Daniel Lurie, executive director of the Jerusalem Reclamation Project (Ateret Kohanim), took Governor Huckabee around Jerusalem, including a traditional stop at the Western Wall. However, Huckabee was also afforded the opportunity to view parts of Jerusalem which no major American politician has had the privilege of seeing. These included new Jewish enclaves at Abu Tor, the Yemenite Village in the Shiloach (Silwan Valley), Kidmat Zion, the Muslim Quarter in the Old City of Jerusalem, and the grand new housing project at the Mount of Olives.

While touring, Governor Huckabee also had time to make statements and respond to questions from journalists.

Gov. Huckabee said he understood the need for a Palestinian state, but that it should not interfere with the Jewish one.

"There are many, many places where a homeland for the Palestinians could in fact take place that would be consistent with their roots," he said. "But there is only one place on earth where the Jewish people could have a homeland that is consistent with their roots."

He emphasized that the international community agreed to recognize clear, definitive boundaries of a Jewish homeland in Israel as early as 1919.

"We have a moral obligation to the Jewish people to honor the commitment that has been made through decades and decades of understanding that there is going to be a homeland for the Jewish people," he said.

"The question shouldn't be 'Do Arabs have a right to live in Jewish territory,'" said Gov. Huckabee, "but, 'Do Jews have a right to live in Jewish territory?'"

"To say that Jews can't live in Jerusalem is the equivalent of telling the Boston Red Sox they can't play in Fenway Park. Obviously, that would never go over very well on Beacon Hill."

Author:  justgrace [ Tue Aug 30, 2011 8:02 am ]
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What is going on???

It appears that the FBI is at odds with this administration about whether the Muslim Brotherhood is a threat.

While the Muslim Brotherhood has put on a face of peace and reconciliation in America, their avowed goals still remain: the destruction of those who oppose Sharia law, including Jews and Christians.

Infiltration of the federal government by members of the radical Muslim Brotherhood is worse than some have warned recently, says a former FBI special agent in Washington.

The agent confirmed that at least three operatives of the Egypt-based Brotherhood – whose credo is "Jihad is our way and death in the cause of Allah is our dream" – have penetrated the Obama administration.

The shocking charge was first leveled by Muslim reformer Tarek Fatah during a recent speech in Toronto.

"When someone says that there is penetration of jihadi Islamists within society, do not dismiss it as some right-wing, xenophobic, racist rant," warned Fatah, a Canadian journalist.

"Today in the White House, there are three members of the Muslim Brotherhood that influence Obama's policy," he told the audience gathered for an IdeaCity conference. "One is Rashad Hassan, who is the American ambassador to the 52-nation Organization of Islamic (Conference)."

Fatah also named [b] "Dalia Mogahed, who writes (Obama's) speeches, who comes from the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt; and another woman, an academic, (who) was appointed in that circle."

Former FBI special agent John Guandolo says Obama's ties to agents for the Muslim Brotherhood are even more extensive.

"The level of penetration in the last three administrations is deep," he said. "For this president, it even goes back to his campaign with Muslim Brotherhood folks working with him then."

Equally alarming, the Brotherhood also has placed several operatives and sympathizers within key positions in Homeland Security and the U.S. military, notes Guandolo, a former Marine Corps officer.

The veteran federal agent says such infiltration threatens national security, because the U.S. leadership of the international Brotherhood has outlined a secret plan to "destroy" the U.S. and other Western governments "from within."

After the 9/11 attacks, he says the FBI discovered the plan written in Arabic among documents seized from the basement of a prominent Brotherhood leader living in a Washington suburb.

Guandolo says the stated Muslim Brotherhood strategy for change "from within" includes the installation of loyal Brothers into political office.


President Obama's top Muslim ambassador, Rashad Hussain, has raised suspicions. He is U.S. special envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference, a powerful international group headquartered in Saudi Arabia and closely aligned with the Muslim Brotherhood.

Before first joining the White House as a lawyer, Hussain regularly spoke to Brotherhood front groups and defended Brotherhood leaders like Sami al-Arian. Hussain at first denied defending the convicted terrorist, claiming he was misquoted, but then recanted after produced a tape-recording of his remarks.

Recently, he has been overseas encouraging devotion to Islam, including in terror hotspots like Afghanistan.

In fact, Hussain has told Afghans the antidote to Islamic violence "is Islam itself."

"I am of the opinion that one of the strongest tools that you can use to counter radicalization and violent extremism is Islam itself, because Islam rejects violent extremism," he said during a recent speech in Kabul.

Hussain, a devout Muslim, says promotion of the Muslim faith is "key" to the administration's strategy to turn Muslims away from violence.

"We see that as one of the key elements of a strategy to address this type of violence," he said.

The strategy is at odds with what the co-chairmen of the 9/11 Commission recently recommended in their follow-up report on homegrown terror, "Assessing the Terrorist Threat: A Report of the Bipartisan Policy Center's National Security Preparedness Group."

The study found that Islam was motivating terrorists not just abroad, but inside America's Muslim community. And it scolded U.S. leaders for pretending religion is not a factor in growing violence.

Still, Hussain insists: "When it comes to the problem of violent extremism, Islam is not the problem."

Hussain helped draft Obama's conciliatory Cairo speech to Muslims. Also helping with the president's speeches and policies toward Muslims is Mogahed, whose pro-Islamist statements have been posted on the Muslim Brotherhood's website,

Obama appointed the hijab-wearing Mogahed to the President's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. On a British television program, Islam Channel, Mogahed defended Shariah law, the barbaric Islamic legal code that treats women as second-class citizens.

Muslim women actually "associate gender justice or justice for women with Shariah compliance," she argued. "It is 'only a small fraction' that associate Shariah with 'oppression of women.'"

She added that Muslims should work to integrate Islamic law into public law.

Another Brotherhood-tied figure influencing the White House is Azizah al-Hibri.

Obama this June appointed her to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom. A Muslim professor, al-Hibri is also the granddaughter of a sheik, who claims the Saudi criminal justice system is more moral than the American one because it accepts blood money from murderers.

Al-Hibri herself has proclaimed: "Islamic fiqh (law) is deeper and better than Western codes of law."

She served on the advisory board of the American Muslim Council and made joint appearances with its leader Abdurahman Alamoudi. Now defunct, the AMC was a front group for the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood, and Alamoudi was the Brotherhood's top leader in America. He is now behind bars as one of al-Qaida's top fundraisers in America.

Al-Hibri has also made appearances at Islamic Society of North America conferences. The Justice Department says ISNA is a Brotherhood front and recently named the group an unindicted co-conspirator in a plot to provide material support to Hamas terrorists.

Guandolo identified several other Brotherhood-connected agents of influence – all of whom are just as politically savvy and moderate sounding – who have worked their way into government positions, including:

Arif Alikhan, who was assistant Homeland Security secretary for policy development and is now a distinguished visiting professor of homeland security and counterterrorism at the National Defense University.

Syrian-born Kareem Shora, who is Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano's senior policy adviser.

Navy Cmdr. Youssef Aboul-Enein and Jocelyne Cesari, a Muslim convert who previously worked with Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, both of whom teach at colleges within the National Defense University.

Guandolo blames the advances Brotherhood figures on political correctness and lax vetting at government agencies.

Even at the FBI, he notes, an Iranian-born Muslim has taken over the agency's weapons of mass destruction program.

Stung by workplace discrimination lawsuits by Arab and Muslim employees, the FBI has come under pressure to hire more Arab and Muslim agents and language specialists and promote existing ones, while clearing them for higher security levels, according the best-selling book "Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That's Conspiring to Islamize America."

The book cites internal FBI records showing the agency has been sued by no fewer than 14 Arab and Muslim employees since 9/11. Some of the lawsuits have been solicited or aided by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, another Muslim Brotherhood front group. The FBI in 2008 cut off formal outreach with CAIR and its branch offices.

"This is happening as we remain silent. And I say that as a liberal Democrat who worked and campaigned for Barack Obama," said Fatah, a Pakistan-born journalist and activist who founded the moderate Muslim Canadian Congress to fight the spread of "Islamofascism."

"Muslim Mafia" also has prompted a lawsuit from CAIR over the acquisition by the authors of CAIR documents.

In the lawsuit, CAIR, a self-described Muslim civil-rights group, does not defend itself against the book's claims, and the FBI has seized the CAIR material from the Washington law office of one of the attorneys for the authors. A previous filing in the case revealed a federal grand jury is investigating CAIR for possible violation of laws that ban financial dealings with terrorist groups or countries under U.S. sanctions.

As WND reported, CAIR's complaint seeks to expunge all copies of "Muslim Mafia" in an attempt, according to defense lawyers, to eliminate evidence that could lead to criminal prosecution.

Read more: Underpublicized threat deep in White House

One can scarcely understand how the survival of Israel or the freedoms of America can remain if these revelations of Islamic Brotherhood's infiltration into our government are true. And if the people do not know or speak out to protect our nation and its freedoms from those bent on our destruction.

Author:  justgrace [ Tue Aug 30, 2011 11:33 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Support Israel

Tensions are building in the Middle East, as the day nears that the PLO and other terrorist groups plan to announce a unilateral formation of a Palestinian state at the United Nations. The nations are lining up against Israel.

The most dangerous thing that is different this time around is that the United States President is not firmly behind Israel's right to exist. And the Palestinian leaders, emboldened by our President's weakness, are tiring of waiting for negotiations. Fundamental to the Israelis is the guarantee of their right to exist.

Abbas: We won't recognize Israel as a Jewish state
Palestinian leader defiant ahead of UN statehood bid, urges international community to back off; 'Don’t order us to recognize Jewish state,' he says.

Israel's Foreign Minister says world must tell Abbas state cannot come at Israel's expense

by Elior Levy
08.28.11, 07:01/Israel

"The Palestinian Authority will not be recognizing Israel as a Jewish state, Mahmoud Abbas, PA Chairman,” said Saturday, adopting a belligerent tone ahead of his planned statehood bid in September.

The Palestinian leader also criticized demands made by the International Quartet* of his authority, urging the international community to back off. "Don't order us to recognize a Jewish state," Abbas said. "We won't accept it."

The Palestinian president also seemed to present a somewhat more moderate position in his meeting with Foreign Affairs Commissioner Catherine Ashton over the weekend, in Ramallah.

Chief Palestinian Negotiator Saeb Erekat said that Abbas stressed before Ashton that the UN bid does not negate the continuation of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

Ashton reportedly told Abbas that while the European Union does not object to the Palestinian's UN bid per-se, its final position in the matter will be determined according to the bid's content and phrasing.

Ashton further said that a real solution to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians can only be achieved through negotiations.

Lieberman slams PA

Responding to the Palestinian leader's defiant message, Foreign Minister Avicdor Lieberman, said the statement "reveals the true nature of the September motion: A Palestinian state to come in place of a Jewish state."
"Countries around the world must make it clear to Abbas that the only way the Palestinians will be able to have a state is by stopping their attempt to destroy the only Jewish state in the world," Lieberman said.

The foreign minister has adopted a tough attitude against the PA as of late, most recently blasting Ramallah for what he called its leaders' empty rhetoric vis-à-vis terror.

Following the recent terror offensive in southern Israel that left eight people dead, Lieberman said: "The events of recent days prove that the Palestinian rhetoric professing that they have abandoned terror in favor on diplomacy in as removed from reality as Ramallah is from the UN building in New York City."

* The "Quartet on the Middle East," otherwise known as the "Diplomatic Quartet," or the "Madrid Quartet," was established in Madrid, Spain in 2002 by Prime Minister Aznar to bring peace to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Quartet members include 1)The United Nations, 2)The United States of America, 3)The European Union, and 4)Russia.,7340 ... 46,00.html

Author:  justgrace [ Wed Aug 31, 2011 7:55 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Support Israel

With all the challenges she faces, America needs another Ronald Reagan--a strong, principled conservative leader, passionate about preserving this country and her Constitution. Someone who relies upon God and believes that with Him America can be great again.

Presently, we have but weak leadership. Our President may mean well, be intelligent and well educated (at least in a very liberal philosophy), be a good father, as well as a great deliverer of speeches. But he seems to lack the "feel" or the appreciation of what it means to be an American. He does not understand the principles of freedom. He seems not to know how to protect us. And he is up against great challenges for any President. Christian believers are reminded that the Bible says to pray for our leaders, even though it seems hard to know how to pray!

These are some of the OTHER challenges facing us in 2011:

-Drought and extreme heat in the southern central states has caused liquidation of much of the livestock herds and a water shortage that will soon affect cities, too. Food prices are likely to rise again. For farmers facing disaster, they also face the likelihood of government subsidies--even federal crop insurance--being withdrawn. No crops, no income, no farmers surviving.

-Flood waters along the Missouri River basin still inundate nearly 800,000 acres of cropland, reducing corn yields in the northern states. Ethanol production, which keeps our gasoline prices from being over $7.00 per gallon now, may be threatened by both dwindling corn supply and slashed funding for the very mandate that government set in place (to replace 15% of fuel with ethanol). (No, the corn used for ethanol is not the grade used for tortillas, etc. It is animal feed. The alcohol is distilled from the corn, leaving very nutritive cattle feed call DDG-dry distiller's grain. It is now keeping cattle alive in Texas and Oklahoma, where they use roughage such as straw or stalks for filler. When sprinkled with DDG, the feed is like ice cream to the animals! They love it, and it keeps them nourished.)

-And, we have almost no new drilling of oil wells. No new refineries are being built, but old ones are being closed. Costly, prohibitive regulations, restrictions, and fees hamper new development. This puts us even further at the mercy of our enemies in the Middle East who provide a great chunk or our gasoline.

-Yes, the world is interconnected, but we need again a renewed resolve to be a free and sovereign America. We need to protect our economic system. We need to protect our borders and restrict immigration and make sure it is legal. At no time have we as a nation been in such jeopardy of losing our own sovereignty.

-The same enemies of Israel's sovereignty are the ones using new methods and old, of terrorism and infiltration of our society. The ultimate goal of Israel's enemies (particularly Muslim jihadists and terrorists) is the same we face. The people of the religion are not our enemies. We pray for them. But we also pray that the schemes of those who wish to destroy our nation and our freedoms will not succeed.

And if weather were not enough a problem, we have a climate in Washington of unrestrained spending, debt, and taxation. We know that must be brought under control. But that's another whole, huge subject!

Today we will likely pass the 50th day of heat over 100 degrees in our part of Kansas, with a forecast of 105. That matches the previous record in 1934, when the Dust Bowl began. Southern Kansas is, like Texas and Oklahoma, experiencing either Extreme Drought, or the worst possible USDA classification: Exceptional Drought.

Sometimes we just don't love being exceptional. But in being an exceptional America again, I think we all could agree that we need a President like Reagan.

Author:  QuoVadisAnima [ Wed Aug 31, 2011 11:50 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Support Israel

Here's a graphic of the drought posted on one of our local station's weather pages. It's pretty brutal


We are hoping to have a break in the 100+ degree weather by the end of this week.
I am also praying that the La Nina conditions causing this drought - and projected to last thru next year as well - do not continue...

Author:  justgrace [ Thu Sep 01, 2011 5:53 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Support Israel

QVA, thank you for posting the map. This should be huge news. Governor Perry must be spending time and concern on this issue. Water scarcity will be your next issue.

There is apparently a later map that shows this drought spreading even further north in Kansas, as well as further east into Arkansas and Louisiana.

I was googling last night about the Dust Bowl and found it scary to see that the map from then would be the same as this year's drought. It lasted from 1930 to 1936 at least. We would count last year as a drought year for Texas. My husband always says that in Kansas we get the weather pattern you Texans had last year, and it seems to be true. We are gearing up for another year of crop failures. There was no corn to harvest. (We got less than one farm truck full of corn from almost 1,000 acres.) Our milo will not make it, nor our soybeans. Yesterday, we hit another record of 108 degrees for August 31. :-( We hear there are wild fires in Texas and Arizona and New Mexico.


We have it bad. But, in Israel, they are fighting for their very right to exist! Please keep reading (and praying!). :pray

Author:  justgrace [ Thu Sep 01, 2011 6:10 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Support Israel

It would seem that every Israeli would recognize the right for their nation to exist and defend itself!

But apparently there are a few rabbi's, even, who want to appease the terrorists, hoping it will bring peace. (Sounds like some US presidents!)

I think this author explains as well as anyone why it is foolish to deal with terrorists...

Op-Ed: Rabbi Froman and the Religion of Jihad: A Critique

-September 1, 2011, by David Rubin*

Rabbi Menachem Froman of Tekoa, long known for his diplomatic efforts with Islamic religious leaders, has revealed a most dubious level of naiveté.

His reported endorsement (Arutz Sheva, August 31) of a State of Palestine as being “beneficial for peace” and his support for the unilateral statehood bid at the U.N. is the straw that has broken the proverbial camel’s back.

Ever since Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and his terrorist Fatah joined hands with the more strictly observant terrorist Hamas, it has become clear that the Arab Spring is an Islamic Winter for Israel and that the genie of the “religion of peace” has been exposed for what it really is.

There is a concept in Islam called “takiyya”, which means “deception” to further the cause of Islam. In other words, it is permitted, even given an Islamic stamp of approval to lie, in order to fool “the Jews and the infidels”, and to hide malicious intentions for the sake of Allah.

It reminds me of a speech that Abbas’s predecessor Yasser Arafat gave in a mosque at the start of the Oslo peace process. It was a fiery presentation in which he proclaimed, “With blood and fire we will liberate you oh Jerusalem – Jihad! Jihad! Jihad!” When he emerged from the mosque, and was subsequently confronted by the Western media, he was asked, “Mr. Arafat, how can you call for jihad, or holy war, and at the same time discuss peace with Israel?”

He responded shrewdly, with that sly smile of his: “I will continue my jihad - for peace.”

This is but one example of the deception that individuals like Rabbi Froman ignore, in their misguided attempts to proclaim the unity of all religions, all the while seeming to ignore the fact that an evil ideology is evil, whether it claims to be a legitimate religion or not. A religion that in its sources specifically calls for the ambushing and killing of Jews is not worthy of the name religion.

Jihad is the highest precept in Islam and the basis for Islamic terrorism and those who tell you otherwise, are either being deceitful, are naïve, or haven’t read the Koran, the Hadith, or the Saudi Arabian educational curriculum.

Calling for a Palestinian state in the biblical heartland of Israel is a contradiction of G-d’s clear instruction to the Jewish people to protect and settle the Land of Israel. Abbas has made it clear with his assertions that “Not one Jew may remain” that a Palestinian Arab state would end all Jewish settlement within its sovereignty.

Either G-d’s instructions as described in the Torah are correct, or the Koran’s instructions to “cut off the fingertips of the unbelievers (non-Muslims)” are correct. They can’t both be correct, unless one believes in the ideology of moral relativism, that truth is relative. Furthermore, to give the radical, hateful ideology of Islam a base in our ancestral homeland would be a danger, not only to Israel, but to Western Civilization, as it would provide a central terrorist base to those, such as Hamas, who justify terrorism and indeed, give it a religious stamp of approval.

However, to give the UN statehood bid a rabbinical stamp of approval is a shocking display of disregard for the pain and suffering of the terror victims and an irresponsible show of support for those who have never abandoned their intention to drive us into the sea, whether by war, whether by terrorism, or whether by a peace that is no peace. “For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, ‘Peace, peace – when there is no peace.” (Jeremiah 8:11).

May we all merit the wisdom to recognize true peace – peace for peace - when it finally comes, but a rabbi from Judea dancing w/Islamic terrorists is not peace.

Well said, eloquently said, and true. We (almost) all want real peace, but not one that cloaks a dagger.

*About the author: David Rubin, former Shiloh Mayor.
The writer is a former Mayor of Shiloh, Israel and the Founder and President of the Shiloh Israel Children’s Fund. He is the author of two books including his new book, The Islamic Tsunami (Israel & America in the Age of Obama).

Author:  justgrace [ Sat Sep 03, 2011 12:10 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Support Israel

Like a much-abused child or a weakly-perceived schoolchild neighbor, Israel is unfairly treated with disrespect and violence.

The United Nations, which provided (presumably)for a safe state in Israel for the Jews in 1948, is like the uncaring parent, now. The neighboring Arabic or Persian Islamic nations are delighting to throw arrows and attacks against the largely peace-loving nation of Jews, who only want the right to exist in peace and freedom in their ancient God-given land.

Here, from news source, Arutz Sheva 7, is another good analysis on the state of world opinion against his nation.

Israel Unfazed by Turkey’s Moves: We Will Not Apologize
Despite Turkey's downgrade of relations,
Israel reiterates: We won't apologize for defending ourselves.
by Elad Benari, Canada ... mJSSY6Zs-0

Despite Turkey’s downgrade of its ties with Israel, Jerusalem remained unfazed on Friday, with officials once again clarifying that Israel has no intention of apologizing for the Mavi Marmara incident.

Referring to the publication of the Palmer Report on the events of the 2010 IHH flotilla, Israeli officials said that while Israel regrets the loss of lives on the Marmara, it will not apologize for defending itself.

“Israel, just like any other country, has the legitimate right to defend its citizens and soldiers,” the officials said. “Israel recognizes the importance of the historical ties, past and present, between the Turkish people and the Jewish people, and in light of this fact has made many attempts in the last few months to settle the dispute between the two countries. Regretfully these attempts have been unsuccessful.”

Regarding Turkey’s decision to expel the Israeli ambassador, the officials said that Ambassador Gabby Levy finished his term several days ago and was about to return to Israel in any case.

Earlier on Friday, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said his country was reducing its diplomatic presence in Israel and suspending military agreements until the Jewish state issued a “full apology” for the deaths of nine Turkish nationals during the IDF’s boarding of the Gaza-bound Mavi Marmara in 2010.

Davutoglu said some of the Palmer Report’s findings - which did not endorse Turkey's increasingly strident demands - were unacceptable.

The report concluded Israel faces “a real threat to its security from militant groups in Gaza. The naval blockade was imposed as a legitimate security measure in order to prevent weapons from entering Gaza by sea and its implementation complied with the requirements of international law.”

At the same time, the 105-page report concluded “Israel’s decision to board the vessels with such substantial force at a great distance from the blockade zone and with no final warning immediately prior to the boarding was excessive and unreasonable.”

It did not take into account that IDF commandos who boarded the ship were armed with less-than-lethal pneumatic guns or that live fire was only employed when those proved insufficient to stop the threat to life and limb the organized lynch mob they encountered presented.

Author:  justgrace [ Tue Sep 06, 2011 2:18 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Support Israel


As the author quoted below states, Islamic jihad turns on an axis of hatred for Israel. This author does not explore why, in the mind of Mohammad, that this became the basis of his religion as much as prayer and pilgrimage. But intertwined with a love or fear of God in the Muslim faith is a hatred at its core of the Jew. It is as if Mohammad took up the case of Ishmael once again--the first son of Abraham, who was not God's son of promise (which was in reality Isaac). And the case of Esau, the brother who sold his birthright to Jacob, is taken by them. Both Jacob and Isaac are ancestors of the Jewish people and religion.

A false religion must rely upon tampering with history and truth. Usually, one self-proclaimed prophet impresses people around him or her with the importance of visions he or she has reportedly had. Repeated often enough, altered facts have just enough truth or history to sound good to the uninformed, the indoctrinated, and those who are raised to know nothing else.

The author below describes how Islamic jihad results from a false history. A study of the Bible will show a remarkable connection of the Old Testament with the current land of Israel. The towns of the land of Israel were mentioned in the Bible, and some are as old as the Genesis and Exodus record. Judaism is the religion of the land of Israel, and Christianity is the religion (or belief system) that is grafted into Judaism. Christians worship a Jewish Savior and read a Bible written by the Holy Spirit, mostly through Jewish authors.

The fact that so many authors over so many years contributed to the Holy Bible gives it much more authority than if it were written by a single prophet. The Bible itself asserts that it is a God-authored book."...[K]nowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as the were moved by the Holy Spirit." (2 Peter 1:20-21)

Though the self-described Prophet Mohammad studied both Judaism and Christianity, he came up with his own visions and dreams to concoct a counterfeit history of such figures as Abraham, Ishmael, and Esau. He did this by ignoring Isaac's son, Jacob (renamed by God--Israel) and omitting him from the lineage of the Savior. And since Mohammad did not accept Jesus as anything more than an insignificant prophet, the religion of Islam hates Him more than honors Him. In a circular way, the hatred of Christians by some Muslims goes back further in history than the Crusades. It is the strong tie of Christianity to Judaism through the Bible that brings the same hatred upon both groups, eventually.

The Christian is not to hate the Muslim (or any people) but rather to pray for him or her. There is no such love of others that compels the Muslim to consider those of other religions. It is on the basis of hatred for Jesus Christ and Christians, and even more of Jews, that non-Muslim believers in every area of Muslim domain seem to be persecuted. At least when Sharia law is set into effect.

Under the non- or nominally- Muslim dictators, Saddam Hussein in Iraq and Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, Christianity was at least tolerated. Now, with the rise of the Arab Spring, we see Coptic churches being torched in Egypt and Christians persecuted and killed in northern Iraq. It is the rise of Muslim Sharia law that Jews and Christians need fear even more than many dictatorships, which are usually self-limited to their countries. Jihad is global.

Op-Ed: Sept. at UN: Jihad is Against the Bible
First of a series on PA's unilateral request for UN recognition on September 20: It is another signal date in the annals of global jihad, says the writer, Diana West.

Beyond the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks looms another signal date in the annals of global jihad. That date is Sept. 20, when the Palestinian Authority's Mahmoud Abbas is expected to petition the United Nations for statehood.

What would a U.N.-ordained Palestinian state have to do with global jihad? Practically everything, because such statehood would mark a major victory in the long war on Israel's existence. And, whether unadmitted or unimagined, [b]it is Israel on which the axis of Islamic jihad turns.
I've never been more convinced of this than after reading four, clarifying pages of Bat Ye'or's new book, "Europe, Globalization, and the Coming Universal Caliphate" (Lexington Books). In a first-chapter primer on the relationship between the European Union and the Organization of the Islamic Conference, much of which revolves around mutual animus toward Israel,

Ye'or revisits the hateful perversion that passes for political normal: the relentless mission of the Islamic world, with EU encouragement, "to appropriate a tiny piece of land" -- Israel -- as a political and religious cause despite the fact, as she reminds us, no town, village or hamlet of Israel is mentioned in the Koran or early biographies of Muhammad.

Why Israel? Ye'or asks. "Given the immense territories conquered and Islamized over thirteen centuries of expansion and war," she writes, "why would Muslim countries keep plotting to destroy Israel?" And further: "Why does the immense oil wealth of Muslim nations nourish a flood of hatred that poisons the heart of humanity against such a small nation? Why is Israel considered so alarming?"

What Israel possesses is the Bible. It is Israel on which the axis of Islamic jihad turns
The well-read global citizen might regurgitate something about land, modern Zionism and the post-1948 "plight of the Palestinians," but these are stock narratives overwriting the age-old reason. "What Israel possesses," Ye'or explains, "is the Bible."

To appreciate the depth and breadth of this perhaps obvious but seldom pondered explanation, it's essential to realize that Jewish and Christian Bible characters, from Abraham to Moses to Jesus, pop up in the Koran as Muslim prophets who actually preach Islam, not Judaism or Christianity. This is the time-wrinkling, religion-morphing way in which Islam repudiates what it regards as falsifications in both the first (old) and second (new) testaments.

Given that the Jewish and Christian religious books long predate the Islamic religious book, it's not surprising that in their Koranic guises the biblical characters "wander," as Bat Ye'or writes, "in uncertain space with no geographical or temporal references." Still, Muslims claim that these same "Muslim" characters lived in "Palestine," Bat Ye'or writes, on the basis of the "Jewish and Christian scriptures that they reject."

It follows from this highly unstable construct that Islam sees the biblical past as Islamic history "usurped" by Jews and Christians. Thus, "the land in which it took place -- though ... never mentioned in the Koran -- is (considered) a Muslim land, and Jewish and Christian holy sites are all (considered) Muslim," writes Ye'or, the pre-eminent modern historian of "dhimmitude," the diminished condition of non-Muslims under Islamic law (Shariah).

The land of Israel itself -- whose "every region, town and village is mentioned in the Bible with historical and chronological precision" -- is thus "sacrilegious" to Muslims, she explains. "They observe with destructive rage this unfolding return of history that they claim as their own. ... Any confirmation of the veracity of the Bible is seen as an attack on the Islamic authenticity of the Koranic figures taken from the Bible."

So much for those slivers of real estate as being the driver of war on Israel. It is, in fact, a jihad, a religious war against Judaism and the land of the Bible, root of Christianity. As Ye'or puts it, "Israel, in the land of its history, towns and villages, resuscitates the Bible, the book the Koran must supplant."

This back-to-basics interpretation allows us to see through the masks and deceptions to a war on Israel that is also a jihad against Christianity. Remember that the Koranic Jesus, Isa, has Muslim, not Jewish roots. As Ye'or writes, Muslims see Christians as having gone astray by "placing themselves in the lineage of the Hebrew Bible, because their real origin is Islam." The Islamic answer is to return Christianity to its supposedly Koranic origins.

And then? Bat Ye'or believes "the destruction of Christianity's sustaining Jewish roots (would) facilitate its Islamization."

Christians, and indeed all who want religious freedom, need be concerned by the double-speak of Islamic jihadists and understand how the Koran interprets Christ. Who He is according to the Bible vs. who he is in much diminished and distorted form in the Koran. Who preceded whom? What terrorists plan for Israel, they also plan for America, a "Christian nation" or at least a "western nation founded on Christian principle."

Diana West is a nationally syndicated American journalist with a weekly column, pundit and author. She writes a commentary for the Newspaper Enterprise Association and is the author of the non-fiction book, The Death of the Grown Up.

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