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PostPosted: Fri Dec 02, 2011 2:52 am 
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As Governor Huckabee suspected and feared last February, the rising Arab Spring that President Obama encouraged and commended would only bring bad news for true freedom in the Middle East. He foresaw the rise to power of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Christians and women will be two classes of people who will be most hurt by the Islamisation of the government of Egypt, if the Muslim Brotherhood wins a majority, as feared. Increased power to this terrorist group (of organizations like Hamas, Hezbollah, and Fatah extremists) will likely mean increased threat to the security of Israel. I expect that they may have to take Sinai Peninsula again, to protect their own southern border. May God be on Israel’s side, to again keep her from destruction, miraculously, as He has so often done.


Muslim Brotherhood Takes Elections by Storm
Islamist parties are expected to control Cairo's parliament by the spring with the Muslim Brotherhood projected to be in the driver's seat.
By Gavriel Queenann
First Publish: 12/1/2011, 7:19 PM
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/ ... thwaPLuSzY


Judges overseeing the vote count in Egypt's parliamentary elections say Islamist parties have won a majority of the contested seats in the first round. The judges spoke on condition of anonymity because official results are expected to be released later Thursday.

They say the Muslim Brotherhood could take 45 percent of the seats up for grabs.

The liberal Egyptian bloc coalition and the ultra-fundamentalist Nour party are competing for second place.

Together, Islamist parties are expected to control a majority of parliamentary seats by March. This week's vote was the first of six stages of parliamentary elections that will last until then.

Continued success by Islamists will allow them to give Cairo's government and constitution a decidedly Islamist character. It could also lead Cairo to shift away from the West towards the Iranian axis.

It will also diminish the influence of Cairo’s caretaker junta, which has sought to maintain the Mubarak-era status quo and keep US foreign aid dollars – running into the billions per annum – flowing.

Analysts say Islamists may also seek to annul the 1979 Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty, which could prompt Israel to seize the Sinai Peninsula for the fourth time in its history to create a strategic buffer zone.

After reaching the Suez Canal in 1967 and controlling the Sinai for twelve years,, Israel ceded Sinai to Egypt under the 1979 treaty on condition it remains demilitarized.

The Muslim Brotherhood, which birthed the virulently anti-Israel Hamas terror militia, might also seek to effectively annex Gaza. Should Hamas be triumphant in future PA elections, they would also gain a foothold in Judea and Samaria.


Serious future impact! Israel will have to react. No other nation seems ready to help them defend themselves.

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As I wrote in the last post: SERIOUS IMPACT TO ISRAEL FROM EGYPTIAN ELECTIONS!

The various elections across Egypt are showing more majorities in voting results for Muslim Brotherhood candidates. This organization has tried in America to present itself as friendly to the United States and as moderate, not extreme.

However, further investigation reveals Muslim Brotherhood's many ties to terrorist groups and individuals. They are behind the recent attempts of Arab Muslims to take the West Bank, Gaza, and Jerusalem from Israel. They support the terrorist groups and leaders of Hamas, Hezbollah, and the extreme wing of Fatah. Muslim Brotherhood brokered the original deals between Fatah and Hamas groups in the effort to unilaterally declare Israel's West Bank, etc. a Palestinian state. They propose joint leadership of two terrorist groups who traditionally do not get along: Fatah and Hamas: The Palestinian Authority backed by Palestinian Liberation Organization extremists under Fatah, as well as the Hamas terrorist groups primarily in Gaza, and the Hezbollah, which has taken much power in Lebanon.

Along with the terrorist-planned and terrorist-driven "Arab Spring" and a call for a Judenrein (Jewish-free) state of "Palestine," these groups are ratcheting unrest and takeover in Lebanon. Over 40 Muslim-led states vote against Israel in the United Nations. These have been influential in declaring Israel "racist" and turning many countries against her, as well as pushing for a unilateral takeover of Israeli land sans talks with Israel in the UN.

The recent activities at the United Nations are an indication of how extremist and unfriendly to the West and freedom various Middle East influences have become. I am glad US policy is officially still calling for negotiations with Israel. However, our President's policy of apologizing for America, as well as highly praising Islam and the Arab Spring, which he publicized in his Cairo speech a year ago, and his statements denying our Christian culture, have all emboldened Arab and Islamic elements to topple pro-west moderates in the Middle East.


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Why the United States must freeze funding for UNESCO
By Debra Feuer, attorney and foreign policy consultant in Washington, D.C. - 11/30/11 02:11 PM ET

The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) is asking UN bodies to grant state status to “Palestine”—so Palestinians can enjoy the prerogatives of statehood without making painful compromises with Israel. Now that the Palestinian bid has failed to gain Security Council support, its efforts within individual UN entities take on added significance.

The United States must continue opposing this gambit, which undermines U.S. peace efforts and challenges U.S. leadership.

Last month UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) became the first UN body to accept the Palestinian bid for full state membership. UNESCO disregarded U.S. objections that Palestinians can achieve statehood only by negotiating and compromising with Israel.



U.S. law prohibits funding any UN body that accords statehood status to a non-state. Enacted in the 1990s, the law was designed to discourage precisely today’s scenario—premature UN membership for Palestine.

Many members of Congress from both parties express resolute support for the UNESCO funding cut-off. Their colleagues—and the Administration—should follow their lead, for several powerful reasons.

The UN ploy directly undermines U.S. peace efforts and delays the resumption of negotiations. It shows a Palestinian leadership uninterested in negotiating peace, and instead manipulating the UN system to wage diplomatic warfare against Israel.

In a New York Times Op-ed last May, Chairman Mahmoud Abbas wrote that he hoped UN membership would “pave the way for us to pursue claims against Israel at the United Nations, human rights treaty bodies, and the International Court of Justice.”

The United States must discourage UN agencies from collaborating in such shenanigans.

UNESCO’s decision also challenges American global leadership, and directly affronts the Obama Administration, which rightly maintains that the Palestinians can achieve statehood only by negotiating with Israel and making the difficult concessions necessary for a peaceful two-state future.

Considering the PLO’s plan to use the UN system to attack Israel, freezing funding reinforces the message that the United States sticks with its friends. Showing loyalty to allies is always important, but never more so than in today’s rapidly changing Middle East, where new governments and old are assessing our resolve.

Last, but not least, even in the endemically anti-Israel UN system—where the Arab and Nonaligned States provide an automatic anti-Israel majority against Israel—UNESCO stands out for its decades-long malicious campaign.

UNESCO collaborates in the Orwellian effort of the Palestinians, and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, to sever Jewish history from its roots in the land of Israel—while creating a fictitious new history tying Palestinian Muslims to ancient Jewish landmarks.

As recently as October 2010, UNESCO declared two historic Jewish sites, the Tomb of the Patriarchs and Rachel's Tomb, to be Palestinian. It even described Rachel’s Tomb as an old mosque, latching on to a fiction fabricated only a few years ago.

Ironically, protecting the world’s heritage sites is a fundamental UNESCO function. Yet the agency seeks to eradicate Jewish ties to their ancestral homeland—epitomizing how UNESCO’s politicization distorts its work and prevents it from achieving its mission. U.S. Ambassador to UNESCO David T. Killion declared: "More and more, UNESCO is exploited as a means to single out Israel. This undermines UNESCO's credibility.”

The PA assertion that UNESCO membership will enable it to protect Palestinian landmarks is disingenuous. No shred of evidence suggests that Israel endangers Arab landmarks. By contrast, when the West Bank was in Arab hands between Israel’s establishment in 1948 and 1967, Palestinians routinely desecrated Jewish holy and historic sites, including the large and much-revered cemetery on Jerusalem’s Mount of Olives.

U.S. failure to enforce the legally mandated funding freeze would send UN agencies an unmistakable message that they can ignore vital U.S. interests—such as the Israeli-Palestinian peace process—without consequence.

Instead, the United States must show UN entities that U.S. funding will stop if they prematurely admit “Palestine.” A steadfast United States will be in the good company of Canada, which will entertain no further UNESCO funding requests.

UNESCO has some important functions. Its programs promote clean water, literacy, education, and equal treatment for girls and young women. The United States can and should promote these noble goals—as it already does, often in cooperation with international partners.

Indeed, our dollars may go further if they don’t support UNESCO’s politicized bureaucracy or its campaign to eradicate Israel’s heritage.

If UNESCO wants to be funded as an organization that promotes laudable goals, it should focus on those goals and resist politicized dabbling in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Rather than re-inventing Israel’s history, UNESCO should re-invent itself.

Debra Feuer is an attorney and foreign policy consultant in Washington, D.C.; she served as Counsel for Special Projects in the American Jewish Committee’s Office of Government and International Affairs, advocating on the Middle East, United Nations, and related issues.

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 Post subject: Re: Support Israel
PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2011 8:45 am 
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Israel has her own "southern border issues." They are building a fence for security. With the Egyptian elections going to Muslim Brotherhood candidates, security on the border is heightened. More rocket attacks are expected, and Egyptians have blown up gas lines to Israel.

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Terror Alert in South; Hikers Told to Leave
Intelligence officials have raised a major terror alert in southern Israel and warned all hikers to leave the area immediately.

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/150405#.Tty8_PLuSzY
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 12/5/2011, 1:30 PM

Intelligence officials have raised a major terror alert in southern Israel and warned all hikers to leave the area immediately.

The order does not affect trips within the city of Eilat, which borders Egypt. All school tours in the area have been abruptly halted, and schoolchildren were bused outside of the south.

Speculation was raised that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was referring to a possible terror alert when he said during a memorial service in the Central Negev for Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, “We have suffered several terrorist attacks the past several months, and since then there have been more attempts to attack.”

Last August, a multi-pronged terrorist attack killed eight Israelis and wounded more than two dozen others on a highway to Eilat on the western side of the thin Arava region. The road borders Egypt, and witnesses said that terrorists attacks under the noses of Egyptian soldiers manning patrol towers.

The IDF has raised its alert level in the area since the recent election campaign in Egypt because of fears that terrorists will try to exploit anti-Israel sentiment in the country and attack Israelis.

A new Eilat Brigade was established to concentrate on the Arava region that stretches from the Central Negev to Eilat. The border with Egypt, once the quietest in Israel, has been extremely pervious to African infiltrators seeking a better standard of living in Israel.,

Construction of a fence along the border will reduce the infiltrations, but it will not be completed for at least another year.

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 Post subject: Re: Support Israel
PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2011 7:15 am 
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I will not be buying any more Hobby Lobby decorations this holiday.

(New Version) Oh, Little Town of Bethlehem,
Hate-filled we see thee lie!
Above thy restless, dream-filled sleep
Still silent stars go by!
Yet in thy dark streets shone once
The everlasting Light;
But hopes and cheers for God's Son dear
Can't meet in thee tonight. (JG)

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I am deeply disappointed that a well-known and wealthy American Christian has fallen prey to the anti-Zionist propaganda that wants to wrest control of Israel from their rightful (biblical and historic) owners--the Jewish people, sons of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, as well as lineage of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Making such a movie as described below only hurts the cause of a free Israel for all. It gives a huge boost to terrorists intent on destroying this people of God. The idea that peace can be made without Christ as Messiah in the Middle East is an illusive, dangerous dream. The Palestinian Authority, Hizbollah, Hamas, and Fatah have no room in their hearts for Jesus, Christians, or Jews.

Christians who fail to uphold the cause of Israel and reckon Muslim jihadist notions of peace by annihilation of Jews to be valid are naively unaware that Hizbollah, etc., also want to destroy all Christians in Bethlehem and abroad. This is what Hitler did in Germany: lull Christian leaders into believing that his treatment of Jews would not extend to them. They were wrong. This is wrong. And I believe the so-called pacifists that oppose Israel are doing the same thing--killing their own by neglect, unrealistic dreams, and prejudice against Jews.

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‘Little Town of Bethlehem’ Big on Anti-Zionism
An evangelical film leans on a talk with Nasrallah and shows the “Holy Family” on the security wall. ‘Tis the Season to be Anti-Zionist
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 12/6/2011, 12:09 PM


IDF protects film director Hanon
Israel News photo: Little Town of Bethlehem
An evangelical Christian movie, released last year, leans on an interview with Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah and shows a picture of Jesus on the security wall.

The “Little Town of Bethlehem" movie, financed by a U.S. Christian millionaire, links the Arab-Israeli struggle with the American civil rights movement of the 1950s and 60s to show Israel as a racist country. The film has been screened on hundreds of American college campuses.

World New Daily’s Jim Fletcher reported that the film was financed by Matt Green, founder and CEO of Mardel Christian and Educational Supply and an heir to the Hobby Lobby retail empire.

American evangelical Christians are known to be strongly supportive of Israel’s right to all of its land, including Judea and Samaria, where the Christian community has dwindled since the Intifada, Muslim fanaticism, has emerged in the region, including Bethlehem.

"I was raised in a Pentecostal home and drawn first to the 'toughest issues' of the day," Green told Fletcher. "A couple of years ago I felt that the Middle East was one of those tough issues.”

Sources for the movie are decidedly against a Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria but do not relate at all to Arab terror nor to the plight of Christians, which the Palestinian Authority blames on Israel.

Jim Hanon, the director of the movie, went to Jordan and Lebanon for perspectives and even interviewed Nasrallah, supreme leader of the Hizbullah terrorist organization. He did not include the interview in the film but said, “We used insight it gave us, access to information that we found helpful and credible.”

He added that he found Nasrallah to be a “remarkable” person.

The movie ostensibly provides balance by presenting the personal experiences of a Christian Arab evangelical, a Muslim and an Israeli Jew. However, the Israeli is none other than Yonatan Shapira, who refused to serve in the IDF and who is one of the beloved symbols of Israel’s diminishing radical left-wing population.

The Muslim is none other than Sami Awad of the Bethlehem-based Holy Land Trust advocacy group, which works hand in hand with anarchists from the International Solitary Movement.

Dexter van Zile, Christian media analyst for the CAMERA media watchdog group, also watched the film and noted the imbalance, World News Daily reported:
"The movie uses the teachings of Martin Luther King and Gandhi to assess or judge Israeli actions, but does not use these teachings to cast a light of judgment on the actions of groups like Hamas or Hizbullah…

"One disturbing aspect of the film is the manner in which it uses computer generated graphics to inject the nativity story into the Arab-Israeli conflict. The images of the Holy Family are placed onto concrete sections of the security barrier in a manner that casts Israel in the role of the Roman occupiers at the time of the birth of Jesus Christ. The conflict is bad enough without having to cast it as a cosmological affront to Christian sensibilities."

JoAnn Magnuson, curator of the Jewish-Christian Library & Learning Center in Minneapolis, told Fletcher that the film is "very well-made" but doesn't present the conflict accurately.

"The linkage between the U.S. civil rights movement and 1987 Palestinian 'Intifada' – without making it clear that Israeli control over Bethlehem and the 'disputed territories' is not about racial differences but involves an existential threat to the existence of the state of Israel – is unfair and dishonest."




I am very disappointed in Matt Green, for I really do like Hobby Lobby and their yearly full-page ads showing Jesus as the reason for Christmas.

However, producer Hanan and financial backer Green have done our Lord Himself a great disservice by falsely depicting the Holy Family on a security wall, as well as politicizing the story and harming the cause and freedoms of Christians and Jews to live in Bethlehem in peace. How sad and shameful!--words of peace, peace, where there can be no peace. They need to hear the words of those Muslim terrorists who all speak of the destruction of Jews and Israel (and America) and not rely on the carefully parsed words of terrorist-group propagandists.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2011 9:25 am 
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You will recall that the "Quartet" has been in the news this past year, because for Palestine to receive UN recognition as a state, they need the approval of this powerful group.

Who or what is the "Quartet" being discussed in the news regarding Israel? The Quartet on the Middle East consists of four members representing countries or entities. The countries are Russia and the United States. Also, the European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN) are groups making up the third and fourth members. The Quartet is important to remember because it holds power over how the peace process has been handled between Israel and Palestinian Authority since a meeting in Madrid in 2002, when the group was formed. They are the group to which Abbas has appealed for a UN vote to recognize their statehood before the United Nations. Tony Blair of Great Britain is the Special Envoy for the group.

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Peace Talks' Continue in Reverse

The Quartet continues to go through the motions of “peace talks” even though Abbas has publicly dismissed them as being irrelevant.

By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 12/7/2011, 12:10 PM
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/ ... t9mtvLuSzY


The Quartet continues to go through the motions of “peace talks” even though Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has publicly dismissed them as being irrelevant.

Foreign media for years have adopted the U.S. State Department line of pushing Israel to make constant concessions to Abbas, but they recently have given up the ghost on the “peace process." They openly ridicule it at U.S. State Department briefings and negatively report on the Obama administration’s continuing attempts to bring Abbas back to what they call the ”negotiating” table, although there is nothing to be negotiated under his terms.


“We are ready to return to the negotiations table if Israel halts settlement activities and accepts the international references", Abbas said again on Tuesday.

In another language spin, he added, "These are not preconditions, but commitments and agreements between us and the Israelis. We are ready to resume peace talks once they accept them."

Next Wednesday, American and other Quartet mediators are to talk again – mainly among themselves but will again meet separately with the Palestinian Authority and Israel in Jerusalem.

There is “little hope of even restarting direct negotiations let alone reaching a breakthrough on a two-state peace agreement,” the Associated Press reported Wednesday. The mood is decidedly pessimistic.”

The Palestinian Authority crossed an American red line and apparently the point of no return by trying to win full recognition as a country in the United Nations. After failing to even be assured of the needed two-thirds majority on the United Nations Security Council before the next step of certain approval by the General Assembly, Abbas won acceptance on a United Nations agency, UNESCO.

In the past, the Bush and Obama administrations have surrendered on the need to fulfill virtually any commitment the PA has made in previous agreements, such as halting incitement, recognizing Israel and dismantling the terrorist infrastructure.

If Abbas thought the U.S. government would continue the same routine, current events indicate he is mistaken.

American officials have said that Abbas had agreed to keep a low profile before trying again for membership in the United Nations.

“But the unlikelihood of any concrete progress next month could lead Abbas' government to rethink its suspension,” according to the Associated Press.

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Please read the above post for today, also.

But I also want to post Joel C. Rosenberg's analysis of how the situation in Israel and the Middle East has developed over the past year. I have been curiously awaiting his report. Rosenberg is the author of current bestselling novel, The Tehran Initiative about the nuclear threat in Iran. He also is a Middle East expert and student of prophecy. He heads a compassionate ministry to all peoples of the Middle East called The Joshua Fund.

I think you will find this interesting and eye-opening...


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On December 2 and 3, The Joshua Fund held our last board meeting of the year. We reviewed our work in 2011, prayed for our staff and allies and for the peace of Jerusalem, and approved our budget for 2012. We are currently producing and mailing to our donors an end-of-the-year report on the kinds of projects we have invested in this year to:

1) educate and mobilize Christians to bless Israel and her neighbors in the name of Jesus;

2) to care for the poor and needy in Israel in real and practical ways, including caring for Holocaust survivors, the elderly, single mothers, orphans, and others;

and 3) to expand our humanitarian relief operations to care for more people and to stockpile supplies ahead of the next war. Soon, we will post this report on-line as well.

During our meetings, I briefed TJF’s board of directors and senior staff on the “State of the Epicenter” and the geopolitical challenges facing Israel and the Christian community in the epicenter at the moment. What follows is an executive summary of my report. I hope you’ll read it and share it with others...


State of the Epicenter
1. The geopolitical climate in the epicenter deteriorated significantly in 2011, as has religious freedom in most of the Arab and Persian world.

All evidence indicates that Iran is closer than ever to building nuclear weapons, while also building up its missile forces and the missile forces of its allies such as Hezbollah and Hamas.

The Iranian regime is signaling that the Arab revolutions point to the imminent arrival of the Twelfth Imam and the destruction of Israel.

The Iranian regime is cracking down ferociously on the house church networks there.

The Muslim Brotherhood’s cynically named “Freedom and Justice Party” dominated the first round of Egyptian parliamentary elections — together with the radical, Salafist “Al-Nour” party, the hardline Islamists have captured more than 60% of the vote….Israelis expect Egyptian relations with them to sour and Egyptian Christians expect persecution to intensify.

Libya now appears to be in the hands of Radical Muslims imposing Sharia law – the situation could end up being worse there than under Gadhafi.

Syria’s bloodthirsty regime has killed more than 3,500 of its own citizens this year and the openness that existed to spread the Gospel has evaporated — the regime deserves to be overthrown.

Iraq is requiring all U.S. military forces to leave by the end of 2011.

With Iraqi Christians increasingly under attack – including a direct attack inside a church in Baghdad in October 2010, a deadly series of attacks on churches in April 2011 at Easter, and a car bombing directly in front of a church in Baghdad in August 2011 — thousands of born-again believers and nominal Christians have received visas to leave Iraq on the basis of religious persecution.

The [color=#FF0000]Palestinian leadership has made peace with Hamas rather than Israel, and is trying to build an international coalition at the U.N.[/color] to allow them to unilaterally declare a Palestinian state without directly negotiating with Israel.

Russia will become an increasingly important factor in the epicenter in 2012 as Vladimir Putin runs for president again next March – if Putin wins, we should expect the Kremlin to aggressively deepen alliances with Israel’s enemies. [Update: Putin shaken by United Russia's poor election performance; party formed by Vladimir Putin sees support drop by 15% in result seen as test of prime minister's personal popularity; also: Mikhail Gorbachev calls for a new vote in Russia over allegations of voter fraud.]

2. As 2011 ends, the prospect of a major war in the epicenter in 2012 is significantly rising.

Recently, I spoke with a Member of Congress who met personally with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other senior Israeli leaders just before Thanksgiving – he reported that the Israeli leaders weren’t asking for help; they all seem resigned to the prospect that Israel will have to take action on their own, and probably sooner than later.

Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak are clearly laying the political groundwork inside Israel to launch preemptive strikes if the world doesn’t take decisive action first.

The leaks out of Jerusalem about the Netanyahu Cabinet actively discussing a preemptive strike don’t appear to be planned – but they appear to be accurate.

In early November, the Israeli Air Force launched another major exercise to practice long range bombing runs – previously the exercise had taken IAF fighter jets to Greece; this time they flew to Italy.

The former Mossad chief Meir Dagan is warning Israel not to launch a war that he says would be a “catastrophe.”

Barak is reported to believe Israel has a window of no more than one year to stop Iran from getting the Bomb.

The Obama administration is publicly pressuring Israel not to consider preemptive strikes, based on the notion that they fear Israel is preparing for such strikes.

The French, British and Canadians recently imposed new economic sanctions against Iran’s Central Bank in attempt to force the Iranian regime to the negotiating table and to forestall an Israeli first strike; the Obama administration, however, refused to sanction Iran’s Central Bank.

3. In light of these sobering realities, The Joshua Fund must remain focused on executing our “Operation Epicenter” strategy as we “pray for peace, but prepare for war.”

We must be READY for all eventualities — for a war, if it comes…for other possible national disasters and crises…for a year that is calm after all and provides us the opportunity to continue expanding our humanitarian relief efforts to care for more poor and needy Israelis and Palestinians, and to stockpile more resources for the future.

We must be FAITHFUL in teaching the Word God in order to: 1) educate and mobilize the Church to bless Israel and to pray for the peace of Jerusalem; 2) to strengthen the persecuted followers of Jesus Christ in the epicenter; and 3) to encourage Israelis and Palestinians to rediscover the power of Holy Scriptures and obey every command of the Lord...


I will post the rest of Joel Rosenberg's comments and a prayer in the thread, "Prayer Group for Huckabee and America," here on HA. You will need to be registered here to see it because it is for members only.

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Realizing how crucial the Middle East problems are to America, and how needed the Jewish vote may be, Republican Presidential candidates are lining up to support Israel. Except for Ron Paul.
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Gingrich: I'd Move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem
GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich tells Republican Jewish activists: I'll move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv if elected.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 12/8/2011, 3:10 AM
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/ ... uFFSPLuSzY

GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich promised Republican Jewish activists on Wednesday that, if elected President, he would move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

The Washington Post reported that Gingrich also promised to use U.S. dollars to fund “every dissident group” in Iran and said he would appoint former UN Ambassador John Bolton, a conservative favorite, to head the State Department.

Gingrich’s pro-Israel speech was made as part of a gathering of the Republican Jewish Coalition in Washington. All GOP presidential candidates except for Rep. Ron Paul spoke during the gathering and all expressed strong support for the Jewish state, The Washington Post said.

In his address Gingrich said, “Can you imagine if our next-door neighbor were firing missiles at us and we said ‘Oh, can we come to the table?’ How about saying to Hamas: ‘Give up violence and come to the table?’”

He added, “It’s always Israel’s fault no matter how bad the other side is, and it’s got to stop.”


Another presidential candidate who addressed the crowd was Mitt Romney, who promised to bolster the United States’ ties with Israel if he becomes the Republican presidential nominee.

Romney, whose remarks were published by Reuters ahead of time, said that Israel will be his first foreign stop if he becomes the Republican presidential nominee and goes on to oust President Barack Obama from the White House in next November’s election.

Romney said that Obama has proposed that Israel adopt “indefensible borders” and has been “timid and weak in the face of the existential threat of a nuclear war.”
He has been critical of Obama’s policy towards Israel, particularly after Obama’s speech on Middle East policy last May.

During the speech, the President called for a return to 1949 armistice lines, and Romney later accused Obama of having “thrown Israel under the bus.”

The Washington Post noted that Jewish Democrats have said Jewish voters will overwhelmingly support President Obama in the election next year, as they did when 78 percent of U.S. Jews cast their ballot for him in 2008.

A recent poll, however, found that Obama will be receiving far less Jewish support in 2012.

Polls taken before the GOP upset in New York’s 9th District in September showed that Obama’s treatment of Israel was a crucial issue for many voters in the heavily Jewish area – and only 22% were satisfied with the way he had been relating to Israel.

Another poll showed Obama losing ground even among his strongest supporters, those who had donated to his 2008 campaign. Of those Jews who invested in an Obama victory three years ago, just 64% plan to donate to his re-election campaign, according to a recent McLaughlin & Associates survey.

In a recent attempt to reassure his worried Jewish supporters that his administration is committed to Israel’s security, Obama said, “We don’t compromise when it comes to Israel’s security.”

Obama made the comments last week while speaking to a group of campaign contributors at the Upper East Side home of Jack Rosen, a prominent businessman and chairman of the American Jewish Congress.

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I can heartily endorse Newt Gingrich's comments on Israel below.

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Why Is the Obama Administration So Devoted to Criticizing Israel?
by Newt Gingrich
12/07/2011

http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=47975

At a fundraiser in New York last week, President Obama said his administration “has done more in terms of the security of the state of Israel than any previous administration.”

Is the President looking at the same record we are? Last week’s news abounded with evidence that his administration often coddles forces opposed to Israel’s very existence while his officials publicly brutalize Israel in the diplomatic arena.

Displays of hostility towards Israel have become a habit for members of the Obama administration. His ambassador to Belgium argued last week in a speech to the European Jewish Union that pervasive anti-Semitism among Muslims was Israel’s fault. “A distinction should be made,” he said, “between traditional anti-Semitism, and Muslim hatred for Jews, which stems from the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.” This outrageous attempt to dismiss “hatred for Jews” as a political problem should have immediately disqualified the ambassador from continuing to serve in President’s administration.

Also last week, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta declared that Israel needed to “just get to the damn table” with Palestinians, implying that Israel is the primary obstacle to Middle East peace. [my thoughts: :shock: ]

Who is it, exactly, that Israel needs to “get to the damn table” with? Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority, has stopped short of even recognizing Israel’s right to exist. He has also repeatedly insisted that Israel abandon its right to defend its borders even after a Palestinian state is created.

Other high level members of Abbas’s government have been even less coy. One declared earlier this year that Abbas’s Fatah party “has never recognized Israel and will never do so.” And last month, the Palestinian Authority’s ambassador to India wrote in the PA newspaper:

“[Israelis] have a common mistake, or misconception by which they fool themselves, assuming that Fatah accepts them and recognizes the right of their state to exist, and that it is Hamas alone that loathes them and does not recognize the right of this state to exist. They ignore the fact that this state, based on a fabricated [Zionist] enterprise, never had any shred of a right to exist...”

These are the people with whom Secretary Panetta claims Israel must “get to the damn table”?

While administration officials publicly criticize Israel, they welcome into their offices Islamist groups that express ideologies counter to free societies and the existence of an Israeli state. Just days after chastising Israel for “unfair” treatment of women, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will welcome a Saudi-based Islamist group, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to Washington for a conference on “tolerance.” Far from a tolerant organization, however, a primary mission of the OIC is to restrict free speech critical of Islam. As Nina Shea and Paul Marshall wrote in the Wall Street Journal on Monday:

In 2009, the "International Islamic Fiqh [Jurisprudence] Academy," an official OIC organ, issued fatwas calling for free speech bans, including "international legislation" aimed at protecting "the interests and values of [Islamic] society," and for judicial punishment for public expression of apostasy from Islam. OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu emphasizes that "no one has the right to insult another for their beliefs."

In one example of policies advocated by the OIC, they report that “In Afghanistan, Ali Mohaqeq Nasab, editor of "Haqooq-i-Zen" ("Women's Rights") magazine, was imprisoned by the Karzai government for publishing "un-Islamic" articles criticizing stoning as a punishment for adultery.”

Entertaining Islamist organizations is not restricted to the State Department, either. In October, the Department of Justice removed all references to Islam from its terror training materials after what were described as “complaints from advocacy organizations including the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and others identified as Muslim Brotherhood front groups in the 2004 Holy Land Foundation terror fundraising trial.”

All of this happened in just one week: One of the President’s ambassadors said Israel was to blame for anti-Semitism, his Secretary of Defense said Israel needs to “just get to the damn table” with negotiating partners who refuse to recognize its right to exist, and his Secretary of State criticized Israeli treatment of women as occasionally “unfair” while welcoming to Washington an organization which promotes censorship of speech about Islamism.

And this is the administration that has “done more in terms of the security of the state of Israel than any previous administration”?

We aren’t fooled.

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During this Christmas season, many hearts are opened to the idea of giving generously. This is the season of rejoicing in God's gift of His Son to earth. And we do this in part by also giving gifts.

This thread is dedicated to the support of Israel, therefore I would like to encourage giving to the people of this beleaguered land. They have many needs--physical, spiritual, and emotional. God told Abraham long ago: "I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed." (Genesis 12:3)

Among the many groups that support Israel, there is none finer in my opinion than the Joshua Fund. Founded in the summer of 2006 by Joel Rosenberg and his wife Lynn, they work closely with Jewish and Christian allies in Israel and the Middle East, as well as Christians around the world. Of course, one does not need to identify as a Christian to help the great humanitarian causes.

The Middle East is the center of the unrest in the news. Joel Rosenberg calls Israel the epicenter of the Middle East, because it seems she is the target of all nations around her. She, though a tiny land, must defend herself from destruction, and because the Arab lands do not recognize her or her people as having a right to exist, rockets, bombs, and other destruction are always a threat to her peace and to her existence. Imagine living under this kind of continual threat of extinction! And as the one true ally of the United States in the Middle East, Israel's security is important to our nation and others in the free world.

How are the Israelis suffering?

It is hard to believe, but there are still Holocaust survivors among the elderly, as well as their families, who suffer consequences of hatred against Jews during WW II.

I like the fact that the Joshua Fund also provides relief for non-Jews in the West Bank, etc.

As Joel Rosenberg writes:

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These are critical times. Approximately one-in-four Israelis live under the poverty level, including about one-third of Israeli children. Palestinians are even more impoverished, and the global economic crisis has not helped matters. Moreover, the geopolitical situation remains extremely volatile. In its first three years of operation, The Joshua Fund team responded to two wars against Israel--one provoked by Hezbollah in Lebanon in the summer of 2006, the other provoked by Hamas in Gaza in December 2008 and January 2009. Violence inside Iraq has created significant humanitarian relief needs there, too. Meanwhile, new threats against the Jewish state by Iran, Syria, and others continue to mount.


I like the four-pronged strategy of the Joshua Fund:
1) Learn--teaching Christians about God's love for Israel and her neighbors, as revealed in the Bible. Rosenberg has addressed million of people globally through all the media, through seminars, etc., and has led many prayer and vision trips to Israel. He has built relationships with government, business, and religious leaders to support helping the people of the region.

2) Pray--They are recruiting a team of over 100,000 Christians around the world to pray for Israel and her neighbors.

3) Give--As a charitable organization, The Joshua Fund provides food to those in severe need, stockpiles food and relief supplies ahead of war, provides clothing and houses the homeless. Gives care to Holocaust survivors and the elderly. Helps provide help for unwed mothers and their children, and gives medical help to children needing open heart surgery and purchases equipment for hospitals. Distributes back packs and school supplies for children and purchases vehicles to transport relief supplies and people.

4) Go--Encourage Christians to go on prayer and vision trips to the region and prayerfully consider longer-term service to the people of the region, with humility and unconditional love of Christ.

So, if you were looking for a place to send a gift to help the people of Israel and the region, I think you may want to consider the Joshua Fund.


To learn more, go to http://joshuafund.net/pages/page.asp?page-id=43586

If you have other questions about The Joshua Fund, call Lucas Edwards at 1(703) 860-0166 or email him at lucas@joshuafund.net.

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Amid the disapproval of the international community (what right do they have over Israeli sovereignty, we might ask?) Israel is building much-needed housing in the West Bank and Jerusalem--even as in some areas their homes are being torn down.

From Haaretz news source:
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Israel has approved construction of 40 homes and a farm in two new settler enclaves near the southern West Bank town of Bethlehem, Haaretz daily reported on Monday.

http://news.yahoo.com/israel-approves-40-settler-homes-near-bethlehem-075835150.html


"Israel's military establishment has approved the establishment of a new, permanent neighbourhood and a farm near the West Bank settlement of Efrat," the paper said.

"The projects will go beyond the community's current built-up area, constituting an effective expansion of the Etzion bloc of settlements toward the north and northeast," it added.

"With their completion, Jewish settlement in the northern Etzion bloc will reach the edges of Bethlehem's southernmost suburbs."

Plans for the new neighbourhood called Givat HaDagan, were approved by Defence Minister Ehud Barak and a tender for construction was issued this week, the paper said, while the farm, Givat Eitam, was approved by the military.

Defence ministry officials could not be reached for comment, but settlement watchdog Peace Now said the project should be seen in the light of Israel's stated intention to annex the Etzion bloc in any future agreement with the Palestinians.

"The building in Efrat is especially sensitive in my opinion, because it is east of the road leading to Bethlehem," the NGO's Hagit Ofran told AFP. "That means that if Israel wants to annex Efrat, it will cut off Bethlehem from the southern West Bank."

Israel has come under renewed international criticism for its surge of settlement activities since a government decision on November 1 to speed up building in response to Palestine joining UNESCO.

More than 310,000 Israelis live in settlements in the occupied West Bank and the number is constantly growing.

Another 200,000 live in a dozen settlement neighbourhoods in east Jerusalem, which was captured by Israel in 1967 and annexed in a move never recognised internationally.

The international community considers all settlements in territories occupied by Israel since June 1967 are illegal, whether or not approved by its government.

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Right and left. Sound familiar? Well, in Israel the dispute is what to do about the demands of the "international community," including the United States, that Israel not build "settlements" in the West Bank and Jerusalem.

Gov. Huckabee has stated that no other nation has been told where their own people can or cannot build within their own land.

Those on the "right" are opposing the Israel Defense Forces (IDF)--the military forces that are enforcing the tearing down of Jewish homes in settlements that are deemed illegal because they are being built in Judea and Samaria. It seems that Hilary Clinton and others have already decided that this land will be part of the future Palestinian state; therefore Jewish citizens ought not to build.

Caught in the middle are Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is trying to appease the United States, and the people of Israel. On the "left" are those who favor a Palestinian state. The IDF has a difficult duty trying to uphold the law when there is so much disagreement on whether Israel owns the land and therefore the settlements.

In America we would call the settlements "housing developments" or new apartments. But for the Jews wanting to settle in their own country or find a decent place to live and call "home," it may be illegal in the opinion of lawmakers and power brokers across the world to build.

Tempers are flaring. The forced evacuation of Jews from Gaza by the IDF was opposed by hundreds of thousands of Jews participating in demonstations to show their horror at this injustice at the hands of their own leaders. Giving the territory of Gaza did not make the terrorists in Gaza any happier, but it has been the area from which over 7,000 rockets were aimed and fired on southern Israel.

Appeasement does not work when the enemy is bent on destroying you.
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Strategic Affairs chief Moshe Ya'alon said last night's attack on the Ephraim Brigade by angry Jewish youth hurts the settlements.
By Gavriel Queenann
First Publish: 12/13/2011, 7:03 PM
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/150690#.TufvMfLuSzY

Minister of Strategic Affairs and former IDF Chief of Staff, Deputy Prime Minister Moshe Ya'alon on Tuesday told Israel Army Radio that angry youth who target IDF soldiers and materials are hurting Israel's settlement enterprise in Judea and Samaria.

"The settlement heads are also hurt by these outlaws," Ya'alon said. "They are also threatened. They are also victims."

"This shoots the country in the foot - and the settlements as well," he added. "We are not against the settlements."

Ya'alon's comments were made during an interview about last night’s raid on the Eprhaim Brigade headquarters in Samaria by some 50 angry Jewish youths who had heard rumors that demolition orders against Jewish outposts were to be carried out by soldiers.

During the raid, which saw clashes with soldiers, tires were burned and Molotov cocktails and stones were thrown. Soldiers had to call for police reinforcements to regain control of the compound.

In a separate incident, the Ephrain Brigade commander was injured when stones were hurled at his vehicle.

Ya'alon praised settlement leaders for denouncing the attacks and he placed the onus for dealing with the phenomenon clearly on the shoulders of the police and prosecutors.

"Their condemnation is right, but they are not the police, not the prosecution, and not the courts," Yaalon said. "The authorities are the ones who must act with more determination against last night's rioters at the Eprhaim Regional Brigade headquarters."

"You need to arrest them, to bring them in for questioning, and to prosecute them," Yaalon explained. "Not just those few rioters who have been arrested so far. All of them."

Yaalon's interview was given shortly after a special cabinet session convened by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was held to discuss the Ephraim Brigade incident. During the meeting Netanyahu called on senior security officials to draw up an 'Emergency Plan' for dealing with violence against soldiers in Judea and Samaria.

Like Ya'alon, Netanyahu sought to make a distinction between the actions of those who staged the attack and the Jewish mainstream in Judea and Samaria.

“There is a very small core that speaks of ideological unlawful acts. There is no such thing. It is just unlawful," Netanyahu said.

"This is something small that could become something large and terrible. We will stop it now," Netanyahu said.

Condemnation of the incident has been across the board among the heads of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria who described it as "shameful and disgraceful."

At the time of the disengagement from Gaza, observers predicted that using the IDF to banish Jews from their homes would lead to estrangement from the IDF of idealistic, young people who were shocked to see soldiers unemotionally following orders that destroyed their lives. Enlistment rates in combat units of those youngsters who came to Gush Katif to protest or whose families were expelled from their homes, however, were not affected.

Some of those young people became convinced that the peaceful, quiet protests that preceded the disengagement were a tactical mistake on the part of Yesha's leadership because the government ignored them, although hundreds of thousands of Israelis took to the streets against the disastrous move.

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The land and state of Israel is like none other. With constant danger and hatred surrounding them, many find that only God's help can save them.

I found this story of Netanyahu's return to Bible studies quite interesting. Like happened under recent leaders David Ben-Gurion and Menachem Begin, and like led by Nehemiah, Ezra, Joel, and Josiah of Old Testament times, reading of the Old Testament Scriptures is being publicly revived in Israel.

This is from Joel Rosenberg's blog and The Jerusalem Post.
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Dec 13, 2011 | Latest News

By Joel C. Rosenberg

I read a fascinating story in the Jerusalem Post this morning and it gave me fresh hope for the nation of Israel.

"Taking a page out of David Ben-Gurion and Menachem Begin’s playbook, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will begin hosting a regular Bible study group in his official residence for researchers, public officials and invited guests," reports the Post.

“Netanyahu announced the establishment of the study circle on Friday at a ceremony marking 30 days since the passing of his father-in-law, Shmuel Ben-Artzi. The study group will be named after Ben-Artzi, a noted poet and Bible teacher. Both Ben-Gurion and Begin, when they each served as prime minister, hosted regular Bible study groups.

Netanyahu said he was establishing the class to perpetuate love of the Bible.”

Interestingly, in recent years Netanyahu—who has never described himself as a religious person—appears to have been developing a deeper interest in Bible study. In January 2010, Netanyahu delivered an address at Auschwitz saying the prophecies of Ezekiel 37 have come to pass in our lifetimes.

In March 2010, Netanyahu’s son, Avner, won the National Bible Quiz in Israel. In July 2010, Netanyahu told Larry King that he likes to study the Bible on Saturday mornings with his son, Avner.

These are excellent steps by the Prime Minister and he should be commended for them. Indeed, let us pray that the study of the Word of God has a powerful, personal impact on the Prime Minister and his family, and each of his colleagues and guests.

Let’s pray that many Israelis would follow the Prime Minister’s lead and begin reading the Holy Scriptures again, and that Bible studies in people’s homes would spring up all over the Land of Israel. Let’s pray that more and more Israelis would develop a new and deeper curiosity about Bible prophecy, both the dramatic prophecies in the Scriptures that have already been fulfilled and those that will come to pass soon, including the all-important prophecies about the Messiah.

Such a national reawakening to the importance of the Scriptures has happened before in Israel’s history. Remember men like Nehemiah, Ezra, Josiah, and Joel? These were beloved governors, priests, kings and prophets whom the Lord used to turn the Jewish people back to the Scriptures and the need for national and individual prayer, fasting and repentance.

One of my favorite examples is found in 2 Kings 22. I’d encourage you to read it afresh, for it is the remarkable story of King Josiah. At the age of 8, Josiah took the throne. When he was 18, he instructed the temple to be cleaned and renovated. In so doing, he learned that a long forgotten copy of the Scriptures had been found in the temple. Indeed, someone brought him the dusty scrolls and read the Word to the king. “When the king heard the words of the book of the law, he tore his clothes” in repentance for all of Israel’s sinful ways, and his own. Then the king commanded Hilkiah the priest and several other servants, “Go, inquire of the Lord for me and the people and all Judah concerning the words of this book that has been found, for great is the wrath of the Lord that burns against us, because our fathers have not listened to the words of this book, to do according to all that is written concerning us.”

Then in 2 Kings 23, comes the equally amazing story of King Josiah gathering all the people of Israel and reading the Word of the Lord to them. Together, convicted of their own sins, they chose to make a covenant before the Lord to obey all of His commandments. “Before him,” the Bible says, “there was no king like him who turned to the Lord with all his might, according to the law of Moses; nor did any like him arise after him.”

Let us pray that Israel, once again, experiences a national renaissance of hunger for the Word of the Lord. Amen.



Whether we are people of faith or not, whether we look for a resurgence of Bible reading in Israel or not, we must recognize that this is leadership on the part of Netanyahu. For Israel is nothing if she is not led by her God and strengthened in her faith against all enemies. As a Christian, I hope many will see the Messiah's prophecies as obviously fulfilled in my own Savior, Jesus Christ.

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The following article discusses the ideas of Tom Friedman, a Jewish writer for the New York Times, who is nonetheless an opponent of the nation of Israel. Writer Ron Jager also discusses why Newt Gingrich's remarks at a recent Presidential debate are appropriate and true.

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Published: Friday, December 16, 2011 4:20 AM
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/10995#.Tu0zBPLuSzY

by Ron Jager

What has prompted Tom Friedman's most recent frontal attack on Israel and her supporters in America?

"Uncle" Tom Friedman has done it again in the New York Times; he has proven that you can be a useful idiot and a Jewish anti-Semite all in one.

Evidently, the means justify the ends, Friedman, who has always used his Jewish identity to infer that he is "one of us", has crossed the red lines and joined the ranks of Israel's enemies. In his latest editorial column, he has stated that only by undermining the special relationship between Israel and the United States can the Jewish lobby be denied their control of Congress - which institution has been, and I quote, “bought and paid for by the Israeli lobby.”

Friedman doesn't stop there; he makes sure to suggest that the leading Republican candidates are in the pockets of the Jewish lobby and therefore forced "to grovel for Jewish votes — by outloving Israel".

Surprisingly, he has yet to suggest that Obama's failures as a President are not a result of his incompetence, but a result of the Jewish lobby's control of the American public, the media, and Wall Street. My apologies if I left someone out.

The vast majority of Jews, we who are located somewhere in the middle of the vast political spectrum, are used to hearing and reading this kind of anti-Semitic rambling from Holocaust deniers such as Mahmoud Abbas, the unelected leader of the Palestinian Authority or from Nasrallah, the unelected leader of Hizbullah. "Uncle" Tom Friedman has evidently turned in his membership card to the Jewish race and become a post-modern, post-Zionist, moral relativist hater of the State of Israel.

He can not contain his revulsion for Israel and her elected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Again I quote: "Benjamin Netanyahu understands that the standing ovation he got in Congress this year was not for his politics. That ovation was bought and paid for by the Israel lobby."

It does not cross Friedman's mind that the overwhelming majority of Americans, and this has been proven by hundreds of surveys over the years, Jews and non-Jews, identify with Israel as a strategic ally and friend of America. Congress has consistently voted to support the security of the State of Israel since Israel's establishment because of the belief that by helping Israel remain strong, Congress is supporting vital United States interests in the Middle East.

Friedman would also never admit that Israel's across-the-board support from Congress is a rejection of President Obama's Middle East policies of endorsing the Palestinian Arab narrative. Those have damaged United States allies in the Arab world, endangered the free flow of oil to the West and given Iran the time to expand her nuclear arsenal.

But why now ? What prompted Tom Friedman's frontal attack on Israel and her supporters in America?

This past week the Palestinian narrative, a false and fictional depiction of historical truth, took a severe blow. Newt Gingrich, a leading Republican candidate for President, spoke in public and for all to hear about the Palestinians being an “invented people”.

Evidently, what ticked off Friedman is his fear that by speaking the truth about the history of the conflict here in the Middle East, Newt Gingrich has exposed the link between the creation of the Palestinian Arab identity and the denial of the historical truth underlying Zionism and the establishment of the State of Israel.

This is what Newt Gingrich meant when he stated that the Palestinian Arabs are an "invented people", and that they have been created to be the basis for the destruction of the state of Israel. Contrary to what Tom Friedman has been saying, writing and believing about the Palestinian Arabs, their whole reason for existing is to deny Israel her right to exist.

Anti-Semites can never acknowledge or accept this truth, by doing so their whole house of cards comes crashing down. Friedman has built his entire career on propagating the Palestinian lie. By admitting that Gingrich is right, he would be admitting that he has lied to his readership and should not be seen as a credible interpreter of historical events.

But it doesn't stop there.

Let us not forget that Friedman is President Obama's personal emissary to the printed media. Obama's re-election campaign has reached a critical juncture as the Republican Party has winded down to two leading candidates. Both have a more than good chance of defeating Obama this coming November. For the first time it is possible to realistically compare Obama to a Republican alternative, and this frightens the he** out of Friedman and American liberals in general.

For the first time they seem to be internalizing the possibility that the American public no longer accepts the "invented narrative" of President Obama being a popular and successful President. The American public is seriously questioning the validity of what it has been taught to believe during this presidency, the claim that today Americans are better off than they were four years ago...rather than letting a Republican get the job done.

And that will be the Jews' fault as well. Anti-Semites always blame the Jews, so why should Friedman be any different.

Ron Jager
The writer, a 25-year veteran of the I.D.F., served as a field mental health officer and Commander of the Central Psychiatric Military Clinic for Reserve Soldiers at Tel-Hashomer. Since retiring from active duty, he provides consultancy services to NGO’s implementing Psycho trauma and Psychoeducation programs to communities in the North and South of Israel and is a strategic advisor to the Director of the Shomron Liaison Office.

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Several weeks ago we learned that in exchange for the release of Israeli prisoner, Gilad Shalit, Netanyahu and his administration had negotiated with Hamas, promising to release over 1,000 Palestinian (terrorist) prisoners. This caused both joy over the return of Shalit, and great concern, especially among victims of bombings, etc., that release of these prisoners would endanger Jewish citizens. The Israeli military (the IDF) will again be at increased risk of kidnappings, according to this story on the second phase of the deal.
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As the second phase of the Shalit deal is implemented, Hamas is already planning the next kidnappings of soldiers.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 12/19/2011, 5:35 AM
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/150846#.Tu7QzfLuSzY

Now that the second phase of the Shalit deal has been implemented and 550 terrorist prisoners have been released, the Hamas terror group is already planning the next kidnapping.

In a press briefing held on Sunday evening, the spokesman of Hamas’s military wing, Abu Obeida, welcomed the Shalit deal and called it “an achievement of the Palestinian resistance,” according to a Channel 2 News report.

Abu Obeida then added, “Our wish was and still is to empty the prisons of the occupation of all the heroic prisoners. Our success in this historic deal will not cause us to never abandon our sacred duty to the release our warriors from behind bars.”

Channel 2 also quoted a statement issued Sunday by Izz al-Din al-Qassam, Hamas’ military wing, which said, “If we released 20% of our prisoners in exchange for one soldier then such action could be repeated. Hero prisoners, we will continue to work for you, no matter how much we have to pay for it.”

After Shalit was released in October, Hamas terrorists in Gaza promised that there would be more kidnappings of IDF soldiers.

In a huge rally held by Hamas in Gaza on the day the first phase of the deal was completed, thousands of people shouted, “The people want a new Gilad.”

Meanwhile, Meir Indor, head of the Almagor terror victims' group, warned Sunday that the 550 terrorists being released in the second round of the Shalit exchange are not "small fry" who committed light crimes. He said that 220 of the 550 are "heavy cases" and include terrorists who detonated explosives against their targets but failed to kill anyone.

Earlier it was reported that the Israeli government had freed hard core terrorists contrary to its promise that only ”car thieves” would be released in stage two of the Shalit deal.

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Here is more on Mayor Koch's comments in support of what Gingrich said about protecting Israel.

I agree with former Mayor Ed Koch that the Jews and Israel itself are at greater danger now than ever, surrounded as they are with increasingly strengthened Muslim Brotherhood(Arab Spring) nations. Since Obama became President, there are four times the Muslim Brotherhood nations that are now trying to exterminate Christians AND Jews.

As this article says, there are only two nations standing with Israel--Canada and the United States. Great Britain is waffling.

Is the prophetic end near? With the bombs in Iraq, everything coming undone, even doubters must start to wonder!

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Monday, 19 Dec 2011 11:42 AM
http://www.newsmax.com/Koch/Gingrich-Times-Israel-Middle/2011/12/19/id/421436?s=al&promo_code=DC10-1

By Edward Koch

Almost everyone who lives in New York City knows that I am Jewish. Most know that I am a secular Jew who believes in God, the afterlife, reward and punishment, and that I hope to be rewarded.

I have spent much of my professional life stressing how important it is for Jews to strengthen the Jewish-Catholic relationship. Jews should also convey their deep appreciation for the support that evangelical Protestants give to both Israel and the American Jewish community.

Regrettably, a number of mainstream Protestant churches have been supportive of the Palestinians and Arab causes for years, and hostile to Israel.

The tie between Jews and Catholics, strengthened by Popes John XXIII and John Paul II, is very important. It has been emphasized less under the current Pope, Benedict XVI.

There are more than a billion Catholics in the world and only 13 million Jews. We Jews need their larger numbers and energy to help us fight the rising anti-Semitism, particularly in Europe. Jews are living in a Golden Age in the United States, and anti-Semitism exists here to a lesser degree than in Europe.

The Anti-Defamation League recently reported that 15 percent of American adults — 35 million people — are deeply anti-Semitic.

Catholic prelates like John Cardinal O’Connor, my close friend who is now deceased, spoke out regularly denouncing anti-Semitism from the pulpit at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. He pointed out that Jesus and his 12 Apostles were born and died as Jews. It is, he said, a sin against God to be anti-Semitic.

We need the Catholic clergy and secular leaders to speak up in a similar fashion in Britain, France, and in Eastern Europe where anti-Semitism never died even after the revelations of the Nazi death camps in World War II.

Evangelicals support Jews for many reasons. A major one is that their faith requires a secure Israel in the land of ancient Israel if Jesus as the Messiah is to return to this earth.

Many Jews are distressed with the evangelical hope and desire that upon his return, the Jews will convert to Christianity or die. My suggestion to those who worry about this is as follows.

If it is reported that a Messiah is amongst us, seek him out. Ask him if he is Jewish. The Messiah in both the Jewish and Christian faiths must be of the line of David, according to the Bible sacred to both Jews and Christians. If he replies, “Yes,” ask him if this is his first visit or his second. If it is his first, Christians should convert. If it is his second visit, Jews should convert.

[My comment. There are some who will think they are Messiah. Many have come and will come, the Bible says...]

Many commentators in our political system denigrate the evangelicals. I honor and respect them. Evangelicals support Israel in larger numbers than the young Jews in the U.S., many of whom have no or little Jewish education or appreciation of the Jewish people’s important contributions to the world, despite our small numbers.

This commentary is a kind of year-end statement of strongly held feelings. Often people ask me why I am so involved in, and concerned about the security of Israel. I tell them I know that pre-World War II when Hitler offered to allow the Jews of Germany to leave if any country would take them, no country was willing to do so.

Even President Franklin Delano Roosevelt refused to let a ship, the S.S. St. Louis, filled with German Jewish refugees, land in the U.S. in 1939. It returned to Europe and ultimately 254 passengers were murdered in concentration camps.

Ultimately, 6 million Jews perished in the Holocaust, victims of the Nazis and their collaborators. If Israel had existed in the 1930s it would have taken every Jew in need of sanctuary, no matter how sick, old, or young. A strong Israel is required today to protect Jews in need of sanctuary and save Jewish communities in danger around the world.

Today Israel, surrounded by Muslim countries that are at war with it and that refuse to recognize its legitimacy, is in great danger and except for the U.S. and Canada has no one it can count on to help if it is attacked by conventional or nuclear weapons. Imagine if it ever lost a war with the Muslim nations — and it has won five such wars — what the consequences would be.

One need only look to Syria where we see what the Syrian government has done and continues to do: killing its own citizens who protest the government’s despotic rule. Imagine those Syrian soldiers or their Iranian counterparts free to rule the streets of Tel Aviv. Is there any doubt that a new holocaust would take place in the Jewish nation itself?

Serendipitously, on the day I wrote this column, I read a column in The New York Times (Dec. 13) by Tom Friedman that distressed me by its hostility and what I perceive as baseless and irresponsible attacks upon the state of Israel. The following comments flow from that reading.

Tom Friedman is a fine writer with a high public profile. Because he is Jewish and purports to be a supporter of Israel, he apparently believes that that gives him license to constantly criticize the Jewish state and its allies. This week, his attacks were especially outrageous and irresponsible.

He attacked Newt Gingrich, Republican candidate for president, for his “grovel” before a Jewish audience “by suggesting that the Palestinians are an ‘invented’ people and not a real nation entitled to a state.”

I watched the Republican candidates debate before the Republican Jewish Coalition on television, to which he alludes. Gingrich was making an historical point that Palestinians had been part of south Syria and not a separate nation under the Ottoman Empire.

Indeed, when Mitt Romney and Ron Paul both chastised Gingrich for making the historical reference, saying it was not helpful to the situation, and the moderator asked each if Gingrich was factually correct, they both said “yes.”

Friedman also accused Gingrich of seeking to deny the Palestinians their own state. But Gingrich never said that, and I have no doubt that he, like most American supporters of Israel (including myself), most Israelis, and the prime minister of Israel Bibi Netanyahu and his predecessors since Oslo, support a two-state solution.

Friedman outrageously wrote that perhaps Gingrich supports “evict[ing] the West Bank Palestinians through ethnic cleansing.” Gingrich never said any such thing.

Friedman offers a third alternative as a possible Gingrich option: one state which would overwhelm Israel’s Jewish citizens, which Gingrich never proposed.

The historical fact on Palestinian roots makes no difference today since the Palestinians now perceive themselves and are perceived by others as having a national identity.

Friedman, in the same column, went on to attack Romney for being too willing to support the Israeli government in its goals, accusing him of wanting the U.S. to “serve as [Israel’s] ATM and shut up.” This is an outrageous remark by Friedman.

Friedman writes that the extraordinary positive reception that Netanyahu received when he spoke at the joint session of Congress was “not for his politics” but “bought and paid for by the Israeli lobby.” Coming from an alleged supporter of Israel, a Jew himself, this canard is especially offensive. This infamous statement will be joined with the Protocols of Zion, one a libel, the other a forgery — because of the status of its author — and used around the world by those who hate the Jews and Israel. No explanation or apology on the part of Friedman can undo the damage.

Friedman attacks the foreign minister of Israel, Avigdor Lieberman — originally from Russia — for not denouncing the recent election in Russia as fraudulent. How foolish can Friedman be to demand such masochistic behavior on the part of the Israeli government?

Russia supplies military arms to Syria and supports Iran and Friedman wants the Israeli government to further antagonize Putin, when the Israeli foreign minister is seeking to woo Putin to Israel’s side? Friedman points to the fact that Israel’s representatives receive a hard time on college campuses. I believe they do in part because of the inciting comments of columnists like Friedman.

Then Friedman attacks Israel for a number of situations which would be intolerable if practiced in the U.S. He refers to West Bank settlers stoning Israeli soldiers “in retaliation for the army removing ‘illegal’ settlements that Jewish extremists establish wherever they want.”

Shouldn’t the government be praised for the removal action and shouldn’t Friedman have cited the tough remarks by Bibi and Ehud Barak with respect to punishment for those settlers?

Friedman cites the fact that the government allows public buses in an ultra-orthodox community to segregate men and women. In the U.S., we would not allow that, but in Israel it is apparently legal. In Israel, religious schools are funded by the government. As opposed as I am to many of the special perks the ultra-orthodox receive, especially their not being required to serve in the IDF, I am not surprised they exist in a society seeking to accommodate the religious and the secular.

Friedman is distressed with recently enacted laws that he believes stifle dissent and restrict freedom of speech and a host of other rights we take for granted in the U.S. But Israel has been in a state of war with Muslim countries that want to destroy it since it came into being in 1948.

Israel has taken actions to protect its citizens in war time, just as we have with the passage of the Patriot Act, which I support, but was foolishly opposed by every Democratic member of Congress from New York City. Friedman’s reciting these Israeli actions is obviously for the purpose of provoking denunciation of the state of Israel.

Friedman is particularly outraged by one law that penalizes “Israelis advocating a boycott of products made in West Bank Jewish settlements.” Those Jewish boycotters would be joining the worldwide boycotters who advocate boycotting all Israeli products and promote disinvestment in Israel, and delegitimizing the Jewish state.

He concludes quoting an Israeli writer that there is a cultural war taking place in Israel. Yes there is and I hope the secular-minded prevail. But there is a larger war also taking place. Israel is surrounded by nations with populations aggregating more than 100 million people. Israel has a population of seven million of which 1.2 million are Muslim.

The Jewish state — the only such state in the world — deserves support. Instead, too often columnists like Friedman who claim they are supporters of Israel are among Israel’s greatest detractors.

Friedman, as a result of his column of Dec. 13, 2011, is now unmasked.



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After a very busy week of hosting our children and grandchildren for Christmas and birthday celebrations, I am a bit weary, but also rejoicing and rejuvenated. It is time to get back to focusing on what is happening in Israel, a most important subject for the world right now. And for our nation, God's blessing will partly rise or fall depending on our treatment of this small nation and their people.

In the following article, the threat of Jordan's Abbas shows that the only option the Muslim (terrorist) leaders will accept in the Middle East is the complete destruction of Jews and their removal from their (the Jews') God-promised homeland. Talks in Jordan are continuing, because the Quartet of nations has given the process until January 26 for the opposing sides to come back to the "peace" table. The "solutions" of this President and most of the world are for Israel to return to indefensible pre-1967 borders. If they really wanted 1967 borders, they might consider that it was in 1967 that Israel won wars against its neighbors that gave them the West Bank, Sinai, and Gaza. Of course, Israel kindly returned all these lands to their attackers. So which 1967 do the Jordanians, Hamas, Fatah, et. al. want?

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Abbas: ‘All Options on Table’ If Israel Does not Concede
Abbas delivers a cryptic message on the eve of PA-Israeli talks in Jordan. “All options are on the table,” but no renewal of the Intifada.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 1/2/2012, 1:56 PM

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/151310#.TwGx2fLuSzZ
Abbas delivered a cryptic and contradictory message on the eve of Palestinian Authority-Israeli talks in Jordan. He said that “all options are on the table” but said that he opposes a renewal of the "Intifada."

Jordan is to host the talks on Tuesday, three weeks before the January 26 deadline that the Quartet has set for Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) to resume direct negotiations on security measures and the establishment of a new Arab state within Israel’s borders.

The official PA website WAFA stated that Abbas warned, “From now until January 26, if the Quartet is unable to bring the two parties to the negotiating table on clear bases, then it has failed… If nothing happens by the 26th, we have options. There are people who say a third intifada and I say this is not going to happen. I do not accept that.”

However, PA security forces have not acted against daily attacks on Jewish motorists on the highways in Judea and Samaria, where rock-throwing terrorists, often armed with Molotov cocktails, try to cause fatal accidents to kill drivers and passengers. One father and his infant son were murdered several weeks ago in a rock-throwing attack on the main highway between Kiryat Arab-Hevron and Jerusalem.

[My note: The hallmark of terrorism is attacking the defenseless, with all lack of regard for the lives of the innocent. The repeated threats and killings are meant to wear down the people of the country, create fear, and to cause retaliation that may then be blamed as violence being directed against Muslims or Arab nations, in this case.]

The PA has pointed out that Tuesday’s talks are not negotiations, but they satisfy the Quartet's demands for a “peace process," which has been declared dead and buried by virtually all observers and even leading politicians in Israel and the PA. The Quartet is made up of the United States, the United Nations, the European Union and Russia.

The planned discussions in Jordan give Abbas one important strategic advantage: The PA publicly has said it expects no results from the discussions, and their failure will give him a platform for a renewed diplomatic war against Israel.

Abbas continues to hold out the threat of going back to the United Nations for recognition based on its own unilateral demands, backed by most countries in the pro-Arab general Assembly.

An attempt three months ago for recognition was thwarted when Abbas was unable to gain the necessary two-thirds majority of United Nations Security Council members to approve the motion and bring it to the General Assembly. President Barack Obama has vowed he will veto any such motion if Abbas does win the necessary backing.

Abbas has his eye on this year’s presidential elections in the United States. “We call on the US not to waste 2012 on elections,” he said. “I wonder how a superpower could stop functioning for an entire year because of elections. There are serious international issues such as the Middle East conflict. The US should not say it will not open the Palestinian-Israeli conflict until the elections are over.” :shock: [My note: So this is how these Arab nations view the process of free elections!]

He added, “If there is no peace, the entire world will bear the consequences of the failure of the peace process,” which he has based on Israel’s giving up all of the land in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria that was restored in the Six-Day War in 1967.

Abbas also has balked at Israeli demands for security arrangements, including the deployment of the IDF in the Jordan Valley, to prevent return to what Israel calls indefensible borders. Abba Eban, former Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations, referred to them as “Auschwitz borders.”

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Psalm 22 refers to the Lord as the one who "dwells in Israel's praise." It also has numerous references to the details of the coming Messiah's suffering and death. I recently wrote a hymn based on the entire psalm. Thought I'd share:

O JACOB’S GOD, O ISRAEL’S PRAISE

O Jacob’s God, O Israel’s Praise,
You hear Your people’s cries;
How oft their troubled voices raise
Their pleadings to the skies!

When once our fathers called to You,
They were not put to shame –
The Holy One of Israel
For their deliv’rance came.

And now – Behold! – Your Servant calls,
The Lord’s Anointed One;
Will You not hear His anguished words
And save Your own dear Son?

“My God, My God, why have You left
And multiplied My woes?
Why do My words not move Your hand
To drive away My foes?”

“Before the eyes of all the world
I bear reproach and shame;
A worm and not a man am I --
So lowly is My name.”


Is this the one beloved by God?
Is this God’s pure Delight?
Will God, to save this Wretchedness,
Appear now with His might?

“Like water from a broken jar
My life pours to the ground;
My tongue for mercy’s moisture pleads
But only gall is found.”

“They stare upon My quiv’ring frame;
They pierce My hands and feet;
My garments they divide for spoil,
And make my shame complete.”


But You, O Lord, will not despise,
Will not abhor, this cry;
Nor will You hide Your face from Him,
But raise Him up on high

And bring Him from His earthly grave
To an eternal throne,
Where generations yet unborn
Will praise His name alone.

How great a congregation then
Will bow before their King
And marvel in delighted awe
That He has done this thing!


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mikethom1 wrote:
JustGrace:

Psalm 22 refers to the Lord as the one who "dwells in Israel's praise." It also has numerous references to the details of the coming Messiah's suffering and death. I recently wrote a hymn based on the entire psalm. Thought I'd share:

O JACOB’S GOD, O ISRAEL’S PRAISE

O Jacob’s God, O Israel’s Praise,
You hear Your people’s cries;
How oft their troubled voices raise
Their pleadings to the skies!

When once our fathers called to You,
They were not put to shame –
The Holy One of Israel
For their deliv’rance came.

And now – Behold! – Your Servant calls,
The Lord’s Anointed One;
Will You not hear His anguished words
And save Your own dear Son?

“My God, My God, why have You left
And multiplied My woes?
Why do My words not move Your hand
To drive away My foes?”

“Before the eyes of all the world
I bear reproach and shame;
A worm and not a man am I --
So lowly is My name.”


Is this the one beloved by God?
Is this God’s pure Delight?
Will God, to save this Wretchedness,
Appear now with His might?

“Like water from a broken jar
My life pours to the ground;
My tongue for mercy’s moisture pleads
But only gall is found.”

“They stare upon My quiv’ring frame;
They pierce My hands and feet;
My garments they divide for spoil,
And make my shame complete.”


But You, O Lord, will not despise,
Will not abhor, this cry;
Nor will You hide Your face from Him,
But raise Him up on high

And bring Him from His earthly grave
To an eternal throne,
Where generations yet unborn
Will praise His name alone.

How great a congregation then
Will bow before their King
And marvel in delighted awe
That He has done this thing!


What a beautiful hymn, Mike! I, too, long for the day when generations of people from all nations congregate before God's throne, bowing in homage to our King and Savior, Jesus Christ! The Savior's birthplace and lineage is the greatest contribution that has come from the people of Israel, and I long for each Jew to also recognize that Christ is their true Messiah and worship Him.

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The original purpose of the United Nations, and the locating of it in New York City, was a hope that bringing the nations of the world together to talk would bring peace.

In limited ways UN peace-keeping forces have protected lives. However, more and more often, the votes of the 40-plus Muslim nations in the UN along with other nations who do not provide any freedoms to their people, make this body a threat to the USA and our freedoms and security.

The same threat is being turned increasingly against the tiny nation of Israel. Growing anti-Semitism in the world is finding a home on the shores of New York City, as nation after nation sides against Israel and for the Arab terrorists who want to force a unilateral takeover of the West Bank and much of Israel and Jerusalem. If this happens, it will mean the destruction of many Jews and their property, and ultimately their state. It would be another Holocaust.

In Hevron (Hebron in the Bible), are several Jewish and Christian holy sites that the Muslim/Arabs want to make into mosques, and now get the UN to sponsor as Muslim holy sites, excluding Christians and Jews. America, wake up! Why do we continue to permit this world body to occupy our city and take our tax money? America pays 40% of the costs of the United Nations and has benefited very little from them.

Will we elect an American President strong enough to oppose more of this takeover of our ally? One who realizes that Muslims are set to destroy our Judeo/Christian heritage?

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UNESCO Declares War on Jewish Hevron

Published: Wednesday, January 04, 2012 8:21 PM
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/11077#.TwT0NfLuSzY

Report: The Palestinian Arabs use UNESCO to prohibit and restrict Jews from worshiping at Hevron’s Tomb of the Patriarchs and other holy sites.[/b

“Jews will not be permitted to pray at the tombs of Biblical Patriarchs once the sites come under Palestinian control”, proclaimed the late Palestinian Religious Affairs Minister Hassan Tahboub in 1995, referring to the Machpelah Cave in Hevron, Rachel’s Tomb and Joseph’s Tomb.

“We will not allow Jews or Christians to pray in our mosques”.

[b]Seventeen years later, supported by UNESCO and financed by the European governments
, the Palestinian Authority feels closer than ever to this project. Now that 'Palestine' has been voted into the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Palestinian Authority officials are preparing applications for the organization’s marquee designation: "A World Heritage Site".

The Palestinian Arabs want to use UNESCO to prohibit and restrict Jews from worshipping at Hevron’s Tomb of the Patriarchs.

“It’s a mosque!”, Khaled Osaily, the Mayor of Hevron, said recently. “You don’t have to be an architect to see it! Will you allow me to pray in a synagogue or a church?”.

Several days ago, the Palestinian Rehabilitation Committee raised the UNESCO flag next to the national 'Palestinian' flag in front of the Tomb of the Patriarchs. The decision is part of UNESCO's strategy to erase the Jewish character of the holy sites and city.

Hevron Mayor Osaily just returned from Paris where he took part in a UNESCO conference at the Institut du Monde Arabe in support of adding Hevron’s holy sites to the World Heritage List. “We started a campaign three years ago to add Hevron to the UNESCO list”, Osaily said. “Now the request is ready and we will present it to UNESCO in February”.

To understand why the Palestinian Arabs feel they have a winning strategy about the Jewish holy sites, one has to look at the members of the “International Committee for the preservation and the promotion of the Old City of Hevron”.

You will find Boutros Boutros-Ghali, former Secretary-General of the United Nations and Federico Mayor, former Director of UNESCO. Hamdan Taha is a key figure in this cultural Intifada as the Palestinian Authority minister who deals with antiquities.

Last January, National Geographic magazine ran a “Travel Palestine” ad that appeared to blot out the State of Israel’s existence. Published by Taha’s Ministry of Antiquities, the ad said that “Palestine lies between the Mediterranean coast and Jordan River”.

Taha gets funds and cooperation from UNESCO, the European Union and societies like the Studium Biblicum Franciscanum, a major Catholic institute in Jerusalem. Taha currently manages ten research excavations conducted with foreign funding.

The Dutch government, through UNESCO, just donated 300,000 euros to the Palestinian Authority, meant to finance the excavation of an ancient site outside Nablus, the home of Joseph’s Tomb, one of Judaism’s holiest sites.

The renewed excavations at Tel Balata and the establishment of the archaeological park are being conducted jointly by Taha’s ministry, the Dutch government and UNESCO. Taha hopes that the dig will help in “writing or rewriting the history of Palestine”. Despite Tal Balata being identified with ancient Shechem in Samaria, where the Israelites buried Joseph’s bones when they returned from Egypt, Palestinians now claim that the tomb in reality is the final resting place of a Muslim Sheikh.

The biblical town of Shiloh is another target for Taha’s denial. Despite Shiloh being the capital of the Jewish nation for nearly four centuries and the Jews having brought the Tabernacle there, making Shiloh the religious center of the Israelites before Jerusalem became their capital, Taha is convincing the international community that the Jewish Shiloh never existed:

“In Shiloh the settlers pretended to have found the tabernacle”, he proclaimed. “They can find the chicken bone my grandfather ate 50 years ago and say it was a young calf for ancient sacrifice”.

A feature entitled “Jerusalem, a City Crying Out for Justice” on the PA’s Internet site said that “all historic studies and archeological excavations have failed to find any proof” for the existence of the ancient Jewish Temples in Jerusalem.

The Spanish government financed a joint programme in Hevron and called it "occupied Palestinian territory”. In the UNESCO official documents, Hevron’s Cave is already labelled as “a Palestinian site”.

“Implementation of 186 EX/Decision 12 on ‘The two Palestinian sites of al-Haram al- IbrahimiTomb of the Patriarchs in al-Khalil/Hevron and the Bilal ibn Rabah Mosque/Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem’”, says a recent UNESCO resolution.

Over the years, the UNESCO World Heritage Commission erased Jewish life in Hevron by supporting the Palestinian Arab claims. In 2002, UNESCO criticized “the destruction and damage caused to the cultural heritage in the Palestinian Territories, in particular the old City of Hevron”. In 2005 UNESCO decried “the damage inflicted to the cultural heritage of Hevron as well as the new building constructed above the archaeological remains of Tell Rumeida”.

In 2010, it decided that Rachel’s Tomb and Hevron’s Cave are officially “Muslim mosques”.

However, Jewish Hevron is now seriously at risk. Palestinian minister Taha, who says that the Bible is a “mythological narrative”, wants to put together a case to take Israel to the International Court of Justice in the Hague to condemn the Israeli excavations in Hevron, Shiloh, Jerusalem and elsewhere as “crimes against humanity”.

Should Hevron’s site again be placed under Islamic control next February, Jews will no longer be allowed to worship at the holy place as they do in the tens of thousands today, as was the case for 700 years, as the Arabs consider it to be a mosque (and according to Islam, only Muslims may pray in a mosque).

UNESCO's bureaucrats, sitting in Paris, are following the steps of Sultan Baybars, who barred Jews from the Tomb of the Patriarchs.

Giulio Meotti
The writer, an Italian journalist with Il Foglio, writes a weekly column for Arutz Sheva. He is the author of the book "A New Shoah", that researched the personal stories of Israel's terror victims, published by Encounter. His writing has appeared in publications, such as the Wall Street Journal, Frontpage and Commentary.

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Presidential candidate Ron Paul is dangerous for Israel and is a potential ally of the Hamas and Fatah in the Middle East. Of course, he would deny this, but by one's fruit a person is known. Paul's speech is almost always directed against helping defend Israel, as this video from 2009 shows. He takes a decidedly favorable opinion of Iran's Ahmahdinejad and the rulers of Gaza, in opposition to helping or defending Israel.

What a danger this man would be if elected President!

http://blog.standforisrael.org/articles/ron-paul-gaza-is-like-a-concentration-camp?s_src=SFIEN&s_subsrc=EN11201XXEXXA

Some points of Paul's comments:
1) He believes that Israel is the aggressor, even though Arabs in Gaza under the leadership of Hamas and Hizbollah have used the area as a launching pad for rockets supplied by Iran to aim at innocent Israeli civilians.

2) Paul says the Gazans are just using homemade bombs (implying that with U.S. help, the Israelis are using sophisticated weapons.) Well, Israel does not use these to attack the Arab people, only to retaliate and take out those terrorists who are bombing their people.

3) He claims Gaza is a concentration camp! This is a huge insult to Jews everywhere and especially to the truth! Arabs in Gaza are not being kept in against their will. The truth is that thousands of Jews lost their homes in an effort to appease Arabs by giving them ownership of this tract of land. Many Gazans are now going into Israel in a program whereby the Jewish government is trying to help them find gainful employment, showing them how to operate fisheries so they can support themselves. At present, the state of Gaza would crumble and be in deep poverty were it not for the aid that Israel sends them monthly for infrastructure and support. The other Arab nations are only interested in arming Gazans to fight Israel, not to feed or care for their cousins.

4) Israel not motivated to talk with the Arab League? Well, I guess not! The only goal of the Arab League is to destroy Israel. Paul fails to mention that Israel has always favored talks and a fair "two-state solution." But the Arabs, including Palestinian Authority, going back to the beginning of Israel's modern statehood, will not acknowledge Israel's right even to exist.

5) "Israel knows we will do whatever to bail them out." Paul does not accept Israel as an ally, but he seems to think the "Palestinians" deserve our acknowlegment.

6) "We need to end our special relationship to Israel." Oh my! Get rid of our best and truest ally in the Middle East? Paul, get your head out of the desert sands!

7) "We give Israel weapons blindly. Palestinians are being ripped off." We can see where Ron Paul's allegiance lies in this statement. He would see the free world fall, evidently, and for terrorists to have free rein.

8 ) "America better mind our own business. We're spending way too much money." Let him say that if Iran's Ahmadinejad uses a nuclear weapon on this nation someday, as he has promised.

Ron Paul pretends to be concerned with this nation and our freedom, but the more I study his policies, the less convinced I am that he cares about our safety or is willing to defend freedom from the aggressor.

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