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Tuesday - May 2, 2006
May 2, 2006, 4th of Iyar
May 3, 2006 / 5th of Iyar
Is any name more redolent of tears than "Hatuel"?
In May of 2004, 34-year-old Tali Hatuel, a social worker who lived in the Gaza Strip, was gunned down on a Gaza highway by Palestinian terrorists along with her four daughters, Hila, 11; Hadar, 9; Roni, 7; and Merav, 2. As if the atrocity could be any more atrocious, Tali Hatuel was 8 months pregnant with her first son.
After the initial gunfire, the terrorists ran up to the car and shot the passengers --four little girls and a pregnant woman -- at point-blank range to make sure they were dead.
By that point, terror attacks in Israel had begun to bleed into one another: It was a bus -- or a restaurant? A mother and daughter? The ones with the stroller in Petach Tikva or the ones crossing the street in Jerusalem? Names and photos and stories all ran together, washed over with tears and the cynicism and insensitivity bred from living under attack for so long.
But the Hatuel tragedy shook everyone. Even more than Tali Hatuel and the four sweet-faced girls, I was haunted by thoughts of the one left behind, their husband and father David Hatuel.
"I am all alone -- there is no one left," he wailed at the funeral.
Land of Israel Legal Forum
Expands Scope of Activities
21:36 Apr 30, '06 / 2 Iyar 5766
by Ezra HaLevi
The Land of Israel Legal Forum has launched new initiatives to prevent the stealing of Jewish-owned land as well as media incitement against the Jews of Judea and Samaria.
Chairman Nachi Eyal said at a news conference Thursday that the Forum has invested much effort in defending the right of the Jews expelled from Gaza and northern Samaria, as well as in trying to spread awareness of their plight. He added, however, that the Forum understands that there is a need to widen the scope of its operation on behalf of the struggle for the Land of Israel. Eyal explained that two additional areas would now be dealt with by the Forum as well: 1) Preventing the stealing of Jewish land through illegal Arab building and the route of the Partition Wall, and 2) Prevention of incitement against the public that resides in Judea and Samaria.
"The Forum has taken upon itself to assist the groups monitoring such illegal building and will offer legal assistance," Eyal said. "We want to also assist other bodies on the right, such as Israel Media Watch, to petition against broadcasters and those who use and exploit the microphone for their own aims. Libel and incitement suits will be filed when called for." The Forum began surveying illegal Arab building over a month ago and has already begun legal action against hundreds of houses built against the law. An organized tour of illegal building in the Negev has been organized, but the group stressed that its activities in that realm will not be limited to the Bedouin construction in the Negev, and will encompass Arab land-grabbing throughout the country.
The news conference also dealt with the violent events at Amona in February, screening a video summary of testimony and video footage, as well as expert testimony. The Forum sees its actions as having an impact on the nature of future confrontations as well, attaching great significance to the gathering of testimony, videos and photographs of such events. The demolition of the stone buildings in Amona, they explained, was supposed to be a quiet demonstration and legitimate protest. Photos showed protestor after protestor with head wounds and a long convoy of ambulances. Overall, they report, 386 wounded were treated at hospitals, 219 of them transported via Magen David Adom ambulances. During the course of the video, the attorneys demonstrated how security forces acted contrary to procedures they obligated to follow, showing that commanders on site declined to take control or attempt to calm the atmosphere.
"The Forum is working not only with regard to the past, but also with regard to future political programs," Avi Har-Zahav, one of the Forum's attorneys, said. "If the police had known that there would be more [legal] backing for the protestors, they would not have been able to act like they did in Amona. Nowhere does a government allot over 7,000 policemen to the destruction of illegal buildings; there was a guiding hand in this case."
Har-Zahav also sees great importance in filing legal suits against the commanders and officers who acted illegally.
The Independent Fundamental Jewish Settler who cried out at the funeral of his murdered family "I'm all alone - there is no one left" is not having a very pleasant Independence/Memorial Day in Israel this year. After the trauma of the funeral he was then evicted from his home with over 8,000 of his neighbors by the secular liberal government as part of the Gaza withdrawal program. He was legally living in the Holy Land until the Gaza became a politically incorrect place for Jews to live. Another 250,000 Independent Fundamental Jewish Settlers living in Samaria and Judea are facing the same fate. Already their land and homes have become politically incorrect according to the liberal secularists. Their great sin is that they are a conservative minority in the liberal land of Israel. The overwhelming majority of Jews living in the Holy Land are secular liberals. The Bible is a myth to them with no relevant application to their secular world. The Holy Land does not belong to God, but to them! They can keep it, or give it away as it pleases them. They can heartlessly give away the land owned by the conservative settlers to Islam as they please. Minority rights are of no concern. The vote is the only thing that matters. Whatever God may demand of the Jews in the Bible is a joke never to be taken seriously.
The Land of Israel Legal Forum has little hope of turning things around. They are the voice of the minority which in Israeli democracy means no voice at all. Should they gain a sympathetic ear the liberal Israeli press will massacre them as they have already massacred every other voice of conservatism such as Arutz Shevah which can only function on the internet since their Pirate Radio Station was illegally boarded on the high seas, and towed into Israeli waters where all were arrested. The liberals rule the day in Israel, and show no compassion for any of the conservative minorities who may speak-out against them.
Independence Day in Israel is a sham. It is only independence for the secular majority. The Independent Fundamental Jewish Settlers have little if any independence. They are about to be vilified once more as the Olmert government now insists it will give away Samaria and Judah including almost all of Jerusalem for a barbarian Hamas capital over the next 4 years. All of the Temple Mount will be given to Hamas who didn't even exist when God gave the Jews sovereignty over it in 1967. The secular Jewish majority have turned the Holy Land into a curse. They can't get rid of it fast enough! The God of the Bible whom they mock has seen to it that it has become a curse to these puffed up humanists. It will remain a curse until the majority turn it over to a faithful remnant. The curse will only intensify until that faithful minority build the Last Holy Jewish Temple the God of the Bible demands. Not until then will the curse of the Holy Land be lifted for the Jews of Israel! Right now the secular Jews are caving-in to a minority of Hamas Moslems living in the Holy Land. The curse is intensifying! The only way the curse can be changed to a blessing is when these same Jews cave-in to the Godly faithful remnant of Jews now emerging.
Friend, have you turned your life into a curse? Is God determined that no blessings should come your way because of your sinful living? There is only one remedy, but it is life changing! It is coming to the LORD Jesus Christ with all your heart, soul, and might. It is casting yourself upon His mercy and grace holding back nothing. He, who knows the heart will determine how truthful is your repentance! He will not accept the phony baloney He gets so often. Friend, it is time to get serious with this Christ of the Bible. It is time to ask Him to be your Savior! Won't you come to Him right now? Only His death is a memorial to sin! There is no other found in all the pages of the Bible. It is only the LORD Jesus Christ. Won't you come?
28 Come unto me , all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins , and that ye receive not of her plagues.
Thursday - May 4, 2006
Halutz: 'The world can stop Iran'
IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Dan Halutz said in an interview with Israel Radio Tuesday that the world has the military might to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. Halutz said that if Iran does obtain nuclear capability, it would definitely constitute a threat to Israel's existence, but the military forces of the world could easily bring an end to the Islamic Republic's nuclear ambitions. When questioned on whether Israel would be involved in such a military operation against one of its most outspoken aggressors, Halutz said, "We are part of the world." While Israeli government and military officials had been very vocal in calling for action against Iran, they have toned down their comments in recent weeks, wishing to take a low profile as the world proceeds in its efforts to stop the Iranian program. Halutz also said he is opposed to the reoccupation of Gaza in an effort to stop Kassam rocket attacks. "I can't recall that in all the years of fighting when we were there that we succeeded in reducing the firing of Kassams to zero," he said.
My personal feelings are that the world is going to stop the Iranians from developing a nuclear bomb, but the price will be that the Jews will have to give up all their nuclear deterrents. I see this present conflict with Iran leading to a nuclear free Middle East. This present Olmert liberal secular government is more then capable of making such a catastrophic mistake in just the next 4 years. The only reason why Islam refrains from invading Israel as Ezekiel 38 predicts is because of the Jewish nuclear deterrents. I'm convinced a nuclear free Middle East will lead directly to Armageddon! It will play right into the hands of the Islamic barbarians, and their death wish to die for Allah. Islam, of course, will think it will be the Jews who will die, but Ezekiel 39 says it will be the barbarians! Islam knows they can't beat the Jews technologically, and that their only advantage is just in shear numbers. Islam has nurtured a generation of mindless animals since the formation of the State of Israel who will die for Allah. A billion fanatics will always overpower a few million victims if it should ever get down to plain hand to hand confrontation. This is exactly what Islam thinks Allah is doing for them through the foolishness of Western political correctness. The Arab armies proved totally inept on the battle field, but the Arab people 10 to 1 lopsided advantage over the Jew should give them the honor saving victory they crave.
What Islam does not understand is that it is not the technological advantage that has put the Jews back in the Holy Land, but the God of the Bible. Islam will never have an advantage over Him! The predicted absolute destruction of the Islamic invaders in Ezekiel 39 has nothing to do with technology, but has everything to do with the God of the Bible! The Olmert liberal secular government suffers in the same ignorance as Islam. Olmert is determined to give Islam Samaria, and Judah over the next 4 years. Olmert is giving them most of Jerusalem for their capital when they form the Islamic barbarian State now on the drawing boards of the politically correct. Full sovereignty to Islam of the Temple Mount is included in the proposed deal. All of this planed to take place over the next 4 years. A nuclear free Middle East will fit just right into this revival of the blasphemous Road Map.
God has His own plan for the future of the Holy Land. It does not include the Road Map! It does not include a barbarian State with Jerusalem as their capital! The Bible is clear that God expects the Jews to build the Last Holy Jewish Temple on the Temple Mount. God gave the Jews full sovereignty over the Mount back in 1967, but for almost 40 years now the Jews have procrastinated. They have gone secular, and even worse liberal! They are now in the process through the Olmert government of abandoning their 2000 year old Biblical dream of a perfect Jewish Kingdom that will be established at Jerusalem, and on the Temple Mount. They are in process of abandoning their hope in a Messiah who will accomplish all these things. They are in process of bringing upon themselves, and the world the greatest catastrophe which the Bible says:
7 Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble ; but he shall be saved out of it.
19 And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh , and will give them an heart of flesh :
20 That they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God.
The promise of God is that Jacob will be saved! A new spirit is promised for a remnant of Jews who will be the foundation for the coming Kingdom. They will be the ones to build the next Holy Jewish Temple on the Temple Mount. Friend, what about you? Are you going to be saved when God brings in His promised Kingdom? Nothing is going to stop God from fulfilling everything He said in the Bible. Islam will be proved as dust when they try to stand in His way. What about you? Do you think you will stand without Christ when you must account? There is only one way to be saved in Christ, and that is to go to Him directly. The choice is yours!
28 Come unto me , all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
The god of Abraham, Ishmael, and Esau, the god of Mohamed and his blasphemous Koran, this god the Arabs call Allah is doomed! The seed of Esau! The house that invented, and nurtured Islam is doomed because the God of the Bible hath spoken it! It will happen from Mount Zion. It will be the holiness of God that will demand the unrepentant usurpers of Islam be devoured.
Saturday - May 6, 2006
Iran will hit Israel if US does
2 May 2006
TEHERAN - Iran will target Israel first if the United States does anything “evil”, a senior commander in the Iranian Revolutionary Guards said on Tuesday.
The United States says it wants Iran’s nuclear standoff with the West solved diplomatically but has refused to rule out military action.
“We have announced that wherever America does something evil, the first place that we target will be Israel,” Revolutionary Guards Rear Admiral Mohammad-Ebrahim Dehqani was quoted as saying by Iran’s student news agency ISNA.
The Islamic Republic has never recognised Israel and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called for the Jewish state to be “wiped off the map.”
Dehqani said naval wargames held in the Gulf last month ”carried the warning to those countries that threaten Iran, including America and the Zionist regime”.
Experts said the wargames, in which Iran said it had tested new missiles and torpedoes, were a thinly veiled threat that it could disrupt vital Gulf oil shipping lanes if it was attacked.
What is "evil" in the eyes of Iran? What would cause them to launch a nuclear strike against Israel once they are able? From everything I know about Iran all it would take is for us to just breath. The Iranian barbarians will soon claim that every breath of air contains molecules that were once inhaled by Mohamed, and therefore infidel breathing would be an even worse act of desecration then making newsprint charactures of their beloved. Islamic righteousness rightly discerned could easily come to this absurd conclusion. It would be right for them to kill us for having polluted what had once touched the lips of this usurper of holiness. Folks, that is all it will take for Iran to launch! History has taught this same lesson over and over that the barbarian can never be appeased!
The Islamic barbarians want the Holy Land. They want the Bible banned, and only the Koran allowed. They want the Jews exterminated for having returned to their homeland which Islam now claims as it's own. And, eventually in like manner Islam will claim the very air as belonging to them. I'm sure an annual tribute would be acceptable so Islamic righteousness could be appeased, but Islam wants everything it can get by hook or by crook.
The Islamic bomb in the hands of the Islamic barbarians is their present want. It is part of their plan to wipe Israel off the map. According to the Bible this one evil thought will bring about the doom of these present day barbarians.
8 After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them.
9 Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee.
10 Thus saith the Lord GOD; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought:
That evil thought is clear to any who have studied the Bible. It is the thought of invading the Holy Land to claim it from the God of the Bible the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Islam will do this in the name of their god who is the god of Abraham, Ishmael, and Esau. The god of the Arabs! The coming Islamic invasion of Israel is exactly this. Islam will be claiming the Holy Land for Allah! It will be a holy Jihad worthy of the greatest reward for all who are martyred in the effort.
The Biblical standard of righteousness, and the desecration of holiness is much higher then that of the barbarians. The Biblical holy standard of God is broken daily, hourly, by the minute, and even by the second. We live in the creator God's universe, we walk His planet, we drink His water, and we breath His air. It was all pronounced as good once, but sin initiated by Adam turned what was once a holy blessing into the curse of sin. God is in the process of turning His creation back into the original blessing. It all revolves around Christ. He is coming again to the Holy Land, Jerusalem, and the Temple Mount. He is coming as the Great Redeemer. He is coming as the King of the Jews. Only He can restore this sin swept universe back to it's original intent. Only He can wash away the filth of sin! How about you? Have you come to Him for the cleansing your sin filled heart needs? Why not come to Him right now? Just come in child like honesty with all your heart, soul, and might asking Him to wash away all your sin. He is a good Savior who was never tarnished by sin while He walked the planet. He loves you, and wants to see you saved. Won't you come to Him? The evil thought for you that will condemn you for all eternity is that of rejecting Christ. Please, do not pass by this opportunity to come to Him.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
Monday - May 8, 2006
Fatah organizes new bodyguard militia
Following assassination threats by Hamas and al-Qaida against top Fatah officials, Fatah gunmen in the Gaza Strip have announced the formation of a new security force to protect their leaders. Members of the 80-member militia staged a march in Rafah on Wednesday as their leaders warned against attempts to harm Fatah officials, The Jerusalem Post reports. A spokesman for the new force said its members were drawn from branches of Fatah's declared terrorist wing, the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades. The spokesman said the Fatah force had no connection with the new 3,000 strong security force recently established by Palestinian Authority Interior Minister Said Siam of Hamas and led by the number one terrorist on Israel's most wanted list, Jamal Abu Samhadana. The creation of the new Fatah force was deemed necessary after a hitherto unknown terror cell - led by Jordanian arch-terrorist Abu Musab Zarqawi and tied to al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden - distributed a leaflet threatening five Fatah officials by name. "We hereby declare that we have begun operating in Palestine," the Tawhid wa Jihad (Unification and Holy War) leaflet said. "We have decided to revive the ritual of slaughter against these people (Fatah leaders) to avoid dissension."
Gaza journalists critical of Hamas receive death threats
Seven Palestinian journalists in Gaza have received death threats for their critical coverage of Hamas since it began running the Palestinian Authority government in March, the Palestinian Journalists' Union said Monday. Radio and government-run television have been highly critical of Hamas policies since the group took office. "Since Hamas came to power, they want journalists all to talk the same language, the Hamas language," said journalist Waseem Gharib. The threats came amid a struggle for control over the PA and its security forces that pits Mahmoud Abbas, favored by Israel and Western powers, against Hamas, which beat Abbas' Fatah faction in parliamentary elections in January. In recent years, some Palestinian reporters have been beaten over their coverage of Palestinian politics, and a journalist who ran a government-funded magazine was killed in 2004. Victims of the violence said attackers came from various factions, including Fatah, and in one case, from Hamas. Journalists said that in many cases members of the PA security services were involved in the violent attacks.
Here it is folks! This is what the politicians of this generation are bending over backwards to establish. Here is the coming Palestinian State with Jerusalem as it's capital! Here is Islam taking control of the Holy Land! Here is where the Road Map is taking the whole world! And, they all tell us this is the road to peace? They say peace, peace when there is no peace, and the LORD has told this generation that they will be cut down for their pompous presumptions in the face of reality. The God of the Bible calls this phony peace plan that would give Islam Jerusalem for the capital of their heathen kingdom as an abomination!
14 They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace ; when there is no peace.
15 Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I visit them they shall be cast down, saith the LORD.
Please know this plan that would establish a heathen kingdom in the Holy Land with Jerusalem as it's capital is going to bring about the Great Tribulation ending in Armageddon! It is no wonder God calls the peace makers of this generation an abomination. They have eliminated God, and what He has said in the Bible from their considerations as they plan the future for the Holy Land. It is as if God does not exist to these pompous peacemakers. Is it no wonder the Holy Land has turned into a curse for all who would dare tread on this sacred ground. This is the generation that God is calling to account! He has re-established His chosen people in their Promised Land, and all resistance will only bring cursing. The Manna will only become full of worms. It holds true for both Jew and gentile. The Palestinian Arabs are a most sorry example of the curse. They have produced a welfare society of barbarians that exists solely on their hate for the Jews. They have glorified the barbarian warrior who can ruthlessly murder Jewish woman and children as a suicide bomber, and have found that same ruthlessness has turned on them. What they promote as a blessing gaining the greatest reward in their Islamic Paradise has produced the barbaric reality of their present political system. They murder each other as easily as they murder the Jews. This is the society the peacemakers plan to forever establish in the middle of the Holy Land. It is a slap in the face to the God of the Bible. It is why this present Road Map peace plan is only going to lead to the greatest curse found in the Bible that being the Great Tribulation ending in Armageddon.
1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:
2 Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.
15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;
16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
Friend, to reject the LORD Jesus Christ is a terrible thing! He came to die at Calvary as the sacrificial lamb so the sinner can be saved. He loves you dear friend, and provided the way by which you can be saved. To reject Him is as much as slapping Him in the face for what He has done for you. Such response to the King of the universe can't be tolerated, and won't be tolerated! Won't you come to Him while He still waits for you? The great day of His wrath is coming quickly. Will you be delivered from the wrath of the Lamb? Will you find peace through the sin cleansing blood of the LORD Jesus Christ? He wants to wipe away all tears, but you must come to Him. The choice is yours - won't you come?
Wednesday - May 10, 2006
Feature: Outpost Residents
Faithful Amid Threats of Destruction
03:16 May 10, '06 / 12 Iyar 5766
by Ezra HaLevi
Residents of a small Judean desert community are unimpressed by the threats to destroy their homes imposed by Peace Now and Defense Minister Amir Peretz.
Maaleh Rechavam is one of six communities highlighted by the extreme left-wing Peace Now organization in a recent law suit, as an ‘unauthorized outpost’ in need of immediate destruction. The Defense Ministry intends to map out over 100 such communities over the next four months, in conjunction with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s proposed unilateral withdrawal, which calls for the ethnic cleansing of Jews from the Biblical provinces of Judea and Samaria.
Funded by foreign investors including the European Union, Peace Now has been spearheading the efforts to remove Jewish residents and communities from the large Judea and Samaria regions, commonly referred to as the West Bank, for the past several years. The group was founded with the purpose of pressuring Israel to forge peace with Egypt in the late 1970's and to withdraw from the Israeli security zone established in Southern Lebanon in the early 80's.
Recently, Peace Now has been successful in efforts to coerce the Israeli government to destroy nine permanent homes in February, in the small town of Amona. They also encouraged Arabs to file suit against the Hevron Jewish community's recent purchase of the Beit Shapira building, claiming the documents proving the sale were forged.
History of the Outposts
Nearly every large, established community in Israel, and particularly in Judea and Samaria began similarly as an outpost.
Hilltop outposts began springing up in large numbers in 1998, following then-Foreign Minister Ariel Sharon's exhortation, "Let everyone get a move on and take the hilltops! Whatever we take will be ours – and whatever we don't take will not be ours!"
An unauthorized outpost is currently defined as “any community established in Judea or Samaria after March 2001,” according to the ‘Road Map for Peace,’ submitted by the Quartet (US, Russia, UN and EU) and accepted by Israel with fourteen long-forgotten reservations. The date cited is significant, as it is the month Ariel Sharon, the man who called for the outposts' establishment, became prime minister.
The outposts were established for several reasons. They were thought of as a fitting Zionist response to the terrorist murder of civilians. At more than one cornerstone ceremony, a terror victim's bereaved sibling could be heard proclaiming that the building of Jewish homes on that parcel of the Land of Israel is much more permanent and satisfying than any form of violent revenge.
Many others who took to the hills were second-generation residents of Judea and Samaria who sought an alternative model to the bedroom commuter communities, as opposed to those mass-produced with the help of cheap Palestinian construction workers. Residents sought connection to the land, a return to Biblical and early Zionist ideals, and an escape from the bourgeois gated-community they feel many towns in Judea and Samaria have become.
Turning a Vision Into Reality
In September 2001, the founders of Maaleh Rechavam began looking for a place to establish a unique community following the lynch of two IDF reserve soldiers by an Arab mob in front of the Palestinian Authority police station in a central Ramallah square, shortly after the start of the Al-Aksa Intifada (or Temple Mount War).
The group of committed pioneers had a vision and they approached twenty different municipalities with their proposal for the community.
"We wanted to build a place that would really bring the nation of Israel together," says Gidi (Gidon) Kelman, one of the founders. "We dreamed of starting a community that would be open to both Orthodox and secular Jews, with no limitations on acceptance due to marital status or level of education."
Finding the precise parcel of land was not simple. "We soon understood that there is no ideology of building in most places," Gidi recalls, "only of bolstering businesses." They approached Amana, the logistical branch of what was once called Gush Emunim or the Bloc of the Faithful, who established the first communities in Judea and Samaria.
They were allotted a portion of state-owned land, overlooking the Judean desert. The hilltop is located within the municipal boundaries of the town of Nokdim, home to Yisrael Beiteinu Party Chairman Avigdor Lieberman. "They planned to build a neighborhood here some time in the distant future, and so when we asked them if we could build there now, they said 'fine,' " Gidi recalls.
A central tenet of Maaleh Rechavam is Avodah Ivrit, Jewish Labor. "It is a throwback to the values of the chalutzim, the pioneers who came to Israel during the First Aliyah," Gidi says. "They believed it is good to be a boss, a foreman or a contractor, but there is an irreplaceable value to building for yourself and working the land with your own hands. It is okay to raise children with a nanny, but everybody knows it is better to raise your children yourself. The same applies to our land."
The community if often forced to defend the policy of Jewish labor, but they reject the claim of racism out of hand. "Anybody can bring an Arab friend here to visit, or even stay over, they are just not allowed to hire a non-Jew to work the land instead of them," he says.
The founders moved to the hilltop on the Sukkot Festival, building the traditional Sukkah, a temporary booth commemorating Jewish dwelling during their forty years of wanderings in the Sinai desert. The group brought jerry-cans of water, boxes of food and a ton [literally] of wood. "We started a fire and we were home," Gidi says
The nascent community had no name, but shortly after populating the location, community founders were contacted by a representative of the family of recently assassinated Tourism Minister Rechavam Ze'evi. "We were not Gandhi people (Ze'evi's nickname, due to a supposed resemblance to the Indian pacifist) but we believed that he deserved a place named for him, so that was it. We became Maaleh Rechavam.”
From the moment they arrived on the barren hilltop and began rendering it inhabitable, the residents felt they were on the road to becoming a full-fledged government-authorized village.
The Israeli Ministry of Housing invested 700,000 shekels (more than $150,000) in paving the a road, formerly a goat-path leading to the community, and the IDF sent soldiers to assist residents in guard-duty. "Our own guard-duty we could handle," Gidi said, "but the army was very pleased with the spot, since it provides security from the east for the three adjacent, established Jewish communities of Tekoa, Nokdim and Kfar Eldad, as well as securing the hiking path from Herodion to the Dead Sea."
The community allotted the soldiers stationed there with a comfortable caravan at their own expense and provides them with free water and electricity.
A noteworthy aspect of the community is the founder’s decision to forego the typical barbed-wire fences that surround most communities in Judea and Samaria, and within the Green Line as well. "There is no reason to ruin nature with a fence," says Gidi, who, among other things, trains first-response teams in counter-terrorist tactics. "We have no desire to live in ghettos again. And since we are not threatening any of our [Arab] neighbors, there is no reason for them to threaten us."
Members of the community's security team have also helped locate hikers lost in the desert between them and the Dead Sea. Parks Authority trail markers can be seen leading in the direction of the Dead Sea as well.
Overlooking Maaleh Rechavam is the flat-topped Herodion Fortress, built by King Herod and used as a last stand against the Roman's by Bar Kochba's rebels over 2,100 years ago.
Before the mountain fortress was built, the region was home to the prophet-shepherd Amos, whose prophesied ominously: "So said the L-rd, 'For three transgressions of Gaza I have looked away, but for four I will not pardon them… [Amos 1:6]" and warned, "the rider of the horse will not save his soul [Amos 2:15]."
"Prophets would always would go out to the desert," Gidi explains. "In the desert, it is just you, the desert and G-d. Your eyes can't be distracted and if you've got issues with G-d, they get dealt with."
Ingathering of the Exiles
Maaleh Rechavam is home to 23 people, ages 21 to 35 (as well as four children) and six more are supposed to move in this month. Residents hail from all regions of Israel, and from as far away as the Czech Republic and Mexico.
About a third of the community engages in agricultural projects in the area, which includes farming 42 dunams of olive groves and vineyards. There is also a tropical fish farm. The other residents work in varied fields. One runs a messenger service in Jerusalem, another works in a high-tech firm in Yavneh and several others are still studying in universities.
Gidi is a master carpenter with a workshop located in nearby Tekoa, and sells many of his creations online. For one resident, this desert is the last stop on her long journey to Judaism and Israel. Yael, originally from the Czech Republic, converted to Judaism and searched far and wide for a place that she believed embodied a holistic Jewish lifestyle following her extensive textual study of the Torah.
Yael called Maaleh Rechavam one day, and in her Czech accent and perfect Hebrew told residents that she wanted to visit. She immediately fell in love with the community. And even though there was no room available, she declared she was willing to live in a tent if necessary.
Yael now lives in a caravan on the edge of the community surrounded by a large stone courtyard she built by hand. She serves in the IDF as a member of a special bomb-sniffing-dog unit.
The structures around the hilltop are spread out much more than on most hilltop communities – some of which are temporary satellite neighborhoods of their nearby mother communities. The caravans, many of them with built-on additions, or covered in stone to create permanent structure, were all purchased by Maaleh Rechavama rather than rented from one of the settlement organizations. "We mainly bought ones that were going to be throw away," Gidi explains. "The good thing about them is that we never got comfortable in the caravans like some other places, and it drove us to build much faster."
Several sturdy structures stand on the once-barren hilltop, including a house, built by the whole community together, that is now home to a young couple. The house was painted bright pink, "thanks to a colorblind idiot," Gidi jokes, later admitting he chose the color and painted it himself.
Though members of Peace Now's Settlement Watch team have often tried to prevent them from building, Gidi says they have only succeeded in breeding hatred in the area, not hindering construction. "They have harassed us since we came here," Gidi says. "They come here, enter the community, try to provoke us so they will be able to file police complaints, encourage the Arabs to complain about us and even try to incite the soldiers against us."
"They have a problem with Jews living where they don't want them to live and have a serious problem with ideology that involves land," Gidi says. "But I think their main issue is that they are afraid, because we are fulfilling [first Israeli prime minister David] Ben-Gurion's dream and it is supposed to be they who are doing it."
Fulfilling the 'Old Man's' Dream
Gidi waxes nostalgic about the Old Man, as Ben-Gurion was known in his time. "Sde Boker (where Ben-Gurion lived the latter part of his life) was never authorized," Gidi says. "He passed it one day in the 50’s while driving with his whole convoy. He drove past and saw actual cowboys and girls living out in the middle of the desert. 'What are you doing here?' he asked them. 'I didn't even know this place existed.' They told him, 'We fought in the war, we heard you wanted the desert to be settled, and we moved here.'
"Ben Gurion eventually convinced them to let them join their kibbutz even though he was much older. He retired from politics, moved down there and hosted heads of state in his caravan in that isolated settlement outpost."
"There is plenty bad to say about Ben Gurion as well, Gidi adds, "but he saw the ingathering of the Jews would have to result in the spreading out of settlement across the land, not just crowding together on the coastal plain. There is no more room for Jews in Tel Aviv. They need to be scattered around the land a little bit – wherever they go, the desert will indeed bloom."
"When we arrived, there was not a single bird or butterfly," remembers Gidi, "after we planted over 1,000 trees, all that changed." Indeed, birds can be heard chirping and butterflies seen fluttering all across the hilltop and its surrounding valleys as well. Although the government has never destroyed anything built at Maaleh Rechavam, demolition orders have been taped to nearly everything residents have built, and a general demolition order calls for the destruction and uprooting of everything inside the borders of the community. That order, however, expires at the end of May, which is the reason Peace Now is seeking to have it acted upon right away. Residents are uncertain that they will remain in their homes by next year. They took part in the struggle against the withdrawal from Gaza and removal of Jews from their homes there and in northern Samaria and have little hope in politicians coming to their rescue. One thing they refuse to do, however, is stop building or leave their homes without a fight.
"If you are ambushed by a rapist, you have two choices, to be passive or take out two of his eyes," Gidi says. "Here in Maaleh Rechavam, we will put up a fight. No matter how clear it is that we will lose. We refuse to go around the rest of our lives not being certain that we did everything we could to build and convey this dream of ours to our nation."
Meanwhile, the final words of Amos's prophecy were read in Maaleh Rechavam's Song of David Synagogue last week as the Haftorah, the portion of the Prophets read after each weeks Torah portion. Right after G-d's promise to restore the fallen sukkah of King David is conveyed by Amos, the book ends with a promise residents pray refers to them: "I will return the captivity of My people Israel, and they will rebuild desolate cities and settle them; they will plant vineyards and drink their wine; they will cultivate gardens and eat their fruits. I will plant them upon their land and they will never again be uprooted from their land that I have given them, said HaShem, your G-d."
For more information about Maaleh Rechavam, or to offer assistance, email: MoriaHalamish@intermail.co.il
(Photos: Josh Shamsi, Arutz-7 Photojournalist
Tuesday - May 9, 2006
Illegal outposts come under scrutiny
The Israel Ministry of Defense announced its plans Monday to provide a detailed map for the removal of illegal outposts in the West Bank in coming months as a response to a recent petition by the leftist Peace Now movement. The proclamation in the High Court of Justice stated that in order to speed up the presentation of the plans, the state would streamline the bureaucratic procedures already in place for issuing demolition orders. Peace Now's petition forced the State Attorney's Office to explain to the High Court why 102 illegal outposts in the West Bank were not being dismantled. According to the state attorney, the Ministry of Defense has been mapping out the illegal construction in the territories - a process they expect to complete within four months. A list of illegal outposts was presented to the cabinet over a year ago, and in the months following the report's publication the government failed to take any action, with additional outposts being established throughout the year. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has announced repeatedly that he would act to enforce the law. "Wherever the law is violated, wherever there is illegal squatting and wherever there are attempts to determine these kinds of facts, we will respond immediately, without compromise," he told the cabinet, according to a government communique.
Israeli police evict Hebron families
Just as the new Israeli cabinet convened for the first time on Sunday, 1,000 police and security forces were dispatched to evict three settler families and two-dozen sympathetic right-wing activists from a home in a disputed area of Hebron. The early morning operation in the Avraham Avinu quarter was relatively violence-free, though 17 soldiers and 7 settlers were lightly injured in pre-eviction clashes that erupted late Saturday after hundreds of right-wing activists had flocked to the city over the weekend. The Hebron Jewish community claims the squatter families should have been allowed to stay at Beit Shapira, since the homes were legally purchased by Jews decades ago, but the new government of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert plans to enforce the rule of law and uproot illegal outposts in the territories. Meantime, reports indicate several settlers attacked a group of young Arab schoolchildren being escorted home by IDF soldiers on Saturday near the disputed Maon Farms area, south of Hebron. Four soldiers and 2 Palestinian children were injured in the incident.
The designation illegal outpost is a liberal view. Prime Minister Olmert's plan to enforce the rule of law is his own liberal view of the law. The conservative view is that these families in Hebron had legally purchased their homes almost 20 years ago from Arab owners. These homes were classified as illegal outposts by the ultra liberal Peace Now Movement which clearly think the Palestinian barbarians have more rights to the Holy Land then the conservative Independent Fundamental Jewish Settlers now living there. Peace Now is a misnomer. This is nothing more then a liberal political hate group hiding behind the word peace. They are infamous in their active hate against the Independent Fundamental Jewish Settlers, and they have the ear of the liberal government of Ehud Olmert. They are anti-religious liberal Jews who are sold out to the humanistic philosophy so all encompassing of many liberals today. Religion is the enemy to them, and belief in the Bible is especially vulgar. They blame all wars on religion, and so their anti-religious stand makes them think they are peace makers. Peace Now thinks they can outwit Islam by agreeing that Islam is right in their hate for the Jewish settlers of Judah and Samaria. They think that once Islam sees how open minded the liberal Jews are that they will be willing to have peace with them. These Jews have no religious ties to the Land. They can easily let go of the city of Hebron where Abraham was buried. It means nothing to them! If it is important to the Arabs then let them have it.
What these pompous peace now Jews do not consider is what God thinks about their actions. Hebron represents the first plot of the Promised Land that became Jewish! Abraham bought the Cave of Machpelah as the burial site for his wife Sarah when she died, and it became Jewish from that day forward. Today the Olmert liberal government responding to the Peace Now activists have as their first act as a government given this symbolic first plot of Jewish Land to the Islamic barbarians. This the Biblical burial place of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob! Oh how glad I am that I'm not in their shoes. I can only imagine the indignation this causes the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to see Abraham's Jewish seed with all the power He gave them in the Holy Land fold in submission to the usurper heathen god of Abraham, Ishmael and Esau at this most critical junction of the Third Exodus. I can only imagine these liberalized humanistic Jews will find their fate with those of Korah. The separation of the Jews in Israel is becoming very evident as this present Olmert government begins to reign. I know it is better to be as far away from their evil deeds as one can get. I can only speculate on what all will be dragged down with them when they fall.
Friend, what will your fate be without Christ? I know what the Bible says, and it is more then I care to contemplate. Rather come to Christ this very moment. Submit to Him who died to wash away your sin. Give Him all your heart, soul, and might! Bury yourself in the bosom of His everlasting love. Find real peace with the Holy God of the Bible who can not compromise with sin. Only those who are born again in Christ need not contemplate the fate of the Korhites.
Friday - May 11, 2006
Bye, Bye, "Jihad" - Editorial from the Wall Street Journal, 9th May 2006
The European Union's latest weapon in the war on terror is a "non-emotive lexicon" to avoid linking Islam and terrorism. "The idea of drawing up politically correct guidelines for official EU parlance as part of the counter-terrorism strategy was endorsed by member governments in December. And so, 'Islamic terrorists' could soon become 'those who have an abusive interpretation of Islam,'" European Commission spokesman Friso Roscam Abbing said. The word "jihad" might be banned too because it "can also mean the internal struggle to become a better man," the spokesman explained. We're fairly sure that's not what Osama bin Laden means by the word.
Quartet agrees to aid
Israeli FM: 'Where will the money go?'
The quartet of Middle East peace brokers agreed in meetings Tuesday to establish an "international mechanism" to provide aid to the Palestinians to ease the crushing financial struggles of the new Hamas-led government.
The group of international mediators - the United States, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations - issued a statement indicating they had agreed on a three-month trial period for the mechanism after their meetings in New York. The foreign ministers of Egypt, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia also attended the meeting, cautioning, "If the Palestinian Authority crashes, a civil war will break out".
Before the meeting US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said that the US administration was concerned by the situation in the PA and that they didn't want to see Palestinians suffer, but added that no one wanted to negotiate with a government that considers suicide bombings a cause for celebration.
The US bowed to pressure from its allies Tuesday and announced that it would transfer USD 10 million to the PA as part of a program for the revival of the faltering Palestinian healthcare system but is having difficulty agreeing on a channel for the funds in order to keep them from Hamas.
Following the Quartet's decision to set up funding, Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said that the plan was acceptable as long as the money actually reaches the Palestinian population. "The big question is where will the money go?" Livni asked Army Radio listeners Wednesday morning. "Israel was always in favor of giving money to the Palestinian population but not via the Palestinian Authority."
The foreign minister said that Israel was supportive of ensuring basic humanitarian conditions in the Palestinian territories but also stressed the need to keep the Hamas-led PA an illegitimate entity.
"Part of these conditions, such as medicine, are provided in part by doctors and nurses who are PA employees. So the problem of the international community is: can health be taken care of only by paying for medicine, or do we reach a situation where there is no doctor to treat those in need of medical care?" Livni said. "This issue was not solved yesterday, it will be further deliberated."
Political correctness is no joke! It is a deliberate attempt at deception. This "non-emotive lexicon" and "international mechanism" political flim-flam is an insult to all who lost loved ones to terrorism! It is a clear attempt to make the bad guys appear acceptable. This latest attempt at political correctness is the result of the victory of Hamas at the ballot box. The bad guys won, and now the politicians who staked their reputations on Islamic Democracy must change evil for good in order to save face.
17 Ye have wearied the LORD with your words. Yet ye say, Wherein have we wearied him? When ye say, Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and he delighteth in them; or, Where is the God of judgment?
Folks, this blasphemous Road Map peace plan was rotten when it was first introduced, and is getting even more rotten as the politicians try keeping it alive. The lies about peace were whoppers to begin with, but now are totally out of control. A person would have to be an utter fool to think that the Hamas barbarians have suddenly become pussy cats because of a new lexicon. These are cold blooded killers who have as their main goal in life to kill Jews. They will kill Americans just as easily, but it is to the Jews they have access. Why oh why are we giving them 10 million? Hamas is willing to sacrifice as many young Palestinians as they can strap a suicide bomb upon. Humanitarian aid has no meaning to these barbarians.
The politicians think too much of their power. They think they can change the leopard's spots, and it is not going to happen. The Bible is clear that this phony baloney peace called the Road Map is only going to bring judgment from God. This unholy union between our Evangelical White House with the Russian and European atheists called the quartet can only lead to Armageddon. This attempt to stop Christ from coming to the Holy Land, Jerusalem, and the Temple Mount in this our generation is not going to be successful. Dispensational change has arrived with the Jewish State! The times of the gentiles is coming to an end. The Kingdom Age is about to begin. The rapture that ends the Church dispensation is about to take place. The Great Tribulation that turns the hearts of the Jews to Christ is prepared to start.
Islam is in fear! Apostate Christianity is in fear! The liberal secular Jews are in fear! The God of the Bible is taking control of the Holy Land to establish His righteousness on the planet! Their man-centered definitions of righteousness are all rejected. There will be no "non-emotive" definitions of sin! Only the puritanical standards of absolute perfection will be allowed once the perfect King establishes His Kingdom! All of mankind will be called to submit to His perfect rule, or they will perish!
Friend, without Christ you can not stand! There is no stopping what God has begun in the Holy Land during our generation. The State of Israel has established the irreversible dispensational change into the coming Kingdom. You are either going to be in Christ, or you will be cast away into everlasting fire! Why not settle things with the Savior? Why not come to Christ today for the forgiveness of all your sin? He loves you dear friend, and wants to see you saved. He will not force His salvation upon you. You must ask Him of your own free will, but He has promised to those who come with all their heart, all their soul, and all their might that He will not refuse your request. The decision is yours! Won't you come to Him?
Saturday - May 12, 2006
Ahmadinejad to Bush: Why Israel?
Iran’s president told President Bush that the Iranian people do not understand “the phenomenon of Israel.”
“Throughout history, many countries have been occupied, but I think the establishment of a new country with a new people is a new phenomenon that is exclusive to our times,” Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wrote in an 18-page letter to Bush. “Students are saying that 60 years ago such a country did not exist. They show old documents and globes and say, ‘Try as we have, we have not been able to find a country named Israel.’ ”
Ahmadinejad also claimed that Israel “does not show mercy even to kids.”
Ahmadinejad sent the letter this week in what he said was an attempt to find common ground as Bush leads an effort to sanction Iran for its nuclear program.
It must be obvious that Islam rejects the Biblical record. Mohamed read the Bible, and was outraged that God blessed the Jews through Isaac and Jacob while cursing the Arabic seed of Ishmael and Esau. He wrote the Koran 2000 years after the fact when he fictionalized that Ishmael rather then Isaac was taken to Mt. Moriah to be sacrificed, and Esau not Jacob was the blessed son. He rewrote history in order to embellish the Arabs, and degrade the Jews. He wrote the Koran!
2 I have loved you, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou loved us? Was not Esau Jacob's brother? saith the LORD: yet I loved Jacob,
3 And I hated Esau , and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness.
9 And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, which she had born unto Abraham, mocking.
10 Wherefore she said unto Abraham, Cast out this bondwoman and her son: for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac.
11 And the thing was very grievous in Abraham's sight because of his son.
12 And God said unto Abraham, Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman; in all that Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for in Isaac shall thy seed be called.
13 And also of the son of the bondwoman will I make a nation, because he is thy seed.
14 And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and took bread, and a bottle of water, and gave it unto Hagar , putting it on her shoulder, and the child, and sent her away: and she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beer-sheba.
The son of the bondswoman was rejected! The older son was hated, and the younger son was loved. The Arabic seed of Ishmael and Esau were cursed. It is no wonder Islam hates the Bible. The omniscient God of the Bible well knew the barbaric seed the son's of Jacob would face in this present third miraculous Exodus. Today, the Islamic Koran is challenging the Bible for the Holy Land. The blasphemous Koran must lie about history, or it has no authenticity. It should be no surprise that the Iranian people should not understand this present phenomenon of Israel. The Koran has forbidden them from believing that God blessed the Jews with the inheritance of the Promised Land. Jewish history is rejected by Islam. Biblical history is rejected by Islam. The Bible is a book of lies to them. It blesses Isaac and Jacob not Ishmael and Esau. It is no wonder Iranians can't find Israel on the map. They destroy every map that has Israel on it as being anti-Koran and anti-Mohamed. To them Israel is a phenomenon. Something new that they never heard about. They have stuck their heads in the sand in order to believe the lie.
God chose Jacob through whom the redeemer of all mankind would come. They put a sign above the LORD Jesus Christ as He hung on Calvary with the indictment "King of the Jews" not king of the Arabs. It is no wonder Mohamed rejected Christ when he wrote the Koran a few hundred years after Calvary.
Friend, Islam is beyond repentance because they have rejected the LORD Jesus Christ. He is coming again to the Holy Land, Jerusalem, and the Temple Mount (Mt. Zion) as the Bible predicts. He is coming as the redeemer of the Jews. What about you? Is He your redeemer? He can be if you will come to Him with all your heart, soul, and might. The blessing of Jacob will not be allowed to fail. The King of Israel is destine to rule the world! The God who appointed the ancient people chose the Jews. Their greatness will only be found in the greatness of their coming King. The great Lamb of God who shed His blood that sinners can be saved loves you. Friend, won't you come to Him today? He is in absolute control of history knowing all things that are coming and shall come. He knows your heart. Won't you come to Him?
Monday - May 14, 2006
PA Religious Group Equates
Christian Zionism With Satanism
17:14 May 08, '06 / 10 Iyar 5766
by Hana Levi Julian
The author of the PMW article, Hamed Al-Tamimi, is a member of the Supreme [Islamic] Judicial Council and the director of the Inter-Religion Dialogue Department. He charges that the Christian Zionists, together with Jewish Zionists, “both agree on hatred of Islam and the Muslims and on [the goal] to destroy them."
He goes on to slam the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem, accusing the organization of “criminal activities against the Palestinian issue and the Palestinian people."
PA hatred of Christians is not new. PMW noted in a previous article that “the Palestinian Authority religious leadership has been presenting its war against Israel’s existence as merely one part of its global Islamic war being fought against the Christian-Jewish West."
PMW quotes a Palestinian Authority TV religious leader who announced a prayer for the murder of “infidels” – a term that includes the Christian West, it notes. “Destroy the Infidels and the Polytheists!” the prayer exhorts viewers. “Count them and kill them to the last one, and don’t leave even one.”
Nor does the Balfour Declaration escape notice in Monday’s article. “Balfour and Prime Minister Lloyd George were Christian Zionists,” said Al-Tamimi
Al-Tamimi concluded his diatribe with an accusation against the International Christian Embassy, “who adopted Satan as G-d who drives their crazy nature. They have praised depravity and cursed virtue,” he went on, “and have reached [a point] in which forgery, deception and lying have turned into descriptions of world policy which is led by the Zionism on both its branches – the Jewish and the Christian”.
The entire article can be read on the Palestinian Media Watch website.
The hate of Islam is now complete. Christians who support Israel are now tagged as Zionists. I doubt there is a more despicable indictment that can be made in Islam then to accuse someone of being a Zionist. It is far worse then being an infidel. Now, every Biblical Christian should understand that Islam has placed a death sentence on you. Your guilt is that you are a Christian, and that is guilt enough for the barbarians to target you, and your family for death. “Count them and kill them to the last one, and don’t leave even one.” This is the hate that already motivated the millions of dead, and displaced in North Africa. It is growing with intensity as the God of the Bible confronts planet earth with His Biblical plan for the future of the Holy Land. It is building to a climax that will bring about an Islamic invasion of Israel where Islam has focused it's hate.
Folks, God is in control! Ezekiel 39 will be His answer when the invasion takes place. The end of Islam will allow a faithful remnant of Jews to build Ezekiel's Temple (Ezekiel 40 - 48) on the Temple Mount. It is to this Temple that the Bible says the LORD Jesus Christ will return when He comes the second time. It is what the Bible is all about. Christians have been praying "Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done" for almost 2000 years, and that prayer is now finally ready to be fulfilled. The time is right. The Jews have been brought back to their Promised Land. Soon, the last Holy Jewish Temple will be built in Jerusalem on the Temple Mount, and everything will be ready for the Coming King!
The resistance to this Biblical plan has always been inspired by Satan. His dupes who follow his every wish have always been against the Jews and Jerusalem. Their hate knows no bounds. Their call to death and destruction seems never to end. The Bible tells us it is all part of God's plan. The antichrist will be Satan's crowning touch, but he will be no match for Christ when He returns!
2 Thessalonians 2:7-12
7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
Are you ready? Have you given your heart to Christ? There is no other Savior.
Tuesday - May 15, 2006
Lag BaOmer Celebrations Begin
13:04 May 15, '06 / 17 Iyar 5766
by Hillel Fendel
Over 100,000 people at an ancient Galilee gravesite, bonfires throughout the country, a day of appreciation for reserve soldiers - these & more mark the holiday of Lag BaOmer, which begins tonight.
The minor holiday of Lag BaOmer - the 33rd day of the Omer period between
the Pesach (Passover) and Shavuot (Pentecost) holiday - begins tonight. It marks the anniversary of the death over 1,800 years ago of Mishnaic sage Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, whose teachings comprise the text of the primary Kabbalah sourcebook, the Zohar.
Of the well over 100,000 people expected to arrive by tomorrow at Rabbi Shimon's gravesite in the town of Meron, west of Tzfat (Safed), many began making their way north already last week. They will participate in traditional ceremonies there, in keeping with a disseminated by Rabbi Shimon and 500-year-old custom, including singing, dancing, praying, sharing food with guests, and lighting bonfires representing the "light of Torah"his teacher Rabbi Akiva.
Among the celebrants will be IsraelNational Radio's Yishai and Malkah Fleisher, whose live broadcast from the site can be heard on IsraelNationalRadio.com from 9 PM until midnight Israel time (2-5 PM EST).
In addition, many traditional "first haircuts" will be given to 3-year-old budding Torah scholars.
The date also marks Bar Kokhba's revolt against the Romans, and the end of a period of mourning for thousands of students of Rabbi Akiva, who died in a plague at this time of year.
Israel's Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger, in his work B'Maagalei HaChayim, notes that the custom of playing with bows and arrows on this day is "apparently because tradition tied this date with the Bar Kokhba rebellion." One tradition has it that Rabbi Akiva's students were the main force of Bar Kokhba's army, which succeeded in defeating both Roman legions that were then in the Holy Land, restoring Jewish independence for four years, and - according to many - beginning to rebuild the Holy Temple. For more on the "failed Messiah" Bar Kokhba, the spiritual/military war for independence, and Rabbi Akiva's role in these events, see this article by Rabbi Pinchas Stolper of the OU and NCSY.
As is customary each year, a parade of Torah scrolls will leave the city of Tzfat today, and the celebrations will officially open when the procession reaches Rabbi Shimon's gravesite.
Bonfires will also be lit by Jewish children all over Israel tonight. The Fire Department warns the public to carefully guard their Lag BaOmer fires, and has issued guidelines to this effect. The Jewish National Fund, the IDF, and the police are on special alert to prevent fires from spreading, and fire-fighting planes will be ready beginning this afternoon for this purpose. Police and security forces are also on high alert for possible terrorist attacks. Non-residents of the area are allowed to travel to and near Meron only via public transportation.
The government recently decided to make Lag BaOmer a national day honoring IDF reserve soldiers, in appreciation for their motivation and willingness to "share the load." This will be the third year that soldiers serving in reserves on this day receive free rides on Israel Railways and other benefits - though Egged has discontinued its 50% bus fare discounts for reservists. A letter of appreciation will be sent to each of the citizens who served actively in the reserves over the past years, and attached to it will be a series of discount coupons.
Lag BaOmer or the 33erd day after Passover has turned into a non-Biblical traditional holiday for the Jews. After the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, the focus of God changed to the Christian Church. Judaism lost all focus on what it was to represent with the rejection of their Messiah, and began grasping at straws to find some definition. The destruction of the Temple, and the dispersion from their Promised Land was clear evidence God was angry with them. They were no longer in His favor. Rather then turn to their Messiah and redemption the bulk of the Jews began looking for mystical answers of approval since reality was saying God is angry with you. One of those first straws that they grasped was that of the Mishnaic Sage Shimon Bar Yochai.
Rabbi Shimon and his son Elazar fled to a cave in the northern region of Israel. They had no means of subsistence, but a miracle occurred and a carob tree sprouted in the cave, along with a stream of water.
Rabbi Shimon and his son had no change of clothes. In order to preserve their clothes from wearing out, they each dug a deep hole, removed their clothes and buried themselves neck-deep in the sand. (Out of modesty, they wanted to be covered.) They would spend the entire day immersed in Torah study. When the time for prayer arrived, they would put on their clothes, pray -- and then return to the sand.
Here is the new foundation upon which non-Biblical Judaism of today had it's beginning. Without Christ the Jews turned to their sages. The more mystical the sage the better. The Zohar was written under mystical circumstances revealing mystical hidden secrets found only by the enlightened, and the clear simple teaching of the Bible was forever changed. The Bible became a book of mysticism needing a sage to guide one through the secret mysteries.
The Zohar (3:291b) describes the scene:
Rabbi Shimon spent the entire day in a prophetic stream of consciousness, revealing the deepest mystical secrets of Torah. He told his students: "Until now, I have held the secrets close to my heart. But now, before I die, I wish to reveal all."
Rabbi Abba, a student assigned with the job of transcribing Rabbi Shimon's words, reports: "I couldn't even lift my head due to the intense light emanating from Rabbi Shimon. The entire day the house was filled with fire, and nobody could get close due to the wall of fire and light. At the end of the day, the fire finally subsided, and I was able to look at the face of Rabbi Shimon: He was dead, wrapped in his Tallis, lying on his right side -- and smiling."
Later Sages wrote the Mishnah, and then the Talmud to explain the Bible that really does not need explaining. They turned the perfect sinless law of God into something that sin filled men could keep. They came up with 613 laws excerpted from the Bible, and called it perfect. Folks, the ten commandments are enough to teach me I'm not perfect. I need a Savior! However, these sages convinced themselves, and their followers that the did not need a Savior. Modern Judaism runs all over without Christ. The liberal secularists who are the majority have decided to give up on God. They are in the process of giving most of the Promised Land to the Islamic barbarians in a false hope it will bring appeasement. The Bible says it will only bring more of the curse they are already experiencing because of their disobedience.
Jews need not look for mysteries, and mystical solutions. What they need is to look at the Torah. The Book of Leviticus reveals everything they need to know about blood sacrifice. There are no hidden mysteries in the Bible. There are no hidden mysteries in the blood. It is plain and clear. Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God who died on Calvary as an atonement for sin! Jews will believe the Shimons, but will not believe that Jesus was resurrected from the dead?
Friend, Jesus represents the perfect law of God not some contrived 613 excerpts conveniently picked, and interpreted to make it appear the law can be kept by sinful men. The law, the Bible, was needed to prove how far short we come to God's perfect standard. Friend we desperately need a Savior, and Jesus Christ is the only one. Won't you come to Him today?
Thursday - May 17, 2006
Hamas: ´No Peace, Ever,
Without Return of Millions of Arabs´
10:10 May 16, '06 / 18 Iyar 5766
by Hillel Fendel
While worldwide attempts continue in an effort to moderate Hamas and have it agree to negotiate with Israel, Hamas issues a bellicose "Nakba Day" proclamation rendering all such efforts moot.
The Arabs of the Palestinian Authority commemorate May 15 - the date of the end of the British Mandate in 1948, which made room for the formation of the State of Israel - as their "Nakba Day," or Day of Catastrophe. The Hamas terrorist movement, which now controls the Palestinian Authority after an overwhelming popular election victory earlier this year, issued its Nakba Day proclamation yesterday, effectively putting to rest any chances for peace with Israel.
The Hamas announcement emphasizes the justness of terrorism against Israel, as well as the unyielding nature of its demand for the return of millions of Arabs to Israel. It repeats, several times, the claim that the Arabs were cruelly thrown out of their homes by Israel in 1948 - when in fact the largest number of Arab refugees fled only at the urging of their own leaders, who promised them a swift victory over the fledgling Jewish state and a quick return to their homes.
- Arab League Secretary-General Habib Issa said in June 1951 that his predecessor Azzam Pasha had "assured the Arab peoples that the occupation of Palestine and of Tel Aviv would be as simple as a military promenade ... and that all the millions the Jews had spent on land and economic development would be easy booty, for it would be a simple matter to throw Jews into the Mediterranean ... "
- In addition, the Research Group for European Migration Problems found in 1957 that "as early as the first months of 1948, the Arab League issued orders exhorting the people to seek a temporary refuge in neighboring countries, later to return to their abodes ... and obtain their share of abandoned Jewish property."
- Abu Mazen himself - now the chairman of the Palestinian Authority - wrote in 1976, "The Arab states succeeded in scattering the Palestinian people and in destroying their unity. They did not recognize them as a unified people until the states of the world did so, and this is regrettable."
- Time Magazine, on May 3, 1948, described the Arab flight from Haifa: "The mass evacuation, prompted partly by fear, partly by order of Arab leaders, left the Arab quarter of Haifa a ghost city.... By withdrawing Arab workers their leaders hoped to paralyze Haifa."
- Monsignor George Hakim, the Greek Catholic Bishop of Galilee, said in 1949 that the Arabs of Haifa "fled in spite of the fact that the Jewish authorities guaranteed their safety and rights as citizens of Israel."
- Even a British police commander in Haifa said in April 1948, "Every effort is being made by the Jews to persuade the Arab populace to stay and carry on with their normal lives, to get their shops and businesses open and to be assured that their lives and interests will be safe."
Excerpts from the Hamas Nakba announcement:
"Ho, sons of the Palestinian Jihad-fighting nation... Modern history has never seen a crime equal to that of the eviction of the Palestinians from their homes in 1948 by the Zionist conquerors...
"In these days of the month of May each year, the nation recalls the bleeding wound of the Nakba, which has a special place in our nation's heart. For the refugees, the Nakba means homeland, home, orchard, fig tree, harvest, and everything that is connected to the land from which they were evicted... The bitter memories and the painful days of the Nakba did not occur only in that year, but rather their impressions continue on historic dates written in the red blood that was shed in tens of acts of slaughter... from Kfar Kassem and Dir Yassin, Sabra and Shatila and the Jenin slaughter, and up until today's daily slaughter perpetrated by the Zionist conquest on our Palestinian compatriots.
"Ho, sons of our Palestinian nation, despite the Nakba, the Palestinian nation remains steadfast in its strong stand, its self-sacrifice, its pride and its determination to grasp onto its just rights, especially the right of the refugees to return to their homes and property. On the 58th anniversary of the accursed Nakba, we emphasize that:
"The resistance - all forms of the struggle [i.e., terrorism - ed.] - is a legitimate right as long as the conqueror sits on Palestinian land and as long as he continues his aggression against the Palestinian nation and arrests thousands of its sons. All talk of stopping the resistance or of its illegality is unacceptable for as long as the world ignores the legal and just Palestinian rights.
"The right of the return of the Palestinian refugees and the refusal to negotiate it is something that we must not retreat from, no matter what the circumstances. All talk of an agreement or negotiations is not acceptable as long as the return of the refugees has not occurred...
"Sons of our Palestinian nation, the commemoration of the Nakba and its grave consequences teach us that we must adhere even more strongly to the Jihad, to resistance, to the strong stand, and to the non-concession of the right of return, self-definition and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with its capital in Jerusalem. Without all this, there will never be peace or security in the entire region...
"The Hamas Movement"
Hamas as well tell the Jews they need to submit to having their eyes poked out as the first requirement for peace. Hamas would like nothing better then to fill every peaceful Jewish community with millions of barbarians. Even the bleeding heart liberals know better then to give into Hamas on this issue. Hamas has learned to hang tough even on the impossible demands, and they can wear down the Jews into submission. There is little likelihood that they will give in on this demand. It makes peace in the Holy Land impossible.
I'm wondering if the Olmert government is going to go ahead with their election promise to give Hamas all of Samaria and Judah anyway? I would imagine even the bleeding hearts can see the impossibility of continuing on with the Road Map?
Hamas does not realize that the real Nakba Day will come with their Two State dream for the Holy Land. God did not bring the Jews back to their Promised Land just to give it to the barbarians. The end times of this present dispensation are here with the emergence of the Nation of Israel. Bible scholars have been warning about the immanency of the rapture. The focus of God will shift from the Church to the Nation of Israel after all the born again Christians are raptured from the earth. Woe to all who would stand in His way as He brings in the Kingdom Age! Catastrophe is exactly what will be in store for all who would oppose the coming again of the LORD Jesus Christ who will set up His Kingdom in the Holy Land, at Jerusalem, and on the Temple Mount! He is coming again as the King of the Jews. He is coming again as the LORD of hosts. Woe to any and all who would oppose His triumphal entry into the city of Jerusalem in this next dispensation. Woe to all the money changers who have used His name for fame and fortune. It will certainly be a catastrophe as their mini-kingdoms come tumbling down.
The world is going to be exposed to sinless perfection once again, but this time the teeth of the LORD of hosts will be evident. It will no longer be optional to obey God. Puritanical righteousness will be the rule of the soon coming perfect King. The barbarians will be reigned in, and forced to obey. The phony religions of the world will be destroyed never to entice men again. Evil will be out, and humble goodness will reign.
3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
What will clearly be a catastrophe for evil will be a wondrous blessing for those who come to Christ with all their heart, soul, and might. What seems like an impossible demand of what we would want the world to be like will be realized. It will not be because of our strength, but that of the LORD Jesus Christ. Friend, you can fit into this coming Kingdom Age, but you must come to Christ first. He is the only Savior. He is the one who died at Calvary was buried, and then raised from the dead to show His perfect sacrifice for sin was accepted. He loves you dear friend, and wants you to be saved. He does not force His salvation on anyone. You must come to Him. Won't you ask Him to forgive you of your sin, and come to Him? Won't you seek the mercy, and redemption He offers you this very day?
Friday - May 18, 2006
Peretz: Israel should stop 'ruling over' Palestinians
Israeli Defense Minister Amir Peretz said Monday that the new government would define Israel's permanent borders by implementing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's "consolidation" plan. Army Radio quoted Peretz as saying "The sooner we quit [ruling over the Palestinians], and by that rectify the distorting favoritism of settlements in the West Bank at the expense of Israel's periphery communities - the better." Peretz made the comments Monday at a conference of the Movement for Quality Government in Jerusalem. Peretz' first public speech as defense minister came as the "convergence committee" is working on their legal, economic and diplomatic plan for a complete Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank - a first draft of which is expected to be released soon.
The animosity Peretz has for the Independent Fundamental Jewish Settlers shows in his sarcasm about the supposed distorting favoritism they are receiving. The volume of rockets that have been fired from Gaza since the Israeli withdrawal has caused the Jews to realize the important roll the settlers play by being on the front lines. That can hardly be called favoritism. Peretz is ready to end any perceived favoritism the settlers may be receiving. Get ready for an all out blitz of vilification by Peretz as the Defense Minister. His best defensive measure is about to become the bad guys of Israeli society. They will be portrayed as fanatical religionists who would bring the whole Nation down over their personal beliefs. Their numbers in Samaria and Judah which Peretz always refers to as the West Bank are well over 250,000. The spin will be that the government has been more then fair in reparations, but they are reparations that never seem to materialize. Any resistance they may offer from being evicted from their homes will be portrayed as a riot. Peretz and Olmert share their hate for these conservative Independent Fundamental Jewish Settlers even though they alone have stood face to face nose to nose with the worst of the barbarians, and proved the Jews can win any standoff. The Arabs fear these Jews above all others, and likewise hate them the most. It is the Arabs who squeal with glee as they watch the liberal majority of Israelis do what they can't. Get rid of this thorn in the side of Islam.
The great guilt of these conservative settlers is that they believe in God. They believe in His promise to restore them to the Holy Land. They saw the miracle in 1967 when God gave the Jews all of Judah, and Samaria including all of Jerusalem with the Wailing Wall and Temple Mount. They alone were the Jews who settled those wild territories where the barbarians ruled. They are the Jews who witnessed God turning the desert into a wondrous garden through their hard work, and love for the Land. It is a shame what is coming for them. The liberal media which controls almost all the news coming out of the Holy Land are the pawns of Peretz and Olmert. These Jewish settlers are never going to get a fair shake.
The good thing is that the God of the Bible is the God of the downtrodden. He is the God of the small remnant of the faithful. He can bring victory when all odds are against His chosen. Israel has never been a factor among the gentile Nations. The Jews themselves are less then 1% of the world's population, yet the God of the Bible says He is going to give them the victory when He brings in the Kingdom Age. All the spin in the world can't change these Biblical facts. It will be only those Jews God accounts as faithful who will be redeemed. The rest will suffer the fate of the gentile heathen when the King of the Jews returns to sit on His throne. God has preserved the Jews for this generation. They now control Jerusalem and the Temple Mount. Next year 40 years will have passed with only a remnant that has reached out to God in obedience. God promises the day is coming when He will raise unto David a righteous branch, and a King! He will execute judgment and justice in all the earth.
Friend it is none other then the LORD Jesus Christ! Are you trusting in Him? His linage comes through the house of David the King. His credentials are impeccable. As a shepherd He will gather the lost sheep of Israel. He also would gather you dear friend if you are willing to come. He is seeking the lost to save them, but you must stop hiding from Him. Step out of the shadows into the wondrous light of His presents. His perfect blood can wash away your sins. It is only His blood that is acceptable. Won't you come to Him?
Sunday - May 20, 2006
New Hamas force a 'declaration of war'
Abbas: Disband your private army immediately
Palestinian Authority officials in Ramallah on Wednesday warned Hamas' decision to launch a new "security force" in the Gaza Strip undermined PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and was seen as a declaration of war on his Fatah party The Jerusalem Post reports.
Jamal Abu Samhadana, a former commander of the Popular Resistance Committees who has long been wanted by Israeli forces for his direct involvement in terrorist attacks, commands the 3,000-strong, ultra-militant force.
PA officials claim that the new force is actually "Hamas' private army", noting that over 90% of its members belong to the Izzedin al-Kassam Brigades - Hamas' terrorist wing.
The launching of the new militia comes amid mounting tensions between Hamas and Fatah, whose supporters have been fighting almost daily battles in Gaza. Hamas gunmen are believed to be responsible for a series of shooting attacks on the homes and cars of several PA security officers over the past few days.
Abbas issued a statement to the Hamas-led government Thursday saying it must immediately disband its "private army". Meanwhile thousands of Palestinian police loyal to Abbas paraded in the streets of Gaza City in a show of force.
The second state of the Road Map Two State solution to bringing peace to the Holy Land seems to be lacking in peaceful intensions not only with Israel, but with each other. I lived in Chicago, and was saved at Cicero Bible Church in Cicero, Illinois. I'm very familiar with Al Capone, and the Chicago gangland wars. It is clear to me the Hamas gang is moving into the Fatah gang's territory. The blood is going to flow. The Islamic Arabs of Palestine do not have any kind of civilized governmental structure. What they have is the old Chicago gangland mentality. How sad it would have been if those thugs of Chicago had been able to take, and keep control of the government. They had their paid-off corrupt politicians, but the people refused to put-up with that corruption for long. The bums were voted out, and Elliot Ness was able to break the back of the gangs with governmental support. The Palestinian Arabs voted the bums in! They want the thugs to run their government! They want the cold blooded killers to be given the place of honor only because they hate the Jews that much. They would rather be victimized by the scum every society produces so that they can kill Jews. In fact, the Palestinian Arabs have nurtured barbarianism among this present generation in order to murder Jews, and are willing to pay the price of their own victimization so great is their hate against the Jews. A gangland blood bath in Gaza is perfectly acceptable if it results in the most violent, and ruthless barbarians of all to then be released against Israel.
All this hate has a higher aim, and that is to bring down the God of the Jews who has given them their Promised Land. The same God who sent the LORD Jesus Christ as the Redeemer of all who will come to Him for salvation. He was crucified with the indictment above His head saying "King of the Jews," and The Islamic Arab Palestinians have sworn by their false god Allah that they will never ever submit to a Jewish King! Most especially a Jewish King who plans to rule all the Holy Land from Jerusalem, and more specifically from the Temple Mount.
The God of the Bible is in control of history. He has already determined that Islam because of all the hate will never be at peace not only with the other nations, but within their own ranks. "Everyman's sword will be against his brother" is how God has described the future of Islam. The great Islamic invasion of Israel predicted in Ezekiel 38 & 39 will falter in the Holy Land due to the selfish pride and greed Islam produces. What the Moslems do to each other will be finished by the God of the Bible.
21 And I will call for a sword against him throughout all my mountains, saith the Lord GOD: every man's sword shall be against his brother .
22 And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone.
This is the Biblical end of Islam! The invaders are so devastated that Islamic influence over the Holy Land will end forever. The Jews will be free to build their Temple on the Temple Mount, and the LORD Jesus Christ will then be ready to come the second time to planet earth.
The kingdoms of the heathen are doomed according to the Bible. Friend, the question is are you at peace with this Holy God who will judge all with perfect righteousness? The judgments of God go far beyond just the heathen. Are you prepared to face His judgment? Christ is the only place where we can find a refuge. Are you covered in the soul saving power of His blood? Have you received this Christ of the Bible with all your heart, soul, and might? Friend, it is not too late. Why not come to Him right now, and settle the question of your personal salvation?
Tuesday - May 23, 2006
Kassams in Sderot: Classroom
Hit With Students Waiting Outside
10:22 May 21, '06 / 23 Iyar 5766
by Hillel Fendel
2-3 Gaza-fired rockets hit the Negev city of Sderot this morning. One hit an empty classroom while the students were praying in a different room, and another caused two women to go into shock.
The first rocket was fired by Palestinian terrorists from northern Gaza shortly after 7:30 AM, landing at the Gevim Junction just south of Sderot. Two women were treated at the site for shock.
Shortly afterwards, the Red Dawn early-warning alarm system sounded, giving the residents some 20-30 seconds to run for cover. Within minutes, it was learned that a rocket had in fact hit - in a classroom in the center of town.
"The students were on their way to the classroom after finishing morning prayers," one person who arrived on the scene told Arutz-7, "and the classroom was still locked. Some students were waiting outside, and the teacher was on his way up - and that's when all of a sudden the rocket crashed in, hitting the teacher's chair. The teacher was very emotional, seeing that it had crashed exactly where he would have been sitting minutes later." One person was treated for shock.
"By miracle," one local woman told Arutz-7, "no one was hurt - but how long can we rely on these miracles, merely because of our leaders' foolish decisions enabling the terrorists to shoot at us? Today and Tuesday are market days here in Sderot, just two blocks away from the school, and the hesder yeshiva is two blocks to the other side - it could have landed anywhere and killed people. How long can this go on?"
The Red Dawn alarm signaled that a third Kassam rocket may also have been fired, though no reports of damage or injuries were received.
The school that was hit today is the Netiv Yeshivati, a branch of the local religious high school.
Recognize the fact that this is a conservative religious school that was hit. The rocket landed where the hated Independent Fundamental Jewish Settlers live. Now realize that the liberal secular government of Ehud Olmert is going to do absolutely nothing. Minority rights, at least when it involves the Independent Fundamental Jewish Settlers, do not exist in Israeli democracy while the liberals are in charge. It is no secret that this same kind of liberal hate is out to impeach President George Bush as soon as they can gain control of the American democracy. The hate of the liberals for their conservative rivals is despicable. It just might be that Bush will have to grant amnesty for himself, and all controversial republican politicians as he leaves office if it looks like the democrats will be taking charge. I hope he includes religious folk who may have tweaked the liberals over the past 8 years.
The Independent Fundamental Jewish Settlers are learning a great lesson. They are finding out that trust in men will always fail. The Road Map enthusiasts look upon the settlers as a thorn in their side as they promote an impossible peace plan with the barbarians. The settlers are living on the land the liberals want to give the barbarians hoping they will change their blood thirst for the Jews. What the settlers are learning is they can depend on the God of the Bible for their eternal deliverance. He never fails. His miraculous power has not diminished. He is able to do the impossible, but we on our part must be obedient. We must be humble, and must go to Him for forgiveness when we fail. It is a wonderful lesson to learn how to trust God, and then see Him put that trust into operation. The God of the Bible, the God of miracles, is still active in the world today!
The hate of the liberals is only going to grow as God begins taking more control of the Holy Land. The Bible is basically a conservative book. Those who accept it literally are almost exclusively conservative. The liberal approach to the Bible is almost always that of doubt. Higher criticism is a discipline of liberal religious programs in our universities where God Himself is held up as an object of doubt! The miracles of God as revealed in the Bible are taught as myth. The one thing the liberals fear, and hate at the same time is that God's revealed future for the Holy Land should come to pass. It would mean they are wrong, and their conservative counterparts are right! It would mean there can be no doubt God is alive, and active in controlling history. It would mean the Bible is accurately revealing God's will for all of mankind. It would mean all men are responsible to an absolutely Holy God who has revealed His standards as sinless perfection. It would mean all men come short. We all need a Savior, or we just can't stand! Only a perfect Savior will do, and The LORD Jesus Christ is the only one recorded anywhere during the history of mankind.
This generation of sinners do not think they need a Savior. They think their good works are good enough. It makes them mad for someone to tell them without a Savior they are going to hell. It makes them mad for a Holy God to tell them they don't meet His puritanical standards. Friend, can you see why there is so much hate. Can you see why it is only going to grow during this generation of dispensational change. God is forcing His Holiness on planet earth by just dealing with the Holy Land. The righteousness of God is far above either liberal or conservative. God is no respecter of persons. The issue is Jesus Christ, and what you have done with Him in your life? Is He your Savior, or are you gong to try to make it on your own? The LORD Jesus Christ wants to save you. He wants to change your heart. Won't you come to Him? Won't you ask Him to save you?
Wednesday - May 24, 2006
Olmert: 'Abbas is helpless'
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told CNN Sunday that Palestinian Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is powerless to speak on behalf of his people. "He is helpless. He's unable to even stop the minimal terror activities among the Palestinians," Olmert said. "So how can he represent that government in the most crucial, complex and sensitive negotiations, about which there are so many divisions withing the Palestinian community?" In Israel, Abbas is generally seen as a weak leader unable to engage in peacemaking while Hamas retains the real power.
Read the entireÂ transcript of Olmert's CNN interview with Wolf Blitzer here.
Analysis: Civil war is closer than ever in Palestinian territories
By Danny Rubinstein, Ha'aretz Correspondent
"All Palestinian sources and commentators, from across the political spectrum, were in agreement Saturday that the situation in the Gaza Strip is dangerous and closer than ever before to civil war. Civil war means widespread battles between the security forces under the command of Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and the members of the new force created by Interior Minister Said Siam and by others who support them. If such battles erupt, they would almost certainly cause the collapse of PA government institutions in Gaza, and perhaps in the West Bank as well. Will that happen?" Read the entire editorial here.
How blind are those who persist in the Road Map? It is abundantly clear that a Two State solution to bringing peace to the Holy Land is never going to work as long as barbarianism reigns among the Palestinian Arabs. This is almost like trying to prop up the Nazis, and keep the Third Reich alive and well. It just makes no sense! The Gaza Strip has turned into a rocket launching pad since the withdrawal, and they talk of next giving the Arabs all of Samaria and Judah. It just does not make sense? Olmert right now is in Washington asking President Bush for $10 million to pay for his planned withdrawal from Samaria and Judah. Do any of these blind politicians ever listen to the news?
The god of the Koran is challenging the GOD of the Bible for the Holy Land! The god of the barbarians has puffed himself up, and the weak in faith have folded under the intimidation. They follow a lie presented to them through the atheistic Russians and Europeans. The weak in faith, and those who have no faith have attached themselves to the lie rather then the Bible. The lie is the Road Map! A false peace plan that reality keeps proving the foolishness of it all, but they will not give up on it. This is willing blindness! It's like making a pact with the Devil, and being unable to pull away. The tar baby has been placed in the briar patch, and poor brother rabbit has punched his way into a dilemma. He can't get out. He is stuck tight, and his future does not look good.
The light of the Bible is the only answer. The God of the Bible is not like the lying god of Islam who can't control his barbarian protégés. The God of the Bible reveals only truth. He tells us that the LORD Jesus Christ is coming again. He is coming to the Holy Land, Jerusalem, and the Temple Mount. He is going to make right what sin and Satan have turned into chaos. He has brought the Jews out of dispersion among the nations, and established the modern State of Israel. He is not now going to abandon it to the heathen! His purpose now is to call a chosen people for His glory. This God of the Bible knows everything. He knows the past, present, and future in one fell swoop. There are no surprises to this God of all creation. He says He is the creator of Israel. His eternal plan to send a Savior was always tied to this one single nation. Without Israel there would have been no Savior, and without Israel the Savior would not be able to return! The redeemer God, the Holy One of Israel, delivered the Jews from the Babylonian barbarians of old, and He will deliver them from the modern day Islamic barbarians of today. Folks, the King is coming! The King of Israel. The King of the universe. He is coming with salvation on His lips, but a rod of iron in His hand. He is coming as the LORD of hosts. Are you ready? Have you come to this Christ of the Bible? Have you asked Him to save you?
8 Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.
9 Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.
10 Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.
Thursday - May 25, 2006
Yesha Leader: Whole World
Against Unilateral Withdrawals
13:54 May 24, '06 / 26 Iyar 5766
(IsraelNN.com) The whole world, including Jordan, is against further unilateral withdrawals, Pinchas Wallerstein, chairman of the Council of Jewish Communities in Judea, Samaria and Gaza (Yesha) said in a radio interview this week.
He explained that "the fear of fundamentalism here in the region and the danger for the existence of the State of Israel" are behind the opposition. "I think we are also hearing prominent figures from the Left in Israeli society, who are afraid of this process [of] what it will do to the Arabs when they see the victory of terror increasing each time," Wallerstein added.
Kadima Discloses Plan To Divide Jerusalem
JERUSALEM – After months of denying their party would seek to divide Jerusalem, officials in Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's Kadima administration last week announced they are drafting a plan to unilaterally withdraw from some of the city's neighborhoods and making special arrangements for key holy sites.
"We will not divide Jerusalem, we will share it," Kadima lawmaker Otniel Schneller told the Associated Press. Most Jerusalem neighborhoods with large Arab populations would be given to the Palestinians, he said.
Schneller did not specify last week which sections of Jerusalem would be vacated, but another Kadima official told reporters the party's plan calls for withdrawing from much of the eastern section of Jerusalem. Schneller said Jerusalem's Old City, its holy sites and adjacent neighborhoods would become a "special region with special understandings" but remain under Israeli sovereignty. He did not specify whether that meant placing key holy sites under third-party custodianship.
Although Kadima officials had consistently denied they were planning to evacuate any part of Jerusalem, just days before the March parliamentary elections, Schneller revealed that a Kadima-left government would divide Jerusalem and allow a Palestinian state to be established in parts of Israel's "eternal capital."
The debate was not widely reported by the media. ...
I only wish the world had come to it's senses, and was now opposed to the unilateral withdrawals of Israel from Yesha. I'm afraid the first article is only wishful thinking by a conservative Jew. It would seem only logical that the world should be opposed to the unilateral withdrawal of Jews from anywhere in the Holy Land, and especially Judah after witnessing the chaos by the Palestinian Arabs in the Gaza. The present Israeli Olmert government rather then coming to their senses have gone absolutely nuts. I should not say that for Olmert himself has sent his wife, and family to France for the time being. He has enough sense to do that, getting them out of rocket range. Now, after the election is over he has revealed his plan for the future of Jerusalem. He calls it sharing, but it is the Jews who must withdraw. Not one single Arab will be required to leave the city. It is only Jews who will be expelled from their homes in Jerusalem should they be on the wrong side of his lines. This is far from sharing!
The purpose for this planned give away of Jerusalem is also made clear by Olmert, and that is so the forever Palestinian State he is determined to bring into existence in the next 4 years will be able to have Jerusalem as it's capital. Multitudes of generations of Jews over the last 2000 years have prayed "next year Jerusalem," and Olmert in just 4 short years intends to wipe out all their prayers over all those years by the most prestigious Rabies recorded in Jewish history.
The world rejected Israel's call for Jerusalem as their eternal capital once it came into their possession in 1967. Even the United States has balked to move our embassy located in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Congress overwhelmingly voted for the move, but successive Presidents of both parties all balked! Watch the nations flock to recognize Jerusalem as the barbarian capital the instant a separate Islamic State is formed. I tell you a truth that as the world rejected the Israeli claim to Jerusalem as the Jewish capital so also will they reject Christ when He comes the second time!
I tell you another truth. The Olmert plan to divide Jerusalem is looked upon as a reproach by the God of the Bible. The same anger and fury of God not witnessed since Old Testament times will not be turned away as He sees what is happening to Jerusalem and His Holy Mountain the Temple Mount. The sin of this generation exceeds the iniquity of all former generations. The God of the Bible will soon roar out of Zion. His voice will soon be heard in Jerusalem. The Temple Mount will be made Holy once more, and it will make the entire city of Jerusalem Holy! The heathen barbarians will never again be allowed to live there, or even to pass through. A wondrous change will take place. A fountain will flow from the Holy Mountain that will cleanse the world after the devastations of the Great Tribulation. It will bring back life to a planet destroyed by sin and rebellion. A fountain from under the altar will be mingled with blood as it flows first from the cleansing of the altar where continual blood sacrifices will be offered, and flowing through the Valley of Shittim out to the Red Sea. The flow will reach all the oceans of the entire earth bringing life to a dead planet. What a future plan for Jerusalem folks, and it all is because of the sin cleansing blood of Christ! Won't you come to Him for forgiveness? Won't you come to Him for your salvation? Only the LORD Jesus Christ can wash away your sin. and give you life!
47:1 Afterward he brought me again unto the door of the house; and, behold, waters issued out from under the threshold of the house eastward: for the forefront of the house stood toward the east, and the waters came down from under from the right side of the house, at the south side of the altar.
2 Then brought he me out of the way of the gate northward, and led me about the way without unto the utter gate by the way that looketh eastward; and, behold, there ran out waters on the right side.
3 And when the man that had the line in his hand went forth eastward, he measured a thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters; the waters were to the ankles.
4 Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through the waters; the waters were to the knees. Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through; the waters were to the loins.
5 Afterward he measured a thousand; and it was a river that I could not pass over: for the waters were risen, waters to swim in, a river that could not be passed over.
6 And he said unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen this? Then he brought me, and caused me to return to the brink of the river.
7 Now when I had returned, behold, at the bank of the river were very many trees on the one side and on the other.
8 Then said he unto me, These waters issue out toward the east country, and go down into the desert, and go into the sea: which being brought forth into the sea, the waters shall be healed.
9 And it shall come to pass, that every thing that liveth, which moveth, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live: and there shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come thither: for they shall be healed; and every thing shall live whither the river cometh.
Friday - May 26, 2006
Abbas: Ask the people
HamasÂ ready toÂ accept '67 borders
In a surprising announcement Thursday, Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas said he would call a national referendum on the parameters of a Palestinian state if no peace agreement could be reached with Hamas in the next 10 days.
"If you don't reach an agreement within 10 days, I'm going to present the document to a referendum in 40 days. Within 40 days I will ask the people," Abbas told the Hamas leaders gathered at his Ramallah headquarters.
A senior Hamas official told Associated Press reporters that the terror group would accept the proposal from Abbas to hold a referendum regarding the creation of a Palestinian state in the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem if an agreement between the warring factions could not be reached.
Earlier Thursday, Palestinian sources reported that Hamas and Fatah had come to an agreement on the main points of contention between the two factions, with Hamas agreeing to let Abbas negotiate with Israel according to the principles of the PLO. The guidelines of the peace initiative were outlined in a document by imprisoned terror boss Marwan Barghouti, and also approve the establishment of an independent Palestinian state within the 1967 borders
Also on Thursday, PA prime minister and Hamas member Ismail Haniyeh said that his group would recognize Israel only after Israel makes a full withdrawal from the West Bank, Gaza, and east Jerusalem. He went on to say that until that happened, Palestinian "resistance" would continue.
Despite the negotiations, anarchic violence reigned on Wednesday, when a senior officer of Hamas' newly formed militia group was killed in a car bombing. Although no group claimed responsibility for the assassination, Fatah gunmen kidnapped four Hamas members later in the day, killing one and shooting the others in the legs.
This may well be a pivotal day in the history of the world. The heathen are about to claim Jerusalem! I'm sure the nations will flock to recognize this newly declared possession by the heathen of the land God promised exclusively for the Jews. The liberal secular Jews who now control the Holy Land have turned the land into a curse through their disobedience to God. He expected them to build the Third Holy Jewish Temple on the Temple Mount after the miraculous victory in the 1967 Six Day War. Islam handed over the keys to the Temple Mount acknowledging their defeat, but the Jewish politicians gave them back the keys. That was a pivotal day, and what was meant for a blessing was turned into a curse. Rather then submit to what God expects the Jews to do as revealed in the Bible, they are trying to get rid of the cursed thing. All the gains since 1967 are about to be given away. Folks, it is not going to work! I doubt God is going to put up with this kind of behavior much longer. The curse that is meant to chasten the Jews will only be intensified into the total destruction of the Arabs. The blessings promised in the Bible that will come through Jerusalem are coming, but Great Tribulation must first pave the way.
I'm convinced the Two Witnesses of Revelation 11 are in the wings somewhere in Jerusalem ready to make their appearance. I suspect their witness to the world will be the building of Ezekiel's Temple. The world will hate them for having upset their blasphemous Road Map.Revelation 11:9-10
9 And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.
10 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.
I can't think of anything that would cause such rejoicing by this world of sin then to see the death of the two men who will be instrumental in building a Jewish Temple on the Temple Mount. Such an endeavor is forbidden under the present precepts of the Road Map. A Jewish Temple would end forever Islamic claims to Jerusalem, or any other part of the Holy Land.
Yes, I believe we are living in pivotal days as far as the Bible is concerned. Dispensational change is clearly in process. This generation is set to deny God the fulfillment of His prophecies over His future plans for the Holy Land. It is a foolish generation.
Friend, do not follow the crowd. Everything God is doing in the Holy Land is centered around the second coming of the LORD Jesus Christ. Is He your Savior? Have you received His offer of redemption? Only those who are "born again" will survive into the future blessings promised in the Bible. Why not come to Christ right now? The alternative is too terrible to contemplate!
3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again , he cannot see the kingdom of God.
7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again .
1 Peter 1:23-25
23 Being born again , not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:
25 But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.
Saturday - May 27, 2006
Jerusalem Day: Celebrations
and Mixed Feelings
With the words, “The Temple Mount is in our hands,” the IDF reclaimed the flame that has forever burned in the hearts of Jews everywhere: the love of the holiest Jewish city in the world, Jerusalem.
Jews all over the world on Thursday celebrated the 39th anniversary of the liberation and reunification of the holy city of Jerusalem from Arab control in the 1967 Six Day War.
Flags waved and thousands of people danced their way through the nation’s capital to the Western Wall, where live music, prayers and speeches awaited the celebrants at the annual Rikud’galim (literally, dance of the flags) event.
Festivities continued later in the evening at the Mercaz HaRav Yeshiva and Binyanei Ha’uma, with speeches by prominent rabbis and national leaders and more dancing.
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert addressed the nation at an official ceremony at Jerusalem’s Ammunition Hill. “There never was and there never will be another home for the Jewish people,” proclaimed Olmert just four hours after his return from the United States where he met with President George W. Bush, legislators and administration officials.
President Moshe Katsav underscored the centrality of Jerusalem to the existence of the Jewish people in a speech delivered earlier in the day. “Jerusalem is the Jewish people’s ‘genetic code’,” he said, “and continues to be an inspiration for all Jews in Israel and the Diaspora”.
He urged world Jewry to preserve the capital’s Jewish majority by making aliyah and coming to live in the holy city. A report by the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies published this week said the percentage of Jews living in Jerusalem dropped from 74 percent in 1967 to 66 percent in 2006. The percentage of Arabs has correspondingly increased from 28 percent in 1967 to 34 percent today. Almost 60 percent of Jerusalem residents – some 413,300 Jews and Arabs – live in areas of the city liberated from Jordanian rule in the 1967 war. Overall, the city’s population has grown by 170 percent since that time.
Despite the festivities, there is a great deal of dissent about the future of the city, with some people gloomy about the prospects and others finding cause for further celebration.
A Ynet news report said that statistics from the report confirm that “secular youngsters who grew up in Jerusalem are leaving the city in droves”, which it said presents “a dismal future for the capital of Israel”.
Another piece on the same website lamented the rise in the number of hareidi-religious Jews who come to live in the holy city. Ynet quoted architect David Kroyanker, who said that hareidi-religious Jews are increasingly choosing to live in the northern sections of the city, “but the problem is that the border continues to move south.” “There is no solution to this problem,” he complained.
Hareidi-religious reporter Yisrael Gliss was also quoted in the report, as was Yehuda Meshi-Zahav, the founder and chairman of ZAKA, the organization of first responders to terrorist bombings and natural disasters who also complete the unenviable, though sacred, task of collecting the remains of those whose bodies are left in pieces after such tragedies.
Gliss was blunt in his response to the complaints. “Jerusalem is special and should be a hareidi city,” he said.
Meshi-Zahav was equally straightforward. “Hareidim are not taking control of the city because a few rabbis planned it. They are taking control because ultra-Orthodox couples have many children – that’s just how it is,” he explained.
As to the unity of the reunified capital: Olmert said prior to his election as prime minister that he would be willing to relinquish Arab neighborhoods on the outskirts of Jerusalem in a land-for-peace deal with the Palestinian Authority.
No! It is not land on the outskirts of Jerusalem of which Olmert speaks! He is planning to give away the very heart of Jerusalem, the Temple Mount, to the Hamas barbarians for hope of a false peace that will never happen! The Peace of Jerusalem is not going to come through the blasphemous Road Map. God is very clear that it is only because of His Holy Temple, the house of the LORD, that peace will ever come to Jerusalem. The Last Holy Jewish Temple must be built on the Temple Mount!
6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem : they shall prosper that love thee.
7 Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces.
8 For my brethren and companions' sakes, I will now say, Peace be within thee.
9 Because of the house of the LORD our God I will seek thy good.
We are now into the infamous 40th year since the Jews could have built their Temple if they had the gumption to do so. An entire generation has come and gone, and still the Jews do nothing! These are the days of Haggai, but this generation of Jews refuse to consider their ways! "This house" of which Haggai refers is none other then the Holy Jewish Temple! That generation also had control of the Temple Mount, but they unlike this present generation did consider their ways. They built the second Holy Jewish Temple on the Temple Mount!Haggai 1:3-5
3 Then came the word of the LORD by Haggai the prophet, saying,
4 Is it time for you, O ye, to dwell in your cieled houses, and this house lie waste?
5 Now therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways.
There is nothing to celebrate from a Biblical perspective. God has opened all the doors, and this generation refuses to enter. Our own Evangelical White House has committed the greatest of all blasphemies by adopting the odious Road Map from the atheistic Russians and Europeans. They then shoved it down the throat of a gullible secular Jewish government. The Road Map forbids the building of a Jewish Temple on the Temple Mount. The very thing that God demands in the Bible the Jews to do - the Road Map prohibits!
Friend, things are coming to a climax. Everything is centering in the Holy Land, at Jerusalem, and on the Temple Mount. Are you ready to face the LORD God your maker? He is not going to lose the battle over Jerusalem. Great Tribulation is predicted as God forces His will on a rebellious planet. The God of the Bible is absolutely sinlessly perfect. He will not lower His standards for anyone. Either you conform, or you will perish! Eternal condemnation in forever torment is the judgment on sin. Only Christ can wash away sin with His sacrificial blood. There is no other way! Won't you come to Him right now? Won't you choose life eternal over eternal death in a never ending lake of fire. A city not forsaken is what God promises to all who are in Christ. That city is Jerusalem!
Monday - May 29, 2006
PM and Peretz to arm Fatah gunmen
Likud: Wrong and pathetic decision
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Amir Peretz decided Thursday to transfer Israeli weapons and ammunition to supporters of Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas out of concern for his life and his position as head of the PA, officials told The Jerusalem Post.
This is the first time that Israel hasÂ been an active participantÂ in the power struggle between Hamas and the Abbas-controlled Palestinian security forces that started over a week ago. Earlier on Thursday, a shootout between the rival factions left one Hamas gunman dead and eight members of the Fatah force wounded.
Sources in the Likud opposition party were quick to condemn the decision, calling it "wrong and pathetic." In a letter of appeal to Olmert and Peretz, Likud MKs wrote: "Past experience has taught us that giving weapons to the Palestinians has ended in its being turned against the IDF and Israeli citizens."
Abbas Calls Terrorists "Our Heroes"
11:04 May 26, '06 / 28 Iyar 5766
by Hillel Fendel
Just two days after PM Olmert called him a "very decent human being" who is "opposed to terror," PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas call Palestinian terrorists "our heroes."
While Abbas, also known as Abu Mazen, takes on the position of "moderate" and attempts to convince Hamas to accept Judea and Samaria for now, his words to audiences at home present a different picture.
Palestinian Media Watch, an organization that monitors and reports on anti-Israel hatred in the PA media, reveals that Abbas twice this week referred to Arab terrorists serving "tens of life sentences" in Israeli jails as "our heroes." PMW's Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook report that the terrorists referred to are "arch-terrorists who have personally killed tens of Israelis and are sentenced to one life sentence for each murder."
Speaking on PA TV on May 23 about the jailed terrorists' recent "conciliation plan" between Fatah and Hamas, Mahmoud Abbas expressed his satisfaction with the initiative of those he called "our brothers, our jailed heroes... [their] initiative proves that these heroes, who are sentenced to tens of life sentences, feel too that the homeland is in danger..."
Noting that the document calls for an Arab state on "all territories occupied in 1967," Abbas said, "We must stop dreaming and accept what we can take now. Let us not speak of dreams. Let us take the Palestinian state on the ’67 borders."
"Clearly," PMW concludes, "Abbas rejects terror for tactical reasons only, and not because it is immoral... Abbas has always been careful, in Arabic, not to condemn terror because it is evil or immoral. He has criticized suicide terror only because it hurts the PA cause, as he did after the December 2005 suicide attack that killed five in Netanya."
Click here to read PMW's bulletin, PA on Terror: 'Condemns' on paper, Praises in practice.
"Israeli and Western leaders are so eager to find a viable partner for peace," write Marcus and Crook, "that they often mistake Palestinian Authority leaders' 'lip service' in English as statements of truly peaceful intentions. But as PMW has reported for the past decade, the only way to understand these leaders' real opinions is to pay attention to what they are telling their own people in Arabic. These are the only messages that count."
Olmert has said that he believes that Abu Mazen of Fatah has no control over events in the Palestinian Authority, due to the fact that the rival organization, Hamas, won the recent elections. Despite this, under pressure both abroad and at home, Olmert has agreed to meet with Abu Mazen in the near future.
I'm sure Abbas will not say thank you for supplying out heroes with more guns and ammunition with which to kill more Jews. I would suppose he does have a smile on his face as he has out bargained his enemy once again. Abbas has learned well from his mentor Arafat how to play the diplomatic game. I think he learned that the things too stupid to ever hope for are not impossible to gain when dealing with this generation of diplomats. Reality means nothing to Western diplomates. This is the age of spin! World leaders have decided the Road Map Two State plan is how they will achieve peace in the Holy Land. Nothing is too stupid that it can't be spun into another move closer to peace. This generation only wants to hear what it wants to hear. The truth has become meaningless. They want to hear peace, peace when there is no peace, and that is exactly what they are getting.
The world leaders of this generation are so puffed up with themselves, and what they can accomplish that they think even God submits to their superior intellect. So great is their ability to spin that they even convince themselves. Evil becomes good, and good becomes evil as the Road Map becomes all that really matters. Abbas must become the good guy so they have someone with which to negotiate. They extol the things he says to the beguiled English speaking audiences, and ignore all he really is about when speaking in Arabic to his own home grown heroes.
There is one who is not so fooled by the intent of this generation. God knows the heart, and is not influenced by the spin. The righteousness of God is absolute truth. There are no shades of truth. Either a thing is true, or it is sin. Even a hint of sin makes it all sin. Leaven no matter how small leavens the whole lump. The truth is spotless, and without blemish! It can't be twisted in the eyes of God! Woe to those of this generation that are calling evil good, and good evil. The rottenness of their root is sin. They are kindling the anger of the LORD to an all consuming fire.
The Bible says in the midst of all this evil God is going to raise an ensign. It is coming to the Holy Land, Jerusalem, and the Temple Mount. It is the return of the LORD Jesus Christ. He is coming again to redeem Israel. The gentile nations are all going to submit to this coming King of the Jews, or they will perish. Every knee is going to bow to the LORD Jesus Christ. Friend, are you ready? Have you come to this Christ of the Bible for your salvation? His word is truth, and only righteousness comes from His mouth. It is only in Christ that we can find righteousness and truth. He is calling for you this very moment. Won't you come to Him?
23 I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.
24 Surely, shall one say, in the LORD have I righteousness and strength: even to him shall men come; and all that are incensed against him shall be ashamed.
Tuesday May 30, 2006
Tel Aviv within striking distance
ran has recently equipped the Lebanese-based Islamic terror group Hizb'Allah with long-range rockets capable of hitting targets up to 200 kilometers away, putting all of Israel's major urban centers - including the southern city of Be'er Sheva - within striking distance. Ha'aretz reports. In this latest transfer of military technology, the virulently anti-Israel Iranian government is seeking to improve its strategic options against Israel rather than simply strengthen Hizb'Allah's terrorist capabilities. International defense journals have reported that the Iranian rockets have been stored by the Hizb'Allah in special bunkers in a number of locations on the Lebanon-Syria border. Earlier supplies of rockets to the Hizb'Allah from Iran via Syria involved Katyusha rockets like those used in Sunday's attacks on northern Israel.
Hizb'Allah launches Katyusha barrage
IDF pounds terror bases in retaliation
The IDF Northern Command maintained a high level of alert on Monday following a barrageÂ of Katyusha rockets from southern Lebanon at an Israeli air traffic control base early Sunday morning. Israeli Air Force jets responded swiftly to the unprovoked attack, striking the general headquarters of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine near the Syrian border, while IDF artillery pounded Hizb'Allah operating bases near the Israeli border.
Later on Sunday afternoon, gun battles erupted across the length of the Israel-Lebanon border when a Hizb'Allah sniper shot and critically injured an Israeli soldier, IDF Major General Udi Adam told The Jerusalem Post. Another senior commander told Ynet News that the Hizb'Allah gunmen were using children as shields, and even firing at IDF troops from inside UN buildings. By the end of the day IDF artillery and attack helicopters had destroyed most of the Hizb'Allah terrorist bases that line the border
Israeli Defense Minister Amir Peretz told theÂ Associated Press Sunday evening that "Israel has no intention of causing an escalation in the situation in the north, or expanding the conflict, but rather [wishes] to make every effort to bring about calm."
The Lebanese Foreign Minister Fawzi Sallukh, on the other hand, accused Israel of "warlike aggression" against Lebanon following the Israeli Air Force strikes on Hizb'Allah positions. Peretz responded by telling reporters that Israel would not ignore Katyusha fire on its civilian population, and "holds the Lebanese government responsible for any attacks which originate in its territory."
There was only token response to the rocket attacks coming from the Gaza aimed at the Independent Fundamental Jewish Settlers, but now that the Tel Aviv bastion of the secular liberal Jews is threatened I would imagine the response will be quick and effective. The involvement of Iran in the affairs of Israel will prove their doom. Iran as old Persia has a long Biblical history tied directly to the times of the gentiles as revealed to Daniel the prophet. Today, very few Persians exist. The Arabs are now the occupying power, and Islam is the single recognized religion of the land. Daniel wrote about the Persians when he interpreted the dream of the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar. It was King Nebuchadnezzar whom God used to chasten the Jews of the First Temple Era. Those Jews because of disobedience forfeited the first offer of God for the Promised Kingdom. Nebuchadnezzar destroyed the first Temple, and the hope of the coming Kingdom to that generation. The Bible always ties together the Holy Jewish Temple with the offer of the Kingdom. Nebuchadnezzar was then given a dream of which only Daniel knew the interpretation. It was all about the times of the gentiles that would reign until the Jewish Kingdom would come to replace all the gentile kingdoms. Later, He reveals that it is Persia that will come after Babylon to rule the earth then Greece, and finally Rome. A final form of Rome which is our present Western democracy will have ten Kings one of whom will be the antichrist. It will be in those days that Christ as the stone cut without hands smashes the times of the gentiles to pieces. The Promised Jewish Kingdom will then replace gentile rule forever.
37 Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory.
38 And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold .
39 And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth.
40 And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise.
41 And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters' clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay.
42 And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken.
43 And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.
44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.
45 Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.
There was a short lived second Jewish Temple, and another offer of the Kingdom that also was rejected by a disobedient generation of Jews. John the Baptist recognized the Temple was there, and in his day the King was also present. The LORD Jesus Christ preached the same message about the Kingdom to the Jews of His generation, and commanded His disciples to preach the same message about the Kingdom while He was still with them!
3:1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,
2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand .
17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand .
6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand .
8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.
Friends, the Kingdom of heaven is at hand. A Temple must first be built, and for that to happen Islamic influence over the Holy Land must end! Ezekiel 39 is the horrific Biblical event that will end Islam forever relegating it to the dung heap of history. The Jews will then be free to build the last Holy Jewish Temple on the Temple Mount. This will also be the forever end of old Persia. The LORD Jesus Christ is coming a second, and final time to planet earth. He is coming to the Holy Land, Jerusalem, and the Temple Mount. He is coming to the Last Holy Jewish Temple to be built there. He is coming to establish the Kingdom of Heaven over which He will rule as the King of the Jews. The God of heaven is preparing to set up a Kingdom that shall never be destroyed! Are you ready? Are you trusting in this Christ of the Bible? Is it to this Christ that you have come for forgiveness of sin? His Kingdom is at hand! Dispensational change has arrived with the Jewish State of Israel. Are you going to be a part of this Biblical soon coming Kingdom? Friend, do not reject Christ like the disobedient Jews. Rather turn to Him as have every obedient Jew and gentile that will be a part of His Kingdom.