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Archive for November, 2008


Thursday, November 13th, 2008

by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

The widely publicized Saudi-backed interfaith meeting held at the United Nations this week was a front to promote a global law against blasphemy, two religious freedom leaders wrote in the Christian Science Monitor. The proposed law would “crush religious freedom,” according to Donald Argue and Leonard Leo.

They reported that Saudi King Abdullah is pushing for a proposal sponsored by the 56-member Organization of Islamic Conference that wants a law that ostensibly guarantees respect for religions, places of worship, and their symbols, “therefore preventing the derision of what people consider sacred.”

“The lofty-sounding principle is, in fact, a cleverly coded way of granting religious leaders the right to criminalize speech and activities that they deem to insult religion,” they wrote in the Monitor.

“Holding a session on advancing interfaith dialogue abroad is a pale substitute for hosting it in the kingdom, where the message of respect for freedom of religion and belief is most needed,” Leo and Argue stated.

Saudi Arabia does not permit the public practice of any religion except for Islam. A government agency, called the Commission to Promote Virtue and Prevent Vice, patrols the country with whips to enforce the law.

In one recent case, King Abdullah intervened after publicity of a decision to sentence a woman to 200 lashes and six months in prison for traveling in a car with a man who was not her relative. The pardon came after she was gang-raped by seven men as punishment.

Former French Prime Minister Alain Juppe, speaking for the European Union, warned at the conference that dialogue cannot be carried out without free speech, referring to the 2005 publication in a Danish newspaper of caricatures of Prophet Mohammed with a bomb in his turban.

In response, Muslim riots throughout the world resulted in several deaths.

Media covering the U.N. conference focused on King Abdullah’s statements that religion should not be used as a front for terrorism. His country is infested with anti-Kingdom terrorists, many of them affiliated with Al Qaeda.

King Abdullah has been trying to improve Saudi Arabia’s image since the September 11 terrorist attacks were carried out by 15 Saudi terrorists among the 19 who were on the airplanes that crashed into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

President Shimon Peres also spoke at the conference, and media noted it was the first time that a Saudi Arabia official has not walked out when an Israeli spoke.


Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

by Hillel Fendel

( Outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, speaking at the State Memorial Ceremony for former Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin, laid out his diplomatic plan for Israel – and attributed it to the late Rabin.

Rabin “understood what more and more people are now ready to accept,” Olmert said, “with the necessary caution and awareness of all the risks and difficulties: if we are determined to preserve the Jewish and democratic character of the State of Israel, we must inevitably relinquish, with great pain, parts of our homeland, of which we dreamt and for which we yearned and prayed for generations, and we must relinquish Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem [emphasis added], and return to that territory which comprised the State of Israel until 1967, with the necessary amendments stemming from the realities created on ground.”

Trade and Industry Minister Eli Yishai of Shas immediately responded with a statement of correction: “When U.S. President Clinton visited the Knesset, Rabin said that Jerusalem is not up for negotiations, and that Jerusalem was and will always be the capital of the State of Israel under full Israeli sovereignty.”

“It is unfortunate,” Yishai said, “that there are those who try, in the name of Rabin’s memory, to formulate unacceptable policy for the State of Israel.” Yishai added that Shas would remain steadfast in not joining a government that would divide Jerusalem.

Olmert: Let’s Return to Galilee, With a New Zionism
After saying clearly that Israel’s future lies almost exclusively within its pre-1967 borders, Olmert continued, “We must return to our familiar places, in the Galilee and the Negev, build them and realize the tremendous potential embodied in the unbounded energies of our people; we must reignite the flame of ingenuity and creation, and nurture a new kind of Zionism – realistic, sober, responsible and bold.”

This must be done, he said, before Hamas takes control of the Palestinian Authority:
“Waiting unnecessarily to make a decision will change the delicate balance in the international community which currently adheres to the notion of two states for two people, with defined, agreed-upon, internationally recognized borders. If, G-d forbid, we drag our feet, we might lose the support for the idea of two states. The alternative is incomprehensible. Everyone understands this.”

Olmert warned that “a new regime may take control of the Palestinian territories and be radical and not open to the negotiation process.” Hamas, to which Olmert was referring, is opposed to the very existence of Israel, in the Negev and Galilee just as in Judea and Samaria.

‘Olmert Would Suggest Buying into Teetering Wall St. Firms’
Lerner: Commentator Dr. Aaron Lerner of IMRA noted that by Olmert’s logic of rushing to sign an agreement with the PA before Hamas takes over, “if Ehud Olmert worked on Wall Street last August, he would have urged his clients to rush out and buy into teetering financial institutions so as not to miss out on the chance before they crashed.”

Olmert stated that “everyone understands” that if Israel does not negotiate an agreement with the PA before Hamas takes over, we will “lose the opportunity to bequeath to the world, as a basic fact, the idea of two states, and guarantee, for eternity, with the backing of all international institutions, a recognition of the borders of the Jewish state.”

The Dangers of a Palestinian State
Actually, however, many analysts feel it would be a very positive development if the two-state solution were to become void. Their arguments have been widely detailed, such as in a compendium entitled Dangers of a Palestinian State, edited by Raphael Israeli. In addition, editorial columnist Avi Davis, the author of The Crucible of Conflict: Jews, Arabs and the West Bank Dilemma, long ago summed up some of the arguments as follows:

“For Israel, the prospects are frightening. Despite years of attempted peace making, the evidence from the Arab world is that rejection of Israel’s right to exist remains as resolute as ever… The establishment of a hostile Palestinian state within miles of Israel’s major cities eclipses the Jewish state’s vital warning time for a potential Arab invasion and the minimum space its reserves require for mobilization. It opens up a front that starts ten miles from Tel Aviv and reaches 1,000 miles deep across the Arabian Peninsula to Teheran. Pinning hopes on a buffer regime that has failed to do even the minimum to curtail incitement against Israel or whose children’s textbooks preach jihad against the Jewish state, seems the height of folly.

“For the United States, a Palestinian state also represents an unwarranted leap of faith. Already confronted in the region by rejectionist states such as Syria, Iraq and Iran, it can count on adding a fourth if the State of Palestine comes into being. Continuing a policy of state terror, its military adventurism will initially be directed not against Israel, as might be expected, but against neighboring Jordan whose population is 80% Palestinian… [It] will attempt to topple the Hashemite kingdom, completing the PLO’s aborted coup of 1970 and purging the region of its remaining moderate, western-oriented Arab state. Thus engorged, it will then have considerable muscle to turn on Israel with a full military assault. This will leave the United States with a vast swathe of the Arab world implacably hostile to the West and a fertile breeding ground for terror.”


Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

(Israel Today News)

Officials with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) told the Associated Press this week that they had found traces of processed uranium at the ruins of a facility in Syria that was bombed by Israeli warplanes last year.

IAEA investigators visited the site in June of this year, but only now revealed that soil and air samples from the area contained traces of uranium and other elements that could suggest a nuclear weapons program.

Israel never admitted to bombing the site, though high-ranking US intelligence and military officials were forthcoming about Jerusalem’s involvement, and insisted that the strike was justified.

According to data presented earlier this year, the bombed site was a nearly-completed nuclear reactor that had been built and supplied with uranium with the help of North Korea.

Syrian officials continue to insist that there are not and never were any nuclear facilities in their country.


Sunday, November 9th, 2008


To no one’s surprise Israel’s media is Obama centric and Kadima’s Tzipi Livni is trying to convince voters (Israel’s national elections are beginning to heat up) that she is the best leader to work with the Obama Administration.

Livni lets this be known by appearing, for the first time in this General Election campaign, on national television. Livni said she is best suited to rise to the challenge of bringing peace.

But it turns out that her Likud rival Benjamin Netanyahu is the one who has met Obama more than once and has established a respectful relationship with the President-elect.

In 2007, before Obama was a household name he met with Bibi. As a participant in this private meeting said, “It was a meeting between an opposition leader and a United States Senator, but we knew it was really a meeting between a possible future President and a likely future Prime Minister of Israel.”

In this meeting and their meeting in Jerusalem during Obama’s historic tour in 2008, Obama and Bibi hit it off on a personal level. Obama said that he did not have any pre-conceived notions about how to bring about peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Bibi argued that the stalemate over issues like Jerusalem and the West Bank should not be allowed to stop the development of a working relationship between Israel and the Palestinians. He talked to Obama about building business enterprises inside and nearby Palestinian communities so that Palestinians could start the development of business enterprises that are outside of Israel and in their own communities. This would make economic prosperity for the Palestinians a reality whether a peace settlement is reached or not. This dynamic new initiative perked Obama’s interest.

In their first meeting Obama declared that a nuclear Iran was not acceptable. And then he asked Bibi what he thought should be done about Iran. Bibi asked him to join the effort to stop investing in Iran. Obama responded by sponsoring Congressional legislation on this policy.

The chemistry between Bibi and Obama has been good. Lets pray that it continues.


Friday, November 7th, 2008

Iranian leader expresses high hopes for Democrat’s presidency

Enthusiastic about Barack Obama’s election, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad congratulated the president-elect.

Tehran “welcomes basic and fair changes in U.S. policies and conducts,” said Ahmadinejad, who encouraged Obama to pursue a policy of “non-interference” toward Iran, the Islamic Republic News Agency reported.

“I congratulate you on being able to attract the majority of votes of the participants of the election,” he wrote. “As you know, the opportunities provided by the Almighty God, which can be used for elevation of nations, or God forbid, for their collapse, are transient.”

Tensions between the U.S. and Iran have mounted since the Islamic republic refused to halt uranium enrichment, claiming its nuclear program is a peaceful endeavor. But Ahmadinejad told Obama he has high hopes for the Democrat’s presidency.

“I hope you will prefer real public interests and justice to the never-ending demands of a selfish minority and seize the opportunity to serve people so that you will be remembered with high esteem,” he wrote. “The Americans who have spiritual tendencies expect the government to spend all its power in line with serving the people, rectify the critical situation facing the U.S., restore lost reputation as well as their hope and spirit, fully respect human rights and strengthen family foundations.

“The nations of the world also expect war-oriented policies, occupation, bullying, contempt of nations and imposing discriminatory policies on them to be replaced by the ones advocating justice, respect for human rights, friendship and non-interference in other countries’ internal affairs,” Ahmadinejad said.

“They also want U.S. intervention to be limited to its borders, especially in the Middle East. It is highly expected to reverse the unfair attitude toward restoring the rights of the Palestinians, Iraqis and Afghans.”

Ahmadinejad said U.S. policy has been “based on warmongering, occupation, bullying, deception and humiliation, as well as discrimination and unfair relations,” leading to “hatred of all nations and majority of governments toward the U.S. leaders.”

He encouraged Obama, “If you take steps on the divine path and follow the teachings of divine prophets, God, the Almighty, will help you to make up in part for the heavy damage inflicted by the U.S. in the past.”


Friday, November 7th, 2008

by Hana Levi Julian

Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni has issued her first warning – albeit politely – to U.S. President-elect Barack Obama, just two days after he made history by becoming the first black American to be elected to the White House.

Livni expressed her opposition to Obama’s stated willingness to dialogue with Iran in an interview on Voice of Israel government radio Thursday morning.

“We live in a neighborhood in which sometimes dialogue – in a situation where you have brought sanctions, and you then shift to dialogue – is liable to be interpreted as weakness,” she explained.

Livni maintained a cordial tone regarding the new administration and noted that “Obama’s bottom line on the Iranian issue is very clear. America won’t accept a nuclear Iran.” However, she also made it clear that Israel’s bottom line would not change. When the interviewer asked her if she supported any American dialogue with the Islamic Republic, Livni replied flatly, “The answer is no.”

The Foreign Minister said she did not expect any “dramatic” difference between the outgoing Bush administration and that of Obama, noting that “The outgoing administration also had people who supported dialogue.”

She noted that the difference between the two had to do with style: “There is a slightly different attitude between the president-elect and the outgoing president, with regards to how the world relates to extremism in the area. There are those who think that America has to be aggressive, and there are those who think that there has to be dialogue. Obama falls into the second group.”

She added that “Israel is working for sanctions against Iran, and not transmitting a message of weakness.”

Israel is convinced that the Islamic Republic is working to complete an atomic weapon of mass destruction. Iran has defied all attempts by the international community to halt its uranium enrichment program, despite several rounds of increasingly severe sanctions imposed on the country.

Although Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has denied his country will use the nuclear technology for anything other than peaceful, domestic purposes, the United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has been blocked from attempts to ascertain exactly what kind of activities are taking place in some of the Iranian atomic energy sites. Various intelligence reports have indicated that Iranian scientists have been working on nuclear weapons development.


Thursday, November 6th, 2008

by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

Rahm Emanuel, President-elect Barack Obama’s new Jewish Chief of Staff, was active in the Oslo negotiations and choreographed the Rabin-Arafat handshake at the White House.

“It was an emotional moment for him,” according to public relations consultant Richard Mintz, who worked with Emanuel. “He would like nothing more than to participate in another peace agreement signing.”

Israeli media Thursday morning celebrated the appointment of Emanuel, a Chicago, Illinois Jewish Congressman who was born to former Israelis. His father was a member of the Jewish resistance Irgun movement during the British mandate and the Emanuels named him after an Irgun member who died in action. The parents met in Chicago after the older Emanuel moved there from Israel.

The family has three children, all living in the United States, although Emanuel volunteered in Israel during the Gulf War in 1991.

Rahm Emanuel rose in the ranks of the Democratic Party by proving to be an outstanding fundraiser and was the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman in 1988. Emanuel impressed Bill Clinton during the 1991 presidential campaign and was appointed the campaign finance director.

Emanuel raised the colossal sum of $72 million, much of the money coming from the Jewish community, and the success catapulted him into becoming a senior advisor to Clinton after he was elected President.


Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

By Jan Markell (Olive Tree Ministries)

There is a story in II Samuel 8 where we see Israel demanding a king. God was not sufficient for them, so they asked for a “real king.” They got an evil one — Saul.

America has been in a similar mood. We want a “king” to solve our many problems starting with the economy. So Israel said to Samuel, “Now appoint a king to lead us such as all the other nations have” (II Samuel 8:5). But all the other nations had pagan kings.

God lamented to Samuel and said, “Now listen to them; but warn them solemnly and let them know what the king who will reign over them will do.”

Two years ago came a charismatic man named Barack Obama who was engulfed in a cult-like atmosphere. Some actually called him “the messiah.” Shrines were built to him. A Web site said, “Obama is god.” There has been a messianic fervor, adoration and a worship-like atmosphere surrounding him. At some rallies people fainted at the sight of him. Young children recorded on YouTube sang songs to him stating he would change the world.

The intrigue with this man is global. Newsweek magazine had a headline recently titled, “The World Hopes for its First President.” Imagine, a world president! Newsweek states, “In country after country, polls show a record-high fascination with the outcome of the U.S. elections.”

Newsweek basically said “The international audience really cared less about John McCain, Sarah Palin, or Joe Biden. Somewhere along the road to the White House, Obama became the world’s candidate.”

Even for those with proper eschatology this sounds alarming. But on the positive side, a barometer as to how late the hour is has been revealed. Newsweek continues, “Obama is a 21st century man with whom the whole world can identify.”

In Obama’s speech in Berlin, Obama said that we are all citizens of the world! Talk about a message on globalism. Will he establish the one-world system?

America longs for a king to take care of us. We demanded change and change we will get! There are YouTube clips of people jumping for joy that Obama will take care of them. As one says, “Obama will pay my mortgage and buy my gas.” The entitlement mentality reigns and it is cross-cultural.

As Jack Kinsella says in his recent Omega Intelligence Digest, “In October capitalism passed away after a long illness.” He is right. Socialism now is very appealing and being implemented in America. The government is buying up many industries and turning them over to a new Socialist president!

None of the candidates who ran in “Campaign 2008″ can save us! Only the Lord God of Israel can do that! But as in Samuel’s day, God is not good enough for America. Thus, I believe He has allowed “strong delusion” to filter across the nation and around the world. It says in Isaiah 66:4, “I will choose their delusions.” Thus, all has happened for a reason. God removes kings and establishes kings for His own purposes. (Daniel 2:21)

Here’s what we do know for sure. In spite of troubling and even perilous times, the Bible still has all the answers, the Holy Spirit is still active, God will still inhabit the praises of His people, there will still be room at the cross, Jesus will still save the lost, and Jesus will still return to the holy city of Jerusalem to establish perfect government: A Theocracy for 1000 years.

“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end….”(Isaiah 9:6-7).

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