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Shabbot Shalom and Yom Kipper!

September 18, 2010
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David’s Comment: Time is Short – Time to Put the Gospel to Work
Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.   (NKJ)

If anyone is in doubt that things are accelerating and the return of the Lord is rapidly approaching  – just look at the crazy things taking place all around the world.  Things that were taboo 30 years ago are now regularly seen on television & movie screens.  Most people don’t even bat an eyelid at things that would have caused an outrage a generation ago.  Even in the church, which is supposed to be the House of God, we see & hear things that you would once only have witnessed in a pub or nightclub.  Ever since the late 1960’s the moral fibre of the Western world had been steadily sliding into the abyss. 

Another clue is the rise of Islam, and not just radical Islam.  We are witnessing the covert infiltration of Islam into every sector of our once Christian nations – the most concerning being the media and politics.  Do not be fooled like most of those around us.  Islam is not a nice peaceful religion.  It is a religion that exists to take land for Allah and to subdue all those who resist, even to the point of cold blooded murder.  And the Islamic world’s intensifying fervour to see the demise of Israel is yet another indicator of the rapidly approaching end of the age.

Then there are the ever increasing natural disasters.  Storms, floods, tsunamis, fires, and earthquakes are wreaking havoc all over the planet.  According to the UK’s Daily Telegraph, the recent earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, moved the earth 11 feet. These are truly days of great shaking, but according to the words of Yeshua in Matthew 24 and Luke 21, there is much worse to come.  As never before, now is the time to share the Good News of God’s plan and provision of personal salvation with family, friends, neighbours, work-mates, and the people we come into contact every day at the PO, the bank or the store. Even people we encounter who we never met before and are unlikely to meet again, deserve the opportunity to say YES to Yeshua. 

Ever since the morning after I gave my life to the Lord, I have had a strong compunction to tell people about the reality of God.  Until that time, i had been a devout Atheist, virulently denying the very existence of God.  Most people’s initial response was “that’s great for you, but please don’t involve me.”  It seems that a spirit has come down over the post-Christian Western World that causes the majority of people to have absolutely no interest in their own eternal well-being.  In fact I had a recent revelation that most people (myself included) spend more time & energy trying to prove that God doesn’t exist, than seeking to simply discover the truth.  I see now how irrational that is.  Surely if there really is a benevolent Creator out there, who desires to have a 2 way intimate relationship with His children, and wants to bless them in every way, any intelligent, rational person would want to have that kind of relationship.  Only a  lying, deceiving spirit can cause human beings from seeking out their Creator.

Yeshua is now seated at the right hand of the Father, leaving each & every one of us with the “great commission” to go into all of the world making disciples in every nation.  That doesn’t mean we need to travel to the other side of the world to share the Gospel.  Sadly, most of the people we encounter every day are on the road to eternity in Hell. In case any of our readers don’t believe there is a Hell, Yeshua mentioned Hell many more times that He mentioned Heaven. And if there is no Hell, why did the Son of God need to endure the excrutiatingly painful and shameful death on the cross ?  I believe there is a Hell and that the Lord is looking to us to rescue as many of His children as possible from that eternal separation.

I want to share with you some of the ways I employ to share the Gospel

Rather than you doing all the talking,  ask them questions  …. 

Find out where they are currently at in their belief system   –  there is no point talking about the Bible if they dont even believe there is a God

Share your most powerful, supernatural testimonies  –  if you don’t have any, step out of your comfort zone and you will soon have some

Use current events to initiate conversations.  Here you can quote what the Bible says about the End Times  –   as a car bumper that i saw said  ” Read the Bible – It will scare the Hell out of you !”

Proclaim relevant scripture verses over people  – but you don’t need to tell them that you are quoting the Bible – that only causes people to  put their defenses up – just proclaim the Word

Most importantly keep the people you are witnessing to in your prayers  –  Yeshua told us that no one comes to the Father unless the Holy Spirit draws them

If you would like a more comprehensive article on evangelism please email me & I will send you an attached article.       REMEMBER  ………..

Rom 10:14-15  How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?  And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!”  (NKJ)

The Lord bless you as you bless Israel by standing in defense of her right to exist on the land given to the Jewish people by the God of Israel. 
Lets pray that Israel will turn back to their God.  Do not be silent, but share this with your fellow Christians, share it with your pastors, and with anyone you have a chance to speak to. Lets also pray for that breakthrough to the Muslims,  and please remember to pray for all of the soldiers in the IDF -they are defending and fighting for the Kingdom of God.

Shabbat Shalom …. David & Josie

THIS WEEKS NEWS REPORTS   

1. Netanyahu Demands Full End to Conflict   Israel Today News   Sept 12th
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that when he attends the next round of direct peace negotiations with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on Tuesday, he will demand that the agreement they are working toward mark a full end to the conflict.   Abbas “needs to recognize the principle that if we reach a settlement on borders then Israel will demand that it end the conflict, and the Palestinians recognize the Jewish state,” an Israeli official told the Ynet news portal. “The prime minister will not agree to a principle that allows the Palestinians to establish a state and then continue the argument over which territory belongs to whom.”    In that vein, Netanyahu on Sunday reiterated his demand that the Palestinians recognize Israel as “the Jewish state,” and that after the signing of a peace deal.   “We both live on the same small piece of land but as soon as we suggest a two state solution for two nations, a Jewish one and a Palestinian one, unfortunately I do not hear from the other side the sentence ‘two states for two nations.’ I hear two states, but I don’t hear two nations,” Netanyahu said at the weekly cabinet meeting.
   Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas clarified for his people on Monday that he intends to make not even one concession or compromise in direct peace negotiations with Israel, and that for a final status peace to be achieved, Israel will have to fully meet all Arab demands and abandon its own conditions.  First and foremost, Abbas told Palestinian newspapers that if the Jewish building freeze in Judea and Samaria (the so-called “West Bank”) is not extended indefinitely, the negotiations will come to an immediate halt. But Abbas also said he would walk out of the talks if he is pressured at all to alter the Palestinians’ more hardline positions.  “If they demand concessions on the rights of the refugees or the 1967 borders, I will quit. I can’t allow myself to make even one concession,” Abbas told the Palestinian newspaper Al-Ayyam.   The Palestinian Authority again reiterated to its own people in Arabic that the ultimate goal in regards to Jerusalem is to wrest control of the entire city from Israel. And once again, the international media ignored the nefarious agenda that the Palestinians themselves admit they have.  The Palestinian government was outraged this week when the World Jewish Congress kicked off its annual gathering in Jerusalem.  
Please pray that the PM keeps the Biblical borders and the future of Israel as his primary concern

2. Gaza Rockets Mar Holiday Weekend for Israelis    Israel Today News   Sept 12th
    The Rosh Hashanah holiday weekend was not a restful one for the residents of southern Negev region, where four rockets fired by Gaza-based Palestinian terrorists landed from Thursday to Saturday evening. On Sunday morning, another two rockets were fired at southern Israel.  There were no injuries in the attacks, but local Israelis were forced to spend much of the holiday indoors and as close to their bomb shelters as possible.   Last Wednesday, on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, a mortar shell fired from Gaza damaged an Israeli kindergarten just 30 minutes before the children arrived.
Please pray that all rockets & other missiles will continue to land on open ground

3 .IDF Shelling Kills 3 Militants Near Gaza Border   Ha Aretz News  Sept 12th
    An Israel Defense Forces shelling killed three Palestinians approaching the border between Israel and Gaza, Israel Radio reported on Sunday, as the number of violent incidents in recent weeks continues to increase.   Earlier Sunday, Gaza militants fired three mortar shells at the northern Negev. No injuries or damages were reported.  The IDF Spokesman’s Office stated in response that an “IDF unit spotted suspicious figures attempting to fire anti-tank missiles, at which point the soldiers returned fire.”   The statement added that, in an earlier separate incident, Israeli soldiers identified suspicious figures attempting to approach the border fence between Israel and Gaza, with soldiers firing warning shots.
    Lask week Israel Air Force planes struck targets in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip in retaliation to Palestinian militants firing a rocket from the territory into Israel.  The IDF confirmed at the time that its air force had attacked the coastal territory in response to a wave of security incidents over the last week.  The army said that it had struck smuggling tunnels used by militants planning to infiltrate Israel and commit terror acts against civilians soldiers.   The cross-border violence was the first since Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met in Washington on Thursday to relaunch peace talks, and was a stark reminder of the obstacles both leaders face.
     Early on Saturday, Gaza militants fired a rocket into southern Israel, causing no injuries, the Israeli military said.  Hours later, witnesses and Hamas security officials said Israeli aircraft fired rockets at targets in Gaza, including smuggling tunnels along the border with Egypt.   Gaza security officials say one Palestinian was killed, one wounded and three are missing after the Israeli air strike. Hamas identified the five as smugglers working in a tunnel under the Gaza-Egypt border.  The Islamists of Hamas routed forces loyal to Abbas to take over the Gaza Strip in 2007. Hamas rejects Abbas’s peace moves and said on Thursday that 13 militant groups had agreed to work together to launch “more effective attacks” against Israel.
Please pray that the IDF is able to locate and decommission all who seek to make war with Israel

4. Palestinian Mortar Targets Israeli Kindergarten    Israel Today News   Sept 12th
    Palestinian terrorists operating out of the Gaza Strip fired a mortar shell at an elementary school compound in southern Israel on Wednesday morning, damaging the kindergarten building.   The attack came just 30 minutes before the students arrived for school. Officials said that had the attack happened just a little later, Israel would today be mourning a major tragedy.   School officials decided to go ahead with classes, but had all of the students study in the few buildings that are fully reinforced against Palestinian rocket and mortar attacks. Students were not permitted to go outside for recess.
Lets give thank to the Lord for the fact that the children were not harmed

5. Nine Mortars Hit Southern Israel   –  One Terrorist Killed in Tunnel Strike  Ha Aretz News Sept 15th
    Israeli aircraft bombed a smuggling tunnel under the Gaza Strip’s border with Egypt on Wednesday, killing a Palestinian, witnesses said. The attack came hours after Gaza militants stepped up rocket and mortarfire on southern Israel, in an apparent attempt to scupper Middle East peace talks.   Witnesses in the southern Gaza town of Rafah said the Israeli air strike killed a tunnel worker and wounded two other people. The Israeli army confirmed the attack.   Earlier on Wednesday, Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired two Qassam rockets into Israel. One of the rockets exploded in an open area in the industrial zone just south of Ashkelon. There were no injuries or property damage.  In addition to the rocket strikes, nine mortar shells also hit an open area in the Eshkol region near the Gaza Strip, the Israel Defense Forces confirmed. 
     There was also a fear of renewed violence across the border in Jordan, with the U.S. embassy in the country warning of a high chance of terror attacks in the Red Sea city of Aqaba over the coming 48 hours.  The increased violence came a day after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met Tuesday in Egypt to continue the direct peace talks that began earlier this month. The leaders were meeting again in Jerusalem on Wednesday, for their third conversation in two days.  Hamas, which control the Gaza strip, have condemned the talks and early this month timed a pair of West Bank shooting attacks to coincide with the opening of negotiations in Washington, killing four Israelis and wounding two.
Please pray that those repsonsible for these rocket attacks are prevented from making further attacks

The Israel Defense Forces killed a Hamas military commander in the West Bank, Israel Radio reported on Friday, in the latest of recent violent clashes between Israel and the Islamist organization.  Hamas has declared its objection to the recent relaunch of direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, saying that Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas does not represent the Palestinian people and is not authorized to negotiate on its behalf.     Speaking to the cabinet earlier this week, Shin Bet chief Yuval Diskin said that Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip and which is believed to have operatives working in the PA-ruled West Bank, has issued “an organizational directive to foil the talks.”
    According to the IDF, an Israeli army unit had been conducting a raid for wanted Palestiniains in a village east of Tul Karm, when one of the wanted men, named by Israel Radio as Hamas West Bank strongman Iyad Shilbayeh, began “running suspiciously toward the [IDF] force, refusing to heed the soldiers’ request to stop.” “The unit, feeling threatened, opened fire, killing the suspected,” the IDF Spokesman’s office said, adding that “the incident was being investigated.”   In an escalation of tensions on Wednesday, militants fired two phosphorous mortar shells into Israel from the Hamas-ruled Strip. A total of nine mortar shells were fired on Wednesday, all falling in fields in the Eshkol Regional Council, causing no casualties or damage.
6. IDF Kills Hamas Military Leadwr in the West Bank – Tensiomns Rising    Ha Aretz News   Sept 17th
   Please pray for calm over the Yom Kippur weekend  – often a time of heightened pressure on Israel

    Defense Minister Ehud Barak held initial discussions with defense officials this week about the approaching end of the building freeze in the West Bank. He is trying to find ways to restrict settlement construction by the Defense Ministry, which is the de facto authority in the West Bank, without issuing a new order to suspend construction when the moratorium ends on September 26.   U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton yesterday urged Israel to extend the freeze. She told Channel 10 this would be “extremely useful” for making progress in negotiations with the Palestinians.   A senior official familiar with the debate on the construction freeze said new building in the West Bank could be delayed through legal measures for a long time. The ministry is also examining legal steps it can take to delay the construction of 2,000 housing units that had been approved before the construction freeze went into place.
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at his meetings this week with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas that he would not extend the moratorium on construction. The official said that, instead of a new suspension order, which would require the approval of both the cabinet and the forum of seven ministers, Israel could reach quiet understandings with the Americans on limiting the construction for several months.  It is expected that such understandings would enable the Americans to persuade the Palestinian Authority not to quit the negotiations, the official said.  Barak is due to leave Saturday night for Washington, where he will meet with Defense Secretary Robert Gates and National Security Advisor General James Jones. He is also scheduled to meet with Clinton.   .  Terrorist Planned to Bomb IDF Event in Paris     Ha Aretz  News  Sept 11th
7.  Barak May Use Legal Loopholes to Impose Defacto Settlement Freeze   Ha Aretz News  Sept 17th
 Please pray that Baraks plans will be foiled

7     A terrorist who planned to bomb an Israel Defense Forces fundraising event in Paris has been arrested in Egypt and extradited to France, the Le Journal du Dimanche reported late Saturday.   The report, which was relayed to the newspaper by French intelligence chief Bernard Squarcini, did not specify when the arrest took place nor did it elaborate on the details of the IDF event in question.  Speaking in an interview with the weekly newspaper, Squarcini said French authorities foil an average of two planned attacks per year, but “one day or another, we’re going to get hit.”   He said the risk of a terrorist attack on French soil has “never been higher” and that “objectively, there are reasons for worry.”
    The intelligence chief added that France’s history as a colonial master in North Africa, its military presence in Afghanistan and a proposal that would ban full-covering face veils in public make the country a prime target for certain radical Islamist groups.  The risk now was as high as in 1995 before of deadly attacks on the Paris Metro by Algerian Islamic extremists, Squarcini told Le Journal.  Squarcini said the threat is threefold, coming from Al-Qaida’s North African affiliate – an Algerian insurgent group that allied itself with the international terror network several years ago and has targeted French interest in the region in the past – radical French converts to Islam and French nationals who have trained with extremist groups in Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia.
Please pray for angelic protection over Israeli interests everywhere in the World

     *  Recommended U-Tube Video Clips  *

NEW    Mulsims taking over in France    http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2010/August/Islamization-of-Paris-a-Warning-to-the-West
     
            The Identity of the Messiah in the Hebrew Scriptures
   http://www.youtube.com/user/israelmedia1#p/a/u/1/mQFWi6cCUtY

            New insights to the battle of Gog & Magog by Chuck Missler  http://www.god.tv/video/play?video=1280 45 minutes

            Israel Under Fire    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMEvrxgv3O0

            Interesting info from an Arab perspective    http://www.shoebat.com/videos/speak2arab.php

            What is Obama planning ?       http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNlaQEYw0q4&feature=player_embedded

            For those who want to boycott Israel       http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbIQto3KPUM&eurl

            Israeli innovation        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHStBGk_D8Y

            what may unfold over the next few months    http://www.pjtv.com/?cmd=mpg&mpid=136

85 other YouTube videos about Israel at:http://www.jr.co.il/videos/israel-videos.htm

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      The work of  Out of Zion is made possible through the prayerful and financial support of  the Body of Messiah.  We encourage you to seek the Lord as to how He would have you be His & our fellow-workers.   If you wish to become a partner in the restoration & salvation of  Israel, & the restoration of the Church to  her Jewish roots,   please contact us at     kiwi@netvision.net.il.  Your prayer and financial support will go toward our expenses here in Israel and our ministry to the nations.   
            

How we are Saved…

August 25, 2010

‘Cursed be anyone who does not confirm the words of this law by doing them.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’ (Deut.  27:26 NIV)

 

Who can deliver us from the curse?

This text is speaking of an attitude of “confirming” or “keeping to” the words of the Torah in one’s heart. One who says in his heart that the commandments no longer apply, will be cursed. On the other hand, one who holds fast to them in his heart will be blessed. Therefore, the Scriptures say in Romans 8:3-4: “For what the Torah couldn’t do, in that it was weak through the flesh, Elohim did, sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh; that the ordinance of the Torah might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”(HNV revised)

The demands of the Torah are fulfilled in us. It does not say by us, but in us. This is something internal, an attitude, a willingness, a readiness. The Messiah came so that we would be able to have the right attitude toward the commandments by being filled with the Spirit. A spirit that leads a person to reject the commandments of the Torah is not of the Eternal, it is not the Spirit of the Messiah, but the spirit of the anti-messiah (1 John 4:3; 2 Tim 2:7; Dan 7:25).

In Galatians 3:10, it is written: “For as many as are of the works of the law are under a curse. For it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who doesn’t continue in all things that are written in the book of the law, to do them.’”(HNV)

Here this quote from Deuteronomy 27:16 is used to describe the result of relating to the Torah in a wrong way, by using it as a means to self-justification. This is called “works of the law”, which is a theological term meaning “legalism”. If the Torah is used in this way, it will not bring anything other than a curse, for without faith, and in one’s own strength, it is impossible to fulfill the commandments the right way. This means that if you believe that you can obtain salvation by fulfilling the commandments in a legalistic, obligatory manner, you will be under a curse, for you do not have the ability to do it in your own strength. You need HaShem’s grace to receive forgiveness for mistakes. The expression “works of the law” does not mean to obey the Torah, but it is talking about a wrong way of fulfilling the commandments, by doing it to receive merit and earning approval for salvation on a scale where the good deeds on one side outweigh the bad deeds on the other side. This is a deceptive way of thinking. Salvation is not earned by merits.

The only way to be rid of the condemnation of your sin is that someone takes your place. In the sacrificial system that is described in Leviticus, we see how innocent animals had to carry the guilt of man. By this the Eternal, through his great compassion, forgave the people who were repentant.

However, animals cannot replace man. They are all shadows of the true sacrifice that was given once and for all, as a substitute, so that we could be forgiven on a judicially righteous basis. HaShem is righteous and he forgives us on account of Yeshua’s death.

Those who received forgiveness for their sins through the temple sacrifices received it because of the sacrifice of Yeshua, which is reflected in the temple sacrifices. Without the sacrifice of Yeshua, the temple sacrifices would not have any value (Rom 3:25-26).

If a person tries to replace his evil deeds with good deeds, even though the good deeds are in line with the Torah, he cannot remove the curse that came because of the disobedience, even if the disobedience was only against one single commandment. He needs to come to the Eternal for forgiveness, and acknowledge that he cannot save himself.

“The Anointed One redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us–for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”—“ (Gal 3:13 ESV revised)

Thanks to the Eternal who has supplied with a substitute to deliver us from curse, sin and death!

Ketriel

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August 21, 2010
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Out of Zion

August 21, 2010
OUT of ZION  Ministries
  Apt # 2,  9 Sachlav St,  Ramat  Almogi,    Haifa  34792,     ISRAEL.       
Tel:  972 4 8245590        Email: kiwi@netvision.net.il              Website: www.out-of-zion.com

Out of Zion Ministries is under the spiritual covering of Kehilat HaCarmel (Carmel Assembly),
Pastor  Mike Fryer  &  Motte Sircus 

The CARMEL ALERT August 20th 2010
A compilation of news reports from the past week for the information of those committed to praying
David’s Comment:  What in the World Has Happened to America  ???
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I received the following information from  The Omega Letter Intelligence Digest Sunday, August 14, 2010 edition.  What you are about to read will or should shock you  ……  (you can click on the links to read more on each point)   These are just a few of the travesties against Christianity that are taking place in the only nation founded on the Old & New Testaments.  On the US Dollar note it boldly states  IN GOD WE TRUST  –  After reading the following accounts one must surely ask  ” what god is that referring to ?” or what in the world has happened to the once strongly Christian,  United States of America.”

You can’t pray on the steps of the Supreme Court.  You can’t preach from the Scriptures at a Gay Pride Parade.  A New Mexico federal judge warned a graduating class that he was sending a US Marshall to their graduation to ensure nobody said the Name ‘Jesus’ or they would spend six months in jail.  “Anyone who violates these orders, no kidding, is going to wish that he or she had died as a child when this court gets through with it,” the judge told the students. 

A teacher at the Lynn Lucas Middle School in Houston Texas threw away two students’ “Truth for Youth” Bibles, calling them “garbage.” She then took the students to the principal’s office where she threatened to call Child Protective Services on their parents for permitting them to bring their Bibles.  Later at the same school, different officials threw away students’ book covers showing the Ten Commandments, claiming the commandments were hate speech and could offend students. 

Senior citizens in Balch Springs, Texas were forbidden from saying grace before meals because the food they were grateful for was federally-subsidised.   Praying over federally-subsidized food violates the provisions of the 1st Amendment where it says, “Congress shall make no rule respecting the establishment of religion nor prohibit the free exercise thereof.”

In another case, school officials at the University of New Orleans denied Michelle Beadle permission to hand out an evangelistic tract that encourages Jewish people to embrace Jesus Christ as the true Messiah.  The university told Beadle, a Messianic Jew who works as a missionary for Christian Jew Foundation Ministries, that the content of the literature ‘may be offensive’ to some people.

There are probably dozens, if not hundreds of similar instances of this kind of extreme anti-Christian persecution.  If the founding fathers could see what is taking place in America today, they would be spinning in their graves.  How did it come to this ?     Have you ever heard of Muslims being told they can’t pray.  They stop and pray anywhere they like. Can you imagine the furore if they were told they can’t pray on public property.  Remember what happened in Denmark over an insulting cartoon.  Imagine what the media would say if Muslim prayer was banned except inside their Mosques.

I believe the Church, has been asleep or afraid to fight for the Faith  and has allowed the Athiests, the Satanists, the Islamists and the Gay brigade to get such a big foot in the door, there is no turning back.  The Body of Messiah needs to learn from our enemies and indignantly resist the encroachment of the enemy.  They never give up.  If they lose one battle, they retreat, regroup and attack again, until they achieve their demands. 

And then there is the Mosque they want to build at Ground Zero.  3000 innocent people died when the Twin Towers were destroyed by 19 Muslim terrorists and yet they have the audacity to want to build a shrine to worship Allah.  In times past they wouldn’t have stood a chance but in today’s PC world, there is only a very limited outcry against this offense  to the memory of those who perished.  I believe most Americans are appalled by the thought of a Mosque so close to Ground Zero, but most don’t dare raise their voice against it. Even New York’s Jewish mayor is in favour of it.  Someone please suggest to Mayor Bloomberg that he should builds a synagogue or church anywhere in Saudi Arabia and see how far he gets. 

I believe that the two greatest threats to Western civilization are the Muslims and the Gays.  Our nations bend over backwards to appease both groups.  Seems the West has forgotten how Islam has tried to wipe out Judaism and Christianity in the past, and that the ultimate goal of Islam is world domination under Allah.  In the past they used outright force and violence to achieve their goal, but in our time the ‘peaceful majority’ work quietly behind the scenes taking advantage of the Western worlds foolish ‘political correctness’, while the radical minority continue their murderous Jihad.  However, the goals of both are identical – to subdue and dominate the rest of the world and it seems the Jewish & Christian nations are their primary target.

You don’t have to be a professor to see how the gays have been working furiously to impose their abominable sexual orientation upon the normal world.  Like the Muslims they have been working quietly behind the scenes and more radically out in the open.  They too us political correctness and human rights to brainwash the rest of us into accepting their abominable practices as normal.  They too never give up.  Praise the Lord, their attempt to have Gay marriage legalised in California has been blocked.  But mark my words, they will be back to try again before too long.  And they will probably get their wicked way because the rest of us are silent.  I have said this before and I will say it again – it is time for the people of God to get MILITANT  –  spiritually in prayer and with the secular media. 

Actually there are 3 main threats to Western civilization.  Who is the 3rd ?  I am glad you asked !   its YOU & ME – if we dont rise up, speak up and front up to oppose the flood of evil that is engulfing us.   As you contemplate this article and wonder  “What in the World Has Happened to America ?”  consider you own nation –  it probably isn’t too far behind the United States.

The Lord bless you as you bless Israel by standing in defense of her right to exist on the land given to the Jewish people by the God of Israel. 
Lets pray that Israel will turn back to their God.  Do not be silent, but share this with your fellow Christians, share it with your pastors, and with anyone you have a chance to speak to. Lets also pray for that breakthrough to the Muslims,  and please remember to pray for all of the soldiers in the IDF -they are defending and fighting for the Kingdom of God.

Shabbat Shalom …. David & Josie 
 
THIS WEEKS NEWS REPORTS   

1.  John Bolton: Russia’s Loading of Nuke Fuel Into Iran Plant Means Aug. 21 Deadline for Israeli Attack    Aug 13th David  A. Patten
   News that Russia will load nuclear fuel rods into an Iranian reactor has touched off a countdown to a point of no return, a deadline by which Israel would have to launch an attack on Iran’s Bushehr reactor before it becomes effectively “immune” to any assault, says former Bush administration U.N. Ambassador John R. Bolton.  Once the fuel rods are loaded, Bolton told Fox News on Friday afternoon, “it makes it essentially immune from attack by Israel. Because once the rods are in the reactor an attack on the reactor risks spreading radiation in the air, and perhaps into the water of the Persian Gulf.”   Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin declared in March that Russia would  start the Bushehr reactor this summer. But the announcement from a spokesman for Russia’s state atomic agency to Reuters Friday sent international diplomats scrambling to head off a crisis.
   The story immediately became front-page news in Israel, which has laid precise plans to carry out an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities while going along with President Obama’s plans to use international sanctions and diplomatic persuasion to convince Iran’s clerics not to go nuclear.  Bolton made it clear that it is widely assumed that any Israeli attack on the Bushehr reactor must take place before the reactor is loaded with fuel rods.  “most people think that neither Israel nor the United States, come to that, would attack the reactor after it’s been fueled.”
   The developments mean Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu soon may face a stark choice: Attack the Bushehr reactor in the next 8 days, or allow it to become operational despite the certainty it would greatly enhance Iran’s ability to create nuclear weapons.   The failure to demand it be shut down began in the Bush years, he said,  and continues with the Obama administration “under what I believe is the mistaken theory that Iran is entitled to the peaceful use of nuclear energy.”    Russia’s move would put Iran “in a much better position overall,” he said, adding, “I think this is a very delicate point, as I say, it closes off to the Israelis one possible target for pre-emptive military action.  U.N. sanctions against Iran, he said, “have not had and will not have any material effect on Iran’s push to have deliverable nuclear weapons.”
Please pray that any attack by Israel and or the USA  will not ignite a major M.E. war

2. Hezbollah Prepares for War   Yahoo News  Aug 13th
    With tensions mounting along their shared border, Israel’s military says Hezbollah is moving fighters and weapons into the villages of south Lebanon, building up a secret network of arms warehouses, bunkers and command posts in preparation for war.   The Israeli military has begun releasing detailed information about what it calls Hezbollah’s new border deployment,  four years after a cross-border raid by its guerrillas triggered a 34-day war.  Israel’s military says Hezbollah has changed strategy since the last war, moving most of its fighters and weapons from wooded rural areas into villages. It says the aim is to avoid detection and use to civilians for cover if war erupts.  The military says all of this exists under the nose of 12,000 international peacekeepers who, by their own count, conduct up to 340 patrols a day in south Lebanon but are hobbled by a hostile population and rules preventing them from searching private property.
    In an interview with The Associated Press on Mount Adir, a hill overlooking the border, an officer from the military’s Northern Command pointed through the summer haze at the village of Aita al-Shaab.   One of its southernmost buildings, a white structure housing mentally handicapped children, is a Hezbollah lookout post, the officer said. Several guerrilla command posts are in civilian buildings in the centre of Aita al-Shaab, she said, with several dozen fighters able to move among houses through underground tunnels. The military would not allow her name to be used because of the sensitivity of her job.   The village also houses a network of warehouses holding arms trucked in from Iran via Syria, she said, some in stand-alone structures and some in smaller stashes in garages, basements and buried under backyards.
     The officer said the guerrillas now have 5,000 fighters operating in the buffer zone between the border and the Litani River ­ a strip ranging from 5 kilometres to 30 kilometres (3 miles to 18 miles) wide ­ which is supposed to be free of militant activity under the 2006 cease-fire. In late 2009, Nasrallah said Hezbollah’s rocket arsenal stood at 30,000. Israel says it’s now about 40,000.  In preparation for a new round against Hezbollah, the Israeli military has simulated parts of south Lebanon at a training base called Elyakim, about an hour’s drive south from the border. A second facility in central Israel is nearing completion.   One day in late July, near a mock Lebanese village of grey concrete, a company of sweating Israeli infantry recruits staged a manoeuvre through thick Lebanese-style undergrowth, complete with rockets hidden in the bushes and bombs camouflaged as rocks.  A square metal cover on the earth opened onto a concrete tunnel where Lt. Natan Mann stood in the dark, drilling his men for the real thing.   “The army has made tactical changes and changes in its mindset,” said Mann, 23, one hand on the plastic grip of his rifle. “We’re either at war, or we’re training for war.”
Please pray that the Lord will move His hand mightly in the future war with Lebanon & Syria
 
3. Israel, PA Reported On Verge of Direct Talks    ICEJ News  Aug 16th
    According to various press reports over the weekend, Israel and the Palestinian Authority are on the verge of publicly agreeing to direct talks, although there is still uncertainty whether both sides will accept the terms of reference for such negotiations expected to be issued by the Mideast Quartet by Tuesday.  Reuters reported over the weekend that, according to a letter in its possession signed by the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs Catherine Ashton, PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas is ready to announce this week his readiness to finally move to direct negotiations with Israel, some 18 months after Benjamin Netanyahu became prime minister.
    The Quartet “should help President Abbas rally enough support, both at home and abroad, to engage in direct talks,” Ashton reportedly said. Ashton added in the letter that Israel must stop building in Jewish settlements in the West Bank and other conditions, which she said must “be issued concurrently with the announcement of the launch of direct talks.”   The impending Quartet statement is expected to reaffirm a March 19 communique’ which called for a halt to all Israeli settlement activity and a final peace accord to be implemented within two years.  Reuters also quoted a senior Palestinian official as saying that the talks would be based on the idea of establishing a Palestinian state “on the basis of pre-1967 borders. This language is what has been accepted in all the agreements over the past 18 years by Israeli prime ministers, including Netanyahu in his first term.”  But senior officials in the Prime Minister’s Office insisted on Sunday that  Netanyahu is not budging from his long held position that there must be no preconditions for direct talks.
    Abbas is also reported to be backing down from his insistence that he will not enter into direct talks unless Israel first agrees to extend the settlement freeze past its current September 26 deadline and to expand it to include eastern Jerusalem as well. He reportedly is now ready to accept a watered down statement by the Quartet that Israel should not be building in West Bank settlements, and is planning to seek approval from the PLO Executive Committee by Tuesday for this change in position.  Meanwhile, the Hamas terror militia that rules the Gaza Strip has been urging Abbas not to agree to the talks. On Sunday, Palestinian factions in the rejectionist front warned that the talks were dangerous for Palestinian interests. “Insisting on direct talk throws a life line to Israel as its isolation deepens,” said a Hamas statement, which was also signed by Islamic Jihad, Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine. “A return to direct talks serves the US and Zionist aim to liquidate the national rights of the Palestinian people.” 
Please pray that the Israeli negotiating team do not cave in to Arab,US, UN, or EU demands

Palestinian Authority Arab terrorist groups have stepped up their attacks in Judea and Samaria as pressure over Israel-PA negotiations increases. Two IDF soldiers and a civilian woman were wounded in rock-throwing attacks in the past week. In other such assaults, vehicles were damaged, but the passengers escaped injury.  PA officials recently admitted Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is under intense pressure to agree to direct negotiations with Israel.  Abbas has demanded that Israel freeze construction east of the 1949 armistice line and agree to use the line as the base for negotiations on the borders of a PA state.  Only when Israel concedes will the PA begin talks, he says. Recent reports suggest Israel is under pressure to agree to Abbas’ demands. On Friday, the London-based Arabic daily Al-Hayyat reported PM Binyamin Netanyahu has agreed to give Abbas 90% of Judea and Samaria for the establishment of a PA state, and to forcibly expel the roughly 50,000 Jews living in the area.
4. PA Violence Continues Even Though Direct Peace Talks Near   Israel National News   Aug 14th
     Please pray that Israel will not enter into any agreement while the Arabs continue to reject Israel’s right to exist

5.  Israel Preparing Massive Underground Bomb Shelters     ICEJ News  Aug 19th
Israel is planning to build massive new underground bomb shelters in train stations and other public facilities, and will upgrade older shelters, all for use in case of anticipated missile barrages and chemical or biological attacks. “The State of Israel is preparing to build additional large underground spaces which would be able to absorb tens of thousands of people and protect them from non-conventional weapons for a long period of time,” Major-General Ronny Seri, head of the Home Front Command’s fortification department, told Yedioth Ahronoth on Tuesday. The new spaces are being built with state of the art air filters, medical facilities and communications lines. The new train station in southern Jerusalem will be equipped with a shelter 80 meters underground to protect up to 5,000 people against a chemical or biological attack. The subway in Haifa, a new underground parking garage in Holon, and the recently renovated Habima theater in Tel Aviv are also being planned for use as emergency public shelters against unconventional attack
Please pray for these shelters to be ready in time for the next attack against Israel

6. Algeria, Lebanon Sending Blockade Runners to Gaza   ICEJ News   Aug 19th
      Israel’s Channel 10 TV news reported on Thursday that a ship from Algeria is on its way to attempt to run the Israeli naval blockade of the Gaza Strip. The ship, which is sponsored by the Libyan government and organized by a private group called the Muslim Wise Men, has several prominent religious and political leaders aboard in addition to food, educational materials and medical supplies. Meantime, the Lebanese ship the “Miriam,” named after the Virgin Mary and carrying aid and some 70 female activists, will set sail from Lebanon on Sunday in hopes of breaking the Israeli blockade, even though Cyprus has warned the vessel will not be allowed to pass through its waters. A senior Cyprus official said today his nation has a “moral and legal responsibility” to those entering its waters, and that a blockade-busting ship could endanger lives along with “regional peace and stability,” a clear reference to the deadly Mavi Marmara incident in late May. Lebanese leaders have refused to meet with the flotilla sponsors, indicating the mission does not have their blessing. Israel has eased the Gaza blockade in recent weeks to allow everything in except weapons and dual use materials, but anti-Israel activists still appear determined to make their point. Former British MP George Galloway, whose group Viva Palestina is preparing its own aid flotilla for September, said this week:  “We are at a moment when pressure can be brought to bear as never before to frustrate Israel’s moves to crush the Palestinians.”
Please pray that these ships will be turned back before that even get close to confronting the Israeli navy

7. Hamas on Killing spree in Gaza   Alex Fishman   YNet news  Aug 9th
    News about bodies occasionally found at sea are published by Gaza newspapers. The number of such bodies isn’t huge, yet not all those drowning victims chose to go swimming voluntarily. The Gazans who found their death at sea include mid-level officials at sensitive government ministries.  Some of them were shot in the head before being sent on their swim. There is a common denominator to these deaths: All of the victims were designated as traitors by the secret service of Hamas’ military wing in charge of counter-espionage and executed as collaborators. And these are not just simple collaborators, but rather, people who penetrated deep into Hamas’ government; so deep that Hamas leaders are embarrassed to expose the failure and prefer to make these people disappear, with or without a brief court-martial.
    These are clear signs of distress for Hamas’ regime… The group failed to breach the naval blockade, failed to breach the obstacle of global recognition (Hamas flirts with the Norwegians and Swiss, who make great promises without the ability to deliver) and failed to breach the obstacle of Arab recognition… Meanwhile, the religious pressure keeps building up inside the Strip. Religious laws are becoming stricter and expand: Beardless men feel unease, while women are not allowed to smoke nargilas and must don a burqa, and so on. Gaza’s streets are becoming Iran-like.
   Hamas’ frustration already comes with a price: The recent rockets fired at Ashkelon and Sderot were shot by Hamas’ military wing, without notifying the group’s political leadership. There is no doubt that this fire aimed to destroy the calm and reignite the conflict against Israel & However, Hamas suffered a greater embarrassment following the delusional rocket attack on Eilat, which ended up killing and wounding people in Jordan’s Aqaba of all places.
Please pray that the world will wake up the wickedness of Hamas

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Let my people stay…

August 21, 2010
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Obama, a ‘Strategic Catastrophe’
Israeli officials say it’s not Iran that is Israel’s greatest threat | Aviel Schneider



Netanyahu to Obama: Let my people…STAY!

Although Israeli officials publicly play down the crisis in relations between Jerusalem and Washington, privately the language is much different. Sources close to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu describe Obama as a “strategic catastrophe” for Israel.

Officials in the Prime Minister’s Office, speaking on condition of anonymity to the nation’s top newspapers, see the Obama administration as a serious threat to the future of the State of Israel. On the record, Israel and the US have a “strategic partnership that is unbreakable”; off the record, the terminology is blunt to say the least.

“President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have drawn a clear line, supporting the Palestinian position at the expense of Israel,” said one Netanyahu confidant. “It is insane, it is sick. Relations between Jerusalem and Washington are simply disastrous; the situation has never been so dangerous. This US President wants to establish a Palestinian state at any price and hand them Jerusalem on a silver platter.”

Netanyahu has repeatedly distanced himself from such statements, but commentators say the government speaks with a forked tongue. “Israel’s relations with the US are at a low point, and Obama poses a danger to Israel,” wrote Nahum Barnea in the nation’s biggest newspaper Yediot Ahronot.

The feeling among the Israeli public is that Obama is appeasing the Muslim world at the expense of Israel.

“The American President told me in confidence that he is a Muslim,” said Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit on Nile TV. That could explain why Obama has instructed that the term “Islamic extremism” no longer be used in official government documents and statements.

Furthermore, the US is now accusing Israel of harming American interests in the Middle East. General David Petraeus, the head of US Central Command, said Israel’s intransigence on resolving the conflict with the Palestinians is endangering US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Even the US Congress considers Obama’s behavior toward Netanyahu humiliating. Three-quarters of the House of Representatives, 337 of 435 members, signed a bipartisan letter to Clinton expressing “deep concern over recent tension” between the two countries, and demanding that it be smoothed over quickly and in private.

“Obama is a real problem for Israel,” a senior official told told Yediot. “He is Israel’s biggest strategic catastrophe.”

The newspaper also quoted another official who believes that for the first time Washington has switched sides. “The Obama White House is putting pressure only on Israel but does not expect anything from the Palestinians,” he said. “These American demands are unacceptable.”

“The Americans know very well that Israeli construction has always been happening in East Jerusalem and building in Jewish neighborhoods has never been frozen,” said another official. “The Americans use excuses like [the Jewish neighborhood of] Ramat Shlomo and the Shepherd Hotel [another Jewish building project in East Jerusalem] to confront Netanyahu.”

So during Passover, Netanyahu invited Nobel Prize-winning author and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel to his private residence in Caesaria. He urged Wiesel, who is an American citizen, to make it clear to his good friend Obama how important Jerusalem is to the Jewish people.

“Jerusalem was, is and always will be the united capital of Israel,” said Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat. “Construction in all parts of Jerusalem will continue.”

According to a poll by the Independent Media Review & Analysis, 70 percent of Israeli Jews oppose a construction freeze in East Jerusalem, compared to only 19 percent who support it. The survey also found that 69 percent believe the division of Jerusalem with international control of the Old City would lead to ongoing conflict rather than peace.

Officials in Netanyahu’s inner circle believe Obama’s strategy is to force a change of government in Israel. By forcing Israeli concessions on the “settlement” issue, hawks could bolt the coalition, pushing Netanyahu into an alliance with the dovish Kadima party. Kadima is led by former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, who, under the previous Olmert government, offered the Palestinians an independent state in 97 percent of the disputed territories with a capital in East Jerusalem.

Obama has been buoyed by his domestic success in passing the historic health care reform bill. And he may believe that he can extend that victory to the international arena by resolving the Middle East conflict. But if Obama continues to underestimate Israeli resolve on Jerusalem, his peace efforts are doomed to failure.

 

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Shariah Islam and Obamaology

August 18, 2010

Jewish World Review August 17, 2010 / 7 Elul, 5770Obama’s ‘Teachable’ Shariah MomentBy Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.

 
 
   
 

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | On Friday night, Barack Obama gave his full-throated endorsement to a mosque and “cultural center” on private property that has been purchased in Lower Manhattan adjacent to the site where the World Trade Center’s twin towers once stood.  By Saturday, however, he wanted the American people to know that he was not commenting on “the wisdom” of putting such a mosque by that hallowed ground – just “the right” of its backers like Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf to do it, pursuant to the Constitution’s protection of religious freedom.Unfortunately for the President – but fortunately for the country – it is too late for such ludicrous contortions and dissembling.  However much Mr. Obama and his fellow Democrats now regret his original White House statement, it has created a “teachable moment.”  Not just about the Ground Zero mosque but about the larger enterprise it is intended to serve: bringing the law of Saudi Arabia and Iran, shariah, to America. 

Imam Rauf makes no bones about that being his purpose.  So do some of his most prominent backers, like the Muslim Brotherhood front, the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), and the Brotherhood’s Palestinian franchise, the designated terrorist group Hamas.  In fact, according to the New York Post, on Sunday, Mahmoud al-Zahar, an Hamas co-founder and leader in Gaza, told WABC Radio host Aaron Klein: “We have to build the mosque [at Ground Zero].  We have to build everywhere. In every area we have [as] Muslim[s], we have to pray and this mosque is the only site of prayer.” 

Al-Zahar also enthused about shariah, calling it the “tradition of Islam” which “is controlling every source of our life as regards to marriage, divorce, our commercial relations.”  He added ominously that, “Even the Islamic people or Muslims in [the United States] are living now in the tradition of Islam.” 

What else have we learned so far from Mr. Obama’s teachable shariah moment?  We now know that the President is willing to associate with members of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), not just in Cairo – where he insisted they be invited to hear his famous paean to Islam last year – but in the White House.  For example, leaders of known MB front groups like Ingrid Mattson of the Islamic Society of North America and Salam al-Marayati of the Muslim Public Affairs Council were in the company at the Iftar dinner Friday when Mr. Obama fervently embraced the Ground Zero mosque. 

This is an important insight since we know from uncontested evidence submitted by the government in the largest terrorism finance trial in U.S. history – the Holy Land Foundation case – that the Muslim Brotherhood’s mission in America is “destroying Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.”  

What on earth is the President of the United States doing fraternizing with, and thereby legitimating, operatives of an organization with such a seditious mission – to say nothing of endorsing their most immediate priority: the Ground Zero Mosque? 

We have also learned that the Obama administration insists that Imam Rauf, another Brotherhood apparatchik, is a “moderate.”  Never mind the abundant evidence to the contrary – not least his statement that he wants to bring shariah to America.  Believing him to be a good “ambassador” for the United States, the Obama-Hillary Clinton State Department has gone so far as to send Rauf on a taxpayer-funded trip to Arab capitals. While there, he will surely try to parlay the President of the United States’ explicit endorsement of his Ground Zero project and sponsorship of his travels into funding from oil-rich promoters of shariah to build his 13-story, $100 million megamosque within spitting distance of some of America’s most hallowed real estate.There is much more yet to be learned, of course.  For example: Why is the U.S. government promoting the Brotherhood’s effort to penetrate our capital markets via “shariah-compliant finance,” including its direct ownership of a huge player in that field, AIG?  Which other shariah-adherent Muslims are getting their expenses paid by the State Department as they network around the globe on behalf of their seditious agenda?  How much is this outrageous program costing, and what does Foggy Bottom have to show for it?  Why did Team Obama cosponsor a UN resolution last Fall imposing “shariah blasphemy” laws that utterly conflict with the First Amendment’s protection of free speech? 

As he hosted the Ramadan fast-breaking dinner at the White House on Friday, President Obama showed his true colors on shariah.  Trying to dress up the Ground Zero mosque or any other aspect of this brutally repressive, totalitarian and inherently unconstitutional program as a matter of “religious freedom” does not pass the giggle test.  Shariah is about power, not faith, and no amount of Obama subsidies, solidarity or spin on behalf of that agenda will persuade the American people to allow the so-called “tradition of Islam” to supplant our civil liberties, form of government and way of life. 

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Reporting the Truth…

August 6, 2010

 – Barry Rubin reports…
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Along Israels border with Lebanon some bushes were pushing in on the border fence. The fence is set in slightly from the border precisely so that Israeli soldiers can work on it. The IDF called UNIFIL and informed the UN that this work was going to be done today so that they could tell the Lebanese army that there was no aggression going on but just routine maintenance. Soldiers from UNIFIL came to observe and can be seen standing next to Israeli soldiers in the photos. Photographers were also standing by to film the operation. But Lebanese soldiers opened fire on the Israelis who were working and in no way acting aggressively. The fact that journalists were standing next to the Lebanese soldiers shows that they knew Israel was going to do this maintenance and were observing. After the Israeli soldiers were ambushed, they returned fire. One Israeli officer was killed, another seriously wounded; three Lebanese soldiers, and a Lebanese (?) journalist were killed.   So how did Reuters and Yahoo report this?  By saying that Israeli soldiers had crossed into Lebanon and been fired on, thus implying the Lebanese army was acting in self-defense! Other news agencies merely reported: Israel says the soldiers were inside Israel; Lebanon says they were on Lebanese territory.

Reuters: “An Israeli soldier is seen on a crane on the Lebanese side of the Lebanese-Israeli border near Adaisseh village, southern Lebanon August 3, 2010. Israeli artillery shelled the Lebanese village on Tuesday, wounding two people, after Lebanese Army troops fired warning shots at Israeli soldiers.”

Yahoo: “A Lebanese officer spoke on condition of anonymity under military guidelines, said the clash occurred as Israeli troops tried to remove a tree from the Lebanese side of the border.” No Israeli is quoted.

AP also missed explaining the story properly: “The violence apparently erupted over a move by Israeli soldiers to cut down a tree along the border, a sign of the high level of tensions at the frontier where Israel fought in 2006 with the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah….There was no sign of any extensive Israeli preparations for a large-scale operation – an early indication the clash might not trigger a wider conflict.”  By the way, AP was so “accurate” as to correct the name of their photographer but not the biased inaccuracy of its facts!
The New York Times also takes a “neutral” approach: “Each side blamed the other for the flare-up, trading accusations of violating the United Nations Security Council resolution that underpins the four-year cease-fire.” But what is most amazing is the additional information that tells us more about contemporary journalism than almost anything you can read:
“Israel said that its forces were engaged in routine maintenance work in a gap between the so-called Blue Line, the internationally recognized border, and its security fence, and that it had coordinated in advance with the United Nations peacekeeping force in South Lebanon, UNIFIL.”

Hello? Can’t the mighty New York Times contact the UNIFIL offices and find out that Israel’s story is true? Indeed, isn’t it indicated by the UNIFIL presence as observer? Well, it isn’t surprising since the same newspaper is unable to find the evidence, publicly available, that the Turkish IHH group that organized the Gaza flotilla had a history of being a terrorist-supporting group.  Oh, and then there’s this amazing little example of bias in the article:  “Israeli and Lebanese army troops exchanged lethal fire on their countries’ border on Tuesday, in what was the fiercest clash in the area since Israel’s month long war against the Lebanese Hezbollah militia in the summer of 2006.”

So, there’s no mention of the cause of the war: a Hizballah attack into Israeli territory, killing several Israeli soldiers and kidnapping two who were taken into Lebanon. According to the great “newspaper of record,” Accorfing to the Times, Israel just arbitrarily attacked Lebanon in 2006, just as it is said to be doing in 2010.  The truth, however, is easy to ascertain–did Israel announce the maintenance, permit the photographers and UN people to watch and then cross deliberately into Lebanon?–but Israel is being portrayed as an aggressor that caused the outbreak of fighting. So millions of people will either believe that Israel was at fault or that the event is in question.

The narrative, however, is simple: In an unprovoked attack, Lebanese soldiers fired on Israelis and murdered one soldier.  If the mass media cannot get this right how can it report accurately on other situations like the following:
2000: Israel offers to return the entire Golan Heights to Syria in exchange for full peace. Syria refuses.
2000: Israel offers to accept an independent Palestinian state in all of the Gaza Strip, almost all of the West Bank, and most of east Jerusalem. The Palestinian Authority refuses.
2008: Hamas tears up a ceasefire, begins massive mortar and rocket attacks on Israeli civilians, Israel defends itself.
2010: A Turkish pro-terrorist organization trying to help Hamas, a genocidal and antisemitic terrorist group, sends self-described jihadis on a ship who chant slogans about killing Jews and being Jihadi martyrs. When Israeli soldiers land, the Jihad warriors attack them with weapons and kidnap several. Israeli forces rescue the soldiers, killing nine attackers in the operation.

Note, though, that the Times discounted the video of Israeli soldiers being attacked by claiming–with no evidence–that perhaps Israeli forces had been shooting beforehand at unarmed civilians on the ship!   But if the media cannot even get right a previously announced, UN-approved, maintenance activity on Israeli territory then what hope is their getting right anything more complex?    Here’s a video of the attack from Reuters.   

To its credit, the Canadian Broadcasting Company issued a correction saying that the tree’s location is disputed and changing the photo caption to say the tree is “near” the border rather than on the Lebanese side.  We now have a UNIFIL official on record as saying that the Israeli soldiers who were attacked were on Israeli territory. Which mainstream media outlets will or won’t cover this fact?

*Barry Rubin is director of the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center and editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA) Journal. His latest books are The Israel-Arab Reader (seventh edition), with Walter Laqueur (Viking-Penguin); the paperback edition of The Truth About Syria (Palgrave-Macmillan); A Chronological History of Terrorism, with Judy Colp Rubin, (Sharpe); and The Long War for Freedom: The Arab Struggle for Democracy in the Middle East (Wiley).

The Lord bless you as you bless Israel by standing in defense of her right to exist on the land given to the Jewish people by the God of Israel. 
Lets pray that Israel will turn back to their God.  Do not be silent, but share this with your fellow Christians, share it with your pastors, and with anyone you have a chance to speak to. Lets also pray for that breakthrough to the Muslims,  and please remember to pray for all of the soldiers in the IDF -they are defending and fighting for the Kingdom of God.

Shabbat Shalom