Aug 31 2014

Caliphate Fever

Tag: Israel: Middle EastSage @ 11:15 am

From KHouse.Org

Boko Haram terrorists declared Borno State in Nigeria as an Islamic caliphate this weekend. Some argue the move is just a lot of hot air inspired by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and the Nigerian military denies Boko Haram’s claim. Yet, the group has engaged in widespread, brutal slaughter of civilians, while the Nigerian military has been unable to chase the terrorists out of large portions of Nigeria’s northeast. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) already declared a caliphate at the end of June, and there are fears that caliphate fever might rise up in Indonesia as well, striking a fire in the most populous nation of Muslims in the world.

Boko Haram

In mid-April, 2014, Boko Haram terrorists broke into a school in the Borno State, Nigeria and kidnapped hundreds of teenage girls. Leader Abubakar Shekau has laughed at the Nigerian government and has threatened to sell the girls, many of whom may already be “married” off to Muslim men. The girls’ freedom has still not been secured, and Boko Haram has made a series of raids since then, kidnapping other people — both men and women.

In a video released this weekend, Shekau gave thanks to Allah for giving Gwoza — a city of 250,000 people — to Boko Haram. “Thanks be to Allah who gave victory to our brethren in (the town of) Gwoza and made it part of the Islamic caliphate,” Abubakar Shekau said on the video.

The terrorists intend to enforce Sharia Law in Gwoza as a start and expand from there to the rest of the world… “Allah commands us to rule Gwoza by Islamic law. In fact, he commands us to rule the rest of the world, not only Nigeria, and now we have started.” The video also captured brutal acts of violence against Boko Haram’s victims. It shows people lined up on the ground, facedown, and then executed. Another two men are beaten to death with shovels. According to Human Rights Watch, Boko Haram killed at least 2000 people during the first half of the year.

ISIS and Indonesia

The world has turned its focus on the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) during the past several months, watching the union of violent fighters gather and grow to forces of 50,000 in Syria and 30,000 in Iraq. The goal of ISIS is to establish an Islamic government based on a model that is 1300 years old, forcing Sharia Law on all the people in the area and torturing, maiming and threatening them with death unless they agree to an Islamic creed.

Its bloody brutality notwithstanding, ISIS and local jihad groups have attracted multitudes of young men, who see an opportunity to go fight for Allah. There is rising concern that the call to jihadist ranks might reach — not just the discontented in Iraq and Syria — but clear across Asia to the Islamic giant of Indonesia. Indonesian Islam has been considered fairly moderate, but ISIS is young and technology savvy, and between social media and cool new t-shirts, this terrorist organization has gathered the interest of young people around the world — young people who have no understanding of what it really means to live under the strict and extremely backwards power of a caliphate.

No more cutting beards, drinking, beer, or looking at pretty women. If you’re a woman, no more freedom or basic human rights.

Malaysian officials have been watching warily for ISIS elements to sprout up in their country. At least 19 men were recently arrested under suspicions of planning to join ISIS. There are about 1.6 billion Muslims in the world, and most are not killing people with shovels. There is a hunger in young men, though, to belong to something large and strong. As the passion for Boko Haram and ISIS continues to grow, we need to pray for these young Muslims, who think that they are serving God the Creator when they kill Christians and force people to “convert.”

The God of the Universe died for human beings, sinners all. That’s the true message Muslims need to understand — else we might truly be facing a true Islamic caliphate in the Middle East.

Notes

  • Malaysia Arrests Suspected Islamic State Militant Recruits Amid Fears of Rising Extremist Support
    — VICE News
  •   Awesome Post:
      0 Vote

    Aug 27 2014

    BREAKING: On Day #50, new cease fire takes effect after 4,450 rockets fired at Israel. Will the truce hold?

    Tag: Israel: Middle EastSage @ 12:52 pm

    From Flash Traffic Blog Wordpress.Com

    BREAKING: On Day #50, new cease fire takes effect after 4,450 rockets fired at Israel. Will the truce hold?

    by joelcrosenberg

    · In Gaza, the Israel Air Force has hit 5,226 Hamas and other terror targets, the army says.

    (Central Israel) –  Today is Day #50 is Hamas’ war against the people of Israel. Thus far, Hamas and its Radical Islamic terrorist allies have fired 4,450 rockets, missiles and mortars at Israeli civilians, both Jews and Arabs.

    Yet in the last hour or so, Hamas and Israel have agreed to a new ceasefire deal, one that was negotiated by the Al-Sissi government in Egypt.

    Admittedly, this is the 12th ceasefire deal in the past seven weeks. Hamas has broken 11 of them. So there is not a great deal of confidence here in Israel that the true quiet and calm has come.

    That said, we are certainly hoping and praying that this quiet will come at last. We are cautious, and somewhat skeptical, but we’re trying not to be cynical. We all want peace to come. Where Lynn and the boys and I live, we have been spared the rocket fire. But Israelis living in the south have been under relentless attack. They are brave and determined. But many of them are exhausted as well. Not since the Nazis fired rockets at London during World War II have civilian populations been under such relentless rocket attack. The sooner this ends — with as few casualties as possible – the better.

    What has been extraordinary is to see how the Lord God of Israel has been so kind and gracious to the Israeli people during this time. There have been deaths, and injuries, to be sure. But if it weren’t for the Lord’s mercy and the miraculous Iron Dome system, this could have been a horrific massacre of the Jewish people. And it wasn’t.

    The Israeli people have much to be thankful for, and I hope and pray that Israel’s Prime Minister and other leaders will call the nation to give thanks to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob for His many blessings.

    Here are the latest details on the cease-fire. I’ll post more details and analysis in the days ahead.

    “Israel and the Palestinians agreed to an Egyptian proposal for a cease-fire to end Gaza hostilities which went into effect at 7 p.m. Israeli time on Tuesday,” reports the Jerusalem Post. “Despite the Egyptian announcement of the cease-fire, red alert sirens continued to be heard in Israel’s southern communities after 7 p.m. An Israeli was killed by one of dozens of mortar shells fired at the Eshkol Regional Council just before the cease-fire was set to commence.”

    “Senior Israeli officials said that the cabinet ministers were updated by phone that Israel would accept the cease-fire,” the Post reported. “The eight-person security cabinet was briefed on the decision to accept the cease-fire, but not asked to vote on it. The Egyptian proposal which the sides agreed to entails an unlimited cease-fire letting material in to rehabilitate Gaza under supervision. In addition, each side will raise other demands within a month. The announcement came after Palestinian officials had earlier stated that a deal had been reached to end the nearly two months of fighting.”

    The Times of Israel is reporting the following summary of the past 50 days of fighting:

    · Hamas has fired 4,450 rockets and other projectiles at Israel.

    · Of these, 3,555 fell in Israel – 221 of them in residential areas.

    · The Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted 714 incoming rockets.

      Awesome Post:
      0 Vote

    Aug 26 2014

    Saudi Foreign Minister signals coexistence with Israel, pressure on Palestinians

    Tag: Israel: Middle EastSage @ 5:19 pm

    From American Thinker.Com

    The rise of the Muslim Brotherhood, ISIS’s depredations in Syria and Iraq, and Hamas’s misrule in Gaza have finally caused the Saudis to publicly signal a rethinking of the reflexive commitment to destroying Israel. A tacit alignment of Saudi Arabia with Israel has long been discussed, but a very senior and influential member of the Saudi ruling family has very publicly declared that maybe the Jewish state can be tolerated, the Palestinians should ramp down their attempts to destroy it. AWD News reports (hat tip: Instapundit):

    Speaking on the sidelines of the world assembly of Islamic scholars in Jeddh, Saud bin Faisal Al Saud said that the Middle-East needs peace and co-existence more than ever and Saudi Arabia as a leading Islamic country is ready to make sacrifices in peace negations and encourages President Abbas to follow the same policy.

    Referring to the ongoing war in Gaza strip, the Saudi foreign Minster stressed that Hamas authority is the sole responsible for Palestinian calamity and they must brought before the law.

    The Saudi official further added that Arab World Increasingly Frustrated With Hamas which is seeking more wars.

    Wow! This comes from not exactly a pipsqueak:

    Saud bin Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (Arabic: سعود بن فيصل بن عبد العزيز آل سعود‎), also known as Saud Al Faisal(Arabic: سعود الفيصل‎) (born 2 January 1940), has been the foreign minister of Saudi Arabia since 1975. He is the world’s longest-serving foreign minister. (snip)

    Saud bin Faisal was born in Taif on 2 January 1940.[1][2] He is the second son of King Faisal and Iffat Al-Thunayan.[3][4] He attended the Hun School of Princeton[5] and graduated from Princeton University in 1964 or 1965 with a bachelor of arts degree in economics.[6][7] He is full brother of Mohammed bin FaisalTurki bin Faisal,Luluwah bint FaisalSara bint Faisal and Haifa bint Faisal.[8]

    He became an economic consultant for the ministry of petroleum.[6] In 1966, he moved to general organization for petroleum and mineral resources (Petromin).[6] In February 1970, he became deputy governor of Petromin for planning affairs.[6] He was also a member of the High Coordination Committee.[6] In 1971, he became deputy minister of petroleum.[6] Until his appointment as state minister for foreign affairs in 1975, Prince Saud served in this post at the oil ministry.[9]

    Other than the King, there are very few Saudis who outrank him.

    Richard Fernadez of PJ Media comments:

    The Muslim world has for decades tried to destroy the Jews and in its desperation raised up one tyrant or mad fanatical movement after the other to carry out the program. And now these monsters are starting to turn on them. Syria is ruined; the ‘Arab Spring’ has burned out much of the region. Generations of young men have been brought up with no marketable skills; only a desire for suicide, an aptitude for destruction and an unquenchable hate. Perhaps the Saudis and the Gulf States are wondering if their creations will gobble them up. (snip)

    Golda Meir once said there would be peace when the Arab parents loved their children more than they hated the Jew. Or — she forgot to add — the fear of movements like al-Qaeda and ISIS grew greater than the odium for the Jewish state.  The attraction of radical Islam, especially for the rootless Muslims of the west is its promise of a life without restraint. An existence beyond the laws of men or decency and — it may prove — the control of their elders. But that lack of restraint is not real freedom, rather a chain by which they are bound to a life of utter destructiveness.

    We’ll know that the Saudis are really serious when they start reining in the Wahhabi clergy and replacing the textbooks they send overseas with ones that advocate getting along with Israel.

    But before that happens, we may see some more interesting developments, such as potentially a Saudi-supported Israeli raid on the Iranian nuclear reactors making fissionable material. Both nations have great reason to want the mullahs’ plans derailed, and with their convenient location, armaments, and money, the Saudis are in a great position to help Israel do what needs to be done.

      Awesome Post:
      0 Vote

    Aug 16 2014

    The European Union Shows Bias Against Israel

    Tag: Israel: Middle EastSage @ 11:21 am

    From American Thinker.Com

    To adapt a saying of the British politician David Lloyd George, the European Union (EU) has sat on the fence so long on issues regarding Israel that the iron has entered its soul. It showed this once again in its one-sided approach in a new policy statement on the Gaza conflict between Hamas and Israel. The EU Foreign Ministers at their Council meeting in Brussels on August 15, 2014 declared they were “extremely concerned about the fragile situation on the ground following the recent conflict in the Gaza Strip.” Understandably, they strongly welcomed the ceasefire that has been in place since August 11, though only once is the word “Hamas” mentioned.

    The declaration does mention just once the threat to Israel posed by Hamas and other militant groups in Gaza by their rocket attacks and tunnel construction. But its main trust and “concern” as usual is limited to “the disastrous humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip particularly the conditions of the displaced population, water supplies, electricity services, unexploded ordinance as well as destroyed and uninhabitable homes.”

    Of course, the statement admitted that Israel had a right to protect its population, but using the current fashionable word it asserted that Israel must act “proportionally” and ensure the protection of civilians. The EU said nothing about the thousands of rockets and missiles that had rained down on Israeli civilians nor about the enormous wastage of resources by Hamas in building its more than 30 tunnels to be used for attacking Israel. Nor did it discuss the war crimes of Hamas in using children and other civilians as human shields to prevent Israeli retaliation against attack. Instead, it deeply deplored the loss of innocent lives and the high number of wounded civilians in the Gaza Strip and the rapid deterioration of the humanitarian situation.

    The ministers of the EU therefore reiterated their readiness to contribute to a comprehensive and sustainable solution for the security, welfare, and prosperity of Palestinians and Israelis. To this end they proposed actions in a number of areas for relief, reconstruction, and rehabilitation. Surprisingly, disregarding the fact that Hamas occupies and controls Gaza, the ministers propose a training program for Palestinian Authority customs personnel and police for redeployment in Gaza.

    Again, without concern for the security of Israel, the ministers will study options for full access and movements through all Gaza ports of entry. Israel must lift the blockade of Gaza to allow a fundamental improvement of living conditions of the Palestinian people in Gaza. The ministers are also preempting final-stage negotiations between Israel and Palestinians. In favoring a two-state solution, what they call “two democratic states,” the ministers hold that the Gaza Strip constitutes an integral part of the territory occupied in 1967 and will be part of a future State of Palestine.

    Can the EU be taken seriously on this issue? Their recent actions, along with statements by their officials, cast doubt. The High Commissioner, Catherine Ashton, has never been the closest friend of Israel, but she believes she is concerned with the soul of the State. In November 2013 she expressed the view that the boycott of goods from Israeli settlements can save Israel from itself since the expansion of the settlements means the creation of a single bi-national state.

    In similar fashion, Lars Faaborg-Andersen, the Danish diplomat who is the EU Ambassador to Israel, acknowledged he was losing patience with Israel because of the expansion of settlements beyond the Green Line. He argued that because of this, countries would issue warnings to their citizens against conducting business with companies in the settlements.

    The EU actions speak even louder than its words. Most recently, at the UN Human Rights Council on July 23, 2014, those actions were significant. The resolution of the UNHRC condemned “in the strongest terms the widespread, systematic, and gross violations of international human rights and fundamental freedoms arising from the Israeli military operations” in Gaza. It also called for an “international commission of inquiry” to investigate all violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law “in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.” It was carried by a vote of twenty-nine nations to one, the United States.

    All the eight members of the EU entitled to vote abstained, even the Czech Republic that in November 2012 was the only EU country to oppose granting nonmember state status to the Palestinians at the United Nations. Ireland was even prepared to vote in favor of the resolution. The behavior of the EU was all the more disconcerting because it explained that the resolution was unbalanced and inaccurate and prejudged the outcome of the investigation.

    Indeed, the choice of William Schabas, the Canadian academic, as head of the commission of inquiry seems to bear this out. In 2001 he took part in a panel of the Russell Tribunal whose aim was to find Israel guilty of “the crime of apartheid.” He held that Benjamin Netanyahu should be in “the dock of an international court” and was the single individual most likely to threaten the survival of Israel. It is difficult to conceive how Schabas can approach the Gaza issue with an open mind.

    In casting his negative vote at the UNHRC meeting on July 23, Keith Harper, the U.S. ambassador, spoke of the resolution’s one-sided approach to the Israel-Palestinian conflict, and that it was essential that the community of nations take a balanced approach to these issues.” The European Union should take heed, act with some courage, and not see Hamas as morally equivalent to Israel.

      Awesome Post:
      0 Vote

    Aug 12 2014

    “The Future of America, Israel & the Middle East in the Light of Scripture.” Notes from my address to the Family Leadership Summit.

    Tag: Israel: Middle EastSage @ 3:48 pm

    From Flash Traffic Blog Wordpress.Com

    “The Future of America, Israel & the Middle East in the Light of Scripture.” Notes from my address to the Family Leadership Summit.

    by joelcrosenberg

    Thank you

    (Source: Iowa State Daily)

    (Source: Iowa State Daily)

    (Ames,  Iowa) — It was an honor to be invited to speak at the 2014 Family Leadership Summit here in Ames, Iowa,. and to spend personal time with many of the speakers and grassroots leaders who attended.

    Most of the speakers were Governors, Senators, Congressman and potential presidential contenders. The covered a range of economic, social and foreign policy issues. I was specifically invited to speak about “The Future of America, Israel & the Middle East In Light of the Scriptures.”

    The following are the notes I used for my address. I hope you find them helpful. Please feel free to pass them on to others, including leaders and future leaders. Please note that this is not a verbatim transcript. But please feel free to watch or listen to my remarks, which were based on these notes.

    Here is a link to the video of my talk, if you are interested (scroll down past the political leaders to find the video.)

    —————————-

    THE FUTURE OF AMERICA, ISRAEL & THE MIDDLE EAST IN LIGHT OF THE SCRIPTURES

    Good morning. It is an honor to be back in Iowa, and to address The Family Leadership Summit. Thanks to Bob Vander Plaats and his team for inviting me back, especially at a time of great crisis for our country, and for Israel and our allies in the Middle East, who are facing a jihadist rampage.

    When I was here for the first Summit in 2012, I made two simple points.

    I’d like to recap them here because I think they remain relevant for where we are as a nation two years later. And then I’d like to add a third point for this year.

    1. America is not simply in decline. We are on the road to collapse, on the road to implosion.

    2. We must all ask ourselves a critically important question: “Is America at a Jonah moment, or a Nahum moment?”

    3. What happens if — on top of all our nation’s challenges and sins — America abandons or turns against Israel?

    I’m so grateful that Bob and his team are doing all they can to call Iowans and all Americans to pray and fast and seek the Lord for a Third Great Awakening. We need this more than ever.

    Let me now share a bit more on each point.

    1. America is not simply in decline. We are heading for collapse, for implosion.

    There are many reasons for this, including a massive and crushing national debt with no end in sight, the implosion of families through divorce and out-of-wedlock-birth and the assault on traditional marriage, violent crime, drug use, pornography and so forth. I wrote about this in more detail in my 2012 non-fiction book, Implosion: Can America Recover From Its Economic & Spiritual Challenges In Time?, so I won’t take the time today to go through each of these issues in detail.

    But I do want to discuss one threat above all: America faces the implosion because we face divine judgment for murdering so many unborn children.

    Several years ago, I had the opportunity to visit Auschwitz, the Nazi death camp in Poland. As I stood in an actual gas chamber that was used to systematically murder so many Jews, political prisoners and others, it was a horrifying experience. I’m Gentile on my mother’s side, and Jewish on my father’s side, and standing there thinking about how the Nazis created these murder factories to kill six million Jews was one of the most painful experiences of my life.

    But as I stood in that gas chamber, I could not help but think of how my own country, America — a country I love so dearly — has created murder factories to kill millions of people, as well. I was born in 1967. In my lifetime — since 1973 — the American people have legally murdered more than 55 million babies. If this is not stopped soon, we will reach 60 million. Think about that. If we really get to the point that our nation has systematically murdered 60 million human beings, we will have murdered 10 times more people than the Nazis killed of the Jews.

    Now we know how God judged Germany and the Nazi regime through a crushing defeat in World War II, and we believe that the Nazis deserved such judgment. What do we think is going to happen if continue to murder millions of children? We are going to face the judgment of God. It is extraordinary that it hasn’t happened already.

    There is hope, but we are running out of time. We could repent as a nation. We could turn from our wicked ways, plead with God and His Son the Lord Jesus Christ to forgive our sins, and plead with Him to heal our land.

    The Bible says, “If My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14 [show/hide]ERROR: You have exceeded your quota of 5000 requests per day. Please contact the developer of this application if you have questions. (If you're the developer and have questions about this error message, please contact Crossway.)
    This text is from the ESV Bible. Visit www.esv.org to learn about the ESV.
    )

    This was specifically a promise given to the nation of Israel in the Old Testament. But it is a principle we can apply today. We could plead with God for forgiveness, and He could grant it. He could give us a sweeping series of revivals that could culminate in a Third Great Awakening, with hundreds of millions of Americans — beginning with the Church — repenting of our sins, turning to Christ, praying, fasting, reading God’s Word and seeking to walk in the power of the Holy Spirit.

    This is possible. There is hope. But again, we are running out of time.

    But let’s be clear: Without a revival, we are on the road to implosion. Indeed, the threat of implosion is far beyond what the next President can solve alone — we desperately need a Third Great Awakening.

    2. We must all ask ourselves a critically important question: “Is America at a Jonah moment, or a Nahum moment?”

    In the Old Testament book of Jonah, the Hebrew prophet was sent by the Lord to the wicked city of Nineveh — the capital of the Assyrian empire — in order to preach a message of imminent judgment. Let’s not focus for the moment on the fact that Jonah didn’t want to obey the Lord and preach this messsage, and thus fled on a ship headed in the other direction.

    For now, let’s focus on the fact that when Jonah finally did obey the Lord and did start preaching in Ninevah, he didn’t call the people to repentance. Rather, Jonah declared, “Forty days and Ninevah will be overthrown.” (Jonah 3:4 [show/hide]ERROR: You have exceeded your quota of 5000 requests per day. Please contact the developer of this application if you have questions. (If you're the developer and have questions about this error message, please contact Crossway.)
    This text is from the ESV Bible. Visit www.esv.org to learn about the ESV.
    ) However, even though Jonah never called the people to plead to the One True God of Israel to have mercy on their souls and on their city, even though Jonah never called on the people to beg for forgiveness and turn away from their wickedness, that is, in fact, exactly what the Ninevites did.

    The text says: “Then the people of Ninevah believed in God; and they called a fast and put on sackcloth from the greatest to the least of them. When the word reached the king of Ninevah, he arose from his throne, laid aside his robe from him, covered himself with sackcloth, and sat on the ashes. He issued a proclamation and it said, ‘In Ninevah by the decree of the king and his nobles: Do not let man, beast, herd, or flock taste a thing. Do not let them eat or drink water. But both man and beast must be covered with sackcloth; and let men call on God earnestly that each may turn from his wicked way and from the violence which is in his hands. Who knows, God may turn and relent and withdraw His burning anger so that we shall not perish?’” (Jonah 3:5-9 [show/hide]ERROR: You have exceeded your quota of 5000 requests per day. Please contact the developer of this application if you have questions. (If you're the developer and have questions about this error message, please contact Crossway.)
    This text is from the ESV Bible. Visit www.esv.org to learn about the ESV.
    )

    Sure enough, the Lord heard the earnest prayers of the people — and their king — as they repented, and He relented. “When God saw their deeds, that they turned from their wicked way, then God relented concerning the calamity which He had declared He would bring upon them. And He did not do it.” The promised judgment did not come. The people and their city were spared from God’s wrath. What an extraordinary moment. The pagan people heard the word of the Lord and it burned in their hearts. They believed God’s word, pleaded for mercy, and the Lord gave them mercy, even though He had never indicated that He would do so.

    But this was not the only time the word of the Lord came to the people of Ninevah.

    Many years later, the next generation of Ninevites had abandoned the Lord and fallen back into tremendous evil, violence, bloodshed, lies, sorcery and other wickedness. In the Old Testament book of Nahum, we read that the Lord again spoke to the people of Ninevah, this time through a different Hebrew prophet, this one named Nahum. Yet this time the people of Ninevah did not repent. They did not listen to God’s word. They did not plead for mercy. They did not turn from their wicked ways and start praying, fasting and begging God for mercy. And thus, mercy did not come. Instead, the judgment of God came upon the people, and in 612 B.C. the city of Ninevah was utterly destroyed.

    Today we as Americans must confront this question: Is America in a “Jonah” moment, or a “Nahum” moment? That is, will we hear the word of the Lord that we have strayed far from the teachings of the Bible and allowed our land to become polluted with abortions and pornography and violence and wickedness of all kinds? Will we admit how far we are from God’s plan and purpose for our lives? Will we confess that our hearts are far from Jesus Christ and plead with the Lord for His mercy and grace and forgiveness? Will we fast and pray and earnestly seek God’s face, and implore Christ to give us a Third Great Awakening? Or will we ignore the word of the Lord and continue in our sins and watch our nation continue to decline, or even implode?

    Twice in American history we have seen sweeping spiritual revivals known as the Great Awakening and the Second Great Awakening, respectively. Millions of Americans repented of their sins during those seasons, became devout followers of Jesus Christ, began to read the Bible voraciously and to obey the word of the Lord. Nowhere in Scripture, however, has America been promised a spiritual revival in the 21st century, much less one that would be so sweeping, so game-changing that it would qualify as a Third Great Awakening. But who knows? Perhaps the Lord will show us tremendous mercy and forgiveness if we all humble ourselves and pray, and seek His face, and turn from our wicked ways? However, if we don’t repent and turn back to the Lord Jesus Christ, we may very well consign ourselves to suffer the fate of the Ninevites during the time of Nahum.

    3. What happens if — on top of all our nation’s challenges and sins — America abandons or turns against Israel?

    The fate of America, Israel and the Middle East are inextricably linked for three reasons.

    Consider three passages of Scripture:

    Genesis 12:3 [show/hide]ERROR: You have exceeded your quota of 5000 requests per day. Please contact the developer of this application if you have questions. (If you're the developer and have questions about this error message, please contact Crossway.)
    This text is from the ESV Bible. Visit www.esv.org to learn about the ESV.
    — In Genesis 12, the Lord God chooses Abram, calls him out of Ur of the Chaldees (located in modern-day Iraq, 220 miles southeast of Baghdad) to go to “a land that I will show you,” which turns out to be the land later called Israel. The Lord promises to bless Abram, and through him bless “all the families of the earth.” Specifically in 12:3, the Lord says, “I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.” As one reads through the rest of the book of Genesis, it becomes clear that this promise from God is passed down from Abram (who is later named Abraham) to Isaac to Jacob (later named Israel) and then to Jacob’s descendants, Israel and the Jewish people. Thus, the Lord is making clear that those who bless Israel and the Jewish people He will bless, and those who curse them He will curse. If America turns against or abandons Israel and the Jews after being their closest friend and ally for so many decades, God warns He will bring judgment upon us.

    Joel 3:1-2 [show/hide]ERROR: You have exceeded your quota of 5000 requests per day. Please contact the developer of this application if you have questions. (If you're the developer and have questions about this error message, please contact Crossway.)
    This text is from the ESV Bible. Visit www.esv.org to learn about the ESV.
    — In the first chapter of the book written by the Hebrew prophet Joel, the Lord warns the Israelites and “all inhabitants of the land” that they need to “wake up” from their physical and spiritual drunkenness, stupor and wandering from the Lord. In the second chapter, the Lord also calls the people to pray and fast and humbly seek God’s forgiveness and favor because “the Day of the Lord is coming.” In the third chapter, the Lord says that before the “Day of the Lord” (the tribulation and the Second Coming), the Lord will “restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem.” In the context of other prophecies in Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and other Hebrew prophets, we know this means Israel will be miraculously reborn as a nation, the Jews will return to the land of Israel and Judah and to Jerusalem after centuries of exile, and that the Lord will use the Jewish people to rebuild the ancient ruins of their ancient homeland and build a nation of prosperity and security.

    Consider the specific passage of chapter 3, verses one and two: “For behold, in those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat. Then I will enter into judgment with them there on behalf of My people and My inheritance, Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations; and they have divided up My land.”

    The Lord specifically warns that “all the nations” who “have divided up My land” will be judged by the God of Israel.

    Tragically, the United States is leading the league in trying to divide the land of Israel.

    This process was formalized under President George W. Bush who officially called for the creation of a sovereign Palestinian state, which would divide the land of Israel. “I was the first American President to call for a Palestinian state, and building support for the two-state solution has been one of the highest priorities of my Presidency,” said President Bush.

    President Obama and his administration have continued the Bush policy and pushed hard for Israeli leaders to divide the land. “It is not fair that a Palestinian child cannot grow up in a state of their own,” President Obama told hundreds of Israeli students in a speech in Jerusalem. “Palestinians have a right to be free people in their own land.”

    Creating a sovereign Palestinian state may sound like wisdom to many. But in the Bible, God specifically says He will judge every nation that divides up the land of Israel. Thus, speaking the truth in love, we must not encourage world leaders to take actions that will lead to the judgment of their nations. Rather, we must advise them not to go down that road.

    No president or prime minister has the right to divide the land of Israel in defiance of God’s Word.

    That said, the Bible also repeatedly tells Israel to love and bless and treat well those who live in their country. This is repeated over and over again in the Old Testament and the New. Just because the Bible does not allow the creation of another sovereign state in the land of Israel doesn’t mean Palestinians should be mistreated, or endangered, or oppressed in any way, shape or form. To the contrary, God loves the Palestinians. We must love the Palestinians. Israelis must love the Palestinians. Thus, Palestinians living in the West Bank should absolutely have the opportunity and freedom to run their own day-to-day affairs, their economy, education, infrastructure, transportation, health care, communications, police and courts, and so forth.

    Psalm 122:6-9 [show/hide]ERROR: You have exceeded your quota of 5000 requests per day. Please contact the developer of this application if you have questions. (If you're the developer and have questions about this error message, please contact Crossway.)
    This text is from the ESV Bible. Visit www.esv.org to learn about the ESV.
    — This passage reads, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: ‘May they prosper who love you. May peace be within your walls, and prosperity within your palaces.’ For the sake of my brothers and my friends, I will now say, ‘May peace be within you.’ For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek your good.”

    Clearly, people all over the world, including in America, need to:

    · pray for peace in Jerusalem, Israel and the broader Middle East

    · pray for Jews and Arabs in the epicenter

    · love Jews and Arabs in the epicenter

    · seek the good of Jews and Arabs in the epicenter

    The Lord promises to bless and “prosper” those who do.

    CONCLUSION

    If a nation follows these principles — if they love and bless Israel and the Jewish people, and do not divide the land of Israel, and love and pray for Jews and Arabs in Jerusalem and seek their good — then God will love and bless and show mercy to such a nation.

    But if a nation violates these principles — especially chronically and consistently — then there will be a day of reckoning.

    The question is: What do we want, a blessing or a curse, mercy or judgment?

    Overall, most Americans are very supportive of Israel and find many ways to love and bless her, as well as the Arabs and others in Israel and the Middle East. This is good.

    But there are a growing number of voices who say it is time to:

    · cut off military aid to Israel

    · boycott Israel

    · divest from Israel

    · sanction Israel

    · and/or turn against Israel once and for all

    Some do so because of anti-Semitism, others out of a belief in isolationism, and others because of ignorance.

    Given the high stakes, one of the things we need to do is teach people about God’s love and plan and purpose for Israel and the Jewish people, and why this matters to America. We need to help more people — including our leaders and future leaders — understand why America’s fate is inextricably linked with how we treat Israel and the Jewish people, as well as her neighbors.

    I would encourage you to study Genesis 12 [show/hide]ERROR: You have exceeded your quota of 5000 requests per day. Please contact the developer of this application if you have questions. (If you're the developer and have questions about this error message, please contact Crossway.)
    This text is from the ESV Bible. Visit www.esv.org to learn about the ESV.
    through 17, in particular, on your own more carefully.

    You will seen how the Lord unfolds the Abrahamic Covenant, piece by piece, step by step, including the fact that this is an “everlasting covenant” (Genesis 17:7 [show/hide]ERROR: You have exceeded your quota of 5000 requests per day. Please contact the developer of this application if you have questions. (If you're the developer and have questions about this error message, please contact Crossway.)
    This text is from the ESV Bible. Visit www.esv.org to learn about the ESV.
    ) and thus cannot be broken or abrogated, and that the Lord has given the land of Israel as an “everlasting possession” (Genesis 17:8 [show/hide]ERROR: You have exceeded your quota of 5000 requests per day. Please contact the developer of this application if you have questions. (If you're the developer and have questions about this error message, please contact Crossway.)
    This text is from the ESV Bible. Visit www.esv.org to learn about the ESV.
    ).

      Awesome Post:
      0 Vote

    Aug 11 2014

    2 Articles; Antisemitism on rise across Europe “in worst times since the Nazis.” Sharansky warns we’re seeing “beginning of the end” of Jews in Europe.; * We are watching genocidal conditions emerge in epicenter. U.S. President orders airstrikes on ISIS in Iraq. Pray especially for Iraqi Christians who are being beheaded & crucified.

    Tag: Israel: Middle EastSage @ 5:51 pm

    From Flash Traffic Blog Wordpress.Com

    Antisemitism on rise across Europe “in worst times since the Nazis.” Sharansky warns we’re seeing “beginning of the end” of Jews in Europe.

    by joelcrosenberg

    Newsweek cover story for July 29, 2014: "Exodus: Why Europe's Jews Are Fleeing Once Again."

    Newsweek cover story for July 29, 2014: “Exodus: Why Europe’s Jews Are Fleeing Once Again.”

    (Ames, Iowa) — In a few hours, I will address The 2014 Family Leadership Summit here in Ames.

    Most of the speakers are Governors, Senators, Congressmen and potential presidential contenders for 2016. They will focus on vital issues ranging from how best to defend the sanctity of innocent human life and the sanctity of traditional marriage, to how best to revive our struggling economy and improve education for our children and get America back on track morally, spiritually and economically.

    My topic is a bit different – “The Future of America, Israel & The Middle East In The Light of Scripture.” I will be discussing how America’s future and those of Jews and Arabs in the epicenter are inextricably linked, based on several important passages in the Bible. On Monday, I hope to post my notes, as well as observations from the Summit.

    But for now I did want to draw your attention to one of the issues I intend to raise: a rapidly rising wave of vicious, wicked anti-Semitism that is spreading across the globe, and which is particularly pernicious in Europe.

    Never in my lifetime have I seen and experienced so many anti-Semitic attacks, in this case often through Twitter. I can’t even quote most of the Tweets I’m getting. They are so vile, filled with F-bombs and other obscenities, and language like, “Jews should burn.” and “Hitler was right.”

    I’ll comment more in my address today, and in the days and weeks to come ,about what this dangerous trend means and how we can and must counter it.

    But for right now, let me just bring some key articles to your attention.

    A new report in The Guardian newspaper in the U.K. this week was headlined, “Antisemitism on rise across Europe ‘in worst times since the Nazis’ — Experts say attacks go beyond Israel-Palestinian conflict as hate crimes strike fear into Jewish communities.”

    A chilling cover story in Newsweek (July 29th edition) was headlined, “EXODUS: Why Europe’s Jews are fleeing once again.”

    Last month, a Jewish news service focused on stunning remarks by Natan Sharansky, the head of the Jewish Agency. The article was headlined, “In Paris, Sharansky warns of ‘beginning of end’ for European Jewry.”

    Consider in particular excerpts from The Guardian story:

    · In the space of just one week last month, according to Crif, the umbrella group for France’s Jewish organisations, eight synagogues were attacked.

    · One, in the Paris suburb of Sarcelles, was firebombed by a 400-strong mob.

    · A kosher supermarket and pharmacy were smashed and looted; the crowd’s chants and banners included “Death to Jews” and “Slit Jews’ throats”.

    · That same weekend, in the Barbes neighbourhood of the capital, stone-throwing protesters burned Israeli flags: “Israhell”, read one banner.

    · In Germany last month, molotov cocktails were lobbed into the Bergische synagogue in Wuppertal – previously destroyed on Kristallnacht – and a Berlin imam, Abu Bilal Ismail, called on Allah to “destroy the Zionist Jews … Count them and kill them, to the very last one.”

    · Bottles were thrown through the window of an antisemitism campaigner in Frankfurt.

    · An elderly Jewish man was beaten up at a pro-Israel rally in Hamburg.

    · An Orthodox Jewish teenager punched in the face in Berlin.

    · In several cities, chants at pro-Palestinian protests compared Israel’s actions to the Holocaust; other notable slogans included: “Jew, coward pig, come out and fight alone,” and Hamas, Hamas, Jews to the gas.”

    · “These are the worst times since the Nazi era,” Dieter Graumann, president of Germany’s Central Council of Jews, told the Guardian. “On the streets, you hear things like ‘the Jews should be gassed’, ‘the Jews should be burned’ – we haven’t had that in Germany for decades. Anyone saying those slogans isn’t criticising Israeli politics, it’s just pure hatred against Jews: nothing else. And it’s not just a German phenomenon. It’s an outbreak of hatred against Jews so intense that it’s very clear indeed.”

    · Roger Cukierman, president of France’s Crif, said French Jews were “anguished” about an anti-Jewish backlash that goes far beyond even strongly felt political and humanitarian opposition to the current fighting.

    · “They are not screaming ‘Death to the Israelis’ on the streets of Paris,” Cukierman said last month. “They are screaming ‘Death to Jews’.”

    · Crif’s vice-president Yonathan Arfi said he “utterly rejected” the view that the latest increase in antisemitic incidents was down to events in Gaza. “They have laid bare something far more profound,” he said.

    Please take some time to read them, and share them with others. And please pray for the Lord to protect the Jewish people, and the nation of Israel, at this dark time.

    The Bible describes the Lord as ”the God of Israel” and ”the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob.” The Bible makes clear that God loves the Jewish people “with an everlasting love” (Jeremiah 31:3 [show/hide]ERROR: You have exceeded your quota of 5000 requests per day. Please contact the developer of this application if you have questions. (If you're the developer and have questions about this error message, please contact Crossway.)
    This text is from the ESV Bible. Visit www.esv.org to learn about the ESV.
    ), as He loves all people (John 3:16 [show/hide]ERROR: You have exceeded your quota of 5000 requests per day. Please contact the developer of this application if you have questions. (If you're the developer and have questions about this error message, please contact Crossway.)
    This text is from the ESV Bible. Visit www.esv.org to learn about the ESV.
    ). What’s more, in His Word, the Lord commands us to love and bless Jews and Israel or face consequences.

    “Those who bless you, I will bless,” the Lord says, “and those who curse you I will curse.” (Genesis 12:3 [show/hide]ERROR: You have exceeded your quota of 5000 requests per day. Please contact the developer of this application if you have questions. (If you're the developer and have questions about this error message, please contact Crossway.)
    This text is from the ESV Bible. Visit www.esv.org to learn about the ESV.
    )

    Let us take this warning to heart as we see what is happening in our world today.

    We are watching genocidal conditions emerge in epicenter. U.S. President orders airstrikes on ISIS in Iraq. Pray especially for Iraqi Christians who are being beheaded & crucified.

    by joelcrosenberg

    (Source: NBC News)

    (Source: NBC News)

    (Denver, Colorado) — “Evil, unchecked, is the prelude to genocide.”

    That is the first line of my most recent novel, The Auschwitz Escape. But while the book was fiction, I’m afraid that line is proving as relevant as today’s headlines.

    We are watching genocidal conditions emerging in the epicenter.

    This is as dark as any time I have ever seen in the modern Middle East. We are watching a jihadist rampage across the region. This isn’t just war. We are watching the jihadists seeking to annihilate all who stand in their way as they try to establish and Islamic State or caliphate.

    This evil must be checked, now.

    ISIS — the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria – and Hamas and the other jihadist forces in the region absolutely must be stopped. Civilized nations much band together and crush these wicked forces before it is too late.

    The free world dithered as Adolf Hitler came to power. Isolationists in America told us we should do nothing. So we waited. We hesitated. We argued amongst ourselves. We eventually fought. We eventually banded together with other civilized nations to check the evil. But only after we were suffered a devastating surprise attack. We waited far too long to check the evil that was rising in the 1930s and 40s, and millions upon millions of innocents died as a result.

    Now consider what is happening today:

    ISIS has captured half of Iraq and forcing Christians to covert or die, beheading children, crucifying enemies, tearing down crosses.

    I’m hearing from Christian pastor friends in Iraq that ISIS forces have conquered all or most of the Christian towns in the north of Iraq and are now only 20 to 40 kilometers from Erbil, the Kurdish capital in the north (where I have been four times in recent years to encourage and support the Christians).

    More than 170,000 have been murdered in Syria, millions of Syrians have fled their homes to escape the violence, millions more have fled to neighboring countries as refugees as ISIS and other jihadist groups seek to conquer Damascus and seize control of the entire country.

    Israel is under attack by 3,000+ rockets from jihadist terror groups such as Hamas, Islamic Jihad and others. After several days of quiet during a ceasefire, Hamas has re-launched the war. Just since midnight, they have fired more than 45 rockets at Israeli civilian population centers.

    Meanwhile, in the shadows, Iran marches forward with its nuclear program while threatening to wipe Israel “off the map.”

    Imagine if ISIS and Hamas had nuclear, chemical or biological weapons.

    Up until now, there has been precious little international effort to stop the radicals — only blistering condemnations of Israel for trying to defend herself from the jihadist rampage. But on Thursday, seeing genocidal conditions rapidly emerging, the President authorized U.S. airstrikes against ISIS forces in northern Iraq. On Friday, a few, limited airstrikes began.

    “President Obama, saying that he was acting to avert a threatened genocide, announced that he had authorized airstrikes against Sunni militants who have advanced quickly across northern Iraq, driving tens of thousands of people out of their towns and villages,” reports the Los Angeles Times. “In addition to the threat of airstrikes, Obama said U.S. cargo planes had dropped supplies to the displaced Iraqis in the area of Mt. Sinjar, who faced the risk of imminent starvation. ‘Today, America is coming to help,’ Obama said in brief remarks from the White House. Obama repeated his vow that no American combat troops would be sent back to Iraq, saying that ‘as commander in chief, I will not allow the United States to be dragged into fighting another war in Iraq.’”

    The Washington Post reported on Friday morning that “U.S. military jets carried out two airstrikes Friday on Islamist militants outside the Kurdish regional capital of Irbil, hours after President Obama authorized attacks against the Sunni extremists advancing on the northern Iraq city. The F-18 combat aircraft targeted artillery being used by militants of the Islamic State extremist group against Kurdish forces defending Irbil, the Pentagon said. It said the artillery was fired at Kurdish forces ‘near U.S. personnel.’ The planes dropped 500-pound laser-guided bombs at about 6:45 a.m. EDT, said Rear Adm. John F. Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary. Obama authorized the strikes following the launch of a powerful offensive by Islamic State militants in northern Iraq. He also sent U.S. military aircraft to drop food and water to besieged Iraqi civilians in the region. The U.S. airstrikes hit Islamic State positions in Makhmour, about 35 miles southwest of Irbil, said Mahmood Haji, an official at the Kurdish Interior Ministry. ‘This is a victory for all the Iraqi people, for the pesh merga, and for America,” he said. “We need these airstrikes to destroy their bases and vehicles so the pesh merga can move forward.’ The pesh merga is the Kurdish security force.”

      Awesome Post:
      0 Vote

    Aug 10 2014

    Muslims and Morlocks

    Tag: Israel: Middle EastSage @ 5:49 pm

    From American Thinker.Com

    It is the stuff that nightmares are made of. Science fiction is replete with tales of creatures rising up out of the earth — abducting and murdering humanity in terrifying fashion when their doom was least expected. The film Tremors introduced us to “graboids:” monsters that could pluck Kevin Bacon from a lawn chair while sucking down a beer in the serene California Mohave, while H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine gave us “Morlocks:” futuristic troglodytes living in a subterranean world and venturing topside only to collect and feast on the trusting Eloi.  As a child, Invaders from Mars gave me fits as townspeople disappeared one-by-one into a sandpit beside a crooked split rail fence and were whisked away into a tunnel to await a spinning needle administered to the base of their skulls. The fact that it was only lurid fantasy did not make these spectacles any less horrifying.

    It was these images that came to mind upon learning what Israeli Defense Forces uncovered during Operation Protective Edge – that such monsters do exist. By now, whatever yet remains of the straight-shooting fourth estate has reported on the “Killing Tunnels” constructed by Hamas for the sole purpose of executing a demonic offensive into the towns peripheral to Gaza. As of now, the discovery of over 31 painstakingly created tunnels, extending as far as 3 km into Israel, has brought to light the equivalent of a Hamas “9/11 style” plot where it was hoped that 10,000 deaths and/or kidnappings were to occur on Israel’s high holy day of redemption: Rosh Hashanah. Excavated and fortified by concrete and steel over a period of years by a regime screaming that the Israeli embargo was choking off the very life of Palestinians, each tunnel appears to have been paired and large enough to convey wheeled vehicles such as militarized motorcycles to assist in their brazen onslaught. Reporter and author Mordechai Ben-Menachem (featured in Pam Geller’s Atlas Shrugs) has served as a trusted source in fleshing out the details of this monstrous operation. He writes:

    Israeli military officials reported that the tunnels are stocked with tranquilizers, handcuffs, syringes, ropes and other materials used for subduing abductees, civilians and soldiers. The tunnels also had fantastic quantities of explosives and additional military materiel meant to be used in the up-coming mega attack. Much of these explosives had already been placed underneath Israeli kindergartens. Some of these tunnels were as deep as 30 meters underground.

    Given what we have already gleaned from the Muslim fundamentalist zeitgeist, we should not be greatly surprised that the courageous and fervent servants of the ever merciful Allah thought it tactically prudent to single out kindergartens for detonation. In fact, the historical scenario of murdering and carrying off as many infidels as possible by sedating and dragging them back into their Gaza stronghold would seem to dovetail nicely with Islamic war doctrine. The initial offensive wave of Palestinians who would have burst from their tunnels later next month would be comprised of three distinct groups: Muslims dressed in IDF uniforms, explosive-vested homicide bombers, and what have been characterized as “large men” who would have overpowered and transported hostages. This maximization of pain and carnage would culminate five years of work and tens of millions of foreign dollars sent by enlightened hearts to alleviate the trauma of “suffering Palestine.”

    But the question begs to be asked: what did Hamas believe would be the Israeli answer to such diabolic audacity perpetrated on the most sacred day of the Jewish calendar? Although the absolute value for life – even the lives of its enemies, is greater by an order of magnitude for the Israeli conscience, could any sane human believe that such a nightmarish attack would be answered by anything short of a lightning strike of unprecedented wrath? It is one thing to fire missiles, and quite another to butcher toddlers by hand: a hellish tactic that only the greatest vigilance on the part of the IDF has forestalled. Therefore, the only “reasonable rationalization” for such a  Doomsday plan would be to drive the passions of Israel to critical mass, and to provide an irresistible provocation so as to ignite the Middle East into a scenario of total war. It is not fanciful conjecture to conclude that Hamas believed that an Israeli decimation of Gaza would unite the universe of jihadi sympathizers who believe they possess both the means and strategic position to destroy the “Zionist entity.” Whether this fatal calculation was fortified by secret agreements or merely the wishful thinking of moral termites — led by the nose to their own destruction — is fruit for future speculation. Looking back in retrospect, the faithful should be comforted with the mournful bittersweet realization that the murder of three young men might well have short-circuited Armageddon. Such sacrifices are not lost on those who acknowledge the Deity’s saving hand in a region wherein the devil never sleeps.

    It has been reported that Muslims of good conscience have paid the ultimate price in Gaza, either for protesting the inhumanity of Hamas or in failing to lend their assent to martyrdom as human shields. Israel is then faced with the conundrum of having to separate the sheep from the goats. It is probably safe to say that a good percentage of Gazans now rue the day that in their exuberance they perverted democracy and hitched their carts to a dragon. But such is the fate of peoples whose religious flirtation with hatred and death inevitably returns to waylay them, seven-fold.

    There are 5,000 command and control tunnels that span the length and breadth of Gaza in which men — presumingly without fangs dripping with green venom – men whose appearance does not appreciably differ from you or me – are morally indistinguishable from werewolves. Believing their cause is just and that they are therefore blamelessly ushering in the Kingdom of Allah on Earth, they are inoculated to the reality that their hearts have conspicuously turned to stone and their consciences as to flint. And as monsters beget a host of progeny that overpower the world like locusts, it may one day be necessary to drive them from their secure haunts into waterless lands where they will finally consume one another with weeping and gnashing of teeth. Having seen what horrors Gaza’s Morlocks had in store for her, Israel may now be on the cusp of internalizing this solution as its only chance for survival.

    As for those who have made their bed on the volcano’s rim – living on nerves and consumed with the horror that the phantasm has taken form – will any of them pass a night’s sleep without barring the door or securing a weapon within reach? And if you are certain that orcs and ogres are but a fata morgana brought on by the rising vapors of desert climes, just question the folk of Nahal Oz, Sa’ad, or Kfar Aza if that thing that goes “bump in the night” is a chimera – or the faint echo of a demon scratching – fifty fathoms deep.

    Glenn Fairman writes from Highland, Ca.  He welcomes your correspondence at arete5000@dslextreme.com and can be followed at www.stubbornthings.org and on Twitter.

      Awesome Post:
      0 Vote

    Aug 10 2014

    ‘Yazidi is Kurdish for ‘Unarmed Israeli’

    Tag: Israel: Middle EastSage @ 5:31 pm

    From American Thinker.Com

    So said the brilliant Iowahawk this week as most people of the world watch in horror the spectacle of 40,000 members of this beleaguered Iraqi minority huddled without food or water on rocky Sinjar mountaintops. Below them the savages of ISIS kidnap Yazidi women, raping them and selling them into slavery. Heads of children ISIS decapitated are displayed on pikes in public parks and there are reports of distraught families tossing their beloved babies from mountaintops rather than watch them slowly starve to death.

    This barbarism comes after tens of thousands of Christians were raped, murdered, driven from their ancestral homes and stripped of all their possessions by ISIS.

    The president took a brief respite from his heavy fundraising, golf, and vacation schedule to order some bombs dropped on Erbil to protect Americans there and some food drops for the Yazidis, but with no real plan. His was obviously a response to the horror the crimes inspired in Americans tempered by domestic political concerns — the obvious distaste for the exercise U.S. military power he and his base share.

    The WaPo editors deplore Obama’s “half measures” in Iraq:

    Obama’s authorization of Iraq airstrikes isn’t connected to a coherent strategy

    And even the NY Times editors, while applauding Obama’s prudence and restraint, are looking for more:

    ‘The United States, Turkey and other allies should move quickly to meet the Kurds’ needs for ammunition and weapons as well as advice on more effectively deploying the pesh merga and integrating Kurdish operations with Iraqi security forces. Under pressure from the United States, Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki of Iraq finally agreed this week to cooperate with the Kurds and to provide air support, and should continue to do so.

    That will still leave Mr. Obama with the task of framing a broader strategy that involves Saudi Arabia, the Arab League and the United Nations, just to start.’

    Yeah, a unified strategy. Why that is urgent now as opposed to two months ago remains a Frequently Unasked Question.[/quote]

    After all it was just weeks ago that the president called on Congress to repeal the authorization for use of force that Congress passed almost unanimously when Bush was president.

    White House national security adviser Susan Rice petitioned Speaker of the House John Boehner (R., Ohio) in a letter Friday to completely repeal the war authorization, officially known as the Authorization for Use of Military Force in Iraq, or AUMF.

    Rice’s letter was sent as Congress just hours before it approved a resolution opposing U.S. military intervention in Iraq, where the terrorist group ISIL claims to have established an Islamic caliphate.

    ‘We believe a more appropriate and timely action for Congress to take is the repeal of the outdated 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force in Iraq,’ Rice wrote, according to a copy of her letter obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

    ‘With American combat troops having completed their withdrawal from Iraq on December 18, 2011, the Iraq AUMF is no longer used for any U.S. government activities and the administration fully supports its repeal,” Rice wrote. “Such a repeal would go much further in giving the American people confidence that ground forces will not be sent into combat in Iraq.’

    And it has been just months since Obama and Biden bragged that Iraq was so stable that there was no reason why, despite concerns of our military, we couldn’t just pull almost all out troops out of there. Iraq was touted as “sovereign, stable and self-reliant” and that we were leaving it that way was lauded as one of “the great achievements of this administration”.

    (Of course, the Administration’s other notable achievements were the passage of ObamaCare, the widespread criminality of  Obama’s  officials and the harm done to the economy.)

    Obama’s apparent choice of successor, the fake Indian Liz Warren, shows every sign of being as clueless as he.

    ‘It’s a complicated situation right now in Iraq and the president has taken very targeted actions to provide humanitarian relief that the Iraqi government requested, and to protect American citizens,’

    Warren told reporters.  ‘But like the president I believe that any solution in Iraq is going to be a negotiated solution, not a military solution. We do not want to be pulled into another war in Iraq.’

    Wouldn’t you like to ask her who we should negotiate with and what our bargaining chips are? I would. Leftists in this country still do not seem to grasp what rug dealers in Casablanca and used car salesmen in Peoria know — unless you have something to trade that people fear or want — in this case the imposition of U.S. power on a situation — you have nothing you can expect to achieve in any negotiation. And unless you have a willing trading partner you are just talking to yourself. Imprecations to negotiate with ISIS are as foolish as admonitions that Israel must negotiate with Hamas, which continues to call for Israel’s complete eradication.

    I’d also like to ask where Iraq would be today if Obama had  been more successful in negotiating a status of forces agreement with Maliki or had we not telegraphed to the ISIS monsters and their hapless victims that we would soon be washing our hands of the place and leaving them to their own devices by a date certain.

    Generally speaking, the left, which viewed everything that happened  in Iraq while Bush was president as an unspeakably shocking outrage, has been quite still on the Lord of the Flies atmosphere occasioned by our premature withdrawal from there.

    Once again — in just a few words — Iowahawk paints the picture: “David Burge @iowahawkblog If ISIS captures the Yazidis, I hope they won’t waterboard them or put underpants on their heads and stuff. That would be wrong.”

    The Department of State’s official responses to ISIS’ and Hamas’ genocidal impulses and conduct underscores the administration’s cluelessness. They, too, drew Iowahawk’s contempt:

    “David Burge

    @iowahawkblog

    Hamas is irresponsible; genocide in Iraq is deeply concerning.

    #ShitMyGovernmentSays

    Hamas is fast learning the lesson Obama and Warren have yet to learn. Without anything to trade, there’s nothing to be gained in any negotiation. Hamas started this war because it had lost most of its allies and was on the rocks. It lost big time.

    Of course, it played the usual media game but this time some foreign reporters from Italy, Finland and India exposed the Hamas’ deliberate targeting of its own population by firing rockets from civilian areas. Even the BBC (!) complained about Hamas’ posting phony casualty photos. Hamas’ propaganda tactics are of diminishing utility except perhaps as fodder for the already anti-Semitic forces of Europe and the UN and the bright intellects of some celebrities in the entertainment industry. Apparently, Hamas has decided that nothing succeeds like failure, for it has started firing rockets into Israel again and signaled its intention to continue fighting. Still, it seems shocked   that its demand for an airport and seaport was rejected after its aggression succeeded only in decimating its own territory, much of its weaponry and the hidden tunnels it had spent ten years, countless tons of building supplies and the lives of 160 children to create.

      Awesome Post:
      0 Vote

    Aug 09 2014

    Middle East: Elam: Iran’s Forgotten Prophecy

    Tag: Israel: Middle EastSage @ 11:32 am

    From KHouse.Org

    Middle East

    by Bill Salus

    Jason Mandryk, Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide to Every Nation (Colorado Springs, CO: Biblica Publishing, 2010), 916.


    Jeremiah’s foretelling of Iran’s Future presents us with a treasure trove of clues that may enlighten us about the fate of Iran’s current nuclear aspirations.

    It was March 29, 2014, in Orlando, Florida when prophecy experts Chuck Missler and Gordon McDonald of Koinonia House Ministries were reminded of a long-forgotten Bible prophecy concerning Iran. They, along with yours truly, were seated alone together at the head table of the Prophecy in the News conference banquet. While patiently awaiting the auditorium doors to fling open and the masses to flood in for the feast, I humbly inquired,

    “Have you gentlemen taken a serious look at the vastly overlooked prophecies identified in Jeremiah 49:34 [show/hide]ERROR: You have exceeded your quota of 5000 requests per day. Please contact the developer of this application if you have questions. (If you're the developer and have questions about this error message, please contact Crossway.)
    This text is from the ESV Bible. Visit www.esv.org to learn about the ESV.
    –39 concerning Elam?”

    With heightened interest, they turned their undivided attention toward me and replied, “No, we haven’t.” Pleased to have piqued their curiosities, I took the liberty of unpacking the prophet’s predictions. Apparently, they liked what they heard because they invited me to author this article, and their ministry is offering you my new book entitled, Nuclear Showdown in Iran, Revealing the Ancient Prophecy of Elam, which takes an in-depth look at Jeremiah’s prophecies concerning Elam.

    Is Iran’s New Nuclear Program Ancient Prophetic News?

    Before sharing with you the information that stimulated their scholarly interests, it is prophetically expedient to preface the geopolitical importance of the Biblical interpretations that this article imparts. The destruction of Iran’s nuclear program might be the subject of Jeremiah’s ancient prophecy. Moreover, this prophecy can currently be classified as an imminent event.

    The war-weary world is watching with worrisome eyes as Iran assembles a uranium enrichment arsenal that now numbers about 19,000 centrifuges. This many centrifuges spinning 24/7 can produce a nuclear weapon within about six weeks.[1] Perhaps even more startling is the June 9, 2014 headline below from The Washington Free Beacon:

    “Israeli Official: Iran to Have 50–100 Nuclear Warheads by 2024”

    For a plethora of justifiable reasons, Israel, many Arabs, and much of the international community are deeply troubled by the prospects of the current rogue Islamic Iranian regime possessing such a robust atomic arsenal. Jeremiah’s foretelling of Iran’s future presents us with a treasure trove of clues that may enlighten us about the fate of Iran’s current nuclear aspirations.

    The following is an attempt to infuse Biblical commentary alongside actual—and possible future—news headlines, in order to provide a real-time interpretation of Jeremiah 49:34–39. At first glance, this unique approach of writing may appear to be a bad case of newspaper exegesis, an author’s attempt to make Biblical Scriptures marry up with current events. However, after reading the extensive research provided in my book, I believe you will forgive the author’s liberties taken below.

    Jeremiah 49:34 [show/hide]ERROR: You have exceeded your quota of 5000 requests per day. Please contact the developer of this application if you have questions. (If you're the developer and have questions about this error message, please contact Crossway.)
    This text is from the ESV Bible. Visit www.esv.org to learn about the ESV.
    –39 in the News

    Jeremiah 49:34 [show/hide]ERROR: You have exceeded your quota of 5000 requests per day. Please contact the developer of this application if you have questions. (If you're the developer and have questions about this error message, please contact Crossway.)
    This text is from the ESV Bible. Visit www.esv.org to learn about the ESV.
    :
    The word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah the prophet against Elam, in the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, saying,[2]

    “Ancient 2600-Year Old Prophecy Predicts Iran’s Future”

    “Iran Has Double Trouble Ahead, Ezekiel 38 [show/hide]ERROR: You have exceeded your quota of 5000 requests per day. Please contact the developer of this application if you have questions. (If you're the developer and have questions about this error message, please contact Crossway.)
    This text is from the ESV Bible. Visit www.esv.org to learn about the ESV.
    and Jeremiah 49 [show/hide]ERROR: You have exceeded your quota of 5000 requests per day. Please contact the developer of this application if you have questions. (If you're the developer and have questions about this error message, please contact Crossway.)
    This text is from the ESV Bible. Visit www.esv.org to learn about the ESV.

    Jeremiah issued his prophecies concerning Elam about 596 B.C. Jeremiah wrote about Elam about a decade before his contemporary Ezekiel prophesied about Persia in Ezekiel 38:5. Ezekiel’s ministry spanned between 595–573 b.c.[3] Modern-day Iran is comprised of ancient Elam and Persia.

    Ezekiel was familiar with Elam, according to Ezekiel 32:24–25, but he did not include Elam in the lineup of invaders in Ezekiel 38. Elam was probably intentionally omitted, because it is the subject of its own distinctly different prophecy, outlined by Jeremiah.

    Jeremiah 49:35: Thus says the LORD of hosts: “Behold, I will break the bow of Elam, The foremost of their might.”

    “Iran Continuing Ballistic Missile Program (ICBMs), Says UN Report”

    Israel National News, 5/16/14

    “Israeli PM threatens to strike Iran: Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel may have to act against Tehran unilaterally to curb it from achieving its nuclear goal.”

    Al Jazeera, 7/17/13

    The Elamites were warlike people and expert archers, according to Genesis 14:1–9 and Isaiah 22:6. Jeremiah predicts that Iran will suffer the fate of a broken bow, which might imply that the IRGC (Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps) will be unable to launch scores of its missiles at its enemies. Additionally, he declares that Iran will be struck at the foremost place of its might, which today could infer an attack upon its nuclear program. One of Iran’s most strategic and vulnerable nuclear targets is the Bushehr nuclear reactor, located in the heart of ancient Elam.

    Presently, Israel has dual concerns about Iran’s military intentions. They are concerned about Iran’s quest to obtain nuclear weapons, and the rogue regime’s obsession with developing ICBM’s.

    The Jerusalem Post quoted Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu on February 25, 2014, as saying to German Chancellor Angela Merkel:

    The goal is to prevent Iran from having the capability to manufacture and deliver nuclear weapons. I believe that means zero enrichment, zero centrifuges, zero plutonium, and of course an end to ICBM development. Because none of these elements —none of them—is necessary for developing civilian nuclear energy, which is what Iran has claimed that it wants.[4]

    Jeremiah 49:36: Against Elam I will bring the four winds From the four quarters of heaven, And scatter them toward all those winds; There shall be no nations where the outcasts of Elam will not go.

    “The Next Chernobyl?”

    Bushehr, however, could turn out to be the most dangerous piece of Iran’s nuclear puzzle for another reason: haphazard planning and ongoing technical problems mean it could be the next Chernobyl, igniting a humanitarian disaster and explosive economic damage across the oil-rich region.

    New York Times, 1/2/13

    Jeremiah informs us that the attack upon the ancient territory of Elam will produce numerous refugees, perhaps even turning into a humanitarian crisis. Exiles will be dispersed worldwide, as if being blown about by overpowering winds. Several studies conducted of the safety of the Bushehr nuclear site have concluded that an accident at the facility could result in such a disaster.

    Jeremiah 49:37: For I will cause Elam to be dismayed before their enemies And before those who seek their life. I will bring disaster upon them, My fierce anger, says the LORD; And I will send the sword after them Until I have consumed them.

    “Iran: ‘Thousands of Missiles’ to Rain on Israel”

    World Net Daily, 8/28/13

    “Saudi Arabia Displays Ballistic Missiles in Likely Display to Iran”

    National Journal 4/30/14

    “Iranian Commander; We have Targets Within America”

    The Daily Caller, 2/1/14

    Provoking the Lord’s Wrath

    In addition to the Lord, Iran has othere enemies in this prophecy. The headlines above depict a few of them. Each enemy, for varying reasons, seeks to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear nation.

    Additionally, Jeremiah says that Elam has stirred up the Lord’s anger, and that provokes the Lord to cause a severe disaster inside of Iran.

    Perhaps this alludes to a nuclear disaster caused from a strike upon Iran’s Bushehr nuclear reactor. Nuclear Showdown in Iran explains how the present Iranian regime has fiercely angered the Lord.

    Jeremiah 49:38–39: “I will set My throne in Elam, And will destroy from there the king and the princes,” says the LORD. “But it shall come to pass in the latter days: I will bring back the captives of Elam,” says the LORD.

    “Open Doors: Growth of Christianity in Iran ‘Explosive’”

    Christian Post, 3/23/12

    “Greatest Christian Revival in the World in Iran”

    World Net Daily, 7/25/12

    Jeremiah’s last two verses present the exiles of Jeremiah 49:36 with great news. Iranians who accept Christ in advance of His second coming will be returned from global exile into the restored fortunes of their historic homeland in Elam. Moreover, Jerusalem (Jeremiah 3:17) and Elam (Jeremiah 49:38) are the only two earthly locations identified in Scripture for the future establishment of the Lord’s throne.

    Presently, several million Iranians have already become born-again believers in Christ. In fact, Iran has the fastest growing evangelical population in the world.[5] Multitudes of Iranians are accepting Jesus as their Savior through watching Christian satellite TV and experiencing miracles, dreams, visions and healings. This Christian back story is truly the big story of Jeremiah’s prophecy.


    [Ed note: Bill Salus is a featured speaker at this year’s Strategic Perspectives conference. See koinoniainstitute.org/conference for details. We hope you can join us!]


    1. This Israel National News article discusses the dangers of Iran’s 19,000 centrifuges. http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/173192#.U5dd_dJOXIU.
    2. Jeremiah 49:34 [show/hide]ERROR: You have exceeded your quota of 5000 requests per day. Please contact the developer of this application if you have questions. (If you're the developer and have questions about this error message, please contact Crossway.)
      This text is from the ESV Bible. Visit www.esv.org to learn about the ESV.
      –39 is taken from the New King James Version of the Bible.
    3. Easton’s Bible Dictionary provides the time frames of Ezekiel’s ministry on the Internet as of 6/21/14 at this link: http://www.sacred-texts.com/bib/ebd/ebd129.htm.
    4. Jerusalem Post article was on the Internet as of 2/26/12 at this link: http://www.jpost.com/Iranian-Threat/News/Netanyahu-urges-Germany-not-to-allow-Iran-to-enrich-uranium-343555
    5. Jason Mandryk, Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide to Every Nation (Colorado Springs, CO: Biblica Publishing, 2010), 916.
      Awesome Post:
      0 Vote

    Aug 08 2014

    3 Articles; BREAKING NEWS: Hamas jihadists starts firing salvo after salvo of rockets at Israel. War starts again.; * Jihadist rampage: Hamas threatens to relaunch war. ISIS beheading children & Christians in Iraq. 170,000 killed in Syria.; * Rand Paul has repeatedly called for ending US military aid to Israel. Now he’s denying it. Why?

    Tag: Israel: Middle EastSage @ 11:41 am

    From Flash Traffic Blog Wordpress.Com

    BREAKING NEWS: Hamas jihadists starts firing salvo after salvo of rockets at Israel. War starts again.

    by joelcrosenberg

    MIDEAST ISRAEL PALESTINIANSIt pains me to say that Hamas has started firing rockets at Israel again. The cease-fire period has ended and clearly the jihadists are not finished trying to murder Israeli Jews and Arabs and bring further devastation to Gaza.

    This despite a new poll showing that “an overwhelming 92 percent of Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip are in favor of a long-term ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, and 72% hope their leaders will work to achieve a lasting peace agreement with the Jewish state,” notes the Times of Israel.

    Here’s what we know so far tonight.

    “Jerusalem had hoped Hamas would agree to another 72 hour extension to allow time for Israeli and Palestinian negotiating teams in Cairo to come to an agreement that would end Operation Protective Edge, which now enters its 32nd day,” reports the Jerusalem Post. ” Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said his organization had rejected the idea of an extension, but would continue to negotiate.”

    “Economic Affair Minister Naftali Bennett called on the government to pull its delegation out of the Cairo talks,” noted the Post. “Its sends the wrong message to Hamas for Israel to negotiate under fire, he said, explaining that what was needed was a military response. ‘Our response has to be harsh. Operation Protective Edge has not ended. Israeli citizens have to stand strong.  The IDF said that 11 Gaza launched rockets and mortars had fired into Israel in the first hour after the cease fire ended. During that salvo, one rocket was shot down over Ashkelon and 7 more landed in open areas in the Hof Ashkelon region.”

    Developing….

    Jihadist rampage: Hamas threatens to relaunch war. ISIS beheading children & Christians in Iraq. 170,000 killed in Syria.

    by joelcrosenberg

    Jihadists are on a rampage.

    Jihadists are on a rampage.

    (Denver, Colorado) — We are witnessing a jihadist rampage in the epicenter.

    Hamas has fired 3,000-plus rockets at Israel and is now threatening to re-launch its war against Israel as early as Friday. ISIS is beheading children, raping women, and killing scores of Christians in Iraq. They are also warning Christians to convert or be massacred. At the same time, ISIS jihadists are crucifying Christians and others in Syria, and the bloody civil war in Syria has left 170,000 dead and created millions of refugees fleeing for safety.

    The world is doing little or nothing about these crimes against humanity. Instead, they are condemning Israel for defending themselves against a jihadist onslaught and threatening to charge Israeli Jews with war crimes.

    Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil,” wrote the Hebrew prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 5:20 [show/hide]ERROR: You have exceeded your quota of 5000 requests per day. Please contact the developer of this application if you have questions. (If you're the developer and have questions about this error message, please contact Crossway.)
    This text is from the ESV Bible. Visit www.esv.org to learn about the ESV.
    ).

    Woe to world leaders who are ignoring true evil and condemning those who are trying to defending themselves.

    As Christians, we need to pray faithfully and consistently for Christians in the Middle East to have courage to stand for Christ and boldly proclaim the Gospel — the good news — amidst such darkness and evil. We need to pray for the Lord to protect Jews, Christians and Muslims from this jihadist wave of terror. We need to speak out — don’t be silent in the face of great evil — we must urge the democracies and all civilized nations of the world to fight such terror and help those who are defending themselves against Radical Islam. But we must not wait for governments to do the right thing. The Church must do all we can to help those who are suffering in real and practical ways.

    Here’s a quick snapshot of the evil that is on the move in the epicenter:

    · Hamas vows to restart attacks Friday if blockade not lifted (Times of Israel)

    · ISIS to Christians in Mosul: convert, pay or die (CNN)

    · Christian leader says ISIS beheading children and Christians, women being raped and killed (CNN)

    · New ISIS blitz drives Iraqi Christians out (Lebanon Daily Star)

    · ISIS crucifies nine people in Syrian villages — crucifixions have been meted out by Isis across Syria as punishment to rebels (London Telegraph)

    · Jihadist offensive in Iraq sparks mass Christian exodus — Tens of thousands said to be fleeing for their lives as Islamic State fighters sweep across Kurdish area (Agence France Presse)

    · Syria war toll tops 170,000 (Jordan Times)

    · Watch: Rare videos that actually show Hamas firing rockets into Israel (Washington Post)

    · ‘I have no sympathy for Hamas,’ Obama says (Jerusalem Post)

    · President Obama says Hamas deliberately puts rocket launchers in civilian population centers –  ”I have said from the beginning that no country would tolerate rockets being launched into their cities.  And as a consequence, I have consistently supported Israel’s right to defend itself, and that includes doing what it needs to do to prevent rockets from landing on population centers and, more recently, as we learned, preventing tunnels from being dug under their territory that can be used to launch terrorist attacks.  I also think it is important to remember that Hamas acts extraordinarily irresponsibly when it is deliberately siting rocket launchers in population centers, putting populations at risk because of that particular military strategy.” (White House transcript of press conference)

    · Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu holds press conference explaining the jihadist threat Israel is facing (see full transcript)

    Tonight here in Denver I will speak these issues in a message titled, “The Future of America, Israel & the Middle East in the light of the Scriptures.” I will deliver a similar address on Saturday at The Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa. On Sunday, I will preach at Grace West Church in West Des Moines, also on what Bible prophecy teaches about the future of Israel and the Middle East and how Christians must live in these dark times.

    On Monday, I hope to post notes on these messages. But please attend, if you can. For more details or to register to attend either of these events, please click here.

    —————————-

    >> I’ll speak on latest events in Israel & Mideast in Denver tonight, and in Ames, Iowa on Saturday. Please register to attend.

    · Learn more about The Joshua Fund (www.joshuafund.com). This is an organization my wife and I founded in 2006 to educate and mobilize Christians to bless Israel and her Arab neighbors in the name of Jesus, including caring for the poor and needy with food and other humanitarian relief. Read our 2013 Donor Report. Please pray for our team, especially as they care for Jews and Arabs in the region. And please prayerfully consider making a generous, tax deductible, secure, on-line contribution.

    · Order The Auschwitz Escape today — it’s available now in hardcover, e-book and audio formats. You can get it online, or in your favorite bookstore.

    · Follow on Twitter — @joelcrosenberg

    · Receive every blog post automatically via the RSS feed.

    ·

    Rand Paul has repeatedly called for ending US military aid to Israel. Now he’s denying it. Why?

    by joelcrosenberg

    Sen. Rand Paul tries to deny he has called for an end to all US aid to Israel -- but that's exactly what he's done.

    Sen. Rand Paul tries to deny he has called for an end to all US aid to Israel — but that’s exactly what he’s done.

    (Denver, Colorado) — With America’s ally Israel under attack from more than 3,000 rockets and missiles as well as terrorist squads from Gaza, Senator Rand Paul — increasingly considered the 2016 GOP presidential frontrunner – this week insisted that he has never called for the end of U.S. aid to Israel.

    What in the world is he talking about?

    Senator Paul has repeatedly called for an end to the $3 billion the U.S. invests in the Israeli military every year. He has called such an investment “welfare.” He started making this case in 2011 in his budget proposal and in interviews with CNN and ABC News. He even repeated the call for an end of military aid to Israel on a visit to Jerusalem in 2013.

    Consider these stories:

    · Rand Paul: End ‘welfare’ to Israel (Politico, February 4, 2011)

    · Rand Paul: End foreign aid, including Israel (Jewish Telegraphic Agency, January 27, 2011)

    · Rand Paul Calls for End to Aid for Israel — Tea Party Stalwart Says Move Will Strengthen Jewish State (The Jewish Daily Forward, January 7, 2013)

    · Rand Paul’s call to end foreign aid concerns Israel — Suggestion deemed “harmful” to U.S. commitment (Washington Times, June 17, 2013)

    The Wall Street Journal reports: “In 2011, Mr. Paul proposed a five-year balanced budget plan that said it ‘eliminates extraneous tax subsidies that exceed tax liability, and all international assistance, among other cuts.’ And in an interview with Wolf Blitzer of CNN early in 2011, Mr. Paul said he would end foreign aid to Israel as well as other Mideast countries. Noting that Egypt gets about the same amount of U.S. money as Israel, he said that ‘you have to ask yourself, are we funding an arms race on both sides? I have a lot of sympathy and respect for Israel as a democratic nation, as a, you know, a fountain of peace and a fountain of democracy within the Middle East. But at the same time, I don’t think funding both sides of the arm race, particularly when we have to borrow the money from China to send it to someone else. We just can’t do it anymore. The debt is all-consuming and it threatens our well being as a country.’ When Mr. Blitzer asked if he would ‘end all foreign aid including the foreign aid to Israel as well,’ Mr. Paul replied, ‘Yes.’ In a February 2011 interview with ABC News, Mr. Paul defended his call to cut the $3 billion in annual aid to Israel and assistance to other countries. ‘I’m not singling out Israel. I support Israel. I want to be known as a friend of Israel,’ Mr. Paul said at the time, ‘but not with money you don’t have. We can’t just borrow from our kids’ future and give it to countries even if they are our friends….I think they’re an important ally, but I also think that their per capita income is greater than probably three-fourths of the rest of the world. Should we be giving free money or welfare to a wealthy nation? I don’t think so.’”

    So why is Paul denying it? One possibility: he knows the nation — and especially the GOP — is strongly pro-Israel and he worries that he cannot advance politically if voters conclude that he is not.

    On the merits of the issue of investing in Israel’s military as a key and important American ally, the Senator is dead wrong.

    Widely regarded as an isolationist (see here, here, here, here and here), Paul wants America to retreat from the world, not be the world’s leading superpower. He has demonstrated that he does not understand the gravity of the threats we face from Iran, North Korea, Russia, China or Radical Islam more broadly. Nor does he  truly understand the enormous threats the U.S., Israel and our Arab allies face in the Middle East, in particular, or how valuable it is to invest in the Israeli military.

    Israel is America’s most faithful ally in a dangerous part of the world. Americans in both parties overwhelming support Israel and want to continue doing so. Israel is on the frontlines of the war against Radical Islam. The Israelis provide us highly-valuable intelligence, basing rights for our forces, and joint development of high-tech weapons systems that keep our people and forces safe, as well as theirs. The joint development of missile and rocket defenses such as the Arrow, Patriot and Iron Dome systems have been lifesavers. With the proliferation of ballistic missiles throughout the Middle East, and Iran racing for nuclear weapons, now is not the time to end our investment in the most successful military in the world in shooting down rockets and missiles.

    Now is the time to stand together with our trustworthy ally, not cut her loose.

    There is a second issue at play here that is also troubling. Senator Paul is entitled to hold any opinion on any public policy issue he wants. He can even change his views if he would like to. But for any leader — especially a presidential frontrunner – to deny that he has a position that he has stated publicly and repeatedly is ludicrous. Indeed, it raises questions about his character and veracity.

    One last thought: Senator Paul’s position to end military aid to Israel puts him far to the left of President Obama.

    Is this the future of the GOP?

    ————————–

    Rand Paul says he never proposed ending aid to Israel — even though he did

    Paul proposed a budget in 2011 to cut off aid to all foreign nations.

    By Chris Moody, Yahoo News, August 4, 2014

    “Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul on Monday denied that he once supported ending federal aid to Israel — an idea he proposed as recently as 2011,” reports Yahoo News.

    “I haven’t really proposed that in the past,” Paul told Yahoo News when asked if he still thought the U.S. should phase out aid to Israel, which has been battling Hamas in Gaza for weeks. “We’ve never had a legislative proposal to do that. You can mistake my position, but then I’ll answer the question. That has not been a position — a legislative position — we have introduced to phase out or get rid of Israel’s aid. That’s the answer to that question. Israel has always been a strong ally of ours and I appreciate that. I voted just this week to give money — more money — to the Iron Dome, so don’t mischaracterize my position on Israel.”

    Paul, who was in Omaha campaigning for Nebraska Senate candidate Ben Sasse before a three-day tour of neighboring Iowa, may not like it when reporters bring up his proposal from three years ago to end all U.S. foreign aid — including to Israel. But that was in fact his position.

    In 2011, the newly elected Paul proposed a budget that would have cut $500 billion from the federal budget in part by cutting off foreign aid to all countries, including financial grants to Israel. The United States provides about $3 billion to Israel annually, and last week the Senate approved $225 million to help support Israel’s Iron Dome technology, which blocks rocket fire from Gaza. (Paul supported the measure.)

    Paul, in his first months in office, however, defended phasing out aid by saying that the U.S. could no longer afford to give cash to other countries.

    “I’m not singling out Israel. I support Israel. I want to be known as a friend of Israel, but not with money you don’t have,” Paul said in 2011 during an interview with ABC News. “We can’t just borrow from our kids’ future and give it to countries, even if they are our friends.”

    He even pointed to Israel as an example of a nation that doesn’t need foreign aid because of its own wealth.

    “I think they’re an important ally, but I also think that their per capita income is greater than probably three-fourths of the rest of the world,” Paul said, also in 2011. “Should we be giving free money or welfare to a wealthy nation? I don’t think so.”….

    It’s one thing for a politician to admit that his views have changed on an issue and an entirely other thing to say that he never held the position at all.

      Awesome Post:
      0 Vote

    Next Page »