Israel Under Attack, Still.
Israel appears enjoying a "quiet" period, that"s the general line of thinking.
There"s more than meets the eye, however, and an assessment of the reality on the ground shows a very different picture and makes clear that Israel is already engaged in a war, a covert one.
One could call it a "low-intensity conflict" but the fact is no day passes by without news which supports the conclusion that the IDF is fighting an asymmetrical war against implacable foes on five fronts.
Over the last year we have witnessed the heating up of the northern border in both Syria and Lebanon, an uptick in Palestinian terror attacks, a renewal of rocket fire from Gaza, continuing attempts to infiltrate Israel via so-called terror tunnels and most recently a sharp increase in attempts to attack the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.
For example, in Gush Etzion, the largest bloc of Jewish communities in Judea, there were three attempts by Arabs to infiltrate the city of Efrat and Carmei Tzur, a small Jewish village along Road 60 to Hevron, this over the past month alone.
In all cases, local security and emergency teams managed to foil the terror attacks, but it is an indication that terrorists are heeding Fatah"s recent call to attack "settlers", meaning Jews living in Judea and Samaria, the biblical heartland of Israel.
The worsening of the humanitarian situation in Gaza could
easily spark a new conflict with Israel according to Israeli security experts, and Hamas is reportedly again preparing for war as a way-out of its self-created Gazan swamp.
Over the past few days, Hamas-leader Yahya Sinwar has raised the level of alert among the various Palestinian terror groups in the Gaza Strip and has moved the command echelon to underground facilities. He thinks Israel intends to launch a pre-emptive assault on Gaza within the next few days.
Sinwar ordered the measures after the IDF stepped up its retaliatory attacks against Hamas targets in the Gaza strip and because he mistook a joint American-Israeli drill and an exercise by the IDF"s Paratroopers Brigade as preparation for imminent war.
In reality, the joint American-Israeli drill, dubbed Juniper Cobra, is a biennial exercise which will this year focus on missile defense in a two-front scenario, while the Paratrooper drill could be a preparation for military action against Iran and its proxies.
Another front where Israel is fighting a covert war is the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt where Wilayat Sinai, the local ISIS branch, continues to pose a serious threat not only to the regime of President el-Sisi but also to the Jewish State.
The New York Times reported on Saturday that Israel has carried out airstrikes on positions of Wilayat Sinai a hundred times.
The Israeli intervention in Sinai was coordinated with the el-Sisi regime, according to the NYT, and started after the ISIS affiliate downed a Russian civilian plane in northern Sinai in 2015, killing all aboard.
The Israeli Air Force (IAF) uses drones and unmarked helicopters and warplanes in the campaign against Wilayat Sinai, which formerly operated under the name Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis.
By Des Rubie
Tourism in Jerusalem
The Europeans are upset that Israel is developing tourism in Jerusalem “at the expense of other religions and cultures.” Really?!
By: JNS.org and United with Israel Staff
A European Union (EU) report leaked to The Guardian expressed ire over Israeli tourism development in and around Jerusalem’s Old City, calling ongoing Israeli infrastructure improvements a form of “touristic settlement.”
The EU Heads of Mission in Jerusalem issued a report warning that the development of Israeli tourism in the ancient City of David, currently located within a Palestinian neighborhood, and a planned cable car that would transport tourists to the Western Wall (Kotel), which is within the Old City, were “a political tool to modify the historical narrative and to support, legitimize, and expand settlements.”
The report asserts that the projects promote the “historic continuity of the Jewish presence in the area at the expense of other religions and cultures.”
The Europeans, through votes at international forums, have repeatedly denied the Jews’ connection to Jerusalem.
The cable car, which EU diplomats have dubbed “highly controversial,” is anticipated to be operational by 2020, and is being erected to ease traffic on the narrow streets surrounding Jerusalem’s Old City and drastically reduce travel time, making the holy sites more accessible to tourists and visitors. An estimated 25,000 people are expected to utilize the system per day.
Additionally, the report states, “Critics have described the project as turning the World Heritage site of Jerusalem into a commercial theme park while local Palestinian residents are absent from the narrative being promoted to the visitors.”
The report further suggested that the cable car project would pose a security threat, as one of the cable car stations would be a little over 420 feet from the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif site administered by the Jordanian Islamic Wakf.
Over 30 registered World Heritage sites around the world are accessible via cable car systems.
Officials involved in the project explained that the routes of the cable cars were carefully chosen to refrain from diplomatic controversy or infringement on anyone’s rights.
It is of significance to note that archeologists digging in Jerusalem’ Old City and its environs uncover evidence attesting to the Jews’ rich history and deep connection to the city, on an almost weekly basis.
Most recently, Israeli archaeologists uncovered at Ein Hanniya part of a “capital,” which is the topmost part of an ancient column. Capitals such as the one found were typical of royal structures in the First Temple period.
Archaeologists also uncovered a rare silver coin from the 4th century BCE, one of the most ancient ever found in the Jerusalem area.
However, archeologists have yet to unearth any findings from the “Palestinian period,” possibly because they have yet to decide when it occurred, or because it never did occur at all.
Arab Woman Tells Truth about Israel
Arab Woman Tells Truth about Israel
A Times of Israel journalist writes: “I first met Boshra Khalaila in the Spring of 2010, at the Ministry of Public Diplomacy’s offices in Jerusalem. She was 24 at the time. Like me, she’d been alarmed by the public relations debacle that followed the Gaza flotilla incident and had somehow found her way to the Ministry’s hastily set-up situation room, to volunteer her time and do damage control, in Arabic.
“I next saw her last January at the first preparatory meeting for the Faces of Israel program, which I have previously written about. She had again volunteered to defend her country and taken time off work to drive from Jerusalem, where she lives, to Tel Aviv for the preparatory sessions, a ritual she would have to repeat often. I was sent to California as part of that program. Boshra’s destination was South Africa – during Israel Apartheid Week.
“In South Africa, she traveled to both Johannesburg and Cape Town, lecturing at four large university events that included a serious round of follow-up work – public discussions, five radio interviews, and a host of newspaper interviews.
“Boshra, a secular, independent and patriotic Israeli Arab woman, defies stereotypes. She grew up in a liberal home in the Arab village of Deir Hana, in the Galilee. Her first contact with Jewish Israelis came at the age of 18, when she enrolled in Haifa University. There, she had to speak Hebrew for the first time. And it is there that she started to develop her political conscience and her attachment to the State of Israel.
“‘I am married and doing a master’s degree [in Tel Aviv]. I am a liberal, free
woman, with all the rights that
I could enjoy. I compare myself to other women my age in Jordan, the territories, Egypt, any Arab country. They don’t have the rights that I have: freedom of expression, the right to vote. They are forced into marriage at a young age, and religious head covering, despite their own convictions. With me it’s the opposite; I have everything.’”
On one occasion, we sat down for an interview in the lobby of a Tel Aviv hotel. My first question to Boshra was why she feels the need to speak up for Israel so publicly – something that most Jews don’t even feel compelled to do. She answered me in perfect Hebrew: ‘To sacrifice myself for the country that I live in and that gives me rights, that’s a natural price.’
“Boshra was part of a team of five people, including another Israeli Arab and a Druze, who were sent to South Africa with Faces of Israel during Israel Apartheid Week. Like us, Boshra and her team had to deal with widespread ignorance about Israel, compounded by a campaign of demonization waged by pro-Palestinian students. Unlike us, she could counter the anti-Israel Middle Eastern students as an Arab herself, in Arabic.
“[The pro-Palestinian students in Johannesburg] had built fake barriers and put up all kinds of slogans demonizing Israel and accusing it of Apartheid, of being a child murderer and the like. There were awful pictures, pictures with dead children, [it was] really terrible.”
“Boshra and her team were generally not welcome. They didn’t even know that there was such a thing as Israeli Arabs. They accused us of being Jews. Some people were hostile, they told us ‘get out,’ ‘we don’t want to hear from you.’ [Some] were even more unwilling to talk to me because I am Arab and was seen as a traitor, but this was only a small part of their group. Others, thankfully, came to listen; they were open-minded about it.”
“Boshra and her team delivered a number of lectures, told their personal stories, dialogued with students and gave interviews. “You want to defend yourself from people that tell the world that [Jews and Arabs] travel on different buses and study at different schools and that there is segregation,” she said. “That just isn’t true: I study in the same educational institutions, ride the same buses, shop in the same supermarkets. Everything that they say is absolutely false. And I do feel that I belong to my country.”
Hoping to give South Africans a glimpse of her everyday life as an Arab citizen of Israel, Boshra instead found herself publicly debating politics with a Palestinian PhD student from Gaza, in Arabic.
“This is what I told him in front of everyone; I spoke in Arabic, and I was translated: ‘I don’t enjoy it when soldiers attack and mothers and babies end up getting killed or injured. It’s hard. But the same is true for Netivot and Sderot, when Kassam rockets hit and, God forbid, someone is killed, it is very hard. On both sides there are mothers and it is hard. I want the Palestinian people to have a country. It’s a natural right.
That said, there are all kinds of conflicts within the Palestinian authority, mainly with Hamas, that prevent progress toward a peaceful settlement for the state of Israel and that is unfortunate.” She added, “If there is any Apartheid – in the sense of flagrant injustice – in the world, it is what is happening in Syria. Thousands of people murdered...the number of dead doesn’t even come close here.”
Thinking back to my experience in California, I assumed that her message would fall on deaf ears. But she surprised me:
“Most of the talks ended with a handshake and a hug. To me this says it all. I have to say that it was important that I wasn’t there representing the government of Israel. It was surprising for them to see that I was a simple person, defending my country for the rights that I have and not speaking on behalf of the government. It came across as very genuine. For them, this was huge – to be able to listen to someone who is not from the government, including for the pro-Palestinian students. When you tell them you are a student and not a government spokesman, they no longer see you as an enemy.”
Boshra’s appearances on campus made waves, and, among her many radio appearances, she was interviewed by an Islamic, Arabic-language radio station in Johannesburg. The interviewer, a religious Saudi man, asked her questions which revealed a disheartening level of ignorance about Israel, the most over-scrutinized and documented country in the world – an ignorance that is unfortunately all too common.
“He asked why Israel doesn’t let Muslims pray or go to Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem; why only Jews are allowed to pray [in the State of Israel]. I told them that in my own small village in the Galilee there are not only one but two mosques and two imams who both get a monthly salary from the state. The interviewer was in shock. I added that I could go pray at Al Aqsa mosque at will, freely. Sure, sometimes there are security concerns and they limit entrance temporarily, but that’s it.”
The host was receptive to Boshra’s story and as the conversation turned to the rights of Arabs in Israel, her assertiveness grew. “I said to him: ‘In Saudi Arabia, can a woman drive a car?’ He said no. I said: ‘I can.’ And he was silent. I asked: ‘Can a woman in Kuwait or Saudi Arabia meet a man and get to know him before getting married or is she just forced into marriage at a young age?’ He said no, she can’t. I said: ‘I can.’ And I would answer his questions with my own questions...and each time he would be stunned silent.”
Boshra went on to correct other popular misconceptions that the host had, including ideas about the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. She informed him about the supplies that Israel provides to the strip on a monthly basis, and she reminded him that Egypt also enforces the embargo. She asked him why it was Israel and not Egypt, an Arab county, which provided for the territory’s necessities? “He was speechless. He was often speechless during our interview.”
“The host’s silence, and the reception she got from many if not all of the Arab students that she met, stood in stark contrast to my experience at Berkeley. Boshra’s interviewer, a religious Saudi, was more receptive to new facts than the “liberal” Ivy league students that I faced. “He saw me; I spoke Arabic, I was liberal and secular. This made him quite open-minded, actually.” [The Times of Israel article, by Philippe Assouline.]
“LORD, who...may live on your holy mountain? The one whose walk is blameless...who speaks the truth from their heart; whose tongue utters no slander...and casts no slur on others...who keeps an oath even when it hurts, and does not change their mind...Whoever does these things will never be shaken” (Psalm 15:1-5).
In Messiah, Lonnie C. Mings
Seventy Years Ago the impossible happened.
Israel is celebrating 70 years since the historic November 29, 1947 UN vote that called for the establishment of a Jewish State in the Land of Israel.
Dignitaries from around the world, senior UN officials, ambassadors and leaders from the pro-Israel community joined Israel’s Mission to the UN, in partnership with the World Jewish Congress, to celebrate 70 years since the historic November 29, 1947 United Nations vote on Resolution 181 that called for the establishment of a Jewish State in the Land of Israel.
The event, initiated by Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon, took place in the Queens Museum, which served as UN headquarters in 1947 when the historic vote took place.
The event commemorating the momentous vote was attended by US Vice President Michael Pence, who served as the guest of honor and keynote speaker, US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and over 60 UN ambassadors, including representatives of the 33 states who voted in favor of the resolution, senior diplomats and Jewish community leaders from around the world. Israel’s Minister of Transportation and Minister of Intelligence Israel Katz represented the Israeli government.
“Seventy years ago, in this very room, in these very seats where you are sitting today, the dream of the Jewish people of 2,000 years came true,” Danon said at the celebration. “In 1897 Theodor Herzl dreamed of the impossible, in 1947 the Jewish people realized the impossible and today 2017, seventy years later, the modern State of Israel has made the impossible, possible,” the Ambassador continued. “From this day onward, for the next seventy years and beyond, Israel will continue to be a beacon of democracy, a powerhouse of innovation and a light unto the nations.”
Report from Christian Friends of Israel in Jerusalem
Our Gates Are Always Open
Recently the Open Gates Project at the Lighthouse Distribution Center welcomed new immigrants to Israel (making Aliyah) from a variety of countries from around the world including Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Germany, Mexico, Columbia, France and Belarus. Most were from the Former Soviet Union and a few from Europe and Central and South America.
Project Open Gates serves new Israeli immigrants in their first three years in the Land by providing them with:
High quality garments from the nations
A gift bag with new basic household items
Food vouchers which are given to large families
Open Gates Project: primarily assisting new immigrants, the elderly (pensioners, survivors and war veterans) as well as the needy from many walks of life.
Those who have been in the Land over three years may apply for one time financial assistance if they are having extreme financial hardship.
Students who are new in the land can receive a gift voucher for textbooks if they are enrolled and studying.
Two different English language classes operate each week for small groups of 10-12 people who are keen to learn English.
A wonderful team of staff members assists new immigrants when they visit the Open Gates Project at the Lighthouse Distribution Center. The Bridal Salon Project also operates from the Lighthouse Distribution Center.
Most immigrants are Russian speaking, although an increasing number are coming from Spanish-speaking countries and elsewhere.
In 2011, 17,500 new immigrants arrived in Israel. Since the Open Gates Project reopened in August 2011 there have been close to 4,000 visitors at the Lighthouse Distribution Center.
Your support with prayer and finances certainly makes a difference in the lives of many people in the land.
Thank you and God bless you all.
“I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west. I will say to the north, 'Give them up!' and to the south, 'Do not hold them back.' Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth” (Isaiah 43:5, 6).
From Out of Zion Ministries
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For the week ending August 25th 2017
Guest Comment: No alternate truth in the Kingdom of God by Errol Francis (New Zealand)
John 8:32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
John14:6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except by Me."
Adding to David's comments of August18th: "The Gospel of Yeshua", has often been meddled with and had alternate truths inserted. There are supposed Christians in the West and Arab communities: who say that "after the death and resurrection of Yeshua, God the Father turned away from the Jewish People". From that time on there has been no particular Chosen People or Promised Land, God's Kingdom has been equally given to all nations. And the entire world is now the promised lands. I agree that salvation has been offered to the gentiles, but cannot agree that the Jews have been rejected and lost all rights to the land of Israel. That files in the face of: For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. Romans 1:16
There are two untruths spread about the Last Supper and the New Covenant that Yeshua made ........
First untruth: that He was covenanting with the first Apostles of the Church and because He had in preceding days spoken of the temples' destruction, that He was then overturning all previous covenants to Israel. This cannot be true in light of. "And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written......... Concerning the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but concerning the election they are beloved for the sake of the fathers. For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable". Romans 11:26-29 (abridged). Neither is it true that once the day of Pentecost came that the natural Israel replaced with the new spiritual Israel of God (Galatians 6:16). We need to note that at Pentecost the gospel was preached to a mainly Jewish crowd. "Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst Acts 2:22
In fact instead of Jews having to become church members from then on, Gentiles when they receive the gospel are grafted into the Commonwealth of Israel and all the promises of God are then jointly available to all. "Being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ........ so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace". Ephesians 2:12-15 (abridged) This agrees totally with the unnatural and natural branches being grafted onto the olive trunk in Romans 11. BUT it does not mean that Gentiles become Jewish, ethnically or spiritually at conversion. We are however "One in Messiah" ie. united in our faith and allegiance to Him.
Second untruth: that the New Covenant promised to Israel in Jeremiah 31:31, is not the New Covenant that Yeshua made in the Last Supper. Some claiming that the Jeremiah Covenant only comes about in the Millennium when the Messiah rules Israel enabling them keep the Mosaic Covenant in newness and correctly. Between Hebrews 8:5-13 the wording of Jeremiah 31 is quoted and expanded. The point being: that a covenant for salvation by works has been replaced by a Covenant of Salvation by Grace. A New Covenant which forgives Israel's sins and the Gentiles' sins both now and forever. A sub-set of this untruth:is the concept that God has a different plan for the salvation of the Church and the Jews. So that after the pre-tribulation rapture of the Church, God returns to dealing with Israel by the Laws of Moses, beyond which He gives Israel material blessings on earth while the Church's blessings are all spiritual and in heaven. I do not believe that scripture indicates any early rapture and divided destinies for Israel and the Church. This last concept is refuted, in the New Jerusalem: Revelation 21:12 has the names of the tribes of Israel engraved on the gates. While Revelation 21:14 has foundations which are the Apostles of the Lamb. We are all there together in the same place at the same time! Also in the promise to: pour out the Holy Spirit on all flesh in the last days. It does not say all flesh, except, the Jews or Israel!
Another untruth that is circulating is that: Jewish People, who now believe in Yeshua as the Messiah and are following Him, are not saved or born again. And that they will be left behind when the Church is raptured. If a Jewish person has come to the truth that Yeshua is their Messiah, there is more to it than that they just have an anticipation that He will return as a great leader to give Israel a golden age of prosperity. Many Orthodox rabbis teach that Messiah will bring the nation's redemption from sin as well as great leadership, so far they do not see Yeshua and Calvary as their redemption: BUT those Jews embracing Yeshua now do most definitely accept His atonement, which does make them saved. Many such Jews describe themselves as born again Jews! The Bride of Messiah is the Bride of Christ and vice versa.
They come from the four winds
Western Wall "Deal" causes problems.
The so-called “Kotel Deal” enacted in 2016, called for religious pluralism at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. It recognized both Reform and Conservative, along with Orthodox Judaism while at the same time allowing both men and women to pray together at the wall.
An article in the JPost, by Yaakov Katz says, “Diaspora Jewry was justified Monday, June 25, in blasting the government after the [negative reaction] it received from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet and its decision to freeze the Western Wall deal from 2016 that was supposed to have led to the establishment of an egalitarian prayer plaza at the holy site.
“Sunday,” Katz wrote, “will go down in history as a shameful day for the Jewish state and will sadly lead to a greater divide between Israel and the Diaspora. Nevertheless, now is the time to consider how to move forward.
“The main problem for the haredim with the original Kotel deal from 2016 was that it included the establishment of a committee to be jointly chaired by officials from the Prime Minister’s Office and representatives of the different movements (primarily Reform and Conservative). The haredim could not live with the establishment of this committee, which would have given the movements de facto legal recognition in Israel. [Hereafter “movements” refers to non-Orthodox Jewish religious groups.]
“Now, with the Kotel deal canceled – or “frozen” as the Prime Minister’s Office likes to say – this committee will not be established. While this is a blow for the movements, the cancellation of the committee opens the door to allow for the construction of a larger and more respectable plaza for egalitarian prayer than the one that is currently at the southern section of the Western Wall.
Christian Friends of Israel email@example.com www.cfijerusalem.org July 2017 /Jewish Year 5777 The Western Wall in Jerusalem “On June 25, Netanyahu met with haredi party leaders and informed them that renovations will go ahead and according to one high-ranking official, construction will begin soon. While this is not what the movements ultimately envisioned, it would be a step in the right direction.
“President of the Union for Reform Judaism Rabbi Rick Jacobs hinted on Sunday that his movement will take the issue of the Kotel to the High Court of Justice. The battle there will be less about the establishment of a third prayer plaza, but more about whether Women of the Wall can hold their services in the existing women’s section at the Kotel.
“Based on previous rulings, it seems like there is a good chance the court will side with the movements. There are two possible outcomes here. On the one hand, Women of the Wall and the movements might win the right to have a third prayer plaza at the main section. On the other hand, if the renovations that the Prime Minister’s Office are planning for the egalitarian plaza lead to a dramatic improvement, the court might rule that they should pray there instead.
“In short, this is a gamble, but it might be the only move left for the movements.
“The movements have tried to reach a deal with Netanyahu for the last five years since the prime minister asked Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky to lead efforts to find a compromise at the Kotel. The movements could now decide to simply wait for a change in government one day in Israel and hope that haredi influence in a new coalition will be less than it is today.
“The Jewish Agency and the movements have very little support for their cause among Israelis. It is true that polls show that most Israelis support the establishment of a third prayer plaza at the Kotel, but they do not care enough to fight for it and make it an issue that they will consider in the next elections.
“Israelis don’t yet understand the practical implications of the government’s decision. They need to realize that there is a real possibility Diaspora Jews will cancel trips to Israel, retract donations to Israel and revoke membership in organizations like AIPAC. The Jerusalem Post has long warned that the continued haredi monopoly over religion and state in Israel and the suppression of progressive Judaism will lead to an even wider divide with Diaspora Jewry.
“Now is the time for the Jewish Agency to explain to Israelis why they need to care more about this issue and what effect it will have on Israel if American Jews move farther and farther away.”
Article from Christian Friends of Israel - Jerusalem
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Special Comment: Operation Good Neighbour - The Real Face of the Israel Defence Forces - Israel Video Network
Note From David: The Israeli military gets a lot of bad press from the secular media and is hated by the liberal left wing people. The following article shows the real face of the IDF
Operation Good Neighbor: Inside the IDF's effort to provide aid to Syria
Over four years ago, an injured Syrian came to the border asking for medical help from the IDF. Back then, there was no policy, just a commander's on-the-spot decision to provide care to an injured civilian. Since then, the aid has con-tinued on a near daily basis. In June 2016, as part of a decision to expand humanitarian aid efforts, the IDF Northern Command established the headquarters of Operation Good Neighbor.
The goal of Operation Good Neighbor is to provide humanitarian aid to as many people as possible while maintaining Israel's policy of non-involvement in the conflict. The first activities coordinated by the headquarters took place in August 2016. Since then, there have been more than 110 aid operations of various kinds.
Based on my 20-year medical career, I can truly say that the medical care we have provided to our neighbors here in the north of Israel is one of the most significant efforts to treat those in need that I have ever witnessed, said Col. Dr. Noam Fink, the Chief Medical Officer of the Northern Command. I deeply hope that our contribution will have a direct impact on the lives of our Syrian neighbors.
The primary recipients of the aid are the approximately 200,000 residents of the Hauran region of southwestern Syria. About 400 families live in tents near the Israel-Syria border. The rest live in villages or out in the open. A third of the aid recipients are displaced persons or refugees and half of them are under the age of 18.
The people of Syria want peace with Israel, one of the aid recipients wrote from an Israeli hospital. To any Syrians that think that Israel is our enemy you are wrong.
The IDF primarily provides 3 types of assistance as part of Operation Good Neighbor:
- Medical: Over 4,000 people have been brought to Israel to receive treatment, including hundreds of children. The IDF also transfers medicine, supplies, and equipment to Syrians across the border. An internationally managed field hospitalhas also been established at an Israeli outpost near the border.
- Infrastructure: 450,000 liters of fuel have been transferred for heating, operating water wells, and ovens in bakeries. The IDF also transferred seven generators, water pipes to rebuild Syrian infrastructure, and equipment for a temporary school in the region.
- Civilian aid: The IDF transferred 40 tons of flour to bakeries, 225 tons of food, 12,000 packages of baby formula, 1,800 packages of diapers, 12 tons of shoes, and 55 tons of cold weather clothing.
Please pass this on to all of your family and friends and ask your local newspaper to publish the article.
The LORD bless you as you bless Israel by standing in defense of her right to exist on the land given to the Jewish people by the God of Israel. Lets pray that Israel will turn back to their God. Do not be silent, but share this with your fellow Christians, share it with your pastors, and with anyone you have a chance to speak to. Lets also pray for that breakthrough to the Muslims, and please remember to pray Divine protection for all of the soldiers in the IDF.
Are the Settlements Illegal?
Are the Settlements Illegal? Most criticism of Israel’s settlements revolves around the idea that the settlements are illegal. But there are several reasons why the settlements cannot be viewed as illegal. For one thing, the famous Balfour Declaration of 1917 said nothing about any part of “Palestine” that could not become part of the Jewish home, which the British government “viewed with favor.” Some point to the Fourth Geneva convention which says that an occupying power cannot transfer some of its own population into the occupied territory. But that rule was specifically aimed at the Nazis who were transferring large populations into concentration camps. The special wording of the article makes it clear that it cannot be applied to Israel today. It refers only to territory that is occupied by a “High Contracting Party”, whatever that is. Moreover, Israeli settlements in the West Bank do not threaten the native population and therefore do not violate the Geneva Convention, as others have pointed out. In addition, these so-called “settlements” have often been the source of help for Palestinians living in the area. When medical help is needed, they go to the Jewish people, to request (and get) help. This is in spite of numerous attacks on these same communities by terrorists. Saving lives is an important part of Jewish culture, and if humanly possible, they never turn away people seeking help. Today no state has laid claim to the West Bank. Jordan annexed it at one time, but later withdrew that annexation and does not claim it today, although they do wish to keep some control over the Al Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock, after investing large sums of money to renovate the latter. There is a biblical mandate for returning to the land, and predictions that the Jewish people will do so. No part of the land is exempted in these predictions. The Trump administration has recently said the settlements “may not be helpful” to peace negotiations, but so far it is just a mild suggestion. President Trump has sent Nicky Haley to the UN as United States ambassador, and she has made a point of declaring that “the days of Israel bashing are over.” God bless her, and all those of like sentiment. “I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses… No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life” (Joshua 1:3,5).
Churches for Israel
This morning, I read the local news on the Internet. The headlines read, “Boycott Israel” (July 4th, Ha’aretz news). This propaganda is not surprising—we read such daily. There is a twist, however, that is very disconcerting. This time the boycott sponsor isthe Church. The thesis statement read, “U. S. Presbyterian Church Committee votes in favor of Israel divestment resolution.” Can this be?
Are we quickly forgetting the Genesis chapter 12, verse 3 blessing?
Here at CFI Ray and Sharon Sanders have spent 27 years assuring the Jewish Community that the Church today is not the same as the one that sent the Crusaders through this Land. We are not identified with Hitler, who called himself a Christian. CFI, along with a few other ministries, has gained the endorsement of the Israeli leadership as a recognized ministry.
One cannot study eschatology (study of the last days) long without realizing that we are experiencing a time when the sheep and goat nations are being divided. CFI and other ministries are just now seeing the rewards of the plowing and planting that have taken years.
I watched recently as rabbis and clergy locked arms while thousands marched together down Ben Yehuda Street.
We are witnessing a union between the Jew and Gentile as referred to in Zechariah 8:23, where the Gentiles are identifying with the Jewish Nation and saying, “We will go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.”
Here at CFI we want to invite you to become a “Church for Israel.” If you believe God is calling you to bless and identify with Israel, we want to send you free-of-charge 1) a personalized “Church for Israel” certificate that you can display in a public area of your Church. 2) We will provide you with a Proclamation in the form of a scroll that you and your congregation will read aloud 3) an Israeli lapel pin, 4) and a small Israeli flag.
You will then be in our data base and we will contact you concerning prayer needs, prophetical developments and from time to time we will feature a “Church for Israel” award for outstanding contributions to Israel.
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are a Pastor or Leader in your church, I would love to provide you with this Certificate.
THIS JUST IN: As I was about to finish this message I heard that the Presbyterian Church voted 50/50 with a slight favor to refuse the divestment. So how do the Israelis view that decision? They see it as half the Christians are for us.
Come on church we can do better than that.
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Jerusalem December 1917
Jerusalem, December 1917. The atmosphere was electric as General Allenby dismounted his horse in humility, removed his hat in reverence, and entered the walls of the Old City through the Jaffa Gate, which hadn’t been in use for many years. 973 years of Muslim rule were over. Iconic footage shows Jewish people welcoming him as if he was some kind of messiah, and the Land was never the same again. As time went on, Britain’s involvement would not always be so positive, but the story of how this particular moment came about is one of breathtaking wonder.
After other Muslim conquests had come and gone, the Turkish Ottomans conquered and ruled over Jerusalem and what was then Palestine for 400 years exactly – to the day. In the Bible, 400 years seems to be a bit of a byword for slavery and oppression – 400 years of Canaanite sin stored up for wrath, 400 years of slavery in Egypt… and here we have 400 years of Ottoman rule. The building of churches and synagogues was outlawed, church bells were forbidden, non-Muslims (dhimmis) had to pay the jizya tax, but most catastrophically of all, in 1915 the call had gone out to get rid of every Christian in the Empire. The Armenian Genocide included not only Armenians but also Catholics and Greek Orthodox Christians. One and a half million were murdered, and many more suffered horrifically before making their escape. Perhaps God had decided that enough was enough.
The moment foretold and the strategy given in Isaiah 31
As the Turks were allied with Germany in the First World War, the British found themselves fighting against the fading Ottoman Empire in the Middle East. General Allenby was charged with liberating Jerusalem and had expressed concern to his superiors about the magnitude and sensitivity of the task before him. He had been ordered to take the city without firing on the people or the city. How on earth was it to be done? “Pray”, the answer came from above, which perhaps did not seem to be very helpful at the time. But Allenby did pray.
He came across the work of Bible scholar, Dr H. Aldersmith, who had been studying the prophecies regarding Israel. Aldersmith explained in his book from 1898, “Fullness of the Nations,” that he believed Jerusalem would be delivered by Great Britain in 1917. He had become convinced from Isaiah 31:4-5 that the UK would have a part to play in the restoration of Jerusalem, and that it would be accomplished by some kind of flying machine. Aldersmith had arrived at this idea even before the Wright brothers took their first flight in 1903 – air planes had not even been invented, but of course that is precisely what ended up happening. Fourteen years later in 1917 airplanes were used but not commonly, and most people had never seen one. This man’s conviction about Isaiah 31 was Allenby’s inspiration. He would fly planes over Jerusalem, and drop notes written in Arabic saying, “Surrender the city! Allenby”.
There was an Arab saying that, “The Turks will not leave Jerusalem until the river Nile flows in Palestine and the prophet expels them from the city”.
Remarkably enough, events conspired to bring these two highly unlikely things to pass. British troops were stationed in Egypt in the years leading up to these events, and Lieutenant General Sir Archibald Murray gained authorisation to build a pipeline to pump fresh Nile water and a railway to supply their troops. By 1917, the water had arrived, along with the troops, in Palestine. The River Nile was, bizarrely, flowing in Palestine.
Secondly Allenby’s airdropped note when written in Arabic looks like: “Surrender the city! Al Nabi”, which means “The Prophet”. Many of the Turks left at that time, after the mysterious flying objects sent messages from “Al Nabi”. From the evening of December 8, 1917 and all through the night, Turkish troops were leaving Jerusalem. By early the following morning all had gone, and the Mayor of Jerusalem and with small party, under a white flag, came to surrender the keys of the city to the British commander. The formal surrender was accepted by General O’Shea, on behalf of the Commander-in-Chief, who himself took the official ceremonial surrender two days later. Jerusalem was delivered and not a shot was fired.
General Allenby officially accepted the surrender at David’s Tower by the Jaffa Gate, and a proclamation was read in seven languages, telling the people they could go quietly and undisturbed about their ordinary business, and all their holy places would be respected.
Pay careful attention to this date…
So the evening of December 8th through to the day of December 9th was a critical and historical time. In the Jewish calendar, from sunset December 8th through to sunset December 9th that year fell on the 24th of the Jewish month of Kislev. What is so special about the 24th Kislev?
To find the answer, we need to go back many hundreds of years to the prophet Haggai. Kislev is the ninth month of the Jewish calendar, and if we read the second chapter of Haggai, a prophet who was ministering during the building of the second temple, we notice that he highlights that very date three times.
HAGGAI IS RECEIVING THE WORD FROM THE LORD ON THAT DATE, 24TH KISLEV, AND TELLS US TO “CONSIDER” THAT DATE, OR TO PAY CAREFUL ATTENTION TO IT IN VERSE 10, 18 AND AGAIN IN VERSE 20.
The context of the chapter is mainly surrounding the issue of the temple, of holiness and defilement, and of blessing for his people. God reminds us of his power over all the nations, and his total sovereignty. He can shake the nations whenever he chooses. He promises blessing for the people of Israel and draws our attention quite pointedly to that particular date – the 24th Kislev. “But from this day on”, writes Haggai, “I will bless you”.
Some believe that the Feast of Dedication, Hanukkah, has its roots in this chapter, since surrounds the issue of rededicating the temple. Perhaps this date was significant to the Jewish people even before the Maccabees overthrew the Greeks and turfed out their idols from the temple in 167 BCE? Either way, the idea of removing that which is against the God of Israel from his holy place resonates throughout the ages at this very time in the Jewish calendar. Is it a coincidence that Allenby walked through that gate on 24th Kislev, at Hanukkah – the Feast of Dedication, signalling the end of Muslim rule over Jerusalem?
Moreover, even further back than Haggai, Daniel 12:12 also prophesied that there would be blessing for Jerusalem after “1335 days”. As one of the British officers was amazed to realise, the Islamic year in 1917 was 1335, since the Muslim calendar started in 622 [see note 2]. Keen observers of prophecy such as Dr H. Aldersmith had already put the pieces together, and were expecting redemption and blessing for Jerusalem in 1917. By December 8th the Islamic year had just changed to 1336. The 1335 years were up. “Blessed is he”, writes Daniel, “who waits and arrives at the 1,335 days”.
After 1335 years of Islam, the city of Jerusalem was delivered by the British using airplanes that “hovered like birds” on 24th Kislev, 1917. And remarkably, in the standard English Book of Prayer for that day, December 8, the reading just happened to be Isaiah 31.
Truth is Truth
Inscribed on the pages of Sacred Scripture is accuracy to the highest degree, and infallibility, that brings total assurance to seekers of absolute truth. To point mankind to God’s Word, is to lead the human race into universal enlightenment, in the midst of a global attempt by mortals to extinguish the light of God’s message to men and women, of every race, tribe, culture and lineage. Yeshua’s
(Jesus’) first admonition to His followers, when they challenged Him to give them insight as to the indicators of His Second Coming, without hesitation, He emphasized a strong distinguishing mark of the end times: deception. (Psalm 101:7). The act of hiding the truth, especially for someone’s advantage, is a hallmark of today’s world. Sadly to say, the misleading information we all are sometimes fed in world media is shocking, if not unnerving. The cheating that goes on in normal every day business, the underhandedness, dishonesty and fraud – among many other visible and decidedly dishonest practices put forth in technology, television, radio, and every other modern mode of communication – is shameful.
Because deception is running rampant, I believe we need men and women of stalwart faith from our Judeo-Christian communities to rise up, even if they are in a minority, to help get the facts straight. “A lie doesn’t become truth, wrong doesn’t become right and evil doesn’t become good, just because it is accepted by a majority.”(R. Warren).
Multitudes in the world are being fooled because they believe lies. Spiritual leaders are also being beguiled because they refuse to assume responsibility for what is true. Too many spiritual leaders are not aware of half truths. If someone gets hold of the wrong half, they have a problem clearly seeing fact and reality. We, as believers in Jesus the Messiah, have a dilemma. Should we sacrifice truth on the altar of popularity or should we shoulder the duty to deal with accountability in our churches, basing our stand upon the absolute truth of Scripture? Thomas Aquinas said, “As a matter of honor, one man owes it to another to manifest the truth.” Therefore, even though some may stubbornly refuse to be taught, we have a mandate to stand for the truth in this day and age. Some of us are going to be called to speak up. It will take discernment and courage to do so. It is not a time for the fainthearted, but the time for brave followers of our Lord, to stand tall and strong...firmly rooted in God’s Word!
Hitler once said, “make the lie big. Make it simple. Keep saying it. And eventually they will believe it.” This means that beliefs can be manipulated. This is something we do not wish to happen to us. There is a wide range of incorrect “facts” out there, blatant lies, and the printing of incorrect information. Truth is bulldozed and buried in the ground by some reporting, while the media’s dirty laundry list of fabrications and half-truths hangs on the line for all to see. First and foremost on the hit list of media incorrectness is Israel. Israel, a candle in the world arena of nations, is a light that the world wants extinguished, and is doing all it can to delegitimize it, and along with it, to deny the truth of Scripture. Not only do many nations deny Israel the right to exist--attempting to disconnect it from its ancient history and kingdom--but various religions are seeking to erase historical facts and rewrite history, coming against God’s Word. In spiritual terms it looks like satan is deceiving the world. We, as followers of Jesus, must be ever alert to unmask and expose his strategies.
In an article entitled, “Truth is Fallen in the Street” by Dr. Jack Hyles, he stated a perceptive observation when he said, “There will never be a virile Christianity, there will never be a Christianity or a church that will affect and influence society, until the church comes back and says, ‘This, ladies and gentlemen, is truth! As long as the Bible may or may not be so, justice will not pass, judgment will have to go back, and equity will not be able to pass in the street, until we come back to saying truth is truth and this is true!’” Truth needs to be proclaimed and declared. He goes on to say, “Where is the truth? The Bible is the truth. Every word of it is true. When this truth falls in the street, we lose our way and man dies without God. When this truth is picked up off the street and held and preached for right, man can find the way through Jesus Christ to life and life eternal.”
By Sharon Sanders
UK Won’t Apologize for Balfour Declaration
PA chairman Abbas has threatened to sue the British government unless they apologize for the Balfour Declaration and promise to recognize a Palestinian state. In response, the British Foreign Office has issued a reply: “The Balfour Declaration is an historic statement for which Her Majesty’s Government has no regrets. We are proud of our role in creating the State of Israel.” The office further said that it does not plan to apologize for issuing the Balfour Declaration, as the 100th anniversary of the document, which helped pave the way for the establishment of the State of Israel, nears. The Balfour Declaration was a letter sent by then-British foreign secretary Arthur James Balfour to a leader in the British Jewish community, in which Balfour said the British government views “with favor the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.” The document also says that the British government “will use [its] best endeavors to facilitate the achievement of this object.” Palestine [as it was then known] was under British rule when Balfour made the policy statement. While the Foreign Office said that it does not intend to apologize for issuing the declaration, it added in its statement that the document “should have called for the protection of political rights of the non-Jewish communities in Palestine, particularly their right to self-determination.” The Balfour Declaration states “that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine,” while making no mention of national rights of non-Jews. Manuel Hassassian, the Palestinian Authority ambassador to the UK, said on Tuesday that unless Britain apologized, canceled planned celebrations and recognized a Palestinian state, the Palestinians would go ahead with plans for a lawsuit against the British government for issuing the Balfour Declaration. “This is the only condition upon which we can close this file permanently,” Hassassian said. Palestinians have long condemned the document as a promise by Britain to hand over land that it did not own. Abbas called the Balfour Declaration “sinister” at the Arab Summit in Jordan in late March. It is this writer’s opinion that the attempt to dishonor the long-established document, and what it stand for is what could be considered “sinister.”