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LTN: As you know, the Islamic caliphate promised at the inception of the Muslim Brotherhood- founded in Egypt in 1928- has come full circle back to Egypt. Keep your eye on Hamas in Gaza and the way the world continues to spin the battles against Israel. Be sure to read Psalm 83; Dan 7-12; and Rev 11-19 for background info.

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The History of the Middle East Conflict in 11 Minutes

The liberal msm has LIED to us by misrepresenting what has really happened in the struggle for land in Israel.

Here’s the truth!

The Palestinian Myth

Clarifying Quotes and Comments

From Arab supporters: “There is no such country as Palestine. ‘Palestine’ is a term the Zionists invented. . . . Our country was for centuries part of Syria. ‘Palestine’ is alien to us. It is the Zionists who introduced it.” — Local Arab leader to British Peel Commission, 1937

“There is no such thing as Palestine in history, absolutely not” — Professor Philip Hitti, Arab historian to Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry, 1946

“It is common knowledge that Palestine is nothing but southern Syria.” — Ahmed Shukairy, United Nations Security Council, 1956

From Jewish supporters: “There is no such thing as a Palestinian Arab nation . . . Palestine is a name the Romans gave to Eretz Yisrael with the express purpose of infuriating the Jews . . . . Why should we use the spiteful name meant to humiliate us? The British chose to call the land they mandated Palestine, and the Arabs picked it up as their nation’s supposed ancient name, though they couldn’t even pronounce it correctly and turned it into Falastin a fictional entity.” — Golda Meir quoted by Sarah Honig, Jerusalem Post, 25 November 1995

“Palestine has never existed . . . as an autonomous entity. There is no language known as Palestinian. There is no distinct Palestinian culture. There has never been a land known as Palestine governed by Palestinians. Palestinians are Arabs, indistinguishable from Jordanians (another recent invention), Syrians, Lebanese, Iraqis, etc. Keep in mind that the Arabs control 99.9 percent of the Middle East lands. Israel represents one-tenth of one percent of the landmass. But that’s too much for the Arabs. They want it all. And that is ultimately what the fighting in Israel is about today . . . No matter how many land concessions the Israelis make, it will never be enough.” — from “Myths of the Middle East”, Joseph Farah, Arab-American editor and journalist, WorldNetDaily, 11 October 2000

“From the end of the Jewish state in antiquity to the beginning of British rule, the area now designated by the name Palestine was not a country and had no frontiers, only administrative boundaries . . . .” — Professor Bernard Lewis, Commentary Magazine, January 1975

The Article: The Palestinian Myth

Finally some truth and sanity in the Middle East politics. Actually the truth and sanity came from United States Republican Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich (2012) who rightly called the Palestinians an “invented” people. As students of Bible prophecy we know that there has never been a Palestinian nation, culture, art, economy, language, etc. but the world is full of anti-Semitism and as a result the lie of “Palestinians” being from the ancient land of Israel is nothing but a satanic creation from the pit of Hell. The fact is, the so called “Palestinian” people were  invented as a means of dividing the Holy land of God with the intolerant Islamic hordes that actually moved to the region in the 1800s when the Jews repatriated their ancient homeland. As for Gingrich, the Jerusalem Post reports:

. . . the Palestinians are an “invented” people who want to destroy Israel. The former speaker of the US House of Representatives sided with Israel in its decades-old dispute with the Palestinians but took it a step further in an interview with the Jewish Channel.

Moreover, Gingrich differed with official US policy that respects the Palestinians as a people deserving of their own state based on negotiations with Israel.

“Remember, there was no Palestine as a state. It was part of the Ottoman Empire” until the early 20th century, Gingrich said. “I think that we’ve had an invented Palestinian people who are in fact Arabs, and who were historically part of the Arab community. And they had a chance to go many places, and for a variety of political reasons we have sustained this war against Israel now since the 1940s, and it’s tragic,” he said.

Gingrich is exactly right in that there was no Palestinian state, etc. and the truth of the matter is that the “Palestinian” myth is a lie designed to promote anti-Semitism along with the eventual destruction of the Jews in modern day Israel.

Well, the God of Israel has something to say about that in the Holy Bible. It is clear from Scripture that God gave the Jews the promised land of Israel (Gen. 12:7; 13:15-17; 15:7-18; 24:7; Joshua; and many more), which in fact covers much more land than the modern state of Israel covers today. [1] He gave them this land as a permanent covenant to which the Jewish people were to use for worshiping him in a land of their own. It is no secret that many people have tried unsuccessfully to dislodge the Jews from the land of Israel. Adolph Hitler met and planned with numerous Jewish enemies to try to destroy them as they fled Europe during the years before, during, and after the Holocaust where at least six million were slaughtered. Photographs show Hitler meeting with many of today’s same Islamic enemies who follow the anti-Semitic teachings of the Koran.

While all of this is nothing new in history, the fact that a major political figure on the U.S. Presidential stage would make a strong stand for Israel and at the same time expose this “Palestinian” myth is of significance. It is time people got off the fence and took a side that they are going to stand on. For me and my house, I will stand with Israel and help people like Newt Gingrich to expose the myth of the “Palestinian” people and expose the anti-Semitism that is behind it.

When the Gingrich article surfaced, the Palestinians of course responded that his remarks would stir up trouble in the region and harm the peace process. This is typical of the ongoing hypocritical nonsense from the so called “Palestinians” as they know very well that there is no such thing as the “Palestinian” people. The Palestinian people are nothing more than groups of people who came from neighboring Islamic countries looking for work and a better life than the one they had in their original lands. Because Judaism and Islam are not compatible the lie was formulated to introduce the so called “Palestinian” people in order to try to claim the land of Israel. The land of Israel is surrounded on nearly every side by Islamic Jihadist countries that will not be satisfied with a peaceful co-existence, they lust for- and are plotting- the complete destruction of the Jewish state.

Hear me friend. If “Palestinians” really wanted a homeland, they have one. It is known today as Jordan. The majority of people living in Jordan identify themselves as “Palestinians” despite there being no such thing. The solution for the entire Middle East peace process is for today’s “Palestinians” who occupy the West Bank to cross the border and go into Jordan where they belong. Dividing Israel would be suicidal for the Jews and God will not tolerate it (Zech. 12-14).

Despite the truth that there is no such thing as “Palestinians” the world will never go along with any sensible plan involving so called “Palestinians” relocating to Jordan. The world’s “peacekeepers” in the UN are led by a majority of Islamic countries that have used their international political powers as a whipping post for Israel on the international stage. It is refreshing to see a politician like Gingrich tell the truth about the region as I believe that there is no hope for a two state solution, nor should there be a two state solution. The Palestinians just need to go home where they belong and let Israel be herself. Let us continue to watch the political landscape as the candidates for the U.S. presidency continue to tackle and debate the major issues facing the world today. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee (Psalms 122:6).[2]

The History and Meaning of Palestine and “Palestinians

Thousands of years before the Romans invented “Palastina” the land had been known as “Canaan”. The Canaanites had many tiny city-states, each one at times independent and at times a vassal of an Egyptian or Hittite king. The Canaanites never united into a state.

After the Exodus from Egypt — probably in the Thirteenth Century BCE but perhaps earlier — the Children of Israel settled in the land of Canaan. There they formed first a tribal confederation, and then the Biblical kingdoms of Israel and Judah, and the post-Biblical kingdom of Judea.

From the beginning of history to this day, Israel-Judah-Judea has the only united, independent, sovereign nation-state that ever existed in “Palestine” west of the Jordan River. (In Biblical times, Ammon, Moab and Edom as well as Israel had land east of the Jordan, but they disappeared in antiquity and no other nation took their place until the British invented Trans-Jordan in the 1920s.)

After the Roman conquest of Judea, “Palastina” became a province of the pagan Roman Empire and then of the Christian Byzantine Empire, and very briefly of the Zoroastrian Persian Empire. In 638 CE, an Arab-Muslim Caliph took Palastina away from the Byzantine Empire and made it part of an Arab-Muslim Empire. The Arabs, who had no name of their own for this region, adopted the Greco-Roman name Palastina, that they pronounced “Falastin”.

In that period, much of the mixed population of Palastina converted to Islam and adopted the Arabic language. They were subjects of a distant Caliph who ruled them from his capital, that was first in Damascus and later in Baghdad. They did not become a nation or an independent state, or develop a distinct society or culture.

In 1099, Christian Crusaders from Europe conquered Palestina-Falastin. After 1099, it was never again under Arab rule. The Christian Crusader kingdom was politically independent, but never developed a national identity. It remained a military outpost of Christian Europe, and lasted less than 100 years. Thereafter, Palestine was joined to Syria as a subject province first of the Mameluks, ethnically mixed slave-warriors whose center was in Egypt, and then of the Ottoman Turks, whose capital was in Istanbul.

During the First World War, the British took Palestine from the Ottoman Turks. At the end of the war, the Ottoman Empire collapsed and among its subject provinces “Palestine” was assigned to the British, to govern temporarily as a mandate from the League of Nations.

The Jewish National Wasteland According to Travelers

Travelers to Palestine from the Western world left records of what they saw there. The theme throughout their reports is dismal: The land was empty, neglected, abandoned, desolate, fallen into ruins. There is not a solitary village throughout its whole extent [valley of Jezreel] not for 30 miles in either direction. . . . One may ride 10 miles hereabouts and not see 10 human beings; and so on. We know the history of the diaspora of the Jews, but if this land was so important to Arabs, why was it abandoned by them?

One report said: “Nothing there [Jerusalem] to be seen but a little of the old walls which is yet remaining and all the rest is grass, moss and weeds.” — English pilgrim in 1590. Another: “The country is in a considerable degree empty of inhabitants and therefore its greatest need is of a body of population.” — British consul in 1857

For the sort of solitude to make one dreary, come to Galilee . . . Nazareth is forlorn . . . Jericho lies a moldering ruin . . . Bethlehem and Bethany, in their poverty and humiliation . . . untenanted by any living creature . . . .

A desolate country whose soil is rich enough, but is given over wholly to weeds . . a silent, mournful expanse . . . a desolation . . . . We never saw a human being on the whole route . . . . Hardly a tree or shrub anywhere. Even the olive tree and the cactus, those fast friends of a worthless soil, had almost deserted the country . . . .

Palestine sits in sackcloth and ashes . . . desolate and unlovely . . . . — Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad, 1867

The restoration of the “desolate and unlovely” land began in the latter half of the Nineteenth Century with the first Jewish pioneers. Their labors created newer and better conditions and opportunities, which in turn attracted migrants from many parts of the Middle East, both Arabs and others.

The Balfour Declaration of 1917, confirmed by the League of Nations Mandate, committed the British Government to the principle that “His Majesty’s government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a Jewish National Home, and will use their best endeavors to facilitate the achievement of this object. . . . ” It was specified both that this area be open to “close Jewish settlement” and that the rights of all inhabitants already in the country be preserved and protected.

Mandate Palestine originally included all of what is now Jordan, as well as all of what is now Israel, and the territories between them. However, when Great Britain’s protégé Emir Abdullah was forced to leave the ancestral Hashemite domain in Arabia, the British created a realm for him that included all of Manfate Palestine east of the Jordan River. There was no traditional or historic Arab name for this land, so it was called after the river: first Trans-Jordan and later Jordan.

By this political act, that violated the conditions of the Balfour Declaration and the Mandate, the British cut more than 75 percent out of the Jewish National Home. No Jew has ever been permitted to reside in Trans-Jordan/Jordan.

Less than 25 percent then remained of Mandate Palestine, and even in this remnant, the British violated the Balfour and Mandate requirements for a “Jewish National Home” and for “close Jewish settlement”. They progressively restricted where Jews could buy land, where they could live, build, farm or work.

After the Six-Day War in 1967, Israel was finally able to settle some small part of those lands from which the Jews had been debarred by the British. Successive British governments regularly condemn their settlement as “illegal”. In truth, it was the British who had acted illegally in banning Jews from these parts of the Jewish National Home.

From Palestine To Israel

What was to become of “Palestine” after the Mandate? This question was taken up by various British and international commissions and other bodies, culminating with the United Nations in 1947. During the various deliberations, Arab officials, spokesmen and writers expressed their views on “Palestine”.

By 1948, the Arabs had still not yet discovered their ancient nation of Falastin. When they were offered half of Palestine west of the Jordan River for a state, the offer was violently rejected. Six Arab states launched a war of annihilation against the nascent State of Israel. Their purpose was not to establish an independent Falastin. Their aim was to partition western Palestine amongst themselves.

They did not succeed in killing Israel, but Trans-Jordan succeeded in taking Judea and Samaria (West Bank) and East Jerusalem, killing or driving out all the Jews who had lived in those places, and banning Jews of all nations from Jewish holy places. Egypt succeeded in taking the Gaza Strip. These two Arab states held these lands until 1967. Then they launched another war of annihilation against Israel, and in consequence lost the lands they had taken by war in 1948.

During those 19 years, 1948-1967, Jordan and Egypt never offered to surrendar those lands to make up an independent state of Falastin. The “Palestinians” never sought it. Nobody in the world ever suggested it, much less demanded it.

Finally, in 1964, the Palestine Liberation Movement was founded. Ahmed Shukairy, who less than 10 years earlier had denied the existence of Palestine, was its first chairman. Its charter proclaimed its sole purpose to be the destruction of Israel. To that end it helped to precipitate the Arab attack on Israel in 1967.

The outcome of that attack then inspired an alteration in public rhetoric. As propaganda, it sounds better to speak of the liberation of Falastin than of the destruction of Israel. Much of the world, governments and media and public opinion, accept virtually without question of serious analysis the new-sprung myth of an Arab nation of Falastin, whose territory is unlawfully occupied by the Jews.

Since the end of World War I, the Arabs of the Middle East and North Africa have been given independent states in 99.5 percent of the land they claimed. Lord Balfour once expressed his hope that when the Arabs had been given so much, they would “not begrudge” the Jews the “little notch” promised to them.

[Note: Some of the material cited above is drawn from the book From Time Immemorial by Joan Peters.]

[1] Israel’s inheritance covers some 300,000 square miles of Covenant Land

[2] Source consulted:

Video: Onlookers busy taking pictures in Riyadh as Indian worker is hacked to death in broad daylight


We need to pray and protest against savage mooslim multiculturalism!
CAIR and other Muslim Brotherhood shills think nothing of lying (taqiyya) in order to spread their hate and promote their barbarism. Read the news, friend. The marching mantra of qu’ran-obedient mooslims is simple:
Convert or die!
The reason for this evil is intrinsic in the fabric of Islam. It isn’t a race; it’s a savage totalitarian political Beast much like that which is described in Daniel 7-12 and Revelation 11-19, and that Beast is currently imposing a Muhammad mandated sharia based Caliphate on the world at the point of a sword. And while Islamists may enter a nation as peaceful co-habitators, they soon prove to be cultural cannibals on a mission to colonize every country that will- in self-destructive ignorance- play host to their charade.
Hear me friend. The facts are the facts. Over the past 1400 year history of Islam, they have proven time and again that they are not a religion and they are not peaceful. Mooslims are colonizing, throat-slitting savages intent on dominating the world for ollie which they will do if decent people remain silent in an effort to prove their “tolerance” toward this unjust, barbaric tyranny.
If we don’t oppose them in America while their numbers are small, they will not only have one of their own in the White House, but will raise their Islamic flag above it.
Oppose these savages NOW!
Write letters to the editor exposing their sharia based barbarism! Multiculturalism is the Trojan horse mooslims use to draw welfare and gain access to our courts where they litigate against our Constitution. Any mooslim claiming to be a peaceful mooslim is either practicing “taqiyya” (lying to promote Ollie’s cause) or is ignorant of mohammad’s strict teachings about killing all who will not convert to I-slam. If you are still not convinced, may I suggest you take a trip to Eur-abia or Dearbornistan, Michigan, and see how multicultural I-slam infiltration is working out for them.
Dearborn has 2nd highest concentration of people designated as “known or suspected terrorists” | Creeping Sharia

Originally posted on The Muslim Issue:

Riyadh : Onlookers busy taking pictures as mentally ill man killed in broad daylight

RIYADH, (Saudi Gazzet) : The story of a mentally ill Saudi citizen who stabbed an Indian worker to death in Riyadh in broad daylight while onlookers were busy taking pictures of the incident instead of stopping him had stirred a lot of controversy.

The incident has been widely debated by Saudi society with many blaming the hospital that treated the man.

People have asked who was responsible for this incident.

A report, published by Al-Hayat newspaper on Thursday, said the hospital was not to be absolved of responsibility even though it claimed it could not handle more than 200 patients while Riyadh reportedly has more than 10,000 schizophrenic residents.

What makes the justifications of the hospital unacceptable, said Al-Hayat, is that it has a long history of violations.

On several occasions it had reportedly refused to…

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Letter to Reps + Senators: Fix the voter fraud


Please feel free to use this as a template for ideas to draft your letter demanding our reps and senators fix the voter fraud.

Dear Honorable Senator <Name> or Representative <Name>:

While I know you have much on your plate, American freedoms have been threatened by deviants favoring anti-Colonial, anti-Constitutional ideology and are manipulating the voting polls to impose their agenda.

With that as the ominous backdrop looming over us, I’m writing letters requesting that our representatives and Senators put an end to the voter fraud that’s largely surfaced from the past two elections. One example- and there are many- was reported on December 22, 2013 by Fox News from the key swing state of Ohio where non-citizens and 257,000 dead people were discovered to have voted in the November election. Need I remind you how that makes those of us who play by the rules feel about the outcome of that election.

Therefore, as a tax paying Veteran and patriotic American citizen that you represent, I would like to know if YOU are considering an investigation into this VOTING FRAUD which seems to be expanding in 4 directions:

(1) People voting many times; (2) Non-registered and non-citizens being allowed to vote; (3) FIXED VOTING MACHINES which have been rigged for specific candidates while disallowing others; (4) Sending the votes (from an increasing number of our States in this 2014 election) to be COUNTED by o’bama’s friends in Socialist Soros’s Spanish company that will be subject to CHANGING THE OUTCOME to favor specific parties and/or candidates.

Kindly advise me regarding this request. I’m praying for you and for America.

Dr. Mike Johnston
Christian Patriot, Viet Nam Veteran USN (1966-1970), and Voting American Citizen, Michigan

The term “radical islam” is purposeful deception

The term radical i’slam (aka extremists or jihadists) are part of the purposeful deception employed by CAIR and other i’slamic apologists wishing to create the illusion that islam is divided between peace lovers and savages; moderates and jihadi’s. It is not! I’slam is embodied in the evil qu’ran which commands torturing and beheading all non-muslims who will not convert. The inconvenient truth is that  all mooslims in the world are at various stages of their obedience to big mo, ollie, and this evil book.

Watch this and you’ll quickly learn ISIS problems are self-induced. . To be honest with the facts is to admit that the UK’s ISIS epidemic is attributable to ‘four decades Of State-sponsored multiculturalism’! The same will soon be true of America if O’bama has his way. While feigning a distaste for “ISIL” (the anti-Semitic misnomer for these savages) he is underwriting them in Syria under the noses of a totally cooperative press. I-slam isn’t a race, isn’t a religion, and it certainly isn’t peaceful; it’s a sadistically evil and savage totalitarian political Beast imposing a Caliphate on the world at the point of a sword. Hatred & terrorism are tenets of I-slam. Ignoring this means more women and children will be raped & murdered by unconscionable savages! How libs can support by silence maniacal men who beat wives, rape children, torture and slit throats of “infidels” defies reason. As Indonesian cleric, Abu Bakar Bashir recently put it, “If the West wants to have peace, then they have to accept Islamic rule.” Listen America. The only reason these sadistic savages haven’t raped your wife and daughter(s), killed your children, and sliced off your head, is because they are still a minority in America. Col Ralph Peters gives us perfect advice for dealing with these throat slitting savages: “The way you deal with I’slamic State, these bloodthirsty, blood drunken terrorists, is to kill them, keep on killing them, until you kill the last one and then you kill his pet goat.” -Col Ralph Peters We really need to consider Peters’ strategy before it’s too late!

Pray for Israel – Bridges for Peace 9/12/14

  1. Netanyahu: Israel Fully Supports Obama Against ISIS —   Less than 24 hours after US President Barack Obama laid out his strategy for the new chapter in the war on terror [September 10], Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that “Israel fully supports Obama’s call for a united action against ISIS.”

    Netanyahu asked the crowd to imagine [what] “would have happened if on 9/11 al-Qaeda had nuclear weapons? You know they would have used them against New York and Washington.”

    Netanyahu warned an audience of diplomats and experts assembled at a counter-terrorism conference in Herzliya that Hamas, al-Qaeda, ISIS, and other terror groups were “all branches of the same poisonous tree.”

    The Likud leader stressed that all terror groups “present a clear and present danger to the peace and security of the world and to our common civilization” and that if “they gain ground somewhere, they gain ground everywhere.”

    Fighting these groups “requires weapons, defensive and offensive, but above all it requires—I believe—clarity and courage. Clarity to understand they’re wrong and we’re right. They’re evil and we’re good. No moral relativism there, at all,” insisted Netanyahu.

    The prime minister continued: “It requires courage and responsibility—because all the other qualities that we can bring to bear in the battle against terrorism are meaningless if you don’t have courage.”

    The Israeli leader said the threat of global terror has also shifted the balance of power in the region and allowed for ”new alliances in the Middle East“ now that previous rivals ”understand that Israel is not their enemy, but their ally, in this battle against a common foe.”

    On a hopeful note, Netanyahu suggested the united front against terror could be an “opportunity for peace.”

    The Israeli leader emphasized that Islamic extremism poses a specific threat to Jews, but also to other ethnic and religious groups. “We have been able to predict in the past that radical ideologies which inflame the minds of millions set their sights on minorities, usually starts with the Jews but it never ends with the Jews.”

    [Editor’s note:  Netanyahu ended his address with these words:  “Clarity and courage, alliances as broad as we can make them with those who understand that we’re in a common battle, and courage to see this through, to roll back an ultimate victory. I'm confident that militant Islam will perish, but we must not allow anyone to perish with it before it goes down. That’s our task.”]

    (Excerpt from an article by Ynetnews, September 11, 2014),7340,L-4570128,00.html

    Prayer Focus: Cry out to the Lord for clarity and courage for those who face this common threat of ISIS and extreme militant Islamism. Pray for a strong united front to achieve ultimate victory against this common foe. Pray for peace in the region and world.

    Scripture: “The face of the LORD is against those who do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles.”  Psalm 34:16­­–17

  2.  Disturbing, Special Gaza War Poll –  The most influential of the Palestinian Arab opinion polling organizations, Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR) from Ramallah, came out with what they called a Special Gaza War Poll Tuesday [September 2].

    As bad as this war (most assuredly) was for the ordinary people of Gaza, there is an incredible appetite by them for more. They believe they won. And if you won, why would you not want more, more, more?

    Mostly in our [ThisOngoingWar.blogspot] words, the main findings: Two thirds (64%) of Palestinian Arabs say the Gaza Strip has the ability “to remain steadfast against Israeli attacks” and they attribute this capability to the intervention of Iran, Turkey and Qatar.

    More than that, overwhelmingly, and despite the evidence of devastated buildings, facilities and neighborhoods, the Palestinian Arab street believes this fighting was won by Hamas. No fewer than 79% of them see it as a victory.

    How much support is there for the Hamas strategy of firing rockets indiscriminately into Israeli? Well, on this there can be little doubt: a phenomenal 86% support it. They know that this is considered terrorism, and they don’t care one bit.

    The poll shows how the Palestinian Arab street ranks its heroes based on how they conducted themselves in this just-ended war. Now a deep breath: Khaled Masha’al, who did not once leave his air-conditioned luxury suite in Qatar—he gets a 78% approval rating. And Hamas: 88% approval.

    Not to be overlooked: non-violent “resistance” gets 62% support, but thoroughly violent warfare—“an armed intifada” in the language of the pollsters—gets a very impressive 60%. The pollsters say “It is worth mentioning that two months ago only 41% indicated support for a return to an armed intifada.”

    Inescapable inference: the average man and woman in the street of Palestinian Arab cities and villages have been persuaded that violence against Israeli civilians works and they are getting behind the strategy. It remains only for us to point out that once you have that in place, all that’s needed to sustain a war of terror is a reliable source of arms. Iran’s Fars News-agency [reports]: “Iranian Armed Forces Describe Arming West Bank as Forefront against Israel,” datelined August 27, 2014.

    To be a little clearer about that last point: a “larger majority” favors the transfer of Hamas’ armed approach to the West Bank. Support for emulating Hamas in the West Bank stands at 70% among West Bankers and 74% among Gazans.” That’s a state-of-mind worth remembering as the already-rising toll of violent and armed attacks on civilian Israelis ratchets upwards. If there’s a bright, peace-compatible side to these data, we’re struggling to find it.

    (Excerpts from an article by Arnold Roth, ThisOngoingWar.blogspot, September 5, 2014)

    Prayer Focus: Seek the Lord for the protection of Israelis who live next to Gaza and in Judea–Samaria as they face increasing hatred and an appetite for violence from their Palestinian neighbors. Pray for the ordinary Palestinians, blindly following the deception of their leaders, that He will open their eyes and give them a desire for leaders who speak truth.

    Scripture: “He who speaks truth declares righteousness, but a false witness, deceit.”  Proverbs 12:17

  3. Hamas Rebuilding Gaza Terror Tunnels – A senior political source warned on Sunday [September 7] that Hamas has renewed its rocket manufacturing and smuggling operations and has begun rebuilding the terror tunnels destroyed by the IDF, despite the ceasefire agreement between Israel and the Gaza group less than two weeks ago.

    During Operation Protective Edge, the IDF destroyed more than 30 tunnels in the Strip. But just as the two opponents were set to begin indirect negotiations in Cairo to reach a long-term accord, Hamas has decided to challenge Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and test whether he will respond to the group’s extensive reinforcement efforts.

    Given the lack of an official truce agreement, it remains unclear how Israel will respond to Hamas rearming, resupplying, and—most importantly—rebuilding the tunnels leading into Israeli territory.

    On Friday, Yedioth Ahronoth’s political analyst Shimon Shiffer said that the Military Intelligence Director is expected to present in the coming days a comprehensive report to the political establishment regarding Hamas’ rehabilitation efforts.

    On Saturday, a senior Hamas official in the West Bank, Mahmoud al-Zahar, said that “if the Palestinian resistance in the West Bank held a quarter of the tools at the disposal of the resistance in Gaza—Israel would be demolished in a day.”

    He said the security coordination in the West Bank [Judea and Samaria] between the Palestinian Authority and Israel was a crime, and that if the largest force in the West Bank changed direction towards resistance, Israel’s days would be numbered. Al-Zahar further claimed that countries which had previously considered Hamas to be a terror organization had changed their opinion during the fighting and have now expressed interest in dialogue with the group. The Hamas official also dismissed Israeli claims that the IDF destroyed all the group’s tunnels. “Who is stopping us right now from building new tunnels?”

    (Excerpts of an article by Attila Somfalvi, Ynetnews, September 7, 2014),7340,L-4568482,00.html

    Prayer Focus: Intercede for Israel’s leaders—that they would seek the Lord’s sound wisdom regarding the threat of Hamas’ plans to rebuild the tunnels destroyed by the IDF. Thank the Lord for His presence as a shield, protecting and preserving His people from their enemies.

    Scripture:  “For the LORD gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding; He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly; He guards the paths of justice, and preserves the way of His saints.”  Proverbs 2:6–8

  4.  Israel Wants International Oversight in Gaza  - Israel wants European monitors to oversee the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip and ensure that the Islamist Hamas movement does not re-arm. The Israeli foreign ministry is discussing several options including a European-Union [EU] force, a Western-force which would include the US and Canada, a United Nations force, and a NATO battalion.

    According to a proposal which was detailed in the Ha’aretz newspaper today [September 7], the monitoring force would be armed and would be able to confiscate any weapons it finds coming into Gaza. It would monitor the Rafah border crossing between Gaza and Egypt, as well as a small strip of land between Gaza and the Sinai, which is part of Egypt and has become a center for weapons smuggling into Gaza.

    The EU has already announced that it is willing to act as a monitoring force as it did at the Rafah crossing between 2005 and 2007, until Hamas unilaterally took over Gaza.

    An EU source told The Media Line that the EU has discussed the rehabilitation of Gaza, which is expected to cost billions of dollars, with both Israel and the Palestinians. He said the EU is interested in pursuing the idea of a sea lane directly from Gaza to the Cyprus port of Larnaca, for bringing building materials into Gaza. However, the source said, neither Israel nor the Palestinians seemed interested in discussing the sea lane.

    Fatah spokesman Abdullah Abdullah told The Media Line. “What is needed is not what the Israelis want, but what the Palestinians need… not one that positions one part of the Palestinians against the other, which is what Israel intends.”

    Hamas seems even less likely to accept any Israeli-backed proposal for an international force in Gaza which could confiscate weapons. Israel insists that Gaza must be demilitarized, but Hamas says it will not give up its rockets.

    Abdullah H. Erakat contributed reporting

    (Excerpts of an article by Linda Linda Gradstein, The Media Line, September 7, 2014)

    Prayer Focus: Ask the Lord to continue be the strength of Israel’s leaders as they insist on the demilitarization of Hamas in Gaza. Pray for unbiased monitoring of Gaza by a neutral force; that the funds donated for its rebuilding will not be used in any way to aid further terrorist activities.

    Scripture: “The LORD is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation; He is my God, and I will praise Him; my father’s God, and I will exalt Him.”  Exodus 15:2

  5. Nahal Oz Residents Begin to Rebuild  - The beleaguered residents of Kibbutz Nahal Oz returned Thursday [September 4] to their homes, for the first time after leaving in the wake of four-year-old Daniel Tregerman’s death by Gaza mortar fire.

    The families made the trip home to the kibbutz as a semblance of calm settled over the area, after an extended stay in Kibbutz Orim, where their kids had been incorporated into the local school system.

    Kibbutz Nahal Oz came under heavy mortar fire during Operation Protective Edge, [but] is preparing to open its kindergartens on Sunday—though most of the homes that were damaged during the fighting had only been repaired Thursday morning.

    The veteran members of the kibbutz, which had stayed put throughout the latest round of hostilities, went house to house in the morning to help their neighbors clean and prepare for their families’ arrival. The children made the return trip home in the afternoon.

    On Friday [September 5] the kibbutz hosted a festive Shabbat dinner to mark the return of the families who had left—composed mostly of those with young children.

    However, several families have already announced that they will not return home, while others have said they left for a “sabbatical year.”

    As the kibbutz slowly filled up with residents, the veterans expressed a sense of relief, having worried of a rapid exodus following the heavy fighting. “We have a lot of hard work—not only in rebuilding the place, but in rehabilitating the community,” said Esther Toronto.

    “Many families have lost the feeling of safety, there is a lack of faith, there is fear, and we need to fix it. We are a strong community which suffered a severe trauma after Daniel’s death; we are at a low point, but we must look at it in only one way—from here, things can only get better.”

    She emphasized the importance of the kibbutz to its residents. “This is the only way for us to continue to survive here. Nahal Oz is our home, we will rehabilitate it, we will build anew—and going into the future we will continue to build and to absorb new people.”

    But Toronto stressed that “none of this can happen if we do not receive assistance from the government, to improve the kibbutz, to increase our security measures, adequate protection of this community.”

    Yael Lehiani returned early to the kibbutz on Thursday to prepare her home for her children’s return. “It’s sad that some families are leaving, especially when it’s at one time. We have had many miracles over the last 14 years, so it’s hard to understand. But we ran out of miracles and had a massive disaster.”

    She added: “When you have run out of miracles, you lose your sense of security. There is no sense of joy, but at least we still have the feeling of coming home, to a place that we love.”

    (By Matan Tzuri, Ynetnews, September 4, 2014),7340,L-4567793,00.html

    Prayer Focus: Cry out on behalf of the families, especially the children, who have returned to their community after the trauma of the past summer’s rocket and mortar attacks. Proclaim the Lord’s promise that He will comfort Zion and that from this comfort, the people of Nahal Oz will regain their hope, sense of security and their joy.

    Scripture:  “For the LORD will comfort Zion, He will comfort all her waste places; He will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness will be found in it, thanksgiving and the voice of melody.”  Isaiah 51:3

  6.   Hunger Looms before the Holidays – As the high holidays approach, Israel’s largest charities have reported an increase in the number of those seeking aid by dozens of percentage points in comparison to the same period in 2013.

    Angel Musikant, a 70-year-old resident of Rehovot, is one of those feeling the difficult effects of the current aid crunch. Musikant’s income support amounts to NIS 2,500 [US $690] every month—earnings which leave him in a constant struggle for survival. “Every day is worse and I never know how I’m going to survive it,” said Musikant.

    According to the latest poverty report from the National Insurance Institute, more than 1.7 million Israelis lived below the poverty line in 2012. Experts estimate that the new report to be submitted at the end of 2014 will show an increase in poverty.

    The reasons for increasing demands are varied, but charities are pointing to more requests from those who are employed as well as the recent fighting in Gaza.

    According to Pini Fefer, Relations Director at Leket [a charity], “We hear more and more about the working poor who turn to charity…Some of the people in disadvantaged communities are poor workers who were already living on the edge, their children weren’t in school, and that’s a very large [food] expense. The area cries out.” The recent military operation also led to a decrease in donations according to Fefer.

    The chairman of Pitchon Lev, Nissim Zioni, said that the new requests include, “families in the south with two parents who have full time jobs, but because of Operation Protective Edge their incomes suffered dramatically.”

    [Editor’s Note: Because of the generous donations from Christians around the world, Bridges for Peace maintains active food banks in Jerusalem and in northern Israel. Each month we provide over 60 tons of food, touching and helping to feed thousands of Israelis in communities throughout Israel.

    Help us feed Israelis, blessing them in this holy day season of Rosh HaShanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot]

    (Excerpts of article by Omri Efraim, Ynetnews, September 11, 2014),7340,L-4569584,00.html

    Prayer Focus: Pray for all who are hungry; that they will enjoy the blessing of good food during the holidays and throughout the year. Thank the Lord for those who are able to give, so the hungry can know they have not been forgotten by the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

    Scripture:   “Is this not the fast that I have chosen…Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out…” Isaiah 58:6a, 7a

  7. Removal of Belfast Monument to Chaim Herzog – Israeli Ambassador to the United Kingdom Daniel Taub has sent an official letter to the Northern Ireland leadership expressing his “very deep concern” over the removal of a plaque in Belfast marking the birthplace of Chaim Herzog, the sixth president of Israel.

    The monument on Cliftonpark Avenue, which was placed there in 1998, was removed in August, at the height of Operation Protective Edge, due to repeated vandalism. Herzog was president of Israel from 1983 to 1993.

    “I am writing to express my very deep concern at the removal of the plaque,” Taub wrote in a letter obtained by Ynet, which was sent Monday [September 8] to First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

    In the letter, Taub recalled, “I learned from my own visits to Northern Ireland together with my Palestinian counterpart in the course of the Israeli–Palestinian peace negotiations that it is only through the recognition of the past that we can hope to move forward. This attempt to efface both Belfast’s Jewish past and its historic connection to the State of Israel is troubling because of what it says in relation to Israel and the Jewish community, but no less so because it suggests a lack of resolve or indifference to the consequences of allowing prejudice and hatred to fester.”

    Herzog was “not only champion of security for the State of Israel but also a profound advocate of peace,” Taub concluded. “Now more than ever, the principles for which he stood need to be broadcast, not silenced.”

    A local politician from the Democratic Unionist Party, Brian Kingston, said at the time that he was shocked by move, “This is a shocking indication of the level of tension and anti-Semitism which currently exists in parts of Belfast. It is disgraceful that this item of Belfast history has being repeatedly targeted due to its connection with Israel,” the Irish Times quoted Kingston as saying. “This should serve as a wake-up call for the public to the dangerous level of intolerance and the anti-Israeli mentality which some are encouraging.”

    (Excerpts from an article by Sara Miller, Ynetnews, September 10, 2014),7340,L-4569596,00.html

    Prayer Focus:  Thank the Lord for bringing this evidence of underlying anti-Semitism to the surface. Pray for a change in the hearts of those who commit these acts of violence and also in the hearts of those who silently stand by; that they will understand they are harming God’s chosen people.

    Scripture:  “He found him [the Lord’s people] in a desert land and in the wasteland, a howling wilderness; He encircled him, He instructed him, He kept him as the apple of His eye.” Deuteronomy 32:10

  8. ISIS More than a Terrorist Organization –  Much has been written about the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria—ISIS. Most of the commentators have looked at ISIS as another terrorist organization. In fact, ISIS is much more than a terrorist organization; it is a terrorist state with almost all governing elements.

    Over the last three years, the Islamic State [now IS] developed from an extremist fringe and marginal faction to become the strongest, most ferocious, best funded and best armed militia in the religious and ethnic war that is waged today in Syria and Iraq.

    According to the maps published by the Islamic State, the Islamic State will include [Israel, Jordan], Spain, North Africa, West Africa, Central Africa, Ethiopia, Somalia, Saudi Arabia, the Gulf States, Yemen, Azerbaijan, Pakistan and part of China, Iran, Turkey, and parts of Europe, mainly the Balkans.

    Caliph Ibrahim is the sole decision-maker in the Islamic State and his decisions are implemented with no avenue for recourse…he holds absolute power and does not share authority with any of his lieutenants—the Islamic State seems to be partly composed of former military officers who served in the Iraqi Army until Saddam Hussein’s ousting.

    In any case, events on the ground have shown some of the more brutal facets of the management of the Islamic State [IS]. The Islamic State’s first priority was to wage “ethnic cleansing” to eliminate any potential foes and opposition as well as to observe its religious creed.

    Once the area controlled by IS became more or less homogenous, [they] decided to implement Phase Two in its pursuit of power: Islamic education according to the Islamic State philosophy.

    IS has been so successful in creating an atmosphere of hatred against all “heretics” and all that Western civilization represents that it has succeeded to attract thousands of foreign and Arab volunteers to abandon previous allegiances and apply to the ranks of the Islamic State. By one estimate, “perhaps 12,000 foreign fighters” have joined the IS ranks.

    The Islamic State does not seem like a passing phenomenon. Uprooting the IS phenomenon will be a long and arduous road. Without reaching a lasting political solution that will put an end to Sunni-Shiite rivalries, the chances of success will remain negligible.

    (Excerpts from an article by Col. (ret.) Dr. Jacques Neriah, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, September 8, 2014)

    Prayer Focus:  Pray that the danger to the people in the Middle East, as well as the rest of the world, will become clear as the true strength and deadly motives of this organization is revealed. Ask for protection from the Almighty Father from this evil.

    Scripture:  “The violence of the wicked will destroy them, because they refuse to do justice.” Proverbs 21:7

  9. Palestinians at Work: in Israel and West Bank Jewish Communities – RAMALLAH— Emad Halabi first worked in Israel when he was 16 years old. Now, at the age of 50, he still takes jobs in the Jewish state or in Jewish communities, when he can get them. “When you landed a job working in Israel or the ‘settlements,’ people envied you and considered you lucky because there’s no substitute. That’s still the case today,” he told The Media Line, adding that he was never harassed for being Palestinian.

    Halabi says on average, a Palestinian makes $420 a month working in the West Bank [Judea & Samaria], while in Israel workers earn double this. “When I see my kids can’t eat until I go to the settlement to work, of course I’m going to go so I can not only feed them, but give them a good life,” he said.

    To get [an Israeli work] permit, men need to be married, have at least one child, and be at least 24 years old. Israel believes that men in these categories are less likely to commit terrorist attacks.

    The office of the Coordinator for Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) said the number of working permits for Palestinians to enter Israel has increased because of the “regional stability and security.” According to its 2013 statistics, COGAT issued 42,731 permits to Palestinians working in Israel and 24,812 permits to those working in Jewish communities in the West Bank.

    The Palestinian Labor ministry is trying to encourage Palestinians to work in Palestinian factories and industries, but not finding it easy. According to Abu Baker of the Labor Ministry, “High desirable salaries have kept the Palestinians sneaking in to Israel or working in settlements.”

    In 2010, the PA created a fund to provide alternative employment and grants in an effort to both discourage Palestinians from working in the settlements and boost the West Bank economy. But that did not bear fruit. The instability in the West Bank did not give hope either.

    Economist Nasr Abdelkarim says, “It’s not a political decision. Palestinian laborers are motivated by the economic factors.” He suggests…strengthening ties with the rest of the world. “The government should design a policy to attract investors to the agricultural and manufacturing industries,” he told The Media Line. This would result in job creation, as well as bring money into the Palestinian economy.

    (Excerpts of an article by Abdullah H. Erakat, The Media Line, September 8, 2014)

    Prayer Focus:  Thank the Lord for blessing the nation of Israel with economic stability and the opportunity to pass that on to the Palestinian residents of the country. Pray that those who support economic boycotts of Israel will come to understand that they hurt both Israel and the Palestinians.

    Scripture:  “You water its ridges abundantly, You settle its furrows; You make it soft with showers, You bless its growth.”   Psalm 65:10

10.  Syrian Children Travel by Donkey Seeking Medical Help from Israel  - A 12-year-old Syrian boy was brought to the Ziv Medical Center in Safed for medical treatment over the weekend [September 6] after he was severely wounded near Damascus. The boy told the hospital staff that he had been taken by his brother to the Israeli border, on the back of a donkey.

The young boy apparently sustained the wounds several weeks ago when a mortar shell hit his home in the outskirts of Damascus. He lost sight in both eyes, and was severely wounded in both his arms and one of his legs…his family had initially taken him to a hospital in the Beqaa Valley in east Lebanon where doctors amputated his right hand.

He was discharged after being given superficial treatment for his other injuries. Due to the fighting in Syria, the family could not return the boy to his home in Damascus, at which point his brother decided to try to take him to Israel for treatment…[they] crossed the Syrian side of Mount Hermon on a donkey until they reached an Israeli military post at the border.

Israel Defense Forces [IDF] soldiers transferred the boy to the medical center in Safed. “The boy came in with one of his arms severed below the elbow and the other hand shattered as a result of the blast,” said Dr. Alexander Lerner, head of the orthopedic department at the hospital.

“He also suffers from a fracture and loss of tissue in one of his legs, and he has lost his vision. The boy is conscious, and although he is still agitated, he is communicative and understands what happened. He most likely had to go through a difficult journey to get here.” Dr. Lerner believes that despite the severe injury, the boy will be able to walk again. “We intend to perform a series of operations on the boy’s wounded leg and foot…”

“He is facing a long, difficult treatment period, but the goal is to eventually bring back his ability to walk and function with his damaged hand. According to the few stories we heard, this is a brave boy who has been through a difficult ordeal and survived—therefore I am optimistic and believe that he will be able to walk again,” Lerner added.

(By Ahiya Raved, Ynetnews, September 8, 2014),7340,L-4568498,00.html

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