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MA#56 ISRAEL’S  8--DAY  GAZA  WAR 

 

 

ISRAEL’S  8--DAY  GAZA  WAR  

                                           

 

Over the last few weeks, the news has been dominated by the Middle East — the latest Gaza war and the cease-fire which was orchestrated by the Egyptian President, Mohamed Morsi, with subtle inputs from Turkey’s Erdogan, Hamas leader Khalid Mashaal, Barak Obama and Hilary Clinton. And then there was Morsi’s attempt to grab dictatorial powers in Egypt. And to cap it all, Abbas’ determination to gain UN recognition of “Palestine” as a non-member "observer state."

Let’s now recap the recent events, and consider some conservative and Biblical comments.

 

NOVEMBER 14 - 21, 2012

After enduring hundreds of rocket attacks from Gaza for several weeks, Israel once again was compelled to say, “Enough is enough!” Benjamin Netanyahu had warned the Palestinians of a severe response to their continued attacks. On November 14 the IDF struck like lightning.

The Hamas military commander, Ahmed Jabari, along with others, was killed as his car was hit from the air. And that was the beginning of eight days of bitter conflict.

Everyone knew that another conflict with Gaza would break out sooner or later. But this time the fear was that Lebanon and Syria would be involved, supporting Gaza.

Hizb’ullah in Lebanon now has some 80,000 missiles, and reportedly it has also received chemical and biological materials. If Hizb’ullah had joined in the war, the results would have been horrendous for all concerned. But they were held back; Iran is not quite ready for an all-out attempt to annihilate Israel.

This short conflict, however, has been another step in the preparation for the global conflict that’s scheduled for the endtimes; as has also the UN Palestinian status upgrade.

The Messiah, Y’shua (Jesus) has encouraged His people:

“When these things begin to take place,

straighten yourselves and lift up your heads,

because your redemption is drawing near.' 

(Luke 21:28)

 

THE GAZAN ROCKET ATTACKS

The Palestinians fired around 1500 rockets and missiles during the 8 days. Some reports say it was over 2000.

One count said at least 875 rockets landed in open areas.

58 rockets exploded in urban areas.

Attempted launches of rockets failed 152 times.

Four Israeli Iron Dome batteries stopped 421 incoming rockets, at a cost of $50,000 for

each Iron Dome missile. (421 missiles = $21 million).

 

The Iron Dome is able, within seconds of a  rocket’s launch, to determine its flight path. If a rocket is heading for open ground, it is allowed to hit as it is not a great threat. But if it is on target to hit a populated area, the rocket is zapped in mid-air by a Dome missile.

 

The overall success rate of the Iron Dome batteries was 90%.  10% managed to get through the shield, and caused destruction to Israeli buildings, and human casualties.

 

ISRAELI CASUALTIES

5 Israelis were killed by rocket fire (one was a soldier).

240 Israelis were injured.

 

IDF ATTACKS ON GAZA

The Israeli army mounted over 1,500 strikes on Gaza, supported by the Israeli Navy in the Mediterranean.

19 high-level Hamas command centres were hit.

980 underground rocket launchers were hit.

140 smuggling tunnels were hit.

66 tunnels “used for terrorist operations” were hit.

42 Hamas operation rooms and bases were hit.

26 weapons manufacturing and storage facilities were hit.

Dozens of long-range rocket launchers and launch sites were also hit.

 

PALESTINIAN CASUALTIES

156 Palestinians were killed by Israeli air strikes — 120 of them were “engaged in terrorist activities,” according to an IDF spokesman.

More than 900 Palestinians were injured.

6 top-ranking Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists were also targeted during the week. Ahmed Jabari, head of Hamas’ military wing was assassinated on the first day of the war.

 

IRAN’S INVOLVEMENT

Iran had its Quds Forces in Gaza and other Palestinian territories to help Hamas and Islamic Jihad in setting up underground rocket facilities while training and super-vising the Palestinians in launching attacks on Israel.

Iran openly announced that its missiles were being used against the Jewish state.

According to a source in the Revolutionary Guards intelligence division, Iran has large stockpiles of chemical and microbial weapons and it has armed the Lebanese terrorist group Hizb’ullah with these weapons.

 

THE CEASE-FIRE DEAL

NOV 22/12. Three main points in the Agreement of Understanding for a Ceasefire in the Gaza Strip 

1.  Israel should stop all hostilities in the Gaza Strip, by land, sea and air, including incursions and targeting of individuals.

2. All Palestinian factions should stop all hostilities from the Gaza Strip against Israel including rocket attacks and all attacks along the border.

3. Opening the crossings and facilitating the movement of people and transfer of goods, and refraining from restricting residents' free movements and targeting residents in border areas and procedures of implementation, shall be dealt with after 24 hours from the start of the ceasefire.

Eight days after Operation Pillar of Defence began, southern residents received the news of a ceasefire between Israel and Gaza groups with great disappointment.

"This wasn't the conclusion we prayed for," said Ashdod Mayor, Yehiel Lasri, whose city continued to come under fire even after the truce went into effect.

"I am afraid this lull will last for only a short while, and hope that at least we have garnered international support for a harsh response that will become necessary when the fire is renewed."

Sderot Mayor, David Buskila, echoed the sentiment, saying he opposes the way the hostilities were put to an end.

"The fighting should have been concluded with an accord indicating Israel's clear supremacy and with the Israeli deterrence being restored to its former level." Dozens of residents of the city rallied against the truce agreement and called on PM Benjamin Netanyahu to resign.

 

 

 

 

 

  Netanyahu’s statement

“I announced that we would respond forcibly to these attacks when we see fit. I said that we would exact a heavy price from the terror organizations.

“The terror organizations assumed that we would avoid offensive action against them; they were wrong.

“We hit their senior commanders, we destroyed thousands of rockets which were aimed towards the South and most of those aimed towards central Israel, and we crushed Hamas' control facilities.”

 

TERRORIST BOMBS TEL AVIV BUS

On the last day of the war, a bomb left in a Dan bus in central Tel Aviv exploded injuring 28 people; three people very seriously. An Israeli Arab Citizen, formerly from the West Bank, admitted carrying out the attack.

A police spokesman said the man was connected to the Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorist groups. He had moved to Israel and was granted Israeli citizenship after applying for it on grounds of family reunification.

According to the police, the man borrowed his employer’s car to transport the bomb into Tel Aviv, and then placed it inside the bus. After he planted the bomb, the man left the bus and called his handlers, who remotely detonated the explosive by calling the phone.

 

 

 

 

 

         KHALID: “ISRAEL FAILED IN ALL ITS GOALS”  

In typical Palestinian style, Hamas chief Khalid Mashaal announced in a press conference after the cease-fire on 21st Nov., that Israel "had failed in all its goals" in its Operation Pillar of Defence.

Mashaal went on to thank cease-fire mediator Egypt, as well as Iran, which he said "had a role in arming" Hamas during the conflict.

During the eight days, Hamas leaders fled for their lives. Prime Minister Haniyeh went down to Egypt.  But now they have come out of the woodwork to proclaim that they and the Gazan Palestinians were the victors of the war. The IDF however, believes that contrary to the triumphalist public stance of Hamas, the Gaza regime is privately shocked by the level of damage it sustained.

One thing though, seemed to be clear; “the IDF operation against Hamas has gone a long way towards reuniting the divided Palestinian people. Most Palestinian Authority supporters in the West Bank are now saying they are standing with their Hamas brethren in the "liberation struggle" against Israel.  But at the same time, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, was weakened, and isolated.in the West Bank.

Abbas has since regained his importance after successfully lobbying the UN, in his words, “to issue a birth certificate of the reality of the State of Palestine.”

What did NOT happen, was an all-out war where Gaza, Lebanon and Syria could have been reduced to ruins.  That war is still ahead.  The prophecies are clear.

“The day that is coming to destroy all the Philistines - to cut off from Tyre and Sidon, every ally and helper that is left. For YHWH is going to destroy the Philistines - the remnant of the island of Caphtor (Crete, the original home of the Philistines).  Baldness has come upon Gaza. (Jeremiah 47:4-5)

“The oracle concerning Damascus: ‘Look! Damascus is about to be removed from being a city, and it will become a heap of ruins’.”  (Isaiah 17:1.  See also Jeremiah 49:23-27)

 

AFTER THE CEASE-FIRE

The initial cease-fire agreement serves as the basis for further talks and negotiations between Israel and Hamas on such issues as the status of borders and international involvement in the region.

Hamas wants a permanent official presence at the Rafah Egypt-Gaza border crossing. And it is asking for international guarantees against a further Israeli military incursion inside the Gaza Strip under the condition that rocket attacks from the territory cease. Any such deal would likely enhance Hamas diplomatic position internationally.

Hamas is also demanding an end to Israel’s naval and land blockade of the Gaza Strip. But this is a point that Israel will likely not cede. Israel maintains the blockade to ensure against weapons being smuggled into Gaza. However, the security sources say Israel is ready to scale back parts of the blockade after a period of quiet.

Israel is demanding a total halt to rocket attacks from Gaza, and a 30-metre buffer zone along the Gaza Strip border with the Jewish state. Such a buffer could be important in stopping cross border attacks, but it would not affect Hamas’ ability to fire rockets into Israel.

Now, just as it did after Israel’s 2008 war in Gaza, Hamas will set out to rearm itself and rebuild its destroyed infrastructure in Gaza, with help from its Iranian patrons.

 

EHUD BARAK TO QUIT POLITICS

NOV 26/12. Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak, one of the nation’s most influential and divisive leaders, has announced he would not run for a Knesset seat in the upcoming election, ending a political and military career that spanned more than three decades.

 

                                                                                         BENNY GANTZ     

 

ISRAEL WARNS IT WILL DISRUPT HAMAS’ ATTEMPTS TO REARM

NOV 26/12.  Israel’s top general has warned that the army will continue to disrupt any attempt by Hamas to rearm.

The comments by Israeli Defence Force chief of staff, Lieut.-Gen Benny Gantz followed reports in the British Sunday Times that Israeli spy satellites had detected a cargo ship, docked at an Iranian port, being loaded with missiles, presumably bound for the Gaza Strip.

The report comes one day after Ismail Haniyeh claimed that the ceasefire agreement hammered out last week does not prohibit Hamas from manufacturing new weapons and the smuggling of others, which he said Hamas needs for “defence.”

A Hamas politburo chief said Hamas would not stop making weapons in Gaza or smuggling them into the territory. “These weapons protected us and there is no way to stop us obtaining and manufacturing them,” he said.

 

         Senior Hamas figure Mahmoud al-Zahar said Iran intended to increase its military and economic aid to militant groups in the wake of Israel’s military campaign.

“They give it to us in the name of Allah, without conditions, and I am a witness to this,” he told reporters in Gaza, adding: “It is our right to take money and weapons from Iran.”

 

IRAN’S ASSURANCE TO HAMAS

NOV. 24/12.  Mahmud Ahmadinejad phoned the Gaza PM, Ismail Haniyeh, and Jihad Islami leaders, to assure them that Iran will continue to supply them with munitions as before and refill their depleted arsenals within weeks.

The Iranian assurance was given to Gaza in the face of the US-Egyptian-Israeli plan to shut down Iran's arms smuggling routes through Sinai to the Gaza Strip.

A promise by President Obama to send US troops to Sinai for this mission had finally persuaded Benjamin Netanyahu to suspend Israel's operation in the Gaza Strip and to accept a ceasefire.

 

EGYPT:  “NO U.S. TROOPS IN SINAI”

An Egyptian military spokesman has denied a report that US forces would be deployed in Sinai as part of the ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas.

“The armed forces do not accept the presence of foreign forces on its land,” the spokesman posted on his Facebook page. He added that the only foreign forces based in Sinai are multinational ones, which have been located there since Israel's withdrawal from the Peninsula in 1982 in accordance with the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt.

 

THE GAZA WAR

JUST ONE STEP IN WIDER AGENDA

Some intelligence sources believe Gaza was a first step in a wider strategy to weaken Iran, and to bring the Syrian regime down.  Other steps . . .

*  Washington gave its approval for NATO to post Patriot anti-missile batteries in Turkey opposite the Syrian border, together with advanced AWACs electronic warning aircraft. Both weapons systems are to be manned by US military crews.

*  The USS Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group took up positions near Israeli and Syrian shores, adding another section to the menacing ring forming around Syria.

*  Moscow, Iran and Damascus, believe a group of nations are now about to pounce on Iran's best friend, Bashar Assad, by moving to enforce protected asylums and no-fly zones in Syria.

*  Two days after a ceasefire went into effect in Gaza, Moscow reacted to the perceived situation by deploying the Russian Black Sea Fleet's naval task force opposite to Gaza. The task force includes a missile cruiser, a destroyer, large landing ships, a tugboat and a large oil tanker.

The whole Middle East situation is tense with Israel, Syria, Turkey, Egypt, the Arabs, Iran, US, Europe and Russia all preparing for the prophesied world war.

 

& Proclaim this among the nations: Prepare for war! Rouse the warriors! Let all the men of war draw near. Let them come up to attack! Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning-hooks into spears; Let the weak say, 'I am strong!'

“Come quickly all you surrounding nations, and gather yourselves together! Bring down, O YHWH, Your mighty ones! Let the nations be aroused and come up to the Valley of Jehoshaphat, for there I will sit to judge all the nations on every side.”  (Joel 3:9-12)

                                                                                                  

“WE WANT 5 OR 6 YEARS OF QUIET”        

This was a startling headline in an Israeli newspaper shortly after the cease-fire came into effect.  Asked about what Israelis should expect after the Gaza ceasefire, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said:

 

"I estimate that we will get a lasting calm. We spoke with our colleagues around the world and explained that we want lasting quiet - not for a week, not for two weeks. After a week of suffering, (we want) at least five or six years of quiet, stability and security."

 

What’s so startling about that?  Simply that soon the Man of Sin will arise, and he will say to Israel, “I can do better than 5 or 6 years. I promise you a 7-year Treaty that will give you more than quiet.  It will give you security, peace, dignity and prosperity!”

 

“And he (the endtime Prince of Rome) will confirm a covenant - a treaty - with the many for one week (lit. ‘seven’ a week of years – 7 years), but in the middle of that week he will put an end to sacrifice and offering; and on the pinnacle of the Temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation.” (Daniel 9:27)

 

  MORSI ASSUMES SWEEPING NEW POWERS

            BRANDED AS THE NEW 'PHARAOH'

NOV 23/12. Egypt's Islamist President Mohamed Morsi has assumed sweeping powers, drawing criticism one day after winning praise for his role in brokering the cease-fire in Gaza.

Mr Morsi has decreed that all decisions he has made since coming into office, and all decisions he will make until a new constitution is passed, will not be subject to appeal or review by any court.

Morsi has also ordered that no court can dissolve the Islamist-dominated constituent assembly which is now drafting a new constitution.

 

He then gave the body - which was due to issue a draft constitution in December – two extra months to come up with a charter that will then be put to a referendum. Morsi’s opponents accused him of grabbing power to advance the Muslim Brotherhood’s goal of turning Egypt into an Islamic state.

Former UN atomic energy agency chief Mohamed El Baradei, an Egyptian, lashed out at Morsi’s declaration, which would effectively put the president above judicial oversight. "Morsi today usurped all state powers and appointed himself Egypt's new Pharaoh. A major blow to the revolution that could have dire consequences," El Baradei wrote on Twitter.

 

Morsi’s intention, undoubtedly, is to ensure a hard-line Islamic constitution is adopted in Egypt.

 

JUDGES AND PRO-DEMOCRACY FORCES 

TAKE A STAND AGAINST MORSI

Defiant Egyptian judges hit back at President Mohamed Morsi, demanding he reverse a decree giving him sweeping powers that put him beyond judicial oversight.

 

Egypt's pro-democracy, liberal and anti-Muslim Brotherhood forces are arrayed for a major battle against Morsi for his assumption of extraordinary powers.

 

Some 20 Egyptian judges, and also opposition groups called for a nation-wide strike, and staged protests.  Morsi’s supporters are staging protests in support of the Islamic leader.  And with economic conditions deteriorating, Egypt faces another prolonged conflict.

 

Opposition rallies with up to 200,000 people, have been protesting daily in Tahrir Square, Cairo, against the President’s decrees.

 

Several judicial bodies have condemned Morsi’s decree, with the Supreme Judicial Council, denouncing it as “an unprecedented attack on the independence of the judiciary and its rulings.” Earlier, the Judges Club of Alexandria announced a strike in the provinces of Alexandria and Beheira and said they “will accept nothing less than the cancellation of (Morsi’s decree),” which violates the principle of separation of powers, club chief Mohammed Ezzat al-Agwa said.

 

“Egypt is at the start of a new revolution because it was never our intention to replace one dictator with another,” activist Mohammed al-Gamal told AFP news, showing his broken spectacles and hand in a plaster cast that he said were the result of police action.

 

Morsi has responded by saying his decrees are only temporary, and that the constitution will be completed within days, and then put to a referendum.

 

SIDE NOTE: The day before Morsi’s decree, Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr lavished praise on Mr Morsi for brokering the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

"One of the things that stands out is the leadership role of someone who could be a very great figure in Middle Eastern history indeed - and that's President Morsi of Egypt," Carr told reporters in Canberra. "I rang the Egyptian ambassador in Australia today to ask him to convey to Cairo our support, our admiration for the leadership role that Egypt has demonstrated.”

 

What do you say now, Bob ?

 

Washington, which on Wednesday voiced fulsome praise for Morsi’s role in brokering a truce between Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers to end eight days of deadly violence, led international criticism of the president’s move.

 

EGYPTIAN JOURNALISTS DEMAND FREEDOM OF PRESS

NOV 25/12. The general assembly of the Egyptian Journalists Syndicate today voiced its rejection of President Mohamed Morsi's constitutional declaration and threatened to stage a general strike in retaliation against the Egyptian president’s sweeping decree.

"The general assembly announces its total rejection of the latest decisions issued by the president," Gamal Fahmi, member of the syndicate's executive board, shouted to hundreds of journalists at the syndicate's downtown headquarters, according to Ahram Online.

The president's decisions "represent naked aggression against general freedoms, the rule of law and the in-dependence of the judiciary," he added.

The Egyptian economy is already in deep trouble, and a director of the stock exchange warned that Egypt could be bankrupt in three months unless the constitutional crisis was solved.

 

PROPHECY REGARDING EGYPT

“I will incite Egyptians against Egyptians; each one will fight against his brother, and each neighbour against his neighbour, city against city and kingdom against kingdom. Then the spirit of Egypt will be demoralized; and I will confound their strategy, for they will resort to idols and ghosts of the dead, and to mediums and sorcerers. I will deliver the Egyptians into the hand of a cruel master, and a fierce king will rule over them,’ declares the Sovereign Master, YHWH of Hosts.”  (Isaiah 19:2-4)

Could Morsi be that fierce king?   The news is rolling.

 

NEW BATTLES IN EGYPT

MAY UNRAVEL THE GAZA CEASE-FIRE

The contests in Egypt have the potential for undoing the fragile cease-fire reached between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

 

Part of the cease-fire deal was for Morsi to personally monitor and arbitrate the implementation of the secret understandings for Gaza and Sinai that were negotiated between the US, Egypt and Israel in order to open the door to the cease-fire.

 

ISRAELI GOVERNMENT WEBSITES UNDER MASSIVE HACKING

NOV 18/12.  More than 44 million hacking attempts have been made on Israeli government websites since Israel began its Gaza air strikes 4 days ago, the government said. Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said just one hacking attempt was successful on a site he did not want to name, but it was up and running after 10 minutes of downtime. Typically, there are a few hundred hacking attempts a day on Israeli sites.

 

Attempts on defence-related sites have been the highest, while 10 million attempts have been made on the site of Israel's president, 7 million on the Foreign Ministry and 3 million on the site of the prime minister.

 

A ministry spokesman said while the attacks have come from around the world, most have been from Israel and the Palestinian territories. "The ministry's computer division will continue to block the millions of cyber-attacks," Steinitz said. "We are enjoying the fruits of our investment in recent years in developing computerized defence systems."    http://www.cnbc.com

 

                                                       

THE TRAP THAT ARIEL SHARON BUILT

By Caroline B. Glick /  jewishworldreview.com

 

The commentators who dared to question the wisdom of Israel’s former prime minister's strategy have, sadly, been proven correct. So why, then, is Israel once again acting foolishly, if not irresponsibly?

 

The ceasefire agreement that Israel accepted to end the current round of Palestinian rocket and missile attacks is not a good deal for Israel by any stretch of the imagination.

 

The first two clauses require both sides to end hostilities. The third suggests Israel is expected to  

 

make further concessions to Hamas after the firing stops.  

 

The ceasefire elevated Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood government to the role of responsible adult. Hamas is the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood. Egyptian President Muhammad Morsi openly supports Hamas.

 

Morsi sent his Prime Minister Hesham Kandil to Gaza to personally express the Egyptian government's support for Hamas's criminal assault against Israeli civilians.

Then over the weekend Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood held what the media claimed was a stormy meeting.

 

Its members were split over what to do about Israel. Half wanted to go to war with Israel immediately. The other half called for waiting until the Egyptian military is prepared for war. In the end, the voices calling for the patient preparation for war won the day.

 

And for their patience, the Muslim Brothers received the plaudits of the US government. Hillary Clinton and her boss President Obama were effusive in their praise of the Egyptian government, and joined Egypt in placing Israel on the same moral plane as a terrorist group.

 

Moreover, Obama and Clinton compelled Israel to accept wording in the ceasefire that arguably makes Egypt the arbiter of Israeli and Palestinian compliance with the agreement. Aside from the administration's de facto support for the Hamas regime in Gaza, it is hard to think of a greater humiliation than Israel being forced to submit complaints to its sworn enemy about the actions of the sworn enemy's terrorist client.

 

Israel is in a strategic trap

And it is one of its own making. Starting with the Rabin-Peres government's decision to embrace the PLO terrorist organization as a peace partner in 1993, Israel has been in strategic retreat.

 

Each incremental retreat by Israel has empowered its worst enemies both militarily and diplomatically and weakened the Jewish State militarily and diplomatically.

 

In May 2000, following years of political agitation by the radical Left, then-premier Ehud Barak ordered the IDF to retreat from Israel's security zone in south Lebanon.

 

Hizb’ullah immediately seized control over the border area. Within months it kidnapped and killed three IDF soldiers and held them for ransom - hiding the fact that they had been murdered. The same Barak-led government that withdrew the IDF from south Lebanon was loath to acknowledge the failure of its policy and so did nothing when the three soldiers were kidnapped.

 

Within six years, Hizb’ullah was strong enough to launch an all-out missile war against Israel.

 

Facing them was the government that had just carried out the withdrawal from Gaza. Ariel Sharon's heirs, Ehud Olmert and Tzipi Livni's governing strategy was based on surrendering land and demonizing as warmongers those who opposed surrendering land.

 

When Hizb’ullah attacked Israel in July 2006, Olmert and Livni     

were in no position to order a serious ground invasion of Lebanon. And since that was the only way to win the war, Israel lost the war, paving the way for Hizb’ullah’s subsequent takeover of the Lebanese government.

 

       THE  WITHDRAWAL FROM  GAZA

As for that withdrawal from Gaza, just like the phony peace process with the PLO and the strategically demented withdrawal from south Lebanon, the withdrawal from Gaza was a self-evidently insane policy. It was obvious that it would lead to the strengthening of Palestinian terrorist groups and so put Israel's population centres in striking range of their missiles.

 

After both the Oslo process and the withdrawal from Lebanon left Israel strategically and diplomatically weakened, with its politicians, generals and its very existence brought before international tribunals and targeted by diplomatic pogroms, there was no basis for the empty claim that by withdrawing from Gaza, Israel would gain international legitimacy to defend itself.

 

By leaving Gaza, Israel was saying - as it had in Lebanon - that it had no right to be there. And if it had no right to be there, it had no right to return.

 

To force this mad initiative through, Sharon had to explicitly disavow the platform he was elected to implement.

Sharon won the 2003 elections by pledging never to surrender Gaza. After he betrayed his voters, Sharon demonized and, when possible fired everyone in positions of power and influence who opposed him.

 

He called a referendum of Likud members to vote on his plan, and when his opponents won the vote overwhelmingly, he ignored it. He fired Lt.-Gen. Moshe Ya'alon, then IDF Chief of General Staff.  He fired his cabinet ministers. He castigated as "rebels" his party members who opposed his plan.

Moreover, with the active collusion of the legal system, Sharon violently repressed his political opponents. Young girls were thrown into jail without trial for months for participating in anti-withdrawal demonstrations.

 

Privately chartered buses en route to lawful demonstrations were interdicted by police and prevented from travelling. Protest organizers were arrested in their homes at 3 am. And with the active collusion of the media, all debate on the merits of the withdrawal plan was stifled.

 

The millions of Israelis who opposed the withdrawal from Gaza do not seek personal vindication for being right. They didn't warn against the withdrawal to advance their careers or make their lives easier. Indeed, their careers were uniformly harmed.

 

They did it because they were patriots. They felt it was their duty to warn their countrymen of the danger, hoping to avert the disaster we now face. Full article>

 

http://www.jewishworldreview.com/1112/glick112312.php3#.UK_gsvXTmUk

 

 

    LONG AGO, GOD COMMANDED ISRAEL

“The land shall never ever be sold, for the land is Mine;

for you are but strangers and settlers with Me.”  (Leviticus 25:23)

 

This means also that the land must not be divided, traded or given away!

 

After gaining much of the Promised Land, the leaders of Israel have erred in trading parts of the land for peace on a piece of paper.  And they continually pay a price for doing so.

Now Israel will not occupy the whole of the Promised Land until the Messiah Y’shua comes to establish the Millennial Kingdom.  And that Day is drawing near!

 

“For I will take you from among the nations; I will gather you from all countries, and bring you into your own land. “Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean. I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols.

 

“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; and I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My laws, and you will guard My judgments, and do them. And you will live in the land that I gave to your forefathers; so you will be My people, and I, yes - I will be your God.” (Ezekiel 36:24-28)

 

       THE PALESTINIAN “VICTORY”

  AT THE UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY

 

 At the same time as “one part of Palestine” - Hamas in Gaza was sending rockets into Israel, another part - Fatah in the West Bank was preparing for an other type of war against Israel — a unilateral statehood bid at the UN.

 

On November 29th 1947, the UN voted in favour of establishing a Jewish state called Israel, in her historic God-given inheritance. Now 65 years later, on November 29th 2012, the UN voted in favour of granting “Palestine” recognition as a non-member "observer state." 

 

This General Assembly resolution has given Palestinians an enhanced international legal status - not yet a full sovereign state, but is very close to it. It is the latest step towards achieving a Palestinian state in the areas of Judea, Samaria and Gaza — in the Promised Land.

 

Any fair-minded person would agree that the UN has a built-in bias against Israel, a country subject to more UN censure than every other country combined.

 

Given the automatic pro-Palestinian majority in the 193- member General Assembly, the resolution passed with 139 in favour, only 9 no votes, and 41 abstentions.

 

The world said yes to a sovereign Palestinian state despite the fact that Palestinians in Gaza just committed more than 3,000 war crimes last week (each rocket was fired from behind innocent Arab civilians, and fired at innocent Jewish civilians, making each rocket fired a double war crime); despite the fact that the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank doesn't have any control over the situation in Gaza; despite the fact that the PA has adamantly refused to sit down and engage in face to face peace talks with the Israelis for several years; and despite the fact that the PA is nearly bankrupt and unable to pay its workers).

 

The US and Germany are among a handful of nations that opposed this resolution. The reason they voted against is not because they oppose the creation of a sovereign Palestinian state but because it is a unilateral move by the Palestinian leadership to achieve a state without directly negotiating with the State of Israel.

 

I am not aware of any government in the world that is opposed to dividing the Land of Israel and creating a sovereign Palestinian state.

 

UNILATERAL (ONE-SIDED) MOVES ARE NOT THE WAY

Israel and the US oppose any back-door, unilateral route to statehood, and say that can only come from a negotiated treaty ending the 64-year-old Middle East conflict.

 

The Oslo Accords - which were signed back in 1993 by Israel and the Palestinians - forbade unilateral moves by either side. Thus, the Palestinian leadership has now broken the one major diplomatic agreement it has signed with Israel. That doesn't bode well for future peace talks.

 

The creation of any new internationally-recognized sovereign state in the world requires an affirmative vote by the UN Security Council, not the General Assembly. The US continues to vow to veto any resolution of this kind that might come before the Security Council unless it is the result of a comprehensive peace treaty agreed to in advance by the Israelis and the Palestinian leadership.

 

The Palestinians have been an “observer entity" at the United Nations. Now the upgrade grants them access to bodies such as the International Criminal Court in The Hague, where they might file legal suits against Israel.

 

PALESTINE      ISRAEL

 

Currently, the Palestinian leadership refuses to negotiate directly with Israel.

 

The most intense international pressure in favour of a Palestinian state is coming from Western Europe, which has grown increasingly anti-Israel and increasingly anti-Semitic.

 

A majority of Israelis have become exhausted with the Arab-Israeli conflict and now would support a Palestinian state under certain conditions.

 

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu - the leader of the centre-right Likud Party (which has historically opposed creating a Palestinian state) – in recent years has offered to divide the Land and help create a Palestinian state, on the condition that it is demilitarized and does not divide Jerusalem.

 

The question at present is not one of whether Palestinians should have a state. The reality is that Hamas, which has been labelled a terrorist movement by various organisations and nations, is now the heavyweight in a very-divided Palestinian partnership; and it has sworn to destroy Israel. And while the Palestinian Authority has recognised Israel in the Oslo Accord, the constitution of President Mahmoud Abbas’s political party, Fatah, still calls for the destruction of Israel.

 

Hamas and Fatah are at odds. Hamas is fundamentally Islamic (being the creation of the Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt), while Fatah is more secular.

In 2005, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon ordered the unilateral withdrawal of Jewish settlements and its army from Gaza, handing the territory over to the Palestinian Authority led by Mahmoud Abbas. This attempt to achieve peace with the Palestinians by giving them self-government, saw the Gaza Strip freedom brazenly misused to attack Israel with rockets supplied by Iran.

 

In 2007 Hamas waged a coup against the Gaza administration, and slaughtered many of the Fatah leaders. Most Fatah members fled to the West Bank. Hamas then increased the rocket attacks on Israel which led to the wars in early 2009 and Nov. 2012.

 

Because Hamas was importing heavy weapons from Iran and elsewhere, Israel was compelled to impose an embargo on Gaza, to prevent war materials reinforcing Hamas’s attacks on the south of Israel.

 

Many Israelis believe the unilateral withdrawal from Gaza was a strategic disaster. From the Biblical perspective it was senseless disobedience. Gaza is part of the Promised Land, and Almighty God, whom Israel acknowledges as their God, commanded His people in no uncertain terms:

 

                “The land shall never ever be sold, for the land is Mine;

                for you are but strangers and settlers with Me.”   (Leviticus 25:23)

 

Israel “sold” Gaza, under rationalistic pressure from the US, for a vain “hope.”

 

The Bible strongly warns the nations today not to divide the Land of Israel. All nations who do so, will face God's judgment.

The Lord said to the Prophet Joel:

 

"I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat. Then I will enter into judgment with them there on behalf of My people and My inheritance, Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations; and they have divided up My land." (Joel 3:2)

Despite this warning, the nations have repeatedly divided the Land of Israel over the past century, – 1919, 1947-8, 1993, and through pressures and policies every year since.

 

What repercussions can now be expected? Before you received this Alert, I believe we will see signs of God’s displeasure, especially in erstwhile “Christian” lands. 

 

A draft document from the office of Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, seen by Reuters, said Israel must confront this challenge by means that could include "toppling (Abbas) and dismantling the Palestinian Authority."

 

"If the proposal is adopted at the United Nations General Assembly, as far as we are concerned this would be a complete breaking of the rules and it will elicit an extreme response from us," Lieberman said ahead of the vote.

 

The 1993 Oslo Accords between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organisation, which set up the Palestinian Authority under an interim peace agreement could now be revoked.

 

In a striking example of strange bedfellows, news of Israel's possible retaliation against Abbas coincided with a call from Hamas to topple the Palestinian president.

 

The European Jewish Congress President, Dr. Moshe Kantor, warns that the Palestinian UN action will hammer a nail into the coffin of the peace process.

 

Correct! There is no way an Israel-Hamas-Fatah 2-state agreement will succeed, for the simple basic reason that the Palestinians do not want to live alongside a Jewish state. They want a one state – a Palestinian state. Period! 

              Mahmoud Abbas himself has declared:        

                    “Not one Jew will live in the Palestinian state.”

 

WORLD POWERS WANT NUCLEAR TALKS

WITH IRAN AS FAST AS POSSIBLE

 

By Justyna Pawlak

They fear the Window of Opportunity for

avoiding an Armageddon between

Israel and Tehran is now closing.

 

NOV 21/12. Six world powers agreed to seek renewed talks with Iran as fast as possible, reflecting a heightened sense of urgency to resolve a long rift over Tehran's disputed nuclear activity and to avert the threat of war.

 

Their call coincided with growing evidence that Iran is expanding nuclear capacity in an underground bunker that’s virtually immune to attack, and follows the November 6 re-election of US President Barack Obama, which has cleared the way for new contacts.

 

Senior diplomats from the six countries - the US, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany - met in Brussels to consider new negotiating tactics despite abiding scepticism that a deal with Tehran can be reached.

 

It was not clear after the meeting what options, if any, were agreed. But the six said "necessary contact" with the Iranians would be made "in the coming days".

 

"The (six powers) are committed to having another round of talks with Iran as soon as possible," said a spokesman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who represents the six countries in dealings with Iran.

 

Analysts warn that a window of opportunity for a negotiated solution is narrowing because of growing alarm over Tehran's nuclear course in Israel, the Middle East's only nuclear power which has threatened to bomb the atomic sites of its arch-enemy.

 

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/21/us-iran-nuclear-statement-idUSBRE8AK0W420121121

 

    CHINA’S NEW PRESIDENT

Hu Jintao’s term as China’s President  comes to an end at the annual parliament session in March 2013.  He will be succeeded by Xi Jinping - pronounced, Shi Jinping - for the next ten years. 

Xi Jinping was …

·Born in Beijing in 1953, father was Xi Zhongxun, a founding member of the                   Communist Party

·Sent to work at a remote village for seven years when he was 15

·Studied chemical engineering at Tsinghua University and spent time at a US farm in 1985

·Was Shanghai party chief in 2007 and became vice- president in 2008

·He is seen as having a zero-tolerance attitude towards corrupt officials

·and he is married to well-known Chinese folk singer and actress Peng Liyuan with whom he has a daughter.

After nearly 70 years of communism, China yearns for religious and political freedom. Many are calling for reform in China, but the communist party is still not willing to dismantle their one-party state.

Xi Jinping says corruption has to be addressed, and better party discipline is needed. Will he follow through on this requirement?  Let’s trust so.  But in the meantime China is building up as a military giant, as well as making great strides to become the world’s No. 1 economic power.

China will play a major role as the main “King of the East” in the Great Tribulation.  (Revelation 16:12-16)

            

WHY

 

DID GOD NOT RAISE UP A GODLY MAN TO LEAD AMERICA ?

 

With all the prayers that went up before the elections, why did God say NO? Why did God not raise up a “king” who would restore righteousness to the land?

Pastor Mike Taylor of the U.S. has published a forthright article that answers these questions.  He begins by quoting from 1 Samuel 8, of how Israel chose a disastrous king.

“But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, ‘Give us a king to judge us.’ And Samuel prayed to the LORD. And the LORD said to Samuel, ‘Obey the voice of the people in all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me from being King over them’."  (1 Samuel 8:6-7)

   Then God warned about what would happen under King Saul.

 

“He will take the tenth of your grain and of your vineyards and give it to his officers and to his servants. He will take your male servants and female servants and the best of your young men and your donkeys, and put them to his work. He will take the tenth of your flocks, and you shall be his slaves. And in that day you will cry out because of your king, whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the LORD will not answer you in that day."  (1 Samuel 8:15-18)

 

My question is, why? The problem is not that we elected again an unqualified man to lead this nation as our prince, but the problem is, "We the people." Look in the mirror, folks. Do you see the problem? It's an unbelieving society.

 

We are so far removed from the teachings of the Bible that if the founding fathers were resurrected, they would surely shake their head in dismay and disbelief.

 

I have changed my mind about the future of America, as I fear that we are so far removed from God that we will never find our way back. The corner has been turned, and there is no coming back. Pray all you want for this nation, but I see the judgment of God coming to our shores and covering the land like a cloud.

 

To administer judgment, God has a historical habit of using men to enact His penalty for rebellion against His Laws, and His way of life. Coupled with that, expect more natural disasters, environmental upheaval, and untold destruction.

 

Our enemies smell our weakness and they will only get stronger, as we get weaker. The only thing holding back complete annihilation is that God's church, His true church, is in the way.

 

When I say, true church, I don't mean that modern social club that sits in Sunday services thinking on anything and everything that is of this world and its pleasures. As it was in the days of Noah and Lot, so shall it be in the endtime, according to our Lord's statement in Luke 17:26-30.

 

Men and women of conservative political persuasion lament the outcome of this past election. Maybe God would have given us more time by electing a president Romney, but from where I stand, God has said "NO." I believe there is no more time.

 

When will this judgment start in earnest? I believe the introduction has begun. The first act of impending judgment awaits its beginning with the opening of the First Seal of Revelation 6:1-2:

 

           "And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, ‘Come and see.’ And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer."

 

This is the beginning of the wrath of God, or the revealing of the Antichrist, the one who sits on the white horse, (offering the 7-year peace treaty). How close is the revealing of this evil man?  It would be safe to say that this man is alive today.

 

If that man who is spoken of in Revelation 6 rides upon the scene, and you hear reports of the disappearance of people from all over the earth, and you wonder what all the commotion is about, what will you be thinking? Will you be thinking that God is my Source of deliverance, or will you join the chanting, "All hail, the king!" ?

 

 

Don't make the mistake that Obama or any other mortal can make your life meaningful or solve your earthly problems. Look to Jesus who is our Source for eternal life. Don't look to an earthly king, but to the Lord of lords, and King of kings. Don't wait another day! Time is running out!

“Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Y'shua, Jesus ,the Author of the Faith and the One who completes and perfects our faith, who, in view of the joy set before Him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:1-2)

The full article, 

ALL HAIL, THE KING? is available on   http://www.churchofgod-usa.org/

           

NEW BRIEFS    *   NEW BRIEFS

 

BRITAIN URGES U.S. TO PUSH PEACE PROCESS

British Foreign Secretary William Hague has urged the US to take a "decisive lead" on reviving the Middle East peace process following the deadly conflict in Gaza.

European and Arab nations should also offer active support "to make sure that this last chance — we're coming to a final chance maybe for a two-state solution in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict — can be successfully resolved," he said.

 

U.S. AIRCRAFT CARRIER RETURNING TO THE GULF

NOV 25/12. When the aircraft carrier USS John C Stennis returns to the placid blue waters of the Gulf with her strike force of 70 jets in the next few days, she will be ready for action off the coast of Iran.

The flagship $4.5 billion carrier — a 100,000 ton floating city with a crew of 5,000, was dispatched four months earlier than planned to bolster the United States Navy's already formidable force in the region, the Fifth Fleet.

Its mission is to keep some of the world's busiest shipping lanes open in its most com-bustible region; at any moment America's standoff with Iran could escalate into a crisis. 

 

JAPAN:  NUCLEAR FISH !

A mountain trout caught in the Niida River in Fukushima Prefecture contained 11,400 becquerels of radioactive cesium per kilogram, more than 110 times above the government limit for food products, a survey by the Environment Ministry showed.          - Japan Times  /Nov 20/12.

GUNS SALES SOAR AFTER OBAMA'S RE-ELECTION

Gun sales in America are soaring in the wake of President Barack Obama's re-election with weapons retailers reporting AK-47s flying off shelves "like hotcakes." - UK Telegraph

 

 

PERSECUTION

 

CHRISTIAN COLLEGE STUDENTS EXECUTED

Multiple sources have confirmed that about 25 to 30 Christian college students were massacred at a university in NE Nigeria on October 1st.  The killings reportedly occurred in the late night hours on Oct. 1, when masked Boko Haram gunmen went door-to-door in the off-campus housing section of Federal Polytechnic College in Mubi, in NE Nigeria. The gunmen addressed each victim by name, questioned them, and then proceeded to shoot them or slit their throat.  http://www.christianpost.com

 

DOZENS OF CHURCHES DESTROYED IN TANZANIA

Dozens of Christian worship places have been destroyed by Islamic extremists in Tanzania and church leaders are fleeing its heavily Muslim island of Zanzibar, as the persecution of Christians spreads throughout East Africa, a human rights chief said on November 12.

 

MUSLIM CONVERT DIES IN ERITREAN PRISON

Adris Ali Mohammed has recently died after spending two very difficult years in prison at the Aderset Military Camp in Eritrea. The 31-year-old was confined to a small dungeon-like cell where he was denied medical treatment for malaria. Despite the fatal outcome, Christ's victory over death has freed Adris from his suffering and he is now experiencing the glorious promise of eternal life.

 

CHRISTIANS FACING OPPOSITION IN KARNATAKA

In Karnataka state, S. India, a mob of about 20 Hindu extremists beat a pastor to unconsciousness. While he was hospitalized with resulting head and neck injuries, as well as broken ribs, the assailants returned the next morning to further harm him. The relentless attacks left Pastor Samuel Kim in a serious condition. Guards are now posted outside of his hospital room so he can safely recover.  

 

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