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
with subtle inputs from Turkey’s Erdogan, Hamas leader
and Hilary Clinton.
And then there was
grab dictatorial powers in
Egypt. And to cap it all, Abbas’ determination to gain UN recognition of
“Palestine” as a non-member
some conservative and Biblical
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
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,
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
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.'
THE GAZAN ROCKET
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.
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
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.
Israelis were killed by rocket fire (one was a soldier).
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.
high-level Hamas command centres were hit.
underground rocket launchers were hit.
smuggling tunnels were hit.
tunnels “used for terrorist operations” were hit.
Hamas operation rooms and bases were hit.
weapons manufacturing and storage facilities were hit.
Dozens of long-range rocket launchers and launch sites were also hit.
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.
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 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
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.
Three main points in the Agreement of Understanding for a Ceasefire in
the Gaza Strip –
Israel should stop all hostilities in the Gaza Strip, by land, sea and air,
including incursions and targeting of individuals.
All Palestinian factions should stop all hostilities from the Gaza Strip
against Israel including rocket attacks and all attacks along the border.
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
"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
called on PM Benjamin Netanyahu to resign.
“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.”
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
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.
“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
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
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
“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
“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)
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Hamas figure Mahmoud al-Zahar said Iran intended to increase its
military and economic aid to militant groups in the wake of Israel’s
“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.”
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
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.
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
“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
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
& “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
“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.
TAKE A STAND
Defiant Egyptian judges hit back at President Mohamed Morsi, demanding he
reverse a decree giving him sweeping powers that put him beyond judicial
Egypt's pro-democracy, liberal and anti-Muslim Brotherhood forces are
arrayed for a major battle against Morsi for his assumption of extraordinary
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
The day before Morsi’s decree, Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr
lavished praise on Mr Morsi for brokering the ceasefire between Israel
"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
What do you say now, Bob ?
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.
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.
“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
MAY UNRAVEL THE
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.
WEBSITES UNDER MASSIVE HACKING
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."
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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“The land shall never
ever be sold, for the land is Mine;
for you are but strangers and settlers with Me.”
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
“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
“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)
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
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
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
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.
(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
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
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
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
shall never ever be sold, for the land is Mine;
for you are but strangers and settlers
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
"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
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.
himself has declared:
“Not one Jew will live in
the Palestinian state.”
WORLD POWERS WANT
WITH IRAN AS FAST
By Justyna Pawlak
They fear the Window of
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
"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.
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.
in Beijing in 1953, father was Xi Zhongxun, a founding member of
the Communist Party
to work at a remote village for seven years when he was 15
chemical engineering at Tsinghua University and spent time at a US farm in
Shanghai party chief in 2007 and became vice- president in 2008
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
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
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)
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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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