Israel’s Critical Security Needs for a Viable Peace

From the time Israel was declared a state in 1948 it has been under attack. Time and again agreements have been drafted and even signed, but the violence has continued, with Israel so far being able to defend itself.
Israel is one of the smallest countries in the world. A comparison of the middle east was made to a hand. Hold out the hand and there you have all the Arab countries. Look at the nail of the tiny finger and there you have Israel. And yet, the world is constantly trying to force this small nation to give up land. The time has come to say No More!
  
Please watch this video produced by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs–If Israel gives up any more land it will be suicide. Remember, All of the Arab countries in the middle east have sworn to wipe Israel off the world map–it is in the constitutions and charters of each one. Even our “peace partners” have not removed this caustic declaration from their charter.
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Could this be Anti Semitism ?

During the 2010 World Masters Weightlifting Championships in Poland in an unprecedented move, an Iranian athlete took his place on the medal podium beside an Israeli athlete. The Iranian News stated:
“This is the first time since the 1979 Revolution in Iran that an Iranian athlete has appeared beside an Israeli athlete in an official championship.”
Read the full  article with source links on Elder of Zion blog
While the attitude is not unusual  for Iran, it is important to note that similar punishments would be dealt out in most Muslim countries. You can also read  Elder’s follow up on what the Iranian government did to their own people.
Persian BBC writes that the coach, the weightlifter and the head of the weight lifting delegation are temporarily banned, but EoZ quotes an Iranian source saying that the
punishment is a Lifetime Ban for the athlete 
and the head of weightlifting–for standing next to an Israeli ! Watch the clip to witness this criminal act.

Outrageous! When did Rachel’s Tomb Become a Mosque ?

Arutz 7 has reported that on 21 October 2010, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) voted recently on a resolution prepared by seven Arab states, to officially declare Rachel’s Tomb to be a mosque. UNESCO director Irena Bokova had previously stated “concern” at Israel’s decision to treat the tomb as a heritage site.  The PA has also demanded total control of Rachel’s Tomb, the Tomb of the Patriarchsthe burial site of the other Biblical Patriarchs and Matriarchs–and the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
Furthermore, UNESCO could not really explain any Moslem connection to Rachel’s Tomb! In a note to the proposed resolution, the holy site is called “the Tomb of Rachel, home to the historic Bilal ibn Rabah Mosque.” But nowhere in the 11-paragraph document is it explained how or when the site became Moslem!  The remarks of protestation made by Israeli representative Nimrod Barkan were erased from the protocol because UNESCO claimed that his words were “too aggressive”.

The site has been recognized for over 3,000 (Rachel passed away in 1552 BCE) years as the tomb of Matriarch Rachel. It is considered as Judaism’s third holiest site, and is one of the oldest sacred places of prayer on earth. Rachel, wife of Jacob, is the quintessential mother in the Jewish psyche and it is here that Jews come to pour out their most gut-wrenching prayers. In 1169, Benjamin of Tudela,  mentions a pillar made of 11 stones and a cupola resting on four columns “and all the Jews that pass by carve their names upon the stones of the pillar.” The brick cube with the dome was constructed around 1620 by the Ottomans. It was Sir Moses Montifeori who renovated the Tomb in 1841 and  added on an anteroom and enclosed the dome over the grave marker so that pilgrims could find shelter from the elements. Pilgrims came to Rachell’s Tomb long before King Solomon built the Temple in Jerusalem, and they continue to come until today.

 And they journeyed from Bethel; and there was but a little way to come to Ephrath: and Rachel travailed, and she had hard labour. And it came to pass, when she was in hard labour, that the midwife said unto her, Fear not; thou shalt have this son also. And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, (for she died) that she called his name Benoni: but his father called him Benjamin. And Rachel died, and was buried in the way to Ephrath, which is Bethlehem. And Jacob set a pillar upon her grave: that is the pillar of Rachel’s grave unto this day…Genesis 35:16-21 (King James Version)

It was only a little more than ten years ago, that the PA begin to call the site the Bilal Bin Rabah Mosque, and now they want to change history by having Rachel’s Tomb removed from Israel’s Heritage list. In fact, if we go back a few years, a publication called “Palestine, the Holy Land,” published by the Palestinian Council for Development and Rehabilitation, with an introduction by Yasser Arafat, simply says that: “at the northwest entrance to [Bethlehem] lies the tomb of the matriarch Rachel, who died while giving life to Benjamin.”   (Benjamin-one of the 12 tribes)
This ongoing effort to de-legitimize Israel must be stopped! For the threat is not only  to Israel. For some time now, arabs have been spreading rumors that Mother Mary was a Muslim and that Jesus will only return to convert the world to Islam! Allowing this ongoing rape of history affects all of us from every faith and denomination. Even now, while the media remains silent, Christians in Muslim countries are being tortured and murdered daily, churches are burned, graves are desecrated and bones dug up. Ancient statues of the Buddhists were destroyed and nobody spoke up, now they make claims on the Holy sites of the Jews and the silence is deafening, and when they make claim to what remains there will be nobody left to stop them.

Massacre in Munich

Thirty-eight  years ago, eleven Israeli athletes were murdered by terrorists during the 1972 Olympic Games. Ankie Spitzer, the widow of murdered athlete, Andrei Spitzer, along with other families has lobbied for a minute of silence to be observed on behalf of the athletes, in every Olympic opening ceremony. They have not been successful, but they are still trying and now have a website dedicated to this cause. They are hoping to persuade the Olympics to recognize the 40th anniversary of the tragedy at the 2012 Olympics in London.
The eleven athletes were murdered in cold blood on 05 September 1972, by terrorists from the Black September group, who said their operation was backed by PLO Chairman and Fatah leader Yasser Arafat. Five of the eight members of Black September were killed by police officers during a failed rescue attempt. The three surviving terrorists were captured, but later released by West Germany following the hijacking by Black September of a Lufthansa airliner. Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, Arafat’s successor as leader of Fatah, has been accused of having funded Black September’s terror activities.

On 10 July 2010, Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian Authority Chairman,  eulogized Mohammed Oudeh, better known as Abu Dauod, the mastermind of the massacre who had just died. Said Abbas, “He is missed. He was one of the leading figures of Fatah and spent his life in resistance and sincere work as well as physical sacrifice for his people’s just causes”. Abbas’ eulogy and praise for the planner of the murders came less than a month after he told American Jewish leaders in Washington that he will work to stop incitement of violence against Jews. Palestinian Media Watch posts the following:  During a visit to Bethlehem this week, Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas held up a stone model of the map of “Palestine” that erases Israel. [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 26, 2010.  This is the partner Israel is asked to enter into a peace agreement with!

26 October 2010~Abbas’s Palestine

Abu Daoud, was born in East Jerusalem, and openly acknowledged his role in the Olympic attack, both in his memoir, Palestine: From Jerusalem to Munich, published in Paris, and in an interview with the Arab TV network al-Jazeera. According to Dauod, Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas provided the funds for the Munich Massacre. Abu Daoud would not reveal where he resided–saying only that he lived with his wife on a pension provided by the PA.

One can only pray that by 2012 the Olympic committee and the people of the UK will see fit to remember those athletes who came with joy and high hopes to compete in “friendly” non-political games and lost their lives. The minute of silence would serve as a reminder that politics and the Olympic Games should never be mixed.

You can read more about this tragedy:
http://www.munich11.org/
http://www.palestinefacts.org/pf_1967to1991_munich.php
http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Terrorism/munich.html

Telling It Like It Is

This letter has been circulating on the internet via email.  I cannot say if it is real, but even if it is fake, this lady makes some salient points for us all to consider. Please take the time to watch the video below entitled Inside the Twin Towers. It is lengthy but brilliant. The producers compiled live  audio and video footage, interviews with survivors, computer graphics and scenes shot with actors. As you view it you will  begin to understand  a small bit  of  the unimaginable horror that the 3, 000 people inside the towers suffered. The 7 /7 bombings in London did not result in as many deaths, but the terror is the same. Consider, that  these  types  of attacks can still be carried out primarily because of politically correct politicians  and those who still refuse to see the truths unfolding around them.

Letter From a Housewife to her Daily Newspaper–This is One Ticked Off Lady

Are we fighting a war on terror or aren’t we?
Was it, or was it not started by Islamic people who brought it to our shores in July 2002, and in New York on September 11, 2001–and have continually threatened to do so since?

Were people from all over the world, not brutally murdered that day in London, and in downtown Manhattan, and in a field in Pennsylvania? Did nearly three thousand men, women and children die a horrible, burning or crushing death that day, or didn’t they?

And I’m supposed to care that a few Taliban were claiming to be tortured by a justice system of the nation they come from and are fighting against in a brutal insurgency. I’ll start caring when Osama bin Laden turns himself in and repents for incinerating all those innocent people on 9/11 and 7/7.


I’ll care about the Koran when the fanatics in the Middle East start caring about the Holy Bible, the mere belief of which is a crime punishable by beheading in Afghanistan. I’ll care when these thugs tell the world they are sorry for hacking off Nick Berg’s head while Berg screamed through his gurgling slashed throat. * The video at the link is Very Graphic–Beware

I’ll care when the cowardly so-called ‘insurgents’ in Afghanistan come out and fight like men instead of disrespecting their own religion by hiding in mosques and behind women and children. I’ll care when the mindless zealots who blow themselves up in search of Nirvana care about the innocent children within range of their suicide bombs.

I’ll care when the British media stops pretending that their freedom of speech on stories is more important than the lives of the soldiers on the ground or their families waiting at home to hear about them when something happens.


In the meantime, when I hear a story about a British soldier roughing up an Insurgent terrorist to obtain information, know this…I don’t care.

When I see a wounded terrorist get shot in the head when he is told not to move because he might be booby-trapped, you can take this to the bank…I don’t care.

When I hear that a prisoner–who was issued a Koran and a prayer mat, and ‘fed special food’ that is paid for by my taxes–is complaining that his holy book is being ‘mishandled,’ you can absolutely believe in your heart of hearts…I don’t care.

And oh, by the way, I’ve noticed that sometimes it’s spelled ‘Koran’ and other times ‘Quran.’ Well, believe me!! you guessed it…I don’t care!!

If you agree with this viewpoint, pass this on to all your friends. Sooner or later, it’ll get to the people responsible for this ridiculous behavior!
If you don’t agree, then by all means ignore this message. Should you choose the latter, then please don’t complain when more atrocities  committed by radical Muslims happen here in our great country! And may I add:  ‘Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. Our soldiers don’t have that problem.’
Give this lady a standing ovation! She has indeed checked all the boxes. Isn’t it interesting that so many people in the Western World feel this way, but not one of our politicians, who are supposed to represent us, ever have the guts to state the situation like it is ???

Please–Take Time to Watch the Movie–and Pray.

Weekly Scripture Study~Genesis 23:1 to 25:18

Every week in Jewish synagogues around the world a section of the Torah (the five books of Moses) is read. This week the “weekly reading” is found in Genesis, chapters 23:1 to 25:18 and is called Chayei Sarah.
Tomb of the Patriarchs (Machpeilah) in Hevron
We begin by learning that Sarah lived 127 years and died in Kiriath arba, which is Hebron, in the land of Canaan (now Israel). Avraham negotiates with Ephron the Hitite to purchase Machpeilah “the double cave” or “the cave of the couples”,  which is at the end of his field; for a full price saying to the people of Het “let him give it to me in your midst for burial property”.  Although Ephron offered to give the land as a gift, Abraham insists on purchasing it, paying 400 premium silver coins. This is one of the three places which the nations of the world cannot accuse Israel and say, “You have stolen them.” The three places are: the Cave of Machpeilah, the site of the Holy Temple, and the tomb of Joseph at Shechem.
After Sarah is buried, Avraham summons his servant and charges him with the mission of finding a suitable wife for his son Isaac. Abraham has his servant swear that he will not take a wife for Isaac from the local Canaanite women, rather, he sends him to Charan, his native land, to search for Isaac’s wife.
Abraham’s servant, Eliezer, is sent laden with gifts to Charan. At the village well, Eliezer asks G-d for a sign and decides that; when the maidens come to the well, he will ask for some water to drink; the woman who will offer to give his camels to drink as well, shall be the one destined for his master’s son. Rebecca, the daughter of Abraham’s nephew Bethuel, appears at the well and passes the “test”
Eliezer is invited to their home, where he repeats the story of the day’s events. Rebecca’s family agrees that the match was divinely ordained, and consents to the marriage. Rebecca’s family celebrates the engagement with Eliezer. Next morning,  he insists on immediately returning to his master, and after Rebecca agrees, the two set out for Canaan. There they encounter Isaac praying in the field. Isaac sees Rebecca, takes her into the tent  of his mother Sarah. And she  became his wife, and he loved her; and Isaac was comforted for the loss his mother.
Avraham Avinu~Hebron
Abraham takes a new wife, Keturah (Hagar) and fathers six additional sons, but Isaac is designated as his only heir. Abraham dies at age 175 (2123-1638 BCE) and is buried beside Sarah by his two eldest sons, Isaac and Ishmael.
In the final verses Ishmael’s progeny are detailed. Ishmael passes away at the age of 137.
Next week we will read how Rebecca finally conceives, her difficult pregnancy, and the discovery that she has “two nations in her womb”

Would US Trained Palestinian Forces Attack Israel?

There have long been concerns here in Israel that the Palestinian forces being trained and armed by US General Dayton could one day turn on Israel. This is not so far-fetched. Several terrorist murders in the past have indeed been carried out by PA forces using arms supplied by the US.  The following segments are taken from a report in Arutz 7 online news:
Palestinian Forces Armed & Trained by the USA
The IDF’s Nachshon Battalion’s recent training exercises have included simulated battles against Palestinian Authority security forces. The mock battles were intended to prepare the soldiers for the possibility that the PA security forces in Judea and Samaria, that were trained in the past five years by US Lieutenant General Keith Dayton, would one day turn on Israel. 
…it was held against the backdrop of recent “accelerated contacts, far from sight and from the media, for a reconciliation agreement between the Palestinian Authority (led by Fatah chief Mahmoud Abbas) and Hamas.
…An agreement between Abbas’s PA and Hamas would “completely change reality in Judea and Samaria

…Central Command has also noticed a tightening of ties between Judea and Samaria terror cells and those that operate in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Gaza.
Palestinian Authority Forces

The PA charter still calls for the complete and utter destruction of Israel. As for the Oslo agreements? NOT ONE has been complied with by the Palestinians. Not a single one has been kept.

Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem, and indeed all of Israel for evil is rising in our world. What will be the result if the world refuses to see the clear and present danger? Who will stand in the gap if Israel is squashed? Those who believe know the answer.

The Case of Gilad Shalit~Part I

Gilad Shalit, was captured on 26 June 2006, in  an ambush by Palestinian militants. His kidnappers entered Israeli territory through an underground tunnel near the Kerem Shalom crossing, on the Israeli side of the border.  This Action Violates International Law.  Although Gilad Shalit is a soldier in the Israeli Army, he cannot be considered a Prisoner of War because Hamas made no official declaration of war and therefore his abduction was illegal.  Gilad Shalit is a hostage today of the Terrorist movement Hamas. Here is a transcript of the last Sign of Life from Giald Shalit.  It was Video taped on 14 Sepember 2009. * Translation taken from Haaretz newspaper, Israel.
I am Gilad, son of Aviva and Noam Shalit, brother of Hadas and Yoel, who lives in Mitzpe Hila. My identification number is 300097029. Today is Monday, September 14, 2009. As you can see, I am holding in my hand today’s edition of the newspaper Palestine, September 14, 2009, published in Gaza.

I read newspapers in search of information about me. I hope to find some kind of information indicating that my release and return home is imminent. I have been waiting and hoping for a long time for the day that I am released.

I hope that the current administration, headed by Benjamin Netanyahu won’t waste this opportunity to achieve a deal, and as a result I will finally be able to realize my dream and be released.

I want to send my regards to my family and to tell them that I love them and miss them very much, and pray for the day that I will see them again.

Dad, Yoel and Hadas, do you remember the day you came to visit me at my base in the Golan Heights, on December 31, 2005, which, if I’m not mistaken, is known as Revaiyah Bet?

We took a tour around the base and you took my picture atop the Merkava tank, and on one of the old tanks at the entrance to the base. We then went to a restaurant in one of the Druze villages, and on the way, we took each other’s pictures on the side of the road with the snow capped Hermon Mountain as our backdrop.

I want to tell you that I feel well, in terms of health, and the Mujahideen, of the Iz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, are treating me wonderfully. Thank you very much, and goodbye.

In solidarity with Gilad Shalit and his family, Amisrael, a non profit organization operating in South America has taken up the cause of Gilad Shalit.  Most notably, Amisrael will present to Noam  Shalit, Gilad’s father copies of resolutions made by fifteen Latin American states recognizing the violation of Gilad Shalit’s human rights and demanding his release.
The Israel Vision film crew went to a press conference in Jerusalem and was there to witness the occasion.    Dr. William Soto, international Director and Founder of AMISRAEL was quoted as saying, “By gathering broad support from peoples of diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds, we also show the people of Israel that they are not alone, and that there is a strong community rallying to support their rights”…Post by David Rawlings

Pomegranate Time

All over Israel the trees are heavy with pomegranates. This amazing fruit is desirable for its healthy, antioxidant qualities. The word pomegranate, “rimon” in Hebrew, is derived from the Latin words “pomum” (apple) and “granatus” (seeded). We read in Exodus 28:33-34, that the kohanim are told to weave pomegranates into the hem of their robes, and right up to today, Jews eat pomegranates on Rosh Hoshanah (New Year) for its symbolism of fruitfulness, knowledge, learning, and wisdom. Some even claim it was the “forbidden fruit” in the garden of Eden. A search on the internet produces a wealth of interesting articles (and great recipes).
You can make juice, shakes, cocktails, jams, jellies, marinades and sauces for lamb or chicken, throw it over your cereal, mix it into yogurt, or toss it into a salad for a marvelous taste. The culinary ideas are endless, as are the stories. One interesting story is about the link to the 613 “mitzvahs” (commandments) of the Torah. It is said that if you count the seeds in a pomegranate you will find exactly 613–one for each mitzvah. If anyone takes the time–let us know how many you found! Good Health and Good Eating!
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