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December 14, 2015

The European Union’s Label Game

The European Union recently decided that all Israeli products from the West Bank and the Golan Heights need to be given a special label. Britain, Belgium and Denmark already affix labels to Israeli goods, differentiating between those from Israel proper and those that come from the Jordan Valley in the West Bank (particularly fruit and vegetables). Now, all 28 EU member states will have to apply the same labeling.

The EU says the labeling is needed because the land Israel has “occupied” since the 1967 Six-Day War is not part of the internationally recognized borders of Israel.

Israeli leaders from both the left and the right have denounced the regulation. “I vigorously oppose this harmful and unnecessary move,” Isaac Herzog, head of the Zionist Camp (formerly, the Labor Party) declared. “It serves only one purpose—the continuation of hate and conflict in the area. Labeling products is a violent act of extremists who want to worsen the situation even more.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to the labeling requirement by banning the European Union from playing any role in the Middle East peace process. Netanyahu wants time to reassess Europe’s role involving Israel’s affairs. He made that response because he knows the EU is using the labeling requirement to apply pressure on his nation.

The EU might have justification for its decision if the same logic had been used with all of its trading partners. There are no plans for European shoppers to see Tibetan products labeled “Made in Chinese-Occupied Tibet” or “Made in Turkish-Occupied Cyprus.” Nor will they see tags on items imported from the more than 200 disputed territories worldwide. The only single country with its products unfairly branded by region is the nation of Israel.

There is nothing new to the EU’s effort singling out the Jewish State. This same pattern of anti-Semitism characterized by the labeling of Jewish goods goes back 2,000-years. The horror of the Holocaust started with shops in Nazi Germany being painted with stars of David.

For decades Japan has asked Russia to return the Kuril islands which were captured during the closing days of World War II. Russia has refused all diplomatic attempts by Japan to reclaim the Islands. There is no ongoing UN effort to convince Russia to return to the Kuril Islands to Japan. But if Israel decides to build a wall in the West Bank, the world community always insists on sticking its nose in the matter.

The more I read about the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS), which argues that Israel is an apartheid stat, the more I recognize it as a satanic attack on the Jewish state. The dispute is not about land or rights, it’s about a burning hatred of Israel.

Marsha Levine, a Cambridge University researcher and expert on the domestication of horses, reportedly received a letter from a 13-year-old Israeli girl seeking help with a school assignment on horses. Levine sent back a prickly response saying, “I’ll answer your questions when there is peace and justice for Palestinians in Palestine.”

Levine continued, “I am a member of Jews for Justice for Palestinians. I support Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions. You might be a child, but if you are old enough to write to me, you are old enough to learn about Israeli history and how it has impacted on the lives of Palestinian people. Maybe your family has the same views as I do, but I doubt it. So, I suggest that you look at this link: (http://jfjfp.com).”

I find it amazing that the BDS movement is able to advance in the face all these terror attacks coming from Arabs. Jews are being stabbed in the streets of Israel, and other people are being slaughtered by gunfire in a host of nations. Having seen the ugliness of the Islamic world, I think we should be apologizing to Israel for questioning why they want to isolate themselves from these Palestinian savages. Unfortunately, Islam remains the Teflon religion, and the Jews are always the ones held responsible and taken to task for the outbreak of violence.

There is no mystery to why God’s chosen people are being treated unfairly. The earliest books of the Bible plainly warn that the Jews would suffer relentless persecution at the hands of many nations:

“And among those nations you shall find no rest, and there shall be no resting place for the sole of your foot; but there the Lord will give you a trembling heart, failing of eyes, and despair of soul” (Deuteronomy 28:65).

When Jesus said “ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake” (Matthew 24:9), I take that prophetic language to mean not only Christians, but also Jews in all nations will face boiling hatred. Jews will face extreme persecution during the seven-year Tribulation. The growing blatant hatred against Jews shows how close we are to that time.

“But if from thence thou shalt seek the Lord thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul. When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the Lord thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice” (Deuteronomy 4:29-30).

--Todd


Sovereignty and Climate Change

One priority heads the list that the principalities and powers in high places of Ephesians 6:12 must achieve in order to build the neo-Babel tower of world control. There can be no doubt of what that geopolitical goal is if one truly considers the things going on within the COP (Conference of the Parties) held in Paris November 30 through December 11. That was the twenty-first get-together of the globalist organization whose membership now numbers more than 190 nations.

There declared intention is to establish global agreement on what to do about so-called climate change. The aim is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions brought about by human activity. Their proclamation of such danger to the environment through continuing sophistry that includes falsifying data on supposed global warming has been debunked over recent years.

These "de-growth" environmentalist nonetheless continue to shout through their world-wide media accomplices that green house emission-caused global warming will be the thing that will bring an end to planet earth. Thus even though they've had to alter their fear-mongering rant to call it “climate change” because of scientific proof to the contrary.

The most recognizable religious figure on the planet is all in, too. Pope Frances, flying on the papal plane when leaving Africa, weighed in when asked to comment on whether anything constructive might come of the COP gathering.

“I’m not sure, but I can say that it is now or never,” he said.

The pope went on to say: “We are on the edge of suicide...but I am sure that just about everybody meeting in Paris is aware of this and wants to do something.”

He concluded:

“The other day I read that in Greenland the glaciers have lost billions of tons... In the Pacific there is a country that is buying another country in order to move, because in 20 years it’s going to disappear. I believe in these people, [the COP leadership] that they will do something. I hope so, and I pray for it." (Source: "POPE: CLIMATE CHANGE AGREEMENT ‘NOW OR NEVER,’ HUMANITY ON THE ‘EDGE OF SUICIDE’," Thomas D. Williams, DECEMBER 1, 2015, http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2015/12/01/pope-climate-change-agreement-now-never-humanity-edge-suicide/ )

The climate change/environmental save-the-planet social engineers intend to change human consumption patterns in every possible way. They intend to reduce private land ownership to the point that all will be forced to live in restricted communal areas. This is what is meant, in part, by the "de-growth" term mentioned above. The ultimate outgrowth of the de-growther plan is to reduce the population of earth to 500 million or less. Talk show host Mark Levin, in chapter 7 of his recent book Plunder and Deceit, mentions America's own neo-Babel de-growther in addressing the environmentalist movement:

Much of the so-called environmental movement today has transmuted into an aggressively nefarious and primitive faction. In the last fifteen years, many of the tenets of uto¬pian statism have coalesced around something called the "de-growth” movement. Originating in Europe but now taking a firm hold in the United States, the “degrowthers,” as I shall characterize them, include in their ranks none other than President Barack Obama. On January 17, 2008, Obama made clear his hostility toward, of all things, electricity generated from coal and coal-powered plants. He told the San Francisco Chronicle, “You know, when I was asked earlier about the issue of coal . . . under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.”

Recently we have learned they are determined to eventually do away with air-conditioning and other comfort/convenience technologies. We in the West must be brought down to the same level of the Third World societies and cultures. Equality will then be achieved and Utopia established. They will have created their version of heaven on earth.

The real story behind all of this, of course, is the matter of sovereignty.

The plan of the builders of the end-times Tower of Babel know that to begin to achieve their goal of de-growth, the apex nation of the world, America, must be stripped of her sovereignty. The U.S. is the holdup. Europe, the one-time bastion of civilization, has all but given its sovereignty over to the socialistic globalist would-be masters. Now, we are seeing America being channeled into that European model. Sovereignty must be and is being stripped. Barack Hussein Obama has been chosen to be primarily instrumental in the stripping process.

That's what this climate change mantra and drive is all about. It's what the incessant call to get the guns out of the hands of average Americans is all about. Sovereignty can be maintained only when it is defended by force. Armed Americans stand in the way. That is what the open borders and invitation to a massive invasion from our south and from the Middle East is all about. No more borders--i.e., no more sovereignty.

But of course all this is but the tip of the proverbial iceberg of impending destruction.

The real sovereignty issue is that of the True Sovereign--the Creator of the universe and of all things. The master of the would-be one-world engineers--the neo-Tower builders- wants, as he did from the time of the war in Heaven- to overthrow the sovereignty of God.

Lucifer the fallen has brought today's globalists to the point of the psalmist's predicted end-of-the -age arrangement.

Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. (Psalms 2:1-6)

Even so, come Lord Jesus.

--Terry