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May 16, 2016

Anti-Semitism in England

The Labour Party in England has been rocked by a series of anti-Semitic scandals. No fewer than fifty members have been suspended for making inappropriate remarks. Many top leaders have been canned for making outrageous claims.

The former mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, said that Hitler was a Zionist (and therefore Zionists are Nazis.)

Naz Shah, the Labour MP for Bradford West has endorsed a social media suggestion that all Israeli Jews move to America.

Jackie Walker, a vice chair in the Momentum movement, wrote about the “African holocaust” and Jews as “chief financiers of the sugar and slave trade.”

David Watson, the fundraising co-ordinator for the Walthamstow Labour Party, has been suspended pending an investigation. Watson shared articles on Facebook alleging that ISIS has used weapons produced in Israel, and accused the Jewish state of genocide against the Palestinians.

Of course Hitler was no Zionist, but he would feel right at home in the Labour Party. It’s leader, Jeremy Corbyn, was elected party leader last September. He took a trip to the Middle East in 2009. He described Hamas and Hezbollah which have been designated as terrorist organizations by Britain and the United States—as “friends.”

When Corbyn was asked about the problem of anti-Semitism within his party, he replied with a tight smile that “all forms of racism” are wrong. Mr. Corbyn, let me enlighten you; your tepid response is simply not good enough. Too many people have been affected by the tragic loss of six-million lives due to history’s greatest hate crime.

The Labour Party lost several seats in recent local elections, but it did have one stunning victory. Candidate Sadiq Khan was elected as the first Muslim mayor of London. In fact, this is the first time a Muslim has been the mayor of any major city in all of Europe. A key factor in Khan’s victory was the record low turnout at the polls; only 12 percent of the population bothered to vote.

The anti-Semitism in the Labour Party is the result of a growing belief that Israel is a criminal state. Never mind the fact that 99 percent of all acts of mass murder are carried out by followers of Islam—the real troublemakers in the world.

Muslim acts of terror are like falling stars—they occur without warning and are quickly forgotten. A few days ago, a Muslim stabbed three people on a train in Germany. The assailant screaming “Allahu Akbar” as he carried out his unprovoked attacks. By the time I post this article on RR, this incident will have already vanished from the news feeds.

The recent attacks in Paris and Brussels should have made it impossible for Sadiq Khan to become the mayor of London. This was not some massive oversight on the part of the electorate. People are losing the will to resist the evil that drives the Islamic faith.

Events have become so predictable, it is only a brief matter a time before the new Muslim mayor of London starts attacking Israel. The capital of Great Britian has a GDP of $700 billion and I doubt six months will pass before Mr. Khan uses his office to apply economic pressure against the Jewish state.

Some people are complaining about being accused of racism for simply criticizing Israel or the Jews. What they don’t realize is that they are pawns in Satan’s long term goal of seeking to destroy God’s chosen people.

For decades the horrors of the Holocaust have prevented people from crossing the line into anti-Semitism. Nevertheless, it is evident that the devil is working toward making his final attempt to conquer Israel:

“Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it” (Zechariah 12:2-3).

A beneficial outcome of the persecution of the Jews is the prophesied future lifting of the veil from their hearts. At their darkest moment, the children of Israel will turn to the Lord Jesus and receive Him as the true Messiah. This is why God has made this solemn promise:

“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


America's Most Dangerous Time

I once wrote the following in an article titled "Israel Betrayed by U.S.?":

Israel today stands in the bull's eye of rage. This is true in the case of being targeted by the Jewish state's perennial antagonists, the Arab and Persian Islamist enemies. It is true in the case of the entire international community, whose constituent nations see Israel as the congestive blockage to regional and world peace. But it is the growing antagonism by United States presidential administration operatives that is most disconcerting while this beleaguered planet wobbles toward a time of unprecedented trouble.

As a matter of fact, that coming time of unparalleled strife that will bring all nations to Armageddon is termed "the time of Jacob's trouble" by Isaiah the prophet: "Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble" (Jeremiah 30:7a).

And, it is Jacob's trouble--the prophesied end-of-days dastardly treatment of Israel by the nations of earth--that will cause the God of heaven to bring them to Armageddon. This is what the prophet Joel foretells: "I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land" (Joel 3:2)...

Will America Betray Israel?

We come to the question "Israel Betrayed by U.S.?" The article's title is in the form of a question because like so much of this American administration's dealings, the "transparency" presidential candidate Barack Obama and then President Obama promised is not forthcoming. Obama's intended dealing with Israel is wrapped in an impenetrable fog of political doublespeak...

Since the time of that writing, a number of years have passed. Mr. Obama began his administration almost from the very first day by treating Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu like a White House exterminator--having him come in a door other than the front entrance reserved for dignitaries who are honored with official reception by the president.

The president, shortly after that first meeting with Netanyahu, abruptly left the prime minister and went to have a private dinner, presumably with his family. It was an undeniable snub.

This was apparently meant to be within keeping with his promise to have "the most transparent administration ever." It was certainly transparent that this president has an utter disregard for Mr. Netanyahu and for Israel, our number-one ally in the Middle East, if not our top ally in the entire world.

Subsequent snubs and disrespectful attempts to bully the Israeli leader and the Jewish state are too numerous to get into. Obama's attempts to intervene within the sovereign affairs of Israel have not abated as of this late hour in the Obama administration. In fact, they have increased dramatically. While there is less than nine months of his time as president remaining, Mr. Obama is said to be planning many interventions into Israeli autonomy.

In yet another audacious display of intrusion into the affairs of Israel's dealings with its internal enemies--many of whom plot and carry out deadly attacks against Jewish citizens--American's diplomatic enforcers are at work. Ordered to do so by Barack Obama, America's State Department minions join with those determined to force Israel to bow to international demands in the matter of housing construction in volatile areas of contention.

One news item reports: WASHINGTON (AP) — Diplomats say the U.S. will endorse a tough new tone with Israel in an upcoming international report. The report is to take the Jewish state to task over settlements, demolitions and property seizures on land the Palestinians claim for a future state...

The harsh language marks a subtle shift. Washington has traditionally tempered statements by the so-called "Quartet" of mediators with careful diplomatic language...(Source: Matthew Lee and Bradley Klapper, "US to Take Tougher Tone on Israeli Settlements in New Report," Associated Press, 5/7/16).

Early on in the first Obama administration, the pressure to force Israel to give in to diplomatic pressures of land for peace became a driving force in U.S./Israeli relations. The effort has only ramped up since that time. It is as if this president has an obsessive compulsion to impose his will before his time is ended in the White House.

My personal sense is that it is indeed the president's compulsion that is in play. Because it is the nation Israel we are considering, however, there are also far more powerful intrigues involved. Ephesians 6:12 is at the center of this last minute drive to make the rearrangements that Israel's greatest hater wants accomplished, it seems to me.

But, my personal sense of prophetic importance of what all of this vitriol pointed toward Israel means is of little consequence. What matters is what the prophetic Word of God says about His chosen nation and its destiny, both near-term and in the ultimate sense.

In that regard, the things we will see develop in these days and months leading up to the November election and beyond can be of profound significance. And in the America and the world vs Israel struggle, we can find little reassurance that anything good can come forth.

America has entered a most dangerous time.

--Terry