30 Nov, 2015
Too Painful to Think About
My friend, Lela Gilbert,
has a fascinating interview with Iddo Netanyahu this
he American journalist, who lives in Israel part of the
year, is an extraordinary interviewer. In this piece,
she sits down with the brother of the prime minister and
the engrossing interview shines a spotlight on what
moral clarity looks like.
Speaking of the Paris attacks, Iddo said:o:p>
“The question is really not about these particular
incidents’ happening, whether in Paris, whether at a
specific nightclub, or in some other place. The question
is how to stop them.
“French headlines reported that President Hollande said,
‘We’re at war.’
“So if you’re at war, then you have to find out who the
enemy is. You have to define the enemy. And you have to
actually wage war. And I think people in the main
understand that there is an enemy and who the enemy is.
The problem is not so much with the population. The
problem is with its leadership.”
Netanyahu, the youngest son of Zionist legend Benzion
Netanyahu, knows better than most what it takes to meet
and defeat jihadist threats. As a member of Israel’s
feared and famed counter-terrorism unit, Sayeret Matkal,
he took part in many operations, and of course, lost his
brother in the Entebbe raid. His reasoned analysis of
where we are oozes with clarity of thought and moral
conviction. In particular, he addresses the baffling
tendency for Westerners to stick their heads in the sand
when confronted with the glaringly obvious thread of
“Self-delusion, in not wanting to understand dangers, is
so strong in us because it’s painful to admit to
processes that are threatening our cherished world, and
sometimes taking action can be even more painful.”
Although our world today is chaotic and unsettling,
those of us who are believers (and in particular,
supporters of Israel) must use these opportunities to
show people that the Bible predicts, over and over, a
coming, chaotic countdown to world history.
Think of the theological delusion a century ago, in
American churches and seminaries, when the embrace
(incredibly) of Darwinian philosophy led many to believe
a better world was being created, by men. The slaughter
of World War I was a wakeup call, and World War II
finished off the notion that man can improve himself to
any real degree.
Yet there are still those in the American Church
“leadership” community who believe they are building a
sort of theological Utopia, a “Kingdom Now,” so they
work their “peace” plans day and night. Their ignoring
of realities is contributing to the problem. Would that
they would read the Iddo Netanyahu interview and act
Just this week I read another inane Twitter message from
Shane Claiborne, in which he was endorsing the idea that
we should wholesale bring in Syrian refugees and resolve
to play video games with the refugee children. Because
welcoming all with open arms is what “Jesus would do.”
The level of naiveté in the international community is
mind-boggling. I happen to think that something else is
going on the dithering by leaders and even the
Sure, individually, we don’t want to think about the
dangers affecting us personally, but we also willfully
ignore dangers to our fellow man. While I suppose there
are vetting procedures that would allow for a limited
amount of Syrian refugees (for example, women and
children), in a broader sense, the international
indifference to the murder of Jews is more sinister. It
is a willful disdain for Jewish life.
I was thinking about this this week, in light of the
incomprehensible policy of German Chancellor Angela
Merkel, who is demanding that her countrymen welcome a
staggering number of Middle East refugees.
Why would a national leader of a modern society
knowingly bring in a dangerous element? How will Germany
manage the coming jihad within the country’s borders?
I don’t think they will, and therein lies a possible
reason for the confusion and historically bad choices.
Could this be Divine retribution for the Holocaust? I
know many Israelis who to this day refuse to visit
Certainly some of the German people and even leadership
have repudiated the nation’s sins in the Holocaust. Yet,
by all reports, anti-Semitism is all-too-alive and
all-too-well in Germany right now.
Sadly, there is no indication that Europe will seriously
oppose the existential threat now within the borders.
Again, read Lela’s interview with Iddo Netanyahu for
more insight into that.
Israel recently shared intelligence with Germany that
thwarted an outdoor attack. And even with the menacing
Obama in the White House, Israel and America at a
strategic level are still close, and none of us have any
idea just how close those ties are behind the scenes.
For what it’s worth, here’s how I see things shaking
out, at least on a general level: Europe is lost.
America will be invaded, but will largely repulse the
jihadists, who once again have underestimated the
American people themselves, set quite apart from our own
Israel will not only survive, but thrive. That is
Scriptural, and you can take that to the bank.
Her sons and daughters can now defend themselves, after
millennia, and with their God going before them, their
thinking is clear and just.
Without that reality, the future would be just too
painful to think about.
23 Nov, 2015
I spent the weekend at a board
meeting for a pro Israel group and while there, we saw
an early screening of a new film that spotlights the
desperate situation Middle East Christians are in, due
It wasn’t about Israel, but at
one point, a Christian who fled torture in Egypt told a
hair-raising tale of riding a jet ski into Eilat, the
southern resort town in Israel. That wild ride saved his
life. He said it was the only safe country in the Middle
East for Christians.
Israel is also celebrating
anniversaries now related to the efforts to bring Jews
home from Africa decades ago.
As it has since its inception,
the Jewish state is a haven for the oppressed, and this
is a value we have shared with Israel.
The film was very sobering
and while I don’t advocate bringing refugees into this
country (the only thing that matters is that ISIS will
use those efforts as a Trojan Horse), I would encourage
American Christians to
that is desperately needed to provide refugees with
The world is close to desperation
as the chickens have come home to roost due to lunatic
policies by the West. Our own national leaders have
imperiled all of us.
This weekend, I also
read a story in the Times of
Israel about Iran’s
Revolutionary Guards practicing storming and conquering
the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. They’ve actually gone
through dry runs for this purpose. Can you imagine?
As I’ve long said, the trigger
for the end times events to cascade over civilization
will be the attack on Jerusalem, from a global
confederation. We live in a time when the American
president is openly allied with…Iran…while Israel fights
a desperate battle against terrorists from all
The fact is, as Islamist demons
rampage across the Middle East, both Christians and Jews
are in the crosshairs. And as they seek to destroy
Christianity in the Middle East (where it started),
Israel is also in the crosshairs. At the board meeting,
one member told of just coming back from 10 days in
“On the northern border, with
Lebanon, the houses just across the border don’t have
windows; they are housing missiles that are aimed at
Israel; 150,000 missiles!”
As I’ve been saying for some
time, Israel is not going anywhere, and in fact has been
promised Divine Protection.
Not so for the rest of mankind,
in the short-term. Divine Retribution for centuries of
mistreatment of Jews will make the next few years quite
desperate. I encourage all of you to ready yourselves
and your families spiritually, first, and then do what
you can to provide physical protection.
I’m not sure, because of our
unique geography, that we will face situations as
terrible as those faced by Christians in the Middle
East, but I am certain terrorists are among us.
As we prepare ourselves, let us
continue to both pray for and look to the Lighthouse.
Nov 16, 2015
CUFI, 2.5 Million Strong!
I admit to being passionate about Israel advocacy. It
began for me 20 years ago, when I met the peerless Avi
Lipkin, in Dallas. He helped me learn to pronounce the
name of a new Israeli politician arriving on the scene:
Since then, I’ve been to innumerable conferences,
traveled to Israel several times, and engaged in pro
Israel work where I could. Todd and Terry were kind
enough to allow me to write the “Israel Watch” column
and, gosh, that launch was almost eight years ago!
One of the biggest thrills has been meeting and
befriending the leadership at
United for Israel. I met David Brog, the executive
director since 2006, a dozen years ago in Washington.
Since then I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Shari
Dollinger, and speakers Victor Styrsky and Randy Neal.
I know we shouldn’t get hung up on numbers alone, but
look, CUFI’s membership rolls are mushrooming. They are
adding hundreds of thousands of new members each year,
and that is stunningly impressive. The database now
stands at 2.5 million!
Readers of “Israel Watch” routinely ask me where they
should put their money, and I can give CUFI my highest
recommendation. The work they’re doing on behalf of the
Jewish state and Jews worldwide is that important.
CUFI is expanding operations and programs, launching a
new initiative against the diabolical BDS campaign, and
adding new campus chapters. Their many events around the
country give attendees valuable information and
There are unprecedented challenges facing Israel, but
also the country’s Christian Zionist friends. Several
pro Israel groups do terrific work, and I know most of
them. CUFI is as good as it gets.
We all have our favorite
things, and mine involves events where I can learn
Note the benefits to hosting a CUFI “Standing With
“Hosting a Standing with Israel event at a church in
your area can have a tremendous impact on your
community. Christians will learn how you can tangibly
and effectively stand with Israel, and you will be
sending an encouraging message of hope that the Jewish
people have seldom heard ‘you are not alone.’
“CUFI has made hosting a Standing with Israel events
very easy for you.
All you need is a church, minimal AV support, and
to get the word out to your community.
CUFI will get the word out to other CUFI members
in your area.
“Christians United for Israel offers speakers for your
Standing with Israel event.
“All of our CUFI Regional Coordinators are professional
speakers who have extensive experience on Christian
Support for Israel.
“Possible topics (we will tailor to your needs):
“Biblical Support for the State of Israel
Developing A Night To Honor Israel for you community
A Middle East Briefing
“Supporting Israel on College Campuses (or Anti-Semitism
on today's campuses). This topic will be covered by the
CUFI On Campus Director, Andrew Summey
“All topics have the option for a multimedia
Is this a free ad for CUFI?
Yes, it is. I’m that impressed with them, and again, I
encourage you to check out their site, which is their
heart. Get involved as you can.
Nov 9, 2015
When the Good Guys Ruled
probably no coincidence as we approach the Jewish
holiday of Hanukkah that archaeologists have uncovered a
remnant of a remarkable time in Israel’s history.
About a hundred years before Christ, a Jewish
rebellion against the Greek ruler Antiochus Epiphanes
produced some of the most amazing leaders in Israel’s
history. The Maccabees, a family originating from
Modi’in (near present-day Tel Aviv), rallied an army
that defeated Antiochus. Thus the Jews were sovereign in
their land until the Romans emerged decades later.
Just one — one of hundreds — remarkable thing about
visiting Israel is seeing ancient history swirl around
the present day and even the future. A couple examples
come to mind: Israel’s governing body, the Knesset, is
made up of 120 members. Why that number? Because the
Jewish leadership council during the Babylonian exile
2,600 years ago numbered 120.
Also, no matter
where new construction starts, great care is given to
making sure an archaeological treasure is not harmed. A
few years ago I was strolling down a street in Jaffa and
noticed the street was torn up. Thinking it was some
paving problem, I asked someone. “Oh, no,” came the
reply. “They’ve uncovered some ancient site.”
know other countries have archaeological sites, but
certainly Israel is unique in this regard.
Hearing of this week’s announcement of a fortress used
by Antiochus reminded me of the sublime times I’ve
walked around Jerusalem’s Old City. There are still
places just outside the city’s walls where one can
imagine some amazing treasure just waiting to be
No one knows where the tombs of David
and Solomon are, but significant sites have been
uncovered on the southern end. David’s palace sits atop
an ancient community that slopes downhill, overlooking
the modern Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan. One can
imagine David here, looking down on a beautiful young
woman bathing on her roof.
According to the Times
“A section of fortification was
discovered under the Givati parking lot in the City of
David south of the Old City walls and the Temple Mount.
The fortification is believed to have been part of a
system of defenses known as the Acra fortress, built by
Antiochus as he sought to quell a Jewish priestly
rebellion centered on the Temple.
remembered in the Jewish tradition as the villain of the
Hanukkah holiday who sought to ban Jewish religious
rites, sparking the Maccabean revolt.”
absolutely incredible that in our day scores of people
around the world seek to erase Jewish history from the
Holy Land. Some in the religious community even refer to
it almost exclusively as “the Holy Land” so that they
don’t have to say “Israel.”
And yet we
continually see evidence of Jewish history uncovered in
their ancient homeland.
I love that this new site
is being opened to the public on the evening of December
6, the beginning of Hanukkah this year.
memory of the Maccabees be remembered in all their
glory. And may their memory inspire today’s generation
of Israelis, who are facing their own Antiochus.
Nov 2, 2015
The Death of Discernment
political ascension of Justin Trudeau in Canada is proof
positive that international geopolitics can change on a
dime, and our short-term views of Israel’s circle of
friends go up in smoke.
Stephen Harper has been a staunch friend of Israel for
the better part of a decade. But only days ago, he lost
an election to the suave, young Trudeau, whose father,
Pierre, also led the nation decades ago. The Trudeau’s
spent so much time in the tabloids for various
indiscretions, it’s little wonder that Justin is very
much a product of a younger generation. He is a polar
opposite of Harper, and as he assumes power, everyone
knows he will view the Jewish state much differently.
According to CIJ News:
“During the election
campaign, Trudeau pledged to change Canada’s foreign
policy by espousing a more ‘balanced’ approach in the
“The Canadian Palestinian leadership
which publicly sided with the ‘Palestinian Intifada’
(also called ‘al-Quds Intifada’ and the ‘Knife
Intifada’), expressed its hope that the 10 newly-elected
Liberal Muslim members of parliament succeed in their
efforts to reform Canada’s foreign policy.
“Rashad Saleh, the Secretary of Fatah movement in
Canada, who called his supporters to vote for Omar
Alghabra, the Liberal Party’s candidate, gloated over
the ‘ousting of the right-wing Conservative Party and
the racist government that was more Zionist than
Netanyahu’s government.’ He emphasized that ‘we have to
rebuild the relations [with the government] and the
Canadian – Palestinian committees in Parliament.’”
Easy prediction: Justin Trudeau will be no friend of
The new Canadian leader is much more out
of the mold of his mentor to the south, and at 43, he
has a lot of time to govern.
Remember, too, he
has a European mindset: diplomacy and appeasement is the
order of the day. And with Europe being overrun with
Middle East refugees, many of them jihadist Trojan
Horses, there’s little doubt Trudeau will adopt similar
But he is far from alone in
the Lack of Discernment Department. Young American
leaders and their mentors in the religious community
suffer from the same profound, astonishing lack of
discernment that bedevils their political friends.
Jon Huckins, co-founder of the Global Immersion
Project, tweeted this week a message that is a hallmark
of too many of his peers:
“Israel's excess force
on Palestinian children decried http://aje.io/y7vk //My
heart aches. Breeding generational cycles of violence.”
Mind-numbing. As Israel struggles to stop savage
murderers, Western dupes like Huckins blame…Israelis!
Excess force? Think of this: scores of
Palestinians are roaming Israel, brandishing knives
dipped in poison, guns, bombs. Some are using cars to
ram Israelis on sidewalks.
No such attacks are
perpetrated by Israelis against Palestinians.
Huckins claims Israelis are brutalizing Palestinian
Is he serious?
It’s just a
personal opinion, but no, I don’t think he is. I don’t
think he seriously believes this inversion of truth. But
it does serve the agenda he and his friends follow in
demonizing the Jewish state.
His friend and
mentor, Lynne Hybels, also tweeted a message this week:
“@lynnehybels moral equivalence is not wisdom. given
conflicting narratives, we need to seek the truth and
reject what is false.”
Sounds good, doesn’t it?
The problem is, while Hybels claims to abhor
moral equivalence (for example, seeing the Palestinian
“reasons” for committing acts of violence, because,
after all, they suffer from Israeli violence), she
always sides with the Palestinian Narrative. Hybels
decries the “Occupation,” and a whole litany of alleged
abuses by Israel. This includes claims of stealing water
from Palestinians, home demolitions, and land
She never—never—presents the
Israeli side with any sense of fairness. Her rigid
talking points, which fit like a glove with the talking
points used by the PLO, teach young people a false
That’s why guys like Huckins go after
Israel. They know they’ll suffer not an iota of danger.
Much easier in the short-term to do that rather than
challenge the jihadists rampaging across civilization.
A showdown is coming between Islam and The Rest of
The appeasement and moral weakness of Justin
Trudeau, and his friends in the political, media, and
religious communities are helping that reality take
Oct 26, 2015
The Old Lion and the Jews
recently read a fascinating book, Churchill’s Promised
Land: Zionism and Statecraft. The British icon (I think
of him as the second greatest man in history) had a
complex view of Zionism, but author Michael Makovsky
notes that by the end of his life, Winston Churchill was
a committed Zionist (He died in 1965 at 91).
Churchill, as early as 1906, advocated for a Jewish
state. He understood the concept and supported the Jews
regarding Big Picture items, yet in 1921, he committed
75 percent of Palestine to an Arabian prince, and he was
silent at the time the Balfour Declaration appeared in
1917. He pushed for closer relations with the new state
of Israel after 1948, but did little to help the
fledgling state fight off vicious invading Arab armies.
Perhaps he was exhausted from winning World War 2!
Churchill agreed with 19th century Prime Minister
Benjamin Disraeli, who said: “The Lord deals with the
nations as the nations dealt with the Jews.” This calls
to mind Joel 3:2—“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.”
For his part,
Churchill was not afraid to confront anti-Semites in
British government, just as he had not been afraid to
confront appeasers who cowered before Hitler. Makovsky
relates this in Churchill’s Promised Land:
“Churchill liked to judge which events were historically
significant and which were not, and both early in his
career and near the end of it he declared the
restoration of a Jewish state in the Promised Land to be
of exceptional historical significance. Eventually,
Zionism became very dear to him and integral to his
worldview, and he supported it at great political cost,
contributing to his unpopularity among his colleagues
and other members of the political and government
I think in the story of
Churchill and Zionism we can see how the Lord works
It is enormously difficult for
many of us today to watch national and international
leaders get it so wrong with regard to Israel. It is
dismaying to watch the White House and European capitols
capitulate to Muslims, and denigrate Israel in the
process. We long for a Churchill.
But that is not
how history is unfolding. In fact, we see the Lord’s
hand. One hundred years ago, in the pre-Jewish state
days, there were enough leaders in the British
government to be friendly enough to the Jewish cause
that the road was paved for the state a generation
later. Churchill played an integral part.
however, as we see history wind down, we long for
another Churchill. If he were on the horizon, or already
with us, though, the Lord’s redemptive plan would not be
It is a bitter thing to live in an era in
which government leaders capitulate to murderers and
those who want to use nuclear weapons to kill us all (it
defies logic, doesn’t it?), but the fact is, we no
longer live in Churchill’s time, when men and nations
had the fortitude to oppose evil.
Now, we see the
stage set for the things the Lord has promised us: His
people in their ancestral land, surrounded by demonic
enemies, will soon be totally alone. At least in terms
of allies and friends of influence.
It is then
though that He will roar from Zion and fight for His
It would have been fun and magnificent to
live in the time of Churchill. The old lion was
Yet we as people of faith look forward
to the end of history, and to the appearing of the Lion
Men, even great ones, are still men.
That is why we need our Redeemer.
And He is
Oct 19, 2015
No country in history has dealt
with a Terror War as long as Israel. Since the first
large wave of Jewish immigration to Palestine in 1882,
Jews have been considered the enemy by the Arabs.
The so-called Pan Arab Nation, stretching of course
across the Middle East, has had a fanatical hatred of
the Jews and Israel, from the beginning. Jordan’s first
King Abdullah was an exception; he was prepared to make
peace with Israel when he was assassinated outside
Al-Aksa Mosque in 1952. His grandson, the current king,
could take some cues from Grandpa. Today’s King Abdullah
has recently joined in the incitement game, shifting
blame for his governing failures to Israel.
friend, Kay Wilson, an Israeli who was hacked with a
machete by Palestinians and left for dead, recently
picked up an elderly Arab hitchhiker, who was thirsty in
the desert. He cursed his fellow Arabs for murdering
Jews and Kay posted a pic of the two of them, smiling,
Not all Palestinians hate the Jews.
But too many of them do.
From the Iranian
nuclear ambitions, to the knifing and shooting attacks
that have erupted in the last several weeks, Israel
finds herself besieged. When one considers the sheer
scope of the Terror War against Israel, it is truly
Consider the fact that Hamas last
year had a sophisticated tunnel system in place, ready
to spring terrorists on unsuspecting Israelis…in their
homes and businesses! Israel was able to literally
uncover this plot in the nick of time.
imagine you are headed to the shuk to shop for fruits
and vegetables, ahead of Shabbat. You are turning a
corner in a neighborhood you are long familiar with,
when all of a sudden a young Arab man in nice jogging
clothes produces a knife and tries to kill you.
Now, wrap your mind around the fact that you watch the
evening news and hear of Sheik Nasrallah’s latest
threats to use Hezbollah’s rocket stockpiles to rain
death down on the Jewish state.
It’s enough to
make one question the international community’s sanity.
Israel under Benjamin Netanyahu has great experience
thwarting terror. It is a way of life for Israelis.
For the most part, they have opted for surgical
strikes against Hamas, and the rest of the killers.
Frankly, concern over international condemnation has
caused Israel to show too much restraint. Summer wars
against Hamas, cross-border commando raids, diplomacy,
preparation for conventional warfare…all these things
are routine planning for Israel.
There have been
myriad proposals over the years, and even the Arabs know
Oslo long ago was a failure.
I propose a plan.
Population transfer on a large scale is not going to
happen in today’s world. However, I believe the Israelis
should implement a limited population transfer:
Send the Palestinian Authority to Gaza. Dismantle all
governmental structures in Hebron, Bethlehem, Ramallah,
etc. Bulldoze Saeb Erekat’s home in Jericho. The same
with Abu Mazen in Ramallah. Load all the ministers and
corrupt hangers-on onto trucks and ship them to the Gaza
Strip, then seal it off.
In this way, the two
main terror entities, Hamas and the PA, will be pinned
between mighty Israel and Egypt, which almost equally
loathes the thugs.
I believe that while
international condemnation would certainly be
forthcoming, Israel would however be left alone to clean
its streets of terrorist scum.
Sharon’s premiership, the IDF came relatively close to
targeting top PA leadership. When Israel fails to do so,
it loses its deterrent effect. Netanyahu has been even
Restraint means one thing to the
Arabs: Open Season on Jews.
This is unacceptable.
Remove the terror masters, and then see if over
the course of the next generation Palestinians decide to
behave and join the civilized world.
Oct 12, 2015
The Third Intifada
How long, Lord?
In a better world — in a moral
world — there would be international outcry over Arab
violence toward Jews in Israel. A rash of stabbings has
now spilled over from Jerusalem and Palestinians are
committing acts of violence all over Israel.
Look at what’s happened only in
the past few hours:
•Two young men were arrested
after throwing rocks at a bus in Jaffa.
•The IDF stopped a vehicular
terror attack near Ma’aleh Adumim, the lovely Israeli
community on the east side of Jersualem
•A terrorist stabbed an Israeli
in Petah Tikvah.
This on the heels of murders of
an Israeli couple while they were driving with their
four children; and stabbings and murders in Jerusalem’s
Old City. Some of the attacks were perpetrated by
And through it all, what is the
Palestinian “leadership” doing? Just this: saluting
terrorists for “defending” the Al-Aksa Mosque.
The mosque they refer to sits on
the Temple Mount, where the Palestinians deny there was
ever a Jewish presence!
It is an unconscionable lie that
Israeli Jews (or anyone else) is attacking or intends to
attack Al-Aksa. Why would they?
For the longest, going back to
the days of the evil Yasser Arafat, the Palestinians
have fabricated Jewish attacks and used the lies for
political gain. In the process, thousands of innocent
people have been murdered or maimed.
I have friends in Ma’aleh
Adumim, Peta Tikva, and elsewhere. Also Jerusalem. Many
times I’ve walked through the Arab bazaar in the Old
City, where now stabbing attacks are taking place.
There are concerns that a Third
Intifada (What the Palestinians call an “uprising,” but
which decent people call orchestrated violence) is here.
I have maintained my belief that barring an all-out war,
I always feel safe in Israel. Honestly? If I were there
now, I wouldn’t hesitate to go out, even to the Old
City, but I’d watch my back. The narrow alleys of the
City lead to other, darker and narrower alleys.
According to the Jerusalem Post:
“Fatah leaders who met in
Ramallah on Wednesday ‘saluted’ the Palestinians for
‘rising to defend their al-Aksa Mosque and confronting
“The members of the Fatah
Central Council, including Palestinian Authority
President Mahmoud Abbas, called on Palestinians to
‘preserve the popular nature’ of the current protests
‘as part of a comprehensive national strategy to avoid
sliding into the Israeli square.’”
Abbas, that fiendish scum, gives
speeches at the UN, and the international body,
including the U.S. leadership, is fully aware of his
incitement against Jews, and the violent rhetoric he
uses when addressing the Palestinian people. He and his
henchmen keep the people whipped up in a frenzy of Jew
hatred and even anti-Western attitudes.
In my opinion, the Palestinians
not only don’t deserve a state, they don’t deserve even
to be at the negotiating table, nor do they deserve any
such consideration so long as they perpetuate war and
In the West, Obama is a menace
toward his own people, and especially to the Jews of
Israel. His leftist secretary of state, John Kerry,
cares no more for the Jews than did his predecessor,
Hillary Clinton, whose friendliness with the PLO goes
A woman in Kiryat Gat was
confronted by a rifle-wielding terrorist when she tried
to close her front door on Tuesday. Liat Ohana said she
thought her life was over when the man barged in and
began shouting at her in Arabic.
The terrorist realized he didn’t
have a magazine in his gun, so he grabbed a knife from
the woman’s kitchen. He tried to stab her as she and her
mother ran to safety.
This reminds me of the epic
film, “Judgment at Nuremberg,” when Spencer Tracy’s
character, one of the judges, gave a moving speech near
the end. He referred to the value of a “single human
That was another time.
I wonder what Obama thinks of
the single human life almost snuffed out in Kiryat Gat
this morning? Does he care?
I do not believe he does.
Otherwise he would not prop-up a
terror regime in Ramallah, and he would not pressure the
man he considers to be his nemesis, Benjamin Netanyahu.
Netanyahu said today that Israel
is in the midst of a “wave of terror.” According the
Post, Netanyahu remains stalwart:
“’The goal of terrorism is to
sow fear and the first order in defeating terrorism is
to be level-headed and resilient, both nationally and
“’We have known worse times than
this and we will also overcome this wave of terrorism
with determination, responsibility and unity,’ Netanyahu
“’Civilians are at the forefront
of the war against terrorism and must also be on maximum
alert,’ Netanyahu said.”
Frankly, terrorists have been waging psychological
warfare for generations, going back to the early days of
Jewish pioneers in Palestine, in the 19th
century. Growing ever more sophisticated they now employ
a vast network to help them, including Western political
and media leaders.
Another component in this war
are the useful idiots like Shane Claiborne, the hippy
leftist who claims to be an evangelical, from his perch
at the “Simple Way” ministry in Philadelphia.
A few days ago, when the U.S.
military accidentally hit an Afghan hospital (run by the
group “Doctors Without Borders”) and civilians were
killed, Claiborne tweeted about how we are killing
people in these countries.
This anti-American invective,
couched in humanitarian lingo, is the same psychological
warfare being waged against Israel, which has the most
moral army in the world.
Terrorists know they can count
on the morally weak and immoral useful idiots, who give
them cover to do their evil.
For Claiborne and his “Black
Lives Matter” friends, one wonders if they truly value
any life, anywhere.
The terror masters in Ramallah
are of the same ilk as those in the U.S., who rage
against Israel 24/7. And their own country, where they
are safer and more prosperous and freer than any citizen
in world history.
It is sickening beyond belief
that Palestinians murder Jews in Israel, and world
leaders are silent.
We live in a different world
than any of us grew up in, and we haven’t seen the worst
of it, yet.
A person who would be silent in
the face of anti-Semitism and the murder of Jews would
be and will be silent when the terrorists come for you.
Oct 5, 2015
Premier Benjamin Netanyahu is a polarizing figure,
through no fault of his own.
This week, Netanyahu
spoke before the UN’s General Assembly. At one point, he
paused for a dramatic 44 seconds, looking right and
left, indicting those sitting in the international body
that loathes Israel.
He referred of course to the
international acceptance/acquiescence to the Iranian
“deal.” Countries right and left are happy to throw
Israel under the bus — Iran’s leadership for more than a
decade has threatened to wipe Israel off the map — not
appearing to understand that the Iranians will also come
The Times of Israel’s David Horovitz
captured it all perfectly:
dramatically, he rebuked the membership of the very
institution where he was speaking — the United Nations —
for tolerating Iran’s relentless threats to destroy the
Jewish state and ‘rushing to embrace’ the regime.
‘Seventy years after the murder of six million Jews,
Iran’s rulers promise to destroy my country, murder my
people. And the response from this body, the response
from nearly every one of the governments represented
here,’ he charged furiously, ‘has been absolutely
nothing. Utter silence. Deafening silence.’”
Horovitz then made an interesting point, saying that the
Prime Minister “Like a biblical prophet, Netanyahu had
come to warn, to chastise, and to indict.”
Although Horovitz probably does not see all this exactly
as prophetic, he also noted that Netanyahu (and by
extension, Israel) is “isolated.”
Now, let us examine for a minute some of Israel’s
Since an Israeli couple was
shot to death by a Palestinian terrorist this week,
there has been a rash of stabbings in Jerusalem’s Old
City, with more Jews being murdered by Palestinians.
Let me be clear: these Palestinian terrorists, up to
and including Mahmoud Abbas, are scum. Vermin. They are
permanently immoral, and yet the world (including some
evangelical Christian leaders) ignores these killings
and condemns Israel.
In fact, astonishingly, the
Palestinian Authority accused Israel of murdering
Palestinians…the terrorists who murdered Jews!
Meanwhile, Islamic Jihad and Hamas expressed delight by
I stand with Israel and the Jewish
people and shout that the murder of Jews is not only
unacceptable, but there will one day soon be a
reckoning. I loathe Jew hatred and oppression more than
anything else, and if the world sits on his hands, the
world condemns itself and I want no part of them.
Isolated? Israel is isolated in terms of this
planet’s human beings. But she is not isolated in the
most important ways. And while we await the justice that
is swiftly coming from God, we link arms and stand with
the Jewish state.
Let us be isolated together.
Sept 28, 2015
Bibi and the
Benjamin Netanyahu traveled to
Russia a few days ago, to meet with the Bear, Vladimir
Putin, whose forays into territorial expansion remind
one of Uncle Joe Stalin in his heyday.
Netanyahu, of course, is rightly
concerned about the Russians/Soviets meddling in the
Middle East, helping prop-up client states like Syria.
It seems some things never change, as the Russians have
long coveted a warm-weather seaport in the Middle East.
Publicly, it sounded like Netanyahu
and Putin would meet as pseudo-allies, in an attempt to
sort-out the mess and carnage that erupted in Syria in
2011. Since then, in order to remain in power, Bashar
Assad has shoved his own people into the meat-grinder,
as he grapples with “rebels” attempting to overthrow
What we are now all dealing with
(and the influx of a gigantic number of refugees will
ensure that ISIS has sleeper cells in the U.S.) is the
product of Barack Obama’s dreadful capitulation/helping
hand to the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo in June 2009.
That address gave a green light to jihadist groups to
send the Middle East up in flames, as dictators toppled
Syria is a byproduct of Obama’s
According to the AP:
“A senior Israel military official
says the country has set up a joint mechanism with the
Russian military to coordinate their operations in
“The official says Thursday that
teams headed by each of the militaries' deputy chiefs
will hold their first meeting in two weeks. The teams
will discuss coordination of aerial, naval and
electromagnetic operations around Syria.”
I imagine that while Netanyahu
would of course not be purposely belligerent with the
Russian Bear, I also cannot imagine him being
subservient like Obama. The U.S. President, who is
chummy with Marxists everywhere, let Putin know from the
beginning that he was no Reagan. This gave Putin
enormous latitude in gobbling up former Soviet
provinces. It also gave Putin new energy to assert
Russian interests in the Middle East. Remember, this has
been a decades-long game between the East and West.
When Jimmy Carter pried Egypt away
from the Soviets, it registered as a major turning point
away from Russian strength in the region. Similarly,
whenever Muslim dictators in the Middle East wanted to
jerk America’s chain, they would remind the West that
they could easily flip “loyalty” back to the Marxists
Netanyahu is a man’s man, as is KGB
operative Putin, and the two of them surely had a very
frank discussion. In other words, Netanyahu isn’t going
to roll over with the Russians asserting themselves in
There’s another element to this, a
“This is what the Sovereign Lord
says: On that day thoughts will come into your mind and
you will devise an evil scheme. You will say, ‘I will
invade a land of unwalled villages; I will attack a
peaceful and unsuspecting people—all of them living
without walls and without gates and bars. I will plunder
and loot and turn my hand against the resettled ruins
and the people gathered from the nations, rich in
livestock and goods, living at the center of the land.’”
Remember and take note: IF Gog is
in fact Putin, he hasn’t been sitting around for years
planning to attack Israel. It is the Lord Himself who
puts the thought into his head rather late in the game.
There is a trigger for the aggression; at present, we
can’t be precisely sure what that trigger is, but it is
specific and causes Gog to look at tiny Israel.
No doubt, in his own way, Netanyahu
told Putin to keep his mitts off Israeli interests. No
one believes Putin would pay much attention to the
gathering dangers against the Jewish state, but perhaps
for pragmatic reasons at the moment, he will not make a
We know though that at some point,
a Russian leader will do just that.
At that moment, there is no amount
of talking and visiting from an Israeli premier that
will deter Gog.