Israel is the key to all end-time prophecy.

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Jim Fletcher is a writer, researcher, speaker and director of Prophecy Matters ( He is also a member of the executive committee of the National Christian Leadership Conference for Israel (NCLCI), and author of It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine). He writes online for WorldNetDaily; Beliefnet; American Family Association; the Jerusalem Post; and Rapture Ready. He can be reached at

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  • 30 Nov, 2015

    Too Painful to Think About

    My friend, Lela Gilbert, has a fascinating interview with Iddo Netanyahu this week.

    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 jihad:

    “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 accordingly.

    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.”

    Would He?

    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 rank-and-file.

    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 Germany.

    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 dangerous leaders.

    And Israel?

    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

    The Lighthouse

    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 to ISIS.

    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 send money that is desperately needed to provide refugees with basic needs.

    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 directions.

    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 Israel.

    “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: Net-ahn-yahoo.

    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 Christians 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 encouragement.

    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 something. Note the benefits to hosting a CUFI “Standing With Israel” event:

    “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 presentation.”

    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

    It’s 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.”

    I 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 uncovered.

    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 of Israel:

    “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.

    “Antiochus is remembered in the Jewish tradition as the villain of the Hanukkah holiday who sought to ban Jewish religious rites, sparking the Maccabean revolt.”

    It is 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.

    May the 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

    The 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.

    Remember, Canada’s 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 Middle East.

    “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 Israel.

    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 suicidal policies.

    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 //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.

    And Huckins claims Israelis are brutalizing Palestinian children?

    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 confiscations.

    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 history.

    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 Us.

    The appeasement and moral weakness of Justin Trudeau, and his friends in the political, media, and religious communities are helping that reality take shape.

    Oct 26, 2015

    The Old Lion and the Jews

    I 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 establishment.”

    I think in the story of Churchill and Zionism we can see how the Lord works through history.

    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.

    Now, 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 near.

    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 people.

    It would have been fun and magnificent to live in the time of Churchill. The old lion was inspiring.

    Yet we as people of faith look forward to the end of history, and to the appearing of the Lion of Judah.

    Men, even great ones, are still men. That is why we need our Redeemer.

    And He is coming soon.

    Oct 19, 2015

    Israel’s Options

    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.

    My 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, on Facebook.

    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 astonishing.

    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.

    Next, 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.

    Under Ariel 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 more restrained.

    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.

    It’s their only chance.


    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 Palestinian women.

    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 terrorist settlers.’

    “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 hatred.

    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 back decades.

    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 life.”

    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 personally.

    “’We have known worse times than this and we will also overcome this wave of terrorism with determination, responsibility and unity,’ Netanyahu said.

    “’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.

    Remember that.

    Oct 5, 2015

    Netanyahu’s Silence

    Israeli 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 for them.

    The Times of Israel’s David Horovitz captured it all perfectly:

    “But most 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 internal enemies.

    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 the attacks.

    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 Russians

    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 him.

    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 like dominoes.

    Syria is a byproduct of Obama’s disastrous policies.

    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 Syria.

    “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 overnight.

    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 Syria.

    There’s another element to this, a prophetic one.

    “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.’” (Ezekiel 38:10-12)

    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 move.

    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.