Why Hillary’s “Experience” Presents a Problem

Dan Calic 

Sep 19, 2016

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Many people are understandably concerned about this year’s presidential election. Some are saying the two chief candidates are the worst choices in decades. I’ve often heard it said that elections are not so much about voting for who you favor, but more about voting against who you disfavor. In other words, voting for the lessor of two evils. In 2016 this represents my personal position as well.

Some have decided to boycott the election altogether. In my opinion this is a copout and negates said individual from participating in discussions, as they have opted out of the process. Not making a decision, is making a decision.

One of the justifications people have used to support Hillary Clinton, vs Donald Trump, is she has experience. I understand that, however just because someone has “experience,” does that mean they deserve to be the most powerful person in the world? Also, one has to evaluate their “experience,” to determine if what they have previously done merits greater responsibility, and reward.

One of the flashpoint issues of the day is terrorism. It is here where I would like to dig a little deeper. Since Trump has not served in public office, his “experience” cannot be evaluated. Yet, he has made his views regarding terror quite clear.

Hillary on the other hand has significant experience, which includes serving as Secretary of State from 2009 – 2013. Let’s take a closer look, specifically with respect to terrorism.

One of the official duties in the job description of Secretary of State is “ensures the protection of the US Government to American citizens, property and interests in foreign countries.”

In March 2016 an American- Taylor Force was murdered by a terrorist while he was visiting Israel. His killer, Basar Masalha who was killed during the attack, was a member of Hamas. Masalha was praised as a “martyr” by the official PA newspaper Al-Hayat Al Jidada. PA President Mahmoud Abbas was asked to publically condemn the murder. He refused, which is tantamount to implicit support.

What’s the connection between Force’s murder and Hillary Clinton? Allow me to connect the dots.

It’s been documented, but worth repeating the Arab Palestinian leadership rewards terror. Starting in 2003, when a “soldier of Allah” commits murder, or another act of terror his crime provides him with a place of honor. It also entitles him to be paid a salary. The more heinous the crime, the greater the salary. If the murderer dies, or is killed while committing his crime, he becomes known as a “shahid,” or martyr. In this case his family is awarded the financial compensation. Palestinian murderers and/or their families in some cases collect as much as $3,500 (US) per month, which is 5 times greater than the average Palestinian family income.

Aside from Hamas, the terrorist can be from numerous groups, including Fatah, the political party of PA President Mahmoud Abbas.

The Palestinian Authority allocates roughly 6% of their budget to reward murderers. Since the government of the Palestinians is providing said compensation, it can easily be defined as state sponsored terrorism. Yet where are the demands to halt this despicable policy? Certainly none have come from Hillary.

While world leaders turn a blind eye to this ‘official’ sanctioning of murder, the same world leaders are often heard roundly criticizing Israel for construction in areas that have long been understood as being part of the Jewish State. Such criticizing voices have included Hillary Clinton. While there may be disagreement that said construction is in an acceptable area, how can any leader deserving of respect focus on construction, while ignoring outright murder?

Yet, there is more to this story. The Palestinian Authority receives over $1.3 billion aid money from around the world. (2014 figures) The single largest source is the United States which provides $400 million annually. The EU, Saudi Arabia and UK are 2nd, 3rd and 4th, respectively in annual support.

While Clinton was not Secretary of State when Taylor Force was murdered, she was from 2009 – 2013. As such she was part of an ongoing US policy of being the majority financial supporter for a government which promotes and rewards murderers of Israeli civilians, which subsequently included Americans. In addition to Taylor Force, one of the three teens murdered by Hamas in June 2014-Naftali Frenkel, was American. During Clinton’s tenure she did nothing to criticize, impede or prevent the PA policy of rewarding murder, which was in place while she served as Secretary of State, and remains in effect today.

What’s the take away from this?

Indeed it is true that Hillary Clinton has “experience.” The question begs is the knowledge of and financial support for ongoing murder of innocent lives (which includes Americans) the type of “experience” that justifies electing her President?

I think Donald Trump would say “no.”

The real question is what will Americans say?

This article originally appeared on Israel Rising, September 18, 2016 and reposted with permission.

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3 Things You Didn’t Know about the Cross

One For Israel Staff 

Sep 20, 2016

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The cross has become a much-loved symbol across the world, representing the ultimate self-sacrifice and moment that sin was paid for. It reminds believers of heaven and earth meeting, grace and righteous justice kissing, and the event that all previous sacrifices had been pointing towards for centuries. However, for others, the cross carries a lot of baggage, and negative connotations. People might think they know a fair amount about the symbol and what it represents, but here are a few things that might be new to you.

1. When camping in the desert, the Israelites pitched their tents in the formation of a cross.

In the Numbers 2, God gives clear instructions about where each tribe should pitch their tents in the four directions of the compass: three tribes to the north, three to the south, three to the east, and three to the west. But what is interesting is that the number of people in each tribe was not equal. What we find in total are:

64,600 + 54,400 + 57,400 (Judah, Issachar and Zebulun, to the East) = 186,400
46,500 + 59,300 + 45,650 (Reuben, Simeon and Gad, to the South) = 151,450
40,500 + 32,200 + 35,400 (Ephraim, Manasseh and Benjamin, to the West) = 108,100
62,700 + 41,500 + 53,400 (Dan, Asher and Naphtali, to the North) = 157,600

If you represent these numbers in centimeters, and try to draw it, you’ll form a cross (18.6cm, 10.8cm, 15.1cm and 15.7cm). The “bottom” of the cross are the more numerous tribes of Judah, Issachar and Zebulun, stretching out to the East, and the top are Rachel’s offspring, camped tents that reach over to the West, with two arms of camps of similar number branching out North and South. Is this a coincidence? I don’t think God does coincidences. He gave the increase to the tribes as he saw fit, and he arranged them around his tabernacle like that on purpose. Israel was moving around the desert, following their God in the cloud, and making the formation of a cross wherever they set up camp.

2. In Israeli schools, writing the “plus” sign is frowned upon, because it looks too much like a cross

The addition symbol we use here in Israel looks like this:    , like an upside down ‘T’. A regular plus sign (+) looks way too much like a cross, and is carefully avoided in the Israeli school system as a result.

For the Jewish people, the sign of the cross can provoke a reaction not dissimilar to a swastika. Often Christians do not know what Jewish people have suffered in the name of the cross, and so fail to understand the strong, negative reaction to it. But here’s roughly what happened: After being expelled from Israel shortly after the time of Jesus, many Jewish people over time migrated West and many settled in European countries. Christians countries. Perhaps there they could hear the gospel in a way that made sense to them? Experience Christian love, and have a revelation of the Messiah? Sadly, the opposite happened. For many centuries, Jewish people were not only viciously discriminated against, but were tortured and killed by people brandishing crosses. By Christians. Country after country would forcibly expel their Jewish populations unless they converted to Christianity. But that seemed like idol worship to Jewish people, who had strongly received the message that God is one, not three. Bowing down to statues and crosses seemed to them to go against the very first commandment. The clash was harsh and the reprisals merciless.

A Jewish writer from the Middle Ages called Joseph Zarpharthi fled with his family from Germany to Turkey, and described the “Happy lot of the Jews under the Crescent as compared with their hard fate under the shadow of the Cross”[1]. Historian Shlomo Schechter wrote that the lands of Christendom were places where “love was preached and murder acted”[2]. During the Crusades, some Jewish (and Muslim) people had crosses cruelly carved into their backs with swords, and needless to say, the Nazis considered themselves to be Christian and used the symbol of the cross, even though they were acting in the exact opposite spirit of it.

I hope you can begin to see why Jewish people might have gradually developed a strong aversion to the symbol of what they perceived to be the source of all the hatred that they were subjected to.

For this reason, Israeli congregations who are trying to encourage Jewish non-believers to feel welcome in an environment where they can meet their Messiah and hear the good news, will often avoid placing a cross in any prominent position. You might see the symbol of a menorah to represent Yeshua instead, but on the whole, paraphernalia is kept at a minimum. It is a conscious decision to create an environment where a Jewish person can feel welcome and free to be in that place of blessing without unnecessarily provoking strong, negative reactions before they can even hear the message. Hebrew gospel tracts used in Israel might have an illustration of a lamb on the altar at the point at which atonement for sin is explained, rather than a picture of a cross. The message of the cross is preached, but the symbol with all its connotations is usually avoided.

3. There is a protein that holds all our cells together, that is in the shape of a cross

Luis Giglio gave a sermon a while back (you can find it on YouTube) that made this particular protein called laminin famous. He showed how laminin has one long string with two other strings either side which twist around the base, forming a cross. What is so amazing about this particular cross-shaped protein is that it is considered to be the “glue” which holds all tissue together – our skin, intestines, our muscles, would all fall apart without this ‘glue’ protein. Perhaps you might think it a coincidence, but then again, perhaps God deliberately designed it this way as a sign and a clue that he knew we would discover, to highlight the importance of the cross! Giglio connected it with this passage in Colossians, which talks about how all things are held together by our Messiah:

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.
For by Him all things were created—
in heaven and on earth, the seen and the unseen,
whether thrones or angelic powers
or rulers or authorities.

All was created through Him and for Him.

He exists before everything,
and in Him all holds together.
He is the head of the body, His community.
He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead—
so that He might come to have first place in all things.

For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him
and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself,
making peace through the blood of His cross—
whether things on earth or things in heaven!
(Col 1:15-20)

This cross is no optional extra – it is the only hope of salvation and life that we have! Satan may have snatched this powerful symbol from the Jewish people for now, and twisted it into something that invokes horror, but we know from God’s word that one day, the whole House of Israel will see the cross with new eyes, and understand what it means for them too:

“Then I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication, when they will look toward Me whom they pierced. They will mourn for him as one mourns for an only son and grieve bitterly for him, as one grieves for a firstborn. In that day there will be a great mourning in Jerusalem, mourning like Hadad-rimmon in the valley of Megiddo. The land will mourn clan by clan.” (Zechariah 12:10-12)

Just as the tribes camped out in a cross shape thousands of years before the crucifixion took place, so the tribes of Israel will have that revelation of what it means – clan by clan – and come into the repentance that leads to salvation. The old will be washed away – Jewish unbelief and the brutality of the gentile church throughout the ages – and all things will be made new. The two directions of the cross beams, vertical and horizontal, remind us that just as heaven and earth met and were reconnected because of the Messiah’s sacrifice, so the horizontal crossbar speaks of the restoration that the cross brings in our relationships with one another too.

God will reconcile all things to Himself, making peace through the blood of His cross—both on earth and in heaven.


[1] “The Geonim of the Babylonia and the Shaping of Medieval Jewish Culture, ” Robert Brody, Yale University Press, 1998, introduction
[2] “Safed in the Sixteenth Century: A City of Legists and Mystics.” In Studies in Judaism, second series, 202-328. Philadelphia: e Jewish Publication Society of America, 1908. p. 270

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***Jesus vs. Muhammad***

Jesus vs. Muhammad

The main difference between Radical Islam and Crusading "Christians"

Ron Cantor 

Sep 17, 2016

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I have heard several times, even from the US president, that we can’t be too hard on Radical Islam because Christians are guilty of the same thing. Indeed, there is a bloody history of so-called Christians carrying out the most heinous acts against, not only Jews, but Muslims as well.

Crusades Were Brutal

One can argue whether or not the Crusades were justified, as Islamic forces were moving west. But no one can argue about the fact that the Crusaders were vicious in every way, committing rape and murder on their way to the Holy Land—wiping out entire Jewish communities—and then once there, committing every kind of atrocity one can imagine, all in the symbol of the cross.

So-Called?

Now, you may have noticed that I referred to the Crusaders as so-called Christians. But I don’t refer to ISIS fighters or Al Qaeda as so-called Muslims. And that is the main point here—this is where President Obama and others bypass the main difference.

You see, in nearly every religion—even Judaism—there is always a radical element that develops. The question is what did the religion teach in its original context. If anyone chooses to kill in the name of Jesus, using the symbol of the cross, he is doing exactly what Jesus taught us NOT to do. When an ISIS fighter rapes and kills in the name of Islam, he is doing exactly as Muhammad did. I know that is not politically correct, but it is true.

Jesus vs. Muhammad

Jesus gave his life as a sacrifice, Muhammad took other’s lives to expand his power. Yeshua said if you look at a woman and lust, you are guilty of adultery, whereas Muhammad had sex slaves, married a six year old and consummated that marriage when she was nine. Yeshua told us to love our enemies and even serve them (Matt. 6) beyond what they demand. Muhammad enslaved, raped and murdered his enemies.

No one could ever come away from reading the New Testament thinking that Jesus was teaching us to take over the world by force in his name. In fact, this is exactly what he didn’t do against the Romans, when many of his followers, even his disciples expected him to. However, no one could come away from reading the Koran and not think that a forceful worldwide takeover is the goal. Islam means surrender.

Radical Islamists are Practicing Muhammad’s Islam

So, to be clear, the big difference between the Crusaders and radical Islamists is this: The Crusaders claimed Jesus, but did not do as he taught. Based on the fruit of their lives, they were not genuine born again believers. However, ISIS and Al Qaeda are doing exactly what is taught in the Koran and was practiced by Muhammad and by all accounts are good Muslims—meaning they are evil imperialists. It is the moderates, one could argue, that are backslidden.

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The New Testament Warns Against Replacement Theology

Shira Sorko-Ram 

Jun 6, 2016

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The Islamization of Bethlehem can be seen by one of the many mosques now found in the city. Muslims feel compelled to build wherever ancient Jewish and Christian sites are found throughout ancient Israel.

Replacement Theology teaches that God’s covenant with the Jews ended with Christianity. The Church has replaced Israel in God’s plan; the Jews are no longer God’s chosen people, and God does not have specific future plans for the nation of Israel. Instead, the Christian Church is God’s chosen people. And in the New Testament, after Pentecost, the term, “Israel” refers only to the Church.

Covenants given to Israel, and the plans, purposes and promises of God to Israel are now fulfilled exclusively in the Christian Church. It follows that many of the promises that God made to Israel must be spiritualized. When it speaks of Israel being restored to the land, this really means that the Christian Church will be blessed.

The fruits of Replacement Theology (also known as supersessionism – from the word “supersede”) have been the foundation of almost two millennia of Jew-hatred known as anti-Semitism. Its doctrine has enabled fallen man’s evil instincts to enjoy unlimited acts of horror, terror and extreme violence towards the Jewish people.

Hundreds, if not thousands, of episodes rooted in historical Jew-hatred have manifested themselves under the guise of this doctrine – for example, the infamous Spanish inquisition when 200,000 Jews were expelled from Spain by the Catholic Church. Ten’s of thousands were slaughtered, purposely drowned in the sea, or their bodies ripped open after rumors spread that Jews who were fleeing had swallowed their gold and silver items.

Even today, the “blood libel” fiction claims that Jews kill children to drink their blood on Passover. Internet bloggers this Passover accused Jews of killing Palestinian children to mix their blood with their matza.

Replacement Theology played a prominent role in Hitler’s plans to extinguish the seed of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; he comfortably appropriated the Church’s anti-Semitism down through the ages, which rose to new heights through Martin Luther’s demonization of the Jewish people.

IT STARTED 1900 YEARS AGO

The truth is that Replacement Theology was already spreading its tentacles even during the Apostle Paul’s lifetime. Paul strongly refuted this doctrine in Romans chapter 11. Arrogance and false teaching against the Jews was taking root among the new Gentile Christians and Paul warned them against this evil.

Paul made it clear that God has not deserted the Jews, and it was incumbent upon the Gentiles (i.e. the nations) not to boast nor be puffed up against the Jewish people even though most had not accepted Yeshua as their Messiah:

I say then, has God cast away His people? Certainly not… God has not cast away His people whom He foreknew. (Romans 11:1-2)

And if some of the [Jewish] branches were broken off, and you [Gentiles], being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree, do not boast against the branches. But if you do boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you. (vs 17-18)

THROUGH ISRAEL’S FAILURE CAME SALVATION

Secondly, Paul explains that through the failure of the Jewish people, the Gentiles have received salvation through the Sacrificial Lamb of God who died at the hands of the Roman government at the demands of the Pharisaical religious leaders.

An amazing parallel in the Old Testament is seen in the life of Joseph. His brothers hated him, thought to kill him, and then gave him to the Gentiles to be rid of him.

Through that terrible offense, Joseph became the second ruler of the Gentiles (Egyptians) and also saved his own family who, when they recognized Joseph, humbly and in sorrow acknowledged their sin.

Furthermore, Paul revealed that the day is coming when the Jewish people will return to their God, and through the revelation of their Messiah, they will continue to bless the world.

I say then, have they stumbled that they should fall? Certainly not! … Now if their transgression is riches for the world, and their failure riches for the Gentiles, how much more their fulfillment will be! For if their rejection is the reconciling of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead? (vs. 11-12,15)

Paul actually warns that a contemptuous attitude towards the Jewish people risks themselves being cut off.

Do not be haughty, but fear. For if God did not spare the natural branches, neither will He spare you. Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off. (vs. 20-21)

A PROMISE ONLY GOD COULD MAKE

Then comes Paul’s reinforcement of the promise in the Old Testament that the Jewish people will one day be redeemed. The promise is found in a Psalm that all Israel sang on their way up to Zion for the annual holy feast days.

O Israel, hope in the Lord:
For with the Lord there is mercy,
And with Him is abundant redemption.
And He will redeem Israel
From all his iniquities
. (Psalm 130:7-8)

Paul confirmed this promise in Scripture that gives every Messianic Jew in Israel and abroad hope:

And they also, if they do not continue in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. For if you were cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, who are natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?

For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be uninformed of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written:

The Deliver [Messiah] will come out of Zion,
And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob;
For this is My covenant with them, When I take away their sins. (vs. 23-27)

Paul again recognizes the fact that most of our Jewish people are not yet in a personal relationship with the God of Israel through the Messiah, Yeshua, but insists that God has still elected or chosen the Jewish people because of his promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob:

Concerning the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but concerning the election they are beloved for the sake of the fathers. For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. (vs. 28-29)

SO THE HISTORICAL CHURCH HAS BEEN SPOTLESS?

In my mind, the most ridiculous aspect of the Replacement dogma is the absolute blindness of any person who thinks he or she is without sin, not to mention the believing corporate Church over the last 1900 years. Has it acted righteously and without sin? There is no more pharisaical attitude than this.

Think about this concept – that the Church has replaced Israel because of Israel’s sin and rejection of God. The history of the Church is so incredibly full of sin, violence, and evil, that a person has to be in deep dark blindness to be unaware of the Church’s own historical wretchedness. Sexual abuse by Catholic Church leaders, perfidy of Protestant wars, hatred, greed, and so much more. How much clearer could the Bible be than to let the world know that all – Jews and Gentiles – have sinned and come short of the glory of God!

Of course, there are godly people in the Church, past and present. But if God has forever forsaken His chosen people because of their sins, how could He not forever forsake the Church for all its sins as well?

God has not forsaken Israel. Some 6,400,000 Jews now live in their ancient homeland. And, among our Jewish people, the number of Messianic Jews is growing exponentially!

In parallel, there are countries like China and in South America where the same phenomenal growth with Christian conversions is taking place. Because of God’s mercy, all of us are looking forward to a last-day world awakening both among Jews and the nations!

For as you [Gentiles] were once disobedient to God, yet have now obtained mercy through their [the Jews] disobedience, even so these [Jews] also have now been disobedient, that through the mercy shown you [Gentiles] they [the Jewish people] also may obtain mercy. For God has committed them all [Jews and Gentiles] to disobedience, that He might have mercy on all [Jews and Gentiles]. (vs. 30-32)

The dogma of Replacement Theology has probably brought more sin and evil to the world than any other Christian doctrine.

THE NEWEST BRAND: FULFILLMENT THEOLOGY

And yet, in these last days its heresy has expanded into a newer version of anti- Semitism.

Called Fulfillment Theology, now it’s not the Church that replaces Israel but Yeshua Himself!!! The argument goes like this: Since Yeshua fulfilled in His life all the redemptive work, his promises to the Jews including the Promised Land is null and void.

What a travesty and hodgepodge of God’s word! Yeshua didn’t come to replace Israel. Yeshua came to redeem Israel and all who are grafted into “Israel’s Olive Tree.”

Have all things been fulfilled? Obviously not. Yeshua has not yet returned for His bride as the Bible promises. Peter explained what was yet to happen on earth before the Second Coming of the Messiah when he spoke to the Jewish people who had gathered around him after a lame man was healed by the power of Yeshua’s Name. He told them:

Repent therefore and return that your sins may be wiped away… that He may send Yeshua, the Messiah appointed for you, whom heaven must receive until the period of restoration of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time. (Acts 3:19-21)

PALESTINIAN LIBERATION THEOLOGY

Yet, can you believe? Now Palestinians’ Liberation Theology careens even farther from the core truths of the Bible, if that were possible.

This theology denies the words of Yeshua when He said, “For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished.” (Matthew 5:18)

It denies the words of Yeshua who said, “Jerusalem will be trampled underfoot by the Gentiles [i.e. the nations] until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.” Luke 24:21

It denies the promise Yeshua made to the unbelieving Jewish leaders when he said,

“For I say to you, from now on you will not see Me until you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’” (Matthew 23:39)

It denies the greatest promise to Israel: “All Israel shall be saved.” (Romans 11:26)

There isn’t a single mention of Philistines, Palestinians or Palestine in the New Testament. But Israel is mentioned 78 times. Judea 46 times. Samaria 12 times. Galilee 64 times. Jews and Jewish 173 times. Yeshua’s Jewish genealogy is listed twice, as a son of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob whose name God changed to Israel.

Palestinian Liberation Theology has been born out of hatred and jealousy of the Jewish people, reinforced and buttressed by Islamic theology.

This Palestinian Christian Theology meshes perfectly with Islamic theology concerning the extinction of the Jewish people and the dispossession of their promised land.

Now a growing list of influential ministers and ministries in America and Europe has embraced the lie – names wellknown to you if I listed them. And they are pulling many Evangelicals into their theological web. They are doing great harm in their attempt to destroy the State of Israel. But in the end, according to the Scriptures, the damage will be much greater to themselves.

GOD’S ARAB PEOPLE

I must always add that God loves the Arab people. He sent His Son to die for the sins of all the Arab people in the world. Satan has stolen God’s gift of salvation and replaced it with a religion that stands for murder, hatred and forced conversion.

How utterly tragic to be born into this theological prison, with no possibility to have a personal relation with the God of Israel through Yeshua, King of the Jews. Yet we keep hearing of incidents around the world where Yeshua is appearing to Muslim individuals in dreams and visions, resulting in their turning to the One True God. We must earnestly pray for and love Muslims, and do all we can to bring them the truth.

How would you like to be born a Syrian, a Libyan, a woman in Afghanistan, a boy soldier snatched by Boko Haram? How about being one of the millions of sex-slaves under the charge of Mohammed’s followers?

Disaster will certainly happen to the Palestinian Christians if a Palestinian State is created. According to all polls, Hamas will win the elections in the West Bank if elections are allowed. Ask the born-again Christians in Gaza about their freedom to follow their Lord there. They won’t be able to tell you much – for fear of their lives.

This article originally appeared in Maoz Israel Report, June 2016 and reposted with permission.

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Shira has lived in Israel since 1967, where she became an Israeli citizen. She has worked as a director and producer of documentary films. One project, “Dry Bones," a film on the prophetic significance of Israel’s rebirth, is acclaimed around the world and was seen by Golda Meir. In addition, Shira has written for many publications concerning the Messianic Jewish Movement and the Christians’ part in Israel’s spiritual resurrection. She produces the monthly Maoz Israel Report, providing a prophetic, political, and spiritual perspective of current events in Israel.

 

 

 

The Blundering BDS – a Survey of Recent Fails

Hannah Weiss 

Sep 8, 2016

BDS activists protesting against Israel (Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS) is now in its 11th year of activism. The fear it has managed to generate among its targets is out of proportion to its size.

Perhaps for that reason, BDS dictates have become increasingly… well, dictatorial… to the point where they cross over into absurd “victories” that defeat their own goals of uniting the world against the “apartheid state”. Here are some examples that came to the fore over the summer:

Anti-settler film banned for using the “S” word

Award-winning Israeli filmmaker Shimon Dotan was preparing for the 2017 International Conference on Religion & Film at Syracuse University, to show his documentary “The Settlers”, a biased portrayal of the settlers in Judea and Samaria as religious extremists. (In reality, the two largest cities – Maaleh Adumim and Arielare overwhelmingly secular.)

The Atlantic reported that a few weeks after receiving the invitation, Dotan was disinvited by a faculty member in the SU Religion Department, who gave the following reason:My SU colleagues, on hearing about my attempt to secure your presentation, have warned me that the BDS faction on campus will make matters very unpleasant for you and for me if you come.”

When the disappointed artist probed for the reason, he found that neither supporters nor opponents had actually seen the film; the BDS objections were apparently triggered by nothing more than the title of the film – Settlers – and/or Dotan’s nationality – Israeli.  

The Atlantic reporter noted the “ironyin this “chilling of free speechby the BDS movement: Had I seen the film before learning of this controversy rather than after, I would have expected any attempts to stop it from being screened to come from the pro-Israel faction”the side generally demonized by the Left as the killers of free speech.

Belgian air carrier zigzags over halva bars

In late August, Brussels Airlines suddenly dropped Israeli halva treats from its in-flight menu, calling it a “controversialproduct. As media moved in to discover why, the controversy turned out to have originated with one pro-BDS passenger, who was offended by the  fact that the sesame dessert producer, Achva, is located in the Barkan Industrial Park (25 kilometers/ 15 miles east of Tel Aviv). According to the Times of Israel report, that offended individual notified the Palestine Solidarity Movement [sic, more likely the Palestine Solidarity Campaign BDS division], which convinced the airline to ban the 100-gram halva bars.

After being pelted by protests from Israelis, ranging from ordinary travelers to Tourism Minister Yariv Levin, the airline went into a tailspin. The spokespeople first claimed the product was cancelled as a mistake; “We only removed it because we did not order it.Then they cited their “responsibilityto carry food products that will “please alltheir public – an explanation that only angered fans of Achva products.  A week later, they announced that there was no mistake, no displeased public, and no problem.

What caused these mid-air acrobatics? Besides receiving threats to boycott its 11 weekly Tel Aviv flights by indignant citizens both in Israel and Belgium, the airline management also received a factual explanation from Foreign Ministry spokesman Dore Gold. That’s when they discovered that Achva and the other firms in the Barkan Industrial Park employ some 5000 Palestinians alongside Israeli citizens. (They weren’t told that in 2012 the number was 15,000, but BDS pressure forced the relocation of several large companies and a massive loss of jobs.)

At this news, Brussels Airlines recovered its dignity by cheerfully denying the existence of any political issues: It is clear that Achva remains one of our trusted suppliers without any distinction related to the origin of the product, and therefore we will continue to accept Achva’s products on board our flights, especially given its positive role in the community.”

But by then, the media had already chronicled how a single glare from the BDS folks overturned the common sense of Belgium’s largest airline, rendering them incoherent for a week.

BDS leader’s call to replace Israel with Palestine finally backfires

Omar Barghouti, founder and head of the BDS Movement, has been confronted before for his hypocrisy in calling for the “academic boycott of Israeli universitieswhile studying at one of them (Tel Aviv University, located in “occupied Sheikh Munis). Having not learned from previous encounters with the media, Barghouti released a video this year explaining once again to everyone “why we boycottIsrael:  in order “to end this regime of oppressionwhich awarded him a masters degree, and which he hopes will eventually award him a PhD degree. His increasingly strident Israel-bashing on US college campuses are generating increasing criticism, such as this article dissecting his April 2016 speech at Stanford University.

For years this articulate speaker has been presenting BDS as a strategy for a “one-state solution that ends Israel’s existence. Realizing that he could do so without consequences, Barghouti apparently felt free this year to voice the sentiments of Hamas; in April he gave an interview (in Arabic) condemning peace movements and any kind of Palestinian or Arab normalization with Israel.

Apparently that was the last straw. In May, Israel revoked Barghouti’s rights to travel abroad; at which point the BDS leader told the world that his life had been threatened.  He was referring to Israeli Minister Israel Katz’s comments two months earlier, recommending “focused civil eliminationof BDS leaders, which Amnesty International quickly equated with “targeted assassination.  But in August, it became clear that leftwing interpretations were ignoring the meaning of “civil: the Israeli government announced a task force to locate and deport BDS activists from the country, as well as prevent others from entering.

The emerging BDS advocacy for Israel’s destruction is most likely the threat which the Jewish state is hoping to eject from its midst. As far as the oft-trumpeted BDS success in sabotaging Israel’s economic and academic life, even the liberal Ha’aretz has pronounced ita Colossal Flop.

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Hannah Weiss

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Hannah Weiss lives in Israel with her husband Hillel, their three children and two grandchildren. Besides writing on issues relevant for followers of Yeshua, she also works as an English writer, editor and translator for Israeli exporters and academics. Hannah is part of a small home fellowship, Restorers of Zion, which serves the Body of Messiah by focusing on neglected or dysfunctional areas of Scriptural teaching and practice.

 

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7. september 2016 |  Charles Gardner

Uavhengig av hva du måtte ha å si om Israel – på tross av at det er fødestedet til den jødisk-kristne sivilisasjonen – så er landet den dag i dag åpenbart like sekulært som alle andre land i Vesten. Men på tross av dette har Israel blitt velsignet med en leder som mener at Bibelen er viktig.

Den tidligere statsministeren i Storbritannia, Tony Blair, mente at utdanning var det viktigste i samfunnet, men Israels statsminister 'Bibi' Benjamin Netanyahu, er enda mer spesifikk.

I begynnelsen av skoleåret annonserte han til sitt kabinett at "eksellense og sionisme", med fokus på lesing i Bibelen, er grunnlaget for "utdanningsrevolusjonen" som hans regjering ønsker å starte.

"For det første; studere Bibelen", sa han. "Vi må jobbe hardt for dette. Det er Bibelen som er grunnen til at vi er her, hvorfor vi har returnert til dette landet og hvorfor vi blir værende her."

Dette er litt av en kontrast til hvordan ting styres i Westminster, Storbritannias parlament. Selvsagt er det mye snakk om å heve standarden for utdanning, men vi har kastet Den hellige skriften ut av skolene våre og humanister forsøker til og med å fjerne all Bibelens innflytelse på det britiske skolesystemet. Men uten Bibelen vil vår kunnskap lide. "Frykten for Gud er begynnelsen til visdom." (Ord.sp 1:7)

Paulus skrev: "Kjærligheten tar aldri slutt. Profetgavene skal bli borte og kunnskapen skal forgå." Og han snakker ikke om lunken kjærlighet, men "agape" (gresk) – en kjærlighet forbeholdt de som har opplevd et personlig møte med Jesus.

Storbritannia ble et stort og innflytelsesrikt land på grunn av den posisjonen Bibelen hadde i landet. Det var fordi vi tok Bibelen på ordet og hjalp jødene hjem til Israel.

Våre åndelige forfedre William Wilberforce, John Wesley, Charles Spurgeon, Charles Simeon og Bishop J C Ryle så i Skriften at kristne skulle be for og legge til rette for at jødene skulle få returnere til sitt hjemland, og de spilte en viktig rolle i gjenfødselen av den moderne, jødiske stat.

Men våre jødiske brødre trenger også "et nytt hjerte" slik Esekiel profeterte (Esekiel 36:26) hvis de skal oppfylle sin gudegitte rolle som "hedningenes lys" (Jesaja 49:6)

Herr Netanyahu baner veien for dette gjennom hans arbeid for at Bibelen skal få en større plass i det israelske samfunnet.

Dessverre følger verken kirken eller Storbritannia i samme spor. De gir etter for presset om å være politisk korrekte på alle fronter og undergraver dermed Bibelens autoritet. Resultatet er at samfunnet lider og færre barn får vokse opp med en mor og en far som gir dem kjærlighet og disiplin.

Nøkkelen til Israel gjenoppbygging var et anglikansk samfunn som het CMJ (Kirkens misjon blant jøder) som fremdeles gjør en god jobb med å nå ut til Guds utvalgte folk. Men kirkene i England er på randen til å bryte sammen. Problemet er Bibelens autoritet!

Et titalls evangeliske menigheter sørøst i England diskuterer for tiden noe som kan føre til en utvanning av Bibelens læresettinger når det kommer til temaet om ekteskap og det å velsigne ekteskap mellom to av samme kjønn.

Pastor Peter Sanlon, sogneprest i St Mark’s Church i Tunbridge Wells har sagt følgende: "Hvis fremstående ledere i kirker i England utvanner Bibelens lære i viktige teamer som homoseksualitet så kan dette kirkemøtet lett utvikle seg til å bli en ny anglikansk jurisdiksjon."

Uenigheter rundt spørsmål om seksualitet har allerede skapt uro og opprør i flere menigheter i både i Canada og i USA.

Den jødisk-kristne sivilisasjonen ble bygget på Bibelens autoritet. Og Israels fremtid – og det at landet blir beskyttet mot fiender – beror på hvorvidt nasjonen velger å følge det som står skrevet i Bibelen. Be for Benjamin Netanyahu.


 

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