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The Temple was built on a threshing floor

One For Israel Staff 

Oct 16, 2018

Way back in the time of Moses, God told the people of Israel that he had already chosen a place for his dwelling place in the Promised Land, long before they’d even got there:

“You are to seek only the place Adonai your God chooses from all your tribes to put His Name to dwell—there you will come.” (Deuteronomy 12:5)

Why that spot was chosen

The location is not specified at that point, but God had decided where it would be long before the Israelites got to Canaan. With hindsight, we can see God had put his prophetic mark on his spot back in Genesis 21: it was the place where God told Abraham he was to sacrifice Isaac – mount Moriah. The mount of God’s bitterness. Zion in fact means “marked”.

So how did the Israelites know which place God had in mind?

It all began when David was in dire straits – a plague had broken out against Israel, and there was only one way to stop it:

So Adonai sent a pestilence upon Israel from the morning until the appointed time, so that 70,000 men of the people died from Dan to Beersheba. When the angel stretched out his hand toward Jerusalem to destroy it, Adonai relented from the calamity and said to the angel who was destroying the people, “Enough! Now withdraw your hand.” The angel of Adonai was then by the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.” (2 Samuel 24:15-16)

”So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for 50 shekels of silver. Then David built there an altar to Adonai, and offered burnt offerings and fellowship offerings. So Adonai was moved by prayer of entreaty for the land, and restrained the plague from Israel. (2 Samuel 24:18-25)

King David bought that land fair and square, under the instruction of God, and it was on that site the first temple was built. And then after that, the second one. And today, the Dome of the Rock stands in its place.

The significance of threshing

The context of King David’s initiative to purchase that threshing floor was the need to stop the Angel of Death, who was exacting the punishment for sin. As believers this link makes sense – it’s the cosmic place of God’s victory over sin and where the power of death was stayed. But what has threshing got to do with it?

Threshing is essentially dividing – separating the wheat from the chaff.

Threshing floors crop up (excuse the pun) a few times throughout scripture, and there’s something in this agricultural process that God is wanting us to think about.

The threshing theme is woven throughout the Bible, and in Jewish thought. How does the book of Psalms start? With a song contrasting the righteous with the wicked using the analogy of a well watered-tree versus chaff. It begins with the phrase, “blessed is the man” – much like Yeshua’s beatitudes in his sermon on the mount – blessed is he who does not join with sinners, but who meditates on God’s word:

He will be like a planted tree over streams of water,
producing its fruit during its season.
Its leaf never droops—but in all he does, he succeeds.

The wicked are not so.
For they are like chaff that the wind blows away.

Therefore the wicked will not stand during the judgment,
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. (vv.3-5)

Different destinies for the righteous and the unrighteous

Malachi, the last prophet, ends his book with the same picture:

“Then you will return and distinguish between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him.”

“For behold, the day is coming—it will burn like a furnace—when all the proud and every evildoer will become stubble. The day that is coming will set them ablaze”—says Adonai-Tzva’ot—“leaving them neither root nor branch.” (Malachi 3:18-19)

John the Baptist appears to pick up right where Malachi left off! He is telling the people of Judea about the Messiah:

“His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He shall clear His threshing floor and gather His wheat into the barn; but the chaff He shall burn up with inextinguishable fire.”

This is not the picture many like to have of Yeshua, but this is who he is.

Yeshua’s sovereign right to thresh

We need, as Paul says, to consider the kindness and the severity of God. The motif of sifting the wheat from the chaff reappears in the last supper. Yeshua turns to Peter, the one on whom he was counting to feed his sheep, and says:

“Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat; but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail.” (Luke 22:31-32)

We have an enemy who seeks our destruction. But more wonderfully, we have the Messiah himself on our side! Yeshua is rooting for us, interceding for us, and is our ever present help in times of trouble.

Yeshua came as the suffering servant, he paid for our sin out of the purest most selfless love the universe has ever known. He has extended grace upon grace, and made a way open to the Father – while we were still sinners. As someone once said, the gospel is the only story in which the hero dies for the villain! Jesus didn’t only die for sinful Christians, but also for Muslims, for Hindus, atheists, witches, Buddhists, for those in the LGBTQ community (and any other letters I’ve missed out), the butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker… absolutely anyone who repents of their sin and believes on his name is welcomed into the Kingdom. The sacrifice of God’s own Son, the shed blood of Yeshua the Messiah, is mighty to save.

But our window of opportunity to accept this amazing grace is not eternal. Judgement Day will surely come, as he graciously warns us. And the righteous judgement of Jesus is a good thing, as the songs in the book of Revelation declare. Finally evil is finished and dealt with forever.

 Therefore just as the weeds are gathered up and burned with fire, so shall it be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all stumbling blocks and those who practice lawlessness. They will throw them into the fiery furnace; in that place will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear! (Matthew 13:40-43)

Of the increase of His government
    and shalom there will be no end—
on the throne of David and over His kingdom—
    to establish it and uphold it
    through justice and righteousness
    from now until forevermore.
The zeal of Adonai-Tzva’ot
    will accomplish this. (Isaiah 9:6)

This article originally appeared on One For Israel and is reposted with permission.

https://kehilanews.com/2018/10/16/the-temple-was-built-on-a-threshing-floor/

 

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WATCH: Are Jews Indigenous to the Land of Israel?


 


 

Learn the facts about the Jew poeple’s indigenous rights to the Land of Israel. 

Are the Jews really indigenous to the Land of Israel? Did they usurp the land from the Palestinians?

No people in the world today have an older claim to the Land of Israel than the Jewish people do.

Dr. Nan Greer, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Redlands, explains.

Learn the truth!

Se videoen: https://youtu.be/U5raihYpexQ

https://unitedwithisrael.org/watch-are-jews-indigenous-to-the-land-of-israel/

 

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Netanyahu to Christian media: Continue to tell the truth

Kehila News Israel Staff 

Oct 17, 2018

PM Netanyahu speaking at 2018 Christian Media Summit (Photo courtesy)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked journalists attending the Christian Media Summit for their ongoing support and, responding to a suggesting, said he would consider appointing an ambassador to the Christian world reflecting Israel’s recognition of it evangelical allies.

“A great alliance with the evangelicals is something we do not apologize for,” Netanyahu said on Sunday. “We have no better friends in the world.”

Netanyahu told the gathered Christian media that they are “ambassadors of truth. You’re not merely the greatest ambassadors that Israel has around the world, you are champions of truth.” 

“Tell the truth about who wants peace and who doesn’t want peace,” he implored the journalists. 

Netanyahu said that Israel is the only country in the Middle East where the Christian community thrives and grows. He used the Palestinian town of Bethlehem as an example where the Christian population dwindled from from 80 percent to now 20 percent because “Christians are being pressured. Christians are being persecuted.”

“Israel is the only country that protects the human rights of all. We protect the religious rights of all,” he said. “We don’t just protect Christian sites — we protect Christian people. Christians should enjoy all freedoms to worship as they please in the Middle East and anywhere else. And the only place in the Middle East where they can do so is Israel. We have no better friends in the world than our Christian friends.”

The second annual Christian Media Summit, which continues until Wednesday, is sponsored by the Government Press Office. The sessions also featured U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman and several Knesset members. 

Friedman told the reporters on Sunday that be believes the world secretly respects the U.S. administration’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital despite a vote at the United Nations of two thirds condemning the move.

“Every nation, once off the public stage, has nothing but respect for what the president has done,” he said. “Because the president spoke the truth and, as we learn from the Book of John, ‘the truth will set us free.’”

America became the first country to move its embassy to Jerusalem on May 14 followed by Guatemala and Paraguay a few days later, though the latter has since returned to Tel Aviv.

During a question-and-answer session with Netanyahu, Monique Rijkers, a Christian pro-Israel activist from Jakarta, asked the prime minister to open his country’s borders to Indonesian Christians to visit the Holy Land, referring to a recent ban on visas issued to Indonesians.

“I will work on the visa, I will see what I can do,” Netanyahu said.

Netanyahu added that he wants to promote diplomatic ties with Indonesia, home to the world’s largest Muslim population. 

“Indonesia is very, very important for us. It’s a very important country. It’s one of the last countries on earth that doesn’t have an open and robust relationship with Israel,” he said. “We would like to have excellent relations with them.”

Netanyahu also hinted at burgeoning diplomatic ties with African Muslim-majority nations. He said many countries there are interested in cooperating with Israel in fighting Islamic terrorism. 

This “paves the way for additional countries to recognize the State of Israel, and I think you will be hearing about them very soon,” he said.

https://kehilanews.com/2018/10/17/netanyahu-to-christian-media-continue-to-tell-the-truth/

 

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***GLOBALISERING***

Globalization

Asher Intrater 

Oct 13, 2018

Last year facing the UN, President Trump spoke of nationalism over globalism; this year he spoke of patriotism over globalism–essentially the same concept.

Are we for globalization? We certainly believe in an age of world peace as described in Isaiah 2 and Micah 4. Yet we know that this will only take place when the Messiah returns and rules and reigns from Jerusalem in the Millennial age.

In the meantime, and even into the Millenium there is a purpose for nations staying separate. Trump spoke at the same time as the Torah portion Ha’azinu was being read in Jewish synagogues:

Deuteronomy 32:8 – When the Most High gave inheritance to the nations, in separating the sons of Man, He established boundaries for the peoples according to the number of the sons of Jacob.

The peoples, or nations, are first separated by tribal distinctions, physical boundaries, and language. (Gen 10). The apostle Paul expands on this verse from Deuteronomy when preaching in Athens:

Acts 17:26 – He made from one, every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times, and the boundaries of their habitation.

Thus, according to the Bible, it is God’s will and plan that there should be borders and distinctions among the nations, to preserve order and to protect each one’s unique inheritance. The global national boundaries are seen as a parallel inheritance to the Israelite ownership of the land of Canaan, an extension of God’s covenant with the people of Israel.

Aligning with His Plan

We are for a vision of global Messianic peace and for a spiritual global family among believers of every racial background. However, we are against globalization in terms of a one world government, religion, or culture.

Nationalism, in the here and now, is NOT meant to be nations trying to conquer other nations, but rather each nation RESPECTING one another’s borders and rights. It is the opposite of colonialism, Nazism/fascism, communism or radical Islam.

Almost all the Prophets describe an apocalyptic world war right before the coming of the Messiah. All the nations will be united in an attack against Israel. At that moment God will intervene to stop the war and establish the Messiah’s kingdom on earth (Zechariah 14, Ezekiel 38-39).

In order for a united attack to take place, there would have to be at least two elements:

  1. An organization of some sort uniting the nations of the world with a bent against Israel.

  2. A worldwide philosophy or religion inciting people to try to destroy Israel.

In our day, the UN seems to be fulfilling the first, and radical Islam the second. The bizarre partnership between the radical Left and radical Islam is a dangerous, yet biblically coherent, combination.

Power tends to corrupt. Therefore, God has designed a system of division of spheres of authority, with checks and balances between family, business, religion, national and local governments. When one tries to take over the other, there are usually destructive results.

This article originally appeared on Revive Israel, October 10, 2018, and reposted with permission.

https://kehilanews.com/2018/10/13/video-globalization/

 

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Swedish yacht completes sympathy sail to Israel

Kehila News Israel Staff 

Oct 13, 2018

Photo courtesy

After a marathon sail from Gothenburg to Herzliya Marina, the Swedish ocean-going yacht Elida arrived in Israel on Oct. 11.

KNI previously reported on the remarkable initiative to support Israel as the Elida was setting out from its home port in Sweden in late August. The 131-foot yacht with its 148-foot-tall mast made an impressive site as it entered the marina after being welcomed and accompanied to port by a fleet of Israeli yachts.

The Elida is Sweden’s pro-Israel answer to the notorious Gaza flotillas. The voyage was organized and funded by a Swedish Christian group that supports Israel. Senior and junior Swedish politicians, priests, journalists and musicians were on board the ship. The crew are captained by Stefan Abrahamsson.

The Elida’s crew are organizing several events for the Israel-supporters aboard the vessel.

As they entered Israeli territorial waters, the crew and passengers rendezvoused at sea with a flotilla of Israeli yachts that escorted the Elida into Herzliya. There they were met by Israeli and Swedish officials, members of the Israeli support team and the media. 

The Swedish parliamentarians have returned to Sweden due to the fluid parliamentary situation there following recent elections.

During their visit to Israel, the Elida voyagers will be hosted at Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. They will also be guests of the Technion university in Haifa before enjoying an evening of festivities and music at Beit Scandinavia in Bat Galim where they will be greeted by the mayor of Haifa.

https://kehilanews.com/2018/10/13/swedish-yacht-completes-sympathy-sail-to-israel/

 

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Palestinian baby gets life-saving heart transplant from Israeli child

October 15, 2018

 Palestinian baby gets life-saving heart transplant from Israeli childSurgeons at Sheba Medical Center. (illustrative) (Edi Israel/Flash90)

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A Palestinian baby received a heart transplant at Tel Aviv’s Sheba Medical Center just hours after the Jewish donor’s parents agreed to donate the organ.

By World Israel News Staff

While political and military battles in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict rage on outside the gates of Sheba Medical Center in Tel Aviv, a Palestinian baby named Musa received a potentially lifesaving gift from a Jewish Israeli child who passed away recently.

Indeed, Musa is the first Palestinian baby to get a heart transplant from a Jewish child, reported JTA based on a statement released by Dr. David Mishaly, chief surgeon at the Sheba Medical Center’s Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery Unit.

One-year-old Musa remains in critical condition after the operation, but his chances of survival have increased exponentially after the remarkable surgery.

Mishaly described “several miracles associated with this complicated surgery,” including the fact that Musa arrived at Sheba Hospital just a few hours after the Jewish child’s parents agreed to donate the heart. With no other recipients waiting, Musa was prepared for the transplant surgery and received the organ.

Mishaly described his institution as “an island, an oasis of peace, where healing is the priority and everyone, regardless of who [the patient is] they are treated equally, with dignity and respect.”

Musa’s grandmother, for her part, declared in a statement that her family wants to to meet the donor’s family to “thank them for their generosity,” reported JTA.

https://worldisraelnews.com/palestinian-baby-gets-life-saving-heart-transplant-from-israeli-child/

 

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ISRAELS MILITÆRE HAR EROBRET ENNÅ EN TUNNEL

Af Arve 15. October 2018

IDF sier at den 200 meter lange tunnelen, som terrororganisasjonen Hamas har bygget inn i Israel kommer fra den sørlige byen Khan Younis I Gaza.

Israels militære har erobret ennå en tunnel gravd 200 meter inn i Israel

Tunnelen ved endepunktet 200 meter inne i Israel

The Times of Israel / Ole Bernhard Sørbøe 15.10.18

Dette er den 15. tunnelen som Israels militære har funnet og ødelagt siden oktober måned 2018. Israels militære sier at denne tunnelen er gravd av Hamas-terrorgruppens ved bruk av teknikker som er ment å gjøre det vanskeligere å oppdage av Israels deteksjonssystemer. 

Tunnelen kommer fra Khan Younis i Sør-Gaza og var "en del av og knyttet til et militært tunnelnett", ifølge IDF-talsmannen, Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus.

Forsvarsdepartementet bygger en ny over- og underjordisk barriere rundt Gazastripen for å bekjempe disse tunnelene. Dette barrieresystemet skal være ferdig neste år.

Conricus ville ikke utdype teknikkene Hamas bruker i sin tunnelkonstruksjon for å forsøke å unngå deteksjon av IDF. "Denne spesifikke tunnelen, som nå er erobret av Israel, er bygd med ønske om at den skulle gjøre det vanskeligere for oss å oppdage dem, sier Conricus. "Men vi har forskjellige teknologiske utviklinger som gjør at vi lett finner tunnelene likevel ," sa han.

Ifølge Conricus var tunnelen som ble ødelagt torsdag ikke "umiddelbart tilstøtende til noen israelske samfunn", men likevel regnet som en trussel mot Israel.

Han sa at militæret hadde overvåket Hamas´tunnelgraving i flere måneder før beslutningen ble truffet om å ødelegge den torsdag morgen.

"Denne tunnelen hadde strøm, samt kommunikasjonsutstyr, og syntes å være av høy kvalitet," sa han.

IDF beskyldte Hamas for å investere i bygging av disse tunnelene på bekostning av innbyggernes velferd i Gazastripen. Militæret anslår at tunnelen minst representerte en utgift på 3 millioner dollar.

Forsvarsminister Avigdor Liberman lovet at Israel ville fortsette å bekjempe trusselen om Hamas tunneler.

 http://www.ordetogisrael.no/aktuelt-2-2-2/israels-militaere-har-erobret-ennaa-en-tunnel


 

 

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Å være iraner i Israel

– Jeg kommer å reise tilbake, fordi ingen israelere hater iranere, skriver Lily Bandehy.

Av Dev Miff

15. oktober 2018 kl. 19.00

Lily Bandehy. (Foto: Bonsak Hammeraas, Facebook)Lily Bandehy. (Foto: Bonsak Hammeraas, Facebook)

Bestill den nye boken Voldtekten av Palestina nå!
Denne artikkelen av Lily Bandehy ble først publisert av Nettavisen 12.  oktober 2018. Artikkelen gjengis på MIFF med forfatterens tillatelse.

Jeg hadde lært at:

Jødene man må holde seg borte fra.
Jødene er skitne.
Jødene er de som driver med hor og salg av vin.
Jødene er fiender.
Jødene er sionister.
Jødene hater muslimer.
Israel er en stor fiende av Iran.
Bare jøder bor i Israel, og hvis de ser muslimer, arabere eller iranere, setter de dem i fengsel eller torturerer dem..

Hva jeg, som opprinnelig iraner, fryktet:

At jeg ikke skulle få visum.
At jeg skulle bli utsatt for lange avhør på flyplassen om hvorfor jeg skulle reise til Israel.
At jeg skulle bli stoppet i flyplassen.
At jeg skulle bli utsatt for korrupsjon.
At jeg skulle oppleve nasking og tafsing av menn.
At de ville ta kameraet mitt når jeg skulle dra tilbake, og at jeg skulle bli sittende i lange avhør.
At jeg ikke kunne snakke iransk mens jeg var i Israel, fordi det er farlig.

Hva jeg opplevde:

At det jeg hadde lært var feil, at det bare var fordommer at jøder hater mennesker fra andre religioner og raser.

At det hatet vi (iranere/muslimer/arabere) har fått inn med morsmelken blir en del av oss. Hvis jeg (vi) ikke hadde reist, hvis jeg ikke hadde opplevd dette selv, hadde jeg fortsatt beholdt fordommene.

At mennesker er mennesker, og ingen er utvalgte folk. Hverken muslimer eller jøder.

At de i passkontrollen på flyplassen var høflig, og at jeg ikke blir nektet visum eller inngang til landet.

At folket er hyggelige.

At de faktisk liker iranere veldig godt.

At det er positivt å være iraner.

At jeg kunne være kvinne på samme måte der som jeg er i Vesten.

At ingen mann prøvde seg på meg, slik som jeg har opplevd i alle arabiske land jeg har reist i.

At maten var god.

At det er religionsfrihet i Israel, faktisk mer religionsfrihet enn de muslimske land.

I Haifa hadde bahaiene sitt tempel, sin hage, og levde og praktiserte sin religion. De fleste av dem snakket iransk. Da Khomeini tok makten i 1979, ble alle bahaiene forfulgte. De måtte konvertere til Islam, ellers ble de henrettet og eiendommen deres ble tatt fra dem. Tusenvis av dem måtte ta de minste med seg og rømme for å redde livet. I dagenes Iran under den «islamske republikk» kan ikke en eneste bahai praktisere sin religion.

I Israel var det mange muslimer, det var bønnerop fra moskeene og det var fredagsbønn. Elever og studenter i grupper, iført Det muslimske brorskapets uniform, hijaben, var over alt. Gamlebyen, som snart er tre tusen år, er delt i fire kvarterer, et kristent, et jødisk, et armensk og et muslimsk kvarter. Det muslimske kvarteret har over 20 000 innbyggere, mot den stille jødiske delen, hvor det bor 4 500 jøder. (Kilde: Turen går til…, 2016)

At hijab ikke var obligatorisk, bortsett da jeg skulle besøke «Al-Aqsa Moskeen»

At de fleste butikkene og restaurantene blir drevet av arabere.

At kristne har sine kirker og praktiserer sin religion helt fritt.

At maten er god.

De som markerte seg sterk var islamistene med hijaben og ortodokse jøder med svarte hatter og de to lange flettene. Ellers visste vi ikke hvilken religion folk hadde. Folk var folk.

Det var plass for alle. Mange studenter og ungdommer var ateister.

At det ikke bare i er i de muslimske landene det er mye negativ propaganda mot Israel og Jøder, men vestlig land også er ikke helt positive mot Israel.

De fleste butikkene og restaurantene blir drevet av arabere.

At media i Vesten er mer muslimvennlige enn jøder.

Jeg reiste sammen med min venninne til Tel Aviv, til Haifa, Akko, Ein Gedi, Ein Bokek, badet i Dødehavet , var i Jerusalem, ved Den hellige gravs kirke, på Korsets vei. Der som armenere bor, der som jødene bor, der som Bahaiene bor, der som muslimer bor. Der som menneskene bor.

Vi var velkommen, ingen hindret oss til å reise til hvor som helst. Vi hadde leiebil, og vi kledde oss som vi ville. Vi spiste der vi ville, og ingen så på oss som et kjønnsorgan, ingen prøvde seg på oss, slik som jeg har opplevd i mange muslimsk land. Vi kunne drikke et glass vin, vi kunne le høyt, flørte, smile, og hadde ingen ubehagelig opplevelser, som jeg har opplevd i arabiske, muslimske land.

Men jeg så også at:

Folket i Israel lever i en konstant forvarssituasjon. Vi kunne se pistoler som i baklomma til jødiske menn. Vi kunne se mange soldater i turistområder med automatvåpen, men de var menn og kvinner, fordi militærtjenesten er fire år for menn og to år for kvinner. De var overalt, men de var hyggelige, hjelpsomme, og man følte ikke deres nærvær som et overgrep eller som ubehagelig. De er uansett en minoritet i den muslimske majoriteten. Og islam er ikke fredens religion. Situasjonen er hverken trygg for dem eller for palestinere. Det er et område som er født med konflikt.

Jeg kommer å reise tilbake, fordi ingen israelere hater iranere. Neste gang blir lenger inn, til Negev -ørkenen, Eilat og Vestbredden.

https://www.miff.no/iran2/2018/10/15a-vaere-iraner-i-israel.htm

 

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***SATANs LØGNE***

Satan – The father of lies

Aaron Hecht 

Oct 9, 2018

In John 8:44 Jesus calls Satan “a liar and the father of lies” and it’s helpful to look around at our world to see where examples of his handiwork can be observed.

For example, a few months ago Gholam Reza Jalali, a General in the Iranian army, gave a speech before a conference in Teheran dedicated to addressing the prolonged drought plaguing that country in which he said that “Foreigners are suspected of intervening in the country’s climate…joint teams from Israel and one of our neighboring countries make clouds that are entering Iran” that don’t produce any rain, he continued, before adding that “In addition to that, we have the issue of ‘cloud-stealing’ and ‘snow-stealing.’”

It was funny, but it also wasn’t funny. Because after all the jokes and Facebook memes making fun of Jalali’s absurd statements, the question has to be asked, how is it possible to even have a rational engagement with a regime that acts in such a way? Although this speech was a pretty outrageous example of this kind of behavior, it was far from being an isolated incident.

Talk to any journalist covering the Middle East and they’ll tell you that one of the most difficult aspects of the job is covering the public statements by Iranian officials, because they so often consist of the most bizarre and outrageous falsehoods. Iranian officials, military officers and clerics lie, brazenly and unapologetically, demanding to have their ludicrously absurd and ridiculous statements accepted at face value and erupting in incandescent rage when a journalist or foreign diplomat dares to show even the slightest hint of incredulity.

That’s not all.

In many other countries in the region, conspiracy theories about ancient and recent Middle East history are taught in official state textbooks and widely believed. An example is that the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City was not the real site of the first Temple built by King Solomon or the Second Temple built by Herod and visited by Jesus. The historic evidence that there was once two Jewish Temples on the spot where the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock currently stand, from archeological records to written accounts (including in the New Testament but also the historian Josephus Flavius) are all dismissed as part of a vast, all-encompassing anti-Moslem and anti-Arab conspiracy.

There are many similar issues. The worldview of a sizeable percentage of the people who live in the Middle East and North Africa is built on a foundation of lies and willing self-deception. It’s not politically correct to say so, but in my humble opinion this is probably the number one reason why nearly every aspect of governance and society in this part of the world is so corrupt and dysfunctional.

However, the worldview of a growing percentage of people who live in Western countries is also built on a foundation of lies and willing self-deception. An obvious example of this is the growing acceptance of the idea that an individual’s gender is not determined by biology but ra