The Saudi Foreign Ministry has just released a quite positive statement on the White House peace plan. They thank President Trump and his administration for their efforts to make peace between Israel and the Palestinians. They also urge the Palestinian leadership to take the plan seriously and return to direct negotiations. Based on my meetings…
Continuing from previous post, in an interview in the Oval Office on Monday, Donald Trump said he thought he had a deal with Turkeys’ president when he helped to persuade Israel to free a detained Turkish citizen! He’d thought Erdogan would then release Andrew Brunson, an evangelical pastor held since 2016 and facing 35 years in prison on espionage and terror-related charges.
Arutz Sheva reports him telling Reuters on Monday, “I think it’s very sad what Turkey is doing. I think they’re making a terrible mistake. There will be no concessions.” When asked about the potential damage to other economies from the tariffs he imposed, he said, “I’m not concerned at all. I’m not concerned. This is the proper thing to do.”
Trump said Erdogan had wanted the Turkish citizen returned from Israel. Earlier a senior White House official said they’d met in Brussels for a NATO summit in mid-July where they discussed Brunson’s case and what could be the way forward to release the pastor. Turkey had sought US help to persuade the Israelis to release a Turkish woman who was being held in Israel, the senior official said. In exchange Turkey would release Brunson and other Americans being held in Turkey.
Trump said he kept his side of the bargain. “I got that person out for him. I expect him to let this very innocent and wonderful man and great father and great Christian out of Turkey,” Trump told Reuters.
In response to the continued imprisonment of pastor Brunson the US president imposed sanctions on several Turkish officials and a 20 percent duty on aluminum and a 50 percent duty on steel. Turkey imposed tariffs on certain imports from the United States.
Gaza Knock-on Effect
After deceiving Trump and defaulting on their agreement, Erdogan has now stepped into the stalled haggling over plans to obtain a truce to alleviate the situation in Gaza. Yesterday, DebkaFile exclusively reports:
‘One of the key benefits under discussion is the use of a Mediterranean port to enable the enclave to receive goods and export merchandise, mostly agricultural products. Port Said on the bank of the Suez Canal was mentioned, as well as Limassol or Larnaca in Cyprus. However, the release of Ebru Ozkan was seen by Hamas as a sign of Israel’s weakness and it raised the ante once again. Now, the Palestinian negotiators in Cairo are demanding that the port made available to them be located in Turkish Cyprus. There, Israel would have no way of monitoring the types of goods Hamas was importing to the Gaza Strip and President Erdogan, a longstanding fan of the Palestinian terrorists, would be able to supply them out of sight with weapons and military equipment. All this means that Turkey can now jump with both feet into the shambolic Gaza truce negotiations and use them as a tool for getting back at Trump and Israel.’
See also Caroline Glick: Hamas-Israel Ceasefire Talks Show Peace Is Impossible.
Global exposure and condemnation at long last of this nasty, pretentious Holocaust denier’s vile personality. Next, Britain’s Labour Party and its leader…?
(Jerusalem) — In January, I said on Fox News that “we may be heading for a post-Abbas era.” That day just grew much closer. World leaders from the United Nations to the European Union to the German government and the U.S. are publicly condemning a speech Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gave this week as “anti-Semitic,” […]
Click to continue reading at > BREAKING: World leaders from UN to EU to Germany & US condemn Mahmoud Abbas for anti-Semitic speech. NYT editorial calls for Palestinian President to step down. The post-Abbas era is approaching. Here’s the latest. — Joel C. Rosenberg’s Blog
For thus said the Lord of Hosts, after [His] glory had sent me [His messenger] to the nations who plundered you – for he who touches you touches the apple or pupil of His eye: (9) “Behold I will swing my hand over them and they shall become plunder for those who served them. Then you shall know that the Lord of hosts has sent me. Sing and rejoice, O Daughter of Zion: for behold I come, and I will dwell in the midst of you”, says the Lord. (Zecharia 2:8-9 Amplified Bible Classic Edition)
I humbly submit that the above verses about defending Jerusalem may be relevant to the unending influx of millions of Muslim refugees into Europe, as well as to Britain’s leaving the European Union – even to the EU’s grossly hypocritical failure to apply an international law!
Could this be the real reason behind our getting out of the EU?
AN INSIGHT UPON SCRIPTURE
When using the above verses to open the first part of this Zecharia 2 Update (on EU Supports Palestine Against Israel) I was going to refer to the original Hebrew. However, the website wouldn’t open and so I opened my NKJV Study Bible but got nudged for some reason to grab the classic edition of the Amplified Bible from my bookshelf. During the course of drawing attention to European hostility towards Israel, I noticed this Bible’s verse 9 hints at a very subtle nuance: one that may explain the consequences upon Europe of the EU’s policy!
Chapter 2 covers the third vision prophet Zecharia received, which is of the measuring and rebuilding of Jerusalem and of the Temple. Although set in the decline of the Babylonian Empire it foreshadows the eschatalogical New Jerusalem. YET I WAS STRUCK THAT IT MAY APPLY TODAY TOO!
Historically, verse 9 describes the Lord’s retribution upon the Babylonians, yet it could also promise that happening any time in the future. BUT AHA! – it’s already been happening!! That is, the consequences of EU hostility are already ongoing, or have been so for at least the past couple of years in the massive migration of refugees into Europe!
My quick reading of that short text led me to colour it to distinguish between what I thought is the writer’s narrative (v.8) and the Lord’s words (v.9), but later I learned that translation of v.8 is difficult. The New Bible Commentary’s opinion is ‘The speaker is the Messiah, who is sent to the Jews, to whom pertains the glory (cf Rom 9:4) to be their Protector…(repetition of) ‘sent me’ emphasises the importance of the commission…to protect His own from all hostile powers that menace this precious possession. Others, however, think that the pronoun refers to the enemies of Israel and means that they endanger their own safety by hostility towards the elect‘ (emphases mine).
In fact, both option could now be in play: ie. not only to protect His own from all hostile powers menacing His people but also to act specifically against them!
Historically, the colonial empires of Britain, France, Spain, Germany, Italy and Holland had taken control of lands across Africa, Asia and the Middle-East and used their populations as a source of labour, servants and military personnel.
Verse 9 clearly implies that such servants of European colonial empires will come and ‘plunder’ those empires, either there or back on home territory, as a Divine directive. Why? Because they’ve ‘touched the apple of His eye’ – His Jewish people and His holy city – Jerusalem!
That is, nations which permit their citizens to insult and denigrate the Jewish people and their state – and making others boycott Israeli goods and services! – would eventually find that the Lord’s declared intention gets applied in their own lands, which is what we’ve been seeing before our very eyes. And this is despite many European nations subscribing to the Laws of Holocaust Denial.
EU PREFERS DESCENDANTS OF PHILISTINES TO THOSE OF ISRAELITES
As mentioned in the previous Update, not only the Palestinian leadership but also that of the European Union refuse to recognise and stand resolutely against the Word of God.
On his December visit to Europe Israel’s PM Netanyahu encouraged its leaders to be open to Donald Trump’s recognising the reality of Jerusalem being Israel’s capital, but Europe’s foreign policy chief rejected his plea outright. That’s hardly surprising in view of the EU’s parliament building in Strasbourg being specifically built like the Tower of Babel, as described in UK/EU in/out #2 cont’d – Significant Spiritual Signs.
Here’s this week’s events that contribute towards a scriptural judgement; headlines and extract as on Koenig World Watch Daily homepage:
‘Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday urged the member states of the European Union to “swiftly” recognize the state of Palestine, arguing such a move would preserve the Palestinians’ hope for peace.
“We truly consider the European Union as a true partner and friend, and therefore we call its member states to swiftly recognize the state of Palestine and we confirm that there is no contradiction between recognition and the resumption of negotiations,” Abbas said in an address in Brussels.
‘Abbas, who gave his remarks alongside EU High Representative Federica Mogherini, called on the EU to play a larger role in the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians. “The EU should play a political role in this Middle East peace process in order to reach a just solution on the basis of internationally recognized terms and decisions,” Abbas said.’
Why is the EU warmly welcoming this rabid racist and Holocaust denier? He should have been arrested as soon as he set foot in Europe!
Maybe the Lord regards Abbas as a modern-day Haman, as intimated in the opening minutes of the prophetic words for 2018 and beyond delivered by John Kilpatrick. (We’d not heard them prior to my completing this post – so this sentence has only been added at the last minute before publication.)
Caroline Glick, the internationally respected editor and journalist with first-hand experience of coordinating negotiations with the PLO, writes of Mahmoud Abbas’ personal history in Time for Trump to cut the cord on the Palestinians:
‘Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said that Abbas’ remarks (in Cairo at PLO conference on 19th January) harken back to “things that led him to be accused years ago of anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial.” Abbas’ PhD. thesis, which he wrote for a Soviet university controlled by the KGB in the 1960s denied the Holocaust.
‘Over the past 25 years, the Western and Israeli leaders that have hailed Abbas as a moderate dismissed the significance of his doctorate – which he later published in Jordan as a best-selling book – saying it was a relic of the PLO’s former rejection of Israel’s right to exist…
‘Contrary to Rivlin’s view of Abbas racist assault on Jews as a throwback to an earlier time, antisemitic diatribes have been a consistent feature of Abbas’ public statements, whether he is speaking to Arab or Western audiences.
‘In a speech before the European Parliament in 2016, for instance, Abbas recycled the medieval blood libel that Jews poison the wells of Christians. That blood libel incited the death of thousands of Jews through the ages.
‘Speaking to European lawmakers, Abbas said, “Certain rabbis in Israel have said very clearly to their government that our water should be poisoned in order to have Palestinians killed.”
‘As for his Holocaust denial being a thing of the past, Abbas posted his doctoral thesis on his official website. His lies are taught as fact in Holocaust education in the Palestinian school system – which he controls.’
For more well-informed commentary on PLO claims and strategy read:
- David Greenfield in Sultan Knish: The Big Palestine Lie
- Greg Roman in The Hill: Moving the Palestinian Leadership from Rejectionism to Recognition
BREXIT – OUR ‘GET-OUT-OF-JAIL’ CARD!
Clearly, Britain’s departure from the EU will help us avoid what the Lord will bring upon Europe – although we are not an entirely innocent party! Doubtless, the verses we’ve considered is a very small portion of all scriptures behind the Lord’s warning to Britain to “Come out!” that David Noakes received in November 2015, part of which reads:
“Rather than rely on Me and my faithfulness to you, you chose, for worldly purposes, to join yourself to an institution which has denied my Name and refused to acknowledge Me in its councils. My fierce anger is upon that institution on account of its rebellion, its defiant rejection of me and its hardness of heart towards my ancient people Israel.
“I warn you now that the European institution will not repent, even though I bring disaster and destruction upon it. I urge you, O Britain still beloved by Me for the sake of your godly forefathers, come out of her, so that you may not be caught up in that same destruction, for I am even now arising in judgment to bring to nothing what she has sought to achieve. If you will separate yourself from her declared rejection of God, I will have mercy upon you and restore my hand of protection; and I will use you once again to bring light to many lost in the darkness which is now steadily increasing.
Thus, the Lord’s deep desire is for the UK to avoid the judgement He’s already bringing upon the EU (latest at Davos 2018 re France and Ireland on Brexit deal).
To enable a fuller understanding of the immense importance of this End-times matter (v11 ‘in That Day’ cf Obadiah 1:15) to ALL nations TODAY, I recommend carefully and prayerfully reading the whole of chapter two of Zecharia, as appended below (emphases added): Continue reading
Joel also shares his informative opinion on Palestinian leaders’ stance…
UPDATED: (Jerusalem, Israel) — On Monday, I was humbled to be invited to watch Vice President Mike Pence’s historic address to the Knesset from inside the chamber.
It was the first time an American Vice President had ever addressed Israel’s 120-seat parliament, and Mr. Pence certainly covered a lot of ground and stirred an enormous amount of controversy. Among his key points, the V.P.:
- Spoke of his personal affection for Israel and the Jewish people and cited or alluded to more Scripture than probably any foreign leader who has spoken there.
- Called on the Palestinian leadership to “return to the table” and agree to direct peace talks with Israel (they have refused such talks since 2014).
- Praised Israeli, Egyptian and Jordanian leaders for making peace treaties in the past with American help.
- Underscored the nuances of President Trump’s December announcement on Jerusalem and discussed the U.S. embassy’s move from Tel…
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Thursday 18th to 25th January is designated as Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which was started 110 years ago within the Roman Catholic Church and has since become an international ecumenical act of observance.
In Liphook, Anglican, Methodist and Catholic churches each sent a representative to the next church in that sequence to say the morning prayers during yesterday’s services. In our Church Centre, after leading the prayer Jesus taught His disciples to pray, Catholic Richard T opened his prayers for unity by praying for the Pope and all church leaders.
I added personally that Pope Francis have a direct revelation of the Lord’s heart for and of holy writ concerning Jerusalem because his recent actions have left a great deal to be desired. It certainly appears he’s either ignorant of the scriptures, or has an entirely different agenda, notwithstanding apparently benign intentions.
Were Pope Francis a Bible-believing Christian he’d need to abide by that church’s own teachings on scripture’s authority. His predecessor Leo XII’s famous encyclical of 1893 ‘Providentissimus Deus‘ on ‘the importance for Catholics to study the Holy Scriptures solemnly affirms that the entire Bible is God’s Word, holy and true’. Fifty years later Pope Pius XII in his encyclical ‘Divino Afflante Spiritu’ notes how Leo’s program for scriptural studies bore great fruit so that “confidence in the authority and historical value of the Bible..among Catholics is completely restored”! [The Holy Family Bible, 1956]
Thus, Pope Francis has no excuse for failing to stand upon even the very few scriptures covered in this blog on the centrality of Jerusalem in Divine Providence, or for lending support to teaching and doctrines opposed to God’s Holy Word!
POPE FRANCIS’ REACTIONS
Friday 19th January’s Koenig’s Eye View From The White House lists events under the sub-head ‘Pope Francis siding with Muslims over Jerusalem, supports an Arab State in Judea and Samaria, meeting with Muslim leaders‘:
December 6, 2017: Pope supports UN Resolutions on Jerusalem
“Everyone should be committed to respecting the city’s status quo, in accordance with the pertinent UN resolutions …I pray to the Lord that its identity to be preserved and strengthened for the benefit of the Holy Land, the Middle East and the whole world and that wisdom and prudence prevail to prevent new elements of tension from being added to a global context already convulsed by so many cruel conflicts.”
December 25, 2017: Pope supports two-states and asks for peace in Jerusalem and the Holy Land. supports UN borders
“We see Jesus in the children of the Middle East who continue to suffer because of growing tensions between Israelis and Palestinians. On this festive day, let us ask the Lord for peace for Jerusalem and for all the Holy Land. Let us pray that the will to resume dialogue may prevail between the parties and that a negotiated solution can finally be reached, one that would allow the peaceful coexistence of two States within mutually agreed and internationally recognized borders.”
January 19, 2018: Pope renews call to maintain Jerusalem status quo
Referring to “the unique nature of Jerusalem” in a letter to Egypt’s top Muslim cleric, Ahmed al-Tayeb, Francis said that “only a special status, guaranteed by the international community, can preserve its identity, (and) unique vocation as a place of peace.” Only that “would allow a future of reconciliation and hope for the entire region,” he said. “The Holy See will not cease from urgently calling for dialogue to resume between Israelis and Palestinians for a negotiated solution aimed at the peaceful coexistence of two states,” the letter continued.
As that cleric should be treated with the utmost suspicion, the pontiff’s dealings with him could be regarded as the height of stupidity or duplicity!
Koenig is of the opinion that, in his continued support for an Arab State in Judea, Samaria and E Jerusalem, the Pope needs to read the Bible’s prophecies, especially Zechariah chapter 12. Also that, having met with Jordanian leader King Abdullah II, Francis will – along with Turkey’s president Erdogan on February 5 – call on President Trump to reverse his Jerusalem declarations. Not forgetting that last month Erdogan cited the Pope’s statements in support of his outrage against Trump and Israel!!
DUPED PONTIFF & MENDACIOUS IMAM?
Not taking a stand upon the Word of God leaves Rome’s Pontiff the fall-guy to ‘the most influential Muslim in the world’ (2013 survey). The Kingdom’s expectation of high levels of personal honesty expected of disciples and knowledge of ‘The Father of Lies’ makes Christians blithely ignorant of religiously sanctioned lying in order to protect or promote Islam.
As I stated in Catholic and Orthodox Churches Choose Fealty to 7th Century Muslim Edict, deception and dissimulation are sanctioned in the Qur’an under the doctrine of taqiyya. According to a former Islamic studies professor at the American University of Beirut, Sami Mukaram, “Taqiyya is very prevalent in Islamic politics, especially in the modern era”.
“There’s nothing like knowing Arabic—that is, being privy to the Muslim world’s internal conversations on a daily basis — to disabuse oneself of the supposed differences between so-called “moderate” and “radical” Muslims.” (Raymond Ibrahim, author of The Al Qaeda Reader.)
Pope Francis gave a noble speech upon meeting Ahmed Al-Tayeb last April (read his 12 Key Points) – and has since met him a third time – but author Raymond, of Coptic Christian parents, thoroughly demolishes the facade in documenting the cleric’s history of adherence to all the extreme demands and nuances of Islam in ‘The Real Bomb is in Islam’s Books‘ and Dr Ahmed al-Tayeb: Meet “the World’s Most Influential Muslim”, published 2017 and 2016 respectively.
So, let’s pray for the scales to fall from the pontiff’s eyes and for him to hear our Father in Heaven on this whole issue. Also, for Ahmed al-Tayeb to have a ‘Damascus road’ experience of his supposed prophet Jesus being The Son of God…AMEN!
- Raymond’s eye-opening analysis, How Taqiyya Alters Islam’s Rules of War.
- On Al-Azhar university from previous Professor of Islamic History Mark Gabriel in Cameron: A War Against Al-Qaeda Could Last Decades…
The oracle of the word of the LORD affirming Israel. Thus says the LORD, who stretches out the heavens, lays the foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit of man within him:
“Behold I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness (‘threshold of shivering’) to all surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem.
‘And it shall happen in that day that will I make Jerusalem a very heavy (burdensome) stone for all peoples: all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered (together) against it”. (Zechariah 12:1-3 NKJV with KJV per Hebrew)
Having long bitten the hand that feeds it, the Palestinian Authority’s President Abbas has now received a long overdue “slap in the face’. The Holocaust denier’s reaction was to threaten war! So he’ll break upon the ‘burdensome stone’ that is the ‘apple’ of the Holy One of Israel’s ‘eye’!
Within the past week he’s thrown the biggest tantrum over Trump’s moving America’s embassy to Jerusalem and introducing a way to overcome the PA’s continual intransigence over the ‘peace’ process. BUT the proposal is not that of Donald Trump alone (nor Israel’s) but comes in tandem with the Arab nations of Saudia Arabia, Egypt and United Arab Emirates!
Courtesy Koenig’s WWD headlines/extracts (with emphases mine), the sequence of recent events reads:
- Abbas Cancels Peace Negotiations Due to Saudi-leaked Jerusalem Plan –‘(PA) President Mahmoud Abbas decided to deliver Sunday’s speech – in which he ruled out a peace process as long as Donald Trump is US president – after parts of Trump’s Middle East peace plan were leaked to him by the Saudis, Channel 2 reported on Tuesday night. Even before Sunday’s speech, Ben Caspit of The Jerusalem Post’s Hebrew sister paper Maariv reported last week that Abbas was angered by the preliminary reports of Trump’s plan that the Saudis had given him. The report said those leaks were the real reason Abbas did not intend to return to the negotiating table, and not Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.’
- Abbas: “Jerusalem is the Gate of Peace or War – Trump Must Choose” – ‘(PA) President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday continued to rail against US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, cautioning that actions taken in the city could spark a future war, while also advocating a “peaceful” path. “Jerusalem is the gate of peace and war — Trump must choose,” said Abbas, who was at a conference in the Al Azhar University in Cairo on “global support for Jerusalem.” While warning of war, the 82-year-old Palestinian leader also reiterated several times that the only way forward for Palestinians to oppose both American and Israeli policies involved peaceful means.“A popular and peaceful resistance is the path that will succeed and that we will continue on,” Abbas said.
- Trump Cuts UNRWA Funding Amid Abbas Assault – ‘The Trump administration informed the UN Relief and Works Agency on Tuesday that it was cutting tens of millions of dollars in aid to the organization, amid an escalating diplomatic crisis between Washington and Ramallah, a US official told The Jerusalem Post. President Donald Trump heeded the advice of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense James Mattis and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster – in addition to that of the Israeli government – and agreed to transfer $60 million to the UN body for now, as opposed to cutting all funding outright. But the remaining pledge of $65m. has been withheld “for future consideration,” according to a letter sent to the agency. While the policy decision came out of the State Department, which faced a UN dues payment this week, the question of how to proceed became an interagency debate among Trump’s top foreign policy staff and involved the president himself. Only one of those figures – Nikki Haley, Trump’s ambassador to the UN – advocated for a full and immediate aid cut.’
- (At UN) Haley Takes PA to Task After ‘Hateful’ Comments by Abbas – In her first official reaction to (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas’s fiery speech this week, US Envoy to UN Nikki Haley said Washington is “not going to pay to be abused.” Speaking during a wide-ranging interview…Haley took the PA to task. “Don’t think that you can sit there and say hateful things about us and turn around and write you a check. It’s wrong in every turn,” she said.
Abbas effectively threw in the towel over the weekend, offering a scathing speech targeting the US administration generally and President Donald Trump personally by dismissing their peace effort and calling for his “house to be destroyed.” “Damn your money!” Abbas declared. Israeli politicians and Jewish American groups decried the speech as a racist diatribe that revealed Abbas’s true colors. The speech included conspiracy theories and fundamental questioning of the existence and justification for a Jewish state. Abbas also reiterated his position that the US could no longer be seen as a fair broker in future peace talks.
“We’re not going to reward bad behavior,” Haley said. “Here you’ve got the Palestinians who are basically saying they’re going to cut the US out of the peace process. They’re saying they no longer want to have anything to do with us. They go and take us to the United Nations and try, basically, are very hostile in what they say and what they do. We’re not going to pay to be abused. It doesn’t make sense.”
As ever, pre-MSM news outlet DebkaFile provides good insights in Abbas’ Ultimatum to Trump: Choose Between Palestinian Jerusalem or War. This in-depth analysis opens – and note opinion about EU funding.:
‘Palestinian Mahmoud Abbas kicked back hard after grasping he was confronted with an orderly, Arab-backed US peace plan that left his strategy in ruins. Abbas now sees he is cornered by his nemesis: Trump’s move to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, was not just a one-off whim, but a component of the “deal of the century,” which the US president and his advisers had crafted for months together with Egyptian President Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi, Saudi Crown Prince Muhammed bin Salman and the UAE ruler Sheikh Muhammed Bin Ziyad.
‘The Palestinian leader’s first predicament was how to explain to the Palestinian and Arab public what happened to his master strategy of the past 25 years, for using world opinion to force a pro-Palestinian peace solution down Israel’s throat. Not too long ago, Abbas boasted he was about to pull it off. Now it is crashing before his eyes. It is not enough for him to yell that the “deal of the century” is the “slap of the century.”
‘Here and there, he may find international pro-Palestinian stalwarts, but the doors are slamming shut as funds for UN bodies and NGOs dry up. Even the Europeans, who dislike Trump and sympathize with the Palestinians, are beginning to think twice about sticking to a blunt line against the US and Israel. They are reluctant to buck the two allies’ partners, the oil-rich Saudi and Emirate rulers, a luxury they can ill-afford in these times of profound economic decline.’
The known details of the plan are noteworthy: ‘Much of the criticism of the US-Arab peace plan is prompted by a misapprehension. The plan is based strongly on a two-state solution that offers the Palestinians their own state and negates bi-national Israeli-Palestinian statehood. But the contours are different from any former peace proposal. Gone for good are the pre-1967 war lines which were Abbas’ sine qua non. According to the fragments leaked about the new proposal, which is still on the work bench, this Palestinian state would rise on territory currently governed by the Palestinian Authority in Judea and Samaria…
‘This plan for Palestinian statehood bears little resemblance to the goal of the 50-year old Palestinian struggle. The Palestinian national movement has consistently aspired to a state that would swallow Israel and extinguish the Zionist vision…For Abbas this prospect is anathema. He is so beside himself that on Sunday, he cursed the house of US President Donald Trump before the PLO central committee. But, then on Monday, Jan 16, Trump whipped out his ultimate weapon and slashed aid to the UN Works and Relief Agency for Palestinian refugees, from $165m to $60m..’ (read in full here).
FASCINATING! As Bill Koenig says, “The Bible is playing out right before our eyes.”
- Melanie Philips’ deep knowledge of this man’s character and history is very revealing. Her article on his speech, Abbas Tears Of the Mask, concludes,‘In short, Britain and the EU continue to support, validate and this connive at an agenda aimed at the extermination of Israel promoted by hallucinatory lies and libels about the Jewish people along with gross Holocaust denial.
‘Abbas’s speech should be sent to every member of the British parliament, and the Prime Minister, Theresa May, should be asked how Britain can continue to give any money at all to such open anti-Semites and Holocaust deniers. She should be asked how the British government can continue to support giving such people a state of their own. She should be asked why the British government has ignored this horrifying reality, and the constant mortal danger it poses for the Israelis, for so long.
‘But then, many British people will be unaware of the appalling nature of Abbas’s speech since the BBC chose to bowdlerise it, as BBC Watch observes.
‘Abbas clearly felt he had nothing to lose by making this speech. America has made clear it will no longer give the time of day to such an unconscionable agenda. Only Britain and the EU continue to keep it alive, to their undying shame.’
For thus said the Lord of Hosts, after [His] glory had sent me [His messenger] to the nations who plundered you – for he who touches you touches the apple or pupil of His eye: “Behold I will swing my hand over them and they shall become plunder for those who served them. Then you shall know that the Lord of hosts has sent me. Sing and rejoice, O Daughter of Zion: for behold I come, and I will dwell in the midst of you, says the Lord. (Zech 2:7-9 Amplified Bible)
Chapter 8 of the Book of Zecharia is sub-headed ‘Jerusalem, Holy City of the Future’ in the NKJV and verse 8 (NB: that number once again!!) reads:
“I will bring them back, and they shall dwell in the midst of Jerusalem. They shall be my people and I will be their God in truth and righteousness.”
The Palestinian leadership and that of the European Union refuse to recognise and stand upon the Word of God, being defiantly and resolutely against it. But for blogging on a God-incidental validation of a personal debate I would have reported more fully on this issue sooner. So as an aside I wrote about the EU’s official reaction to developments, viz:
‘On his recent (early December) visit to Europe PM Netanyahu encouraged its leaders to be open to Donald Trump’s recognising the reality of Jerusalem being Israel’s capital. But Europe’s foreign policy chief rejected his plea outright. Did you know this person’s office and authority are established through the EU’s (more properly Western Assembly’s) ‘Recommendation 666’? – my email April 2009 Not Many People Know: 2 refers (also see this useful summary dated 2006).’
In The Apocalypse, or ‘Revelation of Jesus Christ’, ‘666’ is the Number of the Beast out of the earth that serves the demonic dragon (ie. satan), and which some refer to as ‘The Antichrist’ (Rev 13:11-18).
This week Koenig’s World Watch Daily displays two headline reports on 10 January:
Norway, EU Call Meeting in Bid to ‘Speed Up’ Efforts for 2-State Solution
‘Norway and the European Union said Wednesday they would convene an “extraordinary session” of donor countries to the Palestinians, saying efforts to reach a peace deal needed to be hurried up.
‘The meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee, to be held on January 31 in Brussels, is also meant to discuss the need to “enable the Palestinian Authority to execute full control over Gaza” based on the Fatah-Hamas reconciliation deal signed in Cairo on October 12, 2017.
“There is an urgent need to bring all parties together to discuss measures to speed up efforts that can underpin a negotiated two-state solution,” the EU said in a statement.
Netanyahu Hails US Envoy for Telling Truth about Palestinians Rejecting Peace
Ambassador David Friedman said Hamas’ glorification of attacks and PA’s paying terrorists a monthly stipend is to blame for stagnated peace process
The previous day’s KWWD home page has:
Erekat: No Peace Talks Until US Revokes Jerusalem Recognition
‘Top Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat on Tuesday said the Palestinians would reject all United States-sponsored peace talks until Washington rescinded its December 6 recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
“The continued American talk about deals to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict or calling for negotiations or talks is unacceptable to the Palestinian leadership, as long as Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is not revoked,” Erekat told the official Voice of Palestine radio station, according to the official PA news site Wafa.
‘When US President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, he “removed Jerusalem from any negotiations,” said Erekat.’
Previous reports are also directly relevant to our headline scripture:
- North Carolina Imam’s Sermon Invokes ‘End of Time’ War Against Jews (also in New Jersey and Texas).
- Turkey Seeks To Increase Its Influence in Jerusalem
- Abbas To Ask EU To Recognise ‘Palestine’
- Jordanian Minister Says Israel Denying Region ‘The Peace It Deserves’
Europe’s response to President Trump’s announcement on Jerusalem has been far more extreme, violent and outspoken than the response of the Arab world. Thus writes ‘ne plus ultra’ journalist Caroline Glick, whom I highly regard and recommend for well-informed, perspicious insights, as in Europe’s War Against The Jewish State.
Let’s not forget the prophetic word delivered by David Noakes on the Lord’s urging us to ‘Come Out!’ of the EU before He brings its breakdown, of which we observe unremitting progress towards its fulfillment!
So let’s watch what The Almighty does to those who array themselves against Him…AND “Genesis 12:3 applies too!
[Update 13 Jan – see also Caroline’s latest: The Palestinians Race To The Bottom]
British readers wishing to avoid the BBC’s extremely jaundiced, inaccurate news on America’s recognition of Jerusalem (visit BBC Watch) may be interested in the following sample headlines from Koenig World Watch Daily (also see Breaking Israel News and International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem):
- Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, starts embassy move
- Bravo President Trump for standing up to Palestinian blackmail on Jerusalem
- Abbas warns of ‘wars without end’ following US Jerusalem declaration
- Jordan accuses Trump of violating international law on Jerusalem
- Iran ‘will not tolerate’ Trump’s Jerusalem ‘violation’: Rouhani
- Trump’s Jerusalem plan worries Pope – should read Zech 12:3,9
You may like follow my practice of having Koenig’s World Watch as a browser tab for ease of reference.
The oracle of the word of the LORD affirming Israel. Thus says the LORD, who stretches out the heavens, lays the foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit of man within him:
“Behold I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness (‘threshold of shivering’) to all surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem.
‘And it shall happen in that day that will I make Jerusalem a very heavy (burdensome) stone for all peoples: all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered (together) against it”. (Zechariah 12:3 NKJV with KJV per Hebrew)
Today, President Trump is expected to make an announcement on the United States’ official recognition of Jerusalem as capital of the State of Israel, as well as the decision to relocate the US embassy there. [Update Thurs: Two minutes after posting and closing down for the day I turned on 6 o’clock BBC News to see him ‘Live’ in the White House. Amended post’s title spelling, adjusted opening of Zech 12 to match Hebrew see here.]
Here are some of the headlines over the past week relating to developments in fulfilling Biblical prophecy in Israel and the Middle-East:
First, we must refer to the concurrent ‘coincidental’ events that William Koenig noted as a result of his observations over the past 20 years and concluding there’s a direct correlation in connection with the ‘peace process’ on dividing up the land.
- Thur Nov 30 – the ‘world’ gathered in United Nations votes 151-6 against Israel. Declaration Israel’s Actions in Syrian Golan and East Jerusalem ‘Null & Void’ from General Assembly’s full-frontal attack on Israel and the covenant land passes six resolutions by wide margins.
- Thur-Fri Nov 30-31 – earthquakes throughout the world in diverse places and a rare 4.1 shaking felt in the New York-Washington corridor.
- Sun Dec 3 – Co-ordinated US military moves in Mid-East & Israel against Syria
- Mon Dec 4 – Muslim nations call for summit if Trump recognizes Jerusalem
- Tue Dec 5 – Trump shuns warnings, vows to move embassy to Jerusalem
- Tue Dec 5 – Europe rattled Trump may recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital
- Tue Dec 5 – Putin tells Abbas he supports talks on Jerusalem
- Tue Dec 5 – Hamas demands PA PM resign:Palestinian unity deal collapses
- Tue Dec 5 – Phone blitz: Trump speaks to Netanyahu, Abbas, Abdullah ahead of Jerusalem decision
- Tue Dec 5 – Trump tells Abbas he intends to move embassy to Jerusalem.
Also see Cranmer’s article/discussion The whole world should recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital – simply because it is!
Continuing with this week’s Middle-Eastern headlines of Biblically-related developments:
- Nov 9 – Saudi Arabia tells its citizens to leave Lebanon immediately [Haaretz]
- Nov 10 – Trump’s secret weapon: the hidden ties that bind Israel, Saudis [Bloomberg]
- Nov 10 – Israel to embark on diplomatic offensive against Hezbollah/Iran at the UN [Jerusalem Post]
- Nov 11 – Syrian drone over Golan follows Trump-Putin disagreement over Syrian buffer-zone [Debka]
- Nov 12 – Iran establishes military base in Syria within 35 miles of Israel border [BreakingIsraelNews]
- Nov 13- New Trump-Putin deal on Syria/Golan grants Iran/Hizballah free movement within Israeli-Jordanian border regions [Debka]
- Nov 14 – Iranian military force taking shape right under Israel’s nose – NB see 313th battalion awaiting Shiite ‘messiah’ ie Hidden 12th Imam or Mahdi! [Ynet]
- Nov 15 – Iran already has 13 bases in Syria and tens of thousands of troops. Is their removal realistic? [Debka]
- Nov 16 – Abbas: PA could move back to one-state solution if two states fail [TimesofIsrael]
- Nov 16- In first ever Saudi interview, IDF head says ready to share intel on Iran [TimesofIsrael]
- Nov 16 – UN gives Egypt 1 week to re-open closed Coptic churches as Christians cry out [CPWorld]
Part three brings the very latest news before we look at its direct relevance to the ‘Four Signposts’ interpretation of Bible prophecy.
The unreliability of Bigoted Brainwashing Clowns, aka BBC, as a source of information is demonstrated in this demolition of its ignorance. (See also recent post’s update alerting readers to BBC’s reporting less than 1% of terrorist attacks in Israel.)
On November 1st an article titled “Battle of Beersheba charge recreated for centenary” was published on the BBC News website’s Australia and Middle East pages.
“The Battle of Beersheba led to the Balfour Declaration – the first time the British government endorsed the establishment of “a national home for the Jewish people” in Palestine.
While many Israelis believe it was the foundation stone of modern Israel and the salvation of the Jews, many Palestinians regard it as a betrayal.” [emphasis added]
The Battle of Beersheba took place on October 31st 1917. The Balfour Declaration was published just two days later on November 2nd 1917. Apparently though the BBC would have its audiences believe – as the use of the words “led to” indicates…
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Yesterday’s encouraging op-ed in the Telegraph broadsheet on the Balfour Declaration by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson covers his vision and a solution for peace in the Holy Land. Lord Balfour’s Declaration of 2nd November 1917 on behalf of the British government under Lloyd-George, proposed the establishment of territory within Palestine for the Jewish people upon the collapse of the Ottoman Empire after allied victory in World War 1. That is, it would be in their own original and ancient homeland. Boris writes,
‘On the Centenary, I will say what I believe: the Balfour Declaration was indispensable to the creation of a great nation. In the seven decades since its birth, Israel has prevailed over what has sometimes been the bitter hostility of neighbours to become a liberal democracy and a dynamic hi-tech economy. In a region where many have endured authoritarianism and misrule, Israel has always stood out as a free society. Like every country, Israel has faults and failings. But it strives to live by the values in which I believe.
‘I served a stint at a kibbutz in my youth, and (though I was mainly washing up) I saw enough to understand the miracle of Israel: the bonds of hard work, self-reliance and an audacious and relentless energy that hold together a remarkable country.
‘Most of all, there is the incontestable moral goal: to provide a persecuted people with a safe and secure homeland. So I am proud of Britain’s part in creating Israel and Her Majesty’s Government will mark the Centenary of the Balfour Declaration on Thursday in that spirit…’
His thoughts are well-worth reading for they display a keen appreciation of the state of affairs and he argues for a two-state solution thoroughly negotiated by Israelis and the Palestinians. BUT I have to say this could have been achieved decades ago but for the hatred, intransigence and duplicity of Palestinian leaders who prefer to forever whinge about victim-hood, instead of blessing and prospering their people’s lives!
For example, according to the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem’s report the PA ‘demands’ a formal apology from Britain for the Balfour Declaration!
The well-worn adage that ‘history is written by the victors’ isn’t so much of a yardstick in these days because of the increased global ability to research and investigate in depth through cyber-technology. However, there are many who bury and distort facts to avoid painful truths and spread lies for perverted propaganda purposes – not only politicians and terrorists but also medintellectuals and historians, who should know much better but serve the evil one’s purposes instead.
Tonight BBC 2 broadcasts ‘The Balfour Declaration: Britain’s Promise to the Holy Land’ at 8pm. The Badly Bigoted Corporation’s tarnished reputation hardly makes this good, recommended viewing, especially if it is similar to BBC Radio Wales’ highly politicised account of the Declaration. Aired earlier this month, that programme included numerous omissions and inaccuracies according to BBC Watch’s in-depth review (here and here). This watchdog concludes,
‘…the aim of this programme appears to have been to steer BBC audiences towards the partisan view that – as Sarah Rowland-Jones inaccurately claimed in her introduction – the Balfour Declaration “sits behind the lasting conflict in the region”, while the relevant issue of Arab violence against Jews and later Israelis was once again whitewashed from a BBC account of history.’ (Emphasis mine)
Having investigated the modern history of Palestine in some depth I trust this brief note will warn you to keep an open mind and be alert to myths you may be exposed to. (NB. BBC reports less than 1% terrorist attacks against Israel in Q3 yet over 29% BBC News website covers security/terror issues – a disproportionate imbalance – and give excuses supportive of attackers for those it does cover.)
May you, my reader, discover the facts for yourself.
Also, please continue to the next post to read highly informative comments and about the ‘glytch’ preventing their receipt and automatic appearance at the foot of this post.
(Washington, D.C.) — Let’s be honest. The cynics and haters won’t be able to say one good thing about it. But the only fair analysis is that the President’s two-day visit to Israel was the most successful visit by an American leader to the Jewish State in decades.
It was meticulously planned, remarkably well executed, safe from start to finish, and it accomplished just what it had to. What’s more, the visit didn’t get derailed by unforced errors or unnecessary controversies.
Above all, President Trump’s visit profoundly reset and immensely strengthened the relationship between the U.S. and Israel, so badly strained after the eight years of the Obama administration. This is a very good and highly welcomed development.
The President had four clear objectives for the visit. He came:
- To show his love for the State of Israel and reaffirm the U.S.-Israeli alliance
- To stand in solidarity with the Israeli people against radical Islamist terrorism — especially the threat…
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The following opinions of some well-informed journalists are presented to draw attention to the profound nature of past and current events relating to and connecting the USA with Israel.:
Blog subscribers of long-standing may recall my posts on the ongoing work of William Koenig and John McTernan in monitoring the catastrophic effects upon the USA of meddling in and mishandling Israel. Co-authors of Israel: Blessing or Curse (2001), Bill runs Koenig’s World Watch Daily and John blogs at John McTernan’s Insights.
Their subsequent bestsellers (click images for link to site) are described as follows:
Eye to Eye
What do these major record-setting events have in common?
- The ten costliest insurance events in U.S. history
- The twelve costliest hurricanes in U.S. history
- Three of the four largest tornado outbreaks in U.S. history
- The two largest terrorism events in U.S. history
All of these major catastrophes and many others began or occurred on the very same day or within 24-hours of U.S. presidents Bush, Clinton and Bush applying pressure on Israel to trade her land for promises of “peace and security,” sponsored major “land for peace” meetings, made major public statements pertaining to Israel’s covenant land and /or called for a Palestinian State. The greater the pressure placed on Israel to comply the greater the corresponding catastrophe and/or event.
Are each one of these major record-setting events just a coincidence or awe-inspiring signs that God is actively involved in the affairs of Israel?
In this book, William Koenig provides undeniable facts and conclusive evidence showing that indeed the leaders of the United States and the world are on a collision course with God over Israel’s covenant land.
“And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem” (Zechariah 12:9)
As America Has Done to Israel
This book shows what was happening spiritually behind incredible events in American and world history such as:
- The largest Nazis meeting outside of Germany took place in America the location was soon struck by one of the greatest disasters in US history.
- President Franklin Roosevelt died at the very time he was blocking the establishment of a Jewish state in Palestine.
- God raised up the United States as a world power at the very time America took in millions of Russian Jews.
- The founder of the modern Zionist movement was not Theodor Herzl, but William Blackstone, an American evangelist.
- As America became a great power, God directly used the nation to help fulfill His prophetic word with the rebirth of Israel. Without America’s power, modern Israel would not have been reborn.
John reveals the direct correlation between America interfering with God’s prophetic plan for Israel and incredible disasters hitting America. Starting in 1991 and continuing until today, as America touches the land of Israel and Jerusalem incredible disasters hit the US including:
The Perfect Storm, Hurricane Andrew, the Northridge Earthquake, Hurricane Katrina, the attack on 9/11, the Stock Market crash of 2008, the Joplin Tornado outbreak.
You will be amazed to see the correlation between the greatest earthquake in modern history and events in Israel! (For more from this see this post.)
Revealed: Obama’s Legacy
William Koenig: ‘Today, very few people fully understand the extensive consequences of President Obama’s two terms in office. Life as we know it in America will never be the same’ . The details are presented in Bill’s latest book Revealed, Obama’s Legacy, written from his perspective as an accredited Christian journalist at the White House.
His weekly report Koenig’s Eye-View From The White House for subscribers published on Friday covers the following topics in detail and with links to sources. Section 2 timeline shows the connections between recent and imminent events:
1. Inside the White House
- What Is Coming To Jerusalem And Israel In 2017?
- On Donald Trump’s First Full-Day In Office, He Will Be 70 Years, 7 Months, And 7 Days Old
- America’s 45th U.S. President; Isaiah 44:28 And Isaiah 45 Perspective
- Jubilee Year And The Capture Of Jerusalem (1917 And 1967)
- Five Potential Major Developments In US-Israel Relations In 2017
- Many Orthodox Jews Believe This Year 5777 Point To The Messiah’s Coming
- Biblical Origins Of The 70-Nation Anti-Israel Paris Conference
- Torah Reading For 17 Tevet 5777 (January 15, 2017)
- Rubio, Cardin Introduce Senate Resolution Condemning Anti-Israel Efforts At United Nations
- Recapping Tenure, Kerry Owns Iran Deal, Distances Himself From Syria And Israel
2. Timeline 2016-2017: Israel’s Land And Earthquakes
Nov. 13: John Kerry meets with John Key the Prime Minister of New Zealand in Wellington, New Zealand to discuss the UNSC resolution (Kerry denied a role in UNSC 2334 pre-planning) on Israel and other matters. – New Zealand
Nov. 14: A massive 7.8 earthquake happened a few hours after John Kerry left the country just after midnight in Christchurch, New Zealand – Reuters
Dec. 5: Prime Minister John Key of New Zealand resigns in shock announcement – ABC News
Dec. 23: New Zealand led UN Security Council Resolution 2334 passed on vote of 14-0 and 1 [U.S.] abstention
Dec.21 to Dec. 28: 700 tremors in California and Nevada
Dec. 28: John Kerry gives a one-hour and 17 minute message on Israel’s land. Blaming Israel settlement construction as the greatest impediment to a peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians.
Dec. 28: Three early morning earthquakes on the California-Nevada border of 5.8, 5.6 and 5.7 magnitude and a 4.1 quake in San Bernardino County within 30 minutes of Kerry finishing his State Department speech – KTLA
Dec. 31 to Jan. 2: There were over 250 tremors near two major fault lines in Southern California – Los Angeles Times
Jan. 15, 2017: 70 nations are to attend an Israel-Palestinian peace conference in Paris, France – Reuters
Jan. 15, 2017: Russia to host Palestinian reconciliation talks in Moscow between Fatah and Hamas – Russia’s TASS
Jan. 20, 2017: President-elect Trump to be inaugurated.
To this list we can now add, as in previous post: ‘Jan 9: State of Emergency Declared, worst flooding in California since 1997, possibly since 1986’.
OBAMA AND ISRAEL, STRIKE AND COUNTER-STRIKE
Lastly, for those wanting an insightful analysis of the Israel-Palestine situation, as ever I can strongly recommend ‘ne-plus ultra’ journalist Caroline Glick’s above-titled article, first published in the Jerusalem Post. Caroline grew up in Obama’s local Chicago neighbourhood and after making aliyah served as Coordinator of Negotiations with the PLO and then asst. foreign policy advisor to Benjamin Netanyahu in his first term of office as Israel’s PM. For more about her professional background click Glick.
This perspicacious author and senior contributing editor of the JP opens her ‘Obama and Israel, Strike and Counterstrike’ as follows:
‘UN Security Council Resolution 2334 was the first prong of outgoing US President Barack Obama’s lame duck campaign against Israel. Secretary of State John Kerry’s speech on Wednesday was the second.
‘On January 15, stage 3 will commence in Paris. At France’s lame duck President Francois Hollande’s international conference, the foreign ministers of some fifty states are expected to adopt as their own the anti-Israel principles Kerry set forth in his speech.
‘The next day it will be Obama’s turn. Obama can be expected to use the occasion of Martin Luther King Jr. Day to present the Palestinian war to annihilate Israel as a natural progression from the American civil rights movement that King led fifty years ago.
‘Finally, sometime between January 17 and 19, Obama intends for the Security Council to reconvene and follow the gang at the Paris conference by adopting Kerry’s positions as a new Security Council resolution. That follow-on resolution may also recognize “Palestine” and grant it full membership in the UN….’continue reading.
You may also like to read her Obama’s War Against America.
Further Reading on UNSC 2334
- Elliott Abams The United Nations Resolution on Israel, wherein this senior fellow of the Council of Foreign Relations exposes the lies and perversion of truth issued by the White House. See also What Happens When UN Resolutions Are Ignored?
- Prof. Hillel H Frisch: Kerry’s Attack on Israel: A Failed Attempt to Divert Attention From Obama’s Disastrous Foreign Policy.
- Amb. Alan Baker: The Dangers of UN Security Resolution 2334 (2016).
- Prof .Efraim Karsh: The Oslo Disaster.
[OED: ‘potpourri’ – origin French ‘rotten pot’]
Yesterday – 2nd item
Facebook is weird – well my blog’s page is. It doesn’t work like normal personal profiles and timelines as it got set up as a business page. I comment on some Facebook pages but can’t on others, and although I ‘like’ others’ pages I’ve yet to find a way to get their updates. So I check Facebook occasionally. Yesterday was the first time this week and I was nudged to check what Canon Andrew White may have posted on his page. I was amazed to read his latest:
“23 February: WELL IT IS NOW OFFICIAL I AM A MAJOR TERRORIST THREAT.
“Not only did I have problems in Israel the other day the Americans have assured me I am a major terror threat to the USA and they have given me a piece of paper to prove it. They let me in this time but next time I have got to get official approval before I come. So I have not even got to the Nashville meeting yet, missed our flight there and don’t even know how and when we can get there. As I always say “Take Risk’s”. Blessings from Chicago.”
Only a few days before that Andrew had been in Jerusalem and Jordan, where he’d met an archbishop of the Syriac Orthodox Church. On FRRME he reports what happened in en-route to USA …“I set off for America where I am speaking at the National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Nashville. On my way there I was stopped under terrorism legislation and detained at the O’Hare International Airport in Chicago. After many hours I was given a temporary visa and allowed to travel inside the US. It just goes to show how suspicious American security agencies are of Iraqis and those of us who still visit that beautiful but divided country.”
What else can we expect of a once-superpower nation? As Potus (President Of The United States) isn’t concerned about worldwide persecution of Christians – effectively genocide! – and appoints not even half-baked sycophantic administrators who kowtow to his gross failure to understand and recognise the roots of terrorism (as I’ve blogged many times, eg: here, here, here, here and dismissal of CIA/FBI intel), then such crass stupidity at O’Hare is par for the course.
And that’s not even touching the way Obama personally treats allies!!!
Yesterday – 1st item
Before checking Canon White’s Facebook I’d already noted Joel Rosenberg again blasting Potus for insulting the USA’s close ally, Jordan’s King Abdullah II: “In January, Mr Obama snubbed the Hashemite monarch on his visit to Washington. The White House initially said the President was too busy to meet with the King. In the end, the President spent a mere five minutes with His Majesty at Andrews Air Force Base before departing on a political trip…he had refused a serious, substantive meeting with the West’s most important and faithful Sunni Arab ally a priority, and America’s allies and enemies were watching.”
However, after their meeting in The White House later yesterday the official joint press release opens:
“We spent the bulk of our discussion around the situation in Syria, Iraq, and our joint efforts to combat ISIL. Jordan has been an outstanding partner in that process. As I’ve said publicly, we have seen progress in pushing back against ISIL in territory both in Iraq and now in some portions of Syria. But a lot of work remains to be done. And so the coordination between our nations and other coalition partners is absolutely critical. And Jordan has made enormous contribution. Jordan is a country that punches above its weight when it comes to the fight against ISIL…”
In closing President Obama remarked,
“Finally, we discussed the situation in Israel and the West Bank, and the increasing tensions that exist between Israelis and Palestinians there. His Majesty has been a critical component of reducing some of the immediate sources of tension around the Temple Mount and visits there. But we continue to agree that it’s important for us to provide both sides a sense of possibility and hope, and not simply despair. That’s hard to do. And so we have explored ideas in terms of how we can make progress. But His Majesty has continued to be a voice of reason and moderation and tolerance for all the parties concerned in this issue. And we very much appreciate his partnership in the process….”
However, The Hill (Washington-based newspaper covering Congressional affairs) reports an article in West Point’s Combating Terrorism Centre by the former head of US Central Commander as saying the truth is exactly the opposite of what Potus and senior advisors are saying about ISIL. (Read Joel Rosenberg for extracts.)
More on Palestine & France
I also read Debka’s special report about US Secretary of State John Kerry in Jordan, ‘Abu Mazen rebuffs Kerry’s appeal to cool Palestinian terror against Israelis’.:
‘US Secretary of State John Kerry came away empty-handed from his latest meeting with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmud Abbas (Abu Mazen) in Amman on Sunday, Feb 21 – which shouldn’t have surprised him as it was par for the course. Debkafile’s Middle Eastern sources report Kerry was finally persuaded that Abbas would not give Israel an inch on any political or security-related matters. The Palestinian leader has never swerved from his conviction that it was the duty of the international community to force Israel to present the Palestinians with a state of their own – without direct negotiations.
‘To this end, Kerry found Abu Mazen clinging to the initiative put forward by French President Francois Hollande, for an international conference that will establish a Palestinian state, while letting the Palestinians off the hook of talks with Israel. France in fact warned Israel that without progress towards a two-state solution of the conflict, Paris would go ahead and recognize a Palestinian state on its own.
‘The Palestinian leader is determined to campaign on behalf of the French initiative in the coming month, undeterred by the US Secretary’s repeated warning that Washington will not go along with it, even if France puts it before the UN Security Council…’ (emphases RB) Read the full informative report here.
Further to my coverage of Caroline Glick’s excellent articles on political anti-semitism in France, I regret to report support for this by Dr. Guy Millière, professor at the University of Paris, author of 27 books on France and Europe. In France’s Relentless Hostility to the Jewish State published by The Gatestone Institute, he opens:
“France today is one of the main enemies of Israel — maybe its main enemy — in the Western world. France’s disregard of the threats faced by Israel is more than simple willful blindness. It is complicity….”
This synopsis doesn’t cover the outrageous Dreyfus Affair that rocked France around the turn of 19th/20th Centuries. It was one of a myriad intriguing aspects of my school studies on modern European history because it centered around a ‘miscarriage of justice arising from faulty espionage and blatant anti-Semitism’.
As a known supporter of Israel, PM Cameron spoke in Parliament against settlements built around East Jerusalem. His future will be of interest in these changing times…
BUT as the Palestinian leadership has never been serious about peace negotiations an intelligent person would ask, why should Israel hang on for decades getting nowhere? It’s only commonsense to get on with ordinary life and make sure there’s somewhere to live. Had Abbas the brain to abandon the moribund mindset of victim-hood and settle with Israel, these issues could have been resolved years ago and settlements no longer an issue.
France’s Shaky Proposal for the Middle East by Michael Curtis, Professor Emeritus in political science at Rutgers University and author of Jews, Antisemitism, and the Middle East and about 30 other books. In 2014 he was awarded the French Legion d’Honneur.
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Further to the previous post about political and financial interference in Israeli-Palestinian relations, there’s another aspect to this serious issue – Europe’s illegal BDS campaign (Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions) of restricting goods from Israel and the ‘disputed’ (NB: not ‘occupied’) territories.
In my opinion, the closer we look at and investigate events of the last few years in tandem with a fuller, historically informed perspective, then all the consequences of those actions become as plain as a pikestaff.
Could Europe’s irrational and unremitting antagonism towards Israel be related somehow to the overwhelming flood of migrants? In its politicians’, intellectuals’ and media maligning of the existence and settlement of Jewish people in their ancient homeland could the Lord be saying to a once Christian continent, “Now’s time to taste your own medicine”?
In other words, “Europe, as you’ve sown against My plans then don’t whine over reaping the consequences!”. Hence, my blogging on the fulfillment of a prophetical word, “There’s no more extension of time” (see Cut-off date in God’s timeline), which resulted in Neville Johnson’s admonition; “The issue of sowing and reaping is becoming critical. Everything is speeding up. The process of sowing and reaping is being shortened over recent times; scary, because we don’t always sow the right things and it is coming back quicker”.
Therefore, the content of last Saturday’s Koenig’s Eye-view from the White House was most apposite, not only in William’s editorial but also in his later quoting Caroline Glick. William opens by referring to items on his desk and focusing upon French actions this year. So he asks:
“Did God lift his hand of protection off of France for a moment last Friday?”
He comments on the previous week’s outrage in Paris that, like with the 9/11 terror attack in New York fourteen years ago, God didn’t produce the evil but He didn’t stop it either. (RB: Maybe there’s something in that number as it often crops up.) William recaps on the past year,
‘The first major terror event was in Paris on Jan. 7 after the French initiated a UNSC vote on a Palestinian proposal that called for peace with Israel within a year and an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories by late 2017. It failed to pass a UN Security Council Resolution vote on Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014. (UK abstained, the U.S. voted no, and Russia, China and France voted yes.) This was the culmination of significant efforts by the French earlier in the month, and their influence over the EU Parliament vote of 399 to 88 in favor of a Palestinian state in principle on Dec. 14, 2014.
‘The French U.N. envoy stated: “The peace process must evolve. If parties can’t take decisions alone, the international community has to share the burden.”
‘The French continued their relentless effort at forging a Palestinian state and were very active at the U.N. in September and in October (info below). This was the second time major pressure was applied on Israel by the French to give Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem to the Palestinians, which also arguably influenced the PA’s leadership recent incitement to terror.’
Hence my deep concern expressed in the recent two-part Fulfilled prophecies: 4 over the French government’s violation of scriptural principles.
In a later section covering news and commentary from outside the White House, William refers to and quotes extracts from an article published in The Jerusalem Post. However, it warrants fuller coverage and that website is duly credited as author (emphases Koenig):
Glick: EU is waging a trade war against Israel, and it is illegal
‘Speaking at The Jerusalem Post Diplomatic Conference in the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Jerusalem, she outlined a series of steps she recommends Israel take to counter the “discrimination” of the recent EU decision to label products produced in West Bank settlements.
“Today we are in the middle of Europe’s trade war against Israel,” she said. “It is never acknowledged, it’s hidden by lies about international law, lies about consumer protection and lies about human rights.”
But, Glick added, “The war itself is a breach of international law, it doesn’t protect consumers, and it harms human rights.” The EU’s recent decision in regard to settlement products is “illegal under international law. Under the WTO [World Trade Organization] treaties, it is illegal to introduce technical barriers to trade among trading nations.”
The EU, she said, should either leave the WTO or apply this policy equally to other places in “the same legal situation” as Israel (emphasis RB). For example, she said, it should insist that products produced in Western Sahara are labeled as “Moroccan settlement products made in Western Sahara.”
The policies of the EU, Glick argued, are designed “to discriminate against the Jewish state, in order to weaken and harm it.” Its approach to Israel, she said, is based on “prejudice, not facts.” (emphasis RB)
Glick outlined a series of steps she recommends the Israeli government take in reaction to the European Union…
“This isn’t the first time we’ve been singled out for unique treatment by the Europeans and it won’t be the last one,” she said. “They don’t think that we deserve to be treated the same way as every other country in the world, let alone every other liberal democracy.” (emphasis RB)
‘In fact, Glick added, since the Palestinians have called the recent EU move insufficient and the Israelis denounced it as discriminatory, “there’s no way that by taking these actions the Europeans are promoting the cause of peace. To the contrary, they’re harming it”.’
Watching the accompanying video of Caroline’s address I couldn’t fail to be impressed by her sensitivity and erudition. BUT the video stopped after a few minutes and no matter how often I try re-running, it just won’t! Doubtless someone or something does not like it – or want such a rational argument to be seen and understood!
PS: Just in from Honest Reporting is an item on France’s Ambassador to the US upsetting French Jews living in Israel by seemingly distinguishing between Jews and “ordinary citizens” of France. In my opinion the ambassador may have had in mind the fact that in January terrorists made a specific distinction in attacking a supermarket frequented by citizens of the Jewish faith.
PPS: Just to prove all points:
UPDATE 18/2/16: Gatestone Institute’s France’s Relentless Hostility to Jewish State by Dr. Guy Millière, a professor at the University of Paris and author of 27 books on France and Europe, opens:
“France today is one of the main enemies of Israel — maybe its main enemy — in the Western world. France’s disregard of the threats faced by Israel is more than simple willful blindness. It is complicity….”
UPDATE 24/2/16: Dekafile ‘Abu Mazen rebuffs Kerry’s appeal to cool Palestinian terror against Israelis: ‘US Secretary of State John Kerry came away empty-handed from his latest meeting with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmud Abbas (Abu Mazen) in Amman on Sunday, February 21 – which shouldn’t have surprised him as it was par for the course. Debkafile’s Middle Eastern sources report Kerry was finally persuaded that Abbas would not give Israel an inch on any political or security-related matters. The Palestinian leader has never swerved from his conviction that it was the duty of the international community to force Israel to present the Palestinians with a state of their own – without direct negotiations.
To this end, Kerry found Abu Mazen clinging to the initiative put forward by French President Francois Hollande, for an international conference that will establish a Palestinian state, while letting the Palestinians off the hook of talks with Israel. France in fact warned Israel that without progress towards a two-state solution of the conflict, Paris would go ahead and recognize a Palestinian state on its own.
The Palestinian leader is determined to campaign on behalf of the French initiative in the coming month, undeterred by the US Secretary’s repeated warning that Washington will not go along with it, even if France puts it before the UN Security Council….(emphases RB)
In considering spiritual rather than politico-military reasons for the targeting of France – and now Mali too – I claimed in the previous post that prime verses of scripture as well as contemporaneous prophetical insights reveal the real reason for the massacre of 130 in Paris. The reason is likely to be not the French government’s military responses to ISIL in Syria, but its ongoing hostility towards Israel.
And this is not to forget or belittle the continuing attacks in Israel itself, as well as in Nigeria plus the Beirut bombing and the Russian airliner brought down over the Sinai. According to the List of Terror Attacks kept on Religion of Peace website the total number by Muslims since New York’s day of infamy stands at 27,308: so deaths are very much higher!
That first part of my argument used only one scripture because it was the focal emphasis of words from the Lord brought by Neville Johnson. We also revisited prophetic words Nathan Morris brought for New Year 2012 and noticed their accuracy regarding this year’s atrocities. Before demonstrating other scriptures’ relevance and application to what France has done to Israel, let me reconsider first what Nathan stressed and the relevance to yesterday’s news:
“The Lord told me that in the coming days such will be the unfolding of global events that fear will strike the hearts of men…an ever-increasing unrest and a spirit of confusion shall be released upon the world that the hearts of many shall be gripped with fear; the fear of uncertainty and the sense of hopelessness…” (listen from 2:30:00 of this video).
Consider this with yesterday’s headline ‘Paris attacks made me ‘doubt’ presence of God, admits Archbishop of Canterbury’, as in yesterday’s BBC Songs of Praise. (See also The Independent and Daily Mail.) Justin Welby candidly admits the massacre caused him to doubt where God is and why it happened and that it made a “chink in his armour”.
BUT the Press fails to quote him in full – what’s new? In telling presenter Aled Jones of his seeking and engaging the Lord over the issue, Justin was asked, “What answers did He give you?” – he replied:
“He said, “In the middle of it”! And also an answer from the Psalms, Psalm 56 – ‘He stores up our tears in a bottle’. None of our sufferings are lost!”
See also Justin Welby’s official site for his Statement on Paris Attacks, as well as a blog published after this one was posted and in which His Grace explains Why Arguing with God is not the same as not believing in him. Interesting to read because it’s easy to infer from the references to two psalms how much the BBC edited out of the interview. What else would we expect in view of its severely jaundiced and inaccurate coverage of Israel, as monitored by BBC Watch?
What Does the Bible Say?
Here’s a selection of well-known scripture pertinent to France’s situation. Bear in mind that all events in Old (and New) Testaments act as examples ‘for our admonition (upon whom the end of ages have come’ – 1 Cor 10:11).:
1a) The Lord’s promise to Abraham and to his descendants of that everlasting promise:
“I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing.
“I will bless those who bless you and curse him who curses you; and in you all families of the earth shall be blessed.” (Genesis 12:2-3 NKJV)
1b) The Angel of the Lord’s prophecy to Hagar about his son Ishmael:
“He shall be a wild man; his hand shall be against every man, and every man’s hand against him. And he shall dwell in the land of his brethren.” (Genesis 16:12 NKJV)
2) In a vision to prophet Obadiah the Lord makes his first definitive declaration about ‘The Day of the Lord’ on the divisive hatred the sons of Esau have for those of brother Jacob. It thus applies as a major End-time prophecy to all nations’ treatment of the Jewish nation:
“For the day of the LORD upon all nations is near; As you have done (to Israel), it shall be done to you; your reprisal shall return upon your own head.” (Obadiah 1:15 NKJV)
3) The scenario of how this End-time prophecy is being fufilled today:
“And it shall happen in that day that I shall make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who heave it away will surely be cut to pieces though all nations of the earth are gathered against it.” (Zecharia 12:3 NKJV)
4) The ‘spiritual law of action and reaction’ is outlined in the earliest Christian letter by the hand of Apostle Paul:
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. (Galatians 6:7-8 NIV)
[NKJV scripture from New King James Version copyright 1982 Thomas Nelson Inc used by permission. NIV scripture from New International Version copyright 1984 International Bible Society.]
Hence, France’s fundamental problem is its leaders’ rebellion against the Word of the Lord as presented below.
Paris – The Morning After
As recounted earlier, on Saturday 14th November I read online headlines on the massacre in Paris, one of which I realised connected directly into its true cause.
In Koenig’s World Watch Daily I noticed ‘France’s War Against Israel – Caroline Glick’. Editor William Koenig gives this ex-peace negotiator, now Senior Contributing Editor of the Jerusalem Post, the accolade of ‘ne plus ultra’ (none better, perfect example) for her excellence and accuracy of journalism.
Caroline’s article of 20th October (ie. 3 weeks before the attacks) caught my attention and connected right into the weekend’s massacres. She gets right to the core of issues and so I now quote her at length. You may be as appalled by this as I am, so I’d urge you to read her full article by clicking on this sub-head title.:
‘France’s plan to use its position at the UN Security Council to bring about the deployment of international monitors to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem has been condemned by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his ministers as biased, unhelpful and detached from reality.
‘Certainly it is all those things. But France’s decision to use its diplomatic position to advance a plan which, if implemented, would end Israeli sovereignty over Judaism’s holiest site is first and foremost a French act of aggression against the Jewish state.
‘Contrary to what the French government would have us believe, France’s Temple Mount gambit is not an effort to quell the violence. French protestations of concern over the loss of life in the current tempest of Palestinian terror ring hollow.
‘France doesn’t really oppose Palestinian terrorism. To the contrary, it facilitates it.’
Caroline continues by documenting French bankrolling of and conniving with those whose ultimate goal is the eradication of their neighbour:
‘Every year, the French government pays millions of euros, dollars and shekels to Palestinian NGOs whose stated goal is to destroy Israel. Through its NGO agents, France finances the radicalization of Palestinian society (which) makes Palestinian terror inevitable. Much of the current rhetoric used by the Palestinians to reject Israel’s legitimacy and justify violence against Jews is found in strategic documents that France paid Palestinian NGOs to write…’
Over 2010-2013 a consortium of Palestinian Non-Governmental Organisations called NGO Development Center received $6.5 million from France, which ‘paid for the NDC to put together a strategic plan to advance its members’ goals. That French-initiated and financed document includes a list of activities not aimed at promoting peace, enhancing the daily lives of Palestinians, or expanding economic growth.’
‘Rather, the French financed strategic planning document provides a list of activities that the NGO’s will undertake to delegitimize and criminalize Israel and ensure that Palestinians hate the Jewish state and view it as the cause of all their suffering.’
Caroline ‘s expose of France continues in depth. For the second example she refers to an NDC document of 2008 that, ‘required all member groups to ban all “normalization activities with the occupier, [both] at the political-security [and] the cultural [and] developmental levels.”
‘The document went on to call for Israel to be destroyed. No action on the part of any Palestinian entity can be carried out it said, “if it undermines the inalienable Palestinian rights of establishing statehood and the return of refugees to their original homes,” that, is, the immigration of millions of foreign-born Arabs to the ruins of Israel.’
Thirdly, she covers the immense French funding of the Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committee which ‘uses racist language to demonize Jews and Israel by among other things assaulting the so-called “Judaization of Jerusalem” and attacking Palestinians who work with Israeli companies….In 2011, PARC sabotaged a trade delegation in France comprised of Israeli and Gazan farmers…Rather than welcome Israel’s actions on behalf of Gaza farmers, PARC organized a boycott of the delegation – causing direct harm to Gazan farmers.
‘…By paying these groups to carry out these sorts of activities, the French government has made clear that far from seeking to advance the cause of peace, its actual goal is to block all prospects of peace between Israel and the Palestinians. These sorts of actions are the norm, rather than the exception in France’s treatment of Israel.
‘And France makes no bones about its hostility towards the Jewish State.’
In the next page Caroline examines how the past year’s support of the PA complements France’s own domestic anti-Jewish policy. Then she presents historical details enabling her to castigate president Holland for his outrageous, grossly discourteous and insulting treatment of PM Netanyahu during his visit to honour the victims of the attacks in Paris last January. Caroline finishes this litany as follows:
‘In the evening after the march, Hollande refused to appear with Netanyahu at the memorial ceremony for the victims of the Hyper Cacher massacre. In a tangible snub, Hollande left the synagogue where it was being held before Netanyahu arrived.
‘In the nine months since the attacks, rather than go after the Islamic communities of France that infect their members with Nazi-like Jew hatred marinated in Koranic dispensations for murder, French authorities have forced French Jewry to live under lock and key. Jewish communal institutions are required to shoulder astronomical security costs as their buildings have come to look more like military garrisons than elementary schools and synagogues.
‘As a French professor writing under the pen name Alain El-Mouchain explained this month in Mosaic Magazine, the French government’s “refusal to identify either the culprits [of anti-Semitic violence] or their [Jewish] victims by their proper names…has perversely combined with the swift posting of police and military guards at Jewish institutions to make Jews feel that at best they have become ‘protected citizens’ in their own country, reinforcing the idea that they are no longer at home in France but are rather a new kind of dhimmi [a minority group that lives at the pleasure of the ruling Muslims].“
‘Through its actions, France has shown that it isn’t even vaguely interested in promoting freedom and peace. The policy of the French government, revealed yet again by its bid to end Israeli control of the Temple Mount, is to delegitimize Israel and curry the favor of jihadists at the expense of the Jews of Israel and of France alike.’
France is also at the forefront of the Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israeli businesses thereby adversely affecting Palestinian workers.
France continues to pay the price for its leaders’ decisions and actions.
Therefore, it’s no wonder France holds the record for Jews currently emigrating to Israel. Yet this is in accord with the revelatory word Dr Maurice Sklar received, as follows.:
Prophetic Word at Feast of Tabernacles 2015
Note the following points (emphases added) from what the above messianic Jew says the Lord gave at the start of this year’s Feast of Tabernacles, as copied in this re-post:
1. The Times of the Gentiles are coming to an end. The end of Adam’s dominion time-lease upon earth is nearly over. The time of Jacobs’ Trouble: the Tribulation period is about to begin. BUT HE (JACOB) SHALL BE SAVED OUT OF IT. It is in this time that I will sovereignly cause all the Jews to return to their home, Eretz Israel. I will shake them out like a tablecloth that a lady would take outdoors and shake all the crumbs out of it by flapping it into the wind. But not one crumb will perish. All shall be returned…. Many of my people are hidden in the nations that have descended from the 10 lost tribes. They are not “lost” to Me. I KNOW THEM ALL. They shall return, along with all the descendants of Judah and Levi. No man knows who or where they are, but I DO. The time has come when the rest of the family will come home to the land I promised them.
2. Satan knows that his time is short. War is coming to the Middle East. It will bring every nation into it before it is all over. Israel is my mousetrap, and Jerusalem is the cheese. Israel is also my anvil on which I will judge the nations. Prepare your hearts, for peace will be taken from the earth. For 70 years I gave the Western nations peace and prosperity after World War 2. That was because of what the United States did along with the Allied forces by defeating Nazi Germany and rescuing My people Israel from extermination, and then paving the way for Israel to be reborn as a nation in 1948.
In my humble opinion that prophetic word and its associated one on the Day of the Lord are worthy of reflection and, as with the words in this two-part blog, should be weighed with scripture and the Lord.
If you followed up my reference to Francois X’s remarks in the previous post you would have gained a closer view on the situation by a brother in Christ familiar with the Bible as prophecy.
“The situation in France is more dire than people think” and he mentions the 800 no-go areas that are outside the police force’s ability to enforce the law of the land. [See latest in Daniel Pipes’ personal investigations Muslim no-go zones in Europe?]
Even so, the people’s elected representatives have no excuse whatsoever for very biased and bigoted policies against Israel.
As the above few scriptures attest, we are now witnessing France reaping what it has sown. Its support for anti-Israel terrorism and the downfall of that nation and surrender of its holiest site in Jerusalem has resulted in not only no divine protection against the demonic but also a barbaric targeting by the most extreme Muslim movement, one that copies the military adventures of their faith’s founder and subsequent early leaders.
After planning to get United Nations action against Israel in Jerusalem, president Hollande has petitioned for other nations to join the action against ISIS/ISIL. As Dr John McTernan and others have posited for some years and the wise leader of Jordan now foresees, it looks like we’re now heading into World War Three!
Once again history repeats itself as other peoples decide enough is enough of Muslim-based aggression – as outlined in this post on the myths about the Crusades: An insight into global satanic strategy – part 2.
- Caroline Glick: Radical Islam – The Invisible Enemy.
- Dr John McTernan Insights: As France Has Done to Israel.
- Dr Clifford Hill’s clear exposition on Islam: Shock and Horror.
- Dr Clifford’ Hill’s follow-on: The Paris Fallout: Sorting Out the Mess
- Jordan’s King Abdullah: “We are Facing a Third World War”.
- Daniel Revisited: A Tipping Point for the Second Signpost.
- Gospel in the End Times: Paris Is Just The Beginning (incl French contribution).
- M-East Forum: What France Can Learn From Israel In Confronting Islamist Terror.
- Video: Islam’s Signature of Trampling and Crushing Made Obvious (Re Dan 2:40).
- Intl Business Times: ISIL, ISIS, Islamic State, Daesh: what’s the difference? NB. the Arabic insult of the last confirms interpretation of 4th part of idolatrous image in Nebuchadnezzar’s vision AND of 4th beast of Daniel’s famous vision as a future religio-political Islamic empire, NOT a Roman empire revived as European Union! (Daniel 2:40 ‘pulverising/smashing’ and Daniel 7:23 shall ‘devour/thresh’.)
This post serves to clarify, and hopefully answer, a most objectionable remark reputed to have been made by the Pope in describing the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as “An angel of peace”.
After a short holiday and ten days offline I caught up with events and noted one of many items in Koenig’s Eye-view from the White House. This was about the Vatican’s official recognition of the existence of the Palestinian state in a new treaty finalised last Wednesday. The Vatican has long had diplomatic relationships with what was previously the terrorist Palestinian Liberation Organization. According to The Independent, the PLO represents Palestine in countries that don’t yet recognise the non-existent state of Palestine.
The Vatican followed the UN General Assembly decision of 2012 to recognise that state and, in my opinion, joined the herd of lemmings heading for the cliffs to their doom!
The Times of Israel reports Jerusalem as stating this move isn’t conducive to advancing peace negotiations and criticised the Vatican announcement. Bill Koenig notes that very soon after Pope John Paul II held a peace conference in 2002 focusing on the Middle-East peace process, the Catholic Church became embroiled in huge sex scandals.
The Vatican’s endorsement of a state of Palestine on God’s covenant land of Judea and Samaria will probably lead to its endorsing East Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital of Palestine, and have an enormous impact on the so-called peace process and with huge End-time repercussions internationally. Bill is of the opinion that the World Council of Churches and the National Council of Churches are likely to follow the Vatican with their own agreements. Only the God of Israel knows the full consequences of these grossly unwise actions.
Were The Holy See truly ‘holy’ it would have first insisted upon and ensured that Abbas repudiates and reverses his personal, public declarations of eradicating the state of Israel, as reported in my email of September 2011.
British author, Times columnist and broadcaster Melanie Philips doesn’t mince words, as on her Facebook:
“So it would appear that what the Pope has actually recognized and endorsed is the open intention to destroy Israel and replace it by Palestine.”
The entry links to her Jerusalem Post Opinion piece in which she provides evidence for her point:
“It is a lie first of all because there is no state of Palestine.
“However many countries proclaim recognition of this spurious state does not alter that fact. The Vatican’s “treaty” is no more than a crude propaganda stunt assisting a war of extermination.
“Recognition of a Palestine state is a ploy to bounce it into virtual existence by getting the world to agree it exists. The sole reason it does not in reality exist is that, resting on a wholesale denial of Jewish history in the land, the purpose of such a state is to create the platform for a devastating war on Israel.
“By supporting this Potemkin Palestine, the Vatican has lined up behind those who disdain international law. In supporting the recognition gambit which tears up the Palestinians’ own treaty obligations under the Oslo Accords, the pope has now openly made Catholics complicit with reneging on promises and shattering bonds of trust.
“And where exactly is this state of Palestine the pope has now recognized?”
Melanie then proceeds to cover the point I briefly referred to in 2011:
“For as PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah movement reiterated on its Facebook page this week (according to Palestinian Media Watch): “Palestine means the entire national land, from the [Jordan] River to the [Mediterranean] Sea.”…And of course, the PA’s maps of Palestine include all of Israel.
“So it would appear that what the pope has actually recognized and endorsed is the open intention to destroy Israel and replace it by Palestine.”
Angel of Peace?
Working through my in-tray yesterday I came across Christian reports expressing strong objections to the terms by which Pope Francis is reported to have described President Abbas when they met over the weekend.
Associated Press (AP) had reported the Pope as calling him “an angel of peace”!! It was sloppy journalism but had been repeated unquestionably by mainstream media.
Later in the day I received news of the error from Honest Reporting, which you can read in Media, not Pope, dub Abbas an “Angel of Peace”. It opens:
The meeting between Pope Francis and PA President Mahmoud Abbas has become a classic illustration of how a lie gets halfway across the world while the truth is still putting it’s shoes on.
The report concludes,
In other words, the Pope did not call Abbas an “angel of peace” at all. Quite the opposite. He was urging him to become an angel of peace in the future.
AP has since issued a correction and I trust this clarifies a few things regarding the Pope and Palestine.
For further clarification read media watchdog’s PA Depicts a World Without Israel.
[Hand Pressing News Icon, credit Watcharakun at Freedigitalphotos.net]
A most informative post and Joel presents background details on the birth of Israel that are relevant to the 70-years period I intend writing about
(Central Israel) — Today, Israelis are celebrating our Independence Day. On the Western calendar, we remember May 14th, 1948. But on the Jewish calendar, today marks 67 years since the dramatic, prophetic rebirth of the Jewish State.
A few thoughts to mark the occasion:
It’s a very special time for our family as it’s our first time celebrating as new Israeli citizens (“Olim Chadashim”) and actually living here full-time in the epicenter. Today, Lynn showed me this video about some of the things new Israelis love about this country. Take a look — I hope you’re as moved as we were.
It’s a great time to see the Land with family and friends. We would love for you to make plans to come visit Israel — and Jordan — with us and The Joshua Fund this Octoberso we can show you the Promised Land and the people who live and minister here and help you see…
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