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- BENJAMIN NETANYAHU SAYS "JERUSALEM IS OUR ETERNAL CAPITAL"
- Friday Church News Notes, November 14, 2014, David Cloud
- After Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah visited
the Temple Mount and declared Jerusalem the eternal capital of
Palestine, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the
following statement: "We will continue to develop seaports
in order to lower the costs of goods. We will continue to pave
highways and build railroads in order to join the Negev and the
Galilee to the center of the country. We will continue to build
in Jerusalem, our eternal capital. We have built in Jerusalem,
we are building in Jerusalem, and we will continue to build in
Jerusalem. I have heard a claim that our construction in Jewish
neighborhoods in Jerusalem makes peace more distant. It is the
criticism which is making peace more distant. These words are
detached from reality. They foster false statements among the
Palestinians. When Abu Mazen incites to murder Jews in Jerusalem,
the international community is silent, and when we build in Jerusalem
they are up in arms. I do not accept this double standard. Just
as the French build in Paris and the English build in London,
Israelis build in Jerusalem. We will continue to build in Jerusalem
and we will continue to build in here in Ashdod" ("Netanyahu
Hits Back," BreakingChristianNews.com, Oct. 28, 2014). http://www.wayoflife.org,
- ISRAEL DECLARED 'NATION STATE OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE'
The bill has been the subject of a heated debate between Jewish
people, Palestinians and Arab Israelis.
By Thor Benson Contact the Author - JERUSALEM, Nov. 23 (UPI)
-- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's cabinet approved a controversial
bill on Sunday to make Israel the nation-state of Jewish people.
- The bill is not yet a law, as it still needs approval from
the country's parliament. It's actually a combination of two
bills, and Netanyahu will be adding it to an additional version
to be presented in the coming week. Fourteen cabinet members
supported the measure and six opposed.
- "The bill submitted today to the government puts a Jewish
state before democracy," said Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid.
"It is an anti-democratic bill. Neither I nor Yesh Atid
will vote on Wednesday for the nation-state bill as it was submitted."
Arabs account for just over 20 percent of Israel's population,
and the bill would remove Arabic from the list of official languages.
Many people see the proposed law as racist and exclusionary.
- BENJAMIN NETANYAHU'S CABINET BACKS 'JEWISH STATE LAW' AS
TENSIONS RUN HIGH
- November 24, 2014 - Isabel Kershner -Jerusalem: The Israeli
cabinet has approved draft legislation that emphasised Israel's
Jewish character above its democratic nature in a move that critics
said could undermine the fragile relationship with the country's
Arab minority at a time of heightened tensions.
- The promotion of a nationality law has long stirred fierce
debate in Israel, where opponents fear that any legislation that
gives pre-eminence to Israel's Jewishness could lead to an internal
rift as well as damage Israel's relations with Jews in other
countries and with the country's international allies.
- The vote on Sunday also highlighted political fissures within
the governing coalition amid increasing talk of early elections.
The bill, a proposal for a basic law titled "Israel, the
Nation-State of the Jewish People", passed 14-6, with two
centrist coalition parties opposing it. Parliament still has
to approve the bill for it to become law.
- Answering critics who have questioned why such legislation
is necessary 66 years after the foundation of the state, Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended the push for legislation.
- NETANYAHU TOLD ABDULLAH TO EXERCISE AUTHORITY OVER THE TEMPLE
- UNDER THE TERMS OF THE ISRAEL-JORDAN PEACE TREATY, THE TEMPLE
MOUNT REMAINS UNDER JORDANIAN CUSTODIANSHIP THROUGH WAQF AUTHORITIES,
WHO MAINTAIN ADMINISTRATIVE CHARGE OF THE HOLY SITE
- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, at a meeting in Amman
last week, called on Jordans king and the Islamic foundation
that administers the Temple Mount to exercise their authority
to prevent disturbances at the holy site, according to details
revealed in an Israeli report Monday
- During the Thursday meeting, attended by Netanyahu and US
Secretary of State John Kerry, Jordans King Abdullah II
expressed dissatisfaction regarding the Jewish Knesset members
who had visited the Temple Mount in recent weeks, telling Netanyahu
that their presence was inconsistent with the prime ministers
public assurances of maintaining the status quo of the compound,
known to Muslims as the Haram al-Sharif.
- In response, Netanyahu reportedly told the king he was unable
to restrict the movements of MKs, according to news site NRG.
Abdullah, however did acknowledge President Reuven Rivlin and
Netanyahus recent requests that right-wing MKs refrain
from visiting the contested holy site, and noted the decline
in such visits over the last week, the Hebrew daily reported.
Netanyahu reiterated his commitment to Abdullah and Kerry that
Israel has no intention of changing the delicate status quo at
the Temple Mount, including leaving in place a controversial
Israeli policy that bans prayer by non-Muslim visitors.
- According to NRG, Netanyahu reminded Abdullah that Jordan
maintains administrative control of the holy site, and encouraged
the Hashemite Kingdom to take a larger role in restoring quiet.
Netanyahu also pointed out that the recent clashes were carried
out with the full knowledge of the Jerusalem Waqf.
- Continued: http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/blog/?p=28292
- EGYPTIAN PRESIDENT AL-SISI SAYS HE WOULD SEND TROOPS TO A
FUTURE PALESTINIAN STATE
President says deployment of Egyptian troops has been discussed
with Israel and Palestine
- November 23, 2014 - Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi
speaks during a joint news conference in Khartoum Reuters - Egyptian
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has said that he would be prepared
to send troops to a future Palestinian state to help bring stability
to the region. Speaking in an interview with Italian newspaper
Corriere della Sera, al-Sisi said any deployment of troops would
take place with the agreement of the Palestinian authority and
- "We are ready to send military forces into a Palestinian
state," he said.
- "We would help the local police and reassure the Israelis
through our role as guarantor. Not forever, of course. For the
time necessary to re-establish confidence. But first a Palestinian
state must exist where troops can be sent to."
- Al-Sisi also that he has raised the idea with Palestinian
President Mahmud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
On the topic of neighbouring Libya, the Egyptian leader said
the country has descended into chaos, as "extremely dangerous
jihadist bases" take root in the region.
- "The international community must make a very clear
and joint choice in favour of the Libyan national army and no-one
else," he said. "Aid, equipment, training must be sent
to it exclusively." Al-Sisi's comments come as he begins
his first European trip since ousting his predecessor, former
Islamist leader Mohamed Morsi in July 2013. Al-sisi is due to
visit France and Italy, where his trip will include a meeting
with Pope Francis. http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/egyptian-president-al-sisi-says-he-would-send-troops-future-palestinian-state-1476179
- PSALM 83:3,4 PREDICTS A CLIMACTIC, CONCLUDING ARAB-ISRAELI
WAR PRIOR TO EZEKIEL 38
- This critically important post concerns the Middle East turmoil
about to explode, and specifically the nation of Israel in these
Last Days. Many of nations of the world including the United
States are seeking to compel this tiny nation (the size of New
Jersey in America)- surrounded by sworn enemies- to give up more
land, in order to somehow bribe those who daily demand her destruction
to establish a so-called Two State Solution. This
is doomed to failure again! I have written several posts concerning
Israel- that are linked at the bottom of this essay that clearly
reveal the truth about this 66+ year old nation that was born
in one day in fulfillment of Bible prophecy:
- Isaiah 66:8
Or shall a nation be born at once?
For as soon as Zion travailed, She gave birth to her children.
- This was historically fulfilled on May 14, 1948
immediately five Muslim nations attacked her militarily to their
great humiliating defeat. Since then Israel has been attacked
three more times (1956, 1967 & 1973), and again soundly defeated
her enemies and gained more land in the process. All who are
privileged to study in depth the circumstances surrounding these
four conflicts will walk away with the clear apprehension that
Divine Intervention was involved at every turn, and that YHVH
GOD sovereignly protected His chosen people, though most until
now do not serve Him
yet! Therefore in light of the accelerating
wave of prophecies reaching fulfillment, what Biblical Christians
should be asking is What is on the near horizon in prophetic
Scripture as to the cup of trembling for all nations?
This book by Bill Salus and the two in-depth video interviews
linked at the bottom of this post will answer this question and
so much more. I will post a series of brief excerpts from the
book, and yet cannot recommend enough that each disciple of Christ
should get a copy of this outstanding book and study it with
your Bible in hand!
- From Bill Salus website http://www.prophecydepotministries.net,
- Psalm 83 predicts a climactic, concluding Arab-Israeli
war that has eluded the discernment of todays top Bible
scholars, and yet, the Middle East stage appears to be set for
the fulfillment of this prophecy. While many of todays
top Bible experts are predicting that Russia, Iran, Turkey, Libya,
and several other countries are going to invade Israel according
a prophecy in Ezekiel 38, this timely book explains how Psalm
83 occurs prior. Discover how Israel defeats their ancient
Arab enemies, and why Americans need to stand beside Israel
in this coming war!
- And from the text itself Psalm 83- The Missing Prophecy Revealed,
these citations in sequence:
- There are 150 Psalms, 1189 chapters, and over 31,000
verses in the [entire] Bible, and Psalm 83 is the only place
in Scripture where Israel and Hezbollah appear pinned against
each other in a war prophecy
There is an abundance of prophetic content about
the end times contained within the scriptures. Information
that not only authenticates the sovereignty of GOD, the only
true Author of prophecy, but is furthermore intended to prepare
humanity for the times in which they live. The intent of this
book is to explore Bible prophecies that receive little regard,
that are extremely relevant today.
But is a chapter missing- a concealed matter
in desperate need of being searched out? Is it a chapter unfolding
before our eyes, yet remaining virtually unnoticed? In light
of the events developing on the world scene these days, prophetic
scriptures exist that command equal attention! Continued:
- JORDANIAN PARLIAMENT HOLDS MOMENT OF SILENCE FOR SYNAGOGUE
November 19, 2014 - In an unprecedented gesture of hostility
towards Israel, the Jordanian Parliament on Wednesday opened
a cabinet meeting with a moment of silence for the two Palestinian
terrorists who slaughtered five Israelis in a Jerusalem synagogue
a day earlier, Israels NRG News reported.
Lower House Speaker, Atef Tarawneh, then went on to recite a
prayer in memory of the martyrs, Uday and Rassan
Abu-Jamal, killed by Israeli police as they shot and hacked to
death four rabbis at prayer and a police officer who later succumbed
to his wounds.Along with the sixty second memorial, one MP demanded
the governing body compose a letter condemning what he called
the Zionist attacks on Jerusalem and its inhabitants after
a heroic act committed by the two east Jerusalem
residents. Continued: http://www.algemeiner.com/2014/11/19/
- EXCERPTS FROM PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU'S SPEECH TO THE GENERAL
- OF THE JEWISH FEDERATIONS OF NORTH AMERICA ABOUT PRESIDENT
- Published on Nov 11, 2014 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Ctl-WlQWIs
- NEW SCANDAL ENVELOPS UNRWA AS EMPLOYEES PRAISE JERUSALEM
November 20, 2014 [...] Popular Jewish blogger Elder of Ziyon
has amassed evidence of UNRWA employees lauding the Jerusalem
attack, among them Maha al Mosa, an UNRWA teacher in Syria who
prayed for the two terrorists to be accepted in paradise
as martyrs, Ibrahim Hajjar, another teacher based
in Hebron, who published a poem praising the terrorists, and
another Syrian-based teacher who, using a pseudonym, posted a
celebratory picture of Adolf Hitler on his Facebook page.
The latest outrage centers on Naief al-Hattab, school director
of UNRWAs Zaitoun Elementary School Boys B
and former school headmaster of Shijia Elementary School Boys
A for Refugees. Writing on his Facebook page, al-Hattab
congratulated the terrorists on their wonderful revenge.
Al-Hattab, who shook hands with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon
on his visit to Gaza in October, has previously posted inflammatory
statements and images, among them one of a young child brandishing
a sub-machine gun. It is not clear whether this child is related
to al-Hattab, or whether he attends the Zaitoun Elementary School
which al-Hattab runs. [...]
- ISRAELI PRIEST GABRIEL
NADAF CONFIDENT OF GREATER CHRISTIAN RECRUITMENT INTO IDF (INTERVIEW)
November 21, 2014 I will make a prediction, Father
Gabriel Nadaf told me with a smile. Next year, in 2015,
there will be 400 Christian recruits into the IDF.
- Father Nadaf, a Greek Orthodox priest from the town of Yafia,
in the north of Israel, has spent the last two years urging Israels
Christian community to join the Israeli military, based on his
conviction that the Jewish state is the only country in the Middle
East where Christians can practice their faith free from persecution.
The numbers would appear to bear him out; in marked contrast
to the other states in the region, where Christian populations
have declined dramatically because of oppression and political
conflict, the size of the community in Israel has more than quadrupled
since independence in 1948, from 34,000 to 158,000 in 2012.
- SWEDEN OFFICIALLY RECOGNIZES PALESTINIAN STATE, ISRAEL RECALLS
October 30, 2014 07:43 - Sweden has recognized the occupied state
of Palestine officially, according to its foreign ministry. The
Scandinavian has become the first West-European EU state to recognize
the territories. Israel has recalled its ambassador in Sweden.
The news follows an earlier hint by Prime Minister Stefan Lovfen
in his Social Democrat manifesto, during his inaugural address
in October, that this would happen. The idea was quickly met
with criticism from the United States and Israel. "Our decision
comes at a critical time because over the last year we have seen
how the peace talks have stalled, how decisions over new settlements
on occupied Palestinian land have complicated a two-state solution
and how violence has returned to Gaza," Foreign Minister
Margot Wallstrom told reporters.
- "By making our decision we want to bring a new dynamic
to the stalled peace process."
- "Today's recognition is a contribution to a better future
for a region that has for too long been characterized by frozen
negotiations, destruction and frustration," she wrote earlier
on Thursday in the daily Dagens Nyheter. "Some will state
this decision comes too soon. I am afraid, rather, that it is
- Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has already welcomed the
"historic" move by Sweden. "President Abbas welcomes
Sweden's decision," Nabil Abu Rudeina, the leader's spokesman
- 'US wont decide our policies' Sweden on Palestinian
state recognition - The reaction from Israel followed soon after:
The decision of the Swedish government to recognize a Palestinian
state is a deplorable decision which only strengthens extremist
elements and Palestinian rejectionizm, the Jewish state's
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said. Later in the day, Israel's
Foreign Ministry said the country is recalling its ambassador
in Sweden for consultations in protest of the move. Lieberman
even considers permanently removing the ambassador, Isaac Bachman,
from his position, reported Haaretz. This move would officially
downgrade Israel's relations with Sweden. Continued: http://rt.com/news/200747-palestinian-state-sweden-recognition/
INSULTS AGAINST ISRAEL PM 'DISGRACEFUL, DAMAGING' : KERRY
Reuters 10.30.2014 - Washington (AFP) - US Secretary of State
John Kerry hit out Thursday at reported insults by an American
official leveled against the Israeli prime minister, saying it
was "disgraceful, unacceptable and damaging."
The top US diplomat also pledged the United States would continue
to work "quietly and effectively" to try to relaunch
the peace process with the Palestinians in a thoughtful and even-handed
way, saying it was "doable." Turbulent US-Israel ties
plunged to new lows this week, when an anonymous senior Obama
administration official was quoted in The Atlantic magazine as
calling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "a chickenshit"
only interested in preserving his own political skin.
Kerry told a forum hosted by The Atlantic that the comments did
not reflect the views of either President Barack Obama or his
A bid by Kerry to hammer out an elusive peace deal between the
Israelis and Palestinians collapsed earlier this year amid bitter
recriminations on both sides.
"We still believe it is doable, but it takes courage and
it takes strength," Kerry insisted.
"Both sides have to be prepared to compromise in order to
And he argued that Israel's changing demographics, with a burgeoning
population of Israeli Arabs and Palestinians, meant the country
had little choice but to seek a two-state solution. http://news.yahoo.com/insults-against-israel-pm-disgraceful-damaging-kerry-153005104.html
WHY A PALESTINIAN STATE IS ESSENTIAL
Posted: 10/27/2014 3:07 pm ED Rabbi Michael M. Cohen - U.S. President
Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tried during
the prime minister's last visit to the White House to recalibrate
their relationship. The rapidly changing face of the Middle East
was one factor.
- In addition, their awareness of the eventual setting sun
on their respective political careers should not be lost on anyone.
They need each other when it comes to their legacies and the
unfinished business of a resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict and the related Arab-Israeli conflict.
- That is the easy part. The challenging dynamic is how to
bring that agreement about when they have staked out very different
positions to address those conflicts. The edgy chatter between
Jerusalem and Washington since the two leaders sat down together
in the Oval Office documents that gap. In classic conflict resolution
theory analysis both hold different positions when it comes to
the conflicts Israel has with her neighbors, but both understand
they also share other interests and needs. Continued: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rabbi-michael-cohen/why-a-palestinian-state-i_b_6051356.html?
- HAMAS CALLS FOR DAY OF RAGE' AS ISRAELI GROUP DECLARES
GREAT WAR FOR JERUSALEM HAS BEGUN (VIDEO)
November 20, 2014 An Israeli Arab leaders bellicose calls
for open warfare and Hamas posters urging West Bank Palestinians
to avenge the deaths of terrorists who carried out
recent attacks are the latest incitement towards a Day
of Rage after Muslim prayers Friday.
The Great War for Jerusalem has begun, declared Sheikh
Kamal Khatib, deputy chairman of the northern branch of the Islamic
Vowing to reporters in Jerusalem that
it will not
end until the promise of Allah be fulfilled and the land will
be released of the filthy hands of the Israeli occupation,
Khatib said that regional Muslim violence was the result
of a volcano about to erupt, that would affect the entire
MAHMOUD ABBAS CONDEMNS JERUSALEM SYNAGOGUE ATTACK
- Palestinian Politicians: Rabbis Are Not Civilians
- ISRAEL'S ENEMIES CONTINUE TO PLOT HER DESTRUCTION
- November 21, 2014 | Debbie Smith [...] In a recent Twitter
post, the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of Iran,
who represents the latest in a long line of Iranian officials
who have advocated her annihilation, called for the destruction
of the State of Israel.
- Khamenei proposes a here to fore unspecified plan
and referendum that would establish a government in Palestine
responsible for deciding whether Jewish immigrants to the State
of Israel can rightfully stay in Israel, or will be deported
back to their home countries.
- Khamenei states that his plan will be presented to the international
community, and apparently, he is confident that the plan
will be approved.
- Perhaps, revealing his true intent, Khamenei insists that
until this government can be formed, a powerful
confrontation and resolute armed resistance is needed and
proposes that those interested in the destiny of Palestine
should arm the Palestinians in the West Bank.
- Not interested in mediation by the UN or any peace
agreement, Khamenei believes that Israel would sabotage any attempts
at peace, and only use them to take advantage of the Palestinians.
- PRESBYTERIAN PEACE ACTIVISTS BET ON IRANIAN GOOD WILL
- November 24th | 2 Kislev 5775 - Diplomacy With Iran IAEA
inquiry Institute for Science and International Security International
Atomic Energy Agency Office of Public Witness Presbyterian Church
Presbyterian Peace Fellowship So-called peace activists within
the Presbyterian Church (USA) have decided that they know better
than the International Atomic Energy Agency. The IAEA has stated
that Iran is blocking efforts to determine whether or not its
- is being used for military purposes. On Nov. 7, 2014, Reuters
reported that the International Atomic Energy Agency said
Tehran had still not provided information it was due to produce
more than two months ago to help advance a long-running IAEA
inquiry into suspected nuclear weapons
- research. According to Reuters, the IAEA report stated
that Iran has not provided any explanations that enable
the agency to clarify the outstanding practical measures.
In response to the IAEA report, The Institute for Science and
International Security stated its concerns in a report also issued
on Nov. 7, 2014:
- Continued: http://www.algemeiner.com/2014/11/23/presbyterian-peace-activists-bet-on-iranian-good-will/
- ANTI-CHRIST UNVEILED: THE SUN RISING IN THE WEST [COULD IT
theJonathanKleck Published on Mar 10, 2014 - http://www.be4thefire.com
- Revelation 9:11 And they had a king over them, which is the
angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue
is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon. 2
Thessalonians 2:3 "Let no man deceive you by any means:
for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away
first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;"
- Revelation 3:11 "Behold I AM (JESUS CHRIST) Coming Soon!"
Hold Fast to what you have that no man take your crown."
- Acts 2:11 "Whomsoever shall call upon the name of the
LORD (JESUS CHRIST), shall be saved.
- Our bodies are referred to as the Temple of the Holy Spirit,
we are once again (through Christ's sacrifice) a habitable dwelling
place for the Spirit of the Living God, a divine connection that
had been cut-off since Adam & Eve in the Garden. Well, we
all know Satan mimics the nature and character of God, thus,
the passage from Daniel 9:27 says "and there shall be in
the temple the abomination of desolation".
- We would argue that this verse is talking about the Temple
body becoming desolate, hacked into by Satan and his demons.
Wherein the Mark of the Beast would ultimately unleash this dark
potential within the human genome, with the spirit of fallen
angels descending onto Earth, and Lucifer himself ultimately
setting up residence in the flesh of the willing Antichrist:
"And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called
the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was
cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him."
- NETANYAHU REJECTS CRITICISM
- Jewish Republicans: We Played Important Role
in GOP Retaking the Senate. Democrats say Jewish support remained
steady during the 2014 midterms, while Republicans insisted that
more Jews were coming over to the GOP. Democrats Claim Jewish
Support Steady in Midterm Results, Republicans Stress Inroads
October 3, 2014 - Author: avatar JNS.org - AJC Executive Director
American Jewish Committee Ebola Relief Effort IsraAID Jewish
- JNS.org The American Jewish Committee (AJC) announced
that it is partnering with IsraAID, a leading Israeli humanitarian
relief organization, to provide assistance to Ebola victims in
West Africa. The Ebola epidemic in Africa is devastating,
said AJC Executive Director David Harris. Medical experts
from our Israeli partner, IsraAID, are on the ground bringing
urgent, vital humanitarian relief to Ebola victims through health
education and awareness training, as well as psychosocial support
training. IsraAID sent a team to Sierra Leone in late September
to help fight the spread of Ebola. The humanitarian organization
is providing psycho-social support training to local social workers
and health care officials, teaching tactics to help prevent trauma,
manage stress, and deal with the emotional side effects of the
health crisis. Founded in 2001, IsraAID is a non
NETANYAHU HOLDS SECRET MEETING WITH KING ABDULLAH OVER TEMPLE
NTEB News Desk | November 3, 2014 | What the prophets have declared
will soon come to pass
- Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto
all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both
against Judah and against Jerusalem. Zechariah 12:2
- In both the Old and New Testaments, the prophets have declared
that in the last days, Israel would be the focus of all the world.
And not just Israel in general, but Jerusalem in particular where
the Temple Mount is. This is the most important spot that exists
anywhere on the whole earth, according to Scripture.
- The prophet Daniel says that when the man of sin
comes, he calls him the abomination that maketh desolate,
he will sit on the throne of the rebuilt 3rd Jewish Temple and
declare himself to be God.
- And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one
week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice
and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations
he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that
determined shall be poured upon the desolate. Daniel 9:27
- The prophet Zechariah says that Messiah will return to that
exact same spot, and will split the Mount of Olives right down
- And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount
of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount
of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and
toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and
half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half
of it toward the south. Zechariah 14:4
- The underpinnings of the spiritual battle that will be waged
during upcoming the time of Jacobs trouble
have already begun, and at some point will spiral out of control.
Jesus is preparing to return, and Satan is preparing for the
battle of Armageddon in a vain attempt to stop Him. Scripture
is right on time.
- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a secret meeting in
Amman with Jordans King Abdullah to discuss rising tensions
over the Temple Mount, a Kuwaiti newspaper reported Monday. The
two leaders met Saturday to discuss resolving ongoing unrest
in Jerusalem, which has seen waves of violence centered around
the holy site, the Kuwaiti al-Jarida daily reported, citing unnamed
senior Jordanian officials.
- Tensions over the Temple Mount over the last several weeks
have come against rising unrest in some East Jerusalem neighborhoods,
with near-daily incidents of rocks being thrown at Israeli drivers
and Molotov cocktail attacks. Police have bolstered their presence
in an effort to crack down on violence.
- The report added that Netanyahu had agreed to temporarily
close the site, known to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif, to Jewish
visits in the coming days, and to increase coordination with
the Islamic Waqf on managing the site.
- Netanyahu also agreed to change the way non-Muslims are allowed
to visit the compound, according to the report.On Sunday, Netanyahu
appealed for calm in Jerusalem, rebuffing calls to open the site
to Jewish prayer in the wake of the shooting of an activist who
lobbied for increased Jewish access there.
- I think that what is necessary now is to show restraint
and to work together to calm the situation
I also ask that
private initiatives be avoided as well as unbridled statements,
he said at a cabinet meeting. We are committed to the status
quo for Jews, Muslims and Christians.
- On Saturday, Netanyahu called on all Knesset members to work
to calm tensions surrounding the Temple Mount, the Prime Ministers
Office said in a statement. Despite the statement, right-wing
MK Moshe Feiglin from Netanyahus Likud party visited the
site on Sunday under heavy guard.
- Jewish prayer is banned in the compound, considered the religions
holiest site. Muslims also revere the area, which houses the
Dome of the Rock and the al-Aqsa Mosque, as holy.
- According to the Kuwaiti report, Netanyahus appeals
for calm were the result of Jordanian pressure, as was a statement
from Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas saying Netanyahus
words were a step in the right direction. http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/blog/?p=27903
$5.4B PLEDGED TO GAZA AFTER ISRAEL-HAMAS WAR [NEVER FAILS THEY
END UP REWARDED]
Oct 12, 2014 By HAMZA HENDAWI - Associated Press - CAIRO (AP)
- A donor conference in Cairo to raise money to rebuild the Gaza
Strip after this year's war between Hamas and Israel ended with
pledges of $5.4 billion for reconstruction there, Norway's foreign
minister said Sunday.
- Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende offered the figure
at the end of Sunday's one-day conference, far beyond the $4
billion initially sought by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
- "The message was clear to the international community
that the Palestinian brothers are not alone," Egyptian Foreign
Minister Sameh Shukri said.
- Qatar pledged $1 billion toward the reconstruction, once
again using its vast wealth to reinforce its role as a regional
player as Gulf Arab rival the United Arab Emirates promised $200
- The pledges followed U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry earlier
announcing immediate American assistance of $212 million. The
European Union pledged 450 million euros ($568 million), while
Turkey, which has been playing a growing role in the Middle East
in recent years, said it was donating $200 million. Continued:
- DO THEY KNOW THE ANTICHRIST IS HERE?
- Following President Obama Insults, USSC Will "Decide"
If Jerusalem Belongs To Israel. The US Supreme Court will decide
the fate on whether to recognize Jerusalem as being a part of
Israel as part of several new cases to be taken up during its
new term, which opens on Monday. The nine judges on the high
court will hear the case of an American born in Jerusalem who
wishes to list his birthplace as Israel on his passport. The
case, Zivotofsky v. Kerry, highlights a major dispute between
US congress and the president with complex Middle Eastern politics
serving as a background. The US does not recognize Jerusalem
as belonging under any nations sovereignty, saying that
the status of Jerusalem should be determined via peace agreements.
In 2002, Congress passed a law that says Americans born
in Jerusalem should be able to list Israel as their birthplace.
- ROCKY START TO ISRAEL-PA PEACE TALKS
By Ahuva Balofsky January 2, 2014 And the LORD said unto
Abram, after that Lot was separated from him: Lift up now
thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art, northward
and southward and eastward and westward;for all the land which
thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.
(Genesis 13:14-15) This is a week that saw 26 Palestinian prisoners
released from Israeli jails as a precondition for ongoing peace
talks, yet the fragile negotiations are continuing under constant
threat. While speculation regarding settlement expansion in Judea
and Samaria drew criticism from PA Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas,
both Israels right and left wing put forth conflicting
bill proposals in an effort to influence the outcome of any future
- On Tuesday night, Abbas compared Israeli settlements in Judea
and Samaria, as well as building in East Jerusalem, a cancer.
- We will not remain patient as the settlement cancer
spreads, especially in Jerusalem, and we will use our right as
a UN observer state by taking political, diplomatic and legal
action to stop it, Abbas said during a speech in honor
of the forty-ninth anniversary of the founding of the Fatah party,
according to AFP.
- Last week, when reports of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus
alleged plan to announce new building in the area began to spread,
Abbas met with US envoy Martin Indyk and asked for US intervention
to stop the Israeli government from issuing new settlement decisions
in order to save the peace process and the American efforts,
chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said.
- The PA will no longer remain committed to not joining
international organizations, including the International
Criminal Court (ICC), if Israel goes ahead with any building
announcements, Erekat said last week, according to the
Palestinian Wafa news agency. No such announcements have been
made as yet.
- Meanwhile, a bill proposal was approved early this week by
the Ministerial Legislative Committee to annex the Jordan Valley,
effectively taking the area off the negotiating table. Opponents
of the bill appealed immediately, meaning the bill is unlikely
to pass. However, a counter-proposal, which would prevent the
annexation of any part of Judea and Samaria without a peace agreement,
was proposed by MK Hilik Bar (Labor) and the Opposition, and
supported by Labor MKs and some from Shas and Meretz.
- The bill, a variation on one proposed by Bar in July, reads:
The final status of the territory will be determined only
in the framework of an agreement that arranges two states
for two peoples between the State of Israel and the formal
representatives of the Palestinian Authority
of Israel shall not apply its sovereignty unilaterally to lands
in the territory, except in such an agreement. The territory
in question is defined elsewhere in the bill as Judea and Samaria,
as well as the Gaza Strip, but not Jerusalem. It should be noted
that Bars bill is also unlikely to pass.
Read more at http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/8858/rocky-start-israel-pa-peace-talks
- THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S UNPRECEDENTED OUTBURST AGAINST
Isi Leibler Summary ... The irrationality and severity of the
recent rebukes of Israel by Obama, encouraging other "friends"
to join in the condemnation, suggests that he remains obsessively
determined to force Israel to adopt his approach. And this, despite
the events of recent months and his own admission in his U.N.
speech that he had hitherto erred in asserting that the Israeli-Arab
conflict was a major impediment to regional stability.
The exceptionally vicious U.S. condemnation of Israel with regard
to housing construction in the Jewish neighborhoods of Jerusalem
is not merely misguided but also reflects irrational bias. Incidentally,
this behavior also has many ominous parallels to the inhumane
incarceration of Jonathan Pollard, despite pleas for his commutation
from all sectors of American society.
- The harsh outburst relates to a 2,600-unit housing project
planned as an extension of an exclusively Jewish neighborhood
adjacent to the suburb of Talpiot and Kibbutz Ramat Rahel both
within the Green Line. It incorporates primarily barren land
on which Ethiopian and Russian immigrants had been housed temporarily
in mobile homes. Highly significant but a fact that is
ignored is that nearly half of the construction was designated
to provide housing for Arabs. Construction permits were approved
two years ago but it was the far left-wing group, Peace Now [Shalom
Achshav], that saw fit to highlight the issue in a press release
on the eve of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's meeting with
U.S. President Barack Obama in a calculated effort to embarrass
the prime minister and provoke tensions.
- The successive statements by both the White House and State
Department spokesmen must be considered among the most bitterly
prejudiced and unbalanced condemnations of Israel ever expressed
by the U.S. They make a mockery of repeated claims by the Obama
administration that it considers Israel to be a close ally.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest stated, "This development
will only draw condemnation from the international community,
distance Israel from even its closest allies, poison the atmosphere,
not only with the Palestinians [sic] but also with the very Arab
governments with which Prime Minister Netanyahu said he wanted
to build relations." Continued: http://emetnews.org/analysis/obama-administrations-unprecedented-outburst-against-israel.php
- EGYPT'S ABDEL FATTAH AL-SI TELLS ISRAEL 'NOW IS THE TIME
TO END CONFLICT'
By AFP | 12 Oct, 2014 - CAIRO: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah
al-Sisi urged Israel to reach a peace deal with the Palestinians
as an international donor conference began in Cairo Sunday to
raise funds for Gaza. "I call on the Israeli people and
the government: now is the time to end the conflict," Sisi
said in his opening remarks.
- WE NEED A PALESTINIAN STATE,' NEW EU FOREIGN AFFAIRS
CHIEF SAYS IN GAZA
- Federica Mogherini says world cant afford a fourth
Gaza war, and entire EU sees Palestinian statehood as ultimate
By 'Times of Israel' staff November 8, 2014 - Top EU diplomat
calls for Jerusalem to be shared capital.
Palestinian rioters, police clash in East Jerusalem. European
nations threaten to recognize Palestinian state
Romney hammers Obama as dictatorial to friends like
Israel, naive on Iran.
- Hamas and Israel fought a 50-day war in July and August which
resulted in the deaths of 2,140 Palestinians, at least half of
them combatants according to Israel, and more than 70 Israelis,
most of them soldiers. Mogherinis visit came against a
backdrop of surging Israeli-Palestinian tensions in East Jerusalem
where there have been near-daily clashes in flashpoint neighborhoods,
and two terror attacks that killed four Israelis in two weeks.
She voiced hope that Gaza would avoid another major conflict.
- PALESTINIANS TO DELAY SECURITY COUNCIL BID UNTIL AFTER IRAN
Minister says Ramallah has yet to secure votes, and Tehran nuke
diplomacy has overshadowed lobbying for West Bank withdrawal
By Spencer Ho November 24, 2014 Ramallah has decided to delay
submitting an appeal to the UN Security Council to set a timetable
for Israel to withdraw from the West Bank, Palestinian Authority
Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said in remarks published Monday.
Maliki told the Palestinian Maan News Agency that the Palestinians
had decided to wait until after the end of the latest round of
negotiations between Iran and world powers, and further noted
that they had yet to secure a nine-vote majority in the Security
Council on the proposal.
- Palestinian Authority: President Mahmoud Abbas vowed earlier
this month to follow through on his plan to present a resolution
to the UN Security Council in the coming month demanding a timetable
for Israel to pull out of the West Bank by November 2016, and
said no pressure would deter him from this course.
- Maliki said the Palestinians were not delaying out of fear
of sanctions by the US, which has come out against the move.
The Palestinians need nine votes to win approval or force the
US to use its veto in the 15-member council. However, Maliki
said the five permanent members of the council were too busy
trying to reach a deal with Iran over its nuclear program to
give their attention to the Palestinian cause.
- Talks with Iran are slated to wrap up Monday, but reports
have indicated officials are looking into an extension should
a flurry of diplomatic activity in Vienna fail to bring the sides
together before the deadline.