Posts Tagged ‘Jerusalem’

A Birthright Should Not Be Sold Or Leased

October 31, 2010

 

The Arab newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat reported last week that the US is negotiating the future borders of the Palestinian state with Israel. One option is reportedly that Israel would lease land in East Jerusalem from the Palestinian State for 6-9 years. – The initiative comes from Mr. Obama’s office in Washington D.C.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s office refused to confirm or deny the reports.

Why would America float the idea that Israel should lease the land from the Palestinian Arabs?  – Obviously because the men and women elected to govern that nation believe that East Jerusalem really belongs to the Palestinian Arabs.

Maybe someone should take the courage to stand up and tell Obama and the rest of the world that the land of Israel and the city of Jerusalem is not to give and not to sell and not to get.

Obama is of course trying to set a trap for Israel. If the Netanyahu government rejects this demand outright, the other side will charge that the Israelis are not interested in making peace. If Israel agrees to the idea of leasing that part of Jerusalem, it would be acknowledging that it didn’t own it.

Obama forgets that the gift of this Land to Abraham and his descendants was based on an unconditional covenant from G-D himself. (Gen.17:7-8) That makes the Almighty the land owner. He passed it on to Abraham and Isaac as inheritance. The Land was not given to the descendants of Ishmael, but rather to the descendants of Isaac!

This week’s Torah portion (Toldot) tells the story of Esau and Jacob, and how Esau sold his birthright to Jacob for a bowl of lentil stew.

In ancient times, the birthright was a very important and sacred thing. It belonged to the firstborn. The family name and titles were passed along to the eldest son. He would also receive a chief portion of the inheritance. –  Esau’s birthright represented not only the inheritance of Isaac’s wealth, but also the inheritance of the land of Israel. On top of that it also passed on spiritual leadership.

Jerusalem has always belonged to Israel. It was never the capital of another country. A Palestinian state never even existed.

Hashem tells us in (Zech.8:7): “I will save my people from lands east and west; I will bring them back, and they will live in Jerusalem. They will be my people, and I will be their G-D, with faithfulness and justice.”

A birthright simply should never be sold or leased to another party, especially not to an enemy.

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There Is Only One Legitimate Claim To Jerusalem

October 21, 2010

During my first visit to Israel I was told that Jerusalem was a holy city for three major religions, 1.Judaism, 2.Christianity and 3.Islam. Today, everybody mentions this as a fact.

But as I started to investigate the different religions, I studied the Tanach, the Christian Bible and the Koran, and discovered the following.

1. In the Jewish Bible, Jerusalem has many names: Salem (Shalem), Moriah, Jebuse (Yevuse), Jerusalem (Yerushalayim), and Zion (Tziyon). The most common term for the city, Yerushalayim, is mentioned 349 times in the Jewish Bible, while Tziyon is mentioned an additional 108 times.

The earliest mention of the site is Genesis 4:18, when Abraham interacts with Malchizedek, King of Shalem. In Genesis 22:1-19, the story of the Binding of Isaac (not Ishmael!) also takes place on “Mount Moriah” the site of the present-day Temple Mount. This area is located beneath the platform on which the Moslem Shrine, the Dome of the Rock, now stands.

When David was anointed King of Israel (c. 1000 BC), and subsequently united the tribes of Israel, he captured the city — which he perceived as an ideal site for the capital of his new kingdom. Then, with the King and the Ark of the Covenant in residence in the city, Jerusalem was transformed into both the political capital and the religious center of Israel. King David’s son and successor, Solomon, consolidated Jerusalem’s eternal religious significance for all Jews by building the First Temple.

2. The Christian connection starts during 1.Century, when the Romans ruled over that area. The Christian Bible tells us that Jesus came to Jerusalem with his Jewish parents when he was twelve and visited the Temple. Of the Biblical writers, Luke, reports the visit of Jesus at the age of 12. The book of John records that Jesus restored a blind man’s eyesight at the pool of Shiloah. The Shiloah pool is the end of the Shiloah channel that was dug to bring water from the Gihon spring to a reservoir inside the city walls. When you hike through Hezekiah’s tunnel, this is where you’ll end up – by the Shiloah pool. Jerusalem is therefore important to Christians; however, since Jesus was a Jew, it is still a Jewish connection.

3. What about the Islamic claim? Jerusalem is not mentioned in the Koran, not even once. So what is the story?

Sura 17 in the Koran, tells us that Mohammed flew, in a dream, on a horse, from the sacred mosque to the farthest mosque. Muslims claim it today to be the Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. That would make Mohammed’s alleged overnight trip covering 1,000 miles from Mecca to Jerusalem, a trip to heaven, and a return to Mecca by morning.

Mohammed died in 632 of the Common Era. At the time of his death there was no mosque built in Jerusalem! The Aksa Mosque was built 20 years after the Dome of the Rock, which was built in 691-692 by Khalif Abd El Malik. That’s about 80 years after Mohammed died.

Therefore it is crystal clear that Mohammed could never have had this mosque in mind when he compiled the Koran, since it did not exist for another three generations after his death. Rather, as many scholars long ago established, it is logical that Mohammed intended the mosque in Mecca as the “Sacred Mosque,” and the mosque in Medina as the “Furthest Mosque.”

So much for the Islamic claim on Jerusalem as one of their holy places. Goebbels said once that “If the lie is big enough and told often enough, it will be believed.” The Islamic claim is a lie, that’s all it is.

There is only one legitimate claim to Jerusalem as their city, and that’s the Jewish claim. I think even Jesus would agree with that. J

Obama Advisor Calls Jerusalem Al-Kuds

May 23, 2010

Oh my goodness, just when I thought I had heard it all, it gets worse.

I read in the Israel National News, that John Brennan, Obama’s Chief Adviser on Counterterrorism for Homeland Security, was speaking to a Muslim audience at New York University in February, at a forum co-hosted by the White House and the Islamic Center at New York University.” Brennan first told a story in Arabic, evoking laughter and concluding with, “Don’t tell the folks who don’t speak Arabic what I said.” – That’s the same thing Yasser Arafat used to do, tell Americans in English something completely different than his own people in Arabic.

John Brennan continued then, actually calling the city of Jerusalem by the name Muslims use to refer to it – the Arabic name “Al-Quds.” –  Really? Has that guy ever read the Bible?

Jerusalem is mentioned many hundreds of times in the Jewish Bible, while Jerusalem isn’t mentioned in Islam’s “Koran” at all. How ignorant is this guy who is advising the Office of Homeland Security? Are you feeling safe when this office secures your homeland?

The history of Jerusalem only goes back to the 4th millennium BCE, making it one of the oldest cities in the world. Jerusalem is the holiest city in Judaism and has been the spiritual center of the Jewish people since c. 1000 BCE, when David, the King of Israel, first established it as the capital of the united Kingdom of Israel, and his son Solomon commissioned the building of the First Temple in that city.

“These comments by John Brennan are as outrageous as they are deeply troubling,” ZOA National President Morton A. Klein said, “No one refers to Jerusalem in the English language as Al-Quds, unless they have a specific political, anti-Israel agenda – in this case, pandering to Israel’s enemies, who will draw comfort from the use of the term Al-Quds by a senior U.S. government official.”

But wait, it gets even better. John Brennan also praised Saudi Arabian religious tolerance, when everyone knows that religious freedom in that country is virtually non-existent. The Saudi Government does not provide legal recognition or protection for freedom of religion, and it is severely restricted in practice. Moreover, any preaching and public practice of non-Muslim religions is prohibited.

Who hired this guy to fill that position in the government?

Listen for yourself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wglrLBqYxQ

Hillary’s Harsh Words for Israel

March 14, 2010

Last Friday, Hillary Clinton telephoned the Israeli Prime Minister and expressed frustration over Israel’s announcement of new settlement construction, a move that deeply embarrassed visiting U.S. Vice President.  Clinton warned Benjamin Netanyahu that his government sent a “deeply negative signal” by taking steps that undermined renewed Middle East “piece”- (often spelled “peace”-) talks. She insisted that Israel had undermined trust and confidence in the peace process … Netanyahu really got an earful as State Hillary Clinton lashed out verbally at him on Shabbat.  Such harsh language was never before directed at a friend and ally of the United States.

If you remember, – Netanyahu issued a 10-month building freeze in Judea and Samaria in November 2009, because of US pressure. This was supposed to reignite those piece talks.

In March, Defense Minister Ehud Barak approved the building of 112 homes in the Judean hareidi-religious community of Beitar Illit. Israel’s Interior Ministry announced plans to develop 1,600 new residences in the large Ramat Shlomo hareidi-religious neighborhood, in northeast Jerusalem. 

But Biden issued a strong statement against the Jerusalem construction.  “I condemn the decision by the government of Israel to advance planning for new housing units in East Jerusalem,” Biden said.  “The substance and timing of the announcement, particularly with the launching of proximity talks, is precisely the kind of step that undermines the trust we need right now and runs counter to the constructive discussions that I’ve had here in Israel.”

In a Friday interview with CNN, Clinton called Israel’s building announcement “insulting” to the United States, and reaffirmed the US commitment to the “two-state solution.” “I mean, it was just really a very unfortunate and difficult moment for everyone,” said Clinton, “and I regret deeply that that occurred and made that known.”

Following Clinton’s phone call on Shabbat, Prime Minister Netanyahu called the leaders of Italy and Germany to discuss what had happened.  He assured them that regulations would be put in place to prevent such an occurrence in the future. 

U.S. envoy George Mitchell is expected to arrive in Israel on Tuesday, and will meet with the Prime Minister.  However, PA chief negotiator Saeb Erekat said that the PA may not engage even in indirect negotiations with Israel unless the Jewish state reverses its decision to build in Ramat Shlomo.

Why does America think it can dictate how many houses should be built in Jerusalem?  Is it one of their cities?  The gradual and steady destruction of Native American culture is a shameful chapter in Americas’ history.  Shouldn’t America return those occupied territories before they start telling other countries what to do? – That, by the way, is exactly the reason why other countries dislike Americans; because they always try to tell everyone else what to do.

Yet U.S. Muslim President Barack Hussein Obama did not hold back in condemning the humiliation caused to Joe Biden with the Israeli announcement of 1,600 new housing units in East Jerusalem during what was supposed to be the vice president’s friendly visit to Israel. Instead of accepting Netanyahu’s partial apology and letting bygones be bygones, Obama issued a stern warning to the Israeli prime minister and is now demanding that he take “specific actions” to show he is “committed” to the U.S.-Israel relationship and to the piece process itself.

It looks like the prime minister has reached the moment of truth, where he must choose between his beliefs and political cooperation with the right on one hand, and his need for American support on the other.

   

It is a difficult dilemma. If he comes into conflict with the U.S. administration – hoping his friends in Congress and the Jewish-American community support him in the name of Washington’s obligation to the “eternal capital of the Jewish people” – he could jeopardize Israel’s security cooperation with the Americans against Iran. Netanyahu knows that the fuel and spare parts for Israel’s air force, as well as the warning signals for missiles headed this way, all come from the United States. He also knows that Israel has no other allies with which to face the threat posed by the Islamic Republic.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu tried to calm down the political crisis with the United States and told the Cabinet Sunday morning “not to get carried away and to calm down” following the unprecedented public rebuke from top American officials.

When God gave us the land in Gen. 12:3, He really meant it.  You see, God cannot lie and He says what he means and means what He says.  When the White House pressured Sharon to disengage from Gaza, it resulted in over 9,000 Jews becoming refugees in their own country, – and to this day many of them are still homeless.  Within a day or so of this New Orleans was destroyed,  causing hundreds of thousands of Americans to become refugees in their own country, and rendering nearly a million homeless.  Dozens of these correlated events have occurred every time the White House forced Israel to make concessions to the enemies of G-D and of Israel. 

Now the US has sent its VP and Secretary of State to force Israel to split the country by making sure the “Palestinians” have a contiguous state and yet there is no other way to do that without cutting Israel in half. 

In the news we hear of the coming big earthquake in California – but little is said of the New Madrid Fault that starts in Missouri and goes south to Mississippi.  This could cut the US in half causing millions to be affected and many killed.  Since G-D repays Israel’s enemies with the same medicine, this would certainly be a possibility considering what we have witnessed over the past few years.  One thing is certain, God will always do what He says, Gen: 12:3. – America, your downfall is closer than you think.

 Meanwhile, in Israel, the Government has now quietly started issuing the new gas masks, including the nerve gas shots. Local Israeli papers have issued warnings to everyone to stock their bomb shelters with the necessary supplies and to be sure they can be sealed properly.

There seems to be not much difference in the behavior of the average Israeli.  They have been there before and know they will survive and be able to fight the enemy when the time comes.  On the other hand, they also know that something will happen very soon. If they are worried, they just try not to show it.

Israel will not be destroyed, and the Messiah will plant His Feet on the Mount of Olives and when He does the whole world will know all about it.  We have to understand is that the Master of this World has set the Redemption of His Nation Israel into high gear with the resettlement of the Land of Israel in our time, the rebuilding of Jerusalem, the ingathering of the exiles, and reemergence of Israel as a world power during the last 62 years. All of this is to establish “Malchut” – the Kingship of G-d over the world.

For the Jew, Israel  is and will be the safest place on earth, and many are beginning to wake up to that fact, as they start to leave Europe while the airlines are still operating. 

G-d’s plan for Israel in particular and the world as a whole – as promised to the Prophets of Israel – will surely come to pass.

The Controversy of Zion

March 7, 2010

Last week I read that Palestinian President Abbas pointed a finger at  Israel, saying that it crossed red lines in Jerusalem. He also said that Israel damaged the chances for a peace process. He even called on the American administration to “stop the adventure which may ignite a religious war in the region.”

The clashes began as Arabs started to hurl stones at the Western Wall plaza and police forces stationed at the Mugrabi Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City. The Arab attacks on Jews followed a sermon that area residents said encouraged Muslim violence. Israeli police forces removed the stone throwers and stormed the Temple Mount compound, using stun grenades.

Let’s see, who started it? The Arabs! They even threw stones at tourists. What did the Israelis do? They sent their police to stop the stone throwers. – But who gets blamed for hindering the peace process? The Israelis.

On June 7th, 1967, the city of Jerusalem was reunited for the first time since its partition in 1948. On June 14, 1967, the rubble was cleared from the Western Wall Square. Once again, the holiest place for all Jews was open, and all were invited to visit. It was estimated that 200,000 Israelis visited the Western Wall, though they had to pass through six police barriers to reach the site.

Today, the Jews are again faced with the prospect of their beloved city being divided for the sake of appeasement. Israel faces not only the bias of the entire Arab world, and many in the European Union, it faces unwarranted bias from our own U. S. State Department’s refusal to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

So, to whom does Jerusalem belong?

Over 3000 years ago, G-D told King David: “…I have chosen Jerusalem, so that my name can be there: and I have chosen David to be over my people Israel” (II Chronicles 6:6). In (II Chronicles 33:4) he says: “My name will be in Jerusalem forever.”

In the Hebrew alphabet the letter Shin ש is the first letter in the name of God, Shaddai. Shaddai, meaning “the keeper of the doors of Israel”, is inscribed on the mezuzot on all the doorways of a Jewish home.The map above identifies the geography of ancient Jerusalem. Three valleys surround Jerusalem, the Kidron Valley on the east, The Refaiim Valley, just east of the City of Zion, and the Hinom Valley south and west of the City of Zion. Together with the Temple Mount and Jerusalem in their midst, they form the Hebrew letter Shin (high-lighted in red).

Could it be that G-D constructed the geography of the region to fulfill the verses above and actually, and physically, put His name on Jerusalem? Is the “fingerprint of HaShem on Jerusalem for all to see? Maybe. Just a coincidence, perhaps, perhaps not, but it is something to meditate on.

The prophet Isaiah predicted: “The Law will go out from Zion, and the word of Adonai from Jerusalem.” (Isaiah 2:3)

The Almighty has preserved Jerusalem. The city of Jerusalem has been leveled to the ground five times. Her people have been carried away captive, yet Jerusalem always rises from the rubble because G-D has ordained it through the centuries! Jerusalem belongs to G-D.

It is therefore not wise to “mess” with Jerusalem, especially not the people who’s Koran never even mentions that city.

G-D takes a very dim view indeed of any nation that puts its hand to the division of His land. He has vowed to deal extremely harshly with those who do this. God has, He says, “a day of vengeance for the controversy of Zion.” (Joel 3:2; Isaiah 34:1-8)

It would be best for any nation not to mess with Jerusalem, because they will fall into the hands of the living G-D and the consequences will be awful.

The “Piece Plan” is not a “Peace Plan”

November 15, 2009

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On Saturday the sixth annual Saban Forum began in Jerusalem and Ramallah. The two-day forum runs through Monday, and is supposed to be a dialogue between senior officials from both countries on US-Israel relations and Middle East strategic issues such as the Iranian threat, Syria and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, will be held behind closed doors.

Attending are former US president Bill Clinton, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg and Senators Joe Lieberman and Lindsey Graham – the highest-level US delegation ever to attend the conference.

Among the Israeli participants are Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Kadima leader Tzipi Livni, Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman, Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) director Yuval Diskin and Director of Military Intelligence General Amos Yadlin.

The delegates are scheduled to meet with Bank of Israel governor Stanley Fischer to discuss economic development.

Unique to this year’s event, the delegates travelled today to Ramallah to meet with Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salaam Fayad.

Founded in 2004, the Saban Center for Middle East Policy has been working to promote independent policy dialogue between Israel and the US. Founder Haim Saban called the timing of the event “a critical moment in US-Israel relations.”

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat announced Sunday that the PA they is preparing to ask the United Nations to recognize an independent Palestinian state in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, without Israel’s consent because they are losing faith in the peace talks. – A senior Palestinian official told Fox News that the Palestinian Authority plans to call for Palestinian statehood through a UN resolution in the next few weeks — a similar maneuver to that by which Israel was created.

Despite widespread assumptions the U.S. would veto any such U.N. Security Council resolution, the PA negotiator said that in initial discussions, the Obama administration did not threaten to veto their conceptual unilateral resolution.

“There is no substitute for negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority and any unilateral attempts outside that framework will unravel the existing agreements between us and could entail unilateral steps by Israel,” Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told a high level gathering of Israeli and American policy makers at the Saban Forum in Jerusalem on Sunday night.

Both Palestinians and some Israelis believe that there is growing support in the international community for such a measure.

Asked to comment on the plan, an American official said that such a UN resolution, while
not a cure-all, could be expanded upon eventually. Still, he added: “It’s a measure
that would make you feel good for five minutes. Then what?”

The Palestinians seek an independent state that includes the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem — areas captured by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war.

The Palestinians already declared independence unilaterally on Nov. 15, 1988. The declaration was recognized by dozens of countries, but never implemented on the ground.

For Israel, the creation of a Hamas-controlled, Iranian-influenced Palestinian state in Judea and Samaria—the heartland of the Jewish people and key to Jewish national security—would amount to national suicide.

But G-D has only one plan, because unlike man, he sees the end from the beginning (Isa. 46:9-10). We don’t have to look far in the Bible to see that Israel is in G-D’s eternal plan. He doesn’t have a “Piece Plan” – he has a “Peace Plan” – for Israel and the whole world.

The Greatest Lie Ever

October 5, 2009

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I am sick and tired of the lies.

There was never a so called PLO land, and never will be. If you think this is an outlandish statement, please read on and decide for yourself.

If you go all the way back to the Stone Age and from there to the Israeli conquests from 1,200 – 1,000 BC — you will not find a “Palestinian” people. Much less a Palestinian nation that was in control of the Holy Land. If you search the history books, you will see that from 1,000 BC up until 587 BC the Jews struggled among themselves over the land, yet stayed in control of it. Later came the Persians then the Hellenists, and later, the Hasmoneans.

Then came the Romans. – To make a long story short, they had so much trouble with the Jews they ended up destroying everything Jewish that they could find. This even included changing the name of the geographical region from Israel to “Palestine”. This happened around 63 BC through 324 AD.

From that time forth everyone who lived in this land were called “Palestinians”. The Greeks, Persians, and even the Jews, were all called Palestinians. Much the same as those who live in the USA are all called Americans.

After the Romans came the Byzantines, the Crusaders, the Mamluks, and the Ottoman’s. In 1917 came the British who stayed in control of Palestine until 1948. During their stay in Palestine they even created a State for the Arabs (Palestinians) who lived here; – it’s called Jordan.

Then in May of 1948 G-D started to bring the Jews home, and ISRAEL BECAME A NATION ONCE AGAIN (Ezek. 37).

From 1948 until 1967 Egypt controlled the Gaza Strip and Jordan controlled the “so-called” West Bank, Samaria and Judea.

After the 1967 six day war this all changed, and Israel was once more in control of their mountains “Judea & Samaria” and more importantly their beloved Jerusalem.

I am sure you know all of this. But I want to make this very clear to everyone; there is one thing absent in all of the above. At no time did the “Palestinians” have control of this land.

It is also interesting to note that during the time span 1948 – 67 when Egypt and Jordan were in control, there was never any talk of a Palestinian State.

Excuse me, but why should the Palestinians have their “State” back, when they never had one to begin with? This is yet another Islamic lie, and part of their desire to control or kill Jacob.

When you hear them say the Jews are occupying Palestinian land, it is another of their lies. But what absolutely amazes me, is that no one is questioning their right to say it. “The West Bank is occupied Palestinian land.” This phrase is frequently repeated, as a given, by all the governments of the world and by the entire news media.

One of the problems here is that so few people know the history of the world.

This idea that the West Bank is occupied Palestinian land has been accepted by almost everyone. Yet it is, in fact, the greatest lie ever perpetrated on the whole of humanity.

And in the entire history of nations, Jerusalem was never the capital of any country other than that of ancient Israel and modern Israel. So how can there be a claim on Jerusalem as the capital of a state that never existed?

Jerusalem is not even mentioned in the Koran. Not once!

You don’t believe me?

Do your own home work and search the history books. – If you find the existence of a previous Palestinian state, please let me know.

Shalom – Lilo

Bravo, Mr. Netanyahu !

July 20, 2009

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Netanyahu flatly rejected US demand to halt Jerusalem housing project.

Jerusalem is the “unified capital of Israel and the capital of the Jewish people, and sovereignty over it is indisputable,” Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Sunday, responding to an American demand to put an end to a housing project to be built in east Jerusalem.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said the US demand was “odd.”

“Thousands of Arab families build houses in Jerusalem, in the neighborhoods of Neve Yaakov and French Hill, and I’ve never heard any comment on the matter from the United States or Europe,” Lieberman said. “I’m trying to put this delicately: It would be very strange if Jews were discriminated against in Jerusalem of all places, especially in light of the fact that it is not an isolated site; this is the heart of the city, very close to the Government Compound and Israel Police Headquarters.”

According to the Torah, Israel is G-D’s Land and Jerusalem His place of dwelling. What utter arrogance of an American President to tell the Israeli Prime Minister what to do.

This is not a difference of opinion between presidents of two different countries; it is a difference of opinion between Obama and the Almighty.

America, I fear for you! – Lilo

Elections in Israel

November 12, 2008

election1  In Israel, I see election banners everywhere, draped on fences and buildings. In America, people used to post campaign signs along the streets. Most European countries would not allow their towns to be littered that way.

I wonder about the purpose of the ridiculous number of election signs lining the highways and byways? In Jerusalem, huge pictures of candidates were draped on buildings. Does anyone vote for a person just because they see his or her picture on a poster?

Yesterday, on our way to the store, we passed several voting booths here in Kiryat Shmona. They were open until 10 pm. Every possible party had a candidate for the mayor’s position, each one of them promising to do wonders for the town.

In Jerusalem 4 interesting candidates ran for the seat of the mayor:

 

1.    Meir Porush, an ultra-orthodox, haredi rabbi from the United Torah Judaism party.

 

2.    Nir Barkat, his opponent, a secular businessman and hi-tech millionaire.

 

3.    Arkady Gaydamak, a Russian-born businessman and owner of Jerusalem’s Beitar football team, who is being tried in absentia by a Paris court for selling arms to Angolan rebels during the 1990s. He tried to get the votes of the Arabs.

 

4.    Dan Byron, a former director of public television turned bar owner, ran on behalf of the Green Leaf party and called for legislation of cannabis.

Oh my!  Dozens of haredi religious Jerusalem activists tried to prevent voters from reaching polling stations. In doing so they battled policemen in what TIME magazine called a “bizarre election.” This took place in the Beit Israel neighborhood of Jerusalem and involved rival religious groups. It was the only reported incident of violence in Jerusalem. Police broke up a demonstration by extremist ultra-Orthodox Jews who do not recognize Israel. Police said they were trying to prevent people from voting. At least one policeman suffered head wounds from stone throwers, one of whom was arrested.

Nevertheless, the voter turnout was extremely low – I think less than 30%? East Jerusalem’s Arab residents didn’t vote because Islam forbids Arabs to vote for Israeli leaders – and not because Israel didn’t allow it. That didn’t help Gaydamak, who split the remaining few % of votes with Byron who got even less votes. Thank goodness, now we know that not too many people in Jerusalem smoke pot!

According to the final results released by Israel’s interior ministry, Israeli secular politician Nir Barkat defeated the ultra-orthodox rabbi to become the new mayor of Jerusalem. Barkat won outright with 52% of the vote while Meir Porush received 43%. Mr. Barkat opposes dividing Jerusalem as part of any peace agreement with the Palestinians and has promised to build extensively in what the rest of the world regards as occupied East Jerusalem.

 

Now –after the election – the banners are still there. Will they keep hanging there until the next election?

Coincidence or Consequence?

July 2, 2008

The Bible tells us again and again that there are consequences for those who rebel against G-D’s word. As a matter of fact it is one of the main themes throughout the entire Torah.

 

The Almighty warns us of the following: “I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the valley of Y’hoshafat ” (meaning “Adonai judges”) – which may refer to the Kidron Valley on the East of Jerusalem. ” I will enter into judgment there on behalf of My people and My heritage, Israel, whom they scattered among the nations – and they divided My land.” (Joel 3:2)

 

How much clearer should G-D’s warning be than; “DON’T DIVIDE G-D’S LAND”? How many ways does the L-rd need to tell us not to mess with Jerusalem? Can He tell us in plainer language than this not to divide Israel? Not to partition off Jerusalem? Are we deaf, illiterate or dumb?

 

Since 1967, Israel had steadfastly claimed a united Jerusalem as ‘its eternal capital, never to be divided again.”

Yet, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, has been pressuring Israel to drop all of its redline conditions in order to create a Palestinian state, which is to include the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and essentially all of east Jerusalem…, and for the first time – the division of Jerusalem is on the table.

But Jerusalem will be a heavy burden for the USA. 2,500 years ago G-D spoke through the Hebrew prophet Zechariah. “And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples…” (meaning the entire world). All who would seek to heave it away will surely be cut in pieces.” (Zechariah 12:3)  Here is the punch-line; – EVERYONE who tries to divide Jerusalem will be utterly destroyed for getting involved with it.

Isaac and Ishmael’s fight (fight between Jews & Arabs) over the possession of Jerusalem has drawn the whole world into it – just as the prophets predicted. It is the culmination of Ishmael’s 4,000 year-old hatred of his half brother Isaac, the forefather of the Israelites.

 

The prophet Obadiah warned that God “deals with any nation in direct relation to how that nation interacts with Israel. If a nation blesses Israel, God blesses that nation. If a nation curses Israel, He curses that nation. It is that simple. “AS YOU DID TO ISRAEL IT WILL BE DONE TO YOU”. (Obadiah 1:15)

 

Why are we persistently interfering with the “apple of God’s eye?” Why are our leaders repeatedly trying to get Israel to divide up her covenantal land? Why do they not see that each time they interfere with Jerusalem and Israel they simultaneously witness destruction in one American city after another?

 

Fires are raging in Southern California and destroying well over 1,000 homes. Almost a million Californians have been evacuated. Atlanta City warns that they will run out of water in less than three months – a drought of biblical proportions (their words). Hurricane Katrina destroyed New Orleans – an entire U.S. port city. They still haven’t recovered. Is God trying to tell us something?

Is it any wonder that disasters threaten thousands of American homes – this time in Southern California? Up to 850,000 residents have been evacuated to flee from the destructive fires raging all throughout the State. Fox News said,  that it is the largest evacuation since the Civil War. – Just like Hurricane Katrina, thousands are fleeing for their lives while their homes are threatened or destroyed.

 

As the Bush administration pressures Israel to “divide” her land and give up more land to Palestinians, Americans are losing their own land and properties in a biblical inferno. Coincidence?

 

Again? How many times must we suffer harm before we learn not to poke sticks in the “apple of God’s eye” – Israel?

Noah warned the people for 120 years prior to the great flood. Before God judged the ancient Canaanites, He warned them for 400 years. He warned Israel, with prophet after prophet, for close to two hundred years before the Babylonian captivity. – G-D is now warning America.”

McTernan said: “At some point, the warning-judgments cross over to destruction-judgments. The destruction-judgments will break the nation and stop the interference with G-D’s plan for Israel. There is no recovery from destruction-judgments. It appears Hurricane Katrina was the first destruction-judgment.”

“Is the Southern California inferno the second judgment? Will the Atlanta drought be the third? What is next?”

“God takes His covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob very seriously. The judgments begin after a nation hardens its heart and is adamant against His word. It appears that the rebellion and unbelief in G-D’s word has now taken America to the brink of destruction-judgments.”

 

The prophet Isaiah warned us that in the last days God is going to turn the world upside down…(Isaiah 24:1). According to this prophecy, sudden judgment is coming upon the earth, and it will change everything in a single hour. Within that short span, the whole world will witness fast falling destruction upon a city and a nation, and the world will never be the same.”

On Fox news television the other morning, I heard California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger state, …”One minute the home is there…and in less than an hour the fire has destroyed it! In one hour everything’s gone!”

Coincidence or consequence?