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NEWS FROM ISRAEL AND THE MIDDLE EAST


Netanyahu in Congress: Jerusalem Must Remain Undivided


Israel National News reports: “Israel is the only country that has guaranteed freedom of all faiths in Jerusalem, which must remain undivided, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told Congress. In unusually strong language, he told members of Congress that Judea and Samaria are part of the ancient Jewish homeland that our forefathers walked in and that the 650,000 Jews living there ‘are not ‘occupying’ the region.’ He strongly criticized the changed versions of history that are being promoted by others.

Interrupted dozens of times by standing ovations, after minutes-long applause as he entered the chamber, Netanyahu also said that there are 300 million Arabs in the Middle East, but the only ones who are free are Israeli citizens.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu noted in his opening remarks that the ‘ground is still shifting’ in the Middle East and that the uprisings in the Muslim countries represent people’s demands for liberty.

He thanked the United States for helping Israel reach its defense capabilities despite the ‘tough’ economy. He jokingly said that the United States doesn’t have to help build Israel–it is already built. More seriously, he said that the United States doesn’t have to send soldiers to defend Israel, because Israel defends itself…

He made it clear that he is willing to agree to borders for a Palestinian Authority country that would place some Jews outside of Israel’s borders, but did not mention that this would be only in settlement blocs and gave the impression of giving up less, rather than more.

Netanyahu also stressed that the borders must be negotiated because Israel ‘will not return to the indefensible borders of 1967.’ He relied on his interpretation of U.S. President Barack Obama’s statement that any future borders of Israel will not be identical with the 1949 Armistice Lines that existed until the Six-Day War in 1967. He repeated his insistence that the Jordan River have an Israeli Army presence, remarking that in the Middle East, peace depends on the ability to defend oneself…

Repeating that the obstacle to peace is not the creation of a Palestinian State to which six successive Israeli Prime Ministers agreed, but the Palestinian acceptance of the existence of a Jewish State, Netanyahu called to Abbas to tell Palestinians clearly that Israel has a right to exist. Meanwhile, he said, incitement continues in PA school curricula, squares are named after terrorists and the only reward Israel got for leaving Lebanon and Gaza was 12,000 rockets fired at its children.

‘Imagine a siren sounding and giving you 60 seconds to find shelter before a missile strikes. You couldn’t live with that. No one can live with that, ‘he said emphatically, adding, ‘Israel is not what is wrong in the Middle East. Israel is the only thing that is right in the Middle East.’…” (Jerusalem is the ‘City of the Great King’ the Lord Jesus Christ. This is the city where Christ will situate Himself on David’s Throne eternally. Jerusalem belongs to the Jews and should never be divided between Jews and Palestinians. When it is divided and negotiations are forced upon Israel to do so, it will lead to World War III. Following the global skirmish Jerusalem again becomes the sole possession of Jews – Matthew 5:35; Luke 1:32, 33; Joel 3:2; Zechariah 14: 2, 4, 12, and 16. Follow the above verses in the pattern arranged.)


Obama Mideast speech shows disconnect from Israel’s reality, senior official say


Haaretz reports: “U.S. President Barack Obama does not understand the reality of Israel’s situation, a senior Israeli official said, just as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in Washington D.C. ahead of his meeting with the American president.

In a high-profile Middle East policy speech, Obama supported continued Mideast peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians based on 1967 borders, a move which caught Israeli leaders by surprise and drew criticism from Netanyahu and his aides.

‘There is a feeling that Washington does not understand the reality, doesn’t understand what we face,’ the official said on board the plane taking Netanyahu to Washington for talks later in the day with Obama.

‘The prime minister’s tough response expresses the disappointment with the absence of central issues that Israel demanded, chiefly the refugee (issue),’ he added.

Tensions between Israel and the U.S., already strained by a lengthy stall in Mideast peace talks, seemed to reach fever pitch following Obama’s speech, and ahead of Netanyahu’s planned address to Congress…” (Praise the Lord! While Obama did not change his anti-Semitic position, the United States Congress gave Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu 20 standing ovations as he dealt with the issues above that our president rejected. Still greater is the fact that the Democrats, including Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid stood with Netanyahu. Amen and amen.)


Former U.S. peace broker: Netanyahu and Obama are on different planets


Haaretz reports: “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President are on ‘different planets’ regarding the Middle East peace process, a former U.S. negotiator told ABC News, in wake of disagreement between the two leaders following the American president’s Mideast policy speech.

The report came after Netanyahu denied that he was locked in crisis with the American president over their public dispute regarding the borders of a future Palestinian state.

‘The reports of a disagreement have been blown way out of proportion,’ Netanyahu was quoted as saying by a spokesman.

At the White House, Netanyahu bluntly rejected Obama’s vision for the borders of a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, in what appeared to be the opening of a deep divide between the United States and Israel.

In an unusually sharp rebuke to Israel’s closest ally, Netanyahu told Obama his endorsement of the Palestinian demand to go back to Israel’s 1967 boundaries – meaning significant land concessions – would leave Israel ‘indefensible.’

Speaking with ABC , Aaron David Miller, head of the U.S. Advisory Council of Israel Policy Forum and former U.S. Mideast negotiator referred to the ongoing disconnect between Jerusalem and Washington, saying ‘Obama is on Mars right now, and the prime minister is on another planet.’…” (Netanyahu is on the Biblical planet. God’s Word states 930 times that the land of Israel – especially Jerusalem – belongs to the Jews exclusively. When the Messiah arrives, our Lord Jesus, He rules the world from Jerusalem in Luke 1:32, 33; and that’s why Matthew 5:35 states that Jerusalem is “the city of the Great King“. If Obama wins the world will lose because the division of Jerusalem leads to Armageddon – Joel 3:2; Revelation 16:16. See also the next three reports.)


Dozens protest Obama’s ME speech at US embassy in TA


The Jerusalem Post reports: “Nearly 100 protesters gathered outside the US embassy in Tel Aviv under the banner ‘Israel won’t commit suicide.’

The protest, taking place at the same time US President Barack Obama was addressing the AIPAC conference in Washington, was billed as a response to the US president’s speech in which he called for peace negotiations to resume based on 1967 lines.

Several speakers addressed the crowd, with one bemoaning, ‘We expect betrayal from the Arabs, but not from America.’

‘America is telling us to surrender our defensible borders,’ she yelled to the crowd through a megaphone. ‘America is telling us that Jerusalem should belong to a people that doesn’t even admit there was a temple upon the Temple Mount,’ a reference to the demand that east Jerusalem be the capital of any future Palestinian state.

While many of the protesters expressed their anger with Obama, a sizable number also voiced their opposition to any concessions at all to the Palestinians in peace talks, specifically borders, the division of Jerusalem and the return of Palestinian refugees.

Norden, an oleh from South Africa, told The Jerusalem Post that the US president had ‘taken an immature position’ and should understand that a two-state solution is just not practical. Borders based on 1967 lines, he added, ‘are just ridiculous.’…”


Hamas slams Obama’s speech, Abbas convenes ’emergency’ meeting


Haaretz reports: “Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said that U.S. President Barack Obama’s major Mideast policy speech was disappointing, telling Al Jazeera television that the U.S. president did not propose anything new.

‘What Obama needs to do is not to add slogans but to take concrete steps to protect the rights of the Palestinian people and the Arab nation,’ Abu Zuhri said.

Meanwhile, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas welcomed U.S. President Barack Obama’s efforts to renew talks with Israel that collapsed last year, a senior Palestinian official said, and will convene ‘emergency’ talks with Palestinian and Arab officials to consider further steps…” (The Wall Street Journal in the month of June called Obama the greatest anti-Semitic president in history. Beware all haters of God’s Chosen People – including entire Christian denominations – see Genesis 12:2, 3.)


Assad regime: Obama Mideast speech is interference in Syria’s affairs


Haaretz reports: “The Syrian government accused U.S. President Barack Obama of meddling in its internal affairs, following Obama’s high-profile Mideast strategy speech in Washington.

The U.S. president called for President Bashar Assad to lead his country to democracy or ‘get out of the way.’ It was his most direct warning to the leader of a nation embroiled in violence as the government cracks down on a popular uprising.

Syria’s official news agency said Obama’s speech amounted to ‘incitement.’ It accused Obama of interfering in Syria’s internal affairs.

Rights groups say more than 850 people have died in the regime crackdown on the uprising since it erupted in March.

Obama said Assad must start a serious dialogue or his regime will continue to be challenged from within and isolated abroad…”


IDF chief: Israel faces growing range of threats, from ‘knife to nuclear’


Haaretz reports: “The Israel Defense Forces will ask the state to increase its defense budget significantly to contend with the growing terror threats in the region, Chief of Staff Benny Gantz said.

‘The spectrum of threats in light of the changes in the Middle East is growing,’ Gantz told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. ‘These threats range from knife to nuclear – from the knife used in a single terror attack to a nuclear Iran.’

‘The threats of the past are still in force, but new threats are developing that require the ability to operate in a number of different theaters with strength and determination,’ Gantz said, adding that this ‘new spectrum of threats requires a new and broader budget framework for the defense establishment.’

One such threat was the upcoming aid flotilla bound from Turkey to the Gaza Strip, one year after the deadly Israeli raid on the Mavi Marmara ship. ‘The flotilla organizers are working to inflame hatred and provocation against Israel and not out of desire to help the population in Gaza.’

‘There is no humanitarian crisis’ in Gaza, Gantz declared. ‘Every day, hundreds of trucks enter filled with food and materials. The IDF will work to stop any attempt to break through the naval blockade.’…” (See such important Biblical texts as Deuteronomy 28: 65, 66; Jeremiah 30:7; Daniel 12:1; Matthew 24:9; John 16:2; and Revelation 12:13. “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, they shall prosper that love thee” – Psalm 122:6.)


Iran cleric: Killing Israeli children OK


YnetNews.com reports: “A senior Iranian cleric, who is known as President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s spiritual mentor, urged followers to continue suicide attacks against Israelis, including children.

Ayatollah Mohammad Taghi Mesbah, considered one of the Islamic Republic’s most radical clerics, issued a religious edict on his website whereby suicide attacks are not only legitimate but are a must for every Muslim, a special paper by the Middle East Media Research Institute shows.

The senior cleric was responding to a question from a follower regarding the difference between ‘martyr’s death’ and ‘suicide.’ The man, who wrote anonymously, noted that ‘some people say that martyrdom operations are considered suicide and that they are haram (forbidden) because they contradict Islam.’

In response, Mesbah expressed his regret that his follower has fallen victim to ‘propaganda of the enemies of Islam.’ He added that the follower was wasting his time instead of focusing on ‘uprooting the Zionist regime.’

‘When protecting Islam, the Muslim people depend on martyrdom operations. It not only is allowed, but even is an obligation,’ Mesbah wrote.

The follower presented another question regarding Islam’s position on harming Israelis, wondering whether Hamas and Jihad actions against Israeli civilians are forbidden. He also asked: ‘How about the Israeli children killed in such attacks?’

The Iranian Ayatollah did not see fit to forbid the killing of children, only noting that Israelis can be harmed unless they openly express their objection to their government’s position. He added that even in such cases, harming civilians is permissible if ‘they are used as human shield and fighting the aggressors depends on attacking those civilians.’…” (“Whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea” Mark 9:42. In the verses that follow Christ mentions the eternity that awaits such blasphemous monsters – Mark 9:43 – 48.)


Hamas MP: Jews Ingathered for Us to Annihilate Them


Israel National News reports: “Yunis al Astal, a member of the Palestinian Authority parliament, spelled out his organization’s vision for the genocidal annihilation of the Jewish people in a television interview last week. The interview was broadcast on Hamas Al Aqsa TV and monitored by incitement watchdog group MEMRI.

Al Astal described the ingathering of the Jewish people in the Land of Israel in terms of a divine plan that would give the Arabs ‘the honor’ of annihilating ‘the evil of this gang.’

In a few years’ time, he predicted, the Zionists will understand that they were brought here for the purpose of being slaughtered in ‘a great massacre.’

Using Hitleresque language, he said that the Jews are more dangerous than all of the world’s lethal birds of prey, dangerous reptiles and lethal bacteria combined…” (God brought the Jew to his home to bless His people forever. That’s why He promises His Elect or Chosen that He will give Israel an eternal name [Isaiah 56:5] and no Jew haters will succeed in wiping Israel off the map as Islamic terrorists plan to accomplish – Psalm 83:4, 5.)



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