NEWS FROM ISRAEL AND THE MIDDLE EAST
Top Pakistani cleric: Islam teaches us that Israel belongs only to the Jews
December 22, 2020 — Israel National News reports: “A senior Pakistani Islamic cleric and former lawmaker has called for the recognition of the State of Israel, and urged Muslims around the world to accept the Jewish state.
Maulana Muhammad Khan Sherani, who served as Chairman of Pakistan’s Council of Islamic Ideology – a body which advises the government and parliament on Islamic law – and as a lawmaker in the National Assembly for the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam party until 2018, announced over the weekend that according to Islamic theology, the historic Land of Israel ‘belongs only to the Jews’.
According to a report by British-Pakistani writer Noor Dahri, on Saturday, Sherani endorsed formal recognition of the State of Israel, and said Muslims are obliged to acknowledge Jewish rights to the area…” (This cleric is correct. The Qur’an states – “And [mention, O Muhammad], when Moses said to his people, “O my people, remember the favor of Allah [God] upon you when He appointed among you prophets and made you possessors and gave you that which He had not given anyone among the worlds. O my people, enter the Holy Land which Allah has assigned to you and do not turn back and [thus] become losers.” — Quran, Surah Al-Ma’idah 5:20-21. And the Bible agrees — Genesis 15:18 states: In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates and in Joshua 1:4 we read: From the wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and unto the great sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your coast. These verses encompass all of the land modern Israel currently possesses, plus all of the land of the Palestinians (the West Bank and Gaza), plus some of Egypt and Syria, plus all of Jordan, plus some of Saudi Arabia and Iraq. Israel currently possesses only a fraction of the land God has promised.)
PA mufti: No room for non-Muslims on Temple Mount
December 16, 2020 — The Jerusalem Post reports: “The Palestinian Authority Mufti of Jerusalem, Sheikh Mohammed Hussein, on Tuesday warned of attempts by Jewish groups to establish a presence on the Temple Mount.
Hussein told the Palestinian news agency Khabar that the entire holy site is Islamic and belongs only to Muslims.
‘We affirm, time and again, that the blessed al-Aqsa Mosque, with its entire area of 144 dunams [144,000 sq.m.], is Islamic and only for Muslims,’ he said. ‘There is no place for non-Muslims in any way in this mosque, whether through schools, churches or other places of worship.’…” (The Gatestone Institute, in an article entitled: The Quran Says Jerusalem Belongs to the Jews – https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/11680/quran-jerusalem-jews states: “…Although ordinary Muslims who might not actually have read their holy book could be excused for their ignorance about the Jewish roots of and rights to Israel and Jerusalem, the same cannot be said for the leaders of Muslim countries, imams and the heads of illustrious Islamic institutions. Dignitaries and scholars of that caliber should know better. Yet many of them repeat false assertions that contradict the Quran and scholarly interpretations of its verses.
The fact is that the Quran does not mention Jerusalem or Palestine. It does refer to the sanctity of other holy places, such as Mecca — which is called the “Mother of Cities” — where the Prophet Muhammad was born and where the house of God was built by Abraham, the “father of the prophets.”
The Quran also mentions the city of Yathrib [Medina], where the Prophet Mohammed emigrated after he was persecuted in Mecca, and the location of his grave and the Prophet’s Mosque…”
930 times God promises Jerusalem forever to the Jews. God promised to Abraham: “…I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great, and thou shalt be a blessing: and I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed” – Genesis 12:2, 3. Soon all Hell will break loose in the Middle East. Joel 3:2 warns today’s politicians that World War III occurs because of parting God’s land. It won’t succeed. Christ will return, stop the horrendous war and reign over the world from the Throne of David in Jerusalem forever – Revelation 11:18; Luke 1:32, 33. See the next two reports.)
PA cleric claims: Israel ‘Judaizes’ Al-Aqsa
December 23, 2020 — Israel National News reports: “Sheikh Ikrima Sabri, head of the Supreme Islamic Council in Jerusalem and a preacher at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, claims that 2020 was the most difficult year for Arab and Islamic Jerusalem since 1967.
Speaking in an interview with the Hamas-affiliated Felesteen newspaper, Sabri said that the Al-Aqsa Mosque and its surroundings are under an intensive Israeli campaign to Judaize the area and build the Holy Temple which, he claimed, never actually existed.
Sabri further claimed that Israeli intelligence is trying to take over Friday prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque…”
Turkish media vows to take over Tel Aviv, calls opposition ‘terrorists’
December 16, 2020 — The Jerusalem Post reports: “Turkey has in the last few weeks sought to use media connections abroad to push narratives about how it wants reconciliation with Israel, even as its own media pushes extremist anti-Israel comments. One commentator, according to T24 Turkish media, said that Turkey could ‘enter Tel Aviv in 48 hours.’ He claimed, ‘we are not like the Arabs,’ an apparent reference to the inability of Arab armies to defeat Israel in 1948 and 1967.
The commentary on Turkish television was not abnormal. Hatred of Israel and vows to destroy Israel, invade Jerusalem, ‘liberate Al-Aqsa’ and spread extreme nationalist, anti-Zionist or antisemitic comments have become increasingly normal in Turkey. Most journalists who are critical of the ruling party in Turkey have been silenced, forced to flee the country or imprisoned. Turkey is considered the largest jailor of journalists in the world under the AK Party…”
PA TV: Palestinian ‘expert’ claims rabbis teach children to kill non-Jews
December 31, 2020 — The Jerusalem Post reports: “Palestinians in the West Bank have been told that rabbis teach Israeli children that they should ‘kill everyone who is not Jewish.’
Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) reported that this allegation was made by Wasaf Erekat, introduced as a military expert, on an official PA TV program in mid-December.
‘The Israelis train their children to carry weapons,’ Erekat told the host. ‘They train them with weapons and based on the principle ‘Kill everyone who is not Jewish.’
He added, ‘the rabbis implant this indoctrination in the children of Israel.’
He also told the host that he was ‘in favor of resisting the occupation (Israel) by all means,’ which suggests violence against Israeli civilians…” (The Jewish people have long been blamed for all of the world’s ills. All throughout history they have been the universal scapegoat. Incredibly, even the awful plague of the Black Death that swept Europe was blamed on the Jews. They were accused of having poisoned wells with a powder made of spiders, frog legs, Christian entrails, and consecrated hosts (Communion bread). The public wrath that resulted from that fantastic tale brought about the slaughter of thousands of Jews and the complete extermination of two hundred Jewish communities. This can be traced back to the father of anti-Semitism – Satan who “…stood up against Israel” – I Chronicles 21:1. God loves His Chosen People – “…I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee” – Jeremiah 31:3.)
Hezbollah says its precision missiles doubled in a year, can hit all of Israel
December 28, 2020 — The Times of Israel reports: “Lebanon’s Hezbollah terror group has doubled the number of its precision missiles over the past year, the organization’s leader Hassan Nasrallah said in an interview published Sunday.
In a wide-ranging interview with the pro-Hezbollah al-Mayadeen news website, Nasrallah also claimed his Iran-backed Shiite group has the ability to accurately hit any part of Israel.
‘The number of precision missiles at the resistance’s disposal has now doubled from what it was a year ago,’ he said. ‘Any target across the area of occupied Palestine that we want to hit accurately — we are able to hit accurately.’…” (Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel. Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him. – Psalm 2:1-12.)
Netanyahu hints Israel won’t shy away from military action against Iran
December 23, 2020 — The Jerusalem Post reports: “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hinted that Israel would not shy away from military action against Iran when he spoke at the graduation ceremony for IDF pilots on Wednesday.
‘We will not allow Iran to acquire nuclear weapons,’ Netanyahu said.
‘We do not take lightly the threats made against us, nor do we shy away from them,’ Netanyahu said.
‘Our policy is clear and consistent: whoever tries to harm us will suffer a crushing blow.
‘In the face of danger, the Air Force is ready to act forcefully – in any range, in any arena and in any target,’ Netanyahu stated.
He promised that Israel would stand firm against Iran’s nuclear program and its entrenchment in Syria.
‘We will continue to act against attempts by Iran and its proxies to establish military bases in Syria. We will not compromise on this issue,’ he said…” (Almighty God has stated: …I will give them [Israel] an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off – Isaiah 56:5. Everlasting means everlasting. God promised to Abraham in Genesis 22:17: …in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the starts of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore… And because he loved thy fathers, therefore he chose their seed after them, and brought thee out in his sight with his mighty power out of Egypt; To drive out nations from before thee greater and mightier than thou art, to bring thee in, to give thee their land for an inheritance, as it is this day. Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the Lord he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else. Thou shalt keep therefore his statutes, and his commandments, which I command thee this day, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee, and that thou mayest prolong thy days upon the earth, which the Lord thy God giveth thee, for ever – Deuteronomy 4:37 – 40.)