23 Nov, 2015
I spent the weekend at a board
meeting for a pro Israel group and while there, we saw
an early screening of a new film that spotlights the
desperate situation Middle East Christians are in, due
It wasn’t about Israel, but at
one point, a Christian who fled torture in Egypt told a
hair-raising tale of riding a jet ski into Eilat, the
southern resort town in Israel. That wild ride saved his
life. He said it was the only safe country in the Middle
East for Christians.
Israel is also celebrating
anniversaries now related to the efforts to bring Jews
home from Africa decades ago.
As it has since its inception,
the Jewish state is a haven for the oppressed, and this
is a value we have shared with Israel.
The film was very sobering
and while I don’t advocate bringing refugees into this
country (the only thing that matters is that ISIS will
use those efforts as a Trojan Horse), I would encourage
American Christians to
that is desperately needed to provide refugees with
The world is close to desperation
as the chickens have come home to roost due to lunatic
policies by the West. Our own national leaders have
imperiled all of us.
This weekend, I also
read a story in the Times of
Israel about Iran’s
Revolutionary Guards practicing storming and conquering
the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. They’ve actually gone
through dry runs for this purpose. Can you imagine?
As I’ve long said, the trigger
for the end times events to cascade over civilization
will be the attack on Jerusalem, from a global
confederation. We live in a time when the American
president is openly allied with…Iran…while Israel fights
a desperate battle against terrorists from all
The fact is, as Islamist demons
rampage across the Middle East, both Christians and Jews
are in the crosshairs. And as they seek to destroy
Christianity in the Middle East (where it started),
Israel is also in the crosshairs. At the board meeting,
one member told of just coming back from 10 days in
“On the northern border, with
Lebanon, the houses just across the border don’t have
windows; they are housing missiles that are aimed at
Israel; 150,000 missiles!”
As I’ve been saying for some
time, Israel is not going anywhere, and in fact has been
promised Divine Protection.
Not so for the rest of mankind,
in the short-term. Divine Retribution for centuries of
mistreatment of Jews will make the next few years quite
desperate. I encourage all of you to ready yourselves
and your families spiritually, first, and then do what
you can to provide physical protection.
I’m not sure, because of our
unique geography, that we will face situations as
terrible as those faced by Christians in the Middle
East, but I am certain terrorists are among us.
As we prepare ourselves, let us
continue to both pray for and look to the Lighthouse.
Nov 16, 2015
CUFI, 2.5 Million Strong!
I admit to being passionate about Israel advocacy. It
began for me 20 years ago, when I met the peerless Avi
Lipkin, in Dallas. He helped me learn to pronounce the
name of a new Israeli politician arriving on the scene:
Since then, I’ve been to innumerable conferences,
traveled to Israel several times, and engaged in pro
Israel work where I could. Todd and Terry were kind
enough to allow me to write the “Israel Watch” column
and, gosh, that launch was almost eight years ago!
One of the biggest thrills has been meeting and
befriending the leadership at
United for Israel. I met David Brog, the executive
director since 2006, a dozen years ago in Washington.
Since then I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Shari
Dollinger, and speakers Victor Styrsky and Randy Neal.
I know we shouldn’t get hung up on numbers alone, but
look, CUFI’s membership rolls are mushrooming. They are
adding hundreds of thousands of new members each year,
and that is stunningly impressive. The database now
stands at 2.5 million!
Readers of “Israel Watch” routinely ask me where they
should put their money, and I can give CUFI my highest
recommendation. The work they’re doing on behalf of the
Jewish state and Jews worldwide is that important.
CUFI is expanding operations and programs, launching a
new initiative against the diabolical BDS campaign, and
adding new campus chapters. Their many events around the
country give attendees valuable information and
There are unprecedented challenges facing Israel, but
also the country’s Christian Zionist friends. Several
pro Israel groups do terrific work, and I know most of
them. CUFI is as good as it gets.
We all have our favorite
things, and mine involves events where I can learn
Note the benefits to hosting a CUFI “Standing With
“Hosting a Standing with Israel event at a church in
your area can have a tremendous impact on your
community. Christians will learn how you can tangibly
and effectively stand with Israel, and you will be
sending an encouraging message of hope that the Jewish
people have seldom heard ‘you are not alone.’
“CUFI has made hosting a Standing with Israel events
very easy for you.
All you need is a church, minimal AV support, and
to get the word out to your community.
CUFI will get the word out to other CUFI members
in your area.
“Christians United for Israel offers speakers for your
Standing with Israel event.
“All of our CUFI Regional Coordinators are professional
speakers who have extensive experience on Christian
Support for Israel.
“Possible topics (we will tailor to your needs):
“Biblical Support for the State of Israel
Developing A Night To Honor Israel for you community
A Middle East Briefing
“Supporting Israel on College Campuses (or Anti-Semitism
on today's campuses). This topic will be covered by the
CUFI On Campus Director, Andrew Summey
“All topics have the option for a multimedia
Is this a free ad for CUFI?
Yes, it is. I’m that impressed with them, and again, I
encourage you to check out their site, which is their
heart. Get involved as you can.
Nov 9, 2015
When the Good Guys Ruled
probably no coincidence as we approach the Jewish
holiday of Hanukkah that archaeologists have uncovered a
remnant of a remarkable time in Israel’s history.
About a hundred years before Christ, a Jewish
rebellion against the Greek ruler Antiochus Epiphanes
produced some of the most amazing leaders in Israel’s
history. The Maccabees, a family originating from
Modi’in (near present-day Tel Aviv), rallied an army
that defeated Antiochus. Thus the Jews were sovereign in
their land until the Romans emerged decades later.
Just one — one of hundreds — remarkable thing about
visiting Israel is seeing ancient history swirl around
the present day and even the future. A couple examples
come to mind: Israel’s governing body, the Knesset, is
made up of 120 members. Why that number? Because the
Jewish leadership council during the Babylonian exile
2,600 years ago numbered 120.
Also, no matter
where new construction starts, great care is given to
making sure an archaeological treasure is not harmed. A
few years ago I was strolling down a street in Jaffa and
noticed the street was torn up. Thinking it was some
paving problem, I asked someone. “Oh, no,” came the
reply. “They’ve uncovered some ancient site.”
know other countries have archaeological sites, but
certainly Israel is unique in this regard.
Hearing of this week’s announcement of a fortress used
by Antiochus reminded me of the sublime times I’ve
walked around Jerusalem’s Old City. There are still
places just outside the city’s walls where one can
imagine some amazing treasure just waiting to be
No one knows where the tombs of David
and Solomon are, but significant sites have been
uncovered on the southern end. David’s palace sits atop
an ancient community that slopes downhill, overlooking
the modern Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan. One can
imagine David here, looking down on a beautiful young
woman bathing on her roof.
According to the Times
“A section of fortification was
discovered under the Givati parking lot in the City of
David south of the Old City walls and the Temple Mount.
The fortification is believed to have been part of a
system of defenses known as the Acra fortress, built by
Antiochus as he sought to quell a Jewish priestly
rebellion centered on the Temple.
remembered in the Jewish tradition as the villain of the
Hanukkah holiday who sought to ban Jewish religious
rites, sparking the Maccabean revolt.”
absolutely incredible that in our day scores of people
around the world seek to erase Jewish history from the
Holy Land. Some in the religious community even refer to
it almost exclusively as “the Holy Land” so that they
don’t have to say “Israel.”
And yet we
continually see evidence of Jewish history uncovered in
their ancient homeland.
I love that this new site
is being opened to the public on the evening of December
6, the beginning of Hanukkah this year.
memory of the Maccabees be remembered in all their
glory. And may their memory inspire today’s generation
of Israelis, who are facing their own Antiochus.
Nov 2, 2015
The Death of Discernment
political ascension of Justin Trudeau in Canada is proof
positive that international geopolitics can change on a
dime, and our short-term views of Israel’s circle of
friends go up in smoke.
Stephen Harper has been a staunch friend of Israel for
the better part of a decade. But only days ago, he lost
an election to the suave, young Trudeau, whose father,
Pierre, also led the nation decades ago. The Trudeau’s
spent so much time in the tabloids for various
indiscretions, it’s little wonder that Justin is very
much a product of a younger generation. He is a polar
opposite of Harper, and as he assumes power, everyone
knows he will view the Jewish state much differently.
According to CIJ News:
“During the election
campaign, Trudeau pledged to change Canada’s foreign
policy by espousing a more ‘balanced’ approach in the
“The Canadian Palestinian leadership
which publicly sided with the ‘Palestinian Intifada’
(also called ‘al-Quds Intifada’ and the ‘Knife
Intifada’), expressed its hope that the 10 newly-elected
Liberal Muslim members of parliament succeed in their
efforts to reform Canada’s foreign policy.
“Rashad Saleh, the Secretary of Fatah movement in
Canada, who called his supporters to vote for Omar
Alghabra, the Liberal Party’s candidate, gloated over
the ‘ousting of the right-wing Conservative Party and
the racist government that was more Zionist than
Netanyahu’s government.’ He emphasized that ‘we have to
rebuild the relations [with the government] and the
Canadian – Palestinian committees in Parliament.’”
Easy prediction: Justin Trudeau will be no friend of
The new Canadian leader is much more out
of the mold of his mentor to the south, and at 43, he
has a lot of time to govern.
Remember, too, he
has a European mindset: diplomacy and appeasement is the
order of the day. And with Europe being overrun with
Middle East refugees, many of them jihadist Trojan
Horses, there’s little doubt Trudeau will adopt similar
But he is far from alone in
the Lack of Discernment Department. Young American
leaders and their mentors in the religious community
suffer from the same profound, astonishing lack of
discernment that bedevils their political friends.
Jon Huckins, co-founder of the Global Immersion
Project, tweeted this week a message that is a hallmark
of too many of his peers:
“Israel's excess force
on Palestinian children decried http://aje.io/y7vk //My
heart aches. Breeding generational cycles of violence.”
Mind-numbing. As Israel struggles to stop savage
murderers, Western dupes like Huckins blame…Israelis!
Excess force? Think of this: scores of
Palestinians are roaming Israel, brandishing knives
dipped in poison, guns, bombs. Some are using cars to
ram Israelis on sidewalks.
No such attacks are
perpetrated by Israelis against Palestinians.
Huckins claims Israelis are brutalizing Palestinian
Is he serious?
It’s just a
personal opinion, but no, I don’t think he is. I don’t
think he seriously believes this inversion of truth. But
it does serve the agenda he and his friends follow in
demonizing the Jewish state.
His friend and
mentor, Lynne Hybels, also tweeted a message this week:
“@lynnehybels moral equivalence is not wisdom. given
conflicting narratives, we need to seek the truth and
reject what is false.”
Sounds good, doesn’t it?
The problem is, while Hybels claims to abhor
moral equivalence (for example, seeing the Palestinian
“reasons” for committing acts of violence, because,
after all, they suffer from Israeli violence), she
always sides with the Palestinian Narrative. Hybels
decries the “Occupation,” and a whole litany of alleged
abuses by Israel. This includes claims of stealing water
from Palestinians, home demolitions, and land
She never—never—presents the
Israeli side with any sense of fairness. Her rigid
talking points, which fit like a glove with the talking
points used by the PLO, teach young people a false
That’s why guys like Huckins go after
Israel. They know they’ll suffer not an iota of danger.
Much easier in the short-term to do that rather than
challenge the jihadists rampaging across civilization.
A showdown is coming between Islam and The Rest of
The appeasement and moral weakness of Justin
Trudeau, and his friends in the political, media, and
religious communities are helping that reality take
Oct 26, 2015
The Old Lion and the Jews
recently read a fascinating book, Churchill’s Promised
Land: Zionism and Statecraft. The British icon (I think
of him as the second greatest man in history) had a
complex view of Zionism, but author Michael Makovsky
notes that by the end of his life, Winston Churchill was
a committed Zionist (He died in 1965 at 91).
Churchill, as early as 1906, advocated for a Jewish
state. He understood the concept and supported the Jews
regarding Big Picture items, yet in 1921, he committed
75 percent of Palestine to an Arabian prince, and he was
silent at the time the Balfour Declaration appeared in
1917. He pushed for closer relations with the new state
of Israel after 1948, but did little to help the
fledgling state fight off vicious invading Arab armies.
Perhaps he was exhausted from winning World War 2!
Churchill agreed with 19th century Prime Minister
Benjamin Disraeli, who said: “The Lord deals with the
nations as the nations dealt with the Jews.” This calls
to mind Joel 3:2—“I will also gather all nations, and
will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and
will plead with them there for my people and for my
heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the
nations, and parted my land.”
For his part,
Churchill was not afraid to confront anti-Semites in
British government, just as he had not been afraid to
confront appeasers who cowered before Hitler. Makovsky
relates this in Churchill’s Promised Land:
“Churchill liked to judge which events were historically
significant and which were not, and both early in his
career and near the end of it he declared the
restoration of a Jewish state in the Promised Land to be
of exceptional historical significance. Eventually,
Zionism became very dear to him and integral to his
worldview, and he supported it at great political cost,
contributing to his unpopularity among his colleagues
and other members of the political and government
I think in the story of
Churchill and Zionism we can see how the Lord works
It is enormously difficult for
many of us today to watch national and international
leaders get it so wrong with regard to Israel. It is
dismaying to watch the White House and European capitols
capitulate to Muslims, and denigrate Israel in the
process. We long for a Churchill.
But that is not
how history is unfolding. In fact, we see the Lord’s
hand. One hundred years ago, in the pre-Jewish state
days, there were enough leaders in the British
government to be friendly enough to the Jewish cause
that the road was paved for the state a generation
later. Churchill played an integral part.
however, as we see history wind down, we long for
another Churchill. If he were on the horizon, or already
with us, though, the Lord’s redemptive plan would not be
It is a bitter thing to live in an era in
which government leaders capitulate to murderers and
those who want to use nuclear weapons to kill us all (it
defies logic, doesn’t it?), but the fact is, we no
longer live in Churchill’s time, when men and nations
had the fortitude to oppose evil.
Now, we see the
stage set for the things the Lord has promised us: His
people in their ancestral land, surrounded by demonic
enemies, will soon be totally alone. At least in terms
of allies and friends of influence.
It is then
though that He will roar from Zion and fight for His
It would have been fun and magnificent to
live in the time of Churchill. The old lion was
Yet we as people of faith look forward
to the end of history, and to the appearing of the Lion
Men, even great ones, are still men.
That is why we need our Redeemer.
And He is
Oct 19, 2015
No country in history has dealt
with a Terror War as long as Israel. Since the first
large wave of Jewish immigration to Palestine in 1882,
Jews have been considered the enemy by the Arabs.
The so-called Pan Arab Nation, stretching of course
across the Middle East, has had a fanatical hatred of
the Jews and Israel, from the beginning. Jordan’s first
King Abdullah was an exception; he was prepared to make
peace with Israel when he was assassinated outside
Al-Aksa Mosque in 1952. His grandson, the current king,
could take some cues from Grandpa. Today’s King Abdullah
has recently joined in the incitement game, shifting
blame for his governing failures to Israel.
friend, Kay Wilson, an Israeli who was hacked with a
machete by Palestinians and left for dead, recently
picked up an elderly Arab hitchhiker, who was thirsty in
the desert. He cursed his fellow Arabs for murdering
Jews and Kay posted a pic of the two of them, smiling,
Not all Palestinians hate the Jews.
But too many of them do.
From the Iranian
nuclear ambitions, to the knifing and shooting attacks
that have erupted in the last several weeks, Israel
finds herself besieged. When one considers the sheer
scope of the Terror War against Israel, it is truly
Consider the fact that Hamas last
year had a sophisticated tunnel system in place, ready
to spring terrorists on unsuspecting Israelis…in their
homes and businesses! Israel was able to literally
uncover this plot in the nick of time.
imagine you are headed to the shuk to shop for fruits
and vegetables, ahead of Shabbat. You are turning a
corner in a neighborhood you are long familiar with,
when all of a sudden a young Arab man in nice jogging
clothes produces a knife and tries to kill you.
Now, wrap your mind around the fact that you watch the
evening news and hear of Sheik Nasrallah’s latest
threats to use Hezbollah’s rocket stockpiles to rain
death down on the Jewish state.
It’s enough to
make one question the international community’s sanity.
Israel under Benjamin Netanyahu has great experience
thwarting terror. It is a way of life for Israelis.
For the most part, they have opted for surgical
strikes against Hamas, and the rest of the killers.
Frankly, concern over international condemnation has
caused Israel to show too much restraint. Summer wars
against Hamas, cross-border commando raids, diplomacy,
preparation for conventional warfare…all these things
are routine planning for Israel.
There have been
myriad proposals over the years, and even the Arabs know
Oslo long ago was a failure.
I propose a plan.
Population transfer on a large scale is not going to
happen in today’s world. However, I believe the Israelis
should implement a limited population transfer:
Send the Palestinian Authority to Gaza. Dismantle all
governmental structures in Hebron, Bethlehem, Ramallah,
etc. Bulldoze Saeb Erekat’s home in Jericho. The same
with Abu Mazen in Ramallah. Load all the ministers and
corrupt hangers-on onto trucks and ship them to the Gaza
Strip, then seal it off.
In this way, the two
main terror entities, Hamas and the PA, will be pinned
between mighty Israel and Egypt, which almost equally
loathes the thugs.
I believe that while
international condemnation would certainly be
forthcoming, Israel would however be left alone to clean
its streets of terrorist scum.
Sharon’s premiership, the IDF came relatively close to
targeting top PA leadership. When Israel fails to do so,
it loses its deterrent effect. Netanyahu has been even
Restraint means one thing to the
Arabs: Open Season on Jews.
This is unacceptable.
Remove the terror masters, and then see if over
the course of the next generation Palestinians decide to
behave and join the civilized world.
Oct 12, 2015
The Third Intifada
How long, Lord?
In a better world — in a moral
world — there would be international outcry over Arab
violence toward Jews in Israel. A rash of stabbings has
now spilled over from Jerusalem and Palestinians are
committing acts of violence all over Israel.
Look at what’s happened only in
the past few hours:
•Two young men were arrested
after throwing rocks at a bus in Jaffa.
•The IDF stopped a vehicular
terror attack near Ma’aleh Adumim, the lovely Israeli
community on the east side of Jersualem
•A terrorist stabbed an Israeli
in Petah Tikvah.
This on the heels of murders of
an Israeli couple while they were driving with their
four children; and stabbings and murders in Jerusalem’s
Old City. Some of the attacks were perpetrated by
And through it all, what is the
Palestinian “leadership” doing? Just this: saluting
terrorists for “defending” the Al-Aksa Mosque.
The mosque they refer to sits on
the Temple Mount, where the Palestinians deny there was
ever a Jewish presence!
It is an unconscionable lie that
Israeli Jews (or anyone else) is attacking or intends to
attack Al-Aksa. Why would they?
For the longest, going back to
the days of the evil Yasser Arafat, the Palestinians
have fabricated Jewish attacks and used the lies for
political gain. In the process, thousands of innocent
people have been murdered or maimed.
I have friends in Ma’aleh
Adumim, Peta Tikva, and elsewhere. Also Jerusalem. Many
times I’ve walked through the Arab bazaar in the Old
City, where now stabbing attacks are taking place.
There are concerns that a Third
Intifada (What the Palestinians call an “uprising,” but
which decent people call orchestrated violence) is here.
I have maintained my belief that barring an all-out war,
I always feel safe in Israel. Honestly? If I were there
now, I wouldn’t hesitate to go out, even to the Old
City, but I’d watch my back. The narrow alleys of the
City lead to other, darker and narrower alleys.
According to the Jerusalem Post:
“Fatah leaders who met in
Ramallah on Wednesday ‘saluted’ the Palestinians for
‘rising to defend their al-Aksa Mosque and confronting
“The members of the Fatah
Central Council, including Palestinian Authority
President Mahmoud Abbas, called on Palestinians to
‘preserve the popular nature’ of the current protests
‘as part of a comprehensive national strategy to avoid
sliding into the Israeli square.’”
Abbas, that fiendish scum, gives
speeches at the UN, and the international body,
including the U.S. leadership, is fully aware of his
incitement against Jews, and the violent rhetoric he
uses when addressing the Palestinian people. He and his
henchmen keep the people whipped up in a frenzy of Jew
hatred and even anti-Western attitudes.
In my opinion, the Palestinians
not only don’t deserve a state, they don’t deserve even
to be at the negotiating table, nor do they deserve any
such consideration so long as they perpetuate war and
In the West, Obama is a menace
toward his own people, and especially to the Jews of
Israel. His leftist secretary of state, John Kerry,
cares no more for the Jews than did his predecessor,
Hillary Clinton, whose friendliness with the PLO goes
A woman in Kiryat Gat was
confronted by a rifle-wielding terrorist when she tried
to close her front door on Tuesday. Liat Ohana said she
thought her life was over when the man barged in and
began shouting at her in Arabic.
The terrorist realized he didn’t
have a magazine in his gun, so he grabbed a knife from
the woman’s kitchen. He tried to stab her as she and her
mother ran to safety.
This reminds me of the epic
film, “Judgment at Nuremberg,” when Spencer Tracy’s
character, one of the judges, gave a moving speech near
the end. He referred to the value of a “single human
That was another time.
I wonder what Obama thinks of
the single human life almost snuffed out in Kiryat Gat
this morning? Does he care?
I do not believe he does.
Otherwise he would not prop-up a
terror regime in Ramallah, and he would not pressure the
man he considers to be his nemesis, Benjamin Netanyahu.
Netanyahu said today that Israel
is in the midst of a “wave of terror.” According the
Post, Netanyahu remains stalwart:
“’The goal of terrorism is to
sow fear and the first order in defeating terrorism is
to be level-headed and resilient, both nationally and
“’We have known worse times than
this and we will also overcome this wave of terrorism
with determination, responsibility and unity,’ Netanyahu
“’Civilians are at the forefront
of the war against terrorism and must also be on maximum
alert,’ Netanyahu said.”
Frankly, terrorists have been waging psychological
warfare for generations, going back to the early days of
Jewish pioneers in Palestine, in the 19th
century. Growing ever more sophisticated they now employ
a vast network to help them, including Western political
and media leaders.
Another component in this war
are the useful idiots like Shane Claiborne, the hippy
leftist who claims to be an evangelical, from his perch
at the “Simple Way” ministry in Philadelphia.
A few days ago, when the U.S.
military accidentally hit an Afghan hospital (run by the
group “Doctors Without Borders”) and civilians were
killed, Claiborne tweeted about how we are killing
people in these countries.
This anti-American invective,
couched in humanitarian lingo, is the same psychological
warfare being waged against Israel, which has the most
moral army in the world.
Terrorists know they can count
on the morally weak and immoral useful idiots, who give
them cover to do their evil.
For Claiborne and his “Black
Lives Matter” friends, one wonders if they truly value
any life, anywhere.
The terror masters in Ramallah
are of the same ilk as those in the U.S., who rage
against Israel 24/7. And their own country, where they
are safer and more prosperous and freer than any citizen
in world history.
It is sickening beyond belief
that Palestinians murder Jews in Israel, and world
leaders are silent.
We live in a different world
than any of us grew up in, and we haven’t seen the worst
of it, yet.
A person who would be silent in
the face of anti-Semitism and the murder of Jews would
be and will be silent when the terrorists come for you.
Oct 5, 2015
Premier Benjamin Netanyahu is a polarizing figure,
through no fault of his own.
This week, Netanyahu
spoke before the UN’s General Assembly. At one point, he
paused for a dramatic 44 seconds, looking right and
left, indicting those sitting in the international body
that loathes Israel.
He referred of course to the
international acceptance/acquiescence to the Iranian
“deal.” Countries right and left are happy to throw
Israel under the bus — Iran’s leadership for more than a
decade has threatened to wipe Israel off the map — not
appearing to understand that the Iranians will also come
The Times of Israel’s David Horovitz
captured it all perfectly:
dramatically, he rebuked the membership of the very
institution where he was speaking — the United Nations —
for tolerating Iran’s relentless threats to destroy the
Jewish state and ‘rushing to embrace’ the regime.
‘Seventy years after the murder of six million Jews,
Iran’s rulers promise to destroy my country, murder my
people. And the response from this body, the response
from nearly every one of the governments represented
here,’ he charged furiously, ‘has been absolutely
nothing. Utter silence. Deafening silence.’”
Horovitz then made an interesting point, saying that the
Prime Minister “Like a biblical prophet, Netanyahu had
come to warn, to chastise, and to indict.”
Although Horovitz probably does not see all this exactly
as prophetic, he also noted that Netanyahu (and by
extension, Israel) is “isolated.”
Now, let us examine for a minute some of Israel’s
Since an Israeli couple was
shot to death by a Palestinian terrorist this week,
there has been a rash of stabbings in Jerusalem’s Old
City, with more Jews being murdered by Palestinians.
Let me be clear: these Palestinian terrorists, up to
and including Mahmoud Abbas, are scum. Vermin. They are
permanently immoral, and yet the world (including some
evangelical Christian leaders) ignores these killings
and condemns Israel.
In fact, astonishingly, the
Palestinian Authority accused Israel of murdering
Palestinians…the terrorists who murdered Jews!
Meanwhile, Islamic Jihad and Hamas expressed delight by
I stand with Israel and the Jewish
people and shout that the murder of Jews is not only
unacceptable, but there will one day soon be a
reckoning. I loathe Jew hatred and oppression more than
anything else, and if the world sits on his hands, the
world condemns itself and I want no part of them.
Isolated? Israel is isolated in terms of this
planet’s human beings. But she is not isolated in the
most important ways. And while we await the justice that
is swiftly coming from God, we link arms and stand with
the Jewish state.
Let us be isolated together.
Sept 28, 2015
Bibi and the
Benjamin Netanyahu traveled to
Russia a few days ago, to meet with the Bear, Vladimir
Putin, whose forays into territorial expansion remind
one of Uncle Joe Stalin in his heyday.
Netanyahu, of course, is rightly
concerned about the Russians/Soviets meddling in the
Middle East, helping prop-up client states like Syria.
It seems some things never change, as the Russians have
long coveted a warm-weather seaport in the Middle East.
Publicly, it sounded like Netanyahu
and Putin would meet as pseudo-allies, in an attempt to
sort-out the mess and carnage that erupted in Syria in
2011. Since then, in order to remain in power, Bashar
Assad has shoved his own people into the meat-grinder,
as he grapples with “rebels” attempting to overthrow
What we are now all dealing with
(and the influx of a gigantic number of refugees will
ensure that ISIS has sleeper cells in the U.S.) is the
product of Barack Obama’s dreadful capitulation/helping
hand to the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo in June 2009.
That address gave a green light to jihadist groups to
send the Middle East up in flames, as dictators toppled
Syria is a byproduct of Obama’s
According to the AP:
“A senior Israel military official
says the country has set up a joint mechanism with the
Russian military to coordinate their operations in
“The official says Thursday that
teams headed by each of the militaries' deputy chiefs
will hold their first meeting in two weeks. The teams
will discuss coordination of aerial, naval and
electromagnetic operations around Syria.”
I imagine that while Netanyahu
would of course not be purposely belligerent with the
Russian Bear, I also cannot imagine him being
subservient like Obama. The U.S. President, who is
chummy with Marxists everywhere, let Putin know from the
beginning that he was no Reagan. This gave Putin
enormous latitude in gobbling up former Soviet
provinces. It also gave Putin new energy to assert
Russian interests in the Middle East. Remember, this has
been a decades-long game between the East and West.
When Jimmy Carter pried Egypt away
from the Soviets, it registered as a major turning point
away from Russian strength in the region. Similarly,
whenever Muslim dictators in the Middle East wanted to
jerk America’s chain, they would remind the West that
they could easily flip “loyalty” back to the Marxists
Netanyahu is a man’s man, as is KGB
operative Putin, and the two of them surely had a very
frank discussion. In other words, Netanyahu isn’t going
to roll over with the Russians asserting themselves in
There’s another element to this, a
“This is what the Sovereign Lord
says: On that day thoughts will come into your mind and
you will devise an evil scheme. You will say, ‘I will
invade a land of unwalled villages; I will attack a
peaceful and unsuspecting people—all of them living
without walls and without gates and bars. I will plunder
and loot and turn my hand against the resettled ruins
and the people gathered from the nations, rich in
livestock and goods, living at the center of the land.’”
Remember and take note: IF Gog is
in fact Putin, he hasn’t been sitting around for years
planning to attack Israel. It is the Lord Himself who
puts the thought into his head rather late in the game.
There is a trigger for the aggression; at present, we
can’t be precisely sure what that trigger is, but it is
specific and causes Gog to look at tiny Israel.
No doubt, in his own way, Netanyahu
told Putin to keep his mitts off Israeli interests. No
one believes Putin would pay much attention to the
gathering dangers against the Jewish state, but perhaps
for pragmatic reasons at the moment, he will not make a
We know though that at some point,
a Russian leader will do just that.
At that moment, there is no amount
of talking and visiting from an Israeli premier that
will deter Gog.
Sept 21, 2015
The Stones Cry Out
all over Israel.
When you drive through the
country, among the many things you notice is the huge
number of rocks.
It’s a rocky country.
might find the same thing in Italy, or Mexico, or
But what you won’t find in those
countries is an army of rock throwers. As in, those who
try to harm other humans.
In Israel, scores of
Palestinians throw rocks at Israeli troops and civilians
alike. They’ve been doing this for decades.
Palestinians’ bleeding-heart friends counter that they
have no other recourse, for they “are face-to-face with
tanks and artillery and a large standing army.”
It sounds somewhat plausible. Unless you know the facts.
For 100 years, the Arabs have rejected a Jewish
presence in what was Palestine. Arab rejectionism is far
and away the main factor for violence in the Holy Land.
Imagine driving one afternoon with your family
and a rock comes through the windshield. Can you imagine
this happening in Denver? Or Peoria? Or Huntsville?
No. But it happens routinely in Israel, and while
there are larger problems, you never hear the media make
anything out of this. The fact is, Israelis have been
killed for decades by Palestinian demons who throw
rocks, aiming to kill and maim.
Last weekend, an
Israeli, Alexander Levlovitz, was murdered by a rock
thrower as he drove through Jerusalem.
I once decided to drive up to the Mount of Olives.
About halfway up, through an Arab neighborhood, I
glanced right and left and didn’t like the way things
felt. I turned around and went back. One never knows
when Palestinians will become inflamed with this or that
rage, and decide to take it out on anyone who isn’t a
So long as the world looks on,
disinterested, Jews will continue to be murdered in this
According to the Jerusalem
“Israel's prime minister, Benjamin
Netanyahu, vowed late Tuesday ‘to use all necessary
means’ to ‘combat stonethrowers, those who hurl Molotov
cocktails, and those who detonate pipe bombs and shoot
fireworks with the aim of doing harm to police and
“’On the eve of the Jewish new year,
we once again saw how throwing stones can kill,’
Netanyahu said in a statement. ‘These kinds of
activities will be met with a very fierce punitive and
deterring response. We will institute a system-wide
change and set a new standard of deterrence and
Of course, many will scoff and
mock, saying, “Hey, come on. You’re carping about a few
Try driving in such an environment
and see how you like it. If you make it out alive.
Rightly, the Israeli cabinet has reviewed the rules
of engagement, working out what justifies using live
ammo in combatting the stone throwers. I for one hope
they shoot to kill. We live in a morally soft world, in
which Jewish life is cheap. Some will take me to task
for the shoot-to-kill view, but I stand by it.
Individuals do what they have to do to protect
themselves from intruders. What thinking human wouldn’t
move to defend himself against danger?
lies the vapid nature of the liberal/leftist view that
embraces pacifism. It’s easy to lament the IDF response
to stone throwers — when the lament comes from an ivory
tower in the Ivy League — but on the ground, where real
people are being murdered by goons who can’t control
their own emotions, and who won’t lay down hate, the
real world demands justice.
returning from a Rosh Hashana dinner, around 11 p.m. on
Sunday, when Palestinian youth threw rocks at his
vehicle. Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat got it right:
“’The murder that took place on Rosh Hashana is
further proof that stone-throwing is a terrorist attack
like any other,’ he said. ‘It is not plausible that
there is no deterrence for stone-throwers who are
caught, released and continue to carry out terrorist
Good for him for calling it what it
Would that the
international community would value Jewish life. That
moment is still a ways off, awaiting the reign of the
One who values all life.
Sept 14, 2015
Name the Middle East country you
hear little about right now.
The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
is smack-dab in the middle of a cauldron, yet while
troubles abound for the kingdom, King Abdullah’s little
corner of the world is not in the daily news as we find
Iraq, Syria, etc.
Why is that?
For one thing, Abdullah is one
cool, savvy cat. His father was as friendly with Israel
as an Arab leader could be, having been saved from
numerous assassination attempts by the Israelis. In
turn, he warned them several times of impending danger,
most notably in the summer of 1973.
Abdullah’s grandfather was
famously prepared to make peace with Israel when he was
gunned down in front of the Al-Aksa Mosque, surely one
of the most tragic events of the last century.
King Abdullah himself is
Western-educated, speaks with a British accent, and
while he and his wife (Palestinian) pay lip service to
Palestinian aspirations, he knows who saves his bacon.
Israel’s 1994 peace treaty with
Jordan was epic, and King Abdullah’s penchant for
bravado rivals that of Benjamin Netanyahu. Who can
forget the dramatic photo of Abdullah in fighter combat
gear, as he personally led airstrikes against ISIS. This
puts him in rare company, as most of the dictators in
the Middle East are personally cowards, ordering
killings, but rarely actually defending their nation.
In July, Jordanian security
forces foiled a terror attempt by a member of an
Iranian-backed group, Bayt al-Maqdis.
A FOX News report from the same
month noted that, incredibly, Jordan has taken in a
staggering 750,000 refugees from Syria and Iraq,
including Christians fleeing ISIS.
(It should be noted that Abdullah
himself has resorted to politically correct speech by
saying that ISIS does not represent Islam. We beg to
Still, a distinction needs to be
made between Abdullah, some of his subjects, and others
who do identify with terrorists. They represent perhaps
the greatest threat to Abdullah’s rule, and he uses a
strong arm in keeping them in check.
Some will remember the so-called
“Black September” purge of 1970, when King Hussein
brutally put-down a coup attempt by Yasser Arafat and
the PLO. In fact, many Palestinians live in Jordan.
An example of the internal
struggles plaguing Jordan include, from the FOX report:
“But while Jordan is indeed a
safe haven and a sanctuary, it is also has a dark
underbelly. Indeed about 2,500 Jordanians are estimated
to be fighting with ISIS, and on the streets of Jordan
support for the terrorists is clear. Although Jordanian
authorities have cracked down on overt support of the
group, it is still clearly felt around the country. As
one man in the town of Zarqa, birthplace of notorious
terrorist Ayman al-Zarqawi, told Fox News, ‘We know who
all the supporters of ISIS are here, and we protect each
other. There are many of us.’”
But no matter what Jordan is
dealing with internally, one can be sure that Abdullah
will react with ferocity to threats to his kingdom.
Don’t cross Jordan.
Sept 7, 2015
The Samson Option?
For decades, Israel has declined
to discuss its nuclear capabilities. It is generally
understood, though, that the Israelis have a nuclear
capability in terms of weapons, but the Israelis always
answer: “Israel will not be the first country to use
nuclear weapons in the Middle East.”
It is also understood that Israel
will not willingly endure another Holocaust. In fact,
one of the miracles of modern Israel is that the country
is now a safe haven for Jews, who can defend themselves.
Many analysts, therefore, consider that if faced with
the ultimate existential threat (such as that posed by a
bellicose Iran), the Israelis would resort to a
so-called “Samson Option,” a biblical reference to the
man of strength who pulled down a pagan temple after
being taken captive by his enemies; Samson died with his
Certainly Iran’s rapid advance
toward nuclear weapons continues, especially in light of
the controversial agreement crafted in the U.S. by the
President and his secretary of state. Now comes word
that Obama will have the votes among senators to
overcome a veto.
Interestingly, the agreement is
not a formal, ratified treaty, and this point was driven
home this week on Fox News by presidential candidate
Marco Rubio, the Republican senator from Florida.
Rubio pointed out that while
conservative critics of the Iran agreement are dismayed
by the success of the White House and State Department
in pushing through the agreement (despite two-thirds of
the American people opposing the deal), all is not lost.
Rubio told Fox News that a new
president could simply roll-back the agreement, and even
reinstitute sanctions on the Iranian regime.
This week, I participated
in a fascinating conference call hosted by the
America-Israel Friendship League (www.aifl.org),
featuring Robert Satloff, the executive director of The
Satloff knows his stuff, and his
analysis of the Iran deal proves that no one knows the
future, and a whole range of outcomes can still become
reality. Satloff’s reasoned analysis and calm insights
are instructive for the rest of us, as some are almost
paralyzed by fear over the mullah’s intentions.
(Satloff is also the host of
Dakhil Washington — “Inside Washington” — making him the
only non-Arab to host a program on an Arab satellite
On the call, Satloff noted the
extraordinary nature of this agreement:
“These seismic agreements can be
negotiated by a handshake. Nothing was signed with the
Iranians. It isn’t a treaty.”
Noting the important role the
AIFL has played over the years in building friendships
for Israel, helping to strengthen the bond between
Israel and the U.S., Satloff mentioned the fact that
over the years the two countries have had disagreements,
but that the latest souring personal relationship
between Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu is unique:
“I know this [AIFL] is an
organization committed to friendship between America and
Israel. We’ve had moments of great tension, but this is
Satloff was asked how things got
to this point:
“How is it possible? It’s because
of the enormous power the system has given to this
president and any president. Almost anyone can reach an
Satloff also made the important
point that a dichotomy exists now in the U.S.-Israel
“This president has upgraded
security enhancements to Israel. It’s just objectively
true. At the same time it’s also true that relations
between Obama and Netanyahu, the strategic relationship,
is severely damaged. This is one of the baffling aspects
of this issue: security is strengthened, relationships
is damaged. Both are true at the same time.”
Satloff also indicated that
perhaps the most problematic element of the soured
relations is the fact that both countries’ enemies are
“I believe Israel’s adversaries
will take advantage of this in the months ahead.”
Still, Satloff takes the long
“The end of the world is not
about to happen. There are ways for Israel to sustain
and build its deterrence against Iran and to deepen its
relationship with the U.S. over time.
“They don’t have to consider the
Aug 31, 2015
Hello, October 1!
September 2015 is almost upon us.
Time marches on.
In the Bible prophecy community,
we are seeing a tidal wave of speculation about the
month of September. Many are pointing to the “blood
moons” or Jewish feasts, or some other topic, and saying
that the fulfillment of human history (or at least a
major, major turning point) will occur in September.
This is folly.
Time and again, irresponsible
people in the prophecy community have speculated that
Jesus will return on X date. We all remember this really
heated up during the “Y2K” scare.
Several prominent prophecy
teachers (some of them personal friends) have speculated
about the month of September for the past 15 years.
In the interim, more people began
to disengage from Bible prophecy teaching. The honest
truth is, many of us have been looking for the soon-end
since Hal Lindsey’s first book was published in 1970.
Personally, I think Lindsey was and is a solid prophecy
teacher. Some took his interpretations and greatly
expanded on them.
I grew up in the Southern Baptist
church and prophecy teaching was dominant for at least a
Then we cried wolf one too many
times. That’s the flat-out truth.
There are all sorts of reasons
for people to reject God, reject the Bible, to reject
the bulletproof evidence of prophecy.
Often, it’s the age-old problem
of human pride. The human heart is corrupt and
self-centered. Often, non-believers use all sorts of
excuses to reject the faith: mean church members, the
pastor asks for money too much, etc.
However, at least a part is
played by false prophecy teaching.
I won’t go into all the Blood
Moon speculations here; the reader has ready access to
all that all over the Web. But I will quote from my
friend, Phillip Goodman:
“I continue to be disappointed
and perplexed at the way many believers neglect their
only true authority and source of light on these kinds
of subjects, while getting all of their information from
the internet prophecy-fad sites or ‘here today gone
tomorrow’ best seller books. The answer to what is going
to happen tomorrow, and what signs will signal those
future events is in the Bible!”
Yes! Phil is a voice of reason
and a solid teacher, as he’s always been. No wild
speculation, just plain teaching from the Bible, which I
frankly find glorious.
Here’s what I think will happen
October 1 will dawn, and we will
all begin to get ready for the holidays. Maybe Israel
will strike Iran, maybe they won’t. Maybe Hillary
Clinton will be elected president next year, and maybe
Further, of what possible value
is it to our daily lives now to speculate on the timing
of the Gog-Magog War, or any other?
This morning, I read reports of
Syrian jets attacking positions where senior Jordanian
and Israeli officers were, killing a number of them.
Wars are raging all over the globe. Anti-semitism is on
the rise. Our own government has sold us out and
endangered all of us with the insane Iranian nuclear
deal. Natural disasters are unlike any we’ve seen
And the economy. Always the
economy. The Dow plunged 1,000 points last week and
people were predicting Armageddon.
Then the Dow came back up, one
day’s gains matching the third-best in its history!
The truth is, nobody knows what’s
going to happen tomorrow. We are in the dark about most
future events, save for the Big Picture, which the Lord
has provided for us…IN SCRIPTURE.
It’s just as Phil said, the Bible
is our authority, not a Blood Moons author, or
televangelist screaming fear from your TV set.
Find joy in the Lord. Ask the
Holy Spirit to enlighten you about Scripture. Visit a
sick friend and offer comfort, not fear.
Football is coming this fall, and
November will bring the big conference championship
battles. Thanksgiving will be an opportunity for you to
visit with family and friends and offer thanks to the
Christmas will bring the
opportunity to meditate on and be grateful for the
infinite mercy offered by our Lord 2,000 years ago.
Get out of the fear game. Get out
of the speculation game.
I’m going to conclude this week
by asking for something from you, dear readers:
On October 1, email me and say
hi. Give me some praise report from your life. Tell me
about your joy in the Lord.
Just don’t tell me why the latest
bestselling book is keeping you up at night.
Have a lovely September.
Aug 24, 2015
The Destruction of Jerusalem
A new YouTube clip shows Iranian
troops conquering Jerusalem.
Talk about video games.
It’s an animated piece, with
combined forces from Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, Hamas,
Iraq’s Badr group, and Hezbollah combining to take the
city from the Israelis. It is a scenario that is
plausible to too many across the globe, including pro
Israel individuals and groups, and allies.
But it isn’t biblical.
The headline of the clip states:
“Preparation of the complete
destruction of Israel by the Iranian Revolutionary
Guards Islamic Revolution in Iran.”
One recalls a long history of
regimes in the region either conquering or wanting to
conquer Jerusalem, when it was under Jewish control. The
dreadful Assyrian invasion in the eighth century B.C.,
followed by the Babylonian invasion two centuries later,
left an emotional stamp on Jews that lingers to this
day. The recent date on their calendar, the 9th
of Av, is a remembrance of the destruction of the
Temples, under the Babylonians and Romans.
It is indicative of the Iranian
arrogance from the recent win-win for them in Obama’s
“deal” that they actually believe they can destroy
Israel and capture Jerusalem—a prime element in their
zeal to establish a new caliphate.
Recent reports spotlight the
Iranian activity on Israel’s northern border, as the new
Persian Empire strengthens jihadist groups from
Hezbollah to more obscure groups. It is also true that
the infighting between Shi’ite and Sunni forces will
keep the Iranians somewhat pinned-down until the smoke
clears from Obama’s “Arab Spring” chaos.
According to Al Jazeera:
“On August 10, 2015, Jaysh
al-Fatah reported that its forces had taken over the
entire area east of the Orontes River in the Ghab Plain.
This was followed by reports of the withdrawal of the
Syrian Army and Hezbollah forces from the area.”
That is quite interesting. The
Syrian Army and Hezbollah are Iranian proxies, and
indicate that while Iranian design teams dream up goofy
video games, the reality on the ground is that there
will not be an Iranian-led caliphate based in Jerusalem.
Zechariah the prophet of course
tells us that some type of international coalition will
come against Jerusalem (soon), and will be defeated
supernaturally in the great and terrible Day of the
It is not unthinkable, however,
that an Iranian coalition force (perhaps Ezekiel 38-39)
will combine elements from Russian and European forces
(NATO?) to invade Israel. The news this week that Russia
is lifting its ban on selling SAM missiles (S-300s) to
Iran. Those deadly projectiles would no doubt be used in
the event of an Israeli airstrike to take out Iran’s
Once again we see a tin-pot
dictatorship promising to wrest Jerusalem from the Jews.
Sometimes news articles and analyses make us anxious, as
various weapons systems are discussed, etc. Yet we know
that no matter how many evil regimes envision themselves
looking down on the Holy City from the surrounding
mountain tops, the Lord Himself will fight for the Jews.
And that makes all the SAM
missiles in the world worth nothing.
Aug 17, 2015
The Young Israeli Turks
In the West, we often lament the ideologies of young
people. The so-called “Millennials” often go down the
same road that, well, our generations did: gauzy,
leftist worldview that has no basis in reality, then a
full hard-right turn when adulthood and reality set in.
At least that’s the general state of things in
Not so in Israel.
There is a
youth movement underway in Israeli politics now that
bodes well for the future. Perhaps it has much to do
with the fact that they all serve in the military, and
as reservists until age 55. Reality has a way of causing
one to grow up in a hurry.
Word has come that
Danny Danon will now serve as Israel’s ambassador to the
UN. He had served as Minister of Science Technology and
Space. Danon is well-known even to Christian Zionists as
a patriotic Israeli who sees the world the way it really
is. Benjamin Netanyahu recognizes this and had good
things to say about Danon (who has in the past
criticized the prime minister on policy issues):
"Danon has agreed to take on an important challenge that
I proposed for him. The United Nations is an important
forum right now and I am sure that Danny will represent
the truth with full force in the international arena."
Ayelet Shaked is the new Israeli Justice Minister,
and has a reputation for being right-wing. Born in Tel
Aviv a month before the famous Entebbe raid in 1976,
Shaked got her start in the high-tech industry, and
interestingly, identifies as secular.
ancestors were part of the Jewish immigration from
Russia in the 1880s, the start of the modern ingathering
of the Jewish exiles. Shaked also served as an infantry
instructor in the famed Golani Brigade.
Bennett is Israel’s current Minister of Education (he
and Shaked are members of the Jewish Home party), and
served in the Sayeret Matkal, Israel’s elite
counter-terrorism unit; he was born in Haifa to
immigrants from America.
Bennett is thought by
some to be the most likely to ascend to the prime
minister’s chair (he once served as Netanyahu’s chief of
staff). At 43, he is also fabulously wealthy, having
sold his software company for $145 million in 2005. He
is tough, and looks younger than his years.
Danon, Shaked, and Bennett are but three of the rising
young stars in Israeli politics. They will be the ones,
I believe, who lead Israel during her fateful years, not
too many years from now.
Remember, it was Rabin,
who, in his late 40’s, led the lightning war of 1967.
David Ben Gurion began his political activities in
Palestine as a young man, and even the enigmatic Shimon
Peres has been central in Israel politics since he was a
The Jewish state is often led by
In Israel’s unique political and
cultural system (helped, no doubt, by the small
population) it seems that everyone knows everyone else,
and in that innovative Israeli way, even very young
leaders seem to have the ears of their elders. This is
how they win wars and political races, which often seem
like they are the same thing.
One of the things
that makes the foreseeable future much more interesting
is that, in particular, Danon’s rhetoric thrills some
and repels others. He has been a strong critic of the
two-state solution, and in a recent op-ed, The Times of
Israel’s David Horovitz lambasted the selection of Danon
for the top UN spot:
“It is hard to conceive of a
more short-sighted, shameful and damaging appointment
than that of the Likud hawk as UN envoy. Not just for
the PM, but for all of Israel.”
went on to point out a fascinating fact:
the man whom Netanyahu has now decided can best
represent Israel in the incredibly problematic ‘family
of nations,’ facing off against ever-intensifying
criticism where the measure of support for Israel might
best be gauged by the 2012 General Assembly vote to
upgrade the Palestinians to nonmember status. Those who
voted with Israel could be counted on two hands with
fingers left over: Canada, the Czech Republic, the
Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Panama and
the United States. How many countries voted in support
of the Palestine upgrade? 138.”
those who watch prophecy unfold, does this sound like an
end times scenario in which Israel winds up alone? It’s
terrific, of course, that strong nations like the U.S.
and Canada support Israel…but for how long? Barack Obama
has followed the same fiendish path started by Jimmy
Carter, and it will inevitably lead to America
abandoning the Jewish state.
And that is the
moment when the young Turks in Israeli politics will be
coming in to their own.
Their date with destiny.