By Shani Ferguson

Winter in Israel is my favorite time of year. It’s the only time we actually get decent rain and it’s cold enough for me to wear my cozy jacket. It also seems like social tensions are usually eased and the atmosphere seems more relaxed. Jews and Arabs are desert creatures over here, and the rain has a calming effect on us all. Unless it doesn’t. Like this fall/winter season.

It’s a long story – as it always seems to be – but a few months ago, a Palestinian Arab employed as a construction worker in Israel used a tractor to flip over an entire public bus.

Then the car attacks began. Several cars on different occasions ran off the road running over pedestrians killing several people, including a three month old baby. The attacks were so inspiring to the Palestinian community that political cartoons began to emerge with images encouraging Palestinians to run over more Israelis and even naming specific members of the Israeli government. Some Arabs in neighborhoods near our home in Jerusalem condemned the violence, encouraging their brethren to live among us peacefully. But others took to the streets with riots.

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Aside from the usual “occupation” rhetoric, this uprising has taken up the cause of defending the Temple mount from the prayers of Jews and Christians. Most people don’t know that today only Muslims can pray where the Jewish temple once stood. Jews and Christians can only come as close as the Western Wall. Muslims are working themselves into a frenzy stating someone is trying to change the status quo.

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With striking similarity to the case in the US city of Ferguson, a peak in riots came when CCTV cameras showed a young Palestinian Arab man of 22 years, attacking a police van with a knife and then police emerging and fatally shooting him. Police explained they only intended to neutralize his ability to attack them when they shot him. The man collapsed, and police immediately took him to the hospital, where he died from his wounds. Unfortunately, the only part of this story the Muslims in that neighborhood cared about is that the infidel, Zionist police shot and killed one of their own. The details don’t matter. Well, except the fact that they are ever proud of their martyrs. (Note: I only compare the massive reaction to both cases, not concluding where justice lies)

The fact that Islamic radicals have come in to Ferguson to encourage the chaos is sad because most won’t realize the fight is no longer over Mike Brown or injustice to blacks, but over Islamic infiltration and domination. It’s not the first time parallels can be seen between what happens in Israel and what happens in other nations depending on how they respond to Israel’s plight. (See article “The Apple and the Storm” at Yeshuaisrael.com) From the good to the bad, so goes Israel, so goes the rest of the world. It’s why we encourage you to be involved with what happens in Israel, because it does affect your life.

The current upheaval in Jerusalem affects our family differently than during the usual conflicts with Gaza and Lebanon and Syria. When missiles are fired, we hear a siren. Bomb shelters are available throughout the city and in our homes. These street attacks that have taken place in the past month are the worst kind of attack because there is no warning. Its location is random. Its target is random. It shows no mercy. Young girls, babies and grown men have all been killed in the past months.

In the Middle East, it is called an Intifada, or uprising. We’ve had it twice before, both in my lifetime. The last Intifada where thousands of Israelis were killed resulted in the erecting of the security barrier between Israel proper and Palestinian towns. This hurt the businesses of many peaceful Palestinians, but it effectively shut down the Intifada because Palestinian terrorists could not physically get themselves and their bombs to Jewish-populated areas. However, there are two groups of Arabs in Israel, the Palestinian Arabs who live in the Judea and Samaria (aka the West Bank) and 1 million Israeli Arabs who live all throughout Israel proper. The terrorists were coming from Judea and Samaria. The battle since the security wall was erected has been over the minds of the one million Israeli-Arabs who enjoy Israeli citizenship and all the benefits that come with living in a modern democratic state – including living on this side of the security wall. Could Islamic radicals convince them to turn against Jews they live among? I believe most won’t. But each one that does can cause pain and death – and tarnish the name of other Israeli Arabs who are just looking to live their lives.

The outward unrest is merely a symptoms of the underlying battle for the heart and soul of the Arab and Jewish people. The spiritual adversary of all that is good and true is raging at the fact that God has promised to save this entire nation. As the enemy sees this day draw near his fits grow in fury. But he cannot change what God has already written down. All Israel shall be saved. We are here to witness this and partake in the process!

Kobi and Shani Ferguson are Co Founders of Yeshua Israel Ministries in Jerusalem. Visit their website at www.yeshuaisrael.com

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Terror Strikes Jerusalem… Again…

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2380_53969225969_9583_nBy Katy Sorsher Smith

It has been a morning of horror in Jerusalem.

At around 7am, two Palestinian terrorists, citizens of Israel and carriers of Israeli State IDs, armed with knives, axes, and firearms, entered a Jerusalem synagogue at the Har Nof neighborhood, where dozens of worshippers were in the middle of morning prayers, and started shooting into the crowd and stabbing those who were in close range.

In this horrible, carefully planned massacre, four people were murdered and eight others wounded. As I’m writing this, one of the wounded is still fighting for his life. Four more people have serious injuries.

Both terrorists were shot dead after coming out of the synagogue during a gunfight, which developed between them and the Israeli police. Two police officers were wounded.

The pictures I’m watching on TV from inside the synagogue are horrifying. Blood-stained floors and tallits (prayer shawls), chairs scattered during the chaos… that’s all that was left in this house of worship, which is now full of police and officials investigating the terror scene.

Israeli security personnel  search a religious Jewish Yeshiva next to a synagogue, where a suspected Palestinian attack took place, in Jerusalem,

This is by far the worst act of terror against Israelis in the last few years. During the last five weeks, random attacks in Jerusalem (and other areas in Israel) have been taking place in which Palestinians decide to use their vehicles or heavy machinery as weapons against innocent civilians.

This terror attack, however, is different.

The weapons used for the attack were machete-like knives and cleavers – similar to those ISIS uses in their videos. The fact that two terrorists were involved shows this heinous act was planned. The timing of morning prayers, when the synagogue is usually filled with up to 80 worshipers, also shows panning. Some analysts say this act was more like those committed against Jews in Europe.

Many Israelis are now asking, is this the beginning of a Third Intifada? Unfortunately, whatever name you choose to give this sudden spike in terror attacks, they are happening and will probably continue to happen.

Palestinian and Hamas leaders are openly encouraging their faithful to continue the uprising. Multitudes of young Palestinians filled with hatred for the Jewish people from childhood see it as their ultimate goal and honor to die as a martyr, taking as many Jewish lives with them as possible.

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With several generation of Palestinians being raised on incitement and false claims, on promises of returning of Jerusalem and the lands that once belonged to Palestinian people through a Holy War (jihad) and resistance, on brainwashing that death is more honorable than life, can there ever be an end to terror against Israel?

Through the gloomy picture that is being painted daily on the streets of Israel, I can still confidently say, YES!

For God’s promises stand forever. His faithfulness is sure. He will deliver Jerusalem. He will save Jacob out of this trouble. He will redeem Israel even when all nations come against it.

But for now, the battle rages, and we are asking for your prayers.

Pray for those who lost their loved ones today. May the Lord comfort them and show His face to them, covering them with His love and grace.

Pray for a quick recovery for all the wounded.

Pray against fear among Israelis.

Pray for divine protection for God’s chosen people, His chosen city, Jerusalem, and His firstborn nation, Israel.

Was Matthew a False Prophet?

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Ron CantorBy Ron Cantor

In Matthew 2:23 the gospel writer makes a confusing claim. He suggests that Yeshua’s going to live in Nazareth was a fulfillment of an Old Covenant prophecy:

[Joseph] went and lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets, that [Yeshua] would be called a Nazarene. (Matt. 2:23)

 

Anti-Messianics have sought to use this verse to confuse young Jewish believers, by claiming that the New Testament is false. After all, there is no prophecy from the Hebrew Scriptures that claims that Yeshua would be called a Nazarene… Or is there?

First of all, what is a Nazarene? In the context of the Matthew verse it would be someone who lives in Nazareth. However, one must look deeper to see the wordplay—something that was very common in Hebrew literature.

The word for Nazarene that is use in the Hebrew New Testament is natsri (נַצְרִי). The root of this word is natsar (נַצַר). From this root we get the Hebrew word netser (נֵצֵר). And a nester is a branch.

With this information, let’s see if there is anything regarding a Branch and the Messiah in the Hebrew prophets:

“The days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land.” (Jer. 23:5)

“In those days and at that time I will make a righteous Branch sprout from David’s line; he will do what is just and right in the land.” (Jer. 33:15)

“Listen, High Priest Joshua, you and your associates seated before you, who are men symbolic of things to come: I am going to bring my servant, the Branch.”
(Zech. 3:8)

“Tell him this is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘Here is the man whose name is the Branch, and he will branch out from his place and build the temple of the LORD.’” (Zech. 6:12)

Ok problem solved, right? Not exactly, you see in all these verses the Hebrew word for branch is tsemach (צֶמַח), not netser. In Modern Hebrew tsemach means plant, but since virtually every English translation of the Bible uses the word branch for tsemach, we can be quite sure that branch is the proper meaning in the Old Covenant. So despite being two different words with the same meaning, it could still be a clever wordplay between the name of the city and the Messianic prophecies:

  • Yeshua is from Nazareth,
  • So he is a Nazarene (natsri),
  • Which is the same as netzer (branch),
  • And the prophets spoke of a tsemach (branch) coming forth to be the Messiah and King.
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Well, that is enough for me to see that Matthew was referring to these prophetic passages when he said that Yeshua would be called a Nazarene according to the prophets. But isn’t there even one verse that uses the same word netser for branch and refers to the Messiah? Yes!

One of the most famous Messianic prophesies of all is in Isaiah 11:

A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;
from his roots a Branch (netser/נֵצֵר) will bear fruit. (Is. 11:1)
 

So if we had any doubts about Matthew’s use of the word natzri meaning branch, they should be definitely be put to rest. And most scholars believe that Matthew had the deepest knowledge of Old Covenant prophecies. Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology states, “Matthew has a special fondness for the Messianic prophecies in Isaiah and other prophets.” It is noteworthy that they point out Isaiah from all the prophets, the book where we find the branch/netser verse.

Scholars agree Matthew was writing to Jews. He uses prophecy from the Old Covenant 62 times. It makes no sense to add the verse about the Nazarene, if it wasn’t clear to his Jewish readers what he meant. If he is making it up to hoodwink his readers, he has no need with 61 other prophecies. It would only cut at his credibility. Clearly he was referring to Isaiah 11:1 and possibly the other verses that we mentioned as well.

An interesting footnote is that the same root is used in the verb l’natser (לְנֵצר) which means to guard, to keep, to maintain. Yeshua was the only human that was able to l’natser the Law of Moses completely. So not only is Matthew not mistaken, who quotes Yeshua as saying that He “came not to destroy the Law of Moses, but fulfill it” (Matt. 5:17), he also comes across as brilliant in his ability to write in such a way that was very common in his day, and do it masterfully.

2380_53969225969_9583_nBy Katy Sorsher Smith

I am writing this blog in Israel’s most southern point – the beautiful resort city of Eilat on the Red Sea. The weather is beautiful and sunny. The air is clear. The sea and the views are gorgeous, and I can actually see Jordan, Egypt and even Saudi Arabia in the distance. You can’t help but get inspired.

The reason I’m telling you where I am is because each time I visit the Red Sea, it reminds me of the great Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt – accompanied with great signs, wonders and miracles. Being here makes all the promises of God to Israel and the Jewish people tangible and real. God has not forgotten His people. He has been faithful to this land and this people for many generations, and He continues being faithful for He never changes.

It is a miracle that the State of Israel still exists. It is a miracle that surrounded by enemies on every side, it is flourishing and growing. No, we are not a perfect millennial country. We are not better than any other nation. Our people struggle just like everyone else and face the same issues rooted in sin. But the fact that we are still here proves that God exists and that Israel is still the apple of His eye. It testifies that Israel has a place in His plan for mankind, and that He will protect His firstborn forever.

Knowing this about God and about Israel renews my strength to keep working for Israel’s salvation and God’s Kingdom. I hope it renews your strength as well.

That said, Israel needs your prayers. We need your prayers. I believe that even though there’s great distance between believers in different countries (and even within the same country), PRAYER is what UNITES US as one body.

PRAY for Israel. PRAY for her protection from enemies within, and those who surround us.

PRAY for our leaders – PM Netanyahu, the Knesset, IDF and Police commanders and others who make decisions which affect us.

PRAY for our soldiers, who are keeping us safe day and night.

PRAY for salvation for the people of Israel – Jews, Arabs and other “strangers dwelling among us.”

PRAY for the Messianic believers and Arab Christians to be a bright light to this nation – in ministry, in the market place, and wherever they can make a difference.

PRAY for the Lord to remember His promises to Israel and look favorably on us.

PRAY that the people who are called by the Lord’s name will humble themselves and turn back to the God of Israel with their whole hearts, so that He can hear from heaven, forgive our sins and heal our land.

PRAY for the Lord to bless Israel’s friends. PRAY especially for your country’s government – that they will stand with Israel and support her.

For the Lord has promised to bless those who bless Israel.

Podcast Episode 077

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Ron Cantor and the Maoz Media team bring you the 77th and FINAL episode of the Maoz Israel Report Podcast!

Please tune in for a personal update from Ron on this final episode of the Maoz Israel Report Podcast. Thank you to all of our faithful listeners and we are blessed to have been able to share with you these past 2 years direct from Tel Aviv!

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Podcast Episode 076

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Ron Cantor and the Maoz Media team bring you the 76th episode of the Maoz Israel Report Podcast!

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In his September 29 speech, the Israel prime minister said peace was possible with fresh approach from Israel’s neighbors and called for the Arab peace initiative to reflect regional changes of recent years.

PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU: Thank you, Mr. President. Distinguished delegates, I come here from Jerusalem to speak on behalf of my people, the people of Israel. I’ve come here to speak about the dangers we face and about the opportunities we seek. I’ve come here to expose the brazen lies spoken from this very podium against my country and against the brave soldiers who defend it.

Ladies and gentlemen, the people of Israel pray for peace, but our hopes and the world’s hopes for peace are in danger because everywhere we look militant Islam is on the march. It’s not militants. It’s not Islam. It’s militant Islam. And typically its first victims are other Muslims, but it spares no one: Christians, Jews, Yazidis, Kurds. No creed, no faith, no ethnic group is beyond its sights. And it’s rapidly spreading in every part of the world.

You know the famous American saying, all politics is local? For the militant Islamists, all politics is global, because their ultimate goal is to dominate the world. Now, that threat might seem exaggerated to some since it starts out small, like a cancer that attacks a particular part of the body. But left unchecked, the cancer grows, metastasizing over wider and wider areas. To protect the peace and security of the world, we must remove this cancer before it’s too late.

Last week, many of the countries represented here rightly applauded President Obama for leading the effort to confront ISIS, and yet weeks before, some of these same countries, the same countries that now support confronting ISIS, opposed Israel for confronting Hamas. They evidently don’t understand that ISIS and Hamas are branches of the same poisonous tree.

ISIS and Hamas share a fanatical creed, which they both seek to impose well beyond the territory under their control. Listen to ISIS’ self-declared caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. This is what he said two months ago: A day will soon come when the Muslim will walk everywhere as a master. The Muslims will cause the world to hear and understand the meaning of terrorism and destroy the idol of democracy. Now listen to Khaled Mashal, the leader of Hamas. He proclaims a similar vision of the future: We say this to the West — by Allah you will be defeated. Tomorrow our nation will sit on the throne of the world.

As Hamas’ charter makes clear, Hamas’ immediate goal is to destroy Israel, but Hamas has a broader objective. They also want a caliphate. Hamas shares the global ambitions of its fellow militant Islamists, and that’s why its supporters wildly cheered in the streets of Gaza as thousands of Americans were murdered in 9/11, and that’s why its leaders condemn the United States for killing Osama bin Laden whom they praised as a holy warrior.

So when it comes to their ultimate goals, Hamas is ISIS and ISIS is Hamas. And what they share in common all militant Islamists share in common. Boko Haram in Nigeria, Al-Shabab in Somalia, Hezbollah in Lebanon, Al-Nusra in Syria, the Mahdi army in Iraq, and the Al-Qaida branches in Yemen, Libya, the Philippines, India and elsewhere.

Some are radical Sunnis, some are radical Shiites, some want to restore a pre-medieval caliphate from the seventh century, others want to trigger the apocalyptic return of an imam from the ninth century. They operate in different lands, they target different victims and they even kill each other in their battle for supremacy. But they all share a fanatic ideology. They all seek to create ever-expanding enclaves of militant Islam where there is no freedom and no tolerance, where women are treated as chattel, Christians are decimated and minorities are subjugated, sometimes given the stark choice, convert or die. For them, anyone can be considered an infidel, including fellow Muslims.

Ladies and gentlemen, militant Islam’s ambition to dominate the world seems mad, but so too did the global ambitions of another fanatic ideology that swept into power eight decades ago. The Nazis believed in a master race. The militant Islamists believe in a master faith. They just disagree who among them will be the master of the master faith. That’s what they truly disagree about. And therefore, the question before us is whether militant Islam will have the power to realize its unbridled ambitions.

There is one place where that could soon happen — the Islamic State of Iran. For 35 years, Iran has relentlessly pursued the global mission which was set forth by its founding ruler, Ayatollah Khomeini, in these words. “We will export our revolution to the entire world until the cry ‘there is no god but Allah’ will echo throughout the world over.” And ever since, the regime’s brutal enforcers, Iran’s revolutionary guards, have done exactly that.

Listen to its current commander, General Mohammad Ali Jafari. And he clearly stated his goal. He said “Our imam did not limit the Islamic revolution to this country, our duty is to prepare the way for an Islamic world government.”

Iran’s President Rohani stood here last week and shed crocodile tears over what he called the globalization of terrorism. Maybe he should spare us those phony tears and have a word instead with the commanders of Iran’s revolutionary guards. He could ask them to call off Iran’s global terror campaign, which has included attacks in two dozen countries on five continents since 2011 alone.

You know, to say that Iran doesn’t practice terrorism is like saying Derek Jeter never played shortstop for the New York Yankees. This is — this bemoaning by the Iranian president of the spread of terrorism has got to be one of history’s greatest displays of doubletalk.

Now, some argue that Iran’s global terror campaign, its subversion of countries throughout the Middle East and well beyond the Middle East, some argue that this is the work of the extremists. They say things are changing. They point to last year’s election in Iran. They claim that Iran’s smooth-talking president and foreign minister, they’ve changed not only the tone of Iran’s foreign policy but also its substance. They believe that Rohani and Zarif (generally/genuinely ?) want to reconcile with the West, that they’ve abandoned the global mission of the Islamic Revolution. Really?

So let’s look at what Foreign Minister Zarif wrote in his book just a few years ago:

We have a fundamental problem with the West, and especially with America. This is because we are heirs to a global mission which is tied to our raison d’être, a global mission which is tied to our very reason for being.

And then Zarif asks a question — I think an interesting one. He says: How come Malaysia — he’s referring to an overwhelmingly Muslim country — how come Malaysia doesn’t have similar problems? And he answers: Because Malaysia is not trying to change the international order.

That’s your moderate. So don’t be fooled by Iran’s manipulative charm offensive. It’s designed for one purpose and for one purpose only: to lift the sanctions and remove the obstacles to Iran’s path to the bomb. The Islamic Republic is now trying to bamboozle its way to an agreement that will remove the sanctions it still faces and leave it with a capacity of thousands of refugees — of centrifuges, rather — to enrich uranium. This would effectively cement Iran’s place as a threshold military nuclear power. And in the future, at the time of its choosing, Iran, the world’s most dangerous regime, in the world’s most dangerous region, would obtain the world’s most dangerous weapons. Allowing that to happen would pose the gravest threat to us all. It’s one thing to confront militant Islamists on pickup trucks armed with Kalashnikov rifles. It’s another thing to confront militant Islamists armed with weapons of mass destruction.

I remember that last year, everyone here was rightly concerned about the chemical weapons in Syria, including the possibility that they would fall into the hands of terrorists. Well, that didn’t happen, and President Obama deserves great credit for leading the diplomatic effort to dismantle virtually all of Syria’s chemical weapons capability. Imagine how much more dangerous the Islamic State, ISIS, would be if it possessed chemical weapons. Now imagine how much more dangerous the Islamic state of Iran would be if it possessed nuclear weapons.

Ladies and gentlemen, would you let ISIS enrich uranium? Would you let ISIS build a heavy water reactor? Would you let ISIS develop intercontinental ballistic missiles? Of course you wouldn’t. Then you mustn’t let the Islamic state of Iran do those things either, because here’s what will happen. Once Iran produces atomic bombs, all the charms and all the smiles will suddenly disappear. They’ll just vanish. And it’s then that the ayatollahs will show their true face and unleash their aggressive fanaticism on the entire world.

There’s only one responsible course of action to address this threat. Iran’s nuclear military capabilities must be fully dismantled. (Applause.) Make no mistake: ISIS must be defeated. But to defeat ISIS and leave Iran as a threshold nuclear power is to win the battle and lose the war. (Applause.) To defeat ISIS and leave Iran as a threshold nuclear power is to win the battle and lose the war.

Ladies and gentlemen, the fight against militant Islam is indivisible. When militant Islam succeeds anywhere, it’s emboldened everywhere. When it suffers a blow in one place, it’s set back in every place. That’s why Israel’s fight against Hamas is not just our fight, it’s your fight. Israel is fighting a fanaticism today that your countries may be forced to fight tomorrow. For 50 days this past summer Hamas fired thousands of rockets at Israel, many of them supplied by Iran. I want you to think about what your countries would do if thousands of rockets were fired at your cities. Imagine millions of your citizens having seconds at most to scramble to bomb shelters day after day. You wouldn’t let terrorists fire rockets at your cities with impunity, nor would you let terrorists dig dozens of terror tunnels under your borders to infiltrate your towns in order to murder and kidnap your citizens. Israel justly defended itself against both rocket attacks and terror tunnels. (Applause.)

Yet Israel faced another challenge. We faced a propaganda war because in an attempt to win the world sympathy, Hamas cynically used Palestinian civilians as human shields. It used schools — not just schools; UN schools — private homes, mosques, even hospitals to store and fire rockets at Israel. As Israel surgically struck at the rocket launchers and at the tunnels, Palestinian civilians were tragically but unintentionally killed. There are heartrending images that resulted, and these fueled libelous charges that Israel was deliberately targeting civilians. We were not. We deeply regret every single civilian casualties.

And the truth is this: Israel was doing everything to minimize Palestinian civilian casualties. Hamas was doing everything to maximize Israeli civilian casualties and Palestinian civilian casualties. Israel dropped flyers, made phone calls, sent text messages, broadcast warnings in Arabic on Palestinian television, all this to enable Palestinian civilians to evaluate targeted areas. No other country and no other army in history have gone to greater lengths to avoid casualties among the civilian population of their enemies. (Applause.)

Now, this concern for Palestinian life was all the more remarkable given that Israeli civilians were being bombarded by rockets day after day, night after night. And as their families were being rocketed by Hamas, Israel’s citizen army, the brave soldiers of the IDF, our young boys and girls, they upheld the highest moral values of any army in the world. (Applause.) Israel’s soldiers deserve not condemnation but admiration, admiration from decent people everywhere. (Applause.)

Now, here is what Hamas did. Here is what Hamas did. Hamas embedded its missile batteries in residential areas and told Palestinians to ignore Israel’s warnings to leave. And just in case people didn’t get the message, they executed Palestinian civilians in Gaza who dared to protest. And no less reprehensible, Hamas deliberately placed its rockets where Palestinian children live and play. Let me show you a photograph. It was taken by a France 24 crew during the recent conflict. It shows two Hamas rocket launchers, which were used to attack us. You see three children playing next to them. Hamas deliberately put its rockets in hundreds of residential areas like this — hundreds of them.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is a war crime. And I say to President Abbas, these are the crimes, the war crimes, committed by your Hamas partners in the national unity government which you head and you are responsible for. And these are the real war crimes you should have investigated or spoken out against from this podium last week. (Applause.)

Ladies and gentlemen, as Israel’s children huddle in bomb shelters and Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense knocked Hamas rockets out of the sky, the profound moral difference between Israel and Hamas couldn’t have been clearer. Israel was using its missiles to protect its children. Hamas was using its children to protect its missiles. (Applause.)

By investigating Israel rather than Hamas for war crimes, the UN Human Rights Council has betrayed its noble mission to protect the innocent. In fact, what it’s doing is to turn the laws of war upside down. Israel, which took unprecedented steps to minimize civilian casualties — Israel is condemned. Hamas, which both targeted and hid behind civilians — that’s a double war crime — Hamas is given a pass.

The Human Rights Council is thus sending a clear message to terrorists everywhere: Use civilians as a human shield. Use them again and again and again. And you know why? Because, sadly, it works. By granting international legitimacy to the use of human shields, the UN Human Rights Council has thus become a terrorist rights council, and it will have repercussions — it probably already has — about the use of civilians as human shields. It’s not just our interests. It’s not just our values that are under attack. It’s your interests and your values.

Ladies and gentlemen, we live in a world steeped in tyranny and terror where gays are hanged from cranes in Tehran, political prisoners are executed in Gaza, young girls are abducted en masse in Nigeria, and hundreds of thousands are butchered in Syria, Libya and Iraq, yet nearly half — nearly half of the UN Human Rights Council’s resolutions focusing on a single country have been directed against Israel, the one true democracy in the Middle East; Israel, where issues are openly debated in a boisterous parliament, where human rights are protected by the — by independent courts, and where women, gays and minorities live in a genuinely free society.

The human rights — that’s an oxymoron, the human — UN Human Rights Council, but I’ll use it just the same. The council’s biased treatment of Israel is only one manifestation of the return of one of the world’s largest prejudices. We hear mobs today in Europe call for the gassing of Jews. We hear some national leaders compare Israel to the Nazis. This is not a function of Israel’s policies. It’s a function of diseased minds. and that disease has a name. It’s called anti-Semitism. It is now spreading in polite society where it masquerades as legitimate criticism of Israel.

For centuries the Jewish people have been demonized with blood libels and charges of deicide. Today the Jewish state is demonized with the apartheid libel and charges of genocide — genocide. In what moral universe does genocide include warning the enemy civilian population to get out of harm’s way, or ensuring that they receive tons — tons of humanitarian aid each day even as thousands of rockets are being fired at us, or setting up a field hospital to aid their wounded?

Well, I suppose it’s the same moral universe where a man who wrote a dissertation of lies about the Holocaust and who insists on a Palestine free of Jews — Judenrein — can stand at this podium and shamelessly accuse Israel of genocide and ethnic cleansing. In the past, outrageous lies against the Jews were the precursors to the wholesale slaughter of our people, but no more. Today, we, the Jewish people, have the power to defend ourselves. We will defend ourselves against our enemies on the battlefield — (applause) — we will expose their lies against us in the court of public opinion. Israel will continue to stand proud and unbowed. (Applause.)

Ladies and gentlemen, despite the enormous challenges facing Israel, I believe we have a historic opportunity. After decades of seeing Israel as their enemy, leading states in the Arab world increasingly recognize that together, we and they face many of the same dangers, and principally, this means a nuclear-armed Iran and militant Islamist movements gaining ground in the Sunni world. Our challenge is to transform these common interests to create a productive partnership, one that would build a more secure, peaceful and prosperous Middle East. Together, we can strengthen regional security, we can advance projects in water and agricultural, in transportation and health and energy in so many fields.

I believe the partnership between us can also help facilitate peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Now, many have long assumed that an Israeli-Palestinian peace can help facilitate a broader rapprochement between Israel and the Arab world. But these days, I think it may work the other way around, namely that a broader rapprochement between Israel and the Arab world may help facilitate an Israeli-Palestinian peace. And therefore, to achieve that peace, we must look not only to Jerusalem and Ramallah but also to Cairo, to Amman, Abu Dhabi, Riyadh and elsewhere.

I believe peace can be realized with the active involvement of Arab countries — those that are willing to provide political, material and other indispensable support. I’m ready to make a historic compromise, not because Israel occupies a foreign land. The people of Israel are not occupiers in the land of Israel. (Applause.) History, archaeology and common sense all make clear that we have had a singular attachment to this land for over 3,000 years.

I want peace because I want to create a better future for my people, but it must be a genuine peace — one that is anchored in mutual recognition and enduring security arrangements — rock solid security arrangements on the ground, because you see, Israeli withdrawals from Lebanon and Gaza created two militant Islamic enclaves on our borders for which tens of thousands of rockets have been fired at Israel, and these sobering experiences heightens Israel’s security concerns (regarding ?) potential territorial concessions in the future.

Now, those security concerns are even greater today. Just look around you. The Middle East is in chaos, states are disintegrating, and militant Islamists are filling the void. Israel cannot have territories from which it withdraws taken over by Islamic militants yet again, as happened in Gaza and Lebanon. That would place the likes of ISIS within mortar range, a few miles, of 80 percent of our population.

Now think about that. The distance between the 1967 lines and the suburbs of Tel Aviv is like the distance between the UN building here and Times Square. Israel is a tiny country. That’s why in any peace agreement, which will obviously necessitate a territorial compromise, I will always insist that Israel be able to defend itself by itself against any threat. (Applause.)

And yet despite everything that has happened, some still don’t take Israel’s security concerns seriously. But I do and I always will — (applause) — because as prime minister of Israel, I’m entrusted with the awesome responsibility of ensuring the future of the Jewish people and the future of the Jewish state. And no matter what pressure is brought to bear, I will never waiver in fulfilling that responsibility. (Applause.)

I believe that with a fresh approach from our neighbors, we can advance peace despite the difficulties we face. See, in Israel, we have a record of making the impossible possible. We’ve made a desolate land flourish, and with very few natural resources, we’ve used the fertile minds of our people to turn Israel into a global center of technology and innovation, and peace, of course, would enable Israel to realize its full potential and to bring a promising future not only for our people, not only for the Palestinian people, but for many, many others in our region.

But the old template for peace must be updated. It must take into account new realities and new roles and responsibilities for our Arab neighbors.

Ladies and gentlemen, there is a new Middle East. It presents new dangers but also new opportunities. Israel is prepared to work with Arab partners and the international community to confront those dangers and to seize those opportunities. Together, we must recognize the global threat of militant Islam, the primacy of dismantling Iran’s nuclear weapons capability and the indispensable role of Arab states in advancing peace with the Palestinians. All this may fly in the face of conventional wisdom, but it’s the truth, and the truth must always be spoken, especially here in the United Nations. (Applause.)

Isaiah, our great prophet of peace, taught us nearly 3,000 years ago in Jerusalem to speak truth to power. (Speaks in Hebrew.) For the sake of Zion, I will not be silent, for the sake of Jerusalem, I will not be still until her justice shines bright and her salvation glows like a flaming torch.

Ladies and gentlemen, let us light a torch of truth and justice to safeguard our common future. Thank you. (Applause.)

Podcast Episode 075

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Ron Cantor and the Maoz Media team bring you a special edition of the 75th episode of the Maoz Israel Report Podcast!

Ron and Tal explain the Feast of Trumpets, frequently called Rosh HaShana: Where did the tradition come from? How are end times connected and are we living in them?

SHOW NOTES:

This broadcast of the Maoz Israel Report Podcast is brought to you by Maoz Israel Ministries and Congregation Tiferet Yeshua

Maoz Israel Report

Messiah’s Mandate

2015 Israel Tour:
www.roncan.com/israel15

Click here to get Ron’s free ebook

Contact Ron: ron@cantorlink.com
Ron on Twitter: @ronscantor

Maoz on Twitter: @maozisrael

by Efraim Goldstein

The 66 years Israel has stood as a nation, we have suffered wars and terrorism. Northern Israel has absorbed some of the harshest of these attacks. During the past conflict in July 2014 which called, Operation Protective Edge, it was Southern Israel that bore the brunt of the over 2,000 missile attacks. As missiles fell on our towns, kibbutzim and cities, those of us in the North were spared the rockets and air raid sirens. Still here in Nahariyya where we live, our Or Hagalil Congregation shared in the pain and trauma of war with all of Israel.

The conflict was also personal for me as my elder son was called up for 30 days on emergency call up. He left his home, wife and 8 month old son. My other son returned to home from abroad with his wife and awaited his call up.

Instead of just sitting home concerned, I and others in our congregation wanted to do something. We felt that putting together gift packages to personally distribute to soldiers was what the Lord wanted us to do. Handing a solider a thoughtfully prepared gift package gave us the chance to look them in the eye and say. “Thank you and God bless you.”

As hundreds of soldiers passed through the Nahariyya train station we were able to hand out several hundred gift packages. The soldiers of Israel are our sons,daughters, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives and fathers. Men and women who serve the people of Israel selflessly and when called upon are willing to pay the ultimate price. For this we are all grateful.

Our hope and pray for Israel is peace and for all to know that the One who watches over Israel is the Lord God.

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
    where does my help come from?
 My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip—
    he who watches over you will not slumber;
 indeed, he who watches over Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord watches over you—
    the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
    nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all harm—
    he will watch over your life;
 the Lord will watch over your coming and going
    both now and forevermore.

Psalms 121

Podcast Episode 074

administrator —  September 16, 2014 — 1 Comment
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Ron Cantor and the Maoz Media team bring you the 74th episode of the Maoz Israel Report Podcast!

Ron and Tal bring you this weeks latest: Is Islam a religion of peace? What will the world leaders do about ISIS?

This week’s featured song is ABBA-My Lord My Love by Israeli Youth Worship from the album The Jamm.

SHOW NOTES:

This broadcast of the Maoz Israel Report Podcast is brought to you by Maoz Israel Ministries and Congregation Tiferet Yeshua

British Will Not Be Involved in Airstrikes

Hamas Leader Planned Teen Killings in June

South Africa Calls Israel’s Founding a Crime Against Humanity

Maoz Israel Report

Messiah’s Mandate

2015 Israel Tour:
www.roncan.com/israel15

Click here to get Ron’s free ebook

Contact Ron: ron@cantorlink.com
Ron on Twitter: @ronscantor

Maoz on Twitter: @maozisrael