Podcast Episode 070

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Ron Cantor and the Maoz Media team bring you the 70th episode of the Maoz Israel Report Podcast!

This week Ron and Tal Guinness discuss the latest news and topics from and about Israel: a testimony from Tiferet Yeshua Congregation, Israelis and PTSD, Muslim Israeli man marrying a Jewish woman, Hillary Clinton coming out against President Obama, is Israel really committing a genocide as many claim, why would the Palestinian church disappear and much more.

This week’s featured song is Our Homeland by Talia Bar-David from the album A Perfect Heart.


SHOW NOTES:

Over vocal protest, Arab-Jewish wedding goes ahead

Dhimmi Actor Liam Neeson: ‘Islam Is The Answer

Hundreds of Fatah members under Hamas house arrest in Gaza

UK supermarket removes kosher food, fearing protesters

Hamas Minister: First Israel, then the World

Israel and the Plight of Mideast Christians

Purported letter from inside Gaza tells of tunnel toil, Hamas cruelty

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

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Podcast Episode 069

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Ron Cantor and the Maoz Media team bring you the 69th episode of the Maoz Israel Report Podcast!

Ron Cantor and Tal Guinness bring you the latest from Israel: the ongoing Gaza conflict, growing anti-Semitism, and the world’s refusal to confront Islamic extremists.

This week’s featured song is Sing to You by Anthony Chapman dedicated to friends serving and fighting in Gaza.

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

EXCLUSIVE: NEW DETAILS SURFACE IN HAMAS MURDER OF IDF SOLDIER HADAR GOLDIN

Gaza Bishop: Hamas Used Church to Fire Rockets

Belgian Politician Hassan Aarab sorry for Holocaust comment

Poll: Huge majority in Gaza want lasting ceasefire

IDF indiscriminately killing in Gaza? Data says no

Sing to You by Anthony Chapman:

You
are fighting in a war
that you didn’t cause
you didn’t want
you didn’t desire at all

It’s hard
to find the words to describe
what you’ve seen
and what you’ve been through
its so heavy

Who am I to say a thing?
I love you my dear brother

If it’ll help then I will sing to you
so that you’ll know that I stand with you
from the depths of me I thank you
for protecting me

If it’ll help then I’ll remind you
that God is always with you
and also, I am there, in your heart
and you are here in mine

The path
is long and winding
so don’t forget
you’re not alone
I’m waiting at the door

Home
warmth and love
are expecting you
we support you
we’re praying for you

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2380_53969225969_9583_nBy Katy Sorsher Smith

ASHDOD

A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of visiting the southern city of Ashdod, which suffered tremendously from rocket fire from Gaza. My mission was photographing an event helping victims of war in the city organized with the help of istandwithisrael.

In fact, it was Pastor Israel from a congregation in the city, who contacted us with the request for help during Operation Protective Edge.

In the city, being attacked at least four or five times a day by rockets, life as we know it virtually came to a halt. Children could not go to daycare or camps. People could not go to work – some because many businesses were simply closed and some because they had to stay home with the children. A simple task of going to a supermarket to buy food or taking the children to play in the park meant risking your life.

Pastor Israel said there were many families with multiple children, single mothers, the elderly, Holocaust survivors and poor who were stuck in shelters for days at a time and needed our help

We wrote an urgent appeal and were amazed at the response we received and the love that was flowing our way from our supporters – in kind words, encouragement, assurance of prayers, and also in gifts.

Within a couple of days, we were able to raise money to help a lot of people.

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It was in the middle of a five-hour ceasefire that I came to Ashdod to witness and photograph the first event of giving out food vouchers to families in need from the means we raised through our War Victims Fund.

The little center, which is also used as a distribution center for clothing and supplies to the poor, was packed with mothers, fathers, and many children.

Looking around and taking pictures, the pressure on all of these people was obvious. All the children and most of the adults had dark circles around their eyes from nights of waking up from Red Alert sirens. Nevertheless, everyone was smiling, happy at the opportunity for some time of sanity and normality in the midst of a war.

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In conversation with several of them, I found out this was the first time in a long time they could leave their homes – especially with the children. However, they did not complain. On the contrary, I was struck and blessed by the fact that they were thankful to have this time to get to know their neighbors, pray for them, witness God’s miracles, and minister to those who don’t know Yeshua. I was driven to tears more than once as I was listening to their accounts.

In all that day, 11 families (there were those who could not make it on short notice) – some with as many as five children – received money for food. They were so appreciative, and expressed gratitude beyond measure to all those who made this possible.

As I drove back to the Tel Aviv area, I was praising God that even though I came to help and encourage these families, I was the one feeling encouraged and uplifted by those who were suffering.

KIRYAT GAT

A week later we were invited to an event in Kiryat Gat – another city in the 40-kilometer radius from Gaza, which has been under heavy rocket fire.

Eighty-five gift cards were to be distributed there – mostly to the elderly and holocaust survivors, but also to others in need.

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As our videographer and I arrived to the city and parked our car, we were greeted by a Red Alert siren. This was followed by the loud boom of a rocket being shot down by the Iron Dome System nearby. Then, we looked up and saw the little cloud that was left as a single proof of the attack.

Because we were clearly still in the midst of war, the event, attended among others by the Interim Mayor of Kiryat Gat, could not be done in a nice big auditorium. Instead, it took place in stages (about 30 people at a time or so) in a tiny bomb shelter in the building.

And just like in Ashdod the week before, I was driven to tears, feeling blessed by those we came to bless.
Each person who came to receive the help they so desperately needed, arrived with a bag of goodies for the soldiers on the front lines in Gaza. Some of these people are unable to afford food or life-saving medications for themselves.

Gifts for soldiers in Gaza brought by those who came to receive help

Gifts for soldiers in Gaza brought by those who came to receive help

One by one they came, opening their bags and taking out things they brought as an expression of love towards those who have been protecting us – socks, underwear, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, wet wipes, cookies, treats… as I saw the boxes that were empty begin to fill up, I was moved beyond measure.

MORE EVENTS

A third event of distributing food vouchers took place last week at the Ashdod congregation.

Another event is planned for next week.

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In addition, we were able to help a congregation in Nahariya (in the north of Israel) as they assembled small gift bags for the soldiers there.

We also gave a generous donation to Yeshua Israel Ministries, who went to visit soldiers near the Gaza border and bless them, as well as citizens of the area.

It is impossible to relate to you how grateful we are to you for allowing us to take part in helping victims of war and IDF soldiers during this operation.

THANK YOU for all you have been doing for us here in Israel. THANK YOU for your love. THANK YOU for standing with Israel.

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Ron Cantor and the Maoz Media team bring you the 68th episode of the Maoz Israel Report Podcast!

Ron Cantor and Tal Guinness are back this week with more on the Gaza War: What is it like to experience a Hamas Rocket Attack? What are celebreties and politicians saying? Who are the victims here? And finally, accounts of modern day miracles and God’s continual protection over Israel.

This week’s featured song is A Post-War Song by Arik Einstein.

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

Iron Dome Operator: God Moved Missile We Couldn’t Hit

Political Cartoon

Jon Voight Pens Letter to ‘Ignorant’ Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz on Israel: ‘Hang Your Heads in Shame’

Messianic Soldier Laid to Rest After Falling in Gaza’

A Post-War Song by Arik Einstein:

An ancient song, a song of soldiers
returning after battle
A song of a loved one, waiting for you –
someone sang it before
This is post-war song
it always fills me with hope
she is waiting, her lover will soon return
this is the song that comes after the war
He writes a letter, she responds with three
that’s how it always goes
he sends a poem, she wipes a tear,
someone sang it before
This is a post-war song…
The whole block cheers, and throws bouquets
how good that peace has come.
Here they come back, may they be healthy –
someone sang it before
This is a post-war song…
An ancient song, a song of soldiers
returning after battle.

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Podcast Episode 067

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Ron Cantor and the Maoz Media team bring you the 67th episode of the Maoz Israel Report Podcast!

Ron has returned to Israel and is reunited with Tal this week as they continue to bring you the latest on the Gaza War including wartime in Israel, Hamas’ “victories”, and why Israel has been betrayed by John Kerry.

This week’s featured song is 20,000 People by Ariel Horowitz dedicated to fallen Israeli soldier Sean Carmeli.

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

John Kerry- The Betrayal

20,000 People:
20000 people and you were the first

20000 people after you Sean

Marching quietly with flowers

2 sisters, 20000 brothers

Soccer fans that arrived with scarf of the team and a girl with a flag

It is not even clear to her why she is crying

Without even knowing you

20000 people and you were the frist

20000 people after you Sean

Marching quietly with flowers

2 sisters, 20000 brothers

they came to say thank you and goodbye

to say there is no such thing as a lonely solder

a nation cannot dwell by itself (num. 23:9)

As long as they are in Texas, Haifa and Gush Etzion

People like you Sean

20000 people and you were the first

20000 people after you Sean

Marching quietly with flowers

2 sisters, 20000 brothers

The One that makes peace in his heavens

He will make peace among us, when fall comes

But you, Sean, won’t luck enough to see it.

Therefore, they came here, from the old to the small.

From Haifa, from Gush Etzion

20000 people and you were the first

20000 people after you Sean

Marching quietly with flowers

2 sisters, 20000 brothers

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Ron CantorBy Ron Cantor

Over the past several weeks, Hamas has shot over 2,000 rockets at Israel—not just in her southern cities but reaching over 80% of Israel. This goes against all conventions of war. Targeting noncombatants is terror. It is not allowed under the Geneva conventions.

Israel has had no choice but to defend herself. In doing so, over 700 Palestinians have died. We are told that possibly as many as 80% were noncombatants. First of all, we cannot trust the numbers Hamas is giving, as they are a terrorist organization and more known for propaganda than honesty. Nevertheless, we have to ask ourselves, who is to blame for the high number of civilian deaths in Gaza?

Mahmoud Abbas has accused Israel of genocide. The president of Turkey said Israel’s “barbarism has surpassed even Hitler.” The UN Chief has condemned Israel in recent days calling our defensive actions “atrocious.” And even John Kerry mocked Israel’s response, not realizing his mic was on before an interview.

However, any honest human being should be able to lay the blame squarely at the feet of the ones who started this conflict: Hamas.

So why are innocent people dying in Gaza today?

1. BECAUSE HAMAS USES WOMEN AND CHILDREN AS HUMAN SHIELDS

There is ample evidence that Hamas surrounds its weapon launchers with children. This is beyond inhumane. Their goal is two-fold: to keep Israel from taking out the launchers, but better yet (in their twisted jihadi minds), “If Israel responds we can parade through the streets with dead children.”

Hamas uses children as Human Shields

Hamas uses children as Human Shields

I heard an Abbas adviser on CNN sharing, that no mother would ever allow her children to be used like this. That was the whole of her argument—emotions over photographic evidence. But to answer the question, these are the same mothers who go on TV praising Allah that their sons have become suicide bombers. The same mothers who hand out candy on the streets when Israelis are murdered—and rejoice at the news that Hamas had killed three teenage boys in cold blood.

Here’s the difference between us. We’re using missile defense to protect our civilians, and they’re using their civilians to protect their missiles. (Israeli PM Netanyahu)

 

2. BECAUSE HAMAS HIDES WEAPONS IN RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOODS

This week 20 rockets were found in a United Nations-funded school! When Israel discovers something like this she has an important decision to make. Do you destroy the weapons depot, in this case, a school, and risk collateral damage, or do you pass it by, knowing those weapons will be used against Israeli citizens and troops.

Oh…and on a side note…The UN, upon discovering the rockets, handed them over to the Gaza police under Hamas control! They gave them back to be used against Israeli civilians. Mr. Ban, that is atrocious!

IDF tank shells that hit the Al Aqsa Hospital, sadly causing civilian casualties, happened only because Hamas was storing a cache of anti-tank missiles right next to the hospital. These missiles have already killed nearly a dozen Israeli soldiers. Hamas purposely hides them next to hospitals, bating Israel into bombing them.

“While the IDF takes every possible measure to minimize civilian causalities, Hamas and its deliberate tactic of embedding terrorist activities with the urban environment are ultimately responsible.” (IDF spokesman)

 

But let’s be clear—there is a huge difference between collateral damage as Israel seeks to destroy Hamas’ ability to attack Israel, and what Hamas does: targeting Israeli civilians. It is not Israel’s fault that Hamas is simply not very good at it. But it is not for a lack of trying—over 2,000 rockets in two weeks and only three deaths.

3. BECAUSE THE ‘INNOCENT’ PALESTINIANS ELECTED HAMAS AS THEIR REPRESENTATIVES

In 2006, after Israel left Gaza and hoped for peace, the people of Gaza voted Hamas into power. They chose Hamas! Now I understand that this was largely due to the fact that the Palestinian Authority was (and is) utterly corrupt, and politicians were lining their own pockets with US, UN and European aid money. But still, the alternative was a terrorist organization that would bring Islamic rule upon Gaza and sacrifice their sons and daughters with the same amount of thought that it takes to buy a candy bar.

4. BECAUSE THE ‘INNOCENT’ PALESTINIANS DO NOT RISE UP AGAINST HAMAS AND STOP THEM FROM SENDING ROCKETS INTO ISRAELI POPULATION CENTERS

This form of terror began nearly a decade ago and Hamas still rules Gaza. The people have not risen up against them. This is the third time in five years they have invited a deadly Israeli response upon them because of endless rocket fire. And maybe yesterday, after over 700 Gazans died, the people would have had enough. So Hamas announces they have kidnapped an Israeli soldier. Like a dog that loses focus the second you wave a tennis ball in front of him, the people of Gaza immediately took to the streets to celebrate the kidnapping. (The kidnapping has yet to be substantiated.)

5. BECAUSE HAMAS HIDES TUNNEL ENTRANCES IN THE HOMES OF CIVILIANS AND IN MOSQUES

The Times of Israel reported yesterday, “Tunnel entrances have been found in houses and mosques, according to the army.”

Missile launcher in a residential building

Missile launcher in a residential building

A lot has been made of the so-called ‘massacre’ in the city of Shejaiya. There are claims of dozens of innocent women and children being killed. What you are not being told is there were over 100 terror targets including two mosques that served as Hamas compounds and weapon storage sites. (timesofisrael.org)

Furthermore, the IDF warned noncombatants to get out of that area before they entered. Did Britain and the US warn Berlin before dropping 70,000 tons of explosives on the city? Or course, the residents of Berlin didn’t wait for telephone calls and leaflets warning of the coming doom—1.7 million of them fled the city. However in Gaza, Hamas is encouraging its citizens to stay and die.

And no one condemned the US and Great Britain for the bombing of Berlin—why? Because it was not an act of aggression, but self-defense. In the same way, Israel is in Gaza only to destroy terror tunnels and take out Hamas’ ability to fire rockets.

6. HAMAS IS THRILLED AT THE NUMBER OF CIVILIAN CASUALTIES – THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT THEY WANTED

Prime Minister Netanyahu was correct when he said on Monday, “This is the cruelest, most grotesque war that I have ever seen. Not only does Hamas target [Israeli] civilians, and hide behind their civilians, it actually wants to pile up as many civilian deaths as possible” for the television cameras, in order to garner sympathy.

Yes, while Israel seeks to prevent Palestinian deaths, Hamas wants them to die—the more the merrier. This is their strategy. While Hamas commanders hide in underground bunkers, they cheer as more and more of their own people die for the cause. More fuel for the propaganda machine.

So…ask yourself…WHO IS TO BLAME?

Ron Cantor is the Executive Pastor of Tiferet Yeshua in Tel Aviv. For more information go to www.ReachTelAviv.org.

War Feelings in Israel

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by Rutie S.

Israel is a very small country. Here everyone is directly and personally affected by Operation Protective Edge. We understand the safety and continued existence of Israel is what is at stake. Most Israelis believe this is our chance to oust a terrible terrorist organization that torments Israelis and Gazans alike. It is the time to destroy the tunnels and dismantle the weaponry that is so ubiquitous in Gaza.

So we send our sons and daughters to do a job – not of vengeance or antagonism, but of necessity. However, all of Israel realizes there is a price. It is the heaviest price – the lives of our loved ones.

Each time a casualty is revealed we freeze because they are our sons, our husbands, our fathers, our friends, our neighbors and our colleagues. They are all OURS, as even those we don’t know. We collectively mourn for each and every soldier who falls for Israel. We learn their names, ages and hometowns. We read news stories about them, about who they were as individuals and the parents, wives and children left behind. We honor them with our thoughts and prayers. Each soldier. Every soldier.

Our hearts ache for the loss and our thoughts always turn to those we personally know in battle – and everyone knows someone. We pray for their safe return and to see them again soon.

This is what it is to be Israeli.

And we are proud of it.

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Since we published the 66th episode of the Maoz Israel Report, there has been some breaking news which we want to update you on. Direct from Ron:

“I had mentioned in the podcast about a supposed kidnapped Israeli soldier. Other than Hamas announcing that they had kidnapped the soldier there was no news for about 48 hours and so the assumption was that it was a lie. What we know now is that the soldier’s name is Oron Shaul. It’s most likely he was killed, everyone that was in his tank were killed. All bodies but his are recovered. It’s most likely that Hamas has taken his dog tags, maybe his body…it’s very unlikely he survived it but if he did he definitely needs your prayers. As I said, the worst case there is for Israelis is that there is a kidnapped soldier. So, go ahead and listen to the rest of the podcast but I just wanted to update you on that since we recorded yesterday and there is new information. Thank you so much for all of your prayers for the IDF and my daughter Danielle, that the Lord’s will will be done.”

Ynet article on missing soldier: Oron Shaul

Podcast Episode 066

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Ron Cantor and the Maoz Media team bring you the 66th episode of the Maoz Israel Report Podcast!

This week Ron brings you more updates about the current conflict going on in Israel and Gaza. Ron examines the world’s tainted view of the conflict and who is actually to blame for the loss of innocent Palestininan lives.

Our featured song is Dear Brother by Avraham Tal.

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

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Podcast Episode 065

admin —  July 15, 2014 — 2 Comments
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Ron Cantor and the Maoz Media team bring you the 65th episode of the Maoz Israel Report Podcast!

Ron broadcasts to you from the US this week with a heavy heart for what is going on in Israel. This weeks show is devoted to discussing the current conflict taking place in Israel including the effect of rocket fire on Israeli citizens and a special letter requesting prayer from Ron’s daughter serving in the IDF.

Our featured song is Ha’im Lo Tivke (Will You Not Weep?) by Shani Ferguson.

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