Palestinian Barbarism

This week we saw the true character of the Palestinian Agenda. Evil. Unmitigated Evil. As millions of people watched the horrific images of the slaughter of Jews inside their own synagogue, many were so shocked at the malevolent hatred that manifested itself. Many asked why? Why would someone do that? Why would they go into a synagogue and start shooting innocent fathers like that?

And to add fuel to the fire it was the Palestinian leader, Abbas, who ignited the flames. Then the response from the Palestinian people was clear – Dancing, Cheering and the Passing out of Candy and Sweets to celebrate the success of two of their own, now deservedly dead Palestinian youths. What can a person think of such people?

There is evil and darkness in the world. And though we continue to fight back such evil with the light of our Torah and the strength of our faith, that evil and darkness is continuing to advance forward. And the world is crippled in fear to condemn such evil. This was clear by the lack of condemnation from most of the worlds leaders. Even President Obama official statement was couched in moral equivalency:

“I strongly condemn today’s terrorist attack on worshipers at a synagogue in Jerusalem, which killed four innocent people, including U.S. citizens Aryeh Kupinsky, Cary William Levine, and Mosheh Twersky, and injured several more. There is and can be no justification for such attacks against innocent civilians. The thoughts and prayers of the American people are with the victims and families of all those who were killed and injured in this horrific attack and in other recent violence. At this sensitive moment in Jerusalem, it is all the more important for Israeli and Palestinian leaders and ordinary citizens to work cooperatively together to lower tensions, reject violence, and seek a path forward towards peace.”

Contrary to his politically correct statement which should have addressed Abbas’ role in the terrorist act, Mr Obama sees the Palestinians as victims. This is well known. However God warns us not to play politics with Evil:

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness;
Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! ( Isaiah 5:20)

The current role reversal of Good & Evil are the reality of the modern world. We call that which is good evil and prop up evil and darkness as that which is good and holy. While Israel has shown tremendous restraint toward the Palestinians – offering aid, employment, medicine and much more, the World condemns Israel at every opportunity, especially when it defends itself and it’s citizens. The Palestinians and others repay Israels goodwill with hate and evil.

But my enemies are vigorous and strong, and many are those who hate me wrongfully. And those who repay evil for good, they oppose me, because I follow what is good. Do not forsake me, O Lord;
O my God, do not be far from me! (Psalm 38:19-21)

We saw how the Palestinians reacted with joy and celebration once hearing of the execution and murder of Jews who were praying to Hashem. They celebrated their evil with brazenness, but the Holy One, blessed be His Name. sees their evil crime:

The eyes of the Lord are in every place,
Watching the evil and the good. (Proverbs 15:3)

We have written various articles over the years about the conflict between the so-called Palestinian people and Israel. In my view, measured against history and my own visit to Israel, I feel the Palestinians are a reprehensible horde of people, prone to extremism and baseless hatred. Their Islamic faith only inflames that hatred to the point that they believe that genocide of the Jewish people is a viable option.

I could never see how a Palestinian State could bring peace between Israel and Palestine. In fact it will bring more terror and more war. And while the question of Palestinian statehood will not be determined by the like of me or those like me, an answer to a question many ask in such situations may give some comfort. Why does God allow such evil to exist? Why did he allow this to happen?

The righteous man perishes, and no man takes it to heart; And devout men are taken away, while no one understands. For the righteous man is taken away from evil...(Isaiah 57:1)

Please Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem.

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The Jerusalem Massacre

1prayingrabbiIt is hard to form the words to express the deep angst felt by such a horrific senseless act as was perpetrated by two Palestinians on praying Jews in their own synagogue.We here at Calling Israel/Israel in Prophecy pray for the healing of those families whose loved one were murdered while worshiping God. Four of those were rabbis, three of which were American. Our Presidents response was  weak and he couched his words in Moral equivalency – treating the Palestinians as victims in this monstrous attack which was promoted by Abbas. The following article was written by Rabbi Benjamin Blech: [Published: November 18, 2014 by Aish.com]

Death is a misfortune. Murder is far more horrible to bear. Turned into a massacre, it shocks us into unmitigated grief.

But there was still more to the terrorist attack of this week in Israel. It happened in the holy city of Jerusalem, a place in which we are meant to feel the nearness of God. It took place in a synagogue attended by early-morning worshipers who came only to stand in the presence of the Almighty and worship the Creator of the universe.

It was carried out by those who brought axes, knives and weapons of violence into the house of God.

The victims were in the midst of the silent prayer, reverently reciting words that dream of peace, as well as the hope for a messianic time when all people dwell together in brotherhood and tranquility. They wore the phylacteries, tefillin, signs of God’s closeness to our hands and our minds. Garbed in their prayer shawls they were brutally executed by those for whom their very holiness proved provocative.

Could there be anything more horrible than this?

Palestinian Response

Yet we need to weep bitter tears for another tragedy of comparable magnitude. It is the tragedy of the aftermath – the tragedy that illustrates the true horror of a crime that makes us question the right of mankind to call itself civilized.

To start, there was the response of the Arab world with whom we keep being challenged to make peace – as if we were the ones waging wars meant to annihilate us and refusing even to recognize us. No sooner did the news of the massacre become public than the Arab street began to joyously pass out sweets to their children and offer praise for the “glorious martyrs” who carried out the gruesome bloodbath. Murder of innocents needs no justification; when the victims are Jews it is a time for rejoicing.

Abbas warned not to allow Jews to “contaminate” the Temple Mount.

There was the response of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, whose name rarely appears in the media without the prefix “moderate,” who gave the pro forma required regrets to the English-speaking world – while at the same time, to his own people, praising those who carried out the violence against Jews for which he has been loudly agitating these past months.

Abbas also made certain to demand an end to the “Israeli provocations” that he made clear are the cause of all Palestinian uprisings. Just a few days ago he warned that he and fellow Palestinians would not allow Jews to “contaminate” the Temple Mount, adding that allowing Jewish prayer at the site would result in a global “religious war.” For the “moderate” Abbas, Jews dare not pray on the Temple Mount – or for that matter in any synagogue – with hope for safety and survival.

There was the response of Tawfik Tirawi, former chief of the Palestinian General Security in the West Bank and a member of Fatah’s Central Committee, who told a radio station that the attack was “nothing but a reaction to the recent crimes of the occupation and the settlers in occupied Jerusalem and across the nation.”

There was the response of Hamas, with whom humanitarians round the world demonstrated in solidarity this past summer, who in a message published on its official website, Al-Resalah, called the synagogue slaughter “a quality development in fighting the occupation” (i.e. the nonexistent occupation in Gaza) and declared: “We highly value the heroism of its operatives.”

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri praised the attack on Qatari news channel Al-Jazeera as “heroic,” calling for more attacks of the same sort to “stop the occupation’s aggression against Islamic holy places.”

There was the response of the media which continued the kind of “balanced reporting” we were treated to this past summer when Israel struggle to defend itself against rocket attacks around the country. BBC led the news with the headline “Jerusalem police fatally shoot two after apparent synagogue attack.” The four murdered rabbis were apparently not worthy of mention.

CNN’s headline (after first calling it an attack on a “mosque”), “Four Israelis, 2 Palestinians killed in synagogue attack, Israeli police say,” left the reader to wonder whether two Palestinians were also the victims of the attack, giving moral equivalence to the terrorists and their victims.

Waiting in Vain

Far more significantly than all the above was the response from those in the forefront of criticism of Israel; from those urging the boycott of the Jewish state; from those marching in the streets of Europe because of their profound sensitivity to the plight of Palestinians; from those who ostensibly cannot keep silent in the face of injustice.

With the world’s silence, the hypocrisy is revealed.

And what was their response? What was their reaction to an unprovoked slaying of rabbis with the words of God on their lips?

We wait – and we wait in vain for any outcry. But now we know. The hypocrisy is clearly revealed. It has never been about compassion for innocent Palestinians. That was merely a camouflage for anti-Semitism. The world’s silence is simple. The horrific murders in Jerusalem have stirred no demonstrations, inspired no revulsion, caused no governments to denounce Arab terror.

The aftermath of the carnage makes me weep most of all – to cry for a world that still does not understand that – in failing to properly mourn for murdered Jews – it sows the seeds of its own destruction.

Revisting the Words of Moshe Feiglin

The following article was posted on our blog some months ago.  Due to recent events we feel it’s important to revisit the timely words of our friend Moshe Feiglin.  As we are now mere weeks from the September 20th gathering at the UN to take up the question of a Palestinian state, we must be under no delusions of what designs Fatah and Hamas have for the sovereignty of Israel and what awaits her people if we stand by and let the barbarian horde overtake us.

The Holocaust Yet to Come

by Moshe Feiglin

This article is not about the Holocaust that happened. It is about the Holocaust that is liable to come knocking on our door. If you are weak of heart, stop reading now. But if you are staying with me, please take a deep breath, forget about secondary political issues and internalize what I am writing. The trains to Auschwitz did not have separate cars for Right and Left, Haredi and secular.

It is popular to pontificate on the lesson of the Holocaust. Every person takes the Holocaust to the place that is comfortable for him. I would like to discuss a very basic lesson that I have never seen disproved: The Western world will not try too hard to close down the gas chambers. Not only that. It will even indirectly stoke them.

True, after the Holocaust, in a rare moment of good will, the world voted to partition the Land of Israel and to recognize the fledgling Jewish state. But this recognition had no practical implications. Seven Arab armies invaded the tiny area allocated to Israel. The world did not lift a finger. The Egyptian army got to within thirty kilometers of Tel Aviv, murdering and destroying every person and settlement in its path. They cut through the Negev and reached Beit Lechem. The Jordanians were just twenty minutes away from Israel’s coast. The Syrians captured Mishmar Hayarden – and destroyed it, of course.

Three years after the Holocaust, the Western world waited once again for the Arabs to finish off the dirty work. It did nothing to help Israel. But then, with G-d’s loving grace, the situation turned around. The nascent IDF stopped the Arab armies. On the southern front, Yigal Alon commanded over some brilliant maneuvers that more or less eliminated the Egyptian army. The IDF forces got all the way to El Arish inside Egypt.

When that happened, Britain threatened that if the IDF would not retreat, it would invade Israel. America pressured, Ben Gurion gave in and the new norm was set: When the Jews are in danger, the world waits patiently. When they start to win, the world stops them.

The Western world – upon all its beauty and advantages – will always act as a static anvil for the murderous hammer descending upon the Jews from above – be it the Nazi hammer, the Arab hammer or any other murderous, anti Jewish hammer.

The time when we will have to decide if we are willing to entrust our fate to the very same West that will always be happy to be rid of the “Israel Problem” is rapidly approaching. We see ourselves as an inseparable part of the Western world. It is difficult for us to accept that the West, our cultural patron, will simply close its eyes with relief when six million Jews in Israel will once again be facing wholesale slaughter.
But that is precisely the direction that events are taking. The only difference between 1948 and today is that then we were a rabbit that thought it was a lion and today we are a lion that thinks it is a rabbit. In 1948, our physical weakness invited invasion. Today, our mental weakness invites invasion.

What invasion am I talking about? If we were not living in denial, the media would be abuzz about Samantha Power, head of the National Security Council, who advocates taking the funds that the US now invests in the IDF and investing them instead in the ‘Palestinian’ army. In no uncertain terms, she discusses a possible US invasion of Israel – to keep the peace, of course. When that goal is accomplished, Power advocates leaving us here to enjoy the loving kindness of the righteous souls in Ramallah.

As surrealistic as all of this sounds now, it is most important to remember that only terror organizations and Arab states used to deny Israel’s right to exist. Now this concept is coffee table talk throughout Europe. The denial of the right to exist always precedes physical annihilation. That is another important lesson of the Holocaust.

Tony Blair, the European Union’s envoy to the Mid-East, recently said that Europe would accept the Hamas as a negotiating partner, refusing to make that contingent on Hamas recognition of Israel’s right to exist. When officials of the stature of Power and Blair make these statements, they are charting the course for Western policy.

After the UN will recognize a Palestinian state at the 1967 borders, the Arabs will demand an Israeli retreat. To make sure we know they mean business, they will punctuate their demands with missiles on Israel’s cities. Israel will be forced to respond and the international coalition will rev up its motors to come save the peace.

All signs point to the fact that Israel is currently building the foundations for a Palestinian state and is planning an instant, southern-Lebanon-style retreat from Judea and Samaria. Something like, ‘Get on the buses now and we’ll explain later.’

But the Arabs don’t really want a state. All that they want is to end Jewish sovereignty in Israel. Their demands will intensify after Israel’s retreat from Judea and Samaria as per the Gush Katif aftermath model. They will demand the Jewish neighborhoods in East Jerusalem, right of return for their ‘refugees’, compensation payments, an international peace keeping force and what not. In the meantime, they will continue to bombard us with missiles. Israel’s military response will serve the West with its excuse to intervene. At this point, an exhausted Israel will have to decide: Either open the Ashdod port to the US Navy forces or fight against the entire world.

All of Israel’s ‘enlightened’ elites will unequivocally support opening Israel’s gates to the ‘Peacekeeping’ forces. From the President all the way down to the writers in the major newspapers, they will have no other solution. “And what is better?” they will ask. “Living in the shadow of the West, or fighting a war being forced upon us by Jewish fundamentalists?” The patriotic declarations being sounded today in the Likud will turn into ‘pragmatic’ rhetoric. The West is the very air that we breathe and the lesson of the Holocaust will be ignored.

The last thing that the policy-makers are capable of thinking is that we are a nation in our own merit, a nation that relies on its own ethical code. They will never come to terms with the fact that we are not Western or Eastern; we are simply Jews who, as opposed to 1948 – are not weak at all. We are a formidable economic and military power and are capable of extracting a terrible price from any country in the world that will threaten our sovereignty.

We will never even think that the entire problem does not exist in reality, but only in our minds. In other words, our psychological dependency on the West actually invites this scenario. No Western country would challenge our sovereignty if it had the slightest fear of an Israeli response. We are a lion that thinks it is a rabbit. But knowing this country, I do not expect that we will respond to threats on our sovereignty in the manner that any normal nation would respond. Instead, Israel will open its gates to the ‘Peacekeeping’ forces. The IDF will be disbanded and the rest of the story has already been experienced by the Jewish People throughout its long and painful history.

As a believing Jew, I pray that our Father in heaven will perform a miracle and that one year from now, you will be able to take this article and laugh at me. I am a great believer in the Nation of Israel and anticipate that unexpected energies will emerge in the nick of time to prevent this scenario.

As Independence Day approaches, we must say loudly and clearly: There is life after America. The struggle is not for the settlements. The danger is much more existential and all-inclusive. It is not military danger. It is not economic danger. The danger is our total collapse in a process that is all-too reminiscent of the fall of Czechoslovakia. The moment that a state entrusts its existence to other states that have other interests, its existence becomes transient.

It is urgent to cut the psychological ropes binding us to the West. We are not Americans. We are Israelis and we have an independent and strong faith and culture from which we draw our own existential legitimacy – not from the West.

There is life after America. Put it on stickers. Blog it. Write it on your social media. Broadcast it at rallies and wherever you can. We do not need American aid. All that we need is to return to our tried and true Jewish identity.

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European Coalition for Israel Press Release

Amid the failures of of the Quartet (USA, Russia, the EU and the UN) to broker a deal between Israel and the Philistine Authority, comes a timely press release from ECI (European Coalition for Israel) that concludes that pushing back Israel to the 1949 Armistice lines violates International Law.  The international human rights layer, Jacques Gauthier, recently spoke at the House of Commons and concludes that the Old City was promised to the Jews whose claim to it is in accordance with International Law.  Jacques Gathier has also stated previously that the ‘Green Line’ is not a legitimate border as the PA claims but is merely where the parties stopped fighting in the Armistice of 1949. [See our blog post – The Law of War and the Jewish Rights to Jerusalem].

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The Following report appeared on the Israpundit Blog and is posted here in it’s entirety

ECI: “Pushing Israel back to 1967 lines is illegal under International Law”

1967 LinesEuropean Coalition for Israel Press release European speaking tour on Israel’s legal rights concluded in the Palace of Westminster in London “Pushing back Israel to 1967 lines is illegal under International Law” London, 8th July, 2011 – The Balfour Declaration, issued by the British Government in 1917, in which the Jewish people were promised a national home did not qualify as international law. However, the San Remo Resolution of 1920, which incorporated the Balfour Declaration, made the pledge binding under International Law. The San Remo Declaration, together with Article 22 of the Covenant of the League of Nations and Article 80 in the Charter of the United Nations, are still applicable today. Pressuring Israel to go back to 1967 lines and dividing Jerusalem would thus be a serious breach of International Law.

These were the words of international human rights lawyer Jacques Gauthier who spoke at a consultation in the House of Commons in London on Thursday, little more than two months before a crucial vote in the UN General Assembly in New York. This is where Israel is being pressurized to accept a new Palestinian state along 1967 lines and to give up the Old City of Jerusalem. In his presentation, Dr Gauthier explained how the Old City of Jerusalem was promised to the Jews and how the Jewish claim to its capital is valid under International Law. The British and French Governments have said that ”they prefer a negotiated solution to the conflict between the Israeli Government and the Palestinian Authority, but have not ruled out accepting a unilateral declaration of a Palestinian State in September if no progress is made in the peace process in the next weeks.”

In his speech, Gauthier reminded the participants, among them members of both Houses of Parliament, of all the good that British Governments have done over the years to pave the way for a Jewish state, but also about their broken promises. – ‘Just imagine how the world could have been a different place if the White Paper of 1938 which prevented Jews who tried to flee Germany from entering Palestine, had not been issued by the British government.’ ECI director Tomas Sandell noted that it is often easier to commemorate and regret events of the past rather than to make wise decisions in the here and now. -‘History is being written as we speak. Let us make sure we make decisions of which we can feel proud when the events of 2011 are added to the history books’ he said, appealing to the British Government not to pressureIsrael into accepting  the 1967 lines.

The London event concluded a speaking tour of Italy, France and Britain, where these former members of the Supreme Council of the Principal Allied Powers of the First World War were reminded of the pledges made to the Jewish people under International Law. As most people appear to believe that it was the UN Partition Plan of 1947 which gave Israel legitimacy, the speaking tour has focussed on Israel’s legal rights under International Law, dating back to 1920. – ‘Rights were given, both to Arabs and to Jews. We need to honour all of our commitments, including those given to the Jews, as we seek a negotiated solution to the conflict in the Middle East’ , Dr Gauthier concluded. The meeting was hosted by MP Jeffrey Donaldson who asked the British Government to carefully consider its decision. -‘Dividing up cities is not the formula for peace’, he said, reminding the Government of their experience in dealing with his hometown of Belfast. He personally thanked Dr Gauthier for his presentation which he considered the best overview of Israel’s legal rights he had ever heard. The ECI information campaign will continue with more activities in the coming weeks leading up to the UN vote in mid-September. Posted by Ted Belman

 

The Law of War and the Jewish Rights to Jerusalem

I was sent a very powerful You Tube video concerning the legal rights of the Jewish people to the disputed holy city of Jerusalem.  Scholar and Jurist Jacques Gauthier speaks about the Law of War from a legal standpoint that totally dismantle any idea that Israel is under any obligation to retreat back to the green line.   He shows that the GENERAL ARMISTICE AGREEMENT BETWEEN ISRAEL AND JORDAN – APRIL 3, 1949 states in Article 2 that, “…no provision of this agreement shall in anyway prejudice the rights, claims and positions of either party hereto in the ultimate peaceful settlement of the Palestine question…”

Gauthier points out that the Green Line is only relevant to the Law or War and is where the warring parties stopped fighting and cannot be used as a basis of claims.

Gil Hoffman of the Jerusalem Post, in a recent article, states that large majorities recognize importance of keeping Jerusalem under Israeli sovereignty, oppose transferring Temple Mount to Palestinian control. Seventy-seven percent of Israelis oppose returning to pre-1967 lines the poll reads “with minor border adjustments”] even if it would lead to a peace agreement and declarations by Arab states of an end to their conflict with Israel, a poll revealed Monday.

A Dahaf Institute poll of a sample 500 Israelis taken last week found that large majorities of 85 percent and 75%, respectively, recognized the importance of maintaining a united Jerusalem under Israeli sovereignty within the framework of any final peace deal and opposed transferring the Temple Mount to Palestinian control even if the Western Wall were to remain in Israeli hands. The poll found that 60% of Israelis believed that defensible borders would ensure security more than a peace agreement would, and 82% considered security concerns more important than a peace deal.

TRUE JERUSALEM IS THE OLD CITY NOT THE MODERN ADDITIONS

THE OLD CITYThe Old City is basically divided into 5 zones – the Christian Quarter, Armenian Quarter, Muslim Quarter, Jewish Quarter and the Temple Mount. This is what actually makes up the true Jerusalem proper.  All the maps created by the occupiers of Jerusalem throughout the centuries have Jerusalem located within the walls of the Old City.  What lies outside of those walls is not the Jerusalem of the claimants.

In 1988 Jordan gave up it’s rights to any claim on the Old City and stated that they were assigning Jordan’s rights to the Palestinian People, which according to Jacques Gauthier could not be accomplished under International Law.

I believe this is why the PA and notable world leaders are opting for a call by the UN General Assembly to pronounce a Palestinian state at the Green Line.  Thier legal position is extremely weak and Obama knows it.  The question of true ownership of Jerusalem will ultimately be decided by war.  Israel will not surrender Jerusalem and the world powers will use force to try to accomplish their evil plans:

“Why do the nations assemble, and the peoples plot vain things; the kings of the earth take thier stand and regents intrigue together against HaShem and his anointed? [Israel] Let’s break the cords of their yoke and shake off their ropes from us!  He who is in heaven laughs, HaShem mocks them.  He then speaks to them in His anger and terrifies them in His rage; I have installed my king on Zion, My holy mountain! [the Old City of Jerusalem].  Let Me tell of the decree –  HaShem said to me, you [Israel] are my son, I have fathered you this day [this is the day when Israel accepts the yoke of the Torah once again].  Ask it of Me and I will make the nations your domain, your estate the limits of the earth.  You can smash them with an iron mace and shatter them like potter’s ware.  So now O kings be prudent, accept discipline, you rulers of the earth!  Serve HaShem in awe; tremble with fright, pay homage in good faith lest He be angered and your way be doomed in the mere flash of His anger.  Happy are those who take refuge in Him.  [Psalm 2]

Jerusalem and the Jewish People

The Strength and Unity of the Jewish People

The Walls of Jerusalem

Peace Within Your Wall

In 1967, after almost 2000 years, the Jewish people regained sovereignty and control over Jerusalem.  The hope and dream of the Jewish nation was realized during the Six Day War, a war every military commander acknowledges as a outright miracle.  One only need to stand at the Kotel to feel the presence of HaShem.  There all Jews are welcome to pray as one people united by an ancient symbol that is the epitome of truth, righteousness and brotherhood.  At the Kotel, the echo of an ancient dream, is heard in the prayers spoken here.

Jerusalem can never be a divided capital, lest our ancient dream be abandoned.  During our long exile we cried to return to Zion, the resting place of the Glory of HaShem and the capital of the unified 12 tribed kingdom of God.  The Jewish people endured long and harsh exile, pogroms, persecution and hatred without cause so that one day they could be returned to the land of our fathers and Jerusalem the Abode of HaShem’s divine Presence.

A Song of Ascents by David.  I was glad when they said to me, “Lets go up to the house of HaShem.  Our feet stood firm within your gates, O Jerusalem.  the built-up Jerusalem is like a city that is united together. For there the tribes ascended, the tribes of God, a testimony for Israel, to give thanks to the Name of HaShem.  For there sat thrones of judgement, thrones for the house of David.  Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: those who love you will be serene.  May there be peace within your wall, serenity within your palaces.  For the sake of my brothers  and comrades, I shall speak of peace in your midst.  For the sake of the House of HaShem, our God, I will ask for your good.  (Psalm 122)

Please watch the video – HEART OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE by Aish.com