By: ICEJ News
Posted on: 14 Mar 2018
Analysts weigh in on risks and highlights
White House senior Middle East advisors Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt convened a meeting Tuesday of senior intelligence and diplomatic officials from Israel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman and the United Arab Emirates to discuss the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip. Officials from Egypt and Jordan, as well as NATO governments, were also present, although the Palestinian Authority boycotted it.
“We regret that the Palestinian Authority is not here with us today,” Greenblatt said. “This is not about politics. This is about the health, safety and happiness of the people of Gaza, and of all Palestinians, Israelis and Egyptians. As you know, we are here today to consider ideas on how to address the humanitarian challenges in Gaza – a topic that has long been at the forefront of all of our minds. It has certainly been on mine.”
“We all know that none of this will be easy,” Greenblatt said. “And, everything we do must be done in a way that ensures we do not put the security of Israelis and Egyptians at risk– and that we do not inadvertently empower Hamas, which bears responsibility for Gaza’s suffering…inaction not only leads to more suffering for the Palestinians in Gaza, but also creates more security challenges for Israelis and Egyptians, and pushes the prospects for a comprehensive peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians further and further away.”
Here is a video giving some analysis of the situation in the Middle East from a US perspective: CLICK HERE
Tamara Zieve, JPost---February 27, 2018
The number of antisemitic incidents was nearly 60% higher in 2017 than in 2016, the largest single-year increase on record, according to a report the Anti-Defamation League released on Tuesday. There were 1,986 antisemitic incidents reported across the United States in 2017, including 1,015 incidents of harassment, 952 incidents of vandalism, and 19 physical assaults, reported in ADL’s Audit of Antisemitic Incidents.
Howard Sachs, ה' באדר תשע"ח, 2/20/2018 Arutz Sheva – Israel National News #7
When was the last time you read about an Evangelical Christian American farmer, young Republican, believing Mormon or Orthodox Jew taking out his 9mm MMP and murdering a kid in a drive-by shooting over a drug deal? Or killing a bunch of school kids?
Seventeen precious innocents were murdered by an evil young man in Florida in a very publicly announced “Gun Free Zone.” All the many in loco parenti could do was reach for a cellphone or in one case, a heroic adult, with nothing useful to reach for, simply used his body as a shield to protect our kids against the horror.
This week, in response, our very thoughtful and kind Rabbi looked out to us parishioners and argued that irrational fear is what is blinding the Democrats and Republicans from coming to better middle-of-the-road solutions for this awful issue of evil men shooting up our kids at school. I respect and admire his arguments. The Republican, the argument went, is mired in illogical fear, so he embraces even more his 2nd Amendment rights; he then loads up with even more ammo at WalMart to store in his bunker with his 2-year supply of dried beef jerky. The Democrat, the vast majority of Jews sitting in front of the Rabbi, in their own fear-laced emotional duress, want to make all of America, just like the Florida High School, a “gun free zone.”
The Democrats' position this week was echoed by another Jew, Bret Stephens of “the paper of record”, calling for a repeal to the Second Amendment. As a Republican Jew, a liberal, I appreciate the Rabbi’s work at trying to express a balanced approach, but I disagree with his view of my side. I’d say, no Rabbi, and no Mr. Stephens, we liberals, now called conservatives, are anything but blinded by fear. We see very clearly what is happening. We have some effective solutions.
We would say: You Democrats in the sanctuary this weekend, with all due respect, you are the blind ones, and in your blindness you are helping to create and nourish what happened in the high school this past week. You are blind to the fact that culture is a key reason why American boys, barely starting to even shave, are walking down high schools murdering 17 innocents or slaughtering 6000 this year in our Democrat-run cities.
Our liberal (now called conservative), God- fearing, Western American culture is being overthrown by radical secular leftism, a culture most non-orthodox American Jews embrace intentionally or not to varying degrees. Such a value system is directly linked to the carnage in the Florida school and our cities. That is a fundamental part of the issue, not NRA lobbyists, not bump stocks, not length of background checks, not 10 or 17 capacity magazines, not assault B B guns, assault Glocks or assault AR-15’s.
It’s also not even “the mentally ill.” How many mentally ill people versus those non -mentally ill disproportionately go about, or have ever gone about shooting up a school or murdering several thousand a year in our cities?
At the heart of the barbarity is the culture the Left has unleashed on America.
You could put a whole armory into the house of every traditional, conservative, Trump-voting Republican in America and we would live in a very peaceful country. In fact, that is what exists today. Tens of millions of these citizens possess and often conceal carrying a gun. Violence rates are almost un-measureable with these folks.
Human evil in its numbers or potency will not be significantly altered even if every Smith and Wesson in every drawer and closet of America were sucked up by some giant solar powered superconducting magnet.
When was the last time you read about an Evangelical Christian American farmer with his MAGA hat in Iowa taking out his 9mm MMP and murdering a kid in a drive-by shooting over a drug deal? How about a conservative, believing Mormon or Orthodox Jewish kid , a member of young Republicans, walking into a school to unleash his yetzer hara (evil inclination) on a few dozen pupils and teachers? Never. And it''s never, not because of 7- day waiting periods or good background checks in Utah or Brooklyn, it's because this part of America still embraces the remnants of a liberal, Judeo Christian, American Western culture.
These gun-toting folks, the remaining real liberals, reject Leftism and are not blinded to its poison. These are the Americans who are not mired in fear but are instead open-eyed and strong in their fight against the Left and the radical Supreme Court justices who erase God from America, who will fine or imprison a student or teacher who says “God bless my parents teachers, country and school” but will fight to the end for the right for hard pornography, intensely violent movies and video games to wash over every community in America.
These are the real liberals who say no to the New York Times blasting our President for talking up Western culture, our Universities turning into America and Israel hating Leftist indoctrination centers, Broadway shows making fun of Mormonism, Steven Colbert calling Catholicism a cult, Bill Mahr calling the Bible a joke, the comedian standing in public with a replica of a severed bloody head of our President, and the Democrat ACLU poised every moment to bring suit against the Ten Commandments. These are the remaining liberals fighting this hate-filled and hateful ideology of Leftism.
No Rabbi, we remaining true liberal Americans are not mired and blinded by fear. We see clearly what is going on and are not afraid to confront the darkness. We see the poison of leftism ravaging liberal American notions of respect for the sanctity of life, almost glorifying in the notion that killing 55 million American girls and boys since Roe v Wade is something edgy and progressive instead of generally immoral and barbarous.
We see the Democrat leftists poisoning our children with their nihilistic paganism, telling our boys and girls they are not boys and girls- telling them it doesn't matter if they have a Mom and Dad, banning the Bible and religious values from their schools and instituting, instead , “sex weeks” on campus or taking a knee at our football games while wearing socks depicting our wonderful policemen as pigs.
We see them pushing their lies and illiberalism down peoples' throats, telling them they are victims in a cruel racist, sexist, homophobic, capitalistic, xenophobic society built on the backs of slaves by white Christian heterosexual slaveholders. We see them weakening the spirit and character of our children telling them not to rely on themselves and their God given gifts, but wait for Government, socialism, or “the rich” to come and support them with all sorts of free stuff.
Regarding our liberal, God- given inalienable right to own a gun to protect ourselves, dear fellows on the American Left, we see clearly. We do not see through a lens of irrational fear. We do not see a terrorist behind every bush, a rapist in every dark parking lot, or an evil man outside each school door. What we see is the reality of life as given to us by a good, caring, but mysterious Creator of the universe . We see a world with very flawed creatures called humans.
We see a beautiful world but one now and forever tainted with human evil and a free will to unleash it anytime and anyplace. And that evil may not be wished or hoped away despite all the Democrat Leftist politicians and all the gun laws on all the books until doomsday. That human evil in its numbers or potency will not be significantly altered even if every Smith and Wesson in every drawer and closet of America were sucked up by some giant solar powered superconducting magnet . It is here to stay. And we remaining liberal, freedom- loving Americans thank God our founders recognized our natural right to bear arms to deal with such evil.
What a toxic brew we have allowed to stew here in America, a brew so sadly and particularly harmful, especially to our young. We stew them in the anti-American illiberalism and nihilism of leftism and so doing dismantle our Judeo-Christian American culture. No wonder the young are unleashed with their un-godly, pagan, barbaric behavior. As part and parcel of the attack on American culture , the Left trashes our great Second Amendment.
Both attacks leave our children spiritually sick and defenseless behind Democrat paid for banners in front of our Leftist public schools blazing forth the moronic illiberal messages, “Stop AR 15 Violence Now” “ Bad Guys, Beware, This is A Gun Free Zone” “ The State is What Connects Us All as Americans” “May Government Protect and Defend Us ” How pathetic. How illiberal and un-American. Shame on us adults.
Forget the left and their teachers unions, get those teachers some Glocks and teach them how to use them. And afterwards, nail up the Ten Commandments in each schoolroom and have the kids memorize them. Get those parents some school vouchers so they don’t have to suffer under the monopoly of our Democrat Leftist radically secularized public schools.
That’s what good, liberal, strong American adults do for their kids. They keep them safe and alive in the face of evil. They teach them our wonderful American history and culture. They fight evil and in so doing also reject leftism. No blinding fear here from liberal America Rabbis. It’s pretty clear to us remaining liberals
Three new permanent exhibitions opened on International Holocaust Day last month at the Ghetto Fighters House Museum (GFHM) in the Western Galilee. They commemorate the life of European Jewry and its destruction, the ideological Jewish youth movements, the resistance, and the return to life after the Holocaust.
“The museum tries to bring humanistic point of view of the Holocaust, from the eyes of those who established the kibbutz and museum, to create a better society after the Holocaust,” said Yaron Zur, director of the museum’s Education and Guiding Center, to Breaking Israel News.
The GFHM is the first Holocaust museum in the world to be founded by Holocaust survivors. The museum not only tells the story of the Holocaust but also celebrates the courage, the triumph of the human spirit and the inspiring ability of these survivors to rebuild their lives as they had dreamed, in a Jewish national home in Eretz Israel (the land of Israel).
According to a GFHM press release, the founders of the museum all had endured and survived the Holocaust. They include remaining rebels of the Warsaw ghetto uprising, fighters from partisan units in Eastern Europe’s forests, concentration camp inmates, those who hid and circulated with a false identity, as well as those who were eventually dispersed throughout the former Soviet Union after fleeing eastward.
According to Zur, the museum portrays history as “something that is relevant to the visitors–not only about chronology or dates, or things that happened once upon a time far, far away from them.”
“Many of the things that happened to them have an impact on our society as Jews, Israelis, but mostly as human beings,” he explained to Breaking Israel News.
As an example, Zura referred to an exhibition on science and medicine in Nazi Germany that focuses on the universal and relevant questions of “how doctors, scientists, and nurses became a part of killing of people with disabilities in Germany?,” and “what needs to happen for intelligent people to become like that?”
The first new exhibition, entitled “Jewish Warsaw: A Story of the Human Spirit,” presents the richness of pre-war Jewish life and the complexity of life in the ghetto, a lesser-known chapter in the story of the Jewish community in Warsaw before and during World War II. It tells the story through the eyes of the Jews who lived before and during the Holocaust, shedding light on their daily lives, beliefs and struggle for survival.
According to exhibition curator, Tal Koborather, rather than primarily concentrating on the annihilation of Jews during the Holocaust, this exhibition focuses on life.
“Here, we give a platform for a chapter in the story that is often neglected- life, its richness and complexity, and those turbulent years that preceded the outbreak of World War II,” he said.
“This is an opportunity to break away from the horror images that we are used to seeing when we visit Holocaust exhibitions, and to discover complexity and development within one experience.”
Members of a pioneer youth movement (Courtesy of Ghetto Fighters’ House Museum Archives)
Likewise, Yitzhak “Antek” Zuckerman, one of the founders of the Ghetto Fighters’ House, said, “we have tried to convey the vitality of the people in the ghetto, their resourcefulness, their expressions of solidarity and their calls for mutual help, despite the ever-worsening situation.”
The second new exhibition, entitled “Facing the Glass Booth: The Trial of Adolf Eichmann,” seeks to evoke the feeling in the courtroom during the trial of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann in 1961 in Jerusalem. Eichmann was one of the leaders of the Nazi extermination machine and the chief executor of the “final solution” for the annihilation of European Jewry during the Holocaust.
“Facing the Glass Booth” features the original cell where Eichmann sat and listened to the testimonies. According to a GFHM press release, “words and sentences from texts echo in the exhibition space, making an impression on the visitor, who is invited to read the full texts.”
The original cell where Adolf Eichmann sat and listened to testimonies. (Credit: Etti Rott)
The third exhibition, entitled “In Memoriam: Deported and Murdered Jewish, Roma and Sinti Children, 1942−1945” provides images of approximately 3,000 of the 19,000 children from Holland who were Holocaust victims.
“The exhibition brings photographs of Jewish and Sinti children that were deported from Holland to the death camps of Poland, giving them an image, a name, and an age,” Zur told Breaking Israel News.
“It creates something intimate between the visitor and the victims, and it’s very moving to see the family photographs.”
According to Zur, the exhibitions have already made an impact on the public.
“The response has been wonderful, and we can see that the public is very excited about these three exhibitions.”
Some major events took place on Israel’s northern border on Saturday. At approximately 4:00 AM, an Iranian drone crossed the border with Syria and entered Israeli airspace. After tracking the drone’s movements, the Israel Air Force (IAF) dispatched a helicopter to the area and successfully shot the drone down over northern Israel. In response to the violation of Israeli airspace, the IAF sent a group of F-16 fighter jets on a bombing raid in Syria.
Initial reports stated that several targets on the outskirts of Damascus had been destroyed, as well as parts of a Syrian military base near Palmyra where the drone had originally taken off. Syrian forces responded by launching anti-aircraft missiles that destroyed one of Israel’s fighter jets. Both pilots ejected before the plane crashed and were evacuated to a hospital in Haifa. Ben Gurion International Airport briefly halted air traffic Saturday morning, due to the government’s belief that some of the Syrian anti-aircraft missiles had fallen in the center of the country.
Yesterday morning’s incident represents a sharp escalation in relations between Israel and Syria. Over the last several years, Israel has taken great precautions and shown much restraint in an effort to not become too entangled in the ongoing civil war in Syria. Iran continues to take advantage of the deteriorating situation in Syria to strengthen their military presence and supply weapons to their allies, including Hezbollah in Lebanon. There is a growing concern that Iran and their militant allies in the region will try to open a new front on the Israeli/Syrian border and force Israel to fight a war on the Golan Heights.
A Time to Legislate the Heavens!
As we lifted this situation up on Saturday evening, the Lord led me to read from Esther 8. In this passage, Esther had been vindicated but the curse the enemy made over her people had not yet been reversed. As Esther approached the king, she pleaded that a new decree be made to lift the curse that Haman had decreed over the Jews.
“Now write another decree in the King’s name in behalf of the Jews as seems best to you, and seal it with the King’s signet ring – for no document written
In the King’s name and sealed with his ring can be revoked.” (Esther 8:8)
“The King’s edict granted the Jews in every city the right to assemble and protect themselves; to destroy, kill and annihilate the armed men of any
Nationality or province who might attack them and their women and children,
and to plunder the property of their enemies.” (Esther 8:11)
As I began to pray through this, God began to stir in my spirit and impressed on me how significant it is that this very clear decree over His people and His inheritance was signed and stamped by the king of Persia himself. This decree is a far cry from the muted hissing threats we hear coming from Iran today.
In that moment, I saw the spirit of hatred for Israel lying across Iran and the Middle East in the form of a fat viper, hissing and blowing out curses. God reminded me of the curse that was leveled against the serpent in Genesis:
“You will crawl on your belly and eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the women, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” (Genesis 3:14-15)
There is a spirit that will always be striking at the heels of Israel, but God has empowered us to crush the enemy’s head!
Our fight is not against flesh and blood, but God has dominion over the powers and principalities of the air and those who operate in heavenly places. Yesterday’s battle took place in the air so we pray that God will intervene on Israel’s behalf and that the wind of His Spirit would take control of the airways over Israel. We pray that angelic forces would surround those who serve in the Israeli Air Force as they take flight and that every aircraft would be pushed along by the wind of His Spirit. We pray for the right timing on the part of the military and government so that God’s will (and not man’s) would come to pass.
For those in Syria and across the Middle East, we pray that the curse of hatred would be broken and that freedom and hope would be received, through the power of Jesus Christ. For regions, homes, and families who have lived under a curse, God desires a release of freedom this year. No curse can stand before God or in His presence!
Let Joy Arise!
As the meeting progressed on Saturday night, several people came forward to share what God had shown them concerning the situation in Israel. We began to pray that this attack from the enemy would in no way distract from the celebration of Israel’s 70-year anniversary.
One person shared that Israel is expecting tourism to double this year as the nations come to Jerusalem. I believe that God has a wonderful blessing of wealth that He intends to pour out on His people this year, and we need to pray against any plan the enemy would use to deter the nations from gathering in Jerusalem. I pray for strength and courage over all of those that the Lord has called to this nation to celebrate, that no threat will steal their joy, and that no matter what warfare might come this year, Jerusalem will receive the blessing that God has intended.
“Your gates will always stand open , they will never be shut, day or night, so that people may bring you the wealth of the nations - their kings led in triumphal procession.” (Isaiah 60:11)
Hear the Lord on what blessing He has for you and receive it with celebration, this month and year!
67 Percent Increase in Incidents Since 2016; Spike After Charlottesville Violence; Big Jump in K-12 Schools and on College Campuses:
Difference Between Democrats and Communists challenge video. Gonzo documentarian Ami Horowitz asks young Democrats if statements are from the Democratic Party platform or the Communist Manifesto and you can play along:
"Despite court ruling after court ruling affirming our constitutional rights of freedom of speech and expression, there remains confusion on the practical application of those rights in public schools," said General Landry. "So Congressman Johnson and I have put this publication together to help answer some of the most frequently asked questions and misconceptions about the law in this area."