-- Israel inspired: Our next national mission - 6/13/13
-- Just 5 years till 'end times' commence? - 10/26/12
-- Diminished Capacity - 11/18/10
-- Obama tells Jews to stop building homes – in Israel - 6/28/09 (Israel tell obama to shove it - 2013)
-- Syrian group threatens 'force' against Israel -- Warns it may move to capture strategic Golan Heights - 6/28/09
Israel inspired: Our
next national mission
By Jeremy Gimple 6/13/2013
We're back in the Israeli army - reserve duty on the Egyptian border. As more "revolutionary springs" are erupting throughout an increasingly unstable Middle East, rumors of war are spreading throughout the country. Declaring war on Israel seems to be an increasingly likely strategy by any number of Arab governments desperately seeking to cling onto their power by unifying their country in a war against the Jewish Nation. Shabbat Shalom! Jeremy
It’s time to look beyond our borders and take upon ourselves a new global responsibility.
IDF tank soldiers in the Golan Heights. Israel is the only country in the world that entered the 21st century with a net gain in its number of trees. Keep in mind, Israel is over 60 percent desert. In less than 50 years, Israel planted over 260 million trees, covering over 1,000 sq.km.
Since its inception, our little country has taken upon itself massive national initiatives and accomplished what would otherwise seem impossible. Modern Israel’s first decade of existence was monumental and historically unprecedented. In a multi-cultured society made up of penniless refugees and Holocaust survivors Israel established the IDF, all of the state’s national institutions, and unified a fragmented people, welcoming them back to their ancient homeland and reviving their ancient tongue. To date, Israel is the only country in the world to ever resurrect a dead language.
In the late ‘60s and ‘70s Israel began to repopulate Judea and Samaria, and in the ‘80s Israel absorbed an additional 20% of its population when over 1,000,000 Russian immigrants flooded the country. During the first years of my aliya in the early ‘90s, the country was fully engaged and collectively immersed in the newest national agenda – the peace process.
Today things seem different. These past elections were the first time I can recall that peace and security were not the focus of any serious campaign. Parties hit the streets promising cheaper housing and a lower cost of living. People were coming out in droves to vote primarily on internal issues and even now, as new MKs battle out the issues, no one is really talking about peace with the Palestinians. Where does that leave us now? What initiative should our nation rally behind today?
FOR ALL streams of the Jewish people, the Torah has shaped our national identity for over 3,000 years and continues to offer direction and insight on how, as a nation, we make progress and succeed. The Jewish people, left to our own vices, far too frequently becomes self-destructive. After the splitting of the sea, the Children of Israel complain.
After experiencing Sinai, the only recorded national revelation in human history, they sin with the golden calf. After floating through the desert guided by divine clouds, they beg to return to Egypt.
There is one pause in the pattern of infighting and protests during their time in the desert, starkly distinguished from 15 consecutive chapters – the building of the Tabernacle. Not only was there peace in the camp, but the people even gave too much to the cause. So enthusiastic were they in contributing to a national effort that they had to be asked to stop. The timeless lesson is clear – for Israel to be healthy, we must always be working together toward a higher cause, a greater mission.
It’s time to look beyond our borders and take upon ourselves a new global responsibility.
From the advent of the blue tin JNF boxes in the 1900s to countless gala dinners in the 2000s, Israel has always looked to Diaspora Jewry for support. [This is an organization dedicated to land purchase and redeveloping Israel - they were buying back the land taken from them by the Romans, then the Muslims, yet today Muslims refuse to relinquish control of much of the land that was purchased.]
This dependence seemed hard-wired into the Israeli Jewish psyche. The Jewish return to Israel was against all odds and we needed every bit of support to ensure the success of our fledgling enterprise. Without the assistance of Baron Rothschild and his ilk, the early pioneers didn’t stand a chance. Israel was too fragile, too young and too weak to grow or even survive.
Today, we are living in different times. Israel is stronger than ever and our future has never been brighter.
Israel has emerged as the spiritual center for world Jewry – a reality that hasn’t existed since Solomon’s Temple.
Our start-up economy, backed with a multi-billion dollar natural gas industry, has afforded us a sense of economic stability and confidence. With Jewish populations shrinking in every other country around the world, we in Israel need to recalibrate our relationship with world Jewry.
Instead of looking to Diaspora Jewry for support, it’s time for Israel to take responsibility and support world Jewry.
After touring college campuses in America in the ‘70s, Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach said, “If someone tells me they are Catholic, I know they’re Catholic. If someone says, I’m a Protestant, I know they are a Protestant. If someone tells me ‘I’m just a human being,’ I know they’re a Jew.”
Assimilation rates in America have never been higher. Similarly disheartening, a study was recently released asking Jewish college students if Israel ceased to exist how it would affect them. Over 50% of Jews on campus today said it wouldn’t personally disturb them.
If Israel doesn’t step in soon, we will lose the majority of world Jewry to apathy and assimilation. The Nation of Israel has a global mission that is far greater than lowering housing prices or even greening our own deserts. The State of Israel must redirect its efforts and change its self-image. Instead of a little country begging for handouts, we need to enter and embrace the next phase of Jewish history and assume our rightful position as the leaders of world Jewry. Israel has as much to give to world Jewry as it does to receive.
Assuming responsibility for world Jewry is not primarily an altruistic gesture but a strategic necessity and national moral imperative. As much as world Jewry needs Israel, Israel needs world Jewry.
In Israel, we must challenge entrenched paradigms historically and socially accepted as self-evident.
Instead of Jewish programming and tours to enhance the Israel experience, the Jewish Agency, backed by the government, should consider supporting Jewish schools across the world introducing more Hebrew studies, Tanach and modern Jewish history.
While Jewish schools across America are suffering, a majority of Jewish students in England learn in Jewish day schools. It’s not that English schools are better than American institutions – Jewish schools in England are subsidized and the tuition is a fraction of American tuition. No Birthright trip can take the place of a serious Jewish education.
Israeli educators should systematically spend time and energy abroad. The Israeli government should encourage outreach activities with both professional recognition and financial support.
Outreach should become common practice. Imagine if every teacher and rabbi in Israel, as part of their teaching degree, had to spend at least one year in a Diaspora community teaching Hebrew, Zionism and Jewish studies. Today only a fraction of Israeli educators spend time teaching outside Israel. If we institutionalize this practice, the impact would be enormous across the Jewish world.
For now, the real work is psychological.
Does Israel have the internal strength to transform its self-perception and become the leader it was always meant to be? I believe that the fate of world Jewry depends on it. ■
The author is the deputy director of the World Mizrachi Movement.
Just 5 years till 'end
10/26/2012 by Joseph Farah
Exclusive: Joseph Farah explains so far dead-on prophecies of 13th-century rabbi
Joseph Farah is founder, editor and CEO of WND and a nationally syndicated columnist with Creators Syndicate. He is the author or co-author of 13 books, including his latest, "The Tea Party Manifesto," and his classic, "Taking America Back," now in its third edition and 14th printing. Farah is the former editor of the legendary Sacramento Union and other major-market dailies.
Several years ago, Ludwig Schneider, a German-language scholar, discovered an amazing prophecy dating back to 1217 by a scholarly and highly respected rabbi by the name of Judah Ben Samuel.
He was quite famous in his time as the initiator of the Chassidic Ashkenaz, a movement of Jewish mysticism in Germany. He founded a yeshiva in Regensburg and secured many pupils. Legend has it that, as a young man, he was an excellent bowman but knew little or nothing about daily prayers. But once he got serious about his faith, legend has it that he performed many miracles. It is also reported that he was given a prophecy about the exact year of Israel’s rebirth as a nation and its redemption.
ObamaCloneNelson.comSo renowned was his work, the Bishop of Salzburg asked him to serve as his personal seer.
Because most of his writings were published so long ago – before the invention of the printing press – and in German, few copies have survived. But Schneider has a copy of Judah Ben Samuel’s prophecy about the nation of Israel and the messianic era and has translated the highlights of it into English and other languages for the magazine Israel Today.
The prophecy involves the Jubilee Year cycle every 50 years. I should point out there’s much controversy about pinpointing Jubilee Years because they have been observed in Israel since ancient times, while no one is 100 percent certain about when they should occur on the modern Hebrew calendar.
However, in the year Judah Ben Samuel died in 1217, he prophesied that the Ottoman Turks would rule over the holy city of Jerusalem for eight Jubilees. Now, keep in mind, he made this prediction 300 years before the Turks seized control of Jerusalem in 1517. In fact, the Ottoman Empire, as it would become to be known, did not even really exist yet in 1217.
According to Judah Ben Samuel, 1217 was a Jubilee Year. If he was right, that would also make 1517 a Jubilee Year.
Exactly 400 years after the Ottoman Turks took control of Jerusalem in 1517, they were driven out of the city and the Holy Land in 1917 by the Allied forces under the command of Gen. George Allenby – on Hanukkah, by the way.
But it gets more interesting still.
The rabbi also prophesied that during the ninth Jubilee Jerusalem would be a “no-man’s land.” This is exactly what happened from 1917 to 1967, due to the fact that the Holy Land was placed under British Mandate in 1917 by the League of Nations and literally “belonged” to no nation. Even after Israel’s war of independence in 1948-49 Jerusalem was still divided by a strip of land running right through the heart of the city, with Jordan controlling the eastern part of the city and Israel controlling the western part of the city. That strip of land was considered and even called “no-man’s land” by both the Israelis and the Jordanians.
It was not until the Six Day War in 1967 when the entire west bank of the holy land was conquered by the Israeli army that the whole city of Jerusalem passed back into the possession of Israel. So once again the prophecy made by the rabbi 750 years previously was fulfilled to the letter.
It certainly would be significant if indeed both 1917 and 1967 were Jubilee years considering the significance of what happened in Jerusalem on those years. But it gets better.
The rabbi also prophesied that during the 10th Jubilee, Jerusalem would be under the control of the Jews and the Messianic “end times” would begin. The 10th Jubilee began in 1967 and will be concluded in – 2017.
What should we expect to happen in 2017? I will leave that to your imagination.
But one thing is certain: Judah Ben Samuel made some truly remarkable prophecies that came to pass. We’ll have to wait about four more years to see if his final prediction does as well.
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11/18/2010 By Cal Thomas
If the definition of insanity is repeating the same mistake over and over again, then U.S. policymakers over several administrations should be institutionalized and relegated to padded cells.
The latest, but certainly not the last example of this craziness, is the pressure the Obama administration is exerting on Israel to stop building settlements in the West Bank. A Nov. 14 2010 New York Times story repeats the fiction accepted over many years by Republican and Democrat administrations. The proposed 90-day freeze, says the newspaper, would "break an impasse in the peace negotiations with the Palestinians."
There can be no "peace negotiations" unless the Palestinian side is prepared to compromise on its demands. But since those demands include the acquisition of all the land -- including those 1949 boundaries that in today's world would be indefensible against Israel's numerous enemies -- the very word "negotiate" is meaningless.
The United States is sending another $150 million in aid to the Palestinian Authority on top of the $400 million President Obama promised to send in June. The Jerusalem Post's Caroline Glick (http://www.jpost.com/) writes about what our money is buying us: "the death penalty for any Palestinian who sells land to Jews, the confiscation of an estimated $1 million in Israeli products, including foods, cosmetics and hardware from Palestinian stores." This is the equivalent of "protection money" in the days of Al Capone, but it protects nothing except the fiction that propping up the mischaracterized "moderate" Palestinian leadership of Prime Minister Salam Fayyad is going to magically deliver peaceful co-existence between Israelis and Palestinians.
Before again forcing Israel into concessions, several fundamental questions should be posed to the Palestinians:
(1) If your goal is to live in peace with Israel, why does Israel not appear on your maps?
(2) In your school textbooks and on TV, why do you continue to denigrate Jews and compare them to pigs and monkeys?
(3) Why are young children portrayed in videos as future "martyrs," dressed in suicide garb, guns in hand, with mock bombs strapped to their chests?
(4) What agreements have you made with Israel in the past that you have kept (answer: none) and why should any future concessions by Israel be sufficient to cause you to make peace with the Jewish state, which you won't even acknowledge as a Jewish state?
All of this posturing is a fiction and, to borrow a phrase from Ecclesiastes, nothing more than "chasing after the wind." It is not -- nor has it ever been -- what Israel does or doesn't do that threatens peace in the region. It is Israel's existence that riles the Palestinians and every Muslim state. Any negotiation that does not lead to the weakening of Israel on the road to its eventual annihilation is of no interest to the Palestinian leadership. Can anyone prove that statement wrong?
The United States is playing mind games with itself and with Israel's future. This country thinks people who believe their god has ordered them to kill Jews and others they regard as "infidels" (that would be all Americans and anyone else who don't embrace Islam) can somehow be persuaded by infidel diplomats, like Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (and previous secretaries of state) and politicians like President Obama (and previous presidents) to act in ways that are opposed to what they believe their god has commanded them to do. One might as well believe staunch Southern Baptists can be persuaded to drink alcohol.
A lot must change before anything approaching "peace" between Palestinians and Israelis occurs. Israel has changed and given enough. It is long past time for serious reciprocity from the Palestinian Authority. If none is forthcoming, Israel should keep building and agree to no new concessions.
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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tells Jews to stop building homes – in Israel! -- 'The
positions of the U.S. and Palestinian Authority are closer than ever'
June 28, 2009 By Aaron Klein © 2009 WorldNetDaily
JERUSALEM – The Obama administration told the Palestinian Authority the "golden era" of Israeli construction in sections of Jerusalem and the strategic West Bank will soon come to an end, a top PA negotiator told WND.
"The U.S. assured us that for the first time since 1967, we are going into a period where there will not be allowed a single construction effort on the part of the Israelis in the settlements, including in Gush Etzion, Maale Adumum and eastern Jerusalem," said the negotiator, speaking from Ramallah on condition his name be withheld.
Maale Adumim is located in eastern Jerusalem. Israel reunited the eastern and western sections of Jerusalem and the West Bank during the 1967 Six Day War. Eastern Jerusalem, claimed by the PA for a future state, includes the Temple Mount.
The negotiator told WND the positions of the PA and U.S. regarding ongoing Jewish construction in the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem "are closer than ever."
"The U.S. used to differentiate between natural grown and adding new communities. Not anymore. No construction will be allowed, not even natural growth," the PA negotiator said.
"Natural growth" means adding additional housing to existing communities to accommodate the needs of a growing population.
The negotiator spoke yesterday just before Defense Minister Ehud Barak took off for Washington, D.C., for meetings with the Obama administration.
The negotiator claimed that while Barak might reach an understanding with the U.S. regarding possible West Bank movements, such a deal would be for Israeli political purposes and wouldn't translate into actual Jewish construction on the ground.
The Obama administration recently demanded Israel halt all settlement activity, including natural growth, in apparent abrogation of a deal made by President Bush to allow for natural growth.
The deal was forged just prior to Israel's 2005 retreat from the Gaza Strip. It was confirmed by Sharon aide Dov Weissglas in 2005, and in a Wall Street Journal column last week by Elliott Abrams, a former deputy national security adviser to Bush who reportedly negotiated the arrangement. The deal was in line with an official letter from Bush the year before stating Israel cannot be expected to withdraw from the entire West Bank and that the Jewish state would retain major settlement blocs there.
The West Bank borders major Israeli cities and is within rocket firing range of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Israel's international airport.
Military strategists long have estimated Israel must maintain the West Bank to defend itself from any ground invasion. Terrorist groups have warned if Israel withdraws, they will launch rockets from the West Bank into Israeli cities.
Many villages in the West Bank, which Israelis commonly refer to as the "biblical heartland," are mentioned throughout the Torah:
The book of Genesis says Abraham entered Israel at Shechem (Nablus) and received God's promise of land for his offspring. He later was buried in Hebron.
The nearby town of Beit El, anciently called Bethel, meaning "house of God," is where Scripture says the patriarch Jacob slept on a stone pillow and dreamed of angels ascending and descending a stairway to heaven. In that dream, God spoke directly to Jacob and reaffirmed the promise of territory.
And in Exodus, the holy tabernacle rested in Shiloh, believed to be the first area the ancient Israelites settled after fleeing Egypt.
FROM WND'S JERUSALEM BUREAU
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group threatens 'force' against Israel -- Warns it may
move to capture strategic Golan Heights
June 28, 2009 By Aaron Klein © 2009 WorldNetDaily
A view of the Golan Heights
JERUSALEM – A Syrian militant group threatened over the weekend to seize the strategic Golan Heights by force if a peace agreement involving the strategic plateau is not reached with Israel.
Israel's Army Radio reported a group calling itself the Syrian Committee for the Liberation of the Golan on Saturday said it would move to capture the Golan, adding Israel has not shown willingness to achieve peace or to return what they called "Syrian land."
WND first broke the story in September 2006 of the formation of the Committee for the Liberation of the Golan, quoting Syrian officials stating the group was formed to launch "resistance" against Israeli troop positions and Jewish communities in the Golan Heights.
WND also conducted an in-person interview with a top leader of the Committee.
One month later, a man identified as the leader of the Committee gave an interview to state-run Iranian television.
Amos Yadlin, head of the Israel Defense Forces' intelligence branch, told the Knesset in October 2006 that Syria was indeed forming a Hezbollah-like group.
The latest threats from the Committee were made in comments over the weekend at the inauguration ceremony attended by Syrian President Bashar Assad for a new communications center in the town of Quneitra, which runs alongside the Syrian border with Israel.
In July 2007, Syria for the first time in 30 years opened a strategic border road at Quneitra to civilian traffic in a move some Israeli security officials worry could help facilitate guerrilla attacks against Golani Jewish communities. The road is visible from the Israeli side of the border.
Israel has not been standing idle at recent Syrian rhetoric and military moves.
A WND trip to the Israeli-Syrian border three weeks ago found Israeli tanks stationed alongside the Syrian border as well as a series of massive trenches dug in recent months on the Israeli side.
Also, according to information obtained by WND, Israeli security forces previously arrested two Syrian nationals living in the Golan under suspicion they worked for the Committee for the Liberation of the Golan. Those nationals were sentences in a closed military court several months ago to 3 years in prison. The complete details of the case – fully known to WND – are being held back by Israel's military censor.
The Jewish Golan
News media accounts routinely billed the Golan as "undisputed Syrian territory" until Israel "captured the region" in 1967. In actuality, the Golan has been out of Damascus' control for far longer than the 19 years it was within its rule, from 1948 to 1967.
Even when Syria shortly held the Golan, some of it was stolen from Jews. Tens of thousands of acres of farmland on the Golan were purchased by Jews as far back as the late 19th century. The Turks of the Ottoman Empire kicked out some Jews around the turn of the century.
But some of the Golan was still farmed by Jews until 1947, when Syria first became an independent state. Just before that, the territory was transferred back and forth between France, Great Britain and even Turkey, before it became a part of the French Mandate of Syria.
When the French Mandate ended in 1944, the Golan Heights became part of the newly independent state of Syria, which quickly seized land that was being worked by the Palestine Colonization Association and the Jewish Colonization Association. A year later, in 1948, Syria, along with other Arab countries, used the Golan to attack Israel in a war to destroy the newly formed Jewish state.
The Golan, steeped in Jewish history, is connected to the Torah and to the periods of the First and Second Jewish Temples. The Golan Heights was referred to in the Torah as "Bashan;" the word "Golan" apparently derived from the biblical city of "Golan in Bashan."
The book of Joshua relates how the Golan was assigned to the tribe of Menasheh. Later, during the time of the First Temple, King Solomon appointed three ministers in the region, and the area became contested between the northern Jewish kingdom of Israel and the Aramean kingdom based in Damascus.
The book of Kings relates how King Ahab of Israel defeated Ben-Hadad I of Damascus near the present-day site of Kibbutz Afik in the southern Golan, and the prophet Elisha foretold that King Jehoash of Israel would defeat Ben-Hadad III of Damascus, also near Kibbutz Afik.
The online Jewish Virtual Library has an account of how in the late 6th and 5th centuries B.C., the Golan was settled by Jewish exiles returning from Babylonia, or modern day Iraq. In the mid-2nd century B.C., Judah Maccabee's grandnephew, the Hasmonean King Alexander Jannai, added the Golan Heights to his kingdom.
The Golan hosted some of the most important houses of Torah study in the years following the Second Temple's destruction and subsequent Jewish exile; some of Judaism's most revered ancient rabbis are buried in the territory. The remains of some 25 synagogues from the period between the Jewish revolt and the Islamic conquest in 636 have been excavated. The Golan is also dotted with ancient Jewish villages.
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