Perversion of the Standards of Morality | VOL. 23 * NEWSLETTER * JAN./FEB. 1995 |
Dear Friends of “Or Tzion,”
it is my fervent prayer, that the shalom of G-d which passes all understanding, shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Yeshua HaMashiach1. May He fill you with love for the truth and prepare you for the evil days ahead, to uphold the Word of truth in an ocean of falsehood and deceit.
The word shalom-peace has become the favorite word of terrorists and warmongers. It’s meaning may be summarized in the sense of peace-making parties putting an end to hostilities, making amends and restitution with one another for mutual safety, welfare and prosperity. It implies friendliness with one another in a peaceable, quiet, and perfect atmosphere.
This concept of “peace” has lost its value as of lately. It has become a cheap word, on account of the perfidious lie called the “peace-process”. In the mouths of Yitzchaq Rabin, Shimon Peres and Yasser Arafat it has become a “dirty” word. Sadly, the Nobel peace prize has also been rendered worthless. By awarding an arch-terrorist of utter lawlessness the tribute of such high honor, has emptied the prize of its values. Arafat is one of the worst murderers in history, whose diplomacy is based upon deceit and lies. In addition, by honoring a man who betrayed the Covenant of G-d, His people and land, a new “value” has been conferred upon the Nobel peace price: namely, that falsehood, deceit and betrayal are not only acceptable, but praise-worthy traits in leaders of today. Henceforth this award will be meaningless to anyone who indeed cherishes and pursues peace.
PERVERSION OF THE STANDARDS OF MORALITYFurthermore, the G-d of all the earth has this to say:
“Ah, you who drag iniquity along with cords of falsehood, who drag sin along with cart ropes, who say, ‘Let him make haste, let him speed his work that we may see it; let the plan of the Holy One of Israel hasten to fulfillment, that we may know it!’ Ah, you who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Ah, you who are wise in your own eyes, and shrewd in your own sight… Therefore hear the word of the LORD, you scoffers who rule this people in Jerusalem. Because you have said, ‘We have made a covenant with death, and with Sheol we have an agreement; when the overwhelming scourge passes through it will not come to us; for we have made lies our refuge, and in falsehood we have taken shelter’; therefore thus says the LORD G-D… I will make justice the line, and righteousness the plummet; hail will sweep away the refuge of lies, and waters will overwhelm the shelter. Then your covenant with death will be annulled, and your agreement with Sheol will not stand; when the overwhelming scourge 2 passes through you will be beaten down by it. As often as it passes through, it will take you; for morning by morning it will pass through, by day and by night; and it will be SHEER TERROR to understand the message” (Is 5:18-21; 28:14-19, RSV).
The Oslo and Cairo Agreements with the PLO are indeed a covenant with death and an agreement with Sheol. They are based on lies and carried out by falsehood. Labor party officials already held secret meetings with PLO officials in 1990. They betrayed and deceived the Israeli people already prior to the 1992 elections by concluding secret agreements with the PLO, such as pledging to lift the ban on PLO contacts and Palestinian self-rule, which would lead to a Palestinian state. Whereas the PLO continues terror attacks against Israel and violations of both the Oslo- and Cairo-Agreements, and fails to revoke the articles of the Palestinian covenant, which call for the destruction of Israel.
Following the horrible slaughter on Sunday, January 22, at Beit Lid, near the coastal town of Netanya, he alluded to the suicide bombers by declaring: “We are ALL martyrs.” He did not object to their bloody deeds, but to having left traces which led to the Palestinian Authority (PA). The slaughter of nearly 20 people, whose bodies were torn to pieces, with parts of limbs strewn across the carnage and heads ripped off, and other some 40 people injured, was a “little thing” in his eyes, which did not merit Israel’s closure of Gaza.
But the Israeli government turns the other cheek: “The Israelis are bothered by the terror, the Palestinians by the settlements,” Rabin said at a press conference. Accordingly, the government clamped down on settlers and on new community development projects. They have been marked the new “villains” who, with their staunch stand on G-d’s promises, impede the “peace-process.” The slaughter of 126 of their own citizens since Oslo instead, is no impediment in their pursuit of a delusion called “peace.”
“This is too sickenly absurd to be believed,” said former foreign minister David Levy, alluding to the accusations of Egyptian President Mubarak, that Israel impedes peace and encourages terror by protecting its own citizens. And the world Media follows suit in the same tone.
1 Philippians 4:7, Amp 2 SCOURGE: 1. a whip or other instrument for flogging 2. any means of inflicting severe punishment, suffering, or vengeance 3. any cause of serious trouble or affliction [see Matt. 24:21; Dan. 12:1].
MORAL EQUATION: BUILDING HOMES ON G-D’S LAND ON PAR
WITH MURDERING INNOCENT CIVILIANS
The most recent massacre was a case in point3. The British newspaper, THE GUARDIAN, in its issue of January 23rd made it clear why the massacre was particularly objectionable: such terrorist attacks made it “harder to meet legitimate Palestinian expectations without which the process is doomed.”
An even more offensive editorial appeared in THE WASHINGTON POST on the same day: “The terrorist group that acted at Netanya4 (of which the Islamic Jihad declared it was carried out in response to the killing of three Palestinian policemen and the assassination of Jihad leader Hani Abed) said the attack was a response to Israeli settlement activity and land confiscation in Jerusalem and the West Bank… Just as Palestinian terrorism drains Israeli support for peace, so Israeli land-taking drains Palestinian support.”
It is difficult to imagine a more blatant use of the “moral equivalence” ploy: building houses on barren, abandoned hills5 equals mass murder as an impediment to peace. BUT IN THIS, TOO, IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO EXPECT A WASHINGTON PAPER TO BE MORE AWARE OF THE MONSTROUS INJUSTICE OF SUCH AN ANALOGY THAN ISRAEL’S PRIME MINISTER.
Certainly truth is cast down, vileness and falsehood exalted. Satan’s strategy is a blatant perversion of values, where lies become “truth,” whereas truth becomes offensive6. This strategy is particularly apparent when it involves Israel, but it does not stop there. It has made alarming inroads into the churches.
I appeal to you, therefore, by the Spirit of the Chief Shepherd, by Whom I am terribly concerned for your ability of discernment, be awake, alert and sober!
Study carefully the messages to the seven churches in the book of Revelation, especially the ones to Sardis, Laodicea, and Philadelphia. “…You have kept My Word and have not denied My Name…” is regarded by the Lord as such an accomplishment, that He promises to keep those who do this from the hour of trial which is coming on the whole world.
What’s so special about this? Because a great number of believers will be affected by the perversion of values and truth, not steadfastly keeping HIS Word. Oh yes, they will keep SOME of the Word, but they will not JEALOUSLY GUARD and FAITHFULLY MAINTAIN HIS WORD in their hearts!
What, then, does “not denied My Name” mean? It does not allude only to the outright denial of His Name. It is much more encompassing. His Person, His mission, work, and commandments, all that He represents and fulfills are summed up in His Name. To be unfaithful to some or all of what Yeshua embodies is “denying His Name.”
Hence, judging from the Lord so greatly rewarding those who have kept His Word and not denied His Name, this will prove very difficult to do. In a world, in which truth is being perverted and treated as offensive whereas falsehood is being exalted, it will require stalwartness to stick intrepidly to His Word and Name.
Therefore I urge you again: stay awake and alert in the Holy Spirit and let no one deceive you in any way.
THE INROADS OF ERROR
In my last newsletter of August/September 1994, Vol. 22, I brought to your attention the dealings of Paul Crouch from TBN with arch-terrorist Yasser Arafat, under the heading of “The Danger of the Misleading Influence.” Some of you apparently took offense at my report about one of your cherished TV star-evangelists. This I find the more alarming inasmuch as some of you rather sided with a “servant” committing treason against the King, than with the King, Whose holy cause is being yoked together with the evil aspiration of a treacherous and lawless man7.
A dear handmaiden of the Lord, Cosette Sullivan from San Angelo, Texas, recorded a program of TBN on Nov. 11, 1994, on which Paul Crouch justifies his dealings with Arafat. She sent me this recording without comment. What follows is the transcript of Paul Crouch’s words:
“The Holy Land TV! …Oh glory, I get just happy, shouting happy on that. We’re going to Jericho, man! We’re going to Jericho! The walls have already come down. Hallelujah! Hey! Hey, hey! We’ve delivered the first half million dollars to buy the first load of equipment, and its on its way, now, to Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv, Israel. And the Palestinians are going to pick it up and start installing it just in days now. Jericho is going to be on the air! Then Gaza city will be on the air, and it’ll be up and down the Gaza strip clear to Tel Aviv. And then the next pace, when this autonomy agreement gets under way… oh people, am I going to have to do all the shouting here tonight! Hey! Hey! Hey! Ramallah is only 8 miles from Jerusalem! Do you think we can reach Jerusalem from Ramallah? You bet we can! You bet we can! We’re going to have TV over the holy city of Jerusalem! If you’ll call tonight, that’s a new station! That’s… now I need the other 500,000 dollars… we committed 1 Million dollars to get these first three little stations on the air in this first phase of the autonomy agreement you’ve been reading about in the paper… Remember… Jericho first, Jericho and Gaza.”
“And some folks got out of sorts with me a little bit because we went and shook hands with Mr. Yasser Arafat. Listen, I’ll shake hands with ANYBODY that let me built a TV station. O.K.? Get off of my case! Haha! IF THE DEVIL GOT A TV STATION AND HE’LL LET ME PUT A PROGRAM ON IT, I’LL DO IT! [People shouting, “Alright!”] YES, SIR. AND TAKE IT OVER…haha… IN JESUS’ NAME.”
That’s what Paul Crouch would do.
And this is what Arafat did. At the PLO’s annual celebration of “Eruption Day” (anniversary of the start of it’s war with Israel 30 years ago), Yasser Arafat spoke at a public meeting in Gaza, inciting his followers to die for Allah.
“We are all projects for martyrdom (shahada),” he shouted to the huge crowd. “And I say to the martyrs who died, in the name of the martyrs who are still living: We stand by our oath and hold to our commitment [of the Palestinian Covenant]… to continue… the revolution.” He kept repeating, that the 100-year battle which began with the first Zionist Congress in Basel in 1897 is still in force, and that the Palestinian people must make more sacrifices.
“We hold to freedom of opinion,” he declared to those who were absent, Hamas and the Islamic Jihad, telling them again the story of the prophet Mohammed’s TEMPORARY agreement with the tribe of Quraysh8. “But there are people who will not learn from history [alluding to the extremists’ violent opposition to his agreements with Israel],” Arafat said. “As for us, our history is our best teacher.”
Again and again, under his direction, the crowd chanted the war cry now familiar to most Israelis: “We will give our soul and blood for thee, O Palestine.” And Arafat addressed “our Sheik Ahmed Yassin: ‘Do not be discouraged. Be patient. Trust in Allah, and persevere.'”
Arafat conveyed these messages in several public gatherings on different occasions at the beginning of this month. PALESTINIAN TELEVISION BROADCAST THEM TO PALESTINIANS IN THE ARAB COUNTRIES AND THE TERRITORIES, AND IN ISRAEL9.
This is the station for which Christians, through TBN, provided the equipment with their lavish donation.
Now let us see what the Lord did: “And the devil took Him [Yeshua] up, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time, and said to Him, ‘To you I will give all this authority and their glory; for it has been delivered to me, and I give it to whom I will. If you, then, will worship me, it shall all be yours.’ And Yeshua answered him, ‘IT IS WRITTEN, you shall worship the Lord your G-d and HIM ONLY shall you serve'” (Lk 4:5-8).
Paul Crouch is correct with taken over what is the devil’s. But the way he wants to go about it is wrong. Other men of G-d have taken from the devil what was his, but NOT by even an inch of compromise. When Gordon and Freda Lindsay started the Christ For The Nations Institute in Dallas, they were in need of a building. The building was occupied by a bar. They did not go and strike a deal with the owner on the basis of a compromise, for the purpose of serving G-d with a Bible Institute. THEY TOOK WHAT WAS THE DEVIL’S WITH PRAYER!
Guess what? The building went up for sale. And the Lindsays took possession of it, in the Name of our Lord. The “Campus Crusade” ministry has taken over many of the devil’s “real estate” that way, as has “YWAM” [Youth with a mission] and other godly ministries.
The Name of the Lord and all His work is holy. Holiness has no companionship with compromise. Never, at any time, would the Lord enter into an agreement with the devil in order to advance His work of salvation. And His servants? Are they at liberty to do it, purportedly to do His will with spreading the Gospel?
This is precisely the reason why the Lord awards “… you have not denied My NAME...” so greatly. Because by compromising the Lord’s Name and Gospel with a servant of the devil, Paul Crouch has denied the Lord’s Name. He did not act in accordance with what and for Whom this Name stands for.
7 Psalm 94:20
G-D’S OWN LAND IS NOT UP FOR GRABS
Yasser Arafat is Satan’s servant, an enemy of G-d and a hater of G-d’s people. His un-changed aim is to take possession of G-d’s land and to destroy the sovereign state of Israel, even though G-d Himself raised it back up10. Arafat has not repented of his evil deeds and secret plots, nor may it be expected that he ever will. Are the saints to enter into agreements with an enemy of G-d and commit to him the Lord’s tithes and offerings, in order to carry out the work of the Lord?
Such an outrageous deed defies belief and understanding! Do the saints really think Jews will listen to THAT station? What they’ll see is this: Christians are friends of Arafat and the PLO, because they donated a huge sum of money to help equip the PA’s TV station. For them Arafat, Jesus Christ and Christians will all be in the same category — Jew-haters, murderers of our people.
Paul Crouch has severely compromised the Gospel and the Name of our Lord among the Jews. All the good work which some have done like Dr. Young of “Bridges for Peace,” Dr. Jay and Meridel Rawlings of “Israel Vistas,” George Otis, Dr. Pat Robertson with the Middle East TV, Dr. Roy Blizzard of “Yavo,” Inc. from Austin, and Dr. DeWayne Coxon with “Blossoming Rose,” from Cedar Springs, Michigan, will be jeopardized by TBN’s deal with Arafat.
What is required now, I believe, is to act upon the rules laid down by the Lord Himself and by the apostle Paul (see Matt. 18:15-17; Eph. 5:11-13; 1 Tim. 5:1-2, 20). If Paul Crouch and his wife were simply brethren in the church, not holding any leadership, they could be reproved and corrected quietly and in private. But this couple is extremely visible as representatives of the Christian faith. Their influence is far-reaching, and hence also their error.
The apostle Paul wasn’t squeamish when he openly rebuked the apostle Peter before all. Because the effect of Peter’s error was of such magnitude that even Barnabas got carried away by it11. It threatened to compromise the Gospel and the Name of the Lord Yeshua. Paul would not keep silent over this. Neither do I. Nor should you.
Ah, beloved, what shall I say!? I am in distress for your souls! Not long ago the Lord’s Name and the Gospel were brought in disrepute through Jim Bakker and his wife, and recently also by Robert Tilton of Word of Faith. Have the saints not learned from this? Is there a reward from the Lord to be anticipated for such lack of discernment and misuse of millions of dollars, donated unto the Lord’s service? Should G-d’s tithes and offerings12 be given for amusement parks and theaters? Should they be given to a man who believes that the Church, as “spiritual Israel,” has replaced the Jews as the people of G-d; and that making a deal with the devil is alright?
Oh, how I yearn to come to you – NOW! – and declare to you the truth! Oh, how I want to go to the churches everywhere and warn, and shake the saints out of their slumber! Pray, that the Lord will open effective doors for me that I may go, like Jeremiah, and warn the Lord’s saints! And pray how you may serve the Lord in this by doing all you can to help me do it.
Error is a snare and compromise a trap. I implore you, beware of it, lest you get entangled in it and the Day of the Lord will come upon you suddenly, without escape!
THE BATTLE OVER JERUSALEM HAS BEGUN
Napoleon said: “An army of rabbits commanded by a lion is better than an army of lions commanded by a rabbit” (quoted by Sidney Hook in “The Hero in History”).
This “process” of negotiations between Israel and her alleged Arab partners is no “peace process,” but an unilateral concession process involving a partnership in which the Jewish state gives – in defiance of G-d’s promises – and the Arabs take.
David Ben-Gurion, first Prime Minister of Israel, said in a speech at the Basel Zionist Congress, 1937:
“No Jew has the right to yield the rights of the Jewish people in Israel.”
“No Jew has the authority to do so.”
“No Jewish body has the authority to do so.”
“Not even the entire Jewish people alive today has the authority to yield any part of Israel.
“It is the right of the Jewish people over generations, a right which under no condition be canceled.”
“Even if Jews in a specific period proclaim they are relinquishing this right, they have neither the power nor the authority to deny this right to future generations. No concession of this type is binding or obligates the Jewish people.”
“Our right to the country – to the entire country – exists as an eternal right, and until the full and complete redemption is realized, we shall not yield our historic right.”
Rabin/Peres & Co. have initiated a freeze of building activity in the outlying suburbs of Jerusalem. They suddenly have become “Palestinian” territory “stolen” by the Israelis.
“A Government freeze on building in Greater Jerusalem is tantamount to waging war on Israel,” said Ma’aleh Adumim Mayor Benny Kashriel, head of the forum of Greater Jerusalem. Jerusalem’s satellite towns are Ma’aleh Adumim (about 8 km from Jerusalem, where most of the members of our congregation live, and where we all meet for services and prayer), Givat Ze’ev, Betar, Efrat13 (some 20 km south of Jerusalem), and Gush Etzion, where an estimated 41,000 people live.
Jerusalem Mayor Ehud Olmert said, the Government’s move endangers Israel’s hold on the capital. And Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, sephardic Chief Rabbi said: “If we do not stand resolutely against the onslought on Efrat, then we will find ourselves battling for Jerusalem.”
Freeze of the settlements leads not only the Palestinians – and the Israeli Left – to expect a Palestinian state on the 1967 lines. The whole world expects it. And if the land on which the Jewish towns now stand is going to be part of this state, the right of Jewish residents to build on their property seems irrelevant. The world community fully expects them to abandon their homes and move away once the final agreement is reached.
To bring the Oslo agreement to its logical and successful conclusion, HALF of Jerusalem will also have to be given up. And once the Palestinians realize that for the Rabin government the success of the process far outweighs even the most hallowed “red lines,” they will consider no demands unthinkable.
A WAR AGAINST ALL ISRAELI CONSTRUCTION IN JUDEA & SAMARIA
Already it is being considered to let the Palestinian Authority (PA) move it’s seat of power from Gaza to Abu Dis, just outside of Jerusalem, after an “interim accord” is reached. Abu Dis remains outside Jerusalem’s current municipal borders, but both villages are inside the UN’s proposed boundaries for the city drafted in 1947. Arafat has already told Israeli leaders he would define Abu Dis as part of Jerusalem for his purposes.
Since the government’s cancellation of construction near Efrat following demonstrations and threats, the Palestinians have discovered another way to wage war against the Israeli presence in Judea and Samaria – one in which they are far more certain of international support: they are targeting the satellite towns, taking the battle for Jerusalem straight to the city.
Arafat has reportedly issued orders that ALL Israeli activity in the territories, whether in building or agricultural work, should be challenged. This has launched a campaign against ALL Israeli construction in Judea, Samaria and Gaza. The Palestinians are convinced that, by intensifying the “armed struggle” and demonstrating against the settlements, they will force a weak, vacillating14 government to give them what they want. Every senior official privately admits that what is given now will not be returned.”
At Orient House, the PLO headquarters in Jerusalem, officials with the Palestine Geographic Center also keep close tabs on the settlements. The center, part of Faisal Husseini’s Arab Studies Society, has detailed files on Jewish developments in eastern Jerusalem and the administered territories. The files contain protocols and planning maps from the Housing Ministry, the Civil Administration, the Jerusalem Municipality and other Israeli bodies involved in development in eastern Jerusalem and the administered territories.
Foreign diplomats and even Israeli journalists and left-wing activists use the center as a source of information on settlement activity. The center also reports directly to the PA in Gaza. They all work under the same assumption: All Israeli development activity in areas taken in the Six Day War is illegal.
“We see no difference between East Jerusalem and the rest of the occupied territories,” said Khader Shkirat, director of the Palestinian Land and Water Establishment for Studies and Legal Services, which monitors settlement development. According to him, Jewish development in those areas “is a violation of international law. Occupying powers have no right to build on the land they have taken in war,” he said.
On February 9th, Palestinian leaders in Jerusalem, including Faisal Husseini, a member of the PA’s council who heads the PA’s “Jerusalem Portfolio,” met with three European Foreign Ministers15 at Orient House to discuss the peace process. “They told us,” said Ghassan Khatib, of the Palestinian Peoples Party, “their visit to Orient House is a reconfirmation of their position on Jerusalem.” He understood the three to mean that they support the Palestinians’ claim to eastern Jerusalem. “They reiterated their commitment to the peace process and said that they, too, believe the settlements are an OBSTACLE to peace.”
“The very fact the meeting is occurring gives it a political character, even if they just drink coffee,” Husseini argued. “The European troika doesn’t come to drink coffee with me. They drink coffee with special people.” Furthermore, to gain leverage in future talks regarding the city’s status, Saudi Arabia has promised PLO official Faisal Husseini some $ 30 million for projects in Jerusalem.
Instead Saddam Hussein, on January 5th, called on Arab countries to begin missile attacks on Israel, similar to Iraq’s attacks during the Gulf War. Whereas Palestinians burn the Israeli flag in the town squares. They shout in chorus, “With our soul and blood we will redeem Palestine from the Jordan to the Sea,” and “We will return to Jaffa and Haifa,” and “Al-Kuds is our capital!”
Are they burning only Israelis’ flag? Are they shouting only against Jews? Is the battle over Jerusalem only the Israelis’ concern? Are they not shouting against the Holy One of Israel16, and against ALL of the seed of Abraham? Is Jerusalem not the city of the Great King, and are those who belong to Him not to rule with Him from Jerusalem? If so, then those of you who understand your fellow-citizenship with Israel, your ingrafted status as fellow-heirs, cannot stand by idle as if it does not concern you because you live far away.
It DOES concern you! It pertains to the coming Kingdom and inheritance of our Lord, the Messiah of Israel, and our inheritance as His co-heirs. Those of G-d’s people (does this not include you?), who know their G-d and Heavenly Father and are faithful to Him, will be steadfast and take a firm stand against this onslaught of lies and falsehood, and take action. Those with spiritual understanding, who are wise and keep informed and alert, will have a wide ministry of teaching in those days, causing many to understand17.
16 Is 37:23; Ez 35:12-14; Ps 83:2, 5, 18. 17 Da 11:32-33; Mod. Lang.; LB;RSV
page 6THE TEMPLE MOUNT IN THE HANDS OF THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY
“For the first time in the history of the Palestinian nation, we announce… to the ARAB AND ISLAMIC WORLD [over 600 Million people] the witnessing of the new Ramadan moon from the Aksa Mosque UNDER THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY,” Arafat was quoted as saying in the eastern Jerusalem daily “Al-Quds.”
Mufti Akram Sabri had been the preacher at al-Aksa Mosque, and was picked by Yasser Arafat last year to be the new Jerusalem mufti. Sabri, and the Jordanian mufti, Sheikhh Abdul-Qadder Abdeen, were appointed days apart by Palestinians and Jordanians, just after the signing of the Jordanian-Israeli Declaration of Principles, as each side sought to exert its power in Jerusalem.
Yitzhak Reiter, an expert on the Wakf and director of the Institute for Israel Arab Affairs at Beit Berl, says that Sabri’s rise to power should come as no surprise. “No one expected the Palestinian public to support a Jordan-appointed mufti over an Arafat-appointed mufti,” Reiter said. “Jibril Rajoub’s men also helped,” he said. “Contacts… told me that Rajoub’s men terrified Palestinians away from the Abdeen. There were lots of threats even against Abdeen himself.”
“We no longer take our orders from the Jordanians,” Sabri said in an interview. Because of differences of opinion between Amman and Mecca on the sighting of the new moon which, due to frequent clouds, can delay it for several days, Sabri decided to follow Mecca. The moon was not spotted in Amman, but Sabri was lucky. At about 7 p.m. Monday he declared to Palestinian religious leaders gathered just outside the Temple Mount: “The fast of Ramadan will begin tomorrow.”
“The authorities can no longer ignore the mufti,” an Israeli official said. “There has been no one like him as mufti since Haj Amin el-Husseini (grandfather of Faisal Husseini),” the official said, referring to the powerful Mandate-period mufti who led the Arab riots against the Jews, and was welcomed by Hitler in Germany, where he reviewed the Bosnian Moslem Brigade of the SS18.
Sabri often refers to himself not as the mufti of Jerusalem, but THE MUFTI OF PALESTINE, a position hitherto unknown. Sabri himself explained: “I am the mufti of all Palestinian Moslems, in Gaza, the occupied West Bank and Israel.” He continued: “We see PALESTINE AS ONE UNIT. This is not a political question, but a religious one. That is what I want to make clear.”
For the first time a PLO appointed mufti of the Palestinian Authority is in charge, as thousands of Moslem worshipers converge on the Temple Mount for the prayers of Ramadan.
EGYPT’S NEW ANTI-ISRAEL CAMPAIGN UNDER THE COVER OF THE NPT
Egypt is conducting a sophisticated political campaign against Israel under cover of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty issue. It has threatened not to sign the accord unless Israel does so as well. President Mubarak called Israel’s suspected nuclear arsenal a THREAT TO HIS COUNTRY’S NATIONAL SECURITY and warned it could damage already tense relations. “This NPT treaty, we would like Israel just to sign,” he said. “Israel is just on our border, and if anything happens – (what should happen? Does Egypt plan an aggression in the near future? Israel will not attack, only retaliate an aggression) -, it threatens the national security of this country.” Foreign Minister Moussa told the Associated Press in Bonn that “… no regional peace would be viable unless Israel and the Arab states sign a non-proliferation treaty.”
Cairo is also trying to recruit other developing countries which are signatories to the agreement to adopt the same position. US Defense Secretary William Perry also insists on Israel’s signing the NPT, because that supposedly is essential for stopping Iran.
If Israel signs the treaty, she will be divested of the one effective means to prevent, or repel aggression against her. While the Arabs will freely violate the treaties they sign after the fashion of the PLO, Israel will be held to it by the UN Security Council. Already she signed the non-chemical proliferation treaty. This warfare described in Zechariah 14:12 and 15, will be caused by the West’s and the Arabs’ weaponry, not by Israel.
Since the “Camp David Peace Agreements” with Egypt, statements of how to destroy Israel in stages have appeared in articles – mainly Egyptian – by leading figures in the Arab world, in senior academic circles, among the intelligentsia. The leader of this unofficial trend is Osama el-Baz, President Mubarak’s adviser.
“What are these circles thinking, and what are the different stages of their “program”?
THE STRATEGY OF PHASES
1. The first stage: portraying Israel as “rejecting peace,” while the Arab world, including the PLO, desires it. This will deepen Israel’s isolation and increase pressure on it. This has already taken place.
2. In the second stage, Israel will be forced to embark upon difficult and painstaking negotiations in a process which, ultimately, will take it back to the 1967 lines. As a result, Israel will again be weakened, losing its defensive capability. That, too, is happening.
3. The third stage will see the intifada moving from the “1967 model” to the “1947 model” and focusing mainly on the Galilee, where most Israeli Arabs live. After a long and wearying struggle, Israel will also give up central Galilee and the northern and southern “triangles” (from Megiddo through Wadi Ara, to Kafr Kassem19, an area in which 250,000 Palestinian citizens of Israel live).
4. The fourth and final stage: After the retreat to borders approximating the 1947 Partition Plan, these Arab circles think Israel’s continued existence is strictly a question of time.”20
“The strategy of phases” was developed by late Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, after the Egyptian failure – under his military leadership – to vanquish Israel during the Yom Kippur war21. “If we cannot defeat Israel militarily,” he said, “we shall overcome her at the negotiating table.” Using as bait the prospect of acceptance by and peace with her Arab neighbors, Israel would be manipulated to give up land for peace, piece by piece until it would have become indefensible, by which time the Arab world would wipe out the “Zionist pig occupying holy Arab soil.”
Hosni Mubarak was Anwar Sadat’s prodigy, discipled to carry on Sadat’s policy and strategy. Osama el-Baz is of the same school. Yasser Arafat, after having first followed the fanatic line of Gamal Abdul Nasser, which the Islamic Jihad, Hamas, Hizbullah, etc. have sworn to carry on, also adopted Sadat’s strategy, seen that 30 years of terrorism did not realize the PLO’s cherished goals.
Egypt decided to prohibit the distribution of The Jerusalem Post because of a cartoon which showed Islamic militants in Egypt firing weapons at a retreating Mubarak and Moussa. The caption read: “Quick! Figure out a way to blame Israel for our terrorists, too!”
THE PALESTINIAN POLICE, THE FUTURE ARMY OF TERROR.
“Each evening they come back, howling like dogs and prowling about the city. There they are, bellowing with their mouths, and snarling with their lips – for ‘Who,’ they think, ‘will hear us?'”
“But Thou, O L-RD, dost laugh at them; Thou dost hold ALL the nations in derision… Slay them not, lest my people forget; make them totter by Thy power, and bring them down, O L-RD Our Shield! For the sin of their mouths, the words of their lips, let THEM BE TRAPPED IN THEIR PRIDE. FOR THE CURSING AND LIES WHICH THEY UTTER, consume them in wrath, consume them till they are no more, THAT MEN MAY KNOW THAT G-D RULES OVER JACOB to the ends of the earth. Each evening they come back, howling like dogs and prowling about the city. They roam about for food, and growl if they do not get their fill…” (Ps 59:6-8, 11-15, RSV).
Under the cloak of fighting terrorism Arafat managed to convince Rabin that the PA must have another 2,000 police men. 1,500 of these additional men are pro-Arafat fighters from refugee camps in Lebanon. The police force, now numbering 15,000 men, is already TWICE the size the Cairo accord allows. Instead of combatting terrorism, the police force has become Yasser Arafat’s militia22, while other militias have been formed by Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the PLO radicals. All these men have been trained in Syrian, Iraqi, Lybian and Lebanese terrorist camps. The doubled number of police men only increases the number of potential terrorists and the quantities of arms entering the Gaza District.
Since the Israeli army left, smugglers have turned the Strip into a huge arms cache. The land and sea smuggling routes from Egypt, virtually inactive when Israel ruled the area, are now bustling. Now the terrorists, armed with TNT explosives, Rocket launchers, mortars and other sophisticated weaponry in place of home-made bombs, and educated by experienced “comrades” released from Israeli prisons, can organize and train unmolested under the auspices of the PA. Palestinian Police weaponry has also been used in terrorist attacks, such as the October gun attack in central Jerusalem.
This makes the war against terrorism much more difficult, having tripled the number of its Jewish victims since the Oslo agreement.
Moreover, the Rabin/Peres & Co. awarded VIP status and free access to Israel to Jibril Ra-joub, Mohammed Dahlan and Amin Hindi, the chiefs of PLO terrorism, who are now the commanders of the PLO security services in Jericho and Gaza. Rabin’s policy has become a “license to kill.” For, as Nabil Shaat, a close Arafat adviser, made clear on January 11, both the “armed struggle” against Israel, and the “intifada” will continue as long as “the occupation” does. With occupation the whole of Israel is meant, which they claim as the land of Palestine, “unjustly occupied” by the Zionist imperialists, who try to “colonize” holy Arab soil.
AMERICA! HAVE NO PART IN THE ARABS’ JIHAD!
[Jerusalem is a Stone too heavy to lift!]23
“The strategy of lawlessness is terror. The justification of terror is the ‘Jihad’. The justification of the ‘Jihad’ is Islam” (by Annelore).
The FBI believes there are illegal Moslem Jihad groups (do we also have “legal” ones?) operating in California, Michigan, New Jersey, New York and Texas. They are engaged in criminal activities to oppose nations, governments and individuals that do not share in its interpretation of Islamic law. Allegedly Egyptian Sheikhh Omar Abdel-Rahman is the religious leader of a Jihad army that planned to “wage a war of urban terrorism” in the United States protesting against US support of Israel and Egypt. He and 11 others are accused of plotting to bomb US landmarks and involvement in the November 1990 murder of Rabbi Meir Kahane in New York24.
“The capital of Israel is Jerusalem,” said New York Representative Bill Paxon (Republican), who heads the 50-member House Republican Israel Caucus. “There are many divisions between many countries over many issues and yet we keep our embassy in that nation’s capital. We have an honest disagreement with the administration. We hope they will not use Jerusalem as a bargaining chip [with Israel for more concessions to the Palestinians].”
In March 1994, Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (Democrat) and Connie Mack (Republican) in a Senate letter demanded that the administration veto a UN Security Council resolution after the Hebron massacre that referred to Jerusalem as part of the “occupied Arab territories.” In 1992 a routine “Dear Colleague” letter was circulated in the House, urging congressional support for Jerusalem as a “united city” under Israel’s rule.
Secretary of State Christopher told a House subcommittee that Washington did not want to do anything at present that would disrupt delicate talks between Israel and the Palestinians, especially over the sensitive issue of Jerusalem. In the Oslo agreement, Israel and the PLO made Jerusalem a so-called “final status” issue to be decided in a THREE-YEAR ROUND OF TALKS SCHEDULED TO BEGIN NEXT YEAR.
But other legislators rejected the notion that Congress must await the conclusion of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations before acting on the embassy question . New York Representative Charles Schumer (Democrat) said: “All we want to do here is to show that a large number of members want ISRAEL to CHOOSE its capital and NOT have OUTSIDE FORCES DICTATE.”
Sen. Hank Brown (Republican), chairman of the Near East subcommittee, said: “Some have said we dare not take a position on this for fear it may undercut the negotiations. And I know they’re sincere. But if denying Israel’s sovereignty is on the table, then we’re moving backwards. Any negotiations have to involve recognition of Israel’s sovereignty.”
During his presidential campaign, Clinton told Jewish leaders in New York in March 1992: “I believe in the principle of moving our embassy to Jerusalem, but I do not think we should do anything to interfere with the peace process.”
But even though these Senators and Congress men say that it is “clearly one of their options” to legislate a move of the embassy, they all refused to commit themselves to supporting a potential legislative effort to mandate the move by law. They all said that this was premature. Premature of what?! After the “final status” negotiations it may prove TOO LATE for any US administration to move the embassy. This would place America into the camp of the enemies of G-d, in the Lord’s eyes.
I urge you, therefore, brothers and sisters, to pray in the spirit of 1 Timothy 2:1-6, 8 that the American administration will NOT WAIT until those talks are concluded. Tel Aviv is not the capital of Israel, it always was and will be Jerusalem.
“…All this is but the beginning of the birth-pangs,” the Lord said, speaking of wars and rumors of wars, of nation rising against nation and kingdom against kingdom, and of famines and earthquakes in various places. Surely, dear friends, you have noticed that the birth-pangs of the Lord’s arrival and His millennial reign have begun? Let us therefore set our lives in order, and monitor carefully the increasing signs of “birth-pangs.” Henceforth let us be single-minded in keeping His Word and walking worthy of His Name and our calling.
I beg of you, dear friends, don’t be annoyed with the length of this letter, which fills the place of two bi-monthly ones. Do not think it burdensome. Our Lord would not have repeated it so many times, “Watch therefore! For you do not know the day or hour!”, if our watchfulness would not be vitally important. It is my holy duty to help you understand what is going on, and to keep on teaching and warning you, so that your insight and knowledge of the truth will be your guard and safety. The Children of the Day do not slumber, they keep awake and watchful, so that the Day of the Lord will not catch them by surprise. Only the slothful, who procrastinate and slumber, will get caught. They were destined to be with the Lord, but their slothfulness entrapped them in the trials on earth25.
With His love and blessings I am
yours in Him,
23 Zechariah 12:3 25 Matt. 24:32-33, 36-44, 50-51; 25:1-13; 1 Thess. 5:1-9.