Israel Provoked Into War | VOL. 54 * NEWSLETTER * JULY/AUG. 2006 |
Dear Friends of Israel and “Or Tzion”,
the peace of G-d be with you in Yeshua His Son, our Lord, and fill you with the joy of His Presence.
On the morning of Wednesday, July 12th, I sat down to breakfast and turned on CNN. The first thing I heard was that 8 Israeli soldiers had been killed and 2 abducted by the Lebanese Shiite terror organization Hizbullah. I turned to our Israeli news channels to hear our local reports. Later in the afternoon, Israeli news channels were still covering this event. Everyone was glued to the TV, computers and radios wondering – will this mean war?
Israel is as tight and tense as the string on a bow, and tired of the never-ending intifada, Jew-hatred, political and media manipulation. And I am “news-weary!” Don’t want to listen to them anymore!
For 19 years since we arrived 1987, the aggression against Israel has been relentless. First, the Palestinian leadership’s lies and Arafat’s Fatah suicide attacks were the order of the day, and now the rockets from Gaza upon Israel’s Southern cities and the even more deadly Hizballah terror and bloodshed.
After the tiny new nation of Israel won the first wars against an enemy overwhelmingly superior in manpower and weapons, Israelis looked with confidence into the future. Surely now the Arab world would finally accept them and make peace with them. Years later we still are at war — with a murderous “intifada”, a new sort of holocaust.
Now Israel’s hope for peace is foiled again, and as the proverb says, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick…”1 Not enough with this, almost one million people (the entire north) are forced underground while rockets rain upon their cities (by now more than 1,500 since July 24th).
When I first came to Israel in 1983, most striking was that Israelis live life with a passion, celebrating it with such an intensity that even the air seems to have a heart beat, saying “life… life… life!” Israelis live life as though it could end at any moment – and so it does for too many. Throughout the past 3,000 years, over and over again Jews have lost all, even their very lives, under duress of pogroms and genocides aimed at annihilating them altogether. Hence, life has become something not taken for granted and is celebrated, tasted and lived to the fullest.
Nevertheless, Israel’s daily reality is inescapable and this becomes so clear during something as mundane as breakfast. Israel’s hope for peace is deferred once again.
On Sunday, July 16th – again at breakfast – the news reported a barrage of rockets hitting Kiryat Shmonah, Nahariya, Acco, Tiberias and Haifa, even Safed, Afula and the Galilee and several Kibbutzim. One rocket fell upon the very base in Karmiel where our grand daughter Isabelle first trained in Helicopter maintenance and where some of her friends remain. Haifa’s train depot received a blow resulting in 8 deaths and dozens of wounded. It was an all too familiar sight – puddles of blood everywhere with men picking up body parts and pieces of flesh. 1 Proverbs 13:12; had PM Ehud Barak not pulled Israel out of the buffer zone in South Lebanon, we would not have this war in the north today. Or, had the UN and the Lebanese government taken control of the evacuated area then the Hizballah could not have moved in and our citizens would not have to spend their days in bomb shelters now, their houses being blown up by hundreds of rockets fired into Israel proper. Moreover, had PM Arik Sharon not insisted on dismanteling Gush Kativ the rockets from Gaza would not reach our southern cities.
Woe unto the world leaders who insisted on those 2 demolitions in the north and south of Israel. It will return upon their own head in due time.
2 photos from: http://www1.idf.il/DOVER/site/homepage.asp?clr=1&sl=EN&id=-8888&force=1; and http://www.mfa.gov.il/mfa
Self-Defense is an Inalienable RightPage 2
I remember President George W. Bush declaring, “A terror attack against one American is like attacking all Americans!”, and promising severe reprisals.
Yet at the G8 summit, while acknowledging Israel’s “right to self-defense”, the President urged restraint. What restraint, may I ask, was shown when, unprovoked, US forces blasted Afghanistan and Iraq, pulverizing everything they hit?
Had America’s cities been struck by Afghanistan and Iraq? Did they send hijacked planes into the WTC towers and the Pentagon? And where are Iraq’s alleged weapons of mass destruction – the reason given to justify invading this sovereign nation?
What would be America’s response if Cuban missiles bombarded American cities?
Israeli family hiding in bomb shelter Ethiopian immigrants in bomb shelter in Tiberias Bomb shelter for children and families
in Kiryat Shmonah
Israel is being attacked within her sovereign territory and is fighting to survive. Hizballah, a terror organization tolerated by the Lebanese government, is striking Israel from within Lebanon. This is a clear act of war and demands retaliation. We can no longer kowtow to the nations who say “Bow down, Israel, that we may pass over you,” and Israel’s leaders have made our nation’s back like the ground and like the street for the nations and their interests to pass over us3.As is written in G-d’s Word, blessing and prosperity come from standing WITH the Jews and their nation, from supporting and blessing them. This is for G-d’s sake and for the sake of His Son, Who is from the Jews and Who will return to the Jews!Those who oppose the Jews will reap catastrophies, destruction and downfall, as is written in G-d’s Word..President Bush has vowed to fight terrorism to the end, yet tells Israel to show restraint in the face of annihilation. What a horrific double standard!
However, as of present news, the Bush administration has rushed a delivery of precision-guided bombs to Israel, which requested the expedited shipment last week after beginning its air campaign against Hezbollah targets in Lebanon. And Secretaty of State, Condoleezza Rice, voiced her support of Israel’s actions against the Hizballah, clarifying that a “ceasefire” would only return the situation to the status quo with nothing changed for the better. She explained to Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora that if the violence between Israel and Hizbullah fighters in Lebanon ends only to restart within weeks, “then all of the carnage that Hizbullah launched [i.e. in Lebanon and Israel] by its illegal activities, abducting the soldiers and then launching rocket attacks, we will have gotten nothing from that.”
But international voices, especially of the UN, are accusing Israel of excessive military force for mere two abducted soldiers, failing to state that Israel’s actions are in retaliation for the katjusha rockets fired into Israel.
Lebanese civilians are being killed and buildings destroyed because the Lebanese government once again allowed a terror organization to entrench itself into Lebanese territory, into dense civilian population centers as had been done previously by the PLO. Like the PLO, Hizballah has formed a state within a state, terrorizing the Lebanese population and attacking Israel’s north. When Israel had no choice but to take action against the PLO for the protection of Israel’s citizen, Israel was hailed as liberators by the Lebanese people. Israel had almost finished off the PLO when the international community, with Ronald Reagan in the lead, forced a ceasefire upon Israel. The PLO terrorists left triumphantly a badly hurt Lebanon.
Hizballah has been planning this war for six years ever since Israel left southern Lebanon. Why did the Lebanese government not send its army against this terror organization, disarm, dismantle and drive them out before they could entrench themselves? The blame for the present war and destruction should be squarely placed at the feet of the Lebanese government, not at Israel’s feet!
Pray, beloved, pray for G-d to station His warrior angels round about Israel and her cities, to protect Israeli soldiers (particularly those who are called by His Name), and safeguard our nation – for HIS Name’s sake. Pray for enlightenment among the nations as to Israel’s eliminating Hizballah. Israel must succeed (also for the sake of the Lebanese people), or terrorism will terrorize even more.
The Lord had me warn about the greater evil of fanatic Shiites4 being released in the wake of forcing evil Saddam from power. Whoever has seen Shiites commemorating the death of their leader murdered centuries ago with the ritual “Ashura”5 will have gotten a glimpse of their bloody fanaticism. Saddam kept them under iron fist control, but Bush set them free to expand their fanantic Islam in Shiite fashion – torture, kill and mutilate.
Hizballah is Shiite! The south of Lebanon has become a Shiite territory! Hamas is Shiite! Islamic Yihad is Shiite! The Iranian leaders are Shiite! Ayatollah Khomeini was Shiite and turned Iran upside down. It was he who fueled fanatic Islam, the shedding of innocent blood in the name of Allah! The Iraqi Imams who label America’s forces “occupiers” and call upon the “faithful” to give themselves to martyrdom like their beloved Hussain and shed the blood of the American “infidels” are Shiites!
The Western and Shiite’ mind is as far apart from each other as morning from evening, as east from west. When will the West grasp that “negotiations” with the dispised infidels is only viewed as “weakness”? Deceiving and tricking the “corrupt” Westerners and killing them wherever possible alone justifies the “negotiating table” for this Islamic mindseti.
May Israel’s present government NOT follow former Prime Minister Sharon who said one thing but did another: “No negotiations under fire! No ceding of any land! The settlements are our buffer zone, our strength! The settlers are our heroes!” He then turned and became their worst enemy, destroying their settlements and livelihood. May there NOT be a repetition of this. May these present kidnappings of Israeli soldiers (average age between 18 – 22) and firing of rockets upon Israel’s cities in the north and south open PM Olmert’s eyes to the fact that unilateral withdrawal will NOT bring peace but will only serve to further the terror and bloodshed. 3 Isaiah 51:22-23 4 Read more about them at http://www.fas.org/irp/crs/RS21745.pdf; http://mb-soft.com/believe/txo/shiites.htm; http://www.slate.com/id/2095326; http://www.infoplease.com/ce6/society/A0844916.html. The belief in the powers of the “imam” greatly resembles the belief of Catholics in the powers of the Pope. 5 See pictures and shudder: http://www.allaahuakbar.net/shiites/maatam.htm; the pictures of bleeding infants cut by mothers and fathers have been removed from this web site where I got this picture of a father with infant:
i But let me say that this is not the Islam, which once was practiced for almost a thousand years, and its contributions to science, architecture, art, literature and medicine have made a permanent imprint upon Europe, the Middle East and the Orient. Jewish history refers to the 900 years of Moslem rule over Spain as the “Golden Era”, as that Islam practiced some religious and racial tolerance, in crass contrast to Shiite Islam, and Christianity of the Middle Ages.
I had to say this for truth’s sake, as Christianity of those days brought upon Europe the “Dark Ages” in contrast to Islam. How strange indeed! Present day Shiite Islam has reversed the Moslem world back into the Dark Ages! Only the Light of Messiah, King of Israel, will once and for all dispell this darkess of blood, hatred, violence and endless killing. Yeshua is the Light of the World that enlightens every man, and the Light of Zion – He is OR TZION!
With this statement I do not mean to support Islam’s claim of being the only “true faith”. I merely wish to point out that the Islam of former glory practiced some measure of religous and racial tolerance and focused on the development and improvement of human culture, and not on killing those who dare to disagree with them and have different beliefs. Religious fanaticism and bigotry always brings suffering, death and darkness in its wake. The true Jewish faith (which is the root and the offspring of the Christian faith), however, highly esteems life and the dignity of every human soul.
Tammuz – A Month of AfflictionPage 3
G-d sees, hears and knows. He WILL judge in due time. Then all who trust in Him will be vindicated for – “Our shield is with G-d, Who saves the upright in heart.”6
From God’s viewpoint, “The nations have already sunk in the pit [of destruction] which they made [for Israel]; and in the net [of political plots and schemes] which they hid has their own foot been caught. For by these things the Lord will make Himself known; He has executed judgment and the wicked are snared in the work of their OWN hands.”7
Powerful men (including heads of state and leaders of nations) seek the demise of Israel. Their minds conceive evil, their hearts are pregnant with mischief, and their mouths utter lies. They make a pit [for the Jews and their nation], digging it out [with secret schemes and plots], and fall into the hole they have made [by the justice of G-d]. Their mischief returns upon their own head, and on their own pate their violence descends8.
Yes, our G-d is a righteous judge, Who has indignation EVERY day!9
Check regularly the Israeli Government’s Official Website, by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, for updates and some very eye opening videos about Hizballah’s practice to hide in civilian population centers.
Terror has been part of Israeli life even before its declaration of independence. As Jews, escaping pogroms and Nazi concentration camps, began to drain the swamps and plow and sow the barren plots of land bought from Arab sheiks and landlords, local Arabs staged raids against them at night, or fell upon their settlements while the men and women were out in the fields. But terror remained an isolated force directed mainly against Israel. However, while the world hindered Israel in fighting Palestinian terror and instead rewarded their aggression with more and more Israeli concessions, terrorism has spread like gangrene. It can no longer be contained or eradicated.
We are presently in the month of Tammuz, a calamitous month for Israel. The reason for this is found in Exodus 23:13, where G-d commanded His people “you shall not make mention of the NAMES of other gods, nor let such be HEARD out of your mouth.” The cult of Tammuz is a satanic counterfeit of the person and sacrificial life of the Son of G-d, Yeshua the Messiah. The Tammuz cult incorporated festivals of his death (funeral offerings with lamentation and weeping) and resurrection (offerings of every sort of vegetation).
Please, go to –http://www.ortzion.org/images/watchmen_1.html – and learn more about this alien “god”, its cult (look up the web sites listed in the footnote t) and how the mentioning of his name effects the Jewish people and their nation Israel until this very day – RIGHT NOW!!!
Pray the Word prayers given on the “Watchmen” pages as G-d’s Word shall most certainly not return void but accomplish that for which it is sent. Together let us decree and declare His Word concerning this situation and the name of Tammuz. Let us also agree in prayer that the name of this particular month will be changed to a name that will bring blessing, abundance, salvation, and joy.
IDF missile fired at Lebanon Sunday
Israel is being attacked from the north and south, and our reservists are being called up. While rockets from Lebanon rain down on our cities, killing and wounding Israeli civilians, CNN reports on “harassed” Palestinians, “targeted” for “only 1” kidnapped Israeli soldier and on the “unbearable suffering” of the Lebanese forced underground or to evacuate. This is unacceptable! Who started this war, unprovoked? Let them cast the stone on Hizballah one courageous Lebanese woman in an interview with Israel’s #2 TV channel called “a cancer”, and not on Israel defending her very existence!
CNN’s days are numbered!
Lest you, my readers, get the impression that I am only angry and without hope, let me assure you that the peace of G-d which passes all understanding is firmly girding up my heart and mind in Yeshua10. I do not fear, and am not anxious for myself and my family. Because the Lord is my hiding place under whose wings I find shelter11. I am not worried. But not all of Israel is saved, not all are at peace and rest in Him. While I am seated in Yeshua in the heavenly places12 and enjoy His Spirit and Presence indwelling me13 most of my fellow Jews cannot draw as yet on that comfort and strength.
I write this letter not merely as some report of latest news but am attempting to let you see both into the hearts of Israelis as well as into mine. My letters are above all “personal” in order to enable you, the reader, to identify with us. Messiah Yeshua identified with His people, for whatever is done to the least of these His brethren is done unto Him14. And because Yeshua lives in me15 I identify as well with His compassion and stand in the gap16 for His – my – people with much prayer, tears and intercession. I believe, as G-d’s children and co-priests with Yeshua it is our very mission to intercede in behalf of others, especially for His people Israel.
But I myself, as a child of G-d17, am at peace, without fear, worry and anxiety.
In conclusion I list this important website url for all of you who are American citizens (although the vote may be already past; you still can strongly influence your congressman): http://www.ou.org/news/article/backing_israels_right_to_self_defense.
Congress to Vote on Resolutions Strongly Backing Israel’s Right to Self-Defense –
July 14, 2006
Call Members of Congress ASAP and Urge Them to Vote FOR the Resolutions!
With Israeli communities such as S’derot, Ashkelon, Kiryat Shmonah, Nahariya, Akko, Haifa and others being hit with rockets fired by Hamas and Hizballah, the House and Senate are expected on Tuesday to vote on bipartisan resolutions reaffirming Congress’ unwavering support for Israel. The resolutions will strongly back the Jewish state’s right to defend herself and to take steps beyond its borders to deter further aggression by the terrorist groups and their state sponsors, Iran and Syria.
The resolutions demand complete implementation of U.N. Security Council 1559, which requires Hizballah be dismantled and the departure of all foreign militias – including the remaining Syrian personnel and Iranian Revolutionary Guards – from Lebanon. The House and Senate resolutions also call for the full weight of American financial, diplomatic, and economic sanctions to be imposed on Syria and Iran.
The resolutions, sponsored by the leadership of both parties in the House and the Senate, also call for the immediate and unconditional release of the Israeli soldiers being held by Hamas and Hizballah and hold the governments of Syria, and Iran responsible for these acts of aggression against Israel.
Please call your Members of Congress and urge them to vote FOR these resolutions, showing American support for the State of Israel, and to speak out on Israel’s behalf. Members can be reached through the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121.
NOW is the time for prayer AND action! NOW is the time of salvation! Let us not remain passive but stand ON the Word of G-d and WITH the L-RD, His inheritance, People, Land and city!
6 Ps 7:10 7 Ps 9:15-16 8 Ps 7:14-16 9Ps 7:11 10 Ph’pp 4:7 11 Ps 17:8; 32:7 12 Eph. 2:6; Col.3:1 13 Col.1:27;1Co3:16 14 Matt. 25:40 15 Gal. 2:20 16 Ez 13:5; 22:30 17 1 Jn 3:2
PSALM 83 – No Plot Is Hidden From GodPage 4
A miraculous finding of an ancient Book of Psalms in a bog in Ireland sheds an interesting light on this present war of Israel in defense of her citizens and cities. Recorded by various news sites such as CNN the particularly interesting part of this amazing discovery is that the book was found OPEN to a page where, written in Latin, Psalm 83 is recited in which the nations are listed who have made an alliance – the Arab League – to wipe Israel off the map – 18new developments.
Only the Almighty, the Holy One of Israel, knew where this book was hidden. He alone could cause it to be found at the precise time when Arab League members such as Iran and Syria are supplying the terrorist organization Hizballah in Lebanon with weapons to war against Israel. The declared aim of Iran’s “supreme leader” is the destruction of Israel, who announced – unaware of the words in Psalm 83 – that with the help of Allah Israel would be wiped off the map.
Obviously the Holy One of Israel is making a strong statement here that He is watching over Israel and hearing the threats to her existence by Israel’s neighbors. He knows of their plots to “take possession for themselves of the pastures of G-d.” And He will do to these nations (see their present-day representation as listed in the Watchmen Prayer page 6) as is written in Psalm 83. Hizballah19 will eventually “eat dust” just as she suggests in her “open letter“.
USA Today and ABC purposefully avoided mentioning this book having been found open to Psalm 83, just as almost all international news stations (with perhaps the exception of FOX News) give only a lopsided, anti-Israel image of Israel’s war against Hizballah in Lebanon. Reports by Jewish Messianic Israelis are undoubtedly the most trustworthy, as they are not tainted with a “politically correct” mindset but report both from immediate insight on the ground and from a Sriptural perspective. The Jerry Golden Report is one of these as well as the DATELINE ISRAEL by the MAOZ Israel Ministries. In addition, the newsletters of OR TZION provide both prophetic insights and a more personal view, as well as a large number of related, informative links.
What follows is a report by Sondra Oster Baras, Director of Christian Friends Of Israeli Communities (CFOIC):
I believe the above links and the Emergency Bulletin speak for themselves. By now the number of rockets fired on Israel’s cities approaches 3,000. Pray Psalm 83 by VOICING the Word of G-d so that G-d’s mighty angels who HEARKEN TO THIS VOICE will go forth and perform it!20 Amen and Amen!
Yours in Him,
P.S. Free of anti-Israel bias updates about happenings in and about Israel: DEBKA File; David Dolan – is a Jerusalem-based author and journalist working closely with Christian Friends of Israel; Kathleen Mitchell, a Messianic Jewess from Ohio staying frequently in Israel also sends out an “Israel Update for Intercessors”, which is excellent with accurate information and target points for intercession. She does not have a web site but you can subscribe to her at Tikkun7@aol.com; ask for her Update of July 18. 2006 – July 27th Black Day for Arabs?
18 Following is a quote from the article posted by National Geographic News online: “Mention of Psalm 83 has led to misconceptions about the revealed wording and may be a source of concern for people who believe Psalm 83 deals with ‘the wiping out of Israel,'” officials at the National Museum of Ireland, where the manuscript is being kept, said in a statement today.
The true meaning of what the text reveals, they say, has been quite literally lost in translation.
“[We] would like to highlight that the text visible on the manuscript does NOT refer to wiping out Israel but to the ‘vale of tears’ (‘valle lacrimum’),” the officials said.
The newfound prayer book, they explain, is an ancient Latin translation from the Greek known as the Vulgate. But the King James Bible, which was translated from Hebrew to English more than a thousand years later, assigns different numbers to the psalms.
So the Psalm 83 found in the Irish book, they say, appears in King James as Psalm 84, which is a song of praise and longing for godliness. “Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee,” the passage reads, “… who passing through the valley of Baca [the vale of tears] make[s] it a well.”
The museum officials say they expect the difference speaks for itself.
“It is hoped that this clarification will serve comfort to anyone worried by earlier reports of the content of the text,” they said.
19 The IDC – International Institute for Counter-Terrorism in Herzliyah – features under the category ARTICLES eye-opening, researched articles. 20 Psalm 103:20-21