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POLITICAL PRESSURE MOUNTS AS NETANYAHU LANDS IN WASHINGTON Analysts weigh in on risks and highlights As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu began his first full day of meetings with officials in the US after landing in Washington Tuesday morning, voices back in Jerusalem were demanding that he raise various issues during those meetings. Allies of his within the government, including a groups of MKs and activists, issued a statement calling on him to secure US President Donald Trump’s support for the idea of expanding construction in West Bank settlements, and even for outright annexation. “This is a historic time, and if our Likud government does not handle it correctly, we will be crying for generations,” Shomron Regional Council head Yossi Dagan said. “We expect new settlements to be built for the first time in 26 years. We proved we are loyal to the prime minister but we demand that he be loyal to what he has been saying for years. We don’t need American permission to build anywhere, especially in Jerusalem. We expect you to return with good results for Israel and all the settlements.” Read more here.   ### Schedule Interview with : Susan Michael  U.S. DirectorInternational Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ For more than thirty years, Susan Michael has pioneered the development of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem in the United States and around the world. She currently serves as the ministry’s USA Director and is a member of the ICEJ’s international Board of Directors. "Christians already understand that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and would like to see the American government follow suit."  In fact, ICEJ has had its own "unofficial" embassy in Jerusalem since 1980, a point that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu noted in his 2016 Christmas address. "Hundreds of millions of Christians around the world understand from their Bible the spiritual significance of Jerusalem to the Jewish people, and that it was established as the capital of Israel some 3,000 years ago by King David," Michael told JNS.org, adding that Christians "believe the spiritual law of blessing established in Genesis 12 that God will bless those who bless the Jewish people....They want to see the U.S. standing in support of Israel and enjoying the blessings of doing so."  To Schedule Interviews:CALL Jackie at 662-259-0988 oremail Jackie@TruthPR.comcom
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JERUSALEM, January 6, 2017 | TruthPR.com | -- Following my articles taking to task President Obama and John Kerry and their stabbing Israel in the back I received many replies.  The vast majority were supportive and expressed embarrassment by the Obama-Kerry tag teaming.  Some apologized and made sure I knew their vindictive behavior did not reflect that of the American people. One email led to a thoughtful discussion I would like to excerpt here.  A friend wrote: “I read your article with much interest.  However, (I’m) a bit puzzled. While I believe (in) and support the Zionist dream.., I am deeply concerned about Israel's predicament:  maintaining a Democratic Jewish state while divorcing herself from an indigenous Arab population…divorce is rarely simple, it can be highly contested with many casualties.  While I don't…trivialize Israel's current situation with this comparison…how (do) you feel about these concerns? ….maintaining the "status quo" is as much of a cause of a new Intifada as your opinion regarding Obama's abstention.” It was late at night in Israel when I replied. I was moved to do so right away, albeit abruptly. “I have two quick answers…but a lot more can be said.  First, it’s not the place of Obama, or anyone else, to set parameters that define Israel as they want it. There's no suggestion that a Palestinian state should be democratic, or Iran or Cuba or any of the others that the U.S. has no problem dealing with. There's not even a hint that "Palestine" can't be Judenrein. Kicking all the Jews out is fine, but Israel should remain 20 percent Arab?!  That holds Israel to a standard that, because we are Jews, more is to be expected.  I reject that because Arabs should have the same expected of them. To do otherwise is double discrimination (against Arabs, and Jews). As to demographics, few in any mainstream political party here today would (say)… that we actually have a partner willing to make and uphold peace. That doesn't exist, period. So putting the cart before the horse and laying out parameters of what a resolution should look like is absurd, and biased against Israel. There's not only not a partner with which to negotiate, but the Palestinian Authority (with whom we are expected to negotiate) doesn't even control Gaza. So if Obama and Kerry had their dream we'd give up territory today for the hope of peace, (creating) a "Palestine" in which the undemocratic government doesn't even control all the territory it's claiming as its state. And what happens afterward when they have an internal war and Hamas takes over.  This is not rhetoric, its probability.  It's very complex. Few would deny there needs to be a resolution, but you can’t force peace if you don’t have (a partner)…  Making concessions for the hope that it will bring (the Palestinians) to the table is faulty. I don't know if we'll ever have peace. But I'm not prepared to give up land to create a new state that will add to the list of our enemies and not make peace any more likely. There's a lot that can be done in the interim, and more should be done. But no matter how much Obama and Kerry pontificate about what's legal and what Israel has a legitimate claim to, and saying things that can only be one (their) way, they're just wrong.” I woke up the next morning to the following reply:  “Thank you for taking the time to respond.  I get it and understand the situation and the dilemma.  However, maintaining the status quo and not attempting to change the conditions on the ground only adds to the frustration and then anger which leads to intifada and armed conflict. Where are today's Sadats, Begins, Rabins?” So before I had my second cup of coffee I wrote back: “I really mean to answer sincerely but I'm at my limit and Obama and Kerry have crossed all boundaries. I'm not holding back.  (As for changing the status quo) I would love to see major economic investments in "settlement blocks" which benefit Jews and Arabs here. SodaStream was a good example but they got slammed by BDS and moved to the Negev.  Who got hurt? Palestinian Arabs!  But I'd do more.  I'd build economic facts, all kinds of industry. I'd look to investments from Arabs and Jews. Maybe one could connect private schools and day care for the employees attached to the industrial centers where Arabs could bring their kids for top education (that promotes coexistence).  It’ll take someone with audacity to stand up to BDS and the deceitful notion that building and doing business here is illegal.  But even if such a plan were to be wildly successful and Arabs got good jobs with benefits, taking home a respectable salary, that would not mitigate the reality that  incitement, hate, and violence are encouraged, nurtured, even celebrated.  Unless and until that changes, we won’t have peace.  And unless the Islamists are defeated, Palestinian Arabs will fear saying or encouraging things that are pro-peace and will be killed by their own.   We have no Begins or Sadats today.  Netanyahu is the best of what's available but he's crippled by many internal and external factors.  But even another Begin won’t make sacrifices if peace is not a real possibility.  Today, and for the foreseeable future, it’s not.  So we need to make the best of what there is, build infrastructure that makes Israel continue to succeed, that benefits Palestinian Arabs, and offers hope.”   Overall, my friend’s position, while not wrong, is ignorant.  I don’t say that in a demeaning way or as a put down. It’s just that CNN and the NY Times and other media get it wrong and misrepresent the facts and nuance in Israel as the rule.  This is true even if they don’t have a proclivity to be against Israel in a way that their bias is reflected in their news reporting.  Even conservative and ideologically more pro-Israel media…
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Tuesday, 27 December 2016 20:26

Stab me twice, shame on you

JERUSALEM, December 27, 2016 | TruthPR.com | -- As the sanctity of the Sabbath, the day of rest, set over Israel, two stabbings hit close to home and were jarring personally and nationally.  The first took place in our neighborhood Friday evening. Despite the lack of use of electronics as is customary on Shabbat in traditional Judaism, word spread throughout town like a game of “telephone.” No one person got all the details correct, but the gist was clear: early Friday evening, a couple was out for a walk on the brisk clear night.  Our 11 year old sons are close friends.  Out of the shadows, a Palestinian Arab terrorist pounced, stabbing and wounding my son’s friend’s father. Emergency volunteers (many also neighbors) were called up, treating the victim and beginning the initial hunt for the terrorist.  The army was called in and lit up the sky with flares to continue the search.  Throughout Shabbat, and into the next evening as we began the celebration of Chanukah, the army maintained a visible presence.  God willing, our neighbor will be OK but the trauma will persist, certainly among his son.  It’s intuitive because kids don’t feel safe when their closest loved ones are not safe.  But this became clear to me, putting my son to bed.  He asked why our town has become so unsafe (there was a similar incident up the block a few months ago). Without saying it directly I know he was thinking, “If this can happen to my friend’s father this can happen to my father, or to me.” At about the same time this was taking place around the corner, another stabbing was taking place far from here, but with an impact no less close to home. By a 14-0 vote, the UN Security Council declared all “settlements” over the Green Line (the 1949 armistice) illegal. This not only includes densely populated towns like mine (10,000+) as well as cities of 50,000 and more, but the eastern part of Jerusalem including the Old City with the Jewish Quarter, Western Wall and Temple Mount, all central to Judaism.  That’s right, Jewish presence in our most sacred places with thousands of years of centrality to, and in, Judaism is, according to the UN, illegal. While President Obama has assured Israel that he has our back, what happened at the UN was no less than his stabbing us in the back. Obama added insult to injury by going back on his commitment to block biased anti-Israel resolutions.  One doesn’t get any more biased and anti-Israel than this, as it faults Israel exclusively and pre-judges the outcome of a conflict for which the only resolution is direct negotiations, not internationally imposed contortionist diplomacy and sanctions.  It emboldens the terrorists and those who reject Israel, making peace less likely any time soon. While tossing a bone to appear balanced, just one of the 13 sections addresses terror on both sides, burying the fact that it’s Arab violence that prevents peace, and equating Arab violence against Israelis (like happened in my neighborhood this week) with Israel’s defense against these, and other forms of violence. The resolution also strengthens the growing BDS scourge that seeks to delegitimize and boycott all of Israel. The back stabbing of this latest anti-Israel UN resolution has more stabbing than a Friday the 13th movie. For instance, it states that Israel has no legal claim to our biblical homeland:  “The establishment by Israel of settlements in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, has no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law and a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-State solution and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace.” To put it nicely, they are wrong. Obama so poorly read the pulse of Israel that his action pulled together Israelis of all political orientations. Even Democrats decried Obama’s last minute personal vendetta. American Jewish and Christian organizations rallied against it, and the Obama administration not keeping its word.  Expressions such as that of the AJC are noteworthy, being “deeply disappointed that the United States chose to abstain on a UN…resolution which singled out Israel for condemnation.” “The Administration’s decision not to block an anti-Israel measure at the UN Security Council is profoundly disturbing, It only encourages diplomatic end-runs and diversionary tactics, which hinder rather than advance the prospects for peace.”  “Moreover, this measure repeats the Palestinian falsehood that Israeli settlements constitute the core of the conflict. Let’s be clear: The chief obstacle to achieving peace is, and long has been, the …refusal of the Palestinian leadership to recognize Israel’s legitimacy and negotiate … a comprehensive agreement. Security Council members that supported the resolution are not helping the cause of peace by their failure to hold the Palestinians accountable for their chronic short-sightedness and inaction.”  All true, but far too diplomatic for my liking. Another commentator made the more vivid and accurate statement that “The Middle East is on fire and the UN and Obama targeted the only democracy in the Middle East. Shame!” I’d add that in much of where the Middle East is burning the most; it’s in fact due to Obama’s failed foreign policies.  So, rather than taking ownership or showing leadership, he shows his true colors by blaming Israel and creating a distraction from his impotence of global proportions.  Several friends, mostly Christian, emailed me personally to apologize for the US action.  I replied to one that while Obama led this from behind, as much of his presidency, it’s yet another demonstration of how the rest of the world is always out to get us.  This is just the latest incarnation.  It’s glaring that “allies” such as Senegal and New Zealand not only voted for but sponsored the resolution. Sadly, we are used to it. But we have and will overcome. Of course the impact of this resolution impacts Israel directly and specifically those who do business or live in areas in which the UN has just decided it…
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ISRAEL, December 22, 2016 | TruthPR.com | -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu paid a visit to the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem on Wednesday (December 21) to deliver his annual Christmas Greeting to the Christian world. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is welcomed by Dr. Jürgen Bühler of the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem on Wednesday just ahead of the Christmas holiday. (ICEJ/Emill Salman photo In his traditional holiday greeting, Netanyahu stated: “To all of our Christian friends around the world, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I send you these greetings from Jerusalem. I'm standing in the courtyard of this magnificent International Christian Embassy. I'm so proud of our relations with our Christian brothers and sisters. I wonder for many of you if you remember the experience you had when you first visited Israel, when you saw the Church of the Holy Sepulchre or the Via Dolorosa or the Sea of Galilee or Nazareth. I'm sure it moved you deeply. And it moves us deeply to have this bond with you because we all know that this land of Israel is the land of our common heritage. It changed the story of humanity, it changed civilization. What a magnificent heritage it is. Yet, we also know that it is under attack these days, that the forces of intolerance, of barbarism that attack all religions attack Christians with particular vehemence. We stand with you and I'm proud of the fact that in Israel, this is the one place in the Middle East that the Christian community not only survives but thrives and it's no accident. It’s because of our commitment to religious freedom; it's because of our embrace of our heritage; it's because of our embrace of our common future. So please come to Israel. Come and visit me, I'm waiting for you. It will be a great experience for you. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu receives a gift of a silver Hanukkah dreidel from Dr. Jürgen Bühler of the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem during a visit on Wednesday just ahead of the Christmas holiday. (ICEJ/Emill Salman photo) With Christmas falling this year on the same day as the Jewish festival of Hanukkah, ICEJ Executive Director Dr. Jürgen Bühler responded by wishing the prime minister a “Happy Hanukkah,” and giving him a special Hanukkah dreidel as a gift. “It was a great honor to host the Prime Minister at our Embassy headquarters and to receive his good holiday wishes for Christmas,” said Bühler. “We know his warm, sincere remarks will be greatly appreciated by Christians in lands far and wide. It also was a thrill to respond with our own ‘Happy Hanukkah’ wishes for him, his family and all the Jewish people. This indeed is a season when both communities can celebrate the triumph of light over darkness. And this display of solidarity shows once more that Israel is a country where religious freedoms are not only safeguarded but also proactively encouraged.” Founded in 1980, the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem is considered the largest global pro- Israel Christian ministry, with branch offices established in over 85 nations and supporters in more than 160 nations worldwide.  Watch Now: VIDEOS: The official Christmas video greeting has been posted on the prime minister’s YouTube (broadcast quality) and Facebook pages: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oIQXIZbxg0&feature=youtu.be https://www.facebook.com/Netanyahu/videos/10154221473407076/ 
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JERUSALEM, December 21, 2016 | TruthPR.com | -- I never knew Kristine Luken but I feel like I did.  I feel that we were old friends, that I knew her well.  It’s strange because on one hand I know very little about her, but on the other hand I feel like I know most everything that was important.  I feel like I know this because everything about her last day on this earth in so many ways personified her life.  At the same time that I feel like I knew her well, I am sad and I feel a deep sense of loss at not actually having known her, and more so that she was taken in such a cruel way. Six years ago, December 18, 2010, Kristine was on a hike with my friend, Kay Wilson.  Kay is Jewish; an Israeli tour guide who met Kristine on a trip in Poland to bear witness to the unspeakable suffering and cruelty that was the root of the mass slaughtering of six million Jews.  Many go to Poland and other parts of the vast European killing field to learn, to bear witness, mourn, pray, look for answers, etc.  It’s common for Israelis to do that, in fact we send our teens as part of their education.  It’s common for Jews around the world to attempt to understand the horrors as best as a human being can understand them as a recent part of the persecution we have suffered over the millennia.    But Kristine was neither a Jew nor an Israeli.  She was a Christian. What drove her to visit Poland with Kay was her unconditional love for Israel and the Jewish people.  She went to Poland in solidarity, to express love for the people she loved, and grieve at the loss of the people who as God’s chosen people were shot, gassed, and burned to death. And so Kay and Kristine became fast friends.  Kay invited Kristine to visit her in Israel and on that magnificently clear, sunny, crisp Saturday afternoon, they went to hike in the Judean Mountains to absorb and appreciate the beauty of the Land together. Despite the pristine beauty of the sunny sky, something lurked in the shadow that was a vivid contrast to the magnificence of the day.  Literally lying in wait, two Palestinian Arabs had camped out along the Israel Trail waiting to set upon whoever they could find.  Later in court, they not only confessed but bragged about their premeditated plan to be waiting simply to kill Jews. Kay and Kristine had the misfortune to be the ones who found this out personally.  After being bound and gagged and held at knife point for 30 minutes that seemed like eternity, as the terrorists tried to make Kay and Kristine think that they had no ill intent yet making repeated calls in Arabic to members of their terror cell, out of the blue literally, Kay noticed the sun glaring on a large machete moment before one of the terrorists plunged it into her.  As Kay was being stabbed (a total of 13 times) Kristine was being attacked and butchered as well.  All Kay could do as she was being hacked by his terrorist was look at and listen to the screams of her friend who lay there helpless as well. Before leaving them for dead, one terrorist plunged his weapon into Kay’s chest one more time, missing her heart by millimeters.  Kay remained bound and gagged, bleeding profusely, bones crushed, and sure that she was going to die.  She had no way to help Kristine so resolved that with all her strength she would find a way to get up and walk back to the main trail, certain that each step was to be her last.  She had one mission, to die in a place where she would be found so she and Kristine would not die anonymously and perhaps the terrorists would be caught. Miraculously, Kay stumbled through the forest, still bound and gagged, barefoot, for over a mile.  She came upon others enjoying the beauty of the spectacular day. They called for help and saved her life.  The next day, Kristine’s lifeless body was found, still bound and gagged.  She gasped her last breath overlooking the beauty of the Land that she so deeply loved. Over the years I have gotten to know Kristine’s family. It’s one of the reasons that I feel like I know her. They are sweet, thoughtful, caring people but they bear huge invisible scars at the brutal murder and loss of Kristine.   While Israelis are far too familiar with the evils of terror, with tens of thousands murdered and injured and many more tens of thousands of bereaved left behind, for Americans even after 9/11, the notion of terror that up close and personal is jarring and hard to comprehend.  While there are many resources in Israel to help victims and families of victims, in America, victims and their families are largely anonymous.  There are few services if any, and no network of or connection to others like them who have suffered such loss. Kay and I have teamed up to create a living memorial so that not only will Kristine always be remembered in Israel, but because of her love for Israel it will be in a way that provides comfort to bereaved Israelis children who have suffered the kind of loss that her family has.  Through The Koby Mandell Foundation, Israel’s pre-eminent organization that provides therapeutic healing for families of terror victims and those who have suffered other loss, we are establishing a scholarship for Camp Koby to enable bereaved Israeli children to benefit from the healing environment that they need.    In the same way that it’s rare for Christians to go to Poland to bear witness to the horrors that Jews suffered in the Holocaust, so too is it rare, maybe unprecedented, for Israeli Jews to care to remember non-Jewish non-Israeli terror victims. …
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Monday, 21 November 2016 20:17

JERUSALEM - THE ETERNAL CAPITAL OF ISRAEL

TruthPR Guest: Israel Ambassador Earl Cox interview on USA Radio    November 18, 2016 | TruthPR.com | - In a major radio interview with USA Radio News Network, international Christian broadcaster, Earl Cox, reaffirmed his position regarding moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.   Cox said, "It is absolutely essential that President-Elect Trump move expeditiously in relocating the U.S. Embassy in Israel to its rightful place in Jerusalem."   Cox went on to say, "I am confident that President-Elect Trump will put people in place with knowledge on Middle East matters who can put minutia aside and immediately start the process."    Cox said he is hopeful that Mr. Trump will put the embassy move on his agenda as one of the first things to accomplish in order to fulfill his promise to those who supported him. "It is encumbent upon Mr. Trump to not only fulfill his promise to the millions who voted for him but to also demonstrate to the international communmity that America will stand with our only ally in the Middle East, Israel, which will be in the best interest not only of Israel but also of America. Israel is on the front lines for America and America should be on the front lines for Israel. This will, I am certain, be demonstrated when Mr. Trump puts his pen to the document making this move the first of his priorities."   Cox said he believes it would be wise to invite other nations to join the United States in moving their embassies to Jerusalem to, once and for all, recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.   ###   Request an Interview
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Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, speaks at NYU during UN Watch campaign to prevent reelection of Saudi Arabia, Cuba, Russia, and China to UN Human Rights Council (screenshot Youtube/unwatch) ISRAEL, November 11, 2016 | Kahila News | -- In the sort of move Israel has regrettably come to expect from the United Nations, UN committees adopted no fewer than 10 draft resolutions against the Jewish state in one day. On the same day, Tuesday, November 8, 2016, one draft resolution each was passed against Syria, North Korea and Iran, major human rights offenders. UN practice is such that member states vote on draft resolutions in the committee stage and then vote to adopt the resolutions in the General Assembly plenary in December. The NGO UN Watch reportedly observed that voting does not normally change between the committee and plenary stages. One of Tuesday’s major resolutions against Israel referred to “persons displaced as a result of the June 1967 and subsequent hostilities.” This draft passed with 156 votes in favor. Aside from Israel only five states voted against: the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau and United States. There were six abstentions. “The Assembly would stress the necessity for an accelerated return of displaced persons and call for compliance with the Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrangements of 13 September 1993,” the UN website asserted on its website. Moreover, the resolution continues: “In the meantime, [the Assembly] would endorse efforts by the Commissioner-General of UNRWA to provide humanitarian assistance, on an emergency basis and as a temporary measure, to currently displaced persons in the areas in serious need of continued assistance as a result of the June 1967 and subsequent hostilities.” UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine, is a special branch of the UN that was set up to help Arabs who were displaced following the Arab-Israeli war of 1948. At the time some 700,000 Arabs were displaced. Now more than 5 million Palestinians live in Arab countries neighboring Israel and have been categorized as “refugees” in need of UNRWA. Of all the conflicts and displaced persons in the world, the Palestinians are the only group described as refugees to have their own UN branch – separate from the UNHCR, the UN’s Refugee Agency. Israel is concerned that if these 5 million people were to “return,” the Jewish people would eventually become a minority in an Arab state. Referring to the passing of the 10 resolutions as a “farce,” Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, stated: “The UN’s disproportionate assault against the Jewish state undermines the institutional credibility of what is supposed to be an impartial international body. Politicization and selectivity harm its founding mission, eroding the UN Charter promise of equal treatment to all nations large and small.” ### Karen Faulkner recently completed a Master's degree in Human Rights and Transitional Justice at Hebrew University, Jerusalem. She made Aliyah in 2006 and lives in Jerusalem.
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MURFREESBORO, TN, November 2, 2016 | TruthPR.com | – Today, Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, affirmed to Susan Michael, US Director of International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ), his support for five principles guiding a strong US-Israel relationship. This came in response to a request made to Mr. Trump and Secretary Clinton to agree to the principles presented by the ICEJ and its network, American Christian Leaders for Israel (ACLI), which represents 60 million Evangelicals. A petition addressed to the candidates signed by some 40,000 grassroots Americans, and the ACLI letter signed by 650 Christian leaders across America, emphasized locating the US Embassy to Jerusalem, supporting security aid to Israel, monitoring and acting on Iran’s terrorism and violations of the JCPOA Iran nuclear agreement, rejecting third party solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict forced on Israel, and opposing Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions efforts levied at Israel. The ACLI letter was signed by Evangelical leaders representing diverse groups and denominations including Hispanic and African American Christians; among them Dr. Jerry Johnson, CEO- National Religious Broadcasters; Roberta Combs, President-Christian Coalition; Rev. Dr. Sam Rodriguez, President-National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference; Penny Nance, CEO-Concerned Women for America; Rev. Harry Jackson, Presiding Bishop-International Communion of Evangelical Churches; Jane Hansen Hoyt, President-AGLOW International; Dr. James Dobson, President-Family Talk Radio; Janet Parshall, nationally syndicated talk show host; and Jim Showers, Executive Director-The Friends of Israel. In a meeting on September 25 with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu at Trump Tower, the Republican presidential candidate already declared, “If I’m president, I’ll recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s undivided capital.” Then on October 26, in a video at a Republican event in Jerusalem, Trump commented, “My administration will stand side-by-side with the Jewish people and Israel’s leaders to continue strengthening the bridges that connect, not only Jewish Americans and Israelis, but also all Americans and Israelis. Together, we will stand up to enemies, like Iran, bent on destroying Israel and her people, together we will make America and Israel safe again.” Susan Michael responded to his comments saying, “The policies Mr. Trump has agreed to will enhance Israel’s standing in the world and directly benefit the United States in security, innovation, technology, and intelligence.” Secretary Clinton is yet to respond to the ICEJ’s request to agree to the five key principles guiding a strong US-Israel relationship. ___________________________________________________________ Request an Interview  About American Christian Leaders for Israel (ACLI) On behalf of the tens of millions of American Christians that we collectively represent, we the members of ACLI seek to provide a unified voice of truth to the American public in support of Israel and the Jewish people. American Christian Leaders for Israel is a project of the U.S. Branch of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem. Learn more at aclforisrael.com. About International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ) The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem was established in 1980 in recognition of the biblical significance of all of Jerusalem, and its unique connection with the Jewish people of Israel. Today it represents millions of Christians, churches and denominations to the nation and people. Our work with its head office in Jerusalem reaches more than 140 countries with branch offices in over 85 nations. Learn more at icejusa.org. 
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A 2,700 year old papyrus, from the First Temple-era, bearing the oldest known mention of Jerusalem in Hebrew on display at the new National Campus for the Archaeology in Jerusalem, on October 26, 2016. (Photo by Miriam Alster/FLASH90)October 29, 2016 | Kehila News | -- Amid UNESCO rulings in recent weeks that attempt to erase Jewish ties to Jerusalem, the Israel Antiquities Authority revealed the discovery of a very rare, ancient papyrus bearing the oldest known mention of Jerusalem – in Hebrew. The IAA, in collaboration with Israel Prize-winning Biblical scholar Shmuel Ahituv, made the announcement earlier this week. Speaking at a press conference in Jerusalem they said that the papyrus, with paleo-Hebrew writing on the extremely fragile artifact, dates back almost 3000 years to the time of the First Temple. Eitan Klein of the IAA said that comparing the text’s orthography (spelling system) with other texts from the same period confirmed the dating of the papyrus. Radiocarbon dating results place this relic’s origin as being inscribed anywhere from between 700 to 600 years before the birth of Messiah. Only two other Hebrew papyri date to that time. Other examples from this period, including stone and pottery shards etched with ancient Hebrew texts, firmly place all of these relics in the same time frame. In 2012, in a sting operation, the IAA intercepted an exchange of plundered artifacts between antiquity thieves and a dealer. The fragile papyrus, evidently found in a cave in the Judean Desert, was one of the items salvaged. It measures 11 centimeters by 2.5 centimeters. (4.3 inches by 1 inch). The head of the IAA’s antiquity theft prevention division, Amir Ganor, explained that the arid, cool location near the Dead Sea where the papyrus was found preserved it. The location of the cave in Nahal Hever has a very similar climate to Qumran where the Dead Sea scrolls were also preserved over the centuries. The complete script on the papyrus reads: “From the female servant of the king, from Naharata two wineskins to Jerusalem.” This is the same Naharata in the Jericho Valley mentioned in Joshua 16:7. After extensive examination, experts including Shmuel Ahituv say that the two lines of jagged black text were originally a dispatch note recording the delivery of two wineskins “to Jerusalem,” which was the capital city of the Kingdom of Judea. The fact that the note was written on papyrus could mean that the shipment of wineskins was intended for a person of high status. For most customers the business transaction would have been recorded on a more economical ostraca (Greek for clay writing surface, even a potsherd). Ahituv also deduced that the mention of a “female servant of the king” sending the wineskins to “Yerushalem” indicates that it was sent to Jerusalem by a prominent woman and that the administration was very progressive. The spelling “Yerushalem” is a portmanteau of yerusha meaning inheritance and shalemmeaning wholeness. It is from this word that we get shalom meaning peace. And it is the more commonly found spelling in the Bible. Ahituv explained that in only four occasions in the Bible is Jerusalem spelled and pronounced the way it is now in modern Hebrew – Yerushalayim – a plural word alluding to the fact that Jerusalem is practically two cities. In recent years, news sites have reported an increase in capturing treasure hunters and traders during raids in the Judean Desert. The IAA has intensified its crack down on thieves who plunder and raid Israel’s archaeological heritage. Since the raid of 2012, 14 members of the gang of Hebron-based looters were arrested and sentenced to 18 years in prison. Authorities have increased restrictions on further pillaging in the limestone caves located in the cliffs near the Dead Sea. Looters and archaeologists are in a seemingly constant race to make a significant find first. While desert pirates seek to profit from illegal sales, scientists hope their excavations will yield more hidden treasures such as the Yerushalem papyrus that confirms the accuracy of the Bible.
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Thursday, 13 October 2016 18:20

Saving Christians From ISIS Persecution

A 1975 U.S. precedent: The rescue of South Vietnamese from Communist rule. ByCHLOE VALDARY South Vietnamese Huey & refugees. Photo Credit/ USS Midway MuseumIn 1975, as desperate Vietnamese sought to escape Communist rule, the U.S. embarked on what remains one of the greatest humanitarian rescue missions in history. Over the span of several weeks, Operation Frequent Wind, Operation Babylift and other missions by air or on sea saved and resettled tens of thousands of Vietnamese in the U.S., where they would become thriving American citizens. Now another desperate population needs rescuing: persecuted Christians in the Middle East. Could there be an Operation Frequent Wind for them? Mark Arabothinks so. He is a Chaldean-American and the founder of the Minority Humanitarian Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to get Iraqi Christians out before it’s too late. “There is historical precedent for this,” he says from his base in San Diego. “President Ford airlifted thousands during the Vietnam War and we need to do the same.” Full article here: http://www.wsj.com/articles/saving-christians-from-isis-persecution-1443739926
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Friday, 07 October 2016 15:38

The Other Election to Watch

October 7, 2016 | Christian News Service | --Initially, this was going to be written in the future tense, not the past tense.  As much as Americans may be equally tired of, and curious about, the outcome of the upcoming presidential election, I wanted highlight on another election scheduled for this week, one with many implications for the US, and the world.  Yet keeping on top of the scheduled Palestinian Authority municipal elections, called for October 8, has been a bit like sitting at center court at a tennis match.  As soon as the ball lands on one side and seems like it’ll never be returned, it’s volleyed back to the far opposite end of the court.  This has been going on for some time, each volley landing just barely in, and always being returned to the most unexpected place.  Or, maybe regarding Palestinian elections, this is what is exactly to be expected. Unlike the US with constitutionally proscribed presidential elections every four years, there is no such tradition within the Palestinian Authority.  As such, setting a date for elections several months ago was news in of itself.  With the incumbent Palestinian Authority President now in the 11th year of his four year term, the notion of free and democratic elections escapes their tradition.   Just as calling elections was newsworthy, so too have the twists in the road that have taken place since. Recently, a Palestinian supreme court’s ruling canceled the elections.  Imagine the US Supreme Court deciding that elections wouldn’t happen one year and the outcry that would bring. But with no democratic tradition, expectations are low, and resigning to be resigned to this as the norm is the norm.  With each party having as much to lose as to gain, maybe all are breathing a sigh of relief.  The elections called for October 8 were for city and regional leadership throughout the Palestinian Authority (PA).  Right off the bat it was a question as to whether the promise of elections could be delivered because even though on paper Gaza is part of the PA, the PA and Fatah as its ruling party has had no control of Gaza since the bloody coup a decade ago that imposed Hamas as the authority in Gaza.  Simply, nobody knew whether Hamas would allow elections, and if they did to what extent they would fix the outcome, either actively (and anti-democratically) or just by intimidation.  The next question was whether Hamas would participate at all.  While known internationally as an Iranian backed terrorist organization, Hamas also maintains a local political infrastructure.  Of course nothing is democratic about a Hamas election, but Fatah gambled that Hamas would not participate for a few reasons.  First, doing so would give authority to the Palestinian Authority under Fatah, which Hamas challenges at every turn.  Second, there was a risk that Hamas would lose.  Of course in losing they would find a convenient scapegoat in Israel or something else to blame, but the reality would be known on the street that they lost.  Third, by participating they would be under the eyes of the few in the world who actually cared whether Gaza’s residents were entitled to vote in any semblance of a free election.  While most are too happy to hold Hamas and the Palestinians to a lower standard, and therefore could care less whether there is a vote or a coup and how free life there really is, Hamas knows that they at least need to keep up appearances.  Hamas played its hand well, calling Fatah’s bluff in a way that was altogether transparent. Despite Hamas insisting that public opinion favors them, they refrained from placing its top leaders on the ballot. This was in part to avoid drawing Israeli attention to those individuals, but also no less an attempt to avoid the appearance of electoral defeat. With Hamas leaders on a list of potential losers, fielding candidates not directly identified with them would allow Hamas to claim that it really didn’t lose. If they won, of course, Hamas officials would have celebrated the victory as their own. Fatah had a lot to lose in calling the elections as well.  While sounding like a “normal” political party and seemingly more legitimate than Hamas, Fatah is nothing more than an Arabic acronym for the PLO, the grandfather of all Palestinian Arab terror groups founded in 1964. First, Fatah bet that Hamas would not participate (they were wrong on that) and that Fatah candidates would be a shoe in. They lost one of these bets which diminished their credibility, yet also bet that their candidates would win and that would increase their credibility and popularity. They also bet that they would gain influence and control, including control of security and municipal budgets.  They also stood to lose the election, and while knowing that Palestinian Arabs in Gaza would not really be able to vote freely, allowing such free elections in the other Palestinian Authority areas could lead to an upset.  Its strange to think of calling elections being a bold move in and of itself, but that’s what it was.  Now we’ll never know. What would have been is a matter of speculation now. It was widely understood that the PA has less control in large cities which tend to be more radical and thus easier to get votes for Hamas candidates.  There’s also the reality that clans, headed by influential local sheikhs, are the nucleus of the Palestinian Arab vote.  So clans under the influence of Fatah would vote for Fatah.  But, a clever sheikh of a clan that’s relatively influential will bid out his clan’s votes to either party and go less on ideology and more on how much control and influence (including money) he and his clan would get.  Fatah also knew that the outcome of these elections would impact if and when there might (ever) be another parliamentary election.  If Fatah won, they’d be inclined to call such an election soon.  If they lost,…
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(TruthPR.com) --According to US Representative Hank Johnson (D GA), I am a termite. Speaking to an anti-Israel group on the sidelines of the Democratic convention in Philadelphia, the Congressman said, “There has been a steady [stream], almost like termites can get into a residence and eat before you know that you’ve been eaten up and you fall in on yourself, there has been settlement activity that has marched forward with impunity and at an ever increasing rate to the point where it has become alarming.” So much for brotherly love.  Why should I care?  What difference does it make that a man with little knowledge of Israel and the Middle East should say or think such a thing?
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Jonathan FeldsteinSilly me.  When I heard reports throughout Israeli national media about three Palestinian Arab youth missing for nearly two weeks, I was concerned on two parallel levels.  First I was concerned that because if Israeli media was reporting the missing youth, there must have been serious concern that something bad had happened to them:  Something so bad that it was even relevant to Israelis and noteworthy in our media.  It’s rare that Israeli kids go missing as in other western countries making the notion of Amber Alerts quite foreign.  We have other concerns and threats, so that when a child goes missing, or a missing child is found, it is indeed national news.  So naturally, that’s what I thought was going on. I was also concerned that somehow these missing Palestinian Arab youth might have been harmed by misguided Israelis for political reasons.  I prayed of course that the youth would be found safely, but that also if something had happened to them, it was not involving any Israelis.  As remote as an Amber Alert situation is here, it’s even more so that Palestinian Arabs are the object of such violence directed at them by Israelis.  It never entered my imagination that the real concern regarding the three missing Palestinian Arab youth was not that something bad had happened to them, but that they were plotting to do something bad to others, in particular Israelis.  The concern was that they were part of a mini terror cell on the verge of action.  When they were found after a wide manhunt, it was affirmed that they were indeed ok. That’s assuming of course that the range of what’s “OK” includes plotting a horrific terror act against others which it seems was exactly what they were doing. After they were found, it was confirmed that “Palestinian security forces arrested three Palestinians after finding grenades, guns, and an M-16 sub machine gun in their backpacks. According to the sources, the three were on their way to carry out a shooting attack against unspecified Israeli targets. The three were arrested in the village Arura, northwest of Ramallah.” The Israeli Security Agency (Shin Bet) took the suspects into custody afterward and is investigating. Fortunately, other than the manhunt that was taking place, the three aroused suspicion after they were noticed carrying unusually large backpacks. Two of these “youth” live no more than 20 minutes from my home.  They may have been plotting to attack on the road or near where I, my family and friends, or neighbors, were driving to work or grocery shopping.  Except for one who is a teen, and the other in his early 20s, these were not the definition of what I’d call “youth.”  Maybe the media referred to them as youth as disinformation in order to make these three think that they were not even on anyone’s radar. There are a few things other than their being caught that are encouraging.  First of all this incident displays a wide range of Israeli intelligence abilities.  Second, the would be terrorists were caught by Palestinian security forces.  Third, this means that the Palestinian and Israeli security forces were in close contact to make the arrest.  Fourth, the terrorists were transferred to Israeli intelligence for interrogation.  All these together mean that there is hope, and means that at some level, despite the outrageous anti-Israel rhetoric that emanates from the Palestinian Authority daily, some are at least aware that terrorism is bad and cooperation with Israel is good and in deed in our mutual interest. Of course there were predictable down sides in that Hamas terrorists railed against the Palestinian Authority for collaboration with Israel.  This means Hamas will likely double down and try to carry out some terror its attack for which it can take credit.  Further, it will likely turn many in the Palestinian street against the Palestinian Authority, a catch 22 because of the rabid anti-Israel rhetoric coming from the PA that seeps down into Palestinian society (the truth is it doesn’t need much help), and then when they see the PA cooperating with Israel the negative backlash is inevitable. Whether by design or by coincidence, the day after the arrest, Israel’s Prime Minister took a victory lap of sorts.  Maybe the two were related, maybe not.  At the start of his weekly Cabinet meeting, Netanyahu described why there’s been a recent drop in terror activity and the overall number of “successful” attacks. “The main factor leading to the spread of terror, elsewhere and in Israel, is success,” Netanyahu said. “The degree to which we reduce the successes, we are reducing those who want to join those successes. That is the main thing that we are doing, and we will continue, as well as in parallel taking aggressive action against the Palestinian incitement.”  He noted that he was talking about a significant decrease in the number of attacks with “caution, since this trend can change.”  Yet Netanyahu credited the decrease in the recent plague of terror attacks to an “aggressive, responsible, and systematic policy that the government has led," contained both offensive and defensive elements, and “brought about a situation where the terrorist elements are succeeding less.” As good news as that is for Israelis living under a cloud of fear and terror since September, and it is good, the problem in making public statements to that effect is that though it’s reassuring to Israelis, it’s almost certain that there will be other terrorist wannabes who hear this and think to themselves that there’s no way Netanyahu is going to win, much less take credit for doing so.  I pray I’m wrong but don’t be surprised if you hear news in the coming days of Palestinian Arabs enhanced threats, and actual wielding knives at Israelis, trying to run us over with their cars, or some other impulsive (or planned) way of harming or killing us all in the name of whatever cause and god they serve. ###
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Thursday, 14 January 2016 19:52

Is Christian Support For Israel Waning?

Groundbreaking Conference Equips Christians And Jews To Combat Growing Anti-Israel Movements In The Church January 18, 2016 (MLK) 9AM to 6PMNeman Hall, 1317 N Crescent Heights Blvd, West Hollywood CA LOS ANGELES, CA, January 5, 2016, | TruthPR | -- Did you know that Jesus wasn't Jewish? That he was actually a Palestinian? It's a claim no serious scholar promotes. But certain pro-Palestinian advocates are pushing the idea in their efforts to undermine Evangelical Christian support for Israel.  "The Palestinian narrative denies the Jewishness of Jesus and the Jewish connection to the land of Israel for the purpose of raising spiritual and financial support for their political cause," said Dr. Tricia Miller, a senior Christian research analyst at the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA). "Unfortunately, this deceptive agenda is making inroads in the Evangelical Christian community and represents a threat for  both Christians and Jews." Some examples include the well funded and propagandistic conferences in Bethlehem titled "Christ at the Checkpoint" that draw hundreds of attendees from the United States. There has also been anti-Israel films screened in hundreds of Christian schools, and tours by anti-Israel activists spreading misinformation in US churches.  "Make no mistake, this is a serious problem," said Laurie Cardoza-Moore ThD, president of Proclaiming Justice to the Nations ((PJTN). "Redefining Jesus as a Palestinian and not a Jew is wholly political, not biblical; it's sinister, not ethical." On January 18th, CAMERA and PJTN will join forces to convene a major conference in Los Angeles to challenge Palestinian lies being told to the American Christian community. Leading Christian and Jewish scholars will come together to examine this anti-Israel theological agenda, and will offer ways to strengthen joint Evangelical and Jewish efforts on behalf of Israel. In addition to Tricia Miller and Laurie Cardoza-Moore, there will be other distinguished scholars and religious leaders, including: Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein -- Director of Interfaith Affairs, Simon Wiesenthal Center Reverend Petra Heldt PhD -- Professor, Rothberg International School, Hebrew University Shadi Khalloul -- Chairman, Aramaic Christian Association Andrea Levin -- Executive Director, CAMERA Malcolm Lowe -- Professor, University of the Holy Land, Jerusalem Reverend Gerald McDermott PhD-- Anglican Chair of Divinity, Stamford University Beeson Divinity School Faydra Shapiro PhD -- Founding Director of the Galilee Center for Studies in Jewish-Christian Relations, Israel Dexter Van Zile -- Christian Media Senior Research Analyst, CAMERA Brad Young PhD -- Professor, Oral Roberts University The keynote speaker will be David Suissa, president of TRIBE Media Corp./Jewish Journal in Los Angeles. Randal Neal, Western Regional Coordinator for Christians United for Israel will offer additional remarks. Jonathan Valverde, the founder and director of Latinos for Israel, will provide music. For more information and/or to register go to: cameraca.eventbrite.com  Contact: Tricia Miller(617) 789-3672tricia@camera.org  # # # About CAMERA Founded in 1982, the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) is the oldest and largest Middle East media monitoring organization in the world, with scholars and offices in Europe, Israel and the Americas. 
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