Archive for August 15th, 2006

Hizbullah likely to retain weapons

Tuesday, August 15th, 2006

Well of course Hizbullah will keep their weapons. And within weeks, Syria and Iran will have replaced all the weapons they lost. In another couple of weeks after that, they will start shooting rockets into Israel again while U.N. “peackeepers” sit down to drink coffee with them. Mark this post. It will come true.

Hizbullah will not hand over its weapons to the Lebanese government but rather refrain from exhibiting them publicly, according to a new compromise that is reportedly brewing between Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Seniora and Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah.
The UN cease-fire resolution specifically demands the demilitarization of the area south of the Litani river. The resolution was approved by the Lebanese cabinet.
In a televised address on Monday night, Nasrallah declared that now was not the time to debate the disarmament of his guerrilla fighters, saying the issue should be done in secret sessions of the government to avoid serving Israeli interests.
“This is immoral, incorrect and inappropriate,” he said. “It is wrong timing on the psychological and moral level particularly before the cease-fire,” he said in reference to calls from critics for the guerrillas to disarm.
According to Lebanon’s defense minister, Elias Murr, “There will be no other weapons or military presence other than the army” after Lebanese troops move south of the Litani. However, he then contradicted himslef by saying the army would not ask Hizbullah to hand over its weapons.
Murr added that Lebanon’s contribution of 15,000 soldiers could be on the north side of the Litani River by the end of the week.
He noted that international forces could begin arriving next week to bolster the current 2,000-member UN force in southern Lebanon, which watched helplessly as fighting raged over the past month.
In Europe, Italy and France have pledged troops. Malaysia, Turkey and Indonesia were among the mostly Muslim nations offering help. (yeah, we can sure count on these countries to not be biased against Israel…NOT!! -ed.)

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Islamic Jihad mob kills alleged collaborator

Tuesday, August 15th, 2006

And this is why the slimy pali terrorist occupying Israeli Holy Lands should not be allowed to have their own country.

Five gunmen shot dead an alleged collaborator in front of hundreds of people in a public square in the Jenin refugee camp on Sunday, accusing him of giving information to Israeli authorities, witnesses said.
The gunmen, who identified themselves as members of Islamic Jihad, accused the victim of helping Israel killed two terrorists last week in a targeted attack, said witnesses and Islamic Jihad members.
Sunday’s killing came in response to a helicopter attack on the homes of the two last Wednesday, said an Islamic Jihad official.
The victim was identified as Bassem Malah, 22, who worked in Umm el-Fahm. He was due to be married next week.
Islamic Jihad said he also worked for the Israeli security services.
About 500 people were in the square when the unmasked gunmen fired into Malah’s chest. Some were chanting “Allahu akhbar” and anti-Israel slogans, witnesses said.
After the killing, some bystanders put shoes on the head of the corpse, as a sign of disgrace, they said.

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Many Worry About Country’s Morality, Not Their Own

Tuesday, August 15th, 2006

And therein lays the problem. The “it must be someone else’s problem, because there’s no way it could actually be my fault” mentality.

(CNSNews.com) – A majority of Americans are concerned about their country’s morality, but not their own, according to a survey by the Barna Group released Monday.
Four-fifths of those surveyed said they feel “accepted by God,” while an equal number are “concerned about the nation’s moral condition.”

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What Went Wrong and How Can It Be Fixed? Israelis Ask

Tuesday, August 15th, 2006

Get rid of Olmert and turn your eyes back to the God of Avraham, Yitzchak and Ya’acov for starters. God has saved Israel for thousands of years. Israel is God’s chosen people. He will always watch over them and deliver them.

Jerusalem (CNSNews.com) – While the Israeli-Lebanese ceasefire seemed to be holding on Tuesday, a storm was brewing in Israel over the handling of the war and preparations on the home front.
With a huge amount of air power at its disposal and the tacit backing of America, how did Israel fail to crush Hizballah, critics are asking.
President Bush noted that while Hizballah claimed victory, in reality it had suffered a tremendous blow.
“Hizballah, of course, has got a fantastic propaganda machine, and they’re claiming victories,” Bush said on Monday. “But how can you claim victory when at one time, you were a state within a state, safe within southern Lebanon, and now you’re going to be replaced by a Lebanese army and an international force?”
According to U.N. resolution 1701, which has so far ended the Israeli-Hizballah fighting, Lebanon will deploy thousands of troops in southern Lebanon with the help of an international force to displace Hizballah.
The resolution also calls for the disarming of militias and a halt to supplying weapons to anyone in Lebanon except for the Lebanese government and army and international monitors.
Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah said in a taped message on Monday that his group had won a “strategic, historic victory,” against Israel. He also said that he did not believe the timing was right to discuss disarming Hizballah.
“Who will defend Lebanon in case of a new Israeli offensive?” he asked. “The Lebanese army and international troops are incapable of protecting Lebanon.”
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert stopped short of claiming victory in the war but said Israel had succeeded in changing the “strategic balance against Hizballah.” He said the enemy was no longer a “state within a state.”
But there were calls on Monday for a major inquiry to examine the war strategy.

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“Olmert is not in jeopardy. His coalition is stable. It’s not about to fall apart any time soon,” said Gil Hoffman, political correspondent for The Jerusalem Post.
If there is no serious inquiry, and so far there is no public outcry for one, then Olmert is not in any trouble, said Hoffman in a telephone interview.
There also is an understanding that on a strategic level, Olmert inherited a lot of problems. Hizballah stockpiled its rockets during the tenure of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon; former Finance Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is being blamed for defense budget cuts; and 25 years of government negligence explains why shelters in the north were not prepared for an emergency, Hoffman said.
Hoffman also said army chief Dan Halutz bears the blame for what Hoffman called bad decision-making.

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“The soldiers fought well,” said Inbar. There was not even one incident where the soldiers were thrown into battles and did not win. The problem was on the level of the generals, he said.

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But many mothers and wives were breathing a sigh of relief that the war is finished – at least for now. They said they hope the ceasefire will hold, even it they are doubtful that it will.
“I hope. I hope [it will last],” said one woman, “even if I’m not optimistic.”

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Navy Chaplain Faces Crucial Trial in His Fight for Religious Freedom

Tuesday, August 15th, 2006

I find in impossible to believe that a military Christian chaplain cannot pray in the name of the Jesus. What kind of nonsense is that?
Pray for Lieutenant Klingenschmitt as he contends for the Lord.

(AgapePress) – A U.S. Navy chaplain says his attorney is asking a military judge to throw out a charge that he deliberately disobeyed an order by praying while in uniform at a press conference in front of the White House earlier this year.
Lieutenant Gordon James Klingenschmitt, who has been fasting and lobbying for the right to pray in Jesus’ name, was scheduled to appear in Norfolk, Virginia, for a court martial pre-trial hearing earlier today. According to an Associated Press report, Klingenschmitt requested a court martial rather than accept a reprimand for appearing in uniform at the March 30 press conference in Washington, DC.
The press conference featured Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore and called on President Bush to issue an executive order affirming the right of chaplains to pray as they see fit. Klingenschmitt says all he did at this event while in uniform was to say a prayer for America’s armed forces from the Book of Common Prayer, an invocation ending with the words “through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.” Afterward, the Navy chaplain notes, he removed his uniform for media interviews.
If found guilty, Klingenschmitt could be fined up to $35,000, or two-thirds of his annual salary. However, the Naval officer insists he has done nothing wrong. “I’m being punished for wearing my uniform and praying in Jesus’ name in front of the White House,” he says, “and my contention is that I had prior written permission to wear my uniform.”
Also, the lieutenant points out, “Navy regulations allow me to wear my uniform as long as I’m only saying prayers.” He says if a judge hears the evidence in his defense, he feels there is good reason to believe that the case against him will be thrown out and the charges dismissed, in which case he would not have to proceed to court martial.
“But if the judge does not hear our evidence the way we want to present it,” Klingenschmitt says, “or if he doesn’t allow our witnesses to come in and testify on my behalf, then we’re fighting an uphill battle.” If the judge decides not to throw out the case, the court martial proceedings against the Navy chaplain will begin on September 11.

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Analysis: U.N. Resolution 1701–August 13 from Olive Tree Ministries

Tuesday, August 15th, 2006

Hat Tip: Mike Mickey at RaptureAlert.

Many of you have written wishing an explanation of the recent U.N. cease-fire resolution 1701 to the Israel-Hezbollah war. The following are points from various sources in Israel, including The Jerusalem Post, commentator Naomi Ragen, and the Israeli conservative periodical, IsraelInsider. My thoughts are added to the points below:
* The resolution represents a near-total victory for Hezbollah and its sponsors, Syria and Iran, and a defeat for both Israel and America, though America pushed the cease-fire through late last week.
* It makes it impossible for Israel to defend itself against aggression without being exposed to international condemnation on a scale never seen before.
* The responsibility for determining compliance is placed in the hands of Kofi Annan who has distinguished himself as a man capable only of condemning Israel for its acts of self-defense. By empowering Annan to evaluate compliance, the resolution all but ensures that Hezbollah will not be forced to disarm and that Israel will be forced to give up the right to defend itself.
* A catastrophic precedent has been set for the future. Because Lebanon is receiving international support for legally unsupportable territorial demands on Israel (Shaba Farms on the Golan Heights), in the future, the Palestinians, Syrians, Egyptians, and even Jordanians will feel empowered to employ aggression to gain territorial concessions.
* It places the power to oversee an arms embargo against Hezbollah in the hands of the Lebanese government, of which Hezbollah is a member.
* Israel is expected to withdraw before a full deployment of Lebanese and UNIFIL forces is carried out. Thus, Hezbollah will reinforce its positions in south Lebanon.
* The resolution treats the Lebanese government and military as credible, though it is under the de facto control of Hezbollah and Syria.
* The situation empowers Iran–the main victor. It was not condemned in the U.N. action although it is clear that Iran was the engine behind this war.
* No Israeli leader before Ehud Olmert has caused so much damage to Israel. He destroyed more than 24 thriving Jewish communities and plans to destroy dozens more unless his government collapses. He has displaced more Jews than any Arab enemy in Israel’s history. And he squandered much of Israel’s military image and deterrence. He surrounded himself with second rate politicians for political reasons.
* The morale among soldiers is at an all-time low and the nation is torn apart.
* At this point, the return of captured Israeli soldiers is undetermined.
* Israeli soldiers will be replaced by notoriously anti-Israel U.N. forces and European forces who will allow Hezbollah to rearm.
* Those promoting this resolution and those accepting it including Olmert and Peretz, have squandered the lives of Israeli soldiers and civilians and the opportunity to free Israel from a deadly enemy. They have set the stage for the next war which will be sooner rather than later.
* The resolution treats as equivalent Hezbollah’s illegal aggression against Israel’s legitimate military actions taken in defense of its sovereign territory.
Will this cease-fire last a day, week, month, or year? That is the unknown question as this is written.

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God is not just a covenant maker, He is a covenant keeper!
Awaiting His return,
Jan Markell

Continue to pray for Israel and God’s chosen people.

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