Archive for July, 2008

Official: Olmert to Seek Palestinian Peace Deal Before Leaving Office

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

Further to the previous post, this could accelerate things significantly. As they do with everything, Hamas is declaring it victory, as if they had anything to do with it!!

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will try to reach an agreement in peace talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas before a new government takes office, an official close to the premier told Reuters on Thursday.

Olmert announced on Wednesday that he would not run in his centrist Kadima party’s Sept. 17 leadership contest and would resign to allow his successor to form a new government. Until then, Olmert would remain caretaker prime minister, enabling him to push ahead with the peace talks, possibly for months.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the prime minister intended on “reaching agreement with the Palestinians during the time he has left.”
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“Any agreement he reaches with the Palestinians won’t be a personal agreement and he will make sure that the [new] Kadima leadership is briefed and on board,” the official added.

Meanwhile, Israeli and Palestinian negotiators plan to continue talks toward a peace deal despite Olmert’s announcement on Wednesday, a Palestinian official said on Wednesday.

“We decided today that we are going to continue pursuing to reach an agreement before the end of the year,” the negotiator, Saeb Erekat, told reporters after Israeli and Palestinian officials met U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Abbas sees Olmert’s decision to resign as an “internal Israeli matter” and will work with his successor, a spokesman said.

“This is an internal Israeli matter. The Palestinian Authority deals with the prime minister of Israel, regardless if he is Olmert or somebody else,” said Abbas spokesman Nabil Abu Rdainah. “The concern of the Palestinian authority is to have an Israeli prime minister who is committed to peacemaking.”

Hamas official Sami Abu Zuhri called Olmert’s announcement “a victory” for the Islamist group, which controls the Gaza Strip.

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Israel’s Olmert to Resign in September

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

I’m not savvy enough in Israeli politics to know how this will effects things completely, but I do know that no one I’ve talked to likes Olmert. Maybe the next person will be better.

Israel’s Prime Minister Ehud Olmert announced on Wednesday he would step down in September after a party leadership vote, announcing the end of a premiership dogged by graft investigations.

“After the election of my successor I will step down to allow a government to be formed rapidly,” he said, after declaring he would not run in the centrist Kadima party election due in mid-September.

The surprise announcement marks the apex of a political storm raised after police launched an investigation in May over suspicions he had accepted vast sums of money from a US businessman in order to finance elections campaigns and a lavish lifestyle in the 13 years before he became premier in 2006.

It also casts a long shadow on peacemaking efforts with the Palestinians and with Israel’s longtime foe Syria.

Olmert, 62, who has been premier since 2006, has admitted he had accepted money from Morris Talansky in the latest corruption probe against him, but has denied any wrongdoing.

State Prosecutor Moshe Lador last week said that he would decide whether to indict Olmert over the Talansky affair “very soon.”

Talansky said in his May testimony that he had given Olmert cash-stuffed envelopes on multiple occasions to cover expenses for his stays in the United States and pay for his election campaigns as Jerusalem mayor and Likud MP.

In a fierce cross-examination earlier this month Olmert’s lawyers called Talansky a liar and uncovered several contradictions in his testimony but the 75-year-old Jewish-American financier insisted his overall story was accurate.

The latest investigation led local media and opposition parties to renew their calls for the resignation of Olmert, who is currently facing a total of six corruption probes.

It sparked similar calls from within his fragile governing coalition and his centrist Kadima party.

Last month Labour party chief Ehud Barak, a key coalition partner, pushed Olmert to schedule an unprecedented party primary by threatening to support a bill to dissolve parliament.

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Obama Suggests Reparations to Blacks, Native Americans

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

As we have said repeatedly, reparations are lame attempt at appeasing an ethnic group for cheap political gain. As with most other aspects, Obama is not above trying to ride the coattails of this lame idea.

Sen. Barack Obama told a meeting in Chicago the U.S. should review how it can make amends for “offenses” committed during its history.

And one author is speculating that might even include reparations for al-Qaida soldiers, since, after all, they’ve been held in violation of their “rights.”

Obama’s comments came in a meeting with members of UNITY ’08, an event for journalists who claim membership in various minorities.

Obama, according to the report in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, stopped just short of endorsing an official U.S. apology to various groups. He said instead the nation should acknowledge treating certain groups poorly.

“There’s no doubt that when it comes to our treatment of Native Americans as well as other persons of color in this country, we’ve got some very sad and difficult things to account for,” Obama told the convention.

He has told Hawaii reporters he supports a federal plan to recognize native Hawaiians. He was asked for his thoughts about a formal U.S. apology to American Indians.

“I personally would want to see our tragic history, or the tragic elements of our history, acknowledged,” he told conventioneers.

“I consistently believe that when it comes to whether it’s Native Americans or African-American issues or reparations, the most important thing for the U.S. government to do is not just offer words, but offer deeds,” he said.

The issue of reparations to African-Americans for the historic slave trade or Native Americans for the “invasion” by Europeans periodically has been raised. Several years ago a lawsuit was filed claiming damages for labor at a current value of $1.4 trillion.

At Renew America, Michael Gaynor also publicly wondered about Obama’s statements to a recent “Meet the Press.”

Obama said, “The biggest problem that we have in terms of race relations, I think, is dealing with the legacy of past discrimination which has resulted in extreme disparities in terms of poverty, in terms of wealth and in terms of income. Our inner cities are a legacy of what happened in the past. And the question is less assigning blame or rooting out active racism, because that’s not the reason that those inner cities are in such bad shape, but rather figuring out are we willing to make the investments to deal with that past history so we can move forward to a brighter future? And that involves investing in early childhood education, fixing the schools in those communities, being willing to work in terms of job retraining. And those are serious investments.”

Asked Gaynor, “Is ‘serious investments’ code for ‘reparations’? And how expensive and devastating would Obama’s income redistribution policy be?”

The comments were being discussed just as the U.S. House of Representatives issued an apology to black Americans for the “fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality and inhumanity of slavery and Jim Crow” segregation.”

The resolution sponsored by Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., a white Jew who earlier this year tried unsuccessfully to join the Congressional Black Caucus, was passed on a voice vote.

In February, the Senate apologized to Native Americans, and in 2005 it apologized for standing by during the lynching of blacks last century.

But at the American Spectator, Jeffrey Lord, CEO of QubeTV and former Reagan White House political director, said the logical extension of such thought obviously could include reparations for al-Qaida.

“Does Barack Obama believe it’s time for America to apologize to al-Qaida?” he asked. “You think I’m joking, right? Wrong.”

“The push has begun among Obama’s fellow-liberals for reparations to Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida warriors. Look no further than the Los Angeles Times review of the new book by liberal journalist Jane Mayer, ‘The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How The War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals.’ Mayer’s indictment of the Bush administration’s fight against terrorism has predictably received glowing reviews from the gatekeepers of liberalism, including a July 15th review from Times staff writer Tim Rutten.

“In wonderfully liberal style that is beyond parody, Rutten uses a book review to endorse the idea of paying money to Osama’s fighters who, in the eyes of liberals, have been denied their ‘right’ of habeas corpus at Guantanamo. The denial of habeas to non-Americans captured on foreign battlefields is, of course, also a major campaign point for Senator Obama. Obama, restating his long-held position about captured al-Qaida fighters having the right of habeas corpus, was prompted by the recent 5-4 Supreme Court decision in Boumediene v. Bush.

“The liberals on the Court, with the mind-boggling addition of Reagan appointee Anthony Kennedy, held that contrary to Bush administration and congressional policy, not to mention all of American history, the prisoners of war or ‘detainees’ picked up off the battlefields (in this case Afghanistan and Iraq) are in fact entitled to the same constitutional rights as American citizens.”

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U.S. Official: Iraqis Told Me WMDs Sent to Syria

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

A former American overseer of Iraqi prisons says several dozen inmates who were members of Saddam Hussein’s military and intelligence forces boasted of helping transport weapons of mass destruction to Syria and Lebanon in the three months prior to Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Don Bordenkircher – who served two years as national director of prison and jail operations in Iraq– told WND that about 40 prisoners he spoke with “boasted of being involved in the transport of WMD warheads to Syria.

A smaller number of prisoners, he said, claimed “they knew the locations of the missile hulls buried in Iraq.”

Some of the inmates, Bordenkircher said, “wanted to trade their information for a release from prison and were amenable to showing the locations.”

The prisoners were members of the Iraqi military or civilians assigned to the Iraqi military, often stationed at munitions facilities, according to Bordenkircher. He said he was told the WMDs were shipped by truck into Syria, and some ended up in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley.

Other Iraqi military personnel, including former top Saddam associates, have made the same claim.

In early 2006, Saddam’s No. 2 Air Force officer, Georges Sada, told the New York Sun Iraq’s WMDs were moved into Syria six weeks before the war started.

WND also reported in 2006 a former general and friend of Saddam who defected alleged WMDs were hidden in Syria and said the regime supported al-Qaida with intelligence, finances and munitions. Ali Ibrahim Al-Tikriti, the southern regional commander for Saddam’s militia in the late 1980s, said the regime had contingency plans established as far back as the 1980s in the event either Baghdad or Damascus was taken over.

Saddam knew the U.S. eventually would come for the weapons, Al-Tikriti said at the time, and had “wanted since he took power to embarrass the West, and this was the perfect opportunity to do so.” So he denied they existed and made sure they were moved into hiding, the former general said.

Among other claims, WND also reported a former U.S. federal agent and counter-terrorism specialist deployed to Iraq before the war said he waged a three-year, unsuccessful battle to get officials to search four sites where he believed the former Saddam regime buried weapons of mass destruction.

Bordenkircher said four of the Iraqi prisoners who separately offered to speak to the “right” people about Saddam’s alleged transport of WMD later became involved with U.S. and Iraqi intelligence agencies.

Some prisoners said the drivers, upon return from transporting the WMDs out of Iraq, discussed the movement. They said, according to Bordenkircher, the materials shipped out would return once Iraq got “a clean bill of health from the U.N., and then the program could be kick-started easily.”

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“The Floodgates of Chaos” by Michael G. Mickey

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

I’ve had homosexuals write to me upon occasion to tell me that there is no homosexual agenda. While I know there is one and evidence to that effect has been posted here in the past, Satan definitely has an agenda he’s pursuing in the arena of elevating the rights of those who practice what God calls abomination (Leviticus 18:22) to such a level that it will soon be near impossible for the Church to close the floodgates of chaos he’s stirring in an attempt to defile God’s institution of marriage and the biblically-defined family.

On July 14th, OneNewsNow.com revealed that, on the heels of California beginning to allow same-sex marriages to occur there whether those getting married are residents of California or not, Massachusetts was brewing a ‘recipe for chaos.’ Below are some excerpts from that report for your consideration:

Massachusetts legislators are considering a change to state law that would allow homosexuals who are not residents of the commonwealth to come there to “marry.” The potential consequences of the proposal could be chaotic, says one family advocate.

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Peter LaBarbera, president of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, explains what will happen if the prohibition is eliminated. “By attempting to turn Massachusetts into the Las Vegas of so-called ‘gay marriage,’ homosexual activists are going to create legal chaos in that state and across the nation,” he argues. “When you’re allowing homosexual couples to come into Massachusetts, get…’married,’ and then go to other states and demand that their [relationships] get recognized, that’s a recipe for chaos.”

This is definitely what the powers of darkness want, I thought as I read LaBarbera’s words. The more gays that become married, the harder it’s going to be, particularly in a politically correct world like ours, for a brainwashed public to ever consider TAKING AWAY someone’s rights.

Lo and behold, look what is in today’s news! Two short weeks and some change later, Massachusetts legislators are moving to get the legislation speculated to be in the works above signed into law, opening the floodgates of chaos across our nation.

I believe it’s safe to say that what we see described in a OneNewsNow.com report posted today which brings us up to speed on what is taking place is a done deal, bringing us one step closer to the fulfillment of Bible prophecy and, simultaneously, one step closer to seeing born-again Bible-believing Christians persecuted in this nation on a level never seen before! As you’re about to read for yourself, the governor of Massachusetts is prepared to sign the legislation into law. Like I said, I think it’s a done deal.

The Massachusetts House voted Tuesday to repeal a 1913 law that had been used to block same-sex “marriages” involving out-of-state couples, all but assuring that the state will allow those couples to wed regardless of where they live. The 119-36 vote came after the state Senate approved the repeal earlier this month, and Gov. Deval Patrick has said he will sign the bill. The measure requires one more procedural vote in each chamber before it is sent to the governor.

“Sometimes what you hope and pray for actually happens, which is kind of overwhelming,” Michael Thorne, 55, of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, said after telling his 6-year-old son his parents could soon get married. Thorne and his partner of 25 years, James Theberge, have an Aug. 18 wedding planned in Provincetown, although the repeal will not take effect until 90 days after Patrick’s signature.

Opponents recoiled at the outcome. “With that protective barrier removed, out-of-state same-sex couples who marry here will sue to seek recognition in their home states, creating a flood of costly lawsuits and further eroding the people’s right to define marriage democratically,” the Massachusetts Family Institute said in a statement.

As disturbing as this mockery of God’s Word is in itself, rest assured that this is but the beginning of sorrows on this front. The floodgates that are being opened are being opened with far greater goals in mind, both by those of flesh attempting to further the homosexual agenda and among the powers and principalities, spiritual wickedness in high places seeking to dislodge God’s will from playing a role in our world whatosever!

Looking into the future, what we can be sure of is there are going to be many, many homosexuals ‘marrying’ in both California and Massachusetts. After that, homosexuals who have ‘wed’ in Massachusetts and California but are residents of states that don’t allow same-sex marriage to take place or even recognize its legality are going to begin filing hundreds, if not thousands, of lawsuits trying to get their marriages legalized in their home states. It won’t end there either as there is a higher goal still.

The ultimate goal of the homosexual agenda? To have so many court cases to carry before the United States Supreme Court that it will create an environment capable of leading to what we just saw take place in California take place on a national level, the end result being black-robed activist judges overruling the will of the American people and, subsequently, making same-sex marriage the law of the land by judicial order!

There is only one way – ONE WAY – to prevent the United States Supreme Court from forcing the homosexual agenda on us all should they elect to and that is to get a Defense of Marriage Amendment to the U.S. Constitution passed and implemented before it’s too late. Even that, it seems highly likely, is going to be very difficult to achieve as we have allowed way too many of the most liberal minds in America to become the leaders we have to depend on to close the floodgates of chaos presently beginning to be opened! Worse yet, potential exists that the most liberal of all our liberal leaders may soon take residency at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Senator Barack Obama. God help us!

Whether same-sex marriage becomes the law of our land or not, another front we need to stay at the ready to battle our legislators against forwarding is the homosexual agenda’s desire to see more and more laws passed that will give homosexuals an avenue to claim they’ve suffered injury caused by the hate-filled Word of God and Christians simply because they label homosexuality a sin. With every victory those pushing the homosexual agenda claim, a natural byproduct is a weakening of the Word of God’s impact on our society. Bearing this in mind, we need to stay at the ready to do whatever we can to preserve some vestige of godly morality for our children to grow up in!

How far we’ve fallen!

Back when God’s Word was honored in this nation, homosexuals had no PRIDE to share with us. They weren’t parading through San Francisco (or anyplace else) with the police standing by doing nothing as they engaged in public indecency, nudity and sex acts on public streets. Their lifestyle was something to be ashamed of – a sin! Now, however? What is fast becoming hideously shameful is for Christians to refuse to embrace all forms of sexual expression, especially if they justify their stance with scripture. Not only that, as I’ve documented on RaptureAlert.com any number of times, Christians are being arrested and prosecuted as criminals these days for peacefully protesting gay pride events. Up is down, right is wrong! You get the idea.

Bible prophecy tells us that the last days will find our world as it was in the days of Lot when God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah for their wickedness, their cry (or clamor) being very great before the Lord. (Luke 17:28, Genesis 18:20)

Billy Graham once said, by my memory, “If God doesn’t judge America, He is going to have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah.” That was years ago and, as I’ve just demonstrated, our sexual depravity is growing by leaps and bounds.

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McDonald’s Profits Help Fund Naked Homosex-Fest

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

McDonald’s, home of the Big Mac and Happy Meals, has sponsored a homosexual festival featuring public nudity for both men and women, according to the American Family Association.

The AFA is ramping up the pressure on McDonald’s for its decision to fully promote the homosexual lifestyle and condemn people who object on moral and religious grounds as haters.

In a new alert to its millions of supporters, the AFA confirmed McDonald’s was a sponsor of the 2007 San Francisco “Gay” Pride parade with a television commercial.

“In the ad, a McDonald’s official (Darwin Choy) brags that it is ‘a company that actively demonstrates its commitment to the gay and lesbian community,'” the AFA said.

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Gasoline The “Political Pawn” For Dems

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

Senator Bunning (R-Kentucky) says the best way to address high gas prices is to get more fuel to the market, but Democrats are “sitting on their hands” and preventing that from happening.

He contends Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) is ignoring the toll that gas prices are taking on family budgets in order to protect Senator Barack Obama (D-Illinois) from angering the liberal wing of the Democratic Party – special interests opposed to oil drilling.

GOP and Democratic logos”Simply put, Democrats are doing everything they can to avoid the energy debate because they know they are losing it,” says Bunning. “They know Republicans are right when they say we need to find more and use less.”

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Mass. House Votes to Let Out-of-State Gays Marry

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

BOSTON – The Massachusetts House voted Tuesday to repeal a 1913 law that had been used to block gay marriages involving out-of-state couples, all but assuring that the state will allow same-sex couples to wed regardless of where they live.

The 119-36 vote came after the state Senate approved the repeal earlier this month, and Gov. Deval Patrick has said he will sign the bill. The measure requires one more procedural vote in each chamber before it is to the governor.

Opponents recoiled at the outcome.

“With that protective barrier removed, out-of-state same-sex couples who marry here will sue to seek recognition in their home states, creating a flood of costly lawsuits and further eroding the people’s right to define marriage democratically,” the Massachusetts Family Institute said in a statement.

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“Antichrist’s Press in Training?” by Terry James

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

Members of the American press are charting new political coverage waters with their sycophantic reporting on Barack Hussein Obama’s tour of the Middle East and Europe. Even the mainstream news media’s own are finding problems with their institution’s obsequious treatment of the Democrat Party’s presumptive candidate for the presidency of the United States.

A pundit pointed out criticism by one mainstream journalist about the coverage of Obama’s out-of-country trip. The well-known news personality voiced her concern that Obama was getting away with less-than-honest comportment as a first-line presidential candidate while he barnstormed far away from domestic turf.

NBC’s Andrea Mitchell was the one journalist with the courage to name what she was actually seeing happen: Obama faking even being interviewed by the press. “Let me say something about the message management. He didn’t have reporters with him, he didn’t have a press pool, he didn’t do a press conference,” either in Afghanistan or Iraq, noted Mitchell on the air. Instead Obama manufactured “what some would call ‘fake interviews,’ because they are not interviews from a journalist,” Mitchell went on. Mitchell understands very well that this contrived image management is powerfully all to Obama’s political advantage. He’s shameless when it comes to managing his own image. “Politically it’s as smart as can be,” she conceded before noting the big obvious truth nobody else in the media was bothering to expose: “We’ve not seen a presidential candidate do this, in my recollection, ever before” (“Obama Faking It,” by Maggie Gallagher, Real Clear Politics, July 23, 2008).

Slavish media attention to the nation’s first African American to have a possible chance, even probable likelihood, of being elected to the nation’s highest office was having some apparently unintended effects. Despite the intensive Hollywood-like publicity coverage at every turn to Obama’s posturing as if he were already president, the polls in America seemed to reflect a recognition, similar to Ms Mitchell’s, that the American media monolith was engaging in overkill –or maybe that would be over-exuberance for the candidate they obviously champion.

Even before the news was out that all three TV broadcast networks–ABC, CBS, and NBC–had sent their anchors along to cover Obama, leaving only a modicum of network coverage for McCain back in the states, the polling statistics were not looking good for the mainstream news conglomerate.

“[A] Rasmussen Reports survey found that plenty of…Americans agree: ‘49% of voters believe most reporters will try to help the Democrat with their coverage, up from 44% a month ago. Just 14% believe most reporters will try to help McCain win, little changed from 13% a month ago. Just one voter in four (24%) believes that most reporters will try to offer unbiased coverage’” (The New York Times, “The Opinionator, Has the Press Voted for Obama?” by Tobin Harshaw, July 21, 2008).

I haven’t found a similar poll since the news has been made well-known that the major television networks have assigned their news anchors, CBS’s Katie Couric, ABC’s Charles Gibson, and NBC’s Brian Williams to do special interviews with Obama while he moves through what many are calling a “campaign extravaganza.” As of this writing, the grandiose treatment the Democrat candidate is receiving isn’t helping. At best, he has held even in the tracking polls, and the trend has been one moving slightly downward. Again, as of this writing, the race is statistically even, when the margin of error is included.

So, it seems the American press, at least, will have to come up with new, innovative techniques that the voting public hasn’t yet caught onto, if they are to influence elections in the future, to the extent they influenced them in the past–when the big 3 networks had a collective monopoly on coverage. Now, the news venues are so fractionalized by the cable and satellite additions for the viewing/listening/reading publics, that old techniques, no matter how powerfully presented, run the risk of turning off the voters, rather than turning them on.

The U.S. press–at least, the traditional, mainstream press–is proving inept in shaping the political landscape as they once did. But, they continue to act as if they believe they can still do it like in the good ol’ days. With their venturing into the Mid-East and Europe, acting for all the world like Obama’s personal publicity machine, the sense is that this is but the beginning of the process to thrust forward candidates of global, rather than of merely national, jurisdiction. European media already speak as one, for the most part. It is their American brethren they must wait upon to come into the global news propaganda siege machine. The American journalists are in training, so to speak.

One day, a man of supernaturally infused charm and abilities will step on the end-times stage of human history. God’s prophetic words say the following about this future global politician: “I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn [were] eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things” (Dan. 7:8). And again the prophetic word says: “And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty [and] two months” (Rev. 13:5).

Antichrist, the supreme globalist-politician, will utilize a future propaganda siege machine, the likes of which this Armageddon-destined world has never seen.

–Terry

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“What Is The Market Value Of An Arab Terrorist?” by Todd Strandberg

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

For several years, Israel and its Islamic foes have been conducting a bartering system. When they’re not exchanging gunfire with each other, they’re negotiating how to trade terrorists for captives.

The trading of captured soldiers has occurred throughout history. It was very common during the American Civil War. By having a typical one-for-one exchange, both sides can dispense with the task of having to feed and guard enemy soldiers, and they get healthy men back into battle.

There is nothing even-handed in the exchanges Israel has been making with terrorists. All the trades have been ridiculously lopsided. Here are a few examples:

In 1978, Israel traded 76 PLO members for one single captive soldier.

In 2004, Prime Minster Sharon traded 435 security prisoners and the bodies of 59 Lebanese combatants for the bodies of three Israeli soldiers and an Israeli civilian, a drug dealer.

Just a couple weeks ago, Israel traded five terrorists and the bodies of 200 Arabs killed trying to attack Israel for the remains of two soldiers, Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev.

For over two years now, Hamas and Israel have been haggling over Gilad Shalit, who was abducted during a Palestinian attack on an army border post close to the Gaza Strip. The price for Shalit’s freedom is very high. Hamas sent a long list of people it wants released via Egyptian mediators. It includes approximately 1,300 names, some of which are high-ranking Fatah members.

I think Israel is on a slippery slope with such prisoner exchanges. Shalit was captured for the very reason of using him to bargain for the release of fellow terrorists. Israeli soldiers have even expressed their unhappiness with trading terrorists for captives.

Officers and soldiers from one of the Israeli army’s top reserve infantry brigades sent a letter to Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff General Gabi Ashkenazi insisting that he not permit the exchange of jailed Palestinian terrorists for any of them should they be captured by the enemy in future military operations.

Hezbollah’s deputy secretary-general, Sheikh Naim Kassem, said he would not rule out the abduction of more Israeli soldiers in order to achieve the organization’s goals.

There is also the issue of who is being released. One of the five terrorists just set free was Samir Qantar, who had been serving a life term for the deaths of four Israelis, including a 4-year-old girl and her father. Qantar killed the toddler by bludgeoning her skull with the butt of a riffle. For his part, Qantar promised to add to his bloody record by continuing his fight against Israel.

I think the Arabs’ willingness to agree to these exchanges reflects poorly on themselves. If Jews are the “descendant of pigs and dogs,” it doesn’t speak well of the value of an Arab if they are willing to trade two Israelis for 200 of their own kind.

The fundamental problem is that the Islamic system has little regard for the value of life. In the Iraq and Afghanistan war, America has lost 4,000 soldiers, and we have killed 90,000 terrorists. But yet, we are the ones constantly being reminded by our foes that we are the ones suffering heavy losses.

With over a billion Muslins in the world and only six million Israeli citizens, the Jewish state cannot afford to continue this rate of exchange in the short run.

In the long term, the exchange rate looks far more promising. If Israel were smart, it would find some way to lock in the rate. The day is coming when the mountains of Northern Israel will be littered with the bodies of millions of dead Arab and Russian soldiers. When that day comes, Israel could ransom any captives several times over.

“And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will give unto Gog a place there of graves in Israel, the valley of the passengers on the east of the sea: and it shall stop the noses of the passengers: and there shall they bury Gog and all his multitude: and they shall call it The valley of Hamongog. And seven months shall the house of Israel be burying of them, that they may cleanse the land” (Ezek. 39:11-12).

“And, thou son of man, thus saith the Lord GOD; Speak unto every feathered fowl, and to every beast of the field, Assemble yourselves, and come; gather yourselves on every side to my sacrifice that I do sacrifice for you, even a great sacrifice upon the mountains of Israel, that ye may eat flesh, and drink blood” (Ezek. 39:17).

— Todd

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Dem Controlled House to Apologize for Slavery

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

That’s right folks. The Democrat controlled congress won’t address the energy needs of the country and dozens of other important issues, but they somehow found the time to debate a resolution apologizing for slavery. Talk about worthless. Talk about appeasement.
Michelle Malkin says this:
“[Pelosi] refuses to allow debate on drilling; the appropriations bills are in limbo, and judicial vacancies abound. But hey, they’ve found time to take action on that all-important apology for slavery and Jim Crow laws”.
OK, let’s get this straight:
Slavery is bad. Period. We fought a war to end it. Hundreds of thousands died to make sure it ended. They gave their lives to end it. They paid for it in full.
No one who is alive today was a slave. It is highly likely that no one alive today is a child of a person who was a slave. At best, they are grandchildren of freed slaves.
Once again this is a worthless, appeasement effort from a congress that has shown that they have no connection with the realities of the American people. They live in their own made-up little universe and bestow platitudes on each other while the people suffer worse and worse in a souring economy. Has there ever been another group of people suffering from such disconnect from the people they have sworn to represent?
History tells us “yes, there were”. These disconnected people were always swept from power, by various violent and non-violent means, by populations who had taken all they were going to take.
Do we, as American citizens, have the attention span and the willingness to do the same? Are we so opposed to being forced outside of our comfort zone that we are willing to let things continue as “business as usual”?
That remains to be seen.

WASHINGTON (CNN) — The House of Representatives was poised Tuesday to pass a resolution apologizing to African-Americans for slavery and the era of Jim Crow.

The nonbinding resolution, which is expected to pass, was introduced by Rep. Steve Cohen, a white lawmaker who represents a majority black district in Memphis, Tennessee.

While many states have apologized for slavery, it will be first time a branch of the federal government will apologize for slavery if the resolution passes, an aide to Cohen said.

By passing the resolution, the House would also acknowledge the “injustice, cruelty, brutality and inhumanity of slavery and Jim Crow.”

“Jim Crow,” or Jim Crow laws, were state and local laws enacted mostly in the Southern and border states of the United States between the 1870s and 1965, when African-Americans were denied the right to vote and other civil liberties and were legally segregated from whites.

The name “Jim Crow” came from a character played by T.D. “Daddy” Rice who portrayed a slave while in blackface during the mid-1800s.

The resolution states that “the vestiges of Jim Crow continue to this day.”

“African-Americans continue to suffer from the consequences of slavery and Jim Crow — long after both systems were formally abolished — through enormous damage and loss, both tangible and intangible, including the loss of human dignity and liberty, the frustration of careers and professional lives, and the long-term loss of income and opportunity,” the resolution states.

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Palestinians, The “Cannon Fodder” of the Arab World

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

The Arab nations will tells the rest of the world that it’s problems with Israel revolve around the treatment of the Palestinians by Israel. Yet they are the first to treat the Palestinians as “cannon fodder”. Forget for a moment that the Palestinians are a made up people and read this excerpt:

The Palestinian Economic Council for Development and Reconstruction [PECDAR] said Monday that the PA had received only $900m. of the $7.7b. promised during the December 2007 Paris Donors’ Conference for supporting the Palestinians.

The money was promised to the PA over a period of three years by nearly 90 countries and international organizations during the Paris conference.

According to PECDAR, the PA was supposed to receive up to $3b. of it during 2008.

However, PA officials complained that that the donors had so far paid less than 35 percent of the promised sum.

The officials said they were particularly disappointed with the majority of the Arab countries for failing to meet their financial commitments toward the Palestinians.

“Most of the Arab countries are now setting conditions for providing us with financial aid,” the PA officials said. “Some are saying that they will give us the money only after we end our differences with Hamas, while others are suddenly talking about the need for reforms and transparency in the Palestinian Authority.”

The officials pointed out that the Arab countries have given the PA this year about 15% of what they promised. Saudi Arabia, which had pledged at least $500m. over the three-year period, gave the PA less than 20% of the funds.

Kuwait, which pledged $80m. in aid to the PA this year, has yet to fulfill its promise, the officials said. Qatar, which used to provide the PA with more than $200m. annually, stopped channeling the funds after the collapse of the Fatah-Hamas unity government.

Most of the Arab countries have told the PA that they prefer to support vital economic projects in the West Bank and Gaza Strip rather than day-to-day government operations, a move that has drawn sharp criticism from the PA leadership.

“The crisis in the Palestinian territories is likely to aggravate because most of the foreign donors are not living up to their commitments,” said Samir Abdullah, the Minister of Planning in the PA government. “The government needs at least 200m. every month, half of which goes to paying salaries.”

Meanwhile, the number of households in the Gaza Strip below the poverty line has reached an unprecedented high of nearly 52%, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) said in a report published recently.

“The number of households in Gaza below the consumption poverty line continued to grow, reaching 51.8% in 2007, despite significant amounts of emergency and humanitarian assistance,” the UNRWA statement said.

Meanwhile, poverty rates in the West Bank fell to just over 19%.

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Judge Rules Voters Can Decide ‘Coed Showers’ Plan

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

A judge has ruled that voters in Montgomery County, Md., will be allowed to determine the future of a “discrimination” ban that family advocates say simply opens up all public facilities, including restrooms and locker rooms, to individuals of either sex, depending upon their “gender identity.”

“Like all American citizens, Maryland voters have the right to have their voices count,” said Amy Smith, a litigation attorney for the Alliance Defense Fund, which is arguing the case.

“Justice was served … as more than enough valid signatures were collected for the petitions, and the plaintiffs clearly failed to file their suit before the statute of limitations expired,” she said.

As a result of the ruling from Circuit Judge Robert A. Greenberg, the fate of Bill 23-07, which was approved by the county board and signed into law last year by the county executive, will be put on the ballot in November for voters to review.

Equality Maryland, an activist group for homosexuals, had challenged the right of 900,000 Montgomery County voters to determine the future of the law.

“We’re disappointed, but the court concluded that we were right, but were too late in filing,” Equality Maryland lawyer Jonathan S. Shurberg told the Maryland County Gazette.

He said he will file an appeal.

The activist group Maryland Citizens for a Responsible Government, or MCRG, issued a statment noting that the bill, “while including gender identity into the existing public accommodations non-discrimination code, did not provide an exemption for places of shared nudity.”

“Bill 23-07 still includes public accommodations, and public bathrooms and locker rooms fall under ‘public accommodations,'” the group said. “The existing non-discrimination code, which Bill 23-07 amends, was written over 20 years ago. The existing non-discrimination code desegregated bathrooms, buses, restaurants and all kinds of public accommodations. Montgomery County points at the ‘distinctly private and personal’ existing part of the code (which precedes Bill 23-07 by 20 years) and implies that it somehow was written with bathrooms in mind.”

Critics said the bill also has no exemption for religious organizations or educational institutions, no exemption for renters looking for roommates and the definition of gender identity is so broad, it would allow cross-dressers to be included.

MCRG has documented the law defines gender identity as “an individual’s actual or perceived gender, including a person’s gender related appearance, expression, image, identity, or behavior, whether or not those gender related characteristics differ from the characteristics customarily associated with the person’s assigned sex at birth.”

“This means that a male appearing as or perceiving he is a female, regardless of his DNA, anatomy, and chromosomal makeup, could gain the legal right to call himself a woman, and use the woman’s facility in any public accommodation,” the group said.

The group further argued the law could violate the privacy rights of the county’s 500,000 women and children, since the county’s public accommodations code would be revised to read:

“An … agent … of any place of public accommodation in the county must not, with respect to the accommodation: … make any distinction with respect to … race, color, sex, marital status, religious creed, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity in connection with … use of any facility,” the organization said.

Since accommodations already are defined in the code as “restaurants, hotels and motels, retail stores, hospitals, swimming pools,” and “facilities” include “restrooms and locker rooms,” the only place that would be excluded would be areas that are “distinctly personal and private,” such as private homes and private clubs.

County officials have told WND they have interpreted the law to mean that showers and restrooms would be excluded.

But Theresa Rickman, a founding MCRG member, argues, “With all due respect, if one accepts the council’s assertion that the ‘gender identity’ law does not cover bathrooms, one would also have to accept that the county’s public accommodations code never intended to racially desegregate bathrooms. Race and gender identity are both listed in the same sentence.”

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American mosques: Muslim terror outposts?

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

We often hear how Palestinian mosque are used as hiding places for weapons.
Whereas, we in the West respect the sanctity of the church, and therefor also the mosque, Islam has no compulsions of using a mosque for any purpose that furthers their aim of world domination by Islam.
Once has to wonder; if they are willing to hide weapons, train terrorist and build bombs in their mosque overseas, would they not also be willing to do so here in the West?
I believe they are.

An Arab-Christian activist is calling on concerned Americans to sign a petition urging Congress to conduct hearings to review radical Islamic materials being distributed in American mosques.

Brigitte Gabriel, founder of Act! for America, says there is sufficient evidence to indicate that tax-exempt Islamic organizations are selling or distributing material in mosques in America that rise to the level of a genuine threat to the nation’s security and liberty.

“We have found material that is exhorting Muslims to engage in holy wars – Jihad – against us, inciting terror and violence against us,” Gabriel contends. “They are calling for abolishing our constitutional form of government and replacing it with Sharia Law, which is the strict Islamic law.”

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Quote of the Day

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

“Everyone has an equal right to marry. Marriage IS the unique, monogamous, binding relationship between one man and one woman. We all have precisely the same right to participate in THAT if we choose to. If anyone is in a state of sexual confusion or turmoil over their personal preference, they do not have to exercise their EQUAL RIGHT to actual marriage. So called “same sex marriage” is not marriage at all. It is just a bad [counterfeit]. We as humans don’t even have the authority to define marriage. It is what it is. Al we can do is either affirm and embrace reality, or go into denial and play games with reality. Government needs to be firmly rooted in reality. Marriage IS and always will be one man and one woman. Anything else is an abomination, no matter what we choose to call it.”
-Unknown Author

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“Without Life, There Is No Justice” by Mark Earley

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

Followers of Jesus are being asked by politicos, pundits, and even some pastors, to abandon abortion as a decisive and vital issue in this year’s election. Instead, we are being urged to cast our votes based on other justice issues such as poverty, protecting the environment, and bringing the troops home from Iraq. There are three problems with this line of thinking.

First, the sanctity and dignity of life (which abortion destroys both physically and conceptually) is the cornerstone upon which all justice is built. All human rights are predicated first upon the right to life.

Thomas Jefferson understood this clearly when he wrote, and I quote, “The care of human life and happiness and not their destruction is the first and only legitimate object of good government.”

For the believer, the value of each human life, no matter how young or old, derives from the belief that all humans are created by God and stamped with His image.

The second problem with abandoning the right to life issue for the sake of others is the nature of the disagreement between candidates on these other issues. All candidates agree that poverty should be ended and the environment protected—the debate surrounds the strategies to be used. Likewise, even the strongest supporters of the war in Iraq want to bring our active combat troops home—the argument is about how, under what circumstances, and when.

But abortion is different. On this issue, many candidates are diametrically opposed. There is no common ground. Their records are clear, and the contrasts are sharp.

The third reason we cannot lose focus on protecting the unborn is that so much work remains to be done. Despite a positive shift in public opinion on protecting unborn children, despite the addition of Supreme Court justices who seem to believe in the right to life, despite the passage of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act and many parental notification and consent laws, the fact remains that abortion-on-demand is still the law of the land. And the death toll continues to rise every single day.

Since the passage of Roe v. Wade in 1973, more than 48 million unborn children have perished—and only 7 percent of the women who had those abortions cited medical concerns, rape, or incest as their reasons. And those who promote abortions—they are flexing their muscle as never before. In Fiscal Year 2006-2007, Planned Parenthood took in over $1 billion in donations. They provide 20 percent of all abortions in the United States, and took in $336 million in government funds—that is your taxes!

Believers must press candidates on the right to life this year. The so-called single-issue, pro-life voters are not single-issue at all. Why? Because the dignity and sanctity of human life is a thread that connects virtually all humanitarian causes. They recognize that unless our country protects the most vulnerable of human life, all other issues touching upon human dignity are in peril—whether it is human trafficking, mental health, AIDS, poverty, victims’ rights, prisoners’ rights, or health care, just to name a few.

Indeed, if the life of the most innocent and defenseless among us—the unborn child—is not worth protecting, I ask you, my friend, whose is?

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“Moral Decay in America is in High Gear” by Ron Graham

Monday, July 28th, 2008

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; …Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away,” 2 Timothy 3:1, 5.

Paul lays out nineteen items here in his last letter to Timothy which exactly describe our society today. In the very first sentence he tells us that these things will all come to pass in the last days.

Our society’s decay is festering and accelerating at a phenomenal rate unlike any other time in the history of the U.S. It’s a simple, easily provable fact that should actually come as no surprise to those of us who study our Bibles since we have scripture verses like those which Paul wrote to Timothy.

“Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution,” 2 Timothy 3:10.

This, of course, is a verse none of us really want to see come to pass, but in all actuality it is coming to pass all over the globe. Even though the persecution of Christians has been ongoing for almost two-thousand years now, here in the U.S. it’s really just getting underway. Individually Christians have been persecuted in the U.S. for some time now and on occasion as a group. Currently, though, we see this persecution coming on the whole of Christendom in America. The reason for this is the decay of morals in our society. Moral decay didn’t just happen; it is a symptom of a much larger problem. As a nation that was founded on God’s moral code of decency we’ve lost that foundation. Brothers and Sisters, we have watched as the liberal left has taken picks and shovels, broken the moral foundation, and thrown it away. People, we will not survive as a nation without our God-given moral precepts. That’s a promise.

The second law of thermodynamics is entropy. Entropy is a fact not a theory. It happens and it happens everywhere in the known universe. Basically, entropy means that everything left to itself sooner or later will fall apart. Without God in our lives and in our country, our society will continue experiencing entropy but at a highly accelerated rate. Is there any turning back? Can we reverse the process of decay in this country? No! At least not at our current rate of descent, but nothing is impossible for God. Oh yeah, we kicked God out of every vestige of our government arena, our public schools, and we can even see God being replaced in our Christian churches with a feel good gospel of indulgences and materialism.

We are in free fall mode here in this wonderful country of ours. I’m not the only one who sees this phenomenon happening; I read comments on the web which confirm my prognoses. These comments aren’t the ramblings of wacky conspiracy theorists but are the views of some of the most venerated theologians of our time who are speaking out about the decay of our morals and the inevitable fall of our once great society.

Let’s think about what’s happening currently here in this once great nation of ours. We can now see the production, promotion, and distribution of pornography in this country as a major economic player. There are literally billions of dollars being made off this perversion. Just fifty years ago who would have thought that the United States of America – the foremost country in the world in manufacturing and distribution, the greatest nation in terms of our humanitarian efforts and giving to faltering nations, and the number one nation in the world in terms of evangelism of the Christian Gospel – would now be almost completely consumed with the proliferation of pornography? If you think this immoral societal degradation isn’t a slap in the face of God, then you are part of the problem.

In my estimation, the real landslide of the decay of our society began years ago when we allowed the Bible to be taken out of our public schools. Soon after that we had the legalization of abortion and the teaching the lie of evolution as a fact not as a theory, even to the exclusion of any other possible scenario for life to have occurred on earth. Then, more recently, we’ve seen the teaching in our public schools of the abomination of homosexuality as being a fully acceptable and normal lifestyle. This teaching begins in kindergarten and, in some instances, pre-school. Also our students are being taught that the world’s religions are good and acceptable, all the while excluding Christianity.

The name “Jesus Christ” is becoming a bad word. This is nothing new to those who’ve used it for years as profanity, but to many it seems Jesus Christ is such a hateful name that they wish to see it eliminated from the world scene. Our Bibles are next on the list to be completely eliminated.Of course all believers know that this will be impossible. Why? “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away,” Matthew 24:35. Impossible task? Absolutely! I’ve recently read that Colorado and Minnesota are looking into condemning the Bible as hate speech, something that has already come to pass in our sister country to the North.

There are those who will continue to try to eliminate God’s word and any vestiges of His “antiquated morals” from society. They have gotten their way for a long time now and it’s time Christians began to stand up for God’s truth.

Now these evil and perverse promoters of filth are going after our children. It’s not just teachers but the pornographers are after them also. Our children are now being exploited on film as well as on the street. Child pornography and prostitution are running rampant right here in this once beautiful and loving country of ours. Yes, these two evils are still illegal but for how long? In America, as well as other countries, there is a movement underway which is promoted by “NAMBLA”, the North American Man Boy Love Association. Their agenda is to eliminate the societal norm and legality of age requirements for their sexual pleasure.

Laws of the land that were voted into existence by the majority of the electorate are now being dismissed as unconstitutional by little evil men in long flowing black robes who have their own agendas. Doesn’t it conjure up visions in your mind of those dark minions belonging to the satanic realm? It’s like a Hollywood movie that has come horribly to life.

“Alas, sinful nation, A people laden with iniquity, A brood of evildoers, Children who are corrupters, They have forsaken the LORD, They have provoked to anger The Holy One of Israel, They have turned away backward.” Isaiah 1:4

God can do wonders with His people, but His people must turn back to Him first.

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

We, born again believers in Christ, are His people. We must humble ourselves, pray and seek His face. We, His people, must turn from our wicked ways for God to heal the land.

God shield us from what’s coming.

God bless you all,

Ron Graham

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Iran Now Has 6,000 Centrifuges for Uranium

Monday, July 28th, 2008

The world continues to sit on it’s hands while Iran moves closer and closer to having weapons grade uranium…nuclear material that they have told us repeatedly they plan to use to destroy Israel.

TEHRAN – President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Saturday that Iran now possesses 6,000 centrifuges, a significant increase in the number of uranium-enriching machines in its nuclear program, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.

The new figure is double the 3,000 centrifuges Iran had previously said it was operating in its uranium enrichment plant in Natanz.

“Islamic Iran today possesses 6,000 centrifuges,” Ahmadinejad told university professors in the northeastern city of Mashhad.

The assertion that Iran has reached that goal is certain to further rankle the United States and other world powers. Washington and its allies have been demanding a halt to Iran’s enrichment out of fear it is intent on using the technology to develop weapons.

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“REPORT FROM WASHINGTON: CUFI SUMMIT ATTRACTS RECORD NUMBERS” by Fern Sidman

Monday, July 28th, 2008

“For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, for Jerusalem’s sake I will not remain quiet, till her righteousness shines out like the dawn, her salvation like a blazing torch. (Isaiah 62:1)

The electricity in the air was palpable in the nation’s capitol as these words from the prophet Isaiah served as the battle cry for a record number of over 7,000 Christian supporters of Israel who gathered on July 20-23 to attend the third annual Washington Summit of the Christians United For Israel organization at the Washington, DC Convention Center. Founded in February of 2006 by Pastor John Hagee, Senior Pastor of The Cornerstone Church of San Antonio, Texas and President and CEO of John Hagee Ministries, Christians United For Israel represents the premiere Christian evangelical national grassroots movement focused on the support of Israel. Having called upon Christian leaders from across America to join him in launching this new initiative, Pastor Hagee enlisted the help of over 400 Christian ministers, each representing a denomination, mega-church, media ministry, publishing company, or Christian university. Each one answered the call and Christians United for Israel was born. Today, CUFI boasts a membership of over 50 million Christian Zionists in America.

Unlike other Christian evangelical organizations whose raison d’etre is to persuade Jews to embrace the teachings of Jesus and to convert, CUFI lauds the Jewish faith and tradition and exhorts Jews to return to G-d and the timeless teachings of the Torah. As such, Pastor Hagee has created alliances with many Orthodox rabbis and organizations, including Rabbi Yitzchok Dovid Grossman of Israel’s Migdal Ohr. Quoting scripture to support his thesis that Christians are obligated to love Jews and lend their succor to Israel, Pastor Hagee said, “In the Bible, G-d says, “I will bless those that bless you and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you” (Genesis 12:3) and we Christians must support Israel’s right to the land because G-d commanded us to. In Genesis, (13:14-17), the Bible says: “The L-rd said unto Abram… ‘Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art.. for all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed forever…”

The main objective of the attendees, who hailed from every state in the nation as well as Canada, Europe, Israel, and Africa was to lobby their elected officials for their complete commitment to support the State of Israel in these most “trying times”. Continual references to the growing threat of an Iranian nuclear attack on Israel and the proliferation of such well funded terrorist organizations such as Hamas and Hezbollah captured center stage at the summit. In a forceful declaration, Pastor Hagee intoned, “There is a new Hitler in the Middle East; he is the President of Iran. He intends to build nuclear weapons and his brazen declarations to kill the Jews have been carried on the front pages of the world’s press. In 1935, the Christians of the world were silent. In the 21st century, Christians are united in their support of Israel. We will not be silent. In our pulpits… on our global media networks… in our schools and universities and in the halls of Congress, we will not keep silent. The voice of evil will not go uncontested in our generation. Not on our watch !!”

The summit included a veritable cornucopia of celebrated speakers, as participants attended two days of seminars that featured Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, Director of Shurat HaDin, the Israel Law Center, who spoke most eloquently on the subject of divestments, sanctions and boycotts of those US firms conducting fiduciary business with Iran, Syria and the terrorist organizations that they fund. Other speakers included
Daniel Pipes, Director of Middle East Forum, a Washington based think tank who addressed the overflowing audience on the burgeoning growth of radical Islam. Joining him on the podium was Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) and Dr. Walid Phares, Director of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies’ Future of Terrorism Project. Frank Gaffney, Founder and President of the Center for Security Policy presented facts on the nuclear buildup of the Iranian regime along with Clifford May, President of The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. David Brog, Executive Director of CUFI led a talking points seminar, advising attendees on the issues they should raise to their elected officials when visiting them on Capitol Hill.

Congressman Elliot Engel (D-NY) joined Congressman Mike Pence (R-IN) in the Middle East briefing seminar. Referring to the avalanche of liberal pressure being applied to Congressman Engel to cancel his appearance at the CUFI summit Congressman Pence said, “My colleague from New York, Congressman Engel and I agree on very little, except when it comes to our complete support for nation of Israel. My presence here today is certainly no surprise. I am a Christian evangelical and it was just a matter of scheduling but for Congressman Engel being here today was an act of moral courage.”

Dennis Prager, nationally syndicated radio host was the keynote speaker at the Chairman’s Club Donor Banquet which concluded the first day’s events on Monday, July 21. His speech was followed by a private concert given by famed country singer, Randy Travis.

The cornerstone of the three day conference was the elaborately produced “Night to Honor Israel” banquet which was broadcast live to both a national and international audience by the religious cable television network Day Star. Over 8000 people attending the dinner danced with joy and waved both Israeli and American flags while being entertained by the CUFI choir who sang uplifting Jewish and American folk songs. The evening’s invocation was delivered by Rabbi Aryeh Scheinberg of Congregation Rodeph Shalom of San Antonio, Texas. He blessed Pastor Hagee for his “loyalty, leadership and devotion” to the Jewish people and the land of Israel and heaped accolades upon him for the millions of dollars he has raised for Torah institutions in Israel. “I have known and loved Pastor John Hagee for over 25 years. There can be no overstating the depth and sincerity of his devotion to Israel” said Rabbi Scheinberg.

A professionally produced short documentary on the history of modern Israel was shown which included footage on the birth of the political Zionist movement under Theodore Herzl, the contributions of the father of modern Hebrew, Eliezer Ben Yehuda, the history of anti-Semitism in Europe, the Czarist pogroms, the Holocaust and the emergence of the State of Israel in 1948.

Dan Gillerman, the Israeli ambassador to the United Nations expressed his wholehearted appreciation to CUFI for their unabashed declarations of support for the “Jewish claim” to the land of Israel. He lamented the fact that the United Nations had devolved into a rogues gallery of nations seething with hatred towards Israel and said that the “glass building on 42nd Street and First Avenue in Manhattan had become a terrible place to work”.

Pastor John Hagee then ascended the podium, assuming his posture as pastor, delivered a passionate speech that was met with thunderous applause and several standing ovations. Referring to the recent controversy that swirled around him regarding Republican presidential hopeful, Sen John McCain’s (R-AZ) repudiation of his endorsement, Pastor Hagee said, “The days of remaining silent in the face of Jew haters is over. We say ‘Never Again’ to the likes of Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, ‘Never Again’ to Hamas terrorists, ‘Never Again to the United Nations, ‘Never Again’ to universities that espouse hatred for Israel and ‘Never Again’ to endorsements of presidential candidates.”

He spoke of his own tribulations; saying that “the casualty of war is always truth”. Having been labeled by the media as an anti-Semite (because of the premeditated twisting of his remarks concerning G-d bringing about the Holocaust so that the Jews would be forced to go to the land of Israel) and a Catholic basher, he countered these accusations by introducing three prominent members of the Catholic league in the audience and pledged his continued cooperation to work with any groups who support the historic and religious right of the Jewish people to their homeland. He expressed no apologies for the Biblical origins of CUFI and told the media in no uncertain terms that “CUFI is alive and well, stronger than ever and we are not leaving.”

Alluding to the fact that the Jewish people were the first witnesses to G-d at Mount Sinai, Pastor Hagee concluded by saying, “Israel will be the praise of all the earth, the Jewish people have given us the Bible, the prophets and we cannot explain our existence as Christians without the Jews, but the Jews can explain their existence without us Christians. There would be no Christianity today without the Jews.”

The evening built to a crescendo as keynote speaker, Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) was introduced by Gary Bauer, President of American Values. In addition to Congressman Elliot Engel of New York, Sen. Lieberman was also subjected to vitriolic media attacks for addressing the CUFI summit. In a scathing condemnation in The Huffington Post on May 27, 2008, columnist Max Blumenthal wrote, “Why won’t Lieberman, who is married to the daughter of Holocaust survivors, end his relationship with Hagee? Why, in apparent defiance of the McCain campaign, does he remain scheduled to headline Hagee’s upcoming summit? If Lieberman plans to continue touting his moral fiber and independence as his greatest assets, he must renounce the hate-mongering Hagee.” Yet Sen. Joseph Lieberman remained committed to his support of Pastor Hagee and CUFI. On May 13, Fox News’ Megan Kelly asked Senator Lieberman to respond to the gathering criticism of Hagee’s remarks. But instead of distancing himself from Hagee’s views as McCain had, Lieberman launched into a spirited defense of the televangelist, describing him as someone who “represents a lot of people in this country, particularly Christians who care about the state of Israel.”

Despite a petition that garnered 42,000 signatures circulated by ‘J Street’, a left wing pro-Palestinian lobbying movement exhorting Senator Lieberman to cancel his appearance at the ‘Night to Honor Israel’, the senator proudly took the rostrum and told the audience, “I am your brother Joseph”, a clear reference to the Yosef HaTzaddik who revealed himself to his brothers in the Bible. Said Senator Lieberman, “As you may know – there has been an organized and aggressive campaign to convince me to cancel my speech this evening, following the political controversy that broke out over Pastor Hagee and some of the comments he made. But the bond I feel with Pastor John Hagee and each of you – including a significant delegation from Connecticut – is much stronger than that and so I am proud to stand with you here tonight.”

Quoting the Bible on numerous occasions throughout his speech, Senator Lieberman said, “Throughout too much of the world, it seems that Israel is condemned for its every move, while excuses are invented for every indecency of its enemies. On its borders are terrorist enemies and nearby is Iran, whose fanatical president threatens Israel’s very existence. But we do not fear because we know that it says in the Bible: “You name shall no longer be Jacob, but Israel; for you have striven with G-d and with men and you have prevailed.”

Continuing on the issue of the Iranian nuclear capabilities, Senator Lieberman told the audience who sat in rapt attention, “The threat from Iran lies not just in their arming, training and funding terrorists throughout the Middle East and the world, but even more from the nuclear weapons development program they are clearly pursuing. History warns us what can happen when we don’t take the threats of such tyrants and terrorists seriously. We must not repeat this mistake.”

He urged the Christian lobbyists to persuade their elected officials to support the ‘Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability and Divestment Act of 2008’ which was recently approved by the Senate Banking Committee. He said, “Foreign banks and companies don’t want to lose the ability to operate in the US and trade with us, and so the sanctions in this bill will help economically isolate the regime in Teheran.”

Sen Lieberman lauded the commitment of the assemblage by saying, “People who move the world do not believe that it is inevitable they will sit atop the world. They lead not because they believe in their greatness, but because they believe in a cause that is greater than themselves. They see a mission to accomplish, a destiny to shape.. That is precisely what all of you here do. You see Israel and America under threat – and so you stand up for both. You stand for Israel not because it is easy or because it is popular – but because it is right. You stand up for Israel because you recognize that it is a cause that is just and honorable, because it is a cause greater than yourselves.”

Also attending the “Night To Honor Israel” was a formidable contingent of Orthodox Jews from both the USA and Israel. The CUFI staff made arrangements with a local Washington, DC glatt kosher caterer, thus providing kosher meals of the highest standard for their Jewish supporters. Helen Freedman, member of the executive board of American For a Safe Israel said, “I am here tonight to show my support for an organization that courageously extols the ‘Jewish right’ to the land of Israel”. Also present at the banquet were Nitsana Darshan-Leitner of the Israel Law Center, journalist and Bet El, Israel resident, Rabbi Yedidya Atlas, Mike Cohen, a Zionist educator from Israel, Roy S. Neuberger, author of the recently released novel by Feldheim Publishers entitled, “2020 Vision” and his wife Leah and Ariel Kotler of Teaneck, New Jersey representing One Family Fund, an organization that provides direct financial, legal, and emotional assistance to victims of terrorism in Israel.

Said one prominent Orthodox leader who chose not to reveal his name. “Coming here tonight and participating in this gathering is a Kiddush Hashem (a sanctification of G-d’s name). Pastor Hagee is truly an ‘Ish Elokim’, a man of G-d, who has no nefarious agenda when it comes to Jews and Israel. We are most grateful for his sincere devotion to Eretz Yisroel (the land of Israel) and we obligated by Hashem (G-d) to show our Hakores HaTov (appreciation) to our friends.”

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Fern Sidman holds a B.A, in political science from Brooklyn College. She was the educational coordinator for the Betar Youth Movement in the late 1970s and early 1980s. She was national director of the Jewish Defense League from 1983-1985. She was a researcher for several books written by Rabbi Meir Kahane, ZTK”L. She was the managing editor of the publication entitled, The Voice of Judea, and is a regular contributor to its web site. She is currently a writer and journalist living in New York City. Her articles have appeared in The Jewish Press, The Jewish Advocate, The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, and numerous Jewish and general web sites including, Front Page Magazine, Daniel Pipes and Michael Freund.
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Cease-Fire Allows Pali Terrorists to Re-Arm

Monday, July 28th, 2008

No surprise here at all.

JERUSALEM – The Hamas terror group in the Gaza Strip used a truce with Israel to re-arm, regroup and prepare for attacks against the Jewish state, Yuval Diskin, head of Israel’s Shin Bet Security Services, told the Knesset yesterday.

Immediately after Prime Minister Ehud Olmert agreed to the cease-fire with Hamas on June 19, WND quoted Gaza-based senior terror leaders on the record stating they will use the truce to re-arm, regroup and prepare to attack Israel.

As part of the truce, Olmert decreed Israel will hold off all military operations in Gaza in exchange for a complete cessation of Palestinian rocket attacks and violence. Gaza-based Palestinians fired over one dozen rockets since the truce went into effect, but Israel refrained from retaliation.

According to Diskin’s address to the Knesset yesterday, Hamas used the period of the cease-fire so far to smuggle into Gaza four tons of explosives, 50 anti-aircraft missiles, dozens of Kalashnikov rifles and explosives used to produce rockets.

Diskin said aside from smuggling in weapons, Hamas also transported into Gaza large quantities of cement intended to construct underground bunkers to protect themselves from the Israel Defense Forces.

Within hours after the June cease-fire was forged, WND spoke to Gaza-based terrorists, who called the truce a victory:

Abu Abdullah, considered one of the most important operational members of Hamas’ so-called military wing, told WND his group will use the truce to rearm itself. “The hudna (temporary truce) will be used for more training, arming. … We don’t have any intention to stop from bringing in weapons from the Sinai into Gaza,” said Abdullah.

He called the cease-fire “one more sign of the collapse of the Israeli army, that this big Israeli army with the so-called best air force in the world didn’t succeed to stop the rockets, and they accepted the truce.”

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