Archive for September 2nd, 2008

Dobson on Bristol Palin’s Pregnancy

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

As McCain announced that he was tapping Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate, the mainstream media lost no time in pointing out that Governor Palin’s eldest daughter is pregnant our of wedlock.
Dr. Dobson of Focus and the Family had this to say, and I agree:

“In the 32-year history of Focus on the Family, we have offered prayer, counseling and resource assistance to tens of thousands of parents and children in the same situation the Palins are now facing. We have always encouraged the parents to love and support their children and always advised the girls to see their pregnancies through, even though there will of course be challenges along the way. That is what the Palins are doing, and they should be commended once again for not just talking about their pro-life and pro-family values, but living them out even in the midst of trying circumstances.

“Being a Christian does not mean you’re perfect. Nor does it mean your children are perfect. But it does mean there is forgiveness and restoration when we confess our imperfections to the Lord. I’ve been the beneficiary of that forgiveness and restoration in my own life countless times, as I’m sure the Palins have.

“The media are already trying to spin this as evidence Gov. Palin is a ‘hypocrite,’ but all it really means is that she and her family are human. They are in my prayers and those of millions of Americans.”

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Egypt, Saudi Arabia to Protect Jewish State’s Borders?

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

Talk about inviting the fox into the hen house. Allowing Arab troops to defend Israel would be the biggest mistake Israel has ever made.

AFFA, Israel – Israel and Egypt have embarked on serious discussions about the deployment of an Arab force in the Gaza Strip consisting largely of Egyptian and some Saudi troops, senior defense officials told WND.

The officials said Defense Minister Ehud Barak last week discussed the Israeli proposal for Arab forces in Gaza during a meeting he held in Alexandria with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

The officials said Barak and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert eventually would like to expand the deployment of Arab and international forces to the West Bank as well, with those troops consisting largely of Jordanian forces, according to an Israeli plan.

Ahmed Yousef, Hamas’ top political adviser in the Gaza Strip, confirmed to WND he is aware of the recent talks of sending an Arab force into Gaza. He said his terrorist organization strongly opposes the plan.

“Hamas’ position is resisting this idea strongly because there is no need for such things. We can handle security and don’t need to bring forces and internationalized solutions,” said Yousef, speaking on his cell phone from Gaza.

“We don’t understand the significance of bringing in Arab forces. What are they going to do? Create a buffer zone to protect Israel? Our experience with international forces is that they don’t work,” Yousef said.

In perhaps a more direct response, Abu Abdullah, a senior leader of Hamas’ so-called military wing, told WND his group would target any international forces in Gaza.

That sentiment was also echoed by Muhammad Abdel-Al, spokesman and senior leader of the Hamas-allied Popular Resistance Committees terror group, who accused Egypt of serving “the Zionist conspiracy to take over our land.”

“Our resistance will reach any Arab forces who think they have the right to deploy in Gaza,” Abdel-Al told WND.

Israel in June agreed to a cease-fire with Hamas in the Gaza Strip. A largely unreported final stage of the truce called for international troops eventually to deploy in Gaza and also in the West Bank.

The cease-fire outlined several stages: First, Hamas would halt attacks against Israel in exchange for an end to Israeli anti-terror military operations in Gaza; then a deal would be reached to free kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit; a third stage called for the spreading of the cease-fire from the Gaza Strip to the West Bank; finally international troops would be deployed.

Israeli security officials told WND said the issue of Arab forces in Gaza is being treated “very seriously” in more talks with Egypt in the coming days. But the officials conceded Hamas’ objections could halt the plan unless Israel carried out a massive ground operation targeting Hamas in Gaza and clearing the way for the deployment of international troops.

The Israeli officials said there have been no direct discussions with Saudi Arabia about that country deploying troops in Gaza, but that it was “understood” through Egyptian contacts the Saudis were open to contributing forces.

A top defense official knowledgeable of the plan said many defense officials oppose international troops being deployed along Israel’s borders, arguing such forces will not protect Israel and will only stand in the way of any needed Israeli military operations.

He pointed to the deployment of international troops in Lebanon following Israel’s war there against the Hezbollah terror group in 2006. Hezbollah reportedly has rearmed and regrouped in areas in which international forces are deployed, and those international forces are expected to hinder any possible future Israeli operation against Hezbollah.

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Supreme Moslem Council: Temple Mount is Jewish

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

The Arab occupiers of Temple Mount are caught in their own lie. As if anyone believed them anyway.

(IsraelNN.com) The widely-disseminated Arab Moslem position that the Temple Mount is not Jewish has been debunked – by the Supreme Moslem Council (Waqf) of Jerusalem, in a Temple Mount guide published in 1925.

Guidebook Puts the Lie to Current Arab Campaign
In 1997, the chief Moslem cleric of the Palestinian Authority, Mufti Ikrama Sabri, stated, “The claim of the Jews to the right over [Jerusalem] is false, and we recognize nothing but an entirely Islamic Jerusalem under Islamic supervision…”

Thus began a campaign to convince the world that the millennia-old natural association between Jerusalem and Jews was untrue. As Islamic Movement chief Raed Salah stated in 2006, “We remind, for the 1,000th time, that the entire Al-Aqsa mosque [on the Temple Mount], including all of its area and alleys above the ground and under it, is exclusive and absolute Moslem property, and no one else has any rights to even one grain of earth in it.”

However, it is now known that this “absolute” Moslem claim is actually not as absolute as claimed. In fact, back in 1925, the Supreme Moslem Council – also known as the Waqf, which has overseen Temple Mount activities on behalf of the Moslem religion for hundreds of years – boasted proudly that the site was none other than that of Solomon’s Temple.

The Jerusalem-based Temple Institute (http://www.templeinstitute.org) reports that it has acquired a copy of the official 1925 Supreme Moslem Council Guide Book to Al-Haram Al-Sharif (the Moslem name for the Temple Mount). On page 4, the Waqf states, “Its identity with the site of Solomon’s Temple is beyond dispute. This, too, is the spot, according to universal belief, on which ‘David built there an altar unto the L-rd…’, citing the source in 2 Samuel XXIV,25.

In addition, on page 16, the pamphlet makes reference to the underground area in the south-east corner of the Mount, which is refers to as Solomon’s Stables. “Little is known for certain of the history of the chamber itself,” the guide reads. “It dates probably as far back as the construction of Solomon’s Temple. According to Josephus, it was in existence and was used as a place of refuge by the Jews at the time of the conquest of Jerusalem by Titus in the year 70 A.D.”

The Temple Mount in Jerusalem was in fact the site of the two Jewish Holy Temples which stood for nearly 1,000 years (see below).

Proof of Moslem Anti-Jewish Revisionism
The Temple Institute’s Rabbi Chaim Richman writes that the pamphlet provides proof that the Waqf’s current position is a departure from traditional Muslim belief. “In recent years,” he writes, “the Moslem Waqf has come to deny the historic existence of the Holy Temple, claiming that the Temple Mount belongs solely to the Moslem nation, and that there exists no connection between the Jewish nation and the Temple Mount. It is clear from this pamphlet that the revised Waqf position strays from traditional Moslem acknowledgment of the Mount’s Jewish antecedents.”

“The current denial of historical reality is merely one tool in the war being waged by Moslems against the G-d of Israel and the entire ‘infidel’ world,” Richman declares.

Examples of the new Palestinian/Arab position on Jerusalem:
PA Mufti Sabri was quoted in the Palestinian daily Al-Ayyam on November 22, 1997 as saying, “The ‘Al-Buraq’ Wall [the Western Wall] is a part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The Jews have no relation to it.”

The same newspaper, on July 18, 1997, reported that Hamad Yusef, head of The Institution for the Rejuvenation of the Palestinian Heritage, referred to the “false historical claim of the Jews in the holy city, a claim which they were unable to prove in all of the excavations conducted by foreign groups for the past hundred years.” The paper also stated that Hamad “accused the Israelis of unprecedented historical forgeries, emphasizing the Palestinian, the Arab and the Islamic nature of the holy city for the past 6,000 years. Israel fails in her attempt to find a historical connection to Jerusalem.” (courtesy of Jewish Virtual Library)

Jewish History on the Mount
The Temple Mount in Jerusalem was the site of the two Jewish Holy Temples, the first of which was built by King Solomon in the year 832 BCE, close to 1,500 years before Islam was founded. It stood for over 400 years, and after the 70-year Babylonian Exile, a Second Temple was built on the same site. Thus, for nearly 1,000 years, Holy Temples stood on the site, until the Romans conquered the entire land and destroyed the Second Temple. Though the area came under the control of the Romans, Byzantines, Moslems, Christians, Turks, British and others over the intervening centuries, Jerusalem and the Temple Mount were always the focus of Jewish religious and national yearnings, and continued to be the Jews’ “capital” even while in exile. In the Six Day War of 1967, the modern State of Israel liberated the Temple Mount area and all of Jerusalem, placing it under Jewish control once again after a hiatus of 1,900 years.

Israel, however, never actualized its sovereignty over the holy Temple Mount site, but rather granted the Waqf nearly total control. Jews, in fact, have not been allowed to pray there ever since then-Chief IDF Rabbi Shlomo Goren led a prayer service there on the first Tisha B’Av after the liberation. Jews’ visiting hours are also restricted.

Evangelicals Pleasantly Surprised with McCain’s VP Choice

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

I was pleased to see McCain choose Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin for his vice-president.

Pleasantly surprised evangelicals are praising Sen. John McCain’s pick for vice presidential nominee as a woman who embodies their values — particularly on abortion.

Introducing Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin at an Ohio rally Friday (Aug.29), McCain said she is “someone with strong principles, a fighting spirit and deep compassion.”

Palin, a 44-year-old evangelical Christian, has been held up as a model for her decision to give birth to her fifth child in April after learning he has Down syndrome.

“I think that’s a plus in her favor with conservatives,” said the Rev. Don Argue, a past president of the National Association of Evangelicals and chancellor of Northwest University in Seattle.

Palin has ties to the Assemblies of God, one of the largest Pentecostal denominations in the country. Her selection was welcomed by evangelicals who had previously questioned McCain’s commitment to their values.

“Sen. McCain’s selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is an outstanding choice that should be extremely reassuring to the conservative base of his party,” Focus on the Family Action founder James Dobson said. He called her refusal to abort her fifth child “bravery and integrity in action.”

Evangelical leaders who had worried that McCain might consider a vice presidential nominee with an abortion rights stance seemed to issue a collective sigh of relief.

Connie Mackey, senior vice president of FRCAction, the advocacy arm of Family Research Council, declared: “I am elated with Senator McCain’s choice and applaud his continued commitment to creating a pro-woman, pro-life, pro-family administration.”

Some leaders are already prepared to defend claims that Palin does not have any national experience. The Alaska governor has not yet served two years, and was previously mayor and a city council member of Wasilla, Alaska, which has a population of 6,715.

Richard Cizik, vice president of the National Association of Evangelicals, says it appears that Palin “shares a lot of my values.”

“I think this woman has got a lot of moxie and the president doesn’t need a secretary of state as vice president,” Cizik says. “He needs somebody who the American people can relate to.”

Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, said Palin resonates with evangelicals: “She’s one of us.”

The Rev. Mike Rose, pastor of Juneau Christian Center in the Alaskan capital, said Palin attends his church when she is in town and her schedule permits. She has attended the Assemblies of God congregation, with about 400 fellow believers, on some Sundays since she became Alaska’s first woman governor in late 2006.

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