Netanyahu: “The Jewish people and the Jewish state will be forever grateful.”

Yesterday, following President Trump’s historic proclamation of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed thanks and gratitude to President Trump and the United States.  Here are his remarks:

 

Now that the announcement has been made, chaos has begun to break loose in parts of the Middle East.  Will Arab Muslim nations rise up in full-blown revolt against Israel? Will Trump be able to persuade other nations to follow his lead?  Will conservative Arab leaders continue to cooperate with the US and Israel?  It is too soon to tell what impact the announcement will make, but we can likely expect battle lines to become clearer and clearer in the months to come.  Pray for wisdom of world leaders, and that they will seek to do what is right…not what is politically correct.

Trump, Jerusalem, Israeli Military Action and Iraq…What in the World is Going On?

Lots of news over the weekend, so let’s sort it out!

First, Israel took aim at an Iranian military base near Damascus on Friday night, and hit its target.  At the time, little was known about what the IAF (Israeli Air Force) was targeting or what the mission was.  Israel, as always, was tight-lipped about the airstrike, neither confirming nor denying their involvement in military action.

According to DEBKA, we know now that the target was the Iranian military base just south of Damascus, where Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias taking briefings from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.  Iranian and Hezbollah officials were killed in the attack.

Meanwhile, following recent buildup of American troops in Iraq, there are reports indicating pressure applied to Iraqi Prime Minister Haydar al-Abadi to cut cooperation with the Iranians.  It is unclear what other diplomatic efforts are being done there.

On Saturday, Yemen’s former President Ali Abdullah Saleh committed to a “new page,” in favor of the Saudi-led defense against the Houthis (another Iranian proxy).  Once a backer of the Houthi insurgency, the “new page” seems to coincide with US-Saudi efforts to topple the Iranian puppet (Houthis) in Yemen.

Finally, President Trump is faced with a Monday deadline in which to sign a waiver that would delay still further the move of the US Embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.  Furthermore, reports are coming out that Trump will make a major announcement on Wednesday, recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The Palestinian Authority has warned that the US recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital will destroy the peace process.  (What peace process?  The efforts with the Palestinians has gone on since the 1960’s with no progress to speak of!)  Some believe Arab leaders such as Egypt’s President Sisi and Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince bin-Salman are finally fed up with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and are ready for a change.

What does this all mean?  Do we see the Sunni Arab world becoming more-and-more aligned with western efforts, including those of Israel and the US?  It seems so.  Is Israel sensing the urgency of taking action, with or without the support of others, to prevent Iran from setting up shop right on their border?  It most definitely looks that way.  Will the US ever move the embassy to Jerusalem?  Who knows…but if it happens, we can count on chaos and further attacks on Israel.

Is the world ready for what is shaping up in the Middle East?  Hard to know.  Are YOU ready for the coming of our Lord Jesus to “catch us up” to meet Him in the air?  That could happen at any time.  Be ready (Matthew 24:44)…run the race (1 Corinthians 9:24, Hebrews 12:1)…be found faithful when He returns (Luke 12:35-43)…stand, and look up, because our redemption is drawing near (Luke 21:28)!

American Christian Leaders Ask Trump to Move the US Embassy to Jerusalem

In 1995, Congress passed a bill mandating that the US Embassy in Israel be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the capital city of Israel.  But that bill carried a caveat.  Every 6 months, the President may sign a waiver, postponing the move of the embassy if circumstances are such that it might be detrimental to foreign policy.

Thus, every 6 months since 1995, American Presidents have postponed moving the embassy, primarily due to pressure from the Palestinians.  (Supposedly, it would hinder efforts establishing a peace agreement.)

I have one question….if we have failed to arbitrate peace between Israel and the Palestinians for over 20 years, do we really think it is going to happen?  (In peace talks, Israel has offered as much as 97% of all Palestinian demands, yet the Palestinians say “No.”  For them, it is all-or-none!)

So, the American Christian Leaders for Israel (ACLI) just sent a letter to President Trump, asking him to fulfill his campaign promise and move the embassy.  See the letter here.

Having said that, here is my response to those who ask what I think about the embassy issue:  While I wholeheartedly agree that the embassy should be moved to Jerusalem, I also believe there are much bigger fish to fry when it comes to Israel and the Middle East.  In these days of electronic communication, I don’t think the mere geographical location is as crucial as it once was in terms of our ability to communicate with the Israeli government.

When it comes to moving the embassy, I think the greater issue is the need for America to stand up to the Palestinians and their supporters to say, “Enough is enough!  We’ve made more than enough effort to assist in accomplishing a peace deal, yet there is no cooperation.”

So, the bottom line is that I would love to see President Trump move the embassy.  However, I would much rather see the US take a stand in the Middle East and return to a position of authority and respect.

I have a gut feeling neither will ever happen…

Netanyahu Aboard the USS George HW Bush

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Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the crew of the USS George HW Bush  (Photo credit: Yissachar Ruas/TPS)

Shabbat shalom, friends!

As reported a few days ago, the US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, USS George HW Bush, anchored off the coast of Haifa, Israel for a few days over the 4th of July holiday.

Image result for netanyahu USS BushWhile anchored there, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, took the opportunity to visit the largest warship in the world, where they briefly toured the vessel before the PM took the podium to wish the seamen a Happy 4th of July.

Later that day, the Netanyahus accompanied US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman and his wife to a 4th of July celebration at the US Embassy in Tel Aviv.  It is certainly refreshing to see the friendship of two great nations, committed to the same ideals, deepen their relationship.  Praise God for that!

Enjoy these videos of those events (including footage aboard the carrier):