BREAKING: World leaders from UN to EU to Germany & US condemn Mahmoud Abbas for anti-Semitic speech. NYT editorial calls for Palestinian President to step down. The post-Abbas era is approaching. Here’s the latest.

And the Middle East saga grows even more grim.

Anti-Semitism is NOT okay in any place or in any way, by any world leader or anyone else! Praise God for other world leaders condemning the comments of Mahmoud Abbas. Pray for strength and resolve, as well as wisdom, of world leaders as they deal with this situation.

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(Jerusalem) — In January, I said on Fox News that “we may be heading for a post-Abbas era.” That day just grew much closer.

World leaders from the United Nations to the European Union to the German government and the U.S. are publicly condemning a speech Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gave this week as “anti-Semitic,” “vile,” “ugly” and “unacceptable.” Personally, I can’t remember such governments ever rebuking the Palestinian leader in such strong and unified terms.

And in another unprecedented development, the editorial board of the New York Times is now calling on the 82-year old Abbas — currently serving the 13th year of his four year term — to step down and give the Palestinian people the opportunity for a new leader “with energy, integrity and vision.”

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How Do Jews Retaliate when Threatened with Extinction? They Survive…and Multiply!

Hi friends!  I have a very heartwarming story to share today.  In December 2015 I was especially blessed to be invited to participate in a Christian Leaders Seminar at the Yad Vashem Museum and School for International Studies.  It was an incredible experience, but one thing made it even more special than any other.

A pastor in our class happened to be the son of Master Sergeant Roddie Edmonds.  As we arrived for the seminar, that name meant little to most of us.  However, by the end of that 8-day seminar, we discovered just what a hero Roddie Edmonds was!  An incredible human being, he saved the lives of 200 Jews during WWII. That classmate, Chris Edmonds, shared the heroic story of his father, and while there at Yad Vashem for the seminar, got word his father was named Righteous Among the Nations, Israel’s highest honor granted to non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust.

In March 2016, Chris was invited to share his father’s story before an enthusiastic crowd of 18,000 at the annual AIPAC Conference.  (You can see that video here.)

Recently, The Jewish Foundation of the Righteous produced a video, featuring Chris’ journey to Germany where his father commanded a unit of men captured by Nazi forces, then stood firm in protecting Jewish soldiers under his command.  Four of Edmonds’ men (all Jewish) tell the story, and it’s well worth seeing!  In the end, you see their revenge to the Nazis who hoped to wipe them out: they lived (thanks to Master Sergeant Edmonds) and multiplied!

Enjoy!

https://vimeo.com/198357872

 

 

World Leaders React to Iranian Chaos

After almost a week of protests-turned-riots in Iran, world leaders have reacted in various ways.  Let’s take a look:

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:  Following Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s outrageous claim that Israel was behind the uprising by Iranian people, Netanyahu responded with a 90-second video that went viral.  He refuted the Iranian claim as “laughable,” called out the Iranians for wasting “tens of billions of dollars spreading hate,” and vowed that, when the regime falls, “Iranians and Israelis will be great friends once again.”  (See video here.)

US President Donald Trump:  Stated that the United States’ aim is to “collect actionable information” in preparations to issue stronger sanctions against Iran.  In multiple tweets, he expressed support for the protesters, that the US was watching for human rights violations and that it is time for a change.  (See news of those tweets and other comments here.)

Hezbollah leader in Lebanon, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah:  First comments were that the protests in Iran were being dealt with “calmly and wisely” and that “there is nothing to worry about.”  He followed with: “Trump’s hopes have been disappointed…[as will the hopes of] all those who bet that the protests would grow and lead to the fall of the regime and chaos in Iran.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel: Very little reaction came from the German Chancellor. Simply that Berlin was watching the developments and that the protesters “deserve our respect.”

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan:  Communication has been ongoing between Erdogan and Iran’s Rouhani.  Hoping the protests would end “in a couple days,” Erdogan pledged Turkey’s backing of Rouhani’s statement to uphold protesters rights, but urging them “not to violate laws.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin: Mostly silent, but eventually the Russian Foreign Minister stated: ““This is Iran’s internal affair. External interference destabilizing the situation is inadmissible.”  Perhaps a veiled warning to the US and other backers of the protesters.

French President Emmanuel Macron: Made it clear that the message coming from the US, Israel and Saudi Arabia was “almost one that would lead us to war … a deliberate strategy for some,” and stressed the importance of keeping a dialogue with Tehran.

Very expected reactions as battlelines are being drawn.  Israel, Saudi Arabia and the US stand with the protesters, desiring an end to the oppressive regime in Iran.  Turkey, a drastically growing ally of Iran, takes a stand with them.  Russia (who actually cares less for Iran and more about the benefits they might bring) gives lip service as they focus on other things.  (See Putin’s Titanic has hit a fatal Middle East Iceberg)

Then there is Macron…the rising leader in Europe.  While Germany bears little authoritative power, Macron continues to play the part of peacemaker, urging restraint on the part of the US and allies while “keeping a dialogue with Tehran.”

Do you see the stage being set?  The Bible tells us that Russia, Iran and Turkey (along with Sudan and Libya) will attack Israel from the north.  Those nations are already united and growing stronger in their coalition with one another.

However, with turmoil inside Iran, might it be a distraction that lengthens the timeline?  Given all that is going on in Syria, might this be a bubble of time in which Damascus is destroyed (as prophesied in Isaiah 17)?  Might that be the spark that lights the Ezekiel 38 fuse?

We don’t know!  But what is clear is that the stage for future Biblical events is being set.  It is time for us to be about our Father’s business, friends!  I hope 2018 is a year of commitment to that very thing!

Blessings!

Is Anti-Semitism in Europe Even Greater than We Know?

In the 1930’s the world stood silent and unengaged as the Nazi regime attempted to methodically erase Jews from the planet.  The signs were everywhere: Jews were not allowed in certain professions, could not open shops and sell their goods, and were forced to wear clothing and symbols that identified them as Jews.  Jewish synagogues were burned to the ground, Jews were made to live only in certain areas, and eventually, right before the public eye, they were gathered up and hauled as cattle to slaughter.

Europe and the rest of the world were deathly quiet.

When the Holocaust was finally brought mercifully to an end, over 6 million Jews had lost their lives, and people everywhere declared, “Never again!”  Yet, here we are, only a generation removed, and we’re seeing discrimination equally as appalling, and violence equal to the pre-concentration camp days.  Across Europe, and even to some degree in America (particularly on college campuses), we see the same not-so-subtle signs of anti-Semitism.

But do we have a good picture of how bad it is?  If so, why aren’t we doing more about it?  If not, why not?

According to the Jewish News Service, one of the most “methodologically sophisticated and comprehensive reports in dissecting the growth of Europe’s anti-Semitism problem” was just completed by Dr Johannes Due Enstad of the Center for Research on Extremism at the University of Oslo.  The study looked at anti-Semitism in 7 European countries: France, the U.K., Germany, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Russia. Per the article, key findings include:

  • France tends to exhibit the highest levels of anti-Semitism, causing Jews to want to emigrate.
  • Jews in most of those countries will not wear, carry or display anything that identifies them as Jews, for fear of attack.
  • In every country except Russia, the perpetrators are disproportionately Muslim.  (In Russia, there are vast distances between heavily populated Muslim areas and heavily populated Jewish areas, thus creating a buffer.)

In Europe, it is becoming harder and harder for a Jewish person to express Jewish culture or beliefs.   Sadly, we see the same disease creeping into America.  Ethically, This should not be.

But, what evil doers mean for evil, God uses for good (Genesis 50:20).  God’s Word says He will gather His people from the four corners of the earth (including Europe):

He will raise a signal for the nations
    and will assemble the banished of Israel,
and gather the dispersed of Judah
    from the four corners of the earth.
~Isaiah 11:12

Indeed, the Lord will bring His people home to their own land.  Many have made comfortable lives for themselves elsewhere, but when it’s time to come home, we can rest assured that the Lord will somehow get them there.  Perhaps the evil of anti-Semitism will drive them home.  Let’s pray for the ingathering of God’s chosen people to God’s chosen land…and plead for God’s mercy to draw them before anti-Semitism drives them!

UPDATE:  Think anti-Semitism is only a European problem?  Think again.  This incident happened right here in my own city on 4th of July.