Silent Respect, Fleeing Armies and Stark Irony

I admit…I’m a Middle East news junky!  I just find it so intriguing that the news so closely aligns with Scripture!  But, I seem to find the ridiculous and absurd more often than not.  (That’s easy when Israel’s enemies habitually open their mouths with the strangest and most untruthful things!)

But yesterday was an especially intriguing news day.  To begin with, it was Yom HaShoah, Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day.  It is a day filled with ceremony honoring the 6 million Jews murdered in the Holocaust.  The grandest ceremony takes place at Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum where the Israeli Prime Minister and President almost always speak to the Jewish people, exhorting them to never forget the atrocities carried out against their people.

But perhaps most fascinating is what happens mid-morning on Yom HaShoah.  Sirens go off around the country for two minutes and the entire nation literally stands still to honor the Holocaust victims.  Here is what it looks like on busy freeways (click the picture to see the video):

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Of course, while that was going on, we continued receiving news regarding Syria.  The US has pledged to send missiles in response to the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons on innocent Syrian civilians.  There are US threats against Russian, Iranian and Assad regime positions.  (Other allies are making commitments to the effort as well.)

The response: Military aircraft and sea vessels are scrambling every which direction!  After commandeering a Syrian port months ago, Russian vessels are scooting out into the Mediterranean Sea.  Iran is evacuating air bases it claims not to have, and Assad is moving his military assets to what he considers to be safer, Russian protected bases!

Before the US threat of airstrikes in Syria:

After the US threat of airstrikes in Syria:

 

Finally, a stark irony (among many).  According to Israel National News (Arutz Sheva), just days before Yom HaShoah, the Palestinian Authority used pictures of dead Holocaust victims to misrepresent an alleged massacre of Palestinians by Jews in 1948.  The picture is clearly misappropriated.  (You will find the story and pictures here.)

These are crazy news days, but it doesn’t mean we have to be afraid.  As Christians, we are living in one of the most exciting times in history.  Not because of the crazy things taking place, but because we know that Jesus is returning soon!  We can lift up our heads because we know our redemption draws near!  (Luke 21:28)

The Truth behind Hamas’ “Peaceful Protests” on the Border with Israel

If you followed the news last week, you undoubtedly heard about the “peaceful protests” of the Hamas-led Palestinians on Israel’s border with Gaza.  Supposedly gathering on the border to campaign for the “right of return,” at the direction of a Hamas leader (Yahya Sinwar), tens of thousands of Palestinians were incited to riot.  Once at the border, they confronted the IDF with gun fire, rock throwing, Molotov Cocktails, attempts to infiltrate, and even sending a 7-year-old girl across the border.  (She was safely returned by the IDF.)

When the IDF responded, killing at least 10 terrorists (all males involved in the Hamas military wing or other terrorist groups), it of course, drew the ire of the UN Security Council who immediately blamed Israel and drafted a statement calling on Israel to practice restraint  and to allow for “demonstrations and protests” while also calling for an “independent” investigation of the IDF and its actions. The US exercised its veto power, blocking the statement.

So, whose story is correct…the Hamas/Palestinian leaders who are touting the “peaceful demonstration,”  or the IDF who is having to deal with the demonstrations?  Watch the video of live footage below and make up your own mind.

 

Expect protests and riots to continue through at least mid-May, leading up to Israel’s 70th anniversary of statehood.  Please pray for those who live near the border, and for wisdom on the part of IDF leaders who must make very critical decisions.  Pray also for the Lord to send warring angels to guard the border, and for every evil scheme to be thwarted.

Why There is No Peace Treaty between Israel and the Palestinians

A 30-second explanation as to why there is not a peace treaty between Israel and the Palestinians:

Okay, it’s a crazy question, but would you sign a peace agreement with someone who wants to murder you?

Thankfully, the US has FINALLY enacted the Taylor Force Act, denying taxpayer funds to the Palestinian Authority until they stop paying terrorists!  Praise God for that.

Will you take a moment right now to praise God for the passage of that bill?  Give the Lord praise for His guidance, and American lawmakers’ obedience in taking a bold stand with Israel!

Nikki Haley Slams UN Human Rights Council

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks at UN headquarters in New York

Nikki Haley at UN Headquarters in New York City  (photo credit: LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS)

Earlier today the UN Human Rights Council passed five resolutions condemning Israel, while adopting only one resolution against North Korea, Iran and Syria.  To which US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said:

“When the Human Rights Council treats Israel worse than North Korea, Iran, and Syria, it is the Council itself that is foolish and unworthy of its name…It is time for the countries who know better to demand changes. Many countries agree that the Council’s agenda is grossly biased against Israel, but too few are willing to fight it. When that happens, as it did today, the Council fails to fulfill its duty to uphold human rights around the world.”
~The Jerusalem Post, 3/23/2018

The United States has threatened to pull out of the Human Rights Council if the bias against Israel does not cease.  This is the latest potential nail in the proverbial coffin.  Haley stated, “Our patience is not unlimited,” and warned that the HRC’s credibility is lacking.

In her speech, Nikki Haley also called out Palestinian Authority’s President Mahmoud Abbas for dragging his feet in peace negotiations.  She made it clear the United States will not “chase after a Palestinian leadership that lacks what is needed to achieve peace.”

How grateful we should be to have leadership unafraid to clearly state the US position and hold firm to it.  Let’s pray for our leaders, including new Secretary of State nominee, Mike Pompeo, and new National Security Advisor nominee, John Bolton.  With these, the President has an exceptionally strong National Defense team, but they need the wisdom of Almighty God.  Let’s pray for that on their behalf!