Posts Tagged ‘Benjamin Netanyahu’

Mitchell BardBy Dr. Mitchell Bard

The impact of unrest in Egypt on Israel’s security will not be known until it is clear who will be leading the country. Whatever his failings as a leader within Egypt, Hosni Mubarak faithfully upheld the peace treaty with Israel. If, however, Mubarak is replaced by someone who does not keep the country’s treaty commitments, Israel’s security will be endangered.

Since signing the peace deal with Egypt in 1979, Israel has reduced the percentage of its GDP devoted to defense spending by nearly a third – from 23% in the 1970s to 9% today. Israel also significantly reduced the number of soldiers stationed on its southern border and has been able to focus its strategic planning on other threats. Peace with Egypt has contributed to the economic growth of Israel and also was a catalyst for other peace negotiations. Psychologically, the treaty also showed Israelis that peace with an Arab, Muslim state is possible.

A change in regime could easily lead to the reversal of these trends. While Mubarak fulfilled the letter of the peace treaty, he was never fully committed to its spirit. The media, military and general public were never conditioned to accept Israel as their neighbor. The Egyptian media in particular has often been critical of Israel to the point of anti-Semitism and the military has consistently directed war games against Israel.

If the next leader of Egypt reneges on the treaty, Israel will find itself essentially surrounded by enemies – the same position it was in for decades following independence. A potentially belligerent Egypt would join the threats currently posed to Israel from Hamas in Gaza, Syria – who remains formally at war with Israel, and Lebanon who has become essentially an Iranian proxy dominated by Hezbollah. Jordan is also facing unrest and its future is uncertain.

If this scenario plays out, the region will be destabilized and become a powderkeg for renewed conflict. The risks of compromise with the Palestinians would also grow as the creation of a Palestinian state would complete Israel’s encirclement by potentially hostile forces.

A change in the Egyptian regime has broader implications as well, especially if the Islamist-oriented Muslim Brotherhood – a crucial player in the protests – gains power. This scenario would open the possibility for Egypt to become an Islamic republic – much like Iran, a base for terror and even a more internally repressive regime. The Brotherhood has pledged to revoke the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty and, since Egypt has the region’s largest military force, it could threaten not only Israel but pro-Western regimes such as Jordan and the Gulf states as well.

Mohammed ElBaradei has emerged as one possible opposition leader, but it is by no means clear which direction he would take the country if he were to take power. The fact that he is now backed by the Muslim Brotherhood is cause for concern, as is his vocal criticism of Israel and his record as an apologist for Iran during his term as head of the International Atomic Energy Administration.

Egyptians deserve freedom and democracy, but that is not always the outcome of revolutions. The 1979 Iranian revolution, for example, started as a revolt against the oppression of the Shah but resulted in the establishment of an Islamic tyranny; the 2005 revolt in Lebanon paved the way for the takeover of Hezbollah; and the 2006 Palestinian Authority elections brought Hamas to power and helped doom peace talks.

Despite the historical precedent, Egypt could emerge from the current turmoil with a democratic government that is committed to good relations with Israel. Israel, unfortunately, must plan for the possibility of a different outcome.

Related Links

Israel fears Islamic rule in Egypt once Mubarak removed – Daily Nation
Obama to Egyptian Army: Remove Mubarak now, start transition – DEBKAfile
US response to Egypt draws criticism in Israel – My Way News
Psalm 83 or Ezekiel 38 – Which is the Next Middle East News Headline? – BPB (Bill Salus)
New Jordanian PM in talks to form gov’t with opposition – Jerusalem Post


Todd StrandbergBy Todd Strandberg
Rapture Ready

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said last week that he has no intention of sharing the holy city of Jerusalem with the Palestinians. This statement did not generate too many headlines, but I believe it is very significant in showing us where we are in Bible prophecy.

“And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it” (Zechariah 12:3).

The Palestinians’ claim to Jerusalem is based on a massive sham. Jerusalem has been the Jewish capital for three thousand years. There never was a Palestinian people, nation, language, culture, or religion. The archeological record points endlessly to a Jewish heritage for Jerusalem. If the Palestinians had any common sense, they would go pick some other city as their capital.

Since Netanyahu came to power nearly two years ago, he has accepted the principle of a Palestinian state next to Israel. There is growing indication that Netanyahu is beating the Arabs at their old game of repeatedly agreeing to something but never getting around to actually accomplishing the task.

The international pressure on Israel has been relentless. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has been pushing hard to get Israel to give on the core issues of Jerusalem’s status. In one recent speech, she urged both sides to reach a final agreement “without delay and with real specificity.” She pointedly called for compromise on the contested holy city, observing that “there will surely be no peace without an agreement” on Jerusalem — “the most sensitive of all the issues.”

Bible prophecy promises calamity for any nation that seeks to divide Jerusalem. I believe a key reason America’s economy has stumbled in recent years is the pressure we’ve been placing on Israel. Now that the Obama administration has decided to increase the pressure, I would expect to see greater trembling in the land.

Israelis have a good reason to stick with the status quo. A decade ago, the public lived in terror of being killed in a suicide bomber attack. After trying everything to combat the problem, the Israeli government was finally driven to the point of walling itself off from the Palestinians. Since the borders were sealed, there has not been a single terrorist attack in the past several years.

Another reason for Netanyahu to play coy with the Arabs is that it doesn’t have any land to give away that will not jeopardize Israel’s security. In the past, the Jews made the Arabs happy by giving them the Sinai Peninsula, the Gaza Strip, a southern zone of Lebanon, and partial control of the West Bank. The Arabs always come back asking for more land.

The situation reminds me of story about a woman who was once chased by a grizzly bear. A human can only run half as fast as a bear, but the woman saved herself by taking off several items of clothing. Every time she dropped an item to the ground, the bear would momentarily pause before resuming the pursuit. At this point in the Middle East chase, Israel is down to its underwear, and instead of one bear there are about two dozen pursuing the Jewish state.

One of Satan’s key goals is to gain control of the city of Jerusalem. The devil certainly knows that his only chance of delaying events that will lead to his destruction is to capture Jerusalem and destroy the Jewish state. So far, Satan has edged closer to this goal by using peaceful means. Now that it looks like the Jews are not going to give up any more land, his next move will likely be war.

Prophecy teachers have long said that we are in the last days because our generation witnessed the rebirth of Israel. Perhaps it is time to say the Lord’s return is near because Jerusalem has now become the focal point of world attention.

“Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man” (Luke 21:36).

Related Links

Obama dispatches more officials to Mideast in bid to reignite talks – Ha’aretz
Abbas invites Israeli lawmakers to lunch in Ramallah – Christian Science Monitor
Understanding Zechariah 12:2-3 – (Jack Kelley)
Why should we pray for the peace of Jerusalem? –
Are You Rapture Ready?: Signs, Prophecies, Warnings, Threats, and Suspicions that the Endtime is Now – Todd Strandberg (Book)

Israel’s New Regional Fire Brigade

Posted: December 21, 2010 in Christian World News
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David DolanBy David Dolan

In the wake of a devastating forest fire near the city of Haifa earlier this month which left over forty Israelis dead, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is calling for the establishment of a regional firefighting brigade. The brigade would be made up of firefighters and equipment from Israel and several regional countries, including Greece, Turkey, Cyprus and Jordan.

All five countries suffer from wild fires every year, especially Greece which has large blazes almost every summer. All also sent firefighting forces to Israel to help put out the huge forest fire on Mount Carmel, which was the worst ever in Israel’s modern history.

Netanyahu said that “The assistance that was given to Israel should serve as a model for additional cooperation in our region. By pooling our resources and knowledge of our countries, we can better prepare and respond to natural disasters.” Meanwhile Israel’s State Comptroller issued a scathing report which was highly critical of the government, saying the fire demonstrated it was not prepared to fight the Carmel blaze despite a spate of forest fires sparked off by Hizbullah rockets in 2006.

Related Links

Knesset Votes Against Inquiry into Carmel Fire – Arutz Sheva
Netanyahu calls for regional firefighting force – ICEJ News
PM to leaders: create a regional fire fighting force – The Jerusalem Post
Firefighter’s death brings Carmel toll to 44 – JTA
Holy War for the Promised Land: Israel at the Crossroads – David Dolan (Book)

Caroline GlickBy Caroline B. Glick

Over the past week, two writers published columns in foreign newspapers. One received wall to wall coverage in Israel. The other was completely ignored. The contrasting fortunes of the articles are a key to understanding the central challenges to Israel’s democratic order.

Last Friday, Saeb Erekat, the Palestinian Authority’s chief peace negotiator with Israel published an op-ed in Britain’s Guardian newspaper in which he declared eternal war on the Jewish state. This he did by asserting that any peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians that does not permit the immigration of some 7 million foreign Arabs to Israel will be “completely untenable.”

So as far as the supposedly moderate chief Palestinian negotiator is concerned, a peace deal in which Israel cedes Judea and Samaria and Jerusalem to the Palestinians as the Israeli Left desires will not be sufficient for the Palestinians. Unless Israel also agrees to commit national suicide by accepting 7 million foreign Arabs as citizens, the Palestinians will continue to wage their war. With or without a Palestinian state, as long as Israel exists, the Palestinians will continue to seek its destruction.

The second article was Tom Friedman’s latest column in the New York Times. Throughout his interminable career, Friedman has identified with Israel’s radical Left and so been the bane of all non-leftist governments. In his latest screed, he compared Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to someone in the throes of an LSD trip. Friedman harangued Netanyahu for failing to convince his cabinet to agree to the Obama administration’s demand to abrogate Jewish property rights in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem for another 90 days. He argued that by doing so, Israel – with some help from the Palestinians – is destroying all chance of peace.

So on the one hand, the chief Palestinian negotiator declared eternal war. And on the other hand, Friedman condemned Netanyahu – for the gazillionth time.

And characteristically, the Israeli media ignored Erekat’s article and gave Friedman’s screed around-the-clock coverage.

Despite its hysteria, the media has not fooled the public. The Israeli people don’t need to hear about Erekat’s declaration of war to know that the supposedly moderate Fatah party is just as committed to Israel’s destruction as Hamas. Israelis know that the majority of terrorist attacks carried out by the Palestinians since 2000 have been conducted by Fatah. They know that the US- and EU-financed and trained Palestinian security services commanded the Palestinian jihad that began in 2000. They know that Fatah is behind much of the political warfare being carried out today against Israel throughout the world.

The disparity between the pubic and the media comes across very clearly in a poll released last week by the Brookings Institute. A mere eight percent of Israelis believe that Israel and the Palestinians will achieve a lasting peace in the next five years. 91 percent of Israeli Jews and 88 percent of Israeli Arabs think either that more time is needed or that there will never be peace.

Despite the sentiments of the public, there is a class of Israeli leaders that acts as though peace is just around the corner and that the public expects them to deliver it. Not unlike Friedman, for the most part these politicians argue that the Israeli government bears either sole responsibility or the lion’s share of responsibility for the absence of peace.

Consequently, they argue that all that is required to achieve peace is an Israeli leader willing to do what it takes to make it happen.

Over the weekend, opposition leader Tzipi Livni and Defense Minister and Labor Party leader Ehud Barak were in Washington for the annual Middle East peace process conclave at the Brookings Institute’s Saban Forum. In their addresses to the forum and in media interviews, both politicians followed the Israeli media’s lead by ignoring Erekat and parroting Friedman.

Barak brazenly rejected the policies of the government he serves by calling for the division of Jerusalem in the framework of a final peace accord with the Palesstinians.

As for Livni, she eschewed every semblance of propriety during her stay in the US capital. During a joint appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” with the unelected Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad, Livni viciously attacked the Netanyahu government. Livni criticized Netanyahu for not accepting the Obama administration’s call to abrogate Jewish property rights. She attacked him for not forming a leftist government with Kadima and Labor. She made it clear that she doesn’t believe that Netanyahu is interested in peace.

Echoing Barak’s assertion at the Saban Forum that being a Zionist means supporting a Palestinian state, Livni argued that by surrendering to the Palestinians, and agreeing to every US demand, Israel is advancing its own existential interests.

On the so-called Palestinian refugee issue, while stipulating that Israel could not accept immigration of foreign Arabs to its truncated borders, she said nothing about Erekat’s Guardian article. And she voiced no objection when Fayyad intimated that a Palestinian compromise on this issue is not in the offing.

From Livni’s perspective, the only one acting in bad faith is Netanyahu.

Barak and Livni’s behavior was not wrong simply because it is classless to attack your country’s elected leadership while visiting in foreign lands. It was wrong because in behaving as they did, they showed extraordinary disrespect for the 92 percent of Israelis who do not share their professed belief that peace is just around the corner.

So what were they after in Washington? Why did they embrace the views of a mere 8 percent of the electorate while treating 92 percent of their countrymen with contempt? And why did they choose to launch their assault on the government from Washington?

In truth Barak and Livni were simply following what has become the standard operating procedure for leftist politicians over the past twenty years. They were playing to two constituencies that they prize more than they prize the public.

They were playing to the US administration and the Israeli media.

Barak is an old hand at this game. During Netanyahu’s first tenure as prime minister, Barak used then president Bill Clinton to bring down Netanyahu’s government and get himself elected in his place. After Barak made clear that he would be far more accommodating towards Yassir Arafat than Netanyahu was, Clinton went out of his way to demonize and isolate Netanyahu. He pressured Netanyahu’s coalition partners to abandon his government. And when Netanyahu’s government finally fell, Clinton dispatched his senior political strategists James Carville, Stanley Greenberg and Robert Schrum to run Barak’s campaign.

Since Netanyahu appointed him Defense Minister, Barak has been racking up frequent flier miles on the Tel-Aviv-Washington line. Barak travels to Washington at least once a month. Amazingly, he always happens to come home with recommendations consonant with the administration’s whims.

Livni was similarly richly rewarded for her willingness to attack Netanyahu while sitting next to Fayyad on American television. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton treated Livni like the most esteemed politician in Israel. Clinton steadfastly ignored the fact that 91 percent of Israelis think Livni’s views are utter nonsense. And after accusing Netanyahu of lacking the courage to embrace the cause of peace, Clinton ostentatiously hosted Livni for an hour-long private meeting.

Livni’s party Kadima is a media creation. Whereas every other political party in Israel was formed by citizens who felt they needed to organize politically to empower their voices, Kadima was the brainchild of the media. The media colluded with Likud leaders who were disenchanted with their voters. The likes of Ha’aretz, Yediot Ahronot and Channel Two convinced these Likud politicians to join forces with breakaways from the Labor party, who also held their voters in contempt.

As Barak’s rise to power in 1999 makes clear, the media’s bid to demonize the Right and undermine Israel’s alliance with the US in the hopes of restoring the Left to power is nothing new. But this week, a leading media siren was kind enough to expose the media’s entire strategy for disenfranchising the public. Ha’aretz‘s veteran columnist Akiva Eldar performed this service in a pair of articles published Tuesday in the Guardian and Ha’aretz.

Eldar co-authored his Guardian article with his comrade Carlo Strenger. It was their response to Erekat’s declaration of eternal war.

Eldar’s main message to Erekat was that he should keep his plans to himself. Certainly he shouldn’t be blabbing about them in a place the Israeli public was liable to see them. It could wreck the media’s entire plan to discredit the government.

Eldar and Strenger scolded,

“Erekat’s article is disappointing. He is not just a private citizen, but the Palestinian Authority’s chief negotiator, and he knows Israel and its internal dynamics very well. He knows that raising the right of return at this moment plays into the hands of Israel’s right wing: they will be able to say: ‘We always told you so: the two-state solution is just a Palestinian plot to incorporate the Jewish state into the Greater State of Palestine.'”

But then again, as Eldar showed in his article in Ha’aretz, Erekat doesn’t really have anything to worry about. Eldar and his comrades will keep the Israeli public in the dark about Erekat’s determination to destroy Israel.

Ignoring completely what Erekat wrote, Eldar’s column in Ha’aretz started where Friedman’s ended. He placed all the blame for the absence of a peace process on Netanyahu’s shoulders. He accused Netanyahu of destroying Israel’s alliance with the US by not embracing Obama’s latest request to abrogate Jewish property rights in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem. He then claimed that due to Netanyahu’s behavior, the Obama administration has decided to follow in the Clinton administration’s footsteps and overthrow his government.

As Eldar put it,

“When Clinton recently invited Kadima leader Tzipi Livni to a private meeting, this signified an unofficial announcement that Netanyahu’s account in Washington has been closed.”

He continued,

“Twelve years ago, when Hillary Clinton’s husband realized that… [Netanyahu] had no intention of honoring his signature (on the Wye River Accord with Yasser Arafat), that was Netanyahu’s last stop before being sent back to his villa in Caesarea.”

So this is the game. The media and the US administration are again colluding with the Israeli Left’s political leadership to overthrow the Netanyahu government. They are willfully ignoring both the will of Israel’s voters and the declared commitment of their favorite “moderate” Palestinians to fight Israel until it is destroyed in order to blame the absence of peace on Netanyahu.

This game can stop. But two things must happen first.

The Obama administration and the US foreign policy establishment that supports it must pay a price for seeking to undermine the elected government of the US’s most important strategic ally in the region. And Israeli voters – who gave Kadima more mandates in the Knesset than any other party in the last elections – must abandon Livni and her Astroturf party.

Until these things begin to happen we can expect our media to continue to collude with their American partners, and with Livni and Barak to undermine the will of the public.

Related Links

Likud: Livni ‘ganged up’ on PM with PA’s Fayyad – The Jerusalem Post
Palestinians ‘regret’ US House move – AFP
Cyprus, Israel sign deal demarcating sea borders – Bloomberg
Hizballah shops for defense council in London, caves in on UN tribunal – DEBKAfile
US Senate calls for diplomatic campaign against recognition of a Palestinian state – Middle East Monitor
Shackled Warrior: Israel and the Global Jihad – Caroline B. Glick (Book)

Ryan JonesBy Ryan Jones
Israel Today

Israeli fire officials reported on Sunday morning that the enormous Carmel Mountain wildfire was more under control than it had been at any point since it began last Thursday, but stressed that it would take at least another two or three days until all the fires were extinguished.

More than 30 firefighting aircraft from across Europe and even the US took to the skies Sunday morning to continue battling Israel’s worst fire ever. Among the aircraft was the Evergreen Supertanker, a privately-owned American firefighting plane that has been used to great effect over the past year to bring fires in California and other locations under control.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday told Israelis there was no shame in asking for all this help, and said every Israeli’s heart should be warmed by the “willingness” and the “immediacy” of the desire by so many nations to lend a helping hand.

While the worst of the fire may be behind us, Israel is now starting to realize just how destructive the blaze was.

Most tragically, the fire claimed the lives of 42 people, including 36 prison guards whose bus was overwhelmed by the rapidly expanding fire on its first day. The guards were en route to a local prison that was being threatened by the fire and needed to be evacuated.

The fire also destroyed portions of a number of local villages and kibbutzim, and many families that were evacuated returned to find they had nothing left. More than 15,000 Israelis had to be evacuated from the area over the weekend.

Lastly, the Jewish National Fund reported that the fire had destroyed 12,000 acres of forest, just under half of the entire Carmel forest reserve. JNF officials said it would take decades to rehabilitate the area.

Related Links

Firefighters gain control of all blazes in Carmel area – The Jerusalem Post
Gov’t allocates NIS 60m to rehabilitate Carmel – Globes
Israeli police say negligence the likely cause of country’s worst ever forest fire – Taipei Times
Northern Blaze Delights Many in the Arab World – Turkish Weekly
Israel Forsees End to Deadly Forest Fire – VOA

Ryan JonesBy Ryan Jones
Israel Today

The worst wildfire in Israel’s history had claimed the lives of 41 Israelis, burned nearly 7,500 acres of forest and countryside, and caused millions of dollars worth of damage by Friday morning, less than 24 hours after starting.

The first started shortly before noon Thursday somewhere outside the northern port city of Haifa in the heavily forested Carmel Mountain range. By the early afternoon, it was threatening a number of local towns and two prisons in the area.

Additional prison wardens were called to the area to help evacuate the prisoners. But one of the buses carrying 40 wardens misjudged the speed at which the fire was moving and was consumed by the flames en route to the prison. All 40 guards were burned alive, and the Haifa Police Department’s deputy commander, Ahuva Tomer, who was driving behind the bus, was critically injured.

The misjudgment by the bus driver and other officials was understandable. As the bus set off for the prison, winds suddenly caused the fire to start expanding at a rate of more than one mile every two minutes. Officials later said that due to the size and the speed of the fire, the bus never stood a chance.

Every firefighter in Israel (all 1,500 of them) was called to the north to help battle the blaze. Even so, by Thursday evening, the Haifa Fire Department declared that the fire was out of control and that Israel did not possess the means to stop it.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pleaded with European nations and US military bases in the region to send aid. By Friday morning, 25 foreign firefighting aircraft, dozens of firefighters and a large amount of equipment were either en route or had arrived from Spain, Greece, Italy, Cyprus, the UK, Bulgaria, Azerbaijan, Croatia, Russia and Romania. US President Barack Obama pledged to send help from American military bases in the region. And neighbors Egypt and Jordan also pitched in to help stop the fire. Even Turkey sent two firefighting airplanes, despite mounting diplomatic tension with Israel

Despite the tremendous effort, the fire continued to burn and expand by mid-morning Friday, and was threatening the outskirts of Haifa, Israel’s third largest city, and several of the surrounding towns. More than 15,000 Israelis were evacuated from their homes.

At this time, police officials believe the fire started at an illegal landfill site, and are opening a criminal investigation. There were also early reports by fire officials that the blaze appeared to have begun at three different points simultaneously, suggesting possible arson.

However the fire started, it could never have become so destructive if not for the almost total lack of winter rainfall so far this year. Israel does not receive even one drop of rain during the late spring and summer months. And with only a handful of days with light rain so far this winter, that means Israel’s forests and countryside have received almost no rainfall for about eight months.

Unless Israel starts receiving a significant amount of winter rain, not only will the nation face possible water rationing next summer, but it will remain at risk for another devastating wildfire.

Related Links

Police: 2 nabbed on suspicion of lighting fires in North – Jerusalem Post
Israel forest fire: European firefighting planes fly in to help – The Guardian
Jews worldwide pray for rain in Israel – Ynetnews
Turkey puts aside tensions to aid Israel fight against devastating fire – Today’s Zaman
Israel Struggles to Quell Forest Fire – New York Times

Aaron KleinBy Aaron Klein

A cache of confidential American diplomatic cables published by the WikiLeaks group has not damaged Israel and, in fact, strengthened its position, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said today.

“Israel has not been damaged at all by the WikiLeaks publications,” the prime minster told a group of editors in Tel Aviv. “The documents show many sources backing Israel’s assessments, particularly of Iran.”

A significant portion of the quarter-million leaked secret American diplomatic cables focused on Israel’s drive to combat the Iranian nuclear threat.

In a secret cable sent back to Washington, the American ambassador to Israel, James B. Cunningham, reported that Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak had argued the world had 6 to 18 months “in which stopping Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons might still be viable.”

After that, Barak was quoted as saying, “any military solution would result in unacceptable collateral damage.”

While Netanyahu did not respond to that cable directly, Middle East defense officials here told WND that Barak’s assessment was based on the intelligence available in 2009 as well as the current state of Iran’s nuclear program at that time.

Since 2009, Iran has faced a rash of setbacks, including a massive computer virus that is said to have greatly crippled the crucial computer networks in Tehran’s nuclear facilities. Also, mysterious explosions near Iran’s nuclear sites have been reported while senior Iranian nuclear scientists reportedly have gone missing.

The WikiLeaks documents, meanwhile, expose Arab fears of growing Iranian power, and that the leaders of Saudi Arabia in 2009 asked the U.S. to launch a military strike to prevent the Iranians from gaining a nuclear bomb.

WND reported in September 2009 Saudi Arabia is cooperating with Israel on the Iranian nuclear issue.

One Egyptian intelligence official said Saudi Arabia had been passing intelligence information to Israel related to Iran. He affirmed a report from the Arab media, strongly denied by the Israeli government, that Saudi Arabia has granted Israel overflight permission during any attack against Iran’s nuclear facilities.

The Egyptian official previously told WND that Prince Saud Al-Faisal, the Saudi foreign minister, has been involved in an intense, behind-the-scenes lobbying effort urging the U.S. and other Western countries to do everything necessary to ensure Iran does not obtain nuclear weapons. Such weapons would threaten Saudi Arabia’s position of influence in the Middle East.

Related Links

Israel greets WikiLeaks cables as vindication of its Iran policy – Christian Science Monitor
Israel pleased with WikiLeaks revelations – Israel Today (Ryan Jones)
Nuclear scientist killed in Tehran was Iran’s top Stuxnet expert – DEBKAfile
WikiLeaks builds case against Iran – CNN
Active U.S. criminal probe into WikiLeaks release – Reuters
The Late Great State of Israel: How Enemies Within and Without Threaten the Jewish Nation’s Survival – Aaron Klein (Book)

Jack KinsellaBy Jack Kinsella
The Omega Letter

In spite of the fact that most Israelis believed at the time that Bill Clinton was a great friend to Israel, until Bill Clinton presided over the Oslo signing on the lawn of the Rose Garden in 1993, Israel controlled all of the West Bank, all of Gaza, all of the Golan Heights and was largely considered by the Arab world to be invincible.

Before an enemy could hope to push through to Jerusalem, it would have to fight all the way through the West Bank from the Jordan, all the way through the Golan from Syria, all the way across the Gaza Strip from Egypt, and still be strong enough to make it across the Green Line to link up with the armies approaching from the other directions.

It was Israel’s possession of the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and the Golan that prevented the surprise attack on Yom Kippur in 1973 from succeeding. It took Israel almost a week to recover and launch a counter-offensive.

Had Egypt not had to first overcome Israeli positions in Gaza, Jordan the West Bank, and Syria the Golan, Israel would have been annihilated during those first few days.

Today, the same attack would be launched from inside Gaza, from Bethlehem and from atop the Golan. Israel wouldn’t have days to regroup – at best it might have hours. All of Israel’s 1973 defensive perimeter has been negotiated away.

By the end of the Clinton administration, 95% of Israel’s defensive buffer was on the table. When George Bush came to office he announced that the centerpiece of his Middle East foreign policy was to oversee the creation of a Palestinian State.

By the end of the Bush administration, the rest of the world was already referring to Judea and Samaria as ‘Palestine’ and the main stumbling block to peace was the question of how best to divide what had only twenty years before been “Israel’s eternal and indivisible capital” in Jerusalem.

Under the Obama administration, the Israelis are barely part of the negotiation process. Abbas whines, Obama imposes, Israel capitulates.

And today, people are openly talking about the previously-unthinkable possibility of the impending collapse of the most powerful nation the world has ever known.

I don’t believe in coincidences.

In an article in the Jerusalem Post by Isi Leibler called “Candidly Speaking: Harper and Obama on Israel”, Isia Leibler wrote this:

“Prime Minister Stephen Harper has unquestionably emerged as Israel’s greatest friend in the world, effectively assuming the role previously occupied by former Australian prime minister John Howard.

Harper’s principled approach to Israel was demonstrated in an extraordinary address he gave in Ottawa to an interparliamentary conference for combating anti-Semitism. Courageously dismissing the traditional political correctness expressed by many liberals, who feel obliged to distance themselves from the Jewish state, Harper made it clear that under his leadership Canada would not “pretend” to be impartial on Israel even if that meant facing negative repercussions at the UN and other international organizations.”

Wow! Canada ‘s Prime Minister is now unquestionably Israel’s greatest friend in the world? That’s a pretty exclusive club – “greatest” means there can be only one. Liebler continues;

Canada was in fact “punished” for its support of Israel when it was ignominiously defeated by Portugal, an almost bankrupt country, in its attempt to obtain a seat at the UN Security Council. All 57 seats of the Organization of the Islamic Conference opposed the Canadian nomination.

For some, Canada’s defeat under such circumstances will be viewed as a badge of honor. But what made Canada’s defeat even more outrageous was the role of the US. According to Richard Grenfell, a former press officer with the US mission to the UN, “US State Department insiders say that US Ambassador Susan Rice not only didn’t campaign for Canada’s election but instructed American diplomats to not get involved in the weekend leading up to the heated contest.”

David Frum, a speechwriter to former president George W. Bush, also noted that “the US government has kept awfully quite about the suggestion that it went missing during the Security Council vote.”

The US betrayal of its neighbor and long-standing ally is a chilling indication of the depths to which the Obama administration has stooped in its efforts to “engage” and appease Islamic and Third World rogue states.

Sadly, it’s pretty hard to disagree with either Frum’s observation or Liebler’s characterization of it as a ‘betrayal’. I could have never imagined a scenario in which America stands against Canada because of Canadian support for Israel!

Indeed, it is hard to imagine Washington opposing Canada at the UN for any reason. For all our nationalist pride, the two nations are inextricably interconnected.

It is almost as unimaginable as, I dunno, the US government standing against Arizona at the UN . . . but that’s crazy talk!

The JP article continues, listing many examples of recent assaults against Israel emanating from President Obama from foreign capitals such as his criticism of Israel from Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim country.

Speaking of crazy talk, here’s how Leibler concluded the piece, and then we’ll come full circle:

[It] would perhaps be an impossible dream to have someone of the caliber of Stephen Harper leading the US, but alas, today, we are becoming increasingly reconciled to the reality that the US president is no friend of Israel and is paving the way for an imposed settlement with potentially disastrous long-term repercussions on the security of our nation.

According to the UN National Debt Clock, at the time of this writing, your share of the debt as a citizen is $44,217.00. But of course, not all citizens pay federal taxes.

Exclude little kids, families with a single breadwinner, and more than half of all working Americans who get ‘refunds’ for taxes paid by others, and it works out to, (at the time of this writing) $124,579 – oops, $124,580 per taxpayer.

Go to the bottom of the debt clock where it includes all the unfunded liabilities (stuff we promised but don’t have the money to pay for, like Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, etc.) and the total indebtedness per US taxpayer is . . . drum roll please. . . over a MILLION dollars.

One million, forty-two thousand, four hundred and eight dollars, to be painfully precise. (oops, make that four hundred and nine).

“Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will show thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” (Genesis 12:1-3)

Back in the 1960’s Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau characterized Canada’s position as being like a mouse sleeping with an elephant – the point being that what is a twitch to the elephant can be a mortal threat to the mouse.

In every US economic downturn of my lifetime, it hit Canada harder and the Canadian version lasted longer. But despite America’s economic woes, Canada’s business fortunes for 2011 are surprisingly optimistic.

Canada has a debt clock and it also has a debt problem. The Canadian national debt is almost six hundred billion dollars – but since Canada’s economy and population are much smaller, and numbers like billion and trillion are too vast to contemplate, the only real comparison that is valid is the taxpayer share.

In 2009, the US individual share of the national debt was $310,000 – today it is over one million dollars per citizen. In Canada, it is $16K.

“I will bless them that bless thee” the Bible says. That is why I don’t believe in coincidences.

God keeps His promises.

Related Links

Canada Will Stand with Israel, Harper Says – Baltimore Jewish Times
The National Debt: Scary Facts, False Conclusions, and Gumption – The New American (Bob Adelmann)
Introduction to the Biblical Covenants: Abrahamic Covenant – (Tony Garland)
In Venezuela, remarks like ‘Hitler didn’t finish the job’ are routine – Ha’aretz
The Last Generation – Jack Kinsella (Book)

Caroline GlickBy Caroline B. Glick

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton must have given Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu quite a reception. Otherwise it is hard to understand what possessed him to accept the deal he accepted when he met with her last week.

Under the deal, Netanyahu agreed to retroactively extend the Jewish construction ban ended on September 26 and to carry it forward an additional 90 days.

Clinton’s demand was “Not one more brick” for Jews, meaning, no Jew will be allowed to lay even one more brick on a home he is lawfully building even as the US funds massive Palestinian construction projects. The magnitude of this discriminatory infringement on the property rights of law abiding citizens is breathtaking.

The 90-day freeze is supposed to usher in a period of intense negotiations between Israel and Fatah. But those negotiations will not get off the ground because PLO leader Mahmoud Abbas has no interest in talking, and will never accept any peace offer made by Israel.

But the Americans don’t care. They aren’t worried about the Palestinians accepting a deal.

What they want are more Israeli land surrenders.

And Clinton convinced Netanyahu to agree that the next round of negotiations will be devoted strictly to a discussion of the breadth and depth of Israeli land surrenders.

The Palestinians won’t have to recognize that Israel has a right to exist. They won’t have to dismantle terrorist organizations. They won’t have to stop teaching their children to aspire to become suicide bombers. They won’t even have to stop their negotiations towards reconciling with Hamas.

Netanyahu claims that the Americans agreed to continue respecting Jewish property rights in Jerusalem. The Obama administration has refused to confirm this claim. Yet rather than use the US demurral as a justification for walking away from a bad deal, reports indicate that Netanyahu told his lawyers to figure out fancy wording to hide the American refusal.

Netanyahu boasts that he received three major payoffs from Obama in exchange for his agreement to ban Jewish construction and discuss land surrenders with a negotiating partner that refuses to peacefully coexist with the Jewish state.

First, he claims that Obama agreed not to renew his demand that Jews be denied their property rights. Second, he says the administration agreed to send Israel 20 more F-35s. Finally, he says Obama agreed to wait a year before signing onto anti-Israel resolutions in the UN Security Council.

The first payoff is nothing more than the foreign policy equivalent of buying the same dead horse twice. Obama led Netanyahu to believe he had set aside his demand that Jews be denied property rights last November, when Netanyahu announced the first construction freeze. Yet Obama repeated his demands even before the last freeze ended. Obama has no credibility on this issue. Demonstrating this, Obama is now refusing to put this pledge in writing.

The F-35 deal is simply bizarre. Israel needs the F-35 to defend against enemies like Iran.

Yet the administration claims that its agreement to send Israel the F-35s is contingent on Israel signing a peace deal with the Palestinians. In other words, the Obama administration is now giving the PLO power to veto American military assistance to Israel by continuing to say no to peace.

More than anything, the F-35 payoff exposes the degree to which Obama holds Israel in contempt.

This is a president who is fighting Congress tooth and nail to pass a $60 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia. The administration argues that the arms are necessary to enable Saudi Arabia to deter Iran from attacking it.

That would be the same Saudi Arabia that despite its massive arsenal, has never had the courage or the competence to fight its own battles.

On the other hand there is Israel – the US’s most reliable, courageous and competent strategic ally in the region, and even more a target of Iranian aggression than Saudi Arabia.

Rather than arm Israel with all the means it requires to fight Iran, the Obama administration is downgrading military assistance by conditioning its transfer of the F-35s on an Israeli agreement to commit strategic suicide by surrendering its defensible borders and capital city to its sworn enemies.

Finally there is the administration’s pledge to support Israel at the UN for a year. What this pledge actually means is that a year from now, the Obama administration will present the deal as an excuse to abandon what has been the policy of every US administration since Lyndon Johnson and stop blocking anti-Israel resolutions at the UN Security Council.

According to sources close to Netanyahu, it is his fear of US abandonment at the Security Council that has convinced him to capitulate so profoundly to an administration so weak that it couldn’t even get South Korea to sign a free trade agreement with it. What most concerns Netanyahu these days is that the US will fail to block a Palestinian bid to have the Security Council recognize a Palestinian state in all of Judea and Samaria and in large swathes of Jerusalem even if the Palestinians refuse to sign a peace treaty with Israel.

Since this is what Netanyahu fears the most, it is important to consider what is at stake. While harsh, the truth is not as bad as he thinks it is.

If the Security Council recognizes a Palestinian state in all of Judea and Samaria, in Jerusalem and Gaza, it would be a diplomatic blow to Israel. But it would only be a symbolic step. The situation on the ground would remain unchanged.

What is more problematic is what might happen in the wake of such a resolution. The worst case scenario would be for the Security Council to pass a subsequent resolution deploying forces to Judea and Samaria to fight the IDF.

Given the political maelstrom such an effective US declaration of war against Israel would cause him domestically, it is very unlikely that Obama would support such a resolution. He would have to veto it despite the fact that Samantha Power, who holds the UN portfolio on Obama’s National Security Council, called in the past for US forces to be deployed to Judea and Samaria to fight the IDF.

The other two possibilities are that Israel will become the target of economic sanctions and that Israeli citizens who live beyond the 1949 armistice lines or who have served in the IDF will risk arrest on war crimes charges if we travel abroad. The purpose of such sanctions would be to strangle Israel slowly, in a manner reminiscent of the economic and political warfare that brought down the apartheid regime in South Africa.

In both these cases as well, it is unlikely that Obama will risk the domestic outcry that administration support for such resolutions would provoke. And even if he enabled such resolutions to pass, Congress would likely block US participation in enforcing them. This is not to say that Israel should ignore the threat. But such hostile action is best deterred by working quietly with Israel’s allies in the US to point out the dangers of a runaway UN campaign against a fellow democracy.

At the same time, these threats of economic and legal warfare should sound familiar, because they are already being implemented against Israel. The Palestinians do not need a new UN Security Council resolution to advance their political and economic war against Israel.

They just need the EU. And they have the EU.

The PLO has already convinced several EU member states to establish unofficial trade boycotts as well as military and academic boycotts of Israel. Israel has been required to remove goods produced beyond the 1949 armistice lines from its free trade agreements with Europe.

The legal war is also well under way. Today no senior military commander or politician is able to travel to Britain, for fear of arrest under trumped up war crimes allegations. Israeli officials have been similarly threatened in Spain and elsewhere.

The Palestinian Authority has filed war crimes complaints against Israeli leaders with the International Criminal Court at The Hague. It has done this despite the fact that the Rome Statute which governs the ICC only applies to states, and the PA is not a state. Europe’s love for international institutions, and readiness to endorse nearly any diplomatic assault on Israel, has blunted European criticism of this perversion of law just is it has convinced the Europeans to support various UN bodies’ unlawful campaigns against the Jewish state.

Clearly, a Security Council resolution is not required for the Palestinians to engage in the sort of activities that Netanyahu has just capitulated to the Obama administration to block.

What all this shows is not that Netanyahu is wrong to fear such a resolution, but that a resolution will be a symptom of an already existing problem and blocking it will not end the problem.

Pathetically, despite the fact that this campaign has been building for more than a decade, to date Netanyahu’s only strategy for dealing with it is to beg Obama for short-term protection. Obviously, this is not constructive.

An alternative strategy would be based on a three-pronged approach. First, Israel must attack the source of the problem – Europe.

Israel should begin making European nations pay a price for engaging in political and economic warfare against it. For instance, Israel should suspend the issuance of diplomatic visas to British officials while it “studies” the British universal jurisdiction statute. It should also pass a law permitting the filing of universal jurisdiction claims in Israel against citizens of states that allow Israelis to be sued, and quietly encourage its supporters to file war crimes complaints for the kinds of acts claimed to be criminal when done by Israel, such as Indian support for Indian settlements in Goa and Russian support for Russian settlements in the Kuril Islands. This would not only point out the double standard applied to Israeli communities, it would compel the British to amend their obnoxious law.

The second thing Israel should do is empower its supporters abroad by actively discrediting the UN, the International Criminal Court and advocates of boycotts and divestiture from Israel. There is ample grassroots support in the US for actions against the ICC whose statute places US servicemen and political leaders in its crosshairs and against the UN whose members seek to curtail US sovereignty and power.

Finally, Israel must actively pursue deeper economic and diplomatic ties with Asian nations like India, China, Japan and South Korea.

Enhancing relations with these states should be a top Israeli priority. Such a project would diminish Europe’s capacity to harm Israel’s economy and reduce Israeli reliance on the US at the Security Council.

Netanyahu made a horrible deal with Clinton.

Leaders like Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Ya’alon have acted as patriots by actively opposing it. It is true that the Obama administration could help us if it wanted to. But it doesn’t want to. Happily, Israel has the power to help itself, if it dares.

Related Links

Israel turns Nablus over to Palestinian security – World Tribune
Abbas: We are not involved in US-Israel freeze deal – Jerusalem Post
US: Building freeze must cover Jerusalem, no F-35 warplanes for free – DEBKAfile
Israel and U.S. struggle to conclude settlement pact – Reuters
Shackled Warrior: Israel and the Global Jihad – Caroline B. Glick (Book)

Hal LindseyBy Hal Lindsey
The Hal Lindsey Report

Many prognosticators have opined that since President Obama essentially lost control of the domestic agenda with the loss of the House in the mid-term elections, he will now turn his attention to the one area he does control almost absolutely: foreign policy. And that makes the Israelis nervous. That’s because the Israeli-Palestinian “peace process” is the one issue for which Obama can expect unanimous Arab/Muslim support – which he apparently craves. And since he’s demonstrated an overt preference for the Muslim perspective over the Jewish, there’s little doubt that his sympathies will lie with the Palestinian cause. That doesn’t bode well for Israel.

We’ve already witnessed several “manufactured crises” in the US-Israeli relationship during the past two years. Knowledgeable observers have predicted that the next “manufactured crisis” will come soon and will probably involve Israeli building activities in Jerusalem.

Scarcely had those words left their computers, when the “crisis” hit. And, sure enough, it involves Israeli plans to build 1,300 apartments in Jewish neighborhoods in Jerusalem. In fact, President Obama couldn’t even wait until he got home from his G20 trip to wade into the fray. He criticized Israel from Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim nation. (He was applauded by the Muslim world for doing so. It may have been the only “high point” of the trip for the President!)

But the plot thickens.

Almost immediately after the President’s remarks, it was learned that the US administration had offered Israel a “deal” to induce it to accept America’s plan for the process. That deal involves more serious consideration of Israel’s security concerns, free military hardware, protection from the International Atomic Energy Agency, and a promise of protection at the UN Security Council (remember, just last week the US had tacitly threatened not to veto a Palestinian plan to declare statehood in the Security Council). All of this and more if Israel will agree to a 90-day building freeze in the settlements, but NOT in Jerusalem. The Palestinians protested that no freeze on building in Jerusalem means no Palestinians at the peace table!

So why did the President and the State Department make such a big deal out of the Israeli plan to build in Jerusalem if they were about to offer them an exemption anyway?

Of course, the Israeli military brass are drooling over the offer of 20 free F-35 joint strike fighter jets, but others in the Israeli government smell a trap. So do I. That smell is either a trap or the stench of massive American incompetence and confusion. Either way, it’s nothing to be proud of.

As Sherlock Holmes sometimes said to Doctor Watson, “The game is afoot.”

Also on this week’s program: As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, I want to share with you why I think it’s more important than ever to understand the power of praise in thanksgiving to God. Our nation faces real and present dangers. Our citizenry faces challenges we’ve not faced in decades. As I report weekly on “The Hal Lindsey Report,” the threats are mounting and the odds appear to be impossible. But it’s precisely at those moments that the power of praise and gratitude to God can be our pathway to victory.

[Don’t miss this week’s Report on TBN, Daystar, Inspiration, CPM Network, various local stations, and or .]

Related Links

‘US will put understandings in writing to renew talks’ – Jerusalem Post
Pressure on Obama as Congressmen Join the Call to Free Pollard – Arutz Sheva
Obama’s Jerusalem Apartheid – Canada Free Press
U.S. ready to offer Israel written guarantees if it would restart peace talks – Ha’aretz
The Everlasting Hatred: The Roots of Jihad – Hal Lindsey (Book)