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Israel – “Provocateur-in-Chief”

Friday, September 9. A crowd of Egyptians began demolishing the concrete wall around the Israeli Embassy in Cairo. The police did almost nothing to protect embassy personnel. Eighty diplomats and their families were evacuated and flown to Israel. Meanwhile the six Israeli staffers who remained had to be rescued by an Egyptian commando force after the “heroic resistance fighters” had taken over the embassy and trashed everything in sight. Terrible, you say? Not really…after all, Israel was the provocateur. How? They dared to put an embassy full of Jews right in the heart of Cairo!! Isn’t that enough to make any Islamist’s blood boil?

And the blood is definitely boiling on the other side of our border. On Thursday, September 15, Egypt’s Prime Minister Essam Sharaf hinted ominously in an interview, The Camp David agreement is not a sacred thing and is always open to discussion with what would benefit the region and the case of fair peace … and we could make a change if needed.”  As a result, the Egyptian ambassador to Israel, Yasser Reda, was summoned to Israel’s Foreign Ministry office. He had a little ‘splainin’ to do.

Then there’s our “good friend” Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He decided to expel the Israeli Ambassador and blame Israel for all the troubles in the world. Again, as usual, Israel was the provocateur. After all, nasty, stubborn Bibi  refused to “apologize” to Erdogan for legally stopping the Turkish Mavi Marmara ship, killing nine “poor defenseless peace activists” on board. The iron pipes and clubs the activists were using to beat the Israeli soldiers were merely symbolic weapons. No need to resort to physical force; the soldiers could have simply spoken sweetly and peacefully to the raging mob surrounding them and everything would have been fine and dandy!

While some in Israel seem surprised by the deteriorating relationship with Turkey Caroline Glick reminds us, “Those Israelis who lament the slower-paced phased breakdown of the honeymoon with Turkey need to recall that it hasn’t been sweet for almost a decade, ever since Erdogan’s Islamist party’s electoral victory of 2002. That marked a strategic shift in Turkey’s agenda, and there was little Israel could do about it, short of acceding to Erdogan’s every whim.”

Evidently Israel is a constant and unparalleled provocation to the UN and its peace-loving and fair-minded constituency. On Thursday, September 22 the UN General Assembly will convene Durban III, celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Durban I conference which took place in 2001 in South Africa. Ostensibly the purpose of the conference is to combat “racism” but in reality the only country to be singled out for censure, hate and vitriol is Israel. Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, will be a featured speaker. In 2009 addressing the Durban II conference in Geneva, Switzerland, he labeled Israel the most cruel and repressive racist regime.” In what is most likely a preview of this year’s uplifting message, Ahmadinejad spoke with the Washington Post and referred to Zionism as “a dreadful party, a feared party.” He then claimed that the movement “was behind the First World War and the Second World War. Whenever there is a conflict or war — this party is behind it.” He also accused the United States of sacrificing its “whole population” for “the interests of a few hundred Zionists.” Many in American academia agree. Fifteen members of the Columbia International Relations Council and Association (CIRCA) were invited to a September 21 pre-conference event in Manhattan, according to the school newspaper. The meeting will reportedly allow for the students to dine and speak with Ahmadinejad. Suddenly the madman is a pop star!

Finally, in response to Israeli “provocation” (read – existence) on Friday September 23, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will go before the UN Security Council and formally request membership of a Palestinian state. He said in a speech in Ramala, “We seek to gain membership in the UN on the basis of the 1967 borders so that we could afterward return to the negotiations on a clear and internationally recognized reference.”  As I have said many times before in my blogs, Abbas has purposely avoided meaningful negotiations with Israel and has planned all along to circumvent the process and go directly to the UN. Why? 1. He will never acknowledge Israel as a Jewish State. 2. The new Palestinian State will be Judenrein – free of all Jews. 3. He is insisting on the right of return for some five million “so called” displaced Palestinians to Israel. 4. His real goal is to “liberate all of Palestine,” from the river (Jordan) to the sea (Mediterranean).

In my humble opinion, since Israel will be considered the “Provocateur-in-Chief” no matter what we do, we should take a stand, do what has to be done to defend ourselves and not worry about our so-called standing with the rest of the world. Americans and others who haven’t yet bowed their knee at the altar of political correctness or global jihad will stand with us.

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My People – My Land

“For behold, in those days and at that time,
When I bring back the captives of Judah and Jerusalem,
I will also gather all nations,
And bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat (meaning “God judges”);
And I will enter into judgment with them there
On account of My people, My heritage Israel,
Whom they have scattered among the nations;
They have also divided up My land.”  (Joel 3:1,2)

The prophet Joel describes a time in history, for him personally still far in the future. At that time, after God has brought His people Israel back to their own land, He Himself gathers all the nations against them – for the purpose of judgment, judgment for having scattered and persecuted the Jewish people and for having divided up “My land”. The land of Israel belongs to God…woe to those who mess with it!

Are we living in those days and at that time?

Maybe, although we have to be careful not to get dogmatic and start setting “prophetic” dates like some American preachers who at this point can remain nameless. However, we can and should examine trends to see where they’re leading.

All the nations haven’t yet come against Israel militarily, but the war of words is heating up on many fronts.

At the UN: a recent United Nations meeting in Support of the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process was convened in Brussels, June 28 and 29. The theme of the meeting was: “The role of Europe in advancing Palestinian statehood and achieving peace between Israelis and Palestinians”. Sounds positive, doesn’t it? Apparently it was anything but. Shimon Samuels, the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s director for international relations, whose organization was the only Jewish NGO to attend the meeting came out of it horrified! He wrote a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, saying that the meeting’s title “was nothing but a political euphemism to campaign for the 27 states of the European Union – and the European institutions themselves – to endorse the September UN General Assembly vote on a Palestinian unilateral declaration of independence.”

In addition Samuels reported that campaigns “resonant of a third intifada” were discussed, including calls for mass demonstrations beginning in July in Israel, Europe and North America under the title United for Palestine Independence.

The animus and rancor toward Israel was so intense that he spoke of “veiled threats” made by delegates, quoting some as saying that “this mother of all conflicts can bring violence to all the nations of the world”.

The Gaza Flotilla: preparations are moving forward for another provocative attempt to break Israel’s legitimate blockade of Gaza. This year’s flotilla contains the first ship from America named, The Audacity of Hope. The endeavor was endorsed by President Obama’s good friend, Columbia University professor Rashid Khalidi. Khalidi, who helped raise $370,000 for the effort, has called Israel a “racist” state with an “apartheid” system. Two participants on this adventure cruise to Gaza are Code Pink founders, Jodie Evans and Medea Benjamin, both of whom have close ties to the Obama administration.

U.S. Policy: Will the United States be one of those countries that come against Israel in the time of Joel’s prophecy? Up until recently it would be hard to imagine such a thing. But whether through insanity, naivete or malice, the Obama Administration has just established a policy of formal contacts with the Muslim Brotherhood. The agenda of our new negotiating partner? Islamicizing societies, ultimately establishing a global caliphate, destroying Israel and incrementally expanding sharia throughout the West. As Andrew McCarthy, author of the book, The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America, said, “don’t say I didn’t warn you!”

We’re being warned and it’s not enough to wring our hands and groan, “Oy vey!” Edmund Burke said, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” Do not allow evil to triumph. Do not sit by and do nothing.

Yours for Israel and our Jewish people,

Yossi