It’s still snowing in the US and raining in Israel. Both places are having their ups and downs politically as well.
Ever heard the saying, “I love my country and fear my government?” Apparently even CNN is getting that message from US citizens. A Majority of Citizens! Fifty-six percent say they think the government is so large and powerful it poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens.
Or as Sarah Palin asked recently, “How’s that hopey-changey thing working for you?”
The Czar of Czars in the White House still wants to spend ga-zillions more money that the nation doesn’t have, wants to let the Reid-Pelosi Gulag-masters run legislation while he preens in the adoration of the major news media (minus C-Span and Fox apparently).
In our opinion many of the Bible-believing Christians, hard-core conservatives and a few others stayed home from the last Presidential election. They are no doubt regretting that, just as a lot of liberal Republicans, independents and conservative Democrats are. They voted for Obama – some just to prove that they were not racists to themselves, according to a few voices out there.
You don’t have to prove you aren’t a racist by casting a vote for someone. That is evident in how you think and act and treat people different than yourself. Voting is a whole different matter!
3/3/2010 - Dubai, Damascus and Developing Proxies
REPUBLICANS BETTER WISE UP TOO!
Now that the real conservatives have gotten the tea party folks stirred up, there are some Republican legislators who are coming out from the caves and acting brave and conservative. A few attended the President’s healthcare gab-fest and did pretty well for themselves. We’ll see how they do when it comes time to vote on some of the crackpot, socialist and Marxist legislation that is coming down the pike.
The latest from my sister, Mary:
From the L. A. Times:
1. 45% of all workers in L. A. County ( L. A. County has 10.2 million people) are working for cash and not paying taxes. This is because they are predominantly illegal immigrants working without a green card.
2. 95% of warrants for murder in Los Angeles are for illegal aliens.
3. 75% of people on the most wanted list in Los Angeles are illegal aliens.
4. Over 2/3 of all births in Los Angeles County are to illegal alien Mexicans on Medi-Cal, whose births were paid for by taxpayers.
5. Nearly 46% of all inmates in California detention centers are Mexican nationals here illegally.
6. Over 300,000 illegal aliens in Los Angeles Countyare living in garages.
7. The FBI reports65% of all gang members in Los Angeles are illegal aliens from south of the border.
8 Nearly 60% of all occupants of HUD properties are illegal.
9. 41 radio stations in L. A. are Spanish speaking.
10.. In L. A. County 5.1 million people speak English, 3.9 million speak Spanish.
(There are 10.2 million people in L. A. County.)
(All 10 of the above facts were published in the Los Angeles Times)
Less than 2% of illegal aliens are picking our crops, but 39% are on welfare. Over 70% of the United States ' annual population growth (and over 90% of California ,Florida, and New York ) results from immigration. 39% of inmates in federal prisons are illegal aliens.
TEMPLE MOUNT TEMPEST
Four Israeli policemen and some youthful rock throwers were bruised and banged up this week. It’s the same old stuff… hardline Arabs (Israeli Arabs at that) want to make some headlines so they stir up the kids who want to throw rocks instead of boost cars and run them over to Ramallah. They give the Temple Mount policemen a hard time, refuse to disperse and throw rocks, light a few fires.
Hamas' minister of religious affairs, Taleb Abu Shaar, called on Palestinians to rise up violently against Israel and "protect our Islamic holy places from the risk of Judaization." (J-Post). It’s all based on the fact that Israel plans to clean up and repair some of the historical and holy sites around the nation. One is the edifice erected over the cave of Machpela where Abraham and others are buried in Hebron.
Since it’s also an Arab holy site, and since it offers a chance to challenge Israel, stir up the Arab street toughs, Mahmoud Abbas decided to get their minds off what a flake he is proving to be. With that in mind he moved the Palestinian Authority over to Hebron from Ramallah to hold a meeting. More rock throwing, of course.The idea is that the Arabs cannot even stand to admit that Jews are also descended from Abraham. It is utter nonsense, of course, but that is typically how the PA does business.
In what has become almost a comedy of errors in Dubai (except for Mabhouh, of course) the assassination of the afore mentioned has become a recruiting gold mine for Mossad.
According to the J-Post there is a rush to join Mossad:
“Glasses like those worn by some suspects are flying off the shelves
Sheera Frenkel, Jerusalem
“Would you be prepared to cross-dress? And kill a guest in an adjacent hotel room? If the answer to these questions is a resounding “yes”, and you can also act, enjoy luxury international travel with a twist and can carry off a convincing Irish or Australian accent, then the job could be yours.
“The Israeli spy agency Mossad may be the target of international reproach since it allegedly killed the Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in a Dubai hotel this month, but at home emerging details of the operation have generated Mossad mania.
It has never been more popular in Israel, with stores selling out of Mossad memorabilia and its official website reporting a soaring number of visitors interested in applying to become agents.”Also notable is the fact that one of the top Hamas thugs now says they are convinced that either Egypt or Jordan was behind the hit.
See our radio broadcast on the home page for a loud “I told you so” by yours truly.
Along with that we provide some insight into why they might have liked it done, and a bit of history as well.
YOU LOOK FUNNY IN YOUR GAS MASK
The Post Office is beginning to join the IDF in distributing a pittance of the gas masks the public needs. This week they did a trial run at one location. The old ones came out when Saddam Hussein rocketed Israel. Then in 2006 they were all collected due to their out of date condition. We were told that the new ones would be coming right up.
It’s four years later, and with Iran seriously considering ending the world, the masks are on the minds of a lot of Israelis. It is a sad truth that if a nuke hits in Israel there won’t be any need for a gas mask.
But… if I read my Bible correctly (and I do), Iran is not going to nuke Israel. Stay tuned.
THE MAD THREESOME MEET IN DAMASCUS
Hassan Nasrallah ventured out of his deep Hezbollah bunker in Lebanon to travel to Syria. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran’s pint-sized President (co-dictator) took some time off from denting freedom loving Iranian heads and the gawky President Assad himself played host.
What did they discuss? We weren’t sent an agenda, but let me surmise a bit:
1. No doubt Israel’s ability to sweep into Lebanon should Hezbollah decide to fire rockets at them again.
The Lebanese government is made up of Catholics, Shiites (Hezbollah) that follow Iran and Syria; plus Other Arabs (Sunnis) who are basically nationalists. Their government is threadbare, their military is weak and frightened most of the time, and their politicians often barricade themselves in their government offices because they fear being picked off by snipers or blown to a pink mist by opposing parties. It is not a pretty situation.
Recently the word was put out that if Israel attacked Hezbollah all of Lebanon’s forces would join the fray. That’s somewhere along the line that if someone attacked Elmer Fudd, Daffy Duck would join in his defense.
2. The second agenda item could well have been who’s been bumping off the Hezbollah and Hamas top thugs. In 2008 and last year Hezbollah lost two of their big boys. In January one of Hamas’ killers was targeted successfully. And with the word out that it isn’t the Jews taking them out, there is some real discomfort in radical circles.
Where Israel cannot be blamed, where Egypt and Jordan were named, and where there is a long list of radicals in Lebanon, Gaza, as well as Syria, Jordan, Egypt, and Yemen especially that means that its Arab on Arab.
The US CIA has been emasculated by Jimmy Carter and others so they aren’t whacking anybody. Especially with Eric Holder in the AG’s office wanting desperately to lock up anyone in the intelligence community he can find.
It makes for interesting thought. Stay tuned.
By the way, right after the meeting Syria sent word to Israel that he would be interested in trading pieces of the Golan for a peace treaty. Syria never has signed one since Israel drove them to within 20 miles of Damascus in 1967.
Israel has not answered the offer. Most likely they will say, Thanks. We’ll think about it, and that will be the end of it until Labor takes the Prime Ministership sometime in the future.
PROXY TROOPS AND SOME REVOLUTIONARY GUARDSMEN
Debka.com’s intel guys put out a report recently that says Syria wants Iranian troops to join his own army if he goes up against Israel. I guess he does. Every time Syria has said to knock the chip off their shoulder, Israel has nearly taken their head off too!
Syria wants Iranian troops guaranteed for front against Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 23, 2010, 4:59 PM (GMT+02:00)
Assad wants clear Iranian guarantees
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, after again warning Iran's allies this week that Israel is poised to attack them, finds them less inclined to act as Tehran's surrogates in a potential conflict and more insistent on equality as partners.
Thursday, Feb. 25, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad drops in on President Bashar Assad in Damascus for what their spokesmen have called coordination talks attesting to the strong relations between their two governments. According to debkafile’s Iranian and military sources, their conversation will focus on how to implement the secret military pact their two governments signed in December 2009, which commits each, as well as co-signatories Hizballah of Lebanon and the Palestinian Hamas, to come to the other’s aid if any is attacked by the United States or Israel.
debkafile’s sources in Damascus report that Ahmadinejad put in three phone calls to President Assad, Lebanese President General Michel Suleiman and Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah to warn them that “Iran has reliable information (...) that the Zionist regime is after finding a way to compensate for the ridiculous defeats it suffered by the people of Gaza and Lebanon’s Hizballah.” He added: “Should the Zionist regime repeat its mistakes and initiate a military operation, then it must be resisted with full force to put an end to it once and for all.”
He promised Iran would come to Syria and Hizballah’s aid, should they come under Israeli attack, but left them with the impression that Tehran placed the onus of bringing about Israel's downfall "once and for all" squarely on the shoulders of Syria and Hizballah. Iran would not necessarily fight alongside them.
Neither was satisfied.
Ahmadinejad is due to meet all three of Iran's allies in Damascus Thursday: Assad, Nasrallah and Hamas political secretary Khaled Meshaal. He will find them refusing to go to war against Israel without clear guarantees from Tehran that Iranian military forces will fight alongside them. They want Tehran to abide by their mutual defense pact in full, meaning that Iran will not only open a third front against Israel but also send troops over to fight shoulder to shoulder with Syrian soldiers and Hizballah militia units.
Ahmadinejad's talks in Damascus Thursday are causing concern in Washington and Jerusalem because they are designed to take Iran's secret military treaties a step closer to fruition.
A Western source told debkafile that the Iranian and Syrian presidents will undoubtedly get down to the practicalities of the four-way military alliance, thereby ratcheting up military tensions in the region and making the potential of a looming Middle East war more tangible.
BARRY RUBIN SCORES A BULLSEYE!
Ever the wise observer of things Middle East, Professor Rubin is a man worth reading. And he does a lot of reading himself. Here is a report from an Arab newspaperman that will make Americans sit up and think!
The Region: The real Arab stuff
By BARRY RUBIN
What are the most realistic and moderate Arabic-speaking rulers thinking?
Hussain Abdul Hussain gets it. He’s one of the most interesting Arab journalists who also write in English. In his latest article “Lonely Obama vs. popular Iran”, published in the Huffington Post, he points out what the most realistic people and more moderate rulers in the Arabic-speaking world are thinking.
Theme one: Popularity isn’t so important in the Middle East. “A common perception is that under President Barack Obama, America’s image has improved, and perhaps its friends have increased. But such claims are unfounded, as the opposite proves to be true. International relations, however, are about interests, not sweet talk. As [George W.] Bush went out recruiting allies, and making enemies, Obama lost America’s friends while failing to win over enemies.”
Theme two: What is important is that allies believe you will support and protect them. Obama isn’t doing that. Example A, Iraq. “After losing more than 4,300 troops in battle and spending [a huge amount of money] since 2003, America today cannot find a single politician or group that would express gratitude to Americans for ridding Iraq of its ruthless tyrant Saddam Hussein, and allowing these politicians to speak out freely. On the contrary, shy of making their excellent backdoor ties with Washington known since they fear Obama will depart Iraq and never look back, Iraqi politicians started expressing dissatisfaction with the United States in public.”
Example B, Lebanon. Before Obama took office, more than one-third of the entire population – most of them Sunni Muslims – demonstrated against Hizbullah and Syrian occupation. And the Druse leader Walid Jumblatt said on television that he was proud to be part of America’s plan to spread democracy in the Middle East. But “by the time Obama had made it to the White House, support of America’s allies in Lebanon waned since Obama was determined to appease their foes in Syria and Iran. [Said] Hariri [leader of the moderate forces] and Jumblatt [his former close ally] were forced to abandon their fight for Lebanon’s democracy and freedom” and seek to make a deal with Syria and Hizbullah instead.
Example C, Iran. The people revolted against the autocratic regime and staged mass demonstrations, “but Obama’s Washington was busy sending one letter of appeasement after another to Iran’s tyrants, and accordingly failed to side with the Green Revolution for democracy and freedom. When Obama did show support for the Green movement, it was too little and too late.”
AMONG THOSE worried about a similar lack of US support are Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the small Gulf states, the three North African states, most of Lebanon and those Turks who don’t want to live under an Islamist regime.
Theme three: Iran helps its allies. Hence, Iran has more allies, while the US has fewer. Iran is going up; the US is going down. “Now compare America’s friends around the Middle East to Iran’s cronies, and you can immediately understand why Washington is in trouble, both diplomatically and on a popular level, while Iran is confident as it marches toward producing a nuclear weapon and expanding its influence across the Middle East.”
Iranian ally A, Hizbullah: “Since 1981, Iran has been funding its Lebanese ally Hizbullah, never defaulting on any of its pledged payments. Hizbullah went from an embryonic group into a state within a state, boasting a membership of several thousands and maintaining a private army, schools, hospitals, orphanages, satellite TV and a number of other facilities that have won it the hearts of Lebanon’s Shi’ites, and have given Hizbullah an absolute command over them.”
Iranian ally B, Syria: “Iran has maintained a flow of cash and political support toward Syria for a similar amount of time. Obama has been begging Syria to switch sides and abandon Iran. Judging by the mishaps that always seem to befall America’s friends with time, Syria does not seem likely to change, but is rather playing an Obama administration desperate for whatever it can claim as success in its foreign policy.”
As if to prove the point, immediately after a big American delegation visited Damascus to restore full relations and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told Congress that US policy is seeking to detach Syria from its alliance with Iran, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visited Syria and the two leaders made strong anti-American statements while pledging eternal partnership.
Here’s the headline in the London-based Arabic newspaper Al-Sharq al-Awsat: “Syria and Iran defy Clinton in show of unity.”
And in the Syrian government’s newspaper Tishrin a column explained that if the US wanted a deal with Iran and Syria to achieve peace in the region that would have to include Israel’s elimination.
Iranian ally C, Iraqi insurgents: “In Iraq, Iran does not only fund and train militias and violent groups, but it also funds electoral campaigns of Iraqi politicians, loyal media groups and political parties, thus expanding its influence over Iraq exponentially. Spending billions more than Iran in Iraq, America has seen its money spent to no or little effect.”
And here’s the bottom line: “The comparison between Iran and Obama’s America is simple. While Teheran never let down an ally, offering them consistent financial and political support, Washington’s support of its allies around the world has always been intermittent, due to changes with administrations and an ever swinging mood among American voters, pundits and analysts.
“So while Iran has created a mini-Islamic republic in Lebanon, and is on its way to doing the same in Iraq, America has failed in keeping friends or maintaining influence both in Lebanon and in Iraq.
“And while Teheran brutally suppressed a growing peaceful revolution for change inside Iran, Washington’s pacifism did not win any favors with the Iranian regime, or with its opponents in the Green Revolution.
“While Iran knows how to make friends, Obama’s America has become an expert in losing them.”
Yes! That’s what it’s all about. You know, it’s an interesting point. Obama and company says we should listen to Muslim and Arab voices.
Okay, but which ones? Not, as they are doing, to the apologists for radicalism and the purveyors of conventional nonsense (all that matters is the Arab-Israeli conflict, America should just make concessions, you need to understand how Islamism isn’t a threat, etc.). If you want to know what a dozen Arab governments think and fear – and Israelis, too – this is the real stuff.
The writer is Director at the Global Research in International Affairs Center (GLORIA) (http://www.gloria-center.org) and editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs Journal (MERIA). He blogs at The Rubin Report (http://rubinreports.blogspot.com)
THE NEW PROXY SOLDIER! FIRST CUBA NOW IRAN!
NEW NEIGHBORS FOR US TROOPS IN QATAR?!?!
Read the following:
Syria, Lebanon host Iranian troops, Qatar also willing
DEBKAfile Special Report February 27, 2010, 8:57 PM (GMT+02:00)
Iran further consolidated its anti-US coalition and honed its hard edge against Israel this week with two important defense treaties signed with Syria (covering Lebanon) and Qatar, home to the biggest US air base outside America.
These treaties opened doors for Iranian troops to be stationed in all three countries. According to debkafile's military sources, they are already present in Syria and Lebanon.
On this high note, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Syrian president Bashar Assad and Hizballah chief Hassan Nasrallah, Thursday, Feb. 25, wound up their talks in Damascus - to which Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal was co-opted - on joint military preparations for a Middle East war.
That day too, Israel completed a five-day command exercise against a possible four-front assault by the Tehran-led coalition.
Our sources reveal that after his talks, the Shiite Iranian president make the extraordinary gesture towards the Arab countries he is wooing of attending a two-hour prayer session with Assad at a Sunni mosque in Damascus. Asked about his Shiite sensitivities, Ahmad said, "We are all one Ummah."
Together with Nasrallah, the pair later appeared before the press to scoff at US policies, celebrate their friendship and predict Israel's early annihilation, the day after U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told a U.S. Senate subcommittee the United States had recently urged Syria to "begin to move away" from Iran following the appointment of its first ambassador to Damascus in five years.
Ultimately, she said, the United States expects Assad to curb his ties with Iran and his support for militant groups like the Lebanon-based Hezbollah and Hamas, based in the Gaza Strip.
Assad drew laughs when he told the correspondents that he and Ahmadinejad had just signed "a separation accord, but because of a bad translation "we ended up signing an accord scrapping visas.
debkafile's military sources report that this clause facilitates the passage of Iranian military into Syria and between Syria and Lebanon.
The Iranian president suggested jocularly that "no-one had enlightened her" about the depth of Iranian-Syrian relations and called on the United States to "pack up and leave the region." "A new Middle East - one without Zionists and imperialists - was quickly emerging," he said.
Assad expressed Syria's full support for Iraq's uranium enrichment activities. "To forbid an independent state the right to enrichment amounts to a new colonialist process in the region," he said.
In Doha, Iran's defense minister Gen. Ahmad Vahidi and Qatari chief of staff Gen. Hamad bin Ali Attiya put their signatures Wednesday, Feb. 24 to military contracts providing for "the exchange of technical and expert delegations, the expansion of cooperation in personnel training and joint campaigns against terrorism and elements behind regional insecurity."
This language covers the dispatch of Iranian officers and soldiers to Doha, a sight the US and Saudi Arabia hoped never to witness. The "elements behind regional insecurity" refer to the United States and Israel.
The big US air base was established at Al Udeid, Qatar, to keep the Persian Gulf and its oil resources safe and curb Iranian expansion. That its rulers were now willing to host the Iranian defense minister and establish military ties with Tehran is another landmark in that expansion drive and a serious setback for America's regional standing.
ANOTHER PROXY WAR:
Proxy War in the Arabian Peninsula INSS Insight No. 164, March 1, 2010
Guzansky, Yoel and Schachter, Jonathan
The recently announced ceasefire between the Yemeni government and Shiite rebels will ideally end what has been the largest military mobilization in the Arabian Peninsula since the 1991 Gulf War. To many observers, the war was no less than a regional front line between Shiite Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia. The ending or at least the slowing of the conflict might spell some relief for the Yemeni government, which is concurrently battling al-Qaeda and an active secessionist movement.
Although Sana’a has been fighting the rebels intermittently since 2004, the latest round was the most bloody of the past six years. The conflict intensified last summer when Sana'a launched Operation Scorched Earth. Saudi Arabia stepped deeply into the fray in early November when rebels seized a strategic mountaintop inside Saudi Arabia, occupying a few villages and killing two Saudi soldiers in the process. While the Yemeni army was attacking the rebels from the south, the Saudis attacked from the north, in a classic pincer movement.
The well-equipped Saudis used infantry and artillery as well as European-made Tornado and US-made F-15 fighters in an attempt to crush the rebellion deep inside Yemeni territory. They also enforced a partial naval blockade in the northwest corner of Yemen to cut off any potential arms supply lines to the Shiite rebels from Iran – the same route Yemeni smugglers use to transfer arms from Iran to Hamas in Gaza.
Although reporters have been barred from the war zone and Riyadh and Sana'a imposed a media blackout, numerous reports have indicated that the population suffered tremendously and that atrocities were committed by both sides. According to some reports the death toll of Yemeni rebels and civilians is in the thousands, and aid agencies claim that up to a quarter of a million people have fled their homes since the conflict started. During the fighting the Saudis didn't hesitate to use non-proportional force. In one case it was reported that a few hundred rebels were shot at by Saudi jets after refusing to evacuate a border era: "They didn't respond so we killed them all," said an assistant to the Saudi secretary of defense
The rebels, numbering around 7,000 fighters, turned the conflict from an ideological revivalist movement into more of a classic insurgency capable of guerrilla warfare in the region’s mountainous areas. The Yemeni government waited to negotiate until the rebels were weakened so as to talk from a position of relative strength. Under the ceasefire agreement, the rebels have agreed to release captured soldiers and property, withdraw from strategic positions in Saudi territory, abide by the constitution, and remove all roadblocks, but it is unclear if there was any commitment to stop fighting Saudi Arabia.
Indeed, after more then three months of fighting it is not clear if the Saudis were able to attain their goal of a rebel-free zone (akin to Israel’s former “security zone” in Lebanon) extending 10 kilometers inside Yemeni territory. Despite their advantage in firepower the Saudis lost more soldiers and military equipment than they anticipated (133 dead at last count), and some 240 villages in Saudi Arabia have been evacuated. The rebels also claimed that they had shot down a few Yemeni MiG fighter aircraft and a Saudi Apache attack helicopter supporting ground troops.
Although the goal of Saudi Arabia’s intervention was purportedly to defend the “territorial integrity” of the Kingdom, its true purpose was to stem the perceived Iranian influence at the Saudi doorstep: “The real accusation is that Iran is interfering in Yemen's internal affairs,” said Saudi foreign minister Saud al-Faisal in response to Iranian president Ahmadinejad, who denounced what he called “Saudi military intervention” against the Shiites.
Iran seems to have benefited from its alleged connection to the conflict by having a third party demonstrate its growing regional power and military reach. The parallels to Iranian involvement in Lebanon and to a lesser extent in Gaza are noteworthy, and the Iranian use of proxies has not gone unnoticed. US secretary of state Hillary Clinton directly accused Iran of acting against the Saudis, and in a recent visit to Saudi Arabia she charged that "Iran has funded terrorists that have launched attacks within other countries, including the Kingdom."
To be sure, the US and Yemeni governments have very different sets of priorities. For the US, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) is the number one concern; for its part, the Saleh government’s focus in on staying in power. This means defeating the Shiite rebellion and putting down the southern secessionist movement. Saleh will fight al-Qaeda seriously only if convinced that AQAP poses a threat to his rule. Complicating matters further, he is reported to have been recruiting experienced al-Qaeda operatives to help fight the Shiite rebels.
So far the fighting has not significantly changed the regional balance of power, but there are fears in Riyadh that Yemen’s deteriorating stability presents an opportunity for further meddling by Iran, Saudi Arabia’s regional nemesis. If Iranian involvement thus far has not been as massive as claimed by the Saudis and Yemenis, Iran, given its track record, undoubtedly would be tempted to increase its involvement in the wake of the Saudi military intervention, realizing what became a self-fulfilling prophecy.
After the ceasefire came into force there were reports on more clashes, which suggests that without resolving the fundamental grievances that started the conflict in the first place, most of them not related to Yemen, in the near future the country will be used again as a battlefield in the proxy war between Shiite-Iran and Sunni-Saudi Arabia. (Courtesy INSS at http://www.inss.org.il/publications.php?cat=21&incat=&read=3834)
I’ve always been a bit saddened at the naïve way our American politicians handle foreign affairs. Perhaps the best two presidents in my memory on this are the sad Richard Nixon and the grand Ronald Reagan.
Nixon was very wise in his dealings with China and a host of other places, including Israel, who he didn’t like tremendously, but because his mother said to always be their friend, supported.
Reagan had that “down home” sense of right and wrong that many folks have by not getting too far from their roots. Reagan could “walk with kings and talk with the common man.” We thought W was going to be able to do that, and in the early days he did. But then, later, he kicked the fence down and in our opinion, let the flakes at the State Department run him, and that was the end of wisdom.
Where the Middle East is concerned, we note that most US politicians are too Westernized to be able to really admit the realities of life in the Sandy Circle of Arab countries with Israel at the hub.
One of the accolades that I treasure is the oft-repeated phrase from Israeli friends that “You are more Israeli than some Israelis!” What they mean by that is that for some reason I have been able to absorb a lot of the truths about the region that many who make aliyah (become citizens) miss.
But don’t forget that I have studied, traveled and lived in Israel for twenty-four years off and on. I have listened to Arabs of every belief and Israelis of all stripes as well. I even had dinner one night with an Israeli Arab who trusted me enough to invite me to his home near Nazareth, wanted to introduce me to his father, and then whispered, “I am Hamas.”
For my part, I just about fell out of the buggy! I did blurt out, “How can you possibly believe in that bloody nonsense?!” With that he was up from the table and out of the room, never to be seen again. I’ve told you life is interesting in Israel!
ON THE IRAN/ISRAEL FUTURE
The more I watch Iran’s actions in Syria, promoting Hezbollah and Hamas to work against some Arab nations the more convinced I am that they are pulling a bit of prestidigitation (fast, misdirection). I believe that they are serious about their actions but that it is intended most of all to keep people from focusing on the nuclear successes they are experiencing.
And the “riots” and freedom movement are doing the same thing. There are a lot of people who are looking at different aspects of Iran. If the mullahs can keep that going on while they rush to get the bomb and the delivery mechanics all worked out, they will then be ready to threaten their neighbors and to send the bomb to Israel.
As I said earlier, I don’t see Israel being wiped out by Iran in light of Scripture. You may or may not think it wise to look to the Bible for world events, but it is my belief and faith to do so.
I DO believe however that Iran may indeed try to nuke Israel, or may send a smaller attack, but as for its destruction of Israel, in my opinion, that is not in the near future. Too many items in prophecy are yet to come to pass. In other words, I believe that there is a chronology that is real, and such a real attack is not a part of that. That Iran will try I do believe, and they will continue to try until there is either a change of regime or an attack by Israel, the US or someone else that destroys the nuclear capability.
For those who don’t know or trust the Scriptures, I don’t have any kind of ability to convince you. I’ll tell you this, however: an honest reading of the Bible’s prophecies and their fulfillment to date should convince anyone with “eyes to see.” I make no apology for my faith in the Word of God. But, at the same time, I know that God is not a burglar of the will, and will not make anyone who resists Him a mental robot.
We are doing a lot of speaking on this subject currently. People want to know what the current events mean in light of Bible prophecy. It is an exciting time to be alive.
Our suggestion is that you beware of many of the so-called experts that drown the internet. Many of them seem to be inventing more than they are interpreting, and there is always a move to be “fresh and inventive” when trying to play to an audience. Look for the men with a track record of honesty, balance and fundamental belief system.
Well, until next week, we will say Shalom, and thank you for your time spent with us. We do appreciate your support, friendship, prayers and encouragement.
Genesis 12:3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all the families of the earth be blessed.
Psalm 25:22 Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles.
Psalm 60:12 Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies.
Psalm 122:6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.
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