The Bible Teaching Ministry of David Hocking
“The Word of our God shall stand forever” Isaiah 40:8


April 18th, 2014

by Ari Yashar

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday condemned notices which were sent to Jews in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, asking them to identify themselves as Jews. Kerry called the move “grotesque.”

“In the year 2014, after all of the miles traveled and all of the journey of history, this is not just intolerable, it’s grotesque. It is beyond unacceptable,” Kerry told AFP in Geneva, where he was taking part in crisis talks on Ukraine.

The notices were sent by the “People’s Republic of Donetsk,” part of a pro-Russian separatist movement that has held violent protests and seized government buildings in the city. In response, the Ukrainian government on Sunday launched an “anti-terrorism” operation in the city, leaving one Ukrainian official killed and five injured, as well as untold casualties on the protesters’ side.

The notice, handed out late Tuesday in front of the local synagogue by three men in camouflage uniforms and ski masks who left before police arrived, ordered Jewish residents to register with the pro-Russians or be deported. Novosti Donbassa displayed a copy of the notice, which claimed to target Jews for allegedly supporting Ukraine against the pro-Russians.

The notice orders all Jews over 16 years of age to register in front of the government building that has been occupied by pro-Russian forces. It further orders Jews to pay a registration fee of $50 before May 3 and list all real estate and vehicles owned.

“In case of failure to register, the perpetrators will be stripped of their citizenship and deported forcibly outside the country with confiscation of property,” read the notice.

‘Provocation’ and a ‘political use’ of anti-Semitism?

It remains unclear whether the notice constitutes a new policy being implemented by the local pro-Russian forces, or a “provocation” to stir up violence and change facts on the ground.

The US Ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt, told CNN that “everything that we’re hearing is that this is the real deal, and that it is apparently coming from somebody on the ground there among these radical groups, either to stir fear or to create provocation justifying further violence.”

Those estimations of “provocation” were echoed by Rabbi Pinkhas Vyshedski of the Donetsk Jewish community, who said “what happened of course smells of a provocation. As to who is behind it — that is an open question.”

Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) national director Abraham Foxman similarly raised questions about the notices, saying “we have seen a series of cynical and politically manipulative uses and accusations of anti-Semitism in Ukraine over the past year.”

However, Foxman added “we strongly condemn the anti-Semitic content, but also all attempts to use anti-Semitism for political purposes.”

Anti-Semitism accompanying the Ukrainian crisis

The unrest in Ukraine has brought with it a sharp rise in anti-Semitic attacks on the region’s Jewish population, highlighted by such events as the stabbing of the Deputy Commander of ZAKA Kiev and Hatzalah Kiev Chairman Rabbi Hillel Cohen.

The latest clashes in Donetsk have raised even further fears of a civil war breaking out in Ukraine, between Ukrainian and pro-Russian forces.

Tzvi Magen, the former Israeli ambassador to Russia, told Arutz Sheva on Wednesday night that Russia is orchestrating the confrontations in an attempt to seize greater control over Ukraine.

Earlier this month the Crimean Peninsula, which had been part of Ukraine, held a controversial referendum vote and was annexed by Moscow after a de facto military invasion of the region.

Just last week a New York Times editorial board opinion piece argued that Kerry should leave the peace talks, and instead devote his “attention to other major international challenges like Ukraine.”


April 17th, 2014

by Moshe Cohen (Arutz Sheva News)

Thousands of police and IDF troops will be on duty Thursday, as tens of thousands of Jews arrive at the Kotel (Western Wall) for the Birkat Cohanim (Blessing of the Cohanim) ceremony, a special feature of the Jewish festivals. Troops will be on special alert following the unrest on the Temple Mount Wednesday.

Police will be stationed along all paths to the Kotel, with shuttle buses depositing worshippers outside the Dung Gate adjacent to the Kotel. Private cars are banned in the Old City Thursday, and the public is asked to use public transportation only. Leading the ceremony will be Chief Rabbis Yiztchak Yosef and David Lau.

On Wednesday, Muslims rioters hurled flares and rocks at police forces on the Temple Mount, Judaism’s holiest site. One police officer was reportedly slightly injured. The Temple Mount was closed to Jews Wednesday, and it remained closed Thursday. Six Arab rioters who took part in the rock throwing have been arrested, police said.

Speaking to Arutz Sheva, Dov Kalmanovitz, the Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem, demanded that the Israeli Police close the Temple Mount to Arab visitors. On Thursday, when Birkat Cohanim is conducted, “the Chief Rabbis will visit the Western Wall and thousands will flood the Jewish quarter. It is inconceivable that the Israeli Police prevents Jews, who want to ascend the Temple Mount, from entering, and allows Arabs – who riot – to continue to respect the mosques there and throw stones,” he added. Kalmanovitz then called on police “to maintain security” at the Mount – “either by allowing Jews to ascend to the Mount or by closing it completely.”

“We need to make order out of the chaos which erupts at the site every holiday,” he stressed. “I already expect Arabs to throw stones tomorrow at the Western Wall. We should teach the Arabs a lesson for once and close it for them too.”

Despite being the holiest site in Judaism, Jewish access to the Temple Mount is very limited – including a blanket ban on Jewish worship there – in what activists condemn as a capitulation to Muslim extremism. Israeli police, in an attempt to appease the Muslim Waqf which was left in charge of the compound after the 1967 Six Day War, ban Jews from praying or performing any other form of worship.

Police sometimes close the Mount to Jews altogether in response to Muslim riots – for days or weeks at a time – despite evidence that such violence is usually planned in advance for the specific purpose of forcing Jews out.


April 17th, 2014

by Hezki Ezra (Arutz Sheva News)

MK Moshe Feiglin (Likud) slammed the latest rioting incident on the Temple Mount Wednesday, calling Israel’s control over Judaism’s holiest site a “failure.”

“Over the last five days, the Temple Mount has not been occupied by the Jordanian army, but by a division of Hamas,” Feiglin said.

“The failure of the police to control events the Temple Mount is, in fact, the failure of political leadership in keeping the heart of Jerusalem intact.”

“Continuing to drag our feet on the issue will result in history remembering the Israeli government and its leader as having abandoned the Temple Mount to the Hamas regime,” he added.

According to Feiglin, placing a special unit of Israeli police at the site to specifically prevent riots is the “response is required to maintain our sovereignty over the Temple Mount and Land of Israel as a whole.”

Dozens of Palestinian Arab terrorists rioted against police at the Temple Mount on Wednesday, after Jews were allowed to visit Judaism’s holiest site in light of the Passover holiday.

On Monday, just hours before Passover began, Hamas Islamists rioted on the Mount, waving Hamas flags and “not allowing Jews and tourists into the Mount,” according to activists.

“Hundreds of Jews who came to the Temple Mount for Pesach were astonished to find a police representative standing at the entrance gate and announcing that the Mount had been closed off to Jews after Hamas had taken over the Mount and threatened violence against any Jews who enter,” the Temple organizations reported in a news communique Monday.

On Sunday, over 20 Hamas men stayed overnight on the compound, sparking calls for the police commissioner to resign after it was revealed that police forces had allowed them to do so.

Feiglin’s words echo statements by Temple Institute International Director Rabbi Chaim Richman, who told Arutz Sheva that recent events show Israel’s policies regarding the Mount are a “national catastrophe.”

“In the middle of Jerusalem there is a city-state with diplomatic immunity where the enemy flag is unfurled and where plans are being made to attack Jews… that is absolutely unspeakable,” Richman said Wednesday.

“They keep parroting this meaningless mantra that ‘the Temple Mount is in our hands’, when everyone knows Jordan is sovereign there,” he added, referring to the Waqf Islamic trust which administers the site and is run by the Jordanian government.


April 16th, 2014

Matthew 28:1-20 – by David Hocking

“In the end of the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulcher. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow. And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for He is risen as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead; and, behold, He goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see Him; lo, I have told you. And they departed quickly from the sepulcher with fear and great joy; and did run to bring His disciples word. And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All Hail! And they came and held Him by the feet, and worshipped Him.
Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell My brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see Me. Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done. And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers, saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole Him away while we slept. And if this come to the governor’s ears, we will persuade him, and secure you. So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day. Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. And when they saw Him, they worshipped Him, but some doubted. And Jesus came, and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”

1. Specific PASSAGES in the Old Testament!

(1) Job – Job 19:25-27

“For I know that my Redeemer liveth, and He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.”

(2) David – Psalm 16:9-11

“Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. For Thou wilt not leave My soul in hell: neither wilt Thou suffer Thine Holy One to see corruption. Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in Thy presence is fullness of joy; at Thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”
(quoted by Peter in Acts 2:25-28)

(3) Isaiah – Isaiah 25:8

“He will swallow up death in victory: and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of His people shall He take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken it.”

Read I Corinthians 15:51-58!

(4) Ezekiel – Ezekiel 37:11-14

“Then He said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts. Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, O My people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O My people, and brought you up out of your graves, and shall put My spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken it, and performed it, saith the LORD.”

(5) Daniel – Daniel 12:2-3

“And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars forever and ever.”

Daniel 12:12-13
“Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days. But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days.”

2. Clear PREDICTIONS of Yeshua!

(1) John 2:18-22 – to the Jewish leadership

“Then answered the Jews and said unto Him, What sign shewest Thou unto us, seeing that Thou doest these things? Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt Thou rear it up in three days? But He spake of the temple of His body. When therefore He was risen from the dead, His disciples remembered that He had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said.”

(2) John 11:25-26 – to Martha

“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die. Believest thou this?”

(3) Matthew 20:18-19 – to the 12 disciples
“Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be betrayed unto the chief priests and unto the scribes, and they shall condemn Him to death, and shall deliver Him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify Him: and the third day He shall rise again.”

3. The POWER of Yeshua to resurrect the dead!

(1) A widow’s son – Luke 7:11-16

“And it came to pass the day after, that He went into a city called Nain; and many of His disciples went with Him, and much people. Now when He came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her. And when the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not. And He came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And He said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise. And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And He delivered him to his mother. And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited His people. And this rumor of Him went forth throughout all Judea, and throughout all the region round about.”

(2) Lazarus – John 11:38-45

“Jesus therefore again groaning in Himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it. Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto Him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days. Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God? Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up His eyes, and said, Father, I thank Thee that Thou hast heard Me. And I knew that Thou hearest Me always: but because of this people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that Thou has send Me. And when He thus had spoken, He cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with grave clothes; and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go. Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on Him.

John 12:9-11
“Much people of the Jews therefore knew that He was there: and they came not for Jesus’ sake only, but that they might see Lazarus also, whom He had raised from the dead. But the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus also to death; Because that by reason of him many of the Jews went away, and believed on Jesus.”

(3) His own claims – John 5:21

“For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom He will.”

John 5:24-29
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth My word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. For as the Father hath life in Himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself; And hath given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of man. Marvel not a this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.”

John 6:39-40
“And this is the Father’s will which hath sent Me, that of all which He hath given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of Him that sent Me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on Him, may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”

(4) His own resurrection – John 10:17-18

“Therefore doth My Father love Me, because I lay down My life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of My Father.”

4. The Biblical PRESENTATION of facts relating to the resurrection of Yeshua Himself as recorded in the New Testament!

(1) The INCIDENT regarding His burial

Matthew 27:57-66
“When the even was come, there came a rich
man of Arimathea named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus’ disciple: he went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered. And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulcher, and departed. And there was Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary, sitting over against the sepulcher. Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate, saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while He was yet alive, After three days I will rise again. Command therefore that the sepulcher be made sure until the third day, lest His disciples come by night, and steal Him away, and say unto the people, He is risen from the dead: so the last error shall be worse than the first. Pilate said unto them, Ye have a watch: go your way, make it as sure as ye can. So they went, and made the sepulcher sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch.”

John 19:38-42
“And after this Joseph of Arimathea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus. And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight. Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury. Now in the place where He was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulcher, wherein was never man yet laid. There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews’ preparation day; for the sepulcher was nigh at hand.”

(2) The INFLUENCE of the empty tomb

Upon the women - Matthew 28:8

“and they departed quickly from the sepulcher with fear and great joy”

Upon Peter and John – John 20:1-8

“The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulcher, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulcher. Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulcher, and we know not where they have laid Him. Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulcher. So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulcher. And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in. Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulcher, and seeth the linen clothes lie, and the napkin, that was about His head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself. Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulcher, and he saw, and believed.”

(3) The IMPACT of His post-resurrection
appearances – Acts 1:3 – “seen…40 days”

To Mary Magdalene – John 20:11-18

“But Mary stood without at the sepulcher weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulcher, and seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid Him. And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? Whom seekest thou? She, supposing Him to be the gardener, saith unto Him, Sir, if thou have borne Him hence, tell me where thou hast laid Him, and I will take Him away. Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto Him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master. Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not: for I am not yet ascended to My Father: but go to My brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto My Father, and your Father; and to My God, and your God. Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that He had spoken these things unto her.”

cf. Mary Magdalene – Mark 16:9 – “He appeared first to Mary Magdalene”

To the women – Matthew 28:9-10

“And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail! And they came and held Him by the feet, and worshipped Him. Then said Jesus unto them, Bee not afraid: go tell My brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see Me.”

To Peter – Luke 24:34

“The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon.”

I Corinthians 15:5 – “And that He was
seen of Cephas, then of the twelve.”

To two on the road to Emmaus –
Luke 24:30-35

“And it came to pass, as He sat at meat with them, He took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. And their eyes were opened, and they knew Him; and He vanished out of their sight. And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while He talked with us by the way, and while He opened to us the scriptures? And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them, saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon. And they told what things were done in the way, and how He was known of them in breaking of bread.”
(By breaking the bread, they would have seen the nail prints in His hands!)

To His disciples – John 20:19-20
“Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. And when He had so said, He shewed unto them His hands and His side. They were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.”

Luke 24:36-43
“And as they thus spake, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. And He said unto them, Why are ye troubled? And why do thoughts arise in your hearts? Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself: handle Me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see Me have. And when He had thus spoken, He shewed them His hands and His feet. And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, He said unto them, Have ye here any meat? And they gave Him a piece of broiled fish, and of an honeycomb. And He took it , and did eat before them.”

To Thomas – John 20:24-29

“But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into His side, I will not believe. And after eight days again His disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. Then saith He to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold My hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into My side: and be not faithless, but believing. And Thomas answered and said unto Him, My Lord and my God. Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen Me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.”

To 500 at once – I Corinthians 15:6

“After that, He was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.”

To James – I Corinthians 15:7a

“After that, He was seen of James”

To all the apostles –
I Corinthians 15:7b
“then of all the apostles”

To Paul – I Corinthians 15:8
“And last of all He was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.”

5. The PREACHING of His disciples!

(1) Peter – Acts 2:32
“This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses”

(2) The apostles – Acts 4:33
“And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.”

(3) Paul – Acts 13:30
“But God raised Him from the dead.”

6. The PROMISE of His return!

(1) To His disciples – John 14:3
“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”

(2) To the church in Corinth –
I Corinthians 15:20
“But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.”

(3) To the church in Thessalonica –
I Thessalonians 4:14
“For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him.”


April 16th, 2014

by Ari Soffer

Remarkable footage of the largest and “most dangerous” meeting of Al Qaeda commanders in years has emerged online.

The footage – obtained and translated by CNN – shows the jihadist group’s second-in-command, Nasser al-Wuhayshi, meeting openly with fighters and commanders in Yemen.

Al-Wuhayshi, who heads Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), was apparently unfazed by the prospect of US drone strikes, which have killed several of his predecessors – raising the prospect that the western intelligence community was either unaware of the meeting until it was over, or found out about it too late to scramble attack drones.

But another possibility could be that whilst aware of the meeting, intelligence agencies would have been more interested in listening in to the proceedings for valuable information than disrupting it.

Speaking to the more than 100 assembled fighters, al-Wuhayshi pledged a renewed war on the US.

“We must eliminate the cross… The bearer of the cross is America!” he declares.

The reference to the Christian crucifix has chilling significance given Al Qaeda’s concerted attacks on Christian communities throughout the Middle East and Africa – particularly in Syria, Egypt and Iraq – aimed at erasing the ancient Christian presence in those areas.

AQAP is considered the most dangerous of Al Qaeda’s numerous branches, and has been involved in several recent attempts to strike on American soil, including the infamous Christmas Day underwear bomber plot.


April 16th, 2014

by Haim Lev (Arutz Sheva News)

Senior Likud ministers are warning Jewish Home Chairman Naftali Bennett not to topple the government if Binyamin Netanyahu agrees to release more terrorist murderers from Israel’s jails, as the United States and Palestinian Authority are demanding.

The ministers are quoted anonymously in Israel Hayom as reminding Bennett that the Likud-led government of Yitzhak Shamir was toppled in 1992 by nationalists in protest over Israel’s participation in the Madrid peace talks, and as a result, a leftist government was elected, and the Oslo accords were signed a short time later.

“We all remember the ramifications in the past, after the right wing itself toppled a right-wing government,” the ministers said. “As a result, the left wing gained power and so we got a string of diplomatic moves like Oslo, for which we are paying a heavy price to this day.”

The senior diplomats went further and called on members of the Jewish Home to disobey their party chairman. “Members of Bennett’s party must not cooperate with the threats and must not lend a hand to the toppling of a right-wing government,” they were quoted as saying.

Earlier in the week, Economy Minister Bennett called upon Prime Minister Netanyahu to stop what he called the “steady deterioration” in Israel’s status and shelve the proposal to release hundreds of terrorists in exchange for continued diplomatic negotiations.

“It’s time to draw a red line,” Bennett said on Channel 2. “The State of Israel – even before the Netanyahu era – had been steadily deteriorating. First it freed one terrorist for one soldier, then a hundred terrorists in exchange for one soldier, and now hundreds of murderers – for what?”

He specifically criticized the possibility that terrorists who are Israeli citizens would be released as well. Bennett stressed: “We have to draw the line. I can see how, over time, we are humiliating ourselves. They are talking about releasing the murderers of three soldiers in Wadi Ara on the Night of the Pitchforks (a lethal terrorist attack on a military base in 1992). That means that when we go shopping in the supermarket in Hadera, there will be a terrorist there who murdered three soldiers in basic training with pitchforks and axes, in their sleep.”

Critics warn that the release of terrorists who are Israeli citizens would send a signal to Israeli Arabs that the Palestinian Authority is looking out for them and that Israel’s courts have no real authority over them. This, say the critics, could lead to a further radicalizaion of Israel’s Arab citizens.


April 14th, 2014

by Shimon Cohen (Arutz Sheva News)

Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon (Likud) reiterated his opposition to releasing terrorists in order to continue peace talks on Monday, in light of news that developments after the Passover holiday will “not be good”, according to him.

“Mahmoud Abbas continues to blackmail Israel, and Israel continues to be blackmailed,” Danon said, in a special interview with Arutz Sheva. Danon expressed satisfaction with the decision of Jewish Home (Bayit Yehudi) and others to adopt his position, and place the fourth batch of terrorist releases as a “red line” for remaining in the coalition government.

When asked whether the various Deputy Ministers have coordinated a political walk-out, Danon stated that the issue is not a matter of coordinating politically – but, rather, coordinating shared values [to present to the government].

“You have to stand firm,” he said, over the possibility of a terrorist release. He rejected the notion of adopting other moves to allow the releases – such as enacting a construction freeze or revoking the Israeli Arab terrorists’ citizenship to allow them to be released as residents of the Palestinian Authority (PA).

“I’m ready, for the sake of justice, to stand alone as well,” Danon added, referring to the multiple threats by MKs to resign over the issue. “But to be successful you need more MKs.”

“I intend to continue to lead the fight,” he continued. “This a test to Bennett and his friends and members of the Likud.”

He clarified that in the event the deal goes through, he will send in his resignation letter as soon as the terrorists board a bus to freedom.

“The price I’m willing to pay is also my role [as an MK and Deputy Minister]” he says, noting that extending the negotiation period for peace talks, which would involve the division of Jerusalem and the uprooting of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, contradict the policies on which Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was elected.

Danon called on the Prime Minister to stand by the principles he had outlined at the beginning of the process, when he said the negotiations would be held without any preconditions.

Last week, Jewish Home leader and Economics Minister Naftali Bennett threatened to resign from the government if Arab-Israeli terrorists were released in a possible agreement to trade longtime captive Jonathan Pollard for the release of hundreds of Arab terrorists.

“Israel has been facing a new situation in recent days, with the Palestinian appeal to the UN which flagrantly violated all the agreements with them since the Oslo Accords until today,” Bennett stated Thursday. “The emerging deal, if it includes the release of murderers with Israeli citizenship, harms Israeli sovereignty, and not only that – it is done being when the Palestinians have not cancelled their requests to join international organizations.”

“Therefore, if a proposal for release of Israeli murderers comes before the Cabinet, the Jewish Home will oppose it,” Bennett declared. “If the proposal will pass – the Jewish Home will resign from the government, which frees murderers with Israeli citizenship. Enough is enough.”

Other ministers and MKs followed suit over the past week, including several from Jewish Home. Housing and Construction Minister Uri Ariel stated Friday that his party would not stay in the event of a terrorist release “at any cost.”

Meanwhile, tensions remain high in the coalition, as several leftist MKs have declared in turn that they would resign in the event that peace talks fold.


April 14th, 2014

by Shimon Cohen and Tova Dvorin

Economics Minister and Jewish Home (Bayit Yehudi) Chairman Naftali Bennett wrote an open letter to Arab Israelis Sunday, explaining his stance on the possible deal to exchange peace talks for more terrorist releases and why it harms Israel’s Israeli-Arab minority.

“In this letter I turn to you, Arab-Israeli citizens of Israel, to explain things,” he begins. “There are many reasons to oppose the release of Israeli-Arab terrorists. First of all, they are murderers. Murderers do not get released. This is obvious, this is simple, it is strange to have to remind the public of this and explain it.”

“Jewish Home opposes the decision to release terrorist murderers now and they will in the future,” he continued. “A man who gets up in the morning with the intent to take the lives of men, women, and children is not even acknowledged as a man – we must punish him in the strictest terms possible. There is no forgiveness.”

“In addition, releasing terrorist murderers encourages terror. This is also simple and obvious. Whoever sees his friends released from prison, received with a king’s welcome and wealth after committing murder will take it as an example and the likelihood of him turning into a terrorist himself grows.”

Damage to Equal Rights

Bennett also explained that the move would harm Israeli-Arabs’ national image as a minority group.

“For you, Israeli Arabs, this subject brings up a touchier issue – the connection between you and the State of Israel,” he said. “A deal to release Israeli Arab terrorists would turn you, it seems, into second-class citizens. It hurts you, first and foremost.”

“A deal whereby the head of Fatah demands the release of Israeli Arab terrorists is a disgrace – which is not right – to the Arab sector,” he continued. “A deal like this damages your drive for equal rights. After all, if ‘Abu Mazen will arrange it for you,’ then Jewish Israelis will say, ‘let him arrange everything for you,’ then.”

Damage to the Workforce

Bennett then related to extra efforts by the Israeli government to ensure Israeli Arabs integrate well into wider society, including the workforce.

“Last year, I instructed the Ministry of Economy to make integration of the Arab sector into public employment top priority,” he stated. “To this end, we have invested tremendously in employment centers – especially for Arab women – and given special incentives to employees and employers and increased subsidies for daycare centers by tens of millions of shekels.”

“We have established business centers for the Arab public, established a loan fund for Arab women who wish to become entrepreneurs, and more,” he continued. “Just this week I met a group of hi-tech Arab entrepreneurs in Nazareth, to help them break into the international market.”

“We – the Israeli government, investors, and the public – believe in the need to incorporate Israeli Arabs into society, but a deal like this comes and says that the public, as well as Mahmoud Abbas, makes this sector a part of the Palestinian Authority by default,” he noted. “Would you like for fellow citizens, while you study at Tel Aviv or Haifa Universities, to look at you as representatives of a foreign organization, who have suddenly gained blue Israeli ID cards and now demand to be released from Israeli society? I don’t agree with that, and whoever does, does not do so for your benefit, but to see you lose your legitimacy in Israel.”

“I turn to you, each one of you, and say: respond yourselves to Abbas’s request, and say that fine Hebrew phrase: ‘Keep me from my beloved, I can protect myself from those who hate me.’”

“Or, in simple terms: This is no good,” he concluded.


April 8th, 2014

by Tova Dvorin (Arutz Sheva News)

Palestinian Authority (PA) sources told Walla! News Tuesday that the peace talks – which have not yet ceased, per se’, but are in danger of folding – are not as dire and dramatic as the media makes it out to be.

“It is evident that both sides don’t want the peace process to collapse,” a source told the daily, explaining that the media has over-hyped the drama unfolding during meetings between representatives.

According to the source, a construction freeze in Judea and Samaria is the real sticking point; while “controversy” continues over the PA’s bid to international organizations for legitimacy, terrorist releases, and extending negotiations beyond the April deadline, he hinted that solutions are being discussed.

The construction freeze, however, is “problematic,” and the source explained that “a partial freeze is unacceptable” to the PA.

“We will not allow Minister Uri Ariel to continue to run wild and build Jewish homes under excuses like ‘the tenders have already been approved,’” the PA official snapped. “We’re ready for all of the Israeli government’s tricks. If we are to continue negotiations, a complete freeze needs to be introduced by the end of the months.”

Meanwhile, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon has declared that peace talks are dead, according to Ma’ariv, and lamented that negotiations have seen Israel blamed once again.

“On Passover, we should free ourselves from irrelevant concepts in regard to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” Ya’alon stated Tuesday. “It became clear in recent months, unsurprisingly, that the Palestinian side is interested in getting, not in giving. They told us clearly over the past several months: ‘I will not talk to you about the recognition of Israel as a Jewish state, or giving up the Right of Return.”"

“I am not a doomsayer; I am a realist,” Ya’alon continued. “Unfortunately, on these issues, I find myself repeating over and over again, ‘I told you so.’ I wish it could have been different. I learned that this was so when I was the head of intelligence and now I’ve been shouting it for the past 20 years. Every time, the Palestinians run away from talks and then blame us.”

After a dramatic series of negotiations, Israel officially cancelled the fourth release of convicted Arab terrorists on Thursday and issued harsh sanctions on the PA over its unilateral diplomatic moves to apply for 15 UN-linked agencies.

In response, the PA issued a number of extreme demands against Israel, including the release of over 1,000 terrorists and a withdrawal to 1949 Armistice lines – essentially demanding concessions on all key issues before negotiations even continue.

The PA also continues to blame Israel over talks failing, claiming the release was pre-planned and that Israel merely wanted to stall for time. Ramallah has also blamed “settlement building” for the failure – especially after far-left group Peace Now ran to international media claiming that 700 building tenders had been submitted for Jerusalem housing after peace talks folded.


April 7th, 2014

by Ari Yashar (Arutz Sheva News)

The annual Israel Day Parade on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue, which will take place on June 1, is facing a crisis over the inclusion of three “Jewish groups” that promote the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement targeting the Jewish state.

Several groups are organizing a protest rally for April 8 as part of a campaign to have the parade sponsors remove their invitations to the controversial groups. Further, unless the groups are pulled, several local rabbis, including day school and yeshiva principals, are considering boycotting the event, thereby significantly reducing the number of participants.

Among the BDS-associated groups scheduled to take part: “Partners for Progressive Israel” lists Israeli products to boycott on its website; the New Israel Fund (NIF) has supported BDS and reportedly been encouraging Arab riots; volunteers with B’Tselem have taken part in Arab riots. NIF and B’Tselem have also been implicated in pro-BDS activities, including via subsidiaries, videos and statements. All three are currently set to march in the parade under their own banners.

Making Israel a global pariah at Israel Day Parade

The parade this year is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and has reached a projected size of 35,000 marchers. For the first time, at least four floats representing communities and institutions in Judea and Samaria will take part in the event.

However, Rabbi Aryeh Spero, author of “Push Back: Reclaiming Our American Judeo-Christian Spirit,” notes that is not a reason to provide a counter-platform for BDS.

“Boycotting is an action that far exceeds disagreement. At its core, it is a public venue designed to demonize, ultimately to make something, in this case, the State of Israel, illegitimate. It is a form of anti-Semitism,” the rabbi noted.

“These BDS groups work every day to isolate Israel and make her a global pariah, announcing to the world the names of specific Jewish-owned companies operating in Judea and Samaria that they want punished,” charged Rabbi Spero.

Rabbi Spero adds that “these ‘Jewish’ groups are being invited to infiltrate the Parade, either because of agreement with their tactics or as a way of affirming what the UJA-Federation calls ‘an open tent.’ UJA’s desire for an ‘open tent’ should not devolve into the destruction of the tent.”

Referring to the BDS claims that they target only areas east of the 1949 Armistice line, the rabbi noted “to the world, a boycott is a boycott, east of the Green Line or west of it. Approving one leads to the other. Boycotting Israel will spur future boycotting of those ‘bad’ Jews, for example, in Brooklyn or London.”

The rabbi added that the boycotting groups “never boycott Arab or Muslim businesses, despite the ubiquitous terrorism coming from PA neighborhoods and their violations of human rights. Their outrage is only against the Jewish state and its Jews.”

“Do not stand idly by the blood of your brother”

Showing the widespread fallout the groups’ opposition to the parade may bring about, Rabbi Elie Abadie has threatened to pull the support and float of his Edmond J. Safra Synagogue. He also represents the Moise Safra Community Synagogue, Congregation Magen David of Manhattan, and the Sephardic Academy of Manhattan.

Rabbi Abadie warned he would be “urging every rabbi and leader of every Sephardic organization—as well as many others—in our community” to boycott the parade if the BDS groups were not pulled.

The rabbi decried the BDS-supporters for harming a fellow Jew’s ability to earn a livelihood, citing the Jewish legal precept from the Torah “not to stand idly by the blood of your brother.”

Holocausts ‘always start with boycotts’

“We’re urging the UJA-Federation (lead sponsors of the parade) to pass guidelines that will stop BDS groups from being hosted and promoted by their beneficiary agencies,” said Richard Allen, head of, a group whose mission is “to hold Jewish communal groups accountable.”

Hinting at the serious implications of BDS, Allen presented a photograph from April 1, 1933, showing Nazi storm troopers outside a store in Berlin with signs reading “Do Not Buy from Jews.” Allen noted “it always starts with boycotts.”

“It remains just as evil today, even when done by Jews, often in conjunction with non-Jewish anti-Semites and others who stand against the Jewish state,” added Allen.

Money behind inclusion of “detestable” groups

Jeff Wiesenfeld, a member of the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) which organizes the parade, revealed the decision process that led to the groups’ inclusion.

While a majority of JCRC’s leadership would have opposed the “detestable” BDS groups, according to Wiesenfeld, “there was no debate. It was a decision handed down from ‘above’ because, I think, it was determined that, financially, the UJA stood to lose more from the left if the BDS groups were excluded than they would gain from the right.”

By including the BDS groups, and thereby granting “cover and legitimacy to those who defame Israel as a warm criminal or who seek to harm Israel economically or otherwise,” JCRC is “failing in its duty,” according to Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) president Morton Klein.

Klein stressed that “Jews have a perfect right to live and build homes in Judea and Samaria, the Biblical and legal home of the Jewish people.” Instead of boycotting Israel, Klein suggested focusing “on the real obstacle to peace, the Palestinian Authority (PA).”

To boycott the boycotters

Organizers of the rally against the BDS groups’ inclusion call on those who cannot attend the protest rally, which will be held on Tuesday, April 8, between 4:00-7:00 pm, outside the UJA-Federation headquarters at 130 E. 59th St. in Manhattan, to send protest letters to the UJA and JCRC.

Peter Kohlmann, executive producer of the parade can be reached at 212-983-4800 ext 162 (, while Michael Mittelman, director of the parade, can be reached at 212-983-4800 ext 487 (

“Let the directors of the UJA and other Jewish organizations know of your concerns,” called Rabbi Spero. “Real Jewish leaders should not be indifferent, silent, nor lend support to boycotters and others wishing to tear us down.”

The rabbi added “directors of our Jewish organizations proved their fallibility during the 1930s and ‘40s, teaching us that blind obedience is foolish and leaving our destiny and safety to those who claim they ‘know best’ can be devastating. This time in history, we must not make the same mistake.”

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