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NETANYAHU: A COUNTRY CANNOT BE RUN ON ARGUMENTS

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

NETANYAHU: A COUNTRY CANNOT BE RUN ON ARGUMENTS
by Tova Dvorin (Arutz Sheva News)

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu addressed a series of pressing national and security issues Sunday, elaborating at length on such issues as Iran, the ‘Jewish State Law,’ and bills against incitement, in his opening remarks to his Cabinet meeting.

Netanyahu first addressed Iran.

“Last night US Secretary of State John Kerry updated me on the situation in the nuclear talks with Iran,” he said. “We are anxiously monitoring developments in these talks.”

“We are holding discussions with the representatives of other major powers and are presenting them with a vigorous position to the effect that Iran must not be allowed to be determined as a nuclear threshold state,” he added. “There is no reason why it should be left with thousands of centrifuges that could enable it to enrich uranium for a nuclear bomb in a short time.”

“Neither is there any reason why Iran should continue to develop intercontinental missiles, which could carry nuclear warheads, and thereby threaten the entire world,” he continued. “Therefore, no agreement at all would be preferable to a bad agreement that would endanger Israel, the Middle East and all of humanity.”

Iran and six world powers are holding talks in Vienna in an attempt to reach a lasting agreement on Tehran’s disputed nuclear program before a deadline on Monday.

While world leaders have said that Iran and the West have “never been closer” to an agreement, Israel has warned repeatedly that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has embarked on a “charm offensive” to buy time to continue building nuclear warheads.

Fighting terror at home

The Prime Minister then addressed an upcoming vote on proposals to strip Israeli citizenship from Israeli Arabs involved in terror attacks.

“Over the weekend I instructed Cabinet Secretary Avichai Mendelbit, along with Interior Minister Gilad Erdan, to submit draft legislation to revoke rights from residents who participate in terrorism or incitement against the State of Israel,” he said.

“It cannot be that those who attack Israeli citizens and call for the elimination of the State of Israel will enjoy rights such as National Insurance, and their family members as well, who support them.”

“This law is important in order to exact a price from those who engage in attacks and incitement, including the throwing of stones and firebombs, and it complements the demolition of terrorists’ homes, and helps to create deterrence vis-à-vis those who engage in attacks and incitement,” he added.

Netanyahu’s declaration emerges hours after Erdan revoked the residency status of Mahmoud Nadi, the driver for the suicide bomber responsible for the June 2001 Dolphinarium attack.

‘Jewish State’ tensions

Netanyahu also addressed tensions surrounding the upcoming ‘Jewish State Law,’ which is due to be voted upon by the Cabinet later Sunday.

“Today, I will submit to the Cabinet the nationality law and the principles that I believe need to guide this legislation,” he began. “The State of Israel is the national state of the Jewish People. It has equal individual rights for every citizen and we insist on this. But only the Jewish People have national rights: A flag, anthem, the right of every Jew to immigrate to the country, and other national symbols. These are granted only to our people, in its one and only state.”

Netanyahu then deflected heavy criticism from the political left over the law.

“I hear from people who say ‘Who needs this law? We’ve managed without it for 66 years,'” he stated. “And I ask: Who needed Basic Law: Human Dignity and Liberty? We managed without it for 45 years. But both are necessary. Israel is a Jewish and democratic state. There are those who would like the democratic to prevail over the Jewish and there are those who would like the Jewish to prevail over the democratic. And in the principles of the law that I will submit today both of these values are equal and both must be considered to the same degree.”

The Prime Minister noted that the new law addresses current realities, especially regarding incitement from within Israel.

“This law is also needed now for another reason: There are many who are challenging Israel’s character as the national state of the Jewish people,” he explained. “The Palestinians refuse to recognize this and there is also opposition from within.”

“There are those – including those who deny our national rights – who would like to establish autonomy in the Galilee and the Negev,” he continued. “Neither do I understand those who are calling for two states for two peoples but who also oppose anchoring this in law. They are pleased to recognize a Palestinian national state but strongly oppose a Jewish national state.”

He also denied that he changed the law, radically, to account for opposition from Justice Minister Tzipi Livni.

“On the eve of last Independence Day, I stood in the hall where the Declaration of Independence was signed in Tel Aviv and I promised to submit this legislation to the Cabinet and I am doing so today,” he said. “I have not softened it and I have not changed anything. I have submitted the principles of the law that I believe in, the same principles that appear in the Declaration of Independence, the same principles that I absorbed in the Zionist sprit from my father, who absorbed them from Zeev Jabotinsky and from Binyamin Zeev Herzl.”

“Around the nationality law, and around other issues, I hear ultimatums, diktat and threats of quitting from various parts of the coalition; a country cannot be run this way,” he stressed. “We must concentrate on strengthening security against waves of extremist Islam and the Iranian nuclear danger, on strengthening Israel’s economy and increasing citizens’ welfare – and not on threats. I believe that the heads of the parties in the coalition will unite and work in this spirit.”

HAMAS THREATENS: ALL ISRAELI LEADERS “LEGITIMATE TARGETS”

Friday, November 21st, 2014

HAMAS THREATENS: ALL ISRAELI LEADERS “LEGITMATE TARGETS”
by Tova Lovrin (Arutz Sheva News)

Hours after Liberman assassination plot foiled, Hamas calls for more ‘revenge’ against ‘leaders of the occupation.’

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri justified a foiled plan to assassinate Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beytenu) on Friday, claiming that while he does not personally know of information regarding the plot, “all the leaders of the occupation are considered legitimate targets for resistance.”

“The leaders of the occupation, who are responsible for the killing of women and children and the desecration of holy places, are legitimate targets,” he said, in remarks translated by Channel 10 news.

On Thursday, the Israeli Security Agency (ISA or Shin Bet) revealed that three Hamas terrorists had been planning to assassinate Liberman during Operation Protective Edge over the summer by buying RPG missiles and then launching them at the foreign minister’s car, in hopes that the attack would stop Israel’s military operation in Gaza.

The terrorists – Ibrahim Salim Mahmoud Zir, 37, Ziad Salim Mahmoud Zir, 35, and Adnan Amin Mahmoud Tzabih, 31 – were caught while carrying out surveillance on Liberman’s Nokdim home.

Less than twelve hours later, Palestinian Arab sources revealed that another series of attacks had been prevented after the ISA busted a large terror cell in Judea and Samaria – Hamas terrorists who had been conscripted via Hamas agents in Turkey to commit terror attacks in the region as well as in Jerusalem.

Hamas leader Mahmoud Al-Zahar on Sunday declared that the group was intending to widen its terror scope throughout Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, and that it intends to continue to lead the Palestinian Arab camp which advocates for armed struggle until Israel is destroyed.

Hamas has been escalating its incitement campaign against Jews and Israelis through heightened rhetoric and social media, releasing earlier this week a music video in broken Hebrew encouraging “car attacks” against Israeli citizens.

IN THIS STRUGGLE, ISRAEL CAN PREVAIL!

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

IN THIS STRUGGLE, ISRAEL CAN PREVAIL!
Dr. Mordechai Kedar

Israel can withstand and overcome the current wave of violence, which is just another chapter in the struggle against Arab and Islamist hatred. But to do so, there are concrete steps that Israel should take – now!.

During these difficult days of increasing terror, the most urgent question is: What can we do in order to cope optimally with the growing terrorist violence in Israel, knowing that behind the scenes there are several players who are expending intense efforts to bring about an explosion.

Leading the pack is Hamas, whose goal is to become the undisputed leader of the Palestinian Arabs at the expense of the Palestinian Authority – and, for good measure, giving Sisi something to remember.

Supporting Hamas is a coalition composed of Qatar and Turkey, with unlimited sources of funds.

The PLO, at the same time, is trying to hold on to first place and cannot allow itself to appear less extreme than Hamas, for fear it will be accused of cooperating with Israel. This is the origin of the two-faced behavior of the PA: on the one hand, it presents a cooperative face to Israel and on the other hand, it stabs Israel in the back, through incitement and education, on the street and in international forums.

Qatar bases its standing in the Arab world and the West by pouring oil on the fire, exactly as it does with Islamic State. Hypocritically, in the usual Qatari fashion, it funds Islamic state while, as part of the Western coalition, it expresses support for those who fight it.

Behind the scenes of the growing terror Israel faces stands Islamic State, the model for successful battles against the enemies of Islam: massacre the enemy, act with extreme violence and use fast vehicles that give the impression of Jihad’s sweeping, advancing victory. The murderers who entered the Jerusalem Synagogue did not bring long butcher’s cleavers for nothing.

The answer:

The time for politically correct euphemisms is over and the unpleasant truth must be told as it is. First of all, Israel must say emphatically: the Palestinian Authority established on the basis of the Oslo Accords is an enemy entity, an enemy whose goal is establishing an Arab state in place of Israel, not alongside Israel, but on its ruins. That is the reason the Oslo Accords were violated so blatantly and thoroughly by the other side, resulting in them being declared null and void..

In addition, Israel must cease funding the PA on the basis of economic agreements derived from the Oslo Accords. There is no other country that funds an enemy entity, and there is no reason for Israel to be the only country that acts in such a delusional manner.

The government of Israel must condemn those among us who were instrumental in giving us the “New Middle East”, even those who once held posts of high honor.

2. Israel must announce as clearly as possible that Jerusalem is not a subject in any negotiations with anyone. It was never the capital of any entity connected to the Arab or Islamic world and was never ruled by a king, sultan, emir or caliph, so that there is no historical or legal basis for demanding that it be the capital of any state other than Israel.

3. Israel has to remind the entire world that Judea, Samaria and Eastern Jerusalem were areas occupied by Jordan for 19 years, from May 1948 until June 1967. Had the Arab world felt it was just and necessary, it could have established a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital then, without anyone in the world disputing it. The Arabs refrained from doing that for the 7000 days in which Jordan had control of the area and therefore have no right to demand from Israel what they did not demand from themselves.

5. Israel must immediately shut down all the PA institutions in Jerusalem and any governmental entity that is not that of the state of Israel. Sovereignty cannot be shared or compromised on, because he who compromises with regard to his sovereignty loses it.

6.The police must issue a restraining order against all Islamic Movement activists, first and foremost to Sheikh Raad Salah and his deputy Sheikh Kamal el Khatib. After that, the possibility of issuing an order forbidding them to leave Um El Fahem and Kafr Kana should be considered.

7. Israel must immediately shut down all the Hamas TV stations broadcasting in Judea and Samaria.

8. Israel must keep the bodies of all dead terrorists who committed terror attacks. To all events, Israel must forbid their burial in Jerusalem, especially not in the vicinity of the Temple Mount, because burial in that spot is an expression of pride in the shahid and encourages more terror.

9. Israel must announce that it is building a new neighborhood, a new settlement or at least a new building in Jerusalem or Judea and Samaria in memory of every terror victim. Let the terrorists discover that terror makes the Jewish People’s connection to its land stronger.

10. Israel must change the way it views Europe. This continent is gradually turning into an Islamist area, and European politicians are becoming more and more dependent on the Muslim voter. They have to take stands dictated to them by the voters in their electoral district, and these brought their visceral hatred of Jews and Israel with them from their countries of origin. I do not see this pattern changing, so that for Israel, relying on Europe is a waste of effort at best and under normal circumstances, like entering hostile territory.

11. Israelis have to internalize the fact that their neighbors do not want them in the Middle East, and that Tel Aviv and Ramat Hasharon as seen as “settlements” just as Eli, Shilo and Neve Daniel are. The entire Peace industry is just froth topping the waves of the stormy waters of the Middle East. It succeeded in blinding us to the point where we did not accept the reality of the situation and it managed to neutralize the will of some of us to fight for our land and freedom, but it had no absolutely no effect on our neighbors.

12. Israel must develop a psychological mindset that prepares it for a multi-pronged struggle, because many of the countries in the world are against the existence of the state of Israel and will do anything to weaken its security, economic stability and legitimacy.

Israel must publicly condemn people, such as Martyn Indyk, who accept funding from countries like Qatar which uses its money to influence political stands vis a vis Israel.

13. Israel’s justice system must internalize the fact that we are struggling for our survival. We cannot relate to enemies of the state as if they are deserving of mercy at the hands of our country’s legal system. The legal system was not intended to make the state vulnerable but to base it on law and order so that it can continue to function during difficult times.

14. The people of Israel must trust in God and in themselves, they must be prepared to fight for their existence. This struggle is infinitely more important than what the Knesset and the media have been stressing – VAT on purchasing an apartment or any internal political struggle. Ministers and MK’s must rise above narrow party considerations and begin to lead the Jewish people in its struggle to keep its land, state and liberty.

CNN APOLOGIZES FOR “ISRAEL SHOOTS PALESTINIANS” HEADLINE

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

CNN Apologizes For ‘Israel Shoots Palestinians’ Headline

CNN has apologized for one of several errors in its reporting of Tuesday morning’s brutal terrorist attack in Jerusalem.

In one particularly jarring error, the headline presented for the story broadcast live to tens of millions of viewers read: “Israeli… Police Shot, Killed 2 Palestinians.” The headline sparked outrage, with one prominent Israeli activist calling for the CNN reporter responsible to have his press credentials removed.

Several hours and countless angry responses later, the international news corporation finally apologized.

“As CNN updated its reporting on the terrorist attack on the synagogue in Jerusalem earlier today, our coverage did not immediately reflect the fact that the two Palestinians killed were the attackers. We erred and regret the mistake,” said a statement.

But the particular headline in question was just one of a raft of CNN bloopers surrounding the attack – leading many Israelis suspicious that the “mistake” had more to do with the corporation’s editorial line than human error, with some accusing reporters of bending over backwards to play-down Palestinian violence.

CNN apologizes

One particularly embarrassing, headline aired shortly after the story broke, read “Deadly Attack on Jerusalem Mosque,” while another seemed to play down the role of the “2 Palestinians” (i.e. terrorists) who were killed by police by equating their death with those of their victims, blandly proclaiming: “4 Israelis, 2 Palestinians Dead in Jerusalem.”

Yossi Dagan, the head of media relations for the Samaria Regional Council, filed a formal complaint Tuesday with the Government Press Office (GPO) in response to the headlines. “There is no reality elsewhere in the world where journalists can report a terror attack in this style,” he stated. “This rule should also apply to foreign reporters in Israel. There is good and there is bad, there are killers and there are victims.”

Read: What Really Happened in Tuesday’s Synagogue Massacre?

“The media arena in recent years has become an equally important battlefield for Israel, and it must use all the tools at its disposal to demand certain baselines in its media coverage,” he continued. “Coverage like this legitimizes the next murder; whoever loses in this loses the next war as well.”

“CNN’s strange headline is a direct continuation of a series of other reports in the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that appeared recently,” the letter said, noting by way of example the report on the car rampage near the Jerusalem light rail last month by the Associated Press which began with the title “Israeli police shot a man in East Jerusalem.”

CRISIS IN NIGERIA GROWS MORE DESPARATE!

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

CRISIS IN NIGERIA GROWS MORE DESPARATE!
by Amie Cotton (ASSIST MINISTRIES)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (ANS) — Gunfire and bomb blasts are filling the city of Mubi in northeast Nigeria with smoke and corpses while a Nigeria-based ministry assisted by Christian Aid Mission struggles to meet the needs of a growing number of Internally Displaced People (IDP).

Thousands of people in Adamawa state, Nigeria are fleeing Islamic extremist group Boko Haram.

“The situation is so horrific, as all people, including women, children and the aged alike, trek for over 50 kilometers, some of whom have died on the road,” the director of the ministry based in the area said. “The second biggest city in Adamawa state is now occupied by Boko Haram insurgents, killing anyone they see.”

The ministry has begun rescuing groups of IDPs and transferring them to a safe location. Since the Islamic extremist Boko Haram began its takeover of Mubi in late October, many have fled to Yola, all of them dependent on humanitarian aid. The rescue mission has cost 120,000 naira (US$723) in just the last three days, and the director expects the ministry will need more than 1 million naira (US$6,026) to feed, clothe and resettle people in the coming days.

Boko Haram, which seeks to impose a strict version of sharia (Islamic law) on all of Nigeria, now occupies Mubi, once a city of 300,000 people, as well as Michika, Madagali and Bazza, the director said. Designated a terrorist organization by the United State, Boko Haram is said to have threatened to seize the key city of Yola within a few weeks.

Having recovered two children captured by Boko Haram, the Nigerian ministry providing aid to those fleeing the Islamist terrorist group must relocate if it is to continue providing relief and development projects in Christ’s name.

In the course of seizing the town of Mubi, in Nigeria’s far northeastern state of Adamawa, Boko Haram militants kidnapped two children of a Christian Nigerian worker aiding people who have fled violence.

“We had combed the bush and checked in refugee camps, and now the Lord enabled them to be released to us,” said the director of the ministry. “Thank God for the safety of our two kids. They were in the hands of Boko Haram, who kept these kids for three days.”

“We had combed the bush and checked in refugee camps, and now the Lord enabled them to be released to us,” said the director of the ministry. “Thank God for the safety of our two kids. They were in the hands of Boko Haram, who kept these kids for three days.”

Islamic extremists with Boko Haram reportedly control more than two dozen towns and villages in Nigeria’s far northeast in their bid to establish a caliphate and impose sharia (Islamic law) throughout the country. There are indications that they are moving toward the state capital, Yola.

The ministry must temporarily relocate aid and development workers to other safe areas until security improves, as well as relocate staff members from its school of missions to another state, he said.

More than 17,000 Internally Displaced People – including 6,000 children – have been registered in six camps in Yola, according to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). The ministry director requested prayer for efforts to meet needs.

“We have to show our Christian love and spirit to support these people,” said the director, who is still searching for some of his ministry’s staff members lost in the commotion. “Some of them that we have taken are not even known to us; some are Muslims, and others are Christians – you have to help all persons regardless of their religious and ethnic affiliations. That is what Christ came to do.”

“Pray for our work right now among the refugees,” he said. “Men and women and children are under severe trauma from passing through the pain of losing loved ones, losing homes and property, and having to eat like beggars. It’s painful.”

“Now it is time for us to move and to move quickly,” the director said. “Boko Haram has finally taken over some major cities and are approaching. By next week, we will have started transferring to Abuja. So much funding is needed to enable this relocation.”

JEWISH WORSHIPPERS MASSACRED DURING MORNING PRAYERS

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

JEWISH WORSHIPPERS MASSACRED DURING MORNING PRAYERS
by Israel Today Staff

The seething situation in Jerusalem took a turn for the worse early Tuesday morning when Palestinian Arab terrorists entered a local synagogue and attacked Jewish worshippers conducting traditional morning prayers.

Two Muslim assailants entered the Kehilat Yaakov synagogue complex in the religious Jerusalem neighborhood of Har Nof shortly after dawn armed with a pistol, knives and axes.

Four Israelis were killed and another nine were wounded, many of them seriously, during the bloody rampage. Eyewitnesses who survived the attack said the terrorists did not wear head covering, but were shouting “Allah Akbar” – “Allah is Greater” – as they shot and hacked at their Jewish victims.

RABBI GOREN AND THE TEMPLE MOUNT

Monday, November 17th, 2014

RABBI GOREN AND THE TEMPLE MOUNT
(Jerusalem Post Article)

The controversy with the Wakf is a nationalistic issue, but there is also an halakhic issue on which rabbis disagree. The late Chief Rabbi Goren tried to arrange a mass prayer on the Mount in 1967 and was stopped by the government.

Next week on the 24th day of the Jewish month Mar Cheshvan (Monday) will be twenty years since the death of the Chief Rabbi of Israel, the Gaon, Rabbi Shlomo Goren ztz’l. In these days, when Har Habayit (the Temple Mount) is in the headlines, it is worth quoting segments from his book “Har Habayit”, published a year before his death. In his book, he investigates in detail the site of the Mikdash (Holy Temple) and the azarot (Temple courtyards), areas that are forbidden to enter even after immersion in a mikveh (a bath used for the purpose of ritual immersion in Judaism), and areas that Jews are permitted to enter after immersion.

The time was the days of the second Rabin government, which conducted agreements with the PLO terrorist organization, and handed over parts of the Land of Israel to our enemies. In his introduction to the book he wrote: “Currently, when Jewish sovereignty over the Temple Mount is in danger, Mount Moriah is liable to become the subject of negotiation between us and the Arabs, and unfortunately, there are politicians who are willing to negotiate our sovereignty over the Temple Mount, relying on the alleged prohibition of the Chief Rabbinate to enter Har Habayit. This prohibition is liable to be used as an excuse to hand over the nation’s Kodesh ha’Kodashim (inner sanctum) to the Muslims. Therefore, I decided to publish the book now, from which it will be proven that there are large areas of the Temple Mount which all Jews are permitted to enter, according to all halakhic opinions, after immersion in a mikveh…”(p.15).

The Reasons for the ‘Heter’

Rabbi Goren:’… the key to our sovereignty over Judea, Samaria and Gaza is the Temple Mount.’
The Temple Mount is composed of two areas. The first, which is the smallest area, includes the site of the Holy Temple and the courtyards, and is called machaneh shechina (the inner azara), which nowadays is forbidden to enter because we cannot be cleansed from tumat met (defilement of the dead). The second area, which includes the majority of the Temple Mount, is called machaneh levia, and it is permitted to enter these areas today after immersion. Indeed, in the years preceding the establishment of the State of Israel the rabbis, including Rabbi Kook ztz’l, instructed us not to enter the Temple Mount at all, for fear that people might go beyond the permitted areas and enter forbidden places.

Three factors prompted Rabbi Goren to permit going up to the majority of areas on the Temple Mount: 1) the precise mapping of the Temple Mount conducted by the I.D.F. Engineer Corps under his orders after the liberation of the Temple Mount; with these maps, it was possible to accurately determine which areas were permitted to enter according to all halakhic opinions. 2) The many testimonies that for more than a thousand years after the destruction of the Holy Temple, Gedolei Yisrael (eminent rabbis) used to pray on the Temple Mount in the permitted areas. 3) The threat to Jewish sovereignty on the Temple Mount.

It is possible that one of the motivations for placing the warning signs not to enter the Temple Mount might have been so as not to provoke the Muslims when the British ruled Israel, and in events of riots, did not properly protect the Jews.

Lowering Ourselves to the Kotel – The Result of the Sufferings of Exile

Rabbi Goren wrote about his feelings after the Six Day War: “I could not escape the feeling that from a historic perspective, assigning the Western Wall plaza for Jewish prayer was nothing but the result of the expulsion of the Jews from the Temple Mount by the Crusaders and Muslims together. Thus, an intolerable situation was created in which even after our liberation of the Temple Mount, the Muslims remained on top of Har Habayit, and we were down below; they were inside, and we were outside.

The prayers at the Western Wall are a symbol of destruction and exile, and not of liberation and redemption, because Jewish prayers at the Western Wall began only in the sixteenth century – before that, Jews prayed for centuries on the Temple Mount… only about three hundred years ago, the Jews began praying at the Western Wall. And this is the proof: in every reference in the Midrash where it is mentioned that the shechina (Divine Presence) has not moved from the Western Wall, and learns this from the verse in Shir Hashirim (Song of Songs): ‘Behold! There he stands behind our wall’ – this refers to the western wall of the azara, or the wall of the heichal, in other words, the wall of the Kodesh HaKodashim, and not the wall of the Har Habayit, which we call the Western Wall” (pg. 26).

The Necessity to Ascend from the Western Wall to Har Habayit

However, the intensity of the minhag (custom) based on over three centuries was considerable, and therefore after the Six Day War, the public at large thronged to the Western Wall to pray. Rabbi Goren himself wrote that one of the things that prevented him from acting quickly to regulate the ascent of Jews to the Temple Mount was his being “bound by the ‘chains of love’ for the remnant of our Holy Temple, the Western Wall, where I used to pray every Shabbat, holiday, and Rosh Chodesh evenings. Since my first visit to the Western Wall (as a child), my love and emotional affinity for the Wailing Wall has not faded… “, “but our shout …Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord”… aroused him to become stronger and clarify the heter to ascend Har Habayit (pg. 14). Consequently, he began organizing prayers on the Temple Mount (ibid, pg. 27).

The Canceled Prayer

Before the Shabbat following Tisha B’Av in 1967, Rabbi Goren publicly announced a mass, gala prayer to be held on the Temple Mount in the areas where entrance was permitted after immersion. However, by the orders of Prime Minister and Defense Minister the prayer was canceled. A few days later, the ministerial committee decided that the Defense Minister and the Chief of Staff order the Chief Rabbi of the I.D.F., Rabbi Goren, not to arrange any more prayers on the Temple Mount (pg. 29-30).

The Shock

The order shocked Rabbi Goren, and he tried everything within his power to cancel it, including writing a long and detailed letter to the ministerial committee, in which he argued: How is it possible that precisely in the holiest place for Jews, it is forbidden for them to pray?! True, there are a limited amount of areas in which entrance is forbidden according to the Torah for Jews and Gentiles alike, but entrance to the majority of the Temple Mount is permitted. Towards the end of his letter, he called out: “Distinguished men! Save the Holy of Holies of the Jewish nation; do not hand over the Temple Mount to those who defile it …” (pp 30-33).

The Defense Minister

Unfortunately, Rabbi Goren’s call went unanswered. Defense Minister Moshe Dayan decided to transfer the responsibility for managing the Temple Mount arrangements to the Waqf, and ordered the Military Rabbinate to evacuate Har Habayit, and not to interfere in matters concerning the Temple Mount any more. Rabbi Goren responded with “rage and sorrow”, informing the Defense Minister that “this, God forbid, could lead to the destruction of the Third Temple, for the key to our sovereignty over Judea, Samaria and Gaza is the Temple Mount” (page 34).

Nevertheless, the Defense Minister implemented one of the most shameful acts in the history of Israel, and handed over the affairs of the Temple Mount to the Muslim Waqf. For many years it was known that Moshe Dayan had both a dark and a light side jumbled together. On the one hand, he was a Jewish military hero, but on the other hand, an adulterer and a thief. Apparently, his adultery and thievery tipped the scales against him. That is when he began to lose his public status. His name will go down in infamy.

Still, when the Muslims closed the Mughrabi Gate to prevent Jews from entering the Temple Mount, at the request of Rabbi Goren, the I.D.F. broke through the gate to ensure free entry for Jews, thereby expressing sovereignty over the Temple Mount. However, this act did not change the order prohibiting Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount.

Rabbi Goren goes on to relate: “Whenever I warned about handing over of the Holy of Holies of the Jewish nation to the Waqf, the response of consecutive Prime Ministers was: ‘Look, in any case the Chief Rabbinate forbids Jews from ascending the Temple Mount, and we are prohibited from praying there.” As a result, he decided to write the book and explain the ways, places, and conditions under which it is permitted to enter the Temple Mount (pg. 35). Consequently “we must utilize to the fullest all sides of the heter, so we can demonstrate continuous Jewish presence there, and maintain Jewish sovereignty over the Mount, like the apple of our eye” (pg. 46).

The Chief Rabbinate’s Sign

It has been claimed that during his tenure as Chief Rabbi, Rabbi Goren agreed to the prohibition of entering the Temple Mount, but this is not true. In the introduction to his book, he wrote: “During my tenure as Chief Rabbi of Israel, I brought a proposal to the Council of the Chief Rabbinate to remove the signs banning entrance to the Temple Mount as determined by the previous Chief Rabbis. Because there were a few members on the Council who had signed on the ban at the time, they requested delaying the decision to remove the signs prohibiting going up to Har Habayit until after I published the book …” For various reasons, the books’ publication was delayed, and the signs remained in place, “which, in effect, led to the handing over of Har Habayit to the Muslim Waqf” (ibid pg. 35).

Desecration of the Holy

Moreover, he wrote: “This shameful situation, where under Israeli rule a Jew does not have the right to pray on the mountain of God, cannot be tolerated under any circumstances. The debate over where it is permitted according to Jewish law to go on the Temple Mount, or where it is forbidden, has nothing to do with the government … These sacred places are not the private property of the Muslim Waqf, whose members have always been a source of bitterness and poison for the Jews, with their incitement from within the mosques on the Temple Mount to slaughter the Jews… had they closed the Temple Mount to Jews and non-Jews alike, I would have kept quiet, but to allow the Arabs to do there as they please while Jews are forbidden to even open up a Book of Psalms and pour out their hearts before the Creator of the world – this is a religious, historical, and legal scandal – nothing short of blasphemy! “(pg. 41).

He further added (pg. 42) that by abstaining from going up to the Temple Mount, the Torah prohibition of ‘lo techonem’ (‘nor be gracious to them’), which may also be rendered ‘do not allow them to settle on the soil’ (Avoda Zara 20a) is transgressed, seeing as the poskim (Jewish law arbiters) have already established that the loss of sovereignty is similar to destruction (B.Y. and M.A., O.C. 561:1). Thus, when the government forbids Jews to go up freely, it destroys the place of our Holy Temple yet again.

The Words of Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda HaKohen Kook

Our teacher and guide, Rabbi Tzvi Yehudah HaKohen Kook, agreed with the poskim who prohibited going up to Har Habayit. But in my humble opinion, it seems that had he known that the over-cautiousness of going up to Har Habayit would result in the loss of sovereignty and turning the Temple Mount into a focal point of hatred against Israel – he would have agreed with Rabbi Goren that it is permitted and a mitzvah to go up. In addition, in my humble opinion, he would have trusted Rabbi Goren’s halakhic inquiries in regards to the areas permitted to enter.

Blessed are Those Who Ascend the Temple Mount!

The continuation of the disgraceful situation on the Temple Mount brings our enemies hope, and motivates them to kill and riot throughout the country. In order to suppress the wave of terrorism and incitement from its roots, the government and the police must assert Israeli sovereignty over the Temple Mount in the most decisive manner.

Blessed are those who go up to Har Habayit, but only if that is done according to halakha. Thanks to them, our sovereignty over the Temple Mount and all of the Land of Israel becomes clearer, and precisely as a result of this, we will merit security and peace.

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES LIST OF TERRORIST GROUPS

Monday, November 17th, 2014

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES LIST OF TERRORIST GROUPS

In a statement Sunday morning, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said it was seeking clarification from the United Arab Emirates about the designation and called on the UAE to remove it from the list:

We are seeking clarification from the government of the United Arab Emirates about this shocking and bizarre repo rt. There is absolutely no factual basis for the inclusion CAIR and other American and European civil rights and advocacy groups on this list.

“Like the rest of the mainstream institutions representing the American Muslim community, CAIR’s advocacy model is the antithesis of the narrative of violent extremists. “We call on the United Arab Emirates cabinet to review this list and remove organizations such as CAIR, the Muslim American Society and other civil society organizations that peacefully promote civil and democratic rights and that oppose terrorism whenever it occurs, wherever it occurs and whoever carries it out.”

WASHINGTON — The United Arab Emirates has listed two American Muslim organizations on its list of designated terrorist groups, according to an announcement released on state media on Saturday.
The UAE has classified the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Muslim American Society as terrorist groups, according to a story on the website of WAM, the official news agency.

Also reportedly designated as terror groups were the Muslim Brotherhood, the Muslim Association of Britain, and the charity Islamic Relief.

The list also covers groups widely thought of as terrorist groups, like ISIS, al-Qaeda, and the Taliban.
The new American additions to the list are not categorized as terrorist organizations by the U.S. government. The Muslim American Society is a non-profit founded in 1993 in Illinois by Muslim Brotherhood members.
The UAE also designated other Muslim Brotherhood affiliates as terrorist groups, including some in the Emirates.
The Muslim American Society said it was “shocked” by the announcement. “The Muslim American Society is a religious community service organization that serves people in the United States. We have no dealings with the United Arab Emirates, and hence are perplexed by this news,” it said in a statement
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The society said it would ask the UAE government for clarification on the listing, and “would also like to seek the help of our government to address this issue.” CAIR is a well-known American Muslim advocacy group, based in Washington. The FBI listed it as an unindicted co-conspirator in the 2007 trial of the Holy Land Foundation, which was later convicted of giving millions of dollars to Hamas. A federal judge later ruled that the government should not have included CAIR, which was never charged with a crime, in the list of unindicted co-conspirators.
Ibrahim Hooper, CAIR’s communications director, said the designation was “news to me” when asked by BuzzFeed News for comment this morning.

“May take a few days to check veracity of this,” he said.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS!

Friday, November 14th, 2014

THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS!
from David in behalf of his wife, Carole

To our praying friends – Carole’s surgery on melanoma cancer went well today – a deep incision was made on her left shoulder, and the physician who did the surgery told me that it was deep but she felt that she got it all – however, they will check it again in 10 days, Thank you all very much for your prayers and support. Carole is resting now, and she needs the sleep! If any changes we will communicate with you all on our web site.
Thank you so much – David

HEARING THE MESSAGE FROM HEAVEN

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

HEARING THE MESSAGE FROM HEAVEN
by Rabbi Berel Wein

We hear God, so to speak, through familiar voices that reverberate within our soul and heart.
One of the doctrinal hearts of the Jewish people was their ability to maintain communication with the Creator. God, so to speak, Who was a constant living presence in their lives and thoughts and actions. And therefore they were able to hear God’s voice, though God has no voice, and to visualize God appearing to them even though God has no physical appearance. (Rabbi’s view – not that of HOPE for TODAY!)

God spoke to them, so to speak, through the inner voice of their own souls, which long to always reunite with the source of life from which it came. Thus the happy tidings that the stranger/angel guest informs Avraham and Sarah about the forthcoming birth of a son serves as a confirmation to Avraham of the promise that he heard from God earlier within himself as to the same event. Except that previously Avraham heard it through his own inner voice of faith and attachment to God and now he and Sarah hear it in a literal sense from the lips of the stranger/angel who stands before them in their tent.

This idea of hearing God through one’s own soul and spirit is reinforced to us when Midrash explains that when Moshe was sent on his mission to redeem Israel from Egypt and teach them Torah he heard that call emanate from Heaven speaking to him in the voice of his father Amram. We hear God, so to speak, through familiar voices that reverberate within our soul and heart. First, Avraham himself believes that he will have a son with Sarah and therefore later he has no longer any doubts when that message is communicated to him by the stranger/angel. Sarah, on the other hand, who never heard these tidings within herself first, casts doubt and wonderment on the words of the stranger/angel. Avraham is made aware of this and therefore explains to Sarah the source of her doubt and wonderment.

I feel that many times in our lives we sense within our inner selves a Divine message and voice. It is that combination of soul and intellect that drives all human progress and optimistic hopes forward. But since we are not at the level of constant communication with our soul and our Creator we do not always hearken to that voice nor do we attribute it correctly as to its source.

Jewish tradition teaches us that somehow the prophet Elijah appears regularly and constantly to human beings. He comes in different guises, forms and costumes. The truly righteous are able to identify him when he appears to them while we ordinary human beings are mostly unaware of his presence even as he stands before us. God appears to Avraham by the fact that Avraham in his righteousness and faith is constantly prepared for such an encounter.

Ordinary human beings, to whom God is at best an abstract idea, certainly are unable to truly sense His presence when He appears to them. That is what the great rebbe of Kotzk meant when he said that when God said: “Go forth from your land and home and family” any human being had the potential to hear that message, not just Avraham.

But unless one is attuned to “hear” God regularly through one’s own inner soul, all heavenly messages will fall on deaf ears.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: It is indeed sad to read this Rabbi’s ideas about how God speaks. The Bible itself speaks to God’s believing children! The above article depends upon psychological responses, and ignores that the Bible itself is God’s message to our hearts! May God give us wisdom from His Word as we continue to depend totally upon what God says in His Word!)


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