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NETANYAHU: GILO IS NOT A SETTLEMENT!

Friday, September 30th, 2011

NETANYAHU: GILO IS NOT A SETTLEMENT!
by Elad Benari

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu rejected the condemnations of Israel over the decision to build 1,100 new housing units in Jerusalem’s Gilo neighborhood.

“Gilo isn’t a settlement, but a Jerusalem neighborhood, 5 minutes away from the city center,” Netanyahu posted on his Twitter account. “All Israeli governments have built there.”

The plan, which was approved by the Interior Ministry, will see 20 percent of the units in Jerusalem’s southern neighborhood allotted for young couples.

It will be subject to 60 days of public debate before final approval from Jerusalem municipal authorities, and also includes the construction of a boardwalk, public structures, and a commercial center.

The plan was met with criticism by U.S. and European Union officials, with the U.S. saying the move was “deeply disappointing” and “counterproductive.”

Top EU diplomat Catherine Ashton said that the plan “should be reversed. Settlement activity threatens the viability of an agreed two-state solution and runs contrary to the Israeli-stated commitment to resume negotiations.”

The Palestinian Authority also railed against the approval, saying the new construction project is “a unilateral move by Israel that undermines Palestinian efforts to build a state with East Jerusalem as its capital” and “an obstacle to the peace process.”

URGENT PRAYER REQUEST

Friday, September 30th, 2011

MaozIsraelNews

This is an urgent prayer request. In order for a Palestinian state to come into being, it must get nine votes out of 15 in the Security Council. Secondly the resolution must not be vetoed by any of the five permanent members – the U.S., Britain, France, China and Russia.

The U.S. has declared that it will veto such a resolution if nine or more members vote for a Palestinian state. It will be much better for the U.S. if there are less than nine votes – as the the U.S. would then not have to use its veto – which will further alienate the Arab and Moslem world.

So far, these nations have declared they will vote for a Palestinian state: China, Russia, Brazil, India, Lebanon, South Africa. Now Nigeria and Gabon have just announced they too will vote for a Palestinian state. That makes eight states. The nations that have said they will vote against the UN declaring such a state are the U.S., Britain, France, Germany. That leaves three states: Bosnia, Colombia and Portugal undecided. If the Palestinians can get one of those three to vote for them, they will have the nine votes – a serious blow to the U.S. and Israel, and the Western countries.

When we see these close battles – where one or two votes could change history – we can know there is a fierce battle in the heavenlies. And we are commanded of God to stand in the gap. We can have a part in God’s purposes by praying His Will be done. And we know in this issue from hundreds of Bible verses that God has given this land to Israel.

Please pray specifically that Bosnia, Colombia and Portugal will NOT vote for a Palestinian state.

This is not only a serious issue for the West and for Israel. There have been prophetic voices saying that the nations that vote AGAINST ISRAEL will go into deeper economic problems and chaos in their countries. Those who vote FOR ISRAEL will have some economic problems, but will then, by the grace of God, pull out of it.

No one knows when the vote will take place in the Security Council. It could be a matter of days or weeks.

DAYS OF AWE

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

DAYS OF AWE
For Zion’s Sake Ministries

“Repent, and turn from all your transgressions, so that sin will not be your ruin. Cast away from you all the transgressions which you have committed, and get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. For why should you die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of one who dies,” says the Lord God. “Therefore turn and live!” (Ezekiel 18:30-32)

The ancient Fall biblical feast times are upon us beginning with the Feast of Trumpet (Day of blowing-Yom T’ruah). In more modern times the feast has also been recognized as Rosh Hashanna, the Jewish new year. This year, the Feast begins on Wednesday evening at sunset in Jerusalem and marks the seventh month of the Hebrew calendar as the Holy month of Tishri. The significance of the Shofar blowing is seen as a sacred preparatory calling of the souls of believing Israel to wake up and prepare for their pilgrim journey up to Jerusalem in order to appear before the Lord. Furthermore, the blowing the Shofar, begins a ten day period known as “Days of Awe” lasting until Yom Kippur-The Day of Atonement when God’s people weep and fast in repentance for 24 hours.

The Feast Of Trumpets/Rosh Hashanah is also viewed as a day of judgment — where God’s people examine their lives for sin, and then have the following ten days to make peace with those whom they have hurt, or broken promises to, especially with God. It is the time to cast away sin, as symbolized by the traditional act of Tashlich (‘to cast’) where people visit a body of moving water and cast bread crumbs into the water – this symbolically “casts away” our sin into the river. This tradition originates from the words of Micah 7:19.

The Feast Of Trumpets/Rosh Hashanah has also traditionally been linked to the resurrection of the dead. Perhaps Yeshua had the Feast of Trumpets in mind when He spoke of Israel’s gathering unto Himself “And He shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” (Matt. 24:31)

God Himself gives instruction to blow the Shofar and offer sacrifice…”And in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, ye shall have an holy convocation; ye shall do no servile work: it is a day of blowing the trumpets unto you. (Nu 29:1)

The rabbis teach that on this Feast of Trumpets that 3 Holy books are opened…
1. The book of life, for those whose works had been good;
2. The book of death, for those who had been thoroughly evil;
3. The third, is a list for those whose case was to be decided on the Day of Atonement (10 days after The Feast Of Trumpets/RoshHashana on Yom Kippur), the delay being granted for repentance, or otherwise, after which their names would be finally entered, either in the book of life, or in that of death.

“The following is one of the prayers in the liturgy from the Sidur on The Feast of Trumpets:

“We will celebrate the solemn holiness of this day, how awesome and fearsome it is. On this day Your rulership is lifted up, Uour throne is established in mercy, and You sit upon it in truth. Truly You alone are Judge, one who has power to decide, discerner, witness, record, seal, inscribe and settle all matters; and You remember all forgotten deeds. You open the book of records and it reads itself, and everyone’s signature is there.

“The great Shofar is sounded, the still small voice is heard, and the angels tremble with fear as they proclaim: ‘Behold! The Day of Judgment!’ Even the armies of heaven are to be brought to judgment, for in Your sight even they are not innocent. You cause all who come into the world to pass before You like a flock of sheep. Like a shepherd seeking out his flock and causing them to pass under his staff, You cause every living soul to pass before You; You count, reckon and review every creature, determining its lifetime and inscribing its destiny.

“On The Feast Of Trumpets/Rosh Hashanah it is inscribed, and on Yom Kippur it is sealed: how many will pass away and how many will be born, who will live and who will die; who will die prematurely and who will live out his days; who will perish by fire and who by water; who by sword and who by wild animals; who by hunger and who by thirst; who by earthquake and who by plague; who by strangling and who by stoning; who will have rest and who will wander about; who will be at peace and who will be tormented; who will be at ease and who will be bothered; who will become poor and who will become rich; who will be brought low and who will be raised up.”

One of the blessings during the High Holy Days is: “May we and all Your people, the house of Israel, be remembered and inscribed in the book of life.”

The Feast Of Trumpets/Rosh Hashanah also Commemorates:
Ø The day of creation
Ø Day that God promised Abraham a son
Ø One year later on this day Isaac was born

1. The Torah was given to Israel with the sound of the Shofar (Ex 19:19)

And when the voice of the trumpet sounded long, and waxed louder and louder, Moses spake, and God answered him; And the LORD came down upon mount Sinai, on the top of the mount: and the LORD called Moses up to the top of the mount; and Moses went up. (Ex 19:17-20)

2. Israel conquered the battle of Jericho with the sound of the Shofar.

3. Israel was warned that the Messiah would come at the sound of the Shofar – “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: (1 Thess 4:16)”

4. Israel’s promised redemption and ingathering would occur at the sounding of the Shofar – “And it shall come to pass in that day, that the great trumpet shall be blown, and they shall come which were ready to perish in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall worship the LORD in the holy mount at Jerusalem. (Isaiah 27:13)

The Shofar was also blown to signal the assembly of the Israelites to prepare for war – “And it came to pass, when he was come, that he blew a trumpet in the mountain of Ephraim, and the children of Israel went down with him from the mount, and he before them. And he said unto them, Follow after me: for the LORD hath delivered your enemies. (Judges 3:27)”

The sound would grab the hearts of women and children with fear, as their men were called away to battle…

The watchmen that stood upon the walls of Jerusalem blew the Shofar to warn the people of approaching danger – “Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? (Amos 3:6)”

“But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand. (Ezekiel 33:6)”

However the Shofar did not always represent a fearful sound as the Shofar was also blown at the start of the Jubilee year (Leviticus 25:29). The great sabbatical release provided by God. Eagerly the slaves and those who were hopelessly indebted to poverty listened for the joyful sound that signaled their FREEDOM!

Also, the accession of a new King to the Throne was announced by the Shofar’s voice (1Kings 34:39). This was quite a time of feasting and celebration for Israel!

The Shofar called Israel to attention, to fear and trembling, to preparation and to rejoicing; BUT at the Feast of trumpets the sound of the Shofar called the people with a message unlike any other… It was now time to stand before God in a HOLY convocation. A special meeting with God with REPENTANCE and humility!

In response, God reminded His people of His faithfulness and called them back to himself IN REPENTANCE! “Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew My people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins. (Isaiah 58:1)”

AS WE PREPARE OURSELVES for this Feast of Trumpets and the 10 DAYS OF AWE leading to Yom Kippur, we as believers have assurance with perfect faith, in the finished work that Yeshua accomplished for us at the cross through His shed blood. He is the Lamb of God that takes away our sins and redeems our souls forever… Hallelujah!

But, I still need to repent if I have sinned… and the truth is, I have and I do!

Let us hear the sound of the Shofar: WAKE UP ! PREPARE, REPENT…Ro 13:11-14

“And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts. (Ro 13:11-14)”

We can then look forward that to the next Feast just five days after Yom Kippur called, Succoth or the Feast of Booths…

Andrei and Masha Barenfield
Here in Jerusalem, it is customary to bless one another with the words, “May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year.” It is another tradition that we all eat slices of apple dipped in honey in anticipation of a sweet new year.

“Wishing you a Happy New Year!
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All of us here at For Zion’s Sake would like to wish you all a Happy New Year and “May your name be inscribed in the Book of Life, In Yeshua’s name!”

The Days of Awe…

“Repent, and turn from all your transgressions, so that sin will not be your ruin. Cast away from you all the transgressions which you have committed, and get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. For why should you die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of one who dies,” says the Lord God. “Therefore turn and live!” (Ezekiel 18:30-32)

Shalom Dear Friends of Zion,

The ancient Fall biblical feast times are upon us beginning with the Feast of Trumpet (Day of blowing-Yom T’ruah). In more modern times the feast has also been recognized as Rosh Hashanna, the Jewish new year. This year, the Feast begins on Wednesday evening at sunset in Jerusalem and marks the seventh month of the Hebrew calendar as the Holy month of Tishri. The significance of the Shofar blowing is seen as a sacred preparatory calling of the souls of believing Israel to wake up and prepare for their pilgrim journey up to Jerusalem in order to appear before the Lord. Furthermore, the blowing the Shofar, begins a ten day period known as “Days of Awe” lasting until Yom Kippur-The Day of Atonement when God’s people weep and fast in repentance for 24 hours.

The Feast Of Trumpets/Rosh Hashanah is also viewed as a day of judgment — where God’s people examine their lives for sin, and then have the following ten days to make peace with those whom they have hurt, or broken promises to, especially with God. It is the time to cast away sin, as symbolized by the traditional act of Tashlich (‘to cast’) where people visit a body of moving water and cast bread crumbs into the water -this symbolically “casts away” our sin into the river. This tradition originates from the words of Micah 7:19,

The Feast Of Trumpets/Rosh Hashanah has also traditionally been linked to the resurrection of the dead. Perhaps Yeshua had the Feast of Trumpets in mind when he spoke of Israel’s gathering unto Himself “And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” (Mat 24:31)

God Himself gives instruction to blow the Shofar and offer sacrifice…

And in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, ye shall have an holy convocation; ye shall do no servile work: it is a day of blowing the trumpets unto you. (Nu 29:1)

The rabbis teach that on this Feast of Trumpets that 3 Holy books are opened…
1. The book of life, for those whose works had been good;

2. The book of death, for those who had been thoroughly evil;

3. The third, is a list for those whose case was to be decided on the Day of Atonement (10 after The Feast Of Trumpets/RoshHashana on Yom Kippur), the delay being granted for repentance, or otherwise, after which their names would be finally entered, either in the book of life, or in that of death.
“The following is one of the prayers in the liturgy from the Sidur on The Feast of Trumpets:

We will celebrate the solemn holiness of this day, how awesome and fearsome it is. On this day your rulership is lifted up, your throne is established in mercy, and you sit upon it in truth. Truly you alone are judge, one who has power to decide, discerner, witness, record, seal, inscribe and settle all matters; and you remember all forgotten deeds. You open the book of records and it reads itself, and everyone’s signature is there.

“The great Shofar is sounded, the still small voice is heard, and the angels tremble with fear as they proclaim: ‘Behold! The Day of Judgment!’ Even the armies of heaven are to be brought to judgment, for in your sight even they are not innocent. You cause all who come into the world to pass before you like a flock of sheep. Like a shepherd seeking out his flock and causing them to pass under his staff, you cause every living soul to pass before you; you count, reckon and review every creature, determining its lifetime and inscribing its destiny.

“On The Feast Of Trumpets/Rosh Hashanah it is inscribed, and on Yom Kippur it is sealed: how many will pass away and how many will be born, who will live and who will die; who will die prematurely and who will live out his days; who will perish by fire and who by water; who by sword and who by wild animals; who by hunger and who by thirst; who by earthquake and who by plague; who by strangling and who by stoning; who will have rest and who will wander about; who will be at peace and who will be tormented; who will be at ease and who will be bothered; who will become poor and who will become rich; who will be brought low and who will be raised up.”

One of the blessings during the High Holy Days is: “May we and all your people, the house of Israel, be remembered and inscribed in the book of life

The Feast Of Trumpets/Rosh Hashanah also Commemorates:
Ø The day of creation

Ø Day that God promised Abraham a son

Ø One year later on this day Isaac was born

1. The Torah was given to Israel with the sound of the Shofar (Ex 19:19)

And when the voice of the trumpet sounded long, and waxed louder and louder, Moses spake, and God answered him by a 20 And the LORD came down upon mount Sinai, on the top of the mount: and the LORD called Moses up to the top of the mount; and Moses went up. (Ex 19:17-20)

2. Israel conquered the battle of Jericho with the sound of the Shofar.

3. Israel was warned that the Messiah would come at the sound of the Shofar For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: (1 Thess 4:16)

4. Israel’s promised redemption and ingathering would occur at the sounding of the Shofar And it shall come to pass in that day, that the great trumpet shall be blown, and they shall come which were ready to perish in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall worship the LORD in the holy mount at Jerusalem. (Isaiah 27:13)

The Shofar was also blown to signal the assembly of the Israelites to prepare for war And it came to pass, when he was come, that he blew a trumpet in the mountain of Ephraim, and the children of Israel went down with him from the mount, and he before them. And he said unto them, Follow after me: for the LORD hath delivered your enemies. (Judges 3:27)

– The sound would grab the hearts of women and children with fear, as their men were called away to battle…

The watchmen that stood upon the walls of Jerusalem blew the Shofar to warn the people of approaching danger. Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? (Amos 3:6;)

But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand. (Ezekiel 33:6)

However the Shofar did not always represent a fearful sound as the Shofar was also blown at the start of the Jubilee year (Leviticus 25:29) The great sabbatical release provided by God. Eagerly the slaves and those who were hopelessly indebted to poverty listened for the joyful sound that signaled their FREEDOM!

Also, the accession of a new King to the Throne was announced by the Shofar’s voice (1Kings 34:39) This was quite a time of feasting and celebration for Israel!

The Shofar called Israel to attention, to fear and trembling, to preparation and to rejoicing; BUT at the Feast of trumpets the sound of the Shofar called the people with a message unlike any other… It was now time to stand before God in a HOLY convocation. A special meeting with God with REPENTANCE and humility!

In response, God reminded His people of His faithfulness and called them back to himself IN REPENTANCE! Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins. (Isaiah 58:1)

AS WE PREPARE OURSELVES for this Feast of Trumpets and the 10 DAYS OF AWE leading to Yom Kippur, we as believers have assurance with perfect faith, in the finished work that Yeshua accomplished for us at the cross through His shed blood. He is the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world!

PALESTINIANS LEAVE LITTLE HOPE FOR PEACE!

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

PALESTINIANS LEAVE LITTLE HOPE FOR PEACE!
by Ryan Jones (Israel Today News)

For Israelis, the unilateral motion by the Palestinian Authority to gain admittance to the UN as a sovereign nation epitomized the Palestinian approach to the peace process over the entirety of the past 15 years.

In short, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu put it in numerous interviews while visiting the US this week, “the Palestinians want a state, but don’t want to give us peace.”

On top of seeking to achieve their political goals in the absence of an agreement with Israel, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas’ speech to the UN was, in most Israelis’ eyes, an act of incitement.

Abbas’ speech, during which he all but labeled Israel as illegitimate, “distorted the historical record and showed open hatred and hostility for the Jewish state,” Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin told Japanese Ambassador Haruhisa Takeuchi on Monday.

Prior to his speech, Abbas’ delegation handed out maps of “Palestine” to UN members. The maps erased Israel completely and replaced the entire Jewish state with a Palestinian one.

Rivlin concluded that Abbas’ actions “leave little hope [for peace].”

Nevertheless, Netanyahu and Western leaders continue to urge Abbas to return to the negotiating table.

At the weekend, the Middle East Quartet – the US, EU, Russia and the UN – submitted a proposal for the immediate resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

The proposal calls on both sides to set aside their differences and return to the negotiating table without preconditions. The Quartet plan envisions a rapid series of meetings, including a summit in Moscow, concluding with a final status peace deal to be signed no later than December 2012.

Israeli officials responded favorably to the proposal, while the Palestinians rejected it outright.

Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riad Malki called the Quartet proposal “incomplete” because it failed to incorporate the Palestinians’ preconditions – that Israel immediately halt all Jewish building in Judea and Samaria and agree to the pre-1967 armistice lines as the future border even before negotiations have begun.

The Palestinian side’s intransigence was clear for all to see.

US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro told Army Radio on Tuesday that the Palestinian insistence on preconditions is not consistent with the terms of the peace process or American policy.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman said she spoke to Abbas by telephone “insisting” that he reopen peace talks with Israel based on the Quartet’s proposal.

Israeli President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shimon Peres on Monday urged Abbas to “not waste time.”

Netanyahu expressed in an interview with NBC’s Meet the Press his concern that Abbas and the Palestinians are trying to “detour negotiations” in such a way as to make a genuine peace impossible to achieve.

“They’re trying to get a state to continue the conflict with Israel rather than to end it,” stated Netanyahu.

The UN Security Council is expected to vote on the Palestinian motion for statehood in the coming weeks, but there are rumors it may purposefully delay the issue. If it does come to a vote, the US has vowed to veto the motion.

ABBAS TURNS DOWN QUARTET, DEMANDS AGREEMENT BEFORE “TALKS”

Monday, September 26th, 2011

ABBAS TURNS DOWN QUARTET, DEMANDS AGREEMENT BEFORE “TALKS”
by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu (IsraelNationalNews)

Abbas, after rebuffing President Barack Obama, now has taken on the Quartet and rejected its proposal for resuming talks with Israel because it does not include pre-conditions.

The Quartet – the United States, United Nations, Russia and the European Union – set a timetable for an agenda for peace talks within a month and concrete proposals within three months. It also set the end of 2012 as a new deadline for an agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

PA Foreign Minister Riad Maliki quickly rejected the idea as “incomplete” because it does not call on Israel to halt all development in Judea and Samaria and areas of Jerusalem claimed by the Palestinian Authority.

The closest the Quartet came to satisfying Abbas’ demand for a halt to Israeli development was a statement that “the Quartet calls upon the parties to refrain from provocative actions if negotiations are to be effective. The Quartet reiterated the obligations of both parties under the road map.”

“The only new thing that the Quartet carries is a time line for discussing the issues of security and borders,” Maliki said. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said he is considering the Quartet proposal and added he could consider another building freeze. “I am willing to talk about it,” he told CNN.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Sunday morning he thinks Israel should accept the Quartet’s latest attempt to bring Abbas back to the negotiating table.

However, the Palestinian Authority effectively has rejected any compromise and wants Israel to agree in dvance to its demands before sitting down for talks, which presumably would be aimed at simply signing an agreement.

LIEBERMAN SLAMS ABBAS’ SPEECH: “IT IS INCITEMENT!”

Monday, September 26th, 2011

LIEBERMAN SLAMS ABBAS’ SPEECH: “IT IS INCITEMENT!”
by Elad Benari (Arutz Sheva News)

Foreign Minister Avigddor Lieberman slammed on Friday the speech by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in the United Nations and labeled it an incitement.

Lieberman, who walked out as an act of protest during Abbas’ speech, told Israel’s Channel 10 News, “Abbas’ speech was one of most difficult incitement. I’ve never heard such a speech from him before.”

“It was an appeal to the darkest side,” added Lieberman. “He said Israel is deliberately digging underneath holy Arab places, he said that ‘price tag’ groups are sponsored by the IDF, he said the IDF sics dogs on Palestinians. He spoke of Arafat’s ethos and said that all the prisoners are political prisoners. Looks like the murderers of the Fogel family are also political prisoners.”

When asked whether there is a chance of a future return to negotiations with the Palestinian Authority, Lieberman replied. “I guess they have made a strategic decision not to negotiate. Since this government was established, we’ve offered to sit down for negotiations. It was a difficult decision for us to stop building in Judea and Samaria for ten months, but after this speech is clear that the Palestinians have no intention of returning to negotiations.”

Other senior political officials also slammed Abbas’ speech, telling Channel 10 they were sorry that the PA Chairman used his visit to New York to attack Israel instead of meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu.

“We heard nothing but propaganda in this speech,” the officials said.

In his speech, Abbas said he holds the Israeli government responsible for the expansionist movement of the Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria, saying that this will destroy chances of peace. He blamed Israel for shattering every peace initiative and claimed that Israel has been occupying ‘Palestinian’ territories for 63 years.

He confirmed that he is submitting an application for a sovereign and independent homeland, which he said contains a request for full member nation status in the UN based on the June 4, 1967 borders.

OBAMA’S APPROVAL SOARS IN ISRAEL AFTER UN SPEECH!

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

OBAMA’S APPROVAL SOARS IN ISRAEL AFTER UN SPEECH!
by Ryan Jones (Israel Today News)

Since he was elected three years ago, US President Barack Obama on Thursday was viewed by a broad cross-section of Israeli Jews as a friend of their nation.

The reason behind that shift (most Israelis had previously seen Obama as overtly pro-Muslim and pro-Palestinian) was Obama’s speech to the UN General Assembly a day earlier in which he firmly rejected the Palestinians’ unilateral statehood bid.

Obama was one of the first leaders to address the world body as the Palestinians officially kicked off their effort to gain international recognition for an independent Palestinian state.

The President was not impressed by the stunt, and stated in no uncertain terms that it would not bring peace.

“Genuine peace can only be realized between Israelis and Palestinians themselves,” said Obama, reiterating his call for bilateral negotiations, which Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has been avoiding for the past two years.

“Peace will not come through statements and resolutions at the UN – if it were that easy, it would have been accomplished by now,” Obama continued. “Peace depends upon compromise among peoples who must live together long after our speeches are over, and our votes have been counted.”

While Obama did repeat his support for the Palestinians achieving an independent state, he spent far more time stressing America’s commitment to Israel’s security.

“We believe that any lasting peace must acknowledge the very real security concerns that Israel faces every single day,” said Obama. “Let’s be honest: Israel is surrounded by neighbors that have waged repeated wars against it.”

Obama even acknowledged the hate-filled anti-Jewish indoctrination of young Arabs throughout the region:
“Israel’s children come of age knowing that throughout the region, other children are taught to hate them.”

Perhaps most importantly, Obama clearly identified the Land of Israel as the “historic homeland” of the Jewish people.

Israeli leaders insist that a cornerstone of any future peace agreement must be a public recognition by Palestinian leaders of Israel as the Jewish state. Abbas has vehemently rejected that condition, and Obama’s remarks were seen as a rebuke of Abbas’ position.

Palestinian officials were furious, and declared Obama’s speech a “stab in the back” to Palestinian aspirations.

Demonstrating that they just don’t grasp what Obama was trying to say, a Palestinian official told The Jerusalem Post that Abbas “can’t understand why Obama has changed his position regarding a Palestinian state.”

Of course, Obama has not changed his position. He still wants to see a Palestinian state birthed on the ancient Jewish lands of Judea and Samaria. But the brashness of the Palestinian stunt at the UN has forced leaders like Obama to take a step back and publically highlight Israel’s own claims to the land. And Israel has so far leveraged that situation masterfully.

The stern tone of Obama’s address is believed to have blunted the Palestinian effort, and on Thursday a senior aide to Abbas announced that while the Palestinian leader would still request UN membership from the Security Council on Friday, he would not demand an immediate decision.

The White House on Wednesday confirmed that Obama told Abbas it doesn’t matter how long he gives the Security Council to consider Palestinian statehood, because the US will veto the motion.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has had a rocky relationship with Obama, personally thanked the American before the two men met behind closed doors.

Netanyahu hinted that Obama had altered his previous position that seemed to suggest Israel alone was to blame for the lack of peace, and now recognized that it was Palestinian rejection of Israel’s legitimate conditions that most hindered a final status agreement.

Back in Israel, Defense Minister Ehud Barack and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman labeled Obama’s UN speech as the words of a true friend and ally.

While most Israelis were appreciative of Obama’s speech and the opportunity it afforded Israel to highlight its position, there was still skepticism as to his motives.

The issue of Israel is expected to play an even larger role in next year’s Presidential election that it did in 2008. Aware of that fact, Obama’s media advisers contacted supportive Jewish leaders in the US and urged them to get their communities to watch the President’s UN speech. That according to Israel’s Yediot Ahronot newspaper.

“The advisers, all Jewish themselves, asked the supporters to ‘spread the word’ that Obama will give a pro-Israel speech which reflects his own genuine positions and implored them to pay close attention to the President’s UN address,” reported the newspaper.

There is also the matter of the Christian vote. Already, the Republican Party Presidential frontrunners – Rick Perry, Michelle Bachman and Mitt Romney – have been emphasizing their pro-Israel credentials, and Obama may be feeling pressure to one-up them.

Whatever Obama’s motivation, Israel appears determined to use the opportunity to correct numerous misconceptions surrounding the Israeli-Arab conflict.

UNITED NATIONS HEARS MAHMOUD AHMADINEJAD

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

UNITED NATIONS HEARS MAHMOUD AHMADINEJAD
by Sam Jones (The Guardian)

Iranian President has a knack for making an impression during his controversial visits to the general assembly in New York.

A truck drives through New York with a billboard critical of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as world leaders arrive in New York for the United Nations general assembly.

With many former Middle East strongmen finding themselves indisposed after the Arab spring, all UN eyes on Friday will be fixed on Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iranian president, diplomatic headache and effortless controversialist.

In all his addresses to the general assembly in New York, Ahmadinejad has demonstrated an undeniable knack for making an impression and propelling audience heads into hands.

At his first appearance six years ago, he launched a barely veiled attack on the US, telling delegates: “State terrorism is being supported by those who claim to fight terrorism.”

A few weeks later, he informed a conference titled The World Without Zionism that “the regime occupying Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time”.

In 2006, Ahmadinejad took to the UN podium to lambast the US’s “hegemonic power” and influence over the UN and to pose the question: “If the governments of the US or the UK, who are permanent members of the security council, commit aggression, occupation and violation of international law, which of the organs of the UN can take them to account?”

The next year, his request to visit Ground Zero to lay a wreath to commemorate the September 11 attacks was turned down. In 2008, he accused Israel of manipulating the US Presidential race, suggesting that “a small but deceitful minority of Zionists are playing with the American public”. His presence at the general assembly in September 2009 provoked a series of diplomatic walkouts after he again attacked Israel, accusing it of genocide, barbarism and racism.

Ahmadinejad upped the ante still further last year — and prompted another exodus from the chamber — when he claimed most nations believed the September 11 attacks were the work of the US government.

He told the assembly that there was a theory “that some segments within the US government orchestrated the attack to reverse the declining American economy, and its grips on the Middle East, in order to save the Zionist regime”. In slightly more measured terms, President Barack Obama described the accusations as “hateful, offensive and inexcusable”.

OBAMA AT UN: “NO SHORTCUTS TO PEACE”

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

OBAMA AT UN: “NO SHORTCUTS TO PEACE”
By Jordana Horn (JPost Correspondent)

US president: Peace between Israel, PA won’t be achieved by resolutions; “If it were that easy, it would have been accomplished by now.”

NEW YORK – US President Barack Obama told the UN General Assembly today that there could be “no shortcuts” to peace between the Israelis and Palestinians, and that negotiations between the two parties would be the only means to achieving a true and lasting peace.

Obama alluded to his remarks before the General Assembly in 2010. In that speech, he had expressed his hope that there would be a Palestinian state requesting membership in 2011 – remarks that could be seen as prescient in light of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s plans to petition the Security Council to recognize Palestine as a state.

However, Obama distinguished between what he had said last year and the situation before the international body today.

“One year ago, I stood at this podium and called for an independent Palestine,” the US President said. “I believed then – and I believe now – that the Palestinian people deserve a state of their own. But what I also said is that genuine peace can only be realized between Israelis and Palestinians themselves.”

Noting that one year later, Israelis and Palestinians “have not bridged their differences,” Obama iterated the American position – albeit implicitly rather than explicitly referencing Abbas – that peace can only be achieved through bilateral negotiations.

“Peace will not come through statements and resolutions at the UN – if it were that easy, it would have been accomplished by now,” Obama said. “Ultimately, it is Israelis and Palestinians who must live side by side. Ultimately, it is Israelis and Palestinians – not us – who must reach agreement on the issues that divide them: on borders and security; on refugees and Jerusalem.”

Peace, he said, “depends upon compromise among peoples who must live together long after our speeches are over, and our votes have been counted.”

The President cited Northern Ireland and Southern Sudan as examples of people who put aside their differences in the name of compromise and a livable peace: “That is the path to a Palestinian state.”

While emphasizing his support for an independent Palestinian state, Obama did so comparatively briefly. He characterized America’s commitment to Israel’s security as “unshakeable,” highlighting instances of attacks on Israel and referencing the Holocaust.

“America’s commitment to Israel’s security is unshakeable, and our friendship with Israel is deep and enduring,” Obama said. “And so we believe that any lasting peace must acknowledge the very real security concerns that Israel faces every single day.

“Let’s be honest: Israel is surrounded by neighbors that have waged repeated wars against it.

Israel’s citizens have been killed by rockets fired at their houses and suicide bombs on their buses. Israel’s children come of age knowing that throughout the region, other children are taught to hate them,” the President said. “Israel, a small country of less than eight million people, looks out at a world where leaders of much larger nations threaten to wipe it off of the map.

“The Jewish people carry the burden of centuries of exile, persecution, and the fresh memory of knowing that six million people were killed simply because of who they were,” the President said.

Saying that the Jewish people “have forged a successful state in their historic homeland,” Obama said, “Israel deserves recognition.

“It deserves normal relations with its neighbors. And friends of the Palestinians do them no favors by ignoring this truth, just as friends of Israel must recognize the need to pursue a two-state solution with a secure Israel next to an independent Palestine.

“That truth – that each side has legitimate aspirations – is what makes peace so hard,” Obama said. “And the deadlock will only be broken when each side learns to stand in each other’s shoes.

“It is incumbent upon the UN,” he said, to “recognize the reality that is lived by both the Palestinians and the Israelis.

“The measure of our actions must always be whether they advance the right of Israeli and Palestinian children to live in peace and security, with dignity and opportunity,” Obama said.

“We will only succeed in that effort if we can encourage the parties to sit down together, to listen to each other, and to understand each other’s hopes and fears. That is the project to which America is committed.

And that is what the United Nations should be focused on in the weeks ahead.”

Obama also referenced events in other parts of the world.

While applauding protesters who demonstrated in the name of democracy, he said the Security Council should sanction the Syrian regime and stand with the Syrian people.

Obama also said Iran and North Korea must be held accountable for their nuclear proliferation. No other single issue, however, commanded as much time in his speech as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

TURKEY BREAKS OFF TALKS WITH SYRIA

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

TURKEY BREAKS OFF TALKS WITH SYRIA
(Arutz Sheva News) by Chana Ya’ar

Turkey has broken off talks with Syria and is considering imposing sanctions against its neighbor instead, in a serious diplomatic break.

Turkey has broken off talks with Syria in the most serious break between the two countries since the advent of the Arab Spring.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced to reporters Wednesday in New York that Ankara might impose sanctions on Damascus.

Erdogan made the statement following his meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama on the sidelines of the second day of the first session of the United Nations General Assembly.

“I halted talks with the Syrian government,” he told Turkish journalists at an impromptu news conference. “I did not want it to come to this point. But the Syrian government forced us to make such a decision.”

Turkey has long maintained close ties with its southern neighbor. But since the increasingly brutal government crackdown on civilian protestors, Ankara has repeatedly tried to convince President Bashar al-Assad to find other ways to end the anti-government demonstrations sweeping across the country.

Erdogan has urged Assad to end the military crackdown, and implement democratic reforms. Having failed to persuade the Syrian President to change his ways, however, the Turkish Prime Minister is now considering the option of imposing sanctions on Damascus instead.

Turkey has absorbed thousands of Syrian refugees who have fled the violence, preferring to take their chances running the border than waiting for government troops to reach their towns.

The Arab Council for Protection of Journalists estimates that some 3,600 people have been killed since the uprising began 28 weeks ago.


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