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COMPLETE TEXT OF NETANYAHU’S SPEECH AT UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

COMPLETE TEXT OF NETANYAHU’S SPEECH AT UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Full text of Netanyahu’s speech:

Thank you very much Mr. President.

It’s a pleasure to see the General Assembly presided by the Ambassador from Israel, and it’s good to see all of you, distinguished delegates.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Three thousand years ago, King David reigned over the Jewish state in our eternal capital, Jerusalem. I say that to all those who proclaim that the Jewish state has no roots in our region and that it will soon disappear.

Throughout our history, the Jewish people have overcome all the tyrants who have sought our destruction. It’s their ideologies that have been discarded by history. The people of Israel live on. We say in Hebrew Am Yisrael Chai, and the Jewish state will live forever.

The Jewish people have lived in the land of Israel for thousands of years. Even after most of our people were exiled from it, Jews continued to live in the land of Israel throughout the ages. The masses of our people never gave up the dream of returning to our ancient homeland.

Defying the laws of history, we did just that. We ingathered the exiles, restored our independence and rebuilt our national life. The Jewish people have come home.
We will never be uprooted again.

Yesterday was Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year. Every year, for over three millennia, we have come together on this day of reflection and atonement. We take stock of our past. We pray for our future. We remember the sorrows of our persecution; we remember the great travails of our dispersion; we mourn the extermination of a third of our people, six million, in the Holocaust.

But at the end of Yom Kippur, we celebrate.

We celebrate the rebirth of Israel. We celebrate the heroism of our young men and women who have defended our people with the indomitable courage of Joshua, David, and the Maccabees of old. We celebrate the marvel of the flourishing modern Jewish state.

In Israel, we walk the same paths tread by our patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. But we blaze new trails in science, technology, medicine, agriculture.

In Israel, the past and the future find common ground.

Unfortunately, that is not the case in many other countries. For today, a great battle is being waged between the modern and the medieval. The forces of modernity seek a bright future in which the rights of all are protected, in which an ever-expanding digital library is available in the palm of every child, in which every life is sacred.

The forces of medievalism seek a world in which women and minorities are subjugated, in which knowledge is suppressed, in which not life but death is glorified.

These forces clash around the globe, but nowhere more starkly than in the Middle East.

Israel stands proudly with the forces of modernity. We protect the rights of all our citizens: men and women, Jews and Arabs, Muslims and Christians – all are equal before the law.

Israel is also making the world a better place: our scientists win Nobel Prizes. Our know-how is in every cell-phone and computer that you’re using. We prevent hunger by irrigating arid lands in Africa and Asia.

Recently, I was deeply moved when I visited Technion, one of our technological institutes in Haifa, and I saw a man paralyzed from the waist down climb up a flight of stairs, quite easily, with the aid of an Israeli invention.

And Israel’s exceptional creativity is matched by our people’s remarkable compassion. When disaster strikes anywhere in the world – in Haiti, Japan, India, Turkey Indonesia and elsewhere – Israeli doctors are among the first on the scene, performing life-saving surgeries.

In the past year, I lost both my father and my father-in-law. In the same hospital wards where they were treated, Israeli doctors were treating Palestinian Arabs. In fact, every year, thousands of Arabs from the Palestinian territories and Arabs from throughout the Middle East come to Israel to be treated in Israeli hospitals by Israeli doctors.

I know you’re not going to hear that from speakers around this podium, but that’s the truth. It’s important that you are aware of this truth.

It’s because Israel cherishes life, that Israel cherishes peace and seeks peace.

We seek to preserve our historic ties and our historic peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan. We seek to forge a durable peace with the Palestinians.

President Abbas just spoke here.

I say to him and I say to you: We won’t solve our conflict with libelous speeches at the UN. That’s not the way to solve it. We won’t solve our conflict with unilateral declarations of statehood.

We have to sit together, negotiate together, and reach a mutual compromise, in which a demilitarized Palestinian state recognizes the one and only Jewish State.

Israel wants to see a Middle East of progress and peace. We want to see the three great religions that sprang forth from our region – Judaism, Christianity and Islam – coexist in peace and in mutual respect.

Yet the medieval forces of radical Islam, whom you just saw storming the American embassies throughout the Middle East, they oppose this.

They seek supremacy over all Muslims. They are bent on world conquest. They want to destroy Israel, Europe, America. They want to extinguish freedom. They want to end the modern world.

Militant Islam has many branches – from the rulers of Iran with their Revolutionary Guards to Al Qaeda terrorists to the radical cells lurking in every part of the globe.

But despite their differences, they are all rooted in the same bitter soil of intolerance. That intolerance is directed first at their fellow Muslims, and then to Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, secular people, anyone who doesn’t submit to their unforgiving creed.

They want to drag humanity back to an age of unquestioning dogma and unrelenting conflict.

I am sure of one thing. Ultimately they will fail. Ultimately, light will penetrate the darkness.

We’ve seen that happen before.

Some five hundred years ago, the printing press helped pry a cloistered Europe out of a dark age. Eventually, ignorance gave way to enlightenment.

So too, a cloistered Middle East will eventually yield to the irresistible power of freedom and technology. When this happens, our region will be guided not by fanaticism and conspiracy, but by reason and curiosity.

I think the relevant question is this: it’s not whether this fanaticism will be defeated. It’s how many lives will be lost before it’s defeated.

We’ve seen that happen before too.

Some 70 years ago, the world saw another fanatic ideology bent on world conquest. It went down in flames. But not before it took millions of people with it. Those who opposed that fanaticism waited too long to act. In the end they triumphed, but at an horrific cost.

My friends, we cannot let that happen again.

At stake is not merely the future of my own country. At stake is the future of the world. Nothing could imperil our common future more than the arming of Iran with nuclear weapons.

To understand what the world would be like with a nuclear-armed Iran, just imagine the world with a nuclear-armed Al-Qaeda.

It makes no difference whether these lethal weapons are in the hands of the world’s most dangerous terrorist regime or the world’s most dangerous terrorist organization. They’re both fired by the same hatred; they’re both driven by the same lust for violence.

Just look at what the Iranian regime has done up till now, without nuclear weapons.

In 2009, they brutally put down mass protests for democracy in their own country. Today, their henchmen are participating in the slaughter of tens of thousands of Syrian civilians, including thousands of children, directly participating in this murder.

They abetted the killing of American soldiers in Iraq and continue to do so in Afghanistan. Before that, Iranian proxies killed hundreds of American troops in Beirut and in Saudi Arabia. They’ve turned Lebanon and Gaza into terror strongholds, embedding nearly 100,000 missiles and rockets in civilian areas. Thousands of these rockets and missiles have already been fired at Israeli communities by their terrorist proxies.

In the last year, they’ve spread their international terror networks to two dozen countries across five continents – from India and Thailand to Kenya and Bulgaria. They’ve even plotted to blow up a restaurant a few blocks from the White House in order to kill a diplomat.

And of course, Iran’s rulers repeatedly deny the Holocaust and call for Israel’s destruction almost on a daily basis, as they did again this week from the United Nations.

So I ask you, given this record of Iranian aggression without nuclear weapons, just imagine Iranian aggression with nuclear weapons. Imagine their long range missiles tipped with nuclear warheads, their terror networks armed with atomic bombs.

Who among you would feel safe in the Middle East? Who would be safe in Europe? Who would be safe in America? Who would be safe anywhere?

There are those who believe that a nuclear-armed Iran can be deterred like the Soviet Union.

That’s a very dangerous assumption.

Militant Jihadists behave very differently from secular Marxists. There were no Soviet suicide bombers. Yet Iran produces hordes of them.

Deterrence worked with the Soviets, because every time the Soviets faced a choice between their ideology and their survival, they chose their survival.

But deterrence may not work with the Iranians once they get nuclear weapons.

There’s a great scholar of the Middle East, Prof. Bernard Lewis, who put it best. He said that for the ayatollahs of Iran, mutually assured destruction is not a deterrent, it’s an inducement.

Iran’s apocalyptic leaders believe that a medieval holy man will reappear in the wake of a devastating Holy War, thereby ensuring that their brand of radical Islam will rule the earth.

That’s not just what they believe. That’s what is actually guiding their policies and their actions.

Just listen to Ayatollah Rafsanjani who said, I quote: ”The use of even one nuclear bomb inside Israel will destroy everything, however it would only harm the Islamic world.”

Rafsanjani said: “It is not irrational to contemplate such an eventuality.”

Not irrational…

And that’s coming from one of the so-called moderates of Iran.

Shockingly, some people have begun to peddle the absurd notion that a nuclear-armed Iran would actually stabilize the Middle East.

Yeah, right…

That’s like saying a nuclear-armed Al-Qaeda would usher in an era of universal peace.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I’ve been speaking about the need to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons for over 15 years.

I spoke about it in my first term in office as Prime Minister, and then I spoke about it when I left office. I spoke about it when it was fashionable, and I spoke about it when it wasn’t fashionable.

I speak about it now because the hour is getting late, very late. I speak about it now because the Iranian nuclear calendar doesn’t take time out for anyone or for anything. I speak about it now because when it comes to the survival of my country, it’s not only my right to speak; it’s my duty to speak. And I believe that this is the duty of every responsible leader who wants to preserve world peace.

For nearly a decade, the international community has tried to stop the Iranian nuclear program with diplomacy.

That hasn’t worked.

Iran uses diplomatic negotiations as a means to buy time to advance its nuclear program.

For over seven years, the international community has tried sanctions with Iran. Under the leadership of President Obama, the international community has passed some of the strongest sanctions to date.

I want to thank the governments represented here that have joined in this effort. It’s had an effect. Oil exports have been curbed and the Iranian economy has been hit hard.

It’s had an effect on the economy, but we must face the truth. Sanctions have not stopped Iran’s nuclear program either.

According to the International Atomic Energy Agency, during the last year alone, Iran has doubled the number of centrifuges in its underground nuclear facility in Qom.

At this late hour, there is only one way to peacefully prevent Iran from getting atomic bombs. That’s by placing a clear red line on Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

Red lines don’t lead to war; red lines prevent war.

Look at NATO’s charter: it made clear that an attack on one member country would be considered an attack on all. NATO’s red line helped keep the peace in Europe for nearly half a century.

President Kennedy set a red line during the Cuban Missile Crisis. That red line also prevented war and helped preserve the peace for decades.

In fact, it’s the failure to place red lines that has often invited aggression.

If the Western powers had drawn clear red lines during the 1930s, I believe they would have stopped Nazi aggression and World War II might have been avoided.

In 1990, if Saddam Hussein had been clearly told that his conquest of Kuwait would cross a red line, the first Gulf War might have been avoided.

Clear red lines have also worked with Iran.

Earlier this year, Iran threatened to close the Straits of Hormouz. The United States drew a clear red line and Iran backed off.

Red lines could be drawn in different parts of Iran’s nuclear weapons program. But to be credible, a red line must be drawn first and foremost in one vital part of their program: on Iran’s efforts to enrich uranium. Now let me explain why:

Basically, any bomb consists of explosive material and a mechanism to ignite it.
The simplest example is gunpowder and a fuse. That is, you light the fuse and set off the gunpowder.

In the case of Iran’s plans to build a nuclear weapon, the gunpowder is enriched uranium. The fuse is a nuclear detonator.

For Iran, amassing enough enriched uranium is far more difficult than producing the nuclear fuse.

For a country like Iran, it takes many, many years to enrich uranium for a bomb. That requires thousands of centrifuges spinning in tandem in very big industrial plants. Those Iranian plants are visible and they’re still vulnerable.

In contrast, Iran could produce the nuclear detonator – the fuse – in a lot less time, maybe under a year, maybe only a few months.

The detonator can be made in a small workshop the size of a classroom. It may be very difficult to find and target that workshop, especially in Iran. That’s a country that’s bigger than France, Germany, Italy and Britain combined.

The same is true for the small facility in which they could assemble a warhead or a nuclear device that could be placed in a container ship. Chances are you won’t find that facility either.

So in fact the only way that you can credibly prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, is to prevent Iran from amassing enough enriched uranium for a bomb.

So, how much enriched uranium do you need for a bomb? And how close is Iran to getting it?

Let me show you. I brought a diagram for you. Here’s the diagram.

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This is a bomb; this is a fuse.

In the case of Iran’s nuclear plans to build a bomb, this bomb has to be filled with enough enriched uranium. And Iran has to go through three stages.

The first stage: they have to enrich enough of low enriched uranium.

The second stage: they have to enrich enough medium enriched uranium.

And the third stage and final stage: they have to enrich enough high enriched uranium for the first bomb.

Where’s Iran? Iran’s completed the first stage. It took them many years, but they completed it and they’re 70% of the way there.

Now they are well into the second stage. By next spring, at most by next summer at current enrichment rates, they will have finished the medium enrichment and move on to the final stage.

From there, it’s only a few months, possibly a few weeks before they get enough enriched uranium for the first bomb.

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Ladies and Gentlemen,

What I told you now is not based on secret information. It’s not based on military intelligence. It’s based on public reports by the International Atomic Energy Agency. Anybody can read them. They’re online.

So if these are the facts, and they are, where should the red line be drawn?

The red line should be drawn right here…

Before Iran completes the second stage of nuclear enrichment necessary to make a bomb.

Before Iran gets to a point where it’s a few months away or a few weeks away from amassing enough enriched uranium to make a nuclear weapon.

Each day, that point is getting closer. That’s why I speak today with such a sense of urgency. And that’s why everyone should have a sense of urgency.

Some who claim that even if Iran completes the enrichment process, even if it crosses that red line that I just drew, our intelligence agencies will know when and where Iran will make the fuse, assemble the bomb, and prepare the warhead.

Look, no one appreciates our intelligence agencies more than the Prime Minister of Israel. All these leading intelligence agencies are superb, including ours. They’ve foiled many attacks. They’ve saved many lives.

But they are not foolproof.

For over two years, our intelligence agencies didn’t know that Iran was building a huge nuclear enrichment plant under a mountain.

Do we want to risk the security of the world on the assumption that we would find in time a small workshop in a country half the size of Europe?

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The relevant question is not when Iran will get the bomb. The relevant question is at what stage can we no longer stop Iran from getting the bomb.

The red line must be drawn on Iran’s nuclear enrichment program because these enrichment facilities are the only nuclear installations that we can definitely see and credibly target.

I believe that faced with a clear red line, Iran will back down.

This will give more time for sanctions and diplomacy to convince Iran to dismantle its nuclear weapons program altogether.

Two days ago, from this podium, President Obama reiterated that the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran cannot be contained.

I very much appreciate the President’s position as does everyone in my country. We share the goal of stopping Iran’s nuclear weapons program. This goal unites the people of Israel. It unites Americans, Democrats and Republicans alike and it is shared by important leaders throughout the world.

What I have said today will help ensure that this common goal is achieved.

Israel is in discussions with the United States over this issue, and I am confident that we can chart a path forward together.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The clash between modernity and medievalism need not be a clash between progress and tradition.
The traditions of the Jewish people go back thousands of years. They are the source of our collective values and the foundation of our national strength.

At the same time, the Jewish people have always looked towards the future. Throughout history, we have been at the forefront of efforts to expand liberty, promote equality, and advance human rights.

We champion these principles not despite of our traditions but because of them.

We heed the words of the Jewish prophets Isaiah, Amos, and Jeremiah to treat all with dignity and compassion, to pursue justice and cherish life and to pray and strive for peace.

These are the timeless values of my people and these are the Jewish people’s greatest gift to mankind.

Let us commit ourselves today to defend these values so that we can defend our freedom and protect our common civilization.

Thank you.

MAJOR POWERS DEMAND URGENT ACTION FROM IRAN

Friday, September 28th, 2012

MAJOR POWERS DEMAND URGENT ACTION FROM IRAN
by Elad Benari (Arutz Sheva News)

Iran must take urgent action to allay mounting international concerns over its nuclear drive, EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton said Thursday after talks among the major powers.

“We discussed at length the need for Iran to take action urgently as we considered the Iranian nuclear issue,” AFP quoted Ashton as having told reporters after the talks with the foreign ministers of Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and United States.

The European Union’s foreign policy chief, who engages with Iran on behalf of the international powers, said she updated the foreign ministers on her talks with Iran’s chief negotiator Saeed Jalili in Istanbul last week.

“I will from that meeting now be in touch with Iran to continue this process,” Ashton added.

A senior U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP Ashton will discuss “possible next steps” raised by the ministers.

France’s Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said the meeting had been short because the major powers were united in the Iran crisis.

“We agreed that the main word is ‘unity,’ unity and to exert pressure,” Fabius told reporters.

“What is very important is that the five permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany are completely united on the behavior we have to have toward Iran.”

The senior U.S. official also said the international group “is completely united in ensuring that Iran does not acquire a nuclear weapon.”

The six nations have pursued a dual track of applying pressure through sanctions while holding talks with Iran’s government, which denies that it is trying to develop a nuclear weapon.

UN ambassadors for the United States, Britain and France have warned that time is running out for a negotiated settlement.

“We believe it is necessary for Iran to understand that there are consequences to their not addressing the concerns of the international community. And we believe that it also helps create space for diplomacy which is far away the preferred way to deal with this issue,” the U.S. official told AFP.

Earlier this week, diplomats said that Britain, France and Germany have officially called for new European Union sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program.

The foreign ministers of the three countries wrote to EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton calling for tougher measures as the showdown with Iran becomes more tense.

Details of the new measures are still being worked on but EU foreign ministers will discuss the move at a meeting in Brussels on October 15, the diplomats said.

Earlier this month it was reported that EU nations are exploring a new raft of sanctions against Iran.

“We might have to decide soon a new round of sanctions in the European Union,” German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said.

He added, “I see a growing consensus between my colleagues. We will not accept a nuclear weapon for Iran.”

NETANYAHU TO MAKE HIS CASE AGAINST IRAN TODAY!

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

NETANYAHU TO MAKE HIS CASE AGAINST IRAN TODAY!
(Associated Press)

NEW YORK – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will make his case against Iran before the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday, arguing that time is quickly running out to stop the Islamic Republic from becoming a nuclear power and the threat of force must be seriously considered.

His demand that President Barack Obama declare “red lines” that would trigger an American attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities has been rejected in Washington and sparked a public rift between the two leaders.

But a senior Israeli official in Netanyahu’s entourage said the Prime Minister’s speech will “lay a clear red line” that will not contradict Obama’s words.

“Israel and the U.S. have a common goal to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. The Prime Minister’s remarks drawing a red line will help that this is attained,” the senior official said.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said this is not the first time that there have been disagreements between the positions of Israel and the United States and that this will not “in any way harm the strong friendship between the two countries.”

Netanyahu claims international diplomatic efforts and economic sanctions have failed. His time at the U.N. podium gives him an opportunity in front of the international community to press his case once again, perhaps in a final plea before Israel takes matters into its own hands. Israeli leaders have issued a series of warnings in recent weeks suggesting that if Iran’s uranium enrichment program continues it may soon stage a unilateral military strike, flouting even American wishes.

The Obama Administration has urgently sought to hold off Israeli military action, which would likely result in the U.S. being pulled into a conflict and cause regionwide mayhem on the eve of American elections.

Such an attack would almost certainly lead to retaliatory Iranian missile strikes on Israeli population centers. On Sunday, Iranian leaders suggested they may strike Israeli preemptively if they feel threatened.

Israel considers a nuclear-armed Iran to be an existential threat, citing Iranian calls for Israel’s destruction, Iran’s development of missiles capable of striking the Jewish state and its support for hostile Arab militant groups.

Also Thursday, on the sidelines of the General Assembly, key figures will gather for a Friends of Yemen meeting that will be co-chaired by British Foreign Secretary William Hague, Yemen’s President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi and Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Foreign Ministe Abdulaziz bin Abdullah Abdullah. The meeting will produce a communique aimed at generating support for Hadi, who took office in February after more than a year of political turmoil and is now trying to steer his country’s democratic transition.

Later, political directors from the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany will be meeting on the Iranian nuclear issue.

A few hours before Netanyahu flew to the U.S., Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, known for past fiery denunciations of the United States and Israel, spoke at length about his vision for a “new world order” during his speech at the U.N. His speech on Wednesday happened to fall on Yom Kippur, the most sacred day on the Jewish calendar, devoted to fasting, prayer and introspection.

Netanyahu issued a statement condemning the speech soon after the fast ended. “On the day when we pray to be inscribed in the book of life a platform was given to a dictatorial regime that strives, at every opportunity, to sentence us to death,” Netanyahu said. `In my remarks to the UN General Assembly, they will hear my response. History has proven that those who have wanted to wipe us off the map have failed, as the Jewish People have overcome all obstacles,” Netanyahu said.

Netanyahu has said he is going to the U.N. to draw attention to what Israel perceives as the Iranian threat. Speaking to his Cabinet on Sunday, he said at the U.N. he would “reiterate that the most dangerous country in the world must not be allowed to arm itself with the most dangerous weapon in the world.” He did not elaborate.

On Tuesday, the Maariv daily reported that Netanyahu would spell out what limits the international community should set for Iran to prevent it from becoming a nuclear power and how long that will take. Netanyahu has never laid out these limits precisely.

Iran insists its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes but Israel, the U.S. and other Western allies reject the claim. Four rounds of U.N. sanctions have already been placed on Iran.

A U.N. report last month only reinforced Israeli fears, finding that Iran has moved more of its uranium enrichment activities into fortified bunkers deep underground where they are impervious to air attack. Enrichment is a key activity in building a bomb, though it has other uses as well, such as producing medical isotopes.

While Israel is convinced that Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapon, American officials believe Iran has not yet made a final decision to take the plunge, even as it develops much of the infrastructure needed to do so.

Obama has repeatedly said he will not allow Iran to gain nuclear weapons and has said the U.S. would be prepared to use force as a last resort. But in an interview Sunday with “60 Minutes” he also vowed to “block out any noise that’s out there” on the issue, in an apparent swipe at Netanyahu.

Israel’s timeline for military action is shorter than that of the United States, which has far more powerful bunker-busting bombs at its disposal, and there is great suspicion in Israel over whether in the moment of truth Obama will follow through on his pledge.

Netanyahu has a history of fiery speeches at the U.N. General Assembly.

In 2009, he waved the blueprints for the Nazi death camp Aushwitz and invoked the memory of his own family members murdered by the Nazis while making his case against Iran’s Holocaust denial and threats to destroy Israel.

To those who remained at the General Assembly while Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad spoke, he chastised: “Have you no shame? Have you no decency?”

And last year, he warned the world about the threat of militant Islam and Iran.

During his three-day visit, Netanyahu is scheduled to meet with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper — who recently expelled the Iranian ambassador from his country — and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He is not scheduled to meet Obama.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is also set to speak in New York. The Palestinian leader is expected to ask the United Nation’s General Assembly to vote on recognizing Palestine as an observer state in November.

Abbas has said he wants to put off a vote until after U.S. elections to avoid entangling the Palestinian statehood bid in presidential politics.

“I’m not in the U.N. to delegitimize Israel but to present the two state solution,” Abbas told U.S. Jewish community leaders last week at a meeting by the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace. “I want to have Palestine as a nonmember state.” said.

Abbas’ relatively low-key approach is in contrast to last year when he was at center stage with his attempt to win full membership in the world body. That application failed to win enough support in the Security Council.

IRAN: TIME FOR NEW WORLD ORDER TO OPPOSE “UNCIVILIZED ZIONISTS”

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

IRAN: TIME FOR NEW WORLD ORDER TO OPPOSE “UNCIVILIZED ZIONISTS”
(Israel Today News)

Massive naval buildup in Persian Gulf as Israel moves closer to war
Iran confident of war with Israel
Ahmadinejad: We will destroy Israel soon

In his much-anticipated address before the UN General Assembly in New York on Wednesday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called for a new world order that does not operate in service to “the devil,” which he rather clearly identified as the “Zionist entity.”

After complaining about escalating Western sanctions against Iran over its defiant nuclear program, Ahmadinejad insisted that “there is no doubt that the world is in need of a new order…a just and fair order.”

Ahmadinejad said that all the current and past troubles in the world are “due mainly to wrong management…[by] the self-proclaimed centers of power who have entrusted themselves to the devil.”

He went on to state that the “continued threat by the uncivilized Zionists to resort to military action against our great nation is a clear example of this bitter reality.”

Earlier in the week, Ahmadinejad told reporters at the UN that Israel has no roots in the Middle East and will soon be “eliminated.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who was scheduled to himself address the UN General Assembly on Thursday, promised a firm response to the Iranian leader.

Netanyahu departed Israel for New York just hours after the close of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar. Before leaving, the Prime Minister published a letter to the people of Israel, reading:

“On the day that we pray to be inscribed in the Book of Life, the podium was given to the dictatorial regime in Iran that takes every opportunity to sentence us to death.

On the eve of Yom Kippur, a day that the Jewish people holds sacred, the Iranian dictator chose to call for our disappearance in public, with the entire world watching. This is a black day for those who chose to remain in the hall and hear these hateful words. In my speech before the representatives of nations at the UN General Assembly, they will hear our response.

As the Prime Minister of Israel, the state of the Jewish people, I am acting in every possible way so that Iran does not obtain nuclear weapons. History proves that whoever wanted to erase us from the map – failed in his mission, while the Jewish nation overcame all obstacles.

Meanwhile, a pre-Yom Kippur survey carried out by Israeli polling company Dialogue showed that 56 percent of Israelis believe there is a moderate-to-high chance of war with Iran in the coming year. Fifty percent of respondents fear for Israel’s survival in the event of war.

IRAN CONFIDENT OF WAR WITH ISRAEL

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

IRAN CONFIDENT OF WAR WITH ISRAEL
by Ryan Jones (Israel Today News)

Israel angered by Clinton’s kid-glove approach to Iran
Iran: We must ‘annihilate the Zionist regime’
US sees Israeli strike on Iran in October

One of Iran’s top military leaders said he is confident war with Israel is coming, and that the conflict will end with the obliteration of the Jewish state.

“War will happen but it is not clear where and when,” Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari told reporters.

Jafari insisted that Israel sees no way besides war to confront what it claims is Iran’s quest to attain nuclear weapons.

The “stigma and cancerous tumor” that is Israel seeks to wage a war, but should be restrained by the West lest it face destruction, stated Jafari.

While Iranian officials like Jafari maintain that the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program is peaceful in nature, the general hinted that it does in fact have a nuclear arms program.

“The Islamic Revolution is moving hastily towards achieving its objectives,” Iranian media quoted the general as saying. There is also no way Iran could physically obliterate Israel besides using nuclear weapons, considering the distance between the two nations.

Meanwhile, the US Senate passed a resolution reaffirming America’s commitment to preventing Iran from attaining nuclear weapons, and insisting that a policy of containing a nuclear-capable Iran is not acceptable.

Passed by a vote of 90-1, the resolution also stressed that it was not an approval for military action against Iran, something many Israeli leaders say is the only viable option remaining.

REPORT ON THE MIDDLE EAST

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

REPORT ON THE MIDDLE EAST
By David Dolan

Violence flared throughout the Middle East and North Africa during September as Muslim militants took to the streets to attack American and other Western diplomatic outposts. The initial assault, on the eleventh anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist atrocities in New York and Washington, left four Americans dead in Libya, including a diplomat who had earlier served in Israel. Unrest quickly spread to Egypt, Tunisia, the Gaza Strip, Lebanon and other Arab countries. Protests later broke out in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Malaysia, Indonesia, central Africa and parts of Europe.
Ostensibly, the Islamic demonstrations, some of which turned violent, were a reaction to a short film said to be disparaging of the founder of the Muslim faith, Muhammad, posted on the American-owned YouTube web site. However the film, titled Innocence of Muslims, was apparently not produced by native Americans but by an Egyptian Coptic Christian living in the United States. Israeli security forces were placed on heightened alert as demonstrations were staged near the American Embassy in Tel Aviv and the US consulate in Jerusalem. In many locations, Israeli flags were burned along with American ones, or replicas of the same.

Israeli military leaders held an unannounced snap drill during September, sending troops scrambling to the northern border with Syria as if an actual surprise attack was underway. Another major drill was held in Jerusalem. This came as Iran stepped up its ground support for the besieged Assad regime in neighboring Syria, turning the tide of battle back toward government forces. Illegal air corridors were said to be transporting thousands of Iranian fighters to the battlefront, as pro-Assad Iraqi Shiite and anti-Assad Sunni militiamen joined the expanding conflict by simply crossing the mostly now unguarded Syrian-Iraqi border. More Sunni Muslim fighters arrived to bolster the rebel forces from Libya, Egypt, Lebanon and some Gulf Arab states. Reports said the besieged Syrian dictator was grouping his most loyal forces up in the northwest mountains of Syria, home to the Alawite Muslim sect that the Assad family is part of. A Syrian army general who defected to the Sunni Muslim-led Free Syrian Army warned that the embattled regime may use some of its chemical weapons to slaughter opposition fighters. This came after news reports said Syrian forces had test fired chemical weapons near the city of Aleppo.

In Lebanon, Hizbullah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah took “credit” for organizing an anti-American rally attended by Arab residents of Jerusalem. This came soon after he vowed to attack Israel if any IDF military strike is launched on Iran’s burgeoning nuclear facilities. Meanwhile a war of words over how and when to launch any military operation against the nuclear production targets heated up between Israeli and American government officials. Iranian leaders were said to be keeping a close eye on a major NATO naval drill that began in late September in the Persian Gulf, while staging more war exercises of their own.

More Palestinian rockets were fired at Israeli civilian centers during the month as anti-government social protests broke out in areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority. Demonstrators demanded that financial corruption be halted inside the PA as more money is spent on creating jobs and reducing the cost of housing and food items. The street protests subsided when Palestinian Muslims took to the streets to join in the expanding anti-American and anti-Israel demonstrations.

MOCKING MUHAMMAD?

Some months ago, a short video was posted on the popular YouTube web site about the life of Islam’s founder, Muhammad, considered by Muslims to be the greatest “prophet” to have ever walked the earth. It later emerged that the video was produced by an Egyptian Coptic Christian named Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, who lives in California. It came to the attention of the Muslim world after a television network in Egypt broadcast portions of the video, which many Muslims say mocks the life of Muhammad. The video gained additional notoriety after Florida Christian Pastor Terry Jones, who called several years ago for public burnings of the Quran Muslim holy book, announced on September 11 that he had released a short video promoting the Innocence of Muslims production posted on YouTube. The California-based media giant said it had vetted the anti-Muhammad video and it did not find that it violated company rules concerning banned video content.

That same afternoon, around 50 heavily armed Muslim men attacked the American consulate in the coastal Libyan city of Bengazi, which was the center of last year’s American-supported Islamic insurgent campaign to oust Libyan dictator Muammar Gadaffi from power. Four Americans holed up inside a supposed “safe house” near the consulate were killed when the attackers stormed it, including veteran US diplomat Christopher Stevens, who served as ambassador to Libya. The Obama White House originally maintained that the deadly attack, which left the consulate and “safe house” in ruins, was a spontaneous assault by Muslims angry over the YouTube posting. However most regional analysts said the operation was obviously well planned and executed, meaning it was undoubtedly concocted by Muslim terror groups and was deliberately designed to take place on the eleventh anniversary of the Al Qaida attacks in America. They noted that some of the Muslim fighters used rocket propelled grenades in the armed attack, not something usually found in people’s personal arsenals. Later reports said the American government had been warned of a pending terrorist assault in Libya three days before the attack took place, but had apparently failed to notify Ambassador Stevens with that pertinent news. Two weeks later, a Muslim mob attacked the headquarters of an Islamic extremist group which experts say is linked to Al Qaida, blaming the group for the deadly consulate assault. The attackers said they were avenging the killing of the Americans who, they noted, helped them oust Gadaffi.

Soon after reports emerged that the American consulate in Bengazi had been sacked, violent protests spread to Cairo, where thousands gathered outside the American embassy chanting “Death to America.” The action came hours after Cairo’s Al Azhar university issued a strong statement denouncing an announcement put out by the Florida church headed by Pastor Jones. The church said that it and associated American groups would hold a symbolic “trial” focusing on the life of Muhammad. The “trial” would highlight the well known facts that the Islamic founder had many wives, including teenage girls, and participated in violent attacks upon Arabia’s Jewish community and on Arab trade convoys plying the regional roads during his lifetime. The same points are made in the controversial video posted on YouTube.

Within days of the Bengazi attack, anti-American protests had spread to many Arab countries, and then to Indonesia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and even to Australia and the United States itself. Near the American Embassy located on the Mediterranean coast in Tel Aviv, dozens of Arab Muslim Israeli citizens chanted anti-American slogans and waved the black flag of Islam, which has featured in Islamic-led revolts in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and elsewhere. A spokesman for the Islamic Movement, which is closely related to the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood group, delivered a speech near the heavily-guarded embassy expressing his movement’s “rage about this despicable movie that has harmed the honor of our prophet.” He charged that unspecified American government policies and actions in Iraq and Afghanistan were “directly responsible for inspiring people to express hatred towards Muslims and Islam.” Israeli commentators noted that it was actually the Muslim protestors who were expressing pathological hatred against the United States and other countries with mainly Christian heritages, apparently not grasping the reality that the American government does not control internet content on YouTube or any other privately owned media outlet.

BLASTING AMERICA

Both in Egypt and Iran, government officials encouraged their citizens to take to the streets to denounce the United States. While that was hardly surprising or for the first time in the case of Tehran, it was an ominous new development for Egyptian officials to back such a call. After the American State Department strongly denounced the Muslim Brotherhood action, the government reversed itself and ordered protestors to stay home. Still many young Muslim men, encouraged by their local immams, turned out daily near the American embassy, burning US flags, clashing with local police and throwing objects at the embassy wall. In Iran, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei blamed what he termed as “Islamophobic policies of arrogant powers and Zionists” for the outbreak of violent protests near US embassies in many Muslim countries. Vice-President Mohammad Reza Rahimi vowed to go after the people responsible for producing the anti-Muhammad satire video, charging “The guilty person has insulted 1.5 billion Muslims in the world.” Hizbullah’s Sheik Nasrallah issued a similar threat to track down and kill the sponsors of the offensive video.

The morning after the attack in Bengazi, President Barack Obama read out a statement about it in the White House Rose Garden, saying “those responsible will be brought to justice.” He then ordered the FBI to join the investigation into who was behind the armed assault, thought to be Al Qaida sympathizers if not actual operatives. The President also ordered that American military and security forces be rapidly beefed up in the turbulent Middle East and at US embassies around the world. After condemning the consulate attack, Republican Party presidential candidate Mitt Romney subsequently denounced the Obama Administration’s initial reluctance to label it as a “terrorist” operation.

President Obama surprised many reporters that had gathered to hear him speak in the Rose Garden when he stated that Egypt is neither an ally nor an enemy of the United States. Until former President Hosni Mubarak was violently ousted from power early last year—an act that was strongly encouraged by the White House and the State Department—Egypt was considered to be America’s closest Arab ally. Obama said that, “We are going to have to see how they respond to this incident, and how they respond to, for example, maintaining the peace treaty with Israel.” The statement came just before Obama spoke by phone with Egyptian President Muhammad Morsy, reportedly stressing “the importance of Egypt securing US diplomatic facilities and personnel.” During the conversation, termed “frank” by the White House, Obama denounced the controversial Innocence of Muslims video, saying he is opposed to “all efforts to denigrate Islam.” Mitt Romney and other Republican leaders criticized Obama for spending what they saw as too much time apologizing for a privately produced errant video, which the US government and people have no legal control over under current US law.

Many Israeli Middle East commentators opined that the spreading anti-American protests are another sign that US power and influence in the Muslim world is continuing to wane under the Obama Administration. They say although this trend began under previous administrations, it has seemingly accelerated under the current one. Some commentators said they had expected four years ago that relations between the United States and most Muslim nations would improve under Obama, whose father was a Muslim and who had vowed before taking the oath of office to make enhancing such ties a central plank of his Presidency. Instead, the commentators say most Muslims perceive that America has grown weaker and less willing to use its power under President Obama, which they add has only encouraged the upsurge in anti-American Islamic sentiment being violently demonstrated at present around the world.

IDF ON FULL ALERT

Reports went out around the world via the internet during September that Israel was in the final stages of massive war preparations, said to be in anticipation of an imminent Israeli military strike upon Iran’s nuclear facilities. However government and military spokesmen said that while Israel is indeed preparing for war, this has been the case for some time, and nothing unusual has been occurring in recent months or weeks. Well placed Israeli military sources have informed me that this was an accurate assertion, although all also realize that growing regional instability means that war could break out at virtually any time.

Some of the spreading war rumors may have been sparked by an unusual Israeli military drill held during the month. IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz put out an unexpected order to many army unit commanders to immediately rush their forces to Israel’s northern border with Syria on the Golan Heights. Once they got there, live fire exercises and other drills were carried out under conditions that simulated an enemy attack upon the area. Many of the participating soldiers said they did not initially realize that it was only a drill, thinking an armed attack had indeed been launched by the Syrian Assad regime. Although the drill was quite unusual, the IDF later issued a bland statement claiming “This drill is part of a routine program of checks and surprise exercises held throughout the year.” Despite this, many Israelis said the drill was another indication that the escalating internal war in Syria, which has left an estimated 20,000 people dead, may soon grow to directly involve Israel. This concern only grew after Hizbullah leader Sheik Nasrallah issued his vow to attack Israeli targets if a military operation is launched against Iran’s nuclear facilities.
In another indication that Israeli officials fear a spillover from the conflict in neighboring Syria, the IDF has announced plans to reinforce the border security fence on the Golan Heights. Featuring state of the art motion sensors and surveillance cameras, the fence is expected to cost around 1.5 million US dollars to construct. Dirt roads that run along the border fence will also be expanded and upgraded, making it easier for troops to be rushed to the sight of any clandestine breach of the border fence. In earlier wars, the verdant Golan Heights was the scene of some of Israel’s fiercest battles.
Israeli officials continue to prepare their soldiers and other citizens concerning the possibility that chemical weapons may be used in any pending conflict. This comes as the German weekly news magazine, Der Spiegel, reported that security forces loyal to the Assad regime test-fired several missiles, artillery shells and other military munitions that are designed to deliver chemical weapons. The magazine added that the test firings were held in the presence of Iranian Revolutionary Guards who are now heavily backing Assad, their main Arab ally along with the Shiite Hizbullah group in Lebanon. The chemical weapons linked tests were reportedly carried our in August at a chemical weapons research center in the town of Safira, east of the embattled city of Aleppo. Earlier in the month, President Obama stated that even if the Assad regime begins to move such weapons around, as is reportedly already taking place, that would be a “game changer” that would spark off a major American military response. Some Free Syrian Army commanders claim that such weapons have already been deployed on several occasions against rebel fighters.
In mid September, a major drill was held in and around Israel’s capital city, Jerusalem, to test the city’s readiness to deal with a possible chemical weapons attack. The drill was led by the IDF’s Home Front Command, working in cooperation with the Magen David Adom (Red Shield of David) medical rescue group and city police, firemen, and medical personnel from area hospitals. The test drill simulated a mass casualty attack in northern Jerusalem, focusing on how the closest hospital, Hadassah on Mount Scopus next to the main Hebrew University city campus, would cope with such an attack. The Home Front Command later issued a public statement about the mass drill, noting it is “responsible for the readiness of the community, and as a result, the preparation of hospitals. The Home Front Command is confident in its ability to prepare the Israeli medical system for a myriad of disasters.”

With the prospect of another major war involving Israel apparently looming in the explosive region, the Knesset Finance Committee decided to add an additional 500 million shekels (about 130 million dollars) to the IDF budget for this year. This brings the annual military spending up to around 15 billion dollars. To help pay for the increase, the committee voted to cut 286 million shekels from several other government ministries. Analysts said the fact that the ministries agreed to the cuts is another indication that a major war is expected involving Israel. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu had earlier told the country that “The threats directed at the State of Israel are changing, and we need to be prepared for that. We need to ensure that the security Israeli citizens have enjoyed in the past three-and-a-half years continues through the changing conditions.”

WAR OF WORDS

The Israeli media was full of reports during September of the seemingly growing rift between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu. The White House reacted quite negatively to the suggestion by the Israeli leader, made on several weekend television news programs aired in the United States, that “red lines” need to be clearly drawn in the sand concerning Iran’s threatening nuclear development program. He said the country’s extremist Shiite Muslim leaders need to know now exactly what would trigger a military response from the West, adding that spelling this out now might succeed in stopping the clerical regime from crossing the demarcated “red line.” After stating that the Iranian government was within just six to seven months of being technically ready to construct a nuclear warhead, Netanyahu apparently directed his comments to the Obama Administration, saying “You have to place that red line before them now, before it’s too late.” He then asked rhetorically if the United States, under attack from many Muslims around the world, “wants these fanatics to have nuclear weapons?”

The White House showed its displeasure with Netanyahu’s comments in a very concrete way—by turning down his request to meet with the American President during the Israeli leader’s scheduled visit to United Nations headquarters in New York for the annual fall General Assembly opening sessions. The American Fox News network was widely quoted in the Israeli press during the month for pointing out that Obama had time to appear on several entertainment television and radio programs while seemingly not having time to meet with the leader of one of America’s closest allies during a time of possibly pending war. However some Israeli commentators speculated that the supposed “dispute” was merely a sham to lull Iranian leaders into a false confidence that the significant US military forces in the region will not be ordered to back Israel if it become embroiled in a fullscale war involving Iran, Hizbullah, Hamas and possibly the Assad regime in Syria. After the White House was heavily criticized by many Republicans and even some Democrats for failing to schedule a meeting between the President and the Prime Minister, the two leaders held an hour long telephone discussion which was termed “conciliatory” by both of their offices.

On the ground in the Middle East, both Iran and its allies and Israel and its friends continued to prepare for a possible military showdown in the coming weeks or months. The commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, General Mohammad Ali Jafari, said his well-trained forces would close the strategic Strait of Hormuz and launch attacks upon all American military bases in the region if the IDF strikes at Iranian nuclear targets. He vowed once again to entirely destroy the world’s only Jewish State, boasting that “nothing of Israel will be left, considering its small size.” He also confirmed news reports that Iran is sending army commandos, various weapons and financial assistance to help the Assad regime cling to power. News reports said that Sunni Muslim elements in the Iraqi government are trying to shut down an illegal air corridor that Iran has been operating in the direction of Syria, flying over the northern third of the country.

Near the Straits of Hormuz during September, a large multi-national naval war exercise was staged, involving ships from the United States, Britain, France and 27 other nations. The joint exercise focused on mine detection in the Gulf. Military experts say Iran is ready to mine the vital waterway, where a significant amount of the world’s oil supply passes out of the Gulf and then on to destinations all over the globe, at the first sign of war with either Israel or the West. Regional analysts said the large and very public naval exercise was at least partially designed to send a stern message to Iran’s militant leaders that the world will not allow Iranian forces to shut down the vital ocean passageway.

Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics published a report at the start of the Jewish fall holidays revealing that Israel has the highest rate in the entire developed world for investments in research and development as a percentage of gross national product. This came as Israel’s population reached 7,933,200, almost six million of them Jews. Let us pray like never before that Hitler’s Holocaust slaughter of the around that number of Jews during World War Two will in no way be repeated in the Lord’s land in the coming months or years. “Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me in the shadow of Your wings, from the wicked who despoil me, my deadly enemies who surround me” (Psalm 17:8).

MESSIAH AND THE FALL FESTIVALS

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

“MESSIAH AND THE FALL FESTIVALS”
Scripture: Leviticus 23:23-44

Yeshua said in Luke 24:44: “These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning ME!”

There are four major celebrations in the spring and three in the fall that speak of our Messiah and His work in bringing salvation and hope to both Jew and Gentile.

These celebrations according to Leviticus 23:2 are called “feasts of the LORD (Yahweh).” And He refers to them as “My feasts.” Without the Lord, these celebrations are stripped of their meaning and impact and become mere tradition without the power. Paul wrote in Romans 1:16: “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Messiah, for it is the power of God unto salvation, to the Jew first, and also to the Greek (Hellenist).”

These celebrations are said to be “holy convocations” and are to be honored as the Shabat (Sabbath Day) in that no manual labor is to be done – they are to be set aside for the worship of the Lord, and the celebration of His Messiah!

These fall festivals occur in the 7th month of the Jewish calendar; the Shabat occurs on the 7th day of the week; The sabbatical year is the 7th year, and the Year of Jubilee is celebrated after seven sabbatical years; Shavuot (Pentecost) comes seven weeks after Firstfruits and Sukkot (Tabernacles) continues for seven days as does the Feast of Unleavened Bread in the Spring. Obviously, the number “seven” is highly significant, a religious number, emphasizing the celebration of God’s character and the worship of Him alone!

THREE THINGS ABOUT OUR COMING MESSIAH:

1A. HIS RETURN FROM HEAVEN – Rosh Hashanah (Feast of Trumpets) – the blowing of the Shofar, a carved ram’s horn, not a cow’s horn (avoids any connection with the worship of the golden calf); it must be carved, not painted (inappropriate when calling us to repentance, a major theme of this celebration). It must be bent or curved, a reminder of our need of brokenness, humility, and contrition of heart – Psalm 51:17

The ten days following Rosh Hashanah leading up to Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) are called “high holy days” (Days of Awe) and it is customary for the Jewish people to dress in white as a sign of humility and the need for cleansing – Isaiah 1:18 is read.

THE BLOWING OF THE SHOFAR ANNOUNCES SIX THINGS:

1B. The REMINDER that judgment is coming!
Jeremiah 6:1 – “Blow the trumpet (Shofar)….for evil appeareth out of the north, and great destruction” – Ezekiel 33:1ff – the “watchman” – “If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet (Shofar) and warn the people” – Amos 3:6 – “Shall a trumpet (Shofar) be blown
in the city, and the people not be afraid?” – Zephaniah 1:14-18 – “The great day of the LORD is near…a day of the trumpet (Shofar)”

2B. The REJOICING of God’s people –Psa. 81:1-4; 89:15-18; 98:1

3B. The RETURN of the Messiah – Zech. 9:14-17

4B. The RESTORATION of worship in Jerusalem
Isaiah 27:13

5B. The RESURRECTION of God’s people –I Cor. 15:51-52 – “at the last trump (Shofar);
For the trumpet (Shofar) shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible”
I Thess. 4:16 – “For the Lord Himself shall descend…with the trump (Shofar) of God, and
the dead in Messiah will rise first.”

6B. The REIGN of the Messiah over the whole earth – Rev. 11:15 – “the kingdoms of this
world are become the kingdoms of Our Lord and of His Messiah, and He shall reign for ever
and ever.”

2A. HIS REDEMPTION OF ISRAEL – Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) – celebrated on Tishri 10 – details in Lev. 16 – Luke calls it “the fast.”

1B. It PORTRAYS the need of repentance – Lev. 23:27 – “afflict your souls” – Isa. 58

2B. It PICTURES the removal of our sin – azazel (scapegoat) – Psalm 103:12; John 1:29

3B. It PROPITIATES the wrath of God against sin – mercy-seat – I John 2:2

4B. It POINTS to the need of a High Priest – Heb. 2:7; 3:1; 4:14; 7:23-28; 8:1; 9:7, 11-12; 10:11-14, 21

3A. HIS REIGN OVER ALL THE WHOLE EARTH – Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) – Tishri 15-22
Also called “the feast of ingathering” or “the Season of our Rejoicing” – more sacrifices than any
other feast, expressing our thanksgiving to God (70 bulls, 14 rams, 98 lambs = 182 animals)

1B. It is a time to REJOICE – Lev. 23:40 – Neh. 8:10 – “the joy of the Lord is our strength”
There was “very great gladness” – Psa. 27:4-6

2B. It is a time to READ – Neh. 8:18

3B. It is a time to REMEMBER – Lev. 23:43; Deut. 8:18

4B. It is a time to RELY upon the presence and power of the Holy Spirit – John 7:2, 37-39
“great day of the feast” – Hoshana Rabbah – the great Hosanna – they circled the altar
seven times, poured water out of the vessels of the temple, reminding them of the water that
came out of the rock in the wilderness – I Cor.10:4 – “that Rock was Messiah” – the “living
water” represents the presence and power of the Holy Spirit.

THREE THINGS WE LEARN ABOUT MESSIAH AND THE FALL FESTIVALS:

1A. HIS RETURN FROM HEAVEN
2A. HIS REDEMPTION OF ISRAEL
3A. HIS REIGN OVER THE WHOLE EARTH

AMBASSADOR PROSOR: “AHMADINEJAD HAS NO PLACE IN THIS WORLD”

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

AMBASSADOR PROSOR: “AHMADINEJAD HAS NO PLACE IN THIS WORLD”
by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu (Arutz Sheva News)

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad “has no place in the world,” said Israeli Ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor, who apparently found it redundant to even suggest that there is a question if Ahmadinejad has a place in the “World to Come.”

Both expressions are common in Jewish thought concerning a person’s reward while living and after he passes away, and Jewish tradition teaches there is no place in the World to Come for the wicked.

“Ahmadinejad is the leader of a country with no respect for law and has no place in this world,” Prosor told Voice of Israel government radio Tuesday morning, several hours after the Ambassador walked out as the Iranian President began speaking at a United Nations session on government and law.

“Denying the Holocaust and threats by Ahmadinejad to destroy Israel have become a part of the international scene, a situation that cannot be tolerated,” Prosor added.

He predicted that when Ahmadinejad will deliver his annual address to the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, Yom Kippur, Ambassadors from the United States, Canada and European nations will walk out of the hall.

In Ahmadinejad’s speech Tuesday, he declared that the “Zionist” state has “no roots in history” while Iran has been around for thousands of years.

Speaking only a day after United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon advised him to tone down his hatred towards Israel and realize the “potentially harmful consequences of inflammatory rhetoric, Ahmadinejad told the United Nations Monday that Israel is a ”fake regime.”

AHMADINEJAD: “ZIONISTS ARE AT THE END OF THE LINE!”

Monday, September 24th, 2012

AHMADINEJAD: “ZIONISTS ARE AT THE END OF THE LINE!”
by Elad Benari (IsraelNationalNews)

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has reiterated that should Israel attack his country, the Islamic Republic will retaliate.

Ahmadinejad made the comments in an interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan. The full interview will air on Monday, but excerpts were released on Sunday.

Asked by Morgan what his country’s response will be if it is attacked by Israel, the Iranian President replied, “The response of Iran is quite clear, I don’t even need to explain that; any question in any nation has the right and will indeed defend herself. But my question is this, why should the world be managed in such a way that an individual can allow himself to threaten a rich and deeply-rooted historical, ancient country, such as Iran. A great country, such as Iran, based on an excuse of his own fabrication. So anyone can do this. Another country can say, I am guessing that country B is doing activity X, therefore I will attack that country. Can this be a successful formula for the management of the world?”

Morgan asked Ahmadinejad if he fears that war is imminent and whether he fears that there will be military conflict, perhaps before the end of this year, between Iran and Israel.

“Of course the Zionists are very much, very adventuresome, very much seeking to fabricate things and I think they see themselves at the end of the line and I do firmly believe that they seek to create new opportunities for themselves and their adventurous behaviors,” Ahmadinejad responded.

The interview also focused on the protests in the Middle East over the “Innocence of Muslims” film. Asked whether he condemned the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, in which Ambassador Christopher Stevens was murdered, Ahmadinejad answered, “Fundamentally, first of all, any action that is provocative, offends the religious thoughts and feelings of any people, we condemn. Likewise, we condemn any type of extremism.

“Of course, what took place was ugly,” he added. “Offending the Holy Prophet is quite ugly. This has very little or nothing to do with freedom and freedom of speech. This is the weakness of and the abuse of freedom, and in many places it is a crime. It shouldn’t take place and I do hope the day will come in which politicians will not seek to offend those whom others hold holy, or sanctity. But we also believe that this must also be resolved in a humane atmosphere, in a participatory environment and we do not like anyone losing their lives or being killed for any reason anywhere in the world.”

Asked whether he thinks the protests in the Middle East threatening the staff of American embassies should stop, the Iranian President replied, “You see, I cannot determine what people or nations should do, but I do think that extreme, extremism gives birth to following and subsequent extremists. Perhaps if the politicians take a better position in the West vis-a-vis offensive words or thoughts or pictures towards what we hold holy, I think conditions will improve.”

Ahmadinejad, together with a high-ranking delegation, arrived in New York Saturday evening to attend the 67th annual meeting of the UN General Assembly.

The Iranian President is scheduled to address the UN on Wednesday, September 26, which happens to also be Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar.

Despite protests from Jewish and non-Jewish groups alike, Ahmadinejad is expected to stay at the posh Warwick New York Hotel on Sixth Avenue. The hotel has refrained from publicly commenting on the matter.

Meanwhile, a senior Revolutionary Guards commander said on Sunday that Iran could launch a pre-emptive strike if Israel prepares to attack it,

Should Israel and Iran engage militarily, “nothing is predictable… and it will turn into World War III,” Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh told Iran’s Arabic-language television network.

Hajizadeh, who is in charge of Revolutionary Guards missile systems, said: “In circumstances in which they (the Israelis) have prepared everything for an attack, it is possible that we will make a pre-emptive attack. But we do not see this at the moment.”

He added that Iran would deem any Israeli strike to be conducted with U.S. authorization, so “whether the Zionist regime attacks with or without U.S. knowledge, then we will definitely attack U.S. bases in Bahrain, Qatar and Afghanistan.”

MORSI: CAMP DAVID UNFULFILLED ON PALESTINIAN ISSUE

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

MORSI: CAMP DAVID UNFULFILLED ON PALESTINIAN ISSUE
By JPOST.COM STAFF

US support of dictators, Israel is responsible for hatred of Washington in Arab world, Egyptian President tells ‘NY Times.’

The United States has “a special responsibility” to the Palestinians rooted in Washington’s signing of the 1978 peace agreement between Israel and Egypt, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi told The New York Times on Saturday.

“As long as peace and justice are not fulfilled for the Palestinians,” Morsi told the Times, “then the treaty (Camp David) remains unfulfilled.” Washington must live up to its Camp David commitment to Palestinian autonomy, he said on the eve of his first visit to the United States as Egypt’s President..

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The Camp David Accords, which established peace between Israel and Egypt, also foresaw a withdrawal of Israeli troops from the West Bank and Gaza Strip and eventual autonomy for the Palestinians.

The Egyptian President also framed the United States’ support for Israel over the Palestinians, along with its support of Arab dictators, as “essentially purchasing with American taxpayer money the dislike, if not the hatred, of the peoples of the region.”

Along with addressing other issues, Washington should help establish a Palestinian state in order to overcome anger directed towards it in the Arab world, the Egyptian President said.

Earlier this month, US President Barack Obama discussed the new ground on which the US-Egypt relationship stands following last year’s revolution that ousted the country’s US-aligned long-time dictator Hosni Mubarak.

“I don’t think that we would consider them an ally, but we don’t consider them an enemy. They’re a new government that is trying to find its way,” the US President said in a television interview.

Egypt, he explained, will need time to develop many basic institutions and the US understands there will be “some rocky times.”

Responding to Obama’s remarks and a question posed by the Times as to whether he considers the US an ally, Morsy retorted, “That depends on your definition of ally,” adding that he envisions the two states as “real friends.”

Morsi says Obama thanked him for embassy protection.

In a Facebook post on Sunday, Morsi said US President Barack Obama thanked him for securing the US Embassy during protests against a film made in the United States that mocked the Muslim Prophet Mohammad and sparked worldwide demonstrations and violence.

According to Morsi’s official Facebook page, Obama’s letter repeated Washington’s condemnation of the film and said he looked forward to working with President Mohamed Mursi to build on the “strategic partnership.”

“In his letter, President Obama thanked the Egyptian President for Egyptian efforts to secure the mission of the United States in Cairo,” the site wrote.

Iran’s ‘supportive role’ in Syria resolution.

In another interview Saturday with Egyptian state television, Morsi discussed Syria, asserting that having a strong relationship with Iran is important for Egypt at this time to be able to work out a way to end the bloodshed in Syria.

Morsi described Iran as “a main player in the region that could have an active and supportive role in solving the Syrian problem.”

Morsi, in a move to revive Egypt’s role in the region, asked last month for Iran to join a quartet committee he called for which includes Saudi Arabia, Iran, Turkey and Egypt to try to find a solution to the violence in Syria.

Iran is the only state in the quartet that is an ally to Syrian President Bashar Assad and has accused Saudi Arabia and Turkey of helping the rebels who are fighting to topple him. Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Egypt have all demanded that Assad step down. Iran was attacked at the UN Security Council last week for its continuous backing of the Syrian regime.

“I don’t see the presence of Iran in this quartet as a problem, but is a part of solving the (Syrian) problem,” Morsi said, explaining that Iran’s close proximity to Syria and its strong ties with it makes it “vital” in resolving the Syrian crisis.

Morsi’s comments came after Saudi Arabia stayed away from the quartet’s last meeting, which Cairo hosted on Sept. 17. Saudi Arabia’s decision was seen by diplomats and western officials as a reaction to the presence of Shi’ite Muslim Iran, the major rival of Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia in the Middle East.

Saudi Arabia has not officially commented on why it did not attend that meeting and Egyptian officials gave conflicting explanations for its absence.

Morsi said he could meet with top officials of the three states of the Quartet during the United Nations general assembly meeting he will attend in New York this week.

“And we do not have a significant problem with Iran, it (the relation between Egypt and Iran) is normal like with the rest of the world’s states,” said Morsi who last month became the first Egyptian President to visit the Islamic republic in decades.


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