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Thursday, October 31st, 2013


Below you will find this month’s Israel news review and analysis report. As has been the case for most of the past two and a half years, the focus in once again on important developments affecting Israel’s immediate Arab neighbors, this time especially in Egypt. However the overall report speaks of the continuing decline in American power and influence in the Middle East, due to what many consider to be seriously flawed regional policies being hobbled together at the White House and the State Department in Washington. The possibility that such policies might help spark off unilateral Israeli military strikes upon Iran’s burgeoning nuclear production facilities is also examined in this month’s report.
I had an excellent time speaking at an Operation Exodus Latin America conference held in Monterrey Mexico last month. It was especially warming to see so many young people at the conference sessions, eagerly soaking up information about Israel and the Jewish people after enthusiastic times of praise and worship, including a lot of dancing! I have a special place in my heart for the Ebenezer Operation Exodus ministry which was founded in Jerusalem in 1991 by several longtime friends of mine. My next scheduled speaking engagements are in the New York City and central New Jersey areas in January…areas that are thankfully not seeing a repeat of last October’s hurricane weather which devastated the region. Details of my meetings can be found on my web site:

Speculation was rife in Israel during October concerning the possibility of a pending unilateral IDF military strike upon Iran’s nuclear production facilities. The conjecture was greatly enhanced late in the month when a respected American think tank published a jarring report stating that the extremist Iranian regime now has the capability to build a nuclear warhead in around one month’s time. Previous estimates had suggested that it would take the Shiite Muslim clerical regime at least half a year to build a bomb from the time a decision was taken to do so.
Several commentators opined that the prospects for a lone Israeli military operation against Iran grew during the month largely because the credibility of the American Obama administration continued to plummet in the turbulent region. Saudi Arabia’s suggestion that it might soon drop the US dollar as its preferred currency for its vast oil trade sent shock waves through world capitals and financial markets, although many economic analysts said the American public is largely ignorant of the disastrous financial consequences that such Saudi action would probably unleash.
Israeli media outlets reported during October that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is deeply concerned by America’s continuing decline in the Middle East, with its two longtime Arab allies and regional pillars, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, now turning away from it. After the White House announced early in the month that a significant portion of American military aid to Egypt was being immediately suspended, the new Egyptian government angrily responded that it will turn elsewhere for desperately needed economic assistance, mainly to wealthy Arab countries like Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. This could potentially endanger the US-sponsored Camp David peace accords between Israel and Egypt and hamper Israeli military efforts to support the current Egyptian government’s security crackdown on Islamic terrorist groups that have been freely operating in the lawless Sinai Peninsula.
Indicating that the Prime Minister’s worries are not his alone, left leaning Israeli President Shimon Peres raised some eyebrows when he declared that Israel has significant military capabilities its enemies are not even aware of. The veteran politician made the comment in the context of speaking about the threat Iran still poses to Israel despite the recent “charm offensive” new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani engaged in during his visit to the United Nation’s international headquarters in New York in late September.
While focusing on Iran during October, Israeli government and military leaders continued to also keep a wary eye on the ongoing warfare raging not far from Israel’s northern Golan Heights border. Reports in a usually reliable Gulf Arabic newspaper said that Israeli air force jets carried out another military strike on a convoy of Syrian missiles being transported to Hizbullah control in neighboring Lebanon. However Israeli analysts doubted the veracity of the report. Earlier the same newspaper quoted an unidentified Israeli military source as stating the Netanyahu government is preparing for a possible military operation to destroy Chinese made medium-range missiles that Israel believes have been successfully smuggled into the Lebanese Bekaa Valley, which is controlled by the Iranian-backed Hizbullah militia. Some analysts warned such a major air force operation would probably spark off some sort of military response from Hizbullah, most likely the launching of a new barrage of rocket strikes upon northern Israel. The worst case scenario would be a major attack upon the Tel Aviv region, although most analysts say this would probably only come in the midst of future IDF action against Iran.
There was a fresh uptick in Palestinian terror attacks during October, leaving a nine year old girl injured in one incident and an Israeli man dead in another. The assaults came as Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyah warned that supposed ‘Jewish desecration’ of the Islamic shrines on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem might soon ignite a new Palestinian uprising. Many Israeli political analysts say the real, if currently hidden, aim of the Hamas leadership in igniting a violent new terrorist war of attrition would probably be to topple the rival Palestinian Authority government which rules over some 1.75 million Palestinians living north and south of Jerusalem.

Given that probable goal, Israeli leaders are said to be taking the Hamas threat quite seriously, and are making preparations accordingly. They have publicly noted many times that Israel has been among the quietest countries in the region in recent years as the clearly mislabeled “Arab Spring” swept like wildfire through North Africa and the Middle East. That the relative calm would endure forever was never what Israeli officials expected or even hoped for, given the deep hatred held by millions of regional Sunni and Shiite Muslims for what many term “the Zionist entity.”
The political, military, and economic tremors shaking the roiling region were enhanced by actual earth tremors during October as a series of small earthquakes jolted northern Israel. The area was the scene of the Holy Land’s last major earthquake in 1837, centered near the northern Jewish holy town of Safed in the hills above Tiberius and the biblical Sea of Galilee. Experts have been warning for some years that another major earthquake is overdue somewhere along the northern end of the great African Rift, which runs from the Red Sea up through the Jordan Valley, ending in Syria. Israeli leaders held an emergency meeting to discuss the series of small earthquakes and what they might portent for their small country
As has been the case for almost three years now, the main focus of Israeli government and media attention during October was not on issues or news taking place inside the small country, but momentous developments taking place in one or more of Israel’s many Arab neighbors and Iran. As has been the case many times before, the spotlight was first upon Egypt after the Obama government announced on October 9 that it was suspending a substantial amount of military aid to the strategically located Arab country.
As part of the 1978 Camp David accord, the United States is committed to provide annual financial assistance to the Egyptian government, mostly to help cover military spending. Since the 1990s, the American treasury has pumped 1.5 billion dollars into the impoverished country every year. However as a result of the Egyptian military action which toppled Muslim Brotherhood member Muhammad Morsi from his position as President in early July, the State Department in Washington announced that President Obama had decided to withhold 260 million dollars of that annual aid in order to express his unhappiness with the military’s move.
Despite the American government action, Secretary of State John Kerry quickly made clear that the administration does not intend to cut off all aid to Egypt, and will continue to help Cairo in its efforts to fight terrorist groups operating in the Sinai Peninsula. “By no means is this a withdrawal from our relations or a severing of our serious commitment to helping the government meet those goals,” the American diplomat told reporters during a visit to the Muslim nation of Malaysia. Even more typical of American “moralism” which demands that the rest of the world adhere to standards the United States does not even always uphold, Kerry went on to state that “We want this government to succeed, but we want it also to be the kind of government that Americans would be comfortable supporting and being engaged with.” Although he was speaking in Southeast Asia, the former senator did not mention that America’s main creditor in recent years has been China, a country with a deplorable human rights record.

Dismissing the Secretary of State’s supposedly soothing remarks, the Egyptian government quickly denounced the Obama administration’s move, as did many other regional American allies. Egypt’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Badr Abdel Atty, said the aid cutoff “raises serious questions about US readiness to provide stable, strategic support to Egyptian security programs amid the threats and terrorism challenges it has been facing.” A government owned news site posted a statement denouncing the decision as “wrong in terms of content and timing.”

Other private Egyptian media outlets reported that both government and military leaders were furious over the American move. Solid proof of that contention came later in the month when several European diplomats confirmed that during a meeting with them in Europe, Saudi Arabian Prince Bandar bin Sultan, who serves as the country’s intelligence chief, unleashed a torrent of scathing criticism aimed at the Obama administration. He revealed that his government is preparing to make “a major shift” away from its longtime close alliance with Washington. Several diplomats said he hinted that this would include dropping the US dollar as the country’s preferred oil trade currency, most likely replacing it with the Euro. Economic analysts warned this would be a severe blow to the American dollar, already under growing international pressure due to mushrooming US government deficit spending over the past few decades.
Although some economists suggested that the Saudi royal family might choose the Chinese Yuen as its new currency of trade, most others dismissed that prospect as unrealistic given that China is still ruled by Communists who have suppressed the spread of Islam inside their sprawling country. Many economic analysts concur that if the Saudi government carries out its threat to drop the dollar as the country’s preferred currency of trade, the Euro will most likely be chosen to replace it despite continuing economic weakness in the Euro zone (China is also experiencing an economic slowdown). They note that EU countries import significant amounts of oil from the Saudi Peninsula every month, and the royal family is on generally good terms with most European leaders who are generally seen as more in touch with Middle East realities than their American counterparts.

Realizing that his jarring remarks would undoubtedly end up in the news, Prince Bandar poured open scorn on the second-term American President for his ‘misguided policies’ concerning the Middle East. He reportedly told the assembled diplomats that the Obama administration had ‘badly mishandled’ the so-called “Arab Spring” that began in Tunisia in December 2010. He was especially critical of its actions, or more to the point its lack of action, over the deadly war tearing apart Syria and threatening its neighbors. He also charged that Obama has done precious little to advance the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. On the issue of Iran, the Saudi royal prince was said to have expressed great unhappiness with the White House decision to attempt to mend diplomatic relations with Tehran, severed after over 50 Americans were taken hostage at the US embassy there soon after the Shiite Iranian revolution began in 1979.

The New York Times and other media outlets later reported that all of America’s traditional allies in the region are disenchanted with the first ever American President to be born to a Muslim father. Included in the published list were all of the Gulf Arab states, Israel and Turkey, which recently expressed its anger with Obama’s decision to cancel military strikes against the Syrian Assad regime by announcing it would purchase Chinese air missile defense systems instead of ones made in the United States or by other NATO allies. The newspaper quoted a Saudi Arabian policy expert saying that “The shift away from the US is a major one. Saudi Arabia doesn’t want to find itself any longer in a situation where it is dependent. Prince Bandar told diplomats that he plans to limit interaction with the US.” The policy expert added that “Relations with the US have been deteriorating for awhile, with Saudi Arabia feeling that the US is growing closer to Iran.” He also noted that the Obama administration “failed to support the Saudi government during the (mainly Shiite) uprising in Bahrain” that began in February 2011. He added that “All options are on the table now, and for sure there will be some negative impact for the United States.”

As usual, Israeli officials said very little publicly about the latest Obama administration blunder, which was derided as extremely naïve by much of the Israeli press. However during an interview given while he was visiting Washington, Israeli Finance Minister and Yesh Atid party leader Yair Lapid expressed indirect criticism of the White House’s partial suspension of economic aid to Egypt. “What’s most important to us is stability” he stated, adding that his government wants Egypt to have “continued interest in the Camp David Accord and to continue the fight against terrorism, especially Al Qaida in the Sinai.” In other words, cutting back US economic aid to Egypt will probably trigger further instability in the Arab world’s largest and most influential country, and might even endanger the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt.

Concerning American government policy on Syria, the New York Times printed a subsequent article that quoted an unnamed source within the Obama administration who castigated the President’s handling of the recent chemical weapons crisis. Political analysts quoted by the newspaper said the comments indicate that strong dissatisfaction exists within the White House itself over Obama’s apparent mishandling of Middle East foreign policy. This came as several traditional American allies, including Germany and Mexico, expressed disgust over reports that the US “National Security” spy agency monitored private telephone calls made by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other unidentified world leaders, as well as private emails sent by former Mexican President Felipe Calderon. On a related matter, the Times reported that the country of Jordan—under enormous financial pressure at present over its forced absorption of hundreds of thousands of Syrian war refugees—had offered use of its air bases for the United States to carry out drone strikes on targets connected to the embattled Assad regime. Several Israeli analysts noted that Jordan is now about the only Arab country still on good terms with the Obama administration.

Various Israeli media outlets reported during October about growing expectations that an Israeli military strike upon Iran’s rogue nuclear development program may be imminent. This came after Israeli Defense Forces Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz warned once again that a major war could erupt in the region at virtually any time. Speaking after inspecting troop positions on the Golan Heights, Gantz said the lush agricultural plateau could be turned into “rivers of blood” in just minutes. Most Israeli military experts say the extremist Shiite Iranian clerical regime will most likely carry out its frequent threats to unleash its puppet Hizbullah militia force to bombard Israel with thousands of missiles if the IDF strikes Iran’s nuclear targets.
The possibility that Prime Minister Netanyahu will order a unilateral military attack upon Iran’s nuclear facilities seemed to grow when a respected American think tank released a report on October 24 estimating the Iranian regime is now capable of producing a nuclear warhead in around one month’s time after a decision to do so is made. The report was produced by the Washington-based Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS), which works worldwide to thwart nuclear weapons proliferation in currently non-nuclear countries and to decrease their production in nations which already possess them. ISIS President David Albright, who is a former Atomic Energy Agency nuclear weapons inspector, said his group discovered what he termed “an essential finding” that the “breakout time” it would take the Iranian regime to produce a nuclear weapon is growing constantly shorter, saying it is “currently too short and shortening further.” He then added the obvious, that “Shortening breakout times have implications for any negotiations with Iran.”

The ISIS think tank report came as some American politicians were discussing the possibility of easing economic sanctions that were imposed by the international community on Iran as a result of Tehran’s ongoing nuclear development activities. However Ben Rhodes, who serves as President Obama’s deputy national security advisor, said the administration is “not contemplating anything that removes those sanctions at the front end of any negotiation agreement, because it’s going to be important to test Iranian intentions.” However Rhodes heartily endorsed Obama’s decision to put his toe in the water, saying the status of economic sanctions should be evaluated in light of “the progress we’re making on diplomacy.” Just exactly what that supposed “progress” consists of remained a mystery in Jerusalem as October came to an end.
Iran’s deputy foreign minister accused Israel of attempting to sabotage his country’s UN-sponsored nuclear talks with six world powers, including Russia and China. He charged Israeli leaders with insinuating that Iran has been acting in bad faith. “The entity that is occupying Jerusalem has spared no efforts in attempting to derail and place obstacles before the negotiations,” he told an Arabic news outlet, adding that “the Zionists are not interested in seeing these negotiations come to a positive outcome.”

During a rare visit to an Israeli air force base located near the Mediterranean coast south of Tel Aviv, President Shimon Peres warned that Iran and its regional allies should know that they will suffer greatly if they attack Israeli civilian centers. He stated that the IDF response would shock Israel’s enemies. “The full power of the army and the air force is not visible to the naked eye, but anyone who is disdainful of Israel and plans to attack us should take this into account.” The former Labor party leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner delivered his comment after being briefed by Benny Gantz and other senior IDF officers on the country’s latest defense strategies and operational capabilities. The President told reporters he was proud of the Israeli Air Force which he called “the best in the world,” both technically and in its “dedicated” human personnel. He declared that the Air Force’s strength, flexibility and capability is “more relevant” today than ever before. His comments came just days before Russia’s Air Force chief, Gen. Viktor Bondarev, visited Tehran to discuss Iran’s request that Moscow provide it with new electronic surveillance devices, radars and Russian-made surface to air missiles.

As noted last month, Israeli officials have expressed concern over a growing tide of Palestinian terror attacks in recent months against Jews living or serving in Judea and Samaria, Judaism’s biblical heartland. Two soldiers were killed in separate incidents last month, one in the holy city of Hebron and another in the PA-controlled city of Kalkila north of Jerusalem. On October 5 a nine year Jewish girl named Noam Glick was shot and wounded by a Palestinian infiltrator while playing just outside of her family home in the community of Psagot, not far from Ramallah. The assailant entered the Jewish community after managing to cut a hole in its metal security fence.
Several days later, a retired army colonel named Sraya Ofer was beaten to death by a group of Palestinian terrorists using iron bars and axes who invaded his home in a Jewish community near the Palestinian Authority-controlled biblical city of Jericho in the Jordan Valley. The wife of the 50 year old victim managed to escape the attackers as they were bludgeoning her husband to death and alert an Israeli couple driving near her home that a terrorist attack was underway. Israeli security forces have been reinforced in some areas in order to try to quell the rising tide of terrorist attacks upon Jews living in the disputed territories.

With more upheaval undoubtedly lying up ahead in the tumultuous Middle East, it is good to recall that “The Lord of Hosts will reign on Mt Zion and in Jerusalem, and His glory will be before His elders” (Isaiah 24:23).

Hezbollah and Global Jihad battling in Lebanon and Syria
Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon warned on Thursday that the Lebanese Shi’ite terror militia Hezbollah was engaged in a “civil war” with elements from Sunni Global Jihad groups in Lebanon. He added that Global Jihad groups are trying to drag Israel into the conflict by firing rockets at Israel and trying to make it look like Hezbollah did it. “However Hezbollah was quick to deflect responsibility, saying ‘it wasn’t me.’ This is another example of our deterrence capability,” he said, adding that Iran was arming Hezbollah with increasingly powerful weapons, fueling the danger and regional instability. Agreeing with his boss, IDF Northern Corps commander Maj.-Gen. Noam Tibon told The Jerusalem Post Diplomatic Conference in Herzliya on Thursday that Hezbollah and Global Jihad groups are also battling each other in neighboring Syria, which has become and international battleground making the local fight between rival Syrian groups almost an afterthought.

Israeli warplanes on Tuesday destroyed a shipment of missiles that were to be delivered to Hezbollah near the Lebanese-Syrian frontier, according to the Kuwait newspaper Al-Jarida. The paper’s story, which quotes a senior Israeli official, has not been confirmed by any other news source. There was also no word on whether the attack took place on Lebanese or Syrian soil. Israel has reportedly launched at least three attacks against convoys that were said to be delivering arms to the south Lebanon-based Shi’ite organization. The Kuwaiti daily also reported last Friday that Israel has information on the location of long-range missiles transferred from Syria to Hezbollah in Lebanon and is considering taking military action to destroy the weapons. The paper, quoting an Israeli security source close to Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, reported that the remote-operated missiles, with a range of 1,500 kilometers, were made in China and further developed in Iran.

According to the source, the missiles are being stored by Hezbollah in the Bekaa Valley in eastern Lebanon. Al-Jarida quoted the Israeli source as saying that Jerusalem views the missiles as posing a danger to the security of Israel and are therefore examining the possibility of destroying the arsenal. Israel has said repeatedly that while it does not wish to interfere in Syria’s civil war, it would act to halt the transfer of chemical arms or “game-changing” weapons to Hezbollah. “Our policy is to stop, as much as possible, any leaks of advanced weaponry to Hezbollah and other terrorist organizations. We will continue to act to ensure the security interests of the citizens of Israels,” Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu stressed earlier this year. According to foreign reports, Israel has struck weaponry earmarked for Hezbollah within Syria’s borders on a number of occasions in the past year.


Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

(Israel Today Staff)

After a series of four minor earthquakes hit northern Israel between last Thursday and Sunday afternoon, Israel’s government signaled growing concern that hundreds of thousands of buildings across the country could crumble if and when a larger tremor hits.

Residents of northern Israel, particularly those living near the Sea of Galilee, were shook by an earthquake measuring 3.6 on the Richter scale on Thursday. Two days later, a 3.0 trembler hit the same area, and yesterday, not one, but two earthquakes both measuring 3.6 were felt just hours apart.

Minor earthquakes are not uncommon in the region, and rarely cause any serious damage. But experts have been warning for years that eventually a larger earthquake will strike, and that when it does, Israel could be in for great catastrophe.

Using the recent string of earthquakes as a pretext, Home Front Minister Gilad Erdan on Sunday called an emergency government meeting to assess where Israel is at regarding its preparedness to deal with a major earthquake scenario.

With the poor building standards used in the construction of thousands of structures across the country, but especially in the north, any major earthquake with its epicenter in or near to Israel is expected to cause thousands of casualties.

At Sunday’s government meeting, various officials assured Erdan that their agencies and government bodies are prepared and continue to prepare for a such an occurrence. Those gathered also agreed to keep in closer contact with seismologists monitoring the situation.

Over the past few years, Israel’s Home Front Command has held a number of national drills that simulated the aftermath of a major earthquake. The official Home Front Command website also presents detailed instructions on how people should respond when an earthquake hits.

In 2005, Israel also created National Outline Plan 38 to stabilize and reinforce older structures or those built under more faulty building codes. The plan encourages local contractors to take these improvements upon themselves in return for financial benefits provided by the state. Unfortunately, the incentive has been too little for most, and many officials no longer believe the plan is viable


Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

by Ryan Jones (Israel Today News)

Outspoken and divisive Israeli Arab Knesset Member Ibrahaim Sarsur on Tuesday publicly backed a recent speech by Gaza-based Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh in which the latter called for a renewal of terrorist violence against Israel.

In his speech on Saturday, Haniyeh called for “a plan to fight the occupation, and resistance to its attacks on our people, our land and our holy places using every possible means.” He urged reconciliation between his group and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas’ ruling Fatah faction for the sake of formulating “the big campaign in which all of Palestine will be liberated.”

Sarsur insisted that “the solution to the Palestinian crisis lies with [Abbas’] responsiveness to Ismail Haniyeh’s call.”

The Arab lawmakers, who draw a salary from the State of Israel, went on to state that “Allah…will not forgive the Palestinian leadership…if it prefers to follow blindly after the false illusion provided by Israel and the United States, instead of reaching an understanding with Hamas.”

Sarsur made waves earlier this month when he insisted that “Abraham was not a Jew” and that the Jewish people have no true historical connection to this land.

Meanwhile, with the recent string of escalating attacks on Jews in Judea and Samaria, it would seem that many Palestinians are heeding the Hamas call, even if Abbas is not fully on board.

In the latest incident, five Israelis were wounded Tuesday morning when a mob of Arab stone-throwers ambushed motorists on the southern outskirts of Jerusalem.


Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

(Arutz Sheva News)

The terrorists to be set free murdered Jews young and old, including an elderly Holocaust survivor, with guns, knives, axes, and ropes.

‘Very Deep Divide’ in Israel-PA Peace Talks

Israel Complains to UN Over Gaza Rocket Fire

Kerry Blasts ‘Fear Tactics’ against Iran Talks
Obama and Netanyahu Speak About Iran

“Judea and Samaria Treated like Second Class Citizens”

1. A List of Monsters
by Gil Ronen

As Israel prepares to release 26 more terrorist prisoners as a “gesture” to the Palestinian Authority, Arutz Sheva presents a partial list of those slated for freedom.

It reveals a catalogue of atrocities, the majority of which involved the murder of civilians carried out at close range. Each of the crimes shook Israel at the time it happened, and was the front page headline of Israel’s newspapers at the time it happened.

Kassem Hazem Shabir murdered Holocaust survivor Yitzhak Rotenberg Hy”d. Rotenberg, a Polish Jew, was sent to the Sobibor concentration camp with his family when he was a teenager but managed to escape from the camp and to fight in the ranks of the Partisan underground. He was also interred by the British in Cyprus before reaching Palestine. He joined the IDF and took part in the War of independence. He worked in construction.

At age 67, as he was fixing a floor in Petach Tikva, Hazem and another terrorist attacked him from behind with axe blows to the back of his head. He died two days later. Hazem’s accomplice was released in the previous batch of terror prisoners. Rotenberg was survived by his wife and son.

Alabed Hilmi Amawi murdered Yigal Vaknin Hy”d, 22, in 1993, just before the Yom Kippur fast. Vaknin’s body was found in an orchard near Moshav Basra, where he lived and worked. He was survived by his parents and eight brothers and sisters.

Awad Masalkha took part in the murder of Yigal Vaknin Hy”d and also murdered another Jew, David Reuven Hy”d, an Iraqi-born father of three who ran a mini-market in Petach Tikva. In 1991, Awad and other terrorists entered the mini-market, attacked Reuven, tied him up and beat him to death. He was 59.

Ahmed Damuni murdered reservist soldier Amnon Pomerantz Hy”d in 1970. Pomerantz was on his way to reserve service in Gaza when he entered the Al Burej neighborhood by mistake. He was pummeled with rocks, murdered, and his body was burned inside his car. He was 46. He was survived by his wife and three children.

Sharif Abu-Dahila murdered his employer of 15 years, Avi Osher Hy”d, in 1991. Osher, who was 40, managed the date grove at Moshav Masua. Sharif stabbed Osher to death and hid his body in a vineyard. Osher was survived by his wife and two children.

Mustafa Ganimat and Ziyad Ganimat gunned down Meir Ben Yair, 33, and Michal Cohen, 32, Hy”d, at the Masu’a Forest, in 1985. Ben Yair was survived a wife and two children. Cohen was survived by a husband, two children, parents, a brother and a sister.

Al-Afu Shakir murdered IDF soldier Akiva Shaltiel Hy”d, 21, in April of 1985. Shakir and other terrorists abducted Shaltiel as he was making his way from his base in Samaria to Rosh Haayin. His body was discovered near Beit Aryeh. He was survived by his parents and five brothers and sisters.

Mahmoud Haga murdered Yosef Shirazi Hy”d. Haga and another terrorist managed to swim from Aqaba, Jordan, to Eilat, in May, 1992. Shirazi, who was employed as a security guard for the Hebrew Unversity’s marine biology research center, received word of suspicious movements outisde the research center and went out to check the premises. The terrorists gunned him down at short range.

Muhammad Mukabal murdered Yaakov Shalom Hy”d, 40, in 1990. Mukabal and his accomplice in the stabbing murder were both employed by Shalom at the kitchen of the Ein Kerem Inn, which Shalom owned. He was survived by his mother, two daughters, and three siblings.

Haza Yusef and Abdullah Bani-Hassan murdered Yosef Eliyahu and Leah Elmakayes Hy”d, two teachers, in 1985. The teachers were preparing a field trip for their pupils in the Gilboa area, when they were accosted by the terrorists. Eliyahu, 35, married and a father of five, was shot at close range, and Elmakayis, 19, was strangled to death. She had been a National Service volunteer. She left behind her parents and three siblings.

Yousef Abdel Hajj murdered Genia Friedman Hy”d, 41 years old when, in 1992. He stabbed her to death as she walked down a main street in Kfar Saba. Abdel Hajj also stabbed and injured her father and two other people.

Ahmed Abdel Aziz, Usama Abu Hanana and Muhammad Turkeman murdered Motti Bitton Hy”d, 32, in 1992. Biton, who lived in Ganim, was buying items in an Arab-owned store in northern Samaria when the terrorists came in, shot him and blew up an explosive charge. His wife, Molly, fired at the terrorists and they escaped.

Abed Rabbo Issa murdered Ron Levy, 23, and his girlfriend Revital Seri, 22, who were hiking in northern Mount Hevron in 1984, near the Cremisan monastery. Issa tied them with ropes, put sacks on their heads and shot them.

Massoud Amar murdered Ian Feinberg Hy”d, 30, a lawyer involved with economic development in Gaza. In 1993, he was conducting a business meeting in Gaza when terrorists burst into the room and told the other Arabs there to leave. They murdered Feinberg with axe blows and gunshots. He was survived by his wife and three children.

At last night’s demonstration protesting the prisoner release, Feinberg’s sister gave an emotional address to the crowd, in which she decried the “sale” of Israeli and Jewish blood “as a gesture.”.

Asrar Samarian and Musa Kara’an Musa murdered Tzvi Klein, 44, a mathematician and educator, who lived in Ofra. In 1991, they fired on his vehicle when he was travelling from Jerusalem to Ofra, fatally injuring him. He was survived by his wife and three children.

Ali Hader Razak killed IDF soldier Guy Friedman Hy”d in Bethlehem in 1990, in a terror attack that involved explosive charges planted at the entrance to the military governor’s building. Guy was 19. He was survived by his parents and two brothers.

Ibrahim Muhammad Nasser and Muhammad Rafaa Karaja murdered reservist soldier Aharon Avidar Hy”d in 1985, as he guarded the customs building in Ramallah. Avidar was 29, married, with one daughter.

As noted, the above is only a partial list of the murderers being set free by Israel in the second batch of terrorists to be released as “a gesture” to the PA.


Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

by Ryan Jones (Israel Today News)

Israel’s air force is globally recognized as one of the best. But it also possesses hidden weapons that have never before been seen, Israeli President Shimon Peres cautioned last week.

“Not all of the IDF’s and the air force’s capabilities are open to view. Whoever derides us and seeks to harass us should take this into account,” Peres said during a visit to the large Palmachim Air Force base.

The remarks were taken as a none-too-subtle warning to regional enemies like Iran and its proxies in Gaza and Lebanon.

IDF Chief of Staff Gen. Benny Gantz followed the President by stating, “We are ready 365 days a year, at any range and facing any challenge. …The air force is our main system for deterrence, offensive and defensive action, and has fantastic technological abilities.”

While there is no doubting Israel’s military prowess and technological capacity, many both in Israel and among its supporters abroad would argue that the Jewish state’s true “secret weapon” is none other than the Almighty.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suggested as much from the podium of the UN General Assembly last month.

Netanyahu pointed out that despite the odds being stacked against them, the Jews had reestablished their ancient nation-state in direct accordance with the Word of God. And, as the Bible clearly states, “people of Israel have come home never to be uprooted again,” concluded the Israeli leader.

A survey conducted by Israel Today last year found that while nearly all Israelis are proud of their army, a firm majority ultimately places its trust in God for deliverance from the nation’s enemies.


Sunday, October 13th, 2013


October 15 (Tuesday morning) 94 people leave with David for a 15 day tour of the LAND of ISRAEL! These articles that many of you enjoy and download each day will NOT be available unto Wednesday, October 30!

We do appreciate your continual prayers. This tour is going to be put on a DVD and will be available hopefully BEFORE the holidays.

The Tuesday night Bible study will be taught on October 15 and 22 by Don Steward. David will speak on October 29 – ISRAEL TOUR 2013 – You won’t want to miss that night of blessing and reminders of Biblical teaching about the Nation of Israel.


Friday, October 11th, 2013

by Aviel Schneider (Israel Today News)

The Hamas regime in Gaza has found itself cornered between Israel and a now-unfriendly Egypt. “This is precisely what traitor (Hamas) deserves,” a Palestinian from Ramallah told Israel Today. “We will never forget what Hamas has done to us back in 2007 (when the group violently seized control of Gaza. Hamas is a punishment for the Palestinian people.”

With the recent revolution in Egypt, Hamas has lost its last patron, President Mohammed Morsi, who hailed from the ranks of the Muslim Brotherhood, the ideological parent of Hamas. The new regime in Cairo under General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has taken aim not only at the Mulsim Brotherhood, but also at Hamas, which many Egyptians accuse of interfering in Egyptian affairs.

With the downfall of the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas has lost its open door to the Sinai Peninsula, a crucial supply route for the terror group.

In recent months, Egyptian forces operating in coordination with Israel have hit hard against the Al Qaeda-linked terrorist network based in the Sinai. Several Islamic terror networks took advantage of the chaos resulting from the “Arab Spring” to set up camp in the Sinai and neighboring Gaza Strip.

General al-Sisi and most Egyptians see this terrorist network as a threat against national interests, in particular the tourism upon which the Egyptian economy so heavily relies.

While the Egyptian media has kept mum regarding its actions against Hamas, residents of Israeli towns on the border with Egypt tell us that Israel is actively supporting Egyptian troop movements against both Hamas and Sinai-based terrorists.

Particularly hard hit has been the underground smuggling industry that for years flourished below the Gaza-Sinai border. Egyptian troops have destroyed a large number of smuggling tunnels in recent months, effectively ending the flow of weapons and other goods into the Hamas-ruled coastal enclave.

One of the likely end results will be that the Palestinians of Gaza will suffer even more, and Israel is likely to be blamed for that, despite the fact that Hamas and its collusion with the Muslim Brotherhood is directly responsible for incurring the wrath of the Egyptian military regime.


Thursday, October 10th, 2013

by Ron Gonzales (Orange County Register)

SANTA ANA – A public memorial for Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa Pastor Chuck Smith, who died last week, is planned for Oct. 27 at the Honda Center, and Brian Broderson, who had been associate pastor, was chosen to succeed Smith as senior pastor, the church has announced.

Pastor Will Lynn, administrative assistant, said that Calvary’s board set the public memorial for 5 p.m. Doors will open at 3:30 p.m., and parking, underwritten by the church, will cost $5. Lynn said he expected pastors from across Orange County and the United States to participate.

“It’s going to be a very fun celebration of pastor Chuck’s life,” Lynn said. The congregation expects to fill the arena, which seats more than 18,000. Details of the memorial will become available soon at and through the church’s radio station, KWVE/107.9 FM.

Smith, the longtime Orange County pastor who reached out to hippies and spurred creation of the Harvest Crusade, died Thursday at 86 after battling lung cancer. Smith, hired to lead a small congregation in Costa Mesa in 1965, led Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa for nearly a half-century, presiding over its growth to more than 10,000 faithful and its move to a campus in Santa Ana, near the border with Costa Mesa. Smith gained prominence for his work, which helped fuel the creation of Calvary Chapels worldwide, and for his influence on generations of followers and Christian pastors whom he mentored.

Lynn said the board on Tuesday night appointed Broderson as Smith’s successor, effective immediately. Broderson, 55, has been involved in pastoral ministry for more than 30 years. He has served as senior pastor of Calvary Chapel Vista and as senior pastor of Calvary Chapel Westminster in London.

“He is known for his clear and challenging exposition of the Scriptures,” says Calvary’s website. Brian and his wife, Cheryl, one of Smith’s four adult children, have four children and four grandsons.

Mike Mugavero, pastor and conference center director at Calvary Chapel Twin Peaks and Secretary of the board of trustees, described Brodersen as personable and people-oriented. He’s had a long association with Calvary, and had served as associate to Chuck Smith for about 15 years. “He’s a very good Bible teacher,” Mugavero said. “He cares about the staff he has, and the young pastors coming up. He’s spent a lot of time mentoring them.”

Mugavero likened Smith to UCLA’s famed basketball coach. “Chuck is like John Wooden. He’s someone you can’t replace.” he said. “Brian has always been himself. He’ll continue to be himself. Brian’s actions will speak for him.” A private memorial service for Chuck Smith is scheduled for this weekend, Lynn said.


Thursday, October 10th, 2013

by Ariel Ben Solomon (Jerusalem Post)

‘Al Hayat’ columnist says Obama has disappointed many in region.

The Arab media reports that some Arab governments are irate about US Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent compliment of Syria for beginning the process of destroying the country’s chemical weapons. Kerry said on Monday that he was “very pleased” with the news that experts had begun the process of dismantling Syria’s chemical weapons.

Sunni Arab states, particularly from the Gulf, were already upset with US President Barack Obama’s decision not to enforce his own red line and attack Syria. Instead, the US agreed to a deal brokered by Russia after a deadly August 21 chemical weapons attack in the suburbs of Damascus, which prompted US threats of air strikes against the Syrian government.

Kerry lauds Assad for quickly complying with Syria chemical weapons resolution

“I think it is extremely significant that yesterday, Sunday, within a week of the resolution being passed, some chemical weapons were already being destroyed,” Kerry said at a joint news conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at an Asia-Pacific summit on the Indonesian resort island of Bali.

“I think it’s also credit to the Assad regime for complying rapidly, as they are supposed to.”

But he added: “Now, we hope that will continue. I’m not going to vouch today for what happens months down the road, but it’s a good beginning, and we should welcome a good beginning.”

A team of international experts from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague and UN personnel began destroying Syria’s chemical gas arsenal on Sunday.

Urayb ar-Rintawi, a columnist for the Jordanian Ad-Doustour newspaper, wrote on Wednesday that states in the region responded angrily, both openly and quietly, to the news and said it would not be unexpected if Assad became a US ally in the war on terrorism.

This is especially true with the growing influence of groups like the al-Qaida linked Al-Nusra, he said recalling that Saudi Arabia had recently canceled its speech at the UN General Assembly thought to be largely due to the lack of action on the Syrian issue.

“Israel’s security and not ‘democracy in Syria’ is the top priority of the American policy in the Middle East,” said Rintawi pointing out that the lives of innocent Syrian civilians was not deemed important enough to intervene.

Elias Harfoush argued in the London based Arab daily Al-Hayat that it “is no exaggeration in saying that Barack Obama has disappointed many in the Arab region.”

It was thought that Obama, with a Nobel Peace Prize, would stand up for human rights, he said. Furthermore, he went on, the lessons from this episode illustrate that Obama will act in a similar fashion regarding Iran and its nuclear program.

“As a result of all this American hesitation in our region, some stubborn and oppressive regimes have succeeded in staying in power and maintaining the grip of their forces …over their people via fictitious deals with Washington,” Harfoush concluded.


Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

by Maayana Miskin (Arutz Sheva News)

Israel’s enemies are taking a new approach to warfare, and Israel must be ready, Minister of Home Front Defense Gilad Erdan said Tuesday, speaking at a conference at Bar Ilan University.

“Our enemies have abandoned the idea of conquering territory in the land of Israel. What remains is their desire to defeat Israel by threatening the homefront,” he explained.

The preparations Israel’s enemies have made clearly show that their aim in a future battle would be to attack civilians and civilian infrastructure, he said.

Hizbullah in particular has focused on stockpiling missiles and increasing their accuracy, Erdan said. The group now has over 200,000 rockets, he warned, “Every tenth house in Lebanon has either a rocket launcher, or ammunition in storage.”

A future battle would likely be similar to the Second Lebanon War, but on a larger scale, he said, “Three weeks in which thousands of rockets are fired at the Israeli homefront, at the entire country.”

Hizbullah would use its most accurate rockets carefully, he said. “They’ll try to aim those where it would do the most harm to daily life,” he said.

This new style of battle – a war of terror targeting the civilian population – has radically changed the importance of the Home Front, Erdan said. The homefront was once important in times of war due to its ability to produce goods that were needed on the battlefront, he said.

“Today, the importance of the homefront has increased dramatically, and is almost equal to that of the IDF on the battlefront,” he declared. “It’s a completely different way of thinking.”

Israel’s enemies plan to defeat Israel by breaking its citizens’ spirit, he said. Israel’s job is not to let them do that.

“My job, and that of my ministry, is to bring the Home Front to a level of preparedness… to create an apparatus that ensures that whatever happens, we will continue to function,” he said. Daily life must continue, and will continue, even if Israel comes under attack, he stated.

Erdan noted that while he sees Hizbullah’s massive rocket arsenal as a “realistic scenario,” he does not believe that Israel’s enemies will use chemical weapons.

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