I imagine you are all familiar with the acronym “BS”. In the White House it stands for “Both Sides”. Surely you didn’t think I meant anything else? Last night a crazed Palestinian terrorist ran through the Old City of Jerusalem stabbing anyone in site. He was shot dead, but not before he killed two and injured several others.

The United States State Department released this:

“We are concerned about mounting tensions in the West Bank and Jerusalem, including the Haram al Sharif/Temple Mount, and call on all sides to take affirmative steps to restore calm and avoid escalating the situation.”

Okay, so here it is AS, not BS, but it still stinks!

All sides? Really? There is only one side running around with stones, explosives and guns, seeking to kill civilians. Just a few days earlier, a husband and wife were shot dead in their car by another Palestinian terrorist as they were returning with their children from a Sukkot celebration.

And if things were not crazy enough, the Palestinian Authority just moments ago condemned Israel for defending herself against terrorists. Brace yourself!

“In a written communiqué published on the official news agency Wafa, PA government spokesman Ihab Bseiso called on the international community to intervene following ‘the killing of two young men in occupied Jerusalem and the series of incursions into cities and villages in the West Bank.’” (source)

You can’t make this stuff up! To be clear, the “two young men” were running around Jerusalem with knives seeking to kill Jews.

BBC issues misleading headline The BBC actually ran a headline accusing Israel of killing a Palestinian: “Palestinian shot dead after Jerusalem attack kills two.” The headline doesn’t mention that the two others were Jewish or the Palestinian that was shot dead just killed two people! Imagine the headline, “19 Arabs Killed in Plane Crashes on 9/11.”

And the UN is using all leaders to condemn violence when really he just needs to urge Hamas and the PLO.

“[The Secretary General] urges all leaders to condemn violence and incitement, maintain calm and to do everything they can to avoid further escalation.”

New Strategy

It would appear that there is a new strategy in the Palestinian Authority: Provoke Israel through terrorism, and then condemn Israel for responding and assume the world won’t look deeper into the facts.

For the past several weeks Palestinian Muslims—mostly young men—have been bringing deadly rocks and crude explosives unto the Temple Mount. They have been terrorizing Jewish visitors. Under the present agreement, Jews can visit the Temple Mount, but cannot pray there.

Israel, has every right, and a solemn responsibility, to protect its citizens. That means getting the weapons out of the hands of would be terrorists. When Israel has done this, the Arab world has reacted with outrage. Of course these are fake controversies and fake outrage and clearly a new tactic of the Muslim world against Israel.

There is no doubt that these two young men that committed terror attacks last night were 100% convinced that Israel has desecrating the Temple Mount. There is no doubt that they were convinced that they were defending Islam against infidels. They sadly believe the disinformation of their leaders.

And all the Obama administration can do is call for all sides to calm down. Enough with the AS!

FOOTNOTE: I apologize if my use of the acronym above offends anyone. My goal is simply to wake people up to this deadly naiveté in the world regarding Israel and the Palestinians.    

I was making a salad for our congregational meal for the Feast of Tabernacles yesterday, while at the same time watching my Prime Minister give an impassioned speech, rebuking the world for its unequal weights and measures.

“Here’s just one absurd example of this obsession: In four years of horrific violence in Syria, more than a quarter of a million people have lost their live. That’s more than ten times, more than ten times, the number of Israelis and Palestinians combined who have lost their lives in a century of conflict between us. Yet last year, this Assembly adopted 20 resolutions against Israel and just one resolution about the savage slaughter in Syria. Talk about injustice. Talk about disproportionality. Twenty.  Count them. One against Syria.”

But the most emotional part of the speech that brought my cooking to a dead stop was then Netanyahu made the statement below and then was silent for :45 while he glared at the hypocritical gathering.

“Seventy years after the murder of 6 million Jews, Iran’s leaders promise to destroy my country, murder my people and the response from this body, the response from nearly every one of the governments represented here, has been absolutely nothing. Utter silence. Deafening silence.”




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You can’t open a newspaper in Israel these days and not see the self-righteous, hate-filled quotes of the leaders of regional Muslim majority nations, condemning Israel for actions on our Temple Mount.

The King of Jordan is outraged over Israel’s actions. He said,

“Any more provocations in Jerusalem will affect the relationship between Jordan and Israel,”


“We join Muslims and Christians everywhere in rejecting threats to the Arab character of this holy city.”

President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas has warned of a new violent uprising, an intifada, because of clashes at the Temple Mount.

So just what is Israel’s heinous crime?

Jews are visiting the Temple Mount! Our Temple Mount!COME TO ISRAEL

You see the Moslem world is seeking to paint a picture of Jerusalem as a city that is historically ethnically Arab (despite that fact that Jerusalem have never been the capital of any Arab nation.) These Islamic Truthers, if you will, deny that there ever was a Temple in Jerusalem.

Long time Israeli diplomat and author Dore Gold coined the phrase, Temple Denial in his 2007 book The Fight for Jerusalem: Radical Islam, the West, and the Future of the Holy City.

The goal of Temple Denial is to delegitimize, by Islamic pseudo-intellectuals and politicians, the Jewish historical claims to Jerusalem. Arafat was the first to popularize this fabrication. He claimed at the 2000 Camp David accords that the Jewish Temple was in Nablus, not Jerusalem, and without any fact or evidence, that claim spread across the middle east according to Ambassador Gold, like wildfire.

However the Wakf, the Islamic authority that Israel allows to oversee the Temple Mount made a crucial mistake. In 1999 they permitted bulldozers to remove—are you ready—9000 tons of dirt, without any archeological supervision, from the Temple Mount, in order to make a new entrance. This would be the archeological equivalent of rape, as within that dirt should be a treasure trove of evidence that the Temple Mount was the center of Jewish life from the time of King Solomon.

These 9,000 tons of dirt were unceremoniously dumped in the famous Kidron Valley. In 2004 some Israeli archeologists got permission to start the Temple Mount Sifting Project. They arranged for hundreds of archeologists and even tourists to help them sift through the artifact rich, soil. Recently a 10-year-old Russian tourist found a coin dating back to the time of King David and his son Solomon. This lends proof to a Jewish presence on the Temple Mount going back to around 1,000 BC.

In addition a two half-shekel coins were found, one dating back to the time just before the Temple’s destruction and the other, to the time of the Hanukah story, a little more than 150 years before Yeshua. Now this is huge, because Jews were made to pay a half shekel Temple Tax for its maintenance.

When they came to Capernaum, the collectors of the half-shekel came to Simon Peter and asked, “Doesn’t your rabbi pay the Temple tax?” (Matt. 17:24)

The Muslim outrage over Jews visiting their ‘supposed’ Holy Site is a fake controversy. What isn’t fake is that this piece of Real Estate is the most contested and controversial patch of land in the world. And for good reason: All of heaven and hell, angels and demons, all of the worlds spiritual forces will collide at this place for the final battle.

Then the Lord will go out and fight against those nations, as he fights on a day of battle. On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be split in two … (Zech 14:3-4)

The Temple Mount is only a short walk form the Mount of Olives. Yeshua will take up his throne and the nations will come and worship him, according to Zechariah 14:16, on the very Holiday that we are celebrating right now—the Feast of Tabernacles.

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The world hates Israel. The nations want to destroy her. And yet as I am Israeli I feel the blessing of God. Why?

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A couple weeks ago I received an email from a dear friend and supporter, Rob Cox in Richmond, VA. He had been reading that morning’s Sunday paper and was alarmed at an extremely anti-Israel opinion piece from anti-Israel activist Alice Rothchild. He encouraged me to respond. Being long winded, I couldn’t simply write a letter to the editor of 100 words, so I wrote a full article and asked them to print it as an article. And they did!

from Richmond.com

Recently the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the newspaper I grew up reading, printed a troubling article in its Commentary section from physician, author and filmmaker Alice Rothchild. In a nutshell, as a Jew she can no longer support Israel because of Israel’s mistreatment of Palestinians. What was troubling was there were no facts — no examples — of this mistreatment.Come to Israel with Ron and Elana Cantor

So let me begin with one glaring fact: Dr. Rothchild resides in Boston. I live in Israel. I gather from her article she spent a few weeks in Israel as a teen. I have lived here for more than 12 years.

Most visitors to Israel have no idea what it is like to run from a Kassam Rocket or Grad Missile sent by Islamic fundamentalists who want to kill you.

Day after day, week after week, year after year, many Israelis have 15 seconds to find cover before the rockets hit. If you have not lived through this, you no clue regarding the trauma that children experience from waking up several times a night — and having to run for cover.

Visitors have no idea what it is like to live in an area surrounded by dozens of nations sworn to your destruction. And, of course, that doesn’t even include ISIS, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, Hamas or the Muslim Brotherhood. To boil the argument down to a conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, and leave out the billion other Arabs and Muslims in the region, is simply unrealistic and extremely dangerous.


Dr. Rothchild did recount some history, but she left out some very important facts that change everything:

  • The 1917 Balfour Declaration promised to make a Jewish Homeland in Historic Palestine. The word Palestine was given to the region not by Arabs but by the Romans in 135 CE to rid the land of its Jewish context. Palestine has never been the name of any Arab nation.
  • In 1922 Great Britain took 80 percent of the land promised to the Jews and created a brand new country called Jordan. All of the Arabs, and Jews for that matter, who lived in the region that now makes up Israel and Jordan were called Palestinians. Palestine was a region — never a state. Overnight those Palestinians living on the eastern side of the Jordan River became “Jordanians.”
  • In 1947, the United Nations offered to take the remaining 20 percent of land on the western side of the Jordan and create two more states. One would be a second state for Palestinian Arabs and the other a state for Palestinian Jews. The Jews wholeheartedly agreed, even though historic Jerusalem would go to the Arabs. The Arabs rejected it outright because they would never allow for a Jewish state, no matter how small. So, the Palestinians not only rejected the idea of their own state, but the very next day started a war with Israel.

After Israel declared independence a few months later, those Arab fighters were joined by Jordan, Egypt, Iraq and that wonderful bastion of freedom, Syria, in an effort to kill every Jew.

  • The next chance for peace came not much later. Israel miraculously won its War of Independence and offered to make peace with the surrounding Arab nations, including the Palestinians. They rejected it.

There could be peace today if the Arabs had accepted the UN plan to make two states or even if they had accepted the offer of peace after the war. Both of those deals would have left the Arabs with 90 percent of historic Palestine. They chose war and aggression instead.


Israel, surrounded by her mortal enemies, has somehow survived several wars aimed at its complete destruction and many waves of terror. My own cousin, Daniel Cantor Wultz (also the cousin of former Majority Leader Eric Cantor), had his guts blown through his own body by a suicide bomber on the day before Passover in 2006 while visiting Israel. Maybe Dr. Rothchild should have visited with some of the parents whose children have been blown up by suicide bombers before carelessly, heartlessly proclaiming that she cannot support Israel, from the comfort of her home in Boston.

I could not help but notice that the article was accompanied by a picture of the so-called “separation barrier.” Does anyone honestly think Israel builds fences to separate people? The fence was built after the deadliest wave of suicide bombings our country has known was unleashed upon us — after Palestinians blew up restaurants, hotels, weddings and buses full of Israelis. The security fence, as it is correctly called, stopped these attacks dead in their tracks. Suicide bombings fell by 90 percent overnight. People are alive today because of that precious fence.

It is intellectually irresponsible to make damning claims without facts to back them up.


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