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How refreshing! For the past eight years the United States, under the leadership of President Obama, has distanced itself from its historic friendship with democratic Israel. President Trump’s new United Nations Ambassador wasted no time and making it clear that the United States was back on the side of the Jewish nation.

She expressed shock that the Security Council focused solely on issues that have nothing to do with world security—namely Israel. Not a word about Hamas’ extrajudicial executions of Palestinians, Assad’s butchering of half a million Arabs, or Hezbollah’s growing arsenal. They didn’t seem concerned that Iran is developing a ballistic missile that is able to carry a nuclear warhead to New York City. In fact, they didn’t even mention North Korea’s testing of missiles or assassinating the brother of their dictator on foreign soil.

Here is what the NY Sun wrote:

But the meeting, she said, was not about Hezbollah’s illegal buildup of rockets in Lebanon, it was not about the money and weapons Iran provides to terrorists, it was not how we defeat ISIS, it was not how we hold Beshar al-Assad accountable for the slaughter of thousands of civilians.

“No,” she said, “instead the meeting focused on criticizing Israel, the one true democracy in the Middle East. I am new around here, but I understand that’s how the Council has operated month after month for decades. I am here to say the United States will not turn a blind eye to this anymore. I am here to underscore to the ironclad support of the United States for Israel. I am here to emphasize that the United States is determined to stand up to the U.N.’s anti-Israel bias.”

Images of former Secretary of State, John Kerry, angrily rebuking Israel for building homes, while ignoring those who are committing murder, have subsided. For those still wondering if the Trump administration was going to be pro-Israel, wonder no more. Haley’s Comet  is soaring!

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has proclaimed that Islam is not the cause of Terror. Since when did heads of state become scholars on Islam? I will never forget George Bush’s declaration that Islam is the “religion of peace.” He went on to repeat it over and over again. But it was the result of wishful thinking, not from his scholarly studies on Islam.

Merkel says Islam is being falsely interpreted. Or is it? For instance, when the Westboro Baptist Church says outrageous things such as “thank God for dead soldiers,” “God blew up the troops,” “thank God for 9/11,” and “God hates America,” there is no shortage of evangelical leaders to express that this is radical departure from the Scripture’s teaching. Yet, there are so few Islamic scholars, much less, Muslim head’s of states, that condemn this supposed “false interpretation” if Islam.

Where’s the beef?

I guess I would like to see a little bit of evidence of Islam’s peace. Now I understand that as a president or prime minister you are seeking to calm fears and alleviate tensions. But what if Islam is not a peaceful religion? Can we admit it? Simply because it is a religion, do we have to deem it peaceful, even if most adherents don’t practice it peacefully? Yes, I said most and I’ll get back to that.

Are all religions peaceful?

Let’s supposed that there was a new religion. It allowed wife-beating. It encouraged discrimination against women. It tolerated relatives killing relatives who left the religion. If your sister is immoral, or even raped, you can kill her to save your family’s honor. One of its tenets was that you could lie, if it was good for the religion’s cause. The founder had slaves, murdered his enemies, slept with a corpse, had over 60 sexual partners, many whom were sex slaves and married a six-year-old.

Would we be forced to call it a religion of peace simply because it was a religion or because lots of people followed it? I would hope not. Sadly, the new religion that I just explained to you is traditional Islam!

Strict—the other Islam

While I understand that a majority of Muslims are not suicide bombers or jihadists, I would submit that many of these non-radicals rejoice when these attacks take place. My wife, who has Middle Eastern features, was told in 2002 by Arab men in Paris, “Tell our brothers in the U.S. ‘Good job,’” referring to 9/11. They assumed she was Moroccan, not Israeli. No, they wouldn’t commit the act, but they do ‘praise Allah’ that someone had the courage to blow up a Tel Aviv bus or bring down the World Trade Center.

You see, we have been duped into thinking that there are just two versions of Islam: radical and moderate. Actually, the largest form that is practiced all over the Middle East and world is what I will simply call strict Islam. And strict Islam is what Angela Merkel and Barack Obama have ignored.

These are devout Muslims. They are not strapping on suicide belts, but many of them do beat their wives, abuse their daughters and use every sort of manipulation to make sure their children know that death is preferable to leaving Islam.

A personal story

Take the story of Safeeya. She was born in Kuwait. When Saddam invaded in 1990, they became refugees in the U.S. She explains that, in her home, Allah was cold and distant. He was to be feared. He was not easy to please. She once came in second place at in a Koran passage memorizing contest. Her parents were not pleased; she should have gotten first place.

At a certain age her father told her that her brother would now oversee her Islamic studies and he would be free to beat her if needed. This was normal in her non-radical, but very strict culture.

When she was eight, they made pilgrimage to Mecca, as all good Muslims should. There she saw a woman beheaded. Her father told her, “if you don’t listen to the teaching of the prophet from the Koran…this is what will happen to.” Young Safeeya was traumatized.

When she became a believer in Jesus, her father told her that she should be killed.

Another story

I met Joy in the business lounge at an Ethiopian airport. She was on the run. She was from Uganda, working in “western” Dubai. She and her husband were arrested on false charges and forced to convert to Islam or spend six years jail. She “converted” and memorized large portions of the Koran. She was released from jail and sent to Muslims in Uganda. She was so prolific that she was forced to recite the Koran in front of Libya’s Momar Gadhafi after her release. She showed me the video and death was all over her.

She escaped the Muslims in Uganda and fled. She told me, “If they catch me, they will kill me because I have memorized the Koran. To them, I have the word of God in my heart and must be eliminated.” Fortunately, we connected her to a great church in Uganda where she was reunited with her husband. The last I heard, they were serving the Lord.

A final story

In Pakistan, a man recently killed his sister. Her crime: she married a recent convert to Islam from Christianity. Apparently, he was not Islamic enough. His coworkers mocked him constantly for not acting against his sister. He was humiliated and finally bought a gun and shot her in the head. Her father was outraged. Not that his daughter was murdered, but that now other family members who know of the shame she brought on the family.

“My family is destroyed, everything is destroyed only because of this shameful girl. Even after death I am destroyed because of her.”

Honor killings in Pakistan are on the increase.

“Pakistan has seen an increase in the number of women and girls killed in the name of honor: last year, 1,184 people died, only 88 of them men. The year before, the figure was 1005, and in 2013 it was 869, according to the independent Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. The true numbers are believed to be higher, because many cases go unreported.”

Not a minority!

This is most of Islam. Not peaceful. Not friendly. Not acceptable by any human rights standards. But amazingly, liberals like Ben Affleck stand up for the rights of Tzofia’s father to beat her. Well, he refuses to admit that it is taking place. Other than a few bad guys, Islam is just dandy! And Angela Merkel, a wonderful lady in so many rights, is now an expert on Islamic studies?

“The Islamic faith is not the cause of terrorism” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday, and urged members of the Muslim clergy to fight back against a ‘false’ interpretation of the religion that permits acts of violence to be carried out in its name.

“I expect from religious authorities of Islam to find strong language in order to delimitate peaceful Islam from terrorism committed in the name of Islam. We as non-Muslims cannot do this; it should be done by Islamic clergy and authorities.”

But that will never happen and for one simple reason. That reason is not fear of other Muslims, but because the very “Islamic clergy and authorities” that might have a voice to be heard, have no problem with wife-beating or honor killings. How can they condemn it while they condone it?

The only hope for Islam is its collapse. Because at its very core, it is not peaceful, but quite oppressive and downright evil. I am not speaking of every Muslim, but Islamic teaching and the example of Mohamed. Donald Trump did not get elected because Americans are a bunch of racists (who elected a black president twice!), but because Americans are looking for tough (even if very peculiar) leadership that will not continue to espouse the politically correct and dangerous lie, that Islam is peace.

What about you? Do you think Islam is the cause of Islamic Terror or just a false interpretation of an otherwise peaceful religion? Use the comments sections below to answer. 

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It has been reported that some 500,000 Syrians have been killed in the six-year-old civil war. This has created a refugee problem numbering more than 10,000,000. Yet, it is the country on Syria’s southern border—her mortal enemy, Israel—that has done more for the refugees and for those wounded in attacks, than Arab countries like Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

Israel agrees to take 100 Syrian Orphans

According to an Amnesty International report, these countries have not taken in even one Syrian refugee. And yet, Israel is preparing to receive 100 Syrian refugee orphans. (Note: some of the nations listed dispute the Amnesty report.)

It does seem quite strange that you would take in refugees from a country that would love to see you eliminated from the face of the earth. In fact, the L.A. Times published an article back in 2015 entitled: One country that won’t be taking Syrian refugees: Israel.

Think again. A plan proposed by Israel’s interior minister would have 100 Syrian orphans come to Israel. For three months, they would stay in dorms and then be placed with Israeli Arab families. Yes, Israel has 1.5 million Israeli Arab citizens. These are not Palestinians but Israeli, with all the freedoms that Israeli Jews enjoy.

Israel’s Secret Field Hospital

Imagine this scenario. A wounded Israeli needs medical attention. He doesn’t have time to get to an Israeli hospital, but there is a hospital just over the Syrian border. So, he pleads with the Syrians to let him in. Would they let him in? How would they treat him? Would they charge him for treatment?

Of course, this is a nonsensical postulation. It would never happen, but if it did, more than likely the Israeli would either be turned away, kidnapped or killed. And then, there is that adage, “Love your enemy.”

Up in the Golan Heights, Israel established a field hospital to treat Syrians. As of last August, Israel had treated over 2,500 wounded Syrians at both this field hospital and in other Israeli hospitals, saving many of their lives.

In one case, the Israeli Defense Forces went into Syria, just over the border to evacuate eight wounded Syrians. Under heavy fire, Israeli soldiers (our sons and daughters) risked their lives to save members of an enemy state. This is unheard of. But it doesn’t surprise me. Despite the image that the media spreads of an imperialist, apartheid state—this is the real Israel.

The field hospital has been closed, but Israel’s heart has not. The military decided that it would instead do emergency treatments in military ambulances while they are on their way to a hospital in the Galilee. The IDF Northern Command said that the closing of the field hospital was done to increase efficiency, and that the field hospital can be re-opened at any time.

Of course, the Syrians, who have been taught since youth that Israel is a bloodthirsty, evil nation, were shocked to see the compassion. One surgeon said:

“They say that before the previous week, before they came, they thought we were the Great Satan, the enemies, and looked for the tails between our legs.”

In the same article, a rebel fighter remarked.

“Bashar [Assad] didn’t take care of us. Here, in Israel, we are being taken care of. Bashar doesn’t care about us, whereas Israel does. Bashar fires shells at us, he doesn’t care about us at all.”

Another expressed his shock:

“They taught us about the Zionist enemy, the Zionist oppressor. But when we saw the Zionists, [we realized] they were nothing like what we’d been told. They’re human beings just like us, human, and even more than that.”

The Times of Israel wrote an excellent piece on the Israel field hospital.

100 Tons of Secret Love from Jews

An Israeli group has collected 100 tons of supplies for Syrian refugees. Winter coats, boots, warm clothing and more will be donated for those Syrians fleeing civil war. But there is one catch. All clothing tags with Hebrew or any other reference to Israel had to be removed. In addition, the goods will be delivered via a third party so the recipient will never know that it was their mortal enemy, Israel, that is helping them in their most difficult moment.

 “I thought people would be reluctant to support an effort they would not get credit for,” Gilad Perry, Dror Israel’s international collaborations director, said in a statement. “I was amazed to see how wrong I was. The generosity of people just caring for those who suffer from the cold winter on the other side of the border, in an ‘enemy country,’ overwhelmed me.”

Whenever Israel does something like this, there are those who scoff, saying, “You are just doing this for the PR.” And yet, here there is no PR. I want those Syrian refugees who have been breastfed lies about the character of Israelis since birth, to know the truth about us. But even as they are wearing Israeli jackets and Israeli boots, they will still assume we hate them.

“Through you, the whole world will be blessed”

God said to Abraham that His seed would be a blessing to the world (Gen. 12:3). This has come true—even towards our enemies. While the donors were happy to give anonymously, I want the world to see what a great country we live in. So I don’t apologize for asking you to be sure to share this information with your friends.

PIC: from Israel’s field hospital in Haiti, which received the worlds highest grade possible and has become the standard that other nations are copying. 

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Dear Mr. Bennett,

I see on Twitter that you have turned down a trip to come visit my country, Israel. In your note, you say that you will come in the future, but “it will be to see not only Israel but also the West Bank and Gaza.” What changed your mind was this article in the Times of Israel, so you say.

I don’t make it a habit of calling people liars, but I am not buying it. I read the article and it is harmless. It hardly claims that Israel plans to “use” you, but quotes Tourism Minister, Yariv Levin:

“I am sure that, after the experiences that the players will enjoy in Israel and after they have seen the unique tourist sites and the special atmosphere here, they will become ambassadors of good will for Israel.”

The way you portray it in your silly diatribe is as if the Israeli government had a sinister plan to trick you. You know what our main trick here in Israel is when dealing with people like you, who have developed an opinion of our country as racist and unjust, but have never visited our country? It is simply to introduce you to Israel and the Israeli people, so you can develop an informed opinion. That is all the minister was saying.

But let’s be honest, here is what most likely happened. Others on the left saw that you were going to ‘evil’ Israel and began to call you out. They told you what to think about Israel. They probably said, “visiting Israel is like a vote for Trump.” If your cancellation really is because of Israel’s supposed injustice, why did you agreed to come in the first place? But wait, what’s this?

An open letter signed by pro-Palestinian groups, activists and high-profile supporters including Harry Belafonte, Danny Glover and Alice Walker had urged the athletes not to go. (timesofisrael.com)

Dr. King Loved Israel

It is kind of funny that you posted a picture of Dr. King with your statement that you are not coming to Israel. Dr. King loved Israel and did not see her as an occupying, oppressive force. But then again, Dr. King did not have twitter trolls to tell him how to think.

“The whole world must see that Israel must exist and has the right to exist, and is one of the great outposts of democracy in the world” —MLK

“Thousands of Years” Really?

In your note you say:

“When I go to Israel — and I do plan to go — it will be to see not only Israel but also the West Bank and Gaza so I can see how the Palestinians, who have called this land home for thousands of years, live their lives.”

British Minted Palestine Coin from 1927. There has never an actual Palestinian Arab currency in History.

No, there have not been Palestinian Arabs here for “thousands of years”, or a thousand years, or even one hundred years. The word “Palestine” was given to the region by the Romans in 135 AD, after crushing the second Jewish revolt. It had no connection whatsoever with any Arab ethnicity. By the 20th century, a Palestinian was anyone who lived in what is now modern day Jordan or Israel. It had no ethnicity attached. Before Israel’s birth in 1948, even Jews who lived here called themselves Palestinian.

A coin from 1927, when the British controlled the region of Palestine has the word in English, Hebrew and Arabic. If Palestine were an Arab ethnicity, then why in the world would they use Hebrew? In fact, Arabs didn’t mint Palestinian coins, the British did. The Jewish-owned newspaper was the Palestine Post.

Only in the 1960s did some Arabs began to call themselves Palestinian as national identity, as Yassar Arafat, the father of modern day terrorism (as in ISIS, Hamas, Al Qaeda), led the Palestinian Liberation Organization with the goal of destroying Israel.

“No Palestinian People”

Many Arab leaders took issue with his use of the term Palestinian. The Syrian President Assad said, in 1976, to so-called Palestinian leaders:

“You do not represent Palestine as much as we do. Do not forget one thing: there is no Palestinian people, no Palestinian entity, there is only Syria! You are an integral part of the Syrian people and Palestine is an integral part of Syria. Therefore it is we, the Syrian authorities, who are the real representatives of the Palestinian people.”

He correctly saw Palestine as a region, not an ethnicity.

Peaceful Gaza after Israel liberated her from Egypt, who had locked up Gaza like a prison from 1948-1967.

In 1967, when Israel captured the West Bank and Gaza, the territories experienced unpresented economic growth under Israeli rule. (In case you don’t know, Egypt controlled Gaza before ‘67 and it was like a prison and Jordan controlled the West Bank—there has never been a Palestinian nation).

“During the 1970s, the West Bank and Gaza became the world’s fourth-fastest-growing economy, ahead of Singapore and Hong Kong, and one of the world’s fastest growing populations.”

Israel set these people free. My wife, as a child, would go into Gaza with her father, shopping for produce. Israelis spent millions of shekels in Arab towns. Everyone was happy—Jews and Arabs.

During your Gaza Trip

Hamas drags body of suspected collaborator through Gaza.

When you do find the time to visit Gaza, please let Hamas leaders know of your passion for justice. Because while you ignorantly accuse Israel of what you do not even know, Hamas routinely murders their own people.

  • During the last war with Israel, Hamas killed dozens of Palestinian Tunnel diggers so they could never tell Israel where the tunnels were.
  • Hamas routinely stole U.N. aid meant for the people of Gaza and used it for Hamas.
  • They impose strict Islamic law in Gaza. One teen was beaten mercilessly for using Western hair gel.
  • Hamas terrorists behead suspected traitors without trials and often drag their headless bodies through the streets by motorcycles as a warning to the people.
  • They use hospitals, mosques, churches and schools to shoot rockets at Israel, in hopes that Israel would respond and it can be a PR bonanza. They would fire from balconies and rooftops full of women and children as Human Shields.

When you are visiting, make sure you bring these topics up to Hamas leaders. You might want to check this out.

Israeli Arabs

Here’s another fun fact your handlers probably didn’t tell you. They are about 1.5 million Israeli Arab citizens. They do not call themselves Palestinian, but Israeli. Because of your passion for justice, you should know that they have all the freedoms Israelis have, such as freedom of speech.

That makes them the freest Arabs in the Middle East. Listen to me, Michael…there are no Arabs in Iraq, Saudi Arabia, certainly not Syria (where you can be hanged just for demonstrating against the government), Yemen, Egypt, etc. who have more freedoms than the 1.5 millions Israeli Arabs. That’s a fact!

Are you aware that Israel has a black population from Ethiopia of 125,000? They were rescued from Ethiopia where they suffered persecution. And lastly, did you know:

  • Israel is taking in 100 Syrian refugee children. Which is 100 more than many of our Arab neighbors like Kuwait
  • An Israeli group just shipped 100 tons of goods for the Syrian people, but had to remove all Hebrew tags first, so they would not know that it was ‘evil’ Israel that was helping them. And still, we help.
  • After the Haiti earthquake, Israel’s field hospital operated at the highest level and was the first emergency field hospital to receive the highest score.

Get the Facts before your Tweet

So…if you want to be a Social Justice Warrior, you might want to get educated first. Here is a free book to help you get started: www.roncan.net/15Facts. And if you really care about social justice, then ask yourself how it is that all the Palestinian leaders are rich and the people are poor. How is it that Yassar Arafat died with nearly one billion US dollars in his personal bank account? Why have Christian Arabs fled the Palestinian territories? Don’t be a selective SJW, get educated.

I don’t fault you for wanting to have a voice, I fault you for being ignorant to the facts.

Oh…I just found a video of ‘unjust’ Israelis treating their mortal enemies, saving their lives. Indeed, we are treating them unjustly, as we are always at war with Syria.

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Overcoming the “My Ministry” Mentality

There is a phrase that we used in Bible school that I have all but purged from my vocabulary. It is the phrase “my ministry.” We used to ask each other, “What is your ministry?”,  “I think this will be my ministry”. Now, of course, we have unique individual callings, but rarely does someone fulfill that call alone. Yes, when the disciples scattered after Stephen’s death, Phillip goes to Samaria alone, but what is the first thing he does when the Holy Spirit is poured out? He calls for apostolic backup, and those stalwarts, Peter and John, are sent.

Paul worked in Apostolic Teams

We don’t see this concept of “my ministry” in the Bible. The only time it is used is when Paul says, “I magnify my ministry” in his efforts to win Jewish people to Yeshua. He is hardly exalting himself in an egocentric way; Paul was the ultimate team player. He begins his ministry serving Barnabas and the other leaders in Antioch. Then he is sent out as a junior apostle with Barnabas.  As the grace of God grows upon him, he becomes the team leader with Barnabas and John Mark. Later, we see Paul with Silas, Timothy and Titus.

Maybe no congregation was closer to Paul’s heart than Ephesus. He sends for the team of elders, not the senior leader alone, to give his final farewell to them. These are men who he raised up into leadership. He is not threatened by their success, as so many senior leaders are by those under them, but rejoices as they spread the gospel.

From there, he goes to Jerusalem to meet with James? No, to meet with James AND the Jerusalem Apostolic team.

Our Example in Tel Aviv

In our ministry here in Israel, Tiferet Yeshua congregation, we have a team of five couples in Tel Aviv. For several years, I led this team and just recently turned it over to a native-born Israeli—but I am still part of the team. Also, we are in covenant relationship with two other congregations in Jerusalem. Besides this, we have a growing relationship with five Messianic congregations in the Western and Eastern Galilee that have similar core values.

We have just started a brand-new show: Out of Zion on GOD.TV. I am the one who people see on screen, but it is the team that makes it happen. The program would be nothing without our producer Ivan, our cameraman Yigal, our soundman Michael and Ruth who does makeup and so much more. There is also Miriam, in the office. So now, Out of Zion is not MY ministry, it is the Lord’s ministry through which we, the TEAM, have the privilege of serving Him.

Young Leaders Sometimes Threaten Older Leaders

Sadly, some leaders have more of a king mindset. It is THEIR ministry and everyone else is there to serve them. In such a scenario, leaders of substance are rarely raised up. These lone leaders tend to fear men of authority and gifting, and so, they push away others with calling and anointing for leadership. They fear if they allow these leaders more exposure, it will lessen their impact. Consequently, they push them away and these potential leaders often leave in frustration, seeking to work with people where their gifts can be used.

The controlling leader is left with the equivalent of eunuchs or yes-men, who do their bidding. In some cases, he surrounds himself—yes, even in congregational ministry—with hatchet men, to keep young bucks in line. Paul abhors these personality cults and he rails at the Corinthians for saying, I am of Paul or I am of Apollos.

One of the great privileges of my life is to work with men who exemplify this mentality towards ministry. Asher Intrater, Dan Juster and Eitan Shishkoff made a decision in the 1980s that instead of birthing their own ministry, they would make a covenant before God to work together and serve each other. From that commitment, dozens of congregations have been birthed in Israel and the US, not to mention schools and discipleship training programs.

The Power of Synergy

We work in ministry teams where each one has a unique gifting. This is called synergy. The idea is very biblical and it means that the sum of the parts working together is greater than the sum, if they worked independently. Essentially, we, as leaders, can get more done in the kingdom, working in partnership, than we could if we worked alone.

But that takes commitment. It means not quitting when someone disagrees with you. It means embracing humility and rejoicing when your brother succeeds, not just when you do. It means preferring others above yourselves.

So, let’s shed the “My Ministry” mentality, and embrace the Apostolic Team model that we see in the New Covenant.

 

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