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On Sunday, representatives of 70 nations gathered in Paris to release a document condemning Israel for building in the areas captured in the Six-Day-War (including the Jewish Quarter of the Old City), calling for the creation of a Palestinian state and an end to the “occupation.” There was deep concern from Israel-loving believers around the world, that the “kings of the earth” would “rage” (Ps. 2) in their anger at little Israel.

A Third Outrage

This would be the third outrage against Israel in about a month. First, the United Nations condemned the Jewish nation in December and the United States, who customarily uses its VETO to stop such unjust and lopsided condemnations, chose to teach their ‘friend’ Israel a lesson, and let this condemnation pass. Then, secondly, in the middle of the Jewish Feast of Hanukkah, a holiday that commemorates the victorious Jewish uprising against her oppressors, a clearly angered and agitated Secretary of State John Kerry unleashed a scathing rebuke on the world’s stage against Israel.

It appeared that this third condemnation with 70 nations (a biblical number, interestingly enough associated with the idea of ‘all nations’), standing together in unity against Israel would lead to a fourth outrage, which would be a stronger, more aggressive, Obama-backed U.N. condemnation of Israel and, who knows, possibly the recognition of a Palestinian State.

The timing would be unprecedented (although I would like to write unpresidented), as President Obama has just four more days in office and his successor has made it clear that he doesn’t agree with how Obama has treated Israel. #NotNice! It is very rare that a lame duck president (a president on his way out) would be so aggressive in establishing policy.

While the Paris Conference did release a statement condemning Israel, it was lacking the teeth they had hoped for and it came and went with little fanfare. I am sure that God heard the prayers of His people on this.

Five Things to Know about the Failed Paris Conference

1) There was little unity, as can be expected when you have 70 different delegations. They could not agree on the wording. Therefore, the softer wording won out.

2) John Kerry called up Prime Minister Netanyahu.

After a month of chilly ties between Washington and Jerusalem, Kerry updated Netanyahu about the steps he was taking to “soften” the text of the final communique, which was to be issued by the conference participants later in the day.

3) Not only did Israel refuse to come, but also the Palestinian Authority didn’t even send a delegation. Would Paris just dictate a final decision and email it to the Israelis and Palestinians?

4) Great Britain, in what was seen as a goodwill gesture to the incoming President Trump, refused to even send their Ambassador to France or their Foreign Minister. This was a huge blow to the conference’s momentum.

A Foreign Office statement said: “We have particular reservations about an international conference intended to advance peace between the parties that does not involve them – indeed which is taking place against the wishes of the Israelis – and which is taking place just days before the transition to a new American President when the US will be the ultimate guarantor of any agreement. There are risks therefore that this conference hardens positions at a time when we need to be encouraging the conditions for peace.”

5) And best of all, in his phone call to Netanyahu, Kerry said there would be no additional push in the U.N. before Trump takes the oath. Kerry promised Netanyahu that there would not be any follow-up action to the Paris conference and that Washington would oppose any further political action at the Security Council.

Which only underscores that that was the original plan (or else he could have told him that before the conference).

Make no mistake, this was no victory for Israel. It was a step in the wrong direction, but it wasn’t near as big a step as the “kings of the earth” had hoped for. We must continue to pray for the Jewish nation. The salvation that we so dearly enjoy came into the world through the Jewish people and their Messiah.

Now, however, I am on my way to Jerusalem in the service of the Lord’s people there.  For Macedonia and Achaia were pleased to make a contribution for the poor among the Lord’s people in Jerusalem.  They were pleased to do it, and indeed they owe it to them. For if the Gentiles have shared in the Jews’ spiritual blessings, they owe it to the Jews to share with them their material blessings. (Romans 15:25-27)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Today in Paris, the “Kings of the Earth” (Ps. 2) have taken their stand against God’s holy mountain, Jerusalem. They want to give Judea and Samaria (The West Bank) and East Jerusalem (including the Western Wall and Temple Mount) to the so-called Palestinians in hopes of creating a two-state solution.

However, what people don’t seem to know is that there already is a Palestinian state for Arabs that was recently created and it is called Jordan. Here is a little history in eight quick bullets.

1) The word Palestine comes, not from the Arabs, but the Romans. The Roman emperor Hadrian changed the name from Judea to Palestine in 135AD to erase the Jewishness of the land. He also exiled as many Jews as he could. He didn’t want more rebellions and this was his solution. He sought to erase all evidence of Judaism from the Jewish nation.

2) Before World War I, the border of “Palestine” was not only lands west of the Jordan River, what we now call Israel, but lands east of the Jordan as well—all of modern-day Jordan and Israel.

3) Great Britain took control of this land in 1917 after the Turks were defeated in WWI. They told the Jews in writing that their aim was to create a Jewish Homeland in Palestine. This document is known as the Balfour Declaration.

4) In 1920, the San Remo Conference (the legal body made up of the victors of WWI) assembled to decide how to administrate lands taken from the Ottoman Empire (Turkey). This group embraced the Balfour Declaration, giving the establishment of a Jewish homeland in historic Palestine international legal backing.

5) However, in 1921, Great Britain gave up nearly 80% of historic Palestine as a gesture to the Arabs and created Transjordan (which would become Jordan). In addition, they officially removed this area from the land formerly promised for the establishment of a Jewish state. And if they had to revise their commitment to the Jewish people, then it can be established that they had originally planned to allow Jewish settlement on both sides of the Jordan River.

6) Now understand: there had never been a nation called Jordan or Transjordan in the past. This was a brand-new nation for Palestinian Arabs living on the East Bank of the Jordan.

7) Therefore, to take more land that was promised legally for Jewish settlement and create another Palestinian Arab state would be in fact, a third state in the region, two of which are for Palestinian Arabs and one for Palestinian Jews.

8) You may be surprised that I just used the term, “Palestinian Jews”. But that was the term given to anyone living in historic Palestine—Jew, Arab or Jewish Owned Newspaper—The Palestine PostChristian. In fact, the Jewish-owned newspaper in Jerusalem was called The Palestine Post! There was no Arab nationality connected to the word nor has there ever been an Arab nation called Palestine.

So, when the nations of the world seek to divide up the Promised Land, creating an Arab nation on the West Bank of the Jordan, understand it is not a two-state solution, but a three-state problem. What is worse is that the leadership of the Palestinians is utterly corrupt, robbing the people and stealing international aid money. Islamic terror groups would seize power very quickly, even as they already have in Gaza.

While on the one hand, the West fights ISIS; they want to create another state of Islamic radicals. Israel embraces democratic ideals, human rights and a robust economy, but the nations want to create a nation that will soon be another Islamic totalitarian state. Israel floods the world with technological and medical breakthroughs, while the Islamic states teach their children hate and murder. Do we really need another state like this?

Despite it all, we stand in Israel knowing that the same God who rebirthed Israel out of the ashes of the Holocaust and has given us victory in every attack against us since, will continue to watch over us.

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep. (Ps. 121:1-4)

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I have been thinking all day that I should write something about the Paris conference that takes place on Sunday. The goal of the conference is to see a Palestinian State created and for Israel to withdraw to our 1967 suicide borders, including relinquishing the Jewish Quarter of the Old City.

As I thought about what to write, I received an email from a dear friend in Beersheva, Israel, detailing the Paris Conference. Avner Boskey is highly regarded leader in the Messianic movement in Israel and has deep insights into the Middle East. He has graciously allowed us to repost his thoughts. Make sure to pray after you read. 

The crumbling of Europa

Is Paris burning? The flames are not visible to the naked eye, but they roar nevertheless in the realm of the spirit.

On Sunday January 15, 2017 more than seventy nations and organizations will gather in the ‘City of Lights’ (named because it was one of the first European cities to have gas-burning street lamps). There the nations will bang nails into a coffin that actually contains the disintegrating remains of what was once Christian Europe. The “Conférence pour la Paix au Proche-Orient” (Conference for Peace in the Near East) will bring together the Quartet (UN, USA, EU and Russia), the five Permanent Members of the UN Security Council (USA, Russia, UK, France and China), the G20, the rest of the European Union, Arab partners and assorted well-wishers.

Their goal (speaking from a biblical viewpoint) is to divide the Land of Israel. They phrase it differently – “to facilitate the establishment of a Palestinian state” smack dab in the middle of the Land promised by God to Jacob and his children.

The Conference is offering a carrot to the Palestinians (concrete economic measures and political support). A recalcitrant Jewish state will be threatened with a big stick (warlike measures which include international boycotts, sanctions and treatment as a pariah state).

“Let me make you an offer you can’t refuse!”

Like Mafia dons, Pierre Vimont (French Foreign Minister) and Jean-Marc Ayrault (Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development) called together a meeting of international senior diplomats in Paris on January 6, 2017.  The first draft of the conference’s summary communiqué was presented for feedback and tweaking before its world release on January 15 (www.infoequitable.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Document-Quai-dOrsay.pdf; www.dreuz.info/2017/01/11/dreuz-sest-procure-le-texte-deja-redige-des-conclusions-de-la-conference-pour-la-paix-de-paris-du-15-janvier-2017/).

The document outlines and declares the goals and strategies of the Conference

  • Dividing the Land of Israel into two states, Israel and Palestine, as the only way to achieve peace
  • Condemning all Jewish construction and settlement activity (including in the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City) based on recent UN Security Resolution 2334
  • Jewish building of homes across the Green Line is equated as being on par with terrorist violence
  • Israelis are called upon to disavow their own official government if it rejects the division of the Land of Israel
  • Israel’s government is called upon to stop building in all territory liberated by the IDF in June 1967’s Six-Day War
  • The seventy nations do not accept the results of Israel’s June 1967 Six-Day War victory and insist that Israel withdraw from all territory liberated by the IDF

If Israel agrees to these points, they could also possibly expect “the potential for security, stability and prosperity…in the areas of economic incentives.”

The rest of the news

On Monday January 9, 2017 (three days after the release of the draft communiqué) the ‘rest of the news’ came out. Twelve French Ambassadors issued a public letter (similar to another letter they issued on March 2, 2016) – a Cosa Nostra-type threat spelling out the legal warfare (‘lawfare’) which will be directed against Israel if it refuses to sign on the dotted line (only in French – www.lemonde.fr/idees/article/2016/02/03/paris-et-bruxelles-doivent-agir-pour-sauver-l-etat-palestinien_4858462_3232.html; www.france-palestine.org/La-France-doit-reconnaitre-l-Etat-palestinien-avant-qu-il-ne-soit-trop-tard).

Here are Israel’s faults, according to the letter:

  • Israeli construction is simply colonialization and it must be immediately stopped
  • Israel is an apartheid state
  • Israel has no right to the Land based on ‘religious messianism’ (Scripture-based religious convictions)
  • Israel has too much and disproportionate military strength

Here are the ambassadors’ reasons to apply immediate pressure on Israel:

  • Arab public opinion resents the Western world which they accuse of complicity with Israel
  • Israel’s refusal to attend the Paris conference shows the necessity for international pressure on Israel
  • A Palestinian state cannot arise without international pressure on Israel
  • President-Elect Trump’s accession on January 20 2017 will make the possibility of a Palestinian state disappear for years to come

Here are the benefits for France and Europe:

  • France must step forward in honor and in service of peace, liberty and the rights of man to create a new dynamic whose political and moral significance is incontestable
  • France and the European Union need to move into engagement quickly before it is too late (cut-off date January 20, 2017)
  • Forcing Israel to withdraw is to repair a historical injustice. There must be an immediate end of Israel’s June 1967 occupation

Here are the necessary steps against Israel which (the ambassadors advocate) should be taken:

  • The immediate recognition of a Palestinian state (a concerted declaration with UK, Spain, Italy and Greece)
  • The immediate suspension of association agreements between the European Union and Israel
  • The immediate end of economic, scientific and academic cooperation between the EU and Israel
  • The immediate labelling and potential boycotting of all products coming from Jerusalem (Jewish Quarter, South, North and East areas), Ma’ale Adumim, Ariel, Jordan Valley, Golan, etc. (this last point is already well under way)

The twelve French ambassadors who signed this public letter have floated a trial balloon, letting those who are listening understand where things are headed as of January 15, 2017. They warn Israel at the conclusion of the letter that the Jewish state is in a perilous and vulnerable situation if it does not cave in to these pressures immediately. Their language puts the lie to the Conference’s bland declaration that the nature of its communiqué “is not intended to impose terms” on Israel.

The PLO/PA Ambassador to France Salman al-Harfi stated that this “initiative will move forward regardless of Jerusalem’s opposition.” Hamas and Islamic Jihad (who control the Gaza Strip and threaten the PLO’s control of the West Bank in many areas) totally reject the Conference’s position of even talking with Israel and of offering it anything at all.

Getting into the express line

Whereas French cuisine is known for its high quality and unrushed service, this conference definitely looks much more like an American fast-food hamburger joint. If France can get this declaration approved by the EU and the Quartet (before Trump takes office on January 20), then it can be brought to a UN Security Council debate on the Israel-Palestine issue scheduled for January 17, 2017. If the US abstains once again, this would hopefully (for France and its partners) create a snowball effect leading toward the establishment of a Palestinian state.

One of the goals here is to create international political momentum which would block any new American initiatives or re-evaluations regarding the Middle East and Israel.

Crocodile tears and kisses

The communiqué declares that all 70 countries or organizations are warmly supportive of Israel’s destiny, that Israel will be the primary beneficiary of having a Palestinian state as its neighbor, and that France is Israel’s friend. Such ‘loving declarations’ have been made in times past to other Middle Eastern nations (like the Free Syrian Army, Mubarak’s Egypt, Lebanon’s Christians, Iran’s and Turkey’s democratic forces). There truly is a credibility gap here between European avowals of love and the harsh reality of Islamist terror.

The ambassadorial letter weeps that Israel must be saved from itself, since its ‘apartheid’ policies will cause the Jewish state to lose its soul.  Just a few lines before that the twelve diplomats challenge Europe, saying that if the EU can unite to oppose Islamic State, they can certainly band together to foil the Jewish state.

The fire of God’s jealousy

As God is watching over His chosen people and bringing them home to their Promised Land, seventy nations are about to go on record as opposing the restoration of the Jewish people to the land of Israel and to the city of Jerusalem. These machinations arouse the burning zeal of the God of Jacob, whose fire is in Zion, and whose furnace is in Jerusalem (Isaiah 31:9).]

“Therefore thus says YHVH God, ‘Surely in the fire of My jealousy I have spoken against the rest of the nations, and against all Edom, who appropriated My land for themselves as a possession with wholehearted joy and with scorn of soul’” (Ezekiel 36:5).

“For behold, in those days and at that time when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat. Then I will enter into judgment with them there on behalf of My people and My inheritance Israel whom they have scattered among the nations and they have divided up My land” (Joel 3:1-2).

Step-by-step Islamist agenda

Bat Ye’or (a pseudonym) is a world-renowned French scholar of Islamic history and its relationship with Jews and Christians. Her book “Eurabia: the Euro-Arab axis” charts how Islamic strategies have focused for decades on turning Europe into a Shari’a-friendly puppet which will push for Islamist policies against the Jewish state. Her recent article (www.gatestoneinstitute.org/9725/security-council-resolution-israel) may help the reader to grasp other aspects currently transpiring here.

As well, world-class scholar on Islam and the Middle East Dr. Daniel Pipes offers helpful suggestions in his recent article “The Way to Peace: Israeli Victory, Palestinian Defeat” (www.danielpipes.org/17110/the-way-to-peace-israeli-victory-palestinian).

How should we then pray?

• Pray for God to speak to the leaders of the nations gathered in Paris and reveal His heart to them 
• Pray for God to protect His Jewish people form the evil plans of evil men and evil nations 
• Pray for a spirit of identificational repentance to sweep through French believers as they intercede for their nation 
• Pray for the protection, strengthening, revelation and salvation of the Jewish people, and that they may lean on Him who can keep them from all evil and all destruction

Your prayers and support hold up our arms and are the very practical enablement of God to us in the work He has called us to do.

In Messiah Yeshua,

Avner Boskey

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One of the first acts of this new Congress was to rebuke President Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry and the entire United Nations for their one-sided, hypocritical rebuke of the Jewish State of Israel. Speaker Ryan said that Obama’s team had, “abandoned our ally Israel when she needed us the most.”

But he didn’t stop there. He was intent on exposing the goal of the U.N. vote…

“Do not be fooled. This U.N. Security Council resolution … was about one thing and one thing only. Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish, democratic state.” Yes, while half a million people are dead in Syria, the U.N. Security Council sets its sites on tiny Israel. These types of one-sided efforts are designed to isolate and delegitimize Israel. They do not advance peace, they make it more elusive.”

While the U.S. Congress has no power to revoke a U.N. resolution, it can defund the U.N., as the United States pays twenty-five percent of its budget.

The measure passed overwhelmingly, as 109 democrats joined the republicans in the condemnation. There were 76 democrats and just four republicans who voted in opposition. However, the four republicans that voted against it did so, not because they disagreed, but because it endorsed a two-state solution.

Staunch Israel supporter Rep. Louie Gohmert (R) explained why he opposed it…

“Hebron is in what was the Promised Land, David ruled from there, and in a two-state solution, Hebron is going to the Palestinians. How do they deserve the land that was given as the Promised Land before Mohammad even existed? I can’t support this resolution. I can’t do it.”

However, the Democrats that voted against it, were simply supporting the Obama administration’s stand against Israel.

One person who was quick to go to YouTube to express his gratitude was Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has often found a refuge in a friendly U.S. Congress even as the entire gallery of nations, (what Psalm 2 calls, “The kings of the earth”) stands against him.

The vote proved once again that while the U.S. President seems hostile towards Israel (for two more weeks!), the American people are not. Danny Danon, Israel’s U.N. Ambassador was enceoauged and remarked that the non-binding resolution…

“proved once again that the US-Israel alliance is based not only on shared interests, but also on shared values … This special relationship has endured the test of time and I have no doubt that it will continue to be strengthened in the future.”

Next up, 70 nations will gather on January 15th in Paris to seek to force Israel to bow to Palestinian demands. This, just five days before President Elect Trump takes office. Trump has made it abundantly clear that he will stand with Israel.

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Three Republican senators have brought forth legislation to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s official capital and move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to the Holy City. This move will likely face resistance both from the Arab world and the United Nations.

Let me share a little history. Israel is the only nation in the world in which no country has an embassy in the capital. Instead, they are in Tel Aviv.

For 3,018 Years, Jewish Capital

But Jerusalem has been the capital of Israel since Joab crawled up the water shaft and defeated the Jebusites three thousand years ago. It has never been the capital of any Palestinian state or any other Arab state. Under the Ottoman Empire, it was completely ignored. Only since the Jews began to restore their homeland did Jerusalem suddenly become sacred to Islam.

In 1995, the US congress passed a bill, 93-5 that would require America to move the embassy. But Bill Clinton would not implement it. Neither did George Bush or Barack Obama. Not one of them had the courage to face the Arab backlash. So there is presently a fully functioning, state of the art embassy in Jerusalem, which is not being used as such. But now there is hope. Incoming President Donald Trump has pledged several times during his campaign that he would most definitely move the embassy to Jerusalem.

Why not make the move?

Well, the only the reason is that it would upset the Arab nations. So what? What doesn’t upset the Islamists? I shared with you yesterday how a mild-mannered professor was accosted by Islamic guards on the Temple Mount and taken to the police for simply saying the words “Temple Mount” while he was on the Temple Mount! They wanted him to call it by its Arabic name, Haram al-Sharif—the noble sanctuary.

Emotional Islam

Yes, there is moderate Islam, and there is political Islam. But there is also overly sensitive, emotional Islam.  As western nations, we can’t make every decision based on how Islamists might react to it and more than a parent is dictated by the tantrums of a child (I am not saying the west is parent to Islamic). Just because they scream and yell doesn’t mean we must give in. It is not like the policy of “appeasement” is working, as they continue to murder, rape and pillage across the Middle East and into Europe.

Acts that Bring Blessing

As for moving the embassy, this will, no doubt, bring the blessing of God on America. For the past eight years the US president has shunned Israel at every turn, culminating last week when they allowed the United Nations to condemn Israel for building neighborhoods in her ancient homeland—as if that is a greater threat to peace than ISIS! And that was followed up by an angry anti-Israel speech from Secretary of State John Kerry.

Senator Cruz said in a statement:

“Jerusalem is the eternal and undivided capital of Israel. Unfortunately, the Obama administration’s vendetta against the Jewish state has been so vicious that to even utter this simple truth – let alone the reality that Jerusalem is the appropriate venue for the American embassy in Israel – is shocking in some circles.” He also said, “But it is finally time to cut through the double-speak and broken promises, and do what Congress said we should do in 1995: formally move our embassy to the capital of our great ally Israel.”

God said to Abraham, and it is still true today, “I will bless those who bless you and those who curse you, I will curse” (Gen. 12:3). That promise was in God’s first recorded conversation with Abraham and it is still true today. If the United States government has the courage to move the embassy to Israel’s capital, it will no doubt release God’s favor on the US.

What do you think? Should the U.S. move the embassy to Jerusalem? Let us know in the comments. 

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