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A former Obama official, Steven Simon, is encouraging Europe to stand up to President Trump, even saying European countries need to kick out American ambassadors, because of Trump’s ignoring their wishes to stay in #IranDeal.
 

Everyone is saying, “Iran had complied. Why leave?” A few points:
 
1. Compliance doesn’t make it a good deal. By complying on the nuclear issue, we have allowed Iran to sow millions if not billions into destabilizing the Middle East and promoting terror. They are funding Hezbollah, which now controls Lebanon (more or less, winning the largest bloc of seats in the most recent election). They were building military bases in Syria, from which they could attack Israel. (Israel destroyed them all last week, after Iran sent 20 missile our way…thank you, world). Iran’s military budget is up 40% since the lopsided agreement. 
 
2. Stop feeling sorry for Europe. They care nothing for the stability of the Middle East and always think in terms of short term gains (Sure, Hitler, take Czechoslovakia, we trust you to stop there…) over long term security. All they care about is the billions they can make from doing business with Iran. That is what they are mad about. They care not that those dollars will be used to make bombs for Hamas and Hezbollah for acts of terror.
 
3. Some have said that the US must keep its commitments. There is a reason that this was called the Iran Deal and not Treaty. Treaties are binding on all future administrations. So why didn’t Obama go for a treaty? Simple, he did not have the votes in Congress, so he had to go it alone and make a bad, weak, dangerous agreement.
 
President Obama received a Nobel Peace Prize for giving a speech in Cairo. Since then, under his watch:
  • N. Korea got nukes
  • Libya has become an ungoverned failed stated
  • Our Ambassador to Libya was executed and the Obama administration sought to cover it up.
  • Russia took over large sections of Ukraine and Obama did nothing.
  • Syria has had a civil war that has claimed half a million lives, and when they crossed Obama’s red line and used chemical weapons, Obama and Kerry did nothing.
  • He called ISIS the JV team, and didn’t take serious the most gruesome terrorist group in modern history.
  • When Egypt overthrew her government, Obama stood with the now-outlawed terrorist group, the Muslim Brotherhood. When the military threw the MB out of office, Obama cried foul. Egypt is as stable now as it has been in years, despite Obama opposition to its present secular government.
  • And lastly, he all but destroyed Americas political relationship with Israel.

The fact is that Obama’s foreign policy was suicidal. It was dangerous on every level and made America weak and the world unsafe. I don’t know where we would be today if Hillary had won.

Trump, for all of his bluster, in just over a year, has the US on the verge of peace with N. Korea, defeated ISIS as a state, and repaired the broken relationship with Israel. He has recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and tomorrow will officially open up the US embassy in Jerusalem.
Do you think that maybe Obama should just give his Nobel to Trump?

In Hebrew the word for preaching the good news is mevaser. We have a city called Mevaseret, the female form of the verb. So, I was in the Gospel Mall today on my way to a meeting—meaning I was in the Mevaseret Mall—what better place to share Yeshua! I had to get something quickly. I was in the drug store when I noticed the woman in front of me point to her back, as if she was in pain.

Considering all the little things that happened to get me at that place, I assumed it was a divine appointment.

  • I only came to the mall because I made wrong turn.
  • Once in the mall, I decided to use the restroom first.
  • Then, seeing the long line at the counter, I went to the pharmacy hoping I could pay there, but that didn’t work.
  • I returned to the front and the women between me and the women in pain suddenly decided to go back and shop.
  • And then the women in pain, inexplicably stopped outside the pharmacy(as if God had her waiting for me to pray for her) while I paid for my item.

Clearly I was supposed to pray for her.

I ran out of the pharmacy just as she was finally walking away. “Slicha” (excuse me). “Did you tell the woman at the pharmacy that you have pain in your back?” She said yes. “Can I pray for you? I believe God will heal your back right here.”

She was a little stunned—I mean, who does that? …asking someone if you can pray for them that you don’t even know. But when you are pain.  Curious, she said I could pray.

I asked her if I could put my hand on her back and she said I could. I prayed for her in Yeshua’s name and asked her to check her back.  All the pain was gone! She was in shock. I explained that God healed her back because he wants to know her and for her to know him. She was very grateful and I asked if she could just wait a minute. I ran to the car and got my testimony booklet and Identity Theft—both in Hebrew. I wondered if she would wait.

I ran back in and there she was. She took both items and again thanked me. I explained that God loves her and the healing was just the beginning. He wants more. She had no idea what I was talking about, but now she has all the information she needs! Pray that she reads the materials and finds salvation in Yeshua.

The moral of the story is:

1) Without the healing, the woman, most likely, would not have been interested in hearing about Yeshua. When someone experiences the presence of God, or a small miracle like the healing of their back—they open their heart to hear the gospel. The woman at the well in John 4 was not interested in Yeshua until He, through the Spirit, revealed the secrets of her life. Nathaniel was not at all interested in Yeshua until Yeshua told him that He saw him in the spirit.

“Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked. “Come and see,” said Philip. When Yeshua saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, “Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.”

“How do you know me?” Nathanael asked. Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.” Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel.” (John 1:46-49)

2) God gives us the gifts of the Holy Spirit to be witnessed for him.

“…you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)

3) We must be proactive about using them, not passive. Take a chance and you will be amazed at how God backs you up. He is more eager to use you, than you are to be used!

As Peter traveled about the country, he went to visit the Lord’s people who lived in Lydda. There he found a man named Aeneas, who was paralyzed and had been bedridden for eight years. “Aeneas,” Peter said to him, “Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and roll up your mat.” Immediately Aeneas got up. All those who lived in Lydda and Sharon saw him and turned to the Lord.” (Acts 9:32-35)

4) There are hurting people out there who need to the truth. We are God’s plan to reach them. There is no plan B.

In this world we are like Jesus. (1 John 4:14)

This week in Israel, we celebrate the story of Esther. It is an all too familiar theme of a world leader seeking to carry out genocide against the Jewish people. I want to look at the three central characters and learn one thing from each of them.

Esther

When Esther heard through Mordechai that Haman was plotting to kill the Jews, she balked. She was not like Mordechai, who refused to bow down to Haman. She wasn’t naturally courageous. My friend Yakov Damkani is a Mordechai. He is a fearless Israeli evangelist, who has stood for Yeshua in the face of violent attacks. But Esther was not. Like most of us, if she was going to do this—risk her life—she was going to need help from above.

I think of those four policemen who did not charge into the school while 17 teenagers were killed. That is what you are trained to do. You put your life on the line for others. In Israel, it is second nature to run to the action, rather than run from it. On dozens of occasions, civilians have stopped terrorists. Last year, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, took down and knife wielding Palestinian with his bare hands.

I don’t judge the police officers in Florida. I don’t know what I would do in the same situation. But Esther had to overcome a similar fear. Probably shaking with fear, she approached the king. Her bravery saved thousands of lives.

Mordechai

We read in Romans 8:31, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” It is true and we can see that in the life of Mordechai. If God has determined blessing for your life, no outside element can stop it—not the devil, not Haman.

Yes, there are tests and challenges in life. They are not contrary to the blessing of God, but sent to help us mature. Joseph was not ready to save the world from famine as a teenager, when he boasted he would rule over his brothers. But after being sold as a slave, falsely accused of rape and then thrown into prison, he was ready.

The trials developed deep character in Joseph—so much so, that when he was reunited with his brothers he was able to say in essence, “This was God’s plan for me, not yours,” as he forgave them. Just because you are going through a trial doesn’t mean God has forgotten you.

Look how things ended up with Mordechai. Haman hated him. He wanted to kill him. One night the king could not sleep and so he decided to have someone read him the chronicles of his reign. He discovered that Mordechai had once saved his life from an assassination plot. The next day he asked Haman, what should be done for the man that the king wants to honor. Naturally Haman was sure the king wanted to honor him. So he says:

“For the man the king delights to honor, have them bring a royal robe the king has worn and a horse the king has ridden, one with a royal crest placed on its head. Then let the robe and horse be entrusted to one of the king’s most noble princes. Let them robe the man the king delights to honor, and lead him on the horse through the city streets, proclaiming before him, ‘This is what is done for the man the king delights to honor!’” (Esther 6:7-9)

The king was pleased with Haman’s idea and told Haman to do it for Mordechai. Hollywood could not have written a better script. In addition, Esther was given Haman’s estate and presented Mordechai with his signet ring that he took back from Haman. If God has determined blessing on your life, then you can expect it. He will overcome the impossible to bless His children.

Haman

Fueled by pride and jealousy Haman plotted against the Jewish people. When we seek to harm others, we clog the funnel of blessing. Like Joseph, we must forgive those who hurt us.

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. (Matt. 6:14-15)

And if we seek to harm others out of fear, jealousy, anger, pride, etc., we will bring curses on ourselves.

“Whoever digs a pit will fall into it; if someone rolls a stone, it will roll back on them.” (Prov. 26:27)

This biblical principle states that the very vehicle that you seek to use to harm others will run you down. It is written in Esther, “when the plot came to the king’s attention, he issued written orders that the evil scheme Haman had devised against the Jews should come back onto his own head.” (Esther 9:25)

The King was informed that “a pole reaching to a height of fifty cubits stands by Haman’s house. He had it set up for Mordecai, who spoke up to help the king.” The king said, “Impale him on it!” (Esther 7:9)

Conclusion

Let’s choose to be people of courage, walking in the blessing of God, forgiving all who sin against us.

 

 

 

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While I was sleeping in on Shabbat a few weeks ago, after an exhausting day of travel the day before, from Nepal to Israel, Iran sent a drone into Israeli airspace. Israeli officials called this a “severe and irregular violation of Israeli sovereignty.”

The drone was in Israel for just over a minute before an Israeli attack helicopter took it out just south of the Sea of Galilee. The drone was sent from an Iranian base in Syria’s Palmyra region. Israel responded with force.

Watch: Israeli Helicopter shoots down Iranian Drone

The Times of Israel reported that Israel targeted 12 sites and according to a military statement, it included, “three aerial defense batteries and four Iranian targets that are part of Iran’s military establishment in Syria.”

Syria’s air defense systems have been severally damaged and I am not sure that the IAF (Israeli Air Force) is finished. Many of the Russian-made sophisticated anti-aircraft batteries were destroyed. The IAF faced substantial anti-aircraft fire from Syria. For the first time in 36 years one of our F-16 jets was shot down. The two pilots ejected over northern Israel and survived, although one is in serious but stable condition.

Watch: Israelis video pilot parachuting from F-16 

 


Israeli forces targeted and destroyed the drone base from where it came. The Syrians cried foul, saying the base was only used to target ISIS. And yet, somehow, the drone crashed in Beit Shean, Israel, quite a distance from Syria.

The Purim Connection

The deep concern in Israel is that Iran now has military bases in Syria. Syria, a country devastated by civil war, causing half a million deaths so far, is in tatters. Iran is seizing the opportunity to use Syria as a proxy country. Iran’s border is about 1,500 kilometers from Israel. But Syria and Lebanon (where Iran has tremendous influence over Hezbollah) both border Israel. Iran hates Israel and wants to destroy her. As I am writing we are six days from the feast of Purim, where we remember that God protected the Jews of Iran (ancient Persia) from Haman’s genocidal plan. Yet the same anti-Semitic demonic forces are still working through the Ayatollahs of Iran, seeking to annihilate Israel.

Prayer Points:

  • Pray for our political and military leaders to use wisdom in how we respond.
  • Pray for supernatural protection over Israel.
  • Pray for the peace-desiring people in Syrian, that they would have a democracy free from Iran.
  • Pray for a move of God amongst the Muslims of Iran and Syria.
  • Pray for a move of God in Israel.
  • Pray for the full recovery of the pilot.

 

 

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John Kerry to the Rescue

Ron Cantor —  January 27, 2018 —  Comments

John Kerry is meddling in the Middle East. He was secretary of state, during the creation of ISIS. The Trump administration has defeated ISIS as a state. But still, Kerry feels the need to involve himself in Middle East politics.

He reportedly (jpost.com) sent word to President Abbas (the leader of the Palestinians Authority) to encourage him. Just so you know, Abbas replaced Arafat—the father of modern terrorism. Abbas turned down a sweetheart peace deal in 2008. He celebrates when suicide bombers kill Israelis and names streets, squares and schools after terrorists. And Kerry felt the need to lift up his spirits.

Cursing President Trump

Since President Trump recognized Jerusalem (as the capital of Israel), Abbas has been in full-on rage mode, declaring in public that he doesn’t need America or her money (the next day, Trump took 65 million dollars in aid off the table) and is spewing out the wildest conspiracy theories. Of Trump, he said, May your house be demolished, the most venomous curse in Arab culture. The 82-year-old leader is fuming mad.

But Kerry, a failed diplomat, is encouraging the alleged Holocaust denier, through a confidant, telling him to:

  1. “Hold on and be strong.”
  2. “Don’t give into Trump. He will not be in office for more than another year.
  3. Put your own peace plan together.

Yes, an American politician is telling a terrorist supporter to stay strong. And there is little chance that Abbas will present his peace plan, because war is better for him. The Palestinian leadership has never shown a real desire for a state of their own, alongside Jewish Israel.

President Kerry?

It is also being reported that Kerry told the confidant to tell Abbas that he is considering running against Trump in 2020. In other words, whereas Trump has shown to be the pro-Israel, pro-democracy president, Kerry would take up the cause of the Palestinians, who continue to incite violence, persecute journalists and take no meaningful steps against terrorism—and let’s not forget, are in a political partnership with Hamas. Kerry has made it clear. He doesn’t like Israel.

On the last weeks of the Obama administration, with nothing to gain diplomatically, Kerry unleashed a harsh rebuke against Israel in a December 2016 speech. This was just after the U.S. backed U.N. vote condemning Israeli cities in ancient Judea and Samaria. It was a reckless, angry parting shot. When the Obama administration should have been helping to build the only successful democracy in the Middle East, they were condemning her. A “president Kerry” would be bad for Israel, and thus, bad for the U.S. (Gen. 12:3). Trump responded to Kerry’s hand grenade of a speech in a way that only he can—on twitter.

Tolerating Temper Tantrums

This should come as no surprise. For years, the West tolerates the murderous actions of the Palestinian Authority, much like a parent tolerates a rebellious child that they become tired of confronting. They simply give in. This was true of both Bushes, Clinton and definitely Obama. It is not a left or right issue; it is how the Muslim world manipulates the West.

Trump made some demands from Palestinian Authority:

  1. Stop inciting people to violence.
  2. Stop paying the families of terrorists (more than $350 million in 2017).
  3. Stop glorifying terrorism by naming streets, square and schools after them.

But they have been trained to ignore such demands, because no one will hold them accountable. President Trump, apparently, did not know this unwritten rule. In May, instead of recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, he decided to restart the peace process. That is when he made the demands of the Palestinians. He really gave them a chance. But they completely ignored him and continued to promote terror, assuming there would be no consequences.

Didn’t Take Long for Trump to Understand the Situation

When President Trump realized that they were ignoring his very reasonable demands, he took it as a personal insult. He also realized that they have no interest in compromising for peace. It was at that time that he recognized it was more important to strengthen ties with Israel, and he decided to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Abbas reacted badly. He is not used to being held to account. In fact, he is acting out in a very destructive way. He is no longer interested in America being a broker for peace, and has turned to Europe where he was rebuffed.

“There isn’t a single European country or other country we’ve spoken to since the December 6 announcement that in any way, shape or form believes a US-led process could be replaced,” a White House official told reporters during a briefing Tuesday. “They all want to work with the US, despite the Palestinian reaction.” (TimesofIsrael.com)

And yesterday President Trump made it clear, as world aid organizations were saying the U.S. halting aid to the Palestinians would cause a human catastrophe, that if they want the aid, they must negotiate peace.

“They disrespected us a week ago by not allowing our great vice president to see them, and we give them hundreds of millions of dollars in aid and support — tremendous numbers, numbers that nobody understands. That money is on the table. That money is not going to them unless they sit down and negotiate peace… I can tell you that Israel does want to make peace. And they’re going to have to want to make peace too, or we’re going to have nothing to do with it any longer. This was never brought up by other negotiators, but it’s brought up by me.”

But, at the end of the day, Abbas has never been willing to make compromises and Nikki Haley, the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., confronted them on this point yesterday.

“We will not chase after a Palestinian leadership that lacks what is needed to achieve peace. He rejected any American role in peace talks. He insulted the American president. He called for suspending recognition of Israel. Hate-filled speeches and end-runs around negotiations take us nowhere,” referring to Abbas wild hate speech of last week. “Peace will not be achieved without leaders with courage. Real peace requires leaders who are willing to step forward, acknowledge hard truths, and make compromises. The United States remains fully prepared and eager to pursue peace.”

It feels so good to have a U.S. administration, which understands the real situation here in Israel, dealing with terrorists who have no intention on keeping the promises they make. President Trump may well be the most Israel-friendly president ever!