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Who is Linda Sarsour? A vocal Palestinian American who hates Israel. She is very much aligned with Rashida Talib and Ilhan Omar. She has ties to Louis Farrakhan, the notorious anti-Semitic leader of the Nation of Islam.

  1. Democrats embraced anti-Semite Linda Sarsour.
  2. During the DNC, Sarsour told a group of Muslims that the Democratic Party “is absolutely our party in this moment.” Meaning, the Democrats are their allies against Israel.
  3. Team Biden quickly disavowed Sarsour, angering many Muslims. The Biden camp affirmed their opposition to BDS.
  4. But then “off the record” apologized to her: “I am sorry that that happened. And I hope that whatever trust was broken, that this conversation is one small step to help build back the trust.”

Whatever you think of Trump, the other party is catering to anti-Israeli radicals.

Here is a fine quote from Democrat Linda Sarsour, the one to whom the Democratic party apologized.

“Ask them this, how can you be against white supremacy in America and the idea of being in a state based on race and class, but then you support a state like Israel that is based on supremacy, that is built on the idea that Jews are supreme to everyone else?”

In the meantime, Israelis and Americans descended upon the United Arab Emirates yesterday in the first direct flight from Israel to the UAE. The citizens of the Emirates were ecstatic. Israel has peace deals with both Jordan and Egypt, but the man on the street tends to be very much against the Jewish state. However, the more modern (and less fanatic) UAE seems overjoyed about the new normal between the two nations. This would not have happened under Obama, who chose to make a deal with crazy fanatics like the Muslim Brotherhood who lead Egypt and the evil Ayatollahs of Iran.

Not since Chamberlain, who thought he had made peace with Hitler (just before Hitler took over Europe), has a world leader been so duped. Yet Biden, who can barely form a sentence, declared that he will go back to negotiate with Iran—the greatest state-sponsor of terrorism in the world.

I have had many concerns about President Trump’s temperament and character (or lack thereof), but he has been great for Israel. Biden would revert to the Obama years, where people like Linda Sarsour would be welcomed into the White House (whether the barely-there Biden knows it or not). In my lifetime, I have never seen a more unstable, unlucid, controlled puppet of a leader than Biden.

It is funny: people have loved to mock President Trump these few years as not being in control, staffers were making decision behind his back and not following his crazy orders. It seems that was never based on reality. If he is anything, he is in control. If, however, you want a president who is being handled by others, vote Biden. Just make sure you know who is controlling him. It might be the sort of not really disavowed Linda Sarsour.

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Obama came to power and promised a new beginning. He went to Egypt in 2009 and proclaimed a new beginning between the Arab world and the West. He apologized for American arrogance. For this he received the Nobel Peace Prize. But in reality we got Benghazi and ISIS, whom he mocked as the JV terror team.

Trump says all the wrong things, he is a bull in a china shop, he goes off script and can be tone deaf in sensitive situation. Yet, he was the one who defeated ISIS and is bringing Arab states to the peace table.

Obama felt that his unique position, being raised in the midst of Muslims, spending much of his childhood in Indonesia, would give him the ability to relate to the Muslim world in a way that no US President before him could. It makes sense, but it didn’t work at all. They saw him as weak.

Trump, on the other hand, has very little experience with Muslim culture, but he is the one who brought Israel and UAE together (and some say, Bahrain and Oman are on the way) to sign a peace treaty.

There is a lot I do not like about President Trump. But he gets results. I would love to see his demeanor change, but I cannot deny results. No one expected a peace treaty between Israel and several nations, and yet, he did it. We could talk about the economy too. No, he is not as smooth as President Obama, but he took the Obama stagnant economy and turned it into one of the best ever. Of course, Corona changed that a bit, but no one anticipated that.

So, I will be voting again for President Trump; not because I am in a Trump cult, but because I can’t argue with results.

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THE GOAT IN THE ROOM

Ron Cantor —  August 18, 2020 — Leave a comment

A lot of people that asked me how I feel about Netanyahu giving up on annexation in order for peace trees with several Arab states. I’m still praying about it. I certainly love the idea of being in good relationships with other nations. But one thing I do know, is when Iran 🇮🇷 is threatening the 🇦🇪 and the Palestinian leadership including Hamas is livid, it means it was probably a good decision.

More and more of the Arab world is turning against Iran. They are left with Lebanon, Syria and Yemen (three countries on the verge of collapse) We’ll see what happens with Iraq. But the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Oman, Saudi Arabia and other gulf nations are developing closer ties to Israel, and distancing themselves from Iran. The balance of power is shifting in the Middle East. 

Annexation was never real

I also do not believe that annexation was ever a legitimate plan but a fake plan in order to make this real peace deal work. It’s like having a goat in the room. I got this analogy from journalist Elihu Ben On yesterday (pictured) when I interviewed him. Annexation was the goat in the room. Whenever someone asks you to do somethings, you can say, I would love to but you, see there is the goat in the room, I have to deal with. The Arab states could say to Israel as long as the goat is in the room we can’t make peace with you. The real goat in the room is the lack of. a Palestinian State—which can’t happened for many reasons, such the fact that they embrace terrorism and Gaza is governed by Hamas.

So Trump and Netanyahu had to replace one goat with another. By talking about annexing areas within the West Bank, the whole world was threatening Israel. Europe was mad, the Arabs were livid–but with the Trump wink, it seemed that Bibi was going to do it. However, they had no intention. Instead it became the new “goat in the room.” For sure the UAB was in on it. They would demand from Israel to back off from annexation in exchange for peace. Israeli would agree. Each could come home with a victory. The UAE says, “We got Israel to back off on annexation.” Bibi tells Israel, “I have achieved peace with an enemy.” They were all in on it, and politically it was brilliant. It enabled the Arab states to make peace with Israel without a Palestinian terrorist state (which is the real goat in the room). 

Bothered and Happy

Israelis are very excited, except for the far right. They are livid and feel that Netanyahu betrayed them. On the other hand, most Israelis can’t wait to visit Dubai. Omer Adam, our biggest pop star, is making plans for a concert. Still, prophetically, I am bothered. The fact that we are now not going to annex land that God gave to us—land that no country has claimed as their own—saddens me. It is not about land. It is about prophecy. This land is alive with prophetic significance. But, it does feel good to have a few less people not wanting to annihilate you and your country.

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I received so much response from my first article on this that I felt it would be good to share a little more, addressing some specific questions. I hate to be misunderstood. I felt the need to expound, particularly, on issues beyond mask-wearing.

You see, there’s a huge difference between being told to wear a mask to protect other people around you, and being told as believers that we cannot gather at all, or in the most extreme and ridiculous case, which is in California, “you cannot sing.” When is it time for civil disobedience?

What about the American Revolution

First, let me address a couple of things. More than one friend brought up the issue of the American Revolution. Why was it okay for them to rebel but not for us, in regards to the mask-wearing mandate? (To be clear, if mask-wearing is not mandated in your state then it is up to you to follow your conscience.)

The American Revolution was, in my opinion, a case of justified rebellion. You had 13 colonies that belonged to Great Britain, but were situated on another continent. They had no representation within the British government. I would encourage everyone to read the text of the US Declaration of Independence. I think it is one of the most profound and impacting statements ever written.

In it, Jefferson makes the case for establishing a new republic. His reasoning is simple: the King of England has abused his power against the laws of God. The colonies appealed to the king and he either ignored them or rejected them.

The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States.

The King had abused his power and violated the rights of the citizens of the colonies. Therefore they set out to create a more perfect union, as the U.S. Constitution states. There was a struggle of many, many years leading up to the 1776 Declaration of Independence. The UN recognizes the right of self-determination. US President Woodrow Wilson said after World War II:

“National aspirations must be respected; people may now be dominated and governed only by their own consent. ‘Self determination’ is not a mere phrase; it is an imperative principle of action.”

We are not talking about leaders trying to do the best they can in the midst of an unexpected pandemic. To equate refusal to wear a mask to the American Revolution is like comparing a cup of water to the Mediterranean Sea. They’re just not equal. I dare say that the courage of the revolutionaries was tested far more than the courage of those who refused to wear a mask.

Another person who objected to my article wrote that Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Richard Wurmbrand are turning over in their graves, so to speak, as pastors acquiesce to the government. Comparing two of the greatest heroes of the 20th century, one who stood against Hitler, and the other, who stood against communism, to people resisting the wearing of masks is almost comical, and an insult to both Wurmbrand, who was beaten in prison for 14 years and Bonhoeffer, who was martyred

Some said that Jesus would not wear a mask but would heal the sick. Amen! And my guess is that if you have that kind of faith and are healing people dying from COVID-19, then no one is going to have a problem with you not wearing a mask either, as you continue to see them healed. But I’m going to guess that not one person who wrote that has actually laid hands on somebody with COVID-19, while not wearing a mask, and seen them instantly healed.

When to Take a Stand

Having said that, there are times for civil disobedience. I was arrested 30 years ago while blocking an abortion clinic. Technically, what I did was illegal. But I, and the 30 or 40 other people with me that day, may have saved a human life—and that’s the higher law.

Right now in Israel, the government is bungling the ordinances for COVID-19. Yesterday, they closed all restaurants at 5:00 AM only to reopen them at 10:00 AM. On Friday they shut down all restaurants for Saturday, only to overturn that later in the day, after many restaurants had already gotten rid of their food. We see infighting in the same parties where members are accusing each other of taking a position to benefit family members.

Here there has been very little help for small businesses and their workers. Some restaurants have chosen to open up no matter what. Is that justified rebellion? In my opinion, yes. When governments cease to act and there is a consensus among the people that a certain action must be taken, you are left with no choice. I tend to support the restaurants in their civil disobedience and the protesters who were gathering on the streets of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem demanding some common sense from our leaders.

In the midst of this pandemic our Prime Minister took up a whole day of the Knesset’s activities in order to get a two hundred thousand dollar tax break for himself. Meanwhile businesses are shutting down and people can’t feed their children. As a millionaire, He could have donated that money to Corona relief.

So what about gatherings? Should Messianic congregations and churches close their doors because the government asked them to, making the case that it’s for the safety, not only of the people in the congregation, but everyone they may come in contact with afterwards? Let me answer that in two different time periods.

  1. At the beginning of this pandemic it seemed right to most pastors I know to obey the request to suspend meetings and move to online services. This was not persecution of the church, and it was not them acquiescing to government officials. It was them trying to do the best thing for their congregation and society around them, the people to whom we are called to be a witness.
  2. However, now that things have opened up and there are mass protests all over America and Israel, it may be time for civil disobedience in this regard. My feeling was very simple: As long as you are requiring the same thing for weddings and funerals, synagogue gatherings and other events, we should abide by the ordinances. But the situation in California does call for civil disobedience, in my opinion. You have a governor who on the one hand is encouraging thousands of people to protest together, most of whom are not practicing social distancing; and on the other hand he is telling believers that they cannot sing in their congregations. That’s a double standard, and if I were a pastor in California, I would not comply.

Jefferson wrote:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

There are certain rights that are not given by the government, but by God. And the right to gather for worship is one of them. Moses appealed to Pharaoh to let the people come out in order to worship. Pharaoh said no. And I think you know the rest of the story.

As believers, I don’t see where we are supposed to protest for our rights. We are dead. We belong to Jesus. But that does not mean that we are to tolerate injustice. We are called to speak up for the rights of others, whether it is racism or the killing of the unborn. And our most sacred call and commission is to reach our fellow man with the message of Yeshua.

Don’t get mad 🙂

But here’s where I see a little bit of hypocrisy. And please forgive me; I’m not trying to hurt or condemn anyone. Many who have not shared their faith with another person in ages are suddenly ready to display their faith by refusing to wear a mask. If one’s first experience of civil disobedience is protecting their right to not wear a mask, and they’ve never fought for the rights of the unborn or shared the gospel in a hostile environment … thenI have to wonder about their priorities .

It comes off as a bit selfish. I’m not willing to do too much to fulfill the Great Commission or rescue widows and orphans or those caught in human trafficking or to stop the killing of the unborn, but God-forbid you make me wear a mask that might actually save the life of someone around me.

A time is coming…

I do believe things are going to get more intense. I do believe that very soon believers are going to have to disobey governments in order to obey God. I do believe that this is a little bit of a dress rehearsal. Jesus called it, the beginning of birth pangs. I believe that God is giving us an opportunity to learn how to meet together without a building, because the day will come when it will be outlawed to meet to worship—just like in the days of Moses.

I’m in Jerusalem right now writing a book over the next few days called birth pangs. I believe God is calling us to get ready for what is to come. If we are really in the beginning of the end, then the cost of being a disciple will be far beyond refusing to wear a mask. It may even demand that some of us give our lives, as He did for us. May God give all of us the grace to stand strong in the day of evil. He who stands firm to the end shall be saved. (Matt. 24:13)

 

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