In Surah 5:20-26 God Gives the Holy Land to Israel: "Recall that Moses said to his people, "O my people, remember GOD's blessings upon you: He appointed prophets from among you, made you kings, and granted you what He never granted any other people. "O my people, enter the holy land that GOD has decreed for you, and do not rebel, lest you become losers."
They said, "O Moses, there are powerful people in it, and we will not enter it, unless they get out of it. If they get out, we are entering." Two men who were reverent and blessed by GOD said, "Just enter the gate. If you just enter it, you will surely prevail. You must trust in GOD, if you are believers." They said, "O Moses, we will never enter it, so long as they are in it. Therefore, go - you and your Lord - and fight. We are sitting right here." He said, "My Lord, I can only control myself and my brother. So, allow us to part company with the wicked people." He said, "Henceforth, it is forbidden them for forty years, during which they will roam the earth aimlessly. Do not grieve over such wicked people." (See Numbers Ch. 13-14).
Numbers 34:1-2 "The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: Command the children of Israel and say to them, When you arrive in the land of Canaan, this is the land which shall fall to you as an inheritance, the land of Canaan according to its borders."
Numbers 33:56-57 "But if ye will not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you, then shall those that ye let remain of them be as thorns in your eyes, and as pricks in your sides, and they shall harass you in the land wherein ye dwell. And it shall come to pass, that as I thought to do unto them, so will I do unto you."
The "pricks" were well felt in Israel, during the 2006 Lebanon war, when many rockets fired by Hizbullah forces caused considerable damage, - as well as from the over 10,000 rockets fired by Hamas from Gaza during the last nine years.
The downfall of Israel's proud neighbors will have the see-saw effect of facilitating the return of the House of Israel from their exile among the nations: Ezekiel 28:24 ”And there shall be no more a pricking brier unto the house of Israel, nor a piercing thorn of any that are round about them, that did have them in disdain; and they shall know that I am the Lord GOD.
See also "God's Eternal Nation."
Isaiah 10:17 "And the light of Israel shall be for a fire, and his Holy One for a flame; and it shall burn and devour his thorns and his briers (the enemies) in one day." The "light of Israel " is the same Torah to which Hezekiah once devoted himself, while the "flame" is the righteous Tzaddikim of the generation (Rashi).
Zechariah 12:6 "In that day will I make the chiefs of Judah like a pan of fire among the wood, and like a torch of fire among sheaves; and they shall devour all the peoples round about, on the right hand and on the left; and Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place, even in Jerusalem."
Jeremiah 23:29 "Is not My word like as fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?" Jeremiah 5:14 "Wherefore thus saith the LORD, the God of hosts: Because ye speak this word, behold, I will make My words in thy mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them." Isaiah 11:4 "...and he (the Mashiach) shall smite the land with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked." See also Isaiah 30:27-33, Ch. 31.
Surah 2:246 "Have you noted the leaders of Israel after Moses? They said to their prophet, "If you appoint a king to lead us, we will fight in the cause of GOD." He said, "Is it your intention that, if fighting is decreed for you, you will not fight?" They said, "Why should we not fight in the cause of GOD, when we have been deprived of our homes, and our children?" Yet, when fighting was decreed for them, they turned away, except a few. GOD is aware of the transgressors."
Palestinians Hold to Peace-Talk Preconditions: The Arab League endorsed PA President Mahmoud Abbas' preconditions for entering direct talks with the Israelis. Despite strenuous U.S. efforts to cajole him into unconditional direct talks, the Palestinian leader is insisting on written guarantees that Israel will halt all settlement construction in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, and that the basis of a peace agreement to be negotiated at such talks will be Israel's borders from before the 1967 war (TIME Friday July 30, 2010).
"Defense Minister" Barak: 'Difficult Decisions' Will Be Necessary: "The negotiations will not be easy, and will require courageous decisions from our side, and from the Palestinian side. I hope that everyone understands that both sides will have to make difficult decisions in order to establish a historic peace in our region. We will need the help of the United Nations in order to advance in the negotiations.”
"...thy destroyers and they that made thee waste shall go forth from thee" (Isaiah 49:17, Ezekiel 36:13-15). If the redemption is delayed, it is because "your destroyers and those that lay you waste come forth from you" – it is not God but rather the wicked leaders of Israel who cause the destruction of Zion.
This is seen today in the tireless efforts by Israel's secular political leadership with the full backing of its judiciary, police, the media etc. to uproot Jews from their religious inheritance and their own ancestral land (Azamra.org).
"The White House have said that the terrorist groups Hamas and Hizbollah must renounce violence and recognize Israel before they can expect even low-level US engagement, but the PA has reached even "high level engagement" by fooling the US, the International Monetary Fund, etc. See "A Stranger on Earth."
What is the difference between Hamas and Fatah? None. In light of that “the Palestinian Authority, the Fatah leaders and the Abbas-controlled official PA media continue to deny Israel’s existence, deny Israel’s right to exist, define the conflict with Israel as an uncompromising religious war for Allah, promote hatred through demonization, slander and libel, and glorify terror and violence” - one should call for an end of PA funding.
Abbas: Palestinian State Must Be Jew-Free: Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas revealed his version of his contacts with Israel during the Olmert government and his basic principles for a political agreement.
On July 28, as reported by the Palestinian WAFA news service, he told journalists in Cairo: "I'm willing to agree to a third party that would supervise the agreement, such as NATO forces, but I would not agree to having Jews among the NATO forces, or that there will live among us even a single Israeli on Palestinian land" (Jonathan D. Halevi, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs-Hebrew).
Arab League Tries to Score Points for Abbas, 'Endorses' Talks: Almost no notice was taken of another pre talks decision that the PA chairman revealed, as he announced clearly that if a Palestinian Authority state is created in Judea and Samaria, no Israeli citizen will be allowed to set foot inside. The PA chairman also stated that he would block any Jewish soldiers from serving with an international force stationed on PA-controlled land. "I will never allow a single Israeli to live among us on Palestinian land,” Abbas declared (IsraelNationalNews.com, 07/29/10).
Hamas Leader: Our Ultimate Plan Is To Have Palestine In Its Entirety:
In an interview with the Egyptian opposition newspaper Al-Wafd on June 23, 2010, Hamas co-founder Mahmoud al-Zahar said that Hamas advocates the liberation of all Palestine, from the Dead Sea to the Mediterranean Sea. He said that Hamas' consent to a Palestinian state in the 1967 borders is part of a phased plan, the first phase of which is to liberate the West Bank and Gaza (MEMRI).
Hamas views Sharon's unilateral withdrawal from Gaza in 2005 as a capitulation to terror and is planning to continue its "armed struggle" against the Jewish state until "all territories" are in Palestinian hands,.."
"We will emphasize our people's right to resist the occupation [outside the Gaza Strip] so long as the occupation of the land and the aggression continue, with the understanding that withdrawal from Gaza is not the end of the story and occupation is still present in the rest of the lands, and that not all rights and holy sites have been returned yet." (Gaza withdrawal a reward for terror? Internal memo says Hamas plans to take over Strip: WND, Aug. 16, 2004).
Five Katyusha Rockets Hit Eilat: According to police, two exploded in open areas and three fell into the sea. No injuries were reported. Jordanian officials reported that a rocket hit Aqaba as well, exploding next to a local hotel (INN, 08/02/10).
Egypt launches security sweep after Red Sea attack: Egypt has launched a wide security sweep of Sinai after a senior Jordanian official said his country had proof the deadly rocket that struck the port town of Aqaba on Monday had been fired from Sinai, killing one person. "Following the Jordanian comments, Egypt has launched a wide security sweep of the Sinai peninsula," an Egyptian official said (AFP, Tue Aug 2010).
Rocket attacks on Israel and Jordan highlight how Hamas could use Sinai:
With the rise of Hamas in Gaza, concern is growing in Israel that the Palestinian Islamist movement - an offshoot of Egypt's banned Muslim Brotherhood - is seeking to expand its militant infrastructure into Sinai. "The farther from Cairo, the weaker the central authority is. They are having great difficulties with the Bedouin,'' says Ronen Bergman, a security commentator for the Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot. "If Hamas is able to deepen its cooperation with the Bedouin, and create bases in Sinai for recruitment, we're talking about a new ballgame" (CSM).
PA Condemns Rocket Attack on Aqaba - Not Eilat. In a statement, the Palestinian Authority condemned the rocket attack against Aqaba in Jordan on Monday – but neglected to condemn the attack against Eilat, in Israel. The Wafa news agency released the statement, saying that that PA expressed its solidarity with the Jordanian government, its king, and its people. “Those who carried out this terror attack serve the interests of forces that operate against the Arab nation and the Palestinian people. We call for action to be taken against them.” In the past, the PA has “condemned” the firing of rockets at Israel by Gaza Arab terrorists, saying only, however, that the rocket attacks were “worthless” and “unhelpful” to the PA's cause (INN, Aug/03/10).
Kassam Hits Empty School Building at Sderot: A Kassam rocket exploded at the Sderot area college Saturday night, causing heavy damage. The building, which houses a school and center for disabled senior citizens, was empty for the weekend, a circumstance that prevented the mass casualties that could have occurred (INN, 08/01/10).
Grad Rocket Hits Central Ashkelon: A (Chinese produced) Grad rocket fired by Gaza terrorists hit an open area near a residential neighborhood in Ashkelon on Friday morning. No physical injuries were reported, although several people suffered shock and required medical attention. A vehicle was damaged. Ashkelon had experienced relative quiet following the Cast Lead counterterror operation in Gaza in early 2009 (INN, 07/30/10) .
Israel Demands UN Condemn Rocket Attacks: Israel has demanded that the United Nations Human Rights Commission, whose Goldstone report accused Israel of war crimes, condemn the latest rocket attacks on Israeli civilians (INN, 08/01/10).
Will the UN judge "armed struggle or Jihad" as "terrorism"? Or "indiscriminate rocket attacks" against "occupation" as a "warcrime"?
"Terrorism" according to Lebanese and Arab Law: France defends controversial security pact with Lebanon: "France's definition of terrorism includes Palestinian resistance movements, and that clashes with Lebanese law, which is in line with the Arab League's definition,"
The 22-member Arab League does not regard "armed struggle against foreign occupation," such as the Palestinian Hamas or Lebanese Hezbollah, as terrorist movements" (Yahoo, Thu Jul 15, 2010).
Gaddafi urges jihad against Switzerland: "Let us fight against Switzerland, Zionism and foreign aggression," said Gaddafi, adding that "this is not terrorism," in contrast with the work of al-Qaeda which he called a "kind of crime and a psychological disease."
"There is a big difference between terrorism and jihad which is a right to armed struggle," he said (YnetNews, 02.26.10).
However, the only people who has a God-given "right to armed struggle" to defend their people and their land, and to "cleanse the land of the wicked and their abominations" - is the Jewish people (Ezekiel 39:11-16, Proverbs 26:24-26).
The PA schoolbooks teach that fighting Israel is not merely a territorial, nationalistic conflict, but a religious battle for Islam. The educators define the conflict with Israel as "Ribat "- a concept from Islamic tradition signifying Muslims defending the border areas of Islam. Palestinian use of violence against Israel is called "muqawama - resistance " and is said to be legal according to international law. And after defining "Palestine " to encompass all of Israel, Israel's eventual destruction is assured...
Hezbullah terror against Israel is likewise justified, as one schoolbooks rejects the UN ruling that Israel has withdrawn to the international border, and likewise define Hezbullah's terror as "resistance " against "occupation " (Palwatch.org).
Report: UN Teaches Jihad in Jerusalem: The Palestinian Authority continues to incite young schoolchildren to armed struggle against Israel in its textbooks – textbooks that are used by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) to teach incitement in Israel's capital city, says investigative reporter David Bedein.
Bedein's finding that the textbooks in Arab schools in Jerusalem are as problematic as those used in PA schools elsewhere is backed by a frank interview with PA Minister of Education Lamis al-Alami, who spoke with a member of Bedein's investigative team and told her that the textbooks provided by the PA for UNRWA schools are the precisely the same in Jerusalem as in Ramallah, Shechem and Gaza. "These books discuss war against Israel, martyrs, the right of return. It's the first education system since the Third Reich which prepares its pupils to demonize Jews and to wage war against the Jews ” Bedein said.
Looking at Law Through Purim’s Prism by David Fohrman:
In the Persia of yesteryear, the Megillah holds up to us a twisted vision of law and its place in the human psyche. Implicitly, the Scroll of Esther asks us to look in that mirror and to discern how much of ourselves we see there...
Iran Praises Savage Murders; Haaretz Fears ‘Right-Wing Jews’:
Iran and Hamas praised the
savage terrorist attack
on Itamar Friday night, while Ha'aretzconcentrates on fearing “right-wing extremist” Jews, Peace Now remains silent, and the European Union, as usual, calls for peace talks.
Iran’s semi-official Fars News Agency told Iranians that the attackers “managed to kill all the five Zionists who were in the house…. The Palestinian combatant has returned home safely after conducting his mission successfully..."
Hamas stated, “According to the international law, Palestinian resistance factions have the full right to resist any kind of occupation on the land of Palestine, as well as the Israeli crimes against the Palestinian people in West Bank and Gaza grant the Palestinian resistance factions to use all tools and means of resistance against the Israeli occupation forces and the armed Israeli settlers” (INN, 03/13/11).
IDF Lt.-Col. Killed, another Officer Badly Hurt in North: IDF Lt.-Col. (res.) Dan Harari, a battalion commander, was killed Tuesday, and Major (res.) Ezra Lakia was badly hurt in the exchange of fire between Lebanon Army and IDF forces early Tuesday afternoon. The Israeli Foreign Ministry said it holds the Lebanese government responsible for what it called a “grave incident” when the Lebanese army fired on the IDF while its troops were patrolling within the Blue Line that the UN has marked out as the international boundary.
Capt. Lakia: a War Hero Who Singlehandedly Killed 2 Terrorists: Captain Ezra Lakia, who was seriously wounded Tuesday in a Lebanese Army sniper ambush, received a Divisional Commander Citation from the Commander of Division 162 in 2002, for an act of bravery during Operation Defensive Shield.
Lebanese army confirms: We fired first: The IDF is still analyzing Tuesday's events and officials are hinting that the writing has been on the wall for a long time now, given the warming ties between Hezbollah and Lebanon's army. IDF officials estimate that the deadly ambush faced by Israeli troops Tuesday was orchestrated by a junior, radical officer, but that his actions apparently reflected the Lebanese army's spirit (YnetNews, 08.04.10).
The Lebanese fire was a severe violation of the UN Security Council Resolution 1701, which ended the Second Lebanon War lasting five weeks, four summers ago. Resolution 1701 forbids the presence of Hizbullah or other non-governmental armed forces between the Israel-Lebanon border and the Litani River. UNIFIL was supposed to be responsible for enforcing the resolution, by clearing the region they patrol as required by 1701. However, UNIFIL has failed to uphold its mandate and to prevent the Syria and Iran-backed Hizbullah terrorist organization to rearm. Instead of being responsible for enforcing "unsecurity" resolution 1701, UNIFIL is partners in crime(s).
Sayyed Nasrallah: Israeli Hand That Attacks Army Will Be Cut Off:
Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah
emphasized that the Resistance was on highest alert during the day, explaining that Hezbollah leadership has notified the Lebanese military since the first moments of the conflict that it is prepared to stand by its side.
“I was personally in contact with the commanders in the area, and I asked them not to act before receiving a direct order. We announced that we would not initiate any activity as long as we did not receive authorization from the highest command of the Lebanese army.
We contacted the army's commander and explained that we were ready to take action if they ask us to. We did what was needed in order to protect our sacred land,” Nasrallah said.
“It was wise to stand behind the army, but we told the army's commander:
The Resistance is at your disposal.”
"...there are things which we reveal for the sake of protecting the country and there are things which we don't reveal also for the sake of protecting the country,” Sayyed Nasrallah said, noting that Hezbollah policy of "constructive ambiguity" prevents him from revealing what the Resistance has in store regarding "aerial deterrence" in case of any future war with the Zionist entity
(Al Manar TV, 04/08/2010).
Their presence in the area is a clear violation of UNSC Resolution 1701.
Lebanese Army Sniper Kills Israeli Commander in Border "Ambush:" An Israeli army spokeswoman told BBC that two Israeli officers had been attacked by "snipers from the Lebanese armed forces" in a "well-planned ambush" during maintenance operations on Israel's side of the border. The head of Israel's Northern Command, Maj.-Gen. Gadi Eizenkot, said the officers had been standing between 300 and 400 meters from the border, observing Israeli soldiers removing bushes near the border fence, when "sniper fire was directed at their position." Lt.-Col. Dov Harari, 45, was killed and an Israeli captain was "critically wounded." Israel responded with artillery and helicopter fire. (BBC News, 3 August 2010)
Report: Lebanese used delay to prepare ambush: The Lebanese Army took advantage of the fact that the IDF delayed by several hours maintenance work near the Lebanese border on Tuesday in order to plan and prepare an ambush on IDF forces, a senior official in Jerusalem told Israel Radio on Wednesday. The IDF told UNIFIL at 6 a.m. on Tuesday that they planned to do maintenance work at 9 a.m. UNIFIL requested that the IDF delay the work until 11 a.m. UNIFIL relayed the IDF's plans to the Lebanese Army and the Lebanese used the extra time to prepare an ambush and to invite journalists and photographers to the site. (JPost, 08/04/2010).
IDF: Journalists were tipped off:
Presence of cameramen, journalists at site of deadly clash proves it was planned ambush, IDF says.
Journalists and photographers were briefed in advance of the intention to ambush IDF troops and even broadcast trucks were present at the scene of Tuesday's deadly clash, IDF officials charge. A correspondent for the Hizbullah-affiliated Beirut daily al-Akhbar was killed and another from Hizbullah's al-Manar television was wounded in the Israeli response. "If this incident was not planned in advance, why did field commanders in the Lebanese army bother to dispatch journalists to the area and ensure that cameras were present at the site?" one IDF official said. (Ynet News, 08.04.10).
UNIFIL: We knew about maintenance: A UNIFIL official in southern Lebanon confirmed Wednesday that the IDF informed the organization of its intention to conduct routine maintenance work Tuesday in the area between Israel's border fence and the international border. "I can confirm that we received notification from the IDF about the work and we passed the information on to the Lebanese Army," said the Hungarian diplomat who is part of the UNIFIL force. (JPost, 08/04/2010).
Flare-up over tree accents Israel-Lebanon tension: Lt. Naresh Bhatt, a spokesman for the UN peacekeeping force in south Lebanon, UNIFIL, said Wednesday they have determined that a tree being cut down by Israeli forces which was at the center of deadly clashes along the Lebanon-Israel border was in Israeli territory. (AP-Washington Post, August 4, 2010).
Special Alert: Media Collusion in Lebanon Ambush:The IDF was operating within Israeli territory, as seen in this aerial photograph. Nevertheless, Reuters and, initially, the Associated Press wrongly stated the location of the incident. (Honest Reporting, 4 August 2010).
Israel blames U.S., France for arming Lebanon:
United States has given Lebanon approximately $400 million over the past year to purchase arms, despite Israel's objections. France has also sent a great deal of weaponry to Lebanon, including advanced anti-tank missiles (Haaretz, 04.08.10).
Congressmen Threaten to Reassess U.S. Military Aid to Lebanon: Some members of Congress are threatening to reassess U.S. aid to the Lebanese military following its border clash with Israel on Tuesday.
"To start shooting as they did - one person killed, one seriously injured -is a very serious move by the Lebanese army," said Rep. Ron Klein (D-Fla.), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
"It certainly is going to come up in our conversations in the Congress about the continued support of the Lebanese army," he said. (Jerusalem Post).
US blocks military aid to Lebanon: The chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Howard Berman, said on Monday that he put a hold on USD 100 million in military aid to Lebanon's Armed Forces on August 2 — a day prior to the border incident — due to concerns of Hezbollah's possible influence on the army, Associated Press reported. "The days of ignoring the LAF's (Lebanese Armed Forces') provocations against Israel and protection of Hezbollah in southern Lebanon are over," AFP quoted Rep. Eric Cantor (PressTV, 10 Aug 2010).
US Cuts Funding for Israeli Defense Systems: One of the most advanced defense systems in existence, the Arrow 3 is being jointly funded and produced by Israel’s IAI (Israel Aerospace Industries) and the U.S.-based Boeing aerospace and defense contractor. The Arrow 3 anti-missile system is intended to intercept and destroy long-range ballistic missiles, like the ones that could be fired at Israel from Iran (INN, 08/05/10).
Isaiah 54:15-17 "Behold, the one with whom I am not, shall fear, whoever mobilizes (for war) against you (Israel) shall defect to you. Behold I have created a smith, who blows on a charcoal fire and produces a weapon for his work, and I have created a destroyer to destroy [it]." That is, to say: I am He Who incited the enemy against you; I am He Who has prepared retribution for him. "Any weapon whetted against you shall not succeed, and any tongue that contends with you in judgment, you shall condemn; this is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and their due reward from Me, says the Lord."
"May the Lord judge the peoples; judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness and according to my innocence, which is upon me. May evil destroy the wicked, and may You establish the righteous, for the righteous God tests the hearts and the reins
” (Psalm 7:9-10).
The righteous take heart in knowing that they will prevail over the wicked, while their enemies will fall victim to their own schemes. ”And He has prepared deadly weapons for him; He will make arrows for pursuers. His mischief will return upon his head, and his violence will descend upon his crown” (Psalm 7:14,17).
American Jewry: Fatah Charter Calls to 'Eradicate' Israel: Towards that goal, the charter endorses "armed struggle" as "a strategy and not a tactic, to uproot the Zionist existence." The Fatah organization, headed by Abbas, also calls on the world community "to prevent Jewish immigration" to Israel. Fatah, according to its charter, "opposes any political solution."
Fatah Official: “Our Goal is Not Peace, but Rather Palestine” "Our goal has never been peace,” says a Fatah official in a PA TV panel. “Peace is a means; the goal is Palestine" – meaning the conquest of Israel.
Senior PA official Mohammed Dahlan stressed that Fatah adamantly refuses to recognize Israel, and that even the Palestinian Authority’s recognition is only for the sake of receiving foreign aid:
"…the Fatah movement does not recognize Israel, even today... [such recognition is] required of the government but not of the Fatah, so that this government will be able to offer the necessary assistance, to carry out the necessary reconstruction, to offer assistance to the sick, to bring relief to needy families... This can be dealt with [only] by a government that has relations with the international community, one that is acceptable to the international community, in order that we can work together and benefit from the international community."
‘Corruption will let Hamas take W. Bank': Dramatic warning delivered by Fahmi Shabaneh... what happened in the Gaza Strip in the summer of 2007, when Hamas managed to overthrow the Fatah-controlled regime, is likely to recur in the West Bank (JPost, 01/29/2010).
Fatah: No Recognition of Israel – Ever: The PA recognizes Israel because if it did not, it would not be able to “serve the Palestinian people,” Natsheh explained. Not only will Fatah never recognize Israel, but it will never end its call for armed struggle against Israel, he said. “Let those who are deluding themselves hear: this will never happen,” he said.
YouTube VIDEO: Palestinian Corruption and Humanitarian Aid
(FreeMiddleEast) The Palestinian Authority receives more humanitarian aid per capita from the international community than any other country in the world. Yet the billions of dollars that are meant for schools, hospitals and infrastructure have been spent on luxury villas, casinos and payments to terrorists.