Articles of the Day 12/10/13
This is a sign Palestinians are not serious about talks. They are in it for the prisoners, that is all.
“Despite the similarities of the six Gulf monarchies, they have diverging regional outlooks, economies and political systems. The others are increasingly gaining the confidence to veer off a script written by Saudi Arabia, which has by far the biggest economy and more citizens than the other five combined.”
The Saudis are looking for an alliance with someone. Israel makes practical sense but they just can’t bring themselves to do it. The Gulf monarchies won’t be much help. The US is unreliable. The Saudis are almost as isolated as the Israelis.
“Palestine, Jordan and Israel have signed an agreement on an ambitious and contested project to replenish the rapidly shrinking Dead Sea by transferring in water from the Red Sea along a 180-kilometre pipeline.”
Even though this project has its critics it underscores the need for cooperation among the countries in the region. Imagine the economic benefits to all nations in the Middle East if they simply had peaceful relations with Israel, acknowledge their existence, and traded fairly with them.
These two have a strange relationship. On again, off again. Hamas is Sunni and Iran is Shiite and nothing will change that. Hamas needs money and they want arms. Iran wants land next to Israel to attack Israel. Hamas will have to do the bidding of Iran which means they will be the ones to suffer. Get in bed with the devil and you will pay the price. Foolish.
“Israel, along with some pro-Israel groups and members of Congress, decried the deal for not dismantling Iran’s nuclear capability and said the rollback of any sanctions, however marginal, reversed the momentum that has helped bring Iran to the negotiating table. US officials recoiled at the rhetoric, telling Jewish leaders in off-the-record phone calls that it made more sense for Israel to try to shape the outcome of a final deal than to trash the interim deal.”
What makes them think the final deal will be any better then the interim deal?
The American people don’t trust Iran but they don’t want a war in the Middle East. President Obama is going to give them precisely that.
I really hope Israel does not cave on this issue. They have caved on so many others I am really worried they will here too.
“Another of Al-Aqsa’s custodians said: “There are no more Muslims left in the world who care for Al-Aqsa…. The money comes from Jordan not to the poor people, but just to be handed to those running it. They are all thieves. Al-Aqsa is like a plate of food that all dogs are attacking for a bite…. All of those inside the Waqf are thieves…. They all blame each other while actually they are working together. You should see the trash that mounts up here during Ramadan [when people come to visit]; the officials are not committed to their responsibility at all. All the donations and aid money paid for Al-Aqsa by Arab states do not filter here; we do not see any of it here. Jordan provides the money for salaries here, but it provides zero accountability for the staff handling the money.”
Big surprise, the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third most holiest site in all of Islam……… is…..corrupt.
I myself have a hard time trusting the Pope. The Vatican has political influence but has done nothing about Christian persecution in the world. If anything he could raise awareness but nothing comes from him on this. Instead, he seeks to engage in conversational issues and try to legitimatize what is clearly against Gods word. True we are not to judge others but we cannot approve of it either. I can see how Catholicism might turn into the false religion spoken about in the Bible. Will Catholicism become the great prostitute?
“In ideologies there is not Jesus: in his tenderness, his love, his meekness. And ideologies are rigid, always. Of every sign: rigid. And when a Christian becomes a disciple of the ideology, he has lost the faith: he is no longer a disciple of Jesus, he is a disciple of this attitude of thought… For this reason Jesus said to them: ‘You have taken away the key of knowledge.’ The knowledge of Jesus is transformed into an ideological and also moralistic knowledge, because these close the door with many requirements. The faith becomes ideology and ideology frightens, ideology chases away the people, distances, distances the people and distances of the Church of the people. But it is a serious illness, this of ideological Christians. It is an illness, but it is not new, eh?”
What troubles me about these words from Pope Francis is his apparent willingness to be “flexible” when it comes to God’s word so he can attract more followers. So it becomes a case of the religion changing to culture of the world instead of the other way around. The teachings of Jesus Christ should never be compromised. If that makes me ideological then I guess I am. It also makes me more obedient to God which is where I want to be. Do you see what is happening here. Compromise here, compromise there and before you know it you are following a false religion. This is very troublesome, very troublesome indeed. The world is corrupt and immoral. We should not change, or approve of behavior that goes against God just to be more accepting to the world.