Articles of the Day 8/12/14: No Will=No Victory

Israel-Hamas Conflict 2014

Official: ‘Gaps very wide’ in Cairo talks

“Israel wants full demilitarization of Gaza Strip, but Palestinian delegation refuses the demand.”

Israel may need to retake parts of Gaza, ex-security adviser says

“Yaakov Amidror says with Abbas too weak to control Strip, cabinet will have to decide on reoccupying areas ‘within days’.”

Hamas said to have executed dozens of tunnel diggers

“Any excavator who was suspected of collaborating with Israel was killed, Israeli website reports.”

Palestinian Activist: We Have to Get Rid of Hamas

“Most Palestinians are against missile attacks on Israel. We elected Hamas with the knowledge that doing so would bring about the death of our own people. We knew Hamas was digging tunnels, which eventually lead to our own destruction. …Hamas also knew that an attack on Israel would result in a high death toll. But the Hamas leadership is only interested in their own victory, not about the people.”

Israel Uninterested in UN ‘War Crimes’ Sideshow

“Israel, the United States and the European Union have all dismissed a UN commission of inquiry into possible war crimes committed during the Gaza war as little more than a sideshow with a foregone conclusion.”

Foreign Journalists Decry Hamas Harassment

“The Foreign Press Association protests in the strongest terms the blatant, incessant, forceful and unorthodox methods employed by the Hamas authorities and their representatives against visiting international journalists in Gaza over the past month,” read a statement released by the umbrella group representing foreign journalists in Israel.”

There you have it. That means all negative media reports about Israel in the Gaza war are suspect and should be viewed with skepticism. 

IDF successfully tests system designed to detect terror tunnels

“Senior army officer says system passed lab tests, currently undergoing field testing; could be deployed around Gaza within 1 year; system will cost at least NIS 1.5 billion.”

Lessons of the war in Gaza

“This leads to the bizarre situation in which Hamas seeks the destruction of Palestinian property, compels civilians to sustain injuries and death, inflates casualty figures, and may even intentionally attack its own territory — while the IDF takes gratuitous fatalities to spare harm to Palestinians. The Israeli government goes further, providing medical care and food and sending technicians into harm’s way to make sure that Gazans continue to enjoy free electricity.”

The reason why this is happening is because anti-Semitic institutions like the UN and HRW feed Hamas by condemning the good guy (Israel) and not condemning the bad guy (Hamas). God sees this and will judge the world accordingly. 

After War, Israeli Schools to Teach Tolerance for Arabs

“Education Minister Shai Peron announced at the Knesset that the upcoming school year will kick off with a week-long campaign to combat racism and encourage greater tolerance for the nation’s Arab and Muslim enemies.”

Unfortunately, Muslims will perceive this as weakness. Contrast this to UNRWA run Gaza schools.



Fatah Threatens to Kidnap Soldiers

“The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the “military wing” of Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party, has threatened to carry out terrorist attacks against Israel, including the kidnapping of IDF soldiers.”

Israel’s Peace Partners: We Killed More Jews Than Hamas!

“Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas’ ruling Fatah faction isn’t about to let that happen again, and is trying to remind everyone that it has killed far more Israeli Jews than Hamas.”

Wow, competition to see who can kill more Jews. Difficult to see how Israel can find peace with these people.


Sunni-Shiite Civil War

ISIS, Nazis and the ideology of hate

It would be eminently reasonable to suppose that the kind of evil embodied by the Nazis and their radical ideology of hate and exclusion should have disappeared from the face of the earth along with the total defeat of the Third Reich nearly seventy years ago. Such Ideologies, however, did not die out with the end of the Nazi regime. Today far too many groups still pursue exclusionist visions, propelled by ideologies of hate. They think, like the Nazis before them, that in the name of fanatical beliefs they have the right to decide who should live and who should die, and they act zealously on their murderous convictions. Perhaps most menacing among them today is the Islamic State, also known as IS, ISIL, ISIS, and DAESH.

Iraq Situation Report: August 11, 2014

US arms rushed to Iraqi Kurds from Jordan, Israel. Al Qaeda-Sinai targets US Negev military facilities

“The Kurdish Peshmerga fight against encroaching Islamic State troops gained a broad new dimension Monday, Aug. 11, when the US began airlifting large quantities of military equipment, including ordnance, from Jordan and Israel to the semiautonomous KRG capital, Irbil. The US maintains 10,000 special operations and marine forces at the King Hussein Air Base in northern Jordan, with large stocks of ammunition that were originally destined for the rebels fighting Bashar Assad in Syria. They are now being redirected to the Kurdish effort to stop the rapid Islamist march on their republic, along with supplies from the US emergency stores maintained in the Israeli Negev.”

Iraq’s President Selects Haider al-Abadi as Prime Minister as Maliki Shows Force in Baghdad

“Key Takeaway: Iraq’s incumbent Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki maneuvered elite military units in Baghdad overnight on August 10, cutting off entrances to the protected Green Zone, in an effort to secure power by use of force. This is currently serving as a demonstration of force. The National Alliance has nominated an alternate Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, who is from Maliki’s Dawa Party and is serving as the Deputy Speaker of Iraq’s parliament.  Iraq’s President Fuad Masum has asked him to form a government. Maliki is not likely to give up power quietly. Today will be decisive for the formation or demise of Iraq’s government.”

Defense official: US airstrikes unlikely to hurt Iraqi militants’ ‘overall capabilities’

“A top Defense Department official acknowledged Monday that U.S. airstrikes in Iraq are unlikely to affect Islamic militants’ “overall capabilities” or their operations elsewhere in Iraq and Syria but rebuffed calls to expand the mission.”

Too ‘targeted’, too late, too symbolic, too bad. No will=no victory. Half-hearted, reluctant actions will not defeat or even discourage IS.



A Warning To Christians?

“Q. I have a question regarding Matthew 12:36 and the correct application of it. It says “But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken.” I know you have said Jesus was addressing the Pharisees. But some preachers say this scripture is a warning for all Christians and unbelievers. If Jesus was only addressing the Pharisees, why did he say “everyone”?

A. If you begin reading at Matt. 12:24 you can see that the Lord was talking to the Pharisees here. But more importantly, a correct interpretation of Matt: 12:36 requires adding verse 37 to complete the thought because the two verses are connected.

Matt.12:37 says, “For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”

The Lord said some words we say can acquit us. The Greek word Matthew used for acquit means “to render righteous”. It’s translated “justify” in the King James translation. If we believe that when the Lord went to the cross He died for our sins, and if we ask Him to forgive us for our sins, by these words we will be acquitted, justified, rendered righteous (Romans 3:21-24). Therefore we will not be held accountable for words that would otherwise condemn us. Paul said there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1).

We should remember that Paul also said we should not let any unwholesome talk come out of our mouths, but only what is helpful for building up others (Ephes. 4:29). Therefore, we guard our tongues, not for fear of condemnation, but because such talk is not pleasing to the Lord. We are to be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave us (Ephes. 4:31). It’s a sign of our gratitude for His forgiveness.”

Borders Of The Promised Land. Follow Up

“Q. Re: The Borders Of The Promised Land. You said,”When you consider the several passages contained in Scripture that define the Promised Land, the best guide for determining its borders is to use the Euphrates River in the North, the River of Egypt (Wadi al Arish) in the South, the Mediterranean in the West and the Jordan River in the East.”

Where is the Jordan River stated as the Eastern border? And what about the tribes that stayed on the East side of the river?

A. In Numbers 34:11-12 and Joshua 1:2 the Lord defined the eastern boundary of the promised land as the Jordan River. The tribes who settled in the East (Reuben, Gad, and Manasseh) were permitted to do so by Moses in exchange for helping the rest of the tribes conquer the promised land (Numbers 32:1-5, 28-33), but this was not the Lord’s original intention.”

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