Articles of the Day 9/5/14: An Unholy Mix of Religions
“Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh vehemently opposes demilitarization attempts, say weapons are ‘holy’ in ‘Palestinian struggle.'”
“Ismail Haniyeh says group ‘cannot accept or deal with any international decision to disarm the resistance’”
This is why diplomacy with Hamas is always doomed to fail. Only military victory resulting in the toppling of the Hamas government will achieve disarmament.
“Operationally, he surmised it was a string of “spectacular airstrikes” leveling at least three luxury towers that followed “high-value” killings of senior Hamas leaders that triggered the turning point in Israel’s longest single operation since the 1948 war of independence. “We were able to document in real time how these people or places were used to wage terror attacks against us,” the officer said. “The enemy eventually understood that nothing is off-limits, not schools, not mosques. Nothing. As the prime minister said, ‘No one is immune.’ ”
“Throughout Operation Protective Edge, the Israel Security Agency interrogated dozens of Hamas terrorists who fought against IDF forces in Gaza. Several of these operatives admitted to using civilian buildings as cover for their military activity.”
“Problems abound with the U.N. agency responsible for helping Palestinians.”
“It was quite ironic that during the fighting in Gaza, the Israel Defense Forces was shot at from facilities of the U.N. Relief and Works Agency, and had to return fire, as over the years no one defended the existence of UNRWA more than the IDF and the Israeli defense establishment. But now, with the fighting over, it is time for Israel to do what it should have done decades ago — remove the layer of protection and legitimacy it grants to UNRWA. Israel should recognize UNRWA for what it is — a hostile Palestinian organization that perpetuates the dream of the return of Palestinian refugees to Israel — and treat it accordingly.”
“Text of a letter sent by Gila and Doron Tregerman, parents of 4.5 year-old Daniel, who was killed during a mortar attack on his kibbutz, to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.”
“Reservists say IDF ordered check for terror tunnels along Lebanese border, despite repeated reassurances that no threat exists.”
“Mayor Barkat and allies push measure through committee over vociferous opposition from right-wing council members.”
“Top security official says the $15 billion sale of Israeli natural gas could bolster regimes in Jordan and Egypt.”
“State of the art vessel, the most expensive piece of hardware in the IDF’s arsenal, will significantly boost Israel’s naval capabilities.”
Islamic Civil War
“Sources in Tehran report hat Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has authorized is top commanders to coordinate military operations with the US, Iraqi and Kurdish forces.”
“The information about the two Al Qaeda meetings at Raqqa and Abu Kamal could have come from only two sources: US surveillance satellites and aircraft or Iranian agents embedded at strategic points across Syria. “
“Iraqi forces have launched another offensive against the Islamic State in Tikrit, the city in northern Iraq seized by jihadists on June 11.”
“Francis had ‘interest, encouragement’ for idea, papal spokesman says.”
Beware of attempts such as these to merge or assimilate all religions into one grand ‘world’ religion which will look nothing like Christianity.
“Mary was a sinner, in need of a savior, just like the rest of us. (Luke 1:47). She died and went to heaven, and is awaiting her resurrection body, just like the rest of us. She is not queen of heaven nor is she the mother of the church. Praying to her is forbidden as it is forbidden to pray to the dead or commune with the dead. Catholics consider Mary a mediatrix, interceding for us to Jesus. This is the same as a “medium” and it is strictly forbidden.”
“Q. It’s interesting that the “L in “ISIL” (the name by which the al-Qaeda group originally called themselves, and by which our current administration still refers to them) stands for “Levant”, which incorporates the countries (Lebanon, Syria, Israel, and Jordan, along with portions of southern Turkey and the Sinai peninsula) that are indicated in Psalm 83. I’m sure it’s just one more of those “chasing prophecy with headlines” things, but it does make you wonder if IS going to eventually stage an attack on Israel that results in the Psalm 83 prophecy being fulfilled?
A. It’s hard to say what this group will wind up doing. They’ve threatened just about everyone including the US, Great Britain, and Saudi Arabia. Their latest threat was lodged this week against Russian Pres. Putin, saying they will “liberate” Chechnya in retaliation for Russia’s support of Syria. But it is true that the countries included in the traditional definition of “the Levant” are Israel and all the countries named as antagonists in Psalm 83.”