Articles of the Day 9/9/14: Sharks Are In The Water

Israel Borders

Ya’alon: Turkey is openly supporting terrorism

“Defense minister lashes out at former ally for hosting senior Hamas leader, says world is ill prepared for terror threat.”

Terrorism has been allowed to flourish in the world. Another 9/11 type event is on the horizon. Despite what Obama says, the war on terror is not over.

Israel, US test improved Arrow 2 missile interceptor

“The defense weapon, already operational, is part of Israel’s still-incomplete five-tiered air defense array.”

This is good because it is looking like they are going to need it.

Israel urges global spies to pool resources on IS

“Defense minister says Israel gathers intelligence ‘of very good quality and we share it with our allies’”

Hamas Already Digging New Terror Tunnels

“A senior government official in Jerusalem on Sunday told the Israeli press that Hamas is already digging new terror tunnels and smuggling a new stockpile of missiles into the Gaza Strip in preparation for its next war against the Jewish state.”

 

Hypocrisy 

A UN official: “Israel has turned a Gaza school into a military base”

“Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children claimed that Israel has violated the international law in Gaza.”

Politicians, particularly UN politicians, are the Sadducees and Pharisees of our day. They accuse Israel of war crimes while ignoring, even hiding, Hamas war crimes. 

Qatar-Funded City to Arise in Israel; More Tunnels, Anyone?

“Why is the Israeli government allowing one of the world’s leading state-sponsors of terror to build a city in the heart of Israel?”

Astonishing that Israel would allow this. Yet another example how diplomacy always betrays Israel.

UN: Islamic State killed hundreds of children this year

“Envoy says many kids in Iraq are used as suicide bombers and child fighters for jihadists, others are summarily executed.”

Interesting, the UN did not condemn Hamas for doing much the same thing.

 

Islamic Civil War

The Islamic State: How Its Leadership Is Organized

“Experts say the terrorist organization calling itself the Islamic State is operating like a government, with a bureaucratic hierarchy. Here’s how it is structured. Reported by WSJ’s Jason Bellini and Reem Makhoul.”

Israeli intel available only to US dangled as bait for Arabs to join Obama’s anti-IS coalition

“An anonymous Western diplomat’s reported to Reuters Monday, Sept. 8, that “Israel has provided satellite imagery and other intelligence in support of the US-led aerial campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq.” He added that after “being ‘scrubbed’ of evidence of its Israeli origin, the information has often been shared by Washington with Arab and Turkish allies.”

US fears Islamic State group attack on Jordan

“You couldn’t imagine a worse scenario” that the collapse of the Jordanian government, said David Schenker, a former senior Pentagon official who now directs the program on Arab politics at the Washington Institute. “Everybody agrees that the stability of Jordan is a lynchpin of stability in the region. We’re looking at a total meltdown if Jordan goes.”

I can’t imagine the US (or Israel) would allow that to happen but then we are talking about weak, ineffective politicians who constantly make poor decisions. IS can smell the weakness and the fear, they know they can march on. US airstrikes are limited. Israel has lost all deterrence with Hamas. Sharks are in the water and they smell blood. 

US faces Arab reluctance in Islamic State fight

“BEIRUT (AP) — Stitching together a broad coalition to tackle the extremist Islamic State group hinges on overcoming the reluctance of U.S. allies in the Middle East who are deeply frustrated with a White House that they believe has been naive and weak on Syria’s civil war.”

I can understand the reluctance. The US has no credibility anymore. Would you trust an ally who consistently proclaimed red lines then consistently allowed his enemies to cross them. Not exactly reliable. 

Over 12,000 foreign fighters said to be in Syria

“UN expert says conflict may become ‘most significant mobilization of foreign fighters’ in living memory, lead to terrorism.”

How many are really truly effective fighters? The world media feeding off of the fear has created the IS monster into something more then it really is. Yes they are brutal and vicious but their real strength is their ability to persuade local tribes to join them. The US was able to pacify Iraq but it required nearly 150000 troops  and Awakening Movement to do so. When the tribes turn on IS (and they will once they see a power shift) IS will be done….all 12000 of them. 

Qatar’s Support of Islamists Alienates Allies Near and Far

“Sheikh Ajmi’s career as fund-raiser is one example of how Qatar has for many years helped support a spectrum of Islamist groups around the region by providing safe haven, diplomatic mediation, financial aid and, in certain instances, weapons. Sheikh Ajmi and at least a half-dozen others identified by the United States as private fund-raisers for Al Qaeda’s Syrian franchise operate freely in Doha, often speaking at state-owned mosques and even occasionally appearing on Al Jazeera. The state itself has provided at least some form of assistance — whether sanctuary, media, money or weapons — to the Taliban of Afghanistan, Hamas of Gaza, rebels from Syria, militias in Libya and allies of the Muslim Brotherhood across the region.”

This is where the US is really failing. They could put more pressure on Qatar and Kuwait to abolish terrorist fund raising, they could go after the fund raisers themselves. There is much more that could be done but the Obama administration, for whatever reason, sits idle. IS could not be be near the problem it is today without terror funding. That is soft power the US could employ but does not. 

U.S. expands airstrikes into western Iraq

“The U.S. military is coordinating some airstrikes with Sunni tribal militias on the ground in Iraq’s Anbar Province after Islamic State militants began to build up forces near the Haditha Dam, a Pentagon official said Monday.”

Iraq: ISIL On The Defensive

“September 8, 2014: The American air attacks have increased and put ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) on the defensive. There have been about 150 American air attacks since they began on August 8 th and now occur everywhere ISIL has forces in Iraq. Thus in the last month ISIL has lost control of a major dam, a refinery and major oil fields around Kirkuk. ISIL is also losing control of the oil smuggling operation it had established in Syria and western Iraq. The attack against the Haditha dam includes local Sunni tribal militiamen who have refused to join ISIL. Many Sunni tribes backed away from supporting ISIL or agreed to work with the government. Haditha is the second largest dam in the country in terms of hydroelectric power and water supply.”

Inside Isis: from border bootcamp to battle, jihad is run with ruthless skill

“Charting the journey of foreign recruits who join the terror group and the juggernaut advance of its battle-hardened leadership.”

You have to wonder why Turkey does not do more to curb the flow of IS fighters. 

 

Prophecy

Dreaming Dreams And Seeing Visions

“Q. My question is about Joel 2:28. I hear many people today claiming that the Lord has spoken to them through dreams and visions about how these end times are going to play out and how we need to prepare with food and arming ourselves. When I asked one of these persons to give me Bible verses to back this up they beat around the bush and I really didn’t get a verse of scripture. There are so many people claiming that they are getting words from the Lord with this method that I feel left out! The only Word I get from The Lord is in the Bible. So are they right and can this verse of scripture be used to back them up?

A. The context of Joel 2:28-32 is a warning to Israel telling them what to expect as the Day of the Lord draws near. To learn what the Church should expect we should look in the New Testament, because Israel and the Church have different destinies where the End of the Age is concerned.

Jesus said when we see all these things (signs of the end of the age) begin to take place we should stand up and lift up our heads because our redemption is drawing near (Luke 21:28). He also promised to keep true believers from (out of) the hour of trial that’s coming upon the whole world to test those who live on the earth (Rev. 3:10). Paul said Jesus will rescue (deliver) us from (the time and place of) the coming wrath (1 Thes. 1:10) because we’re not appointed to suffer wrath (1 Thes. 5:9). (The parenthetical inserts reflect the literal meaning of the original language.)

God’s word should always be given more weight than the dreams and visions some people claim to have. I haven’t found anything in the New Testament to support the idea that the Church should “hunker down” and be prepared to defend ourselves in the days ahead.”

Why Separate the 69th And 70th Weeks?

“Q. Re: Daniel 9:24-27. How & why do you separate the 70th week from the 69th. There is no indication by Daniel that there is supposed to be a separation.

A. Had Israel accepted Jesus as their Messiah there would have been no separation between the 69th and 70th weeks of Daniel’s prophecy. But because they didn’t there is one. We know this because the only events described in Daniel 9:26-27 that have taken place are that the Anointed One (Jesus) was cut off (executed) and the people of a prince who will come destroyed the city (Jerusalem) and the sanctuary (Temple). The rest awaits a future fulfillment which requires a temple, and there hasn’t been one since the Romans destroyed the last one in 70AD.”

Personally, I believe, when the Temple was destroyed it moved spiritually into the hearts of Church Age believers until the time of the Rapture. After that event, the 3rd Temple will be built. 

 

Christianity

Israelis Speak Out on Jesus

“A common theme appeared throughout many of the responses in that most Israelis acknowledge Jesus’ Jewish heritage, but believe (as a result of Christian history) that he broke away from Judaism to start a new religion.

A number of respondents expounded on this theme, noting that because, in their view, the religion of Jesus (Christianity) teaches that the Torah commandments are no longer valid, it is not an acceptable faith for Jews.”

Unfortunate so many Jews do not believe, for Jesus said:

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.”Matthew 5:17

Sin And Iniquity. Follow Up

“Q. Re: Sin And Iniquity You wrote, “Everyone violates God’s law now and then, whether in thought or deed, so we’re all sinners. But those who live their lives in complete disregard for God’s laws are practicing iniquity.” I’m confused about the law. Doesn’t grace, Christ’s death on the cross, end the law? So if we are not following the law (Old Testament) are we as Christians living in iniquity or are we sinners saved by grace?

A. In Matt. 5:17 Jesus said, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” In other words, the Law is still in place and all prophecies will be fulfilled. When Jesus died, He paid the penalty for every violation of the Law man ever has or ever will commit (Colossians 2:13-14). When we accept His death as payment for our sins, God is able to see us as if we don’t sin, as if we’re a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17). Therefore we are sinners saved by His grace because of our faith (Ephesians 2:8-9). Those who don’t accept the Lord’s death as payment for their sin will still be held accountable for every violation.”

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