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- JEWS CAST WARY EYE ON EVANGELICALS
Poll Finds Suspicion of Christian Right, Even Israel Supporters
Evangelical Christian support for Israel has not dampened the
distrust many Jews feel for them, a new poll reveals.
- By Nathan Guttman - Published April 16, 2012, issue of April
Washington Advocates for improved relations between Jews
and Christian evangelicals had hoped that years of working together
to support Israel would build bridges between the two otherwise
distant communities. But a new poll indicates that mistrust and
suspicion still run deep, at least on the Jewish side.
- Only one in five Jewish Americans holds favorable views of
those aligned with the Christian right, a category that includes
most of Israels evangelical supporters. I find this
shocking and concerning, said Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, founder
and president of the International Fellowship of Christians and
Jews, the first major group to engage evangelical Christians
in support of Israel. Eckstein and other activists working on
Jewish-evangelical relations expressed a sense of betrayal, accusing
Jewish liberals of being prejudiced against Christian conservatives
and of clinging to pre-conceived notions and stereotypes about
evangelicals beliefs and goals.
- The survey, conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute
and published April 3, asked Jewish respondents to rate the favorability
of several religious groups. Mormons received a 47% favorability
rating, Muslims 41.4%; the group described as Christian
Right was viewed in favorable terms by only 20.9% of Jewish
Americans. In contrast, the general American population, as shown
by other polling data, views evangelicals more favorably than
Muslims and Mormons.
- Most liberal Jews view the Christian right as wanting
to impose a Christian America on them, said Marshall Breger,
professor at the Catholic University of Americas Columbus
School of Law and leading voice on inter-religious relations.
To the extent to which the bulk of Jews are liberal, both
politically and culturally, theyll have negative views
of the Christian right. Continued: http://forward.com/articles/154727/jews-cast-wary-eye-on-
- ABBAS: PEACE PROCESS CLINICALLY DEAD
"The peace process is clinically dead and the Israeli side
is definitely the one responsible," says PA boss.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 6/17/2012, 9:20 PM - Palestinian Authority (PA)
Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday said Sunday that the peace process
with Israel is "clinically dead" just days before PA
negotiator Saeb Erakat meets U.S. Secretary of State Hillary
- "The peace process is clinically dead and the Israeli
side is definitely the one responsible," Abbas said at a
conference in Ramallah, according to the AFP news agency. "The
ball is in their court."
- Negotiations between Israel and the PA have been moribund
since late 2010, with the PA refusing to return to negotiations
without a freeze on building for Jews in Judea and Samaria (Yehuda
and Shomron). The PA also demands that Israel agree to accept
199 Armistice lines as the basis for the talks.
- Israel has said it wants an immediate return to the negotiating
table -- but without these preconditions.
- "I was assigned by President Abbas to inform US Secretary
of State Hillary Clinton of our position on resuming negotiations
once Israel commits to stopping settlement activity and release
of prisoners, among other obligations," Erakat told AFP
on Sunday. "These are not preconditions but obligations
and Israel must abide by them," he said.
- "We hope the American administration compels the Israeli
government to fulfill its obligations in order to get the peace
process back on track." Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/156962
- ABBAS LAUDS PUTIN IN BETHLEHEM WITH 'DEAD MAN'S HONOR'
- Putin had to swallow hard when Abbas named a road in Bethlehem
in honor of his guest. In Europe, the honor is reserved for the
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu - First Publish: 6/27/2012, 8:14 AM
- Abbas and Putin walk past an honor guard in Bethlehem Tuesday
Reuters Russian President Vladimir Putin had to swallow hard
Tuesday when Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas surprised
him by naming a road in Bethlehem in honor of his guest. In Europe,
as in Israel, the honor is reserved for those who are dead.
- Putin, speaking in Jordan after his visits to the Palestinian
Authority and Israel, admitted he was "at a bit of a loss"
when Abbas named the Bethlehem street after him.
- "I would like to live a bit longer," Putin laughed,
half seriously. "Just as in this case and in others, I'm
usually told in advance and for me this was completely unexpected.
To be honest, I am at a bit of loss but there's nothing you could
do since he did not want to insult Abbas by protesting.
- Abbas went all out to welcome Putin, who has consistently
backed the PA for its claims of sovereignty on all the land restored
to Israel in the Six-Day War in 1967.
- During his short visit to Israel, Putin visited the Western
Wall but made his appearance there at 2 a.m. His aides explained
the odd hour was in order to allow him privacy, but
it may have been timed to avoid media exposure of his visit,
which could be interpreted by the Palestinian Authority as tacit
approval of Israels sovereignty over the holy site.
- During his talks with Abbas, Putin praised the PA leader,
who used the opportunity to call for an international peace conference
in Moscow. Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/157268
- ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH WELCOMES UNESCO DECISION ON BETHLEHEM
Roman Catholic Church says the granting of world heritage status
to the Church of the Nativity is a "diplomatic victory"
By Elad Benari - First Publish: 7/3/2012, 5:16 AM
- Church of the Nativity
ReutersThe Roman Catholic Church in the Holy Land on Monday hailed
the granting by UNESCO of world heritage status to the Church
of the Nativity in Bethlehem, AFP reported.
- The report said the Roman Catholic Church said the UNESCO
decision was a diplomatic victory for the Palestinian
Authority, but it also called on the PA to respect existing arrangements
dividing care of the site between the Catholic, Greek Orthodox
and Armenian churches.
- There is an internal regulation, the status quo, which
regulates the relations between the various Christian communities
and their rights and duties in relation to the operation and
maintenance of the (Church of the) Nativity, AFP quoted
a statement from the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem. "It
is desirable that UNESCO and the Palestinian Authority respect
this and intervene only in exceptional cases.
- On Friday, UNESCO's World Heritage committee approved a Palestinian
Authority bid to place the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem
on its list of sites of World Heritage in Danger. The 21-member
committee, meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia, voted 13-6 to include
the church and pilgrimage route on its list of sites. There were
- Israel angrily denounced the vote. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman
Ilana Stein said the decision has turned UNESCO into a
theater of the absurd.
- "This is a sad day for the World Heritage Committee,"
she said. The move was seen by some nations as dangerously mixing
politics and culture.
- The drive to get the church quickly recognized as a World
Heritage site is part of the PAs bid to win international
recognition. Continued: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/157442
- PM NETANYAHU'S OFFICE RESPONSE TO UNESCO DECISION ON THE
CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY
- Saturday, June 30, 2012 (Communicated by the Prime Minister's
- "It has been proven that UNESCO is motivated by political,
not cultural, considerations. Instead of the Palestinians carrying
out steps that will advance peace, they take unilateral steps
that only push peace further away.
- The world needs to remember that the Church of the Nativity,
which is sacred to Christianity, has been desecrated in the past
by Palestinian terrorists. Source: http://www.mfa.gov.il/mfa/mfaarchive/2000_2009/2002/3/
- DISCOVERY PROVES BETHLEHEM PART OF KINDOM OF JUDAH
Archaeologists have discovered the first evidence outside of
the Bible that Bethlehem was part of the First Temple era Kingdom
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu - First Publish: 5/23/2012, 10:29 AM -
Clay seals confirms Bethlehem part of Judah
IAA photo by Clara Amit
- Archaeologists have discovered the first evidence outside
of the Bible that Bethlehem was part of the First Temple era
Kingdom of Judah.
- The dramatic archaeological find was announced Wednesday,
five days before Jews around the world celebrate the holiday
of Shavuot and hear the recital of the Book of Ruth, which takes
place in Bethlehem.
- A half-inch clay seal was discovered at the ongoing excavations
at Ir David (City of David) located across the road from the
- The stamp, with ancient Hebrew script, is one of a group
of seals used to stamp official documents that were to be opened
only by authorized officials.
- Three lines in the stamp state:
- Ref: (Bishvat)
Ref: (Bat Lechem)
- The writing means that the stamp was sent from Bethlehem
to the king in Jerusalem in the seventh year of his reign.
- Eli Shukrun, director of the excavation on behalf of the
Israel Antiquities Authority, said that it is unclear if the
reference to the king is to Hezekiah, Manasseh or Josiah.
- The stamps, or seals (called bullae), were used to seal tax
shipments in the Kingdom of Judah in the late eighth century
and the seventh century BCE.
- The tax could have been paid in the form of silver
or agricultural produce such as wine or wheat, according
to Shukrun. He added, This is the first time the name Bethlehem
appears outside the Bible, in an inscription from the First Temple
period, which proves that Bethlehem was indeed a city in the
Kingdom of Judah, and possibly also in earlier periods.
- SUDAN MUSLIMS TORCH CATHOLIC CHURCH IN KHARTOUM
- Sudanese Muslims torched a Catholic church in Khartoum, part
of clashes between Sudan and South Sudan over control of an oil
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu - First Publish: 4/23/2012, 12:03 PM -
- Reuters: Sudanese Muslims torched a Catholic church Sunday
in the capital of Khartoum, part of clashes between Sudan and
South Sudan over control of an oil town. Sudanese warplanes bombed
a key South Sudanese town Monday.
- Khartoum media said that church was part of a school complex
used by South Sudanese Christians and Ethiopian refugees, and
that fire trucks were not able to extinguish the blaze. South
Sudan, mostly Christian, last year ceded from Sudan, which is
overwhelmingly Muslim. Israel and South Sudan have established
- The attack on the church by a mob of several hundred Muslims
was part of a larger battle over borders between the two countries
and control of the oil town of Heglig.
- The Monday morning bombings of Bentiu killed at least one
child and virtually eliminated hopes that a previous withdrawal
of South Sudanese troops from Heglig would end the fighting.
The bombs destroyed a bridge and a market, where one person said
that three civilians were killed.
- The Muslim that attacked the church also invaded a farm run
by the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church in Khartoum on Saturday.
- The churchs pastor Yousif Matar Kodi was quoted by
AFP as saying, "They burned Bibles and torched the school
for training clergy on the farm, as well as the residence of
- Continued: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/155035
- RAMLE TERRORIST TRIES TO BURN FAMILY ALIVE
- A local Arab man hurled a firebomb at a car as a woman and
her young children sat inside in the central Israel city of Ramle.
(Jews are endlessly terrorised by Arabs not just in Judea, Samaria
Ramle Terrorist Tries to Burn Family Alive
A terrorist in Ramle threw a firebomb at a car where a mother
sat with her young children.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 6/24/2012, 5:17 PM - PA Arab throws firebomb at
Reuters: A terrorist attack in the central Israel city of Ramle
could have ended in tragedy Friday. A local Arab man hurled a
firebomb at a car as a woman and her young children sat inside.
- The attempt to burn the car was thwarted when the father
of the family, Dvir Koula, appeared in time to put out the flames
before they could ignite the vehicle.
- Suspects have been arrested in the attack.
- The Koula family is part of the local Garin Torani (Torah
nucleus group), a group of religious-Zionist families that lives
in the city and works to bolster Jewish presence and Jewish tradition
in the area. The family lives on Eliyahu Hanavi street in the
mixed neighborhood known as The Ghetto, where the
- Dvir Koula said the attack was definitely an attempt to murder
his family, not simply vandalism. It was a miracle that he returned
in time to put out the flames, he said.
- Previous firebomb attacks on vehicles have caused serious
injury and even death.
- The Garin Torani in Ramle is one of the largest in the country,
with 60 families. Ten of the families live in mixed Arab-Jewish
neighborhoods, Koula said. Those families are often victims of
Arab harassment, including name-calling, threats, rock attacks,
vandalism, and even arson. Continued: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/157172
- MIDDLE EAST NEWS AND WORLD REPORT:
- Occupied Jerusalem, Palestine -- In a sign of a major failure
and a lack of leadership on the part of the Obama's Administration,
the United States has given up on pressuring the Israelis in
building the illegal settlements in the occupied territories
in the West Bank and Jerusalem. This point proves the United
States has lost its leadership role in the Middle East, and Israel
is able to do as she likes not afraid of any international pressure
or sanctions. In the past, sanctions against the Israel were
vetoed by the United States.
- Palestinian negotiator says the peace process is failing
because of Israel's stance. Mohammad Shtayeh, member of the Palestinian
negotiating team, said Israel's daily settlement activity is
sabotaging the peace process, he said.
- Mohamoud Abbas, the Head of the Palestinian Authority in
the West Bank, on Wednesday threatened to resign his post and
dissolve the Palestinian Authority if Israel does not stop building
its illegal settlements. A threat, which is expected to carry
no weight or influence as Abbas is famous of not being a sincere
leader for the Palestinian people. But, an Israeli and an American
collaborator of sort. A child in the occupied territory said,"
let them build, one day, or, another, we will liberate our lands,
and these settlements will be occupied by our people, the Palestinians."
EGYPT'S PRESIDENT VOWS SUPPORT FOR PALESTINIANS, SYRIA 'REBELS',
- Jordan tightening borders re Syria spillover
- Jordan Times 30 June '12: "Egypt's Mursi sworn in as
president, vows support for Palestinians, Syrians", Agence
France Presse "He repeated that Egypt would respect its
international treaties, in an allusion to its 1979 peace accord
- CAIRO Mohammed Mursi took the oath of office
on Saturday[30 June] to become Egypt's first Islamist president
and its first elected head of state since Hosni Mubarak's overthrow
last year. . . .
- "I swear by the Almighty God to sincerely preserve the
republican order and to respect the constitution and law, and
completely care for the people's interest," he said at the
ceremony at the court.. . .
- "The elected institutions will return to fulfilling
their roles. And the great military will devote itself to the
task of protecting the country," he told his audience, which
included the military's leader, Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi.
- He then set out some of his international and domestic objectives,
saying he would be a "servant of the people" in a "democratic,
modern and constitutional state".
- Internationally, he said Egypt respected would back the Palestinians
and called for an end to the bloodshed in Syria.
- "I announce from here that Egypt, its people and presidential
institution stand with the Palestinian people until they regain
all their rights," he said.
- "We support the Syrian people. We want the bloodshed
to stop," he added.
- He repeated that Egypt would respect its international treaties,
in an allusion to its 1979 peace accord with Israel.
- "We carry a message of peace to the world, accompanied
and preceded by a message of right and justice."
- . . . The Brotherhood is vehemently opposed to Syrian president
Bashar al-Asad and supports the uprising against him. But as
president, Mursi is not expected to radically change his country's
foreign policy, especially towards Israel, in which the military
is expected to exercise its clout.
- In a Friday speech before tens of thousands of supporters
in Cairo's Tahrir Square, the epicentre of the revolt that ousted
Mubarak, he said that he would insist on retaining all the presidency's
powers. Sue Lerner - Associate, IMRA Continued: http://www.imra.org.il/story.php3?id=57297
- OPINION: TIMELINE TO ARMAGEDDON
- FROM MIDDLE EAST ROAD MAP FOR PEACE
In 2003 United States, as the leader of the "quartet"
composed of the United States, European Union, Russia, and the
United Nations, formally presented the "Middle East Road
Map" to both Israel and the Palestinian Authority, with
its objective being the creation of a Palestinian State by 2005.
Embodied in this document, that was created by international
community, are the plans to solve the status of Jerusalem, borders
of the Holy Land, problem between the Palestinians and the Israelis
and bring the long absent peace to the Middle East.
In June 2003 President George W. Bush traveled to Middle East
and signed it together with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon),
and Mahmoud Abbas, President of Palestinian state which, officially,
at that moment did not exist.
- Link to Hamas manifest.On September 20, 2005, during a press
conference at the United Nations, Condoleezza Rice (USA), Xavier
Solana (European Union), Kofi Anan (United Nations), And Sergey
Alafrov (Russia), representing all nations of the Earth, stated
that they all are present to reaffirm the international community
support for "Roadmap For Peace".
- However, there is another most important party that has not
been present at that event - the God of Israel with whom Israelites
have a long lasting covenant that "Road Map" is in
- Soon Sharon got ill and fell in coma, and Hamas then won
- Hamas, a Palestinian anti-occupation organization closely
related to the Muslim Brotherhood created in 1987, is best known
throughout the world for carrying out attacks against Israeli
civil and military targets to further its goal of creating a
Palestinian state in the area that is, at this time, recognized
as present-day Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza Strip, started
to govern part of that what is, at present, part of Holy Land
on March 28, 2006.
- Hamas believes that "the land of Palestine is an Islamic
trust consecrated for future Muslim generations until Judgment
Day," and as such, the land cannot be negotiated away by
any political leader.
- The Hamas emblem, which is linked to their manifest shows
the Dome of the Rock, two crossed swords, Palestinian flags,
and a map of the land they claim as Palestine.
- TO PROMISED LAND
The primary covenants mentioned in the Holy Bible are the one
between God and the Israelites (Old Testament) and the one between
God and the Christian Church (New Testament). It is believed
that the first one was the basis for Torah, and the claimed status
of the Israelites as God's "chosen people."
- According to the terms of this covenant, Israelites understand
that God had promised to undertake certain things on their behalf,
and that they owed God obedience and worship in return.
- In Genesis 12:1-3; 13:14-18; 15:1-21; 17:1-22 can be found
that God promised to Hebrew patriarch Abraham:
-to make of Abraham into a great nation and to multiply his seed
and to make him a father of great many nations,
-to bless Abraham and make him great,
-to make Abraham a blessing to all the families of the earth,
-to bless those who bless him and curse those who curse him,
-to give Abraham and his seed forever all the land which he could
-to give him a sign of the covenant (circumcision).
- The Tanakh (Hebrew Bible referred to also as the "Old
Testament" by Christians), in Genesis 15:18-21, describes
what is referred to in Jewish tradition as Gevulot Ha-aretz ("Borders
of the Land") and regarded as the full extent of the land
God promised to Abraham: Continued: http://www.deepspace4.com/pages/prophecy/armageddon/armageddon.htm