“Facing Your Giants” by Max Lucado Continued

Chapter 3:

Saul’s anger puzzles David.  What has he done but good?  He has brought musical healing to Saul’s tortured spirit, hope to the enfeebled nation.  He is the Abraham Lincoln of the Hebrew calamity, saving the republic and doing so modestly and honestly.  He behaves “wisely in all his ways” (18:114)  “all Israel and Judah loved David” (18:16)  David behaves “more wisely than all the servants of Saul, so that his name became highly esteemed.”  (18:30)

Yet, Mount Saul keeps erupting, rewarding David’s deeds with flying spears and murder plots.  We understand David’s question to Jonathan: “What have I done?  What is my iniquity, and what is my sin before your father, that he seeks my life?” (20:1)

Jonathan has no answer to give, for no answer exists.  Who can justify the rage of a Saul?

Who knows why a father torments a child, a wife belittles her husband, a boss pits employees against each other?  But they do.  Sauls still rage on our planet.  dictators torture, employers seduce, ministers abuse, priests molest, the strong and mighty control and cajole the vulnerable and innocent.  Sauls still stalk Davids.

How does God respond to such cases?  Nuke the nemesis?  We may want him to.  He’s been known to extract a few Herods and Pharaohs.  How he will treat yours, I can’t say.  But how he will treat you, I can.  He will send you a Jonathan.

God counters Saul’s cruelty with Jonathan’s loyalty.  Jonathan could have been as jealous as Saul.  As Saul’s son, he stood to inherit the throne.  A noble soldier himself, he was fighting Philistines while David was still feeding sheep.

Jonathan had reason to despise David, but he didn’t. He was gracious.  Gracious because the hand of the Master Weaver took his and David’s hearts and stitched a seam between them.  “The soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.” (18:1)…

Oh, to have a friend like Jonathan.  A soul mate who protects you, who seeks nothing but your interests, wants nothing but your happiness.  An ally who lets you be you.  You feel safe with that person.  No need to weigh thoughts or measure words.  You know his or her faithful hand will sift the chaff from the grain, kep what matters and with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away.  God gave David such a friend.

He gave you one as well.  David found a companion in a prince of Israel; you can find a friend in the King of Israel, Jesus Christ.  Has he not made a covenant with you?  Among his final words were these: “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matt. 28:20)

Has he not clothed you?  He offers you “white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of you nakedness may not be revealed” (Rev. 3:18).  Christ cloaks you with clothing suitable for heaven.

In fact, he outdoes Jonathan.  He not only gives you his robe; he dons your rages.  “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Cor. 5:21 NIV).

Jesus dresses you.  And, like Jonathan, he equips you.  You are invited to “put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firn against all strategies and tricks of the Devil” (Eph. 6:11 NIV).

From his armory he hands you the belt of truth, the body armor of righteousness, the shield of faith, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God (vv. 13-17)

Just as Jonathan protected David, Jesus vows to protect you.  “I give them eternal life, and they will never perish.  No one will snatch them away from me” (John 10:28 NLT)

You long for one true friend?  You have one.  And because you do, you have a choice.  You can focus on your Saul or your Jonathan, ponder the malic of your monster or the kindness of your Christ.

Beverly chooses to maximize Christ.  Isn’t easy.  How can you shift your focus away from the man who raped you?  He entered Beverly’s home under the guise of official business.  She had every reason to trust him; personal acquaintance and professional associate.  He worked for the state and requested an audience with Beverly.  But he took more than her time.

He denied and successfully covered up the deed.  As he continues to move up the political ladder, Beverly spots him on the evening news, encounters him at parties.  While he feigns innocence, she churns within.

But not like she used to.  Two years after the rape she met her Jonathan.  A friend told her about Christ – his protection, his provision, and his invitation.  She accepted it.  Memories of the rape still dog her, but they don’t control her.  She isn’t left alone with her Saul any more.  she seeks Christ rather than revenge; she measures choices against his mercy, not her violator’s cruelty.  Beverly ponders and praises the living presence of Jesus.   Doing so heals her soul.

Major in your evil emperor, if you choose.  Paint horns on his picture.  Throw darts at her portrait.  Make and memorize a list of everything the Spam-brain took; you childhood, career, marriage, health.  Live a Saul saturated life.  Wallow in the sludge of pain.  You’ll feel better, won’t you?

Or will you?

…to be continued.

He makes his point very well, doesn’t he?!  I think it all boils down to something I thought of quite a while ago, we can be bitter or we can be better! Just my thought.

Love and hugs, 


A Verse for Your Wednesday From Daniel

Israel News Briefs: Israeli government gives Christians a path to follow in footsteps of Messiah


Today, for a little something different, we are giving you this week’s Israel
News Update
as a series of briefs that include an item for those of you who
are interested in visiting Israel.

“In righteousness you will be established: Tyranny will be far from you; you
will have nothing to fear.  Terror will be far removed; it will not come near
you.  If anyone does attack you, it will not be my doing; whoever attacks you
will surrender to you.”  (Isaiah 54:14-15)

Iran missile testing

Explosion at Missile Base a Major Setback for Iran

Iran’s long-range ballistic missile program suffered a serious setback last
week when a large explosion and fire almost completely destroyed the
Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) missile base at Bid Ganeh
outside Tehran.

Thirty-six IRGC members were killed in the incident, including Major
General Hassan Moqaddam, a key figure in Iran’s ballistic missile program.

Officials and analysts from Israel, the US and several other Western countries
who examined satellite photos of the site declared that most of the buildings
on the base, including underground bunkers, had been either destroyed
outright or rendered useless.

Despite the obvious evidence provided by the photos (published online for
the whole world to see), Iranian armed forces chief of staff General Hassan
Firouzabadi told reporters in Iran that the damage had been minimal.

A carpet shop in the Grand Bazaar in Isfahan

Meanwhile, another mysterious explosion occurred recently in the city of
Isfahan, in western Iran
, with press reports saying it had damaged an
important nuclear facility
in the city.

Could it be that the prayers of Jews and Christians around the world
calling upon the Lord to intervene and prevent Iran from arming missiles with
nuclear warheads explain these “mysterious” explosions?

Once again, Iranian officials attempted to deny that any explosion had taken
place, but witnesses took dozens of pictures with their cell phones and
posted them on the Internet, where they were picked up by various media
outlets around the world.

Officials from the US and Israel have refused to rule out military action to
confront Tehran and have also broadly hinted in recent months of a covert
sabotage and subversion campaign to halt Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons.

At the same time, the US and EU have been active on the diplomatic and
economic fronts, imposing ever tightening sanctions with England closing
down the Iranian Embassy in U.K., and the British Embassy in Tehran.

The Sea of Galilee in Capernaum

“Gospel Trail” Opens in the Galilee

Recently, Israel’s Ministry of Tourism inaugurated the new Gospel Trail
pilgrimage route in the Galilee
at a cost of NIS 3 million (around 700,000 USD).

Minister of Tourism Stas Misezhnikov said it was an honor to invite the
entire Christian world to follow in the footsteps of Yeshua (Jesus).

The trail, which was created by the Ministry of Tourism and the Jewish
National Fund, runs for 63 kilometers (40 miles), starting at Mount Precipice
just outside Nazareth and continuing eastwards to Capernaum, taking in a
number of important Christian holy sites along the way.

“To really understand the Scriptures, you have to come here and see the
places mentioned in the Bible, and experience the land in which Jesus
walked,” said Juan Maria Solana, director of the Magdala center, who
cooperated with the Israeli Ministry of Tourism in creating the trail.

The route, which passes through holy sites such as Cana, the Mount of
Beatitudes, Magdala and Tabgha, can be traveled on foot, by bicycle or by car.

New Statistics: One on Five Israelis Going Hungry

Many children go to Israeli schools unnourished.

Israel’s National Insurance Institute released statistics last week
showing that one in five Israeli citizens can’t afford the basic food
they need to live a healthy lifestyle.

The statistics were compiled with the assistance of the Finance, Welfare and
Social Affairs ministries, local authorities and non-profit charities.

“There is a serious problem with nutritional insecurity whereby people are
forced to go without enough food, or without food completely; in other cases
families find food but it is not appropriate or healthy,” said Welfare Ministry
director-general, Nahum Itzkovitz.

“A close examination of food distribution by the third sector reveals that
while some families are receiving ample food, there are others who get no
help at all.  There is also a problem with the quality of the food.”

“If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the
afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the
noonday.”  (Isaiah 58:10)

Syrian Regime Increasingly Isolated

Iran which vows to send nuclear missiles to wipe out the Jewish people is
only one of many Arab enemies of the Holy Land, though it is not even on the
border of Israel.

Israel is surrounded on all three sides – in the North by Lebanon and Syria,
Jordon the west, and Egypt in the south.  At least there is peace on the east
with the beautiful Mediterranean Sea.

Israel’s most hostile neighbor which borders the Holy Land is Syria, and if
you live in the North of Israel in the Golan Heights, you feel the threat of
this Arab enemy.

Israel and her neighbors
Syria wants to control this part of Israel that is above the Sea of Galilee
where Yeshua (Jesus) ministered to the multitudes, walked on water, and
calmed the waves and wind during a storm.  (Mark 4:39)

If you are watching the news, Syria is known for its genocide and a civil war
that could erupt any day.

The UN now estimates that over 4,000 civilians have been killed in Syria’s
nine months of violent street protests.  Several thousand more have been
wounded, displaced, and arrested.

The regime of Syrian president Bashar Assad may soon fall, and although
Israeli officials have no love for Assad, they are torn by concerns that if he
is deposed he might be replaced by something even worse.

The Central Synagogue of Aleppo in Syria, also known as the Great
Synagogue of Aleppo
or Joab’s Synagogue, has been a Jewish place of
worship since the 5th century C.E.  This side view of a model of the
synagogue is an exhibit at the Diaspora Museum in Tel Aviv.
Interesting Facts About Syria

  • Syria’s capital Damascus once had a large Jewish population.  In fact,
    many Jews in Israel are of Syrian descent.
  • And it was along the “Damascus” road from Israel to Syria on which
    Rabbi Saul (the Apostle Paul) had his Damascus road experience
    where God spoke to him, and asked him, “Why are you persecuting
    me,” speaking of Yeshua (Jesus).
  • The oldest version of the Hebrew Bible today, besides the Dead Sea
    Scrolls, is the Aleppo Codex, which was a Torah Scroll kept in a
    synagogue in Aleppo, Syria and smuggled out in 1947 (just before
    Israel became a Nation in 1948), after Syrian Muslim Arabs rioted
    and set the synagogue on fire.It was a miracle that the both of these most ancient versions of the
    Hebrew Bible (Dead Sea Scrolls and the Aleppo Codex) made their
    way back to Israel right before she became a nation, fulfilling prophecy!

Joshua 1:1 in the Aleppo Codex.

Iceland: the First Western Country to Recognize “Palestine” as State

Iceland’s parliament last week voted to recognize Palestinian as an
independent state, gaining the dubious distinction of being the first
Western country to do so.

“Iceland is the first Western European country to take this step,” Foreign
Minister Össur Skarphedinsson told Icelandic state broadcaster RUV.  “I
now have the formal authority to declare our recognition of Palestine.”

While the move might be disheartening for Israel and her supporters,
Iceland’s relative weakness and obscurity in international affairs perhaps
makes the move relatively insignificant in the grand scheme of things.

Nevertheless, it’s a disturbing foreshadowing of the nations of the world
coming against Israel in these end times.

“I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem to battle….”
(Zechariah 14:2)

Mount of Olives, Israel:  The Lord Himself will stand on the Mount of Olives
and it will split in two.

The stage seems to be being set for the fulfillment of prophecies in
Zechariah 10-14, which describe the nations coming against Israel before the
Messiah appears and stands triumphant on Mount the Olives.

Remember that the Mount of Olives is where Yeshua (Jesus) ascended and
where the angels told his disciples that he would return.

The Messiah will walk down the Mount of Olives, and enter via the
Golden Gate.  It is the only gate across from the Mount of Olives, and it
has been closed for hundreds of years.  All the people in Israel know that
according to Jewish tradition, the Messiah will enter through this gate.

And then the Jewish people will know their Messiah Yeshua!

“And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a
spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have
pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and
grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son.”  (Zechariah 12: 10)

Blessings from all of our ministry staff in Israel

This message was sent from:Bibles For Israel | P.O. Box 8900 | Pueblo, CO 81008

Israel, Oh Israel


(Image Source: google.com)

Israel, oh Israel
God’s chosen nation

In you I’ve found
is all explanation

Roots there begun
have led into

My belief in
the Father of you

Israel, oh Israel
through grief and pain

To God Almighty
loyal you remain

My loving support
to you I give

And forever will
long as I live

May God’s every blessing
as rivers to you flow

 That you are His nation
all the world to show!

Teresa Marie  12/2/11

Is Israel Really an Apartheid State? – A Message From Colorado


Is Israel Really an Apartheid State?

By Hannah Dash

“Oh, the raging of many nations—they rage like the raging sea!  Oh, the
uproar of the peoples—they roar like the roaring of great water!”  (Isaiah 17:12)


While our Bibles For Israel ministry workers share the Good News of
Yeshua with both Jews and Arabs here in the Holy Land, a number of
Christian denominations with millions of Christian congregants around
the world accuse Israel of being an apartheid state

Global Smear Campaign:  Al-Quds Committee holding up banners
and chanting in front of Seattle’s Macy’s store in the United States
this year, falsely accusing Israel of apartheid and genocide.
Is it true that Israel is an Apartheid State?

Maybe someone should tell that to the Arab Israeli workers such as the
young Arab cashier who helped me at the local supermarket, the Arab
mechanic who fixed my car, the Arab bus driver who takes my kids to
school every day, the Arab girl who served up my kid’s McFalafel at
McDonald’s, and the Arab bank manager who just opened up my new

Everyday in Israel Jewish people live and work amongst Arab business
owners, Arab lawyers, doctors, teachers, social workers, who have jobs
and own businesses in every area of life.

It seems that Christians who believe Israel is an apartheid state have
failed to mention this ‘fact’ to the Israeli Arabs who ride the buses with us,
swim in the swimming pools and the seas with us, sit in the same movie
theaters with us, and eat in the same restaurants.

Jews and Arabs live together in the Land of Israel.

About 1.3 million Arabs are Israeli citizens and have the same
full rights
as anyone else who has citizenship here in Israel.

Israel has 14 Arab MKs (members of the Knesset).  That’s 14 Arab
politicians who have been elected to the Israeli Parliament!

Common Goal:  These Tel Aviv University students, Arab, Jew and others,
are striking together in sympathy with junior staff.

Arab mothers collect their monthly allowance from the Israel national
insurance fund for each of their children, just like Jewish mothers do.

It seems to me that the Arab ministers who pastor churches and the
Arab judges who preside over courtrooms in Israel should speak out about
this false and harmful propaganda of “an apartheid state.”

I have a wonderful relationship with my Arab friend and neighbor, Hassan.

He gives me his usual hearty greeting of “Shalom Hannah” over the fence
along with perhaps, a bag of freshly baked bread.  Wouldn’t it be a shock
for him to hear that Israel is an apartheid state!

Obviously, whoever subscribes to this lie that Israeli is an apartheid state
has never lived or even visited here.

Lesson in Safety:  The Jerusalem Nature Museum regularly hosts
instruction sessions by IDF Emergency Population Instructors
of the
Jerusalem district who are Jewish.  Pictured here is a Jewish IDF soldier
instructing 5th grade Arab students of the Arabic-Israeli school “Alachuwa.”
The students began with a tour of the museum, followed by a lesson on
emergency preparedness and response.

South Africa as an Apartheid State

Perhaps, before any Christians call Israel an apartheid state, they first
should take a look at South Africa where the term was coined.

Apartheid existed in South Africa from 1948 – 1994 under an official policy
of the National Party governments that treated non-whites as second
class citizens.

Under that leadership, people were legislated into four racial classifications:
native, white, colored, and Asian.

South Africans were segregated by race and forced to live in certain
residential areas.

They had separate beaches, buses, hospitals, schools and universities, and the
ones for non-whites were inferior.
Non-white political representation was non-existent and they could not vote
or hold political office.

NOT ONE of these restrictions is found in Israel, nor have any of these
restrictions ever applied to the million plus Arabs living in the Land of Israel.

South African Sign:  South African Apartheid segregated people
by race and provided inferior services to those who were classed as

Israel: The Antithesis of Apartheid

As a state, Israel’s policies are the antithesis of apartheid.  

Today, approximately 1.321 million Arabs live in Israel out of a total
population.  Demographically speaking, about 17.2 percent of the
total population of Israel is Arab.

That means that one out of every five citizens of Israel is an Arab!  And
every single one of them has exactly the same rights and privileges as
every other Israel citizen
:  the right to vote, to serve in the Israeli
parliament, to own properties and businesses, and to work in professions
right alongside Jewish Israelis.

Arabs serve as judges in the Israeli Judicial system.  In fact, it was an Arab
judge who recently sentenced the former President of Israel, Moshe Katsav,
to seven years in jail on charges of rape and sexual harassment.

An Arab judge sentenced an Israeli President to jail and no one even batted
an eye!  Apartheid?  Come on….

How are Blacks treated in Israel?

In a move quite the opposite of Apartheid in South Africa, Israel has airlifted
thousands of Blacks from Sudan and Ethiopia in Operation Moses and
Operation Solomon, giving them full Israeli citizenship.  

In the past three years thousands of African blacks have fled the genocide in
their war-torn Muslim countries of Sudan and Eritrea in order to reach Israel
(the Promised Land) where they know they will find a safe haven for
themselves and their families.

So we ask the question again – Is Israel really an apartheid state?

Road Signs: In Israel, the road signs are in Hebrew, Arabic and English.
Integrated Society

The truth is that Jewish and Arabic Israelis live together in an
integrated society.

Arab teachers, teach alongside Jewish teachers in Israeli schools.  In fact,
40 percent of employed Muslim women in Israel work in education.

Jewish and Arab doctors and nurses work side by side helping the sick in
Israeli hospitals.

In Israel, all road signs are written in Hebrew, Arabic, and the international
language English.

In every shopping mall, in fact, every place of business in Israel – Jews and
Arabs carry out their daily lives together.

Mira Awad: Arab Israeli singer, actress, and songwriter

Arabs are not Second Class Citizens

Arabs are not ‘second class citizens’ in Israel.  They are equals and have
the opportunity to advance in Israel society.

Here are just a few of the high-profile Arabs in Israeli society:

Walid Badir: Israeli Arab soccer star, captain of the Hapoel team, Tel Aviv

Salim Joubran: Israeli Arab judge on the Israeli Supreme Court (permanent

Mira Awad: Israeli Arab actress, singer, songwriter, who represented Israel
at the 2009 Eurovision Song contest

Rana Raslan: Israeli Arab who was ‘Miss Israel’

Majalli Wahabi: Israeli Druze politician who has served in the following
political roles: Deputy Speaker of Israel Knesset; Member of the Knesset
(parliament) for Kadima; Acting President of Israel February 2007; Deputy
Minister of Education, Culture, and Sport; Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs

Reda Mansour: Israeli Druze poet, historian and Diplomat (Israeli
Ambassador to Ecuador)

Walid Badeer: Israeli Arab soccer star,
captain of Israel’s Hapoel team, Tel Aviv

Greater Civil Liberties

As Bible Believers, we know who is ultimately behind these false accusations
about Israel. 

The adversary, (hasatan in Hebrew), is called the accuser of the brethren
(Revelation 12:10).

As the father of lies with no truth in him, lies are his native language
(John 8:44).

In these last days, more than ever, we must stay informed and walk in the
Truth and the Light so as not to fall under the lies and misinformation spread
by the kingdom of darkness.

This degree of satisfaction among Muslim adults chart (end of 2010) from
the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs website reveals that Muslim adults in
Israel experience much satisfaction with their lives as seen by adding up
the yellow and green bars as a percentage.  87% of Israeli Arabs are satisfied
with life, and 60% are satisfied with the economic situation.  Jews have the
same statistical viewpoints as the economy is poor in Israel, with high inflation.
The truth is that Israel is not an apartheid state. Arabs in Israel are freer and
enjoy greater civil rights and liberties than Arabs in any Arab country in the
  This is because Israel is the only democratic country in the Middle East.

According to Dennis Prager, who is a Media Fellow at the Hoover Institution
of Stanford University, a full 82% of Israeli Arabs would rather live in Israel
than in any other country!

Many Arabs do not resent the presence of Jewish soldiers in the areas where
they live; some even say they are glad when Israeli soldiers and tanks enter
their towns or villages.

“We are so happy when the Israelis come.  We know the soldiers will protect
us from Hamas,” said Sahar, an Arab Israeli who is Christian.

An Arab and Jewish fisherman working side by
side near Tel Aviv.
What about the Wall?

Well, some may say, this may be well and good for Arabs that live within
Israel and hold Israeli citizenship, but what about Arabs living in the
so-called ‘Occupied Territories’
?  Aren’t they treated differently?

Of course they are treated differently!  They are not citizens of Israel.  They
are citizens of the government of the Palestinian Authority or Hamas
, and
Israel has no authority or control over them until they attempt to enter Israel.

At entry checkpoints, Israel must weed out potential terrorists seeking to
enter the country, which regrettably necessitates line ups and delays.

What about the security fence that has been built between Israel and these
Palestinian Arab territories?  Doesn’t this constitute apartheid?  We could
ask this same question about the security fence that is built between the
United States and Mexico.  Is this an indication of apartheid in the U.S.?

Israel constructed the security fence to keep terrorists from entering Israel
and murdering its citizens.  And it worked!

Construction on the security wall commenced in 2002 at which time 220
Israeli men, women and children had been killed in suicide bombings.  This
number went down to 142 in 2003 and continued to decline to almost zero

Security wall:  Since its construction, the numbers of deaths due to suicide
bombings has drastically declined in Israel.

The Real Apartheid in the Middle East

So if Israel isn’t an apartheid state, is there racism and apartheid in the
Middle East?

The Palestinian Authority announced that ‘Any Arab who sells land to a Jew
should be executed.’  That’s racism.

Mahmoud Abbas, in speaking to the Egyptian Media on July 28, 2010 said,
“I will never allow a single Israeli to live among us on Palestinian Land.”
That’s apartheid.

A Good Sign:  A few days after a suicide terrorist bombing in a crowded
Haifa restaurant, which was owned by Arab and Jewish partners, this sign
made by children was placed beside the Israeli flags.  The sign says,
“We will not give up co-existence.”

Making a Difference

We are not saying that Israel is a perfect country run by a perfect
government.  However it is the only real democracy in the Middle East,
and both Jews and Arab Israelis want peace.

Just like any country, Israel has to tackle racism, poverty and prejudice.

But Israel as a Jewish state has a right to exist, and her citizens have a
right to safety.

As Believers the most important thing we can do is share the love of Yeshua
with both Jews and Arabs here in the Holy Land.  

Nothing is more important than having both Jews and Arabs understand the
Messianic Prophecies and what the Lord has done for them through Yeshua,
our Salvation.

This message was sent from:Bibles For Israel | P.O. Box 8900 | Pueblo, CO 81008

British Television Interview With Netanyahu (during the retaliation against Hamas’ shelling of Israel) – From Colorado


         Even those who aren’t particularly sympathetic to Israel ‘s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, could get a good measure of satisfaction from this interview with British Television during the retaliation against Hamas’ shelling of Israel.

        The interviewer asked him:
“How come so many more Palestinians have been killed in this conflict than Israelis?” (A nasty question if there ever was one!)
        Netanyahu: “Are you sure that you want to start asking in that direction?”

        Interviewer: (Falling into the trap) Why not?
        Netanyahu: “Because in World War II more Germans were killed than British and Americans combined, but there is no doubt in anyones mind that the war was caused by Germany ‘s aggression. And in response to the German blitz on London , the British wiped out the entire city of Dresden , burning to death more German civilians than the number of people killed in Hiroshima

        Moreover, I could remind you that in 1944, when the RAF tried to bomb the Gestapo Headquarters in Copenhagen, some of the bombs missed their target and fell on a Danish children’s hospital, killing 83 little children. Perhaps you have another question?”

        Apparently, Benjamin Netanyahu gave an interview and was asked about Israel ‘s occupation of Arab lands.

        His response was, “It’s our land”. The reporter (CNN or the like) was stunned

Read below “It’s our land…”  It’s important information since we don’t get fair and accurate reporting from the media and facts tend to get lost in the jumble of daily events.
        “Crash Course on the Arab Israeli Conflict.”
        Here are overlooked facts in the current & past Middle East situation.

        These were compiled by a Christian university professor:

  BRIEF FACTS ON THE ISRAELI CONFLICT TODAY…(It takes just 1.5 minutes to read!)
        It makes sense and it’s not slanted. Jewand non-Jew — it doesn’t matter.
        1. Nationhood and Jerusalem –  Israel became a nation in 1312 BCE, Two thousand years before the rise of Islam.
        2. Arab refugees in Israel began identifying themselves as part of a Palestinian people in 1967, two decades after the establishment of the modern State of Israel.        3. Since the Jewish conquest in 1272 BCE, the Jews have had dominion over the land for one thousand years with a continuous presence in the land for the past 3,300 years.
        4. The only Arab dominion since the conquest in 635 CE lasted no more than 22 years.        5. For over 3,300 years, Jerusalem has been the Jewish capital.   Jerusalem has never been the capital of any Arab or Muslim entity. Even when the Jordanians occupied Jerusalem , they never sought to make it their capital, and Arab leaders did not come to visit.

        6. Jerusalem is mentioned over 700 times in Tanach, the Jewish Holy Scriptures. Jerusalem is not mentioned once in the Koran.

        7. King David founded the city of Jerusalem . Mohammed never came to Jerusalem .
        8. Jews pray facing Jerusalem .  Muslims pray with their backs toward Jerusalem .
        9. Arab and Jewish Refugees: in 1948 the Arab refugees were encouraged to leave Israel by Arab leaders promising to purge the land of Jews .  Sixty-eight percent left without ever seeing an Israeli soldier.

        10. The Jewish refugees were forced to flee from Arab lands due to Arab brutality, persecution and pogroms.

        11. The number of Arab refugees who left Israel in 1948 is estimated to be around 630,000. The number of Jewish refugees from Arab lands is estimated to be the same.

        12. Arab refugees were INTENTIONALLY not absorbed or integrated into the Arab lands to which they fled, despite the vast Arab territory. Out of the 100,000,000 refugees since World War II, theirs is the only refugee group in the world that has never been absorbed or integrated into their own people’s lands. Jewish refugees were completely absorbed into Israel , a country no larger than the state of New Jersey ..

        13. The Arab-Israeli Conflict: the Arabs are represented by eight separate nations, not including the Palestinians.  There is only one Jewish nation. The Arab nations initiated all five wars and lost.   Israel defended itself each time and won.

        14. The PLO’s Charter still calls for the destruction of the State of Israel. Israel has given the Palestinians most of the West Bank land, autonomy under the Palestinian Authority, and has supplied them.

        15. Under Jordanian rule, Jewish holy sites were desecrated and the Jews were denied access to places of worship. Under Israeli rule, all Muslim and Christian sites have been preserved and made accessible to people of all faiths.

        16. The UN Record on Israel and the Arabs: of the 175 Security Council resolutions passed before 1990, 97 were directed against Israel .

        17. Of the 690 General Assembly resolutions voted on before 1990, 429 were directed against Israel .

        18. The UN was silent while 58 Jerusalem Synagogues were destroyed by the Jordanians.

        19. The UN was silent while the Jordanians systematically desecrated the ancient Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives .
        20. The UN was silent while the Jordanians enforced an apartheid-like a policy of preventing Jews from visiting the Temple Mount and the Western Wall.
        Israel is the center of Bible Prophecy, and God Blesses those who Bless Israel – Genesis 12:3

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Indepth Assessment of Crisis in Israel and Request For Prayer from Colorado


It’s been a scary week here in Israel!  Imagine if your city was under
attack by missiles and rockets—that’s what the children of Israel have been
going through the last several days!
Some crucial developments are unfolding right now of which God’s people
(Christians) in the nations need to be aware of so that they can pray.
Despite the Palestinian’s continued unilateral bid for statehood at the United
Nations over the last few days, an increase in terrorist missiles launched
from Gaza into Southern Israel hit several local schools and at least
one synagogue.
In an effort to reduce casualties, schools were closed for three straight days
in Southern Israel, affecting some 200,000 students.  Many of the schools
don’t have areas fortified against rocket attack.
The Israeli Iron Dome interception system has reportedly been mostly
ineffective to intercept Arab rockets.  
Once the Arab’s mobile missile launching trucks strike, they simply move to
a new place, re-arm, and fire again.  Israeli Jewish citizens, young and old,
have only a precious few seconds to dive for cover.  
Ashdod school damaged by a Grad rocket
A few days ago, a citizen of Ashkelon, Moshe Ami, 56, died in a rocket
attack on the city.  Moshe Ami is survived by his four children and five
Family members of our Bibles For Israel ministry staff also live in
this city.
One young girl was injured trying to flee from the missile attack in the city
of Ashdod, and a man in his 50s was reported injured from shrapnel in the
Gan Yavneh area attack.  Also, in both of these places our ministry
staff has family members.
A total of 16 people were reported wounded by rockets throughout the day,
according to Magen David Adom (Israel’s equivalent of the Red Cross).
Most were hit by missile shrapnel.  Another 14 were listed as suffering from
post-trauma anxiety.  
Most of the residents of southern Israel were forced to spend the night in
bomb shelters.
Can you imagine all the people in your city staying in bomb shelters during the
day and night?
A vehicle-mounted multiple-launch rocket system recently
displayed by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad
Connection to Prisoner Exchange
On the weekend, Gaza received their first visit from the Egyptian
representative of the Muslim Brotherhood.  The purpose of his visit was to
congratulate the leader of Hamas on their ‘successful’ prisoner exchange
of the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.  
Gilad Shalit, kidnapped five years ago by Hamas, was recently returned alive
to Israel in exchange for over 1000 Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli
jails.  Many of the Palestinian prisoners were terrorists who murdered Israeli
civilian men, women, and children.
Since these Palestinian terrorists were released a torrent of missiles and
rockets have been launched at Israeli civilian populations.  
Can you imagine missiles and rockets being fired from miles away
targeting your home, or the apartment building where you live?

Israeli President Shimon Peres called the latest round of missile attacks from
Gaza on Israel nothing less than a “declaration of war” while speaking at the
dedication of a new medical college in the city of Safed, above the Sea of Galilee.
“Terror does not allow Gaza citizens to live normally….  I am telling our
[Arab] neighbors: You nor we want war.  But Gaza missiles are a declaration
of war,”
the President said.
At the dedication of this new hospital facility, Peres noted that almost every
hospital in Israel includes Arab and Jewish doctors and nurses working side
by side to help heal both Jewish and Arab patients. 
“If we can live in peace with the sick, why is it impossible to live in peace
when they are healthy?” he asked.
Ministry Writer’s note:  I can attest to the truth of his statement, having
given birth to my youngest son, Avi-ad, right alongside many Bedouin
and Arabic women in a Be’er Sheva hospital in Israel’s Negev.
Recently, while visiting my eldest daughter in a Jerusalem hospital after the
birth of her son, I noticed that the patients are a mix of Arabs and Jews,
and no one is given preferential treatment over another.  
Both Arabs and Jews are treated equally with courtesy, kindness and
respect here in Israel.
Netanyahu welcomes Gilad Shalit home after five years in captivity.
An Alliance against Israel is an Alliance against God
“‘Come,’ they say, ‘let us destroy them as a nation, so that Israel’s name
is remembered no more.’ With one mind they plot together; they form
an alliance against You
.”  (Psalm 83: 4-5)
Hamas is not alone in utilizing terrorism against Israel; a variety of
terrorist organizations within Gaza are launching the rocket attacks.
Reports have it that President Mahmoud Abbas and his PLO organization
have also entered into an alliance with Hamas for the destruction of Israel.
Abbas began meeting last Wednesday night with the Fatah Revolutionary
Council in Ramallah, where he called on the council to consider dismantling
the Palestinian Authority.  
We must never forget that this was the place where innocent Israeli soldiers
were brutally lynched several years ago, when they accidentally entered this
Palestinian Authority-controlled city.  Their Arab murderers proudly waved
their blood-stained hands for the crowd and the world to see their barbarism.
It is speculated that a new unity government will be formed between Hamas
and Fatah, for the creation of a unified Palestinian state comprising all the
separate Palestinian factions.
Some of the more radical Palestinian elements are growing impatient with
political maneuvers and just want to deal with Israel in the barbaric way they
know – violence. 
The IDF Chief of General Staff, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz and GOC Southern
Command, Maj. Gen. Tall Russo look at some of the rockets that hit
Southern Israel this spring, when over 150 mortars, rockets and missiles
were fired by Hamas.  This week, Southern Israel is once again under fire.
Israel’s Enemies Armed with Sophisticated Weaponry
“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, they shall prosper that love you.”  (Psalm 122:6)
As these missiles are launched speedily, one after another into Jewish towns
and cities, we ascertain that more sophisticated weaponry has been smuggled
into the hands of the Palestinians.  
Hamas is now using rapid-fire, multi-round, mobile launching systems mounted
on the back of pick-up trucks, capable of shooting six or more rockets in
rapid succession.
President Obama has been authorizing the transfer of high-tech weapons to
Israel’s enemies.
Obama recently announced his intention to provide two up-to-date attack
helicopters (Textron Inc Bell AH-1Z SuperCobras) to Turkey.
This is being done with full knowledge of Turkey’s threats against Israel as
well as Turkey’s alliance with Israel’s sworn enemy, Iran.  
This decision comes right after Washington’s recent announcement that they
plan to sell F-16s to Cairo, Egypt, a deal purportedly linked to the release of
American Israeli national, Ilan Grapel. 
Considering that God promises to bless those who bless Israel and curse
those who do any harm to Israel (and history bears out this truth), the current
leadership in the White House is committing a serious crime against the Almighty.

Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has repeatedly
threatened to wipe Israel ‘off the map.’
Iran: Israel’s Greatest Threat
Over 4000 years ago since the time of Abraham, all the counties which were
enemies or conquerors of Israel no longer exist, except one: Iran (Persia) – 
the country in which the story of Queen Esther took place. 
Though all the other enemy countries in the Bible no longer exist, Iran does
and poses a nuclear threat against Israel.
Addressing this threat in parliament, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu said this week, “A nuclear Iran will pose a serious threat to the
Middle East and the entire world, and it of course poses a direct and heavy
threat to us.”
On Wednesday, Israel tested a missile from Palmachim base in the
Mediterranean Sea, amid unconfirmed reports that Netanyahu was
lobbying his Cabinet to make a pre-emptive military strike against Iran’s
nuclear sites.
Iran’s nuclear program is considered such a threat that Britain is stepping up
their contingency plan for potential military action against Iran, the
Guardian newspaper reported Wednesday. 
The U.S House also voted yesterday (Wednesday) to sanction Iran’s energy
sector, which funds Iran’s nuclear program.
Jewish children on their way to school in Israel on a safer day.
You Have a Part to Play
“For thus says the Lord of Armies: ‘For honor he has sent me to the nations
which plundered you; for he who touches you touches the apple of His eye.’”
(Zechariah 2:8)
We need to remember that God cherishes Israel, the apple of His eye, and
the enemies of Israel are the enemies of God.  (Psalm 83:5)
While all other nations in the world were formed by mankind, Israel is the only
nation formed by the will of God.
“For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the
countries and bring you back into your own land. … You will live in the land
I gave your forefathers; you will be my people, and I will be your God.”
(Ezekiel 36:24, 28)
Please pray that just as God caused confusion upon those united to build the
Tower of Babel (Migdal Bavel), which in Hebrew means the Tower of
Confusion, He will confuse the enemies of Israel, destroying their unholy
unity and preventing the building of a Palestinian state on Israel’s land.
We need you to cover the Israeli population in prayer and intercession.
“I will bless those who bless you.”  (Genesis 12:3)
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Dancing And Weeping In The Holy Land

Dancing and Weeping in the Holy Land Share:
November 3, 2011

Dear Friend of Israel,

It’s hard to believe that just two short weeks ago the state of Israel was filled with joy and celebration inspired by the Jewish holidays of Sukkot and Simchat Torah and the long-anticipated homecoming of captured IDF soldier Gilad Shalit.

In stark contrast to the festivity, this past week school closures have been in effect for 200,000 children, and residents have been instructed to stay close to bomb shelters because of the scores of rockets fired at southern Israel since last Saturday by Palestinian terrorists in Gaza.

A resident of Ashkelon, 56-year-old Moshe Ami, was killed after he sustained serious shrapnel wounds, and thirty other residents were injured in the attacks. Rockets damaged numerous buildings, including one school, which thank God was empty at the time.

To add insult to injury, earlier this week the United Nations’ cultural agency, UNESCO, voted to grant the Palestinians full member status. Soon after, Palestinian leaders announced that they would be seeking membership in an additional 16 U.N. agencies as part of their ongoing bid to be recognized as a state.

This is the way it has often been for Israelis throughout our long and dramatic history seasons of joy and seasons of pain so closely interspersed. Years of harsh slavery under the Egyptians, then a miraculous rescue orchestrated by God Himself.

The horrors of the Holocaust, then the glorious re-establishment of the Jewish state.

I am reminded of the passage in Ecclesiastes 3 that wisely instructs us that there “is a time for everything” (v. 1) – “a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build up, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance” (vv. 3-4).

Right now we weep with the family of Moshe Ami and we mourn at the United Nations’ continued harsh anti-Israel bias. But we do this weeping and mourning as a people who know that laughing and dancing will return and, most of all, that our God is still in control.

So we keep our eyes fixed on Him during these days of danger and grief, praying for and anticipating our promised “time for peace.”

With prayers for shalom, peace,

Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein President

Attacks Escalate – A Message From IFCJ

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Emergency Response to Rocket Attacks on Israel
  When the Code Red alarm signals an incoming terrorist rocket, Israeli schoolchildren have just 12 seconds to reach safety.As unrest and instability continue to spread across the Middle East and more terrorist rockets rain down on Israeli cities, Israel’s Ministry of Defense has turned to IFCJ for help providing emergency bomb shelters.While IFCJ has already funded the renovation or construction of thousands of bomb shelters over the past five years, there are still many areas that don’t have the protection needed.

We are calling on faithful friends like you to help us meet this security need by supporting The Fellowship’s Emergency Bomb Shelter Project today.

Due to the urgent need for additional shelters, we are funding a highly effective but low cost design that will allow us to protect more people in the most vulnerable areas.

Rocket Attack
  IFCJ’s immediate focus is on protecting schools in southern Israel that are at immediate
risk of rocket and mortar attacks.  With your gift today, we can ensure that innocent
children will have a bomb shelter to run to for safety!With so much turmoil in the
Holy Land, Israel clearly needs us more than ever.  
I hope you will join us by responding in a meaningful way through IFCJ’s
Emergency Bomb Shelter Project.With prayers for shalom, peace,Rabbi SigRabbi Yechiel Eckstein
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especially for the grieving friends and family members of those killed in these
continuous rocket attacks.
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A Newsbrief From The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews

Sweet Freedom

 RYEOctober 13, 2011Dear Friend of Israel,

Israel is awaiting with anticipation the return of Gilad Shalit, the IDF soldier held captive by Hamas terrorists for over five years. On Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu announced that a deal had been finalized with Hamas for Shalit’s return, and though no date for that release has yet been announced, it looks like this time he will really be coming home.

Israelis are famous for their boisterous public debates on a host of topics. But for years they have been united in their concern for this young man who was kidnapped and held under such cruel conditions. He was allowed virtually no contact with the outside world. In clear violation of international law, his captors never allowed him even one visit by the International Red Cross. The United Nations, which criticizes Israel at every turn, never saw fit to address Shalit’s plight. Israel and her friends never forgot him though — and now, with his release imminent, his homecoming seems like nothing short of a miracle, a gift from God.

Shalit’s freedom comes at a painful cost — a price exacted by Hamas, which outrageously demanded the release of 1,000 Palestinian prisoners to ensure Shalit’s release. Among these prisoners are many terrorists with the blood of innocent Israeli men, women, and children on their hands. Certainly, there are many moral and ethical questions — and strategic risks — associated with this prisoner swap.

Gilad’s parents, too, are understandably anxious about how five years of being held captive by terrorists has affected his psychological and physical health. Aviva Shalit, Gilad’s mother, expressed her concern as only a parent can. “This joy is mixed with a great deal of fear; it is obvious that he won’t be the same boy we sent off,” she said. “No matter what we do when we get home, the most important thing is that Gilad comes back.”

Whatever our fears and apprehensions, it is a time to be thankful. And so we say, welcome home Gilad Shalit! The entire nation of Israel, and Israel’s friends everywhere, celebrate your return. May the rest of your life and the lives of your loved ones be as blessed with joy and happiness as the past five years have been fraught with struggle and sorrow. On this momentous occasion, may we all turn toward God in gratitude, remembering the words of the Psalmist, “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever” (Psalm 107:1).

With prayers for shalom, peace,

Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein