God says in Hosea 4:6 that his people die because they lack knowledge. Knowing world events clues us in to where we are on the Biblical, prophetic time line. News should prompt us to pray for two things: that the eyes of the lost and deceived are opened to God’s love as expressed through the life and death and life of Yeshua and that God’s Kingdom come on earth.
Why so much Israel news? God always meant Israel to be an example to the nations, an example of His righteousness, His justice, His mercy, His love. She is also a signpost. Consider this. Zion, God’s other name of Jerusalem, means “signpost.” Messiah draws nigh. The events in Zion speak to that.
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“No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.” — Fifth amendment of U.S. Constitution
It was a ‘slow’ news week until Friday, when reports came in from Yemen and then the U.S. government that an American-born al-Qaida recruiter was killed in an airstrike. As you’ll see in the stories below, there were actually two Americans killed in the strike.
It is illegal per the Constitution to deprive a U.S. citizen of his life without due process of law. Obama and his new Defense chief Leon Panetta are arguing the exception of war or public danger.
“This individual was clearly a terrorist. And yes, he was a citizen, but if you’re a terrorist, you’re a terrorist. And that means that we have the ability to go after those who would threaten to attack the United States and kill Americans. There’s no question that the authority and the ability to go after a terrorist is there.” —Panetta on CNN
Something to think and pray about: As we head toward the end of time, the believer in Yeshua will be considered an enemy of the state eventually. Assassination of a citizen is no longer hidden (though they say this is the first) or merely the stuff of spy movies. This just happened in the open and is being celebrated.
There are three videos embedded and two I highly suggest. One is a photo essay by an Italian photographer on how photojournalists and the demand for dramatic photos in the market effect (yes, effect) Palestinian angst. The other is from the satirical Israeli news report Tribal Update by Latma.
Sunday, September 25
- Catholics cannot accept gay marriage, pope says
Pope Benedict said on Saturday the Catholic Church could not accept gay marriage and urged young people to root out evil in society and shun a “lukewarm” faith that damages their Church.
Tuesday, September 27
- Christians Fleeing Egypt, NGO Reports
An Egyptian NGO reports mass Christian flight following Mubarak’s downfall. Up to 250,000 could leave this year.
- RC: In surprise, Palestine supporter Spain says Israel should stay majority Jewish
Spain Undermines Attempts to Flood Israel with Arabs
Spain, a consistent backer of the Palestinian Authority, has dealt it a blow by declaring that Israel should remain a “Jewish State.”
RC: It is a miracle US hikers released by Iran. One of them is Jewish, has Israeli father.
American hiker freed by Iran has Israeli father
Jacob Fattal, Josh Fattal’s father, immigrated to Israel from Basra, Iraq in 1951, beginning in a transit camp with his family, later moving to Pardes Katz; after his military service, he left for the United States.
- Seven dead after Typhoon Nesat pounds Philippines
Typhoon Nesat crossed the Philippines’ main island late on Tuesday, leaving behind at least seven dead after it lashed crop-growing provinces and brought the capital to a near standstill as it flooded roads and villages and cut power supplies.
- Police threaten English cafe owner for showing Bible passages in restaurant
Police officers who interrogated a restaurant owner about the images of the text of the New Testament playing on a screen in his business could be facing trouble again for their apparent attempt to prevent the message of the Bible being presented in pub
- Putin set to reemerge as the czar of Russia, will run for president
Now it’s official. Putin is officially running in the March 4th elections. The announcement came over the weekend and, barring unforeseen circumstances, should win in a landslide. His anti-American, anti-Western “tough guy” image of crushing the Chechens, and the Georgians, and building a vibrant economy through Russia’s oil and natural gas industries, and building strategic alliances with radical Islamic allies such as Iran has played well and made him very popular throughout Russia’s eleven time zones.
- Photojournalism Behind the Scenes [Italian with English subtitles]
Insightful presentation by an Italian photojournalist on how photogs indirectly create news in Jerusalem by their presence.
- Netanyahu: We won’t renew settlement freeze to lure PA to talks
Exclusive: Netanyahu tells Post new moratorium won’t be declared to get Palestinians to agree to Quartets formula for talks. “It is not about settlements; it is about the Jewish state. And it must be said over and over again.”
- Senior Officer Says IDF Covered Up Murder
Senior officer in Judea sector: IDF lied to press so that nationalists would not “inflame” situation as Palestinians President Abbas spoke in UN. Settlers feel betrayed.
- Hamas bans Gaza restaurant from screening Abbas’ UN speech
Ruling party arrests Gaza restaurant owner for showing Abbas’ UN speech, takes video, ID from journalist who witnessed incident.
RC: Pray for continued peace as Israel enters it’s fall holy days season.
With UN Speeches Over, Reservists Head Home
With fears of massive PA riots past, IDF reservists head home for the holidays.
Wednesday, September 28
- A prayer for 5772
American Jews confused about who to trust. Polls show US Jews think Christians more anti-Semitic than Muslims
- Why young Christians aren’t waiting anymore
True love doesn’t wait after all. That’s the implication in the upcoming October issue of an evangelical magazine that claims that young, unmarried Christians are having premarital sex almost as much as their non-Christian peers. 80 percent of unmarried evangelical young adults (18 to 29) said that they have had sex
- Iran planning to send ships near U.S. waters
Iran plans to send ships near the Atlantic coast of the United States, state-run Islamic Republic News Agency reported Tuesday, quoting a commander.
RC: If you are an intercessor for Iran, this Stratfor article is a quick peek into the Islamic Republic on the ground.
Geopolitical Journey: Iran at a Crossroads
A trip to Iran could not come at a better time, geopolitically speaking, due to a variety of domestic and regional factors.
- Netanyahu a firm defender of Israel, gracious to Obama, bit too optimistic about continued US primacy
‘If Palestinians want to live in peace, it can be achieved
Netanyahu sits down with ‘Post’ for Rosh Hashana interview in which he discusses how Israel will not wait until peace arrives to build country.
- Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu wishes his nation Shana Tovah (literally ‘good year’)
- Rabbi: This Year, We Need Special Prayers
The Jewish people is particularly in need of divine mercy this year, says former chief Rabbi Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron, as some are planning to harm the nation.
- RC: Fact that 17,000 people in ’10 decided to live in potential war zone astounding.
Israeli settler population up nearly 5% in 2010
Israeli population living in Judea and Samaria grew by 4.9 % compared with 1.9 % growth for country as a whole.
- Heckler Gives Obama Chance To Affirm His Christian Faith
President Obama used the heckling incident to testify to his own Christian beliefs. With many Americans still doubting that he’s a Christian and believing him to be a Muslim, according to a recent poll, the president clearly saw a chance to affirm his faith and took it.
- Iran’s Ayatollah maneuvering politically to make sure Ahmadinejad is a very lame duck
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the driving force behind Iran’s nuclear program and the most vocal of Israel’s enemies, is on his last legs as president. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has stripped him of most of his powers and shut the door against his having any political future.
- Christian Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani faces potential execution
Just days after Iran released two Americans accused of spying in Iran, an Iranian court has upheld the apostasy conviction and execution sentence of Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani.
- RC: Short story a very nice recap of state of affairs re: Israel, Palestine. My 2cents: Jerusalem is not a settlement.
PA: Gilo construction is an obstacle to peace process
Palestinian Authority spokesperson tells Maan that Israeli construction in Jlem neighborhood across the Green Line is a unilateral move undermining creation of Palestinian state.
Thursday, September 29
- Obama reportedly tells Palestinians to wait until after 2010 US election
President Obama The Obama administration told the Palestinian Authority it cannot significantly help advance a Palestinian state until after the 2012 presidential elections, a top PA official told WND.
- Climate change compounds global security threat, British admiral says
Stresses from global climate change are increasing the threat of wars around the world, a British admiral said Wednesday.
- SATIRE: New Years Greetings and cancelled terror plots
- Fatah Central Committee Member says keep goal of taking all of Palestine to oneself
- RC: Been avoiding posting UN speech analysis/commentary, but this one from Mail in UK is spot on. Suggest read all.
Truth and lies at the theatre of the absurd
Some 1941 years ago, the Romans conquered the ancient Jewish kingdom of Judea by force and attempted to expunge all memory of the Jews’ claim to the land by renaming the area Palestine. Two days ago, Mahmoud Abbas attempted to do the same thing by diplomatic force at the UN. The whole thing was of course a grotesque charade, outdone in its surrealism only by the reaction of the western world.
- Hamas Terrorist Rulers Restrict Journalists in Gaza
Hamas terrorists have imposed new censorship restrictions on journalists – both local and foreign – in Gaza. Foreign journalists are reportedly asked to sign a form saying Palestinian colleagues will be held responsible for stories critical of Hamas.
- Another Tack: Optimism was compulsory
Israeli babies born this month 18 years ago – under the Oslo sign – are now old enough for the draft. Where’s peace they were allegedly born into?
- Al-Qaida magazine: Ahmadinejad is jealous over 9/11
English-language al-Qaida-affiliated magazine runs op-ed decrying the Iranian presidents conspiracy theories.
- In uphill effort, Muslims seek Israeli converts
In an unprecedented endeavor, a few Muslim believers are crossing the Holy Land’s volatile boundaries of culture, faith and politics to bring Islam to Israel’s Jews — hoping, improbably, that some will be willing to renounce their religion for a new one.
Friday, September 30
- US kills citizen recruiting for Al-Qaida in Yemen
The assassination of Anwar al-Awlaki, a US citizen and Al Qaeda recruiter in Yemen, will be heralded as a major triumph in the US today. But it has very little to do with Yemen’s own problems.
- What to Do With a Burden
Sometimes when I go to prayer, I start to feel overwhelmed by all the great needs I know about. So hurting many people. So many struggles. Sickness. Wayward children. Broken hearts and lives. “Come to Me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”
- RC: Slow motion reaction to UN bid: Settlers retaliate on orchard for rock-throwing death of father, son last Friday
‘Price Tag’: Olive trees uprooted near Hebron
Anonymous vandals mutilate Palestinian olive trees in West Bank, spray paint ‘Halhul Price Tag,’ Star of David. Incident occurs near location of last Friday’s terror attack in Kiryat Arba.
- Dozens of Jews Visit Temple Mount
Dozens of Jews ascended to the Temple Mount in honor of Rosh Hashanah, including MKs Uri Ariel and Aryeh Eldad.
- RC: My complaint with this article is the headline and subhead. The copy editor betrays his/her bias. Etzion didn’t say his vision of Israel is Palestinian free. He did say it wouldn’t be a democracy and that strangers (non-Jews) would be allowed but not with full citizen rights. It grates our modern ears, but that’s what the Torah sets out. It would be a kingdom, not a republic or democracy.
Building a Palestinian-free kingdom
While international leaders are drafting a Palestinian country, Yehuda Etzion is planning a Torah-centric state and the Third Temple. No, Palestinians and democracy are not part of this scheme.
- RC: An American Jew explains why her younger generation is more critical of Israel
Why Fewer Young American Jews Share Their Parents’ View of Israel
The Palestinian bid for recognition at the U.N. has elicited differing responses within the Jewish community. Younger American Jews are more likely than their parents are to be acquainted with the Palestinians and their story
Saturday, October 1
- Over 10,000 soldiers have deserted Syria army, says high-ranking defector
Colonel Riad Assaad says defectors carrying out guerilla-style attacks on security police who enforce loyalty to Assad regime.
- Iran’s supreme leader rejects two states, calls Israel cancerous
At Intifada Conference, Iranian leader says two-state solution is nothing but a capitulation to demands of Zionists; Hamas claims resistance is the only option left for the Palestinians.
- US pastors will challenge IRS’ Johnson Amendment, talk politics in church
Just the name of the Internal Revenue Service can strike fear in the hearts of consumers, business owners and business operations volunteers for churches alike. But this weekend, pastors have the opportunity to thumb their noses at the federal agency.
- Source: UN won’t advance Palestinian statehood bid until diplomacy option exhausted
United Nations panel considering Palestinian application for full UN membership will drag on dealing with technical matters for several weeks, says a senior Western diplomat.
- RC: Hardline Al Qaeda leader may be content camp purged of American module.
2 US citizens killed in Yemen strike.
The tip-off which enabled two American drone-borne Hellfire missiles to kill the US-born Anwar al-Awkali by locating his convoy in the Khashef in the Jawf province of Yemen, 140 kilometers east of the capital Sanaa, reached US intelligence as a result of a power struggle within Al Qaeda’s leadership.
RC: Assassinated al-Qaida cleric was born in Las Cruces, NM. Yeah, like 45 minutes from where I was born.
US intelligence sources support claim Las Cruces-born al-Qaida cleric Anwar al-Awlaki killed
A Las Cruces-born radical cleric suspected of having involvement in the Fort Hood attack is dead, a counterterrorism official said.
- RC: Mexico considers short-term marriage licenses. Might want to upgrade to new model. That iPhone 5… oh, wait.
Mexico mulls 2-year marriage
Mexico City lawmakers want to help newlyweds avoid the hassle of divorce by giving them an easy exit strategy: temporary marriage licenses. Leftists in the city’s assembly — who have already riled conservatives by legalizing gay marriage — proposed a reform to the civil code this week that would allow couples to decide on the length of their commitment, opting out of a lifetime.
- RC: Keep praying for Iranian pastor under death sentence for apostasy from Islam. Judges could annul decision.
Working to save the life of a Christian pastor in Iran
This week, Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani’s case went from unknown to headline news.
- RC: As American abroad, disconcerting to know that if I am considered national threat, I can be assassinated. No trial necessary.
The due-process-free assassination of U.S. citizens is now reality
Without a shred of due process, far from any battlefield, President Obama succeeds in killing Anwar al-Awlaki.
- RC: More on the dangerous precedent set by the US assassination of a US citizen tied to al-Qaida
The US Assassination of Anwar al-Awlaki and the Blurring of Bright Lines
Adam Serwer has some good background on the case of Al-Qaeda-linked radical cleric, Anwar al-Awlaki who has reportedly been killed by US special ops in Yemen. As Kevin Drum notes, this is the first US citizen assassinated abroad by the US government.
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