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.
While the links posted here are mostly news items, some may be lighter and include websites and stories that caught my interest. To get news links in real time or to read my editorial commentary, visit my Twitter feed @RoamingChile or on my Facebook page.
The recurring news item this week is the “price tag” attacks that extremist Jews have exacted on Palestinians, Israeli Arabs and Israeli soldiers. Please continue to pray for peace in the region and that God’s will be done.
There’s a bit of dessert at the end of the post, this week’s satirical Tribal Update from Latma.
Monday, October 3
- Picture a Day: The Gates of Jerusalem, Part IV: The Golden Gate — Sha’ar Harachamim
Photo essay on the Golden Gate (Eastern Gate), the uncovering of an underground gate and its quick covering up.
- Israel accepts Quartet peace plan, urges Palestinians to follow suit
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his eight senior cabinet ministers decided Sunday to support the Middle East Quartet’s plan for renewing Israeli-Palestinian negotiations within a month without preconditions.
- RC: 1919 Hilter letter on antisemitism shows ‘society cannot afford to ignore, ridicule demagogues, such as Iran’s Ahmadinejad’
Hitler letter offers first glimpse of anti-Semitic passions
The Gemlich letter proves obsessive hatred of Jews more clearly than in his later book ‘Mein Kampf’ says founder of Wiesenthal Center.
- Turkey: Why The World Should Start To Worry About Erdogan
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s verbal antics are nothing new to European leaders. Radical rhetoric is one thing, they say, but at the end of the day, the pragmatic good sense that has characterized Turkish foreign policy for so long will prevail. The problem is that Erdogan’s tone is growing ever more shrill, and it looks increasingly as if he might translate words into action.
- Violent clashes erupt between Israeli Arabs, police after apparent ‘price tag’ attack
Some 300 residents of Upper Galilee village, where mosque was set on fire, hurl rocks at security forces, burn tires; police responds with tear gas, stun grenades.
- Rare tornado in South Africa destroys hundreds of homes
Hundreds of homes were destroyed on Sunday afternoon when a tornado tore through a town in South Africa, emergency officials said. At least one person has been killed. The tornado affected the town of Ficksburg in Free State province, but the extent of the damage was not immediately known.
- Filipinos still trapped on roofs; typhoons kill 59
Floodwaters are slowly receding in many parts of the Philippines after two typhoons that killed nearly 60 people. Some people are still stranded on rooftops and local officials are appealing for more rescuers and boats to bring them down.
- RC: Just as the gospel of Yeshua is rising in Asia, so is militant Islam
Global Islamic group rising in Asia
The chanting crowd at the radical Muslim protest in Indonesia stood out for its normalcy: smartly dressed businessmen, engineers, lawyers, smiling mothers, scampering children. At a time when al-Qaida seems to be faltering, the recruitment of such an educated, somewhat mainstream following is raising fears that Hizbut Tahrir, an enigmatic global movement, could prove more effective at radicalizing the Islamic world than outright terrorist groups.
Tuesday, October 3
- Blast in Somali capital kills at least 65: ambulance worker
A truck bomb killed at least 65 people at government buildings in the heart of Somalia’s capital on Tuesday, an ambulance worker said, and Al-Qaida linked al Shabaab insurgents claimed responsibility for the attack.
- Attackers Carve Jewish Star Into Back of Iraqi Poet in St. Louis
An Iraqi poet who immigrated to St. Louis and converted from Islam to Christianity has paid the price for supporting Jews and Israel. Iraqi who wrote Arabic poem in support of Israel stabbed, has Star of David cut into his back.
- Analysis: Jewish terrorism gaining steam
If proven to have been carried out by right-wing extremists, burning of mosque in Galilee signals extremism rising among Jews, even attacking Israeli-Arabs.
- Russia’s Putin says wants to build “Eurasian Union”
Russia’s Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said he wants to bring ex-Soviet states into a “Eurasian Union” in an article which outlined his first foreign policy initiative as he prepares to return to the Kremlin as the country’s next president.
- Syrian intellectuals, doctors assassinated. Each side blames the other.
The situation in Syria appears to be worsening further as intellectuals and doctors are being assassinated. Opposition activists blame the government for the deaths they say are an attempt to stoke sectarian tensions.
Wednesday, October 5
- Palestinian protesters accost U.S. diplomats during West Bank visit
Following Congress cut of PA aid funds, Palestinian protesters urge boycott of U.S. products, saying Washington ‘cannot blackmail us with your money.’
- Health of jailed pro-Israel Egyptian blogger worsens
Appeal postponed of Maikel Nabil, a critic of Egypts army; family say his health is declining because of a six-week hunger strike.
- Clinton, in a Sharp Turnaround, Warns Against Even Symbolically Recognizing Jerusalem as Capital of Israel
Secretary of State Clinton, in a sharp departure from her stance when she was a senator, is warning that any American action, even symbolically, toward recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel must be avoided.
Thursday, October 6
- New genetic evidence links Spanish Americans to Jews
Genetic mutations viewed as predominantly Jewish, like breast cancer or Bloom’s syndrome, were popping up at a notable rate among Hispanos. Now study backs up what anecdotal history has been sayin: many US Hispanics in Southwest have Jewish roots.
- Iran Switches Charges Against Pastor for the Second Time
Iran’s government is distributing various reports about the legal status of Christian pastor Yousef (also spelled Yousof and Youcef) Nadarkhani. While Supreme Court documents show Nadarkhani was convicted of apostsy, officials are now saying he has been charged with Zionism and/or rape.
- Looming threat: Al-Shabaab in Somalia is learning from al-Qaida and reaching West
The assassin was dropped off into the bitter cold by a taxi near the home of his target in Aarhus, Denmark’s second largest city.
- U.S. ‘Paid a Price’ on Egypt
In a blunt assessment, President Obama’s first national security adviser told a private audience this week that there is a “chasm” between the United States and its Gulf Arab allies that has yet to heal since the White House very publicly ushered Egypt’s president out of power in February. Retired Marine Gen. James Jones, who served as national security adviser in 2009-10, told a private meeting at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that the United States’ Persian Gulf allies interpret the president’s handling of the Egyptian revolution as a sign that Washington will dump their monarchies or governments if enough demonstrators take to their streets, according to a recording of the speech reviewed by The Daily Beast.
Friday, October 7
- UN raises death toll in Syria unrest to 2,900
Names of dead have all been confirmed and likely include some members of security forces; figure represents an increase of at least 200 since the beginning of September.
- Protocols of the Elders of Crazy
Anti-Semitism, like any other form of bigotry, can only be partially comprehended through statements or polling data. Pointing out the grave and bigoted misconceptions about historical truth and present reality in the Arab World should not in any way free Israel from criticism or open Arabs to bigotry or generalizations. Nonetheless, stating the truth ought to matter regardless of its possible implications. And the myopic and all-consuming nature of anti-Israeli sentiments in the Arab World is too pervasive and unique to be explained solely by Palestine’s internal politics.
Saturday, October 8
- The Mounting Hezbollah Threat in Latin America
Hezbollah is using the Western Hemisphere as a staging ground, fundraising center, and operational base to wage asymmetric warfare against the United States. Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez and other anti-American governments in the region have facilitated this expansion by rolling out the welcome mats. Estimates say Islamic extremists send up to $500 million a year from the Americas to the Middle East.
- Dozens of Jewish settlers surround IDF patrol in West Bank and assault soldiers
IDF patrol vehicle near Shilo trapped by roadblocks; settlers and soldiers clash in what a senior officer calls ‘crossing a red line.’
- Police: Sitting on a powder keg
“Price tag” attacks in Israel, West Bank “can result in escalation, and this is last thing the country needs.”
- Presbyterian church to ordain 1st gay man
More than two decades after Scott Anderson told his California congregation that he was gay and therefore must resign as its pastor, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) is preparing to welcome him back with mostly open arms.
- RC: How a Buddhist helped spread the Gospel of Yeshua and understood that no one escapes death
Steve Jobs brought the Gospel to our generation
As everyone knows, Steve Jobs died this week. Without question, Steven P. Jobs was a technological genius and changed the way we send and receive information. He took something that was complex and made it accessible to young and old alike.
- On anniversary of Yom Kippur War, poll finds Israelis feel more secure
In 1973, Israel received a terrifying surprise attack from her Arab neighbors that nearly destroyed the Jewish State. Israelis vowed never to be caught off guard again. They have taken concrete and expensive steps to improve their security. A poll just released in Israel suggests those steps are working. Israelis today feel more secure than ever before in their modern history, even as they are fully aware of new threats rising against them that some call a “gathering storm.”
- RC: Caroline Glick finally explains Jonathan Pollard to me, and how Obama says one thing then sends his people to say opposite.
Justice for Jonathan Pollard
Next month, convicted Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard will begin his 27th year in prison, and the Obama administration is displaying stunning insensitivity to what this means for the American Jewish community. Pollard was arrested in 1985 for transferring classified documents to Israel during his service at US Naval Intelligence. In 1987, he was sentenced to life imprisonment for his crime. Pollard’s sentence contradicted his plea bargain agreement. It was based, among other things, on an impact assessment report of his crimes that was authored by CIA officer Aldrich Ames. At the time of Pollard’s arrest, Ames had been spying for the Soviet Union for two years.
- Homeland Security moves forward with ‘pre-crime’ detection
Internal Homeland Security document indicates a program to predict criminal intent is being tested on members of the public, raising questions about whether it’s a bit too close to a real-life Minority Report.
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