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.
I’m late on the weekly round up. To ‘catch up,’ I’m posting what I think were the most imporant headlines of the last week or 10 days. Start looking for the weekly update on Mondays while I’m in the UK.
The event to look for and pray about this week is the UN Security Council meeting on Friday, when it will probably vote on Palestine’s statehood application. The latest report is that the council is deadlocked. (For more background, read Israel, Palestine & your nation: What’s the big deal?)
At the end is a song by the satirists at Latma… but the song is less satire and more lament.
- Rockets Still Flying From the Real Palestinian State
The Palestinian Authority scored a major victory today in its campaign to secure international recognition as the government of an independent “Palestine” when UNESCO voted to admit it as a member state. But the actual Palestinian state — the one in Gaza where the Hamas terrorist group exercises virtually untrammeled sovereignty — gave the world another reminder of what such statehood actually means this weekend when it showered southern Israel with a barrage of missiles. One Israeli, 56-year-old Moshe Ami of Ashkelon was murdered in one of the attacks.
- Netanyahu: It is Israel’s right and obligation to build in Jerusalem
PM says Israel must continue to develop Jerusalem, asserts construction there is Israel’s basic right and not simply a punishment to Palestinians; White House says ‘deeply disappointed’ by announcement.
- Well change face of the Mideast if settlements continue
Abbas aide says PA will take dangerous decisions if Israel continues with policies:’We’ll change face of the Mideast if settlements continue’. Malki: We wont accept less than full UN membership.
- Palestinian “Moderates” Praise Terror to Arabic Media; Talk Peace to the West
One of the standard talking points for critics of Israel’s government is to cite its unwillingness to bolster moderate Palestinians who wind up being undercut by radicals such as the terrorists of Hamas. But the assumption of the essential moderation of the Palestinian Authority and its leader Mahmoud Abbas is one that can only be maintained by ignoring virtually everything the PA does and says. The latest examples are the statements by Abbas and his aide Jibril Rajoub in which they praised the kidnapping of Gilad Shalit by Hamas. Abbas told an interviewer the crime was a “good thing” while Rajoub saluted all those involved with Shalit’s abduction.
- What does ‘Death to Israel’ mean to you?
If progressives cannot see Israelis as people, if they – we – cannot summon up the same compassion and concern for unarmed combatants on both sides of a battle front, it’s time they checked their ideology for holes.
- Islamist Jihad ready for all-out war with Israel
The Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad, which traded deadly fire with Israel at the weekend in Gaza, does not expect a subsequent truce to last long and has at least 8,000 fighters ready for war, a spokesman said. “We are proud and honored to say that the Islamic Republic of Iran gives us support and help,” Abu Ahmed, the spokesman for Islamic Jihad’s armed wing, the Jerusalem Brigades, told Reuters.
- Egyptian Christian killed by teacher, students in school for refusing to cover his cross
The parents of 17-year-old Christian student Ayman Nabil Labib, broke their silence, confirming that their son was murdered on October 16, in “cold blood because he refused to take off his crucifix as ordered by his Muslim teacher.” Nabil Labib, the father, said in a taped video interview with Copts United NGO, that his son had a cross tattooed on his wrist as per Coptic tradition, as well as another cross which he wore under his clothes. Both parents confirmed that Ayman’s classmates, who were present during the assault and whom they met at the hospital and during the funeral, said that while Ayman was in the classroom he was told to cover up his tattooed wrist cross. He refused and defiantly got out the second cross which he wore under his shirt. “The teacher nearly chocked by son and some Muslim students joined in the beating,” said his mother.
- More Than 500 Dead From Floods In Thailand
Advancing pools of polluted black water threatened Bangkok’s subway system Monday and new evacuations were ordered in the sprawling capital.
- Magnitude 4.7 earthquake shakes Oklahoma after larger temblor
Another earthquake, this one with a magnitude of 4.7, shook Oklahoma on Monday night, two days after a larger temblor hit the state and damaged 14 homes, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
- Nigeria: Muslim sect has killed over 100, but military crackdown may drive more into the extremists’ ranks
Nigeria faces a shapeless, shifting threat from a radical Muslim sect that has killed more than 100 people in recent days. While the country boasts one of Africa’s strongest armies, a military crackdown could drive more supporters into the extremists’ ranks. The U.S. is now warning that the Boko Haram militants may strike next at luxury hotels in the capital of Abuja. Although the military is working to protect such sites, most of Boko Haram’s leaders are hiding in neighboring countries and followers easily blend into the population.
- Christian, pro-Israel blogger jailed by Egypt moved to psych hospital; activists finally take up his cause
Shunned as pro-Israel, he’s adopted by activists after authorities send him to psychiatric hospital. He was Egypt’s first prisoner of conscience after the fall of Husni Mubarak in February. Until recently, however, the story of Maikel Nabil was largely ignored by activists who were offended by his views on Israel. Now, inspired by his long hunger strike and angered by the authorities’ decision to commit him to a psychiatric hospital last week, Egyptian activists have catapulted the young man into the spotlight.
A song by Latma
This song, ‘The Ballad of Oslo’s Children,’ is a lament as the children born the year the Oslo Accords were signed enter the Israeli Army and rockets continue to fall on southern Israel. You can read more about the song’s inspiration at Caroline Glick’s blog.
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