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Palestinian Authority President Flunks History.


Harry Truman
U.S. President Harry S. Truman, Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Abba Eban, and Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion in the White House on May 1, 1951. The Israeli leaders presented Truman with a menorah. (Fritz Cohen)

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has reiterated that he won’t recognize Israel as a Jewish state, and he’s claiming support for that position from an unlikely quarter: former U.S. President Harry Truman. But a closer look reveals that Truman’s words are being misrepresented.

In a Feb. 3 interview with the New York Times, Abbas was asked about recognizing Israel as a Jewish state—something both the Israeli government and President Barack Obama have said the Palestinian Authority needs to do.

“This is out of the question,” Abbas said.

To justify that position, Abbas handed the Times interviewer a packet of documents, the first of which was a statement by Truman from 1948 in which the words “Jewish state” were crossed out and replaced by “state of Israel.”

Someone who didn’t know better might think Abbas had scored a point. But in fact, the document in question does not provide evidence of American opposition to a Jewish state.

Here’s how that cross-out came about.

On May 15, 1948, just before David Ben-Gurion announced the establishment of the state of Israel, Truman decided he would extend U.S. recognition to the state as soon as it was proclaimed. A senior aide to the president, Clark Clifford, telephoned Eliahu Epstein (Elath), who was the state-to-be’s chief representative in Washington. Clifford told Elath to submit a formal request for recognition as soon as possible.

Elath wrote up the request during the minutes before the state was proclaimed. He did not yet know what its name would be. So he typed “the Jewish state.” He gave the document to his assistant, Zvi Zinder, who ran outside to get a taxi to the White House.

Moments after Zinder left, Elath’s secretary rushed in to say she had just heard on their shortwave radio that the state had been declared, and it would be called the state of Israel. Elath sent his secretary after Zinder and caught up to him at the gates to the White House.

Elath didn’t want to delay recognition by having Zinder return and retype the letter. So he had instructed his secretary to make the correction by hand. Hence the famous cross-out to which Abbas referred. It was not a political or ideological statement; it was the equivalent of a typographical correction.

But none of this is a secret. Ambassador Elath described it in his book The Struggle for Statehood: Washington 1945-1948, which was published back in 1979, and it has appeared in other books since then. It’s required reading for scholars and diplomats who have a serious interest in America-Israel relations. It’s difficult to believe that Abbas and the PA aides who helped assemble his packet of clippings are unfamiliar with these well-known facts.

On the other hand, history has never been Mr. Abbas’ strong suit.

Last year, he told a Lebanese television station that David Ben-Gurion and the Zionist movement collaborated with the Nazis.

“I challenge anyone to deny the relationship between Zionism and Nazism before World War II,” he said. He claimed to have authored 70 books on the topic.

So far, only one of those 70 books has been published. That 1983 book, based on Abbas’ Ph.D. dissertation at Moscow’s Oriental College, argued that fewer than 1 million Jews were killed by the Nazis—and that those Jews were the victims of a secret partnership that Ben-Gurion and other Zionist leaders formed with the Nazis in order to have a basis for demanding a state.

“Since Zionism was not a fighting partner, it had no escape but to offer up human beings, under any name, to raise the number of victims, which they could then boast of at the moment of accounting,” Abbas wrote. “Having more victims meant greater rights and stronger privilege to join the negotiation table for dividing the spoils of war once it was over.”

The historical record can play an important role in addressing the conflicting claims by Arabs and Israelis about territories, refugees and other issues. But that record is ill-served when Holocaust history and American history are twisted into political cannon fodder by those who are less interested in the facts than in scoring points against Israel.

Dr. Rafael Medoff is director of the David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies in Washington, D.C., and co-author, with Chaim I. Waxman, of the Historical Dictionary of Zionism.

For the original article, visit jns.org.

Will This House Survive? By Olugu Olugu Orji.


By Olugu Olugu Orji

(This piece was written in 2009 when late Umar Yar’adua was President. The issues discussed are as relevant now as they then were.)

A building is as strong as its foundation; and you don’t have to be a practitioner in the industry to know that. Some years back, a friend sought my professional counsel concerning a problem-ridden family house in Otukpo, Benue State. On a day appointed, we went to the house so I could do an on-the-site assessment as we architects are wont to do when confronted with such situations. What I found was a series of deep and threatening cracks running most of the height of the walls. It had become a yearly ritual to plaster and paint over those cracks but they had always reappeared. There was no doubt about the source of this menace: a faulty foundation.

I can recall making two propositions: it was either a slow but costly process of re-establishing the foundation or outright abandonment in view of the perpetual possibility of collapse. Either way, the solution was going to be costly. I never did get to know which option was implemented. I neither owned nor lived in the house so it was convenient not to care. The house I presently live in is under even more serious threat and I have neither the intention nor the means to relocate. Yes you guessed right. The house is Nigeria; alias good people, great nation!

Since the onset of the current rebranding campaign but especially the recent celebration of ten years of uninterrupted democratic rule, I have been ruminating over this house called Nigeria. I do so against the backdrop of the government’s so-called 7-point agenda and the laudable though whimsical ambition of catapulting Nigeria to the league of the world’s 20 largest economies by 2020.

Having lived all my life in this country, and having sojourned in every part of this expansive enclave, and knowing how things are still being presently run, these goals will not be attained. This opinion is anchored on the precarious assumption that this contraption has not given way by 2020! Except we choose to delude ourselves, this house has been full of gaping, blood-chilling cracks for a better part of our nearly five decades of pretending to be a nation. Over the years, we have resorted to a legion of measures to remedy the situation.

At best, these efforts have proved to be merely palliative. We have juggled with the structure of the so-called federation to little avail. From a three region structure, we went to four. When one pivotal region threatened to secede, we hurriedly created twelve states thus jettisoning the regional arrangement. Twelve soon became nineteen and nineteen, twenty-one. Still responding to those fundamental and foundational issues that refuse to go away, we made it to thirty. Still not done, we are now thirty-six with as many demands. And we are none the better.

President Yar’adua may be slow but one thing most people are agreed on is that he is sincere. But it will take much more than sincerity and a 7-point agenda to take Nigeria to that place of glory. Whether by design or default, our founding fathers bequeathed us a house with a dubious foundation. This action I can neither condemn nor commend. Knowing the deviousness of the British, they may have been left with little choice. Nobody blames a man if he moves into a house in dire need of restructuring and maintenance. It may be all he can afford.

But he will most certainly come under harsh criticism if he does nothing afterwards. This generation must accept the blame for allowing the precarious state of our commonwealth to persist. Our leaders sometimes say we have no other country but this one. That may be true for most of ‘us’ but certainly not for ‘them.’ Their treasures and loot are safely stashed offshore and at the slightest hint of trouble, they’ll zap before you can even spell OTA. We are the ones who will be left in the lurch.

Will this house survive, or more appropriately, can this house survive? It most certainly can; if we are prepared to take a critical and studied look at the foundation and muster the requisite will and courage to take remedial action. That will and courage is the stuff of a fierce brand of patriotism that we must imbibe if we hope to save the situation. It was what drove an upper class Hungarian named Theodor Herzl to work out an enduring solution to the Jewish question. In 1897, in Basle Switzerland, he superintended the birthing of Zionism with its sole aim of creating a homeland for the Jewish people in Palestine.

Herzl died of a heart attack in 1904 at the mere age of forty four but Zionism thrived in the hearts and hands of men like Chaim Weizmann and David Ben-Gurion to witness the inauguration of the independent Jewish state of Israel on May 14, 1948. And who could forget the heroics of amazons like the irrepressible Golda Meier who fought alongside the men to realize one of the greatest miracles of the 20th century.

Sadly, this shade of patriotism and this quality of leadership is rare in these parts. And this is in addition to our tottering foundation. If a new crop of leadership can emerge, who, fired by genuine patriotic zeal, will undertake the costly process of restructuring the polity thereby unleashing the latent potentials in all of Nigeria’s constituent parts, then even a place in the first 20 will merely be our starting point. Without sounding patronizing, I know we have all it takes to pull it off. But if we persist in denial and vacillating as we have done so far, we might just prove some Americans right in the matter of 2015. Apologies to Gen Gowon, but it will be ‘no victor, all vanquished.’ God help us!

Olugu Olugu Orji mnia
nnanta2012@gmail.com

The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of SaharaReporters

Why Christian Zionism Grows Despite Critics.


John Hagee and Ed Royce
Christians United for Israel founder John Hagee (left) with U.S. Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, at a dinner in Hagee’s honor, on Nov. 7 in New York. (CUFI)

With more than 1.6 million members, pastor John Hagee’s Christians United for Israel (CUFI) has become a powerful force in pro-Israel advocacy in American politics. Additionally, his humanitarian work—including the donation of more than $80 million to Israeli charities—has earned him growing praise from the Jewish community.

But despite the efforts of Hagee, who is arguably the face of Christian Zionism today, many Jews remain skeptical of evangelical support for Israel. That phenomenon can be understood against the backdrop of Christian Zionism’s history of embracing competing theological and political ideologies, a trend that persists today.

Deeply rooted in the Christian faith, especially Protestantism, Christian Zionism emerged in the U.S. and Great Britain in the 19th century, when leaders such as Lord Shaftesbury and William Eugene Blackstone helped shape the movement’s policies in their respective countries. More modern Christian leaders, like Winston Churchill and Harry Truman, working with Jewish friends, set the course for their governments’ support for and recognition of the modern state of Israel. Hagee seeks to continue that legacy.

“Before CUFI, there was nothing to give American evangelicals a national voice for Israel,” Hagee told JNS.org in an exclusive sit-down interview on the eve of a major dinner with Jewish leaders in his honor on Nov. 7 in New York.

While Hagee has been a staunch supporter of Israel since the early 1980s, when he first organized the now famous “Night to Honor Israel” at his Cornerstone megachurch in San Antonio, CUFI—founded in 2006—has arguably become his most powerful tool in support of Israel.

“Our main and initial objective was to get thousands of leaders to go each year to Washington, D.C., to engage every senator and congressperson as to why we as evangelicals support Israel,” Hagee says.

It wasn’t always easy to garner Christian support for Israel. For most of Christian history, the teaching of replacement theology—which argues that the Christian church has replaced Israel and the Jewish people regarding the plan, purpose and promises of God—has been a dominant teaching.

Hagee initially faced pushback from other Christians regarding his ministry’s support for Israel—his Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, as well as his family, was threatened by violence that included bomb threats and smashed windows.

“Israel has always had its enemies,” he says. “When I first started supporting Israel over 30 years ago, I was using the TV platform to preach against the doctrine of replacement theology, which was was all the rage then.”

Despite CUFI’s growth—it calls itself America’s largest pro-Israel group—Christian Zionists today still face significant threats from anti-Zionist Christians, who use their faith to accost Israel over its policies towards the Palestinians. The anti-Zionist movement is based in the Bethlehem Bible Church, an evangelical church in the West Bank, which hosts the “Christ at Checkpoint” conference, gathering evangelical leaders to criticize Israel and promote boycott, divestment and sanctions against the Jewish state.

Hagee sees no difference between these modern Christian anti-Zionists and traditional Christian anti-Semites.

“From time to time, groups organize for purposes that are anti-Semitic and anti-Israel. You can’t divorce the two. You can call it your theology, but it’s anti-Semitism within a theological umbrella. I place all these people in the category of anti-Semites with a new flag to fly,” he says.

Christian Zionism has also faced resistance in its efforts to be accepted by the Jewish community. Hagee admits that it is only natural for some Jews to be skeptical of Christians due to the long history of Christian anti-Semitism, as evidenced during the Crusades, Inquisition and Holocaust.

“I think there are Jewish people who have what my rabbi friend Rabbi Aryeh Scheinberg [an Orthodox rabbi in San Antonio] says is a ‘2000-year knee flinch’ of their skepticism of the Christian agenda,” Hagee says. “The Jewish people are very aware of history, and it will take just more than a few Christians singing kumbaya to change their mind.”

Aside from history, there are significant political, geographical and cultural differences between evangelicals and Jews that bolster Jewish suspicions of evangelicals. According to the Pew Research Center, evangelical and born-again Christians voted overwhelmingly—79 percent—for Republican candidate Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election, while Jews voted overwhelmingly in the other direction—69 percent—for President Barack Obama. Additionally, Pew says most Jews tend to live in heavily urbanized regions in the Northeast, like New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts, while evangelicals are most heavily concentrated in southern states, like Tennessee, Texas and Oklahoma.

Former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer, however, breaks the mold of Jewish Americans. He was born and raised in New York and is a conservative who has worked in the south for many years for and with evangelical Christians, including former President George W. Bush.

Fleischer, a close friend of Hagee who was master of ceremonies at the Nov. 7 dinner, told JNS.org that his Jewish friends constantly express their skepticism of evangelicals.

“Just like any bigotry, if you don’t know somebody, you are inclined to stereotype them,” Fleischer told JNS.org. “As soon as you get to know them, it starts to break down. This is true in both directions; I’ve seen conservatives make false judgments [about people] who they may not know, just like liberals, Jews and anybody else who are not aware of the evangelical community.

“All the years I’ve spent with evangelicals, I never once had anybody trying to convince me of anything or make me think differently about my beliefs.”

Fleischer added, “When they [evangelicals] say they are praying for you, it doesn’t mean they are praying for you to convert. It is a heartfelt gesture that truly shows how deeply they care about your well-being.”

Hagee understands Jewish skepticism of evangelicals but hopes Jews can also be open-minded.

“They have a historical right to be skeptical, [but] all I ask for is the opportunity to present my message,” he says.

Regardless of any Jewish debates over Christian Zionism, it was clear at the dinner in Hagee’s honor that the pastor and CUFI are well respected in the eyes of prominent mainstream Jewish leaders.

“I’ve had a long relationship with [Hagee], and I participated in his Washington conferences and his ‘Night to Honor Israel,’” says Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, who presented Hagee with a lifetime achievement award at the dinner. “It is a remarkable experience that everybody should have. He cares deeply about Israel. And his audiences are very passionate and committed. I deeply respect Pastor Hagee. He does not have alternative agendas and is very committed to Israel’s vitality and survival.”

Hoenlein gave his take on Jewish skepticism of evangelicals in an interview with JNS.org.

“First of all, you evaluate each partner on an individual basis, and there are certainly some with legitimate suspicions. However, that is not true with Pastor Hagee and CUFI. While he does have his religious beliefs, he does not impose them on you, and he is very respectful of your faith,” he said.

“We need the evangelical community,” he added. “I would ask people to embrace their true friends and, as to those who engage in questionable practices, we should isolate them.”

Michael Kassen, president of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, echoes Hoenlein’s sentiment on Hagee.

“We’re thrilled that he’s been a real pro-Israel leader for decades,” Kassen told JNS.org. “Our belief is that is it very important that support for Israel, which is already strong among Jewish Americans, also extend beyond the Jewish people to include Christians and many others.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, addressing the dinner in a video message, spoke about his long friendship with Hagee. Nobel laureate and noted Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, sitting next to Hagee, lamented that if there were more Gentiles like him, history might have turned out differently. In a video message, News Corporation CEO and Chairman Rupert Murdoch praised Hagee for standing up for democracy and freedom.

Hagee told JNS.org that he has enjoyed a warm relationship with many Jewish leaders over the years, including every single Israeli prime minister since Menachem Begin.

“Begin was a great biblical scholar and held Bible teaching every Friday night, which he invited me to,” Hagee said. “Each time I met with him, it was a very enjoyable opportunity as friends to share common principles of faith that bound us together. That has never really changed, from when I met Begin toNetanyahu today.”

Hagee is hopeful that his church and CUFI will continue to flourish.

“I hope that the next generation [of CUFI advocates] will rise up to be aggressive and intelligent leaders that will continue its work until all the enemies of Israel are defeated,” he says.

Source: STANDING WITH ISRAEL.

Will you help me deal a mighty blow to Satan today?.


Today I read Joshua 10:24-25:

“When they had brought these kings to Joshua, he summoned all the men of Israel and said to the army commanders who had come with him, ‘Come here and put your feet on the necks of these kings.’ So they came forward and placed their feet on their necks. Joshua said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Be strong and courageous. This is what the Lord will do to all the enemies you are going to fight.'”

Joshua used the word “near.” In Hebrew, the word is “najosh.” One meaning of the word is “to approach the Holy of Holies.” It also means “leave your gods who cannot save you and approach God or draw near to the Holy of Holies.”

This was a command–“put your feet on the necks of these kings”–not a request. Another meaning of the word is “to offer or present.” When you approach the Lord in worship, you must have a soft heart, responsive to the Spirit, one that has moved from hardness to tenderness. Draw near to the Lord with a tender heart; He is the lover of your soul. Get into that place of high praise, the place of anointing where the glory of the Lord is, where the sick are healed and the captives set free.

When you draw near to Him, you are putting your feet on the Enemy’s neck. Today, I’m asking you to help me deal a mighty blow to Satan in the spiritual warfare for control of Israel.

Now more than ever we must support God’s Chosen People. I want to encourage you today to take your stand for Israel and the Jewish People by helping us make the Righteous Gentile Heritage Center a lighthouse and witness of Christian love to the entire nation of Israel.

We must make the next payment of $450,000 on November 30. Thanks to the incredible generosity of a dear friend of this work and Israel, we have a matching gift challenge that will double the impact of your gift today.  That means we must raise $225,000 in the next five weeks.  So far 730 friends have given $58,595.  That means we still need $166,405.

DONATE NOW: https://secure.etransfer.com/JPT/ScentedOilZionismPrem.cfm?dn=1032&commID=451312506&ID=711760

With your gift of $50 or more, we will send you a softbound copy of my new book, “The History of Christian Zionism,” as well as the “any gift” offer: the Jeweled Scented Oil Set. Thousands of hours of research went into this more-than 800-page, two-volume work. It is a must read for every friend of Israel and the Jewish People. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, my friend of more than 30 years, received the first copy, and his brother Dr. Iddo Netanyahu is reading the copy I gave him right now! The Prime Minister said, “I believe that the Jewish state and modern Zionism would not have been possible without Christian Zionism.” If you are able to send a gift of $100 or more, we will send you the beautiful hardback edition.

With your gift of any amount, we will send you a Jeweled Scented Oil Set. This beautiful set of three, miniature scent droppers is made according to ancient traditions passed down for centuries in the Bible lands. Each bottle contains olive oil mixed with fragrant herbs and spices, including the mix of myrrh, aloes and cassia referenced in Scripture. The three scents are Spikenard, Psalm Maria, and Psalm Croix.

If you are able to send a gift of $250 or more, we will send you the scented oil set and a stunning Torah Scroll. In addition, your name or the name of someone you wish to honor will be placed on a special Scroll of Honor in the Righteous Gentile Heritage Center.

Perhaps you would like to do even more. If you are able to send a gift of $1,000 or more, we will send you the scented oil set and a large, silver-trimmed Yemenite shofar. I have one of these in my office, and it is amazing. We will also place your name or the name of someone special you wish to honor or remember in the Hall of Righteous Gentiles in the Jerusalem World Center.

DONATE NOW: https://secure.etransfer.com/JPT/ScentedOilZionismPrem.cfm?dn=1032&commID=451312506&ID=711760

Your support of the Jerusalem Prayer Team today allows us to continue our work on the Righteous Gentile Heritage Center, to stand up and speak out for Israel, and to meet urgent humanitarian needs among the poor Jewish people living in Israel.  Thank you so much for being part of this vital worldwide prayer movement.

Your Ambassador to Jerusalem,

Dr. Michael Evans

Nazi Flag Flies Proudly over Arab Town South of Jerusalem.


Israeli motorists traveling south from Jerusalem near the town of Beit Ummar in the land administered by the Palestinian Authority were shocked this past weekend to see a massive Nazi flag flying near the roadway.  It is the second time in the past few months that this offensive expression of hatred toward the Jewish People has been displayed there.  The reason the Palestinians have such an affinity for the Nazis is that they share the same goal–the elimination of the Jewish People. And this is nothing new.

In a recent speech, my long-time friend Prime Minister Netanyahu pointed out the historic links between the Palestinian Arabs and the Nazis. He cited the evidence that Mufti Haj Amin Al-Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, was “one of the initiators of the Holocaust of the Jews of Europe.”  He further pointed out that the Mufti even toured the gas chambers at Auschwitz with the notorious Adolf Eichmann.

Hatred of the Jewish People runs deep, not only among the Palestinians, but around the world.  Anti-Semitic violent attacks continue to occur more and more frequently.  Threats to destroy the Jewish People continue to be made.  The enemies of Israel are not looking for new, smaller borders for the Jewish state–they want it to be completely destroyed.

There is a vital conflict taking place in the spirit realm behind what we see on the political, military, and economic stages of this struggle.  The forces of good and evil are locked in a titanic battle between light and darkness.  Our role in this struggle is twofold.  First, we must fight in the spirit realm through our prayers and intercessions to God for Israel.  Second, we must do everything we can to strengthen and encourage the Jewish People as they face such dire threats.  Your support of the Jerusalem Prayer Team is a vital part of this effort.

We must make the next payment of $450,000 on November 30. Thanks to the incredible generosity of a dear friend of this work and Israel, we have a matching gift challenge that will double the impact of your gift today. That means we must raise $225,000 in the next six weeks. So far 445 friends have given $34,115. That means we still need $190,885.

DONATE NOW:  https://secure.etransfer.com/JPT/ScentedOilZionismPrem.cfm?dn=1032&commID=447760621&ID=711760

With your gift of any amount, we will send you a Jeweled Scented Oil Set. This beautiful set of three, miniature scent droppers is made according to ancient traditions passed down for centuries in the Bible lands. Each bottle contains olive oil mixed with fragrant herbs and spices, including the mix of myrrh, aloes and cassia referenced in Scripture. The three scents are Spikenard, Psalm Maria, and Psalm Croix.

With your gift of $50 or more, we will send you the scented oil set and a softbound copy of my new book, “The History of Christian Zionism.” Thousands of hours of research went into this more-than 800-page, two-volume work. It is a must read for every friend of Israel and the Jewish People. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, my friend of more than 30 years, received the first copy, and his brother Dr. Iddo Netanyahu is reading the copy I gave him right now!  The Prime Minister said, “I believe that the Jewish state and modern Zionism would not have been possible without Christian Zionism.” If you are able to send a gift of $100 or more, we will send you the beautiful hardback edition.

If you are able to send a gift of $250 or more, we will send you the scented oil set and a stunning Torah Scroll. In addition, your name or the name of someone you wish to honor will be placed on a special Scroll of Honor in the Righteous Gentile Heritage Center.

Perhaps you would like to do even more. If you are able to send a gift of $1,000 or more, we will send you the scented oil set and a large, silver-trimmed Yemenite shofar. I have one of these in my office, and it is amazing. We will also place your name or the name of someone special you wish to honor or remember in the Hall of Righteous Gentiles in the Jerusalem World Center.

DONATE NOW: https://secure.etransfer.com/JPT/ScentedOilZionismPrem.cfm?dn=1032&commID=447760621&ID=711760 

Your support of the Jerusalem Prayer Team today allows us to continue our work on the Righteous Gentile Heritage Center, to stand up and speak out for Israel, and to meet urgent humanitarian needs among the poor Jewish people living in Israel. Thank you so much for being part of this vital worldwide prayer movement.

Your Ambassador to Jerusalem,

From Mike Evans the founder of the Jerusalem Prayer Team

Dr. Michael Evans

PM Netanyahu explains why what we are doing matters so much.


From Mike Evans the founder of the Jerusalem Prayer Team

Dear Nnamdi,

I have been a personal friend of Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu for more than 30 years.  I asked then-Prime Minister Menachem Begin to give him his first political job, launching his career.  I anointed him with oil and prophesied over him that, in the future, he would be Prime Minister and lead his nation during the most dangerous days Israel had ever seen.  Today, that prophecy is coming true.

These words from my long-time friend describe prophetically the importance of what we are doing with the Righteous Gentile Heritage Center–a prophetic first.  The Prime Minister said:

“I don’t believe that the Jewish State and Modern Zionism would have been possible without Christian Zionism. I think that the many Christian supporters of the rebirth of the Jewish State and the ingathering of the Jewish people in the 19th century made possible the rise of Jewish Zionism–modern Jewish Zionism. We always had the deeply ingrained desire to come back to our land and rebuild it. This is a prayer of the millennia of the Jewish people…and the many Christian friends that we had…created the practical foundation, the political foundation for the emergence of Zionism.”

We must tell the stories of Christian Zionist heroes to the entire nation of Israel, but we cannot do that without your help.

We must make the next payment of $450,000 on November 30. Thanks to the incredible generosity of a dear friend of this work and Israel, we have a matching gift challenge that will double the impact of your gift today.  That means we must raise $225,000 in the next six weeks.  So far 260 friends have given $20,845.  That means we still need $204,155.

DONATE NOW: https://secure.etransfer.com/JPT/FragrancesScripturePrem.cfm?dn=1032&commID=447157984&ID=711760

With your gift of any amount, we will send you a Jeweled Scented Oil Set.  This beautiful set of three, miniature scent droppers is made according to ancient traditions passed down for centuries in the Bible lands.  Each bottle contains olive oil mixed with fragrant herbs and spices, including the mix of myrrh, aloes and cassia referenced in Scripture.  The three scents are Spikenard, Psalm Maria, and Psalm Croix.

With your gift of $40 or more, we will send you the scented oil set and the Bible Promise Box.  Filled with verses of Scripture carefully selected to strengthen and encourage your faith, this is a treasure you will want to use over and over again.

With your gift of $50 or more, we will send you the scented oil set and a softbound copy of my new book, “The History of Christian Zionism.”  Thousands of hours of research went into this more-than 800-page, two-volume work.  It is a must read for every friend of Israel and the Jewish People.  If you are able to send a gift of $100 or more, we will send you the beautiful hardback edition.

If you are able to send a gift of $250 or more, we will send you the scented oil set and a stunning Torah Scroll.  In addition, your name or the name of someone you wish to honor will be placed on a special Scroll of Honor in the Righteous Gentile Heritage Center.

Perhaps you would like to do even more.  If you are able to send a gift of $1,000 or more, we will send you the scented oil set and a large, silver-trimmed Yemenite shofar.  I have one of these in my office, and it is amazing.  We will also place your name or the name of someone special you wish to honor or remember in the Hall of Righteous Gentiles in the Jerusalem World Center.

DONATE NOW: https://secure.etransfer.com/JPT/FragrancesScripturePrem.cfm?dn=1032&commID=447157984&ID=711760

Your support of the Jerusalem Prayer Team today allows us to continue our work on the Righteous Gentile Heritage Center, to stand up and speak out for Israel, and to meet urgent humanitarian needs among the poor Jewish people living in Israel.  Thank you so much for being part of this vital worldwide prayer movement.

Your Ambassador to Jerusalem,

Dr. Michael Evans

Jews Share Legitimate Historical Connection to Israel.


 

Golan Heights
Golan Heights

Since time immemorial, the Jewish people have had a continuous presence in the land of Israel. Contrary to anti-Israel arguments, the Jewish people were returning to settle the land of Israel hundreds of years prior to the rise of the Zionist movement.

The anti-Israel community often attempts de-legitimize the state of Israel by using the rhetorical argument that the Jewish people left Israel following the Bar Kokhba revolt, were absent from the area for 2,000 years and didn’t return to their ancestral homeland until the rise of the Zionist movement. The reality is that the Jewish people were never absent from the land of Israel, for Jews continued to live in as well as settle the land of Israel despite all of the hardships associated with it since ancient times.

Jews Have Always Lived in Israel

For example, 34 synagogues were found in the Golan Heights dating from the late Roman era up until the Arab conquest. There was also a strong Jewish community present in Ein Gedi that continued to flourish up through the sixth century until Byzantine persecutions brought that community to an end.

Additionally, a Jewish community found in Baram existed up through the Crusader period, andpopulation estimates from the seventh century as well as from 1517 following the Crusades and Black Plague also indicate a Jewish presence in the land of Israel.

The Sephardic Aliyah to Israel

Aside from ancient and medieval Jewish communities that existed within Israel, the Jewish Diaspora never lost touch with their ancestral homeland. Hundreds of years prior to the founding of the Zionist movement, there were Jewish communities that made Aliyah in the Middle Ages.

One of these medieval Aliyot was that of the Sephardic Jewish community that fled Spain following the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisition in order to live under Ottoman rule in the Holy Land. Between 1391 through the 15th century, a significant number of Jews immigrated to the Holy Land as a response to the persecution they endured in Spain and Portugal.

According to the scholar Jane Gerber in her book The Jews of Spain, “Entire family groups banded together and rented ships to make their way to Palestine since they were barred from Christian vessels. This movement contrasted sharply with the previous migration, which involved primarily the scholarly and the elderly who sought burial in the Holy Land. Soon, the Sephardic settlement in Jerusalem increased noticeably, and by mid-century, the community had become so heterogeneous that Hebrew, the only language shared by all, became its spoken language.”

Dona Gracia Nasi
In fact, during the height of the Ottoman Empire, one brave Jewish woman of the Renaissance, Dona Gracia Nasi, sought to set up a semi-autonomous Jewish province in the area of Tiberius, Israel. Despite local Arab and French opposition, Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent supported the project. Many modern historians evidently view Dona Gracia Nasi’s attempt to establish a Jewish province in Tiberiusas part of a larger attempt to revive Jewish statehood prior to the rise of Zionism.

According to Andree Aelion Brooks’ The Woman Who Defied Kings: The Life and Times of Dona Gracia Nasi, “In Tiberius, the newcomers were soon taking over abandoned structures, renovating deserted houses, restoring gaping roofs, clearing the rubble and quarreling in typical Jewish fashion. By 1564, the revival was sufficiently far along that yet another traveler recalled that the scent from the date palm, orange and pine trees was so overpowering that it was almost suffocating. Yet another talked effusively of a wilderness turned into a Garden of Eden. Almost all of the residents—one of these travelers noted—were former conversos from Spain and Portugal!”

Although the Tiberius community went into decline after Dona Gracia Nasi passed away, there are some Jews living in Israel today who can trace their residency in the Holy Land back to this Aliyah, known as the Old Yishuv.

For the original article, visit unitedwithisrael.org.

Source: CHARISMA MAGAZINE/ STANDING WITH ISRAEL.

RACHEL AVRAHAM/UNITED WITH ISRAEL

Chaim Goldberg: Hungarian Group Would Have Made Hitler Proud.


Hungary Jobbik Party
Eniko Kovacs Hegedus, parliamentary member of Hungary’s far-right Jobbik party, delivers a speech to hundreds of far-right supporters during a rally against the World Jewish Congress Plenary Assembly in Budapest, May 4, 2013. (Reuters/Laszlo Balogh )

I’ve been to Holocaust memorial centers and museums around the world, from West Bloomfield, Mich., to Jerusalem. But by far the most powerful exhibit I ever saw at any of these important institutions was one on “propaganda” at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

As a Jew, I’ve been taught about the Holocaust my entire life. But it took my brain years to figure out how something like this could have happened. I just couldn’t grasp what the chain of events was that led to 6 million of my family members being massacred. How did Hitler pull this off?

The exhibit on propaganda helped me so much in my understanding. One thing I never put together was that the Holocaust began just after the Great Depression—the worst economic collapse in world history. This was prime material for Hitler’s propaganda machine.

Slowly and methodically, Hitler and Joseph Goebbels began linking the Jews and the Great Depression. “It was the Jews who caused this.” “Those greedy Jews are to blame.”  “All your suffering is because of the Jews.” “If you don’t have a job or a home or food for your family … be angry at those money-loving Jews!”

This was the foundation being laid by the Nazis. They had to soften up the ground, to begin planting the seeds of hatred against the Jews. As the economy worsened and the people of Europe looked for someone to blame, more and more joined this Nazi chorus: “Blame the Jews.” Thus the march toward the Holocaust was well underway.

Images from the propaganda exhibit came flooding in to my mind as I watched, in horror, a rally held in Hungary this past weekend. Hungary … where hundreds of thousands of Jews were killed in the Holocaust.

The following news excerpts describe what took place:

On the eve of Sunday’s World Jewish Congress (WJC) meeting in Budapest, Hungary’s capital, the country’s far-right Jobbik party held an anti-Semitic demonstration, with one prominent member saying, “Hungary has been subjugated by Zionism.”

Several hundred nationalists protested next to the Hungarian parliament building on Saturday, at which Jobbik leaders claimed that the World Jewish Congress had decided to meet in Hungary in an effort to “shame the Hungarian people.” Jobbik is the third-largest party in Hungary, with 43 out of 386 parliamentary seats.

This is not the first time that members of Jobbik have expressed anti-Semitic sentiments. Jobbik leaders occasionally issue provocative statements about Jews, such as a call by Jobbik member of parliament Marton Gyongyosi last November to list all Jews in the government and parliament as potential national security risks. He later apologized but did not resign.

Some 80,000 to 100,000 Jews live among the 10 million people of Hungary, which was once a center of Jewish life in Europe and has seen a modest revival since communism ended in 1989.

“The Israeli occupiers, these invaders, need to look for a different country because Hungary is not for sale,” Jobbik Chairman Gabor Vona told the rally. The charge, based on comments President Shimon Peres made in 2007 praising Israeli businesses abroad, has become a mantra in Jobbik’s discourse about threats it says Hungary faces from Roma (Gypsies), Jews, the European Union and the International Monetary Fund.

“This kind of conspiracy theory has a long history in Hungary,” said Peter Kreko, director of the Political Capital research and consulting company. Hungary’s wartime fascist leaders used xenophobic charges to win support, he noted.

The World Jewish Congress decided to hold its assembly in Budapest, rather than Jerusalem, to highlight the rise of anti-Semitism and of the extreme Right in Europe. More than half a million Hungarian Jews were killed in the Holocaust.

Conservative Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who is due to address the congress’ opening session Sunday evening, had ordered that the rally be banned. However, a court ruled Friday that police had overstepped their authority in trying to block it.

“Our country has become subjugated to Zionism. It has become a target of colonization, while we, the indigenous people, can play only the role of extras,” Gyongyosi told the crowd. The rally ended after almost two hours, and the protesters dispersed without incident.

WJC spokesman Michael Thaidigsmann said, “We find it a worrying sign that these people express their anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli ideology in such a public way.”

Yes, Hitler would be proud of this group. They even waved homemade signs with hand-drawn swastikas. They know their fascist history well: Blame the Jews for our economic woes.

Sickening. Pathetic. Can anyone even believe this is happening in Eastern Europe, just 70 years after the Holocaust?

Wake up, Europe. You missed Hitler the first time, at this stage in the anti-Semitic game. Will you repeat your mistakes again?

Source: CHARISMA MAGAZINE/ STANDING WITH ISRAEL.


Chaim Goldberg is the director of media for Maoz Israel and writes a weekly column for Charisma Media’s Standing With Israel website.

John Hagee, Charles Stanley Partner in Pro-Israel Event.


Charles Stanley
Charles Stanley

More than 2,500 people gathered at First Baptist Church Atlanta (FBA) recently for a Night to Honor Israel. The event was organized by Christians United for Israel (CUFI).

Charles Stanley, senior pastor at FBA, hosted the event. In his opening remarks, he said, “I have been a pastor for over 50 years, and I have supported Israel every one of them.”

Stanley was joined on the stage by keynote speaker John Hagee, CUFI’s founder and chairman, and Opher Aviram, Consul General of Israel to the Southeast.

“Dr. Stanley’s lifetime of support for Israel has made him an important leader within the Christian Zionist movement. I am so glad that he has joined with Christians United for Israel to ensure that pro-Israel Christians are speaking with one unified voice on this issue,” Hagee said. “I pray that Dr. Stanley will help lead many of his fellow Southern Baptists into this important movement.”

Each year CUFI holds hundreds of pro-Israel events in cities around the country. And each July, thousands of pro-Israel Christians gather in Washington, D.C. to participate in the CUFI Washington Summit and make their voices heard in support of Israel and the Jewish people.

“I want to thank Dr. Charles Stanley for graciously hosting the event at First Baptist Church. I was amazed to witness such a clear outpouring of love by the Christian community for the Jewish people and Israel,” Aviram said. “The presence of so many local Rabbis and Jewish leaders was a testament to the strong alliance between Jews and Christians who support Israel. For me, one of the most profound moments happened when Pastor John Hagee proclaimed before an audience that included severalHolocaust survivors his resolve to fight against anti-Semitism and stand up for Israel, the Jewish State, now and forever.”

Source: CHARISMA MAGAZINE/ STANDING WITH ISRAEL.

Aliyah Marks ‘Homecoming’ for American.


Israeli coastline
Israeli coastline (Facebook)

Many people ask how I came to the decision to make aliyah to Israel. For me, it wasn’t so much a question of if I wanted to move, but rather, when.

More importantly, it was the incredible connection to Israel that my family always encouraged throughout my life.

I grew up in a modern Orthodox house, behind a white picket fence, just outside of Boston. I went to Jewish day school, synagogue, and was part of many Jewish youth groups, but the central theme to my childhood was Zionism. Any time someone moved to Israel, or joined the army, my parents had cause for celebration, always telling me and my sister how jealous they were and how much they wish they could “return home.

My parents used to take my sister and me on trips to Israel, showing us apartments they had rented, kibbutzim on which they had volunteered, and introducing us to old friends. While we did the “touristy” visits as well, they were never from the perspective of the tourist. Rather, we traveled on the public buses, stayed overnight with friends, and entered and exited the country on our Israeli passports.

As we got older, it wasn’t enough for us to just come to visit. We had to do something constructive for the country while we were here.

My sister and I volunteered on kibbutzim, on army bases and in schools, all the while improving our Hebrew every day, having just jumped into a world where there was no English. We learned to get ourselves around the country, always asking for directions and discovering new bus lines. Getting us to this comfort level was something our parents aimed for.

They sent us alone for months at a time, with a list of numbers we could call if we needed help—and that was it. Why? That’s what they did.

My mother, Anne, came to Israel in 1974 at the age of 17. She spent summers, semesters, years in Israel before she made aliyah, living here for seven years after. My father made aliyah three weeks after graduating university, having been only once. Their volunteering on kibbutzim and service in the army formed their connection and strengthened their love for this country that was their home away from home.

Although I had come with my parents, I didn’t fall in love with Israel until I spent a summer here by myself. I started my trip with a whirlwind experience on Birthright, and then extended my stay to live in an absorption center in Jerusalem and to volunteer in a kindergarten. After that, I spent a week sleeping on a friend’s couch in Tel Aviv, meeting new people and spending hours on the beach.

Then, I followed in my parents’ footsteps.

I returned to my mother’s adopted family on their kibbutz—a family that is still my closest family in Israel—and volunteered for three weeks cooking in the kitchen, making cheeses and packaging milk bags for the kibbutz store.

I remember vividly having a major breakdown a week or so before my flight. I didn’t want to leave Israel. I was happy. I had found my home—a home I had been searching for my whole life. I was at the kibbutz and had just finished a day’s work when I ran out searching for my adopted grandmother, someone I knew I could cry to, someone who would understand.

Instead, I found my adopted grandfather who works at the kibbutz store and I unloaded all my feelings in three minutes of tears. He had been through the same thing with my mother several times, and knew to take me home. There, he and his wife sat me down and calmed my nerves.

I made a plan to email my parents and tell them I wasn’t coming back to the States and that they shouldn’t come to the airport to pick me up. In response to these emails, neither of my parents was shocked, nor did they tell me to come back and to first finish college.

They said ok.

They understood my feelings. They told me to take my time figuring myself out. They asked me to think about making a plan for the future.

In the end, I got on the plane. I cried the whole 13-hour flight. But I went back to the States. The next semester at school was one of my worst. I cried most of the time, received bad grades, and by halfway through, I had not gotten Israel out of my head.

So I decided to go back.

By then it was too late to apply for a semester abroad, but not too late to take a semester off. Once I had done my research, found a program and convinced my parents that it was a good idea to drop out of school, I was on my way.

The program I had found gave me all the freedom I wanted. It placed me in an Ulpan class to further my Hebrew speaking, gave me internship experience working with special needs children, and set me up with a job working as a waitress at the Hilton Hotel. Other than that, I was living in a Tel Aviv apartment with five other girls and having an incredible time.

At the end of those six months I was determined to finish school within the next year so I could come back as soon as possible. Because of this motivation, I completed a year and a half’s worth of classes in only 12 months.

While it was a very stressful year in America, I jumped into it with the idea that it would be my last.

Three weeks after my graduation, I was on a plane back home, to Israel. Since then, every single day has been an adventure. While not all of it has been easy or fun, I know more and more that I made the right decision.

Even though I know that making aliyah was the right choice for me, I understand those for whom it is not the right decision. Not everyone can, or for that matter wants to, pick their lives up and move across the world. It seems as though this decision is what unfortunately divides people today.

Maybe this has been a result of the lack of options on how to develop a connection to Israel if you don’t have parents like mine. How lucky that today there is Israel Forever, an organization that helps people connect to Israel without lifting a finger.

And, just maybe, by sharing my whole story with you, it will encourage others to appreciate the little steps that help us each ignite that spark of Israel love, Ahavat Yisrael, we sometimes take for granted.

Source: STANDING WITH ISRAEL.

For the original article, visit israelforever.org.

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