Friday, November 30, 2012

Only 8 stood with Israel

Israel, Canada, Panama, the Czech Republic and four tiny Pacific island states were the only ones in the 193-member U.N. General Assembly siding with the U.S. in its quixotic vote against the Palestinian Authority’s request for nonmember observer state status. France, Italy, Spain, Norway, Denmark and Turkey were among the U.S. allies joining the majority in the 138-9 vote, with 41 abstentions.

'Canada will not let the Jews or Israel stand alone'

'Canada will not let the Jews or Israel stand alone'

11/30/2012, Jerusalem Post

Canadian foreign minister says Abbas should have used the support he received to reach out to Israel for peace talks.

Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird
Photo: Courtesy of Herzliya Conference

Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird, who delivered a supportive speech of Israel at the UN before its vote Thursday on the Palestinian statehood, said Friday "the bottom line is we will not let the Jewish people and the State of Israel stand alone when the going gets tough."

Baird, in a phone interview from New York, said he had "absolutely no hesitation" about taking the podium and opposing the Palestinian bid, something he knew was not a popular position in the hall.

The Canadian foreign minister criticized Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for the hostile tenor of his speech.

"Knowing that he had such overwhelming support, this would have been an occasion for him to reach out to the government and people of Israel, to embrace the Jewish people, to talk about his hopes for peace and be magnanimous," he said. "Unfortunately it was a rather aggressive speech that will really do nothing to advance the cause of peace or the peace process."

Baird said he was "disappointed with some countries in Europe for failing to stand up. I thought the Czech Republic was courageous to take the position it did and stand alone in the European Union. I certainly admire their leadership."

The Czech Republic was the only EU country to vote against the Palestinian resolution, and – along with Israel and Canada – made up a group of nine countries that opposed the bid.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Historic synagogue to rise anew in Jerusalem

Historic synagogue to rise anew in Jerusalem

Tiferet Yisrael, which was destroyed by the Jordanian Army in 1948, will dominate Old City’s skyline

November 29, 2012, Times of Israel
The ruins of the Tiferet Yisrael Synagogue in the Old City of Jerusalem, on November 28, 2012 (photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

The ruins of the Tiferet Yisrael Synagogue in the Old City of Jerusalem, on November 28, 2012 (photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

The Jerusalem Municipality on Wednesday announced plans to rebuild the historic Tiferet Yisrael Synagogue in the Old City.
The iconic three-story domed structure, which once dominated the skyline of the Jewish Quarter, was dedicated in 1872 but destroyed by the Jordanian Army after it captured the Old City during Israel’s 1948 War of Independence.
The Tiferet Yisrael Synagogue, circa 1940 (photo credit: CC BY Jerusalem Municipality, Wikipedia)

The Tiferet Yisrael Synagogue, circa 1940

(photo credit: CC BY Jerusalem Municipality, Wikipedia)

The synagogue is currently in ruins, with only one wall remaining. The rebuilding will take three years and cost NIS 50 million (about $13 million), with most of the funding coming from private donors. Due to its elevation, when completed the synagogue will be the highest structure in the Old City.

“The municipality sees great importance in preserving and rebuilding Jerusalem’s heritage sites. The Tiferet Yisrael synagogue was a symbol of the Jewish Yishuv [pre-state settlement] in Jerusalem and we are proud to bring it back and rebuild it anew,” said Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat in a statement.

Model of the Tiferet Yisrael after the proposed reconstruction (photo credit: courtesy Jerusalem Municipality)

Model of the Tiferet Yisrael after the proposed reconstruction (photo credit: courtesy Jerusalem Municipality)

Although the municipality has approved the construction, the project still needs to be green-lighted by the Interior Ministry.

Another iconic Old City synagogue destroyed in 1948, the Hurva, was rededicated in 2010, amid protests by Palestinian factions objecting to Israeli construction in the Old City.

Israel braces for Palestinian statehood bid at UN

Israel braces for Palestinian statehood bid at UN

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 |  Ryan Jones, Israel Today  

Israel on Wednesday was bracing itself, diplomatically, for the scheduled UN General Assembly vote a day later on recognizing "Palestine" as a non-member observer state, and the impact it could have on the peace process.

Israel had originally threatened to respond to the unilateral motion, which is a violation of the Palestinian Authority's signed agreements with Israel, by nullifying the so-called "Oslo Accords" and launching negotiations with other groups claiming to represent the Palestinian Arabs.

But on Tuesday Israeli officials said it had been decided to instead take a "low profile" approach to the vote in the hopes that the Palestinian Authority's abandonment of bilateral negotiations would speak for itself.
Considering the international community's track record when it comes to the Israeli-Arab peace process, that seemed a foolishly optimistic approach.

Meanwhile, the vote was resolution to recognize "Palestine" was expected to pass by a large margin, despite spirited opposition from Israel, the US, Canada and several other nations.

Among those nations supporting the motion were France, Spain and Switzerland. Britain was considering voting in favor, too.

General Assembly votes are non-binding, so the resolution would have little directly legal meaning. However, it would allow the Palestinian Authority to apply for membership at the International Criminal Court and at the International Court of Justice, where the Palestinians would be certain to file regular lawsuits against Israel.

Having "Palestine" recognized by the UN would also complicate the peace process, as it would put even more leverage in the hands of the Palestinian Authority, and would present a major obstacle to Israel acting against terrorist threats in Palestinian-controlled territories.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Seventy years after the Donau, what has Norway learned?

Seventy years after the Donau, what has Norway learned?

On the anniversary of the country’s largest transport of Jews to Auschwitz, a Norwegian journalist ponders the history and future of a tiny, endangered minority

November 26, 2012, Times of Israel
The stately prewar synagogue in Trondheim, Norway, has in some ways held up better than the country's tiny Jewish community. (Photo credit: CC BY/Trondheim Byarkiv via
Oslo and Trondheim’s synagogues and Jewish community centers are among the most heavily fortified buildings in Norway

In the cold, dark mist of the afternoon of Nov. 26, 1942, the SS Donau sailed out of the Oslofjord with 532 unwilling passengers.

 They were Jews, robbed of all their earthly possessions, kidnapped and imprisoned, on their way to the Polish port of Stettin, from which they would be transported to Auschwitz-Birkenau. All but nine were murdered there.

There were other such deadly transports before and after, but the Donau was the largest.

In the early fall of 1942, there were about 2,100 Jews in Norway. Of these, about 780 were killed in the Holocaust. Norway’s Nazi occupiers initiated the genocidal program as directed by the Wannsee Conference, but it was the country’s Quisling regime, aided by Norwegian ”security police,” that implemented it: Only after the Jews had been brought to the pier in Oslo were they delivered into German custody.

With a few brave exceptions, most Norwegians stood by as their Jewish neighbors disappeared.

Those Jews who had the means fled and found temporary homes, primarily in Sweden, but also in the United Kingdom and elsewhere. A disproportionately high number of Norwegian Jews volunteered for military and clandestine work for the Allied war effort, which they served with distinction.

Following the war, it took several years for Norwegian Jews to return to their country.

The much-heralded White Buses program did not compile or present a list of Jewish Norwegians to Himmler or camp commanders, and those few Jews from Norway who walked out of the camps had to find their own way home.

Many of the stateless Jewish refugees who fled to Sweden in the 1930s were refused re-entry into Norway after the war. Others were reluctant to attempt to reclaim stolen property or rebuild a community in shambles. Many families have yet to return, and probably never will.

Much has happened in Norway since World War II. The small kingdom has in full measure adopted social welfare reforms and financed them with abundant fossil fuel production in the North Sea.

Norway now consistently ranks in the global top five for GDP per capita, human development, political stability, democracy and other indexes.

But on the 70th anniversary of the departure of the Donau, it is time to ask: How far has Norway come in developing the ability to prevent such an act from happening again?

There is no lack of good intentions. The Holocaust is a mandatory subject in all primary schools, and political parties across the entire spectrum categorically denounce anti-Semitism.

But the Jewish community is struggling. There are about 800 members of the country’s two prominent Jewish congregations (in Oslo and Trondheim), and probably fewer than 2,000 self-identified Jews in Norway. Several hundred Norwegian Jews have made aliya, and others have emigrated to the United States and elsewhere.

The two synagogues and adjacent community centers are among the most heavily fortified buildings in Norway, and a large number of Jews have chosen to keep their Jewish background secret to all but their closest family, or to abandon it altogether.

Norway takes pride in promoting an open, inclusive democracy, but is clearly unable to nurture a vibrant, growing Jewish community.

Until recently, Norwegian politicians, journalists and academics were in denial about this. The Jewish community was small, individuals were by and large well-integrated and productive members of society, and it seemed inconceivable that a country with such high ideals could have an anti-Semitism problem.

But facts have become difficult to ignore.

A survey among primary school students in Oslo found that the system’s handful of Jewish students were by far the most bullied and maligned of any group. The term ”Jew” has been widely adopted as a derogatory term, and concerned teachers choose to stay anonymous in the media for fear of reprisals. School authorities tell Jewish students that wearing a Star of David constitutes a provocation.

Australian Prime Minister Gillard reassures Israel of backing despite UN vote

Gillard reassures Israel of backing despite UN vote
Date: November 29, 2012, Israel News Now
"We all want to wake up in a world where Israel can live behind secure borders" ... Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
"We all want to wake up in a world where Israel can live behind secure borders" ... Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Photo: Andrew Meares

THE Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, has sought to placate an angry Jewish lobby with strong words of support in Parliament for Israel after Australia backed Palestine at the United Nations.

Ms Gillard's leadership is bruised but intact after she was forced to abandon her support for Israel to avoid being rolled by her own caucus.

Senior colleagues acknowledged that had Ms Gillard not backed down on the issue, it could have spelt the end of her leadership.

''This has weakened her leadership but had she lost [in caucus] it would have been worse,'' said one senior source.

Another said: ''She could have got it through the caucus but it would have come at a cost.''

At the United Nations General Assembly on Friday, Australia will abstain from a vote on a resolution to give Palestine observer status at the UN.

Ms Gillard had wanted Australia to join the United States, Israel, Canada and a handful of smaller nations in voting no but faced stiff resistance led by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Bob Carr, and supported by MPs from the Left and Right factions, most notably the usually pro-Israel NSW Right.

During a heated cabinet meeting on Monday night, only two ministers backed Ms Gillard while 10 argued for a abstention or a yes vote.

Ms Gillard insisted on a no vote and cabinet had no choice but to back her. But she was warned subsequently by factional bosses the Right would not be supporting her in the caucus on Tuesday morning when MPs were set to vote on a motion to back Palestine.

Behind the scenes, the former prime minister Bob Hawke and the former foreign minister Gareth Evans were agitating among the backbench against Ms Gillard's position.

Ms Gillard agreed to an abstention just before caucus met, avoiding a defeat.

The push against her straddled the divide between Gillard supporters and Kevin Rudd supporters. There was a general frustration in the ALP that Ms Gillard took so long to cede to the majority view.

One factor driving the NSW Right was Labor's poor stock in western Sydney, where MPs and ministers are being lobbied by voters with a Middle-Eastern background.

But while this was a factor in the revolt, it was not the the only one.

The Israeli embassy and the Jewish lobby are angry at the decision and members of the lobby are seeking a meeting with the Prime Minister.

In Parliament, Ms Gillard said the decision to abstain was not a reflection on Australia's support for Israel and a two-state solution in the Middle East.

She said, ''we all want to wake up in a world where Israel can live behind secure borders'' and where Israelis no longer had to fear random rocket attacks.

The US Ambassador to Australia, Jeffrey Bleich, said the decision would not effect Australia's strong relationship with Washington.

Senator Carr defended Ms Gillard, saying it was not about her leadership.

Senator Carr is a founder of the group, Labor friends of Israel. One of his colleagues said Senator Carr believes that ''as a friend of Israel, at times you've got to save it from itself''.


Tens of Thousands of Jewish Books Damaged in Hurricane Buried

Tens of Thousands of Jewish Books Damaged in Hurricane Buried

A mass funeral was held this week for Jewish holy books destroyed and damaged by Hurricane Sandy last month.
By David Lev
First Publish: 11/28/2012, Israel National News

Sandy Hits NY
Sandy Hits NY
Ze'evi Fried, New York
A mass funeral was held this week for Jewish holy books destroyed and damaged by Hurricane Sandy last month. The funeral was held in the Far Rockaway area of Queens, which experienced some of the worst damage from the storm.

The funeral – in which a caravan of three trucks carrying prayer books, bibles, Talmud volumes, and other holy books damaged in the storm in New York and Long Island – was a mass genizah burial. Holy books that can no longer be used are buried in a special area of a Jewish cemetery, given the honor of a funeral due to their holiness.

The procession left from Yeshiva Mercaz HaTorah in Far Rockaway. Tens of thousands of books had been collected by organizations and individuals for the event. Students of the Yeshiva and other educational institutions, as well as residents of the neighborhood and visitors from around the New York area, participated in the event. Jewish-owned businesses in the area closed for the period of the funeral.

After prayers and speeches discussing the Jewish point of view on the events experienced by residents of the New York area last month, the books were taken to a Jewish cemetery in New Jersey for burial.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

19th and early 20th century photographs from the Holy Land

Updates to Previous Posts
with Pictures from the New York Public Library. Yes, the NYPL

"Shepherd and sheep." Where? South on Nablus Road in Jerusalem (circa 1900)
The mosque and minaret are still there today. Credit: New York Public Library
The Library of Congress archives of 19th and early 20th century photographs from the Holy Land still has more veins of treasures to be mined by Israel Daily Picture.

But we would like to add two more American Colony pictures which we found in the New York Public Library archives to our previous postings. We thank the NYPL for granting permission to present them here.

Turkish soldiers marching on Nablus
Road past the same minaret
(circa 1900)

The first is a picture of shepherds and sheep. What drew our attention were the buildings and mosque, easily identified in our feature "Jerusalem's Nablus Road -- Where History Marched." The original caption to the photograph of the soldiers notes that they were passing the American Colony residence, located on Nablus Road.

Emperor Wilhelm passing the Colony's
residence. Note the minaret above the
ultra-Orthodox Jew's hat on the left.
The Colony's location gave the photographers a front row seat for the arrival of the German Emperor Wilhelm II in 1898.

The second photo found in the New York Public Library is a picture of farming practices in Palestine over 100 years ago. The American Colony photographers frequently shot pictures of mismatched plowing animals.
Peasant plowing (circa 1900)
Credit: New York Public Library

We theorize that the American Colony members, who were well versed in the Old Testament, focused on agricultural prohibitions found in the Bible.

In this particular case, they illustrated the prohibition "Thou shall not plow with an ox and an ass together." (Deuteronomy 20)

They also provided pictures of the prohibition "Thou shall not muzzle an ox in its threshing"
(Deuteronomy 25)

Messianic village in spotlight after gay rights legal battle

Messianic village in spotlight after gay rights legal battle
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 | Ryan Jones, Israel Today 
         Yad Hashmona (Photo by Steve Martin)

A court ruling penalizing the Israeli Messianic village of Yad Hashmonah for refusing to host a lesbian wedding has severely damaged the community's main source of income, but has also opened the door to be an even greater witness to the Israeli public.

Founded by Finnish Christian Zionists in the 1960s, Yad Hashmonah is today a focal point of the Israeli Messianic movement. It is also home to a beautiful guest house, event hall and biblical garden that are frequented by Israeli visitors.

That is, they were frequented by Israeli visitors until earlier this year, when a Jerusalem court slapped the village with a large fine after it turned down a lesbian couple that tried to get married there three years earlier.

At the time, Yad Hashmonah explained to the couple that the biblical faith of the village prevented them from hosting such an event. The Jerusalem court said this amounted to harassment and discrimination, and Israel's homosexual community rejoiced in their victory over Bible-believers.

Meanwhile, Yad Hashmonah has had to all but shut down its booming business for fear that gay and lesbian weddings would be booked on a weekly basis in an effort to finish off the village.

"Our business is suffering badly," spokeswoman Ayelet Ronen told Israel Today. "We are firing people and cutting every expense possible."

But that's not the end of the story.

At the same time, Ronen exclaimed, "God is really using this!"

Since the court decision, and the initial negative press coverage it spawned, Ronen has been interviewed by three newspapers, two radio programs, and Israel's leading morning TV news show. And then there have been the phone calls from random Israelis.

"I have been flooded with calls from people wanting to know more about the situation, asking about our faith and offering moral support," said Ronen.

This new wave of positive coverage, which has afforded Ronen numerous opportunities to witness directly to Israelis, started with a lengthy article in Makor Rishon, Israel's leading religious newspaper.

The Makor Rishon piece was very positive, giving a bit of background on the Christian Zionist beginnings of Yad Hashmonah and fully siding with the village in its decision to turn down homosexual events on biblical grounds. Perhaps more importantly, however, this religious newspaper clearly identified Messianic Jews like Ronen and the residents of Yad Hashmonah as belonging firmly in the camp of Bible-believing, conservative Jews.

Israeli Messianics have struggled for decades with widespread accusations that their faith in Yeshua means they are no longer Jews. The reactions to the Yad Hashmonah issue are further evidence that this attitude is changing.

As for the village and the future of its primary business, Ronen said the recent media coverage had gotten the attention of a senior Israeli judge who feels that justice was not done in Yad Hashmonah's case.

In the meantime, Yad Hashmonah is hoping to replace the loss of Israeli visitors with Christian groups visiting the country. Nestled in the hills just outside Jerusalem, Yad Hashmonah certainly offers a unique experience for Christians.

To learn more about Yad Hashmonah, visit their website:

Monday, November 26, 2012

Muslim ruler hires Israeli silversmiths to adorn his palace

Muslim ruler hires Israeli silversmiths to adorn his palace

Sunday, November 25, 2012 |  Yossi Aloni, Israel Today magazine  

There might be a general Muslim boycott on all Israeli-made goods, but that didn't stop a Muslim ruler from commissioning Israeli silversmiths to craft a stunning diamond-studded candelabrum for his palace.

With a price tag of USD $400,000, the beautifully crafted piece was accompanied by an armed guard all the way from Israel to its new home in one of the nations from the former Soviet Union.

Standing at nearly six feet tall, the candelabrum was carved from pure silver, and includes two flamingos intricately carved from solid gold at its base. Not to mention the 4-carat diamond embedded in the stem. It took eight silversmiths from the Israeli jeweler Hazorfim over four months to craft the work of art.

Since direct contact between Muslim heads of state and Israeli producers is taboo, the deal was brokered by a Russian intermediary, who has already helped the buyer purchase three pieces from Hazorfim, with a fourth in the works.

The buyer reportedly originally commissioned Italian, Russian and Turkish craftsmen to produce the piece. But the level of craftsmanship and care demonstrated by the Israelis eventually won them the contract.

Hazorfim included with the candelabrum a book chronicling the entire process of its creation.

Matisyahu's New Chanukah Song to Benefit Sandy Victims

Matisyahu's New Chanukah Song to Benefit Sandy Victims

Jewish reggae artist Matisyahu has released a new song titled “Happy Hanukkah” to celebrate the upcoming holiday.
By Rachel Hirshfeld
First Publish: 11/25/2012, Israel National News
Jewish rapper Matisyahu
Jewish rapper Matisyahu

Jewish reggae artist Matisyahu has released a new song titled “Happy Hanukkah” to celebrate the upcoming holiday.

All proceeds from the song will go to the Jewish Federations of North America and The Robin Hood Foundation to help victims of Hurricane Sandy until the end of Chanukah on December 16.

"I am from New York and wanted to give back to my incredible community in the wake Hurricane Sandy,” Matisyahu said, according to the Cleveland Jewish News.

Matisyahu’s first Chanukah song, “Miracle,” received critical acclaim after its release in 2010.

The Grammy nominated recording artist will kick off his sixth annual “Festival of Light” Chanukah tour on December 8. He is currently in the middle of his fall college tour, which has taken him to college campuses around the country.

The “Happy Hanukkah” song can be downloaded via iTunes, Amazon and MatisyahuWorld.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Golda Meir

Golda Meir, Former Prime Minister of Israel

Obama Prophecy and Prayer - Prophetc Word from Wendy Alec (11/12/12)

Obama Prophecy and Prayer

Prophetic Word from Wendy Alec – November 12th 2012:

      Rory & Wendy Alec - GOD TV

I sensed the Lord saying: It is time to stop. It is time for a complete turnaround of my people. It is time to pray.
And as my people, as my church, rises up across the nation and the nations of this world to pray –
Pray fervently for President Obama; pray fervently for the government; pray fervently for the White House
That we will see in the land of the living –
That we will see a change in the direction of the White House –
That we will see a change – a transformation even of policies –

And it will be My Hand that has wrought this change says the Lord
For my hand has been restrained, says the Lord – My Hand has been restrained because of the disobedience of my people –
For there have been many prayers that have risen up to my throne but there has been prayerlessness for this government
For I tell you, beloved son, beloved daughter that as you arise in prayer for this government – as you arise in prayer for this President – for this husband; for this father of children, for this President of the nation of America –
That my hand shall once again be loosed to move upon the White House – upon the government – upon the President – in power – in glory and in might
And as you lift up your voice in the day and as you lift up your voice in the night hour before my throne and pray for wisdom for this man –
I tell you that even in an instant – I shall release wisdom –
Even in an instant I shall release revelation –
Even in an instant – his eyes shall be opened to things in the natural and things in the spirit realm that he has been previously blinded to –
And I shall pour out My Spirit upon the White House –

And I shall pour out My Spirit upon Congress
And I shall pour out My Spirit upon the President, and I shall pour out My Spirit upon this government – and shall pour out My Spirit upon this Congress, and there shall begin to come a softening – and the great divides shall start to dissolve –
And one by one, there shall come a working together across the aisles – across the differences – across the issues – and My Spirit shall move at first in individuals – in one man – then in one woman –
Then another, and another, and there shall be within the walls of Congress a spirit of reconciliation – a spirit of working together – and the walls of division shall start to fall – for there has been a stalemate in the spirit says the Lord – but no more

For there shall begin a healing of rifts says the Lord
A healing of rifts
A healing of rifts between the Republicans and the Democrats
A healing of rifts that shall extend even from the Congress to Israel
For there shall even be a healing of rifts between President Barack Obama and President Benjamin Netanyahu

And the spirit of Jezebel shall be rooted out of the White House –
It shall be rooted out of the Congress
For I shall tear down and root out –
And even certain men and certain women shall be removed from their positions
They shall be removed –
And there shall even be removals from a high place – a place of great authority
And in their place I shall position those chosen and appointed by my own hand
There will be Cyrus’ whose hands I shall use
And there will be Marys who hear my voice and who seek my face –
But Lord how can that be?
It shall be – says the Lord of Hosts – for child I am neither Republican nor Democrat – I am God, says the Lord of Hosts.

Is a man’s heart not in my hands?
Have I not said that that I move the heart of kings?
So I wait for you beloved son –
I wait for you my beloved daughter –
Come rend your garments – come dry your tears and bring your supplications for this President –for this government before my throne –
And it shall be – that even in a moment –
Even in a day –
You shall start to see things shift and change –
People removed – people replaced –
And I shall pour out wisdom in the night hour upon Barack Obama –
And he shall hear a voice saying this is the way – walk ye in it
And it shall be my voice says the Lord
And I shall put a hook in his nose to Israel
And I shall water the stony heart and I shall wash his eyes with my salve –the salve of my Holy Spirit
And I will break the bonds of intimidation from this President
For is it not that same spirit of Jezebel that has surely paralyzed his hands in this past term
That has kept his eyes from seeing
That has stopped his ears from hearing
But no more says the Lord of hosts no more shall it be
For I shall raise him as a champion of the poor in this next term
And yes – he shall raise his voice as a champion for the poor and the weak and the helpless
And this is not of himself but it shall be of me
And he shall champion the poor
He shall champion education
He shall champion the common man
And I shall bring to him men and women after my own heart who shall speak to him of things that hold great weight with me
And he shall think deeply on these things
And he shall ponder them in his heart
And there shall be many issues that he shall quietly address that may go unnoticed by the public
But they will not be unnoticed by me
And I will place a steel rod at his back
And he shall start to stand firm – and I shall grant him wisdom concerning economic issues
And yes there will be naysayers
And yes there will be opponents
But as my people – but as my church bring him faithfully before me
I will grant him wisdom to deal with the Middle East
I will grant him wisdom to deal with Israel
And I will send my prophets
My prophets will speak a word to him in season concerning my people Israel
And I will grant him wisdom concerning Israel – wisdom concerning Jerusalem, wisdom concerning Iran
Wisdom concerning Afghanistan
Wisdom regarding China
And a new mantle shall rest upon him in this term
A new mantle
A mantle of wisdom; a mantle of power; a mantle of strength
For it will be a new day
And many, many across America will say – is this the same man? How can it be?
And I tell you - it shall be because I am God -

Prayer for President Barack Obama and the government of the United States
Beloved son – beloved daughter – I feel that the Lord says that he has been grieved, much grieved at the voices of criticism that have risen up from his own people – from his own church these past years – from those across the United States that he has raised up to intercede and stand in the gap for America.
That the Father, Himself is now urging all of us who may have criticised, spoken words that were not beneficial over the President to do a hundred percent turnaround.
To repent of our attitudes – justified as many feel they are, and to get down on our knees, ask for forgiveness and start to earnestly pray.

Prayer for the President of the United States
Father we come before you and humble ourselves under your mighty hand.
We ask your forgiveness for every negative and idle word spoken from our lips against our President – President Barack Obama.
Oh father, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for all men, we release your will over the government and across the United States of America
Father in the mighty name of Jesus – we bring President Barack Obama before your throne.
Oh almighty Father, we earnestly ask you for his salvation, that he may come to a vital, living knowledge, to a vital living understanding of you as his living God and as Jesus Christ his Lord and saviour.
We earnestly ask that you would endow him with wisdom in the mighty name of Jesus.
That he would be led even as Moses, even as King David.
That he would hear your voice ring out to his heart and mind – this is the way – walk ye in it.
We release wisdom to President Barack Obama.
We release the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the mighty name of Jesus Christ.
Father, use him father. Use his hands to sign what you would have signed.
Use his voice to speak what you would have spoken.
>Use his eyes to see what you would have seen.

And in the mighty name of Jesus Christ – we break every hold of Jezebel over the White House.
President Obama – we speak to you in the name of Jesus and we free you this day from Jezebel’s clutches.
President Obama - where you have been bound – we cry freedom.

Where your ears have been stopped – we cry open.
Where your hands have been bound – we cry – a severing of the chains – we sever the shackles of intimidation.
We break off all Jezebelic deceptions –
We cut off ungodly advisers –
We remove all ungodly tentacles from your shoulders
We call forth Godly men –
Godly women by your side – day and night –
We call forth day and night prayer for you across the United States and the world.
Prayer arising even from the capital itself.
We call forth wisdom concerning Iran.
We call forth wisdom concerning Israel.
We call forth wisdom concerning Syria.
We call forth wisdom concerning the economic situation.
We call forth wisdom concerning the issues of the day.
We call forth a new mantle of strength.
A new mantle of wisdom.
A new mantle of revelation.
That you would bow your knee in the night hour and hear from the living God.
Father, we place President Barack Obama in your hands, in the mighty name of Jesus Christ.
May your kingdom come in the White House.
May your will be done in the White House.
In the name of Jesus Christ, your son, amen.

Jews show support for Israel over Gaza

Jews show support for Israel over Gaza

Thousands of French protestors in Paris raise signs reading, 'Hamas charter calls for the destruction of Jews.' In New York, members of Jewish organizations express 'unequivocal support for the State of Israel's right to defend itself'
11.21.12, 09:33 / Israel Jewish Scene

'Israel, we're all united' (Photo: AFP)

Some 2,500 people demonstrated in Paris on Tuesday evening in support of Israel's operation in Gaza. Most of the protestors were Jewish.

A similar show of support was also held outside the Israeli Consulate in New York.

Neturei Karta hold pro-Palestinian rallies / Yitzhak Tessler
Members of extreme Hasidic sect opposing Zionism stage fiery protests in central cities worldwide, tearing Israeli flags and raising signs against Gaza operation
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"The Hamas charter calls for destruction of Jews," read some of the signs raised by the French protestors.

Addressing the crowd, the president of the Israelite Consistory of France, Joel Mergui, likened "terrorism that wants to kill in Israel" as "the same that attacks Jewish children in France."

Hundreds of riot police surrounded a group from the militant Jewish Defense League and ordered them to lower flags that bore a Star of David and a clenched fist.

A main axis was blocked off for the demonstration just off the famed Champs-Elysees Avenue, and riot police vans lined neighboring streets.

די לטרור הפלסטיני. הפגנה בניו יורק  (צילום: רויטרס) 

'Stop Palestinian terrorism.' NY protest (Photo: Reuters)

"Everyone seems to forget what Israel has been going through, years of rockets," said one of the protestors. "Every state has a natural right to defend itself. I am French and I'm Jewish and clearly I take an interest in what is happening."

Ariel, another protestor, said: "We feel close to them because they haven't done anything for which they deserve what they're going through. When missiles are fired on you while you're in school, at home or at a restaurant, it's very scary. We want to tell them that we support them with all our hearts."

Past Middle East tensions have impacted on France, which has Western Europe's largest Jewish and Muslim populations, and boosted anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic incidents.

הפגנת התמיכה בפריז (צילום: AFP)
Show of support in Paris (Photo: AFP)

ההפגנה בפריז: "אמנת חמאס קוראת להשמיד את היהודים" (צילום: AP) 

'Hamas charter calls for destruction of Jews' (Photo: AP)

"המלחמה של ישראל = המלחמה של צרפת". פריז (צילום: EPA)

'Israel's war is France's war' (Photo: EPA)

"אנחנו עומדים לצד ישראל". פריז (צילום: EPA)

'We stand with Israel' (Photo: EPA)

"ישראל כולם מאוחדים". פריז (צילום: AFP)

'Israel, we're all united' (Photo: AFP)

A protest organized by Jewish organizations was held in New York. Michael S. Miller, CEO of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, said during the event: "The purpose of this gathering is to express the unequivocal support for the State of Israel among New York's political, communal, ethnic and faith leaders.

"The flagrant and unprovoked violence emanating from Gaza must immediately come to an end. Until then, we wholeheartedly support Israel's right to defend herself."

He added that any moral comparison between Israel's actions and Hamas' actions should be strongly rejected.

The JTA news agency reported that the Jewish Federations of North America have committed $5 million in assistance to the Jewish Agency's Israel Terror Relief Fund for the immediate needs of the people living under fire.

Organizations representing Orthodox Judaism – the Rabbinical Council of America, the Orthodox Union and the National Council of Young Israel –called on "all Jews to increase their Torah study as spiritual support and merit for those Israeli soldiers and civilians on the front line of battle."

The RCA instructed its members to hold special classes and lectures in their communities "dedicated to the support of the IDF and the State of Israel," JTA reported.,7340,L-4309617,00.html

Parisians rally in solidarity with Israel

Parisians rally in solidarity with Israel


Over a thousand people gathered outside Israeli Embassy in a peaceful demonstration supporting Operation Pillar of Defense.

DEMONSTRATORS WAVE flags at a rally in Paris

PARIS – A couple of thousand people gathered outside the Israeli Embassy in Paris Tuesday evening in a peaceful demonstration supporting the country during Operation Pillar of Defense.

As dozens of policemen in riot gear patrolled the adjacent Champs Elysees, Jewish community leaders, local politicians and representatives of pro-Israel groups took to the stage to denounce Hamas rocket attacks and call for the French government to back the Jewish state.

The demonstration was organized by the French Jewish umbrella organization, CRIF, and several other community groups, including B’nai B’rith.

French Chief Rabbi Gilles Bernheim came to the microphone first, delivering a poetic speech about “friends and family living for years to the rhythm of missiles and sirens.”

Addressing all of France’s rabbis and imams, he said that if they chose to invoke the situation in the Middle East during their sermons, they must do so with respect for the gravity of the situation.

Claude Goasguen, mayor of the 16th arrondissement – an area of Paris with a large Jewish population – was one of several speakers to criticize French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius for his alleged failure to back Israel unequivocally. Each mention of Fabius’s name elicited jeers from a large proportion of the crowd.

Other speakers included the president of the Society of Armenian Support for Israel, who declared that “Israel is not a terrorist state,” before shouting, “Am Yisrael hai!” (the people of Israel live) into the microphone.

The crowd, which numbered around 2,000 according to a local television crew, contained a diverse mix of young and old.

Many waved Israeli and French flags, or held placards with the message that France and other Western nations must support Israel and confront terrorism.

Annabelle Timsit, a recent high school graduate who works at the Paris Holocaust Memorial, told The Jerusalem Post that she hoped people of all religions would come to show their support for the fact that Israel was defending itself and not attacking poor civilians, “as the media would like us to believe.”

Meir Djeb was there along with several other members of the Federation of Black Jews, an organization representing Paris’s approximately 250 black Jewish families. The group’s members come mainly from Israel, Ethiopia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Cote d’Ivoire and Nigeria.

“We are united behind the Israeli people and Tzahal [the Israel Defense Forces],” Djeb told the Post. “It is very important that all of Europe knows that the real terrorists are Hamas.”

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

No Obama Veto on Ground Op, Says Ambassador

No Obama Veto on Ground Op, Says Ambassador

Michael Oren, Israel's U.S. ambassador, says Washington will fully support Israel, whatever it decides to do.
By Gil Ronen, Israel National News 
First Publish: 11/20/2012

President Barack Obama
President Barack Obama

Israel's Ambassador in the United States, Michael Oren, told IDF Radio Tuesday that there is no American veto on a possible ground maneuver by the IDF in Gaza.

"Washington's support in any step Israel takes is full," he said. "Obama spoke twice with the prime minister and called our situation 'unbearable.'"

Minister of Home Front Defense Avi Dichter refused to say Tuesday whether Israel and Hamas are headed toward a ceasefire or more intensive hostilities. "The probability of an arrangement in the face of requests and pressure is identical to the probability that the operation will be ratcheted up," he told the military station.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said Tuesday that "A ground incursion into Gaza by Israel would be a dangerous escalation and it should be avoided." He added, though, that "Israel has legitimate security concerns and they should be respected."

Hamas Targets Jerusalem Again

Hamas Targets Jerusalem Again

JERUSALEM, Israel -- Air raid sirens sounded in Jerusalem again Tuesday at 2:15 p.m. Israeli time.
CBN News Jerusalem Bureau staff reported hearing an explosion seconds after the sirens stopped.

The missile landed outside the city in Gush Etzion, triggering the sirens, but there are no reports of injuries or property damage.

An unconfirmed radio report said it landed in an Arab village in the area.

Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack, as it did last week, claiming it fired an M75 missile with a 75-kilometer range.

Rocket Hits Gush Etzion, near Jerusalem

Rocket Hits Gush Etzion

Sirens wailed in Jerusalem and Gush Etzion to warn of incoming missiles. Rocket hits kibbutz home in Negev. One seriously wounded.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, Israel National News 
First Publish: 11/20/2012

People take cover as sirens sound in Jerusalem
People take cover as sirens sound in Jerusalem
Israel news photo
A rocket exploded in an open area near an Arab village in Gush Etzion around 2:15 p.m. as sirens wailed in Jerusalem during another barrage of rockets and missiles unleashed by Hamas.

The missile exploded in an open area, and no one was injured. Minutes before the sirens rang out, an AFP correspondent in Gaza City reported hearing the loud report of an outgoing rocket.

The attack was claimed by Hamas's armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, which said it had fired "an M75 rocket at the occupied city of Jerusalem."

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who spent the past two days in Egypt, had been scheduled to hold talks in Jerusalem with Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman shortly after noon.
At least one missile was aimed at Jerusalem last week and reportedly exploded in an open area next to an Arab village in Gush Etzion, located south of the capital.

Shortly earlier on Tuesday, three rockets hit a kibbutz, critically wounding at least one person. The early warning siren system did not operate, and there are fears that several young people, possibly children, are trapped in debris.

A Grad missile demolished a Be’er Sheva home. A woman in the house took cover in the reinforced shelter in the house and escaped injury.


Bostonians rally for Israel amid Gaza operation

Bostonians rally for Israel amid Gaza operation

By MELANIE LIDMAN, Jerusalem Post
11/20/2012 06:00

Joint effort organized by synagogues, schools, and Jewish NGOs show solidarity for Israel during Operation Pillar of Defense.

Boston, Massachussettes

Approximately 1,000 people rallied in Boston on Monday evening to show their support for Israel during Operation Pillar of Defense – one of many pro-Israel solidarity events held across the region and across the country.

Boston’s event was a joint effort organized by a dozen synagogues, schools, and Jewish nonprofit organizations: the Combined Jewish Philanthropies, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston, J Street, the Anti- Defamation League and AIPAC, among others.

“Part of the reason for the rally is there’s a battle for American public opinion and world opinion, and we play a part in that battle,” said Rabbi David Lerner of Temple Emunah in Lexington, one of the congregations co-sponsoring the event.

“It’s a statement to our sisters and brothers and cousins in Israel that we’re supportive and we feel your pain,” he said.

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick (D), a close associate of President Barack Obama, also addressed the crowd.

Patrick visited Israel in March 2011 as part of an “innovation economy mission” to strengthen ties between hi-tech companies in the Boston region and Israel. He has attended many pro-Israel events in the past.

CJP president Barry Shrage did not attend Monday’s event as he rushed off to Israel on Saturday night to express his solidarity in person.

Shrage spent Monday driving around the South and paying a condolence call in Kiryat Malachi for the victims of rocket attacks killed last week.

“I like to have a presence here whenever Israel is in trouble,” Shrage said in a telephone interview ahead of the rally.

“A problem for them is a problem for us too. In my experience, when you are in Israel and visiting and talking to them, the broader nation appreciates that someone is coming to town and not staying away,” he said.

Jewish Community Relation Council executive director Jeremy Burton noted that American Jews have a responsibility to combat the skewed media coverage of the conflict, the day after news of the deaths of 11 members of a single family in an Israeli air strike against Hamas in Gaza dominated headlines.

“There is important work for those not in Israel about telling the world what is going on and the untenable situation that Israel is dealing with,” he said. During the rally, demonstrators heard from Israelis temporarily living in Boston about their experiences. Burton said he hoped to encourage demonstrators to engage on social media and to thank the political leaders who have expressed unwavering support for Israel, including members of Congress.

Burton added that the event, which was thrown together in two days, also allows Bostonians to feel like they're taking action during a time when they’re worried about friends and family in Israel.

“The community understands this is a time to stand with Israel,” he said.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Israelis Pray as Hamas Missile Barrage Intensifies

Israelis Pray as Hamas Missile Barrage Intensifies

MOSHAV BEER TUVIA, Israel -- Hundreds of Israelis gathered to pray for their country as Hamas continued to launch rockets into Israel and the Israeli Air Force carried out strikes on terror targets.
The terrorist group intensified its missile barrages against southern Israel over the weekend. More than 560 rockets have slammed into Israel so far, with another 300-plus intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile batteries.

Haim Gabo's house on Moshav Beer Tuvia was hit last week while his wife and children sat protected in their safe room.

"I don't want to think about what would happen if we didn't have shelter," Gabo said.

The Israeli army pounded Hamas buildings and weapons' storage facilities by land and sea over the weekend. They've targeted more than 1,350 terror sites in the last six days in what they're calling Pillar of Defense.

The air force has inflicted extensive damage on the terror infrastructure, including buildings, weapons launching facilities, and terrorist workshops.

In one case, Palestinians say a bomb killed 11 members of one family, including women and children. But Moshav Beer Tuvia resident Colleen Montgomery said the bad press against Israel isn't fair.

"Just remember, every time someone holds up a child who has been hurt in Gaza -- which we hope they aren't -- but if they are, somebody needs to place beside that pictures from Syria," Montgomery said.
"This has been a year and a half, two years going on, and nobody is getting in the middle of it, nobody's yelling," she added.

"I wish the yelling would stop at Israel," Montgomery said. "We are doing our best. We know our soldiers. They are not trying to do anything to the civilian population."

Meanwhile, Israeli public support for the ongoing military operation remains high.

Some 31,000 reservists have already been called up for a possible ground offensive. But some Western leaders are warning the Jewish state not to send their soldiers into Gaza.

Israeli Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Ya'alon said Israel expects the world to stand behind its right to defend itself.

"We expect our allies to support us to use all our tools to bring peace to our people," he said. "So to say the least, we don't like these kind of reservations."

In Jerusalem, hundreds of Israelis gathered at the Western Wall to pray for their nation and for protection for the army. They prayed Psalm 121: "He who keeps Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps."

Watch: Why most Palestinians really support Hamas

Watch: Why most Palestinians really support Hamas

Monday, November 19, 2012 |  Ryan Jones, Israel Today  

As the Gaza war rages, international media has made a point of reporting that most Palestinians in Gaza continue to support Hamas, despite the fact that the terror group and its allies sparked the current conflict.

The picture painted by most media is that Palestinians may not be 100 percent happy with Hamas rule, but Israel's purportedly indiscriminate bombing of Gaza continues to drive most Arabs into the terror group's arms.

Last year a Palestinian Arab Christian created a YouTube video that clearly shows the real reason most Palestinians in Gaza support Hamas: Fear. Fear and indoctrination.

Those Palestinians old enough to think for themselves are too afraid to not support Hamas. And those too young to take their own stand are quickly taught that there is no way but the Hamas way.

Watch the shocking truth:

It is also quite telling to realize that all this and more took place without condemnation from the Arab world, without aid missions by foreign humanitarian organizations, and without emergency UN Security Council meetings.

Hamas terrorizes the people of Gaza regularly, and no one cares. Israel returns fire on Hamas terrorists hiding behind those same civilians, and suddenly the world is enraged. Folks, anti-Semitism has taken many guises in these days, and this is one of them.