HaTikvah - "The Hope"
Kol od ba-levav p'nima -
Nefesh jehudi homiyah
U'l fatay mizrach kadima
ayin le tziyon tzofiyah.
Od lo avda tikvatenu
HaTikvah bat shnot alpayim:
L'hiyot am chofshi beArtzenu -
Eretz Tzion wYerushalayim.
In the Jewish heart
A Jewish spirit still sings,
And the eyes look east
Our hope is not lost,
Our hope of two thousand years,
To be a free nation in our land,
In the land of Zion and Jerusalem
"Comfort, comfort my people", says your God.
Isaia 40:1 (NIV)
For Zion's sake I will not keep silent, for Jerusalem's sake I will not remain quiet,
till her righteousness shines out like the dawn, her salvation like a blazing torch.
Isaia 62:1 (NIV)
Arab-Jewish Alliance: 'There Can be Mideast Peace'
Handel's 'Messiah' translated into Hebrew
audience in tears
The incidents concerning Israel were never stronger. Just the contrary, it is coming to a head. One of the geographically smallest countries is keeping the whole world in suspense! One more sign as to how important this nation and its people are. Israel is God's people, they are the apple of His eye. The biblical prediction of Israel being left alone by the nations (Zecharia 12-14) is shortly before fulfillment, the tendencies are so clear in these times like they were never before.
We should not repeat a mistake of the past - the mistake of silencing things down! We already experienced once what happens if the truth is not heard... it resulted in the worst Holocaust the world has ever seen, caused by my German people. And now, a new Antisemitism is growing worldwide again, with Iran in the lead. As Christians, we must not turn against the people of God. People and nation are in desperate need for our prayers. In them lie our own faith roots, they are our spiritual family!
Christianity did NOT replace Israel as God's people, as the cataclysmic Replacement Theology proclaims. But we Gentile Christians or believers from the nations, as the Bible also calls us, are being grafted in (Romans 11).
So it cannot be avoided that some articles in here are political. Our biblical faith is not a traditional one with no relevance to actual life. Many of today's political events clearly show biblical statements concerning Israel.
We are living in a time in which the biblical actuality is very evident. Israel as God's elect people is tipping the scales of world affairs... Yet for the most part of history, people have tried to hinder this. The worst happend in last century's Holocaust. And nowadays, we see from Islamic sides the intent of re-writing world history. They say that Jews don't have any claims for their land, Jewish history is nowhere to be found in the Middle East. In the following video, Israel's Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon explains clearly and in a memorable way the real history based on facts:
Israel: Who cares what Europe says?
Israel Today, December 22, 2011 | Ryan Jones
Israel's Foreign Ministry on Wednesday lashed out at European powers for their harsh criticism of the Jewish state at the UN Security Council a day earlier. Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman stated that the European Union was in danger of making itself irrelevant as far as the peace process is concerned.
If European powers continue to focus exaggerated attention on Israel, a law-abiding and democratic nation, instead of real flash points like Syria and Egypt, "they are bound to lose their credibility and make themselves irrelevant," read the Foreign Ministry statement.
Israel's anger was sparked by a statement released by the four European members of the Security Council - France, Britain, Germany and Portugal - that condemned Jewish building in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem and took a very unbalanced view of what is needed to get the peace process back on track. Read more...
Well, as to my understanding, it was God intervening here by bringing the truth to the light!!!! Yet I wonder how these two wanna-be politicians will confront the greatest statesman there is these times as of now...
Obama, Sarkozy don't like Netanyahu
Israel Today, November 08, 2011 | Ryan Jones
Earlier this month US President Barack Obama and French President Nicolas Sarkozy had what they thought was a private conversation regarding their mutual dislike of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The incident occurred after the two leaders fielded questions at a G20 press conference in Paris on November 3. With their microphones still attached and apparently still turned on, Obama and Sarkozy retired to a private meeting room.
Obama started by criticizing Sarkozy for not warning him that France intended to vote in favor of recognizing "Palestine" at the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) days earlier. From there, the conversation drifted toward relations with Netanyahu. According to a report on the French website Arret Sur Images, the brief conversation went like this:
Sarkozy: I can't stand him [Netanyahu]. He is a liar.
Obama: You're fed up with him, but I have to deal with him every day!
Due to the microphones that Obama and Sarkozy were wearing being inadvertently left on, all members of the press who had been wearing translation headsets were able to hear the private conversation regarding Netanyahu.
Incredibly, though probably not surprisingly, the assembled members of the press agreed to sign a document promising not to publish the damning remarks. "There were discussions between journalists and they agreed not to publish the comments due to the sensitivity of the issue," and unnamed journalist told Arret Sur Images.
One must wonder if the mainstream media would have been so sensitive had Netanyahu been caught making similar remarks.
Gilad’s captivity was harsh
Author: Stand For Israel | October 21, 2011
On Thursday, Noam Shalit, Gilad Shalit’s father, spoke with reporters about his son’s condition just days after he was released from nearly five and a half years in Hamas captivity. While Noam says Gilad’s appetite is good and he’s going for walks and bike rides, he admits his son has trouble sleeping and is suffering from the effects of sunlight deprivation.
In response to a question quoting Hamas’ statement that Shalit was not tortured in captivity, his father said: “I suggest you take anything Hamas says with a grain of salt. Gilad underwent very difficult things during his captivity. I won’t go into that now… His treatment did improve a little bit over time.”
Gilad, he said, “talks to us and shares what he can. I don’t know how I, or you, would have survived this long in captivity, so considering what he’s been through he is doing okay.
“The most important thing now is ensuring he readapts gradually. Gilad is not one to make any special requests he is taking things as they come. We are trying to give him everything we can.
As for the days ahead, Noam Shalit said that his son will continue to follow his doctors’ orders: “More rest, more care, and gradually getting his life back together.”
Hamas: We'll kidnap many more Israelis
Israel Today, October 18, 2011 | Ryan Jones
Palestinian terror group and elected political party Hamas likes the way things worked out in the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange. Hamas' popularity is set to soar after it managed to secure the release of over 1,000 blood-soaked terrorists from Israeli jails in exchange for a single Israeli hostage.
With that kind of market value, it is no wonder Hamas is already planning its next abduction.
Gilad Shalit "will not be the last soldier kidnapped by Hamas," announced group spokesman Abu Obaida, noting that there are still thousands more Palestinian terrorists in Israeli jails that must be freed.
"The one and only solution is...more abduction of Israeli soldiers and settlers," Khalil al-Hayya, a Hamas member of the Palestinian parliament, told the Al Quds satellite network.
Many Israeli security officials have noted that while it is a good thing to return Gilad Shalit to his family, Israel is likely to again find itself in this situation sooner rather than later, as Palestinian terror groups increasingly view the abduction of Israelis as an imperative part of their nationalist movement.
Gilad Shalit is home
Tuesday, Israel Today, October 18, 2011 | Ryan Jones
morning, Shalit crossed into southern Israel via the Kerem Shalom Border Crossing. He was checked there by Israeli army doctors who declared him to be in good health.
After more than five years of being held hostage by Hamas terrorists in Gaza, Gilad Shalit is home with his family in Israel.
His release came at a steep price, with Israel freeing more than 1,000 Palestinian terrorists, many with "blood on their hands." Nevertheless, there were not many dry eyes in Israel on Tuesday as the nation watched the touching scene of Gilad embracing his father, Noam Shalit, who has labored tirelessly on the international stage on behalf of his son.
After being transfered to the Egyptian Sinai early Tuesday
From there Shalit was flown to Tel Nof Air Force Base to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other government and military leaders, as well as his anxiously waiting parents.
Later in the day, the family was returned to their home in Mitzpe Hila in northern Israel.
Syrian President Bashar Assad on Tuesday reportedly threatened to bombard Tel Aviv with ballistic missiles if NATO or other Western powers dare to interfere with his violent crackdown on Syrian pro-democracy demonstrations.
Iran's Fars news agency reported that Assad made the threat during a meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmad Davutoglu. According to Assad, he would "not need more than 6 hours to transfer hundreds of rockets and missiles to the Golan Heights to fire them at Tel Aviv."
Assad reportedly said the Syrian missile barrage would also be complimented by an intense Hizballah missile assualt from Lebanon on northern Israel.
Were that scenario to play out, Assad is said to be confident that Iran would launch an attack on US warships in the Persian Gulf.
While the situation is wholly out of Israel's hands, there is concern in the Jewish state over what Assad may interpret as Western interference.
Israeli commentators have already stressed that if Assad feels he is going to be toppled, he will have nothing to lose by launching a last minute attack on Israel. In fact, by doing so he has much to gain, as a missile assault on Tel Aviv would solidify Assad's legacy as a dedicated enemy of the hated "Zionist entity."
Meanwhile, the Obama Administration was outraged on Tuesday when Russia and China vetoed a UN Security Council resolution condemning the Assad regime's brutal suppression of pro-democracy protestors in Syria.
Russia and China "would rather sell arms to the Syrian regime than stand with the Syrian people," said US Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice after storming out of the Security Council. "Today the courageous people of Syria can now see who on this council supports their yearning for liberty and universal human rights and who does not."
Conservative estimates are that 2,700 civilians have been killed by force loyal to Assad over the past six months.