Resist 21st Century Antisemitism


John R. Houk

© November 5, 2022

I hope people have noticed Antisemitism has returned on levels that undoubtedly would have pleased Nazi in the 1930s and 1940s. Sad thing about the current Antisemitic infection is that Jews worldwide have embraced Leftist Thought and godless contradicting-Bible morals. In essence, a Leftist Jew still proud of their Judaic heritage has abandoned much of the God-given Covenant that has made the 12-Tribes of Israel the Chosen People.

Hence the 21st century emerging Antisemitism is largely based on Marxist/Socialist embraced ideology and societal-transforming constructs. For Conservative-Patriots observing American Jews embracing the Dem-Marxist Party, one passionately desires to criticize.

The Problem: No matter how one tries to justify a new found Antisemitism, the Bible is still Clear. Jews who keep and practice their Torah (1st five books of Old Testament) Covenant are the apple of God’s Eye and are the primary receivers of Promise: a People Chosen and a People Promised specific geographic land.

A constant problem plaguing the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob has been the issue of Covenant-keeping. When the Hebrew Leadership inspired the people to Keep Covenant, the Hebrew People are receivers of God’s Promises. When the Hebrew Leadership inspires Covenant-abandonment, the Hebrew People experience promised curses primarily because disobedience withdraws God’s protection. Today the Gentile (non-Jewish) world view the Hebrew Tribes as Jews, largely as the result of the curse: The last independent Israeli Kingdom of the Davidic line was the Tribe of Judah (the Kingdom of Judah consisted of larger Tribe-Judah and much smaller Tribe-Benjamin). The last Kings of Judah were not Covenant-Keepers which resulted in the Babylonian Captivity. When Persia conquered Babylon, the Persian emperor allowed Judah-Captives (who chose to) to return to their homeland. From “Judah” is where the designation “Jew” come from.

Understanding the ebb and flow of blessings and cursing is recorded in the lengthy Chapter 28 of Deuteronomy (NKJV):

Blessings and Cursings

Blessings on Obedience

28 1“Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God:

“Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country.

“Blessed shall be the [a]fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks.

“Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl.

“Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.

“The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.

“The Lord will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you.

“The Lord will establish you as a holy people to Himself, just as He has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in His ways. 10 Then all peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they shall be afraid of you. 11 And the Lord will grant you plenty of goods, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your ground, in the land of which the Lord [b]swore to your fathers to give you. 12 The Lord will open to you His good [c]treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. 13 And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you [d]heed the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them. 14 So you shall not turn aside from any of the words which I command you this day, to the right or the left, to go after other gods to serve them.

Curses on Disobedience

15 “But it shall come to pass, if you do not obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments and His statutes which I command you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you:

16 “Cursed shall you be in the city, and cursed shall you be in the country.

17 “Cursed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl.

18 “Cursed shall be the [e]fruit of your body and the produce of your land, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks.

19 “Cursed shall you be when you come in, and cursed shall you be when you go out.

20 “The Lord will send on you cursing, confusion, and rebuke in all that you set your hand to do, until you are destroyed and until you perish quickly, because of the wickedness of your doings in which you have forsaken Me. 21 The Lord will make the [f]plague cling to you until He has consumed you from the land which you are going to possess. 22 The Lord will strike you with consumption, with fever, with inflammation, with severe burning fever, with the sword, with scorching,[g] and with mildew; they shall pursue you until you perish. 23 And your heavens which are over your head shall be bronze, and the earth which is under you shall be iron. 24 The Lord will change the rain of your land to powder and dust; from the heaven it shall come down on you until you are destroyed.

25 “The Lord will cause you to be defeated before your enemies; you shall go out one way against them and flee seven ways before them; and you shall become [h]troublesome to all the kingdoms of the earth. 26 Your carcasses shall be food for all the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and no one shall frighten them away. 27 The Lord will strike you with the boils of Egypt, with tumors, with the scab, and with the itch, from which you cannot be healed. 28 The Lord will strike you with madness and blindness and confusion of heart. 29 And you shall grope at noonday, as a blind man gropes in darkness; you shall not prosper in your ways; you shall be only oppressed and plundered continually, and no one shall save you.

30 “You shall betroth a wife, but another man shall lie with her; you shall build a house, but you shall not dwell in it; you shall plant a vineyard, but shall not gather its grapes. 31 Your ox shall be slaughtered before your eyes, but you shall not eat of it; your donkey shall be violently taken away from before you, and shall not be restored to you; your sheep shall be given to your enemies, and you shall have no one to rescue them. 32 Your sons and your daughters shall be given to another people, and your eyes shall look and fail with longing for them all day long; and there shall be [i]no strength in your hand. 33 A nation whom you have not known shall eat the fruit of your land and the produce of your labor, and you shall be only oppressed and crushed continually. 34 So you shall be driven mad because of the sight which your eyes see. 35 The Lord will strike you in the knees and on the legs with severe boils which cannot be healed, and from the sole of your foot to the top of your head.

36 “The Lord will bring you and the king whom you set over you to a nation which neither you nor your fathers have known, and there you shall serve other gods—wood and stone. 37 And you shall become an[j] astonishment, a proverb, and a byword among all nations where the Lord will drive you.

38 “You shall carry much seed out to the field but gather little in, for the locust shall [k]consume it. 39 You shall plant vineyards and tend them, but you shall neither drink of the wine nor gather the grapes; for the worms shall eat them. 40 You shall have olive trees throughout all your territory, but you shall not anoint yourself with the oil; for your olives shall drop off. 41 You shall beget sons and daughters, but they shall not be yours; for they shall go into captivity. 42 Locusts shall [l]consume all your trees and the produce of your land.

43 “The alien who is among you shall rise higher and higher above you, and you shall come down lower and lower. 44 He shall lend to you, but you shall not lend to him; he shall be the head, and you shall be the tail.

45 “Moreover all these curses shall come upon you and pursue and overtake you, until you are destroyed, because you [m]did not obey the voice of the Lord your God, to keep His commandments and His statutes which He commanded you. 46 And they shall be upon you for a sign and a wonder, and on your descendants forever.

47 “Because you did not serve the Lord your God with joy and gladness of heart, for the abundance of everything, 48 therefore you shall serve your enemies, whom the Lord will send against you, in hunger, in thirst, in nakedness, and in need of everything; and He will put a yoke of iron on your neck until He has destroyed you. 49 The Lord will bring a nation against you from afar, from the end of the earth, as swift as the eagle flies, a nation whose language you will not understand, 50 a nation of fierce countenance, which does not respect the elderly nor show favor to the young. 51 And they shall eat the increase of your livestock and the produce of your land, until you are destroyed; they shall not leave you grain or new wine or oil, or the increase of your cattle or the offspring of your flocks, until they have destroyed you.

52 “They shall besiege you at all your gates until your high and fortified walls, in which you trust, come down throughout all your land; and they shall besiege you at all your gates throughout all your land which the Lord your God has given you. 53 You shall eat the [n]fruit of your own body, the flesh of your sons and your daughters whom the Lord your God has given you, in the siege and desperate straits in which your enemy shall distress you. 54 The [o]sensitive and very refined man among you will[p] be hostile toward his brother, toward the wife of his bosom, and toward the rest of his children whom he leaves behind, 55 so that he will not give any of them the flesh of his children whom he will eat, because he has nothing left in the siege and desperate straits in which your enemy shall distress you at all your gates. 56 The [q]tender and [r]delicate woman among you, who would not venture to set the sole of her foot on the ground because of her delicateness and sensitivity, [s]will refuse to the husband of her bosom, and to her son and her daughter, 57 her [t]placenta which comes out from between her feet and her children whom she bears; for she will eat them secretly for lack of everything in the siege and desperate straits in which your enemy shall distress you at all your gates.

58 “If you do not carefully observe all the words of this law that are written in this book, that you may fear this glorious and awesome name, THE LORD YOUR GOD, 59 then the Lord will bring upon you and your descendants extraordinary plagues—great and prolonged plagues—and serious and prolonged sicknesses. 60 Moreover He will bring back on you all the diseases of Egypt, of which you were afraid, and they shall cling to you. 61 Also every sickness and every plague, which is not written in this Book of the Law, will the Lord bring upon you until you are destroyed. 62 You shall be left few in number, whereas you were as the stars of heaven in multitude, because you would not obey the voice of the Lord your God. 63 And it shall be, that just as the Lord rejoiced over you to do you good and multiply you, so the Lord will rejoice over you to destroy you and bring you to nothing; and you shall be plucked[u] from off the land which you go to possess.

64 “Then the Lord will scatter you among all peoples, from one end of the earth to the other, and there you shall serve other gods, which neither you nor your fathers have known—wood and stone. 65 And among those nations you shall find no rest, nor shall the sole of your foot have a resting place; but there the Lord will give you a [v]trembling heart, failing eyes, and anguish of soul. 66 Your life shall hang in doubt before you; you shall fear day and night, and have no assurance of life. 67 In the morning you shall say, ‘Oh, that it were evening!’ And at evening you shall say, ‘Oh, that it were morning!’ because of the fear which terrifies your heart, and because of the sight which your eyes see.

68 “And the Lord will take you back to Egypt in ships, by the way of which I said to you, ‘You shall never see it again.’ And there you shall be offered for sale to your enemies as male and female slaves, but no one will buy you.

Footnotes

a. Deuteronomy 28:4 offspring

b. Deuteronomy 28:11 promised

c. Deuteronomy 28:12 storehouse

d. Deuteronomy 28:13 listen to

e. Deuteronomy 28:18 offspring

f. Deuteronomy 28:21 pestilence

g. Deuteronomy 28:22 blight

h. Deuteronomy 28:25 a terror

i. Deuteronomy 28:32 nothing you can do

j. Deuteronomy 28:37 a thing of horror

k. Deuteronomy 28:38 devour

l. Deuteronomy 28:42 possess

m. Deuteronomy 28:45 did not listen to

n. Deuteronomy 28:53 offspring

o. Deuteronomy 28:54 Lit. tender

p. Deuteronomy 28:54 Lit. his eye shall be evil toward

q. Deuteronomy 28:56 sensitive

r. Deuteronomy 28:56 refined

s. Deuteronomy 28:56 Lit. her eye shall be evil toward

t. Deuteronomy 28:57 afterbirth

u. Deuteronomy 28:63 torn

v. Deuteronomy 28:65 anxious

Note the curses of disobedience are more numerous.

Christian Antisemites are typically quick to point out that Jewish disobedience has led to some kind of transference of Blessings permanently removed from Jews and given to Christians. UNFORTUNATELY for Christian Antisemites the New Testament (the Covenant presented after the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ) CLEARLY is to the Jew First and the engrafted Gentile Second. Which has nothing to do with the primacy of one group over the other but more a bringing of those without Covenants and Promises (i.e., Gentiles) onboard with the original Chosen People. MEANING not a replacement but an addition.

CONSIDER Romans 1: 16-17; 2: 5, 7-11 (NKJV):

1 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel [a]of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”

Footnotes

a. Romans 1:16 NU omits of Christ

2 But in accordance with your hardness and your [a]impenitent heart you are [b]treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God,

Footnotes

a. Romans 2:5 unrepentant

b. Romans 2:5 storing

eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality; but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness—indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the [a]Greek; 10 but glory, honor, and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 11 For there is no partiality with God.

Footnote

a. Romans 2:9 Gentile

AND just to be there is no primacy of position but just honor of first selected and second added yet BOTH one in the /risen Savior Jesus – Ephesians 2: 11-22 (NKJV):

2 11 Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh—who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands— 12 that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

14 For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, 15 having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, 16 and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. 17 And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. 18 For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.

19 Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, 22 in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

If there was ever good evidence to point to reasons for Jews to NOT trust Christians sharing and/or evangelizing the Good News of Salvation and Redemption by the Blood of the Risen Messiah Jesus the Son of God, it is the way too often violent Christian Antisemitism over thousands of historical years through unscriptural blood libel blaming such as Christ-Killing and just poisonous lies such the blood sacrifice of Christian Children (Too many Christians support unborn baby murder via abortion as if a woman’s authority over her body extends to a God-created little life awaiting to be born).

YUP, I condemn Antisemitism in any form it manifests: an atheist Antisemite, a Christian Antisemite, a Muslim Antisemite or whatever kind of Antisemite I cannot think of.

It’s been quite some time since I have taken a journey to attack the idiocy of Antisemitism. But as I alluded earlier in this post, a large segment of Jews have placed a target on their own back by embracing the God-hating ideology of Leftist. Anything Leftist (it really doesn’t matter the degree of Marxism – which is atheistic by nature – or the variation of Socialism – which either dilutes God’s Word or degenerates God’s Word to myth eliminating Divinity) removes the efficacy of God’s Covenant. Frankly, that includes self-proclaimed Christians who do the very same thing Leftist Jews do. But that is another train of thought.

You might be interested why I decided to rail against Antisemitism. Although it happened a few days ago, I discovered Benjamin Netanyahu has again fought off the Jewish Left in Israel and has won the role of Prime Minister in Israel. Netanyahu is adding more time as the already longest serving Prime Minister in modern Israel history.

For American Patriots disgusted about the constant lies and false accusations leveled against legitimate President Trump – INCLUDING AN ELECTION COUP 2020, Benjamin Netanyahu lost his last term as Prime Minister via the same of Leftist vitriol Trump endured.

Sara & Benjamin Netanyahu November 2022

If Netanyahu can overcome his Leftist Covenant-breaking countrymen, perhaps Donald J. Trump will rise again to spank American Leftists are either witting or unwitting God-haters.

JRH 11/5/22

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[Hi-tech Discrimination Against Arabs]

Ari Bussel email

Edited by John R. Houk

Posted April 24, 2022

Ari Bussel

Ari Bussel shared an email with which I had to do a little deciphering to understand the chain of who sent what.

Apparently a Pablo Nankin, MD sent a link to Ari Bussel and Zvi Raviv to an article whining about discrimination conducted by Jews in Israel against Arab-Israelis, Arabs living Judea-Samaria and among the Arab denizens (er I mean citizens) living under Palestinian Authority rule.

The link article: These Arabs Are Fighting the Old Boys Club of Israeli Hi-tech – With British Help, Only 1 percent of the Arab workforce is employed in Israeli hi-tech: ‘We don’t serve in Unit 8200, so we need to strengthen our skills in other places’; By Maria Rashed; HAARETZ; 4/17/22

For American readers who are unaware, HAARETZ is a Israeli Left-Wing publication dishing out Left-Wing propaganda much like the NY Times or WaPo.

The bulk of Ari’s email sets the record straight opposing the blatant propaganda in HAARETZ. My inclination is to share on the Left-Right divide that exists in Israel just as it does in the USA, but I sense that might dilute Ari’s very essential message. So, I recuse my opinion.

In Ari’s email a response from Zvi Raviv follows Ari’s thoughts. It is short in length and I believe it is a good precursor to the Ari response. Thus, I place toward the beginning.

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[Hi-tech Discrimination Against Arabs]

Email between Pablo Nankin, MD; Zvi Raviv & Ari Bussel

Sent to me 4/23/2022 11:07 PM

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Zvi Raviv – 4/22/22 1:12 AM

Thanks

I read the article and not only the captions.

If there are 1.4% of Arabs employed by the Hi-Tech as compared to 10.7% of Jews and considering that Jews outnumber the Arabs by a margin of 4 to 1, that means that the comparison is not 1 in 10, but rather 1 compared to 2.5.

The article was written by an Arab journalist that interviewed participants of one project not taking into consideration that there are several initiatives to include Arabs in the Hi-Tech industry such as entrepreneur Erel Margalit who not only employs Arabs in Israel but has invested in the PA as well.

The writer is right. Arabs don’t serve in the Army and many initiatives are born during the years of Military service. The writer didn’t include in the article that many of the Israeli employed in Hi-tech is involved in Security projects from iron dome to Cyber and obviously the Arab sector is not represented there.

I think that the comment that the Arabs are underrepresented because “there are no connections overseas” is a major BS. what about 23 Arab Countries or 56 Muslim Countries. many Israeli companies have contacts there even without the language. the Israeli Arab doesn’t understand that he (or She) can be the strongest BRIDGE between Israel and the Arab World??

A few occupations in Israel are becoming more and more a “domain” of the Arab community, such as Doctors or Pharmacists. The numbers of Arabs employed as such are a product of local incentives and the “Status” that a Dr. attains in his or her society.

I am the chair of the General assembly of the largest Teachers’ College in Jerusalem the David Yellin College. we have more than 20% Arabs in our classes (their ratio of the society) and we are about to open a special Campus in east Jerusalem. We found out that contrary to incitement against Israel and Jews in general, they know nothing about us because they were kept apart by their leadership which reflects in other areas!!

I hope these facts clarify the situation.

Have a Happy Pesaj

Zvi

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Ari Bussel to Pablo’s 4/21/22 11:00 PM email link

Shared with John Houk 4/23/2022 11:07 PM

Dear Pablo,

Shavua Tov!

First, Tzi’s reply is very much appreciated – for its content, for taking the time and given the position he chairs.

Second, the philanthropy, concern and springing-to-action by the Brits is admirable and exemplary. What a pity they did not, first, focus on the Muslim population in London and the UK, providing equal opportunities and networking-possibilities to it; then on Africa, where Christians are regularly slaughtered, burned, raped, sold for slavery and otherwise persecuted.

May I add the following?

—> Whining & Constant Blaming

Israeli Arabs (they do not refer to themselves as “Israeli” or “Arabs” anymore) like to cry:  They are underprivileged. They receive less funding for infrastructure. Netanyahu (now the current government) is at fault for violence in their midst. Always, without exception, someone else is at fault; someone else is responsible. They are fairies floating around, doing good, and the world owes everything to them.

The pinnacle of audacity was at the height of the Pandemic, when the Government apparently was not doing enough; not broadcasting in Arabic; not taking care of them with a very special, gloved-hands treatment. Because they, and they alone, deserve extra-treatment before and beyond anyone else (of the sort “the virus should not affect you, because you are so very special”).

Alas, one of their most outspoken leaders, and a former Deputy Speaker of the Knesset, is a doctor by profession. He could (should) have utilized the same air time he spent on bashing the (Jewish) Government of Israel addressing his people (a leader to his people) in their language (Arabic) as a doctor, explaining the situation, the little that was known and the steps each and every person should take.

He could also have utilized his entire network of political activists and entire connections network to mobilize Arab-speakers to address the community. But he chose instead to direct his actions against Jewish Israel [rather] than the Virus.

Easier to attack than to do something.

—> Merit Based / Competition

The Arabs expect a special treatment. They are already at a major advantage:  They have all the rights as any other Israeli citizen, without the obligations (i.e. obligatory military service; and most of them do not pay taxes either, and they build as they wish without permits).

So the argument in the article is that their being “excluded” from military intelligence top unit 8-200 is the root cause of all evil. Yet, there is an emphasis how very successful they are as doctors in the medical profession.

If this argument holds, then a mandatory national service (same length or longer as the military service), part of which can be in various medical-related fields may yield not only excellence but also innovation and an entire network of connections!

But the Arabs will fight tooth and nail against mandatory service. They got used to demanding all the privileges without having any obligations whatsoever. (Such laziness of action and fierceness of spirit is not limited to them – Charedi Jews in Israel are similarly used to “study” all day, while their wives raise a lot of kids and need to take care of everything; and the men fight any attempt to enlist them to service, so they find themselves backward in many basic subjects.)

If we return for a second to 8-200, only the most capable will ever be admitted there, the top-of-the-top, those who show most promise, potential and actual abilities. The environment is most competitive, and to be admitted to this unit is essentially a guarantee of a very lucrative path going forward. So very few achieve that path, even among the “white, Jewish, privileged Israelis.”  (I am not sure what is the exact number. But at UCLA, only one in ten of the 130k who have applied is accepted for the freshman class. I presume the probability of being accepted to 8-200 is much, much lower.)  

In such an environment (merit-based), those who like to cry and blame constantly would not survive even the first day.

—> The Druze

There is another segment of Israeli society that is very similar to the Arabs. In fact, they look and talk like the Arabs, and are often mistaken to be Arabs. And yet, they are the most loyal non-Jewish citizens of Israel; and they have sacrificed their lives for the Jewish state way more than their relative number in society. The percentage of Druze enlisting for military service is some 96% (for Israeli Jews it is somewhere about 50-60%); although only the men enlist (women are prohibited on religious grounds).

The Druze are equally as disadvantaged as the Arabs in terms of Government investment in education, infrastructure, employment opportunities, etc.

Some years ago, there was a decision to try and “right part of the previous lack-of-attention” by channeling special budgets and providing special opportunities to the Druze community.

Alas, there was an outcry, the Supreme Court got involved and a decision was rendered that this cannot be. It will be discriminatory. And so everything was scrapped.

How noble of good Israelis and the Israeli Supreme Court to make sure that everyone is treated equally. King Solomon should have listened to the mother who said “neither for you nor for me” and allowed the child to be cut in half. The Supreme Court decision would have made him proud.

It was at that time exactly that we were in Israel, being asked to give money for various projects in the Druze community. We visited schools intended to bring excellence and jumpstart the ability to enter into high tech jobs; and the news hit.

—> Look at the Source – Find the Angle

So why the Brits and why Ha’Aretz? Almost like the 1619 Project by the NY Times (if you did not know, our own American history did not start in 1776 as a nation, but in 1619; and you – Pablo – and I are both privileged, White men who are racists; not to mention Jews… – the hatred (thus insanity) knows no boundaries!).

Israeli Arabs, like any other Israelis, can excel in Universities (and colleges). Hi-tech of all industries does not discriminate based on the color of one’s skin, religion, political views, etc. It is blind to all except sheer intelligence, street-smarts, ability to create and innovate.

It is for this reason that the BDS movement and hatred did not spread as easily among exact sciences as it does in the social sciences. Thus, there must be a way to attack Israel and convert hearts and minds. This article is just an opening shot.

If someone is good, he or she will be snapped and utilized – both for doing good and for doing evil. Look at Hackers (in Gaza, Morocco and elsewhere – they are the first to attack Israel during any conflict). Or look at all the miracles that come from Israel, all these bio-, nano- and so many other technologies. Ha’Aretz and the Arabs will find excuses and a way to blame Israel for the disproportionate number of Nobel Laureates who are Jewish.

Sophistication and achievements can be attained – look at Iran, or Iranians doing post-docs in the US. The real question is toward what end is all this being utilized (end of Israel vs. excellence and doing good).

Arabs are not excluded because of lack of connections. No one guarantees an easy access or a rose garden. Disappointments, hard work and dedication are necessary and part of the journey of anyone, be she in Israel, the US or elsewhere. But Arabs like to cry, and they want to be jumped to the head of the line, they absolutely expect and demand (they are owed) the easy road to immediate success.

—>  Effective Weapons Against Us

Look how with very little means, one achieves so much publicity. The investment in flying and hosting six Israeli Arabs in the UK pays a thousand-fold dividends, as we can wrangle with Israel – it is discriminatory, it does not want equality and success for all, it IS Apartheid! ISRAEL IS EVIL! So let us boycott the computers and smart phones we use!

Then again, the Brits were always on our side. During the Mandate, for instance, they went to my aunt and uncle’s Kibbutz (Yagur) on a Saturday, to make sure there are no guns or ammunition, for the Jews’ sake of course. (Those damned Jews, all they wanted was to slaughter the Arabs one fine morning, as they did in 1929 and 1936-1939; OOPS – it was not us, stupid, it was the Arabs! [Blog Editor Emphasis])

—> Wants and Wishes

I too want connections. I want to be able to have the ear of the Prime Minister. I want to be invited to the White House. I deserve to be part of my alma mater’s special task force. I want to go to Davos. I expect and demand to win the lottery. I want Warren Buffett, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and a few others on my speed dial. And so on. But these are not given or distributed freely. One needs to earn them, sometimes working a lifetime and not achieving any of these specific ones. (And yet, we live a very good, fruitful and rewarding lives.)

—> Israel – The Theater of the Absurd

Zvi provides an example of an Israeli who employs Arabs and invested in the PA. Remember the most evil “Settlements?”  As one tours the factories there – in Judea and Samaria – one finds Arabs (those who call themselves “Palestinian” but are unable to pronounce the word) who earn a multiple of what they would make anywhere else, and yet – we are told we must boycott these places of business!

No matter what Israel does, Israel finds herself at fault. Nothing she ever does is enough.

Take i24, a news organization based in Jaffe (part of the hyphenated TLV-Jaffe). Hundreds of people work there at any given moment around the clock, including a lot of Arabs, desks and desks of Arabs.

If one looks for loyalty, gratitude or appreciations, do not bother to look there.

Or let us enlarge our focus and include the entire Israel. The same Arabs that demand more and more are those who malign Israel, support her enemies and will do everything to bring to her demise.

But these are exactly the same Arabs that when offered to live under PA rule, as part of “two states, side by side” object most vehemently.

Arabs know that the best place for them is under Jewish rule in the Jewish State of Israel, between the River and the Sea. They have equal rights and no obligations. They can serve in the Parliament, in the Government, on the Supreme Court. They work as doctors and professors. Let them cultivate all these connections, of people from within their community who have achieved the pinnacle of success to advance themselves, to bring their entire community up and forward.

Alas, they prefer to cry and moan, to blame and never take any responsibility. Blame Israel! Claim what is not deserved and has not been earned. Turn to the world and demand corrective action.

Wait a second, is that not what the so-called “Palestinian” have been doing for a few decades now? The method (and madness) works.

Maybe the UN will create a new agency to support Israeli Arabs in their quest to take over the hi-tech sector.

Then again, we must put things in perspective:  These Israeli Arabs are in a thousand-fold better position than their brethren in the Arab world, where a majority of the population is under 30, illiterate or with very little education, unemployed and constantly brainwashed by radical Imams in mosques.

Stop whining, Israeli Arabs. Be thankful. Work to better your own society. Be grateful. Show it. Or go to Syria or Yemen, Sudan or Iraq, and see what life is like there. Go and stay there if you find paradise.

But leave the “old (white, privileged, Jewish) boys club” alone, for Israel is the source of good and laboratory of innovation for the world. Please do not spoil that too.

Always,

Ari Bussel

bussel@me.com

Gog-Magog in Prophecy – Toss in CCP & Globalist Control Salad


John R. Houk, Blog Editor

February 26, 2022

If any Christian has read End Times Biblical Scripture and/or Christian End Times literature, a lot what is happening in relation to the Ukraine/Russia War and CCP saber rattling about militarily annexing Taiwan via Communist aggression has to have their spiritual radar beeping.

AND SO, here are some Christian related cross posts that might be of interest.

JRH 2/26/22

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Russia’s war on Ukraine: Are we living in the End Times?

By Anugrah Kumar, Christian Post Contributor

Date from email alert: 2/26/22

The Christian Post

Pastor Greg Laurie speaking at SoCal Harvest in Anaheim, California, on Aug. 23, 2019. | Courtesy of Harvest

Is Russia’s war on Ukraine a significant event in terms of prophecies recorded in the Bible? As many Christians debate this question, Southern California Pastor Greg Laurie explains why he believes we are living in the End Times.

“This is war at a scale we have not seen in a long time,” Laurie, senior pastor and founder of the multi-campus Harvest Christian Fellowship in California, says in a video message **[Blog Editor: I am posting the Youtube version of the message along with description text below this post] posted on his church’s website, referring to Matthew 24:6, which reads, “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars.”

The following verse, he adds, talks about plagues being around us in the last days. “If the coronavirus is not a plague, I don’t know what it is. It’s a global plague.”

Many Bible scholars believe that the mention of Magog attacking Israel in Ezekiel 38 is modern-day Russia, he continues.

According to another prophecy in Ezekiel, Jewish people will be scattered and regathered in their land again, which has been fulfilled, Laurie continues, explaining that during World War II and after the Holocaust, Jewish people from around the world began to return to their land. And Israel officially became a nation on May 14, 1948.”

But Scripture also says that a nation from the extreme north of Israel, called Gog and Magog, will march on her, he says, adding that Ukraine used to be a part of the Russian Empire until 1991.

“If you look on any map, you’ll see that is the geographical area of Russia. Are they going to be part of Russia again? Could be. But the one thing that I think of is that when I see the aggression of Russia or Magog, if you will, it’s a reminder that that’s what we’re going to see when Magog attacks Israel.”

And if we believe that the prophecies are coming true, “we should look up, and we should remember that God is in control,” Laurie concludes.

Joel Rosenberg, an American-Israeli communications strategist, author and nonprofit executive, also wrote a few years ago that: “The Hebrew prophet Ezekiel wrote 2,500 years ago that in the ‘last days of history, Russia and Iran will form a military alliance to attack Israel from the north. Bible scholars refer to this eschatological conflict, described in Ezekiel 38–39, as the ‘War of Gog & Magog.’”

He quotes Ezekiel 38:14-16, which reads: “Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say to Gog: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: In that day, when my people Israel are living in safety, will you not take notice of it? You will come from your place in the far north, you and many nations with you, all of them riding on horses, a great horde, a mighty army. You will advance against my people Israel like a cloud that covers the land. In days to come, Gog, I will bring you against my land, so that the nations may know me when I am proved holy through you before their eyes.”

The Christian apologist website Got Questions also talks about Russia in biblical prophecy.

“Gog is a person. Whoever Gog is, he is from the land of Magog and is the leader of Tubal and Meshek (some translations add ‘Rosh’ to the list) and a confederacy of other nations: Persia, Cush, Put, Gomer, and Beth Togarmah (Ezekiel 38:5–6). And, whoever he is, he will have plans to ‘attack a peaceful and unsuspecting people,’ viz., Israel (verses 11, 14, and 18). But, regardless of Gog’s plans, the Lord God is against him and will defeat him soundly (Ezekiel 38:4, 19–23; 39:3–5).”

“Persia,” a nation listed as being in alliance with Magog, is modern-day Iran.

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Youtube VIDEO: Ukraine and Bible Prophecy (With Greg Laurie)

Posted by Pastor Greg Laurie

Posted Feb 25, 2022

We’re all aware of what’s happening over in the Ukraine right now. They’re under attack from Russia, and people have asked the question, “Is there any significance to all of this prophetically?” Let me pull the camera back and say this: I believe we’re living in the last days. I believe Christ could come back at any moment.

There are signs of the times the Bible tells us to be looking for. And in fact, Jesus likened it to labor pains in a woman who’s ready to give birth, the idea being the closer they get together, the closer you are to the birth. And as we see more signs—more things happening—they’re reminding us Christ is coming back again. Let’s go to Matthew 24.

What did Jesus say? “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars” (Matthew 24:6 NKJV). So this is war at a scale we have not seen in a long time. But let me look at another thing in Matthew 24. It talks about plagues being around us in the last days (Matthew 24:7). If the coronavirus is not a plague, I don’t know what it is. It’s a global plague.

Also, I would add that the Bible warns of a world leader that will come and dominate and deceive people but ultimately reveal his true colors. And he’s called the Antichrist. I believe a lot of this government overreach, imposing themselves on their people, is a sign of what is going to come later when Antichrist emerges on the scene.

Russia in Bible Prophecy

But let’s come to the situation in the Ukraine. Many Bible scholars believe in the Ezekiel 38, as it speaks of Magog attacking Israel, that that is modern day Russia. I could go and talk about that for, you know, 30 minutes, why they believe that’s true. I happen to agree with them, but it says in Ezekiel that the Jewish people will be scattered and regathered in their land again.

We know, during World War II and after the Holocaust, Jewish people from around the planet began to return to their land. And Israel officially became a nation on May 14, 1948. So that part of their prophecy has been fulfilled. But then scripture says a nation from the extreme north of Israel will march on her called Gog and Magog.

If you look on any map, you’ll see that is the geographical area of Russia. Ukraine used to be a part of the Russian Empire. They broke off in 1991. Are they going to be part of Russia again? Could be. But the one thing that I think of is that when I see the aggression of Russia or Magog, if you will, it’s a reminder that that’s what we’re going to see when Magog attacks Israel.

What Should We Do?

So Jesus said, “When you see these things begin to happen, freak out!”

No, he didn’t say that. He said, “Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near” (Luke 21:28 NKJV). Here’s the bottom line and takeaway truth: Bible prophecies are being fulfilled in our lifetime. It seems like we’re seeing more things happen in real time, closer together, as the Scripture said they would be.

What should we do? We should look up, and we should remember that God is in control. And we’ve read the last page of the Bible, the last page of Revelation, and we win in the end.

Let me also add this: Let’s all be praying for the people of the Ukraine. They’re going through a time of great suffering right now. Pray for them. Pray that God gives to our leaders wisdom as they’re making very important decisions in the days ahead.

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All the signs of the last days are converging at the same time. Bible Prophecy is happening right before our eyes and like birth pains, the predicted events are happening more frequently and more intently. Never, in the history throughout the world have so many forces, including economic, scientific, techno-logic, ecologic, cultural, geopolitical, moral, spiritual and religion, converged together to bring this world that’s already teetering over the edge into the abyss, to a point of no return. Jesus said when you see all these signs happening, know that I am near, even at the door.

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In Times like These be Extra Watchful

Xi & Putin Pals (FourSignPosts [Alexey Druzhinin- Sputnik-AFP-Getty] photo)

By MARK DAVIDSON 

FEBRUARY 24, 2022 

THE FOUR SIGNPOSTS

I wrote not too long ago in this post that things are looking more and more like there is a three-way trap leading the world into the Second Signpost. One of the three is the situation with Ukraine.

So now Russia invaded Ukraine this morning.

Hopefully, it will be limited to Russia militarily defending the two break-away areas in the Donbas region and will be over. And hopefully, the US administration won’t be dumb enough to indirectly encourage China to move against Taiwan. I wouldn’t bet on either though.

Now is one of those times to especially be alert, to be watching and praying.

With the developments this morning, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) made a statement that was parallel to this seeming three-way trap of the Second Signpost, though of course he didn’t put it that way.

I have come to believe that when the Second Signpost occurs it will be because the US military is tied down by Iran’s allies, China and Russia. Daniel 8:4 (NASB) says of the charge of the Persian ram:

“. . . nor was there anyone to rescue from his power.”

In other words, the US forces will be already defeated or pulled out of the area due to global circumstances. China’s CCP will be expanding its power and influence for Taiwan is only the first step to taking over the entire East Earth. And the IRGC will be charging out and occupying Mideast Muslim countries. This is summed up succinctly when Senator Graham said, “You’ll be in a third world war and you’ll have a bunch of radical Islamists with nuclear weapons.” That does sum it up and sets the stage for the unfolding of the remainder of the Signposts.

Furthermore, in this hemisphere, it looks like the West, which has made the love of money their god, will lose it due to any number of circumstances. Pertaining to this, Senator Graham also said, “I don’t know how much more we have to suffer as a nation and let bad guys kick us in the a– and lose control of our own destiny here at home.”

Well, that may very well be our destiny for we have forgotten our God as a nation, and He may very well let us lose everything so will come back to Him.

As Keller wrote in his book Counterfeit Gods, “People don’t realize Jesus is all you need until Jesus is all you have.”

We may not have very much time. That’s a problem when one is watching. It looks like the coming event could be years away and other times it looks hours away—like now.

Just be ready. Dwell in his shelter. Cast out the idols of your heart and make Him your only God.

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Re: January 27: International Holocaust Commemoration Day 2022


The entrance to Auschwitz concentration camp, with the words “Arbeit macht frei”, meaning “work sets you free”. The phrase is known for appearing on the entrance of other labour camps, including Dachau and Theresienstadt. (Photo from the post “Untangling memory, taking a stand.” By Moyukh MahtabShamsuddoza Sajen; The Daily Star; 1/28/17 12:00 AM Last update on: 7/18/17 03:57 PM)

Email from Ari Bussel of which I begin with an email sent to Ari from Matthew Ball and follow that with Ari’s response. The topic: International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.

As you discover Mr. Ball is a member of the Latter Day Saints (aka Mormons). In full disclosure I am among the Biblical Christians that believe Mormons follow extra-Biblical teachings which some describe as modern day Gnosticism. And yet who am I to criticize? I belong to a group of Christians labeled Word of Faith and another labeled as Christian Zionists. Many Christians critical of Mormonism also have no difficulty in labeling the Christian groups I associate with as heretics.

The point to be recognized here is one religious group recognizes age old Antisemitism (which predates Christianity by-the-way) is sadly not only ongoing but might be reaching Nazi-Germany era levels again among those who call themselves Christians who should assuredly by now no better.

JRH 1/29/22

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Re: January 27: International Holocaust Commemoration Day 2022

Email from Ari Bussel

Sent 1/28/2022 12:04 AM

On Jan 27, 2022, at 6:54 PM, Matthew Ball <mball@…> wrote:

Dear Ari,

It is with great sadness and acute awareness of the many sacrifices and suffering of our Jewish Brothers and Sisters that I share this letter from some of our Church Leaders–with you. Our hearts go out to you and your international community with a gratitude for your friendship and a desire to extend our love to you during a very difficult time of remembrance.

Attached is a letter that my colleagues across Europe have shared with their Diplomatic friends and associates. I wanted you to know that we share these feelings.

Amidst the very difficult your memory of this tragic era in our history, we express our support and concern for your well-being.

Embracing you as one of our own,

Matt 

P.S. – It’s rather amazing to hear of the snow that fell in Israel today. Apparently, not since the 50’s has such a phenomenon occurred. I hope this helps to codify the “cold” but necessary remembrance of today.

Matthew Ball

Director of Public & International Affairs, NAWA

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

1591 E. Temple Way

Los Angeles, CA 90024

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[Ari sent attachments of the letter in PDF format and jpg format. Below is the photo. Following the photo is Ari’s email response.]

Dear Matt,

When a family member goes out to try and secure food and does not come back, another family member goes out looking for her. She does not return either to the hiding place of the family.

Some of the good Polish neighbors squealed on them. Neither was ever heard of or seen again.

One of the two was my grandmother – my sister is named after her – the other was her mother.

The Poles, these wonderful people who were “under occupation” and neither participated nor took part in and derived great joy from the atrocities carried out, who did not smell or felt the human ashes being spewed from the Crematoriums, passed certain laws in recent years to re-write history. In fact, for what I have written here, I can face dire consequences today in Poland.

And yet, we rush to send our kids to the March of Living in Poland every year. What a very big business it is!

The Poles were indeed most amazing people who cared greatly about the Jews in their midst. There were a few – the Righteous Gentiles – who risked their own lives and that of their families for Jews, sometimes Jews they did not even know. After escaping the Warsaw Ghetto, my father and my uncle hid for the duration of the war with one such family.

The very same loving nation continues to fight to this very day against the Survivors who are trying to get their properties back. As the Hebrew saying goes, “Have you murdered and inherited too?”  Another law was recently passed, but that law simply codified what we already knew by experience – the Poles utterly refuse to return property to its rightful owners. Just ask my father and my uncle who spent the last few decades fighting – at all levels of the judicial system in Poland. One court case after the next, more than a dozen in total, where each level sends it to the next – up and back down, like a rollercoaster.

And then we were invited to the Academy, right here in BH, when an entire nation went on a blitz to persuade itself and the world that it is just [an] innocent victim like everybody else – Poland was occupied by the Nazis, and the Poles had nothing to do with anything.

There is no remorse. There are no second thoughts. Just a complete revision of history and the utter determination not to allow the flood gates to open. After all, the Survivors are getting older and die, and when they all die, their descendants will not continue to fight. That is the human story; this is life.

Tomorrow my uncle turns 89. My father is 84. They were young when the War erupted. Now they are the last of the Survivors. Everyone else – those few still with us – is in his or her 90s. They are determined not to give up, no matter what. They were deprived of their childhood and early adulthood, and they are being wronged to this day.

Israel does not take care of Holocaust Survivors outside of Israel. Shamefully, even the care and concern within Israel proper is something to be desired. But let us worry not – soon there will be no more Survivors, and no more firsthand, live accounts of the horrors of the Holocaust. Then when a child will ask Siri or Alexa, “Tell Me, What Was the Holocaust,” she or he may receive an answer along the lines, “A scientific international conference, convened by a sovereign nation (Iran), determined it was a sophisticated hoax perpetrated by the Jews.

Included here is a former professor of mine from UCLA from decades ago. One of the foremost experts on that period, she had to prove in a (British) court of law that the Holocaust did happen.

Included herein is a brilliant researcher in Israel who is publishing one book after another about the Holocaust. Yet, publishing houses stay away from publishing these books – for there is no demand, and so it is not profitable to engage in such publications. Yet, he does not stop, for he is on a mission.

All together, we are a team. My parents and my uncles, Survivors; dear friends who are part of this e-mail – daughters and sons and spouses of Holocaust Survivors; dear friends, protectors and defenders of Israel who fight day in and day out to safeguard the Jewish State; and our Christian brethren whose steadfast support of Israel and the Jewish people is a miracle in and of its own.

TOGETHER WE ARE TEAM ISRAEL.

As my dear friend Zohreh says,

AM ISRAEL CHAI (the nation of Israel lives; and is strong)

SHALOM!

Always,
Ari Bussel
bussel@me.com
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Edited by John R. Houk

© Ari Bussel

Bussel Responds to Email Distorting Jewish Attacks against Christians in Israel


Intro by John R. Houk

Email by Ari Bussel

Intro © January 8, 2022

A quote from Ari Bussel wondering about indigenous born Arab Christians in the Middle East and Israel:

If given a choice to live in the Jewish State or under Arab/Palestinian/Iranian/Muslim rule, they will never choose the latter. And yet, they criticize and malign Israel. I have never understood why so very few of them find the courage or exhibit the characteristics they preach to stand up and defend Israel; unless they think that they have a future at all if Israel will cease to exist.

In this post submitted by Ari is lengthy valid response to an email Ari received pointing to an article about Jews attacking Christians in Israel and a Black-American Bishop who immigrated to Israel acting as if Jewish attack are the norm rather than the exception but with zero mention of Muslims persecuting Christians causing a depopulation in Judea-Samaria.

And another matter: Jews were persecuted 2,000 years before the birth of Jesus (raised as a Jew) and SADLY Jews have been persecuted by Christians (and other groups) for another 2,000-plus years. Is there any wonder there is Jewish mistrust of Christian motives?

Then there is the sad phenomenon that the millennia of Christians that themselves have survived Muslim persecuting practices have lived under the brainwashing tactics under Dhimmitude one of submitting to Quranic induced Jew-hatred.

Those are my thoughts, but Ari Bussel is much more erudite than I in dispelling essentially a Christian camp leaning into Antisemitism.

JRH 1/8/22

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Re: EXCLUSIVE: Evangelical bishop says Israel must deal with attacks, discrimination against Christians coming from ‘radicalized’ Jewish groups

Sent by Ari Bussel

Sent 1/3/2022 11:15 AM

On Jan 1, 2022, at 7:59 PM, Pablo Nankin, MD SENT:

Hi 

Not sure if this anti Israel or middle line
https://allisrael.us17.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a22d85388ddcd4f211b8287b6&id=7225d2a4d1&e=4d8bad3992

[Blog Editor: After reading the post associated with the link, it is my humble opinion the Bishop is criticizing the persecution of ALL Christians in Israel but is particularly disturbed by Jewish animus toward Israeli Christians. On a personal level when the Bishop talks of Christian persecution he makes zero reference to the Muslim persecution of Christians particularly in the Judea-Samaria (rudely labeled West Bank or Palestinian Authority controlled land) where huge numbers of Christians have been reduced by persecution via Muslims against Christians.  Here is the link’s headline, opening and first paragraph and skip a few paragraphs where the Bishop decries the treatment of Black Americans not a part of the email:

EXCLUSIVE: Evangelical bishop says Israel must deal with attacks, discrimination against Christians coming from ‘radicalized’ Jewish groups

Bishop Plummer says “time for silence is over;” urges dialogue and stepped-up support from current Israeli government

Church of God in Christ Bishop of Israel Glenn Plummer and First Lady Ruth Pauline Plummer, Ph.D. at the Israeli president’s New Year’s reception, Dec. 29, 2021. (Photo: courtesy)

By Nicole Jansezian

December 30, 2021

All Israel News

An Evangelical bishop backed a statement issued by the heads of traditional Christian churches in the Holy Land, saying that the time for remaining silent is over in the face of radicalized hatred and attacks on Christians and their holy places.

Plummer, spoke with ALL ISRAEL NEWS after attending a New Year’s reception hosted by Israeli President Isaac Herzog on Wednesday, where Herzog welcomed the leaders of several denominations in Israel – from Catholic and Coptic to Greek and Armenian Orthodox along with leaders of Evangelical ministries in the land.

The reception came a few weeks after these same denominational leaders issued a statement condemning racist acts against Christians in Israel, including “countless incidents of physical and verbal assaults against priests and other clergy, attacks on Christian churches, with holy sites regularly vandalized and desecrated, and ongoing intimidation of local Christians who simply seek to worship freely and go about their daily lives.”

We have reported on several such incidents, here and here.

“The White Evangelical leadership and organizations have tried to keep it quiet because they don’t want backlash against Israel – our mutual adversaries will take that and use it against Israel,” Plummer said. “But secondly, it’s also out of fear. It’s out of fear that if they take a public position, that these guys will show up at their door as well.”

But Plummer said that as “Bishop of Israel for the largest Black church in the world, we know what discrimination and racism feels like in America.”

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Ari Bussel REPLY

Happy 2022 Ellie and Pablo!

PREFACE

In recent years, there is a phenomenon of developers coming to Beverly Hills and telling us – active and caring residents of decades – what is good for our City (they really mean what is good for them). Most regrettably, the two most notable examples that come to mind are of Jewish developers. About one’s behavior I wrote before Yom Kippur many years ago (he has boycotted me ever since); the other is a recent comer, and in a Rabbi-supervised dialogue between us, he was astonished when I described his behavior as Rosh Katan (small head, i.e., limiting one’s behavior to what is most narrowly excusable or the minimum required). If it were not for the respect to the Rabbi, I would have immediately been declared Public Enemy No. 1.

Similarly, an American Black Evangelical Leader moves to Israel with his wife during the Great Pandemic. On its face, anyone familiar with Israeli immigration requirements would find this fascinating. In an extremely short period of time, this person is being embraced by the Israeli political elite, which has been courting Christians for a long time now.

So why would anyone point out the fact the Evangelical leader is Black? Because he uses the color of the skin, or the Race Card, a most common phenomenon in the USA of President Obama and President Biden. The leader brings with him from the USA the current culture of accusations that “America is systematically racist” and that “all White males are racist” as well as floating into the air “White Supremacists” and “Domestic Terrorism” and other like buzz words that divide rather than unite the country.

He then applies it toward a new landscape, accusing his new host country of the very same evils. True or not, this does not matter. The objective is not to improve anything that might need improvement, to highlight real issues and work on real solutions; rather it is to sow discord and distrust. When catchy lies (half a sentence long to maximum a sentence long) are floated to the air, it is very difficult to disprove them. The bigger the lie, the easier it becomes an accepted truth.

I have dedicated the past quarter of a century, if not longer, to building bridges between Christians and Jews. It is a most tedious work, one stone at a time, brick after brick. We stand proud of the distance traversed thus far in Judeo-Christian relations. And this most formidable fort that was erected is attracting opposition, attempt after attempt to tear it down, much like what happened with the First and Second Temples.

To this very day Jews fast four times a year to remember the destruction that took place two millennia ago. We remember the past in order not to repeat it. Today, in a slightly different context, we face the very same division and forces that threaten our unity and very survival.

Let us stand united in our conviction, in our team experience and mutual respect and expel from within us those who want to weaken our defenses, to accuse us of wrongdoing where there is none and to spread confusion among us. Let us remain focused on what is important, on what God wants from us, and we will be able to separate truth from fiction, reality from lies, good intentions from evil ones.

The Newcomer to Israel may not have any insidious intentions. He may simply be bringing with him and echoing loudly a current-day American culture that has gone wild, in the wrong direction. This should not be welcomed in Israel, for we have enough enemies – internal and external – and we do not need to be distracted by more unjust, undeserving and untrue attacks.

A Reply to Your Query

The article cited below [Blog Editor: And quoted in brief form above] is not anti in any direct sense of the word to which we are accustomed; but it is dangerous nonetheless.

(1) Lies Told Often Enough

What I hear when I read this article is a huge choir repeating a chorus. It is heard in the background, like distant drums, and as it gets closer, the noise becomes frightening, overwhelming, most dangerous. In my mind’s eye I hear repeated accusations, drums beating:  White Supremacists, Haters, Racists and Domestic Terrorists (characteristic of the US), Settlers, Occupation and Jesus at the Checkpoint (to give a taste of Israel). There is no terrorism, there are no acts of terror, just Israeli-soldiers, Nazi-like, restricting movement and life in general.

Equally alarming, I hear transposition of reality, blaming the Jews for what others are doing. How very typical to the Middle East!

I am beginning to feel deja vu:  taking a reality, transposing it and floating the lie over and over and over again so that people are convinced it is the truth. Just to name a few examples:  Mossad agents are the evildoers in any current prime-time TV series in the US while Muslims are the sexy, smart, good-doers. Mossad perpetrated the 9/11 Attacks. Islam is a peaceful religion and Jihad is a quest for peace. Israelis are the new Nazis. Israel wants to topple down or burn the Al Aqsa Mosque. And more appropriately to this discussion:  Settlers uproot olive groves, Settlers steal the water of Palestinians, Settlers allow sewage to flow into nature (that clearly belongs to the Palestinian), Settlers burn Palestinian homes and murder their Palestinian neighbors and so forth. Soon to come:  Settlers shoot at Palestinian cars and stub innocent 80-year-old ladies walking in the street or run cars into people standing at bus stops.

In Bethlehem, under Palestinian Authority rule (Israelis are not allowed), the Christian population dwindled down to less than 2%, and yet this article refers us to a previous statement about Israel, not about PA-ruled Bethlehem:  the Christian population has decreased from 20% at its height to less than 2% now. In reality, though, the number of Christians in Israel continues to increase, but why let the facts confuse us?

(2) Attention Seekers

The actions described are reflective, in part, of an attention-seeking Bishop. He has just arrived, and he is already charging and leading a fight to reform Israel, to save the Evangelical Christians who live there (and maybe to save Israel from herself!).

I am immediately reminded of another self-proclaimed prominent Christian Leader.

Remember when Netanyahu lost after four election cycles within two years, and a new coalition government was formed (the current government under Bennett)?

One Christian leader who published dozens of books and has a museum and a communications center in Jerusalem went all out against Bennett and the new government. He was so self-absorbed in his momentary madness, that he threatened to unleash tens of millions of Christians from around the world AGAINST Israel, bringing into question not his sanity but the essence of his support. [Those who support Israel do so not only so long as their interests are well served. He who threatens to unleash powers against Israel better remember that it is a declaration of war against God Lord of Hosts Himself (which should come with a health warning).]  Since then, Mike Evans calmed down and returned to his senses. Any contrition shown might have been more for public consumption.

Then a new Leader and his wife arrived to Israel, and in short time claimed a position of prominence. I wonder how this happened so quickly and so very easily, there is something unnatural about it. Perhaps I am a skeptic (I likewise treat Mike Evans’s claim of having tens of millions of followers with some respect and some doubt).

What I do know, though, is that this leader has utilized the color of his skin and his title (not to be confused with the more commonly-used title of Bishop in the Catholic Church), as well as God the Almighty Himself, something that is NOT in our hands and should never be done. If God wants to support someone, He knows how to do so. It is not by the person’s self-proclamations.

What is most alarming, is that this is not the first battle cry in so many months. Bishop Plummer was a guest speaker at the Christian Media Summit in Jerusalem, and there too he criticizes, something that might have gone unnoticed by many. After all, it is a new virus unrecognized by the Body Israel (like CoVid-19 which was unrecognized by the human body).

(3) Let’s Get the Facts Straight

In this article, let me first touch on a point of history:  The President’s meeting and reception with Christian leaders (real, locally-established leaders – unlike the self-anointed, instant new-comers who were kindly invited to join as welcomed guests) has been going on since the formation of the Modern State of Israel.

In fact, the inclusion of Bishop Plummer evidences Israel’s constant quest for making an outreach and finding leaders of the other side (in this instance, Christians, for their holiest time of the year).  Bishop Plummer mistakenly seems to think this tradition was created in his honor.

Israel always paid the utmost respect to other religions; much to its own detriment.

Next time you are in Jerusalem, you may want to visit the Jerusalem Residence of Yitzchak Ben Zvi, Israel’s 2nd president (1952 – 1963). At a time that Israel did not have means and was struggling to survive, he (and his wife) thought it would be most appropriate to be at a humble abode, a shack. There he hosted dignitaries from the entire world.

A family member of ours served at the President’s residence under Ben Zvi, and his son took us on a tour there in November 2019. Among the pix on the walls, there are pix of President Ben Zvi hosting the Christian leaders in Israel. There is nothing new under the sun, and such meetings/receptions were not for the sake of photo-op, rather real of intention, reflective of an attitude and a reality on the ground. Their mere existence evidence the importance given by Israel to cultivating a two-way relationship, at times of need and at time of joy.

So for a newcomer to teach us that the current president’s opening the residence for such a reception is a sign in the right direction simply shows that new-comer is under the mistaken illusion that life and reality commenced upon his most recent arrival, and thus that things revolve around him.  Not so.

(4) Truth vs. Evil Fiction

If one is under the impression, after reading this article, that Christians are persecuted in Israel, or that it is commonplace for a Christian believer in Israel to be threatened or to be afraid, or for churches to be vandalized and desecrated, such are false and most dangerous accusations.

If something like that happens, and should file a police report. Then another. And another. This will create a track record, an audit trail, and it will not go unnoticed.  

In Israel it would prompt individuals and non-profits to immediate action. It would give them pleasure and an occupation. It would provide a point about which to argue and fight. This is, before all, Israel!

But to generalize and claim that it is commonplace in Israel is a frightening misrepresentation of reality. There are so many places of non-Jewish worship, and they are all part of the tapestry that is Israel. They are protected under the law and in practice, but more so, they are the commonplace throughout Israel. That is exactly the reason that Bahai, Ahmadi, Druze, Armenian, Greek-Orthodox and so very many other minorities find Israel to be the only safe haven throughout the Middle East and the African continent.

So what is one to learn from this article? That Evangelical Christians are persecuted in Israel, disrespected, not allowed to practice freely, maybe crucified? Do those Evangelical Christians (and all other Christians) who chose to live in Israel even aware of the conditions described? Do they share the experiences?

Why would Christians who live in Israel for a very long time not utter a word when we meet each year? They have not been shy about anything, except what should be most important (life and safety)?

If the situation is so bad, how is it that everyone waited for Bishop Plummer to arrive to Israel to discover the horrible truth and lead the fight to change it? Is he the only one that can see, the only one that has the courage and power to act? Maybe a mashiach has finally arrived to the Holy Land?  I am sorry if this sounds disrespectful, but I cannot reconcile what I have witnessed year after year after year for decades with what someone who has moved to Israel less than two years ago claims is a real pandemic. Either I am blind, deaf and dumb – I am not – or something is really wrong in the accusations brought forth. And thus, Pablo, I turn to your question about this article and what might be behind it.

(5) Israel’s Detractors

Dr. Nankin hosted at his home one of the leaders of the Coptic Church (there is a large community in Los Angeles) following unfavorable statements by the Coptic Pope regarding Israel some years ago. While I can understand why the Coptic Pope in Egypt may not have favorable things to say about Israel, as his fiduciary responsibility is first and foremost to his people who are persecuted, arrested, tortured and murdered and will be at even greater risk if he dares say anything positive about Israel, I cannot understand Christian Arabs in Israel.  

Maybe Bishop Plummer only hears what those who speak with a forked tongue have to say?

Christian Arabs know that the only place they can worship freely and safely in the entire area called the greater Middle East and the African continent is the Jewish State of Israel.

The only place where Christians are safe in this entire region is under Jewish rule of law, practice and traditions.  

Christian Arabs know that they will have to pay a Dhimmitude tax and live as second-class citizens anywhere else throughout the Muslim world. They fled from Bethlehem. They fled from Lebanon. They fled from Iran and Iraq. In fact, if the (Catholic) Pope stood by them, they would have fled Africa rather than die there. Apparently, they are not really welcome anywhere in the entire region, except in Israel.  This is why their numbers in this only safe haven grow constantly.

If given a choice to live in the Jewish State or under Arab/Palestinian/Iranian/Muslim rule, they will never choose the latter. And yet, they criticize and malign Israel. I have never understood why so very few of them find the courage or exhibit the characteristics they preach to stand up and defend Israel; unless they think that they have a future at all if Israel will cease to exist.

Is it possible that after 74 years of “Suffering” after the “Great Catastrophe,” Christians in Israel finally have a messiah who has arrived on a white donkey to rescue them from bondage? Maybe, like the Hebrews in Egypt, they did not even understand their plight, and a new Moses has arrived to deliver them to freedom?

The story of Moses took place thousands of years ago, and Christians in Israel enjoy freedoms that can be found nowhere else. The only Messiah we are all waiting to reveal Himself is not a flesh and blood who has arrived with his First Lady to Israel during the Great Pandemic. To this point I can attest with my life.

(6) Addressing the Claims – Let’s examine the situation on the ground 

Is it possible that there are those Jewish Israelis who are hesitant, cautious or even unwelcoming to Christians in Israel? Of course. There is a two millennium history of Jewish persecution, of blaming us for the Crucifixion, of blood libels directed at us and using Jews as scapegoats. There is a very noticeable effort of proselytizing Jews by Christians in Israel. This causes the sensitivity, suspicion and distrust to increase.

These are issues we work to address, one small step forward at a time, brick after brick.

When on Israel’s Independence Day, at the heart of Tel Aviv, people are accosted by attempts to lure them to leave their Jewish home and replace it with another, it causes concern. When Israelis are approached both directly and covertly in an attempt to convert them, the foundations of the bridge being built during the last twenty some years – this hyphen between Judeo and Christian – shake.

But the overwhelming feeling is that of coming together, not apart. We know our past. We understand the dangers of the present. And we raise our eyes to the future, all pre-told in our Bible. We are very sensitive to it all, and we take baby steps, one after the other.  Today we are running together, long distances. We have become a team. Dependable, trustworthy, inseparable. 

Even the most Orthodox Jewish religious leaders are opening to conversation, if not outright direct relations with our Christian brethren. It is a new day, a most magnificent day in the making, and the first rays of sun are most encouraging.

From the Prime Minister to the President of Israel, past and present, members of the Knesset, religious, business and other leaders, Israel joins in extending a hand to Christians in Israel and throughout the world. Christians realize that without their roots, the Old Testament, they cease to exist; without a certain Jewish Rabbi, they cannot exist. And thus we stand one entire, blessed body, roots to leaves, proud and most grateful.

If the situation is as Bishop Plummer describes, we will all go out to change it. But we have not been late arrivals to the scene. We have been in the trenches for two decades and longer, and we still know to differentiate between cow manure and the smell of citrus blossom. We will not allow false prophets with an agenda to cast an evil spell on us. Instead, we will continue fighting side-by-side with others, Jews and Christians together, arm in arm, one protecting the other, against all attacks. Our very survival is at stake, and our enemies know that the only way for them to prevail is to sow doubt and confusion. We have to make sure this does not succeed!

Always,

Ari Bussel
bussel@me.com

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Edited by John R. Houk

Text enclosed by brackets are by the Editor.

© Ari Bussel



Ari Email – Christmas Eve, December 24, 2021


I haven’t heard from my online friend Ari Bussel for quite some time. Yesterday he sent a Christmas Eve greeting that includes an audio dialogue between Ari and Norma Zager which will give you a great idea on how those two interact their “Postcards from America – Postcards from Israel.”

Ari Bussel (cropped from 2015 post “Join Ari Bussel on a Tour of Jerusalem, Israel”) and Norma Zager (from a Pelican Publishing Company bio-page)

The Ari email also included some attachments of past Christmas titles he wrote which I will included after roughly after the audio dialogue.

I think you find the dialogue fascinating for it includes COVID-Omicron, Dems and Republicans and of course Israel.

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Ari Email – Christmas Eve, December 24, 2021

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By Ari Bussel

Sent 12/24/2021 7:54 PM

Dear Friends,

On this Christmas Eve, 2021, a bucket of blessings – may the joy of the season engulf you to the point you will feel like a couple dancing and dancing until your breath is taken away like a couple who knows they are – from marriage to death – one; inseparable; a husband and wife may your head spin with energy, with clarity of vision and unshakable commonsense and with the knowledge that good things are yet to happen that God is Great (or as I always say, “excellent”) no matter what!

Back in 2008, at this time exactly, I ventured from Jerusalem to Bethlehem. Returning very late at night and sat down to write, by that time it was Christmas morning here in the USA and a friend, Pam, was in church reading my report (we will not address the “reading” in church – on the Jewish side we have the same issue of “talking” in the synagogue) and that was the greatest gift for me for years to come.

Ten years later I recounted part of that experience of an Israeli and American passports holder venturing into a town to a holy place where Jews are not allowed and are not welcomed where such a visit can be most dangerous to their lives and to the wellbeing of the State of Israel 

You are invited to read “The Day I Discovered God:” [Blog Editor: Can be read below]

And now, three years later, the world is like nothing anyone had envisioned and we still do not see the light at the end of the tunnel (although we know with absolute certainty there is light and there is a way out!) I sat to write another Christmas message recounting my ongoing negotiations with none other than God our Lord Himself (some would call it “Chutzpah,” but then it is the Israeli blood in me, the stubbornness of every Jewish person since the times we were slaves in Egypt to present day and God is used to it already; He even likes his children being so very stiff necked at times!)

You are invited to read “A Christmas to Remember:” [Blog Editor: posted below “The Day I Discovered God.”]

And if you prefer, you are invited to listen to the latest episode of my colleague Norma Zager and my radio show – the Jewish Voice on Christian Radio – airing this weekend “It’s a Wonderful Christmas,” here:

https://www.kbriteradio.com/eye-to-eye/ [Blog Editor: Link in email that brings to many Ari/Norma titles]

SoundCloud AUDIO: It’s A Wonderful Christmas

Posted 12/22/21

To you and your families,

remember:  It is a wonderful Christmas

and we are so very grateful for being alive!

Always,

Ari Bussel

bussel@me.com

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The Day I Discovered God

By Ari Bussel

A Song of Ascents: Out of the depths I have called Thee, O, God. Lord, listen to my voice, let Your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.” (Psalms 130:1-2)

I discovered God on Christmas Eve.

I knew all along God exists, but I never had any direct dealing with God.

In Israel, at a time that a phone was connected to the wall, there was at most one phone line per household – after many years of waiting – and phone calls were charged by the minute or a fraction thereof, God’s presence in His City, Jerusalem, was often referred to as a “local call.”

People had direct dealings with God. A man, for instance, was very much in a rush on a busy errands day, but there was no parking space to be found.

He turns to God and says, “God, if You only make a parking space available for me now, I will observe the Sabbath and do all that You want me to do.”

Not a minute passes, and a parking space becomes available. The man turns to God and says, “God, no need anymore, I already found one myself!”

Since I am not a Jerusalemite, I did not have direct dealings with God. Until that faithful day-before-Christmas, when I was 42 year old.

Jewish people are not allowed in Palestinian-controlled territories. “Peaceful co-existence” for the Palestinian is a land void of Jews. If a Jew wanders into their midst, he likely will be murdered, as were two reservists who were lost, taken to a local police station, tormented

almost to death then thrown from the balcony to the celebrating, ecstatic mob that finished the task.

Israel’s so-called “peace partners” want the entire land of Israel, and they neither slumber nor sleep until the entire area is “clean of Jews.”

The prohibition against Jews-in-their-midst is most stern. If an owner of land or property were to sell it to a Jew, he has broken the law, a most despicable act punishable by death.

I happened to be in Israel on Christmas Eve when I was 42. I was determined to go to Bethlehem, the birthplace of Christ. It was not a pilgrimage for me, rather a childhood memory, when there were only single TV stations, and all in black and white. I remember a Christmas Tree, the sight of snow and the feeling of Christmas morning in Bethlehem.

Clearly, I could not miss the opportunity of being in Israel and not going to Bethlehem.

Alas, Israeli-Jews are prohibited from passing from Jerusalem to Bethlehem, lest they be murdered or kidnapped. Americans at that time were not very welcome either. But I was determined to see if my childhood memory had anything to do with reality. As a foreign correspondent in Israel, I decided that nothing bad can happen to me.

Thus, my first stop was to the Government Press Office, in charge of all foreign correspondents in Israel.

“Do you have your (American) Passport?” asked the high-ranking Government official. “Then you can go.”

With that blessing, I proceeded to a venture of a lifetime, Christmas Eve in Bethlehem.

Alas, it got close to midnight, and as the excitement wore off (after a delightful dinner, with some fellow Americans – we were the only

ones in the restaurant, as tourists that year stayed away from Palestinian-controlled areas), I decided to return.

I realized I was alone, other than some policemen/military with rifles in the middle of the street. That was danger, not safety for a foreigner, especially one who looks Israeli.

My previous attitude dissipated. I was no longer the confident “nothing-bad-will-happen-to-me” foreign correspondent. I look Middle Eastern, and not the Arab type. In fact, I looked completely out of place.

It is exactly for such a reason that Israelis are prohibited from crossing the border, lest something bad happen to them.

I was in a deserted neighborhood. Darkness all around, now not a person in sight. I could hear dogs barking and my heart was beating wildly.

Fear had not frozen me completely. I realized that if I were to walk along the Wall – the one extending 18 feet high, preventing the transfer of terrorists into Jerusalem where they exploded themselves in crowded places shouting “Allah U Akbar” – as long as I did not let it out of my sight, I would eventually arrive at a crossing.

It was exactly at that time that I found myself negotiating with God. “If I only return to Israel safe and sound,” and “if You only guide and protect me, Oh, God.”

My session of pleas apparently distracted me completely and even managed to calm my nerves. I was so absorbed in my own private redemption and salvation, that when an Israeli soldier appeared some hundred yards ahead of me, his rifle pointing directly at me, and ordered me to stop and raise my hands, I was elated. My own Christmas Jubilation.

I try not to involve God in helping me find a parking space or other such mundane things. But the flashing of all the most-horrible outcomes of my adventure to Bethlehem was traumatic enough to have shaken me so that I was reciting Psalms 121: “A Song of Ascents: I lift my eyes to the mountains, from where will my help come. My help is from God, who made heaven and earth. … God is your keeper, God is your shadow, upon your right hand. … God will keep you from all evil, He will safeguard your soul. … God will guard your going and coming, from this time and for ever.”

I have ventured outside of Jerusalem to Bethlehem, from light to darkness, from safety to peril. And I did it out of my own volition, as if testing God.

Bethlehem lost its holiness under Palestinian rule. The Christians were driven away. Luckily, Jerusalem remains standing, a beacon of light and safety, peace and security.

When I returned I was grateful; oh, so very grateful. It was as if I managed, just moments earlier, to escape from the gates of Hell, and here I was back at the Kingdom of Heaven, of God the Almighty Himself.

The years have passed, and although I knew before God existed, I discovered God and the sanctity of life on that Christmas Eve in Bethlehem.

The New Testament tells us in Matthew 2: “Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the King, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem saying, ‘Where is He that is born King of the Jews?’ for we have seen His star in the east and we have come to worship Him.

“When Herod the King had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. And they said unto him, ‘In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the Prophet: ‘And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Judea, art not the least among the princes of Judah: for out of thee shall come a Governor that shall rule my people Israel.’’” [KJV]

The reference is to the Prophet Micah (5:1 in the Old Testament). We note that Beth Lehem is the birthplace of King David (1st Samuel 16:1) and there he was anointed.

And so we arrive at the essence of the Christmas story. Anyone who believes in Jesus Christ and in the Bible realizes and knows that Jesus is an heir of King David and that He has arisen from within Judaism.

Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, a Governor, a King among the princes of Judah. Judah-Judea-Jewish, how interesting; how everlasting.

For anyone to reinvent the story nowadays and call Jesus a “Palestinian” is a travesty and sacrilegious. For anyone to claim Bethlehem has roots or any connection whatsoever with a made-up “Palestine” (a name from very many centuries later) is dangerous, and the intention bogus and misleading.

All that any Christian needs to do to clear the air is open the Bible and read. Most Christians live the Word of the Bible, but those who believe but need to pick up the Bible, remove a layer of dust and read, do so!

The Prophet Isaiah tells us (9:5): “For a child has been born to us, a son was given to us, and the position is upon His shoulder, and His name is wonder advisor, a hero god, the father of eternity, the minister of peace.” [alternative translation: “His name is Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.”]

Once, not long ago, there was a majority of Christians in the city that is the birthplace of Christ. Then Palestinian terrorists desecrated the Church of Nativity, using it as a compound to which they knew Israelis will not enter or harm, for it is a religious place. They persecuted the Christians – as is the common practice throughout

Arab lands in the Middle East and the African Continent – and drove them away.

Today there are less than a couple of percent Christians in Bethlehem. Not only is the area “clean of Jews,” it will soon be completely devoid of Christians as well. For our enemies try to destroy the Saturday and the Sunday people, and then they proceed to murder their own as well (e.g. Daesh; Muslim Brotherhood; Hamas; Hezbollah; Iran; …). Nothing is sacred to them, except Death, Satan and Hell.

Let us celebrate our God, for we are all His people, on Christmas Day and every day of the year.

Let us separate truth from fiction, reality and history from make-belief and distortion. Jesus was not a Palestinian. He was Jewish and born in Judea.

There cannot be “Settlements” in the area that for three thousand years was Judea and Samaria. Erase that, and Jews do not exist, nor are Samaritans (or Good Samaritans).

Our enemies tried to erase Jerusalem, but their curses turned into blessings. One cannot prevail when one sets eyes on destroying God or harming the Apple of His Eye.

Let us stand firm and protect our very essence, for a fight against Jerusalem, Jews and Christians is a fight against God the Almighty, Lord of Hosts.

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A Christmas to Remember

By Ari Bussel

We are all familiar with the reality that the older we get, the quicker time passes. But this year, the second year of the Great Pandemic, has disappeared with astonishing speed, that it seems that God Himself has hastened it to move on, to soon be forgotten.

God and I have an ongoing discussion, already two years in the making. First, I prayed that the Pandemic that was just given a name would disappear into nonbeing in an instant, and that this Act of God will take place before the first night of Passover. It did not, and I did not give up. I wished it to go away by the end of Passover, for we do celebrate seven days.

I was very flexible – any day of the seven days of Passover would be acceptable; and as they passed and nothing happened, I put my faith on the very last day. God’s messenger refused to leave. So I continued praying with all my might. The fate of the entire world was on the balance. God has sent a messenger on a mission, and that messenger was not leaving until he got the job done. It may not be the culture on earth, but definitely the angels are being held accountable; dereliction of duty is not possible.

When the next Passover was upon us, after an entire year of isolation, I again repeated my request. But since I did so in jest, so as not to fall deeper into despair in case it was not answered again, God did not take my prayers seriously. When we give ourselves a way out, we do not fully mean what we request. Besides, God is under no obligation to heed to our requests. It is a very important lesson we need to remember always: Asking does not grant us an entitlement.

The situation around us became intense, frighteningly dangerous. Darkness has engulfed us and became thicker, impenetrable with each passing day. No, it was not the additional six hundred thousand who succumbed to the disease here in the USA alone (three times as

many as in the first year). No one said a word about that. It was a most evil darkness of another kind.

Those who had ever lived under Communism or Nazism, or in Iran, Gaza or Syria, may know what really frightens me. The grab of power; the Cancel Culture that pervaded the country; the loss of guiding principles that tip toward the greater good and the long term health and wellbeing of the country; the urge to punish the other who does not think like us and the joy such act provides; and the lingering effects of this disease on generations to come.

We heard calls to bring about “unity,” but that did not mean willingness to give in just a bit to achieve this goal. Rather, the message was: You must all stand obedient, like good soldiers, and do whatever we tell you. You must all think the way we tell you. Be warned, if you do not obey, if you dare think differently, your punishment will be severe. Dare us not!

Historians have grappled with the question why did the Jews not rebel in the Concentration Camps or the Ghettos. Did they simply go like sheep to the slaughter? The numbers were in their favor. But the spirit and the will were not there. They did not comprehend what was happening to them, that the atrocities being carried day and night are even possible by those enlightened fellow human beings who took such great delight in doing the unimaginable.

[There are clearly exceptions. The two that immediately come to mind are the most heroic and inspirational Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and the Crematorium Revolt in Auschwitz-Birkenau.]

How is it possible that 75 to 100 million Americans do not rise to protect all that is dear to their hearts and essence of existence? The skies have been obfuscated and no one is standing for the truth or common sense any more. The despair is most contagious. Anyone daring to express the sentiment like at the beginning of this paragraph is a Domestic Terrorist, and thus must be hunted, punished and eliminated. So people are afraid.

There are no longer Checks and Balances. We are all standing for hours in the cold, being taunted, tortured, and no one says a pip.

People are silenced. People are afraid. And we let ourselves a way out, much like Ari in his negotiations with God the Almighty: “Come November 2022, things will take a turn, the darkness will start dissipating, there will be light again.”

Anyone entertaining oneself with such false hopes better realize that we have seen nothing yet. There is nothing more addicting and intoxicating than the feeling of absolute power, and those holding it will do everything to make sure it remains in their hands.

Will we have to learn to live with this new reality, maybe get a booster every three to four months? There are those who tell us the Pandemic is here to stay, that we better get used to it. However, we are not blind and stupid, and we do remember history. Nature is cyclical, and nothing is absolute and forever – other than God.

Pandemics came and went. This one, too, shall be over, and I keep negotiating with God, praying most eagerly to God, begging Him to consider, that it will happen sooner rather than later.

In politics too, the nightmare of this past year – from open borders to inflation, to the spread of the virus and its variants, supply chain issues and workers shortage, violence and crime skyrocketing and the police doing little or nothing, a Commander in Chief who has cognitive difficulties and a world that stopped taking the US seriously – will be over.

It will take an act of God or good people standing up for the truth and what is right, but change will come about. Until then, we lift our eyes to the mountains and know from where salvation will come:

Our help will come from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

God is our Keeper, He is our shade upon our right hand

God will keep us from all evil, He will protect our souls

God will guard our coming and our going, from this time forward for all times

On this Christmas Eve, as we look around, with family and friends abound, with abundance of health and our faculties intact, our gratitude is about to erupt – for there is so much to celebrate.

In the midst of all the darkness, small, individual lights appear, joining one another, much like in the Jewish Festival of Lights, making us one strong force for good.

May we all realize the beauty of the Season and the roles we need to play in this most magnificent story; a story called Our Life.

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Edited by John R. Houk

© Ari Bussel

Carry the Flag to Zion!


Yesterday I got to an email in time from Ari Bussel informing me of a Conference Call billed as National Faith Leaders Call with Donald Trump. Ari provided the contact info to be on the call to me which I indeed participated (9/2/21).

The call began with a proviso that if members managed to get access to hang up now for the Conference Call was to be off the record. Because of that I will not share the content of what I was able to listen. Sadly my old Android Smart Phone dropped the call about a half-hour after beginning. BUT this I will share: President Trump (that without FRAUD – the actually elected President in 2020) was very upbeat and did NOT sound like a quitter.

In conjunction with that Conference Call I am sharing Ari Bussel’s email exchange with whom he was invited to participate.

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Sent 9/2/2021 10:14 AM

Dear Amanda, Jenny and Pastor Paula,

What an extraordinary surprise and blessing it is to have received your invite this morning!  So while we were (not) “asleep at the wheel,” and while numbness seems to have frozen us to the point of “slumber and sleep,” you have apparently continued working, creating, germinating and are here now, ready for this very day!

There is nothing more encouraging and uplifting that looking all around and seeing the multitudes – us – ready and eager to join; standing thirsty and waiting for these drops of rain, like seeds in the Sahara Desert.

We are one, great in numbers, but united in essence and purpose – in belief in God the Almighty and what He wants from us.  Thus, a song plays in my mind, written more than 120 years ago following the First Zionist Congress.  The Congress main mission was to UNITE the Jewish People, all hundreds and hundreds of its cooperatives, associations and groups into one great movement whose members will emigrate to the Land of Israel, in great waves.

[שאו ציונה נס ודגל – S’u Tziona Nes va Degel]

Lift toward Zion a pole and flag, the flag of the Judean camp … 

Return, return from great distances

to our homeland, to the land of our Fathers …

For our people, for our land, be strong and become strong

Together we will go, please, we will return

to our land, that of our Forefathers

to our beloved land

where our childhood began ….

Then our mouths will be filled with laughter and our tongue with singing (Psalms 126:2 – which continues, “then said they among the nations:  ’The Lord has done great things with these!’”)

And so the song that has become somewhat of an anthem (and has filled my mind, refusing to leave) is based on the words of the Prophet Jeremiah.  The Prophet tells us to “tell,” to “sound,” to “say” and to “blow the horn,” – to “call, fill and tell, gather and let us come together” – all action directives – CARRY THE FLAG TO ZION, DARE NOT STAND” (idle), carry the flag, unite!

Jeremiah Chapter 4 יִרְמְיָהוּ

ה  הַגִּידוּ בִיהוּדָה, וּבִירוּשָׁלִַם הַשְׁמִיעוּ, וְאִמְרוּ, ותקעו (תִּקְעוּ) שׁוֹפָר בָּאָרֶץ; קִרְאוּ מַלְאוּ וְאִמְרוּ, הֵאָסְפוּ וְנָבוֹאָה אֶל-עָרֵי הַמִּבְצָר

ו  שְׂאוּ-נֵס צִיּוֹנָה, הָעִיזוּ אַל-תַּעֲמֹדוּ:  כִּי רָעָה, אָנֹכִי

מִצָּפוֹן–וְשֶׁבֶר גָּדוֹל.

5 Declare ye in Judah, and publish in Jerusalem, and say: ‘Blow ye the horn in the land’; cry aloud and say: ‘Assemble yourselves, and let us go into the fortified cities.’

6 Set up a standard toward Zion; put yourselves under covert, stay not; for I will bring evil from the north, and a great destruction.

You have called us to the Flag today, exactly a week before our Jewish New Year.

It is  at this time (this Hebrew month leading to the Jewish New Year, in the Seventh Month of the Biblical Calendar) that it is said we are closest to God; 

that God hears us clearest,

for the King is in the Fields – 

out of the castle, traveling, closest to His people

who are working in the fields

It is this month, 

therefore,

that we ask for forgiveness

that we focus on retrospection (and introspection)

and get ready to the blowing of the Shofar (horn)

which is (what we are commanded to do on) the first day of our New Year

We celebrate the past

we look into the future

and we stand ready

a great many multitudes

and are so very grateful for your Call

and for leading the way!

Numbers Chapter 29 בְּמִדְבַּר

א  וּבַחֹדֶשׁ הַשְּׁבִיעִי בְּאֶחָד לַחֹדֶשׁ, מִקְרָא-קֹדֶשׁ יִהְיֶה לָכֶם–כָּל-מְלֶאכֶת עֲבֹדָה, לֹא תַעֲשׂוּ:  יוֹם תְּרוּעָה, יִהְיֶה לָכֶם.

1 And in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, ye shall have a holy convocation: ye shall do no manner of servile work; it is a day of blowing the horn unto you.

White House High Holy Days Call

Friday, September 27, 2019

Operator:  Hello and thank you for joining today’s High Holy Days call with Jewish faith leaders. Please note that this call is being recorded. At this time all audience members are in listen-only mode to minimize background noise. There will be Q&A at the end of this call, and we will provide instructions at that time. I would now like to formally begin today’s call and introduce President of the United States, Donald J Trump.

Pres. Trump:  It’s a great honor to be with you and to host our third annual call with Jewish leaders, rabbis and friends to wish you Shana Tova, a sweet new year. During the High Holy Days, families gather in synagogues across the country and around the world to sound the shofar and pray, reflect and thank God for His many blessings.

As we mark the Jewish New Year, our entire country is reminded of the infinite ways Jewish Americans strengthen our communities, uplift our nation, and deepen our culture. You care for your neighbors, teach your children, cherish our heritage, and you embody the American dream. Throughout history, the Jewish people have suffered unthinkable oppression and persecution, yet they have persevered, endured, thrived, and created a flourishing democracy – the state of Israel.

In the last two and a half years, we have strengthened the everlasting friendship between the United States and Israel. I moved the United States Embassy to Jerusalem. We recognized Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which was something they were trying to have done for 72, or 52 years to be more specific. We’re confronting Iran, a regime that chants “Death to Israel.”

As I said in my recent address to United Nations, America will never tolerate anti-Semitic hate. In recent months, our entire nation was stricken with shock and grief and righteous anger when two horrific anti-Semitic murderers attacked synagogues in California and Pennsylvania. To every survivor, family member and to the entire Jewish community, all of America embraces you with love. We pledge our undying and total resolve to excise the vile placing of anti-Semitism from our world. Earlier this year, I appointed a new special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism. Elan Carr, who is with us now and will provide an update shortly. In the wake of such atrocious attacks, millions have been inspired by Jewish-American heroes who responded to the worst evil with remarkable bravery. During my State of the Union Address, we were all moved by the presence of Pittsburgh survivor, Judah Samet, who also survived the Holocaust. In May, on the National Day of Prayer in the Rose Garden, we were joined by members of the congregation from Poway, California, including Rabbi Goldstein. This afternoon we’re joined on the call by survivors of the Holocaust. We cannot comprehend the persecution and suffering you have endured, yet you have overcome the darkest chapters of human history with the purity of love and goodness in your hearts. We renew our pledge now and always. Never again.

I understand that during this time of year, you often read Psalm 27. We remember the promise of those words that says, “Wait for the Lord. Be strong and let your heart take courage.” Today, we thank God for His faithfulness and for the countless ways Jewish-Americans bless our nation.

Always,

Ari Bussel

bussel@me.com

Let Us Rejoice


Those who read my blog posts are aware that I consider Beijing Joe Biden’s acquisition of residence in the White House the result of a nefarious election coup committed by the Democratic Party (which usually refer as Dem-Marxists) and an unholy collusion of RINOs desiring to depose President Trump.

So I am a bit surprised that Beijing Biden has actually a great person Deborah Lipstadt to the Ambassadorial position of U.S. special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism. Her best claim to fame was winning a 5-year civil suit against Holocaust Denier David Irving in 2000 in the UK.

Professor Deborah Lipstadt – Emory.edu photo

I don’t know much about Lipstadt other than her defense for truth. I pray her leanings are not Left-Wing, but if they are, at least she can be counted on to battle another growing generation of Jew-Haters beginning to show their ugly heads in public.

Ari Bussel shares about Lipstadt and Ambassador-level post designed to combat Antisemitism.

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Let Us Rejoice

By Ari Bussel

Sent 7/31/2021 11:38 PM

Ever since the departure of Elan Carr and his team from the State Department, even prior to the end of President Trump’s term, I had a wish, that President Biden would nominate Professor Deborah Lipstadt to the job.

I realize of course that it is the Secretary of State who will be the Special Envoy’s boss, and that an actual confirmation will be necessary, as the position was uplifted to an Ambassador’s rank, but much like the case of Carr, this position originates with the President.

Professor Lipstadt was not only the natural choice, she is the best candidate to serve as the US Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism.  It was so obvious to me, that when the President visited Emory University, I wrote Prof. Lipstadt asking her is she is ready (for an announcement) on that most special day.  It was not to be on that day, but a short few months later.

Before the appointment of Carr, the position was vacant for a long time, until the Adelsons introduced Carr as their candidate for the job (they previously supported his failed run against Ted Lieu for the Congressional seat).  We should all be grateful to President Biden for placing this appointment on his priority list and for acting on it.

The job is immensely important, not only to us – the Jewish People – but to all people.  History, Six Million Jews (of whom about 1.5 million were children) and most of my family that perished in the Holocaust taught us what happens when good people do not speak and act against evil.  We vowed Never Again.

So first, we celebrate the nominee.  Second, we are grateful for the importance shown to the subject matter by the timing of the appointment. 

Professor Lipstadt is a common household name today, due to a movie depicting her struggle and triumph, court tribulation and vindication when she was wrongly sued for liable in the UK and had to prove that the Holocaust did happen.  A person who fought against all odds will forever be dedicated to the cause.

Professor Lipstadt is the most known brand name in the field of fighting Antisemitism.  When Yair Lapid, Israel’s current Alternate Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, commented about “Antisemites from the BDS (Boycott, Divest and Sanction) movement,” he said as part of the same sentence “that Deborah Lipstadt and many others – including me – dedicate time and effort to combat its corrupt, deviant and evil positions.”  Professor Lipstadt brand (or name or just being) is synonymous with fighting Antisemitism in all its modern-day forms and manifestations.

Professor Lipstadt was not chosen because she will target only white extremists, nor was she chosen to be a mouthpiece of the radical left that is threatening the Democratic Party as we once knew it.  Professor Lipstadt is an independent thinker, encourages her students (I was one of them, some three and a half decades ago) to use their common sense, knowledge and training, and will do the same herself.  She will unite us in purpose and unwavering resolve.

If anything, Professor Lipstadt’s nomination is based on merit, which she earned over the decades.  She is the expert in the field, and she uniquely combines a classroom theory with real-life experience.  A few years ago she appeared at the annual Holocaust Remembrance Lecture-Lunch at Cedar-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles (an annual event by Dr. Joel Geiderman), before hundreds of doctors, nurses, staff and a few Survivors who were still alive.  As she did in the classroom, she mesmerized all attendees with her knowledge, clarity of thought and expression, dedication and experience. In a way, she is Professor-Judge Amy Coney Barrett, and unlike Justice Coney Barrett’s confirmation, maybe Professor Lipstadt will receive a better, apolitical treatment by Democrats and Republicans alike.

If there is one thing that is generally accepted by Jews – who are otherwise divided on anything and everything – it is that Antisemitism is on the rise.  President Biden is giving us a gift, in the form of Professor – soon to be Ambassador – Lipstadt to the job.  We should be most grateful for that.

Israel just went through a process similar to the last Presidential election in the US:  After more than 12 years in office, Prime Minister Netanyahu was ousted in the fourth election in less than two years.  Prime Minister Bennett’s current coalition government’s oldest minister is Dr. Nachman Shai, who recently spent a sabbatical at Emory University and met Professor Lipstadt.


Minister of Diaspora Affairs Shai is tasked with regaining the hearts and minds of American Jews who seem to have drifted away from Israel.  Based on my friendship with him for the past 13 years, I know he is the best person for the job.  Likewise, I remember Professor Lipstadt when I was a graduating senior at UCLA, one of several hundred students in her class.  That was before she became famous.  We kept in touch over the decades, and there is no doubt in my mind she is the best person for the job.  Both are uniquely qualified to unite us in purpose, as the Prophet Ezekiel said (37:19), making us one:  “and make them one stick, and they shall be one in My hand.”

A new day is dawning, in Israel and in the US, where we are reminded that there is more that unites than divides us.  Let us rejoice in this day, and be grateful that such an excellent candidate is to be confirmed as the new Special Envoy of the State Department to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism.

If Carr has left a legacy, it is that the job entails action, not only words (or filing paperwork).  If Lipstadt is to leave a mark, it is that fighting Antisemitism is neither a “Republican” or “Democrat” task nor a tool against anyone but Antisemites.  She will undoubtedly leave a lasting mark that is more important than ever.

My parents, both Holocaust Survivors, are the last of the generation of first-hand witnesses, the remnants that rose from the ashes of the Holocaust.  After them, there will not be any direct accounts of the Holocaust.  The task of maintaining the promise “NEVER AGAIN” and pouring action into faith is upon us.  May God the Almighty provide Professor Lipstadt the wisdom and strength to make this appointment into a living reminder of our promise, a breathing and kicking one that endures long after we are no longer here.

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Edited by John R. Houk

This is the latest in the series “Postcards from America – Postcards from Israel,” a collaboration between author and journalist Norma Zager and columnist Ari Bussel.

Zager and Bussel collaborate both in writing and on the air in a point-counter-point discussion of all things Israel-related.  Together, they have dedicated the past two decades to promoting Israel and have become “the Jewish Voice on Christian Radio.”

© Israel Monitor, July, 2021

First Published July 31, 2021

Contact:  bussel@me.com

I Wear Two Hats


Ari Bussel has been a more active in submitting posts in the past. He is an honest fellow and a big supporter of Israel. That translates into I usually agree with him. In this submission Ari muses on being born American and looking at his Jewish heritage that also has led to an active citizenship in Israel.

In Ari’s musings he touches on a couple things I do not agree with. Ari believes former Vice President Pence conducted his Electoral College count with dignity and that the January 6 protest of a fraudulent 2020 Election began as peaceful but ended as an Insurrection with a capital “I”.

It is my opinion Pence at best acted in cowardice and at worst in collusion to treason. And the peaceful protest was infiltrated by Dem-Marxist agitators who made peaceful Trump supporters appear violent and, in some cases, agitated for violence. There was never an Insurrection with a capital “I”. In hindsight of the ever-increasing proof of an Election Coup perhaps a countercoup is not out of the question. Dem-Marxist criminals definitely would view a countercoup as an insurrection against their illegitimate despotic regime.

Ari’s thoughts on the USA’s power transition are not the focus of this essay. The focus is the ironic nearly mirror transition of power occurring in Israel. Angry Conservative Israeli Jews are seeing their leader pasted with unproven smears and the exercise of Parliamentary shenanigans by Israel’s Left to depose Prime Minister Netanyahu. Christian Zionist supporters (of which I am one) are uneasy with how Netanyahu is getting the boot.

Benjamin Netanyahu – Naftali Bennett

Ari is calling for calm. I’m still not calm about what transpired in America, I can only imagine the displeasure Conservative Israelis are experiencing.

Info to consider about Netanyahu not typically available in the USA:

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I Wear Two Hats

By Ari Bussel

Sent: 6/8/2021 5:47 PM

A Song of Ascents:  Out of the depths I have called Thee, O, God.  Lord, listen to my voice, let Your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.” (Psalms 130:1-2)

A Song of Ascents:  I will lift my eyes onto the mountains, from where will my help arrive?  My help from the Lord, who makes heaven and earth.”  (Psalms 121:1-2)

I wear two hats:  I am American by birth and Israeli by lineage.

As an American, I learned of unintended consequences when unleashing great powers over which we may not have complete control.  President Trump said, “let us walk to the Capitol,” meaning let us march there and continue our peaceful protest.  This day in the park turned into an Insurrection with a capital I.

Vice President Pence was under immense pressure at that time, both by his boss, the President of the United States, and by the Democrats.  And yet, he handled himself with dignity and has earned the right to walk his head high.  At the end of his term he would say “It was the greatest privilege of my life serving you” or maybe “It was the greatest honor of my life serving you.”  Mike Pence has earned my vote if he will choose to run in three and a half years.

As an Israeli and an officer in the Israel Defense Forces, I know that without the IDF, we would cease to exist.  We, the Jewish people, have only one homeland.  When we did not, some eighty years ago, six million of us – and many of my family – were systematically slaughtered.  My parents, the remnants who Survived the Holocaust, vowed with an entire nation: “Never Again.”

Israel today is a thriving country.  She is the laboratory of the world, in terms of both innovation and testing.  Creativity there knows almost no bounds, so does ingenuity.  And the people are most grateful for having a country of their own, after two millennia of exile.  We also know we can count on no one than ourselves, and that our fate is in our hands.  Indeed, we have an ancient promise and a Covenant for a thousand generations, but God only helps those who help themselves, and being the children of God does not allow us extra privileges in this respect (only extra responsibilities, being a “Light Unto the Nations”).

We had the most amazing four years when President Trump was President, likely the best during our existence as a modern country.  Promises that each previous President had made to move the embassy to Jerusalem became a reality.  Jerusalem was recognized as Israel’s de facto capital.  And a new day has dawned on the Middle East, with normalization of relations – the Abraham Accords – that cannot be undone.  Unlike any other action by President Trump that is being demolished, reversed, cancelled and erased, the new reality is here to stay.

Have we been grateful enough?  Have we shown our appreciation?  I am ashamed to say that the answer to these two questions is likely no.  God must have meant to tell us something, hoping we will see, observe and learn a lesson.  He who brings down the mighty and lifts the lowly at His will, in an instant, wanted us to change our ways.  For four years, President Trump had a Divine Iron Dome protecting him, then in an instant it was all gone, taken away, and his presidency is now being demolished, erased, cancelled, reversed and tarnished to oblivion.

Did we learn the lesson?  Likely not.

An Evangelical leader with good people around the world his followers, believers in the Word of God, stood up in rage.  For a moment, he felt the world is collapsing around him.  Trump – gone.  Netanyahu – soon to be gone.  He was filled with fright, to the point he threatened to unleash forces of good to fight the outcome of Israel’s fourth election in two years.

We are all fallible, and this Christian leader is but a man.  He too erred.  He was so anxious that he wrote a letter to the Prime Minister-designate, a letter that should not have been written or sent, and definitely should not have been published.  He later would apologize for his haste, tone and verbiage.  The Prime Minister-designate has likely already forgiven, for he knew it was not personal; the writer was hurting.  Bennett’s kids, like all other kids, err at times too, and we use such moments as teaching tools and move forward.

This Christian leader who walks with kings could have picked up the phone, or knocked on the door of the Prime Minister’s residence and comforted his friend, Benjamin Netanyahu.  A Man of God would know how to guide his flock in troubled times.  After all, the Prime Minister did not realize (or refused to recognize) until just days ago that these are his last days as the prime minister of all prime ministers of Israel. 

Indeed, it is President Rivlin who, at the height of the Pandemic, instructed us to act in this manner exactly, enlisting the words of the Prophet Isaiah (41:6):  “One person helped the other, and to his brother he said:  ‘Be Strong!’”

It is evident this Christian leader did not mean to turn friends into enemies, or to abandon the Jewish State of Israel.  Christian support of Israel and the Jewish people does not depend on any one person and is not given as a reward or a punishment.  It is not the annual monetary and military aid by the USA that some radical elements in Congress are threatening to take away.  It is given, in whole, without any conditions or expectation.  It is pure and complete and enduring.

Those who oppose Israel are standing against none other than Lord of Hosts, our God.  Harm the Temple of God’s Eye, and what is to be expected, that God Himself will sit idly and say “amen, good, please proceed?”  It may not have been evident to the onlooker, but a close examination of what took place reveals a greater purpose.

So if the threat to unleash forces over which one does not have full control was known to be wrong, what was the intention?  We know that when we step onto a path, we may have an idea of where we want to go, but the path may take us elsewhere.  And still we trust that all is known and planned and happens for a reason.  Likewise here:  Only God is all-knowing, and He guides his children and disciples.

The Christian leader started a tsunami that galvanized the Christian leadership-at-large into self-reflection and action.  On the Christian side, it yielded reinforcement to oneself, “Why do we support Israel.”  Maybe even an opportunity for self-examination, “Have we done enough?  What can we do differently? Maybe better?  Is our Lord God happy with our actions?”

On the Jewish Israeli side, “Why do the Christians support us, when some of our greatest detractors come from within?  Why do they need this headache?”  And:  “Have we been grateful, have we shown our gratitude?”  And further, “What can we – and the State of Israel – do in action to show the Christians we value and appreciate them?”

This process is likely the most important outcome of the current debacle.  The Saturday and Sunday people having received a wakeup call that made them reexamine themselves and realize the importance of unity.  As the Prophet Ezekiel said (37:15-28):  “And bring them together one to another … and make them one … and they will be one in [your] hand … before their [own] eyes.”

The Prophet Ezekiel ends with “And the nations would know that I AM LORD, Sanctify Israel, as My Temple is in their midst for ever.”

The support of the Jewish people and the State of Israel comes from God and no other; and only God can bestow or withdraw it.  We are mere instruments.  All things happen at God’s will, and we must continue counting our blessings and be most grateful to God for having given us life, and having sustained us and having brought us to the present.

A new day is coming to Israel.  A new government is being formed, one that represents the most amazing tapestry of its citizenry.  There are extraordinary leaders – individuals of great stature – who have been anointed, and we must pray for their success, which will be our success.  In fact, we must do more – we must put action behind our very prayers and do whatever we can to support and further enhance Israel, her leaders, ministers and advisors.

The challenges Israel facing continue to grow.  They intensify in strength and frequency.  Jews and Christians stand together in support, a great army, a most magnificent one, an army full of soul, meaning and determination – we are not a valley of very dry bones.

Jews and Christians may look like two hats, but we are one and the same, part of the same most magnificent tree.  Let us remember the strength in unity, and let us continue to work together. 

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Edited by John R. Houk, Blog Editor

This is the latest in the series “Postcards from America – Postcards from Israel,” a collaboration between author and journalist Norma Zager and columnist Ari Bussel.

Zager and Bussel collaborate both in writing and on the air in a point-counter-point discussion of all things Israel-related.  Together, they have dedicated the past two decades to promoting Israel and have become “the Jewish Voice on Christian Radio.”

© Israel Monitor, June, 2021

First Published June 8, 2021

Contact:  bussel@me.com

History of PALESTINIAN STATE


Due to the time frame on this Memorial Day, I am posting an excellent line-item reasoning of the Arabs who call themselves Palestinians are not a people connected to the Land Promised to the descendants Abraham, Isaac (NOT Ishmael) and Jacob (re-named by God Almighty as Israel BUT not to Esau – Jacob’s twin). I found it on MeWe 5/26/21.

Deuteronomy 9:4-5 NKJV

“Do not think in your heart, after the Lord your God has cast them out before you, saying, ‘Because of my righteousness the Lord has brought me in to possess this land’; but it is because of the wickedness of these nations that the Lord is driving them out from before you. It is not because of your righteousness or the uprightness of your heart that you go in to possess their land, but because of the wickedness of these nations that the Lord your God drives them out from before you, and that He may [a]fulfill the word which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

Something Left-Wing Jews should ponder is the history of their heritage. The more dedicated the Jews were to their Divine Moral Code of the Torah, the more the Almighty ensured possession of The Promise. The more Jews deviated from their Torah Moral Code are times of Diaspora. Currently politics in Modern Israel mirrors the Left/Conservative split that exists in America. Could Jewish-Left abandonment Torah Morals lead to yet another expulsion? Either way … NO PALESTINIAN PEOPLE EVER EXISTED IN HISTORY!

Below is a map of the land originally possessed by the Hebrew Tribes of Israel which was still far less than Promised.

Land of Promise circa 1398 B.C.

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History of PALESTINIAN STATE

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Shared from David Rozen

Shared on MeWe Group CONSERVATIVES AGAINST LIBERAL BELIEFS (C.A.L.I.B.)

5/26/21 (about) 3:20 PM

🔴1. Before Israel, there was a British mandate, not a Palestinian state

🔵2. Before the British Mandate, there was the Ottoman Empire, not a Palestinian state.

🟡 3. Before the Ottoman Empire, there was the Islamic state of the Mamluks of Egypt, not a Palestinian state.

🟢 4. Before the Islamic state of the Mamluks of Egypt, there was the Ayyubid Arab-Kurdish Empire, not a Palestinian state.

🟠5. Before the Ayyubid Empire, there was the Frankish and Christian Kingdom of Jerusalem, not a Palestinian state.

🟣6. Before the Kingdom of Jerusalem, there was the Umayyad and Fatimid empires, not a Palestinian state.

🟥7. Before the Umayyad and Fatimid empires, there was the Byzantine empire, not a Palestinian state.

🟩8. Before the Byzantine Empire, there were the Sassanids, not a Palestinian state.

🟧9. Before the Sassanid Empire, there was the Byzantine Empire, not a Palestinian state.

🟨10. Before the Byzantine Empire, there was the Roman Empire, not a Palestinian state.

🟦11. Before the Roman Empire, there was the Hasmonean state, not a Palestinian state.

🟪12. Before the Hasmonean state, there was the Seleucid, not a Palestinian state.

🟫13. Before the Seleucid empire, there was the empire of Alexander the Great, not a Palestinian state.

🔶14. Before the empire of Alexander the Great, there was the Persian empire, not a Palestinian state.

🔷15. Before the Persian Empire, there was the Babylonian Empire, not a Palestinian state.

🕎16. Before the Babylonian Empire, there were the Kingdoms of Israel and Judah, not a Palestinian state.

🕎17. Before the Kingdoms of Israel and Judah, there was the United Kingdom of Israel, not a Palestinian state.

🕎18. Before the United Kingdom of Israel, there was the theocracy of the twelve tribes of Israel, not a Palestinian state.

🟠19. Before the theocracy of the Twelve Tribes of Israel, there was an agglomeration of independent Canaanite city-kingdoms, not a Palestinian state.

🟤20. Actually, in this piece of land there has been everything, EXCEPT A PALESTINIAN STATE.

H/T: David Rozen

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