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    Jan 26, 2014

    Palestinians Seek Kangaroo Court for Israel

    In what can only properly be called their latest stunt against Israel, the Palestinian Authority (PA) made known their plans to join the International Criminal Court (ICC). This move is part of a strategy to try to use a legal argument against Israel. Having lost on the battlefield, these enemies of the Jewish state think they will have better luck in court.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has no plans to play along with this game. He told his Cabinet, “The Palestinian Authority has chosen confrontation with Israel and we will not sit idly by.” He said Israel would never allow its soldiers to be “hauled” before an international tribunal.

    I don’t think we need a legal setting to prove that the Palestinians are the real aggressors. Last summer’s Gaza War began with the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers. The firing of rockets into Israel by Palestinians led to the ground fighting. Let’s not forget the millions of dollars in international aid money that was wasted on digging terror tunnels. The conflict only ended when Hamas realized it was suffering much heavier losses than Israel.

    There is already a ridiculous amount of meddling into Israel’s internal affairs. I don’t know of any other nation on earth that has the global community second guessing and interfering in its building decisions. This past summer, the United Nations cultural agency UNESCO designated the Palestinian village of Battir, a World Heritage site—just to block a plan to extend the West Bank separation barrier through some farming terraces.

    The most central problem with the PA becoming part of the International Criminal Court is that it would be like the town drunk and prostitute joining a committee on morality. The Palestinians have no right to stand in judgment of Israel. They were a band of terrorists from the beginning, and despite being recognized by governments around the world, they remain a lawless people that don’t even deserve to be given nation status.

    It is rarely ever published what human rights are like under PA rule. To find this information, you normally have to turn to Jewish sources. B’Tselem is an Israeli non-governmental organization that documents human rights violations on both sides of the conflict. It reports from September 29, 2000 to March 31, 2012 there were 669 Palestinians killed by other Palestinians. It’s common knowledge that speaking out against the PA is signing your own death warrant.

    The Western media has a mindset that puts a bubble of isolation around the Palestinian controlled areas. When 30 people last year in Gaza protested the lack food in stores, their summary execution by local Islamic thugs meant nothing to the press (because that is just what happens in the Palestinian zone).

    Despite the overwhelming anti-Israel propaganda, the average Palestinians know they would be better off as citizens of Israel. A recent poll finds that 70% of Palestinians prefer to live under Israeli rule, as opposed to Palestinian rule. And nearly half of the Palestinians said that if their East Jerusalem neighborhood would become part of a Palestinian state, they’d relocate to another neighborhood to remain part of Israel.

    The abundance of freedom and civil liberties in Israel has fostered no love for the Jews by the average Palestinian. A majority of them still support killing and suicide terror against Israelis. Several polls show that over 80% of Palestinians support all acts of mass murder against Jews.

    In a sane world, there would be no way for the PA to gain the right to join the ICC. If any side has a right to be the victim of war crimes, it would Israel. What the Palestinians mistake as unfair treatment is the result of their own outrageous behavior.

    Unfortunately, the forces seeking to turn Israel into a pariah state are slowly winning out. It doesn’t matter how much truth is on Israel’s side. The lie is becoming the new truth by way of repetition.

    Any Google search will find that an enormous amount of energy has been spent to paint Israel with a negative narrative. The devil and his horde of fallen angels are setting the stage for the great end-time persecution that comes against the Jewish people. The fact that we’ve reached this level of anti-Israel madness tells us that the Tribulation hour is very near.

    “And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it” (Zechariah 12:3).

    --Todd


    Gog Eyeballing Ezekiel-Lure?

    Russian leadership--led, of course, by President Vladimir Putin--is angry, and doesn't seem to be able to figure which direction to go. This makes for a more volatile situation in that prophetic region of the world than it was even a few weeks ago. When the Saudi oil masters pulled the plug on petroleum prices recently, some major players in end-times prophecy were traumatized. The situation has only gone from bad to worse from that point. None is more adversely affected by the price manipulation than the Russians.

    The Russian bear’s outburst revolves around their ongoing conflict with Ukraine. For sure, the European Union (EU), too, is facing increased suffering, in that their dealing with the angry Russians means they face becoming the whipping-boy--or, if you prefer, the punching bag--for Mr. Putin as he seeks someone to punish in all of this.

    Europe faces the harshest months of winter just as Russia decided to cut gas exports by 60 percent, sending the continent into crisis. The action is, I believe, mostly to try to intimidate those who would seek to force Russia into comportment more in line with good nation-state citizenship.

    I am still of the opinion that the American presidential administration was key in convincing the Saudis to drastically cut the cost per barrel of petroleum–thus to undercut the fracking industry in the US. At the same time, Mr. Obama can’t be unhappy about possibly achieving one-upsmanship over Putin, who has been getting some good press in recent years–“good” meaning good in his own ego-driven opinion of his becoming the next Peter the Great, or whomever, while trying to recapture superpower status for his country like that of the former USSR.

    Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, now 81, recently stated his concern that the West is pushing Putin and the Russians to dangerous levels by intervening in the dispute between Russia and Ukraine. Gorbachev takes the side of his native country, of course, and expressed fear that pressures on the Russian economy in the form of sanctions could be destabilizing to the point of producing military confrontation not unlike that of the Cold War era.

    While Putin lashes wildly in cutting off gas supply to many nations toward his West through his actions against Ukraine, he is at the same time desperate for ties that can produce better economic times. His ambition to be the great leader who can bring himself and Mother Russia unprecedented, historic power and glory depends on securing mighty economic assets, he no doubt thinks.

    Meanwhile, to his South, the tiny state of Israel is seeing its fortunes increase exponentially in the area of potential energy export. The following news excerpt gives us a flavor of Israel’s possible, even probable, future in the field of petroleum-based energy: Thirty-five trillion cubic feet of gas worth some USD $500 billion has been found in Israel’s “economic waters,” with the Leviathan field being by far the largest. To give some kind of reference point, Israel’s national expenditures for 2013 totaled USD $114 billion. More importantly than covering the national budget is the fact that, for the first time in history, Israel has the opportunity to become energy-independent, as well as a major exporter of natural gas. (Tsvi Sadam, "The Economic Miracle of Israel’s Natural Gas Fields," Israel Today, September 29, 2014, http://www.israeltoday.co.il/Default.aspx?tabid=178&nid=25370)

    A number of reports tell that even some of Israel’s traditional enemy-neighbors are considering making major deals with the Jewish state for gas purchases to fill desperate energy requirements. For example, Egypt’s oil minister has said on state-run media that Israel is being considered as gas supplier to help tackle Egypt’s energy crisis. Although such an arrangement would be very controversial, Israel’s proximity and better pricing because of supply-and-demand dynamics make it an ideal supplier prospect.

    The ominous factor in all of this is that Russia is one such prospective supplier to Egypt. The bear is not one to easily accept a competitor who can undercut, as its growling and stomping about in the matter of cutting Europe’s supply by 60 percent attests. One can only wonder what throwing additional fuel for anger on the already enraged Russian bear can engender. I’m referring to the fact that Israel’s National Planning Commission has announced that it approved two proposed pipeline connections allowing the delivery of natural gas to Jordan. The routes were approved to link Jordan with pipelines from the north at Bet Sheen, and in the south at the Dead Sea.

    At a time when a modern leader of the ancient area of Magog is almost certainly needing, and voraciously desiring, financial assets to secure power for himself and to develop a superpower military in order to exert hegemony over his perceived sphere of influence, can it be too much of a stretch to consider we could be watching Gog leering lustfully at the lure mentioned by the prophet Ezekiel?

    Thus saith the Lord GOD; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought: And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates, to take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land. (Ezekiel 38:10-12)

    --Terry