19 June 2018

Americans and Their Duplicitous Word Games

6 Tamuz 5778

The current US and Israeli administrations like to say they are so close that there is "no daylight [visible] between them," but that's not exactly true, as the following two examples demonstrate.
US envoy scolds Israeli MKs for demanding US recognition of Golan — report
US Ambassador David Friedman reportedly told Israeli lawmakers they were “ungrateful” for demanding that Washington follow up on its recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel with an official US acknowledgement of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.
...The report quoted him as saying that Israelis do not understand that the US has global interests unrelated to the Jewish state, while Israeli politicians have only a domestic agenda.
In private conversations, Friedman allegedly told the politicians that, instead of being grateful after the US recognized Jerusalem and made the momentous move of its embassy to the city, the Israelis immediately asked for more, displaying what he termed “ingratitude.”
Someone recently said to me that once N. Korea and Iran have agreed to give up their nuclear ambitions, Israel will then be on the hot seat.
Trump signed secret pledge to safeguard Israeli nukes — report
US President Donald Trump has reportedly signed a secret letter pledging not to strong-arm the Jewish state into relinquishing its nuclear weapons.
The US president’s backing came after Israel’s ambassador to the United States reportedly pressured the administration last year, raising the ire of American officials.
The rare moment of tension between the Israeli government and Trump White House in February 2017 came a month after Trump entered office and was said to devolve into yelling and profanity, according to a report by The New Yorker on Monday.
...The feeling in the White House, added a former aide, was that “there is a lot of good will, but don’t take advantage of us.”
Despite the initial tensions, Trump would go on to sign the letter, the report said.
Although Israel saw the letters as guaranteeing the US would not pressure Israel on its nuclear arms, US officials said the document was not unequivocal in its language.
It was not a blanket ‘We’ll never ask Israel to give up its nuclear weapons.’ It was more, ‘We accepted the Israeli argument that they’re not going to disarm under current conditions in the Middle East,” the New Yorker quoted a former US official as saying.
Daniel Pipes recently wrote the following...
Pipes: U.S. Embassy Move May Bring Regrets
...What was the strategic thinking behind the U.S. Embassy move to Jerusalem?
There are two different interpretations. The common one is that this is Donald Trump fulfilling his campaign promise. It fits in with a positive understanding of Israel’s value, building the U.S.-Israel relationship. I disagree. I see it in the context of a larger effort, little to do with campaign promises and a lot to do with hostility towards Iran.
If you wish to build up an anti-Iran alliance, then you need to take several steps. The first is to lavish attention and arms on the Saudis, so that you bring them over as an ally in a way they have never been before. Step two is solidify and warm up relations with Jerusalem – such as moving the embassy. Step three is warm up and solidify relations with the Palestinians. That hasn’t happened – quite the reverse. The Palestinian Authority (PA) has engaged for half a year of a boycott of American officialdom.
I see this as transitory. At a certain point, either Mahmoud Abbas or his successor will say, “OK, Trump, you’ve talked to us about some benefit we’re going to get. What is it?” And we know pretty well what it is. The U.S. government will recognize Palestine with Jerusalem as its capital and, in return, the Palestinians are supposed to give up the right of return.
So, in Trump’s thinking, you take care of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict by giving each side what it wants, and then the Saudis will accept Israel as a full-fledged partner and you have a real alliance against Iran. The problem with this is that the Palestinians are not going to fulfill their role, and will not change their hostility towards Israel. This will once again leave the U.S. government annoyed with Israel for not resolving things with the Palestinians. I see Israel being in the hot seat, once again, as the Palestinians misbehave.
Although I was thrilled at the time the embassy move was declared, I think I will eventually wish that the U.S. embassy were still in Tel Aviv.
I, for one, was not thrilled. I didn't want it to move in the first place. I knew it was going to come with a cost - a cost possibly too dear to bear, especially for so little return.

Beware the Dealmaker. He believes everyone has his price and therefore, everything (and everyone) can be bought - for the right price. Someone should give him fair warning - Torah Jews and Eretz Yisrael are not for sale AT ANY PRICE!!

17 June 2018

Conspiracy Theory Becomes Conspiracy Fact

4 Tamuz 5778

Remember back during the Jade Helm exercises in the US in 2015, there was a lot of 'conspiracy' talk about Walmarts being closed and readied to become detention centers? Well, it was true. 

Inside America’s Largest Child Migrant Detention Center: An Old Texas Walmart
The US government released some memorable images on Thursday, revealing the inside of a mysterious new U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) immigration detention center for children who crossed illegally into the United States. [Please see the article for more details.]
It begs the question... What about the rest of them???


13 June 2018

"Netiv Ha'Avot - The Truth About the Destruction"

1 Tamuz 5778
Rosh Chodesh Bet



1 Tamuz 5778
Rosh Chodesh Bet

Trump is being credited with a "miracle" today because of what he allegedly accomplished with the North Korean Leader Kim, but if you read and listen carefully, you will understand that this is just like the US Embassy relocation to Jerusalem and the "recognition" of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. "Much ado about nothing." It's all a show leading to some nefarious underlying agenda that does not bode well for Jews or Israel in the end. The whys and wherefores of the details are beyond me since I am not privy to all the inner machinations. However, I know it deep in my soul.

The latest in just a few minutes ago from the AP...

Trump’s Mideast team to push peace plan in region
The White House says President Donald Trump’s Mideast negotiating team will visit the region next week as it finalizes its as-yet unveiled Israeli-Palestinian peace plan and will hold talks on deteriorating conditions in the Gaza Strip. The trip comes as officials say the Trump administration is near completion of the plan with an eye on a possible release this summer.
And now the pressure will really be on not to mess this up for Trump...
Two Norwegian lawmakers nominate Trump for Nobel Peace Prize
A pair of Norwegian lawmakers have nominated President Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize after he signed an agreement with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday to work towards the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

This Out-of-Season Rain Is A Very Ominous Sign

30 Sivan 5778
Rosh Chodesh Alef

Since I posted yesterday on the out-of-season rain we are receiving here in Eretz Yisrael, some new details have come out.
...Israel was hit with heavy rains this week, causing power outages and severe flooding throughout the country, a highly unusual occurrence for mid-June.
...Sderot resident Danny Hazan told the Ynet news site that the overnight deluge overwhelmed the city’s water infrastructure, having taken local residents by surprise.
“The drainage system has totally collapsed. It’s been raining all morning and hasn’t stopped,” he said. “People weren’t ready for it, lots of people had already set up pools in their yards for the summer — and all of the sudden it starts raining.”
Heavy rainfall Tuesday night through Wednesday was also reported along the coast and in northern Israel. The inclement weather caused power outages for several Galilee towns overnight.
The rains are expected to continue through Thursday, and authorities are warning of flash floods in southern Israel’s dry desert valleys.
Though Israel’s rainy season typically ends in March, this year has already experienced several unseasonable heavy rainstorms later in the year.
And we are still having rain today. It has even showered off an on a few times at my home in the Judean Desert. 

Commenter Dan G made a most astute observation from this week's Haftarah...
"...If you will fear Hashem, and worship Him, and hearken to His voice, and you will not rebel against the word of Hashem, but you and the king who reigns over you will follow after Hashem, your God . . . But, if you will not hearken to the voice of Hashem, and you will rebel against the word of Hashem, then Hashem's hand will be against you and against your fathers.
Even now, stand yourselves erect and see this great thing that Hashem will do before your eyes. Is it not the wheat harvest today? - yet I shall call to Hashem and He will set forth thunder and rain, then you shall recognize and see that great is your wickedness that you have perpetrated before the eyes of Hashem, to request for yourselves a king."  (Shmuel Alef 12.14-18)
What was significant about the rain that Shmuel HaNavi called down is that it was out-of-season. Wheat is harvested after the rainy season has ended in Eretz Yisrael. And it was clearly meant to send the message that Hashem was greatly displeased with us and that we had what to do teshuvah for.

Notice the critical "and the king who reigns over you." It is not enough that we as individuals obey Hashem. Once we set a king over us, we are now judged along with him. I would go so far as to say that the final pasuk there might just as well end for us in the words, "...to request for yourselves a Prime Minister," i.e. setting up a so-called Jewish State in Eretz Yisrael not in accordance with Hashem's Torah. The "kings" that we have set over us up to now have all been in rebellion against the King of kings - HKB"H.

Someone very near and dear to me had another amazing idea. Remember Yehudit's "prophecy?" I was reminded of something important that it says there...
* The Erev Rav Gov't will deceive the nation and secretly weave dangerous deals.
* They will hand over holy places, including Yerushalayim, and this will cause a 'storm' in Am Israel.
* North of Israel will burn up from missiles from the Iranian Hizbulla, with the support of Syria.
I have no access to the original words. What if it said instead that it would cause a "storm in Israel" and this is the storm it was referring to?  Is the back and forth with the American administration part of this "weaving dangerous deals?"

Ambassador Friedman in Washington to Plan ‘Peace Deal of the Century’

Scoop: Kushner to visit Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia for peace plan talks

Jared Kushner will return to Middle East to discuss Israeli-Palestinian peace plan: Report

Is war in the north coming next?

They say we can't possibly understand the meaning behind events today because we have no prophets. But, this is precisely why the prophecies of our earlier prophets were recorded for all time. So that we would have them now, when we need them most!

12 June 2018

This Is Sooo Not Normal

30 Sivan 5778
Rosh Chodesh Alef

In my 22 years in Israel, I have only seen it rain as late as Shavuot a few times. I've never seen it rain this far into the year before.
Local Showers In Northern And Central Israel
The unprecedented weather experienced in Israel last month has returned with unseasonably low temperatures in Jerusalem on Tuesday, erev Rosh Chodesh Tammuz, and reports of heavy local showers in Ra’anana and other areas.
The volatile weather continues to be unsettled. On Tuesday morning, local rains began to fall in the north of the country, and the Dan region began to turn cloudy.