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November 25, 2014: Weekly 5 minute update

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

Uploaded on November 24. This week’s report is 40 minutes.

You may view the 5 minute update this week via audio:

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In this week’s 5 minute update, we focused on:

1) The current situation with the Israel / Palestinian peace process

In the last several months, Israel has made various announcements of their intent to build Jewish homes in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.  Currently, around 200,000 Jews live alongside about 300,000 Arabs in East Jerusalem. Each time Israel announces plans to build more Jewish homes in the disputed territories, strong condemnation against it is voiced by the United States and the European Union.  The United States calls such decisions by Israel as being “counterproductive” to efforts to achieve a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians. “We have long made clear our opposition to continued settlement activity,” said a US State Department official. “These announcements, like every other  settlement announcement Israel makes, planning step they approve and construction tenders they issue, is counterproductive to Israel’s stated goal of a negotiated two-state solution with the Palestinians,” the official said. Furthermore, the US says that Israel building Jewish homes in the West Bank and East Jerusalem would distance Israel from “even its closest allies.” US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that the US is “deeply concerned” over Israel’s continued building of new Jewish homes in East Jerusalem. These decisions by Israel will only draw condemnation from the international community, distance Israel from even its closest allies, poison the atmosphere not only with the Palestinians but also with the very Arab governments with which Prime Minister Netanyahu said he wanted to build relations,” she said, calling her own language “strong.”

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that US criticism of building Jewish homes in the West Bank and East Jerusalem goes “against American values.” Netanyahu said he does not accept restrictions on where Jews could live, and said that Jerusalem’s Arabs and Jews should be able to buy homes wherever they want. He said he was “baffled” by the American condemnation. “It’s against the American values. And it doesn’t bode well for peace,” he said. “The idea that we’d have this ethnic purification as a condition for peace, I think it’s anti-peace.” The strong condemnation of US criticism against the building of Jewish homes in the West Bank and East Jerusalem threatens to deepen a rift with the United Status over the issue.

In response to Netanyahu’s comments, US Press Secretary Josh Earnest said. “The fact is American policy has been clear and unchanged under several administrations, both Democrat and Republican. When it comes to American values, it’s American values that led to this country’s unwavering support of Israel. It’s American values that have led us to fund an Iron Dome system,” he added. “It’s clear how American values dictate or at least guide our thinking on support of Israel,” Earnest said. “We oppose any unilateral actions that attempt to prejudge final status issues including the status of Jerusalem. These can only be legitimately determined through direct negotiations through the parties that this president has worked hard to try to facilitate,” he concluded.

England calls Israel’s decisions to continue announcements of building Jewish homes in the West Bank and East Jerusalem as illegal under international law and that such moves “present an obstacle to peace and take us further away from a two state solution.”

Palestinian chief negotiator in the peace process, Saeb Erekat said that “The international community should hold Israel accountable as soon as possible for the ongoing Israeli settlement activity in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The Israeli government is committing various crimes against the Palestinian people and their occupied land,” he said. PA spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh said that building Jewish homes in the West Bank and East Jerusalem would cause the situation in the region to deteriorate further, and added that settlements in general are illegal.

The European Union condemned an Israeli plan to build 2,610 new Jewish homes inside the pre-1967 borders warning that the future of its relations with Israel depended on its commitment to peace.  “The EU deeply deplores and strongly opposes the recent expropriation of land near Bethlehem, recent announcements of plans for new settlement construction, in particular in Givat Hamatos, Ramat Shlomo, Har Homa and Ramot, as well as plans to displace Bedouins in the West. The council — which consists of the foreign ministers of the EU’s 28 member states — urged Israel to reverse these decisions, as they “run counter to international law and directly threaten the two-state solution. This represents a further highly detrimental step that undermines prospects for a two-state solution and calls into question Israel’s commitment to a peaceful negotiated settlement with the Palestinians,” the EU’s diplomatic service said. A solution to the Israeli / Palestinian conflict can only be found “if both parties refrain from unilateral actions that change the situation on the ground,” he stressed, noting that “the EU will not recognize any changes to borders pre-1967, including with regard to Jerusalem, unless both parties agree. We emphasize that the future of relations between the EU and Israel depend on the commitment of the latter for a lasting peace and a solution comprising two states,” he added.

The European Union is threatening to “take further action” to respond to Israeli moves deemed harmful to the two-state solution, but refrained from announcing concrete sanctions. At the same time, an internal EU document indicated preliminary sanctions the union is considering imposing on Israel, including recalling European ambassadors and cutting ties with Israeli leaders who publicly oppose the two-state solution. An internal EU document lists several steps the union considers taking to promote a two-state solution, trying to offer both carrots and sticks. But most suggestions appear to be punitive, such as reassessing the EU’s commitment not to participate in Israel-bashing sessions at the United Nations Human Rights Council, reassessing the distribution of funds or “actions vis-à-vis EU companies operating in the settlements.”

The EU could also take actions “reinforcing” the Palestinians’ unilateral statehood bid, according either by recognizing a Palestinian state or by supporting or not opposing the Palestinians’ efforts to join international organizations. However, it should be noted that the document is clearly labeled as a “non-paper,” which means it does not state official policy but is merely meant as a basis to start a discussion on what could possibly become policy at a later stage. EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini denied that the internal EU document is about to become the union’s policy. “There is no such plan” she said, adding that it is more like a “hypothetical working paper” asked for by EU member states a while ago. The goal of the council conclusion was to prod the two parties back to the negotiating table, she said.

Israel has not yet officially responded to the EU’s ideas about possibly sanctioning Israel. Israel Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said he hoped the EU Foreign Affairs Council would refrain from linking Israel-EU bilateral relationship to the relationship between Israel and the Palestinians. “Any attempt to create such a stipulation is based on a misguided approach that does not contribute to stability, normalization or enhancement of the relationship between Israel and the Palestinians,” he said. Israel will not freeze building in any Jewish neighborhoods of Jerusalem. “Anyone who dreams that the government of Israel will cave [to pressure] and will limit building in Jerusalem is mistaken,” Lieberman said. “We are prepared to defend our independence and sovereignty and there will be no compromise to that stance,” he said. “Any pressure to the contrary [by the US or the European Union] will be very counterproductive,’ Lieberman added. “We will never accept any definition of building in Jewish neighborhoods in Jerusalem as settlement activity. There is broad consensus for that stand among Jews in Israel and abroad,” Lieberman said.

Former US Middle East envoy, Martin Indyk, said that the U.S.-Israel alliance “is crumbling” due to waning support for Israel among Democrats and “total disrespect” for the Obama administration among segments of the Israeli government. Indyk warned that U.S.-Israeli relations are at an all time low. “The U.S.-Israel relationship is critical and is essential to Israel’s survival,” Indyk said. “And the relationship is in trouble.” U.S. support for Israel is “the bedrock that Israel has always relied on … and I worry that bedrock is crumbling,” Indyk said. “We have a situation,” he said. “Support amongst Republicans for Israel is really high. … But the truth is that most Jews are Democrats, and amongst Democrats support for Israel is only something like 43 percent.”

However, Indyk reserved his harshest criticism against certain Israeli government officials saying, “On the Israeli side I see something which I’m really, really disturbed by, which is the total disrespect on the part of some on the right in Israel for the relationship with the United States,” Indyk said. “And that manifests itself with right wing politicians standing up criticizing our leaders, who are trying to do their best for Israel,” Indyk said. “Look to the [Israeli] Defense Minister, whose budget is supplemented to the tune of $3 billion dollars a year by the American taxpayer, standing up and calling the Secretary of State an obsessive messianic,” Indyk said. “That kind of attitude on Israel’s part is not ingratitude; it’s disrespect. It’s something that I find very, very disturbing.”

Likud political party central committee Chairman Danny Danon said that Israel cannot be bought. “President Obama is mistaken if he thinks American military aid, which is given for reasons of American strategic interests, buys him the right to dictate to Israel not to build in Jerusalem,” stated Danon.

Israel Finance Minister Yair Lapid said that Israel government decisions to build Jewish homes in East Jerusalem harms Israel’s relations with the US. “This past summer, Israel completed a military operation against the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. Israel is already struggling to preserve international support, why was it so urgent to create another crisis with the Americans at this time?” Lapid said.

Israel Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said that Israel will continue to build in Jerusalem and will not apologize for doing so. “In 1967, Jerusalem was liberated. This is our eternal united capital. However, there are those in the international community, who questions Israel’s right to Jerusalem. Jerusalem will forever remain the capital of Israel, the Jewish people’s capital, the city that we will continue to build and develop without apologizing for it,” he declared.

Finally, Israel Deputy Minister Ofir Akunis sharply criticized the European Union (EU) and the U.S. State Department for continuing to condemn Israel building Jewish homes in East Jerusalem. “Israel will continue to work to promote settlement on its land – just as every other country in the world does,” declared Akunis. “It is strange at this time, when terrorist groups of Islamic extremists slaughter innocents, behead journalists in front of the cameras and continue their journey of madness targeting the free world, what concerns foreign ministries around the world is the decision to build and develop the Gush Etzion region, which was and will remain the homeland of the Jewish people,” he added.

In other news relating to the peace process, the Israeli cabinet approved a law that would define Israel as a Jewish state that is governed by democratic values for all its citizens. Speaking at the start of the Likud faction meeting in the Israeli Knesset, Netanyahu recalled how on November 29, 1947 the UN General Assembly voted to establish a Jewish state in Israel. “66 years have passed since that day, and not a day goes by without the right of Jews to a national state of their own being undermined,” he said. “In order to provide a response to all those who doubt the right of Jews to have their own nation-state in the state of Israel, this Jewish State Law will secure Jewish rights in our country.” Netanyahu said. “In the state of Israel, every citizen has rights, regardless of religion, race, and gender, which are anchored in law. However, the national right of the Jewish people in Israel is not enshrined in law. Therefore we will insist that this law passes.”

According to the Jewish State Law, which was proposed by MK Ze’ev Elkin (Likud) and is backed by the Jewish Home party, all Jewish schools will teach Jewish history as well as Jewish tradition and heritage. Hebrew will be recognized as the only official language in Israel. Arabic, which as of now is considered an official language in Israel, will instead be given special status. The bill also declares that the State of Israel is the national home of the Jewish people, in which a Jew can exercise his desire for self-determination in accordance with his historical legacy. This right to exercise national self-determination will be provided to Jewish people only. However, every resident, regardless of religion and nationality, will be entitled to preserve his or her heritage, culture and language.

An agreement to divide Jerusalem and establish a PLO state is a tribulation event.

The link to these articles are as follows:

1) IDF expands state land in West Bank by 4,000 dunams
2) US rebukes Israel over claim of West Bank land
3) Caught off guard, White House angered at timing of Jerusalem housing announcement
4) US warns East Jerusalem housing plans will ‘distance Israel from even its closest allies’
5) Netanyahu says White House criticism ‘un-American’
6) US hits back at Netanyahu: American values led us to fund Iron Dome
7) Britain condemns Israel’s ‘ill-judged’ West Bank land grab
8) EU condemns Israeli plans to build beyond Green Line
9) EU foreign ministers target settlements
10) EU threatens ‘further action’ to protect two-state solution
11) Liberman: ‘We will never stop building in Jewish neighborhoods of Jerusalem’
12) Indyk Bashes Israel
13) Obama ‘Can’t Buy Control of Israel With Military Aid’
14) Lapid: West Bank land seizure harms Israel
15) Ya’alon: We’ll Build in Jerusalem And Won’t Apologize for It
16) Deputy Minister: We’ll Continue to Build in Our Land
17) Amid coalition tensions, Netanyahu to present ‘Jewish state’ bill to cabinet Sunday
18) Netanyahu: Cabinet will Vote on the Jewish State Law

From a Biblical prophetic perspective, the reason why the God of Israel would allow these events to happen is because it will result in the end of the exile of the house of Jacob and the reunification of the 12 tribes of Israel (Ephraim and Judah).

We will to be “watchmen on the walls of Jerusalem” and we will not rest until the God of Israel makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth (Isaiah 62).

Shalom in Yeshua the Messiah,

Eddie Chumney
Hebraic Heritage Ministries Int’l

November 18, 2014: Weekly 5 minute update

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

You may view the 5 minute update this week via audio:

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In this week’s 5 minute update, we focused on:

1) The current situation with the Israel / Palestinian peace process

Five people were killed when two terrorists brutally attacked worshippers in a synagogue and yeshiva in the Har Nof neighborhood in Jerusalem on November 18. Seven people were wounded, including two police officers. At around 7am, the terrorists – wielding massive knives and a gun – entered the Kehilat Yaakov synagogue on Harav Shimon Agasi Street, which includes both a synagogue and yeshiva (rabbinical seminary), and carried out attacks in more than one location. Four Rabbis were killed in the attack  — Rabbi Moshe Twersky, 59; Aryeh Kupinsky, 40; Rabbi Kalman Levine, 50; and Rabbi Avraham Shmuel Goldberg, 68 — who were immediately buried in Jerusalem.

“Two terrorists entered the synagogue in the neighborhood of Har Nof. They attacked with an axe, a knife and a gun. Five worshipers were killed. The police who arrived at the scene shot and killed the two terrorists,” said Israel Police spokeswoman Luba Samri.

Yaakov Amos was praying in the synagogue at the time of the attack. “During the prayers, I heard shots and saw a worshiper wearing tefillin lying on the floor. The bastard passed me from the right while shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ and firing indiscriminately. Three people fell immediately, and I saw him keep on massacring people.” Amos said that, “one of the terrorists did not waste bullets and aimed directly at people. He fired and then looked at me, and chose people closer to him, shooting them at point blank range.”

Yossi Barzani, one of the worshipers in the synagogue, recounted the scary ordeal. “In the middle of prayers, two terrorists entered shouting ‘Allahu akbar’. The synagogue was in panic, and I tried to flee. At a certain stage, one of the terrorists approached me with a knife, and there was a chair and a table between us. “I drew back and ran from him and fled outside. In those moments, I asked God to save me. My prayer shawl got caught. I left it there and escaped. On the way out, I saw terrible sights and bodies.”

Akiva, a Magen David Adom paramedic, said that he was greeted at the scene by the sight of a worshiper with stab wounds. “Inside there was someone singing. I ran into the synagogue, there was a gunshot victim lying on the floor. I tried to treat him, but the gunfire started in my direction and we fled. I pulled the wounded man along,” he said. “The police arrived and surrounded the entrance and then the terrorist ran out and they shot him. there was wild gunfire. People ran out of the synagogue.”

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to the shocking terrorist attack on the Jerusalem synagogue by saying, “We are at the height of a terror campaign focused on Jerusalem. In the middle of shacharit (morning) prayers five innocent and pure Jews were murdered. We send condolences to the families and wishes of recovery to the wounded, among them heroic police officers who prevented a heavy tragedy.” Relating to the terrorists, Netanyahu said “The human animals who perpetrated this slaughter were full of hatred and incitement, deep hatred and terrible incitement against the Jewish People and its state.

Palestinian sources named the terrorists as cousins Ghassan and Uday Abu-Jamal, from the Jabel Mukaber neighborhood of East Jerusalem. The families of the two terrorists who killed five people hailed the two as heroes, as candies to celebrate the attack were handed out in the West Bank and Gaza. Alaa Abu Jamal, a cousin of the terrorists, said that Israeli policies were to blame for the attack at the synagogue, when the two entered the compound during morning prayers, armed with meat cleavers and a gun.

“This occurred because of the pressures of the occupying Israeli government on the Palestinian people and in Jerusalem generally, and the ongoing harm to the al-Aqsa mosque; this act is something normal for any person who is connected to his people, to courage and to Islam. We got the usual death notification and we shouted with joy, people here also handed out candies to guests who came to visit and were happy for the martyrs.”

Residents of Gaza Strip praised the brutal attack. Fireworks were set off in celebration and from the mosques were heard chants of “Allahu Akbar” (God is most great) in honor of the attack. Islamic Jihad also issued a statement, calling the attack “a natural response to the crimes of the occupier.” Loudspeakers at mosques in Gaza called out congratulations.

Fatah officials (the Palestinian sect of Mahmoud Abbas) made repeated statements in recent weeks praising deadly terror attacks on Israelis, and calling for “blood” to “purify” Jerusalem of Jews. According to Palestinian Media Watch, the head of the Media Department for Fatah in Lebanon Muhammad al-Biqa’i praised the Palestinians who carried out three recent terror attacks that killed four Israelis and left a rabbi in critical condition. Al-Biqa’i sent a blessing of “praise and esteem” to the killers saying, “They are the ones who heard the call of Yasser Arafat, while the Arab and Islamic nation ignored his call: ‘Millions of martyrs (shahids) are marching to Jerusalem,’” al-Biqa’i said. “They came out with their weapons, with their true belief that Jerusalem needs blood to purify itself of Jews.” Last week, a representative of the PA Ministry of Religious Affairs called on Palestinians to “rush to Jerusalem and offer sacrifices and blood.” Palestinian official Hassan al-Saifi said that “Jerusalem has no need of declarations or religious rulings, but rather needs the religious scholars in particular to fulfill their duty, rush to Jerusalem and offer sacrifices and blood.”

Palestinian radio reports described the attackers as “martyrs” and Hamas praised the attack.” Furthermore, Hamas said that terror attack at the Jerusalem synagogue saying the deadly incident was in response to the death of a Palestinian bus driver found hanged in his vehicle earlier in the week. Hamas called for additional attacks after two suspected Palestinian terrorists killed five people and wounded a number of others at the “Kehilat Yaakov” synagogue in Jerusalem. Amid an onslaught of unfounded claims in the Palestinian media that 32-year-old bus driver Yussuf al-Ramuni was murdered by Jewish settlers in Jerusalem, an autopsy report concluded the driver’s death was self-inflicted, resulting from hanging himself inside the vehicle. Hamas calls for the continuation of revenge operations and stresses that the Israeli occupation bears responsibility for tension in Jerusalem,” Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said. “The attack in Jerusalem is a reaction to the crime and execution of the martyr al-Ramouni and a reaction to the crimes of the occupation, the Hamas movement is calling for more revenge attacks,” Hamas said on its official Al-Aksa TV.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the deadly attack, and called for an end to what he said was Israeli provocation over the Temple Mount. “The presidency condemns the attack on Jewish worshippers in their place of prayer, and condemned the killing of civilians no matter who is responsible,” said a statement from Abbas’ office. “We condemn all acts of violence from all sources, and demand an end to the invasions of Al-Aqsa Mosque, the provocations of settlers and the incitement by some ministers in the Israeli government.” The statement said that, “It’s time to end the occupation and to put an end to everything that makes violence and tension.”

Israel President Benjamin Netanyahu responded to Abbas comments by saying, “Abbas may have condemned the attack but that isn’t enough, because at the end of the same sentence he connected the event to imaginary acts that have no basis that he claims Israel is conducting on the Temple Mount.”

Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) revealed that PA Supreme Sharia (Islamic law) Judge and Abbas’s adviser Mahmoud Al-Habbash appeared on official PA TV on November 5, after several attacks and hours before another one in Jerusalem that left two dead, where he clarified that Abbas is indeed inciting terrorism. “First of all, allow me to say that we kiss every forehead, every hand and even every foot that carries out ribat at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and in Jerusalem…We are behind them. The leadership is with them…we are with them in every movement, in every action and every deed, and we welcome what they are doing at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque,” Al-Habbash said.

Referring to Abbas’s speech in mid October when he called to block Jews from “defiling” the Temple Mount by “all means necessary,” Al-Habbash noted “a few days ago, President (Abbas) greeted them, reinforced them and requested more ribat (religious war) from them. This statement may have angered the Israelis and the occupation, that the President is inciting the Palestinians from Jerusalem to religious war. Yes, we are inciting the people in Jerusalem to religious war. Religious war means to protect and to hold on to your ground,” said Al-Habbash in an admission of incitement. In his speech, Abbas said “we must all carry out religious war” so as to prevent Jews by “any means necessary” from entering the Temple Mount, because “they have no right to enter it.

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for the gruesome terrorist attack on the Jerusalem synagogue and vowed to respond harshly. He said: “Hamas, the Islamic Movement and the Palestinian Authority are disseminating countless lies and falsehoods against the State of Israel. They are saying that the Jews are contaminating the Temple Mount. They are saying that we are planning to destroy the Holy Places, that we intend to change the order of prayer there – this is all lies. These lies have already claimed a very heavy price. This is the direct result of the incitement led by Hamas and Abu Mazen [Abbas], incitement that the international community irresponsibly ignores.” Netanyahu said in a statement. “We will respond with a strong hand to the cruel murder of Jews who came to pray and were caught by dark murderous hands.”

Israel Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon also blamed the “incitement, lies and hate” circulated by the Palestinian Authority and Abbas. Ya’alon vowed that Israel will “chase down the perpetrators and those who sent them everywhere and in every way, within the borders of Israel and outside.”

Israel Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman called on the international community to respond to what he said was Abbas’s anti-Semitic incitement, which he said caused the attack. “Abbas has turned the conflict into a religious conflict between Jews and Muslims and his systematic incitement that he leads against Jews — whom he defines as impure who are not allowed to enter the Temple Mount — is instructions to carry out nasty attacks like this,” said Liberman.

Israel Economy Minister Naftali Bennett,  the leader of the Jewish Home politial party also blamed Abbas for the attack. “Mahmoud Abbas, one of the greatest terrorists to come from the Palestinian people, is directly responsible for the spilled blood of Jews wearing tallit and tefillin,” he said, referring to images of the killings showing slain worshipers still wearing prayer shawls and phylacteries. “While we were busy with our fantasies about of the diplomatic process, we created for ourselves an interwoven infrastructure of terrorism and incitement. Abbas declared war on Israel, and we must treat it accordingly,” he added.

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein echoed Bennett in blaming PA incitement for the attack and implied that Israel should cut ties with the Palestinians. “While we are making an effort and calling for calm, the brutal incitement by Palestinian Authority leaders continues and worsens,” Edelstein said. “Israel should not be dealing with those whose way is to slaughter innocents in our holy places,” he added.

As a result of the killing of the four rabbis of the Jerusalem synagogue, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered the deployment of checkpoints at the entrance to East Jerusalem’s Arab neighborhoods. The prime minister also instructed security forces to carry out raids on the homes of suspected terrorists in the city. Under the new directives, police will conduct routine large-scale raids into problematic East Jerusalem neighborhoods. Police will be authorized to arrest those resisting the entry of law enforcers as well as demonstrators who verbally assault officers. Security forces will also be increased throughout the West Bank. Another plan under consideration is to order the positioning of security guards at public buildings, such as synagogues and places of entertainment.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on world leaders to denounce the attack in a Jerusalem synagogue that claimed the lives of five people. “I call on all the leaders of countries in the Western world: I want to see outrage over this massacre. I want to see denunciation,” he said.

US President Barack Obama condemned the attack by two Palestinians on a synagogue in Jerusalem that killed five people, including three Americans. “I strongly condemn today’s terrorist attack on worshipers at a synagogue in Jerusalem,” Obama said in a statement. “There is and can be no justification for such attacks against innocent civilians. At this sensitive moment in Jerusalem, it is all the more important for Israeli and Palestinian leaders and ordinary citizens to work cooperatively together to lower tensions, reject violence, and seek a path forward towards peace,” he said.

Speaking to reporters at the White House, Obama said US Secretary of State John Kerry had spoken to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about the attacks. “Tragically this is not the first loss of life that we have seen in recent months. Too many Israelis have died, too many Palestinians have died. And at this difficult time I think it’s important for both Palestinians and Israelis to try to work together to lower tensions,” he said.

US Secretary of State, John Kerry branded the deadly terror attack at a Jerusalem synagogue as “pure terror”, and demanded that Palestinian leaders condemn the attack. “People who had come to worship God in the sanctuary of the synagogue were hatcheted and hacked and murdered in their holy place in an act of pure terror and senseless brutality,” said Kerry. “To have this kind of act, which is a pure result of incitement, of calls for ‘days of rage,’ of just irresponsibility, is unacceptable,” he said. “The Palestinian leadership must condemn this and they must begin to take serious steps to restrain any kind of incitement … and exhibit the kind of leadership that is necessary to put this region on a different path. This simply has no place in human behavior and we need to hear from leaders who are going to lead their people to a different place.”

Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird said on Tuesday that Canada deplored the “savage” terror attack. “Attacks on innocent worshipers, in what is supposed to be a place of peace and tranquility, are cowardly and must never be tolerated,” said Baird. “Those engaging in these despicable terrorist acts, and those financing or morally supporting their actions, are responsible for further aggravating an already fraught and dangerous situation,” Baird added. “Canada reiterates that any statements of incitement are completely irresponsible. Those leaders who regularly issue them cannot plead ignorance or look the other way when terrorist attacks like today’s occur,” Baird continued.

Several other foreign ministers condemned the attack. The French foreign ministry said that “President Hollande strongly denounces the awful attack carried out in a synagogue in Jerusalem and those who dared to commend this act. He shares the grief of the families and of the Israeli people.” The German foreign minister, Frank Walter Steinmeier, said he hoped the attack would serve as a wake-up call, and that the overlap of political and religious issues in the conflict added a new and dangerous dimension.

While international leaders condemned the terrorist attack on the Jerusalem synagogue, some of the international media continued to report on the events in Israel in an eyebrow-raising shocking bias against Israel. US media outlet,CNN ran a headline stating that four Israelis and two Palestinians were killed in the attack, failing to note that the two Palestinians were the terrorists. In addition, CNN superimposed their preliminary coverage of the terror attack with the headline: “Deadly attack on Jerusalem mosque.”

An agreement to divide Jerusalem and establish a PLO state is a tribulation event.

The link to these articles are as follows:

1) Four people killed in terror attack at Jerusalem synagogue
2) Seven minutes of terror: Haunting accounts of a bloody morning prayer
3) Families of terrorists celebrate their attack, hail martyrs and heroes
4) Fatah official calls for blood to ‘purify’ Jerusalem of Jews
5) Hamas: Jerusalem synagogue attack in response to death of Palestinian bus driver found hanged
6) Palestinians in Gaza celebrate terror attack at Jerusalem synagogue
7) PM blames Abbas, calls emergency meet in wake of attack
8) PA Clarifies: ‘Abbas is Inciting for Religious War’
9) Netanyahu: ‘We Are at the Height of a Terror Campaign’
10) Netanyahu okays checkpoints in East Jerusalem neighborhoods
11) Netanyahu to world leaders: I want to see outrage over this massacre
12) Obama condemns J’lem synagogue attack, calls to lower tensions
13) ‘Guardian’ deletes reference to Palestinians, CNN labels synagogue ‘mosque’ 
14) Video of Jerusalem Synagogue Terror Attack

From a Biblical prophetic perspective, the reason why the God of Israel would allow these events to happen is because it will result in the end of the exile of the house of Jacob and the reunification of the 12 tribes of Israel (Ephraim and Judah).

We will to be “watchmen on the walls of Jerusalem” and we will not rest until the God of Israel makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth (Isaiah 62).

Shalom in Yeshua the Messiah,

Eddie Chumney
Hebraic Heritage Ministries Int’l

November 11, 2014: Weekly 5 minute update

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

You may view the 5 minute update this week via audio:

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In this week’s 5 minute update, we focused on:

1) The current situation with the Israel / Palestinian peace process

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said that the Palestinians will submit a request later this month for the UN Security Council to recognize a PLO state based upon 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital while asking the Security Council to set a timeline for an Israeli withdrawal to the pre-1967 lines. Abbas said that if the Palestinians can secure 9 of the votes needed 15 votes needed for the proposal to be voted upon by all UN Security Council members that they would proceed with the statehood bid.

Wassel Yusef, a senior Palestinian official, said that the Palestinians will do so because “The US administration is pushing to resume bilateral negotiations, even while it’s clear that these have failed throughout the last few years.”

In a meeting with US Secretary of State, John Kerry, in the United States, chief Palestinian negotiator, Saeb Erekat, pleaded for the US to recognize a PLO state at the UN Security Council. He said, “Urgent steps from the international community to protect the two-state solution are needed, therefore, we urge the US administration to support our bid to the UN Security Council in order to establish the borders of a Palestinian state.”

In response, US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that US Secretary of State John Kerry reiterated to Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat that the U.S. was opposed “to unilateral steps by either party that attempt to prejudge the outcome of final status negotiations.” Nothing has yet been formally presented at the United Nations, she said “so this is a preliminary discussion. And obviously having a back-and-forth and hearing from them is part of the reason to have a meeting.” Urging the UN Security Council to call for an end to the Israeli occupation “contradicts their stated goal of a two-state solution and having their own state, an aspiration we support,” Psaki added.

However,  Israeli cabinet members are warning that US President Barack Obama threatened Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the US may opt not to oppose future hostile UN Security Council votes, unless Israel accedes to American policy demands. Quoting Israel ministerial level sources, diplomatic correspondent, Ariel Kahana, said, “Netanyahu told colleagues in recent days … that his office’s understanding of the issue and the government’s take on it is that the Americans will not cast a veto against a resolution that reaches the Security Council.” The information was shared at a session of the Jewish Home political party leaders by Jewish Home political party leader, Naftali Bennett. The threat, at least as leaked, implies that the United States is prepared to abandon Israel in the dock of the world body, a step that could further destabilize relations between the two allies to an unprecedented degree, Kahana said.

Kahana spoke of a recent article in The Atlantic by Jeffery Goldberg – who is commonly seen as reflecting the US administration’s views towards Israel – referencing the US pressure, but from the American point of view: Citing what he called “red-hot” anger by the Obama administration “over Israel’s settlement policies,” and his view that “the Netanyahu government openly expresses contempt for Obama’s understanding of the Middle East,” Goldberg warned that “Profound changes in the relationship may be coming.”

“This is a precedent and a very dangerous step,” Kahana cautioned about the American threat, and said it was the most chilling thing he’d heard uttered in decades of Israel-US relations. “Beyond the abandonment of Israel, it also flies in the face of previous agreements with the Americans, including vis a vis the Egyptian peace deal in which the US would hold the line against such maneuvers,” Kahana noted. “The point is that one can’t trust anything the US says anymore, if the information is accurate,” according to Kahana. “If the US is able to betray Israel like this – what do other allies and foes think?” Kahana wondered aloud.

Former Italian foreign minister, Federica Mogherini, became the the new foreign policy chief of the EU on November 1. Upon doing so, she made a visit with Israel and the Palestinians. Israel Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with her saying that Israel opposes unilateral moves by the Palestinians at the UN Security Council and the recognition of EU member states to recognize a PLO state as Sweden did recently. Netanyahu told Mogherini that it was totally “irresponsible” for European nations to do such a thing. “To accord, as some European countries have to a Palestinian state without demanding an equal recognition on their part to the nation-state of the Jewish people is irresponsible,” Netanyahu said. Furthermore, “To give recognition to a Palestinian state that doesn’t either recognize the Jewish state or agree to security arrangements that are necessary for its security and survival is also irresponsible. Therefore, I hope that  Europe will respond in a more balanced and more responsible manner” Netanyahu said.

Mogherini, however, was not swayed by Netanyahu’s words. “Jerusalem is not just a city, it’s not just a beautiful city, not just a capital, it is a potential capital of two states. It’s also a special place for plenty of people in the world, it’s a holy city, so I think that Jerusalem could show to the rest of the world that co-existing is possible, and this is I think the challenge for all of us, to show that Jerusalem can be shared. We are asking all in this moment, not in three months, not in six months not in one year, all in this moment to restart a political process that can reach for the two-state solution,” she said. “We see that there might be a political will to resume the talks and to especially make sure that these talks bring results. The settlements are an obstacle to the two-states solution, are illegal, and so the European Union is considering this as its position. The world “cannot afford” another war in Gaza and we need to see the creation of a “Palestinian state.” “We need a Palestinian state — that is the ultimate goal and this is the position of all the European Union,” she said.

On Jerusalem, Netanyahu told Mogherini that “Jerusalem is Israel’s capital and as such is not a settlement. The neighborhoods in which Jews live and in which we are building have existed for almost fifty years, under all Israeli governments. Everyone knows that in any peace settlement, they will remain part of Israel.” On the issue of settlements, Netanyahu said he reject the “outlandish claim that the root of the ongoing conflict is this or that settlement. The issue is not land, but rather our very existence and the refusal to recognize Israel with any borders.” On the issue of the Temple Mount, Netanyahu assured Mogherini that Israel is working to restore calm in Jerusalem and is committed to maintaining the status quo on the Temple Mount, in which the Al-Aksa Mosque compound is controlled by the Islamic Wakf. Muslims have the sole right to pray there, but Jews and Christians can visit. We stand behind the status quo arrangements that have been there for many years. We will not allow them to be changed either by action or by legislation. We’ve been very clear about that,” Netanyahu said.

Israel Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman chastised for its hyper-focus on Israeli building over in the West Bank and East Jerusalem while it ignored the violence that raged in other countries in the region. “Every day hundreds of people are killed and slaughtered around Israel. We are facing many challenges, more than all of the EU together,” he said. Europe, he said, “is disregarding this reality. We are trying to survive in a very difficult reality and instead of supporting Israel, you blame Israel every day,” Liberman said. A reporter asked Liberman if Israel planned to change its policies in the West Bank and east Jerusalem in light of European frustration over its settlement activity.

European officials and diplomats, the reporter said, “are coming to give you advice. What they hope is that Israel through this friendly advice would change its policies.” Liberman reacted to the question with anger, explaining that such European advice was “hypocritical.” Europe is not offering the same type of “advice” to Pakistan and India, even though a comprehensive peace is needed there, Liberman said. In light of the complex situation in the region, with violence in Iraq, Syria, Yemin and Libya he expected Europe to be more “sensitive” to Israel’s “security concerns,” Liberman said. Israel is the only country, in a tumultuous region, where control reigns, in spite of constant friction and tension with the Palestinians, Liberman said.

“Your [Europe’s] approach to Israel is exactly like the approach of Europe to Czechoslovakia in 1938,” said Liberman as he quoted an often used example of Europe failure to protect that former country from Nazi Germany. Israel, he said, is the only democratic country in the Middle East. “Every day you are coming with new pressure. It is a mistake. It is hypocritical. In the end of the day it will be counterproductive,” Liberman said. European support of Palestinian unilateral moves and or imposed solutions to the peace process, was particularly harmful, Liberman said.

He charged that Sweden’s decision last week to recognize Palestine as a state outside of a negotiated peace agreement, the first Western European country to do so, was a “cynical” step to exploit an international situation for its own domestic purposes. “This position will not advance peace, it will only distance a peaceful resolution and might even undermine all our efforts to achieve a strategic breakthrough in our relations with the Palestinians,” he said. The Swedish government, he charged, took that step to appease the Muslim community in its country, which is “25 times larger than the Jewish one.” It is also part of Sweden’s drive to receive the necessary support among UN nations, particularly the 57 Islamic states, to become a member state of the Security Council in the future, Liberman said.

The Swedish government, he said, had not told Israel of its decision to recognize a PLO state even though they promised to alert Israel in advance. “With this understanding in mind, it was very, very disappointing and surprising to hear of Sweden’s recent decision,” Liberman said.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel of dragging the region into a religious war and vowed that the Palestinians would never agree to Jewish prayer on the Muslim-controlled Temple Mount. “Israel’s leaders are making a huge mistake if they think they can now establish facts on the ground and divide prayer times at the al-Aqsa Mosque as they did at the Cave of the Patriarchs,” he said. “By doing these things they are leading the region and the world into a devastating religious war.”

Speaking after weeks of clashes between Israeli security forces and Arab residents of East Jerusalem, as well as a series of terror attacks in Jerusalem, Abbas also repeated the Palestinian pledge to make East Jerusalem the capital of a Palestinian state.”The Muslim and Christian world will never accept Israeli claims that Jerusalem is theirs,” he said. “Jerusalem is our capital and we will never give this up; Jerusalem that was occupied in 1967 is our Jerusalem. We will safeguard and protect our holy places.”

As Arab rioting continues in East Jerusalem, Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef urged Jews to stop attempting to enter the flashpoint Temple Mount, claiming that doing so was a religious offense. “We need to stop this, only then will the people of Israel’s blood not be spilt” the rabbi said. He stressed that going to the Temple Mount was a religious offensive punishable by death, adding that “it’s inconceivable that b-rate rabbis will argue with the Israelis most prominent and prestigious rabbis of Israel. It’s unthinkable that fourth-rate rabbis would argue with the great Torah scholars of Israel,” he said of those who permit Jews to visit the Temple Mount. Rabbi Yosef was referring to various Orthodox Jewish national religious rabbis who say that Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount is permitted. The mainstream ultra-Orthodox rabbinic opinion is that according to the rulings of the rabbis, Jews may not visit the Temple Mount because the holiness of the site requires a ritual purification process that is not available in present times. However, the rabbis of the Orthodox Jewish national-religious community argue that it is possible to visit areas of the Temple Mount which do not require this level of ritual purity.

The ultra-Orthodox chief rabbi’s comments angered Temple Mount activist groups, which are almost entirely from the national-religious community, as well various Israeli Knesset members from the Jewish Home political party. Jewish Home party leader, Naftali Bennett, criticized Rabbi Yosef for implying that Jewish visitation to the site was responsible for the recent terror attacks in Jerusalem. “No, honorable chief rabbi,” wrote Bennett on his Facebook page would say this just because Arabs terrorists are murdering Jews. Israel Knesset member from the Jewish Home political party, Avraham Wortzman, said that Rabbi Yosef’s comments “express the essence of the exile mentality which the Jewish people suffered from throughout history, in which the victim is always at fault.”

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanayu and his Likud political party central committee chairman, Danny Danon, agreed that the Likud primaries for the next election will be held on January 6. At a central committee meeting, Netanyahu spoke on various political issues facing Israel. Regarding the peace process, Netanyahu said, “I will never stop protecting Israel’s security and no international pressure will change that. Some say the way to deal with verbal and physical attacks is to give up and retreat. They have a formula: If you didn’t evacuate [settlements], you didn’t do anything,” Netanyahu said. Netanyahu rebuked those calling on him to take greater risks in peace negotiations with the Palestinians. “People want us to give up on our security, on everything. They call for me to take initiative. What’s the initiative they want, to jump off a cliff?” he asked. “Jumping toward the unknown can be destructive. People will applaud and compliment you for a few weeks or months, and then Israeli citizens will have to enter bomb shelters. We won’t go back to that.”

The prime minister spoke about issues facing the country. He echoed earlier statements about Iran – that he won’t let it reach the nuclear threshold and that Israel has the right to defend itself if the world powers reach a bad deal. He also spoke of rioting by Israeli Arabs and said that all citizens have to follow the law and that citizenship will be revoked from terrorists, as well as of the Palestinian Authority, adding its President Mahmoud Abbas encourages terrorism.

Netanyahu emphasized that Israel can only rely on itself: “For thousands of years… we could only pray to God. Now we are a strong nation with a strong army and determination to defend ourselves and our state. There is only one power that can protect us and that is ourselves, united and strong.” Then he turned to his party’s base, saying “the nation wants a strong Likud because only Likud can ensure a strong Israel. We are Likud, and no one else can lead the State of Israel,” he stated. The Likud leader called his party “alive and kicking,” and said it is one of the few parties to remain democratic and hold respectful internal debate.

An agreement to divide Jerusalem and establish a PLO state is a tribulation event.

The link to these articles are as follows:

1) Abbas: PA will ask UNSC for Israeli withdrawal from West Bank
2) Palestinians to submit UN resolution ‘this month’
3) Erekat asks Kerry to support Palestinian bid at UN
4) Washington Reiterates its Objection to PA’s UN Resolution
5) Obama Threatened Netanyahu With Dropping UNSC Veto Against Anti-Israel Moves‏
6) EU’s incoming foreign minister visits Israel
7) Top EU diplomat calls for Jerusalem to be shared capital
8) European unilateral recognition of Palestinian state irresponsible, Netanyahu tells EU’s Mogherini
9) ‘Israel faces more challenges than all of the EU put together,’ Liberman says
10) Abbas: Israel dragging region into regional war
11) Riots in Jerusalem as Chief Rabbi urges Jews not to enter Temple Mount
12) Netanyahu turns Right at Likud central committee meeting

From a Biblical prophetic perspective, the reason why the God of Israel would allow these events to happen is because it will result in the end of the exile of the house of Jacob and the reunification of the 12 tribes of Israel (Ephraim and Judah).

We will to be “watchmen on the walls of Jerusalem” and we will not rest until the God of Israel makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth (Isaiah 62).

Shalom in Yeshua the Messiah,

Eddie Chumney
Hebraic Heritage Ministries Int’l

November 4, 2014: Weekly 5 minute update

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

You may view the 5 minute update this week via audio:

1) Listen to the audio

In this week’s 5 minute update, we focused on:

1) The current situation with the Israel / Palestinian peace process

Sweden has become the first major European country to recognize a state of Palestine. Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom said: “Today’s recognition is a contribution to a better future for a region that has for too long been characterized by frozen negotiations, destruction and frustration. Some will state this decision comes too soon. I am afraid, rather, that it is too late. Our decision comes at a critical time because over the last year we have seen how the peace talks have stalled, how decisions over new settlements on occupied Palestinian land have complicated a two-state solution and how violence has returned to Gaza,” she said. “Together with other European countries, as well as the United States and other regional and international organizations, the government will now work to support renewed negotiations to reach a final agreement.” Wallstrom said Sweden’s move aimed at supporting moderate Palestinians and making their status more equal with that of Israel in peace negotiations, as well as giving hope to young people on both sides.

Israel Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman denounced the Swedish government’s official recognition of a “Palestinian state” as “deplorable” saying it would undermine efforts to resolve the conflict. He said:  ‘The decision of the Swedish government to recognize a Palestinian state is a deplorable decision which only strengthens extremist elements and Palestinian rejectionism.” The Palestinian Authority immediately praised the decision. “President [Mahmoud] Abbas welcomes Sweden’s decision,” spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina said saying the Palestinian leader described the move as “brave and historic.” Abbas called for other countries to follow Sweden’s lead. “All countries of the world that are still hesitant to recognize our right to an independent Palestinian state based on 1967 borders, with east Jerusalem as its capital, (should) follow Sweden’s lead,” he said. Seven EU members in eastern European and the Mediterranean have already recognized a Palestinian state – Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Malta, Poland and Romania. Non-EU member Iceland is the only other western European nation to have done so.

In an interview with a senior Obama administration official, Jeffrey Goldberg, of the Atlantic magazine asked the question regarding what foreign leader makes the US most frustrated. The senior Obama administration official responded by saying that it was Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Then, the official referred to Netanyahu as “chickensh*t”. This comment is representative of the brutal manner in which American and Israeli officials now talk about each other behind closed doors and is yet another sign that relations between the Obama and Netanyahu governments have moved toward a full-blown crisis. The relationship between Israel and the US is now the worst it’s ever been and it may get worse after the US midterm elections on November 4.

There is hints that the US may withdraw their diplomatic cover for Israel at the United Nations in the next couple of months. Obama administration officials are expressing “red-hot anger” at Netanyahu for pursuing settlement policies on the West Bank, and building policies in Jerusalem, that they believe have fatally undermined Secretary of State John Kerry’s peace process. Goldberg believes that the Obama administration may be looking to make Israel pay direct costs for its settlement policies. Next year, the president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, will quite possibly seek full UN recognition for a state of Palestine. Goldberg believes that the US will still try to block such a move in the UN Security Council but it might do so by helping to support a stridently anti-settlement resolution in its place. Such a resolution would isolate Israel from the international community.

US Secretary of State John Kerry condemned the statement made by the senior Obama administration official who called Netanyahu, “chicketsh*t”.  The insults were “disgraceful, unacceptable and damaging,” said Kerry. Kerry also vowed to work “quietly and effectively” to restart the failed “peace process” with the Palestinian Authority (PA), saying that the endeavor is “doable, but it takes courage and strength.” Apparently, it seems that the term “chickensh*t” was used in an attempt to condemn Netanyahu for not being “brave enough” to make extraordinary concessions to the PA that would put Israel in existential danger and forfeit critical parts of the Jewish state for “peace.”

In an interview with Israel Radio, columnist Jeffrey Goldberg said that he wasn’t surprised that Kerry would distance himself from the anonymous Obama official who made the comment saying, “That’s a completely normal course of events, someone tells the truth and then because the truth isn’t diplomatic, they have to say they weren’t authorized to speak,” he said. He said Obama believes Netanyahu is a smart, tough negotiator, but that Obama believes that Netanyahu doesn’t “spend his political capital in a particularly risky or brave way.” Goldberg drew these conclusions after his many personal talks with President Obama.

Goldberg said Netanyahu has “written off” Obama, but Obama has not “written off” Netanyahu. He says that Secretary of State John Kerry is the “last man standing” and could still come through with a peace deal. The sense is, Goldberg said, that “Israel needs the US more than the US needs Israel,” and that “there is a feeling, especially when it comes to the defense minister, that they’ve been treated disrespectfully.” The veteran reporter claimed that the situation could still be remedied if Netanyahu was willing to make compromises, especially regarding the settlements.  “For it to be reversed, from the American standpoint, they would have to see the Israeli government take some of the steps Obama has been asking for for years.” Goldberg said “provocative moves” are the “core of their [Obama officials] anxiety,” and that the settlements are the “key sources of tension.” He concluded by saying: “Unless Netanyahu is able to take control from some of the right wing members of [his] cabinet, no, I don’t think things will get better.”

A leading figure in Netanyahu’s Likud political pary, MK, Miri Regev, who chairs the Knesset’s Interior Committee, condemned the comments made by the unnamed Obama senior government offical by saying, “With all due respect for Obama, who is he to hand out grades to the prime minister? The utterances are unacceptable and constitute intervention in Israel’s affairs by President Obama. Jews will build homes everywhere in the Land of Israel, including eastern Jerusalem, and the Arabs can also live anywhere in the state of Israel,” she said.

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to these comments by saying, “I am being attacked because I’m defending Israel. I respect our relationship with the US but I’m not ready to make concessions that would endanger our country.”  With regards to Jeusalem, Netanyahu said, “Our vital interests, first and foremost our security and a unified Jerusalem, are not the uppermost interests of the unnamed officials who attacked our government and me personally. I’m being attacked simply because I defend the State of Israel… Despite all the attacks against me, I will keep defending our country and Israel’s people. Israel’s economic minister and the leader of the Jewish Home political party, Naftali Bennett, rebuked the US for “throwing Israel under the bus.” The Israel Prime Minister is “the leader of the Jewish State and the entire Jewish people. Cursing the prime minister and calling him names is an insult not just to him but to the millions of Israeli citizens and Jews across the globe.”

In an editorial in the Jeruslem Post, it was pointed out that this is just the latest in a series of vindictive acts by the Obama administration because Israel has dared to reject its diktats. Nothing illustrates President Obama’s contemptuous attitude toward Israel more than his directive to withhold arms to Israel during wartime because Israel had rejected Kerry’s initiative to engage Qatar as the mediator to end the Gaza hostilities. The Obama administration adamantly insists that the Israel – Palestine status quo is untenable. Yet it remains silent as Hamas boasts of efforts to restore its tunnel network in the Gaza Strip. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas humiliated the US administration by merging with Hamas without prior consultation. Furthermore,  the US failed to criticize this move nor has condemned Abbas for killing any Palestinian found selling land to an Israeli. Netanyahu should be commended for his extraordinary diplomatic balancing act in withstanding the unreasonable pressure from Obama and Kerry, avoiding outright confrontations and in so doing, retaining the support of American public opinion and Congress.

The US administration is planning to present a proposal to resume the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians after the mid-term elections for Congress on November 4. The report came as State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki announced that a Palestinian delegation would arrive in the US on November 3 for high-level talks on ways to move forward with the stalled peace talks and the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip. According to Palestinian sources, the new US proposal consists of three points: ending construction in the West Bank and in east Jerusalem; suspending the Palestinian bid at the UN Security Council for a resolution setting a timeline for an Israeli withdrawal to the pre-1967 lines; and resuming the peace talks from the point where they ended last April. The initiative is being prepared by the US State Department and will be officially presented by the end of this year or the start of next year.

Western diplomatic sources said the Americans had received a promise from the Palestinians to postpone a potential draft resolution at the UN Security Council until after the November 4 US congressional elections to help the Obama administration avoid having to use its veto prior to the elections. These sources say that for the first time, the US is considering abstaining from using its veto power to prevent recognition of a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its captial at the UN Security Council attributing this possibility to two factors: the first is the Obama administration’s overall dissatisfaction with Netanyahu’s policies and positions; and the second is that the Palestinian draft resolution used mild language appropriate for the Americans.

Palestinian news sources indicated that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will reject the US peace proposal. Instead the Palestinians plan to ask the UN Security Council to vote on recognizing a PLO State with East Jerusalem as its capital in early 2015. The Palestinians are not confident that they have 9 members on the UN Security Council who would agree to bring the proposal to a vote. However, on January 1, there will be 5 new security council members more supportive of the Palestinian cause who will replace 5 countries who are less supportive. The new security council members on January 1 will be: Venezuela, Angola, New Zealand, Spain and Malaysia. They will be replacing Argentina, Australia, Luxembourg, South Korea and Rwanda.

Yehuda Glick, a leading advocate for Jewish rights on the Temple Mount, was shot 4 times outside the Begin Heritage center in Jerusalem where he was giving a speech entitled, “Israel returns to the Temple Mount.” In the past, Glick was the Executive Director of the Temple Institute, a Jewish religious organization which is dedicated to the rebuilding of the Temple. Recently, he founded the Initiative for Jewish Freedom on the Temple Mount. Glick was shot after a terrorist pulled up on a motorcycle and  asked Glick to identify himself indicating that it was a targeted assassination before leaving the scene. Glick was taken to a local Jerusalem hospital where he was immediately taken to surgery. He is in critical but stable condition. Palestinians in the Old City of Jerusalem set off fireworks in celebration of the shooting. Israel Housing Minister Uri Ariel said that the bullets fired at Glick “were aimed at all Jews who wish to pray on the Temple Mount.”  Uriel demanded access to all Jews on the Temple Mount in response to the shooting.

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that incitement by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was partly to blame for the shooting of Yehuda Glick. “I said only days ago that we are facing a wave of incitement by radical Islamic elements and by Palestinian Authority head Abu Mazen [Mahmoud Abbas], who said that the ascent of Jews to the Temple Mount needs to be prevented by every means,” Netanyahu said. “I still have not heard one word of condemnation from the international community against this incitement. The international community needs to stop its hypocrisy and act against the inciters, those who are trying to change the status quo,” Netanyahu said.

The terrorist shooter has been identified as, Muataz Hijazi, who a member of the movement, Islamic Jihad. A representative of Islamic Jihad, Daud Shihab, said that the organization supports the struggle for Jerusalem. Shihab said that “the attempt to hurt Rabbi Glick is a natural response of Palestinians who are trying to protect the Temple Mount.” He continued and said his organization supports the Intifada in east Jerusalem. “Just like we were at the heart of the struggle in Gaza, that’s what we’ll do in Jerusalem.”

The shooter lived in East Jerusalem. He had been employed at a restaurant where the Jerusalem’s Begin Center was located. He left work about 1/2 hour before the shooting took place. After the shooting, Israel counter-terrorism Police officers arrived at the suspect’s house and attempted to arrest him when they came under fire. The Israel police returned the fire and killed the shooter as he yelled, “Allah Akbar”. The motorcycle and pistol used in the shooting of Yehuda Glick was found at the shooters house.

He has spent 11 years in Israeli prison over security-related offenses. In 2000, Hijazi was sentenced to 6 years in prison for a series of arson attacks in Jerusalem. His jail time was extended while in prison after he wounded two prison wardens in the face with a razor blade. He was released in 2012, after spending some of his imprisonment in isolation because of his violent behavior.

In an interview following his release from the Israeli prison, Hijazi said: “I’m glad to be back in Jerusalem. I hope to be a thorn in the Zionist plan of Judaizing Jerusalem. What makes me most happy is to return to Jerusalem to be among my family and people.”

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said the Palestinian shooter would go to heaven as a martyr. Abbas said: “With anger, we have received the news of the vicious assassination crime committed by the terrorists of the Israeli occupation army against [your] son Mu’taz Ibrahim Khalil Hijazi, who will go to heaven as a martyr defending the rights of our people and its holy places.”

Netanyahu condemned the words of Abbas. “While we are trying to calm the tense situation, Abbas sends a condolence letter over the death of someone who tried to commit an abominable murder,” Netanyahu said. Israel Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman criticized Abbas by saying, “these words prove more than anything that Abbas is indeed a partner – a partner for terror, a partner for terrorists, a partner for murderers. This despicable letter by Abbas openly supports terror and encourages more killings. I call on the international community to condemn this man who is leading the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to violent and horrible places,” Lieberman said.

After the shooting, Netanyahu held a special meeting on the shooting and increase in tensions and violence in Jerusalem. In attendance were the defense minister, security minister, the head of the Shin Bet, the police chief, the mayor of Jerusalem and IDF representatives, among other officials. He said, “I have ordered a major increase in presence of forces…so that we can maintain a safe Jerusalem and also keep the status quo in holy sites.” Netanyahu concluded by saying that “the struggle here can be long and drawn out, but here, like all the other struggles, we need to put out the flames. Neither side needs to take the law into their hands, we need to act calmly, responsibly and decisively.”

In order to protect against increased violence in Jerusalem over the issue of having access to and praying on the Temple Mount, Netanyahu ordered the Temple Mount closed to prayers for Jews and Muslims for several days. In response Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said that this is a “declaration of war,” not only on the Palestinian people and their sacred sites, but on the entire Arab and Islamic nation.

An agreement to divide Jerusalem and establish a PLO state is a tribulation event.

The link to these articles are as follows:

1) Sweden officially recognizes Palestinian state
2) Liberman Issues Biting Response to Sweden Palestine Recognition
3) After Sweden’s recognition of Palestine, Liberman says ‘issues more complex than Ikea furniture’
4) Jeffrey Goldberg: Obama doesn’t think Netanyahu is a brave leader
5) Leading Likud MK Blasts Obama’s ‘Chutzpah’
6) Netanyahu hits back: I’m being attacked because I defend Israel
7) Netanyahu: Israel Facing an Attack on its Right to Exist
8) Kerry Calls ‘Chickens**t’ Slur ‘Disgraceful and Damaging’
9) Candidly Speaking: Obama is seeking a confrontation with Israel
10) US administration to unveil peace talks proposal
11) Palestinian delegation leaves to Washington to meet Kerry
12) Abbas to present US peace framework to PLO
13) Palestinians will wait until January to seek UN recognition
14) Breaking: Temple Mount Advocate Yehuda Glick Shot in Jerusalem
15) Activist was threatened before assassination attempt, friends say
16) Police brace for violence after right-wing activist shot in Jerusalem
17) Islamic Jihad: Glick incited death of Abu Khdeir; he got what he deserved
18) In past interview, Islamic Jihad shooter ‘wished to be a thorn in the throat of Zionists’
19) Assassin was a serial arsonist, assaulted 3 wardens in prison
20) Suspected shooter of Temple Mount activist killed in gunfight
21) Bennett: Glick Shooting Crossed a ‘Red Line of Blood’
22) PM blames Abbas for inciting shooting of Jewish activist
23) Abbas sent condolence letter to family of Glick’s shooter
24) Abbas says Glick shooter will go to heaven as martyr
25) Netanyahu: Struggle over Jerusalem may be long, but we must act with composure
26) Abbas: Closing of Temple Mount tantamount to declaration of war

From a Biblical prophetic perspective, the reason why the God of Israel would allow these events to happen is because it will result in the end of the exile of the house of Jacob and the reunification of the 12 tribes of Israel (Ephraim and Judah).

We will to be “watchmen on the walls of Jerusalem” and we will not rest until the God of Israel makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth (Isaiah 62).

Shalom in Yeshua the Messiah,

Eddie Chumney
Hebraic Heritage Ministries Int’l

October 28, 2014: Weekly 5 minute update

Monday, October 27th, 2014

You may view the 5 minute update this week via audio:

1) Listen to the audio

In this week’s 5 minute update, we focused on:

1) The current situation with the Israel / Palestinian peace process

According to Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, if there is ever to be a Palestinian state, everyone is going to have to adjust their ideas of sovereignty. Netanyahu said that the only way to ensure that territory ceded by Israel does not turn into a “third Iranian enclave around Israel’s border,” is to have a long-term Israeli security presence inside a future Palestinian state. So we have to find a security solution that is real, and I think it’s possible.”

To do this, he said, “I think we have to adjust our conceptions of sovereignty. I don’t know if there’s absolute sovereignty anywhere. I don’t see it in the economic field. We’re all tied to international structures. We’re all tied to limitations. And I think we have to think about having these security arrangements, which over time could be made shared security arrangements, but that’s the way to keep Israel safe, paradoxically to keep the Palestinian Authority intact and ultimately to secure peace.” The Palestinians have made it clear that they are adamantly opposed to any protracted Israeli security presence anywhere in a future Palestinian state, including along the Jordan River.

In a recent meeting with US President Barak Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that, among other things which happened in that meeting, was that he had agreed to an American framework proposal whereby Israel would negotiate peace with the Palestinians on the basis of the ’67 cease-fire lines with territorial swaps. He added that in discussions with Secretary of State John Kerry, it was understood that Israel had several reservations about details of the plan which would have to be ironed out. In order to meet with Netanyahu, Obama demanded that Netanyahu declare his commitment to the two-state solution before the meeting or risk another crisis in the relations between Israel and the U.S. It is likely due to this reason that Netanyahu had to clarify before the meeting that he is still committed to the two-state solution in exchange for recognition of Israel as a Jewish state by the Palestinian Authority (PA). The United States was dissatisfied with Netanyahu’s speech at the UN in late September where he did not specifically mention the two-state solution.

Israel TV reported that US Secretary of State John Kerry is seeking to hold direct, intensive talks between Israel and the Palestinians under the auspices of regional Arab powers. Kerry wants negotiations to last two months and involve nations such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar. In addition, US President Barack Obama is expected to request of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to publicly express a positive attitude towards the 2002 Saudi-drafted Arab Peace Initiative — if not by endorsing it wholesale, at least welcoming its general intent — in order to help enlist Arab nations to the new initiative.

In his meeting with Obama in the United States, Netanyahu said: “Something was “changing in the Middle East” offering a new “commonality of interest between Israel and leading Arab states, and I think that we should work very hard together to seize on those common interests and build a positive program to advance a more secure, a more prosperous and a more peaceful Middle East. I remain committed to a vision of peace of two states for two peoples based on mutual recognition and rock solid security arrangements on the ground,” he said. The US and Israel should “think outside the box” and “see how we can recruit the Arab countries to advance this very hopeful agenda.”

The Swedish new government indicated that it wants to be the first member of the European Union to recognize the state of Palestine. During his inaugural speech, Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said “the conflict between Israel and Palestine can only be solved with a two-state solution, negotiated in accordance with international law. The two-state solution requires mutual recognition and a will to co-exist peacefully. Sweden will therefore recognize the state of Palestine,” he said. Several European countries including Hungary, Slovakia and Romania have given their recognition of Palestine as a state but did so before they became members of the EU.

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki welcomed Lofven’s announcement and called on other European Union countries to follow suit. “In the name of the Palestinian people and the Palestinian leadership, we thank and salute the Swedish position,” Malki said.

Sweden’s ambassador to Israel has been summoned for a reprimand meeting at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem after Lofven made the announcement. Israel Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that Lofven’s announcement was unfortunate as he “likely has yet to have enough time to delve into matters and understand that the side which has been a spoiler for the past 20 years to advancing an agreement between Israel and the Palestinians – is the Palestinians.” Lieberman said that the “Swedish Prime Minister Lofven needs to understand that no declaration and no step by an outside player can replace the direct negotiations between the sides and a solution that will be part of a comprehensive agreement between Israel and the entire Arab world.”

The United States called the decision by the new Swedish government “premature” and expressed its disapproval of the decision. US State Department spokesman Jen Psaki said: “The United States believes that the peace process is one that has to be worked out through the parties to agree on the terms of how they’ll live in the future of two states living side-by-side,” said State Department spokesman Jen Psaki.

As a result, the Swedish Embassy in Israel has softened its position regarding the recognition of Palestinian statehood, saying it favors peace negotiation to unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state, Sweden said that it will recognize a Palestinian state at the end of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

Meanwhile, the British parliament voted on October 13th to recognise the state of Palestine.  The vote was 274-12. However, the vote has no practical significance since it does not oblige the British government to change its current policy of recognizing Palestine only after a peace deal is reached between Israel and the Palestinians. Palestine Liberation Organization Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi said the vote was “both a principled decision and a significant step towards justice and peace. Our right to self-determination has never been up to negotiations,” she said in a statement released by the PLO. “The recognition of Palestine is not contingent upon on the outcome of negotiations with Israel and certainly not something we will trade for; this claim is not only unfair, but immoral. This vote sends the right message to the British government and the rest of Europe— it will enhance the European voices calling for the recognition of Palestine and will create the right environment for the international community to grant the Palestinian people legal parity and rights.”

Israel said the British motion “undermines the chances to reach a real peace. The route to Palestinian statehood runs through the negotiation room,” a statement from the Israeli Embassy in London said. “Premature international recognition sends a troubling message to the Palestinian leadership that they can evade the tough choices that both sides have to make, and actually undermines the chances to reach a real peace,” the statement went on to say. “Recognition of a Palestinian state should be the result of a successful conclusion of direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority,” the statement concluded.

France’s foreign minister said that the French policy should recognize a Palestinian state only if doing so would help achieve peace, not as a symbolic gesture. However, if negotiations between the Palestinians and Israel fail, France “would not shirk its responsibilities” but would recognize the Palestinian state, the minister, Laurent Fabius, said. It has said that when the time comes it will recognize a Palestinian state. “Until now the prevailing idea was that recognition should be linked to the negotiations,” Fabius said. “But if negotiations were to prove impossible or have no conclusion, then France will naturally have to assume its responsibilities.”

Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat said that the Palestinians will launch a diplomatic push in November to gain international recognition for an independent state in spite of Israeli and US warnings against it. Erekat said that if Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “believes that he can sustain the status quo and [that] we’ll do that for him, forget him. This will not last beyond November… we will not take it any more, business as usual no more,” said Erekat. In addition, Palestinian leader, Nabil Shaath said that a political war”will begin if there is a negative response to Abbas’s steps to gain recognition of a Palestinian state at the UN Security Council. “This is the last chance for the world to accept the resolution that is currently being prepared for at the Security Council,” Shaath said.

If the U.S. vetoes the resolution, Erekat said the Palestinians would respond by applying for membership in some 522 organizations, protocols, and treaties, a move aimed at gaining further recognition for a Palestinian state.  The Palestinians would then demand that Israel fulfill all its obligations as an occupying power. Erekat said that the PLO would remain the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people. Elections would also be held for the Palestinian presidency and National Council but during the interim period the PLO would effectively seize power. “Before the elections there will be elections for the PLO’s executive committee with the participation of Hamas and Islamic Jihad, and the executive committee will become the temporary government for the occupied Palestinian state and the National Council will be considered the parliament of the Palestinian people,” he said.

Under pressure from the United State, the Palestinians have agreed to delay by two months its plan to seek a Security Council resolution calling for recognition of a Palestinian state at the UN Security Council. This will give US Secretary of State, John Kerry, two months to present his own plan and to pressure Israel. The Palestinians are conditioning a resumption of talks with Israel on Israel presenting a map with its borders and a full cessation of settlement construction during the talks. The Palestinians said that they are willing to return to negotiations with Israel but not according to the  “old mechanisms.”

Finally,  according to a former US envoy to Israel, the personal relationship between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama is so poor that it could seriously hurt otherwise strong bilateral ties. “The relationship between the two leaders is worse than I’ve ever seen a relationship between a president and a prime minister,” said Daniel Kurtzer. “There’s no trust between them. There’s a growing lack of respect. There’s a sense of — I’d even say betrayal.”

An agreement to divide Jerusalem and establish a PLO state is a tribulation event.

The link to these articles are as follows:

1) PM: For Palestinian state to emerge everyone needs to adjust concepts of sovereignty
2) Netanyahu says he agreed to Obama framework for negotiations
3) Did Netanyahu Cave in to White House Demand?
4) Bennett slams Netanyahu’s commitment to 2-state solution
5) Kerry said to be planning peace talks under Arab auspices
6) Sweden to be first EU country to recognize Palestine
7) Swedes backtrack Palestinian statehood recognition
8) US: Sweden’s recognition of Palestine is ‘premature’
9) UK set to vote on recognition of Palestinian state
10) U.K. parliament passes non-binding motion to recognize Palestinian state
11) Israel decries UK vote on Palestinian state; PLO rejoices
12) Israel: Palestinian statehood can only come from negotiations
13) France says will recognize Palestinian state if negotiations fail
14) PA negotiator vows to press for statehood
15) Abbas Threatens Israel with ‘Political War’
16) PA official warns of consequences if US vetoes UN bid
17) Report: Palestinians accept US request to delay Security Council bid for statehood
18) Report: PA Agrees to Delay UN Securtiy Council ‘Palestine’ Vote
19) Former US envoy: ‘Sense of betrayal’ in Obama-Netanyahu relationship

From a Biblical prophetic perspective, the reason why the God of Israel would allow these events to happen is because it will result in the end of the exile of the house of Jacob and the reunification of the 12 tribes of Israel (Ephraim and Judah).

We will to be “watchmen on the walls of Jerusalem” and we will not rest until the God of Israel makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth (Isaiah 62).

Shalom in Yeshua the Messiah,

Eddie Chumney
Hebraic Heritage Ministries Int’l

October 21, 2014: Weekly 5 minute update

Monday, October 20th, 2014

You may view the 5 minute update this week via audio:

1) Listen to the audio

In this week’s 5 minute update, we focused on:

1) The current situation with the Israel / Palestinian peace process

PA president Mahmoud Abbas said that his government and the Arab Group have prepared a draft Security Council resolution which would “push forward the efforts to achieve peace” and “correct the deficiency of the previous efforts to achieve peace by affirming the goal of ending the Israeli occupation and achieving the two-state solution”. The Palestinians have submitted this draft resolution asking the UN Security Council to set a deadline of November 2016 for an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank and East Jerusalem. It also calls for “a just resolution” of the status of Jerusalem as the capital of two states, and of the Palestinian refugee problem. The draft also demands an end to all Israeli military operations and settlement activities, the opening of all border crossings in the Gaza Strip, and deployment of “an international presence” throughout the Palestinian territories to protect Palestinian civilians.

Abbas highlighted the potential diplomatic benefits that would accrue to Israel if it accepted the 2002 Saudi Arab Peace Initiative. “The Arab Peace Initiative states that all of the Arabic and Muslim countries are ready to establish normal relations with Israel, immediate normalization of relations with Israel. The Arab and Muslim states, 57 of them, can immediately recognize Israel and in return Israel withdraws from the Arab occupied territories. We are completely determined to move forward to take the rights in favour of our people within the framework of the political process and enlarged international discussions to put an end to the Israeli occupation of territories of the Palestinian state within a precise deadline. The moment has come to stop the policy that wants to create a fait accompli – the policy of Apartheid, established by Israel and equally the colonization and the confiscation of land in the West Bank and including East Jerusalem.”

In response, Israel Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyah said that the 2002 Saudi peace initiative of 2002 is no longer relevant in the much-altered Middle East of 2014. “The question is not the Saudi peace initiative,” Netanyahu said, asked if he would accept the proposal now. “If you read it carefully, you’ll see it was set up in another period, before the rise of Hamas; before Hamas took over Gaza; before ISIS [Islamic State] took over chunks of Syria and Iraq, effectively dismantling those countries; before Iran’s accelerated nuclear program,” he said. Obviously referring to the Saudi proposal’s call for a full Israeli withdrawal to the pre-1967 lines, including returning the Golan Heights to Syria, Netanyahu noted that this plan was made “before the takeover of Syria by al-Qaida on the Golan Heights.”

Furthermore, French President Francois Holland said that a “solution to the conflict” between the Israelis and Palestinians will be put to the UN Security Council. “We will have a resolution, to be presented to the Security Council, that will say very clearly what we expect from the (peace) process and what the solution to the conflict must be,” Hollande said. The French president said that stop-start negotiations had gone on “too long” and “there is a perception that there will never be a solution to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, even though we know the outlines” of a possible deal. What we must look for is a durable peace accord,” he said, adding that stalled peace talks “must now reach their end”.

However, the text has not been formally circulated to the full 15-nation Security Council, a move that can only be done by a council member. As a result, it remains unclear when, and if, it will be put to a vote. Speaking to journalists in Ramallah, Abbas said the Palestinians were meeting with representatives of the Security Council states to persuade them to accept the resolution once proposed. We hope to get an answer within a month. Of course we are not sure whether the Security Council will agree on it or whether we will get the right number of countries on our side. But whatever will happen, we have something to say. We put it in writing and this is clear. We don’t need to repeat it again,” he said. Abbas added that once a timetable for Israeli withdrawal was set, he would agree to return to the peace talks with Israel. “As soon as we get that, we are willing to return to the negotiating table,” he said. Abbas said that the PA would reevaluate its security coordination with Israel in the West Bank if its statehood bid to the UN Security Council was rejected, and added that the Palestinians would file for membership to the ICC if the resolution failed to pass, according to Arabic media.

Israel’s UN Ambassador Ron Prosor said that by pursuing this draft resolution, “once again, the Palestinians are shooting in all directions, missing the real target. Their habit of bypassing negotiations by taking unilateral action and blaming everyone but themselves will only move the region further away from stability,” Prosor said. “It’s time for the Palestinians to aim higher and find constructive solutions, instead of avoiding a real dialogue. Only when they start taking responsibility, we will be able to move forward.”

The Arab League reiterated its support to the upcoming Palestinian bid at the United Nations Security Council, demanding ending the Israeli occupation, and called on the United States to refrain from using its veto power to topple the move.

Head of the Palestine and Occupied Arab Territories Committee at the Arab League Mohammad Sbeih said that Palestine would be heading to the Security Council with full Arab support, based on a previous resolution approved by the Arab League.

The PLO has a three-step plan for a two-state solution that involves a UN Security Council resolution, and if this fails, an appeal to the International Court of Justice and as a last resort, ending security cooperation with Israel, Palestinian sources said.

Should the resolution pass, the PLO hopes to negotiate with Israel on all core issues, with the understanding that there would be a two-state solution within two years, one Palestinian source said.

US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said of the resolution, “We’ve seen the text and have not had an opportunity to study it yet, so I can’t comment on the specifics. As a rule, we don’t typically predict how we’ll vote on any given issue in advance.”

A Palestinian source explained to The Jerusalem Post that should the UNSC bid fail, the PLO plan would move into phase two, which would involve signing international treaties, including the Rome Statute. Acceptance of the Rome Statute could allow it bring Israel before the International Criminal Court, in hopes of forcing it to leave the West Bank and east Jerusalem. Joining the court would allow the Palestinians to pursue war crimes charges against Israelis.

With peace talks going nowhere and Israeli settlements expanding, Riyad Mansour said the Palestinians have turned to the Security Council “to force Israel to negotiate in good faith the end of occupation within a time frame.”

As a last resort the PLO would consider dissolving its security arrangements with Israel, first set in place under the 1993 Oslo Accords, the source said.

In response, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that any Palestinian push to try Israeli officials for war crimes at a United Nations tribunal would end any chance of reaching a peace deal. “If Abu Mazen attempts it, this will have dire consequences,” he added, using another name for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. “He could bring The Hague to do it, bringing us to the destruction of any chance of a sane peace deal.”

The PLO ambassador to the US said that the Palestinians are not looking to clash with the US over their plans to obtain a UN Security Council resolution setting a deadline for an Israeli pullout of the West Bank and East Jerusalem. In an interview, he explained the Palestinian postion.

TML: Are the Palestinians finding resistance from the US regarding its plans to obtain a UN Security Council Resolution setting a timetable for the withdrawal of Israeli forces?

Areikat: When President Abbas met with US Secretary of State John Kerry, Kerry did not tell Abbas not to go through with it. He asked for clarifications and stressed that the US prefers to advance the political process through direct negotiations: the same US position we’re all familiar with.

TML: If the Palestinians know that the US will veto any Security Council resolution for an independent state, why are they going ahead with it?

Areikat: First of all, we hope that the US will not veto such a resolution. That is why we are talking to them and talking to other parties: the United Nations, Europe, Russia and others to make sure that the resolution is submitted to the Security Council. We hope that the US will understand that trying to get such a resolution passed is not contradictory to the American position. We still have hope that the United States will not veto it.

TML: Do you believe the US can be an honest broker in the conflict? What specifically would you like to see the US do?

Areikat: Everybody knows the importance of the United States. Everybody knows that they have always been engaged in efforts to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the larger Middle East conflict since this conflict started. We also know the special relationship between the United States and Israel – which the United States provides to Israel militarily, economically and politically. Having said that, some people argue that it is difficult for the United States to be an honest broker when they are giving so much unlimited support for Israel. I still believe that there is a role for the United States to play. They need to understand that the approach that they have taken over the last 20 years did not produce any results. Therefore, there has to be something wrong with the approach and the process. And a new approach must be considered that could involve the United Nations, the international community, in order to arrive at a formula that would be supported by the entire world. We hope the United States will view the Palestinian efforts at the United Nations as part of a larger effort to get the international community involved in order to expedite the resolution.

TML: You have included timetable (in the Palestinian proposal), although the Americans have not (agreed to one). Are you worried that there will be a clash?

Areikat: No. We said we want to reach out to people to specify a timeframe for the end of the occupation. We would like to do all this in coordination with the Americans. We haven’t reached the point of discussing the number of years, but in principle, we’re specifying a time frame for the end of the occupation. We would like to do all of this in coordination with Americans. There have in the past been media reports that 3-years are needed to phase-out the Israeli occupation. Nothing has been agreed to yet. However, it is important to see a specific time to put an end to this occupation.

TML: If the United States agrees to your position and says “we have agreed to these things and we are not going to use our veto,” then what are the Palestinians willing to agree to?

Areikat: That would be the best case scenario, if we manage to get international support including the United States. What the United States and the entire world should understand is that this is a genuine effort on the part of the Palestinian leadership to once again highlight the importance – the urgency – to solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, of ending the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian people especially given all the changes and developments taking place in the region. I don’t think we have the luxury of wasting any more time. It will be something that we welcome very much if the United States will be on board to support our effort because the end objective is a peaceful resolution to this long conflict with Israel.

Israel Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said that after a 50-day summer offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip proved that a withdrawal from the West Bank would be both irrational and outdated. He said, “Immediately after Operation Protective Edge we heard: now is the time for a diplomatic process, In this situation, can one even consider restricting the freedom of action of the defense forces in the West Bank” he asked. “How one can rationally reach this conclusion — it is hard for me to fathom.”

A withdrawal, Ya’alon said, would facilitate the rise “of Hamastan” in the West Bank, followed by mortars, rather than rockets, on Israel’s international airport. The military air bases, in Ramat David in the Galilee and Nevatim in the northern Negev, would come under threat of anti-aircraft weapons. And the territory would be used, as in Gaza, by global jihad organizations. “Who can allow himself this sort of security situation in the West Bank” he sai

An agreement to divide Jerusalem and establish a PLO state is a tribulation event.

The link to these articles are as follows:

1) Abbas slams Israeli ‘genocide,’ makes new UN statehood bid
2) France: Israel-Palestinian solution to be presented to UNSC
3) France: Solution to Mideast conflict to be brought before UN Security Council
4) Netanyahu to ‘Post’: Saudi peace initiative is for a bygone era
5) Ahead of Netanyahu-Obama meet, Palestinians submit draft statehood bid to UN
6) Palestinians draft U.N. resolution on ending Israel occupation
7) Palestinians: Israeli occupation must end in 2016
8) Arab League Calls On US Not To Veto Palestinian Bid
9) PLO has 3-step plan for two-state solution
10) Palestinians: ICC if no Israeli pullout deadline
11) PM: No chance for peace deal if Israel sued for war crimes
12) PLO ambassador: Not looking for clashes with US at UN
13) Palestinians call for American pressure on Israel
14) Abbas: If US Vetoes, Security Coordination with Israel at Risk
15) Ya’alon rules out notion of West Bank withdrawal

From a Biblical prophetic perspective, the reason why the God of Israel would allow these events to happen is because it will result in the end of the exile of the house of Jacob and the reunification of the 12 tribes of Israel (Ephraim and Judah).

We will to be “watchmen on the walls of Jerusalem” and we will not rest until the God of Israel makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth (Isaiah 62).

Shalom in Yeshua the Messiah,

Eddie Chumney
Hebraic Heritage Ministries Int’l

October 14, 2014: Weekly 5 minute update

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

You may view the 5 minute update this week via audio:

1) Listen to the audio

In this week’s 5 minute update, we focused on:

1) The current situation with the Israel / Palestinian peace process

Prior to speaking before the UN General Assembly at the end of September, Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas said that his speech was part of an effort at the UN to create a new political reality. Since the collapse of US-led peace talks with Israel in April, the PA has been pursuing a new diplomatic path to establish a “Palestinian state” via the United Nations and through joining international organizations – in breach of previous agreements with Israel. Abbas met with US Secretary of State John Kerry to lay out details of his initiative. “If he rejects it, the PA leadership has other options. We will go to international agencies and the Security Council,” PA spokesman Abu Rudeina warned. Abbas said that “Settlements must stop. Israel must be forced to accept international legitimacy and law,” he said. “If it does not, there will be another political reality to deal with. The next few weeks will see developments that will affect the peace process in the future.”

At his speech at the UN General Assembly, Abbas said the following: “In this year, proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly as the International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian people, Israel has chosen to make it a year of a new war of genocide perpetrated against the Palestinian people. In this year, in which this Assembly, on behalf of the countries and peoples of the world, conveyed the world’s yearning and determination to realize a just peace that achieves freedom and independence for the Palestinian people in their State of Palestine alongside Israel in order to rectify the historic injustice inflicted on the Palestinian people in Al-Nakba of 1948, the occupying power has chosen to defy the entire world by launching its war on Gaza, by which its jets and tanks brutally assassinated lives and devastated the homes, schools and dreams of thousands of Palestinian children, women and men and in reality destroying the remaining hopes for peace. I affirm in front of you that the Palestinian people hold steadfast to their legitimate right to defend themselves against the Israeli war machine and to their legitimate right to resist this colonial, racist Israeli occupation.

And now, where do we go from here?

It is impossible, and I repeat – it is impossible – to return to the cycle of negotiations that failed to deal with the substance of the matter and the fundamental question. There is neither credibility nor seriousness in negotiations in which Israel predetermines the results via its settlement activities and the occupation’s brutality. There is no meaning or value in negotiations for which the agreed objective is not ending the Israeli occupation and achieving the independence of the State of Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital on the entire Palestinian Territory occupied in the 1967 war. And, there is no value in negotiations which are not linked to a firm timetable for the implementation of this goal.

During the past two weeks, Palestine and the Arab Group undertook intensive contacts with the various regional groups in the United Nations to prepare for the introduction of a draft resolution to be adopted by the United Nations Security Council on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and to push forward the efforts to achieve peace.

This endeavor reaffirms our commitment to achieve a just peace through a negotiated solution and our adoption of a diplomatic and political effort through United Nations bodies. This endeavor is inspired by and based fully on the spirit and provisions of the many resolutions you have approved in the General Assembly and those adopted by the Security Council, which have set the foundations for a lasting solution and a just peace.

This endeavor aspires to correct the deficiency of the previous efforts to achieve peace by affirming the goal of ending the Israeli occupation and achieving the two-State solution, of the State of Palestine, with east Jerusalem as its capital, over the entire territory occupied in 1967, alongside the State of Israel and reaching a just and agreed upon solution to the plight of the Palestine refugees on the basis of resolution 194, with a specific time frame for the implementation of these objectives as stipulated in the Arab Peace Initiative. This will be linked to the immediate resumption of negotiations between Palestine and Israel to demarcate the borders, reach a detailed and comprehensive agreement and draft a peace treaty between them.”

The United States said that PA President Mahmoud Abbas’s speech at the UN was “counterproductive” toward reaching peace with Israel, US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said, calling it “provocative” and saying the US rejects its contents.

Israel Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon hit back at Palestinian Authority (PA) Mahmoud Abbas after Abbas gave an incitement-laced speech at the UN General Assembly blaming Israel for “war crimes” and “genocide” during Operation Protective Edge in Gaza.

“Through his speech at the UN, Mahmoud Abbas proves for the umpteenth time: this is not a leader who wants peace and the advancement of his people’s lives, but a person who distributes lies, incitement, and hate speech against Israel,” Ya’alon stated. “Mahmoud Abbas is not a man of peace, and is not really interested in an agreement with Israel, which means recognition of the Jewish national homeland. Time after time, Mahmoud Abbas goes on to deceive the international community, to throw at Israel false and racist accusations out of the hope that threats, pressure, and lies will scare us and make us acquiesce [to his demands],” Ya’alon continued.

Ya’alon implied that Abbas’s speech was particularly grave, and may have jettisoned future plans to renew peace talks. “He has no partner for a political agreement – which is essential to end the conflict – and we will therefore not compromise the security of Israeli citizens,” Ya’alon said, referencing plans to make a Palestinian state in the West Bank. “In every situation, we are responsible for our own destiny and our own security, and we will be in the future.” Ya’alon concluded by blasting Abbas for “not really coming to terms with Israel’s existence” and added that the claims “are detached from reality.”

Israel Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ remarks before the UN General Assembly “clearly illustrate that he doesn’t want to be – and cannot be – a partner to a diplomatic settlement,” Lieberman said.  Abbas, Lieberman asserted, has “lost touch with reality.” The Palestinian president’s speech, Lieberman said, “really was a message of hatred and incitement. It’s clear that he has no intention to make peace with Israel and it’s not the first time,” Lieberman said. “There’s a reason that Abu Mazen entered into a joint government with Hamas. Abu Mazen complements Hamas in that he is preoccupied with diplomatic terrorism and slanderous claims against Israel,” he said. “As long as Abu Mazen is chairman of the PA, he will lead to a continuation of the conflict. Abu Mazen has once again proven that he is not a man of peace, but rather a successor to Yasser Arafat in other ways.”

Continuing his scathing criticism of the Palestinian leader, the foreign minister also questioned whether or not Abbas still had the legitimacy to speak for the Palestinian people. “It’s clear that he has no control over the Gaza Strip and he postponed his elections for more than four years – presidential and parliament elections – and I have some doubts regarding his authority,” he said.

Addressing what he termed as “the reasonable solution between us and Palestinians”, the foreign minister said “we are trying for many years to achieve a strategic breakthrough in our relations with the Palestinians, but it doesn’t depend only on Israel. We need a reliable partner from the other side and I’m sorry to say that we don’t have a reliable partner from the Palestinian side, and it’s a problem.” Lieberman asserted Israel has proven its desire and willingness to achieve “real peace, not as a lip service but in real actions” when it signed peace agreements with Egypt and Jordan, giving up territories three times the size of Israel in these accords.

“We withdrew from the Gaza Strip until the very last inch according to the ’67 line, we evacuated 21 flourishing settlements and we transferred more than 10,000 Jews from the Gaza Strip. The result is that we suffered more than 18,000 missiles and shells on Israel since the disengagement, since withdrawing from Gaza,” he added.

Mohammed Ishtayeh, an aide to Abbas, responded to Lieberman’s comments, saying: “Lieberman was trying to cover the war crimes his government committed in Gaza, but we have prepared the indictment list to take Israel to the ICC. We are going to build an international coalition against the Israeli occupation and its crimes, particularly building settlements on our land.”

In response to Abbas’ threat to unilaterally seek UN Security Council approval for statehood, Likud MK Danny Danon urged the government to annex the Jewish settlements of Judea and Samaria. “A unilateral step should be met with a unilateral step,” Danon said. “Every unilateral declaration by Abu Mazen needs to be answered by the application of sovereignty over the Jewish communities in the West Bank.”

In his speech at the UN General Assembly, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu drew a link between the threat Israel faces from Hamas in Gaza, to the threat the international community at large faces from the Islamic State. “Hamas, like the Islamic State, wants a caliphate,” he said. “Hamas’ immediate goal is to destroy Israel but has a wider goal the same as ISIS,” the prime minister said. “ISIS and Hamas are branches of the same poisonous tree. When it comes to their ultimate goals: Hamas is ISIS and ISIS is Hamas.” Hamas, Islamic State, Hezbollah and other militant Islam organizations “all share a fanatic ideology. They seek to create ever expanding enclaves of militant Islam. Where there is no freedom or tolerance,” Netanyahu warned. “The Nazis believed in a master race. The militant Islamists believe in a master faith.”

Palestinian chief negotiator, Saeb Erekat, said that Netanyahu’s speech at the United Nations “finally closed the door on progress towards a two-state solution within the 1967 borders and rejected any serious political solution” in the peace talks.

An agreement to divide Jerusalem and establish a PLO state is a tribulation event.

The link to these articles are as follows:

1) Abbas Prepares UN Bid to ‘Create a New Political Reality’
2) Full text of Palestinian Authority President Abbas’ address to the UN General Assembly in New York
3) US accuses Abbas of ‘counterproductive’ UN speech
4) Ya’alon: Abbas ‘Never Came to Terms with Israel’s Existence’
5) Lieberman calls Abbas ‘diplomatic terrorist busy with slandering Israel’
6) Lieberman: Abbas has lost touch with reality
7) ‘Defeating ISIS, but leaving Iran with nuclear bomb is winning battle, losing war’
8) PA’s Erekat says Netanyahu is same as Islamic State leader

From a Biblical prophetic perspective, the reason why the God of Israel would allow these events to happen is because it will result in the end of the exile of the house of Jacob and the reunification of the 12 tribes of Israel (Ephraim and Judah).

We will to be “watchmen on the walls of Jerusalem” and we will not rest until the God of Israel makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth (Isaiah 62).

Shalom in Yeshua the Messiah,

Eddie Chumney
Hebraic Heritage Ministries Int’l

October 7, 2014: Weekly 5 minute update

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

You may view the 5 minute update this week via audio:

1) Listen to the audio

In this week’s 5 minute update, we focused on:

1) Sukkot / Feast of Tabernacles and how it teaches us about Yeshua the Messiah

Eddie Chumney teaches on Sukkot / Feast of Tabernacles and how it teaches us about Yeshua the Messiah.

The link to these articles are as follows:

1) Book: Seven Festivals of the Messiah by Eddie Chumney / Chapter 9: Sukkot / Feast of Tabernacles

From a Biblical prophetic perspective, the reason why the God of Israel would allow these events to happen is because it will result in the end of the exile of the house of Jacob and the reunification of the 12 tribes of Israel (Ephraim and Judah).

We will to be “watchmen on the walls of Jerusalem” and we will not rest until the God of Israel makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth (Isaiah 62).

Shalom in Yeshua the Messiah,

Eddie Chumney
Hebraic Heritage Ministries Int’l

October 1, 2014: Weekly 5 minute update

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

You may view the 5 minute update this week via audio:

1) Listen to the audio

In this week’s 5 minute update, we focused on:

1) Yom Kippur / Day of Atonement and how it teaches us about Yeshua the Messiah

Eddie Chumney teaches on Yom Kippur / Day of Atonement and how it teaches us about Yeshua the Messiah.

The link to these articles are as follows:

1) Book: Seven Festivals of the Messiah by Eddie Chumney / Chapter 8: Yom Kippur / Day of Atonement

From a Biblical prophetic perspective, the reason why the God of Israel would allow these events to happen is because it will result in the end of the exile of the house of Jacob and the reunification of the 12 tribes of Israel (Ephraim and Judah).

We will to be “watchmen on the walls of Jerusalem” and we will not rest until the God of Israel makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth (Isaiah 62).

Shalom in Yeshua the Messiah,

Eddie Chumney
Hebraic Heritage Ministries Int’l

September 25, 2014: Weekly 5 minute update

Friday, September 26th, 2014

You may view the 5 minute update this week via audio:

1) Listen to the audio

In this week’s 5 minute update, we focused on:

1) Some of the themes of Rosh HaShanah / Yom Teruah and how it teaches us about Yeshua the Messiah

Eddie Chumney teaches on Rosh HaShanah / Yom Teruah and how it teaches us about Yeshua the Messiah.

The link to these articles are as follows:

1) Book: Seven Festivals of the Messiah by Eddie Chumney / Chapter 7: Rosh HaShanah / Yom Teruah

From a Biblical prophetic perspective, the reason why the God of Israel would allow these events to happen is because it will result in the end of the exile of the house of Jacob and the reunification of the 12 tribes of Israel (Ephraim and Judah).

We will to be “watchmen on the walls of Jerusalem” and we will not rest until the God of Israel makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth (Isaiah 62).

Shalom in Yeshua the Messiah,

Eddie Chumney
Hebraic Heritage Ministries Int’l