there is no counsel, the people fall;
But in the multitude of counselors there is safety.”
73% Israelis Consider Bush
a Friend of Israel
you wouldn't know it by listening to the religious.
Does that make the Bush bashers right? Emphatically NO
Reflects Special Relationship Between US and Israel
By Julie Stahl CNSNews.com Jerusalem Bureau Chief
May 18, 2007
(CNSNews.com) - While U.S. opinion polls indicate many Americans
don't care for President Bush, a majority of Israelis
consider him to be a great friend of the Jewish state,
a poll released here on Friday shows.. . . 73 percent of Israelis
surveyed consider President Bush to be friendly to Israel....The
comprehensive poll on U.S.-Israel relations is the first of
its kind in more than 20 years.
key survey results in the press release from
The Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies ("The BESA
Center") and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL)
• 65% "agree" and "definitely
agree" with the statement that the US is a loyal ally
of Israel; 11% disagree.
• 64% describe their attitude, as an Israeli, towards
the US, as good or very good; only 8% say their attitude is
• 59% believe that in retrospect the US was correct
in going to war in Iraq; 36% disagree.
on the Brink of Hell
The War between Hamas and the PA
What a PA collapse would mean for Israel
By Herb Keinon Jerusalem Post May. 18, 2007
the security cabinet meets Sunday…on how to
grapple with the Kassams from Gaza, one hopes ….
it will also take up the issue of how Israel will react if
the Palestinian Authority collapses. For the spiraling anarchy
inside Gaza is not something Israel can watch from outside.
A collapse of the PA as a government, something
that the events of the last few days have shown is a real
possibility, would have far-reaching strategic ramifications
for Israel and could fundamentally change the two-state concept
that has underpinned Israeli policy since 1993 and the Oslo
By Herb Keinon Jerusalem Post May. 17, 2007
One of the most frustrating aspects of the recent
barrage of Kassam rockets on Sderot for Prime Minister
Ehud Olmert is that although he knows exactly what is behind
it, that knowledge doesn't help determine how to respond.
It is clear to most that these attacks are an outgrowth
of the Hamas-Fatah fighting in Gaza over the last
few days. They are an attempt to provoke a massive
Israeli response that would both unite the Palestinians against
a common enemy, and divert international attention from the
chaos in Gaza. But knowing this doesn't make the
policy choices available to the government any easier.
world in despair over Gaza fighting
By Associated Press CAIRO, Egypt Jerusalem Post May.
Some observers said the fighting underlined how the
power-sharing deal only papered over Hamas and Fatah's disputes.
"The Mecca agreement didn't get into the deep-rooted
divisions between Hamas and Fatah," Khalid al-Dakhil,
a Saudi writer said.
League to talk peace in J'lem
By Barak Ravid Haaretz May 12, 2007
Arab League delegation, comprising the foreign ministers of
Egypt and Jordan, will visit Israel in the coming weeks to
discuss the Arab peace initiative. The Arab League's decision
to dispatch the team - a groundbreaking development
in Arab-Israeli affairs - was made during Foreign
Minister Tzipi Livni's visit to Cairo yesterday.
Affairs: A Mickey Mouse unity
By Khaled Abu Toameh Jerusalem Post May. 17, 2007
has turned Mickey Mouse into a monstrous figure," said
the journalist, who describes himself as a secular and moderate
Muslim. "When you spread such messages of hatred,
especially among children, you then can't ask why young men
grow up to become so violent and ruthless."
But, apart from the incitement, the story of Farfur
is an indication of how the new Palestinian "unity"
government has been functioning for the past three
Rabbinic Ban on Judeo-Christian
Rabbinate Finalizes Ban on Christian Women's Conference
of the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus,
Tourism MK Benny Elon Will NOT Participate in Conference
by Hillel Fendel Arutz Sheva/Israel National
rabbinate's Committee to Stop Missionary Dissemination
met for a second time on Thursday, this time with MK Benny
Elon, the Chairman of the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus.
Though Elon demonstrated his opposition to working with missionaries
and the care his groups take to ensure that no missionary
work is tolerated, the rabbis reaffirmed the previous ban.
normal circumstances I do not use Arutz Sheva/Israel National
News as a source for news because I find their
articles too prejudicially biased toward Israeli far right
religious viewpoints. In this case however, this viewpoint
against Christian supporters of Israel and the Messianic Jewish
community of Israel is only being openly expressed in the
Israeli media by those who fully embrace the views reported
on in this article. Selah. Take note. --Israelprayer
on J'lem Christian event upheld
By Etgar Lefkovits Jerusalem Post May. 17, 2007
a stinging rebuke, the Chief Rabbinate of Israel on
Thursday upheld a ban on Jewish participation in a long-planned
Christian women's conference in Jerusalem next week,
which was organized by the Knesset's Christian Allies
Caucus, due to concern that some of the organizations
involved in the event were active in missionary work,
officials said. … The Caucus has gone through
extreme lengths to verify that any organization which we work
with are not involved in missionary activity,"
said Caucus Director Josh Reinstein in a first response."
Erdan: Let's boost Evangelical ties
By Etgar Lefkovits Jerusalem Post May. 10, 2007
strengthening and development of our relations with
the Evangelical world is a national interest which
must be furthered," said Erdan, the deputy head of the
Knesset's Christian Allies Caucus, in an interview with The
Rabbinate Nixes Christian-Jewish Conference
by Hillel Fendel Arutz Sheva/Israel National News
Deri explained to Arutz-7, "We note of late
the terrible phenomenon of Messianic Jews wreaking
havoc and destruction in Israel by trying to bring Jesus as
Messiah into Israel. With pleasantness and kindness,
they bring Torah, fear of G-d and even Torah commandments
- but all with one underlying theme: that Jesus is
Messiah. This joins with the phenomenon of
millions of Evangelical Christians; Bibi Netanyahu
said about them, 'They are not just friends of Israel, they
are Israel!' They want to help and support us, but
they have the same goals as the Messianics. They
make tremendous efforts and support us all over, and are even
more right-wing than we are in some ways, and they help us
with Bush, etc. - this is all true, but in the end,
they have one goal, and that is Jesus. We are not
on the level of early great Rabbis who were able to take the
good and spit out the bad..."
Subjection of Islamic Women
And the fecklessness of American feminism.
by Christina Hoff Sommers The Weekly Standard 05/21/2007,
Volume 012, Issue 34
subjection of women in Muslim societies--especially in Arab
nations and in Iran--is today very much in the public
eye. Accounts of lashings, stonings, and honor killings
are regularly in the news, and searing memoirs by Ayaan Hirsi
Ali and Azar Nafisi have become major best-sellers. One might
expect that by now American feminist groups would be organizing
protests against such glaring injustices, joining forces with
the valiant Muslim women who are working to change their societies.
This is not happening.
provocation in religious clothing
By Haaretz Editorial 5-15-07
religious Zionist rabbis who ascended the Temple Mount
on Sunday knowingly and irresponsibly brought a burning
torch nearer to the most flammable hill in the Middle East.
No supposedly halakhic pretext will serve them when
this stupid provocation sheds innocent blood, through
riots of which only the beginning can be predicted, and whose
continuation does not bear imagining.
is hard to understand how people like Haim Druckman, Avraham
Zuckerman and Zefania Drori joined the most extreme
and hallucinatory wing of religious Zionism, whose activities
center around the Temple Mount. But their weakness
reflects a serious problem in the religious Zionist leadership….This
problem is reflected primarily in the blurring of
the already fine line between politics and halakha (Jewish
U.S. Arabic News
Network Gets Lost in Translation
...and others similarly neglecting their charge
Made in Screening Anti-Israel Speech
By Barry Schweid Associated Press The New York SUN
May 17, 2007
[House Middle East] subcommittee chairman, Rep Gary Ackerman,
a Democrat of New York, said that in several instances
Sheik Nasrallah used the American government's satellite television
network as a platform for inciting a crowd to violence against
Israel. In another Al-Hurra broadcast,
Mr. Ackerman said, a Hamas leader, Ismail Haniyah,
lent support to the Iranian assertion that the World War II
Holocaust against European Jews was a myth. "Why are
American taxpayer dollars used to spread the hate,
lies, and propaganda of these nuts, when our
goal was to counter them?" Mr. Ackerman asked.
Demand Close Oversight of US Arabic TV Channel
By Dan Robinson, Voice of America, Capitol Hill Payvand’s
Iran News 5-17-07
has a five-year strategy designed to combat extremism,
while adhering to U.S. law and guidelines requiring fact-based
news and objective analysis, including broadcasts,
and responsible discussion of, U.S. policy. But Al-hurra,
which in English means "The Free One", has been
the focus of intense criticism because of
programs it aired between November 2006 and February of 2007….
While criticizing Al-hurra, Democrats and Republicans assert
they do not want the station to fail, suggesting that the
broadcasting board should institute private independent
reviews of programming.
Film Review Islam vs. Islamists
by Roger L. Simon PajamasMedia. Com May 10, 2007
Martyn Burke’s documentary “Islam vs. Islamists”
(produced with Frank Gaffney and Alex Alexiev) was commissioned
by PBS for its “American Crossroads”
series, but never shown by the network. Quality
control or censorship? Pajamas Media CEO
and Motion Picture Academy member Roger L. Simon has seen
the film and has an answer.
Covers Up Death Cult Mickey Mouse Video
little green footballs. com May 9, 2007
The outrage of the day is the way CNN tried to cover up the
Hamas Mickey Mouse story; Glenn Beck was played for a fool
by his CNN producers, and he talked about it on his radio
the video where Glenn Beck speaks to MEMRI translator
Yigal Carmon about why CNN pulled the report citing questionable
translation of one word (which proved absolutely accurately
never realized the irrationality of Middle Eastern politics.”
this week from Ronald Reagan’s memoirs
explaining his turnaround in the U.S. pull-out of Lebanon
(The presidential debater drew wrong conclusion
using the ‘Reagan standard’
—Maybe it’s just time we got up to speed instead
of pulling out…again!)
Who are we fighting, and who is supporting them?
by Daveed Gartenstein-Ross & Kyle Dabruzzi The Weekly
SOMETIMES WHAT WE DON'T KNOW can indeed hurt us.
This was the case in 2006, when reporters noticed significant
fighting between Iraqi insurgent factions. This confused journalists
and government analysts, but the prevailing attitude was that
if the insurgents were fighting each other, at least they
weren't fighting us.
Steady, GWB...Ignore the Second Guessing
talks, Syria imprisons
The Region column By Barry Rubin Jerusalem Post May.
month, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and other
members of Congress visited Damascus, flattered their hosts,
and called for talks with the Syrian dictatorship. Last week
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice broke the administration's
boycott by meeting with her Syrian counterpart. What
has happened since then shows this approach to be
of emergency declared near Gaza [Sderot
and western Negev]
By Rebecca Anna Stoil, Yaakov Katz and Jerusalem Post
Staff May. 20, 2007
Since the current assault on Sderot and
the western Negev began on Tuesday, police say that 125
rockets have landed in the area - an average of over 20
a day. In recent days, the police's Southern District
command have set up shop in Sderot, in order to establish
control more quickly in the event of disorder.
least 38 dead as Lebanese army battles Al Qaida in north
By Reuters Haaretz 5-20-07
troops battled al Qaida-linked militants based in a Palestinian
refugee camp on Sunday and 38 people were killed
in Lebanon's bloodiest internal fighting since the 1975-90
civil war. . . . "We warn the Lebanese army of the
consequences of continuing the provocative acts against
our mujahideen who will open the gates of fire... against
[the army] and against the whole of Lebanon," Fatah
al-Islam, a Sunni group, said in a statement.
Prayer News Briefs: Be informed and pray accordingly.
We seek to digest the facts,
spit out as much rhetoric, bias and prejudice as
shine a light on the under-reported aspects,
then position ourselves before God to pray as He leads.
This will produce much more effective
Issachar prayer warriors for Israel.
–Donna Diorio www.israelprayer.com