What is BDS? Week of 10/15/2018
Across the world there is an increased demand (in countries that allow it) for civil liberties-defined simply as the right of an individual to certain freedoms of speech and action. Most of the time those making the demands are those who are extreme in their politics. People who feel they are so important that through their voice or buying power they can change the world to see it their way. And the state of Israel is definitely on their list for change.
There are a number of nations who, due to the Palestinian issue, are demanding the boycott of Israel. This is not a new idea, it has historical roots; however, this more recent voice is called the BDS movement. According to their website, "The Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement works to end international support for Israel's oppression of Palestinians and pressure Israel to comply with international law." It was started by Palestinian activist Omar Barghouti, who would like to see the annihilation of Israel and in its place a Palestinian state (all Arab). The movement spans over many countries including the United States, Britain, Europe/EU and is supported by famous actors, actresses, authors, artist and musicians-not to mention a number of left wing political figures.
On Sunday, there was a huge gathering in Berlin, Germany calling for the obliteration of the Jewish state and support for BDS. The crowd hoisted symbols in support of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), which most agree to be a terrorist group. There were other left-wing extremists as well as radical Islamists all in support of BDS and annihilation of the Jewish state.
The German city of Stuttgart has a link to the BDS movement (better known as Palestine Committee Stuttgart) on its website with a description that the committee is anti-Semitic and peace loving; however, anti-Semitism is in direct conflict with the movements agendas as BDS does its best to financially strangle Israeli companies. The movement also is allowed to use German banks that are partially owned by the city thus giving an air of the city's support for the BDS movement. The state's Green Party recently passed an anti-BDS resolution stating that "BDS's goal is a boycott of the Jewish and democratic state of Israel" it follows "the National Socialist slogan, 'Don't buy from Jews.'" The irony is that the mayor of Stuttgart is politically tied to the Green Party as well as some owners of the bank.
The daily rise of anti-Semitism grows all across the world, even though in many places there are laws that should squelch these movements. France is supposed to have one of the most powerful anti-BDS laws in Europe. For this reason, French banks (and even Paypal) have closed the France-Palestine Solidarity Association accounts-HelloAsso to the rescue. The online payment service was founded by Ismaël Le Mouël and has been in operation since 2013. This service understands there are people who disagree with their decision to help the BDS movement, explaining in their statement, "we respond that the conflation (the process or result of fusing items into one entity) that allows attacks on these organizations is dangerous because it conflates antisemitism, which we condemn without ambiguity, and criticism of the State of Israel, which is a political opinion. This freedom of expression is a fundamental right." It has reached out to those BDS accounts that were terminated by French banks and Paypal resulting in BDS accepting HelloAsso's invitation and to this date continues financial gains in support for its cause.
BDS is international-this includes a movement within the U.S. In 2014 they began to take their cause (to ruin Israeli businesses) to American companies, organizations and campus universities. The stocks of Bill Gates and George Soros that supported Israeli companies were promptly sold and even the United Auto Workers out in California voted to "making a personal pledge "not take part in any research, conferences, exchange programs, or other activities" sponsored by Israeli universities complicit in the occupation of Palestine." All of this due to alleged occupation and alleged human rights abuses. They negate the fact that Gaza is in the hands of terrorist who want to destroy the state of Israel. The Hamas ruled territory does not desire peace nor do they want peaceful solutions-they only desire blood-Jewish blood.
It is true that many U.S. citizens, even Jews agree with the boycotting and even the destruction of the Jewish state; however, there may be more in favor of Israel than opposed. Many states in recent years have passed laws that oppose the BDS movement by penalizing companies that boycott products made in Israel and their settlements. But, you would never know it. In fact, the loudest voice out there says, "Confront Zionism, boycott Israel" or "No justice no peace, boycott Israel" or "Stop Israeli terrorism". In the words of United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, "Some people think that you have to be the loudest voice in the room to make a difference. That is just not true. Often, the best thing we can do is turn down the volume. When the sound is quieter, you can actually hear what someone else is saying. And that can make a world of difference."
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US & Israel vs. Russia, Syria & Iran Week of 10/08/2018
In our September 24, 2018 blog we reported on the conflict between Russia and Israel due to a Russian aircraft carrying 15 airmen that was shot down near Syria. Russia blamed Israel, even though there was evidence that Israel was not the cause. Some have speculated that this was a scheme of the Russians to enable them to put their S300 anti‐aircraft missile shield system into Syria. It appears that idea may have been correct. According to Israeltoday.com Russia has completed that delivery. And even though it is not Russia′s newest or latest, the S300 missile system is suppose to be compatible to the US Patriot Air and Missile Defense System.
Is this an important development? According to US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, it is “a serious escalation”. Considered so serious that US President Trump has authorized an immediate supply of F‐35I jets be sold to Israel. (Israel already has operating (9) F‐35I however they were scheduled to receive more of these jet by 2021—President Trump just moved up the time table.) These are new state of the art American made jets which the Israeli's can customize themselves. The Israeli′s have named them the Israeli F‐35I “Adir” which means “mighty one”. According to zerohedge.com, “The jets possess a cutting edge electronically scanned array (AESA) radar system that theoretically will suppress the signals of advanced missile defense systems such as the S‐300 or others, but time will tell if Russian countermeasures are able to thwart any future raids.” The US planes will be taken from active US Air Force squadrons and will arrive in Israel soon.
But that′s not all. The United States already has a squadron of F‐35B warplanes aboard the aircraft carrier USS Essex stationed in the Western Pacific which is used to carry out combat missions in Afghanistan and the Middle East. Not to mention other air power to support their forces that work along side the anti‐ISIS coalition. With escalations heighten, the Trump Administration this week decided to deploy an additional squadron of F‐35 fighter jets to the air base south of Abu Dhabi (the capital and the second most populous city of the United Arab Emirates). Interestingly, but not surprising, the US is teaming up with Israel against Russia and Syrian/Iranian forces. We are still looking for the destruction of Damascus possible before the Rapture.
Events are going to continue to happen. News outlets reporting on things that may horrify, frighten and even terrify some. It is crucial for all born‐again people to remember the vows they made to God. Vows like, Jesus I give you my life. The Scriptures talk of wars and rumors of wars, nation rising against nation, kingdom against kingdom, earthquakes, famines and troubles as being the beginnings of sorrows‐ref Mk 13:7,8. We should be looking for the Rapture. We are only pilgrims in this land. The evangelist, Billy Graham said, “One of the Bible′s greatest truths is that we were not meant for this world alone. We were meant for Heaven—and Heaven is our ultimate home.” Will you die in faith, not having received the promises, but seeing them afar off? Are you persuaded of them, embracing them, and confessing that you are a stranger and pilgrim on the earth?‐ref Heb 11:13, 1 Pet 2:11. (For) eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him‐1 Cor 2:9. You are not of this world. What is your purpose? Are you living for Jesus? Are you doing His works or your own? Give diligence to make your calling and election sure‐2 Pet 1:10.
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Are We Closer Than Most Believe? Week of 10/01/2018
Last week the American President, Donald Trump, spoke at the United Nations General Assembly. The President spoke on the importance of securing borders, putting national sovereignty first, international trade deals, complemented member countries for their various achievements and on the dangers of Iran. In his closing words he articulated the sentiments of the grassroots of his nation by saying, “In America, we believe in the majesty of freedom and the dignity of the individual. We believe in self-government and the rule of law. And we prize the culture that sustains our liberty – a culture built on strong families, deep faith, and fierce independence. We celebrate our heroes, we treasure our traditions, and above all, we love our country.” He was clear his administration wanted to continue to help America's friends, but, not her enemies.
To many American's (especially those who helped put President Trump into office) these words resounded deep within their soul. However, to the many around the world (and at home) that do not love liberty, independence, the American culture, deep faith (taken to be a deep faith in God), or they just do not like Donald Trump—well, they laughed.
So how does this fit into Bible Prophecy? With the current political climate in the United States, the left leaning far left toward socialism and the right leaning toward patriotism, neither side appears to be able to unite on any issue. When a country can not unite, there is a possibility of conflict. However, at this time events just keep building. Remember, there has to be a reason that Russia thinks it can invade Israel without any interference. It would make sense that it is because the United States is no longer united and there may be mast chaos on her home front. But, chaos does not have to come on President Trump's watch, it could be the next incumbent. Check out this link for further reading on the subject. If indeed these are the last moments leading up to the Russian/Arab invasion there is an event that comes first—click here for an explanation of this event. Make sure you are ready. You read about current events and are watching, but, do you know Jesus? Most importantly, does Jesus know you? Be sure—your eternal soul depends upon your relationship with Jesus in this life.
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