.;A compilation of news reports from the past week for the information of those committed to..praying..for the restoration of Israel
Guest Comment: The Message of Appeasement The Omega Letter Intelligence Digest Sunday, February 19, 2017
Waffling, wavering, withdrawal, or appeasement — all in response to terrorism…the sentiment has any number of names and only one inevitable conclusion. It emboldens the enemy and gives him precious time to regroup, reequip and resume the conflict — on his own terms. The most classic case of appeasement from history is British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s ‘peace in our time’ speech in 1938. Prime Minister Chamberlain and French president Edouard Daladier travelled to Munich, Germany to conclude a peace agreement with Adolph Hitler. In March 1938, MI6 agent Hugh Christie told the British government that Adolf Hitler could be ousted by the military if Britain joined forces with Czechoslovakia against Germany. Christie warned that the “crucial question is, “How soon will the next step against Czechoslovakia be tried?’ … The probability is that the delay will not exceed two or three months at most, unless France and England provide the deterrent, for which cooler heads in Germany are praying.”
Instead, the heads of the governments of Germany, Britain, France and Italy met in Munich in September, 1938. At that meeting, they signed the Munich Agreement.
Rather than joining forces with the Czechs, the British and French agreed to carve up and give away the Sudetenland, a part of Czechoslovakia, in exchange for a promise from Hitler not to demand any more of Europe. Czechoslovakia’s head of state was not invited to the meeting in which his country was negotiated away by the British and French.
Chamberlain came home to London, waving a piece of paper [pictured above] signed by Adolph Hitler, promising peace in exchange for the Sudetenland, and predicted that the Munich Agreement would guarantee ‘peace in our time‘. In March, 1939, Hitler seized the rest of Czechoslovakia, after having annexed Austria the month before. (The union between Austria and Germany was expressly forbidden by the Treaty of Versailles that formally ended World War I.)
Chamberlain’s policy cost Czechoslovakia its freedom, handed Austria over to the Nazis without a shot being fired, and enlarged the Nazi empire and the German pool of army conscripts. By November, Hitler was strong enough to invade Poland, despite his promises to the contrary, and Chamberlain had to admit that his appeasement had not worked, thus beginning the Second World War. The Munich Agreement had so empowered and enlarged Nazi Germany that it took five years to dislodge them from Europe.
America’s history of appeasement of terrorism is bi-partisan. It began under Ronald Reagan, and became the unofficial policy of the Clinton administration for the eight years that led up to September 11, 2001. If the Europeans didn’t learn the price of appeasement on their own Continent in 1938, one would expect that maybe they learned something about it from America’s record.
But the Nuclear agreement they signed with the mad mullahs in Tehran proves Santayana’s maxim that those who fail to learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them. The agreement with Iran’s mullahs is even less reassuring than Chamberlain’s Munich Pact. At least Hitler PROMISED, and pretended he intended to keep his promise. The Iranians promised, in so many words, that they would break the agreement to suspend nuclear enrichment, even before they signed it, but the EU went ahead anyway. EU negotiators included, at Iranian insistence, the following line: “The E3/EU recognizes that this suspension is a voluntary confidence building measure and not a legal obligation.” Iran is the keystone of the terrorist edifice and we are doomed to confront it sooner or later, nuclear or not. The question is not ‘if‘, but ‘when‘.
The LORD bless you as you bless Israel by standing in defense of her right to exist on the land given to the Jewish people by the God of Israel. Lets pray that Israel will turn back to their God. Do not be silent, but share this with your fellow Christians, share it with your pastors, and with anyone you have a chance to speak to. Lets also pray for that breakthrough to the Muslims, and please remember to pray Divine protection for all of the soldiers in the IDF.
Shabbat Shalom …… David & Josie
This Weeks News Items
1. Israel Declares Solidarity With Britian After Terror Attack Algemain News March 23rd
Israel ?stands as one with the British people as we all work together to defeat the scourge of terrorism,? the Jewish state?s UN envoy Danny Danon declared on Wed. 22 March 2017, following the ramming and stabbing attack outside the UK Parliament building in central London in which five people were killed and dozens wounded. ?We send our condolences and wish a speedy recovery to all those injured,? Danon stated. The Deputy Foreign Ministersaid, ?Israel expresses its deep shock at the terror attack in London today and its solidarity with the victims and with the people and government of Great Britain. Terror is terror wherever it occurs and we will fight it relentlessly.? President Reuven Rivlin tweeted, ?Our thoughts are with the people of London. Terror is a threat to us all and we must stand united against it.? PM Benjamin Netanyahu, who wrapped up his multi-day trip to China on Wed., did not issue an immediate statement, as he was aboard a flight back to Israel as the news of the attack broke. Lets pray that the nations will adopt Israel’s tough stand against terror
2. Iran Completely Ready to Restart Nuclear Program Times of Israel News March 2017
Referring to the nuclear deal, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on 20 March 2017 that Iran “is fully prepared to return to the pre-JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) situation or even to conditions more robust than that if the USA reneges on its promises to the extent that the JCPOA’s continuation harms our national interests.” Zarif warned it could do so very quickly if the agreement falls through, and the restored nuclear program would be more advanced that the one mostly frozen by the 2015 deal. ?During the past couple of months, with the efforts made by skilled Iranian scientists and experts, we have succeeded in making operational the most advanced centrifuges, that were just an idea at the time of approving the JCPOA,? Zarif said. Lets pray that President Trump Maintains a tough stance with Iran
3. Population Growth in Judea & Samaria Makes 2 State Solution Impossible INN News March 28th
As of January 1, 2017, according to the report, 420,899 Jews live in Judea and Samaria, not including those in the eastern neighborhoods of Jerusalem, which which were also liberated during the Six Day War of 1967. The number of Jews living today in Judea and Samaria speaks volumes. The facts on the ground in this region are irreversible and render the concept of a two-state solution obsolete. The report tracks the Jewish population growth over the last year and over the last 5 years and includes a future projection based on the current growth rates. Baruch Gordon, a researcher on the report and founder of IsraelNationalNews.com, said on Sunday: ?For years, policy makers both in Israel and the West had no clue to the size of the West Bank Jewish population. The numbers were suppressed; the media silent. This report introduced the real figures into the discourse. Its impact cannot be overestimated.? Let us pray that the population of the Jewish heartland in Judea and Samaria continues to increase
4. Pro Israel Arabs Confront Anti-Israel Jews INN News March 28th
A counter-demonstration of pro-Israel activists faced off against the IfNotNow protesters and included delegations from across the US and Canada. One pro-Israel demonstrators who traveled from Toronto to show her support for Israel and challenge the anti-Zionist agitators was Sandra Solomon, a self-described pro-Israel Palestinian. A Canadian human rights activist born in Samaria and raised in Saudi Arabia, Solomon was born into a religious Muslim family, but has since left the faith, becoming an advocate against Islamism and the spread of radical Islam. Solomon spoke out during the IfNotNow demonstration and pro-Israel counter-demonstration in front of the AIPAC conference Sunday, calling the claim that Israel occupies Arab land ?a lie?. ?I am Palestinian, but I stand with Israel?, Solomon said. ?We are the Arabs. We occupy the land of the Jews. This Jewish land. It?s going to be there for ever and ever. I used to be a Muslim. They taught me to hate Israel and the Jewish people. There is no Palestine. It?s a lie. They are using Palestine just to kill the Jewish people. Just to hate the Jews. Solomon drew national attention in Canada earlier this year with a series of interviews and web videos decrying what she called the Islamization of the West. Following the release of the videos, several Canadian imams called for Solomon to be executed ?for blasphemy?. Please pray that the Anti Israel Jews wake up and learn the truth from the pro Isael Arabs
5. Hizbollah Continues to Threaten Israel Israel Today News March 29th
Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah recently warned Israel that his Iran-backed terror group could attack targets producing mass Israeli casualties, including a huge ammonia storage tank in Haifa, and a nuclear reactor in Dimona. Also last month, Tower Magazine reported that, since the beginning of the Syrian civil war, Iran has provided Hizballah with a vast supply of “game-changing,” state-of-the art weapons, despite Israel?s occasional airstrikes against weapons convoys. In a future conflict, Hizballah has the capacity to fire 1500 rockets into Israel each day, overwhelming Israel?s missile defense systems. Should such a scenario materialize, Israel will be forced to respond with unprecedented firepower to defend its own civilians. Please pray that Hezbollah will not be so foolish as to start another war with Israel – for its own sake
6. IDF Forces Uncover Weapons Factories INN News March 30th
Security forces uncovered three secret weapons factories across Judea and Samaria overnight, as part of an ongoing effort to crack down on the production and distribution of weapons used in terror attacks against Israelis. During raids on the illegal weapons factories early Wednesday morning, Israeli security forces seized equipment used in the production of makeshift firearms, including five lathes, as well as a number of guns and gun parts. One building which housed an illegal weapons factory was sealed by the IDF following the raids. The overnight operations were a joint effort of the IDF and Shin Bet internal security agency, who together have shut down 12 such gun factories since the beginning of 2017 and confiscated more than 110 illegal firearms. In 2016, Israeli security forces closed 43 illegal weapons factories and confiscated more than 450 firearms. Please pray that all such weapons factories will be discovered and destroyed
7. Victim Survives Stabbing Attack in the Old City INN News March 30th
Revital Kenino, a Jewish school principal who was yesterday in the back of her neck by an Arab in the city of Lod, describes her condition and the incident itself. “I thank the Creator that I returned home to my family and to my children, and we were released last night after a follow-up at the hospital,” she said. On her medical condition, she says: “I have a stab wound in the back and shoulder area, and thank G-d it was a great miracle.” She described the attacker, saying, “I did not give up, I did not fight with him – I just ran and he chased me; I didn’t stand there and do nothing. This chase apparently caused him to hesitate and not continue to stab. We are at home thanking the Creator and the people of Israel for worrying and caring,” she said. Kanino was evacuated to Assaf Harofeh Hospital, suffering from stab wounds to the upper body. Lets thank the LORD for the survivial of Revital