Israel’s 70th Independence Day

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner sit alongside Benjamin Netanyahu

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner sit alongside Benjamin Netanyahu

We celebrate with Israel and Israelis the seventieth anniversary of David ben Gurion’s Declaration of Independence on 14th May 1948.

Independence Day

Independence Day is ‘Yom Ha’atzmaut’ in Hebrew.  It gave Israelis the opportunity also to celebrate GDP growth of around 3.5%.  That’s much higher than the still-slumping euro zone.

But, as Max Schindler puts in the Jerusalem Post, ‘since the 1970s, Israel has fallen behind the rest of the West when it comes to investment in education, healthcare, infrastructure and transportation per capita – as anecdotally demonstrated by the worst congestion among developed OECD nations.

‘At the same time, Israel faces two primary socioeconomic challenges: declining labor productivity – which makes it harder to raise living standards, and the many ultra-Orthodox and Arab pupils – comprising nearly 40% of all students – who are receiving a third-world education.’

US Embassy opens

Moreover, on Independence Day the United  States moved its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.  The US embassy is in an upmarket district of southern Jerusalem called Amona.  Donald Trump made a promise to move the embassy during the US presidential election.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara had front row seats.  Republican billionaire donor Sheldon Adelson and his wife Miriam were highly visible. says: The Adelsons’ presence in the front row symbolized the weight of their role in pushing for to the embassy’s opening.

David Friedman, the US Ambassador, hosted the event.  Ivanka Trump unvelied the plaque.  Not one US Democrat politician attended.

Mr Netanyahu  quoted from the Bible:

Zech 8:3 Thus saith the LORD; I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; and the mountain of the LORD of hosts the holy mountain.

Except, according to Haaretz, he omitted the final eleven-word phrase.  Or maybe they did.

For Arabs, the ‘Catastrophe’

Riots in Gaza near the border with Israel. The smoke from burning tyres is intended to obscure the participants from recognition and sniper fire.

Riots in Gaza near the border with Israel. The smoke from burning tyres is intended to obscure the participants from recognition and sniper fire.

For the Palestinians or Arabs of Gaza, Judea and Samaria, there were no celebrations.

They refer to Israel’s Independence Day  as ‘Nakba’, ‘the catastophe’.  Naturally, Hamas organised protests which were seen television screens around the world.  The terrorist group have threatened to break through Gaza’s border fences.

Of course Israel’s military will contain the protests.  But the Daily Telegraph reports today that 58 protestors have died already.  Almost 3,000 have been wounded.  Sky News was broadcasting from Gaza last night. Its reporter Alex Rossi explained the Israeli snipers were deliberately targeting people’s legs.  Viewers saw people injured that way.

We know Hamas are only out to provoke and get a reaction.  We know the Israeli Defence Force needs to contain the protests.  But such sniper activity seemed to go beyond crowd control.  Christians who support Israel expect a higher standard from the Middle East’s only true democracy.

However, Hamas has succeeded in its objective.  The world knows there is a conflict and that it remains unresolved.

Post-script: On 17th May, as the Metro reports, (but it’s all over the press) Hamas claimed 50 of the 62 killed were its fighters.  Hamas published their names and ranks online, the paper says.

The President’s words

President Donald Trump addressed the audience via satellite.  He said the move was ‘a long time coming.’  Israel, like all sovereign nations, had ‘a right to name its own capital’.  (Jerusalem Post)

Mr Trump claimed the US would still be observing the status quo in terms of contested territories such as on Temple Mount.

‘The US will always be a great friend of Israel and a partner in the cause of freedom and peace,’ The President said. ‘We extend a hand in friendship to Israel, the Palestinians and to all of their neighbors. May there be peace.’

Boris Johnson said in January that Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital in December 2017 was a “moment of opportunity” for peace.  His critics accused him of putting a two-state solution in the Middle East at fresh risk.  But the ‘two-state solution’ has always been easier to say than to set out plausibly on paper.

No Muslim claim to Jerusalem

Jerusalem showing the Dome of the Rock Mosque and the Western or 'Wailing' wall of the Temple Mount

Jerusalem showing the Dome of the Rock Mosque and the Western or ‘Wailing’ wall of the Temple Mount

The Foreign Secretary has since moved closer to other European countries.  They all say moving the embassy is a threat to peace.   They all want Jerusalem to be the capital of a Palestinian state.  Muslims hold Jerusalem sacred.  Nevertheless, we point out in this article that their claim is founded on a lie.  Mohammed was never in Jerusalem.  He made up a story about flying there so as not to be caught in an indiscretion.

Moving the Embassy will, in our view, do little for peace.  But that is not the point.  It is more a statement of intent, or as Jared Kushner put it: ‘the right thing to do.’

Psalm 122:6  Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.

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  1. While I naturally feel sorry for people killed and injured it should be said that the Israelis gave clear and explicit warnings to protesters to keep away from the border fence. Therefore, Israel cannot be blamed for the consequences that followed. Even in this country, if protesters were to storm, say, the Downing St. gates, they would be shot.

    The protests were, no doubt, planned by Hamas in order to create the maximum propaganda mileage and gain support from world opinion, which is largely biased against Israel anyway.

    Notwithstanding this, the Lord is protecting Israel and we need to bear in mind the promise, and warning, of Genesis 12 v 3.

    1. No, it’s primarily the USA who is protecting Israel, not God. Without funding from its compliant lackeys in the West, particularly Washington DC, Israel would be unsustainable. Furthermore, Zionism flies in the face of God’s commandment for the Jews to leave Israel and not return until he sends their Messiah, as well as forbidding them from creating a State, and this is why many Orthodox Jews throughout the world consider Israel to be an abomination against God.

      It should also be borne in mind that the creator of Zionism, along with the founders of modern Israel, were all atheists. Meanwhile, Israel continues to treat its Christian minority as virtual second class citizens, demonstrated by the incidence of arson committed by ultra-Orthodox Jews on the Latrun Trappist monastery, together with the phrase “Jesus was a monkey” painted on its walls. Even the Vatican felt compelled to complain to the Israeli government with regard to its inaction in dealing with this incident, which is tantamount to a nod and a wink.

      For these reasons I just don’t understand how Christians can justify their support of Israel, which rejects Christ not only at State level, but also through its ‘official’ religion, and in doing so they abandon those Palestinian Christians who have been forced to live on the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The only reason I can think of is that such Christians allow themselves to be pushed to support Israel because of their opposition to Islam which, ironically, at least accepts Jesus Christ as a prophet, as opposed to complete rejection by Judaism and the Jewish ethno-state.

      1. Hi brother, you really have to support statements like ‘the creator of Zionism, along with the founders of modern Israel, were all atheists’ with names and facts.

      2. Oh dear, you do have a sad view of things. If you read the Bible, you will find hundreds of verses promising the people of Israel that they will be restored to their land after their exile. Also that they will first cone back in unbelief. It will not be until the Lord descends upon the Mount of Olives at the end of the Tribulation period, to defeat the antichrist, that ‘they will look on Him whom they have pierced and mourn for Him….’ and they will realise that Yeshuah is indeed their long awaited Messiah. Zechariah 12. If you read Ezekiel ch 36 and 37 you will see that the Lord not only restored the people to their Land, but also revived the Land for their return.
        As for Christians living as second class citizens: that is simply not true. Every Israeli citizen has equal rights under Law. Christians and Muslims hold key positions in Israeli society. The Christian community in Israel is the only Christian community in the Middle East which is flourishing. The Christians living in the PA and Hamas ruled areas are being persecuted almost to extinction. For example the Christian population of Bethlehem has been reduced fro 80% to about 18% since the PA took over that city. Christian churches and shops are firebombed and Christians are beaten up or killed frequently.
        In Israeli controlled areas, the ultra Orthodox certainly are opposed to Christians and Messianic Believers, but that is not sanctioned by Israeli Law. Some ultra Orthodox are also against Israel for the reasons you gave.
        Concerning Islam accepting Jesus as a Prophet: the Jesus of the Qur’an is NOT the Jesus of the Bible. The Jesus, or rather Isa, of the Qur’an is a Muslim prophet, He is not God, He was never Crucified and He is coming back as the sidekick of the Muslim Messiah to destroy the cross, kill the Jews and forcibly convert the world to Islam.
        Regarding God defending Israel: there are a multitude of incidents clearly demonstrating that He does indeed still fight for His People today as He did in the past. Miracles in war are commonplace. The American military do not use the Six Day War as an example of warfare in their training, because it was militarily impossible that a country the size of Israel should quadruple its territory in 6 days, as was the case in June 1967. Miracle after miracle occurred allowing the Jews not only to defend their country, but also regain possession of their Capitol City, Jerusalem, after it had been illegally occupied by Jordan for 19 years. The British by the way, fought with Jordan against Israel in the 1948 war, which was intended to be a great massacre of the Jews, annihilating the newly re-established State. But God intervened, and the ill equipped Israelis managed to hold their own against 5 hostile and well equipped Islamic armies. Israel even ended up with more land than they would have had under Resolution 181.
        Indeed it is God, not the nations who fights for Israel. It is Satan who wants to destroy Israel, as he has tried to destroy the Jews throughout history. This is because Salvation is of the Jews: Messiah is born of the Jews from the line of King David; He died as the ultimate Passover Lamb as an atoning sacrifice for our sins, in Jerusalem; and He is coming back to Jerusalem to set up His Messianic Kingdom, after the Tribulation period. Satan is desperately trying to prevent that.

  2. Hi Stephen

    Just a correction on the last photo showing the Dome of the Rock, the caption states that it is a Mosque but actually it is not a Mosque but a Shrine.

    It is an easy mistake most people think it is a Mosque.

    God Bless, keep up the good work.

    Eddie Turner

  3. With a lot of luck, this might help to solve the problem. Strict Sunni Muslims are not supposed to honour shrines . If it gets to the point where the Palestinians have no use for it, they might hand the site over to the Israelis.

    But I don’t think this is going to happen in practice.

  4. I agree completely with Bob1 – after living in the land awhile, it soon became clear that any trouble would always been blamed on Israel, even when it was clear to us who were there, that this was an unjust conclusion.

    It hurts to find the blame land on them every time. If we love God’s land and His people we will be praying for them and sharing what is true about them, especially from God’s word whenever we can.

  5. Dear Stephen,

    you say ‘We know Hamas are only out to provoke and get a reaction. …. Christians who support Israel expect a higher standard from the Middle East’s only true democracy’.

    Respectfully, Israel goes to great lengths to avoid civilian casualties but even well-trained soldiers are only human. The IDF is the most moral in the world. Hamas must share much of the blame for allowing this to happen. Did these protestors not have jobs to go to? Also, who in the right mind would allow children to risk being hurt by Israeli retaliation?

    Yours, Ashley Dickenson

    1. Well trained snipers, if truly instructed to only shoot protesters in the leg, but end up killing over 50 people, including children, those shot in the back, and the back of the head, would be grossly incompetent. This is incredible. They in fact must have been ordered to shoot to kill, and the orders approved of by the Israeli government. This is a grossly disproportionate response to protesters throwing stones. Had the press seen protesters with guns, they would have filmed them. Israel has not claimed that any of their personnel were shot and killed. When asked about this on Newsnight, an Israeli spokesman evaded the question. Israel does itself no favours on the international stage by taking such illegal and belligerent action.

      1. Most of those killed were terrorists. Israel Does not kill women and children out of incompetence, but will have to shoot to kill if those people are posing a threat. Hamas uses civilians deliberately for this purpose so that Israel will be blamed. They are indeed armed, with more than stones. They also throw fire bombs at the soldiers and they are told to carry knives. The media will not necessarily show this, as thy are fundamentally against Israel. They always paint Israel in a bad light and promote the official Hamas version of events as the facts. Hamas has actually told reporters what to report during these conflicts. Some scenes are played out for the cameras. This phenomenon is so common it has been dubbed ‘Pallywood’.
        But with regards to stones: many Israelis have been killed or severely injured by stones, including Israeli children. Stone throwing is a long standing means of attack, taught and encouraged by the Hamas and PA leadership. There are children’s TV videos encouraging children to hate Jews and do acts of violence agains the Jews, including the throwing of stones and rocks at Israeli soldiers, and then showing the ‘martyrdom’ of a child who floats up to paradise. It is not innocent: it is a despicable tactic.

  6. This is a well orchestrated event. These riots have been going on for a few weeks now, reaching a climax today. Most of the people who have been killed are Hamas operatives or other Jihadists, who are trying to infiltrate into Israel with the intention of killing Israelis. Hamas are paying civilians $100 each to riot and run towards the fence to try to break through into Israel. Particularly women and children are deliberately used as human shields, as terrorist operatives hide among them and the smoke from burning tires obscures the vision of the Israeli Soldiers trying to defend their people and their country. If the Gazans are injured, they get more money. If they are killed, which suits Hamas’ purposes well, their family will get paid even more. They are told that if they die, they will go straight to paradise. Dying as a ‘martyr’ is the only way a Muslim can get to paradise without judgement, according to Islamic doctrine. Children are taught from infancy to seek martyrdom for the cause of Islam, that is why they are so ready to run into danger. The use of civilians as human shields is an official tactic of Hamas, in order to vilify Israel.
    Hamas is sending kites with explosives into Israeli territory to cause fire damage including the burning of crops. The ‘protesters’ are throwing Molotov cocktails and rocks at Israeli soldiers. Hamas are Instructing them to carry knives to kill Israelis. They have set fire to the crossing through which food and other supplies are regularly sent into Gaza from Israel. They have burned the food waiting to be delivered. They have set fire to the pipeline which delivers gas to Gaza from Israel. Anything to cause chaos and have Israel vilified in the eyes of the world, who are fooled by the manipulation, deception and lies. The story is not new. It is an ongoing war waged by those who are hell bent on wiping Israel off the map. It is ‘played’ out regularly, often literally played out for the cameras.
    As has been said, Israel takes more care to avoid civilian casualties than any other country, including Britain. They frequently abort missions in order to protect civilians who have been deliberately placed in harms way. They make phone calls, send texts, drop leaflets etc to tell people to move away from target zones – and Hamas shoots them as collaborators if they obey Israeli instructions to flee from danger!
    When the enemy uses their people as propaganda weapons, it is inevitable that some will be injured and some will die. But the responsibility for their deaths lies at Hamas’ door, not Israel’s.

  7. No, many of them did not have jobs to go to, Ashley. The unemployment rate in the Gaza strip is the highest in the world.

    But even apart from that, does being employed deny you of the right of free speech or protest against bad conditions or a political voice in affairs which concern you ? That is a novel principle.

    1. Yes, the unemployment in Gaza is indeed high. I think it is 40%, but that is not Israel’s doing, it is Hamas’ doing. But in fact, schools and places of work were closed so that the people could take part in these demonstrations. There were reckoned to be 40,000 civilians used in this stunt. Hamas uses a large portion of the humanitarian aid it gets from the international community, digging tunnels and buying weapons to kill Israelis. Also to pay terrorists for their acts of terror. That is their main aim in life: destroy Israel and kill the Jews. The ‘Palestinian People’ are deliberately kept living in poverty as a weapon against Israel. The Hamas and PA leadership are all multi millionaires. They live in mansions and palaces, not only in Gaza and the PA controlled areas but also abroad. Abbas has recently spent $50 million on a private plane, so that he can jet around the world drumming up support for his cause. He is currently dying of cancer, and his main concern is not the ‘Palestinians’, but securing his own fortune for his children, who live abroad.
      The hypocrisy of the Palestinian leadership is sickening, and all the more so because those who don’t know the truth believe the hard up stories.

  8. 2Th 2:3-4 (ESV)
    For that day [Day of the Lord] will not come unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness [Antichrist] is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God.

    Eschatology is a complex and difficult subject, but I believe that Paul states clearly here that Christ will not come again before the man of lawlessness, the Antichrist, sits in the Temple, and that hence the Temple must be rebuilt first. The Temple would need to be built on the Temple mount, and hence the Dome of the Rock demolished. Such demolition would most likely lead to a major war. I would be grateful, Stephen, for your analysis of this.

    1. Interpretation of prophecy is above my pay-grade! You see, the ‘temple of God’ can as easily be the church. It does not have to be a rebuilt Temple. When Paul uses the expression elsewhere, he means ‘the church’:
      1Cor 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
      But I am sure you are right in that demolition of the Dome of the Rock would lead to war.

      1. Dear Epistle,
        I hope it is ok if I share my understanding of these things.
        I have come to the conclusion, after many years of study and thought, that the confusion lies in the fact that many do not realise that the coming of the Lord is in two phases, so to speak.
        First He comes to the air for those who have put their faith in Him. This is called the Rapture generally, but the Greek word is Harpazo, which means to be snatched away, or caught up. This is found primarily in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, but is referenced in many other passages. At this time, the dead in Christ shall rise first, then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Jesus refers to this in John 14:1-4, when He says He is going to prepare a place for us and “I will come again and receive you unto myself”.
        So at this time, the Lord takes the believers to Heaven.
        Then there is the time we refer to as the Tribulation, which is a period of 7 years during which God will pour out His wrath on to those who have rejected Him and persecuted His people. Revelation 6:17. The Rapture triggers off the Tribulation. 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 speaks of this time. Note that there is a they and them emphasis and we who are ‘of the day’ are not appointed to this wrath, but to salvation. We are in Heaven.
        Immediately following the Rapture, the Antichrist will step forth. 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12 speaks of him stepping on to the world’s stage. Note that he is currently being restrained by the Holy Spirit, who is in us, and will not be revealed until we have been taken out of the way. (V7,8).
        He will establish a peace treaty with Israel for seven years, and allow them to rebuild the Temple, which is already prepared and ready to go up. Daniel 9: 20-27. But will break the treaty after three and a half years, and begin a time of terrible persecution of the Jews, referred to as ‘The time of Jacob’s Trouble’. This begins when he enters the Temple and proclaims himself to be God, 2 Thessalonians 2:4, at which time the Jews will realise they have been tricked, and refuse to worship him as he demands. Those who refuse to worship him will be beheaded, and people will not be able to buy or sell unless they pay allegiance to him, possibly by having a mark upon their hands and forehead. Revelation 13.
        Throughout the Tribulation, another phenomenon is going on. God selects 144,000 Jewish Believers, who will evangelise throughout this terrible time, and there will be multitudes who are saved. Revelation 14:1-5. It is probable that only Jews will be saved at this time, as the Tribulation is the 70th week of Daniel’s vision. Daniel 9:20-27. The 70 Weeks concerns God’s dealing with the Jews. When they rejected Jesus as Messiah, which was at the end of the 69th ‘week’ (a prophetic week is a period of 7 years), God sent them into a second period of exile, which lasted from 70AD until 1948, although many Jews returned to their homeland throughout the centuries, and some never left. Romans 11 tells us that when ‘the fullness of the Gentiles has come in…all Israel will be saved. The final fulfilment of Israel’s national salvation happens when Jesus descends upon the Mount of a Olives and ‘they will look on Me whom they have pierced’. Zechariah ch 13 and 14.
        The Tribulation ends, just after the Battle of Armageddon, at which time, the antichrist and his forces will come against Jerusalem, and the Lord, with His saints will descend on to the Mount of Olives to defend Israel and to fight against the Nations which are attacking. Zechariah ch 13 and 14. An earthquake opens up a valley through which the besieged Jews will escape, possibly to Petra in Jordan.
        The antichrist and his sidekick the False Prophet will be defeated and cast into the Lake of Fire, Satan is bound for 1000 years and Christ takes up His Messianic Reign, from Jerusalem, for the duration of the thousand years. Revelation 20.
        After this, Satan is released for a short time and immediately raises up an army to attack Jerusalem. He is defeated, and cast into the Lake of Fire.
        Then there is the Great White Throne Judgement, when all unbelievers will be judged and those whose names are not written in the Lamb’s Book of Life are cast into the Lake of Fire. Death and Hell are also cast into the Lake of Fire.
        Then God makes the New Heavens and the New Earth………like the garden of Eden, where we will live forever.

        There is no prophecy of Scripture which has to be fulfilled before the Rapture can happen. It could happen at any moment. There are however two important prophecies which will take place either immediately before the Rapture or immediately after it.
        The first is the destruction of Damascus. Isaiah 17. Whether Israel does this, or the enormous stack of weapons stored underground there goes up on its own is still to be seen. Under Damascus, Assad has an enormous stock of conventional and chemical weapons. Also there are / or were the WMD belonging to Sadam Hussein, who had them moved there before the Americans declared war on him. Currently, Assad is allowing Iran to become entrenched in Syria, from where they intend to attack Israel. Assad of course would like to destroy Israel too, but cannot. Israel has gone into Syria on numerous occasions to take out weapons caches being transferred from Iran to Hezbollah and they have previously destroyed Syria’s nuclear weapons programme, which was being conducted with Iranian and North Korean help.
        The second event is the Gog /Magog Battle described in some detail in Ezekiel 38 and 39. It is certain that those who come against Israel in this battle are Russia, Iran and Turkey, with Sudan and Libya joining them.
        Interestingly, Russia, Turkey and Iran are sitting in Syria right at this moment. The ‘hook in the jaw’ is likely to be oil and Gas, which have been found in Israel, and which these countries need to prop up their economies, which are crashing.
        The opening verses of these chapters is more accurate than today’s newspapers. The time is certainly near.

        Amir Trasfati, a Jewish Believer and Bible teacher deals with these issues on video messages. Find him on Behold Israel’s YouTube channel…….the Rapture, Gog and Magog, Daniel’s 70 weeks, The Days of Ezekiel, Europe ready for the Antichrist. Europe closer to the Antichrist, and many more great teachings.
        I hope this helps.
        In Jesus Name

        1. Hi Moira, I would just say it isn’t certain that Gog and Magog is Russia. That’s interpretation.

    2. Many believe the Holy of Holies of the original 2 temples lies to the north of the Dome of the Rock, and so technically a third temple could be built without removing the Dome. This would still be highly contentious however, and would require a man of great diplomacy to convince the Palestinians: hmm, a man of great diplomatic skills? One of the attributes of the Antichrist, of course. My money is on him being Obama.

      Of course, the Palestinians have done a lot of excavation and tunnelling under the Temple Mount, so the Dome might one day collapse anyway. Or, again, possibly an earthquake might remove it.

      1. Sound like a good idea.

        But if it needs a good diplomat and they are antichrists, you’re buggered really, aren’t you ?

        1. I didn’t say that ALL diplomats are Antichrists.

            • Rocks
            • Rox G on 24 May 2018 at 22:28

            Can you tell which ones are, though ?

  9. Hi everyone. Just an update to let you know that in the midst of false media reports that Israeli soldiers are killing innocent civilians, Hamas has admitted today that out of 62 casualties, 50 were Hamas operatives. In addition, 3 were Islamic Jihad militants. Israel has revealed that 90% of the protesters have been paid by Hamas. Further, the Egyptian Government have summoned Hamas leader Haniyeh and told him that they hold Hamas responsible for the fatalities. Since then, the violence has subsided significantly. Please realise that media reports are usually wildly inaccurate.

    1. It’s good that you are a so much better source of information than the media, Moira. How did Israel find out that 90% of the protesters were paid by Hamas ?

      1. Hi Rox. Israeli intelligence is second to none. They know exactly what is going on in Gaza and in Syria for that matter.

    2. Please post links to these stories, Moira. But here’s one, for Hamas claiming 50 of the 62 dead as their fighters:

      1. Sorry Stephen. I get most of my information from Behold Israel, Christians United for Israel, Israel Today and many other sources. I have been following the situation in Israel for years. I also have studied the relevant Bible passages. I have researched the history, doctrine and practice of Islam over the past 5 years or so.
        My preferred source for information regarding Israel and the Middle East is Behold Israel. Amir Tsarfati is a Messianic Believer, (former) Major in the IDF and now a Bible Prophecy teacher. He is an amazing man of God and 100% trustworthy. He has access to information from Israeli Intellegence and Arab sources.
        You can find information on the website or app, and YouTube channel, but be sure to watch the ones marked beholdisrael as some people reproduce and change his material!
        Two other good sources of information are Jack Hibbs and Don Stewart: Happening Now and JD Farag – Prophecy Updates – both on YouTube. Amir, Jack and JD are good friends. JD is an Arab Believer.

        1. Hi Moira, thanks but that’s not how it works here. If you are making a point, you don’t send people off to ‘find information’ on some website or app. You give a weblink in your comment. Then other people can see immediately what you are saying is true. If you look at my article, you’ll find every statement backed up by news links. These days, with allegations of ‘fake news’ swirling around, we have to demonstrate what we are saying is true.

          1. Ok. I can’t do that on my iPad. I’ll need to do than on another computer.

          2. I have tried to copy the links. Hope this works:

            From CUFI:
            Hamas is responsible for Gaza deaths: What the media isn’t telling you
            Click here to read more

            From Behold Israel:
            Hamas uses civilian population to hide militants
            Palestinians in Gaza and West Bank mark Nakba Day
            Hamas: 50 of 62 casualties in Gaza were members of Hamas

            Amir Tsarfati – updates on this week in Israel

            • Stephen on 20 May 2018 at 17:49

            Thank you!

  10. Interesting comments regarding a very sad affair.
    It interests me that we are, apparently, all after peace. ‘Let us have peace so that we can all live together in harmony is the cry.’ Frankly, in my view, it will not happen. There is no desire for peace within the leadership of the Palestinians, who want to erase Israel from the map. Any peace that might be brokered will be a false peace, the like of which we have all seen before. There is no answer to this other than for us as Christians to recognize firstly Israel’s RIGHT to all the land (including the west bank), and, secondly, for the Christian church to ‘get it’ regarding Israel’s existence. The whole peace process is a lie, perpetrated by the UN, which body refuses to address the reality of the evils of Palestinian leadership. That is highly unlikely to happen, so we have the continuation of a tragic spectacle of loss of life, perpetrated by the Palestinian leadership for publicity purposes, and effected by the IDF simply in their own protection. How difficult is it to change such a mindset.

    1. I agree Michael. There will never be peace until the Prince of Peace Himself comes to take up His reign. Although Antivhrist will establish a false peace for seven years for the first half of the Tribulation, as outlined in Daniel.
      The constant cry for a Two State solution is a ploy to take the Land from the Jews piece by piece. The PA have no intention of ever accepting Israel as a Jewish State and they have said that openly – but not to the EU!

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