Monthly Archives: June 2014

July 1, 2014 SnyderTalk: French Ironies and Jews


“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: may they prosper who love you.” Psalm 122: 6


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Michael Curtis—French Ironies and Jews:

Can France be considered an anti-Semitic country when Alain Finkielkraut, a French Jew of Polish origin, has just been elected to become one of France’s Forty Immortals in the Académie Française (French Academy)? The paradox is ironic: official recognition by France of a Jew being a vital part of French culture, while there are frequent demonstrations of angry French anti-Semites shouting “Jews out of France.”

For centuries France has been the setting for bitter political and ideological disputes of all kinds. Logically, it is difficult to explain all the reasons, although as Charles de Gaulle has said, a nation that has two hundred and forty six varieties of cheese is virtually impossible to govern. One of the most painful and heated of the controversies extending throughout more than a hundred years of French history, and still continuing today, concerns the presence and rights of Jews in France. Anti-Semitism in France, in both practical and rhetorical form, has been vigorous, divisive, and deadly, as revealed by the prejudice and injustice of the Dreyfus Affair and the dishonorable actions of the Vichy regime in its participation in the Holocaust during World War II showed.

The situation could have been otherwise. Though a Polish prince in 1264 issued a document granting Jews personal freedom and legal autonomy, it was the edict of the French Constituent Assembly passed on September 27, 1791 that can be considered the first real act of modern Jewish emancipation. With the decision to grant civil equality to the 40,000 Jews then living in France and to allow them to enjoy the privileges afforded all citizens, the French decree became the model for Jewish emancipation elsewhere in the Western world.


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Jeffrey L. Scribner: The Two-State Solution Pipe Dream— John Kerry used the word “apartheid” and upset a lot of people who should have been upset with him years ago.  However, the focus on his use of that word has obscured the real problem with his thinking, and that of quite a few others, regarding the present and future relationship between Israel and the Arab people living in Gaza and the “West Bank” of the Jordan River. The proponents of a “two-state” solution for the Israel-Arab “conflict,” which has existed in one form or another since the establishment of the state of Israel, have studiously ignored the reasons why a “two-state” solution is no solution at all.  Yet history, since the establishment of Israel, has clearly provided the chief reason why this will not work.  For a humorous but accurate quick history illustrating this point, see Andrew Klavan’s one state solution, advocating, tongue in cheek, Israeli hegemony over the whole Middle East.

Yoram Ettinger: The Arab street is boiling— According to the Saudi Arabia-based newspaper Arab News: “The Arab Spring is not about seeking democracy, it is about Arabs killing Arabs [and] about hate and sectarian violence. … The Arab Spring is an accumulation of years of political corruption, human rights violations, sectarianism and poor education systems. It showed that the Arabs were never united and are now divided beyond anybody’s imagination. We hate each other more than we hate the outside enemy. Syrians are hurting Syrians and the Israelis are the ones who treat the Syrian wounds [in an Israeli field hospital built on the Golan Heights].” Connecting the dots of the increasingly boiling Arab street highlights the 1,400-year reality of intense intra-Arab violent intolerance, hate education, transient (one-bullet) regimes, tenuous policies, non-compliance with intra-Arab agreements, which are usually signed on ice and not carved in stone, explosive unpredictability, lack of intra-Arab peaceful coexistence and a savage violation of civil liberties.

Robert Spencer: The U.S., the U.K. and Canada in Jihad Denial— The denial of the reality of jihad is thicker than ever, even as jihadis advance around the world. And it endangers us all. Former CIA officer John Maguire revealed this week that the CIA was blindsided by the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which now controls so much of Syria and Iraq and has designs on a great deal more territory. Maguire attributed the CIA’s underestimating of ISIL’s threat to The Company’s reduced presence in Iraq: “This is a glaring example of the erosion of our street craft and our tradecraft and our capability to operate in a hard place. The U.S. taxpayer is not getting their money’s worth.”

Col. (ret.) Dr. Jacques Neriah: The Future of Kurdistan: Between Turkey, the Iraq War, and the Syrian Revolt— In the wake of the steady disintegration of the Assad regime, Syrian opposition activists reported that several towns, such as Amouda and Qabani in Syria’s Kurdish northeast, had passed in mid-July 2012 without a fight into the local hands of a group called the Free Kurdish Army. Thus emerged for the first time in modern Kurdish history the nucleus of an exclusively Kurdish-controlled enclave bordering the predominantly Kurdish areas of Turkey. After largely sitting on the sidelines of the Syrian revolution, political groups from Syria’s Kurdish minority in the northeastern region appear to have moved decisively to claim control of the Kurdish-populated towns. The Free Kurdish Army was formed from the Democratic Union Party (PYD), a group with historical links to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party or PKK. The PKK, it should be remembered, is regarded by both Turkey and the United States as a terrorist organization fighting the Turkish government for Kurdish autonomy. The Kurds are reportedly concentrating their efforts on wresting control of Qamishli, the largest of the Kurdish cities, from the Syrian government. Kurdish forces have already captured the city of Ayn al-Arab in the Aleppo Governorate, where they are flying the Kurdish flag.

Ariel Ben Solomon: Experts Downplay Jihadist Threat to Jordan—The ISIS takeover of the Iraqi border crossing to Jordan has set off alarm bells. However, experts are downplaying the chances of the Iraqi scenario repeating itself in that country. David Schenker, the director of the Program on Arab Politics at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy and a former official dealing with the Middle East for the Pentagon, said Monday that Jordan has enough firepower to prevent a replay of the northern Iraq scenario. Prof. Hillel Frisch, of the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies at Bar-Ilan University, said, “on paper the ISIS should be no match for the Jordanian army.” However, the Jordanian army has not fought an extensive campaign since the Black September civil war against the Palestinians (1970-71). Also, the army remains dependent on the Bedouin, who “are not as blindly loyal as they used to be.”

Clifford D. May: Understanding the Mind of Jihad—In The Mind of Jihad, written seven years ago for the Pentagon’s director of net assessment, Laurent Murawiec explained that jihad implies “warfare with spiritual significance,” and thus cannot be seen as “a response to ‘colonial aggression,’ ‘imperialist encroachments,’ ‘Zionist intrusion’ or ‘American crimes.'” Jihad was the primary means by which the great Islamic empires of antiquity expanded their borders. Within the Muslim world, “sizable groups and schools of thought” view the West as weakening, in decline, unwilling and maybe unable to defend itself. They further believe that Muslims have a religious obligation to exploit this opportunity to expand “the writ and word of Allah.” “Modern jihad erupted in full force with the Islamic Revolution in Iran in 1979 in both the Shiite and the Sunni world.” Thousands of jihadist attacks have followed over the years since. Jihadists of the Sunni variety are now fighting on more battlefields than ever, and the Shia rulers of the Islamic republic of Iran, with their eyes on future jihad, have spent an estimated $100 billion to develop a nuclear weapons capability. If they achieve it, our grandchildren will live in a very different world. It’s amazing how many people still don’t grasp that.

Alan Dershowitz and Irwin Cotler: Pollard’s Release Is a Matter of Justice—President Barack Obama’s response to President Shimon Peres’s request for executive clemency for Jonathan Pollard was to refer the matter to U.S. Attorney-General Eric Holder. A group of American constitutional and criminal law scholars and practitioners, including six Harvard law school professors, Obama’s alma mater, have written to the president requesting the commutation of Pollard’s sentence to time served. In our letter we argue that “such commutation is more than warranted if the ends of justice are to be served, the rules of law respected and simple humanity secured.” Pollard was charged with, and pleaded guilty to, one count of conveying classified information to a foreign government, in this instance, Israel, an ally of the U.S. The usual sentence for this offense is no more than six or eight years, with actual jail time before release averaging two to four years. Pollard is now serving his 29th year of an unprecedented life sentence. The sentence of life imprisonment was itself a breach of the plea bargain wherein the prosecution agreed not to seek life imprisonment in return for Pollard’s guilty plea, his cooperation with the authorities and his agreement to waive his right to trial by jury. Judge Stephen F. Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First District later referred to the government’s breach of the plea bargain as a “complete and gross miscarriage of justice.” Pollard was also falsely accused of having compromised U.S. security and American lives in Eastern Europe, when it was Aldridge Ames, the head of the CIA’s Soviet/Eastern Europe Division, who had himself been both the architect of those treasonable acts, and the original source of the false allegations against Pollard.

Elliott Abrams and Uri Sadot: Facts on the Ground: Inside Israel’s Settlement Slowdown—On May 29, Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics reported that in the first quarter of 2014, the Israeli government had approved only 232 residential units for construction in the West Bank. That rate is roughly half that of the last decade, which saw an average of 1,687 units built each year, and a rate of construction that can hardly sustain even natural population growth. Under Netanyahu’s current government, construction outside the major settlement blocs has steadily decreased. The 1,500 units that Israel announced plans for earlier this month were in the major blocs and in east Jerusalem. Netanyahu’s government has unilaterally reduced Israeli settlement construction and largely constrained it to a narrow segment of territory….Israel is still constructing, but not in a way that will prevent a realistic peace settlement.

Michael Haltzel: Extending NATO’s umbrella— In reacting to Moscow’s aggression in Ukraine, President Obama has reassured exposed NATO members Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia of firm U.S. support, but he has shown little inclination to show needed leadership by putting another integral element of NATO policy on the agenda of September’s Cardiff summit : enlargement of the alliance. Obama’s hesitation, which has allowed NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen to put off the question of enlargement until next year, is unwise and unnecessary. NATO enlargement, a bipartisan effort that has spanned the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations, has been one of the most successful U.S. foreign policy achievements of the past two decades. As a result of their countries joining NATO, more than 100 million Central and Eastern Europeans in 12 nations from Estonia to Albania can freely elect their own governments and pursue national priorities without fear of foreign invasion.

Daniel Greenfield: Poor Little Rich Liberals—It’s hard out there for a $100 million Hillary.






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Temple Mount news. Really?!!

Abbas adviser forced to flee Temple Mount

Without allies against ISIS, US finds itself in the same camp as Iran, its sworn enemy

Iranian general says Tehran ready to help Iraq against ISIS militants

Report: Israel, US prepared to help Jordan fight ISIS

Palestinians say IDF troops handed out candy with note denouncing Hamas

Interior minister puts the brakes on Tel Aviv Shabbat store openings

Netanyahu orders state agencies to probe ban of Islamic Movement

Angry Israelis demand ouster of education minister over anti-gay remarks

IDF forces arrest 18 Palestinians in ongoing West Bank operation



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Watch: Kidnapped Teens’ Parents Visit Site of Their Abduction

Livni Abstains, Shabbat Transportation Bill Blocked

Netanyahu: Israel Ready to ‘Expand’ Gaza Operations

Egypt to Charge Two ‘Israeli Spies’

Israel Replacing Illegal African Workers with Jordanians

Suit Over Iran’s Internet Could Make Legal History

Rabbi: Protest Outside Defense Ministry

Meretz Runs Free Shabbat Buses Yet Again

Piron Folds, Backtracks on ‘Gay Family’ Criticism

ISIS Edging Closer to Israel








After rocket barrage, Liberman calls to consider retaking Gaza

Rocket fired from Gaza slams into Sderot factory

IDF uses candy to sway Palestinians away from Hamas

Gaza surveillance cameras pick up Israeli strike on terrorists

Israel monitoring ISIL but hasn’t changed military deployment

Ex-security adviser: Israel should bolster Jordan against ISIL

Iranian official says ISIL offensive a US plot

8 rebel fighters crucified by ISIL in Syria

Education minister under fire for dissing gay marriage

IDF said to arrest father of kidnapping suspect



12--Other News


EU demands ‘proportionate means only’ in search for boys

PM: Israeli Arab calls for abducting more Israelis are ‘outrageous’

Iraqi Forces Clash With Militants in Northern City

What is left of Iraq is to be kept united by Britain and the US!

ISIS’s Psy-Ops Terror Campaign

Iraq’s army claims victory over ISIS in Tikrit amid large-scale offensive

Turmoil in Iraq Spells Trouble for Oil Markets

ISIL’s actions expose rifts within Iraq’s Sunni rebellion

Israel should help Jordan fight ISIS, says ex-national security adviser

University Student Body President Asks Hillary Clinton to Return $225K Speaking Fee

SnyderTalk Comment: It has been reported that the student body president at UNLV asked Hillary Clinton to return her $225,000 speaking fee.  As slick as she is, she probably quoted Harry Truman: “The buck stops here.”

It reminds me of the story about the 3 television evangelists who were talking about how much they decided to pay themselves.  The first one said that he drew a circle on the floor that was 5 feet in diameter, took the offering for that show, threw the money as high into the air as he could, and said, “Lord, you keep what falls outside the circle and I’ll take the rest.”

The second TV evangelist said, “I do the same thing, but I say, ‘Lord you keep what comes down inside the circle and I’ll take the rest.’”

The third TV preacher said that he did something like it, too, but that he didn’t draw a circle on the floor.  He said, “I take the offering, throw it high into the air, and say, “Lord, help Yourself to anything you want, but if it touches the floor, it’s mine.”

I put Hillary Clinton into the same group as most of the television evangelists that I read about and see on television.  I’m not their judge: that’s Yahweh’s job, but I’m not stupid.  I’m skeptical about some of them and maybe most of them.  Those who engage in fundraising for themselves using Yahweh as their prop will pay a heavy price.

They are just like the priests that the Messiah talked about in Matthew chapter 23.  You should take a moment and read that chapter.  It’s shocking to say the least.

If you aren’t familiar with the way the priests lived while He was with us in Person, the following video will be an eye-opener.






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4--Scripture of the Day Yahweh

Genesis 14: 13-16

13 Then a fugitive came and told Abram the Hebrew. Now he was living by the oaks of Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eshcol and brother of Aner, and these were allies with Abram. 14 When Abram heard that his relative had been taken captive, he led out his trained men, born in his house, three hundred and eighteen, and went in pursuit as far as Dan. 15 He divided his forces against them by night, he and his servants, and defeated them, and pursued them as far as Hobah, which is north of Damascus. 16 He brought back all the goods, and also brought back his relative Lot with his possessions, and also the women, and the people.


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His Name is Yahweh explains why the Name of God, Yahweh, is so important.  It’s available in eBook format and in paperback.  It’s also available for free in PDF format.

  • God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘Yahweh, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’ This [Yahweh] is my name forever, the name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation.” (Exodus 3: 15)
  • “Therefore behold, I am going to make them know—this time I will make them know My power and My might; and they shall know that My name is Yahweh.” (Jeremiah 16: 21)
  • “Behold, the days are coming,” declares Yahweh, “when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch; and He will reign as king and act wisely and do justice and righteousness in the land.  In His days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely; and this is His name by which He will be called, ‘Yahweh our righteousness.’” (Jeremiah 23: 5-6)
  • Yeshua said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am.” (John 8: 58)


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Yahweh Said He is Our Only Savior

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14--Blessings from Revelation 2

Blessings in the Book of Revelation is a book that you need to read, especially now.  There are blessings throughout the Scriptures but Revelation is the only book in the Bible actually containing a specific blessing for reading it. It’s repeated twice, once at the beginning and again at the end. This is the reason that I believe Revelation should be the first step toward studying biblical prophecy. Though not easy to do, Revelation can be broken down and understood by anyone, not just the academic elite. So, Revelation’s blessings are for everyone.  Click here to order the eBook.  Click here to order the paperback.


Other Books by Neil Snyder

  • Stand! is a suspense novel that exposes the lies, corruption, and greed underlying the theory that man-made CO2 emissions are responsible for global warming.  Professor Wes Carlyle and Karen Sterling, his research collaborator, carefully scan the audience for their would-be attacker—a member of the enviro-gestapo who has been following them for days.  Wes spots his man in the back of the room leaning against the wall.  Suddenly, another man in the audience steps forward and moves toward Karen at a menacing pace.  With a vicious stroke, he swings a billy club at her head.  Click here to order the eBook.  Click here to order the paperback.
  • What Will You Do with the Rest of Your Life? deals with a question that every Christian has to consider: what should I do with my life?  Click here to order the eBook.  Click here to order the paperback.
  • Falsely Accused is a true story about a young woman who was accused of committing a double homicide.  It’s about a travesty of justice, and it reveals Yahweh intervening in the life of a believer to rescue her from danger in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.  Everyone will enjoy the book, but young people in particular need to read it because the mistakes made that led to the problem could have been avoided.  They were the kinds of mistakes that young people are prone to make.  As they say, forewarned is forearmed.  Click here to order the eBook.  Click here to order the paperback.

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