October 11, 2014 SnyderTalk: The Middle East Problem is Multifaceted but it’s Not Complicated

1--Intro Covering Israel and ME

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


2--SnyderTalk Editorial 4


The Middle East Problem is Multifaceted but it’s Not Complicated

In a blog for the Washington Post titled “We’ve learned nothing in the Middle East”, Paul Waldman said, “If you thought that two disastrous wars in the Middle East spread over 13 miserable years might cure Washington of its delusion that the next war will solve all our problems, you were wrong. The truth is that the people in power and contending for power have learned nothing. And guess what: two years from now, somebody in the grip of that same delusion is going to be elected president.”

Waldman is correct.  We’ve learned nothing in the Middle East.  His subtitle is accurate, too: “That isn’t going to change.”

The Middle East problem is multifaceted but it’s not complicated:

  • Arabs don’t trust or like each other.
  • Arabs are the root cause of the problems in the Middle East.
  • Poor Arabs are envious of rich Arabs, and there are plenty of both. Rich Arabs are filthy rich and poor Arabs are dirt poor.  The Arab world, therefore, seethes with hatred.
  • Most Arabs are Muslim, probably in the 98% to 99% range, but they come from different sects of Islam and different tribes. Each sect thinks that its interpretation of the Quran is absolutely correct, and there is no room for doubt or deviation.  Since they have different interpretations and believe that fighting to the death to defend your interpretation of the Quran wins you a trip to heaven and 70 virgins, the fighting rages on.  Add legendary tribal warfare to that incendiary brew, and you have a real mess on your hands under the best of conditions.
  • Persians in Iran want to control the Middle East. Persians and Arabs don’t like each other.
  • Ottomans in Turkey want to control the Middle East. Ottomans look down their noses at Arabs, and Arabs don’t have fond memories of Ottomans.  Arabs lived under Ottoman hobnail boots for five centuries.  They didn’t like it.
  • So-called “Palestinians” are like stray dogs. They are a hodgepodge group with more than their share of troublemakers.  Nobody likes them and nobody trusts them.  Palestinians are useful to other Arabs because they are committed to Israel’s destruction, but that’s all they are good for from the non-Palestinian Arab, Ottoman, and Persian perspectives.
  • A sizable percentage of Arabs, Persians, and Ottomans agree on two things: 1) there should be no Israel and 2) Jews are responsible for all of their problems. They have been known to say publicly that Hitler’s mistake was that he didn’t go far enough.
  • Now there’s a new kid on the block—ISIS. It wants to take control of the entire Middle East region and rule Persians, Ottomans, and Arabs from who knows where.  Damascus probably for symbolic reasons, but not under Bashar al-Assad.  He’ll be dead if that happens, or he’ll be on the run.  After they have taken control of the region, ISIS plans to take over the rest of the world.  Europe will be first on their hit list for obvious reasons.  ISIS thinks that it will eliminate Israel in short order.
  • Nobody likes ISIS, especially leaders in Muslim nations—Iran, Turkey, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia to name just a few. They have a lot to lose if ISIS succeeds, and so do their fellow countrymen.  That’s why a seemingly incongruous coalition has formed to deal with the ISIS threat.

The ISIS threat to the Middle East is identical to the Arab/Muslim/Islamist threat that Israel has been facing continuously since May 1948.

There has never been peace in the Middle East.  In 1958, I remember reading a newspaper article about the Middle East problem.  It said the problem could last for decades.  More than 5 decades later, I bear witness to the fact that the article was correct.

Schemes cooked up in Oslo, Washington, London, Paris, Moscow, or wherever won’t change a thing.  In fact, they only make things worse.

Do-gooders can’t accept facts.  They think that money, soothing words, protests here and there, and heartfelt concern will solve any problem.  They are wrong.

You can’t help people who don’t want your help.  All they want is our money.  We’ve given them plenty of that, and we’ve received less than nothing in return.

“Blessed is the nation whose God is Yahweh, the people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance.” Psalm 33: 12






13--Perspectives 2


Isi Leibler: The Obama administration’s unprecedented outburst against Israel—The exceptionally vicious US condemnation of Israel with regard to housing construction in the Jewish neighborhoods of Jerusalem is not merely misguided, but also reflects irrational bias. Incidentally, this behavior also has many ominous parallels to the inhumane incarceration of Jonathan Pollard, despite pleas for the commutation of his sentence from all sectors of American society. The harsh outburst relates to a 2,600-unit housing project planned as an extension of an exclusively Jewish neighborhood adjacent to the suburb of Talpiot and Kibbutz Ramat Rahel, both within the Green Line. It incorporates primarily barren land on which Ethiopian and Russian immigrants had been housed temporarily in mobile homes. Highly significant – but a fact that is ignored – is that nearly half of the construction was designated to provide housing for Arabs. Construction permits were approved two years ago, but it was the far-left group Peace Now that saw fit to highlight the issue in a press release on the eve of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s meeting with US President Barack Obama in a calculated effort to embarrass the prime minister and provoke tension.

National Turk: Battle for Kobane: Kurds are pushing back IS terror militia—For three weeks, the Kurdish border town Kobane is (Arabic: Ain al-Arab) in northern Syria in the tight grip of the fighters of the “Islamic State” (IS) – despite the air raids by the US-led international coalition. After lengthy battles at the gates of the city, the battle has now shifted to the streets. According to estimates of the U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Florida in keeping the Kurds in Kobane the attacks of the terrorist militia still standing. The Kurdish struggle groups controlled “most of” the city, it said. In eight attacks the USA and the Jordanian Air Force, among other armored vehicles, a supply depot, a command center and barracks of the IS were destroyed near Kobane on Wednesday and in the night on Thursday.

Middle East Online: Creation of Syria-Turkey safe zone gets support of France—France said Wednesday it backed a proposal by Ankara to create a safe zone along its border with Syria to ensure Turkey’s security and host refugees fleeing Islamic State militants. In a phone call with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President Francois Hollande “gave his support to the idea… of creating a buffer zone between Syria and Turkey to host and protect displaced people,” the French presidency said in a statement. Islamic State militants are battling Kurdish militia in Kobane — a town in northern Syria that borders Turkey — and while air strikes by a US-led coalition fighting IS have helped push back the jihadists, pressure is mounting for more international action to save the town.

Breitbart News: Panetta: Lack of Flexibility, Hesitation Cost US on Middle East Policy—”I take the position that when you’re commander-in-chief that you ought to keep all options on the table … to be able to have the flexibility to what is necessary in order to defeat the enemy,” Panetta said. “We’re conducting air strikes. But to make those air strikes work, to be able to do what you had to do, you don’t– you don’t just send planes in and drop bombs. You’ve got to have targets. You’ve got to know what you’re going’ after. To do that, you do need people on the ground.”

Alexander Christie-Miller: Why Turkey Is Hesitating to Prevent Fall of Kobane—As the Islamic State’s three-week assault on the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobane appeared to enter its endgame, its last hope likely hinges on Turkey, which is resisting mounting pressure from its own Kurdish minority to assist Kobane’s defenders. “Kobane is about to fall,” President Erdogan told Turkish television on Tuesday. Turkey remains wary of the Kurdish-nationalist militias defending the besieged town. The Democratic Union Party (PYD), that has run Syria’s Kurdish-populated region since the Assad regime withdrew in 2012, has close links to the PKK, the Kurdish rebel group that fought a 30-year insurgency against Turkey and is regarded by Ankara as a terrorist group. “Turkey is more than happy that the semi-autonomy declared by Syria’s Kurds is being demolished by the so-called Islamic State,” says Cengiz Aktar, a political scientist at Istanbul’s Suleyman Sah University.

Yonit Levi and Udi Segal: Why the Gaza War Looked Different on Israeli TV than It Did on CNN—During the 50 days of war in Gaza, Israelis and the rest of the world were watching two completely different wars. In Israel, the country was under attack and it was all happening on live television: The camera leaped between different cities being targeted – showing the rocket’s trajectory from the Gazan border, the subsequent sirens, and civilians taking shelter in Israel and, often, the rocket’s interception by the Iron Dome anti-missile system several minutes later – moments of deep anxiety, followed by relief, over and over, throughout the day. Israeli networks co-operating with the IDF’s Home Front Command aired banners clearly stating which region was under attack, and in some areas where the sirens weren’t loud enough, this turned out to be life-saving information. The story Israelis saw on television was this: We left Gaza, dismantled all settlements, completely retreated to the 1967 lines, and the outcome was that Hamas took over Gaza and we got rockets, which at any moment might strike our homes. The world, in contrast, heard the story of Israel bombing innocent civilians. Israel sees a dark reality in which a piece of land that was evacuated and turned over to the Palestinians became a haven for terrorists who shot missiles into homes and dug tunnels into communities in order to launch further attacks. Good luck to anyone trying to convince Israelis to withdraw again.

David B. Harris: Terror’s Virus on the Northern Border—Ever since full-blown cases of the disease hit the United States, Canadians have dreaded the contagion’s arrival north of the 49th parallel. Its effects: blindness and a deadly incapacity to recognize and adapt to reality. The malady? The White House’s refusal to identify the leading terrorist enemy by name and combatant doctrine. President Obama began his administration by avoiding counterterror language likely to link Islam with violence. This reflected a civilized and practical impulse to avoid alienating Muslims at home and abroad.

Khaled Abu Toameh: “Remove Israel from That Map!”— The Saudi MBC TV network was recently forced to apologize to its hundreds of millions of viewers for using the name Israel instead of Palestine. The apology came after viewers strongly condemned the network and threatened to boycott its programs over the use of a map with Israel’s name on it. The reason Israel appeared on the MBC’s map was because of the participation of two Arab citizens of Israel in its popular Arab Idol contest. The show, based on the popular British show Pop Idol, is the most widely viewed in the Arab world. The two Arab Israelis, Manal Moussa, 25 and Haitham Khalailah, 24, are from villages in northern Israel. They are among many contestants from all over the Arab world who are performing songs on stage in front of four judges and the public. This is the first time that Arab Israelis have participated in the popular show.

Moshe Phillips and Benyamin Korn: Indyk ‘Cracks the Whip’ on Israel— As Yom Kippur sermons go, Martin Indyk’s was a doozy. Speaking at the Adas Israel synagogue in Washington, D.C. on the holiest day of the Jewish year, the former U.S. envoy to the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations accused Israel of showing “total disrespect” for the Obama administration. Indyk said many things in his Yom Kippur address with which one might take issue, but one analogy in particular stands out as especially disturbing. He said that he “discovered” in the most recent round of failed negotiations “that we would crack the whip, but no one was responding to our whip cracks. That’s a change.”

Kobi Michael: The Arab Peace Initiative: Reversing the Direction— In the current Middle East reality, the foundation for strategic interests common to the area’s so-called pragmatic nations, led by Egypt and Saudi Arabia, has grown. These interests are also shared by Israel. The Arab Peace Initiative could emerge as a conceptual and operational basis for realizing two shared strategic interests: weakening Hamas and foiling the threat posed by ISIS. As such, a regional coalition can be formed on the basis of the seminal idea behind the Arab Peace Initiative, which would help lay the foundation for a regional security regime based on intelligence and military cooperation. This regional coalition could remain relevant even after the establishment of the Palestinian state and continue to be the foundation for coordinated action against common challenges.




SnyderTalk Comment: This is happening right now on college campuses around the U.S. They think that they can sway the thinking of naive young people. They are correct.



9--Jerusalem Post


Report: Hezbollah attack on Har Dov ordered by Iran following explosion at nuclear facility

IDF strikes Lebanon after Hezbollah bomb wounds two 

UNIFIL denies Lebanese report claiming Israel used cluster bombs in recent attack

Israeli official: PA must choose between peace and terrorism

PA, Jordan blame Israel Police for Temple Mount riot

Hamas: Fatah will have no authority in any prisoner exchange talks

EU to ban dairy products from over the pre-1967 lines as of January

Jerusalem man stabbed to death possibly over issue of selling homes to Jews

Israeli expats in Berlin appeal to Merkel for help in facilitating ‘aliyah’ to Germany

Cross-border environmental group urges Israel to increase water supply to Gaza



10--Arutz Sheva


Police Prepare for Friday Rioting on Temple Mount

Hamas Vows Violence on Temple Mount Tomorrow

Arab Prisoner Threatens ‘ISIS Will Conquer Israel’

German IDF Soldier Versus 9,300 ‘Israelis for Berlin’

Explosive Found at Samaria Junction

Next Interior ‘Must Forbid Commerce on Shabbat’

British Soccer Player Tweets Selfie of ‘Hitler Mustache’

Iran Admits Testing Nuclear ‘Bridge Wires’ at Exploded Parchin

Londoner who Spewed Anti-Semitism on Bus: Guilty

Report: Blast at Parchin was Sabotage




Video Footage from Israel—1913





Turkey rejects call to lead anti-IS ground operation

SnyderTalk Comment: Turkey should not be a NATO member.  That’s becoming more obvious with each passing day.

British med student arrested in suspected IS terror plot

Israel’s UN Envoy: PA “Whitewashing” Israeli Teens’ Murder

Patrick Modiano, writer on Nazi-occupation, Jewishness, wins literature Nobel

Palestinian unity government meets in Gaza Strip

Suspect held for planned attack on Jewish center in Buenos Aires

1,200 academics sign anti-boycott petition

Shouts and stink bombs at Israeli film festival in France

Iran refuses entry to UN nuclear watchdog envoy

French city freezes twinning with Safed to pressure Israel



12--Other News


Russia Commanded Syrian Spy Base Against Israel 

Report: Turkey Traded 180 Jihadists for 49 Turkish Hostages

Turkish action against IS in Syria ‘unrealistic’

Isis in Kobani: Air strikes will not save Syrian town from militants, UK and US warn

Turkey’s Syria position spurs violent blowback

In rebuilding Gaza, everyone but Israel is expected to pay

SnyderTalk Comment: Wouldn’t it be great if so-called “Palestinians” had to pay for their own stupidity.  The fact that we’re paying for their foolishness raises questions in my mind about who the dim-witted parties really are.  It reminds me of the old crooked card game adage: if you look around the table trying to figure out who the sucker is and you can’t tell for sure, you may be the one.

EU Prepares To Impose Crushing Sanctions on Israel

Donors Threaten to Withhold Gaza Aid

Europe’s Alarming New Anti-Semitism 

CDC Director on Ebola: ‘The Only Thing Like This Has Been AIDS’

SnyderTalk Comment: He’s right, and just look at how effectively our medical experts handled that one.  With AIDS, global warming, and Ebola, so-called “experts” have gone with the politically correct claptrap.  They want to take science out of the equation and throw rational thinking to the wind.  With Ebola, they may get their comeuppance.  It isn’t picky about who it kills, and it kills quickly.  Small mistakes can mean lots of lives lost in a hurry.






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4--Scripture of the Day Yahweh

Genesis 33: 4-11

4 Then Esau ran to meet him and embraced him, and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept. 5 He lifted his eyes and saw the women and the children, and said, “Who are these with you?” So he said, “The children whom God has graciously given your servant.” 6 Then the maids came near with their children, and they bowed down. 7 Leah likewise came near with her children, and they bowed down; and afterward Joseph came near with Rachel, and they bowed down. 8 And he said, “What do you mean by all this company which I have met?” And he said, “To find favor in the sight of my lord.” 9 But Esau said, “I have plenty, my brother; let what you have be your own.” 10 Jacob said, “No, please, if now I have found favor in your sight, then take my present from my hand, for I see your face as one sees the face of God, and you have received me favorably. 11 Please take my gift which has been brought to you, because God has dealt graciously with me and because I have plenty.” Thus he urged him and he took it.

SnyderTalk Comment: Read His Name is Yahweh.


5--HNIY Print form 3

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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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.


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  • 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.
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  • 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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