“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)
Russia, Turkey, Iran, and China Need to be Monitored Closely
The two articles below appeared on Thursday. The reality they reveal isn’t easy to see:
Love him or hate him, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s military intervention in Syria unquestionably upended Middle Eastern politics. Putin supported Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, established several military bases in Syria, created a de-facto Russian-Shi’ite axis, confronted Turkey and forced the West to re-engage with him.
While all the region’s major players feel the influence of Russia’s military campaign, one country overlooked by commentators analyzing Russia’s Syrian campaign is Israel. Israel’s interests vis-à-vis Russia run wide and deep and are impossible for Israel to ignore.
The history of the Israeli-Russian relationship is complicated, to say the least. The Soviet Union supported the creation of Israel in 1948, but then tilted towards the Arab world in the early 1960s and even threatened to attack Israel in both the 1967 Six Day War and 1973 Yom Kippur War.
With the emergence of Putin, though, Israel found the closest thing to a friend it’s ever had in Moscow. Israel and Russia share a common fear of terrorism, and in 2014 Putin was one of the few world leaders to support Israel’s Operation Protective Edge against Hamas, saying “I support Israel’s battle that is intended to keep its citizens protected.” In 2005, Putin became the first Russian president to ever visit Israel, visiting the Western Wall — Judaism’s holiest site — as well as Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, where Putin observed a moment of silence. The Russian president even reportedly purchased an apartment in Tel Aviv for his then-84-year-old Jewish German teacher. Putin returned to Israel in 2012 as the guest of honor at a state dinner and to inaugurate a monument to the Red Army soldiers who defeated Hitler in World War Two.
Jerusalem Post—Survey: Russia bypasses Israel as biggest threat to Turkey:
Israel is no longer perceived as the greatest threat to Turkey according to Global’s Turkey Social Trend survey published this week.
Conducted in 26 cities with 1,000 participants over the age of 18, the survey aimed to reflect the changes in Turkish public perception over the course of 2015. Participants were interviewed face to face on topics including politics, social issues and economics.
The survey, according to the Turkish daily Hurriyet, which was conducted from December 9-17, 2015 by Kadir Has University in Istanbul, found that according to public opinion Russia has ended Israel’s four year reign as the country perceived to be the greatest threat to Turkey.
“Although Israel had been at the top of the list of countries thought to ‘pose the biggest threat to Turkey’ since 2011, this year the Russian Federation replaced Israel on this list. The percentages of those who consider the Unites States, Syria and Israel to pose a threat to Turkey have fallen in 2015,” said the university in a statement upon the release of the survey results on Tuesday.
The survey findings follow an increase in tensions between Russia and Turkey after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian border in November, killing one of the pilots.
I want to make 2 points:
- Russia may appear to be a better friend to Israel under Putin than under any other Russian leader, but that’s not certain. Appearances can be deceiving.
- Israel has never been a threat to Turkey, but Russia is.
I realize that most people don’t want to dwell on scary thoughts, but we have no choice. Reality is what it is. Either we understand it or we don’t.
If we understand reality, we can prepare. If we ignore reality, it will bite us in a sensitive place.
Both Russia and Turkey need to be watched carefully. The fact that they appear to be at odds right now is beside the point.
Many nations on earth need to be monitored as we move ahead. Turkey, Russia, Iran, and China are the 4 biggies. That’s why I cover them in SnyderTalk.
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Caroline Glick— The Obama administration’s most covert war: Over the past several weeks, we have learned that the Obama administration believes it is at war with Israel. The war is not a shooting war, but a political war. Its goal is to bring the government to its knees to the point where Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu loses power or begs Obama and his advisers to shepherd Israel through a “peace process” in which Israel will renounce its rights to Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria. One component of this war is espionage. Last month The Wall Street Journal reported that Israel is a top target for American espionage.
SnyderTalk Comment: About a year to go and counting. Obama’s term as president can’t expire too soon for me. I hope and pray that we elect the right person to replace him
The divisions in this country are so great right now that it doesn’t matter who we elect in 2016. There will be trouble ahead.
If you don’t have guns and ammo, now’s the time to buy them. If something happens, both will be virtually impossible to buy in gun stores in a matter of hours, and it will take months for store owners to replenish their inventories.
Ben Cohen—Under Obama, America Has Been Humiliated: So numerous were the omissions, distortions, and flights of extraordinary fancy in President Barack Obama’s Jan. 12 State of the Union address that you’d be hard-pressed to pick the most egregious passage. For what it’s worth, then, I offer my personal selection. “On issues of global concern, we will mobilize the world to work with us, and make sure other countries pull their own weight,” Obama said. “That’s our approach to conflicts like Syria, where we’re partnering with local forces and leading international efforts to help that broken society pursue a lasting peace.”
Judith Bergman—With Friends Like These, Why Does Israel Need Enemies?: The US administration is concerned about a new Israeli bill, dubbed the NGO bill, which requires nongovernmental organizations that receive more than 50% of their funding from foreign government entities to detail the funding sources in all their official publications and communications with elected officials. Activists from the NGOs also will be required to wear identifying name tags when working in Israel’s Knesset, as lobbyists do. This bill is seen by many as targeting certain left-wing organizations that receive substantial funding from abroad.
David M. Weinberg—America held hostage: Not since the hasty helicopter evacuation of the U.S. Embassy in Saigon on April 30, 1975, or the crushing Iranian takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Teheran on Nov. 4, 1979 that ended up with 60 hostages, has America been faced with more humiliating photos. There they are: 10 American naval officers, kneeling submissively with their hands on their bowed heads, some with blindfolds, on an American military ship. With armed Iranian Revolutionary Guards standing over them; nay, lording it over them. In the Persian Gulf. With reams of confiscated American weapons and equipment demonstratively laid out for all to mockingly see. With a video voiceover from an Iranian Revolutionary Guard general who ridicules and threatens America.
News.Markets— Tepid ‘Fedspeak’ puts March rate hike in jeopardy: The chances investors place on a second interest rate hike from the US Federal Reserve, in March, are dwindling rapidly. The likelihood of another hike rose after last Friday’s stunning employment numbers, but Thursday’s commentary from Fed speakers has forced a rethink.
SnyderTalk Comment: The Fed Funds hike in late December was a bad idea. The timing was terrible.
The global economy is not healthy, and the U.S. economy is not much better. All those new jobs we keep hearing about aren’t great jobs. It’s wonderful that McDonald’s is hiring, but those jobs don’t add much to the economic strength of the U.S.
If the Fed is wise, it will reverse course on rate hikes. We are heading into a recession. The Fed and other policy makers in Washington need to be thinking about heading it off at the pass.
Will they? Time will tell.
Someone I know told me that it was only a .25% hike, so what difference does it make?
I told him, “When someone is standing on the precipice, you can push him over the edge with a finger.”
That’s where we are. Fed officials should know it.
Khaled Abu Toameh—How (and Why) Palestinian Leaders Scare the World: What do you do when your home has become hell? If you are Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, you divert attention from the mess as fast as possible. For a start, Abbas is trying to scare the international community into believing that without increased pressure on Israel, the Palestinian Authority (PA) will be forced to resort to unilateral measures, such as attempting to create new “facts on the ground” in the West Bank. Next, Abbas is threatening to renew the Palestinian call for convening an international conference for peace in the Middle East and to step up rhetorical attacks against Israel. Finally, Abbas has perfected the art of financial extortion. Every Monday and Thursday, as it were, the PA president has threatened to resign and/or dissolve the PA. This tactic has a twofold aim: cold hard European and American cash and a gaze directed away from the PA’s turmoil.
SnyderTalk Comment: Palestinian leaders are liars. Mahmoud Abbas is chief among them. He may be able to convince the world that Israel is an evil monster, but believers shouldn’t be confused. Israel is the bright light of hope in the Middle East.
Washington Post— Sweden’s relations with Israel were already bad. They just got much worse.: Israeli officials have a blunt message for Margot Wallstrom, the Swedish foreign minister: You are not welcome here. “We decline to host the Swedish foreign minister in Israel,” Tzipi Hotovely, Israel’s deputy foreign minister, told reporters on Wednesday. “The State of Israel is closing its doors to official Swedish visits.” An Israeli spokesman later clarified that the move did not apply to all Swedish officials, just the foreign minister. “It’s just Margot Wallstrom,” Emmanuel Nahshon told the Swedish news agency TT.
Times of Israel—Anti-Semitism drives record-high Western European immigration to Israel: Jewish immigration to Israel from Western Europe has reached an all-time high as a result of a rise in anti-Semitic attacks, a leading nonprofit group said Thursday. The Jewish Agency, which works closely with the Israeli government and acts as a link for Jews around the world, reported that 9,880 Western European Jews immigrated to Israel in 2015 — the highest annual number ever. The vast majority, close to 8,000, came from France where a rise in anti-Semitic attacks has shattered the sense of security of the world’s third-largest Jewish population.
Julian Robinson—Hollande: “Intolerable” for France’s Jews to Hide: French President Francois Hollande has said it is “intolerable” that French Jews feel they have to hide their religion after anti-Semitic attacks prompted a call to abandon wearing the kippah. “It is intolerable that in our country citizens should feel so upset and under assault because of their religious choice that they would conclude that they have to hide.”
Avi Issacharoff—Why the West Bank Palestinian Refugee Camps Refuse to Join the Violence: Even as the “intifada of knives” rages elsewhere, residents of the Jenin refugee camp are enjoying one of the calmest periods they have experienced over the past decade. And many don’t want it to end. I asked M., a former wanted man who served a four-year sentence in a PA jail and was an inmate in an Israeli prison before that, why no resident of the camp took part in the “intifada of knives” over the past three months. “It’s not an intifada. It’s a fad,” he says.
Shira Rubin—Israel Struggles to Combat Homegrown ISIS Threat: A growing number of Muslims are signing up to fight for the Islamic State across Israel’s northern border with Syria. The Israel Security Agency estimates that 50 Israeli Arabs have joined the civil war in Syria or are fighting in Iraq, and more may do so soon. The worry is that these fighters will return home to commit terrorist acts.
SnyderTalk Comment: This is in “East” Jerusalem.
- 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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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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