July 25, 2014 SnyderTalk: Is Peace Possible?

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

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Steve Apfel—Is Peace Possible?:

The question alone would give opponents, even the ungodly, apoplexy. God pro-Israel! At least one rival faith stands or falls on the exile of God-forsaken wandering Jews, and if it allows modern Israel to survive it will not allow it to thrive. What could be more in a cleric’s face than Israel thriving? So it is that Archbishop for life Desmond Tutu tells the nation of interlopers and occupiers and chutzpahdiks what God thinks of such effrontery.

“The Jews think they have a monopoly of God. Jesus was angry that they could shut out other human beings.”

We that have not Tutu’s gift to speak for God may speak for ungodly anti-Zionists, just a mite less doctrinaire than offended clerics. Bible narrative, insist the temporal Israel-haters, is only Zionism’s tardy excuse for brutally expelling a native people. Even if the Creator spoke with Moses three thousand years ago at Sinai, it was not to give liberated Hebrew slaves carte blanche to thieve, occupy and lord it over hapless people. On the contrary.

I listen to a pro-boycott Jewish professor remind Israelis about God’s stern warning to be kind to strangers, as the Ivri in Egypt were strangers, in their midst. A queer time or place, to my mind, for bible thumping after the professor and others spend an afternoon regaling Israelis for being strangers in Palestine. In that case, you’d think, why not dress down the Palestinian natives? Remind them to be kind to strangers in their midst. Jew or Arab: how difficult can it be to give one or the other favoured stranger status and keep to it?

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SnyderTalk Comment: The short answer to the question is “no!”  People who fail to see the spiritual war raging all around us will never understand what is taking place.  Sometimes, even believers have trouble understanding reality because of disinformation and half-truths that politicians toss out so casually and “authoritatively”.

For example, think about diehard Obama supporters who positively must turn a blind eye to his policies relating to murder on demand without constraint, legitimizing homosexuality, and the “Palestinian” cause.  Those policies are so far removed from Yahweh’s plan that believers have to wonder when Obama supporters pontificate about him.

I’ll be blunt.  I don’t think you can read the Bible, believe it, and then say that you support Obama’s policies or the people that he has appointed to do his bidding.  That’s not a racist statement even though diehard Obama supporters believe that it’s racist not to endorse everything that this incompetent president has done.  There isn’t a racist bone in my body.  It’s not a political statement, either.  It’s a factual statement that’s based on what the Bible says and on mountains of hard evidence.

This is the bottom line: our attitudes toward Jewish people and Israel tell us a great deal about our belief in Yahweh.  Chapter 7 in my book If You Voted for Obama in 2008 to Prove You’re Not a Racist, You Need to Vote for Someone Else in 2012 to Prove You’re Not an Idiot is titled “You Can’t be Pro-Obama and Pro-Israel.”  That’s a factual statement as well.  If you read the book, you’ll see that it is based on Scripture and hard evidence.

I fear for people who say that they believe the Bible and then support people for political office who stand for the exact opposite of the principles that are spelled out so clearly in it.  It is a frightful thing to take sides against Yahweh.  He isn’t a politician, and He doesn’t lie.  Yahweh is the Supreme Sovereign and the Judge.  People who think that He doesn’t exist won’t understand the importance of those statements until they meet Him Face-to-face, and one day all of us will.  Pretending to have faith in Yahweh is the same thing as not having faith in Him.  Interestingly, the literal meaning of the Name “Yahweh” is “I Exist” or “I Am”.

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Arab Terrorists Cut Power Lines to Binyamin Communities

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13--Perspectives 2

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Rabbi Menachem Creditor: I’m Done Apologizing for Israel— …So I’m a progressive US faith leader. I’m a Zionist in Berkeley, CA. I’m a Jew in the world, worried for my family. So here is my response to those criticizing Israel this week. To those who suggest that Prime Minister Netanyahu is over-reacting to the missiles, I offer this response which I have now shared regularly at campus and communal conversations: Israel is treating wounded Palestinians during this conflict, risking Israeli lives in surgical strikes to destroy weapons-smuggling tunnels created with building materials Israel allowed into Gaza for infrastructure projects to benefit Palestinian society. Just for a moment, consider the deaths that would result from Israel wishing harm on Palestinian civilians. In just the last 48 hours, Israel has allowed over 10 tons of goods into Gaza. During the past weeks, Israel has agreed to two humanitarian cease-fires. In the first hours of those ceasefires, Hamas rained down over 70 missiles onto Israel civilians. I ask: What do Israel’s enraged critics truly desire? How is it possible to hear indignant claims of human rights violations in the context of Syrians slaughtered by the hundreds of thousands, state-sanctioned terrorism around the globe, and young immigrants treated like chattel by the US and other? Israel is doing its best, sacrificing its own children to preserve the lives of Palestinians.

SnyderTalk Comment: The rabbi is beginning to see the light where Israel is concerned, but his notions of “progressivism” and “morality” are way off the mark.  He’s conflicted and he doesn’t even know it.  Keep in mind, though, that he is writing for an audience of kneejerk liberals.

Hilik Bar: How Many Israelis Must Die Before We Are “Allowed” to Defend Them?—Hamas rockets are aimed at Israel’s civilian population, and are unprovoked, sent with murderous intent. Since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge, Hamas has fired over 1,500 rockets into Israel. Israel’s operation, meanwhile, is dedicated solely to removing the capacity of Hamas to fire missiles into Israeli population centers and dismantling its terror tunnels. To discuss the concept of proportionality, one must offset the number of deaths against the aims of the operation. In the context of putting a stop to intolerable, hourly murder attempts against an entire population, Israel’s campaign is perfectly understandable. One wonders how the UK would react if a terror group overtook the Isle of Man and began raining missiles down on Britain.

Telegraph-UK Editorial: A Bloody Conflict in Gaza, But Israel Is Not to Blame—The Israel Defense Forces Monday issued a mocked-up picture of the Houses of Parliament with missiles raining down on the building, alongside the words: “What would you do?” It is a good question. Indeed, as the IDF continues its offensive in Gaza, it is one that Israel’s critics need to answer – but can’t. In similar circumstances, what would we do to protect our families and territory?

Anne Bayefsky: Ban Ki-moon’s Shameful Message in Israel’s Hour of Need—UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned Israeli military strikes in the Sejaiya neighborhood in Gaza: “I condemn this atrocious action. Israel must exercise maximum restraint and do far more to protect civilians.” Yet he said nothing about any “atrocious action” by Hamas. He also made no demand that Hamas “restrain” itself from fulfilling its goal of obliterating Israel. For the UN, no move that Israel makes, short of surrender to the Palestinian mob, will ever be sufficient.

Alex Safian: Are Israeli Actions in Gaza “Disproportionate”?—Myth: Because far more Gaza residents than Israelis have been killed, the Israeli actions are “disproportionate.” Fact: In the Pacific Theatre in World War II, over 2.7 million Japanese were killed, including 580,000 civilians, as against 106,000 Americans. Does it follow that Japan was in the right and America was in the wrong? Just having more dead on your side does not make you right. Proportionality in the Law of War has nothing to do with the relative number of casualties on the two sides. If a target has high military value, then it can be attacked even if there will be some civilian casualties in doing so. By this measure, Israel’s efforts to destroy missiles before they can be fired at Israeli civilians, even if that places Palestinian civilians at risk, seems to conform perfectly to the Laws of War. There is no requirement that Israel place the lives of its own citizens in danger to protect the lives of Palestinian civilians.

Benjamin Wallace-Wells: ‘Telegenically Dead Palestinians’: Why Israel Is Losing the American Media War—In many ways, the story of this month’s eruption of violence in Israel and Palestine has been depressingly familiar. But in one interesting way it has been a little bit different from the beginning: American audiences are seeing the story of the conflict, perhaps more than ever before, through Palestinian eyes. That this is the case is probably something of an accident. But after Israeli extremists kidnapped and murdered a Palestinian kid named Mohammed Abu Khdeir, apparently in retribution for the earlier murder of three Israeli teenagers, police detained and beat up his cousin, Tariq Abu Khdeir, a 15-year old Palestinian-American from Tampa, vacationing with his family. It is common for television news broadcasts to carry sympathetic stories of a local American kid tragically caught up in Middle Eastern violence. It is not so common for that kid to be Palestinian. Soon the networks were broadcasting sympathetic interviews with Tariq Abu Khdeir’s angry mother. “The Palestinians live like this every day,” Suha Abu Khdeir told ABC. “They kind of say, okay, we’ll deal with it. But us, as Americans, it’s just, it’s not human.”

Avi Issacharoff: Hamas Sees Itself as the Victor—Due to the high death toll among IDF soldiers and the devastating blow to the Palestinian civilian population, Hamas sees itself as the victor. The perpetuated myth of a massacre in Sejaiya has brought the organization an unprecedented degree of support among the Palestinians, especially in the West Bank. However, the myth of that “massacre” has also created panic among the Gazan public. The driving emotion among the residents of Gaza is one of mass hysteria. This means that during the next operation in Sejaiya, or in any other neighborhood, the IDF will likely encounter far fewer civilians. The majority of Gaza residents in combat zones will from now on flee for their lives – heeding the IDF’s warnings and not Hamas’ calls to stay.

Efraim Inbar and Eitan Shamir: Mowing the Grass in Gaza to Degrade Enemy Capabilities—Hamas left Israel’s government no choice but to order the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) to start a land incursion. Israel’s goal continues to be the establishment of a reality in which Israeli residents can live in safety without constant indiscriminate terror. Calls for reaching a “political solution” are totally unrealistic. Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Salafist groups see Israel as a theological aberration, and despite reluctant acceptance of temporary cease-fires, reject any diplomatic course of action intended to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The fanatic commitment of these militias to a radical ideology and to a long-term strategy of violent resistance turn the situation into an intractable conflict. Nevertheless, employing military force is useful. Hamas needs to be punished for its aggressive behavior and reminded of the cost it must pay for continuing the violence against Israel. Important periods of quiet are attainable by military action, and this is what explains Israel’s current offensive.

Alan M. Dershowitz: Has Hamas ended the prospects for a two state solution?— Hamas’s decision to fire rockets in the direction of Ben Gurion Airport may well have ended any real prospect of a two-state solution. Whether the regulators and airlines that have stopped flights to and from Israel are right or wrong, this stoppage cannot possibly be tolerated by a democratic country that relies so heavily on tourism and international travel. It is of course a war crime to target an international civilian airport, as Hamas has clearly done. Israel has every right to keep that airport open, employing all reasonable military means at its disposal. Since Hamas fires its rockets from densely populated civilian areas, there will be more Palestinian civilian deaths.

SnyderTalk Comment: The so-called “two-state solution” is an idea whose time has come and gone.  It never made any sense, but now thinking people are beginning to realize it.

Michael B. Oren: A Gaza Solution: Demilitarization—The key to ending the current battle between Hamas and Israel – and preventing more fighting in the future – is the demilitarization of Gaza. Simply put, Hamas without rockets is not the same Hamas. The Obama administration supports the establishment of a demilitarized Palestinian state. President Obama provided the most recent precedent for demilitarizing Gaza: the removal of chemical weapons from Syria. The U.S. must unite with international and regional governments to convince Hamas that it has no choice but to demilitarize. Still, Hamas is sure to cling bitterly to its rockets. And silencing the rocket fire may require reoccupying most of Gaza. That is why Israel must be allowed to maintain – and, if necessary, escalate – its pressure on Hamas.

SnyderTalk Comment: Demilitarization alone won’t work.  Hamas can’t be trusted.  It must be eliminated.

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9--Jerusalem Post

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Mashaal: Israel must end ‘siege’ for humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza

SnyderTalk Comment: “Siege”?  Hamas has been engaged in open war with Israel since Day One.  Allowing them to import weapons without constraint is ridiculous.  We know for a fact that Hamas uses the money that they receive to build tunnels, buy weapons, and support the lifestyles of Hamas leaders.  Lifting the “siege” would allow even more of those things, so it is a really bad idea from Israel’s perspective.  I like this idea better: Mashaal should be charged as a war criminal and tried.  If he is convicted, he should be executed.  That should be a concession for any cease-fire.

President Peres accuses Qatar of financing Hamas terrorism

Palestinian envoy tells UN to ‘bear witness to the despair of our people’

Kerry Intent on Gaza Truce

In Jerusalem, Kerry says some progress made toward Gaza cease-fire

Israel uncovers Hamas tunnel filled with maps, weapons, and IDF uniforms

Gaza mortar shell hits Ashkelon-area hothouse killing agricultural worker

Israel rebukes UN human rights chief for suggesting IDF guilty of war crimes in Gaza

If UNRWA handed rockets over to Hamas, is that a war crime? Did it have a choice?

Liberman to Ban: Israel outraged over UNRWA turning over rockets to Hamas

SnyderTalk Comment: Yes, the UN had a choice.  Lieberman is correct and I’m glad he said something, but the whole world should be up-in-arms over the UN chief’s duplicity.  The fact that it’s not is very telling.

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10--Arutz Sheva

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Kuwaiti Cleric to Hamas: No Ceasefire

Hamas Refuses International Cease-Fire Efforts—Again

British MP Stands by Comments Supporting Gaza Rocket Attacks

Paris Allows Anti-Israel Protests to Resume

Canada Demands Probe into Rockets at UNRWA 

Foreign Airlines ‘Surrendering to Terrorism’ 

Again, Rockets Found in UNRWA School

‘Miracle’ Recovery for Samaria Attack Victim

Abbas Threatens to Pursue Israel Over Gaza

Could Artificial Island Solve Gaza Problem?

SnyderTalk Comment: I think that formally charging Hamas leaders with war crimes would be more effective.  I know that executing them if they are found guilty would have a sobering effect.

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11--THE TIMES OF ISRAEL

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Cabinet mulls expanded Gaza op; FAA extends ban on Israel flights

Worried, weakened Abbas shows Hamas some love

57% of Americans back Israel in Gaza conflict

EU calls on Hamas, Islamic Jihad to disarm

SnyderTalk Comment: Is that a joke?  Actually, I know it’s not a joke.  It is evidence of stupidity, though.  I would say “naïveté”, but that’s not strong enough.  Why not ask the sun to stop shining?

Worse may yet lie ahead

Is prime Israel target Muhammad Deif overseeing Hamas’s strategy?

Paris braces for fresh pro-Gaza protest after violence

Hamas likens Netanyahu to Hitler on CNN

SnyderTalk Comment: Imagine that, a goon likening Netanyahu to Hitler for taking steps to defend his people.  There is an Elohim, and His Name is Yahweh.  One way or another, the day will come when Hamas leaders know that.

The terrible cost of thwarting Hamas

Snyder Talk Comment: The goal should be to eliminate Hamas.  We know for a fact that thwarting doesn’t work.

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12--Other News

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Cache of Rockets Found at Vacant School in Gaza

Americans Fight for Israel as ‘Lone Soldiers’ in Gaza Strip

Hamas: No Cease-Fire with Israel until Demands Are Met 

Egypt: No Amendments to Gaza Truce Proposal

U.S. Sharpens Criticism of Hamas, Urges Cease-Fire

Iran Can Afford to Say No to a Nuclear Deal 

India Refuses to Censure Israel

Gaza’s Ordeal Has Not Struck a Chord with Many Arabs

Aerial Photos Identify Rocket Launches from Civilian Areas

Germany, France and Italy Condemn Anti-Semitic Protesters After Violent Clashes

SnyderTalk Comment: But they didn’t stop the riots or take adequate measures to prevent them.  So, pardon me if I am a little skeptical about after-the-fact condemnations.

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4--Scripture of the Day Yahweh

Genesis 21: 1-8

1 Then Yahweh took note of Sarah as He had said, and Yahweh did for Sarah as He had promised. 2 So Sarah conceived and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the appointed time of which God had spoken to him. 3 Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him, whom Sarah bore to him, Isaac. 4 Then Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight days old, as God had commanded him. 5 Now Abraham was one hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him. 6 Sarah said, “God has made laughter for me; everyone who hears will laugh with me.” 7 And she said, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.” 8 The child grew and was weaned, and Abraham made a great feast on the day that Isaac was weaned.

SnyderTalk Comment: All of Yahweh’s promises to and about Abraham’s descendants through Isaac and Jacob/Israel will be fulfilled to the letter.  Nothing can stop it, and standing in the way of their fulfillment will cost more than you can imagine.  Bottom line: this is not a game, and what you say and do matters.  Read His Name is Yahweh.

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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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Isaiah Revisited

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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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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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