August 2, 2014 SnyderTalk: Israel, Hamas and Obama’s Foreign Policy

1--Intro

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

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2--SnyderTalk Lead Headline for use

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Caroline Glick—Israel, Hamas and Obama’s Foreign Policy: 

When US President Barack Obama phoned Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday night, in the middle of a security cabinet meeting, he ended any remaining doubt regarding his policy toward Israel and Hamas.

Obama called Netanyahu while the premier was conferring with his senior ministers about how to proceed in Gaza. Some ministers counseled that Israel should continue to limit our forces to specific pinpoint operations aimed at destroying the tunnels of death that Hamas has dug throughout Gaza and into Israeli territory.

Others argued that the only way to truly destroy the tunnels, and keep them destroyed, is for Israel to retake control over the Gaza Strip.

No ministers were recommending that Israel end its operations in Gaza completely. The longer our soldiers fight, the more we learn about the vast dimensions of the Hamas’s terror arsenal, and about the Muslim Brotherhood group’s plans and strategy for using it to destabilize, demoralize and ultimately destroy Israeli society.

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SnyderTalk Comment: Trying to defend U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and Israel is becoming an exercise in futility, and it’s dangerous.  Obama’s policies are leading the world to the brink of all-out war between Islamists and every other person on the planet.  If/when that happens, whose side do you think Obama will be on?

I’m on Yahweh’s side.  Do you think He supports Obama’s attempt to force Israel to accept indiscriminate terrorist attacks as a way for life for Israeli citizens?  Do you think He has changed His mind about His promises to Abraham and his descendants through Isaac and Jacob/Israel?

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13--Perspectives 2

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Carol Hunt: Killing Children is Always Wrong, So Why Do We Blame Israel More?— Who can argue against the evidence of dead children? Who can watch four little boys playing soccer on a beach mown down, shrug and say, “well, all fair in wartime”? Few can. Very, very few. Yesterday, my skinny, tanned, happy little 10-year-old played football with his friends in the street beside our house. He saw some of the evening news on Gaza, complained of a tummy ache and I insisted on staying the night beside him. As I watched his little chest rise and fall, I wondered how on earth the parents of those four beautiful boys – and so many more – could ever come to terms with their loss. And then there are the 9,092 children who have been killed so far in the nearby Syrian civil war and the 2,072 Palestinians also recently killed there. Where are the marches and protests for them? What is the difference between them and their Gazan victims? “Israel” would seem to be the answer.

Rukmini Callimachi: Paying Ransoms, Europe Bankrolls Qaeda Terror— The cash filled three suitcases: 5 million euros. The German official charged with delivering this cargo arrived here aboard a nearly empty military plane and was whisked away to a secret meeting with the president of Mali, who had offered Europe a face-saving solution to a vexing problem. Officially, Germany had budgeted the money as humanitarian aid for the poor, landlocked nation of Mali. In truth, all sides understood that the cash was bound for an obscure group of Islamic extremists who were holding 32 European hostages, according to six senior diplomats directly involved in the exchange. The suitcases were loaded onto pickup trucks and driven hundreds of miles north into the Sahara, where the bearded fighters, who would soon become an official arm of Al Qaeda, counted the money on a blanket thrown on the sand. The 2003 episode was a learning experience for both sides. Eleven years later, the handoff in Bamako has become a well-rehearsed ritual, one of dozens of such transactions repeated all over the world.

Burgess Everett: Ted Cruz, Kirsten Gillibrand Team Up on Hamas—Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) united on Monday to push a resolution condemning Hamas in its war against Israel. The resolution strongly criticizes Hamas for using “innocent civilians as human shields,” tags Hamas and other terrorist groups with the blame for thousands of rocket attacks on Israel launched from Gaza, and demands that PLO chairman Mahmoud Abbas condemn Hamas’ tactics. Gillibrand called on the global community to “stand up” to Hamas. Cruz said the U.S. and the entire international community “must expose and denounce Hamas’ barbaric tactics and unequivocally support Israel’s right to self-defense.” The resolution is a companion to a House resolution introduced by Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) and Ted Deutch (D-Fla.).

Washington Post Editorial: U.S. Push for a Gaza Cease-Fire Should Empower Moderate Palestinians—The big revelation of this Gaza fight has been the degree to which Hamas has invested in stockpiling missiles capable of striking Israeli cities and constructing cross-border tunnels whose only purpose is to carry out offensive attacks inside Israel. Israel is insisting, reasonably, that its troops remain in Gaza at least long enough to destroy the tunnels. It is also making the obvious point that a solution to the conflict must prevent Hamas from focusing Gaza’s economy on the production of more missiles and tunnels. Israel is demanding that Hamas be disarmed as a part of any peace. It might be possible to make Hamas’ surrendering of its missiles the condition for steps that would enable Gaza’s economic development. At a minimum, new security provisions should aim at preventing Hamas from importing more military supplies. More broadly, the Obama administration should be working with Egypt and Mr. Abbas, as well as Israel, to end the conflict in a way that reduces rather than reinforces Hamas’ power over Gaza.

Ilene Prusher: Israel-Hamas Conflict: Differences Over Calls to Demilitarize Gaza—”Since the previous Gaza conflicts, there has been a clear escalation in the type of weaponry Hamas and other organizations in the Gaza Strip have deployed, largely in terms of the range they’re able to reach with the rockets,” says Dore Gold, one of Netanyahu’s foreign policy advisors and the president of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. “If Israel were to just reach a standstill agreement for a cease-fire, based on what transpired before, in a very short amount of time there would be yet another qualitative improvement, and that would amount to improvements that pose an unacceptable threat to Israel.” As far as Netanyahu is concerned, what comes after a cease-fire is critical, Gold says. “In the last few years, international organizations and governments have pressured Israel to allow Gaza to import larger quantities of cement, so that houses can be built, new schools can be established, hospitals can be constructed. It turns out that this was used for attacks against Israeli targets,” Gold says. “Therefore, the demilitarization agreement is needed to address this problem to ensure that Hamas doesn’t use this concrete to make tunnels.”

Josh Rogin and Eli Lake: Kerry Sought to Change U.S. Policy toward Funding Hamas—Secretary of State Kerry has been furiously working on a Mideast cease-fire, but when Kerry sent the Israeli government his draft cease-fire proposal on July 25, the Israeli cabinet rejected it unanimously. Moreover, a senior Palestinian Authority official said Kerry’s plan was an attempt to destroy the Egyptian cease-fire proposal. Israeli officials and experts said Kerry’s proposal altered the Egyptian cease-fire in many important ways, and in one case altered long-standing U.S. policy toward the funding of Hamas. The Kerry proposal committed to “transfer funds to Gaza for the payment of salaries of public employees.” Israeli and U.S. officials said the understanding was that money would be given to Hamas by the government of Qatar. A senior U.S. official said that the American government doesn’t like Qatar providing money to Hamas, which is still officially designated as a terrorist organization by the State Department. But Kerry was trying to reach Hamas and he believes this was the best way to influence them. Matthew Levitt, a former senior Treasury Department official, said: “We’ve had a long-standing policy of proactively combating the financing of Hamas and the U.S. government has done a lot in this regard.”

Efraim Inbar: Paying Protection Money to Hamas?—The developing international consensus to offer Gaza an economic package in order to convince Hamas to agree to a cease-fire looks like the “protection money” collected by the mafia. Moreover, what moral justification exists for helping people who are intent on killing innocent Israeli citizens? As long as Hamas stays in control, economic aid to Gaza strengthens its power and its grip over the poor Gazans. Allowing the continued rule of Hamas, as the U.S. plans, also undermines the rule of the more moderate PA leader Mahmoud Abbas. Instead of using the tough pictures coming out of Gaza to tell Gazans: “We told you all along that Hamas leadership would only make things worse,” Western leaders seem to have foolishly decided to bribe Hamas into behaving. Promises of aid send the wrong signal. It tells Palestinians that their leadership can make grave, deadly mistakes, and nevertheless gullible Westerners and others will bail them out. It also signals to Hamas that it can continue seeking the destruction of Israel; for if Israel repeats its military action, merciful donor states will again repair the damage.

Chicago Sun-Times Editorial: For Its Own Security, Israel Must Finish the Job It Started in Gaza—For years, Hamas imported tons of concrete into Gaza, material that could have been used to build desperately needed schools and houses. But what did Hamas do? It sold out its own people, doing nothing to better their lives while secretly using all that concrete to reinforce dozens of tunnels from which to wage endless war. Now, the Israeli military is systematically finding and destroying those tunnels, and it is obligated to finish the job. In this moment when Israel is confronted by an implacable foe that has rejected a cease-fire, we see only moral clarity: Israel must defend itself. What nation would do otherwise? If the tunnels are not destroyed, Hamas fighters will crawl through them again. If Israel agrees to link major concessions to a Hamas cease-fire, Hamas will have been rewarded for its violence. Israel has clashed with Hamas three times in six years. It is entirely reasonable that Israel would now do all within its powers to destroy Hamas’ military capabilities.

Masada Siegel: Who Is the Real Enemy?—I was working at CNN as a field producer on Sept. 11, 2001. In disbelief, I watched smoke pour out of the World Trade Center. Soon after, the building started to fall. My nerves were shattered and that was one tragic day. I can’t imagine danger raining down on my country on a regular basis. No American president would put up with America’s people being attacked nonstop. After September 11 America didn’t run, we didn’t hide, we took care of business, at a very high price: we lost over 2,000 American soldiers. In the process, estimates suggest over 170,000 innocent civilians in Afghanistan were killed. Should we have been expected to “broker peace” with al-Qaeda, a terrorist organization whose main goal is to kill Americans and destabilize the modern world? No, we would care about one thing only: protecting Americans and doing the best we could to minimize innocent civilians’ deaths. Hamas is the same entity as al-Qaeda, dedicated to destruction of Western values and freedom-loving people. Hamas is a recognized terrorist organization dedicated to the destruction of Israel and of Jewish people.

Frederick W. Kagan: Khamenei’s Team of Rivals: Iranian Decision-Making, June-July 2014—The recent crisis in Iraq and the nuclear negotiations in Geneva have opened a fascinating window into the efforts of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to bring rival groups within his government together behind a single set of policies. He appears to have been remarkably successful in mediating tensions between President Hassan Rouhani and Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps senior leaders. Much of the hopefulness about the negotiations has stemmed from the assessment that Rouhani is a determined reformer willing to buck the pressures of the “hard-liners,” the IRGC and the clergy. But IRGC and clerical criticism of Rouhani has died away. Indeed, Rouhani’s interactions with the Supreme Leader and with the IRGC do not show a factionalized government riven by power-struggles.

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9--Jerusalem Post

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US and UN announce a 72 hour truce in Gaza, Hamas agrees

Hamas Commander Mohammad Deif: There Will Be No Cease-Fire, Victory Will Be Ours

Netanyahu: Israel won’t agree to a truce that doesn’t allow IDF to destroy all Gaza tunnels

Israel must be probed for war crimes by world powers, UN rights chief says

Israelis to file human rights violation complaints against Hamas

Belgian doctor refuses treatment to Jewish patient

High Court presses IBA, NGO on airing of ad listing killed Palestinians

Palestinian delegation arrives in Cairo for cease-fire talks

Analysis: The hidden picture in Gaza

Hamas Shoots Protesters in Gaza

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10--Arutz Sheva

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Hamas Fires Rockets Following Ceasefire Announcement

Watch: Tunnel Shafts Found Inside Mosque

Booby-Trapped Explosives Built into Walls of UNRWA Clinic

Calls Grow to Upgrade Operation Protective Edge to ‘War’ Status

Hamas Planned War for Months in Advance, Says IDF

Report: Netanyahu Lashes Out at Critical Ministers

 As War Rages: 9 Years Since Gush Katif Expulsion

What if Rockets were Fired from ‘The West Bank’? 

Video: Hamas Firing Rockets from Civilian Areas 

Suspicious Turkish ‘Humanitarian Aid’ Seized

SnyderTalk Comment: Anything coming from the Erdogan government is suspicious.  I hope and pray that the people of Turkey can take their country back before it’s too late.

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11--THE TIMES OF ISRAEL

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Sides agree to 3-day ceasefire from 8 a.m., followed by talks in Cairo

Netanyahu says tunnels will be destroyed with or without ceasefire

Army to call up 16,000 more reservists

Security cabinet instructs IDF to keep hitting Hamas

Amid the tunnels and the traps of Hamas’s militarized Gaza

From tunnels to R-160s, a primer on Hamas and its deadly capabilities

Militants ‘blow up UNRWA clinic,’ killing 3 soldiers

Iran commando chief calls Gaza disarmament ‘a daydream’

SnyderTalk Comment: He’s right.  That’s why Hamas must be eliminated.

As Jews unite, is US youth moving to anti-Semitism ‘at light speed’?

SnyderTalk Comment: “A recent Pew poll highlights an age group that is less than ‘supportive.’ Instead of standing with Israel, the poll finds that a third of all young Americans aged 18-29 (Jews and non) in fact blame Israel for the Gaza conflict.”

Yahweh said that “all nations” will gather against Jerusalem.  How far away is the U.S. from that reality?  Answer: less than a generation.  Under the right conditions, it could happen in the blink of an eye.  That’s not light speed, but it’s fast enough.

US calls for Gaza probe, blasts Kerry’s critics

SnyderTalk Comment: Translation: blasts Obama’s critics.  Kerry is presenting Obama’s ideas.

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12--Other News

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W. Africa Ebola outbreak tops 700 deaths

Argentina defaults as last-minute talks fail

Is it True that American Support for Israel Is Waning?

Poll: 95% of Israeli Jews Believe Gaza Operation Is Justified

Prominent imam killed in Xinjiang violence

Moscow fights back after sanctions; battle rages near Ukraine crash site

G7 Leaders Threaten Russia With Increased Sanctions Over Ukraine

Happy to be alive: Filipinos tell of escape from Libya

Danish Prime Minister Refuses to Sign Nordic Letter Condemning Israel

Bolivia declares Israel a ‘terrorist state’

SnyderTalk Comment: This is evidence that Iranian influence in South America is growing rapidly.  It’s an important development.  Expect more Latin American countries to follow suit.

Iran has been very busy in Latin America for several years, and it’s beginning to pay off for them.  At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I’ll add that it all took place under Barack Obama’s not-so-watchful eye.  I’m beginning to believe that Obama is the best friend that radical Islamists have.  By design or by accident, he is doing things for them that they couldn’t do by themselves.

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4--Scripture of the Day Yahweh

Genesis 22: 20-24

20 Now it came about after these things, that it was told Abraham, saying, “Behold, Milcah also has borne children to your brother Nahor: 21 Uz his firstborn and Buz his brother and Kemuel the father of Aram 22 and Chesed and Hazo and Pildash and Jidlaph and Bethuel.” 23 Bethuel became the father of Rebekah; these eight Milcah bore to Nahor, Abraham’s brother. 24 His concubine, whose name was Reumah, also bore Tebah and Gaham and Tahash and Maacah.

SnyderTalk Comment: 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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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.

15--Concentric Circles 5

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