October 31, 2014 SnyderTalk: The Temple Mount of conflict

1--Intro Covering Israel and ME

“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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Nadav Shragai—The Temple Mount of conflict:

This is how a highly combustible situation is created on the Temple Mount: Funds from Qatar and Islamic foundations from across the globe are transferred as donations to the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel. This movement, headed by “Al-Aqsa Sheikh” Raed Salah, pays thousands of shekels per month to hundreds of men and women, members of the “Murbitat” (the male and female holders of the holy places on Earth), who have been on the mount for many months now. Allegedly, this is an innocent study group dedicated to learning Islamic scripture. In actuality, it is something entirely different.

Any Jew who has visited the mount has encountered them. They are bands of agitators who bombard Jewish groups that ascend the mount with chants of “Allahu Akhbar” (God is great), yelling and cursing at them. Occasionally, these shouting attacks go on for hours. Those with weak nerves struggle to withstand them; even the police on the Temple Mount are not always successful. They hurry the Jewish visitors along the short route allowed to them as quickly as possible. The main thing is to get out of there in one piece. This has been the routine for over a year, as Jewish visits to the mount have grown exceedingly restricted.

The past few months have seen tensions escalate, and there is no change visible on the horizon. This is no longer a matter of mere screams and curses. Al-Aqsa mosque has become a haven for rioters and a warehouse for light weapons — rocks, wooden beams, Molotov cocktails and metal rods. The hottest item these days — here, and other places, as well — is fireworks. The Muslims shoot fireworks directly at policemen and Jewish visitors. Against this backdrop there has been a recent rise in Jews visiting the mount. These visits, it must be stressed, are conducted with prior approval from legal authorities. In contrast to Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount, which generations of Israeli governments have prohibited — access to the site is supposed to be guaranteed.

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SnyderTalk Comment: “For now I have chosen and consecrated this house that my Name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will be there for all time.”— 2 Chronicles 7: 16

Islamists want to control the Temple Mount because it is the only place on the face of the planet where Yahweh said His Name would reside forever.

Yahweh’s archenemy is behind the Islamists’ lust for control of the Temple Mount, Jerusalem, and Israel.  Yahweh made specific promises about each of them, and His enemy wants to prevent their fulfillment.

This is the key to understanding the Middle East: it’s a spiritual battle between Yahweh and Satan.  The stories you read and the news reports that you see and hear tell about that battle.

It’s not Hamas and Fatah v. Israel or Islamic Jihad v. Israel or ISIS v. Israel.  It’s Yahweh v. Satan.

Non-believers reject that fact, but in time it will become obvious to everyone.  Be careful which side you support.  When the battle is over, it will be too late to choose sides.  That will be the time when the side that you chose will be clear.

Be sure to take a look at the articles below in this SnyderTalk post.  They show why the Temple Mount is front-and-center in the ongoing battle between Yahweh and His archenemy.

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13--Perspectives 2

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Zalman Shoval: Anti-Semitism on the Temple Mount— Since 1967, all Israeli governments have employed balanced, carefully thought out policies on the Temple Mount in order to avoid any major conflicts with the Muslim world, and this is still the right approach to take. In the arrangement made at the time with senior Palestinian Muslim clerics, Israel agreed, despite the heart-breaking pain, to prohibit Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount, and it granted, with certain limitations, autonomy to the Waqf to manage the area. Alongside that, it was promised that Jews, and people of other religions, had full rights to visit any part of the Temple Mount, including the two main shines: Al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock. Twenty-seven years later, when the peace agreement with Jordan was made, the Hashemite Kingdom was also promised special status on the Temple Mount.

Clifford D. May: Israel and the war of words— Last week, a terrorist drove his car into a crowd at a Jerusalem light rail station, killing a 3-month-old baby. Eight others were injured, including a 22-year-old woman who died a few ‎days later. The attacker fled the scene pursued by police who shot and killed him.‎ Terrorists also have struck in Ottawa and New York in recent days. So Israelis are not alone. But ‎many feel alone — perceiving that an increasing number of Europeans and Americans see them ‎not as a tiny nation on the front lines in a global conflict against jihadism, but as bullies culpable ‎for the war being waged against them.‎

Pinhas Inbari: The Role of Hamas and Fatah in the Jerusalem Disturbances—The deterioration of the security situation in Jerusalem is connected to the struggle between the moderate Sunni regimes and the Muslim Brotherhood, which seeks to make the Jerusalem issue a rallying cry. The Brotherhood’s strategy hopes to unite all of the region’s Islamic movements around the idea of the Muslim Caliphate with the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem as its hub. The head of Hamas’ Political Bureau, Khaled Mashal, published a special announcement calling “on our people to hasten immediately to defend Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa, and on the Muslim nation to send a painful message of rage to the world.” In Hamas’ view, it is the Jerusalem issue that can place the Palestinians at the forefront of the revolution unfolding in the Arab world.

Udi Dekel and Omer Einav: The Tension in Jerusalem: Preventing the Eruption of “the Volcano”— In the immediate term, the Israeli government must take decisive action to reduce the friction in Jerusalem and settle the volatile issues by means of the following steps: 1) an unequivocal public statement by the Prime Minister assuring that Israel will maintain the status quo that has been in place at the Temple Mount since 1967; 2) prevention of provocation by extremist Israeli elements on the Temple Mount, and a simultaneous easing of the limitations on the entrance of Muslim worshipers into the Temple Mount, provided there is a pledge by the Waqf that this will step not be exploited for violent demonstrations; 3) an invitation to Jordanian representatives to examine the events at the Temple Mount first hand; 4) firm and resolute treatment of elements fomenting unrest and inciting acts of violence; 5) restraint, in the short term, on residence in the houses purchased in Arab neighborhoods by right wing Jewish groups.

Burak Bekdil: Normalization between Ankara and Jerusalem? Guess Again.— “The Jewish lobby has lost much of its mythical power. Our prime minister’s rhetoric and actions have largely caused this. The way he [Erdogan] walked out of the Davos meeting [in 2009] has substantially tarnished Israel’s regional charisma. Despite all that, Israel has been unable to harm Turkey.” This quote was from former senior diplomat and member of parliament Volkan Bozkir, of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party [AKP], in an interview with the daily Hurriyet on March 18, 2013. In Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s mini-cabinet reshuffle last month, Bozkir became Turkey’s European Union Minister and chief negotiator with the club for Turkish membership.

Malcolm Lowe: Iran’s Nuclear Program: Chief Obstacle to Iranian Hegemony— For many months now, the so-called P5+1 countries have been negotiating with Iran over the latter’s nuclear program. The endless futile negotiations over how many centrifuges and how fast they should spin and for how long – have lost their way. Maybe the P5+1 (the permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) should try a radically new approach. Junk your entire nuclear program and hand over all your intercontinental missiles, they could tell Iran. Just get rid of the lot, like Assad who junked his chemical weapons. We were going to give him the Gaddafi treatment, but now he sits safely in power in Damascus. So just eliminate your foolish threat to ourselves and we shall gratefully watch from afar while you rebuild the empire of Cyrus.

Dave Bender: Israel’s Ambassador Dermer: It’s a Disgrace to Call Abbas a Peacemaker—Israel’s ambassador to Washington, Ron Dermer, said Sunday: “It’s one thing when fanatics are armed with axes, but it’s quite another when they are armed with a nuclear bomb, and this danger is approaching as the world approaches the agreement with Iran.” “Israel is very concerned. We’re concerned because a year ago some hoped that the tough sanctions regime on Iran would be dismantled only if Iran’s nuclear weapons program were dismantled. Today, the international community is prepared to make a deal that would suspend and ultimately lift the sanctions. But no one is talking about dismantling Iran’s nuclear weapons program anymore.” “You don’t have to be a nuclear expert to understand that reducing pressure on the world’s most dangerous regime and leaving it on the threshold of developing the world’s most dangerous weapons is not a good deal. The international community is prepared to leave Iran with thousands of centrifuges to enrich uranium – when Iran doesn’t even need a single centrifuge to have peaceful nuclear energy.” “We’re told not to worry, that UN inspectors will prevent Iran from breaking out or sneaking out to build the bomb. Well, I’m sure you all feel as safe as I do knowing that a few Inspector Clouseaus at the UN is all that stands between fanatic ayatollahs and nuclear bombs.”

Alan Baker: The UK, Swedish and Irish Parliamentary Recognition of Palestine – Legally, Historically and Politically Questionable—The British House of Commons, the Irish Upper House and the Swedish prime minister would appear to contradict themselves by recognizing that negotiations are still pending, but nevertheless at the same time prejudging the outcome of the very negotiation they purport to support, by calling for recognition of the state of Palestine. Clearly no such Palestinian state or sovereign entity exists and thus cannot logically be recognized. Similarly, no international treaty, convention or binding international resolution or determination has ever been adopted or entered into, that determines that the territories in dispute are indeed Palestinian. In this context, the Palestinian leadership itself is committed, pursuant to the Oslo Accords, to negotiate the issue of the permanent status of the territory. Accordingly, the outcome of such negotiations and the ultimate status of the territory cannot be arbitrarily imposed by external parties, including the UK, Irish or Swedish parliaments, or the UN. The accepted norms and requirements of international law regarding the characteristics of statehood are set out in article 1 of the 1933 Montevideo Convention on the Rights and Duties of States. The Palestinians clearly do not meet the requirements set out in this convention.

Gilad Erdan: No Shortcuts to Middle East Peace—The West appears to be losing patience for the Arab-Israeli conflict. Some are looking for shortcuts, including many undoubtedly well-intentioned British members of Parliament who recently called for the recognition of Palestine as a state. At the same time, many in the West are escalating their critical rhetoric against Israel, and regrettably, against Israel alone. Perhaps this focus is understandable. Israel is rightfully seen (and sees itself) as part of the West, as the only democratic “responsible adult” in the area. The Palestinians are seen as children — guiltless and unaccountable — at once victims of and heirs to the Arab world’s tradition of political irresponsibility. Treating the Palestinians as children, however, is the surest way to perpetuate the conflict, not end it. If there is ever to be a genuine peace between Israelis and Palestinians, both sides must make difficult compromises. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has explicitly and repeatedly embraced this basic truth and in turn has taken concrete steps to advance his and his people’s goal of a negotiated peace with the Palestinians. These steps — including an unprecedented freeze on building in West Bank settlements — have typically been met with Western demands for even greater Israeli concessions and risk-taking.

Todd Gitlin: BDS and the Politics of ‘Radical’ Gestures— Boycotts and divestments appeal to ideals of citizenship. Vote with your money. Make perpetrators of injustice pay a price. Raise the stakes so that, when they get their calculating minds around a cost-benefit analysis, they decide the cost is too steep. Often such campaigns are constructive. Others channel anger into postures of virtue that detract from a just end. They demand not changes of policy but the disappearance of one party. These are gestures—a stamping of the collective foot. Repeated enough, such gestures can herald crimes more hideous than what the protesters oppose.

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9--Jerusalem Post

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Activists try to storm Temple Mount after closure of holy site

Islamic Jihad: Glick incited death of Abu Khdeir; he got what he deserved

Netanyahu: Struggle over Jerusalem may be long, but we must act with composure

Abbas Wants Palestine Without Peace

Ya’alon: Abbas responsible for escalation in violence and terror

Exclusive: Palestinian minors indicted for attempted IDF courthouse suicide bombing

Chickenshit-gate

‘It all emanated from Poland’

Rivlin in Warsaw: Saga of the Jews did not begin in Poland nor did it end in Auschwitz

Jewish Agency board of governors feuds with Eckstein

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10--Arutz Sheva

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Rivlin: Terrorism Must be Rooted Out of Jerusalem

Why Yehuda Glick?

‘Gov’t Inaction Paved the Way’ for Glick Shooting

4 Arrested at Jewish Protest Outside Temple Mount

IDF Comes Under Fire Along Syrian Border

‘He Held My Hand': Yehuda Glick’s Mother Says He is Conscious

Conversion Law: Return of the ‘Druckman Compromise’

Feiglin Gets Extra Security Detail Amid Assassination Fears

Trip Cancellation a Severe Blow to Ammunition Hill

Liberman Slams Sweden Palestine Recognition

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11--THE TIMES OF ISRAEL

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Temple Mount activist shot, seriously hurt outside Jerusalem’s Begin Center

Yehudah Glick, shot in Jerusalem, works for Jews’ right to pray on Temple Mount

Suspected shooter of Temple Mount activist killed in gunfight

Suspected shooter worked at Begin Center, vowed to be ‘thorn in Zionist side’

For Jerusalem’s pyromaniacs, time is right for sparks to fly

PM blames Abbas for inciting shooting of Jewish activist

Israel closes Temple Mount to Muslims, Jews following shooting

Abbas: Closure of al-Aqsa holy site a ‘declaration of war’

Rightist lawmaker prevented from reaching Temple Mount

Iran says it foiled sabotage attempt at nuclear facility

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12--Other News

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Israeli Islamist Leader: Jerusalem Will Be Caliphate Capital

Apple CEO Tim Cook explains why he’s proud to be gay

Poll: 86 Percent of Americans View Radical Islamic Terrorism as Threat

France Says Conditions Not Right to Deliver Warships to Russia

Nurse defies Ebola quarantine in Maine, goes for bike ride as legal showdown looms

Sweden recognizes state of Palestine

Israel’s Netanyahu fumes at reported US slur

UN condemns Israeli settlement expansion

CNN: Making Moral Equivalence Out of Children’s Deaths

NYC Building Super Gets 15 Years for Hizbullah Weapons Plot

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4--Scripture of the Day Yahweh

Genesis 36: 6-8

6 Then Esau took his wives and his sons and his daughters and all his household, and his livestock and all his cattle and all his goods which he had acquired in the land of Canaan, and went to another land away from his brother Jacob. 7 For their property had become too great for them to live together, and the land where they sojourned could not sustain them because of their livestock. 8 So Esau lived in the hill country of Seir; Esau is Edom.

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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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.

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