April 18, 2014 SnyderTalk: Let’s Invite Abbas to a Seder

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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Michael Curtis—Let’s Invite Abbas to a Seder: 

The Passover Seder is an occasion when Jewish people around the world remember their history. That complex past, embracing both suffering and happiness, is symbolized in the Seder service by the mixture of bitter horseradish with sweet parsley, representing spring and renewal. The collective memory is of ancient persecution, exile, pogroms, the Holocaust, perpetual anti-Semitism, present-day terrorism but also one of emancipation in democratic countries and the creation of the State of Israel. Above all, this story depicts the liberation of people 3,300 years ago from slavery and subjugation in the Egypt ruled by Pharoah to liberation, freedom, and sovereignty in a land promised to them.

The central part of the Seder is the asking and the response to four questions about the nature and significance of the festive ceremony, and the traditions observed and different foods that are eaten on the occasion. Those answers recall the struggles of Jews in their desire to be free: the coming forth from Egypt, and the struggle and rebellion against the Romans who destroyed the Second Temple. The memory of those struggles against persecution and discrimination is still echoed in the challenges today requiring the struggle against discrimination and anti-Semitism, the response to those who refuse to acknowledge the legitimacy of the State of Israel or who deny or minimize the relationship to the area of the Middle East that is still disputed, and also the answer to the bigoted and biased boycotters of Israel.

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13--Perspectives 2

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Yoav Limor: The markings of an organized attack— The terror attack near Hebron on the eve of Passover came at an especially sensitive time — not only did it coincide with a crisis in the peace talks, but it took place ahead of a series of memorial events scheduled for the next few days, which are automatically expected to significantly aggravate tensions across Judea and Samaria. On the Jewish side, a special prayer service scheduled to take place at the Cave of the Patriarchs is expected to draw thousands of worshipers to Hebron, spelling extensive security deployment. On the Palestinian side, the Palestinian Authority will mark “Prisoner Day” on Thursday with mass rallies across the West Bank, which Israeli defense officials believe are likely to escalate into violent riots.

Dr. Haim Shine: Indeed, they are trying to destroy us— An Israeli family was on its way to celebrate the Passover Seder in Kiryat Arba when they were ambushed. The father was killed in cold blood by inhumane murderers, whose only goal was to butcher Jews simply because of the victims’ Jewish identities. It was an unequivocal hate crime, carried out against the backdrop of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ demand to free the murderers of Jews, while turning them into national Palestinian heroes. In a society’s breeding grounds for hatred, where murderers are exalted, cruel things grow. Thousands of miles away, in Kansas City, a proven anti-Semite entered a Jewish community center with the intention of slaughtering Jews. The incidents were distant but close enough. Islamic and Christian anti-Semitism joined forces this Passover eve.

Dr. Reuven Berko: Jihad tourism— The Islamic-Arab world is currently undergoing dramatic changes. The Middle East has never been a place where balance has prevailed, but is rather a place driven by megalomaniacal ambitions and religious, territorial and economical motives, fostering violent unrest in the region; and now, the artificial countries built on the ruins of the Ottoman Empire are imploding before our very eyes. The chaos bred by the Arab Spring has resulted in many Arab nations being overrun by gangs affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas or various Islamic Jihad “tourists.” These terrorists have condemned the fate of millions in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen and Egypt, they threaten other countries in the Middle East and Africa, and they now have their sights trained on us.

Nadav Shragai: The ‘House of Peace’ on the road to Abraham— Four hundred silver shekels was the amount our forefather Abraham dropped in Ephron the Hittite’s extended hand, and “Ephron’s field in Machpelah near Mamre — both the field and the cave in it, and all the trees within the borders of the field — was deeded” (Genesis 23:17), becoming the eternal inheritance of the Jewish people and a sepulchre for its ancestors. Half a million Jordanian dinars was the amount paid by a different Abraham, Morris Abraham from New York, a descendent of the 1929 exile, through frontman Ayoub Yusef Jaber to the House of Peace’s owners in Hebron, making it a permanent inheritance for the city’s Jews as well, while creating the much needed, natural passage between Kiryat Arba and the Cave of the Patriarchs.

Elliott Abrams: GCC nations: Protections and risks— With the exception of Yemen, the member nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council range from prosperous to extremely rich — but they are also vulnerable to security threats from terrorists and from Iran. The gathering in Syria of perhaps 25,000 jihadis, the Iranian nuclear weapons program, and Iranian subversion are the major perils they face, but the risks associated with such challenges are magnified when their major outside ally, the United States, appears determined to reduce its role in the region. The GCC states have reacted to these risks by increasing their military budgets, and this week’s news includes this story from the newspaper The National in the UAE: “Saudi Arabia becomes world’s fourth biggest military spender” after the United States, China, and Russia in 2013. Saudi expenditures now reach $67 billion, the story says. The UAE is now 15th in global expenditures on defense, at an estimated $19 billion, according to the source of all these numbers, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

Dan Margalit: Keep calm and carry on (for now)— Atila Somfalvi did not relent. The Ynet reporter kept pressing Justice Minister Tzipi Livni what she would do if the negotiations she was leading fell short of a deal with the Palestinians. Her answer was the right one; she said that in the midst of a battle, one does not prepare for possible defeat. The fight must go on. Over the weekend, an editorial in The New York Times took note of the criticism Livni leveled at Economy and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett and her suggestion that he was undermining her peace efforts. But the paper ignored her answer to Somfalvi. In fact, it called on U.S. President Barack Obama to abandon the peace process, to act as if this was a lost diplomatic battle. To use military lingo, it said Obama should leave the wounded behind. That is, both Israel and the Palestinians. And himself.

Lee Smith: Internal Challenges to Abbas’ Leadership Behind Peace Talks Failure—PA President Mahmoud Abbas is now in the ninth year of a four-year presidential term. Staying in power requires keeping his rivals at bay. The leaders in the Gulf states are more worried about Iran and its nuclear program than about the Israelis. Their objective, right now, is to find a Palestinian version of Egypt’s new strongman, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi – someone who can take on Hamas and other Islamist factions, block Iranian influence, and keep his nation united, stable, and, most importantly, quiet. Mohamed Dahlan, the former Gaza-based Fatah strongman, has been living in the United Arab Emirates. The plan some Arab leaders are pursuing, apparently, is to strengthen Dahlan to make another run at Hamas in Gaza, then muscle Abbas out of the leadership in Ramallah.

Gordon Chang: China on the Edge—The second thing we get wrong about China is that it is safe to ignore periodic Chinese threats to incinerate our cities and wage war on us. They employ salami-slicing tactics, as with Scarborough Shoal… so that they do not invite retaliation. If we cannot say these things clearly and publicly, the Chinese will think we are afraid of them. If they think we are afraid of them, they will act accordingly. Chinese leaders do not distrust us because they have insufficient contact with us. They distrust us because they see themselves as protectors of an ideology threatened by free societies.

Boaz Bismuth: Putin’s battle of a lifetime— Ukrainians are going to elect a president in less than two months, but the fate of the largest European country depends on who controls its eastern reaches. Russia, which unilaterally annexed Crimea, has all but threatened to take over mineral-rich eastern Ukraine. But the roughly 11 million Ukrainians in this region — which make up about a quarter of the general Ukrainian population — are not as pro-Russian as the Crimeans, and Russia is well aware of that. That is why it is banking on destabilizing eastern Ukraine, hoping this would make for a smoother takeover bid. The lack of stability would also present another boon for the Kremlin: the elections that were supposed to restore law and order to the streets of Ukraine will have to be postponed. How can a country hold elections in the midst of a civil war, right?

James G. Neuger: NATO Bolsters Defenses Against Russia With Air, Sea Patrols (2)— NATO bolstered the defense of frontline member states in eastern Europe, recommitting to its original mission of fending off Russia in the wake of President Vladimir Putin’s menace to Ukraine. The U.S.-led alliance will upgrade contingency plans, hold more military drills in eastern Europe and step up air and naval policing on its flanks, Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said. “We will have more planes in the air, more ships on the water and more readiness on the land,” Rasmussen told reporters in Brussels today after the 28 North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies approved the bulked-up defense posture.

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9--Jerusalem Post

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Flyers call for Jews to register with pro-Russians in Ukrainian city

Israeli lawmakers say Abbas condemned Hebron Passover attack, his spokesman denies claim

Seven Palestinians injured in clashes with IDF in Hebron

Iranian negotiators rebuff hardline criticism of nuclear talks

Plutonium in the Islamic Republic: Make-or-break issue or simply a decoy?

Israeli-Palestinian peace talks set to resume Thursday

Israeli violin stamp recalls ‘tortured’ Jewish violins and their owners from Holocaust era

Merah affair: Sister and mother of Islamist terrorist arrested

Italy’s Jewish locals insulted by comedian-politician’s remarks

‘Mishpacha’ newspaper poll finds positive attitudes to haredim among secular Israelis

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10--Arutz Sheva

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Police, Troops on Alert at Kotel After Arab Temple Mount Riots

Shabak Head: Released Terrorists Can’t Return to Judea, Samaria

Religious, Secular, Haredi to March for Unity

Group: 12% of Israelis Forced to Take Passover Food Help

Official Calls for Sovereignty Over Hevron Area

‘We Should Teach the Arabs a Lesson For Once’

PA Condemns Hevron Shooting to ‘Bolster Image’

Injured 9-Yr-Old: ‘Good Thing the Bullet Stopped’

Jordan Blames Israel for Temple Mount Riots

Poll: Many Americans Consider Obama a ‘Liar’

SnyderTalk Comment: I wonder why.  Could it be because he lies constantly?

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Muslim Youths Riot on the Temple Mount

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11--THE TIMES OF ISRAEL

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Mayor of Kansas shooter’s hometown: I agree with his views

Abbas tells MKs he’s waiting for probe before condemning shooting

Israel: Palestinians stockpiling rocks inside al-Aqsa Mosque

Netanyahu blasts PA for failing to condemn deadly shooting

Lead, Netanyahu, lead

Passover call between Obama and Cantor may have turned ugly

Iranian killer’s execution halted at last minute by victim’s parents

Watchdog: Rise in targeted media killings in Syria

In footage, rebels claim new Assad chemical attack

US readies sanctions, demands Russia halt ‘provocation’

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12--Other News

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Al-Qaeda Affiliate Intends to Target U.S.

‘PA incitement to blame for Passover eve terror attack’

After Palestinian Gunfire Hit Her Husband, Wounded Wife Took Control of Car

Palestinians call professor who took students to Auschwitz ‘traitor’

Official: Iran will not discuss missile program

Report: 3 Hezbollah operatives arrested in Thailand

Hizbullah Has Abetted Assad’s Worst Acts

Saudi Arabia Replaces Intelligence Chief

Gun control groups join forces with $50 million from Michael Bloomberg

Jordanian jetfighters destroy armored vehicles crossing from Syria

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4--Scripture of the Day Yahweh

Genesis 2: 1-3

1 Thus the heavens and the earth were completed, and all their hosts. 2 By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. 3 Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.

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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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6--His Name is Yahweh Audio Presentation 5

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It’s time to remove the veil and tell the world who God is by Name.

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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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