UN agencies rebuke Trump: Abortion always part of sexual health

Stefano Gennarini, J.D.

 

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July 20, 2018 (C-Fam) – UN agencies are working with abortion groups to make abortion part of sexual and reproductive health policies and programming everywhere and for all, in opposition to U.S. President Donald Trump’s pro-life efforts and the consensus of the UN General Assembly.

In a Lancet article provocatively titled “Defining sexual and reproductive health and rights for all,” the head of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, and the head of the UN Population Fund, Natalia Kanem, gave a full-throated endorsement of a Lancet-Guttmacher report that promotes abortion and homosexual rights under the rubric of “sexual and reproductive health and rights.”

The article by Ghebreyesus and Kanem shows UN agencies are willing to promote abortion alongside the abortion industry, and on the terms set by the abortion industry. It is a direct challenge to congressional and executive U.S. funding restrictions on abortion, as well as the pro-life foreign policy of the Trump administration.

Just the title of the article is intended to close any debate about what sexual and reproductive health might include. According to the Lancet report, it includes abortion, transgender hormone therapy, surrogacy and other artificial reproductive technologies.

This flies in the face of the notion that every country may legislate on abortion as it sees fit, as the General Assembly agreed at the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development held in Cairo.

Few member states would have accepted the inclusion of abortion in UN policy at all in 1994, if not for such an ambiguous definition of “sexual and reproductive health.” In fact, UN agencies like the UN Population Fund have often told member states that each country can define the terms as they prefer. In an about-face, they are now saying the term was never up for member states to define.

While the 1994 agreement included abortion in its definition of sexual and reproductive health, it does not consider it to be an international reproductive right, thereby allowing governments to take different positions on abortion. In fact, the agreement casts abortion in a negative light.

According to the Cairo Platform for Action, governments must help women avoid abortion and must not promote abortion. The agreement states that abortion is a subject to be dealt with exclusively in national legislation without the interference of international agencies. And it presumes that countries will opt to outlaw abortion in most or all circumstances and that only “where legal, it should be made safe.”

In recent UN negotiations, the U.S. delegation vigorously defended this framework and has insisted on preserving it. While ambiguous, and even esoteric to some, this framework has stopped the development of an international right to abortion and denies UN agencies a mandate to promote access to abortion and changes in abortion laws.

Campaigners for an international right to abortion have tried in many ways to move beyond the Cairo document. Abortion groups and UN agencies have exploited the ambiguity surrounding abortion in the Cairo agreement to promote the notion of “safe abortion” for many years, but in recent years, they have ramped up their advocacy for abortion. (Click to Source)

Published with permission from C-Fam.

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EU Begins Legal Action Against Hungary Over ‘Stop Soros’ Law as Orban Visits Israel

The law, which threatens aid workers and human rights advocates working with asylum-seekers with up to a year in prison, was approved by parliament last month along with a set of constitutional amendments

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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban rekindles the eternal flame during a memorial ceremony at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem, July 19, 2018. Oded Balilty/AP

The European Commission sent a formal letter of notice to Hungary, the first step of an infringement procedure, over the government’s “Stop Soros” law during the second day of Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s visit to Israel. The law has been named after Hungarian-American billionaire and philanthropist George Soros, whose foundations support some of the Hungarian civic groups targeted by the legislation.

The law, which threatens aid workers and human rights advocates working with asylum-seekers with up to a year in prison, was approved by parliament last month along with a set of constitutional amendments.

Orban’s Fidesz party has rejected the EU infringement procedure, saying it “confirms that Brussels favors migration and defends to Soros organizations.”

Anyone in Hungary who declares himself a Jew can feel safe in Hungary, Orban said Thursday morning as he met with Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu as he kicked off an official two-day visit.

Orban paid a visit to Jerusalem’s Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial center Thursday where demonstrators gathered outside the center in protest of his visit.

Orban told Netanyahu that he believes “excellent ties between Israel and Hungary” are in large part the result of personal ties between the leaders – and that he thinks “this is because both countries have a patriotic leader.”

The Hungarian leader also asserted that “modern anti-Semitism” is on the rise in western Europe while decreasing in eastern Europe, adding that Hungary has zero tolerance for anti-Semitic statements.

Netanyahu told Orban that they both understand the threat that radical Islam poses to Europe, Israel and Arab countries. “Iran is the greatest threat and we are the front-line protecting Europe as well,” Netanyahu said. The prime minister also thanked Orban for Hungary’s support for Israel on the international stage.

EU refers Hungarian asylum policies to European court

Hungary has been referred to the European Union’s highest court for perceived failings to comply with the bloc’s asylum rules and is facing censure for legislation criminalizing the support of asylum-seekers by civic groups.

In a statement Thursday, the EU’s executive arm said it made the decision to turn to the courts — the last stage of a procedure that began in December 2015 — because it considered “the majority of the concerns raised have still not been addressed.”

Among other points, the European Commission considers Hungary’s asylum procedures too restrictive, with reception conditions for asylum-seekers also seen breaching EU rules.

Relations between the EU and Hungary have been strained in part by the strict anti-migration and anti-refugee positions of Orban’s government. Orban, re-elected earlier this year, has been at the forefront of keeping migrants from war zones such as Syria out of Europe since the crisis became particularly acute in 2015.

The EU also objected to Hungary’s procedure rejecting asylum-seekers, saying “it fails to ensure that return decisions are issued individually and include information on legal remedies.”

As a result, it said migrants “risk being returned without the appropriate safeguards and in breach of the non-refoulement principle,” which forbids the return of asylum-seekers to places where they could be at risk of persecution.

In a statement, the party said Hungary’s anti-migration laws “evidently bother all those who want to flood Europe with migrants.” It said it considered the current procedure as a “new political pressure on our homeland and proves that Soros has his people in the commission in Brussels.”

Amnesty International called the EU decision “a clear and unambiguous message that Hungary’s xenophobic policies will not be tolerated.”

Hungary built fences on its southern borders to divert the flow of migrants in late 2015 and Orban has said repeatedly that the influx into Europe of mostly Muslim migrants must be stopped or the continent’s Christian values, lifestyle and culture will be lost.

The United Nations, the Council of Europe and other international bodies also have been highly critical of Hungary’s anti-migration rules, comments which Orban’s government usually dismisses as biased and unfounded. (Click to Source)

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Mother Has Vision of Demons Choking Her Daughter at the Very Moment She Overdosed

KELLIE VAN GILDER/BGEA

Helpless. Alone.

Those are two feelings both Brooke and her mother shared during the height of Brooke’s heroin addiction.

Brooke, a straight-A student born in a wealthy churchgoing family, hated herself for losing control of her life. Her mother, a prominent psychologist of 30-some years, blamed herself.

Neither one saw this coming. Brooke grew up singing in church with her mother. She remembers accepting Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior at 6 years old. Meanwhile, her mother tried to look out for the best interest of her daughters.

But even the best-intentioned, God-centered parenting meets its match against the realities of everyday life. Brooke started taking Xanax for anxiety after some rough moments during her teenage years. In college, she applied herself equally to making good grades and partying and drinking. She was hospitalized 18 times for what appeared to her mother to be legitimate medical reasons such as pneumonia, bronchitis and kidney issues.

But everything changed after Brooke experienced complications delivering her daughter at age 22. She said the doctor prescribed Dilaudid, a hydromorphone so potent the U.S. National Library of Medicine cautions against letting the liquid form touch your bare skin or clothes. The site also suggests some patients will have to be weaned off the highly addictive opioid.

“That was the beginning of my opiate addiction,” Brooke said. “I was very over-prescribed. All types of pain pills for things that weren’t very serious.”

Additional pain pills weren’t hard to find at her job as a health care professional. She occasionally stole her patients’ medicines. Before she knew it, she was taking 300 milligrams of opioids a day (typically 10 pills of 30mg Roxicodone), and the nerves her opioid abuse had opened screamed at her for more every time the high wore off.

“It was all prescriptions, and then one day I couldn’t get them anymore. Someone told me heroin is the exact same as a pain pill so I said, ‘OK.'” I was addicted at this point. I couldn’t go a day without them or I’d get really sick.”

Think about the worst flu you’ve ever had. Times 100. That’s just a small taste of what opioid withdrawal is like, so heroin, an illegal opioid, seemed like the easiest way to prevent getting sick. At first she snorted it. She remained somewhat functional around her family and friends.

“Apparently I hid it very well, but once I started using the needle, my life got really out of control,” Brooke said.

An intravenous dose of heroin hits the user’s bloodstream immediately, bringing instant relief to all those fired-up nerves. But that little needle also delivered a seemingly unending dose of destruction. Brooke lost her job, her family, her daughter. Her family staged an intervention with her, and she agreed to go to rehab in December 2013.

“It was so surreal, like an out-of-body experience,” Brooke remembered, saying she weighed just 98 pounds then. Her liver was so taxed her skin had turned an ashy gray/green color. “But I was in such denial at that point.”

Her sense of entitlement didn’t do her any favors in rehab. She was kicked out after 10 days. Her mom swooped in, picked her up and took her to the next center. This continued nine more times to the tune of more than $100,000 until finally, her mother realized that she couldn’t fix it.

‘Hardest Thing I’ve Ever Done as a Mom’

During Brooke’s struggles, her mom, Robin, attended help meetings for herself in another town since she was too ashamed to find one locally. She started seeing things she needed to fix in her own life—learning boundaries, for instance, or quelling her desire to fix everything. But she never quit praying for her oldest daughter.

The hardest moment happened after Brooke’s final rehab stint failed. Brooke didn’t want to go back, and Robin couldn’t make her. Robin and Brooke’s dad, often split over how to handle her situation, agreed that Brooke couldn’t come to either of their homes.

“I had to get to that point, and it killed me,” Robin said. “I have this one picture of Jesus leaning over that cliff reaching for the one out of the 99. I prayed with that picture crying so many times that God would please help Brooke when I knew the drugs were running her. I was just waiting for that call [that Brooke fatally overdosed]. God, I know I shouldn’t say that, but I feel like I’m going to get that call, and if I get it, I know You’re going to help me, but I just don’t know if she’s going to live another day.

“And me having to lock my door and say, ‘You cannot come here,’ and not give her any money. She had no money, no food, and she was out there killing herself. I had to let go and give her totally to God so she could get well. That was the hardest thing I’ve ever done as a mom.”

Robin stayed in Brooke’s life during this time, though. It wasn’t unusual for her to visit her daughter at her hotel room with fast food and food cards, things she hoped wouldn’t be used to score more heroin.

“I would sit on the bed with her in her hotel and give her food cards to Burger King where she could walk to get food, and then I would go get in my car and I would cry uncontrollably for 30 minutes before leaving her, knowing I might not see her again.”

‘I Wanted to Just Not Wake Up’

Brooke knew in her heart she wanted to get clean, and she knew she couldn’t do it on her own. She didn’t know what to do. And she felt as though she had let everybody down. Turning to the church seemed out of the question because she was too embarrassed. She had become the person she never thought she’d be. She stole from her family. She was brought up on charges after someone overdosed at her house. She even used her then-boyfriend’s heroin in his hospital room while he recovered from a near-fatal overdose. This wasn’t the life she wanted, either, but she felt stuck.

“I knew the Lord, and that’s what made my addiction so miserable,” Brooke said. “It was just so miserable because I knew better.

“[My mom] commended me to the Lord, and I think I was already kind of dead in my family’s eyes because they had tried for years at the best treatment centers around, but nothing worked. I went to do a shot of heroin to kill myself. I knew how much I was used to doing, and I did like the whole needle. I wanted to just not wake up. I was so miserable and hated myself and felt like such a piece of trash.”

She woke up 24 hours later after some people found her and administered three doses of nalaxone, a nasal spray often called NARCAN that can reverse an overdose. This medicine is often carried and administered by law enforcement officials and emergency personnel, but in 2017, Walgreens and CVS were given the green light to sell it over the counter in 40-some states.

In Brooke’s case, a neighbor had the life-saving third dose that brought her back.

“When I woke up, I remember being in such darkness. It was like a black hole I was sucked in and just oppression and depression. It was like a spiritual fight right there.”

The battle wasn’t limited to Brooke’s area. That same morning she was revived, her mother was in church singing worship when she said she had a vision that demons were choking the life out of her daughter. Robin stopped singing.

“I literally said, ‘In Jesus’ name, get your hands off her. You’re not going to kill my daughter. She belongs to Jesus,”’ Robin said. “I said it several times. I said it emphatically but not really loud. I don’t know if anybody else heard me.”

‘You Can’t Do This Without Jesus’

Two days later, Brooke called her mom from jail. Her drug abuse had landed her behind bars for the sixth time, and the cold-turkey, flu-like detox was yet again unkind.

“God stopped me from going to jail a lot, but that was the only way that I was going to listen and cry out for Him,” Brooke said. “I was so miserable. It really gave me time to sober up and think about what am I doing?

“I made a commitment right then [after hearing her mom’s vision]: God, I’m doing this Your way.”

Brooke knew a quick rehab trip wasn’t the answer so she looked into the Gastonia’s Potters House near Charlotte, North Carolina, which she learned about from another inmate. Client Director Danielle Crowley, a graduate of the 18-month women’s rehabilitation facility, visited Brooke in jail.

“The first thing she said to me, she said, ‘You know you can’t do this without Jesus, right?'” Brooke said.

At the Potters House, the focus is all on Jesus. Newly admitted patients cannot have cellphones or visitors, and even their television access is limited. Director Cindy Marshall, who celebrated her 28th year of recovery this past February, started the Potters House in 2003 as a way to minister to women trying to start a clean life. During the last year, Marshall said the faith-based, nonprofit rehab has seen a 70 percent increase in applicants like Brooke who want to be free of opioid addiction.

At the Potters House, it’s not just about staying clean; it’s about living a brand-new life in Jesus. It’s about declaring God’s promises every day and living them out, spending time every day in God’s Word.

“This is a lifestyle,” Danielle said. “The goal isn’t to be sober. The goal is to change your life, to live a different life. It’s a completely different lifestyle. If you’re willing to go to a quarter of any length you were to get your drugs, then you’ll make it. If you’ll just put that much into it and surrender, you’ll make it.”

A Truly New Life

Brooke has been at the Potters House for about a year now. She’s learned who she is in Christ, and even though her 6-year-old self never could have seen this coming, she has a passion now for ministering to people, particularly women, dealing with addiction. During the week, Brooke and other residents at Potters House visit a local detox center in Gaston County, North Carolina, to share their testimonies and be an encouragement.

Meanwhile, her mother is learning to share more about her side of the struggle, and it’s clear she’s not alone. Tragically, three people she knows have lost loved ones to overdoses just within the last two years. Robin also has shared her story from the pulpit, talking with one North Carolina church recently.

“The stigma is to admit that your child is an addict or alcoholic,” Robin said. “You feel that it reflects on your parenting and that you had to do something wrong if all these other kids that are there are doing well, so it’s really hard to talk about it. And then I don’t want to break Brooke’s confidence and tell things that she doesn’t want to have told. Satan uses that feeling of shame.”

Brooke was consumed with shame during her opioid abuse, keeping her from the people who most wanted to help her. But now, there’s a radiance that seems to flow from Brooke when she talks about life today. Sitting in the Potters House this past February in a North Carolina hoodie, she couldn’t help but reiterate how grateful she was to be there, a new creation free from her heroin addiction.

“The only thing that’s bigger than addiction is Jesus,” Brooke said. “I can’t imagine living any other way now.”  (Click to Source)

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TorahScope: Devarim – Words – The Fighting Father’s Promised Plan Reiterated – 15 July, 2018

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Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22
Isaiah 1:1-27

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“The Fighting Father’s Promised Plan Reiterated”


by Mark Huey

This week as the final book of the Torah commences, our parashahDevarim, essentially begins a lengthy reiteration of the forty year desert sojourn of the Israelites, with reminders of the Lord’s promises sprinkled in among the testimony of a people challenged with trust in the Almighty. The aged prophet/leader, Moses, was fully aware of the stark reality that he would not be allowed to enter the Promised Land, so in an attempt to set the record straight once again for the Israelites, he recalled much of the itinerary with positive and negative testimonies of how various events transpired. However, what must have been a painful exercise in remembering the failures, Moses ultimately wanted the people to know that the Holy One would absolutely fulfill His promises to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. This is also something that modern-day followers of Yeshua the Messiah should know without a shadow of doubt:

“In the fortieth year, on the first day of the eleventh month, Moses spoke to the children of Israel, according to all that the LORD had commanded him to give to them, after he had defeated Sihon the king of the Amorites, who lived in Heshbon, and Og the king of Bashan, who lived in Ashtaroth and Edrei. Across the Jordan in the land of Moab, Moses undertook to expound this law, saying, ‘The LORD our God spoke to us at Horeb, saying, “You have stayed long enough at this mountain. Turn and set your journey, and go to the hill country of the Amorites, and to all their neighbors in the Arabah, in the hill country and in the lowland and in the Negev and by the seacoast, the land of the Canaanites, and Lebanon, as far as the great river, the river Euphrates. See, I have placed the land before you; go in and possess the land which the LORD swore to give to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to them and their descendants after them”’” (Deuteronomy 1:3-8).

During the course of this week’s reading, we find some sound principles regarding how Israel’s chosen leader handled the challenges of guiding the recalcitrant brood of Israelites, from bondage in Egypt to the precipice of entering the Promised Land. But, understand that because of the sovereign call on the life of Moses and the level of unique intimacy he had with the Lord, speaking to him face to face (Exodus 33:11), Moses had a genuine fear of Him and knew that His words were without equivocation. This created a problem, because those whom Moses was leading did not have as much familiarity with the Lord, which inevitably manifested in not only challenges to his leadership—but also in how to spread the workload. Hence, one of the first things Moses did, as he communicated to the people of Israel, is that he reminded them that leadership responsibilities needed to be shared by wise, discerning, and experienced leaders and judges:

“I spoke to you at that time, saying, ‘I am not able to bear the burden of you alone. The LORD your God has multiplied you, and behold, you are this day like the stars of heaven in number. May the LORD, the God of your fathers, increase you a thousand-fold more than you are and bless you, just as He has promised you! How can I alone bear the load and burden of you and your strife? Choose wise and discerning and experienced men from your tribes, and I will appoint them as your heads.’ You answered me and said, ‘The thing which you have said to do is good.’ So I took the heads of your tribes, wise and experienced men, and appointed them heads over you, leaders of thousands and of hundreds, of fifties and of tens, and officers for your tribes. Then I charged your judges at that time, saying, ‘Hear the cases between your fellow countrymen, and judge righteously between a man and his fellow countryman, or the alien who is with him. You shall not show partiality in judgment; you shall hear the small and the great alike. You shall not fear man, for the judgment is God’s. The case that is too hard for you, you shall bring to me, and I will hear it.’ I commanded you at that time all the things that you should do” (Deuteronomy 1:9-18).

Note in this description of the way judges were to handle the disputes, which they were to judge righteously and equitably, including issues between fellow native Israelites as well as the sojourners within the community. The emphasis witnessed, was not on fearing human people—but understanding the fear of the Lord, and that He is the ultimate judge of every person. This is a great reminder to anyone who is a part of today’s Body of Messiah, who either seeks, or is already recognized as one with the responsibilities of leadership in the community of faith. We may also wish to consider some of the requirements articulated by the Apostle Paul to his young disciple Timothy, who had the responsibility to sort out the leadership positions in the vicinity of Ephesus:

“It is a trustworthy statement: if any man aspires to the office of overseer, it is a fine work he desires to do. An overseer, then, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, prudent, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not addicted to wine or pugnacious, but gentle, peaceable, free from the love of money. He must be one who manages his own household well, keeping his children under control with all dignity (but if a man does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of the [assembly] of God?), and not a new convert, so that he will not become conceited and fall into the condemnation incurred by the devil. And he must have a good reputation with those outside the [assembly], so that he will not fall into reproach and the snare of the devil” (1 Timothy 3:1-7).

As members of the Body, it is imperative that people do not submit to leadership that does not qualify according to the tenor of the various principles laid out in the Holy Scriptures (i.e., 1 Timothy 3:8-13; Titus 1:5-16). We should each be most concerned about the thrust of what Moses communicates in Exodus 18:19-22 and Deuteronomy 16:18-20:

“Now listen to me: I will give you counsel, and God be with you. You be the people’s representative before God, and you bring the disputes to God, then teach them the statutes and the laws, and make known to them the way in which they are to walk and the work they are to do. Furthermore, you shall select out of all the people able men who fear God, men of truth, those who hate dishonest gain; and you shall place these over them as leaders of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties and of tens. Let them judge the people at all times; and let it be that every major dispute they will bring to you, but every minor dispute they themselves will judge. So it will be easier for you, and they will bear the burdenwith you” (Exodus 18:19-22).

“You shall appoint for yourself judges and officers in all your towns which the LORD your God is giving you, according to your tribes, and they shall judge the people with righteous judgment. You shall not distort justice; you shall not be partial, and you shall not take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and perverts the words of the righteous. Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue, that you may live and possess the land which the LORD your God is giving you” (Deuteronomy 16:18-20).

Note the emphasis in these two statements from Moses about the temptation of “dishonest gain,” and the perversion of monetary or compensatory “bribes” to judges. Clearly, this is a reminder of the Biblical axiom that the “love of money is the root of all sorts of evil” (1 Timothy 6:10a), and if greed or selfish ambition is detected in leadership, it should be an absolute warning that motivations are impure (Philippians 1:17; Romans 2:8). Be warned brothers and sisters! These temptations are rampant today, and such a cancerous infection in the Body of Messiah does much damage to the hearts and souls of sincere Believers! (Just read the Epistle of Jude for a sobering assessment.)

After recalling some aspects of leadership, our Torah reading turns to perhaps one of the most disappointing points in Israel’s desert sojourn, when the twelve spies returned from Canaan with contradictory reports. Lamentably, the lack of faith, exhibited by the ten spy majority, redirected the Israelites to nearly forty more years of wandering in the desert. The great emphasis placed by Moses, on this testimony, is that the people simply did not trust the Lord and the promises He had made to not only Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—but directly to Moses himself:

“I commanded you at that time all the things that you should do. ‘Then we set out from Horeb, and went through all that great and terrible wilderness which you saw on the way to the hill country of the Amorites, just as the LORD our God had commanded us; and we came to Kadesh-barnea. I said to you, “You have come to the hill country of the Amorites which the LORD our God is about to give us. ‘See, the LORD your God has placed the land before you; go up, take possession, as the LORD, the God of your fathers, has spoken to you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” Then all of you approached me and said, ‘Let us send men before us, that they may search out the land for us, and bring back to us word of the way by which we should go up and the cities which we shall enter.’ The thing pleased me and I took twelve of your men, one man for each tribe. They turned and went up into the hill country, and came to the valley of Eshcol and spied it out. Then they took some of the fruit of the land in their hands and brought it down to us; and they brought us back a report and said, “It is a good land which the LORD our God is about to give us.” Yet you were not willing to go up, but rebelled against the command of the LORD your God; and you grumbled in your tents and said, “Because the LORD hates us, He has brought us out of the land of Egypt to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites to destroy us. Where can we go up? Our brethren have made our hearts melt, saying, ‘The people are bigger and taller than we; the cities are large and fortified to heaven. And besides, we saw the sons of the Anakim there.’” Then I said to you, “Do not be shocked, nor fear them. The LORD your God who goes before you will Himself fight on your behalf, just as He did for you in Egypt before your eyes, and in the wilderness where you saw how the LORD your God carried you, just as a man carries his son, in all the way which you have walked until you came to this place.” But for all this, you did not trust the LORD your God, who goes before you on your way, to seek out a place for you to encamp, in fire by night and cloud by day, to show you the way in which you should go’”(Deuteronomy 1:18-33).

Despite the literal presence of the Almighty depicted in a pillar of fire by night and a cloud by day, the rebellious Israelites not only struggled with trust, but actually provoked the Lord to anger, resulting in the judgment of the Exodus generation. But then to further incite Him, the smitten Israelites foolishly decided to take on the Amorites without the guidance and protection of the Lord:

“Then the LORD heard the sound of your words, and He was angry and took an oath, saying, ‘Not one of these men, this evil generation, shall see the good land which I swore to give your fathers, except Caleb the son of Jephunneh; he shall see it, and to him and to his sons I will give the land on which he has set foot, because he has followed the LORD fully.’ The LORD was angry with me also on your account, saying, ‘Not even you shall enter there. Joshua the son of Nun, who stands before you, he shall enter there; encourage him, for he will cause Israel to inherit it. Moreover, your little ones who you said would become a prey, and your sons, who this day have no knowledge of good or evil, shall enter there, and I will give it to them and they shall possess it. But as for you, turn around and set out for the wilderness by the way to the Red Sea.’ Then you said to me, ‘We have sinned against the LORD; we will indeed go up and fight, just as the LORD our God commanded us.’ And every man of you girded on his weapons of war, and regarded it as easy to go up into the hill country. And the LORD said to me, ‘Say to them, “Do not go up nor fight, for I am not among you; otherwise you will be defeated before your enemies.”’ So I spoke to you, but you would not listen. Instead you rebelled against the command of the LORD, and acted presumptuously and went up into the hill country. The Amorites who lived in that hill country came out against you and chased you as bees do, and crushed you from Seir to Hormah. Then you returned and wept before the LORD; but the LORD did not listen to your voice nor give ear to you. So you remained in Kadesh many days, the days that you spent there’” (Deuteronomy 1:34-46).

Here, the great lesson to learn is that when one disobeys the Lord by lacking in faith in His Word—then do not attempt to rashly rectify the disregard for His commands by doing something in the flesh to make up for the transgression. It is better to simply confess the sin, seek forgiveness, and repent of the action—following this with praying and patiently waiting upon Him, so that whatever period of disfavor would dissipate and restoration would be achieved. For as stated to Moses years earlier, the Almighty is a long suffering Creator who forgives the iniquities of His children:

“Then the LORD passed by in front of him and proclaimed, ‘The LORD, the LORD God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth; who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished, visiting the iniquity of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations’” (Exodus 34:6-7).

In Deuteronomy ch. 2, Moses recalled the more recent episodes with the descendants of Esau (Edom), the descendants of Moab, and the descendants of Ammon. The various challenges with these people groups, in the final days of Israel’s sojourn, should remind the reader that the Holy One had made some promises to Esau regarding His descendants’ occupation of the Mount Seir region (Joshua 24:4), and even the incestuously-initiated offspring of Lot (Genesis 19:36-38). Apparently, according to further insight from the Apostle Peter, the Lord considered Lot righteous, despite his wine-induced indiscretions. Note that once again the warning for modern-day Believers about the association of intemperate alcohol consumption and the lustful indulgence of the flesh:

“[A]nd if He rescued righteous Lot, oppressed by the sensual conduct of unprincipled men (for by what he saw and heard that righteous man, while living among them, felt hisrighteous soul tormented day after day by their lawless deeds), then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment, and especially those who indulge the flesh in its corrupt desires and despise authority. Daring, self-willed, they do not tremble when they revile angelic majesties, whereas angels who are greater in might and power do not bring a reviling judgment against them before the Lord” (2 Peter 2:7-11).

Finally, as Devarim winds down to a conclusion, there is a strong statement for all to remember that ultimately followers of the Holy One of Israel are not to fear mere mortals, but to fear the Almighty. After all, it is He who fights for His people, not only in the physical realm, but equally important, in the spiritual battles that take place between human vessels:

“Then I commanded you at that time, saying, ‘The LORD your God has given you this land to possess it; all you valiant men shall cross over armed before your brothers, the sons of Israel. But your wives and your little ones and your livestock (I know that you have much livestock) shall remain in your cities which I have given you, until the LORD gives rest to your fellow countrymen as to you, and they also possess the land which the LORD your God will give them beyond the Jordan. Then you may return every man to his possession which I have given you.’ I commanded Joshua at that time, saying, ‘Your eyes have seen all that the LORD your God has done to these two kings; so the LORD shall do to all the kingdoms into which you are about to cross. Do not fear them, for the LORD your God is the one fighting for you’” (Deuteronomy 3:18-22).

Ultimately, as the reiteration of God’s promises to the children of Israel continue for the balance of the final book of the Torah, everyone should be reminded, not only of His promises to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Joshua, etc. (and even a host of less-than-righteous people such as Ishmael, Esau, and others)—but that the Lord is the One fighting for His faithful followers. But it must be absolutely understood that the war with the saints is not only on the terrestrial plane, but also taking place in the Heavenly realm. The Apostle Paul summarizes what is recommended for all who engage in the warfare that is inevitable, until the Messiah returns:

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly placesTherefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH [Isaiah 11:5], and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS [Isaiah 59:17], and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE [Isaiah 52:7]; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION [Isaiah 59:17], and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel” (Ephesians 6:10-19).

Whether one was a part of the Joshua generation preparing to possess the Promised Land millennia ago, or is among the modern-day followers of Messiah Yeshua—it is imperative that a fuller understanding of the Holy One and His ways, in order to fight the good fight of faith, is required. This is why it is highly recommended that people faithfully study through the Torah on a systematic basis (1 Corinthians 10:11), in order to learn the ways of the Lord—and most importantly—obey them. Without so doing, it would be comparable to unwisely entering into battle unarmed, unshielded, and with little if any hope of survival. The Apostle Paul reminded the Roman Believers about their true status as conquerors in Yeshua the Messiah, and how the redeemed will never be separated from the love of the Holy One:

“But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Messiah Yeshua our Lord” (Romans 8:37-39).

May one and all embrace a fuller understanding of our individual roles in advancing His Kingdom on Earth, through a more profound knowledge of His Word. May we obey it, while depending upon Him to fight our adversaries. Let us, proclaim His truths to the wicked in need of Yeshua’s salvation, that they might be transformed by His love and receive eternal redemption! (Click to Source)

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Satanic Leader Confesses to Sacrificing 675 Children ‘Gifted’ To Him By Doctors

The satanic pastor confessed to killing 675 people, mostly children,

By: Daniel Newton  |@NeonNettle on 19th July 2018 @ 2.00pm
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The satanic pastor confessed to killing 675 people, mostly children,

A satanic cult leader has confessed to carrying out more than 600 child sacrifices on children ‘gifted’ to him by Luciferian doctors and nurses. The unnamed pastor wore a mask to disguise his identity when he made the horrific confession in the bizarre video, informing the TV host that he had spent 17 years living with satan. The satanic pastor confessed to killing 675 people, mostly children, offered to him by members of a satanic cult group within the medical community.

The pastor claimed to have carried out the ritual murder of more than 600 children ‘gifted to him by doctors and nurses.
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Despite his claims, there is no mention of any police investigation into alleged , nor does he disclose when or where the sacrifices took place. The pastor, who is believed to be in his 30’s, claims he was born with more than 650 demonic spirits at his disposal – some of which he named. He said he needs to make sacrifices in order to sustain his power but has since left the ‘Satanic kingdom’, according to reports in the country. The unnamed man was seen wearing a disturbing mask to conceal his identity while making the horrific claims.

The video of the man, who appeared in Ghanaian media, had the clip culled before it could go to air on television. He then accused ‘fake’ pastors in the country using demonic forces to deceive their followers.

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Satanism common is the medical industry?Just last month, Neon Nettle reported that a London based nurse has been convicted under a new ‘modern slavery’ law for using a satanic voodoo ritual in order to force Nigerian women into sex trafficking. Josephine Iyamu, had forced five Nigerian women to travel from Germany to start working as prostitutes a court heard. lyamu sent the women through Libya, Italy and eventually to Germany were they were forced into sex industry to work as prostitutes.

She also made the women hand over money “juju” voodoo ceremonies were they were asked to drink blood containing worms eat chicken hearts and had powder rubbed into their cuts according to the BBC. One woman was ordered to pay $43,123 to be trafficked for prostitution. Iyamu was convicted of five counts of facilitating travel across the Mediterranean in order to sexually exploit the women following a 10-week trial at the Birmingham Crown Court. (Click to Source)

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Your Daily Readings – Verse of the Day – Psalms 103:13 – July 21, 2018

Psalms 103:1-22

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Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:

Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;

Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;

Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.

He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.

The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.

He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.

10 He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.

11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.

12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

13 Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.

14 For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.

15 As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.

16 For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.

17 But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children;

18 To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.

19 The Lord hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.

20 Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.

21 Bless ye the Lord, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure.

22 Bless the Lord, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the Lord, O my soul. (Psalms 103:1-22King James Version (KJV) Public Domain

 
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IS PRESIDENT TRUMP A TRAITOR BECAUSE HE WANTS PEACE WITH RUSSIA?

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The US Democratic Party is determined to take the world to thermo-nuclear war rather than to admit that Hillary Clinton lost the presidential election fair and square. The Democratic Party was totally corrupted by the Clinton Regime, and now it is totally insane. Leaders of the Democratic Party, such as Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, my former co-author in the New York Times, have responded in a non-Democratic way to the first step President Trump has taken to reduce the extremely dangerous tensions with Russia that the Clinton, George W. Bush, and Obama regimes created between the two superpowers.

Yes, Russia is a superpower. Russian weapons are so superior to the junk produced by the waste-filled US military/security complex that lives high off the hog on the insouciant American taxpayer that it is questionable if the US is even a second class military power. If the insane neoconservatives, such as Max Boot, William Kristol, and the rest of the neocon scum get their way, the US, the UK, and Europe will be a radioactive ruin for thousands of years.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi (CA), Minority Leader of the US House of Representatives, declared that out of fear of some undefined retribution from Putin, a dossier on Trump perhaps, the President of the United States sold out the American people to Russia because he wants to make peace: “It begs the question, what does Vladimir Putin, what do the Russians have on Donald Trump—personally, politically and financially that he should behave in such a manner?” The “such a manner” Pelosi is speaking about is making peace instead of war.

To be clear, the Democratic Minority Leader of the US House of Representatives has accused Donald Trump of high treason against the United States. There is no outcry against this blatantly false accusation, totally devoid of evidence. The presstitute media instead of protesting this attempt at a coup against the President of the United States, trumpet the accusation as self-evident truth. Trump is a traitor because he wants peace with Russia.

Here is Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer (NY) repeating Pelosi’s false accusation: “Millions of Americans will continue to wonder if the only possible explanation for this dangerous behavior is the possibility that President Putin holds damaging information over President Trump.” If you don’t believe that this is orchestrated between Pelosi and Schumer, you are stupid beyond belief.

Here is disgraced Obama CIA director John Brennan, a leader of the fake Russiagate campaign against President Trump in order to prevent Trump from making peace with Russia and, thus, by making the world safer, threatening the massive, unjustified budget of the military/security complex: “Donald Trump’s press conference performance in Helsinki rises to and exceeds the threshold of high crimes and misdemeanors. It was nothing short of treasonous. Not only were Trump’s comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin. Republican Patriots: Where are you???”

NOTICE THAT NOT ONE WESTERN MEDIA SOURCE IS CELEBRATING AND THANKING TRUMP AND PUTIN FOR EASING THE ARTIFICIALLY CREATED TENSIONS THAT WERE LEADING TO NUCLEAR WAR. HOW CAN THIS BE? HOW CAN IT BE THAT THE WESTERN MEDIA IS SO OPPOSED TO PEACE? WHAT IS THE EXPLANATION?

The Russians, the Chinese, the Iranians, and the North Koreans, as well as the rest of the world, desperately need to notice the extremely hostile reaction to peace on the part of the US Democratic Party, many members of the Republican Party, including the despicable US Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, and the Western Presstitute Media, a collection of people on the CIA payroll according to the German newspaper editor, Udo Ulfkotte, and the CIA itself.

Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and the rest of the corrupt filth that rules over us are all in the pay of the military/security complex. Just go and investigate the donations to their re-election campaigns. The 1,000 billion dollar budget of the military/security complex, amplified by the CIA’s front corporations and narcotics business, provides enormous sums with which to purchase the senators and representatives that the insouciant American voters think that they elect.

Do you know how large 1,000 billion is? You would have to live for thousands of years and do nothing for 24/7 except count to reach that figure. It is a sum that nurtures the recipients, and the recipients regard it as worth protecting.

Therefore, the American public gets not representation, but lies that justify war and conflict. The military/security complex, about which President Eisenhower warned the American people to no effect, is in desperate need of an enemy. In obedience to the military/security complex, the Clinton, George W. Bush, and Obama regimes have made Russia that enemy. If Trump and Putin do not understand this, they will easily be made irrelevant.

They both can be assassinated, and that is what the statements from Pelosi, Schumer, McCain, Lindsey Graham, et. al., repeated endlessly in the propaganda ministry that is the Western press, encourages. Trump can be assassinated or overthrown in a political coup for selling out America to Russia, as members of both political parties claim and as the media trumpets endlessly. Putin can be easily assassinated by the CIA operatives that the Russian government stupidly permits to operate throughout Russia in NGOs and Western/US owned media and among the Atlanticist Integrationists, Washington’s Firth Column inside Russia serving Washington’s purposes. These Russian traitors serve in Putin’s own government!

Americans are so unaware that they have no idea of the risk that President Trump is taking by challenging the US military security complex. For example, during the last half of the 1970s I was a member of the US Senate staff. I was working together with a staffer of the US Republican Senator from California, S. I. Hayakawa, to advance understanding of a supply-side economic policy cure to the stagflation that threatened the US budget’s ability to meet its obligations. Republican Senators Hatch, Roth, and Hayakawa were trying to introduce a supply-side economic policy as a cure for the stagflation that was threatening the US economy with failure. The Democrats, who later in the Senate led the way to a supply-side policy, were, at this time, opposed (see Paul Craig Roberts, The Supply-Side Revolution, Harvard University Press, 1984). The Democrats claimed that the policy would worsen the budget deficit, the only time in those days Democrats cared about the budget deficit. The Democrats said that they would support the tax rate reductions if the Republicans would support offsetting cuts in the budget to support a balanced budget. This was a ploy to put Republicans on the spot for taking away some groups’ handouts in order “to cut tax rates for the rich.”

The supply-side policy did not require budget cuts, but in order to demonstrate the Democrats lack of sincerity, Hayakawa’s aid and I had our senators introduce a series of budget cuts together with tax cuts that, on a static revenue basis (not counting tax revenue feedbacks from the incentives of the lower tax rates) kept the budget even, and the Democrats voted against them every time.

When the combination of tax cuts with defense budget cuts came up for a vote, the legendary senator Strom Thurmond, a 48-year member of the US Senate from South Carolina, tapped me on the shoulder. He said: “son, never set your senator up against the military/security complex. He will not be re-elected, and you will be out of a job.” I replied that we were just establishing for the record that under no conditions would the Democrats, who wanted more government, vote for a tax rate reduction even if there was a case that it would cure stagflation. He replied: “son, the military/security complex doesn’t care.”

My emergence from The Matrix began with Thurmond’s pat on my shoulder. It grew with my time at the Wall Street Journal when I learned that some truthful things simply could not be said. In the Treasury I experienced how those outside interests opposed to a president’s policy marshall their forces and the media that they own to block it. Later as a member of a secret presidential committee, I saw how the CIA attempted to prevent President Reagan from ending the Cold War.

Today, right now, at this moment, we are faced with a massive effort of the military/security complex, the neoconservatives, the Democratic Party, and the presstitute media to discredit the elected President of the United States and to overthrow him in order that the utterly corrupt elite that rule American can continue to hold on to power and to protect the massive budget of the military/security complex that, along with the Israel Lobby, funds the elections of those who rule us. Trump, like Reagan, was an exception, and it is the exceptions that accumulate the ire of the corrupt leftwing, bought off with money, and the ire of the media, concentrated into small tight ownership groups indebted to those who permitted the illegal concentration of a once independent and diverse American media that once served, on occasion, as a watchdog over government. The rightwing, wrapped in the flag, dismisses all truth as “anti-American.”

If Putin, Lavrov, the Russian government, the traitorous Russian Fifth Column—the Atlanticist Integrationists—the Chinese, the Iranians, the North Koreans think that any peace or consideration can come out of America, they are insane. Their delusions are setting themselves up for destruction. There is no institution in America, government or private, that can be trusted. Any government or person who trusts America or any Western country is stupid beyond belief.

The entire Russiagate hoax is an orchestration by the military/security complex, led by John Brennen, Comey, and Rosenstein. The purpose is to discredit President trump for two reasons. One is to prevent any normalization of relations with Russia. The other is to remove Trump’s agenda as an alternative to the agenda of the Democratic Party.

President Trump is almost powerless. Putin, the Chinese, the Iranians, and the North Koreans should recognize this before it is too late for them. President Trump cannot fire and arrest for high treason Mueller and Rosenstein. And Trump cannot indict Hillary for her numerous unquestionable crimes in plain view of everyone, or Comey or Brennan, who declares Trump “to be wholly in the pocket of Putin,” for trying to overthrow the elected president of the United States. Trump cannot have the Secret Service question the likes of Pelosi and Schumer and McCain and Lindsey Graham for false accusations that encourage assassination of the President of the United States.

Trump cannot even trust the Secret Service, which accumulated evidence suggests was complicit in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and Robert Kennedy.

If Putin and Lavrov, so anxious to be friends of Washington, let their guards down, they are history.

As I said above, Russiagate is an orchestration to prevent peace between the US and Russia. Leading military/security complex experts, including the person who provided the CIA’s daily briefing of the President of the United States for many years, and the person who devised the spy program for the National Security Agency, have proven conclusively that Russiagate is a hoax designed for the purpose of preventing President Trump from normalizing relations between the US and Russia, which has the power to destroy the entirety of the Western World at will.

Here is the report from the retired security professionals who, unlike those still in office, cannot be fired and deprived of a career for telling the truth: Memo to the President Ahead of Monday’s Summit

Here is what the clued-in Russian Defense Minister Shoigu has to say about the aggressive actions of the West against the Russian homeland: Defense Minister Shoigu on Moscow’s Vision of Security Problems

If Putin doesn’t listen to him, Russia is in the trash can of history.

Keep in mind that no media informs you better than my website. If my website goes down, you will be left in darkness. No valid information comes from the US government or the Western presstitutes. If you sit in front of the TV screen watching the Western media, you are brainwashed beyond all hope. Not even I can rescue you. Nor God himself.

Americans, and indeed the Russians themselves, are incapable of realizing it, but there is a chance that Trump will be overthrown and a Western assault will be launched against the handful of countries that insist on sovereignty.

I doubt that few of the Americans who elected Trump will be taken in by the anti-Trump propaganda, but they are not organized and have no armed power. The police, militarized by George W. Bush and Obama, will be set against them. The rebellions will be local and suppressed by every violation of the US Constitution by the private powers that rule Washington, as always has been the case with rebellions in America.

In the West, which the Russians are so anxious to join, all freedoms are dead—freedom of assembly, freedom of speech, freedom of association, freedom of inquiry, freedom of privacy, freedom from arbitrary search, freedom from arbitrary arrest, along with the Constitutional protections of due process and habeas corpus. Today there are no countries less free than the United States of America.

Why do the Russian Atlanticist Integrationists want to join an unfree Western world? Are they that brainwashed by Western Propaganda?

If Putin listens to these deluded fools, Putin will destroy Russia.

There is something wrong with Russian perception of Washington. Apparently the Russian elite, with the exception of Shoigu and a few others are incapable of comprehending the neoconservative drive for US world hegemony and the neoconservative determination to destroy Russia as a constraint on US unilateralism. The Russian government somehow, despite all evidence to the contrary, believes that Washington’s hegemony is negotiable. (Click to Source)

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Israeli right dreams of third temple in Jerusalem

 

The ban imposed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on visits by government ministers and Knesset members to Jerusalem’s Temple Mount lasted three straight years, barring some experimental interruptions in 2017. Netanyahu’s decision at the time was prompted by riots at the site and the so-called individual Palestinian intifada, which broke out in the fall oflawmakers could visit the Temple Mount once every three months. The first of the ministers to implement his “right” to visit the site after Netanyahu’s decision to lift the ban was Uri Ariel, the minister of agriculture and a member of HaBayit HaYehudi. Ariel has made no secret of his yearnings for a third Jewish temple to replace the two destroyed ones. “We hope and pray for Tisha B’av to be a day of happiness and for the temple to be rebuilt, so that there will be no more fasts and we will be able to bring all the sacrifices that we read about in this week’s Torah reading,” Ariel said. “God willing, a kohen’s [Jewish cleric] blessing will be bestowed on all those ascending the Mount.” 2015. The murder of Alexander Levlovich in September 2015 and the murders of Eitam and Naama Henkin in the West Bank in October 2015 signaled the beginning of the intifada.

The tension in Jerusalem was intense, and the Palestinians accused Israel of seeking to change the status quo at the Temple Mount complex. Netanyahu feared that the Palestinians would view visits by right-wing ministers and Knesset members as provocations, engendering further violence. And so, he rightly issued the ban. Since then, the political right has applied relentless pressure on Netanyahu to lift it.

On July 3, Netanyahu addressed a letter to Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, saying that

Ariel was citing the prophet Zecharia and referring to the ninth day of the Jewish month of Av, a day of fasting and mourning on which tradition has it the temples were destroyed. Tisha B’Av falls this year on July 22, and Ariel was essentially exhorting believers and temple loyalists to follow his example and thus turn the day of mourning into an occasion for “happiness.” Knesset member Sharren Haskel of the ruling Likud Party visited the siteshortly after Ariel, and additional lawmakers who advocate the temple’s reconstruction, such as Shuli Mualem of HaBayit HaYehudi and Yehuda Glick and Amir Ohana of the Likud, followed suit.

The timing of the renewed visits is probably not a coincidence. It comes just three weeks after Netanyahu’s June 18 meeting in Amman with King Abdullah of Jordan, the site’s Muslim custodian, after which his office issued a statement saying the prime minister “reiterated Israel’s commitment to maintaining the status quo at the holy sites in Jerusalem.” Did Netanyahu discuss with the monarch his desire to lift the ban and thereby ease the political right’s pressure on him? Possibly. The fact is that following the meeting, the Knesset’s chief security officer issued a letter on July 5 advising all Knesset members interested in going to the Temple Mount to coordinate with police.

According to a recent report by the Yeraeh movement dedicated to promoting a Jewish presence on the Mount, the number of Jews visiting the site has increased significantly, reaching 22,000 in 2017. The group describes itself as an initiative by volunteers who greet Jewish visitors to the site and report on events there; its report forecasts a further significant rise in the number of visitors in the next few years because of its activities.

The demand by government ministers and lawmakers to experience for themselves the site of the temple, Judaism’s holiest site, appears legitimate. Haskel, for example, explained after her visit that it was wrong to depict the experience as being only religious in nature. “The Temple Mount is at the very heart of millennia of Jewish culture and history. … One cannot separate the special place from our Israeli-Jewish identity, it is part of us,” she said.

However, right-wing Knesset members, Temple Mount loyalists, the Yeraeh movement and recently formed youth advocacy groups have an ulterior motive. They not only want to experience the place where the ancient temples stood, they want to reconstruct the temple “speedily, in our times.”

Aviv Tatarsky, a researcher with the anti-occupation Ir Amim nongovernmental organization, told Al-Monitor, “It won’t be the Messiah who will resurrect the temple, but rather them, the organizations and right-wing movements [that] dream of rebuilding it with their very own hands.” Tatarsky added, “After all, in order to rebuild the Temple Mount, the Dome of the Rock must be destroyed.”

Still, we should remember that according to some of the Jewish Sages (such as Rashi and in the Zohar), the third temple will descend from Heaven all complete and constructed, involving no humankind preparation, destruction or construction.

Be that as it may, Tatarsky said the idea that the temple must be rebuilt is slowly gaining traction, and its advocates believe a growing stream of visitors is the only way to spread the word so that the reconstruction becomes a widespread, popular demand and the right of the Jews to rebuild their destroyed temple can no longer be denied.

Those ultimately spreading the word are the ministers and Knesset members of the right, such as Uri Ariel. They were the ones who kept up the pressure on Netanyahu throughout the years, and as we know, Netanyahu eventually gave in.

And not only the prime minister.

Tatarky said the massive right-wing pressure has changed the conduct of the police, as well. A report he authored last November claimed right-wing activists were disseminating footage showing “public displays of affection” by police toward the temple activists in order to “spur more activists to visit the Mount.” The video clips send a clear message that the police are on the activists’ side, the NGO argued.

In addition, the state itself is funding activities related to site visits. Among the 22,000 visitors of which the Yeraeh movement boasts were high school yeshiva students and students at pre-military academies funded by the Ministry of Education and other government departments. Their ascent encourages those in the movement for the building of the third temple.

The Temple Mount loyalists make no bones of their goal — to lay the cornerstone for the third temple. In the past, these activists were detained and some were banned from the site and even arrested. This week, Netanyahu, perhaps unwittingly, paved their first road into the hearts of a growing number of adherents.

The visitation to the Mount by the right-wing leadership, which openly claims the erection of the third temple is on the agenda, helps instill in the public mind an idea once considered absurd, nightmarish and dangerous. And if high-ranking ministers of the right ascend the Mount, their supporters will surely follow. (Click to Source)

 

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