“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, [a] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” Eph 6:12
US CONGRESS PLANS TARGETED LEGISLATION AGAINST UN: The House of Representatives plans to vote on a resolution this week that will condemn the UN for its targeting of Israel. Over the course of the next hundred days, Republicans hope to penalize the UN for its passage of a resolution condemning Israel over its settlement enterprise. Members of the House and Senate are considering legislation that would cut funding to the UN after its vote. But it is “too early” to draft such legislation, said one senior congressional aide familiar with the deliberations, because leadership is not yet clear on the direction that incoming President Donald Trump will choose to go on the matter. Several GOP members are optimistic the Trump administration would support additional actions. But legislation sanctioning the UN would likely face Democratic opposition – even in the context of defending Israel from future condemnations. Additionally on Tuesday, three Republican Senators introduced legislation that would fulfill America’s commitment to Israel by relocating the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The move came just 12 days after the Obama administration’s abstention from the UN Security Council vote to condemn Israeli settlement expansion in Judea & Samaria. (J.Post/Fox)
HUCKABEE CALLS UN RESOLUTION AN ACT OF HATE: Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee slammed UN Security Council Resolution 2334 as an act of hate and contempt against the State of Israel and criticized Secretary of State John Kerry’s speech against construction in Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria during a visit to the Knesset Tuesday. “I’m not here today to in any way suggest a course of action for Israel. That’s the sovereign duty of a sovereign state to decide for itself,” Huckabee said in the Knesset. “John Kerry’s speech last week was without any historical precedent at all. No perspective. He made the ridiculous and irrational statement that Israel can either be a Jewish State, or it can be a democracy, but it can’t be both…Mr. Secretary, it is both.” He accused Kerry of fundamentally misunderstanding Israel. “The only way that statement makes any sense at all is if you take faith and religion out of the equation of who Israel is. Be happy about your history. Be proud. Your history tells you where you came from and where you are going. The UN Resolution was an act of hatred and contempt. Very rarely are Syria, North Korea, Russia, etc. condemned. Israel is condemned far more. There are more condemnations in the UN when Israel builds houses than when Iran builds a nuclear reactor,” Huckabee said. “The world doesn’t hate you because of where you are, but because of what you are – and especially because of who you are. The Muslim world is far larger and there is no justification for Israel to withdraw from the territories. To divide Jerusalem is like asking King Solomon to divide the baby in half.” he added. “I hope that President-elect Donald Trump will not let the people in Washington draw him into the swamp of inactivity. There is a saying: Do it big or go home. You need to do it big, and you are already home,” he said in conclusion. (Arutz-7)
BENNETT ON FOX NEWS: ‘UN RIDICULOUS BODY FIGHTING FREE WORLD’: Israeli Politician Naftali Bennett has defended calls to reign in the United Nations for its warped approach in condemning Israel while condoning ruthless dictatorships. Bennett defended the calls to cut UN support in the wake of the recent anti-Israel Security Council resolution, stating that the UN is a “ridiculous body fighting the free world rather than fighting terrorism.” Bennett said that the UN’s “warped” view of reality caused it to focus obsessively on Israel rather than on other countries like Iran and Venezuela which are “huge abusers of human rights.” Bennett responded to claims that Israel is violating international law by building settlements and is working to prevent a two-state solution by stating that “There is already a Palestinian state in Gaza and it turned into a terror state firing rockets on Tel Aviv. There is no room for another terror state in the heart of Israel. Israel is not violating international law by building in its own territory. It was granted to us by the League of Nations in 1920 and the Bible also gives Israel full rights over the entire land of Israel.” (Arutz-7)
B’NAI BRITH DECRIES PLANNED MIDDLE EAST SUMMIT IN PARIS: B’nai B’rith International protested plans for an upcoming Middle East peace conference at which 70 countries are expected to attend. In a statement issued Wednesday the organization said the summit, scheduled to occur in Paris on 15 January, “figures to be a one-sided farce and an impediment to peace. This conference will provide the international community an opportunity to gratuitously gang up on Israel. The past two weeks have already seen Secretary of State John Kerry deliver a speech unfairly blaming Israel for the current impasse and the UN Security Council pass a resolution broadly condemning the Jewish state. The Paris summit should not take place, as it will only further embolden the Palestinians and disincentivize them to negotiate,” B’nai B’rith International President Gary P. Saltzman said. “The Paris summit may set the stage for yet another one-sided UN Security Council resolution, which would continue to cloud the prospect of a negotiated peace. By prejudging the outcome of future negotiations, repeatedly castigating Israel, and pressuring the Jewish state to make unilateral concessions, the international community continues to encourage Palestinian rejectionism,” B’nai B’rith CEO Daniel Mariaschin said. (Arutz-7) “Let them curse, but You bless; when they arise, let them be ashamed, but let Your servant rejoice.” Ps 109:28
THE UN’S STUNNING ANTI-ISRAEL BIAS: Israel is not the biggest problem in the Middle East, by a long shot. But you wouldn’t know that from the disproportionate way in which the UN has treated the country. To this day, 47 resolutions concerning the Israeli-Palestinian conflict have been adopted by the UN Security Council. In 2016 alone, 18 resolutions against Israel were adopted at the UN General Assembly in September, and 12 resolutions were adopted in the Human Rights Council. There is nothing unique about the Israel conflict deserving such disproportionate attention. Baluchistan, Kurdistan, Cyprus, Kashmir, and Taiwan are but a few other disputed territories not fetishized like Palestine is at the UN and in our media. All of these disputes involve deep religious, historic, and political meaning for their respective parties.
Why is it that Israel is expected to integrate – and does a reasonable job of including – the 20% of its population that is Arab, yet a Jewish presence of 500,000 settlers in any future Palestinian state is deemed “an obstacle” to the two-state solution? [Not one Jew, according to peace conditions set up by Palestinian Authority is to remain or be allowed to live in land ceded to the Palestinians in any final agreement. Right now, over a million Arabs live inside Israel.] Are Palestinians assumed to be ethno-fascists? Are they not capable of building a multi-ethnic state just like Israelis? Is this how low the standard is to which the West holds Palestinians, Arabs, and Muslims? In reality, Israel has been the perennial excuse used by Arab despots seeking to silence their domestic opponents or the foreign critics of their ferocious repression. To call for greater freedoms in these countries where there was little or none was to be accused of “Zionist collusion.” (Daily Beast)
FATAH THREATENS ‘BLOODSHED’ IF TRUMP MOVES EMBASSY: Following the lead of Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, the Fatah leadership has announced their intention to start a new intifada if USA President-elect Donald Trump follows through on his promise to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. According to MEMRI, Fatah Central Committee member Sultan Abu al-Einein said on Alghad TV, “I believe that any American act of stupidity will ignite the Palestinian territories. We must prepare for a confrontation with the new USA administration, which has clearly and audaciously declared that Israel and its settlements are legitimate and legal.” He also blamed his threat on Israeli “arrogance” and “settlement activity,” claiming both Israel and the USA would “bear responsibility for the return of bloodshed in the Palestinian territories.” (MEMRI)
EQUATING JEWISH SETTLEMENTS AND PALESTINIAN TERRORISM: Israel has been wracked by a wave of stabbings and shootings and rocket attacks from Palestinian terrorists over the last two years [as well as for decades]. Kerry spent a few minutes on that in his recent biased and deeply flawed UN speech targeting Israel for its settlement expansion, but only in order to draw moral equivalence with Jews building additional bathrooms in East Jerusalem, the capital of Israel. “The truth is that trends on the ground, violence, terrorism, settlement expansion, and the seemingly endless occupation, they are combining to destroy hopes for peace on both sides,” Kerry said. This is nonsense. Before there were any Jewish settlements – when Israel did not control Judea, Samaria, or Gaza – the Palestine Liberation Organization called for the “liberation” of Palestine, meaning the complete destruction of Israel. The problem isn’t people building homes. It’s Palestinians murdering Jews, and refusing to accept that any home built by a Jew ought to exist in the Middle East. Case in point is that UN-run schools in Judea, Samaria and Gaza use textbooks which negate the very existence of Israel; teach that the Western Wall and Cave of the Patriarchs are exclusively Muslim holy sites which the Jews strive to occupy. These textbooks – written by the Palestinian Ministry of Education – are used in schools run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Gaza, Judea & Samaria. The UN schools don’t teach Palestinian children to recognize Israel as a country – not within the 1947 borders, nor any borders at all. Furthering out-and-out lies and obstacles to peace, late last year, committees of the UN passed resolutions that referred to the Temple Mount only by its Muslim name, denying, despite archaeological, historical and biblical proofs of the Jewish connection to the site of the First and Second Temples, the local of thousands of years of yearning by Jews who mention it daily in their prayers and pray in the direction of the Temple Mount. Muslims pray towards Mecca and the Temple Mount does not appear in the Koran. Even this week, an eminent Israeli archaeologist was nearly ejected by Muslim guards from the holiest site in Judaism, located in Jerusalem, for calling it by its real name – the Temple Mount. (Ynet/Daily Wire/Arutz-7) Pray for corruption in the UN to be exposed and finally dealt with and for its de-funding.
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Blessings from Jerusalem,
Barry Segal with the Editorial Staff