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The Media’s Assualt on Israel–Finding the Truth

This month’s guest blogger is Yossi Bar Negev from Israel. Yossi is a passionate voice for Israel. With his knowledge of scripture and watchful eye on the media, he brings clarity to the complex issues surrounding Israel.

A Modern Fable:
An Israeli is on vacation visiting a zoo in the USA when he sees a little girl lean against a lion’s cage. Suddenly, the lion grabs her by the cuff of her jacket and tries to pull her inside to slaughter her, right before the eyes of her terrified screaming parents.

The Israeli runs to the cage, hits the lion square on the nose with a powerful punch. Whimpering from the pain the lion jumps back letting go of the girl, and the Israeli brings her to her terrified parents, who thank him endlessly.
 
A reporter was watching the whole event. The reporter says to the Israeli:  ‘Sir, this was the most gallant and brave thing I’ve seen a man do in my whole life.’ The Israeli modestly replies, ‘Why, it was nothing, really. The lion was behind bars. I just saw this little kid in great danger and had to act swiftly, as I felt it was necessary.’

The reporter says, ‘Well, I’ll make sure this won’t go unnoticed. I’m a journalist, and tomorrow’s paper will have this story on the front page. So, what do you do for a living and what political affiliations do you happen to have?’

The Israeli replies, ‘ Proud to serve in the Israeli Defense Force, and I vote for the Likud Party.’

The journalist makes notes in his writing pad and leaves hurriedly to write his newspaper’s headline.

The following morning the Israeli buys a paper to see news of his actions, and reads, on the front page:

VISITING RIGHT-WING ISRAELI,  ASSAULTS AFRICAN IMMIGRANT AND STEALS HIS LUNCH!
 
Moral of the story don’t believe anything you read about Israel in the mainstream media.

Think I’m over exaggerating? Take a look at these actual examples:

Al DuraThe Mohammed Al Dura affair, September 30, 2000. French media (France 2) set the world ablaze with its reporting of the “death” of the 12-year-old Mohammed Al Dura, supposedly shot by Israeli soldiers while crouching in abject fear behind his protective yet helpless father.

The iconic photo appeared on the front page of newspapers everywhere. But it was all a lie, a PR photo-op for the “Palestinian cause”. The truth is revealed in a report by the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (Camera).

The Goldstone Report. What can we expect when the United Nations decides it has to investigate an Israeli action? Operation Cast Lead in September 2008 was a response to seven years of Hamas mortar and rocket attacks on southern Israeli cities and towns. The Hamas rockets were fired from hospitals, schools and mosques. Hamas fighters wore civilian clothes and used women and children as human shields.

Was any of this mentioned in the Goldstone report? Nope! According to the learned gentleman, it was the Israelis who targeted civilians, not the other way around. It was a feeding frenzy for the world media. Israelis were monsters, baby-killers, destroyers of mosques who were literally starving the poor Palestinians.

GoldstoneIn contrast, on April 1, 2011, when Judge Goldstone retracted his claim that the Israeli government deliberately targeted civilians, saying, “If I had known then what I know now, the Goldstone Report would have been a different document“, the silence was deafening.

This story wasn’t a scoop; it was an annoyance that needed to be hidden somewhere between the want ads and the daily horoscopes.

Israeli attack on the Gaza Aid Flotilla, May 31, 2010. The tale (according to mainstream media) goes that there were these peaceful activists sailing their boats on a humanitarian mission to the stricken people of Gaza. They were simply bearing needed supplies like expired medications and teddy bears for the kids. But those nasty Israelis felt compelled to enforce their cruel and inhuman blockade and had the nerve to board the ship, Mavi Marmara armed with the most heinous of weapons – paint ball guns!

Flotilla - metal rods and batsThe intrepid reporters covering the event conveniently “forgot” a few details. Like the paint ball guns – mentioning them would have shown that the soldiers never intended to use lethal force. Like the metal rods, slingshots, bats and broken bottles that the “activists” assembled to greet the Israeli soldiers – because obviously they did intend physical harm.

The ship crew’s preparations were caught on the ship’s security cameras. The IDF cameras recorded the actual violence once they boarded. The soldiers only used their side arms as a last resort—when they received permission from their superiors—to save their own lives.

One would think that with video evidence the media would have had a difficult time concocting a “blame Israel” story. Think again! Splashed across the front page of the Sydney Morning Herald was this:

Israeli attack on the Gaza aid flotilla

Sydney Morning Herald photographer Kate Geraghty was traveling with the Turkish-backed aid flotilla bound for Gaza, and witnessed the Israeli attack on the Mavi Marmara (Syndey Morning Herald).

My friends, make no mistake about it; this is an all-out attack by the media on Israel. To accomplish their purposes they count on a dumbed-down society that believes anything an “expert” says, who never bothers to dig any deeper for its news than the headlines of the New York Times or maybe CNN.

It will be interesting to follow the “fair and balanced” coverage of these future events:

1. Further attacks on Israel’s borders similar to the Nakba protests.

2. The Palestinian Authority which has formed a unity government with Hamas will request statehood admission to the United Nations General Assembly in September.

So how can you find out what’s really happening? The following are some recommended bloggers: Joel Chernoff, Joseph Finkelstein, Caroline Glick, Daniel Greenfield, and Melanie Phillips.

Some timely articles are published in Frontpage Magazine, Israel Unity Coalition, Jewish World Review, Family Security Matters, and One Jerusalem.

Other excellent resources include Palestinian Media Watch, The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), and Myths and Facts.

Let’s be informed and let’s be a voice for TRUTH.

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We CAN Make a Difference–Learning from Elijah

This month’s guest blogger is Yossi Bar Negev from Israel. Yossi is a passionate voice for Israel. With his knowledge of scripture and watchful eye on the media, he brings clarity to the complex issues surrounding Israel.

I’d like to begin with a story about one of my favorite biblical heroes – Elijah (the same guy for whom we set a place at the Passover Seder and for whom we open the door while singing “Eliyahu HaNavi” – “Elijah the Prophet”). He may be considered a hero today but in his own time he wasn’t very popular.

The political leaders hated him; the king called him THE trouble-maker of Israel. The queen, Jezebel,  wanted him dead. Religious leaders despised him because he dared to tell the truth and rebuked them for what they were doing wrong – like worshiping the gods of the surrounding pagan peoples and engaging in their lascivious behavior. In short, he refused to follow or condone the politically correct philosophy of the day.

On top of that, he looked like a wild man – hairy, dressed in what would be considered rags – like something just blown in off the desert. In today’s jargon Elijah was a right-wing nut job.

 Scripture records Elijah’s miraculous victory over hundreds of pagan (false) prophets. You can read the entire account in 1 Kings 18:16-39.

 Despite a fantastical display of God’s awesome power and the humiliation of every pagan priest, one discouraging word from Jezebel and Elijah and ran away into the desert. There he plopped himself under a bush. He wallowed in his discouragement and complained to God that even though he himself had been very zealous he was the only one left standing for the truth – so why bother living anymore? The world was going to hell quickly – why not just forget about it, die and let them go along on their merry way.

 God didn’t put up with Elijah’s whining. First of all, Elijah was wrong: he wasn’t alone. God had 7,000 people who were standing with him against the forces of evil. That’s not a lot in a whole nation, but it’s something–a believing remnant. Secondly, Elijah wasn’t ready for retirement. God basically told him to get up off his tuchus (rear end) and continue the work God had called him to do.

Sometimes we who stand with Israel and the Jewish people may feel isolated in an increasingly hostile world. It’s politically correct now to be pro-Palestinian and anti-Zionist (read “anti-Jew”); just ask the UN, EU, the Obama administration, Arab nations, leftist NGO’s, campus and church BDS groups (boycott, divestment, sanctions), many Hollywood celebrities, mainstream media, etc., etc.

Those who take the opposite view and dare to express it are often labeled right-wing nut jobs, ignorant, trouble-makers, even terrorists . . . sound familiar? Because of extreme media bias, these brave souls even have difficulty getting their message out without having it twisted. It’s up to you and me to not allow them to be “voices crying in the wilderness”.

 Thanks to conservative talk radio, blogs and newsletters like Joel’s and mine (what a shameless plug!) we can unearth the truth – which frequently takes a lot of digging – and pass it around to others. Watch some YouTube videos such as Michele Bachmann and Allen West sharing their views on Israel. These people aren’t just speaking to woo Jewish voters or Jewish donations to their campaigns. They really mean what they say and have backed it up with action regardless of political cost.

 Then there’s Glenn Beck. Yes, I know that he may have some odd ideas about various and assorted topics. But the reason he’s been more vilified in the mainstream media than almost anyone else is his uncompromising stand for Israel.

Then there’s you and me, average folks who aren’t making speeches or YouTube videos. How can we get up off our collective tuchus and make a difference? Here are three simple things:

1. Send the link to this blog– another shameless plug – to your friends, post on your Facebook, LinkIn, and other social media outlets. Total time expenditure: 1 to 4 minutes.

2. Do some research on your own and pass your findings on to others. Remember that your friends won’t find this info on the evening news and so they may be totally unaware of the truth unless you inform them. Of course, please, please, please be sure to check out the veracity of your sources first so that even if people accuse you of being a wild-eyed nut case, you’ll be a credible wild-eyed nut case.

3. Be proactive! Watch for negative stories in the media. It is inexcusable to say “I don’t have the time” or “my opinion doesn’t matter”! Emails to newspapers, congressmen, senators, companies, and local businesses can and do make a difference.

Think you can’t make a difference?

I happened upon a news story a number of months ago about a bus ad in Seattle. The city of Seattle, WA, allowed a group to post on public buses ads which read, “Israeli War Crimes: Your tax dollars at work”[1], accompanied by huge, misleading pictures of “poor oppressed Palestinians”, I—and apparently thousands of other “watchers”—immediately fired off emails to Seattle city commissioners. Because pressure was applied from so many concerned citizens, the ad campaign was eventually cancelled.

So let’s not waste time on hand-wringing and kvetching (complaining). Let’s dust ourselves off like Elijah did, be encouraged, and get to work – we’re not alone!

“Shake yourself from the dust, arise; Sit down, O Jerusalem! Loose yourself from the bonds of your neck, O captive daughter of Zion!” (Isaiah 52:2)

Prayer Needs:

Pray that the Lord will provide an opportunity for us to be a credible “voice” for Israel.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and all Israel.
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Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America.

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[1] Seattle Times, December 21, 2010, “Metro’s acceptance of  ‘Israeli War Crime’ bus ad draws complaints”, by Keith Ervin

President Obama’s Disturbing New Assertion at AIPAC

On May 22, 2011, President Obama followed up his controversial May 19 speech on the Middle East and Palestinian/Israel conflict with an address to the American Israel Political Action Committee (AIPAC).  Some political pundits assert that he backed down from previous assertions concerning Israel’s boundaries made in his May 19 speech on the Middle East. Though charming and  conciliatory in tone when speaking to the 10,000 pro-Israel AIPAC delegates, as I read his speech I cannot agree with those pundits. As far as I can see, he did not back down or change his central assertions that Israel must fully withdraw its military from Judea and Samaria and that Israel must agree to establishing its new borders along pre-1967 borders.

He states:

…no matter how hard it may be to start meaningful negotiations under the current circumstances, we must acknowledge that a failure to try is not an option. The status quo is unsustainable. That is why on Thursday, I stated publicly the principles that the United States believes can provide a foundation for negotiations toward an agreement to end the conflict …

That doesn’t sound like backing down to me. That sounds like a defense or justification for those assertions.

Obama’s Justifications Restated

He also restated three reasons/justifications (and added a fourth and very disturbing new justification) for his controversial  initiative and push for indefensible pre-1967 borders as a pre-condition for peace. He continues:

First, the number of Palestinians living west of the Jordan River is growing rapidly and fundamentally reshaping the demographic realities of both Israel and the Palestinian territories. This will make it harder and harder-without peace-to maintain Israel as both a Jewish state and a democratic state. Second, technology will make it harder for Israel to defend itself in the absence of a genuine peace. And third, a new generation of Arabs is reshaping the region. A just and lasting peace can no longer be forged with one or two Arab leaders. Going forward, millions of Arab citizens have to see that peace is possible for that peace to be sustained. 

However, it is his fourth and disturbing new  justification that really caught my attention.

In his words:

Just as the context has changed in the Middle East, so too has it been changing in the international community over the last several years. There is a reason why the Palestinians are pursuing their interests at the United Nations. They recognize that there is impatience with the peace process — or the absence of one. Not just in the Arab World, but in Latin America, in Europe, and in Asia. That impatience is growing, and is already manifesting itself in capitols around the world. …But the march to isolate Israel internationally — and the impulse of the Palestinians to abandon negotiations — will continue to gain momentum in the absence of a credible peace process and alternative. For us to have leverage with the Palestinians, with the Arab states, and with the international community, the basis for negotiations has to hold out the prospect of success. 

Translation: In other words, though the US is trying hard to stand with you, Israel, you now have to satisfy and negotiate with not only the Palestinians and bordering Arab states but also an alienated and pro-Palestinian “international community”. Israel — can’t you see? The whole world is against you. The Palestinians are unilaterally angling to obtain official statehood status at the UN. They will get it. That would be a disaster for you. I’m just trying to head off that catastrophe. Your only chance is to follow my strategy whether you like it or not.  Help me help you!

I believe the President is also inferring that he can’t hold off Arab and international aspirations forever. Though he professes his support of Israel his support was very uncertain in the Gaza Flotilla incident last May. Only at the last second did he veto an extremely anti-Israel resolution by the UN Security Council.

All of this to say that President Obama’s intentions towards Israel , at the very least,  remain very uncertain and unclear.

Remember!

Watch very closely what a leader does–not what he says–to know his true intentions.  

God’s promise to Israel in the latter days:

If anyone stirs up strife, it is not from me; whoever stirs up strife with you shall fall because of you. (Isaiah 54: 14)

Joel Chernoff

The Fate of Israel’s Accusers

Javier Solana,  EU Foreign Policy Chief, speaking for the European Union (EU) made the following harsh and threatening statement concerning the formation of Israel’s new government under Benjamin Netanyahu. He said,

Javier Solana

Javier Solana

” Let me say very clearly that the way the European Union will relate to an [Israeli] government that is not committed to a two-state solution will be very, very different.”

I cannot recall a time that I have heard a western government so blatantly threaten Israel. Disagree–yes–but not threaten. This is yet another sign of the growing darkness and political isolation surrounding Israel.

The way that Solana talks about the two-state solution you would think it came to us from Mount Sinai. This despite continued Arab terrorist attacks on Israel.

Solana, who has been no friend to Israel in the past, in my view, has no business lecturing Israel as to who should or should not be in their government. Where is the common sense, the fairness and rational thinking that the Western world prides itself as having?

Israel is the victim, not the bully

Children Protest Israel

Children Protest Israel

Year after year Israel is the party seeking peace and willing to negotiate for that peace. The Arab nations have consistently been unwilling to make any concession of importance. They don’t recognize Israel as a legitimate State and openly or quietly seek its destruction. The Arab nations have not been deceptive in this. They have been consistently clear as to their desire to see Israel and the Jewish people disappear into the Mediterranean Sea.

What Javier Solana and others should be saying

Mr. Solana should be threatening Hamas, Hezbullah and the terrorist sponsoring states of the Middle East. He should be loudly warning Hamas and others that if the bombs don’t stop falling on Israel then the EU will use every resource at its disposal to penalize them for their conduct both economically and militarily.

In short, the EU should be firmly standing with Israel

Israeli President Shimon Peres(L) and Solana(R)

Israeli President Shimon Peres(L) and Solana(R)

Instead we hear warnings, threats and implied or overt accusations of war crimes from the likes of Solana and others. Now that… ticks me off. They accuse Israel of war crimes when day after day Hamas lobs bombs indiscriminately into the civilian populace of Israel.

Talk about the height of hypocrisy…perhaps it really is anti-semitism raring its ugly head.

The future of Israel’s accusers

Having said this let me point out what God says is the fate of Israel’s accusers in the “last days” before Messiah returns. The prophet Isaiah 54:15, 17 says the following:

If anyone stirs up strife with you it is not from me, whoever stirs up strife with you shall fall because of you…no weapon formed against you shall succeed…and you shall refute every tongue that rises against you in accusation. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and their vindication is from me, declares the Lord.

The fate of Israel’s accusers in the last days is this… God will make it possible for Israel to refute, i.e. effectively discredit, any accusation or accuser that rises up against her. Remember, this isn’t because Israel is perfect, has the right answer or has done the right thing, but because God himself is advocating for Israel.

Why is God advocating for Israel?

Simply put…God has a purpose and plan for humanity and planet earth. The restoration of Israel is at the center of His stated and prophetic plan in the “last days”. Once Israel has been restored physically and spiritually He will return to Jerusalem to set up His kingdom. This is clear in prophetic Scripture.

God is protecting His agenda for mankind and therefore will not allow anyone or any country to upset that plan. He is God!

Make a list!

Lastly, for future reference, I want you all to note who the accusers of Israel are and follow their fate and how God vindicates Israel in the face of those accusers and accusations.  I, myself, am going to begin to draw up such a list of accusers and track how God has dealt and is dealing with them through Israel. Now that should and will be interesting. Let’s compare notes as time progresses.

More on this later…

Joel Chernoff

-The views contained in The Joel Chernoff Report are not necessarily views held by the MJAA-