FreeAllThree.com admittedly has been critical of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s and, because he’s in charge, President Obama’s handling of the Iran nuclear talks, thus far. Not to make excuses for Mr. Kerry, but the Middle East is a lot like herding cats right now. We will take this into account in future posts. The Bible says people are to pray FOR their enemies, not curse them. The Bible also says to pray for leaders SO THAT THERE WILL BE PEACE. Just ask the Syrians or Gazans if they prefer peacetime or war!
Why should one care about ‘other’ Mid East news besides Americans held in Iran as prisoners? If you don’t think Iran’s influence in Syria, Lebanon, Palestine and Gaza affects U.S.-Iranian relations, think again. Iran, the Master chess player looks at the entire board and its moveable pieces…not a single pawn.
Look at this sampling of recent Mid East news headlines:
Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat rejects Israel as a Jewish state – claims his ancestors were in Jericho 5,500 years before Joshua, Jews Invaded
“I celebrated my city’s 10,000th birthday. I am proud to be a descendent of the Canaanites who lived in Jericho 5,500 years before Joshua who burnt Jericho. I will not alter my history.” Saeb Erekat, at Munich Security Conference, 2/3/2014. (ARUTZ/INN)
Bennett threatens to bolt government coalition over Kerry proposal – If ‘framework’ for peace doesn’t jibe with Jewish Home’s positions, religious Zionist party will join opposition says leader (TOI)
Netanyahu Slams Kerry for Threatening Israel With Boycotts (United With Israel)
Kerry Tells US Senators to “Ignore” Israel on Nuclear Iran (UWI)
Kerry biased against Israel, soft on Abbas, official says (TOI)
Erekat: The Talks Have Failed, Let’s Go to the UN – Chief PA negotiator accuses Israel of destroying the peace talks, says the PA should seek statehood recognition at the UN.
Anti-Defamation League (ADL) To Kerry: ‘Your Threats Destroy Peace Talks’ (INN)
President Obama’s National Security Advisor, Susan Rice, blasted Israel on Monday over its criticism of Secretary of State John Kerry
Israeli PM Netanyahu: Israel not obligated by US peace plan
PA’s Top Negotiator Erekat: World should punish ‘racist’ Israel
Iran does not take Obama’s military option seriously, says ex-Ambassador to US Michael Oren, warns the Iranian nuclear program is a ‘multiple existential threat to Israel; ‘much harder’ now for Israel to intervene
And if all of this was not enough, consider this:
Pope Coming To Israel As ‘Che Guevara of Palestinians’ – Pope Francis may heed Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s call to use upcoming visit to Israel as propaganda move for the PA against Israel
And in Iran:
|Iranian FM in hot water for taking softer tone on Israel|
|Zarif to answer to parliament after allowing for possible recognition of Jewish state; also acknowledging ‘horrific tragedy’ of Holocaust|
This is why we encourage prayer for John Kerry & President Obama as well as Israel’s and the PA’s leadership, seriously!
“And the Lord appeared to Abram and said, ‘To your offspring I will give this Land.'” (GENESIS 12:7)
Rabbis Threaten Sec. John Kerry with ‘Divine Wrath’
by Ari Yashar 2/5/2012 ARUTZ/INN
“A group called Rabbis from the Committee to Save the Land and People of Israel sent a letter to US Secretary of State John Kerry this Sunday, warning him to end his “antagonism” towards Israel.
The rabbis sharply criticized Kerry for his plans to establish an Arab capital in Jerusalem for Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, and to have Israel withdraw to the 1949 Armistice lines.
On Saturday, Kerry [appeared to] threaten Israel with an international boycott if peace talks fail, in addition to previous threats of a “Third Intifada” last year.
“Your incessant efforts to expropriate integral parts of our Holy Land and hand them over to Abbas’s terrorist gang, amount to a declaration of war against the Creator and Ruler of the universe. For G-d awarded the entire Land of Israel to our ancestors, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, in order that they bequeath it, as an everlasting inheritance, to their descendants, the Jewish people, until the end of all time,” opens the rabbis’ letter.
The letter was signed by Rabbi Gedalya Axelrod, emeritus head of the Haifa Rabbinical Court, Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, Chairman of the Temple Institute, Rabbi Ben Tziyon Grossman of Migdal Haemek, Rabbi Shalom Dov Wolpo, Dean of the Institute for the Complete Code of Maimonides, and Rabbi Yigal Pizam, Dean of Yeshivat Kiryat Shmuel.
Warning of the imminent security threat that Kerry’s plans would place Israelis in, and bringing the example of Gaza’s having turned into a launching pad for rockets, the rabbis slammed the plan for seeking to immediately uproot “20% of the Jews now living productively in Judea, Samaria and the Jordan valley.”
The letter adds that Kerry’s plan “would force tens of thousands of Jews to be evicted from their homes and livelihoods, devastating their lives financially, economically and psychologically, as happened to those expelled from the flourishing Gaza settlements, most of whom still suffer from the expulsion’s ruinous after-effects.”
Drawing on Jewish history, the letters declares to Kerry: “If you continue on this destructive path, you will ensure your everlasting disgrace in Jewish history for bringing calamity upon the Jewish people – like Nebuchadnezer and Titus who destroyed, respectively, the first and second great Temples and the entire Holy City of Jerusalem, and who, by Heavenly punishment, brought eventual disaster upon themselves, too.”
“By the power of our Holy Torah, we admonish you to cease immediately all efforts to achieve these disastrous agreements – in order to avoid severe Heavenly punishment for everyone involved,” warned the rabbis.
The letter closed with a reference to the upcoming Jewish holiday of Purim, in which the Book of Esther records Haman’s genocidal plots against the Jewish people were turned against him and he was “hung on the very same gallows he had prepared for Mordechai, the Jew.”
Employing the language of scripture, the rabbis warned “conspire a plan and it will be frustrated; talk the talk and it will not be fulfilled, for G-d is with us” (Isaiah 9:5).
Erekat is Wrong: Jews are in Israel for Millenia.”
Op-Eds – Israel National News
We have no personal knowledge whether Mr. Kerry or President Obama for that matter, since he is the ultimate decider-in-chief, believe in Biblical proclamations or prophecies. But the Rabbis’ message should be given full consideration while flying those across those many miles over the oceans.
Every indicator points to the next 6-12 months being a ‘crossroads moment’ in modern Mid East and perhaps world history. Pray!