When Balance Becomes Betrayal — Liberal Jewish “Universalism” Can Be Anti-Jewish


I’ll Tell You A “Secret”:
True Judaism Is Much More Than Being Liberal

Could It Be That We need To Read The Prophets A Little More?

No, David HaMelech Was No Liberal, But He Surely is Our National Hero

Could Someone Be A Traitor To His Own People And Not Know It?

By Daniel Gordis

Universalism, Cynthia Ozick once noted, has become the particularism of the Jews. Increasingly, our most fundamental belief about ourselves is that we dare not care about ourselves any more than we can about others. Noble Jews have moved beyond difference.

Innocent Israeli childrenAbove: Children in Israel

Beaasts of HamasAbove: Children in Gaza

One of the Fogel children murdered for being JewishAbove: The children in Israel the media and the world ignore
This innocent Fogel kid was stabbed to death with his entire family of five
by “Palestinian” civilians.  Who deserves to be killed?

This inability to distinguish ourselves from the mass of humanity, this inability to celebrate our own origins, our own People and our own homeland, I argue in my latest book, The Promise of Israel, is dysfunctional. Do we not care about our own children more than we care about other people’s children? And shouldn’t we? Are our own parents not our responsibility in a way that other people’s parents are not? The same is true of nations and ethnicities. The French care about the French more than they do about others. So do the Italians. So do the Spanish. It’s only this new, re-imagined Jew who is constantly seeking to transcend origins which actually make us who we are and enable us to leave our distinct fingerprints on the world.

That ­an utterly universalized Judaism is almost entirely divorced from the richness of Jewish heritage and the worldview of our classic texts is bad enough. But on weeks like this, with hundreds of thousands of Israelis sleeping in bomb shelters and many millions more unspeakably frightened, it’s become clear that this universalized Judaism has rendered not only platitudinous Jews, but something worse. It bequeaths us a new Jew utterly incapable of feeling loyalty. The need for balance is so pervasive that even an expression of gut-level love for Israelis more than for their enemies is impossible. Balance has now bequeathed betrayal.

For me, the most devastating representation of this ethical and emotional confusion this week came from the pen of someone for whom I have great admiration, respect and affection. Rabbi Sharon Brous [ Ya’akov’s note: so-called “rabbi” ] is, to my mind, one of the most intelligent and creative minds in the American Jewish community. A perpetual fixture among the Forward 50, she is almost universally recognized for her path-breaking vision of what a synagogue can be, and her combination of deep intelligence and authentic soulfulness have reached many Jews who would otherwise not be attached to the Jewish world.

Because I hold Rabbi Brous in such high esteem and consider her a friend, I was especially devastated to read her message to her community this week, which I quote in full:

“It has been a devastating couple of days in Israel and Gaza.

I believe that the Israeli people, who have for years endured a barrage of rocket attacks targeting innocents and designed to create terror, instability and havoc, have the right and the obligation to defend themselves. I also believe that the Palestinian people, both in Gaza and the West Bank, have suffered terribly and deserve to live full and dignified lives. And I happen to agree with the editors of the New York Times that the best way for Israel to diminish the potency of Hamas – which poses a genuine threat to Israel – is to engage earnestly and immediately in peace negotiations with the Palestinian Authority.

But most critically at this hour, I believe that there is a real and profound need for all of us to witness with empathy and grace. Take a breath. We are deeply entrenched in our narratives of good and evil, victim and perpetrator – and we are scared. Over one million Israelis will sleep in bomb shelters tonight and rockets have nearly reached Tel Aviv. So it’s tempting to dig in our heels, to diminish the loss on the other side of the border, even to gloat. This is not the Jewish way. However you feel about the wisdom and timing of Israel’s response to the Hamas threat, the people of Israel need our strong support and solidarity. At the same time, supporting Israel’s right to protect and defend itself does not diminish the reality that the Palestinian people are also children of God, whose suffering is real and undeniable.

Let us pray that this conflict comes to an end quickly, and that we soon see a return to negotiations and a real, viable and sustainable peace.”

It is, on the surface, a lovely and innocuous message. But what’s deeply troubling about it is that every single expression of sympathy for Israelis immediately coupled to a similar sentiment about the Palestinians. Absolute balance, even on a week like this, has become the supreme commandment. “Thou shall love thy neighbor who attacks thee as yourself.”

What do we have? Israelis have a right and obligation to defend themselves, but in the very next sentence, Palestinians have a right to lives of dignity. Nothing wrong with that. Israelis are scared, but so are Palestinians, and it is not our place to gloat. Fair enough. And even more balance: “the people of Israel need our strong support and solidarity. At the same time, supporting Israel’s right to protect and defend itself does not diminish the reality that the Palestinian people are also children of God, whose suffering is real and undeniable.”

Unobjectionable, sort of.

For the clincher is this: “We are deeply entrenched in our narratives of good and evil, victim and perpetrator – and we are scared.” Yes, we are all deeply entrenched in our narratives of good and evil. But why does Rabbi Brous not feel that it’s her place as a rabbi to tell her community (I know that I sound like a dinosaur to her community in saying this) which side is good and which side is evil?

Of course Israel is far from perfect, and yes, much of life in Gaza is miserable. Yet why can we not actually say what we know to be true? Why cannot a leader of the American Jewish community say that the only reason that Israel and Hamas are at war is that Hamas wants to destroy Israel? Does anyone really imagine that even a return to the 1967 borders would mollify Hamas? How do I know that it would not? Because they say so. They say that they will never end the “armed resistance” until the “Zionist entity” is utterly eradicated. Why don’t we believe them? Why this paternalistic, virtually racist, “oh they couldn’t possible mean that – it must be a cultural difference in how we express ourselves”? XXX

The “we’re all entrenched in our narratives of good and evil” worldview leaves no space for calling evil what it is. Why can we not simply say that at this moment, Israel’s enemies are evil? That they’re wrong? Why cannot someone as insightful and soulful as Rabbi Brous just say, without obfuscation, that whatever fault one finds with Israel, it is the Jewish State that for seventy years has sued for peace and the Arabs/Palestinians who have always refused. Does anyone bother pointing out to her community that whatever you think of Israel’s presence on the West Bank (or Judea/Samaria), that when Israel left Gaza, the Palestinians elected Hamas, and that when Mubarak fell, the Egyptians elected the Muslim Brotherhood? Why are these obvious facts utterly unmentionable? Because hope must spring eternal?

Yes, Jewish hope must spring eternal. And in order for it to do so, in order for us to find the strength to continue, to send our children to war and to raise another generation in a place that will tragically not know peace in any of our lifetimes, we need to tell Jews what this is. This is a battle of good versus evil, the battle between those struggling to avoid civilian casualties and those who are intentionally trying to kill civilians, the battle between those who have time and again sought peace, and those who said “no” in Khartoum in 1967 and still say “no.”

As I read Rabbi Brous’s missive, I couldn’t stop thinking about my two sons, both in the army, each doing his share to save the Jewish state from this latest onslaught. What I wanted to hear was that Rabbi Brous cares about my boys (for whom she actually babysat when we were all much younger) more than she cares about the children of terrorists. Especially this week, I wanted her to tell her community to love my family and my neighbors more than they love the people who elected Hamas and who celebrate each time a suicide bomber kills Jews. Is that really too much to ask?

But my friend left me heartbroken. If people as wise and as deeply Jewishly knowledgeable as Rabbi Brous (whom I told that this response was forthcoming) cannot come out and say that at least at this moment, we care about Israel more than we care about its enemies because we care about the future of the Jews more than almost anything else in the world, then her Jewish world and mine simply no longer inhabit overlapping universes.

I knew, even before reading Rabbi Brous’s missive, that we Israelis are surrounded by enemies. When I finished reading her, though, I understood that matters are much worse than that. Yes, we’re surrounded, but increasingly, we are also truly alone, utterly abandoned by those who ought to be unabashedly at our side.

Source:  Times of Israel

My Ideas On This True War Against Terror, Not The Fake One Invented By The US


You Have Arrived To The ‘Mother Of All Rants Page’

Throwing All Political Correctness Out Of The Window

Beware, Get Away If You Are Of A Faint Heart

First of all, my apologies for not posting for so many days — most of all during these so important times — but my computer has been broken in the shop for far too long.  Now, one of my sons lent me this one … but, guess what, it’s having problems too!  Oh, well… I’ll try to do my best, though.

Would you allow terrorists to bomb your cities without a strong response?

For those of you that know me and my family, and for those who out of human solidarity simply care, I’ll say that even though we have been under fairly constant bombardment by the genocide-prone Muslim terrorists who bottom-dwell in Gaza, we are very well and with much hightened spirits. It is truly wonderful to witness and be a part of (although in a very miniscule way) the amazing salvation that HaShem constantly does for His People.

It is a great honor to live in a Land that infuses in the Jewish People such a great courage to face the hatred, threats and constant attacks of countless bloodthirsty savages, whose only purpose in life is to kill, conquer, abuse, lie, and kill, and kill and kill just as their barbaric Koranic (read demonic) religion of war and hatred demands of them.

I should start by a funny but true note of this necessary war.  Out of 834 missiles that the dishonorable Muslim terrorists had shot at us until this morning, 100 of them had fallen right upon their own heads in Gaza!  Well, it is the combination of the fact that they stink and are a bunch of loosers, plus the other evident Fact that HaShem loves Israel and also that He has a great sense of humor.  But it is also a Message and Reminder for all the Goyim in the world: that is what will happen in the future, as the Prophet Ezekiel says in the chapter 38 or 39 of his Holy Book in Tanakh.   I cannot quote it here and now because I’m in a computer lent and half-broken.  You look for it, but I assure you, it’s there.  Yes, miracles are happening, and more are on the way.

They attack our civilians from their civilian areas

For far too long, and shrouded by the complicit silence of the so-called “international community” and corporative media, the democratically-elected Hamas terrorists have constantly rocketed our civilian populations hidden from behind their own civilian areas in Gaza. That is the origin of this new round of war and death. Of course, the Arabs started their genocidal atempts almost 100 years ago, much before the resurrection of Israel.

whose fault is it?

So, under that cowardly primise of attacking us using their own families a human shileds and tools of propaganda, we have no other option that to attack their civilian areas. Again, we have to attack their civilian areas. Should I repeat, whose fault is it?

I think that we may be on the verge of an enormous war of incalculable dimensions.  This war shall be caused by the evil intrancigense of the Muslim Arabs, who do not want to accept the idea of the existance of a non-Muslim nation in the Middle East — no matter how well established the historical rights of that nation may be, as it is the case of the Jewish People in reference to our tiny Land.  The fact of the matter is that if we were Hindus, Christians or Buddhists, it would be the same ordeal with them.

The Arabic word ‘Islam’ means ‘submission’, and that is their main concern in life: They need to submit other nations, races, religions, philosophies, women, children everybody! and force them to follow the dictates of their degenerate false prophet and worship a cruel and filthy demon impersonating the True King of the Universe. Their biggest problem, though, is that Israel shall not be conquered and submitted ever again.  Yes, according to Prophecy there may come a day when Israel will be almost conquered and almost submitted by a confederacy of Islamic bastards; but it will be on that same Day when HaShem will “filp the omelette” around on them, thus causing their utter destruction — as well as as those pathetic nations that, out of their wet antisemitic dreams, solidarize openly or covertly with the Islamic filth.

Today, after only 4 1/2 days of our long-awaited and well-deserved response to their constant barrage of rockets upon our civilian heads, the Gazan rats are crying like non-paid whores for a cease fire.  Now, Muslim Brotherhood-controlled Egypt — one of their shameless Jihadist pimps — after only one day of having threatened us with Islamic retaliations for our “agression” against the “Palestinian” people, wants to be a “mediator” to achieve a cease fire that would prevent the erradication of terrorist Hamas from Aza, and that would make them look good.  Now they all whine to the UN through the prostituted media, which they have bought with their petro-dollars.  But, we Jews know all too well that the so-called “international community” and the liberal media wish — no, salivates — for our complete disapearance from our Land one way or another, so as to placate the Arabs and continue receiving their oil.

Last night a building where journalists cohabit with terrorists in Gaza was destroyed by our forces; no one was hurt, but Al Jazzira and other Muslim outlets said that several news people had being wounded.  But the Western “journalists” did not care to contradict such falacy.  So why should we care about such “journalists”?  They are there knowingly serving as human shields to the terrorists, and possibly much more; they take sides with the terrorists, and the want immunity so as to prevent weapon caches and terrorists strongholds to be exonerated from attack.  My opinion is that if they don’t want to get hurt, or worse, not to get in the line of fire … or else, goodby.  Are they not the ones that published that Israel had aimed at a civilian home, when in reality it was the house of thecommander of the north forces of the terrorists?  Who says that terrorists can aim at our homes but that we cannot aim at theirs?  And their children?  Well, why should we care about their children when they don’t care about them, rather they use them as human shields?! 

A wounded Israeli baby.  Few publicized this foto because few care about Israeli civilians

A wounded Israeli baby. Few publicized this foto because few care about Israeli civilians at all

They have pushed us to this understanding:  we are to care FIRST and FOREMOST for our own children and much later for others’.  The US and Europe have murdered an immense amount of children in Iraq and Afghanistan by bombing blindly their enemy, but now they want to hold us to a different standard.  Bastards!!!

America invented a reason to attack Iraq, where almost a million civilians were indescriminately killed and maimed by NATO.  And they were not attacked, not even provoked, by the Iraqis.  Ah, but killing in the name of oil is OK.  Should I clarify that Americans call oil “freedom” as in “the Marines are fighting for ‘freedom’.”  Hah!  Yes, that’s true American ingenuity, allright.  America went to Afghanistan to control the market of Opium Poppies and Heroine, the production of which has quadrupled under the American military invasion and supervision.  And where is the oh so selfrighteous media informing the zombies of the world about this fact?  Of course they euphemistically called this “The War On Terror,” when in reality it was ‘The War For Oil And Drugs’.

Ah, but when Israel fights the only true war on terror in this world against true terrorists

not elements controlled by our Mossad, as it is the case with the CIA and Al Qaida then everybody becomes so, so humane… even though we send hundreds of thousands of leaflets and messages to the unworthy “civilians” in Gaza to stay away from our bombs directed surgically to weapon depots and terrorist training camps.  But why the true civilians do not leave their weapons-ridden homes?  Because they are forced at gun point by the also civilian terrorists.  What should we do, then?  The same American and Europeans have done all along without any reason: bomb them.  The civilians in Gaza voted for Hamas in the hopes that they would exterminate the civilian Jewish population in Israel; therefore, they had it coming.  Aren’t these the same civilians that when our civilians are exploded by their beloved terrorists dance in the streets  of Gaza and congratulate one another?  So why the commiseration now with such bunch of rabid donkeys?

When we see terrorists on TV, what do we see?  Armed civilians!  But the antisemitic media ignores that fact, and when we kill them they report that civilians were “assassinated by Israel.”  Yes, the media is complicit with the modern Hitlerists, just as they were when the Holocaust.  So, maybe I will cry for Argentina, but I will not for blood-thirsty terrorists, nor for their supporting civilians, and not when lying journalists fall while our forces try and clean that enclave of evil since I, like David HaMelech, hate HaShem’s enemies and the enemies of his People with a perfect hatred, and I will loudly exult The Almighty, B”H, when He will at last annihilate, through Moshiach, all the enemies of Israel in a well deserved Display of His Omnipotence in the rapidly coming Great Day of our Redemption.  May it be soon, in our lifetime so that we can finally say and have Shalom.

Obama Admits Iran Is Piling Up Fissile Material For 4-6 Bombs Ready By Spring 2013


Obama is a hidden Muslim

Barack Obama this week admitted to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that the latest US intelligence input confirms what Israel has been saying: Iran will have enough enriched uranium for 4-6 bombs by March 2013, according to reports from Washington and Israeli intelligence sources. His update, which took place in the framework of quiet US-Israeli intelligence-sharing on the state of Iran’s nuclear program.

This was Obama’s first acknowledgment that sanctions and diplomatic pressure are not having any effect whatsoever on Iran’s nuclear program.

It is now clear to Obama’s administration that Iran’s leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei will press on toward a nuclear weapon capacity at any price — even if faced with a military threat.

No pause is to be expected in Iran’s drive to accumulate enough enriched uranium to fuel a nuclear bomb arsenal while, at the same time, advancing along a second track toward a plutonium bomb.

This updated US intelligence included three more data:

  1. Most of the enriched uranium for the 4-6 nuclear bombs is scattered in 20% grade form among different caches.
[ When vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan revealed Iran’s possession of enough fissile material for five nuclear bombs during his debate with VP Joe Biden on Oct. 10, Biden waved the revelation away with contempt. It is now confirmed by his boss, the president. ]
  1. After completing the transfer of advanced centrifuges to the fortified underground site at Fordo, Iran is now ready to expand uranium enrichment at Natanz by doubling the number of centrifuges working there to 6,000. The new annex to house them, on which building began in March 2011, is almost finished.
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  3. The technological infrastructure for the rapid conversion of 20-percent enriched uranium to the 90% weapons grade is now in place.  It is estimated in Washington that no more than two to three weeks will elapse between a Khamenei order for the conversion to begin, to the production of enough weapons-grade material for Iran to build its first nuclear bombs.

[ The US intelligence experts keeping track of Iran’s program are sure they will know when that order is given.  But after so many American lies in since the times of Bush up to now concerning Iran’s reality — including Bill Clinton’s deceiving silence before that —  who can believe America anymore? ]

Notwithstanding all the facts and figures from his own intelligence experts on the imminence of a nuclear Iran, usurping president Obama is still leaning hard on Netanyahu to hold off a preemptive strike until after the Nov. 6 presidential election, since that is what only matters to him.  He falsely promises that, shortly after the vote, if he is reelected, he will put before Tehran the endgame document prepared by a White House team in the form of an ultimatum with a deadline for response.  But Obama is still not saying how he will respond to an Iranian rejection of the document’s main points, or whether he will again agree to return to the negotiating table while Iran is allowed to forge ahead on its bomb program. This had been the standard shifty diplomatic format under his malevolent watch.

Recently a large group of former high-placed US diplomats, ex-officials and elder statesmen — Democrats and Republicans alike — has come forward to warn the Israeli Prime Minister to give up any expectation, ever, of Barack Obama’s cooperation on the Iranian nuclear issue. These former top Washingtonians all harbor strong reservations about the Muslim-hidden president’s foreign policy, especially on Iran. Some have called Netanyahu in person and warned him that the White House instituted an intelligence-sharing dialogue with Israel only as a device for delaying an Israeli attack on Iran.  If reelected, they say, Obama will weasel out of his repeated pledges to prevent Iran attaining a nuclear weapon and certainly not countenance preventive military action by Israel. This is no secret to Tehran.

[ All normal Israelis, and normal Americans too, know that being Obama a closet Islamist Muslim, he wants very badly that Iran gets the Bomb to tray and annihilate Israel. I use the term “normal” because liberals are mentally deranged ]

Counting on Obama maintaining this posture and Israel’s compliance, the Iranians are certain they can go full speed ahead toward their nuclear goal without fear of any interference. Other sources also disclose that three questions on Iran will be put to the president and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney in their third and last debate at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, Monday, Oct. 22.

[ But the American Jews, to whom this shall be directed, are to lost in their insane Liberalism, their main religion, to see beyond the tip of their noses.  Sadly but true, denial, projection and wishful thinking are a trait mark of their suicidal decease ]

Source: Debka

A US General Says The Muslim Brotherhood Has Infiltrated The U.S. Government


Well, of Course, Obama is a “Brother” from the Muslim “Hood”

Obama is a Foreign Traitor Bent on Destroy America and Israel

U.S. Army Lieutenant General (Ret.) William Jerry Boykin
claims that individuals with connections to the Muslim Brotherhood
hold security clearances in both the Pentagon and the Department of Defense.

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General Boykin

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Boykin says Republicans should have listened to Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn), who was correct to be concerned over possible Muslim Brotherhood ties of Huma Abedin, Sec. of State Hillary Clinton’s Deputy Chief of Staff. Boykin says politicians on both sides of the aisle are scared to pursue the truth on this, for fear of being branded “intolerant,” and the result of their inaction is continued infiltration by the radical Islamic organization.

He claims that people with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood hold important positions “in every major federal agency.”

Boykin was one of the original members of the Army’s Delta Force, served in clandestine operations for the CIA, and was formerly a Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence.

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Source: Breitbar

White House Irked By Netanyahu’s “Red Line” Speech, Reverts To Iran Diplomacy


America Continues to Provoke the Wrath of G-d

In the Midst of an Arrogance Attack Obama and Clinton

Let See their Genocidal Intention Toward Israel

The Muslim in Chief in the Wite House is Very Mad at Netanyahu
for Daring to Defend the Right of Israel to Fight for her Survival
in Front of the Evident Conspiracy existent between Obama and Iran

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The Islamic Usurper

The Islamic Usurper Dictates to Israel

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton berated Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for the powerful presentation of his case for confronting Iran with Red Lines — instead of the thus far failed American diplomacy and weak sanctions — in his speech to the UN General Assembly Thursday, Sept. 27.

Neither of them released a statement from their conversation of an hour and a quarter one-on-one shortly after the irrefutable speech. Clinton made it clear that the arrogant Muslim Kenyan usurper of the White House Barack Obama would not tolerate the Israeli prime minister having a say in his Iran agenda.

Of course, what these two filthy mongrels (Obama and Clinton) forgot is that Mr. Netanyahu is the democratically-elected leader of a sovereign and totally  independent nation (yes, despite de wet dreams of many self-important Americans); and therefore it is Netanyahu — and no other! much less them — has the greatest saying in what concerns the national survival of israel.  In Israel we all have their number, and will not stand by their vain American imperial arrogance.

Muslim Obama — committed as he is to supporting the Islamic dream of world conquest and the destruction of Israel — assured that he would remain stuck to diplomacy regardless of Netanyahu’s warning that it was getting “late, very late” to stop a nuclear Iran.  Clinton accordingly announced a decision by “the world powers” to go into another round of nuclear negotiations with Iran, although after the breakdown of diplomacy in July, they expected an improved Iranian offer.

These so-called “world powers,” who speak so grandiloquently about freedom and democracy, have abrogated themselves the position of deciders of the course of history for all humanity, something that only belongs to G-d Almighty, B”H.  It will be lovely to see what will happen to them pretty soon.

Notorious anti-Semite EU foreign executive Catherine Ashton was directed to get in touch with Iran’s nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalilee for another attempt to set up talks, although when the two officials met in Istanbul on Sept. 18, they made no headway.

US steps early Friday Sept. 28 put the clock back five days to Monday when Obama dismissed Netanyahu’s advocacy of agreed Red Lines for warning Iran off its nuclear bomb program as “background noises” which he systematically blocked. This reversal came after White House and Israeli officials had begun discussing moving the critical timeline for that program to late spring, early summer 2013, instead of this year.

Addressing the UN General Assembly Thursday, Sept. 27  Israel Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu graphically depicted Israel’s Red Line for Iran. He held up a simple diagram showing that Iran had covered 70 percent of the distance to a nuclear bomb and must be stopped before it reached the critical stage next spring or early summer of 2013. He stressed that it is getting late, very late to stop a nuclear Iran. The best way, he said, is to lay down a clear Red Line on the most vulnerable element of its nuclear program: uranium enrichment. “I believe that if faced with a clear and credible red line, Iran will back down and may even disband its program,” he said.

Red Lines prevent wars, don’t start them and in fact deterred Iran from blocking the Strait of Hormuz. Israel and the US are in discussion over this issue, said Netanyahu. “I’m sure we can forge a way forward together.” He went on to accuse Iran of spreading terrorist networks in two dozen countries and turning Lebanon and Gaza into terror strongholds.

Hoping a nuclear-armed Iran will bring stability is like hoping a nuclear al Qaeda will bring world peace, the prime minister remarked. Some Washington sources are disclosing that the White House and Israel emissaries have come to an understanding that Israel will hold back from attacking Iran’s nuclear sites before the US election in November, while a special team set up by Usurper Obama completes a new paper setting out the end game for Iran. He put the team to work after concluding that negotiations with Iran had exhausted their usefulness. Gary Samore, top presidential adviser on nuclear proliferation, leads the team.

Netanyahu’s citing of late spring, early summer 2013, as the critical point on Iran’s path to a nuclear bomb appears to confirm that he has agreed to delay military action against Iran following negotiations with the White House on the next agreed steps. The prime minister was represented in those talks by Defense Minister Ehud Barak and National Security Adviser Yakov Amidror.

According to another view, which is current in Washington’s intelligence community, Israel was finally persuaded to delay by fresh intelligence [ most probably contrived ] presented by the Obama administration which showed that Israeli estimates were overly pessimistic in judging the timeline for Iran’s nuclear facilities to be buried in “immunity zones.” That timeline extended to spring 2013, leaving Israel five to six months up to April-May for ordering a military operation against those sites. However, we have learned that Israeli intelligence circles dispute their American colleagues’ estimate as “interesting” but inaccurate.  Netanyahu, in his speech, confirmed that Washington and Jerusalem were constantly exchanging views and evaluations on the state of Iran’s nuclear program. He also made the point that while intelligence services, American and Israeli alike, had remarkable aptitudes, their estimates on Iran were not foolproof. He was referring to the Pentagon dubious claim that when Iran was ready to build a bomb, American intelligence would know about it in good time.  But that does not mean that they will share the truth with Israel.

Trusting America has proven suicidal for many nations, among them Cuba where I was born, but also the prosperous pre-Ayatollah Iran, Nicaragua, and many others.  Bigoted America is only trustworthy for England, France and Germany; the rest should better be very careful.  Israel does not need America.  Reality is opposite to that:  America needs Israel, and HaShem will soon validate such a truism.

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Source: DebkaFile

Netanyahu Draws Israel’s Red Line For Iran Amid A Secret Discussion With The US


The Attack Would Take Place Next Spring

My Prediction:  Obama Will Backtrack, Obama Will Betray Israel

Read Below the whole Text of Netanyahu’s Speech at the UN
As well as the Video of the Complete Speech

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Netanyahu's red line shown to the UN

Netanyahu’s red line shown to the UN

Highlights of the Speech

Addressing the UN General Assembly Thursday, Sept. 27 Israel Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu graphically depicted Israel’s red line for Iran. He held up a simple diagram showing that Iran had covered 70 percent of the distance to a nuclear bomb and must be stopped before it reached the critical stage next spring or early summer. He stressed that it is getting late, very late to stop a nuclear Iran.

The best way, he said, is to lay down a clear red line on the most vulnerable element of its nuclear program: uranium enrichment. “I believe that if faced with a clear and credible red line, Iran will back down and may even disband its nuclear program,” he said.  Red lines prevent wars, don’t start them and in fact deterred Iran from blocking the Strait of Hormuz. Israel and the US are in discussion over this issue, said Netanyahu. “I’m sure we can forge a way forward together.

Netanyahu went on to accuse Iran of spreading terrorist networks in two dozen countries and turning Lebanon and Gaza into terror strongholds. Hoping a nuclear-armed Iran will bring stability is like hoping a nuclear al Qaeda will bring peace, the prime minister remarked. debkafile quotes some Washington sources as disclosing that the White House and Israel emissaries have come to an understanding that Israel will hold back from attacking Iran’s nuclear sites before the US election in November, while a special team led set up by Barack Obama completes a new paper setting out the end game for Iran. He put the team to work after concluding that negotiations with Iran had exhausted their usefulness and placed at its head Gary Samore, top presidential adviser on nuclear proliferation.

Netanyahu’s citing of late spring, early summer 2013, as the critical point on Iran’s path to a nuclear bomb appears to confirm that he has agreed to delay military action against Iran in negotiations with the White House. Our sources report that the prime minister was represented in those talks by Defense Minister Ehud Barak and National Security Adviser Yakov Amidror.

According to another view, which is current in Washington’s intelligence community, Israel was finally persuaded by fresh intelligence [ most probably contrived ] presented by the Obama administration which showed that Israeli estimates were overly pessimistic in judging the timeline for Iran’s nuclear facilities to be buried in “immunity zones.” That time line extended to spring 2013, leaving Israel five to six months up to April-May for ordering a military operation against those sites. However, we have learned, Israeli intelligence circles dispute their American colleagues’ estimate as “interesting” but inaccurate.

Netanyahu in his speech confirmed that Washington and Jerusalem were constantly exchanging views and evaluations on the state of Iran’s nuclear program. He also made the point that while intelligence services, American and Israeli alike, had remarkable aptitudes, their estimates on Iran were not foolproof.

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Text of the Speech of Benjamin Netanyahu
at the UN on September 27, 2012

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Obama the Muslim Donkey gets a History Lesson 101

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Thank you very much Mr. President.

It’s a pleasure to see the General Assembly presided by the Ambassador from Israel, and it’s good to see all of you, distinguished delegates.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Three thousand years ago, King David reigned over the Jewish state in our eternal capital, Jerusalem. I say that to all those who proclaim that the Jewish state has no roots in our region and that it will soon disappear.

Throughout our history, the Jewish people have overcome all the tyrants who have sought our destruction. It’s their ideologies that have been discarded by history.

The people of Israel live on. We say in Hebrew Am Yisrael Chai, and the Jewish state will live forever.

The Jewish people have lived in the land of Israel for thousands of years. Even after most of our people were exiled from it, Jews continued to live in the land of Israel throughout the ages.  The masses of our people never gave up the dreamed of returning to our ancient homeland.

Defying the laws of history, we did just that. We ingathered the exiles, restored our independence and rebuilt our national life. The Jewish people have come home!

We will never be uprooted again!!!

Yesterday was Yom Kippur, the Holiest Day of the Jewish year.

Every year, for over three millennia, we have come together on this Day of reflection and Atonement. We take stock of our past. We pray for our future. We remember the sorrows of our persecution; we remember the great travails of our dispersion; we mourn the extermination of a third of our people — six million — in the Holocaust.

But at the end of Yom Kippur, we celebrate.

We celebrate the rebirth of Israel. We celebrate the heroism of our young men and women who have defended our people with the indomitable courage of Joshua, David, and the Maccabees of old. We celebrate the marvel of the flourishing modern Jewish state.

In Israel, we walk the same paths tread by our patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. But we blaze new trails in science, technology, medicine, agriculture.

In Israel, the past and the future find common ground.

Unfortunately, that is not the case in many other countries. For today, a great battle is being waged between the modern and the medieval.

The forces of modernity seek a bright future in which the rights of all are protected, in which an ever-expanding digital library is available in the palm of every child, in which every life is sacred.

The forces of medievalism seek a world in which women and minorities are subjugated, in which knowledge is suppressed, in which not life but death is glorified.

These forces clash around the globe, but nowhere more starkly than in the Middle East.

Israel stands proudly with the forces of modernity. We protect the rights of all our citizens: men and women, Jews and Arabs, Muslims and Christians — all are equal before the law.

Israel is also making the world a better place: our scientists win Nobel Prizes. Our know-how is in every cell-phone and computer that you’re using. We prevent hunger by irrigating arid lands in Africa and Asia.

Recently, I was deeply moved when I visited Technion, one of our technological institutes in Haifa, and I saw a man paralyzed from the waist down climb up a flight of stairs, quite easily, with the aid of an Israeli invention.

And Israel’s exceptional creativity is matched by our people’s remarkable compassion. When disaster strikes anywhere in the world — in Haiti, Japan, India, Turkey Indonesia and elsewhere — Israeli doctors are among the first on the scene, performing life-saving surgeries.

In the past year, I lost both my father and my father-in-law. In the same hospital wards where they were treated, Israeli doctors were treating Palestinian Arabs. In fact, every year, thousands of Arabs from the Palestinian territories and Arabs from throughout the Middle East come to Israel to be treated in Israeli hospitals by Israeli doctors.

I know you’re not going to hear that from speakers around this podium, but that’s the truth. It’s important that you are aware of this truth.

It’s because Israel cherishes life, that Israel cherishes peace and seeks peace.

We seek to preserve our historic ties and our historic peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan. We seek to forge a durable peace with the Palestinians.

President Abbas just spoke here.

I say to him and I say to you:

We won’t solve our conflict with libelous speeches at the UN. That’s not the way to solve it. We won’t solve our conflict with unilateral declarations of statehood.

We have to sit together, negotiate together, and reach a mutual compromise, in which a demilitarized Palestinian state recognizes the one and only Jewish State.

Israel wants to see a Middle East of progress and peace. We want to see the three great religions that sprang forth from our region — Judaism, Christianity and Islam — coexist in peace and in mutual respect.

Yet the medieval forces of radical Islam, whom you just saw storming the American embassies throughout the Middle East, they oppose this.

They seek supremacy over all Muslims. They are bent on world conquest. They want to destroy Israel, Europe, America. They want to extinguish freedom. They want to end the modern world.

Militant Islam has many branches – from the rulers of Iran with their Revolutionary Guards to Al Qaeda terrorists to the radical cells lurking in every part of the globe.

But despite their differences, they are all rooted in the same bitter soil of intolerance. That intolerance is directed first at their fellow Muslims, and then to Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, secular people, anyone who doesn’t submit to their unforgiving creed.

They want to drag humanity back to an age of unquestioning dogma and unrelenting conflict.

I am sure of one thing. Ultimately they will fail. Ultimately, light will penetrate the darkness.

We’ve seen that happen before.

Some five hundred years ago, the printing press helped pry a cloistered Europe out of a dark age. Eventually, ignorance gave way to enlightenment.

So too, a cloistered Middle East will eventually yield to the irresistible power of freedom and technology. When this happens, our region will be guided not by fanaticism and conspiracy, but by reason and curiosity.

I think the relevant question is this:  It’s not whether this fanaticism will be defeated. It’s how many lives will be lost before it’s defeated.

We’ve seen that happen before too.

Some 70 years ago, the world saw another fanatic ideology bent on world conquest. It went down in flames. But not before it took millions of people with it. Those who opposed that fanaticism waited too long to act. In the end they triumphed, but at an horrific cost.

My friends, we cannot let that happen again.

At stake is not merely the future of my own country. At stake is the future of the world. Nothing could imperil our common future more than the arming of Iran with nuclear weapons.

To understand what the world would be like with a nuclear-armed Iran, just imagine the world with a nuclear-armed Al-Qaeda.

It makes no difference whether these lethal weapons are in the hands of the world’s most dangerous terrorist regime or the world’s most dangerous terrorist organization. They’re both fired by the same hatred; they’re both driven by the same lust for violence.

Just look at what the Iranian regime has done up till now, without nuclear weapons.

In 2009, they brutally put down mass protests for democracy in their own country. Today, their henchmen are participating in the slaughter of tens of thousands of Syrian civilians, including thousands of children, directly participating in this murder.

They abetted the killing of American soldiers in Iraq and continue to do so in Afghanistan. Before that, Iranian proxies killed hundreds of American troops in Beirut and in Saudi Arabia. They’ve turned Lebanon and Gaza into terror strongholds, embedding nearly 100,000 missiles and rockets in civilian areas. Thousands of these rockets and missiles have already been fired at Israeli communities by their terrorist proxies.

In the last year, they’ve spread their international terror networks to two dozen countries across five continents — from India and Thailand to Kenya and Bulgaria. They’ve even plotted to blow up a restaurant a few blocks from the White House in order to kill a diplomat.

And of course, Iran’s rulers repeatedly deny the Holocaust and call for Israel’s destruction almost on a daily basis, as they did again this week from the United Nations.

So I ask you, given this record of Iranian aggression without nuclear weapons, just imagine Iranian aggression with nuclear weapons. Imagine their long range missiles tipped with nuclear warheads, their terror networks armed with atomic bombs.

Who among you would feel safe in the Middle East? Who would be safe in Europe? Who would be safe in America? Who would be safe anywhere?

There are those who believe that a nuclear-armed Iran can be deterred like the Soviet Union.

That’s a very dangerous assumption.

Militant Jihadists behave very differently from secular Marxists. There were no Soviet suicide bombers. Yet Iran produces hordes of them.

Deterrence worked with the Soviets, because every time the Soviets faced a choice between their ideology and their survival, they chose their survival.

But deterrence may not work with the Iranians once they get nuclear weapons.

There’s a great scholar of the Middle East, Prof. Bernard Lewis, who put it best. He said that for the Ayatollahs of Iran, mutually assured destruction is not a deterrent, it’s an inducement.

Iran’s apocalyptic leaders believe that a medieval holy man will reappear in the wake of a devastating Holy War, thereby ensuring that their brand of radical Islam will rule the earth.

That’s not just what they believe. That’s what is actually guiding their policies and their actions.

Just listen to Ayatollah Rafsanjani who said, I quote:  “The use of even one nuclear bomb inside Israel will destroy everything, however it would only harm the Islamic world.”

Rafsanjani said:  “It is not irrational to contemplate such an eventuality.”

Not irrational !!

And that’s coming from one of the so-called “moderates” of Iran.

Shockingly, some people have begun to peddle the absurd notion that a nuclear-armed Iran would actually “stabilize” the Middle East.

Yeah, right.

That’s like saying a nuclear-armed Al-Qaeda would usher in an era of “universal peace.”

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I’ve been speaking about the need to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons for over 15 years.

I spoke about it in my first term in office as Prime Minister, and then I spoke about it when I left office. I spoke about it when it was fashionable, and I spoke about it when it wasn’t fashionable.

I speak about it now because the hour is getting late — very late!  I speak about it now because the Iranian nuclear calendar doesn’t take time out for anyone or for anything. I speak about it now because when it comes to the survival of my country, it’s not only my right to speak; it’s my duty to speak. And I believe that this is the duty of every responsible leader who wants to preserve world peace.

For nearly a decade, the international community has tried to stop the Iranian nuclear program with diplomacy.  That hasn’t worked.

Iran uses diplomatic negotiations as a means to buy time to advance its nuclear program.

For over seven years, the international community has tried sanctions with Iran. Under the leadership of President Obama, the international community has passed some of the strongest sanctions to date.

I want to thank the governments represented here that have joined in this effort. It’s had an effect. Oil exports have been curbed and the Iranian economy has been hit hard.

It’s had an effect on the economy, but we must face the truth. Sanctions have not stopped Iran’s nuclear program either.

According to the International Atomic Energy Agency, during the last year alone, Iran has doubled the number of centrifuges in its underground nuclear facility in Qom.

At this late hour, there is only one way to peacefully prevent Iran from getting atomic bombs. That’s by placing a clear Red Line on Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

Red Lines don’t lead to war;  Red Lines prevent war.

Look at NATO’s charter:  It made clear that an attack on one member country would be considered an attack on all.  NATO’s Red Line helped keep the peace in Europe for nearly half a century.

President Kennedy set a red line during the Cuban Missile Crisis.  That Red Line also prevented war and helped preserve the peace for decades.

In fact, it’s the failure to place Red Lines that has often invited aggression.

If the Western powers had drawn clear Red Lines during the 1930s, I believe they would have stopped Nazi aggression and World War II might have been avoided.

In 1990, if Saddam Hussein had been clearly told that his conquest of Kuwait would cross a Red Line, the first Gulf War might have been avoided.

Clear Red Lines have also worked with Iran.

Earlier this year, Iran threatened to close the Straits of Hormouz. The United States drew a clear Red Line and Iran backed off.

Red Lines could be drawn in different parts of Iran’s nuclear weapons program.  But to be credible, a Red Line must be drawn first and foremost in one vital part of their program: on Iran’s efforts to enrich uranium.  Now let me explain why:

Basically, any bomb consists of explosive material and a mechanism to ignite it.

The simplest example is gunpowder and a fuse. That is, you light the fuse and set off the gunpowder.

In the case of Iran’s plans to build a nuclear weapon, the gunpowder is enriched uranium.  The fuse is a nuclear detonator.

For Iran, amassing enough enriched uranium is far more difficult than producing the nuclear fuse.

For a country like Iran, it takes many, many years to enrich uranium for a bomb. That requires thousands of centrifuges spinning in tandem in very big industrial plants. Those Iranian plants are visible and they’re still vulnerable.

In contrast, Iran could produce the nuclear detonator – the fuse – in a lot less time, maybe under a year, maybe only a few months.

The detonator can be made in a small workshop the size of a classroom.  It may be very difficult to find and target that workshop, especially in Iran. That’s a country that’s bigger than France, Germany, Italy and Britain combined.

The same is true for the small facility in which they could assemble a warhead or a nuclear device that could be placed in a container ship. Chances are you won’t find that facility either.

So, in fact, the only way that you can credibly prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, is to prevent Iran from amassing enough enriched uranium for a bomb.

So, how much enriched uranium do you need for a bomb? And how close is Iran to getting it?

Let me show you. I brought a diagram for you. Here’s the diagram.

This is a bomb; this is a fuse.

In the case of Iran’s nuclear plans to build a bomb, this bomb has to be filled with enough enriched uranium. And Iran has to go through three stages.

The first stage:  they have to enrich enough of low enriched uranium.

The second stage:  they have to enrich enough medium enriched uranium.

And the third stage and final stage:  they have to enrich enough high enriched uranium for the first bomb.

Where’s Iran? Iran’s completed the first stage. It took them many years, but they completed it and they’re 70% of the way there.

Now they are well into the second stage. By next spring — at most by next summer at current enrichment rates — they will have finished the medium enrichment and move on to the final stage.

From there, it’s only a few months, possibly a few weeks before they get enough enriched uranium for the first bomb.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

What I told you now is not based on secret information. It’s not based on military intelligence. It’s based on public reports by the International Atomic Energy Agency. Anybody can read them. They’re online.

So if these are the facts — and they are — where should the Red Line be drawn?

The Red Line should be drawn right here.  Before Iran completes the second stage of nuclear enrichment necessary to make a bomb.

Before Iran gets to a point where it’s a few months away, or a few weeks away, from amassing enough enriched uranium to make a nuclear weapon.

Each day, that point is getting closer. That’s why I speak today with such a sense of urgency. And that’s why everyone should have a sense of urgency.

Some who claim that even if Iran completes the enrichment process, even if it crosses that Red Line that I just drew, our intelligence agencies will know when and where Iran will make the fuse, assemble the bomb, and prepare the warhead.

Look, no one appreciates our intelligence agencies more than the Prime Minister of Israel.  All these leading intelligence agencies are superb, including ours. They’ve foiled many attacks. They’ve saved many lives.

But they are not foolproof.

For over two years, our intelligence agencies didn’t know that Iran was building a huge nuclear enrichment plant under a mountain.

Do we want to risk the security of the world on the assumption that we would find in time a small workshop in a country half the size of Europe?

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The relevant question is not when Iran will get the bomb. The relevant question is at what stage can we no longer stop Iran from getting the bomb.

The Red Line must be drawn on Iran’s nuclear enrichment program because these enrichment facilities are the only nuclear installations that we can definitely see and credibly target.

I believe that faced with a clear Red Line, Iran will back down.

This will give more time for sanctions and diplomacy to convince Iran to dismantle its nuclear weapons program altogether.

Two days ago, from this podium, President Obama reiterated that the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran cannot be contained.

I very much appreciate the President’s position as does everyone in my country. We share the goal of stopping Iran’s nuclear weapons program. This goal unites the people of Israel. It unites Americans, Democrats and Republicans alike and it is shared by important leaders throughout the world.

What I have said today will help ensure that this common goal is achieved.

Israel is in discussions with the United States over this issue, and I am confident that we can chart a path forward together.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The clash between modernity and medievalism need not be a clash between progress and tradition.

The traditions of the Jewish people go back thousands of years. They are the source of our collective values and the foundation of our national strength.

At the same time, the Jewish people have always looked towards the future. Throughout history, we have been at the forefront of efforts to expand liberty, promote equality, and advance human rights.

We champion these principles not despite of our traditions but because of them.

We heed the words of the Jewish prophets Isaiah, Amos, and Jeremiah to treat all with dignity and compassion, to pursue justice and cherish life and to pray and strive for peace.

These are the timeless Values of my people and these are the Jewish people’s greatest gift to mankind.

Let us commit ourselves today to defend these values so that we can defend our freedom and protect our common civilization.

Thank you.

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Source 1: DebkaFile  —  Source 2: FreeRepublic

Was Allah Originally a Babylonian “God” of Violence?


As Happened with Christianity,
Islam was the Product of Manipulated Syncretism

One of the first deceiving tales told to bamboozled American students about Islam is that Allah,  the Muslim god, is the same as the Almighty Creator, the G-d of Israel, blessed be He.  Islam’s character and philosophy is much too different  from the one observed in the Jewish religion for the alleged connection to be reasonable in the very least.  Consequently, there has never been a satisfactory answer concerning the origin of the “god” of Mohammed, who seemed to just spring out of the mountain cave with Mohammed’s visions and co-opt and rewrite the stories of the Bible, creating a perverted  version of Jewish and Christian beliefs that calls on Muslims to convert everyone or destroy the entire world.

Author Theodore Shoebat has  an interesting theory, however, and like most “a-ha!” moments, it was hiding in plain sight, apparently ignored or, worst yet, kept under wraps by scholars.

Shoebat traces the earliest mention of Allah worship to Babylon,  approximately 1700 B.C., in the “Epic of Atrahasis.”  In the story told on stone tablets, a portion of the legends talks about a “god” named Alla, who is described as a “god” of “violence and revolution.”  Now, that is a character that does fit Islam!

In one scene, the lesser “gods” grow tired of working for the “god” Enlil (or  Elil) and rebel, led by the “god” Alla, who encourages them to drag Enlil out of  his house:

“Then Alla made his voice heard and spoke to the “gods,” his brothers:  ‘Come!  Let us carry Elil, the counselor of “gods,” the warrior, from his dwelling.  Now, cry battle!  Let us mix fight with battle!’  The “gods” listened to his speech, set fire to their tools, put aside their spades for fire, their loads for the “fire-god,” they flared up.”

[ One aside interesting note in reference to this is that Enlil in Mesopotamian myths is the “god” who was said to  have grown weary of the noise made by humans and brought down a worldwide Flood  to get rid of them, a Flood which was said to be survived by one man,  Utnapishtim (known as Noach in the Jewish tradition), and his family, who were spared because they had a boat loaded with  animals and food. ]

The cult of Alla came to Mesopotamia with the Akkadians, who originally migrated from the area now occupied by Yemen in the south Arabian Peninsula.  Shoebat further reports that there is a Sumerian inscription identifying Alla with Tammuz, who was a “god” of fertility and the consort of Inanna, who is identified  by scholars with Ishtar, Venus, Isis and other goddess cults like the one syncretized by Catholics, Mary. The various goddess cults are frequently identified with the moon, although not always.  And Tammuz was said to be an archer, both of which points may help explain the crescent symbol of Islam.

Crescent symbol of Islam

Tammuz is mentioned in the Tanakh, in Ezekiel 8.14-15:

“14  Then He brought me to the gate of entrance to the House of HaShem toward the north; and, hinei (lo), there sat nashim (women) weeping for Tammuz. 15  Then He said to me:  ‘Have you seen this, ben adam (son of man)?’  Turn yourself yet again, and you shall see to’evot gedolot (greater abominations) than these.”

“Weeping for the “god” Tammuz” refers to one of the annual festivals of the cult,  in which the “god” was said to be killed, remain dead for three nights and three days, and then resurrect.  It is worthy to remark that this story is thousands of years older than the Christian story which it resembles so much.

Being a fertility “god,” the “killing” was  a metaphor for the summer and the annual dying of the crops. The other major  festival had to do with the “god”’s “marriage,” which presaged a fertile year for  farmers. Both festivals were apparently marked by rituals that included sex with  the temple priestesses, thus their reputation would have been shocking to the ancient Israelites.

That chapter of Ezekiel details a vision which in part shows the north gate  of the Temple, that is marked by the “idol that provokes to jealousy.”  The Vision also describes idol worship being secretly conducted inside a room of the Temple, and then it goes on to say, in Ezekiel 8.16-18:

“16  And He brought me into the Court of the Kohanim inside HaBeit HaShem (The House of HaShem, The Temple) and, hinei (lo), at the entrance of the Heikhal HaShem (Sanctuary of HaShem), between HaUlam (the Entrance) and HaMizbe’ach (the Altar), were about 25 men with their backs toward the Heikhal Hashem(Sanctuary of HaShem) with their faces toward the east; and they were bowing down toward the east worshiping the sun.  17  Then He said to me:  Have you seen this, ben adam (son of man)?  Is it a trivial thing to Beit Yehudah (the House of Judah) that they commit the to’evot (abominations) which they commit here? Since they have filled Ha’Aretz (The Land, i.e., Israel) with chamas (evil), and yet have returned to provoke Me to Anger; and, behold, they put the branch to their nose, 18  Therefore I will also deal in chemah (Fury).  My eye shall not pity, neither will I spare; and though they cry in My Oznayim (Ears) with kol gadol (a great voice), yet will I not hear them.’”

Fertility cults such as this were common among the Canaanites and other peoples  around Israel. The Bible mentions many times the Asherah poles, which were also a  religious symbol of just such a cult.

The Arabs, from whom we get Islam, consider themselves to be descended from  Ishmael, Abraham’s son by Sarah’s slave, Hagar.  In Genesis 16.12, it says the following of  Ishmael:

“12  And he will be a pere adam (donkey-man, i.e., a savage man); his yad (hand) will be against kol (all), and kol yad (all hand) against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.”

Wild donkey Muslim men

Another interesting point is that Ishmael’s mother was an Egyptian; that would make of him a Hamite (a descendant of evil Ham), rather than a Shemite (a descendant of righteous Shem, a Semite).  Ham was  a son of Noah, who due to his wickedness got his descendants cursed by Noach to be servants and slaves to the descendants of  his brother Shem (the Jews) and of the descendants of his other brother Yafet (Europeans and Asiatics).

Yes, studying the past can give us an insight into matters of the past and today’s violence in the Midlle East.