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Settlements are not the major obstacle to peace. 

While settlements can be a source of conflict, they are not the major obstacle to peace. From 1948-1967 no Israeli settlements existed, yet the Palestinian leadership and the Arab World still sought Israel's annihilation.

As a result of the resounding Israeli victory in the 1967 Six-Day War, Israel gained the “West Bank,” “Gaza,” ”Golan Heights” and “East Jerusalem.” Less than a week after the war ended, the Israeli unity government under PM Levi Eshkol affirmed – and then told the Americans -- that Israel would return the Sinai Peninsula to Egypt and the Golan Heights to Syria in return for signed peace treaties. Separate negotiations would then be conducted regarding the future of the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, and the refugee issue. While Egypt accepted the Sinai offer, Syria rejected the Golan Heights offer. Negotiations over the West Bank and Gaza failed.

 

Settlements do not jeopardize future “Land for Peace” deals.

In the meantime, some Israelis took up residence in areas around Jerusalem that were across the 1967 armistice lines. These Israeli developments, known as “Settlements,” only take up around 2% of West Bank land. Over time, US Administrations recognized that Israel would retain some of these towns in any peace agreement.

Israel has uprooted other settlements such as those in the Gaza Strip. In 2005 Israel evacuated all the Jewish families living in Gaza—a total population of 8,000. However, instead of making peace, Hamas—a terrorist organization—took over the Gaza Strip and responded by firing thousands of rockets at Israeli cities in the ensuing years.

 

The Israeli government is not building new Settlements.

For years, the only legal construction allowed by the Israeli government has been within existing communities to accommodate the natural growth of resident families. Illegal outposts, which do not conform to Israel’s policies, do exist. Some critics fault the Israeli government for not dealing with them more forcefully, but the government works to resolve the issue peacefully or by court order.

 

Israeli Settlements may not be illegal at all.

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Many legal scholars question whether Settlements are illegal at all. Eugene V. Rostow, one of the authors of UN Security Council Resolution 242—written after the 1967 war to create a framework for peace negotiations—stated, "The Jewish right of settlement in Palestine west of the Jordan River, that is, in Israel, the West Bank, Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, was made unassailable. That right has never been terminated and cannot be terminated except by a recognized peace between Israel and its neighbors." Moreover, Rostow contended that "The Jewish right of settlement in the area is equivalent in every way to the right of the existing Palestinian population to live there."

Others contend that the Geneva Convention, passed after WWII, makes the Settlements illegal. The December 2016 UN Security Council Resolution 2334 Vote—passed due to the US government’s abstention—declared them illegal and opened the door to future international actions against Israel. 

 

Palestinians are building illegally around Jerusalem.

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All of the governments and international bodies that criticize Israel for building what many claim to be legal communities are silent about the construction of new Palestinian developments surrounding Jerusalem. According to a detailed article by Bassam Tawil of the Gatestone Institute, the questionable construction is primarily in Zone-C, which under the Oslo Peace Accords should be territory controlled by Israel. According to Tawil, Palestinians estimate that in the past few years they have built more than 15,000 illegal housing units in areas surrounding Jerusalem as part of a plan to encircle the city. These are not single family homes, but massive apartment complexes without proper licenses, not built to code, and some without proper sewage. The article claims that many of the "contractors" are land-thieves and thugs who are building without permission on private Palestinian-owned land or on lands whose owners are living abroad.

 

The major obstacle to peace is Palestinian leadership.

The Palestinian leadership's refusal to give up the conflict, recognize Israel as a Jewish State, and renounce the "right of return" for most Palestinian refugees, is the real obstacle to peace. The so-called "right of return" would allow millions of descendants of Palestinian refugees to flood Israel. No Israeli leader would ever accept the "right of return," since it would mean the end of the world’s only Jewish state. Yet, the Palestinian leadership has never told its own people that they must forfeit this claim in order to achieve peace.

 

Susan M. Michael is US Director of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem www.icejusa.org and her articles can be found at www.icejusa.org/susans-blog and www.israelanswers.com/blog  

 

In trademark tyrannical fashion, lame-duck President Barack Obama betrayed our historic ally Israel Dec. 23 by instructing the U.S. delegation to abstain on U.N. Security Council’s Resolution 2334—a blatantly one-sided, anti-Israel move. His maneuver ignored the will of the American electorate, the bi-partisan consensus in Congress, and America’s historic record of support for Israel at the United Nations. He also ignored Israeli positions across the political spectrum, and is seen as using the occasion as a personal vendetta against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, with whom he did not get along. Arab sources and intelligence even informed Israel that members of the Obama administration secretly colluded with Security Council members to draft and promote the anti-Israel resolution. Unsurprisingly, Obama has placated Israel’s enemies, most of whom prefer terrorism as a means of persuasion, and who would rather see Israel wiped off the map than as a partner at the negotiating table.

Obama’s machinations deliberately undermined his successor President-elect Donald Trump’s clearly voiced intent to help Israel and the Palestinians work toward a negotiated, peaceful solution.

The resolution is fraught with factual and legal inaccuracies. It frequently references the “pre-1967 borders”, which were actually 1949 armistice lines never recognized as international borders by any nation, including the Arabs. Since the West Bank never belonged to a state since the Ottoman Empire, the term “occupied Palestinian territory” is a fiction. The resolution also conflicts with previous U.N. resolutions that call for negotiated settlement between the parties, not a third party, and which establish every nation’s rights to secure, defensible borders. Finally, the Mandate of Palestine that established Israel permits Jewish settlement throughout the territory of the Mandate, which includes the West Bank.

Unfortunately, no future president can undo the Security Council resolution, and it has left little maneuvering room to discuss a final negotiated settlement. Thus the resolution has damaged the prospects for peace. Needless to say, this has been consistent with other Obama foreign policy failures.

While Israel is not bound by the resolution—Netanyahu has already rejected it—American Center for Law and Justice Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow wrote: “The resolution—which references pre-1967 borders several times—would cripple Israel’s sovereignty, weaken its borders, leave it susceptible to false criminal charges at the International Criminal Court, and strengthen the pernicious and ill-conceived Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, which seeks to delegitimize Israel.”

But now for the good news: The backlash against this shameful resolution has already begun. Netanyahu’s office announced that Israel was “looking forward to working with President-elect Trump and with our friends in Congress, both Republicans and Democrats, to undo the damage of this absurd resolution.”

The U.S. Congress has also stepped up to the plate. Sen. Lindsey Graham, with support from other congressional leaders, has threatened to punish the resolution’s sponsors and the United Nations with U.S. aid cuts. "This vote will create a backlash in Congress against the UN," Graham said. “The organization is increasingly viewed as anti-Semitic and seems to have lost all sense of proportionality. I will do everything in my power, working with the new administration and Congress, to leave no doubt about where America stands when it comes to the peace process and where we stand with the only true democracy in the Middle East."

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said the "unified Republican government will work to reverse the damage done by this administration, and rebuild our alliance with Israel."

Of course, President-elect Donald Trump—not Obama—will soon determine how the United States will vote in the United Nations. Trump, who tried unsuccessfully to intervene on Israel’s behalf before the resolution was passed, tweeted: “As to the UN, things will be different after Jan. 20th,”

If Trump supports slashing U.S. aid to the United Nations, the nations that sponsored the resolution, and the Palestinian Authority, it will be interesting to see how the voting goes, according to the nonprofit Americans for a Safe Israel.

By abstaining, the Obama administration slapped an important card on the table in its game plan against Israel. Israel still has a "Trump" card to play. It may be time to use it.

 

 

The story of Hanukkah is often told with an emphasis on the evil ruler, Antiochus IV Epiphanes, King of the Hellenistic Seleucid empire, who was bent on the Hellenization of the Jewish people. Had he succeeded it would have meant the demise of the Jewish faith and thereby, the Jewish people. God’s plan to bring salvation to the world through their Messiah would have died with them.

In his attempt to force the Jews into compliance, Antiochus IV slaughtered 40,000 inhabitants of Jerusalem; murdered the High Priest; and prohibited sacrifices, the service of the Temple, and the observance of the Sabbath and feast days. The Temple was dedicated to Zeus, and then desecrated with the slaughter of a pig on the sacrificial altar.

The Maccabean family, from the priestly line of Aaron, led a revolt and miraculously experienced victory after victory over the mighty Greek forces until, at last, the Temple could be purified and its services restored. Hanukkah is known as the Feast of Dedication because it commemorates the cleansing and rededication of the Temple to the God of Israel. Its symbol is the Temple Menorah which allegedly burned miraculously for eight days on just a small amount of oil.

Ancient Means of Control

This story, however, is about more than an evil ruler. He was imposing the ruling culture and ideologies of the empire upon the Jews, including paganism and an immoral pagan society; as well as the Greek language; culture; and ruling philosophies of reason, humanism and pursuit of knowledge. This is how kings subdued and controlled the people in their kingdoms.

In the ancient world, Jews often clashed with pagan rulers such as Antiochus Epiphanes, who demanded obedience to them and homage to their gods as a means of proving one’s loyalty. The Jewish people could not bow down to these pagan leaders, nor their gods, and were bound by the Mosaic Law to certain behaviors and observances that set them apart from other societies and brought upon them great persecution, exiles, and threats of extinction.

Modern Imposition of Ideologies

A new chapter in the Hanukkah story is being written today—godless world leaders are attempting to impose on all of us the ideologies of secularism, globalism, and moral relativism. Once these ideologies take hold, the masses can then be easily controlled, because they will have no loyalty to a religious creed, national identity, or moral code.

Israel, a Jewish nation-state, is antithetical to all three of these modern ideologies. Therefore, its Jewish national identity is accused of being racist by secular globalists. The very nation that gave to the world the Ten Commandments, on which Western civilization bases its legal code and definition of morality, is hated by those attempting to impose their ideology of moral relativism: the belief that there is no objective right or wrong, truth or falsehood, nor good or evil.

The seemingly contradictory part of this secular movement is that its proponents are not just tolerating but are assisting in the global dominance of Islam—a religion with a very strict legal and moral code that it seeks to impose on the world, especially upon the secularist “infidels!” There is only one explanation for this strange alliance and that is deep down, both movements share something in common: they are both anti-Christian and anti-Semitic at heart.

UNESCO Imposing Islamic Ideology

In this context, the recent attempt by the United Nations Educational, Science, and Cultural Committee (UNESCO) to deny the historical and biblical connection of the Jewish people to Jerusalem and, indeed, all the land of Israel begins to make sense. The Arab voting block and their secular, globalist cohorts in the UN, ignore what is a written and historical record of ownership by the Jews.

Islam teaches that the Jewish and Christian Bibles are corrupted. Therefore, Muslims completely disregard biblical accounts proving Jewish ties to the land of Israel, including the city of Jerusalem, and most importantly, the Temple Mount.

This is in spite of the fact, the biblical record has been backed by one archaeological find after another proving not only the existence of the Jewish Temple on the Temple Mount, but a 3,000 year history of Jews in the city of Jerusalem. Islamic groups bent on taking over Israel, therefore, prefer to destroy archaeological remains than allow them to prove a historical record that stands in their way.

This history, however, is not just found in the Bible, or in archaeological finds, but in historical Ottoman Empire decrees, and in many Muslim writings. The truth of the matter is, that to destroy all evidence of the existence of the Jewish Temple on the Temple Mount, they would also have to destroy Muslim artifacts such as the recently excavated central mosque in the village of Nuba near Hebron. Inside is a thousand-year-old Arabic inscription that calls the Dome of the Rock "Bait al-Maqdess," the Arabicized version of “Beit Hamikdash,” the Hebrew name for the Temple.

This is the new chapter in the Hanukkah story: leading world powers attempting to deny the Jewish people their Bible, history, faith, and holy sites. Because they won’t comply, they are demonized and threatened with extinction.

The Jewish Bible is Our Bible

Christians need to stand up on behalf of Israel and the Jewish people because their Bible and history of faith is also ours. If we do not speak up and stop these attempts to rewrite biblical and historical fact, we will one day wake up to the reality that Evangelical Christians are next on the list of undesirables.

The Hanukkah story is a reminder that when we stand up against the mighty powers of our day, we do so not in our own strength, but with God’s help. No matter how hard it may look, we can expect to take back lost territory and rededicate ourselves and our nations to the God of the Bible. He will give us the power to become a light—like a Hanukkah Menorah—shining forth into a dark world, bringing hope and truth to those with hearts to receive it.

 

Susan M. Michael is US Director of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem www.icejusa.org and her writings can be found at www.icejusa.org/susans-blog  For information on the ICEJ’s “Send a Bible to UNESCO” campaign go to https://us.icej.org/bibles-to-unesco

 

 


When is enough, enough? Israel is at the point of the spear—multiple spears from the enemies surrounding her. Since emerging from the Holocaust and becoming a nation in 1948, Israel has endured two intifadas, 16 wars or operations, terrorism on the streets, relentless rockets from Hamas terrorists in Gaza, BDS campaigns and anti-Semitic attacks, and recently, terrorism by arson—more than 550 fires in the past week, many of which were caused by arson. As if this weren’t enough, a nuclear-armed, hostile Iran is supplying Hamas with missiles, and the Palestinian Authority plans a Security Council resolution condemning settlement—causing apprehension as to President Obama’s intentions. Israel continues to face escalating international calls to divide her land, to the point where her security and very existence are threatened. When will Israel say, "Enough is enough?" And when will her friends and allies stand with her and insist on just and equitable treatment under international law?

While Israel knows her enemies, she also is battling an invisible opponent—lies. Lies masquerade as truth and spawn false or misleading impressions. Among the leftist media and some foreign governments, lies and mistaken assumptions fuel the lie that denies Israel’s right to exist as a nation with secure, defensible borders. Anti-Semitism is the primary lie—the root of a tree with many crooked branches.

Most anti-Semitic platforms have no basis in international law. They are accompanied by efforts to sweep Israel’s history and archeology under the rug—politicized attempts to delegitimize her claims to her land.

The Real Deal

In 1917, the League of Nations, as a body authorized to make legally binding decisions, recognized the historic link of the Jews to Palestine and under the Palestine Mandate (aka the British Mandate) passed a resolution approving Palestine (Israel, the West Bank, Gaza, the Golan Heights, and Jordan (later excised) as a national home for the Jewish people. It recognized no other people’s historical rights to Palestine.

 

The Web of Lies

1. Israel “occupies” the “Palestinian territories.”

  • The West Bank does not belong to any foreign power. 
  • The term “Palestinian Territories” has no legal or political standing. The territory was never under Palestinian rule or sovereignty; when it was under Jordanian control, Jordan expressed no intention to make it a Palestinian state.
  • No agreement, contract, treaty, or binding international resolution ever defined these territories as Palestinian.

 

2. The Green Line

Referring to the Green Line as a boundary is a fallacy. It’s a temporary armistice line that simply delineates where the fighting stopped after the War of Independence. The armistice that created it states: “The Armistice or Demarcation Line is not to be construed in any sense as a political or territorial boundary, and is delineated without rights claims and positions of either party to the Armistice as regards ultimate settlement of the Palestine question…”

The line held until 1967, when Israel captured the West Bank and East Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip and the Golan Heights.

 

3. The Myth of the 1967 “Borders”
 

The 1967 “borders” have nothing to do with 1967 and are not borders. A border is a line between two sovereign states; and to some, the “pre-1967 borders” is the “Green Line” demarcation. The 1949 Armistice Agreement states that the demarcation line is not the final border, which can only be determined in peace negotiations between the parties.

 

4. The Settlements are “illegal.”

A prohibition on population transfers to territory occupied during war (1949 Fourth Geneva Convention) pertains to mass forced population transfers, not the use of public land. Until a dispute is resolved, using public land for settlement or agriculture is an acceptable international norm. Under the Oslo Accords, until the two parties settle the dispute, planning, zoning and construction are permitted. Israel has long-established historic and legal claims to the West Bank (Judea and Samaria.)

 

These are just a few examples of the politicized, anti-Semitic bias against Israel.

Truth is a primary shield against lies and misled assumptions. Make your voice heard. As friends of Israel, stay informed and stand for accurate reporting in the media. Write letters to editors, use social media to get the word out. Contact congressmen and other government representatives. Speak the truth and set the record straight. Visit Israel and invest in Israeli products. Finally, without fail, pray for Israel, her protection and her wellbeing.

"And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord...” - Luke 2:8-11

 

 

I would like to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

2016 has been a very busy year for us at the Christian Coalition of America as we have engaged in, what President Reagan called, "the hard work of freedom."

We are reminded in this age of conflict and religious persecution that we are truly blessed to live in a land where we can still celebrate his birth and proclaim his name.

May God richly bless you and your family during this season of celebration and praise for the birth of our Savior.

And may God richly bless you throughout this coming year!

Sincerely,

Roberta Combs
President & CEO
Christian Coalition of America

The United Nations Educational, Science, and Cultural Committee (UNESCO) recently attempted to deny the historical and biblical connection of the Jewish people to Jerusalem and, indeed, all the land of Israel, by referring to the Temple Mount and other Jewish holy sites only by their Muslim names. In response to this blatant denial of scripture, many Christians mailed Bibles to the agency’s headquarters in France.

Title Deed to the Temple Mount

The Bibles sent to UNESCO had many scriptures highlighted such as where King David purchased the threshing floor of Arauna in Jerusalem and placed the tabernacle there; then King Solomon built the First Temple there; Cyrus, the King of Persia, authorized and paid for the rebuilding of that Temple; and where Jesus was dedicated in the Temple, frequented there throughout His life, and was passionate for it, calling it “My father’s house” and a “house of prayer for all people.”

In 2 Samuel 24:18-25, King David wisely purchased the threshing floor of Arauna, and did not accept it as a gift. That property has become the most hotly contested piece of real estate on the planet. The Lord knew what David could not have fathomed, that 3,000 years later the world would come against his descendants’ right to own that piece of property and would deny  David had bought it, or that a Temple had even stood there for a thousand years! Therefore, the purchase is recorded in scripture so generations of believers would know the truth.

Only God could have foreseen how the United Nations would oppose Jerusalem being a part of the Jewish State in 1947; how Jordan would occupy half of the city, including the Temple Mount, until 1967; and how all of the nations would, therefore, refuse to place their embassies there and recognize it as the capital of Israel—even the United States!

Moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem

The US Congress approved the Jerusalem Embassy Act in 1995 that declared Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel and called for the US Embassy to be moved there. As a political compromise, a provision was included that allowed the President of the United States to delay moving the Embassy due to national security considerations. Every six months, that waiver has been signed by each president since 1995.

President-Elect Donald Trump has said he will move the US Embassy to Jerusalem. He affirmed this when he was the only presidential candidate to accept the ICEJ’s Five Guiding Principles for Israel, which included moving the American Embassy. Based on this, as well as his campaign’s Israel policy released right before the election, he is expected to be a friend to Israel and the Jewish people as President.

The question is whether he will keep his campaign promise and move the US Embassy to Jerusalem? This is a serious decision because a move could ignite a major reaction. But, there are a few reasons why now may be the time to move the US Embassy to Israel’s capital city, Jerusalem:

First, if anyone can get away with it, Donald Trump can. No one expects him to operate within the confines of political correctness, nor be swayed by threats and negative reactions like establishment politicians would have been. Therefore, reactions to such a move may be subdued.

Second, the larger Muslim world is in complete disarray with much bigger problems on their hands such as a nuclear Shi’ite Iran, and the threat of ISIS taking over their countries.

Third, the countries closest to Israel, posing the greatest threat, are consumed with either civil war, economic crisis, or a crippling refugee burden. The Palestinian cause is, therefore, much lower down on their priority list these days.

Either Way the Christian Embassy is there!

In light of such ongoing controversy surrounding Jerusalem, the establishment of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem in 1980 was a God-inspired initiative just for these times. While the nations line up, either for or against His people, there is an embassy representing millions of Christians who are trumpeting the truth of the Bible, standing in support of His people, Israel, and their capital city, Jerusalem. Only God!

 

Susan M. Michael is US Director of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem www.icejusa.org and her writings can be found at www.icejusa.org/susans-blog. For informationon the ICEJ’s “Send a Bible to UNESCO” campaign go to https://us.icej.org/bibles-to-unesco

 

 

Dear Friend,

Fourteen years after the first settlers dedicated America to God on the sands of Cape Henry, Virginia on April 29, 1607, the Pilgrims at Plymouth, Massachusetts celebrated America’s first Thanksgiving in 1621. They wanted to express their thankfulness and their appreciation to their Creator.

Most Americans see Thanksgiving Day as an expression of their faith and of their gratefulness to God for all of the blessings He has bestowed upon them and upon the United States of America.

As we celebrate Thanksgiving, Psalms 100:4 tells us that we need to: “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His name.”  Let us remember this passage as we gather together with family and friends surrounded by an abundance of riches and blessings which God has given to us.

The Staff and I want to thank you for your support and we wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving!

Sincerely,

Roberta Combs, President and CEO
Christian Coalition of America

Murfreesboro, TN – Today, Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, affirmed to Susan Michael, US Director of International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ), his support for five principles guiding a strong US-Israel relationship. This came in response to a request made to Mr. Trump and Secretary Clinton to agree to the principles presented by the ICEJ and its network, American Christian Leaders for Israel (ACLI), which represents 60 million Evangelicals. 

A petition addressed to the candidates signed by some 40,000 grassroots Americans, and the ACLI letter signed by 650 Christian leaders across America, emphasized locating the US Embassy to Jerusalem, supporting security aid to Israel, monitoring and acting on Iran’s terrorism and violations of the JCPOA Iran nuclear agreement, rejecting third party solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict forced on Israel, and opposing Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions efforts levied at Israel.  

The ACLI letter was signed by Evangelical leaders representing diverse groups and denominations including Hispanic and African American Christians; among them Dr. Jerry Johnson, CEO- National Religious Broadcasters; Roberta Combs, President-Christian Coalition; Rev. Dr. Sam Rodriguez, President-National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference; Penny Nance, CEO-Concerned Women for America; Rev. Harry Jackson, Presiding Bishop-International Communion of Evangelical Churches; Jane Hansen Hoyt, President-AGLOW International; Dr. James Dobson, President-Family Talk Radio; Janet Parshall, nationally syndicated talk show host; and Jim Showers, Executive Director-The Friends of Israel. 

In a meeting on September 25 with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu at Trump Tower, the Republican presidential candidate already declared, “If I’m president, I’ll recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s undivided capital.”  Then on October 26, in a video at a Republican event in Jerusalem, Trump commented, “My administration will stand side-by-side with the Jewish people and Israel’s leaders to continue strengthening the bridges that connect, not only Jewish Americans and Israelis, but also all Americans and Israelis. Together, we will stand up to enemies, like Iran, bent on destroying Israel and her people, together we will make America and Israel safe again.” 

Susan Michael responded to his comments saying, “The policies Mr. Trump has agreed to will enhance Israel’s standing in the world and directly benefit the United States in security, innovation, technology, and intelligence.”

Secretary Clinton is yet to respond to the ICEJ’s request to agree to the five key principles guiding a strong US-Israel relationship. 

 

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FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Daryl Hedding, US Deputy Director: (615) 895-9830, daryl.hedding@icejusa.org 

About American Christian Leaders for Israel (ACLI) On behalf of the tens of millions of American Christians that we collectively represent, we the members of ACLI seek to provide a unified voice of truth to the American public in support of Israel and the Jewish people. American Christian Leaders for Israel is a project of the U.S. Branch of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem. Learn more at aclforisrael.com. 

About International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ) The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem was established in 1980 in recognition of the biblical significance of all of Jerusalem, and its unique connection with the Jewish people of Israel. Today it represents millions of Christians, churches and denominations to the nation and people. Our work with its head office in Jerusalem reaches more than 140 countries with branch offices in over 85 nations. Learn more at icejusa.org. 

 

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The old phrase of “not being able to see the forest for the trees” is now a veritable truth when it comes to Western society and especially the United States.  Identifying, or at least accurately naming, the source of terrorism seems to elude many in the United States. That old adage was often associated with a degree of levity however that “forest” now includes changes in law that are not so funny to millions of Americans.  Allowing Sharia law to secure a foothold anywhere in the United States is a very serious mistake yet it is happening. Just ask Google. The liberal left is either unable or unwilling to name this cancer and exercise a cure and this could mean the downfall of our American way of life and the values and freedoms we embrace and enjoy. 

The US president, thought by many to be a secret Muslim, has consistently failed to identify the numerous murders of innocent American civilians by terrorists who 1) are explicitly Muslim, and 2) avow their purpose of multiple murders to relate to Islam and/or some well-known group with a reputation for Jihad.  Instead, the American president uses these despicable, brutal acts perpetrated on US soil to rant against a presidential candidate, make a case for gun control and threaten the free speech of American citizens. He also works hard trying to draw a distinction between home-grown terrorists and those who come from outside the United States but this is irrelevant.

The American public must rally against the poisonous ideology of the Orlando shooter and others who have clearly declared their evil actions as an expression of support for ISIS but instead America’s leaders seem to be making excuses glossing over the truth that Islam is not a religion of peace. Islam’s apparent friend in the White House uses every opportunity to divert the publics’ attention away from this truth by singing the praises of Islamic organizations such as the Council on American-Islamic Relation commonly referred to as CAIR.  Established to promote a positive image of Islam and Muslims in America, this benevolent-sounding organization is directly associated with the Muslim Brotherhood. 

How does this relate to Israel? The Israelis have been warning America and the rest of the world for years that Islam is a serious danger and a threat to freedom and democracy but it has fallen on seemingly deaf ears.  Seems the American president and the liberal left prefer to ignore the real problem and instead promote gun control as if guns are somehow responsible in and of themselves for murder and acts of terror.  Let’s not forget that household pressure cookers have also been used to perpetrate acts of terror. Neither guns nor pressure cookers are responsible for assaulting anyone. It’s the acts of people who embrace evil ideologies that assault innocent people. Gun control will not stop terrorists who want to commit mass murder and, despite what President Obama says, climate change is not the number one threat to the world today. 

It’s high time the leaders of the non-Muslim world identify and name the root of all acts of terror and it’s time for those Muslim leaders who claim that Islam is a religion of peace to speak out loudly against those who commit acts of terror in the name of Allah.  In fact, it’s time they are prosecuted as being criminals instead of celebrated as martyrs. 

Sadly, much of the world now understands that the American president has given Islam a free pass. His blindness and his unknown ideology remains unpredictable and therefore dangerous. On his watch there has been an increase in murders in major U.S. cities and race relations have taken a turn for the worst.  Furthermore, the American-Israeli relationship is viewed as contentious at best. Truly the world is on fire yet the people are smiling and dancing as the fiddlers of deception play on.

 

 

Dear friend,

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I encourage you to help spread this important information to others by making additional copies for distribution.  You can make voter guides available in every way possible – in churches, at Christian bookstores, as neighborhood handouts and even outside your local polling station.  

Visit our webpage at cc.org/voterguides to join our 2016 Voter Guide Project.

Please be in prayer for our nation, as we continually need God’s hand of mercy and protection.

This is a crucial election and too much is at stake for God’s people to sit on the sidelines.  Be sure to make your vote count by going to the polls this coming Election Day!

Thank you for the stand you are taking as a Christian citizen and may God bless America!

Sincerely,  

Roberta Combs 

President, Christian Coalition


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