U.S. to Israel: That’s Enough

U.S. to Israel: That’s Enough

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Obama administration reverses itself on ‘Pillar of Defense.’

When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu launched Operation Pillar of Defense last Wednesday, Washington was quick to publicly back Israel’s right to defend itself. Since then, Israel has knocked out hundreds of terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip with a series of extremely precise air strikes.

After a few days of surgical strikes, however, President Obama’s support for the operation started to wane. During a press conference on Sunday, the president said that while Israel had a right to defend itself, he would prefer that Israel not send in troops.

Following that, on Tuesday, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton abruptly left Cambodia, where she was accompanying the president on his tour of Asia, to take a more active role in negotiating a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

“President Obama’s decision to send his top diplomat on an emergency Middle East peacemaking mission Tuesday marked an administration shift to a more activist role in the region’s affairs,” the Washington Post wrote. “Clinton’s peacemaking trip is Obama’s clearest signal yet to Israel that it should begin to pull back its campaign against militants in the Gaza Strip. The administration knows that with Clinton on the ground trying to resolve the crisis, it will be harder for Netanyahu to make good on his threat to invade Gaza” (emphasis added).

Today, a few hours after Hamas celebrated the bombing of a bus in Tel Aviv, Prime Minister Netanyahu announced that Israel had agreed to the terms of a U.S.-brokered ceasefire. He encouraged Israelis to “return to their normal routine.”

Shortly after he made that announcement, according to Channel 2 in Israel, there were numerous victory demonstrations in both Gaza and the West Bank. As radical Islam prepares for its next round of war with Israel, we can expect Israel to look somewhere other than America for help in fighting the spread of radical Islam.

The Trumpet has long maintained, based on prophecies in Zechariah 11:14 and Hosea 5:13, that Israel would eventually lose its longstanding support from the United States, which will, in turn, lead to Israel’s desperate request for German intervention.

Gaza War Exposes Israel’s Deadly Wound

Every time Israel retreats, the terrorists advance.

What does the most recent conflict between Israel and Hamas reveal about the Middle East peace process? When Israel withdrew from Gaza seven years ago, many people said it would be the first step toward achieving peace in the Middle East. But instead, Israel’s departure opened the door for Hamas to take over and establish a terrorist camp right next to Israel.

Hamas Fakes Deaths to Manipulate World Opinion

Hamas Fakes Deaths to Manipulate World Opinion

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Images of injured and dead people, supposedly Gazan victims of Israeli aggression, have been exposed as fakes, as Hamas continues to manipulate a susceptible media.

FoxNews.com on Tuesday reported on solid evidence that Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas, together with Islamic Jihad, have not only been using civilians as human shields, deliberately putting them in danger, but have choreographed several seemingly gory scenes, as well as passed off images from other conflicts as Gazan civilians supposedly killed by Israel.

“In an attempt to persuade the world that Israel is committing war crimes and to distract attention away from the illegal and immoral use of their own population as human shields, Hamas has resorted to staging a number of fake deaths and scenes of severely injured people right in front of international tv crews,” FoxNews.com reports.

The bbc, for example, recently broadcast a video clip in which a man was carried off by four others, supposedly badly injured from an Israeli missile strike. A little later in the video, however, the same man reappeared, walking around completely uninjured. In another incident, a bbc correspondent re-tweeted a picture of a dead girl in Gaza—who, in fact, was killed in Syria three weeks earlier.

Paul Hirschson, spokesman for Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, believes Hamas’s motive is to incite public opinion in the Arab world, so those populations in turn will put pressure on their governments to support Hamas.

Though Western media for the most part refuse to expose them, these tactics are not new for Hamas.

Hamas leaders are well aware of how to use the media to manipulate global opinion against Israel. Hamas has already been proven to stage events and concoct stories to gain pr advantage. Back in 2006, for example, it fabricated a story accusing Israel of killing innocent Palestinian civilians. Headlines around the world picked up on Hamas’s version of the story, yet further investigation ruled out Israeli involvement in the attack and instead pointed to evidence of Hamas responsibility.

During Israel’s last war with Hamas, the terrorist group aimed to cause as many civilian casualties as it could by firing rockets and taking cover behind human shields, often in densely populated places like schools and hospitals. Instead of outrage in the international arena being directed against Hamas, it was directed at Israel.

As we wrote back then,

It’s a simple strategy: Surround yourself with old men, young children and pregnant women; set up a launcher; fire a rocket into Israel; then hope and pray Israel retaliates by bombing the site from where the rocket was launched. After that, the bbc and its mainstream media counterparts will complete the strategy, spreading images of the dead Palestinians around the world, inciting the Muslim street and duping the Western world into lambasting Israel for its “war crimes” against “innocent” Gazan civilians.

Though the truth later came out, it didn’t receive the media attention it warranted.

The Palestinians’ tactic of using choreography and fake images to evoke sympathy around the world has been tried and tested also, and has been part of an extensive and ongoing effort to block the truth in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and warp world opinion against Israel.

Sadly, such tactics only succeed because of the eagerness of much of the West’s anti-Israel mainstream press to publicize any injustice done to Palestinians, even if it is manufactured, and because of the credulity of a misinformed public. For more information on how terrorist groups are exploiting the media, read “Manipulating the Media.”

Herbert W. Armstrong Professorship of Constitutional Law

Herbert W. Armstrong Professorship of Constitutional Law

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University of Southern California President James Zumberge, Law Library Dean Scott Bice and Larry Simon honored ambassador for peace.

On Thursday, March 31, 1983, President of the University of Southern California James H. Zumberge and dean of usc’s Law Library Scott H. Bice officiated at a special and historic ceremony that took place in the campus Law Center. In attendance were usc law scholars, local attorneys and federal judges.

“People throughout the nation, indeed throughout the entire world, are familiar with the ministry and accomplishments of Herbert W. Armstrong,” the president stated. He went on to note that he was known as an “ambassador for world peace.”

“He has met privately with such leaders as Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher of Great Britain, Prime Minister Menachem Begin of Israel, Prime Minister Indira Ghandi of India, presidents Anwar Sadat and Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, King Hussein of Jordan and the king of Thailand, all in an effort to further world peace and religious liberty,” Mr. Zumberge added.

“Mr. Armstrong has long admired the commitment to religious liberty evidenced by the first amendment to the United States Constitution. He has been an outspoken defender of constitutional liberty. Thus when the Ambassador International Cultural Foundation agreed to fund a professorship in Mr. Armstrong’s honor, it was Mr. Armstrong’s personal wish that the professorship be in constitutional law.”

In acceptance of the honor, Mr. Armstrong responded: “Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen, you might wonder what I, a minister of Jesus Christ, might have to do with constitutional law and something of this sort.”

He went on to recall that when he was 5 years old, as a result of the incessant questions he would ask his father, that he told young Herbert that he’d become a Philadelphia lawyers when he grew up.

“In 1926 I was challenged on a point of constitutional law. And at that time I found a great deal about constitutional law in a book that I don’t know whether you’ll find in very many law libraries. It’s a book called the Holy Bible. But I found a lot of constitutional law in it. In fact, I found that constitutional law was the subject of that book from beginning to end.”

He went onto add, “I was introduced as being called an ambassador without portfolio, because I represent no nation in this regard, but an ambassador for world peace. And that’s true—I do work for world peace.”

Mr. Armstrong outlined the world paradox of awesome progress and yet appalling evils besetting mankind at every turn. He noted his acquaintance and discussions with members of the World Court in The Hague in resolution of these global crises, highlighting man’s inability to resolve his problems.

He outlined their origin, reminding his audience of the first humans in Eden’s garden and how they chose for themselves right and wrong—that which they felt was good and evil.

“Now the basic book of constitutional law states that the basis of all law is a simple word, L-O-V-E, love,” he said. He defined the get way in direct opposition to love and the way of give.

“I may be an ambassador for world peace—I do what I can. But we’re not going to have peace in the world—there’s no need of kidding ourselves—until human nature is changed and until the spirit and attitude of love instead of hate and competition, of cooperation and give enters in, instead of get, and competition, and strife, and self-motive.

“But all human rights are based on the law I found in this book, the Holy Bible. And I wonder if people realize that. The law of love: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thy neighbor as thyself. There is so little of that in this world.”

He told the honored assembly that the book of Revelation speaks of the true Church established by Jesus Christ spanning seven “epochs,” identifying that time period in 1983 as the Philadelphia era. He cited sin as the transgression of law and that Christ had to die to pay the penalty of sin. He told them God’s law was a “way of life.”

Mr. Armstrong concluded, “I came to be the leader in the Philadelphia era of that Church. So here I am among lawyers and in a university with such a great reputation in its law school, as a Philadelphia lawyer. Thank you very much ladies and gentlemen.”

Thereafter, Larry D. Simon was installed as Herbert W. Armstrong professor of constitutional law. After acknowledging his professorship’s namesake, he said, “If you sense any similarities between what I’m about to say and what Mr. Armstrong said—and there are some—you should know that it wasn’t staged to be that way. I’ve never met Mr. Armstrong before this moment.”

In his concluding remarks, dean of usc’s Law Library Scott Bice commented after Mr. Armstrong’s address how he thought “Albert Brecht, the director of the Law Library, had better be sure we have some extra copies of the Bible ordered, because it’s even more relevant than it was before these two talks.”

Today, usc’s library catalog cites “Call #KF292.U55 C45 1983a” as the documented record of this historic day and establishment of the Herbert W. Armstrong Professorship of Constitutional Law. Its law catalog also cites the professorship and course in Constitutional Law as #508. In addition, the university’s online catalog does identify a copy of the Holy Bible as being available to its students along with the following authored works of Mr. Armstrong: The Book of Revelation Unveiled at Last, Did God Create a Devil?, The United States and Britain in Prophecy and Who or What Is the Prophetic Beast?

The glaring omission from the Law Library is Mr. Armstrong’s final work, Mystery of the Ages. After his death in January 1986, amid the collapse of the empire he founded, Herbert W. Armstrong College (hwac) founder and chancellor, Gerald Flurry, led the charge to exercise the constitutional amendment guaranteeing free speech and freedom of religion by leading the fight to the highest court for this master literary work.

As the cadre of church administrators had betrayed Mr. Armstrong and now feared exposure, they settled with this publication’s sponsor out of court. However, the shocking account and six-year legal struggle was documented in Raising the Ruins, the compelling book authored by hwac President Stephen Flurry.

Today, as fruit of this victory against all odds, Mystery of the Ages is taught from by faculty and used as a core textbook for students, readily available in the Herbert W. Armstrong College campus library and book store. Furthermore, Mr. Flurry follows Mr. Armstrong’s example in teaching from the core constitutional source, the Bible, the Word of God, the foundation of all knowledge.

Should usc, its president, dean of law, department libraries, faculty, student body or you wish to receive your own free copy of this wonderful work which its author desired reach the largest audience possible, then request a copy now. You’ll be glad you did!

Moody’s Downgrades France’s Credit Rating

Moody’s Downgrades France’s Credit Rating

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It’s now clearer than ever that Germany dominates the eurozone.

France lost its top aaa credit rating from Moody’s Investors Service on Novembers 19. The rating’s agency cut its rating to Aa1, citing concerns about the nation’s short term economic growth, long term weakness and its ability to cope with “future euro area shocks.” The cut in ratings increases the distance between Germany and France, putting France on the back foot at time of key negotiations about the euro’s future.

Another ratings agency, Standard & Poor’s, cut France’s rating several months ago. But Moody’s isn’t the only one drawing attention to France’s weak position right now. Britain’s Economist magazine incurred the wrath of the French government last week by highlighting France’s weak economy in a 14-page special report. The front cover showed a lit fuse emerging from a group of baguettes, under the headline “The time-bomb at the heart of Europe.”

“The pressure for reform and budget cuts is fiercest in Greece, Portugal, Spain and Italy, which all saw mass strikes and clashes with police this week,” the Economist wrote. “But ahead looms a bigger problem that could dwarf any of these: France.”

Germany has “cut costs and pushed through big reforms,” leaving France borrowing money to try and keep up, the article explained. Regulations are choking economic growth. “Not surprisingly, new companies are rare. France has fewer small and medium-sized enterprises, today’s engines of job growth, than Germany, Italy or Britain.”

France, the article warns, could quickly lose the backing of investors and Germany. “The crisis could hit as early as next year. Previous European currency upheavals have often started elsewhere only to finish by engulfing France—and this time, too, France rather than Italy or Spain could be where the euro’s fate is decided.”

Meanwhile, Europe finance ministers plan to meet on the evening of November 20 as European leaders and the International Monetary Fund (imf) are at loggerheads on how Greece’s bailout should proceed. Greece is meant to reduce its debt burden to sustainable levels by 2020. Eurozone leaders want to extend the deadline by two years. Instead, the imf wants eurozone governments to accept a haircut on money they’ve loaned Greece—meaning that Greece would not be expected to pay all the loans back.

As European leaders once again gather to examine some long-term solutions for the eurozone, France is on the back foot. “This downgrade will certainly increase pressure on France big time,” director of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace office in Brussels, Jan Techau, told Bloomberg. “It gives Germany more of an edge over France.”

It is obvious that the days when Europe was led by a Franco-German alliance are over. France is part of the problem, leaving it up to Germany to provide the solution.

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