America’s ‘Shameful Ambush’ of Israel at the UN

America’s ‘Shameful Ambush’ of Israel at the UN

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‘When the chips are down, I have Israel’s back.’

“This was a stab in the back against the Israelis.” It was the “peak of hypocrisy” and “one of the biggest American rebukes of its long-standing ally in recent memory.” With a “dangerous parting shot,” the United States “joined the jackals at the UN.” Most of all, it was a “shameful ambush” of an ally.

These were just some of the reactions to the United States’ abstention from United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334, which, among other things, condemns, reaffirms and reiterates that Israeli homes in the West Bank and East Jerusalem are illegal. But on Friday, December 23, when America refrained from vetoing the resolution, these houses were referred to as impersonal “settlements.”

As the U.S. reversed decades of diplomatic precedent to betray Israel, the room erupted into applause.

But didn’t President Barack Obama affirm his friendship to Israel? He definitely said he would have Israel’s back. Here’s what the president told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (aipac) in March 2012 (emphasis added):

The fact is, my administration’s commitment to Israel’s security has been unprecedented. Our military and intelligence cooperation has never been closer. Our joint exercises and training have never been more robust. Despite a tough budget environment, our security assistance has increased every single year. …When one-sided resolutions are brought up at the Human Rights Council, we oppose them. When Israeli diplomats feared for their lives in Cairo, we intervened to save them. When there are efforts to boycott or divest from Israel, we will stand against them. And whenever an effort is made to delegitimize the state of Israel, my administration has opposed them. So there should not be a shred of doubt by now—when the chips are down, I have Israel’s back.

On the day after the resolution, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu noted the obvious fact that America’s abstention was not mere negligence or a change in position by the U.S. It was a “shameful ambush” engineered by the president.

“From the information that we have, we have no doubt that the Obama administration initiated it, stood behind it, coordinated on the wording, and demanded that it be passed,” Netanyahu said on Sunday. “I told John Kerry [that] friends do not take friends to the UN Security Council.”

Former U.S. Ambassador to the UN John Bolton also believes the United States must have cooperated in the resolutions formation. “The sponsors of the resolution … obviously had to consult with the Obama administration to tell them what was in the resolution so that it was sufficient for Obama to order an abstention,” Bolton told Fox News in an interview. “It was entirely predictable for people in the pro-Israel community in the United States. … We should’ve seen this coming.”

An Ancient Comparison

In a sort of sick irony, the passing of Resolution 2334 occurred only a day before the beginning of Hanukkah. Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon referenced the historical event in Israel’s formal response to the UN. He said:

Tomorrow night, Israel and the entire Jewish community around the world will celebrate the holiday of Hanukkah. Over 2,000 years ago King Antiochus [IV] banished the Jewish people from our temple in Jerusalem and issued decrees trying to sever us from religion and our heritage, but we prevailed. The Jewish people fought back. We regained our independence and relight the menorah candles in the temple. …We overcame those decrees during the time of the Maccabees, and we will overcome this evil decree today. …And we will continue to be a Jewish state, proudly reclaiming the land of our forefathers, where the Maccabees fooled their oppressors and King David ruled from Jerusalem.

On the day before the celebration of the Maccabean revolt, it became illegal for thousands of Jews to live in their homes. As analyst Charles Krauthammer put it, the “appalling” resolution “declares that any Jew who lives in the Jewish quarter of Jerusalem—the Jewish quarter, inhabited for 1,000 years—is illegal, breaking international law, essentially an outlaw, [and] can be hauled into the international criminal court and international courts in Europe.”

But, as Ambassador Bolton noted, it was “entirely predictable” for those who haven’t bought President Obama’s pro-Israel rhetoric. In “November 9 and the Onslaught Against Israel,” Trumpet writer Callum Wood wrote that “until now, President Obama has kept quiet on the [Israel] issue for fear of shedding negative light on the Clinton campaign. Post-November 8, that no longer matters.”

“But come November 9, the tables could drastically turn. The Obama administration needs do nothing at all—just sit back and allow the anti-Israel resolutions to surge in,” Wood continued. And that’s exactly what has happened. The special relationship with Israel is over, and now the rest of the world can see it.

Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry pointed to the breaking of the special relationship in his article “What Inspires President Obama’s Relationship With Israel?” In the lead up to Hanukkah in 2015, President Obama hosted Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and his wife for the first of two Hanukkah receptions in the East Room of the White House. Mr. Obama commented that “all of us come together, along with Jews around the world, to celebrate a band of Maccabees who inspire us even today.” Mr. Flurry wrote:

Is that true? Does that history inspire him today? When you look at the diplomatic insults and the hatred the Obama administration has poured on Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, when you look at the pressure this administration has put on Israel to negotiate with people who use terrorism, and when you look at how openly it has enabled Iran to obtain nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, wouldn’t you say that a leader like that finds Antiochus more of a model to follow than Judas Maccabeus?

To gain a deeper understanding of the relationship between Israel and the United States, read the above-mentioned articles. They show not only what has happened in the past, but what will happen because of the two nations’ broken relationship. President-elect Donald Trump says “things will be different” at the UN once he’s in office, but long-lasting damage has already been done. The brotherhood between Israel and the United States has been broken—and this was emphasized by Friday’s “shameful ambush” at the UN.

Was President Obama Behind the Anti-Settlement Resolution at the United Nations?

Was President Obama Behind the Anti-Settlement Resolution at the United Nations?

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Listen to the Trumpet Daily radio program that aired on December 27, 2016.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told United States Secretary of State John Kerry that “friends don’t take friends to the Security Council.” And yet, that’s exactly what the U.S. did to Israel last Friday. On today’s program, Trumpet Middle East correspondent Brent Nagtegaal discusses the response from Israel and the stunning revelation that the Obama administration was actually behind the resolution itself.

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Austrian Cardinal: ‘We Can’t Accommodate All Refugees’

Austrian Cardinal: ‘We Can’t Accommodate All Refugees’

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The ‘spiritual son’ of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is calling for a European solution to the migrant crisis.

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, archbishop of Vienna, admitted on Austrian television last Friday that he was rethinking his stance on the migrant crisis. During a Christmas discussion program with Evangelical Lutheran Bishop Michael Bünker, the archbishop said an “unbelievable number” of migrants are causing a “feeling of overcrowding” in Austrian society. The cardinal pointed to the rise of the anti-immigrant Austrian Freedom Party as a sign that the “country is worried” and said he’s no longer convinced that Austria should accept all refugees.

Instead, he stated that Europe needs to develop a common strategy to support nations in Africa and the Middle East so migrants can live peaceably in their own homeland. In the December 23 discussion, Cardinal Schönborn said (Trumpet translation throughout):

Sure, in the beginning, I also said, with [German Chancellor] Angela Merkel: “We can do it!” And many important experts in Austria said, “We can do it!” … We then realized that there is another dimension, and we need common European plans; we need more help on the ground. In the meantime, I believe this is clear: We cannot accommodate all refugees. We must first see that they can find and live in their homeland again.

Bünker agreed with Schönborn and added that terrorism was both a cause and consequence of the migrant crisis.

“Now it is very strongly claimed: Refugees bring terrorism,” said Bünker. “At the same time, one must also say that terrorism brings refugees! Most people on the run are fleeing precisely from this kind of terrorism, which we now have experienced in Nice and Berlin. I am thinking of the Christian communities in Syria, where many have fled the country because they have come between the fronts and become victims of terrorism.”

While Cardinal Schönborn and Bishop Bünker were vague about what steps Europeans should take to make it possible for migrants to “live in their homeland again,” they both agreed that the long-term solution to the migrant crisis was a united European response to the turmoil currently gripping Africa and the Middle East.

These remarks carry added significance due to the high-profile status of Cardinal Schönborn within the Roman Catholic Church. Vatican watchers have called Schönborn the “spiritual son” of Pope Emeritus Benedict xvi and indicated that he has a realistic chance of becoming the next pope. As a member of the Austrian noble family of Schönborn-Buchheim-Wolfstahl, he has deep connections to the aristocracy of the old Holy Roman Empire. In 2011, he conducted the funeral service for Otto von Habsburg, the last crown prince of Austria-Hungary.

Last September, Schönborn spoke on the 333rd anniversary of the Battle of Vienna, when a Habsburg emperor defended Vienna from an invading force of Ottoman Turks. He used this occasion to warn about “a third attempt at an Islamic conquest of Europe” if Europeans don’t return to their “Christian roots.”

The idea that a united Europe should fight against Islamic terrorism so that migrants can “live in their homeland again” heralds the fulfillment of two Bible prophecies that the Philadelphia Trumpet has proclaimed for over two decades.

The first prophecy, recorded in Daniel 11:40, shows that Jesus Christ’s Second Coming will be precipitated by a colossal clash of civilizations. The scripture reads, “And at the time of the end shall the king of the southpush at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.”

In his free booklet The King of the South, Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry explains that the king of the south refers to radical Islam led by Iran. The king of the north is a German-led superstate now being built in Europe that will operate under the overarching influence of the Catholic Church.

The key word in Daniel 11:40 is push, which in Hebrew means to gore, thrust at or wage war. The king of the south will goad the king of the north into war and be destroyed in a blitzkrieg-style invasion.

The second prophecy, recorded in Psalm 83, shows that the end-time Assyrians will make an alliance with the Edomites, Ishmaelites, Moabites, Ammonites, Gebalites, Hagarenes and others to destroy the nations of Israel. As Mr. Flurry explains in The King of the South, this is an end-time prophecy about Germany allying with a confederation of anti-Iranian Arabic and Turkish regimes in a bid to destroy end-time Israel, particularly America, Britain and the Jewish state. This confederation won’t fully form until after the king of the south has been destroyed.

Schönborn and Bünker highlighted the need for Europe to deal with the problem of radical Islamic terrorism before it can solve the migrant crisis in a way that will allow Germany to maintain a working relationship with pro-European Arabic and Turkish regimes across the Middle East. While this might sound positive, the Bible makes plain that this alliance will ultimately wreak staggering devastation on the nations of end-time Israel in the time just before Jesus Christ’s return.

To understand these world-changing prophecies, study The King of the South booklet for yourself.

President Obama’s Last Assault on Israel and a Nativity Scene That Predates Christ by 3,000 Years

President Obama’s Last Assault on Israel and a Nativity Scene That Predates Christ by 3,000 Years

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Listen to the Trumpet Daily radio program that aired on December 26, 2016.

United States President Barack Obama took his parting shot at Israel last Friday by directing the U.S. to abstain from a vote condemning Israeli settlements in the West Bank. The U.S. traditionally uses its veto power to support its ally in the Middle East. This recent move, however, exposes the Obama administration’s real attitude toward Israel. Listen to Stephen Flurry discuss the administration’s latest snub on today’s show.

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Week in Review: Berlin Attack, China’s Drone Theft, Iraq Concedes to Iran, America Sidelined in Syria, and Much More

Week in Review: Berlin Attack, China’s Drone Theft, Iraq Concedes to Iran, America Sidelined in Syria, and Much More

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Highlights:

Berlin attack

  • One analyst characterized the December 19 Berlin terrorist attack that killed 12 people and injured 48 as Germany’s 9/11.
  • If it is indeed Germany’s 9/11, howbeit on a much smaller scale, how will the terror-stricken nation respond?
  • Iran’s control over the Iraqi-Syrian border

  • The Iranian-directed Shiite militias, known as Popular Mobilization Units (pmu), are reportedly seeking deployment to maintain the Iraq-Syria border.
  • “This raises several questions,” wrote Al Monitor. One of those questions is: “Is this demand part of the plan to secure the route Iran wants to establish from its border with Iraq all the way to the Syrian-Iraqi border?”
  • In a 2003 article titled “Is Iraq About to Fall to Iran?,” Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote: “[T]hough the current U.S. administration is vowing not to allow an Iranian-style theocracy to gain hold in Iraq, there are also signs in the way it is rebuilding the country that show a fundamental lack of political will to see this pledge through. Perhaps it will not be during the term of the current president, but the Bible shows that America will fail to contain Iran the way it hopes to.”
  • China: Stealing all it can before January 20?

  • Last week, a Chinese naval vessel seized an underwater United States drone that was operating in the South China Sea.
  • U.S. President-elect Donald Trump responded by tweeting: “China steals United States Navy research drone in international waters—rips it out of water and takes it to China in unprecedented act.”
  • The National Review wrote on December 20 that the incident suggests “Beijing is seizing all the territory it can—while it can.”
  • As Mr. Flurry wrote in the July Trumpet, China’s increasingly belligerent behavior is “steering the world toward war.”
  • America: Missing in Syrian peace talks

  • For 18 months, the United States has tried desperately to corral international players to bring an end to the Syrian Civil War.
  • Its efforts have largely fallen flat.
  • This week, three of the most important players in Syria—Iran, Turkey and Russia—met to discuss Syria’s future.
  • The United States wasn’t even invited.
  • CNN fans hatred toward police

  • cnn is making a desperate pitch to further inflame the ideological war on cops while it still has a sympathetic ear in the White House,” wrote political commentator and author Heather MacDonald.
  • “The cnn website is promoting a laughably incomplete study of police use of fatal force ….” The study was incomplete because it did not factor in crime rates, and it has the overall effect of mischaracterizing law enforcement officials.
  • We wrote in our April Trumpet: “The nation’s police are being undermined in ways that will prove devastating to our cities in particular.”
  • Other news:

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin gave a speech on Thursday recapping his country’s 2016 military accomplishments, saying it is the most powerful on Earth but urging the nation to boost its nuclear arsenals.
  • Following the Berlin attack, United States President-elect Donald Trump said he stands by his plan to ban immigrants from high-risk countries from entering the United States. “I’ve been proven to be right,” he said. “One-hundred-percent correct.”
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    Knowing the Spirit

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    Get to know God through the Spirit.

    Listen to the Trumpet Daily live each day at 7:00 am (CST) on Trumpet Radio.

    The Apostle Paul concluded the book of 2 Corinthians by saying, “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, be with you all” (2 Corinthians 13:14). This is the only verse in Paul’s writings that lists God the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit together.

    However, the Holy Spirit is mentioned in the context of communion, or fellowship, not as a third distinct being in the Godhead. Contrary to the popular belief of mainstream Christianity, the Holy Spirit is not a separate entity of a so-called trinity.

    The Holy Spirit is what the Bible defines it to be: the power of God! And the Bible tells us to commune with that power! On this episode of the Trumpet Daily we examine what it means to commune with God’s Holy Spirit.