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Adar 6, 5768, 2/12/2008
Hillary, Barak, or McCain. Does it really matter? Over and over again I try to uncover the false impression that living in a democracy brings, namely, that we are living in a society that is run on truth, fairness and respect of personal rights. This is what I was taught, while living in the West. However, today, we are seeing this myth shattering before or eyes. It’s not that there is some corruption that happens once in a while and that it should be expected. I can accept that. Nothing is perfect. However, when one learns that it is not a fluke, rather the way things are really run, it is hard to accept. It is hard to accept because we don’t want to believe it. Because to believe it, means that we are not as ‘good’ a society as we believed ourselves to be, and it also means that we were more or less lied to while growing up and taking history and social studies classes in school.
I want to state here, that I am not angry. I actually understand (though am disillusioned) why all of the back room wheeling and dealing is being done. It is much more efficient to make deals, convince, sweeten the pie, bribe, twist arms, and threaten behind the scenes. One can get much more done that way. It’s just good business. And before anyone states that government and elections are not a business, let’s look at this startling fact…. Of the world's 100 largest economic entities, 51 are now corporations and 49 are countries. Isn’t that interesting?
And so, if someone were the head of a corporation, he/she (I will use he from now on for simplicity) would definitely find it good business to buddy up to the politicians who are the ‘chosen’ few that make laws and enforce them. He would probably make sure that whichever senator or governor who runs for office was in HIS pocket. He would also try to tip the scales of votes for the one he could control the most. After all, if he was a good businessman, he wouldn’t want any of these petty politicians stopping his corporation from functioning at full speed.
And so we see how big business interests can conflict with what is good for the People, and what the People want.
The American people are now in the midst of election fever. They are under the impression that they really are going to get the candidate they want. All they need to do is to go out and cast a vote. But is that how it really works? Do the people really get the candidates they want, and more important, do they get the policies they want?
Too often we hear about voter fraud;
Remember the old saying: "Those who cast the votes decide nothing, those who count the votes decide everything." - Joseph Stalin
And if all that doesn’t work,,, there’s always the Super Delegates to cancel out your vote. Watch this video, it will open your eyes so you can better understand how the SYSTEM works, not for you, the People, but for others who can control their interests through controlling other politicians. This is why Candidate A can win the popular vote (the vote of the people) and yet lose the election to Candidate B. Remember the Bush-Gore-Kerry election fiascoes?
(This video is from CBS news. They have some other very good videos which you might like to watch.)
Adar 1, 5768, 2/7/2008
Payoffs and Arm-twisting – How Your Politicians Get Owned
By now, there should be no one left who thinks that our leaders are either stupid or crazy because of the policies that they pursue. They are neither. They are educated people. Olmert and Livni both have law degrees and Ehud Barak is a former IDF general. By now, any semi-intelligent person must have come to the conclusion that our leaders simply cave in to the international community’s demands. The world has a plan. It is a plan that dictates a Palestinian State to appease the Arabs. The West needs Arab oil and cooperation, and the globalists want the Arab world to play ball, join a trade block in this region called MEFTA (Middle East Free Trade Area) and come under the umbrella of the World Trade Organization. (I plan to write a piece on this as well with references.)
Little Israel is the lamb on the alter. We are the sacrifice for the appetites of the fat oil rich Arab countries. Israel will be left as a limbless entity, completely dependent on the grace of the International community. And that is how they want it.
So, how do they cajole, pressure, bribe and otherwise convince our leaders that their way is the only way? It is not too hard when you are dealing with people who put their own self-interests before their nation. We saw it with Sharon, who, though he ran on a platform against disengagement, caved in when threats of jail time hung over him and his 2 sons. We see it again, with the scandals that are following Olmert. These people seem to have put their own futures ahead of that of the country they are supposed to serve. And it is easy to cajole, bribe and threaten people who have little integrity or have something to hide in their past. The more corruptable a politician is, the easier to control him.
The irony is, that we don’t even have to be privy to what exactly was said, or threatened in these leader to leader meetings. The truth screams at us from the headlines. Take a look at these:
Yaalon Says Politicians Know: To Be Coddled, Go Left
Olmert Indictment Unlikely; Appeal Threatened
Kept Secret Until After Annapolis: PA Police Murdered Zoldan
Delek Hires Top Cop Moshe Karadi
Last point: Avigdor Lieberman, head of the political party "Yisrael Beitanyu" (Israel Is Our Home) had a police investigation against him (and his daughter) while serving in the opposition. After he joined the Olmert government, the police files against him and his daughter were more or less closed or put aside. As soon as he left the government, their files were re-opened. See:
Exposé Links Olmert, Lieberman and Sharon to Jericho Casino
Enough headlines and excerpts. I think you get the idea. It looks like our leaders are being cajoled, bribed, and threatened if they don’t ‘cooperate’. I just did a show this week with journalist Cale Hahn who wrote the article published on our website entitled: Israel and the Dawning of the Police State. In it, he states that at least since Benjamin Netanyahu was elected as PM, every Israeli Prime Minister has been targeted by high-profile criminal investigations just prior to and during "peace process" initiatives. Please listen ( CLICK HERE ) to the show, as it was very informative and enlightening in what goes on behind the scenes to keep our officials in line with land giveaways, and otherwise furthering of internationalist agendas.
After the show I did with Cale Hahn on how police investigations are opened against Israeli Prime Ministers during their terms in office, I received a letter from him in which he wrote:
Tamar- Certainly you saw this. Our interview was certainly timely, no?
1. Brothers Mordechai and Elitzur Harel received extremely harsh jail terms for planning a road block in Tel Aviv during the Gaza expulsion. They were held for several months without trial which had the support of Supreme Court Chief Justice Dorit
2. The Supreme Court specifically prohibited the Winograd Committee from recommending Olmert or anyone else be compelled to resign. This after the repeated petitioning of the court by the IDF's Solicitor-General, Col. Orna David.
3. Police Superintendent Chaim Moshe's treatment of three protesters in Jerusalem during Bush's visit including
Tamar, as I said at the beginning of the program, all countries around the world have politicians which break the law. Israel's politicians are no different. What is different in Israel is charges against these politicians are being brought up NOT TO SEE JUSTICE DONE, but rather to blackmail/pressure the politician into speeding along an internationalist agenda against the Jewish state. More and more, I believe some of those behind this agenda have the aim of so strategically weakening Israel as to see her destroyed.
You asked me where is this pressure coming from, who is behind it. The problem is there are so many with the motive, who do you finger? We can start with US corporations (specifically oil companies and defense companies), US politicians, US elites (see Israeli elites), Israeli elites (news media, entertainment media, justice figures, certain politicians, educators, the so-called “intellectual-class”), Israeli corporations and wealthy Israeli business individuals and consortiums (relations with the US tie in here), the UN (including the UN NGOs), the EU, Islamic States and corporations, Russia, Venezuela…
In short, look to Israel's enemies and to those who wish to accrue wealth, favor or power within Israel and/ or in the region. The reality is the internationalist agenda is being forced upon Israel by a combination of most of the above interests coordinating deliberately or conveniently.
The Tanakh (bible) says in the book of Zekharyah 12:3 that the whole world will be gathered against Jerusalem. Are we seeing the fulfillment of this before our eyes? If so, is it surprising so many are working towards what would be Israel’s destruction?
All the best,
Shevat 25, 5768, 2/1/2008
I am guilty of the sin of laziness. Miri from Yesha has been snowed in for the last two days. Actually, so have I, and I love it. Time with the family, games, playing in the snow, and hot coffee. Miri wants me to write another blog to make things interesting. Sorry Miri, I will have to do 'al chet' on my luxuriating in the time off. I was thinking of writing about the Winograd report that came out. Actually, all of the state of Israel was 'panting' in wait. And then when it came out, it was a totally neutered report.
The Winograd report, for those who don't know, is the Israeli government-appointed commission of inquiry, chaired by Eliyahu Winograd, retired Israeli judge and was supposed to investigate and draw lessons from the Second Lebanon War. The report was supposed to point out the mistakes, blunders and yes, blame, for the failure of the war. It did not. After all the waiting, after all the expectations that now, this would be the end of Olmert as the Prime Minister and we would go to new elections, it was as interesting and effective as a re-run of Gilligan's Island.
Most all of us expected the report to bring down the Olmert government. After all, heads had to fall. Amir Peretz who was the Minister of Defense, lost his position. The Chief of Staff of the IDF, Dan Halutz was also forced to resign, and so, it made sense to believe that the Olmert would follow. After all, 'the buck stops there'. But no, the report was so obscure, that it was almost a joke. They didn't mention any names, not even Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's name. They did not give conclusions of their 'findings', as they were concerned that future Prime Ministers might hesitate to make difficult decisions in the future, for fear of a commissions' nasty reports (Ch.3, para. 12).
The report could have read:
I have to admit, though I tuned in for the special press conference and was listening to the report, it bored the heck out of me. I knew that I SHOULD watch and listen to it, but I kept switching channels looking for a re-run of Gilligan's Island.
WHO GOT TO THESE PEOPLE? Who 'convinced' them not to name names in this long, long 617 page report? Who convinced them not to point out blame with names, so those responsible could actually take responsibility for it? The nation was waiting for justice to take place so we could possibly go to new elections.
Who didn't want new elections to take place besides the weak Olmert?
Let us go back a few weeks in the news and recall the visit of U.S. President Bush. He came here in order to prop up Olmert, in order to push forward his vision for a New Middle East with the establishment of a Palestinian State. As soon as he stepped off the plane, he is reported to have said to one of our ministers, Eli Yishai, not to leave the government. "Tomorrow we will have a long, intensive talk in the course of which I will try to convince you not to leave the government…” Bush said. Now, whenever someone says they want to have ‘intensive talks’, you can be sure there is going to be a LOT of arm twisting, threats and whatever else it is going to take to get their agenda through. Bush was here for approximately two days. After meetings and photo ops, Bush then left the country with these words to the Israelis: Keep Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in power. http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/124883
So WHO wanted to keep Olmert in power, that COULD? Who had the means to do so? Whose people got to the Winograd commission and neutered them, making sure no names were mentioned, so ‘the buck stops here’ man didn’t get the finger pointed at him? I don’t claim to have the answer. However, I find it hard to believe that after all the hoopla about the damage the report was going to bring to Olmert, and then it turns out to be a nothing report, that SOMETHING must have happened. You decide.
And so, I will write no more here about the 617 page Winograd report that was so intense, and yet didn’t finger Olmert, the main one, who if he had any honor, would take responsibility and resign. I have nothing more to say about it. Instead, I am looking out my window, watching the beautiful snow melting off my car, and I want to relish these last two days at home with my family when we had no school, and we were with family throwing snow balls, building igloos and snowmen in the beautiful Land of Israel.
I am going to leave you with these two beautiful pieces and a thought as well.
And last, I thank again our brave and idealistic ancestors who came to Israel when it was a barren desert land, filled with swamps, malaria, and corrupt, hostile Moslem, Ottoman government. There were no universities, no operas, no good shopping, no beautiful gardens, no high paying jobs, only what looked like an awfully hard future of back breaking work, malaria, and Arab raids. Yet they came, against all logic. Why? Because they yearned for the Land. They yearned to work towards something bigger than themselves. And they put their ‘safety’ secondary to their dreams. It’s bigger than you and me. As Joseph Trumpeldor, the ardent zionist said, “Tov la-moot, b’aad artzaynu” -it is good to die for one’s land.”
Please view below, this powerpoint presentation of beautiful, beautiful Israel. (I wish I knew who to give credit to, it is just magnificent.)
It is because of those before us, and those here today, that we have merited G-d’s gift to the Jewish people. After viewing the presentation, ask yourself what you can do for Israel to further her advancement, and to further the building of G-d’s precious land. Don’t miss viewing these awesome, beautiful photos (make sure your speakers are on. A window may pop up asking you to OPEN or SAVE the powerpoint. Choose OPEN.) Click HERE to view, it will take a moment to load. Don't click when it comes on, the presentation will move by itself after a short pause.
Shevat 18, 5768, 1/25/2008
I was sent this email by a friend of mine, who knows the son of the person who saw this.... yah, it's one of those stories, BUT, I did confirm it by calling New York and speaking directly with Rabbi Bloom, who should be, G-d willing, on my radio show next week to speak about this. The original email was written I believe, by the Rav's son in law, Eliyahu Rubinovich. Here is what was written in the email:
"Rabbi Shmuel Bloom of Agudath Israel of America is a busy man involved in important matters concerning Klal Yisroel.
Why would he, then, spend a considerable amount of hours traveling to look at bananas (all the way up north near Tiberias) during his recent trip to Eretz Yisroel?
(Aerial photo of Israel)
A completely secular farmer whose produce is bananas decided that he would undertake to keep Shmitah this time around. He approached the Keren HaShviis for assistance and they stipulated that he would be registered in their program if he would also undertake to be personally Shomer Shabbos throughout Shmitah. He agreed. Keren HaShviis (Here, I was told by Rabbi Bloom, that it was actually the Otzar Bet Din of Bnei Brak) undertook to cover his farming expenses in return for which all the produce would become the property of Otzar Beis Din and would be distributed in full accordance with Halacha.
Israel has suffered a significant cold spell over the past 2 to 3 weeks. Bananas don’t like cold. Cold doesn’t like bananas. Needless to say, they don’t get along. When bananas are still growing and get hit with frost, they turn brown and become rock-solid hard.
The hero of our story, Gibor Koach the banana farmer, knew he was in deep trouble when the relentless cold hadn’t let up for over a week. He lived a distance from his orchard and hadn’t yet seen the damage with his own eyes. He began to receive calls from his neighbor farmers, who have orchards bordering his, complaining bitterly that their entire banana crop had been destroyed by the frost. He decided it was time to inspect the damage up close, no matter how painful it may be.
He drove up close to Tverya (Tiberius) to inspect his orchard, as well as those of his neighboring farmers. As he passed from one orchard to another, he was overwhelmed by the damage. Not a single fruit had survived, no tree was spared. His neighbors took quite a beating. All the bananas were brown, hard as a rock.
He could only imagine how bad his trees must have gotten it.
Yet when he finally got to his orchard, he was awestruck! ALL of his bananas were yellow and green. It’s as if his orchard was not part of this parcel of land. His orchard bordered those of his neighbors, but not a single tree of his was struck by the frost. It’s as if a protective wall kept the damage away. At first he thought he was imagining it, and as he rushed from one section of his orchard to another, the realization that more than the farmer keeps the Shmitah, the Shmitah keeps the farmer hit home.
He immediately called his contacts at Keren HaShviis and yelled into the phone, “Karah Nes, Karah Nes!” ( A miracle happened, a miracle happened!)
A miraculous modern-day manifestation of “V’Tzivisi Es HaBracha”.
There is no way to explain this other than that HaKodesh Baruch Hu keeps His promises. He says keep Shmitah, and I’ll take care of you. He sure does!
Keren HaShviis reports that farmers that until now refused to keep Shmitah, have been turning to the Keren following the losses suffered as a result of the frost, they are now ready to commit to Shmitah observance.
And so, Rabbi Bloom took the time to travel all the way to Tverya (Tiberias) and back to witness this awe-inspiring phenomenon. During the previous Shmita (2000-2001) Agudath Israel of America provided over $1,000,000 to Keren HaShviis. It plans to do even more this time around."
Above Photo: Standing amidst the destruction of the non-observing fields where everything is brown.
Below Photo: Rabbi Bloom with rabbis from the Otzar Bet Din standing next to yellow and green bananas of the field that sanctified Eretz Yisroel and the Shmitah year.
Below: Good, unharmed bananas from the Shmitah observing field.
Shevat 13, 5768, 1/20/2008
It seems like this is just too uncanny that these are all 'coincidences'. On January 8, 2008 the day that President Bush left the USA for Israel in order to lay the framework for the establishment of a Palestinian State and the division of Jerusalem for its capital , a freak 'January' tornado swept through a city in Bush's own country. The place hit was 'Jerusalem', Arkansas. Coincidence?
One church was totally destroyed in the tornado’s path. The name of it was “Mt. Zion” Community Church. Coincidence?
Destroyed Church called, "Mt. Zion"
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One man was killed in the tornado. He was a ‘Pope’ County resident. His name, was Billy Carter.
On Sunday of last week, I read out a report about this 'freak tornado' which hit Jerusalem, Arkansas. (Tovia Singer spoke about the tornado on his show after mine, on Wednesday) I was emailed by a few people last week to write on the tornado, but I didn’t have time to do it until now. So, let’s examine some interesting ‘coincidences’ here.
All this on the day Bush leaves for Israel to wage war on G-d by going against the Bible and dividing the Land of Israel.
The very next day, Thursday January 9th, another calamity strikes America. As Israel experiences a very heavy and unusual heavy fog during Bush’s visit, central Florida gets hit with a freak heavy fog. A mega 70 car accident takes place. The worst highway disaster in Florida’s history. See video by clicking HERE. (Video will play after one ad).
What is interesting here is the number 70. A neighbor of mine whom I often give a lift to, was waiting at the gas station near where Bush’s entourage passed on its way to Ramallah. The roads were closed down and he was stuck waiting and watching. He saw Bush’s entourage pass by. He counted 70 cars.
70 cars driving with Bush to Ramallah in heavy fog, and 70 cars in a horrible accident in Florida under heavy fog. Coincidence?
Let me remind you again what I wrote in a blog on the significance of the number 70 that we keep seeing in the news these last few weeks. The number 70 is the number of nations that met in Paris, France, to raise billions of dollars to create a viable (enemy) Palestinian State. 70 is the number that the letters Gog and Magog add up to. Gog and Magog is the war of the Nations of the world who come against Jerusalem and Israel. And the nations of the world, numbers 70 according to the Bible as explained in the story of the Tower of Babel where G-d mixes up the people with 70 languages, who then disperse to become 70 different nations.
Is all of this JUST a coincidence?