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      Shevat 3, 5768, 1/10/2008

      Gog Bush To Destroy Israel

      by Tamar Yonah

      Gog Bush has come to destroy Israel.

      This is the state he has carved out of our heart.  He says that a new Palestinian state must be contiguous.  Israel is not contiguous, it seems to have been cut in half.

      Gog Bush has come to destroy Israel, leaving her at 9 miles wide, with PLO rockets accessible to the major population centers of Israel, including her airport. 

      He has sliced Jerusalem up. The Jews lose the Temple Mount, where the Third Temple will be built. It is our most hallowed and sacred site in all the world. Study this map.  This is the beginning of the war of Gog and Magog upon us.  (See my other blogs on this subject.)

      This map of Gog Bush means the end of Israel.  The East (Ishmael, the Muslims) want to murder us.  The West (Esau/Rome/ Church) wants us to commit suicide.  Either way, we are dead.

       

      Thanks to Jeff K. for the link to this map which is from the Israel Unity Coalition.

      Americans, enjoy your oil.  Your president has sold out the Jewish People and bartered away G-d's land for oil, riches, and a New World Order.   Gog Bush will leave a legacy, however, it will be G-d's decision what that legacy shall be.



      Shevat 2, 5768, 1/9/2008

      The Carrot and the Stick

      by Tamar Yonah

      President Bush 'jokes' with Minister Eli Yishai about not leaving the coalition while shaking hands with him in the greeting line at the airport.

       

      See this news item that came up today:

      Bush Jokes with Yishai About Not Leaving Coalition
       (IsraelNN.com) U.S. President George Bush joked with Shas chairman Eli Yishai as soon as he got off his plane Wednesday, about Shas' threats to leave the coalition.
      According to Nrg, as he shook Yishai's hand on the tarmac, Bush told the minister (roughly): "So I understand that you are the one I have to convince not to leave the coalition?" Bush reportedly promised Yishai: "Tomorrow we will have a long, intensive talk in the course of which I will try to convince you not to leave the government, despite the planned evacuation of the outposts in the Territories [Judea and Samaria, ed.]."

      Let’s try to look at this news item in a ‘different’ light.  Whenever the word ‘intensive talks’ are used in the diplomatic sphere, you can bet that it is a heated and intense exchange of words, most possibly with threats and ultimatums. 

      How about this imaginary conversation of what could take place:

      President: We’ve worked too hard for you to go and mess this process up by pulling out and bringing down your government.  We’ve invested a lot in propping up Olmert and convincing your people to accept a Palestinian State with Jerusalem as its capital.  The world is on a new course, and you, well, no punk like you is going to stand in our way.  You better know what’s good for you or…

      Israeli Minister:  Or what, Mr. President?

      President:  Look, let me put it to you this way.  We know where your kids go to school.  We know that they come home everyday at 4pm. We know what route they take.  You wouldn’t want anything bad to happen to them, …would you?  Now, see this envelope I am handing you?  It’s got all the information to a bank account that has been set up for you in the Cayman Islands.  There’s enough there for a luxurious retirement for you and your family anywhere in the world you want to live.  Take it.  If you know what is good for you.

      The carrot and the stick.  The meeting’s over.

      Now, before anyone here says hog wash, and that things like this only happen in the movies, take a look at these excerpts from an interview done by Ari Shavit of Haaretz on  03/06/2006.  He’s speaking to Binyamin Netanyahu regarding his time as Finance Minister where Netanyahu admits that bribes are common in government, especially today.

      Shavit: Of late there is more and more talk about corruption. You were prime minister, you were finance minister. Is Israel a corrupt country?

      Netanyahu: "There is corruption in Israel. It is increasing. In the past few years it has been growing and deepening at a dizzying pace. But those who talk about corruption are generally off-target. They talk about the connection between the member of [a party's] central committee and the politician who gets him a job in order to win his support. But that is a relatively minor phenomenon, and even when it happens, its material scope is limited. Therefore I say that this is only the tip of the corruption iceberg. It is the less important 10 percent that is above the water. The more serious corruption is below the surface. It is hardly talked about; it is hardly known about. But it is the truly worrisome corruption, it is the true danger."

      What are you talking about?
      "I am talking about the senior politician or the senior official who distributes assets to a magnate who pays him money for it. A great deal of money."

      You are talking about bribery - unadulterated bribery.
      "Yes. Bribes in envelopes. Bribery in the transfer of millions to bank accounts in Vaduz or the Cayman Islands."

      Are you serious? Are you really saying that underlying major economic decisions are bank accounts in Vaduz and the Caymans?
      "You know very well what the answer is."

      In 21st century Israel assets worth billions are transferred to certain hands in return for bribes?
      "Your statement is not completely imaginary."
      For the whole interview, click HERE.



      Tevet 29, 5768, 1/7/2008

      Should We Honor The King Who Has Come To Harm Us?

      by Tamar Yonah

           We were always taught that one in high office is deserving of great honors and  ceremony.  Once a man is elected to be the head of the USA, or of any country, he is not just any Joe Shmo anymore.  He is ‘Mr. President”.

      Yet, what if this man has come to do evil?  Do we treat him with pomp and circumstance and hold him as our friend, or do we tell it like it is?

      Now, I feel a need to make this perfectly clear: I think the American people are great, good, and kind people.  They are for the most part, freindly, giving and moral people.  When I speak of America on the radio or in my articles, I am always referring to the 'leadership' of America such as the State Department and the Bush Administration, and not the American People.  I will add one further thing…  I do not hate Bush.  I don’t even dislike the man.  He actually seems quite amiable, humorous, and engaging.  But herein lies the danger.  He speaks nicely, but his actions have been quite dangerous, even evil.  He is the man, that wants to wage war against G-d , to divide His city, throw out His Chosen People from their land, and turn it over to terrorists.  He wishes to create a state for the Arabs in the Palestinian Authority who cheered and handed out candy when innocent Americans were jumping out of the windows of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11th, 2001. 

      These are the same people who regularly burn the American flag at their deomonstrations, and chant, "Death to America!"

      Let us examine some of the things that this current U.S. president is doing and has done in his 2 terms of office:

      It is Mr. Bush & Co.that is suspected of somehow cheating on the election results that caused a fiasco in the U.S. elections in 2000 and also in 2004.

      It is Mr. Bush who is working hand in hand with Saudi Arabia because of his oil interests and connections. It is Mr. Bush who on September 11, 2001 after that horrible attack on its people and its World Trade Center and Pentagon, stopped all flights, grounded all American travelers leaving them stranded mid journey, and put a tight grip on travel security thereafter, YET,  enabled the Saudi family of Bin Laden to leave the USA. within days of the attack.  

      How can that be? How can Mr. Bush let the terrorist’s own family leave the shores of America wiothout a complete investigation, following one of the most devastating acts of war on a country to date?

      It is Mr. Bush who further weakens America by not solving the problem of the flow of illegal immigrants into the United States which is taxing the economy by heavily burdening it’s security services, and collapsing its health, education and justice systems.

      It is Mr. Bush who, when renewing the controversial USA Patriot Act which infringes on 'privacy and freedoms' of the American people, is quoted as saying, “
      “Stop throwing the Constitution in my face, it’s just a goddamned piece of paper!”

      It is Mr. Bush who has eroded away the civil liberties and personal freedoms of the American people, in the name of 'protecting' their freedoms.  Try to figure that one out.

      He has enabled security agencies to listen in on innocent people’s phone calls whom they suspect are criminals or terrorists and can have police and security agencies break into your homes as well, without probable cause and without a court order, which violates the 4th amendment of the constitution.  This is against the law, but hey, the constitution, according to Mr. Bush is just a "G-- D----- piece of paper".


      It is Mr. Bush who is pushing his vision of a ‘New Middle East’.
      It is Mr. Bush who is pushing his Road Map which aims for:
      a) The creation of an independent Palestinian state
      b)  An end to the 'occupation' (their choice of word) that began in 1967
      c)  The principle of land for peace.

      It is Mr. Bush that is tying the hands of Jews in Israel by stating: “ Israeli settlement activity in the occupied territories must stop.”  It is Mr. Bush that has proclaimed an Israeli freeze on “all settlement activity (including natural growth of settlements).”  It is Mr. Bush that is telling the Israeli people that we are not allowed to build in our own land.

      It is Mr. Bush that tells Israel it must be more flexible to work for ‘peace’ by  “lifting curfews and easing restrictions (IDF check points on roads) on movement of persons and goods, and allowing full, safe, and unfettered access of international and humanitarian personnel.”  And then a short while after, another terror attack takes place.

      It is Mr. Bush who puts forward that the Israeli leadership must issue an unequivocal statement affirming its commitment to the two-state vision of an independent, viable, sovereign Palestinian state living in peace and security alongside Israel, (as expressed by President Bush) and calling for an immediate end to violence against Palestinians everywhere.

      It is Mr. Bush, from an OIL family, who will do what he must for oil prices, even sell out Israel and prevent her from fighting the Arab terrorists who threaten her very existance.  He will create a 23rd Arab state to appease the oil rich countries.

      It is Mr. Bush who is coming to Israel to boost up the popularity of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. His objective: to make Olmert look better in the eyes of the Israeli public so when he tells us we need to divide Jerusalem and give up most of Judea and Samaria, we will go along with it confidently, thinking Mr. Bush is our friend.

      It is President Bush, coming with his entourage, like a great Babylonian King to Jerusalem, to try to lay claim to G-d's trophy. 

      I again ask: Do we give honor to kings who have such contempt for G-d and His people, or do we tell it like it is?



      Tevet 23, 5768, 1/1/2008

      Cracks In The Great American Empire

      by Tamar Yonah

      As the United States Government leads and brokers the ‘peace’ process to split and divide Israel in order to establish a Palestinian Terror State, it seems that some cracks are starting to form in its own empire.

                                   One can’t help but notice that when the U.S. Administration presses Israel to give up land, something bad happens to America. Those who believe in an Almighty G-d, and believe that He controls everything, knows that nothing happens in this world unless He wants it to.  We must continue to believe though, that all He does is for good. Yet, why should innocent people in America lose their homes from hurricanes because innocent Jews lost their homes in Gush Katif? (See my article, "Katrina and Katif: some connections to consider" .)  I don’t pretend to understand G-d’s ways, however, we learn in the Tanach (Bible) Genesis 12:3:  “I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse.” 

      Those who purport the establishment of a Palestinian State are essentially calling for the destruction of Israel.  They are cursing Israel with their demise.  The Road Map calls for carving out Israel's central region and dividing our capital city, Jerusalem, in order to form a Palestinian Terror State. 

      There is one Jewish State. It could fit inside of lake Michigan, and is about the size of New Jersey. Bush's Road Map will produce a 23rd Arab state inside of this already tiny Israel.  A tiny Israel that has already given over 80% of its land away to the Arabs in pursuit of peace.

             The establishment of a Palestinian State in the heartland of Israel, would place the PLO within easy rocket range to our major population centers.  A missile strike on any of our cities would bring untold death and damage to our nation.  The Arabs in this Palestinian Terror State would also be within shooting range of our major airport. That means that every plane taking off or landing could be struck down by the terrorist's rockets.  This would be the end of Israel’s economy by destroying tourism, destroying our exports and imports of food, agriculture, products and personal air travel.  Israel would not be able to survive being in such a vulnerable position.

      What is so disturbing, is that America, the nation which claims to be a friend of Israel, is actually setting her up for her destruction.  We must remember, that the United States heavily relies on oil to run it's economy.  If it comes between deciding what is more important, Jews or oil, guess which one will win out?  This only goes to prove the famous quote by Charles Maurice de Talleyrand : “Nations don’t have friends, they only have interests.”

      And so, as the U.S. amputates Israel’s biblical and historical heartland from her to form a Palestinian Terror State, it is losing it’s OWN heartland in it’s centrally located states.

                             It seems the Lakota Native Americans who inhabit large chunks of the states of  North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas,  Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana have withdrawn from treaties with the United States, and are basically seceding from the union.  "We are no longer citizens of the United States of America and all those who live in the five-state area that encompasses our country are free to join us” they said this last month, Dec. 19th, 2007.  A crack in the Great American Empire?

      News reports also concerning the security of the U.S. Government came out this month with reports that the Iranian Islamic Regime has been cozying up to Central and South American leaders who are hostile to the U.S. such as Nicaragua's Sandinista President Daniel Ortega and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.  Iran has recently opened an embassy in Nicaragua’s capital. It’s also become involved in building a $350 million deep-water port at Monkey Point complete with corridors of pipelines, rails and highways which will span across the country to the Pacific Ocean. They’ve already established a firm foothold in Latin America and the U.S. State Department is now worried that Iran could stage strikes on American soil.

       According to a report from the San Antonio Express-News, John R. Schindler, a veteran former counterintelligence officer and analyst for the National Security Agency stated,  "The Iranians have that ability (to launch attacks) particularly from South America. Hezbollah has fronts all over Latin America. That is not new. But it's certainly something we're starting to care about now."  He said. 
      Another crack in the Great American Empire?

      Alaskans are now grumbling that they are not happy being part of the United States. They have formed their own Alaskan Independence Party and may push to become a separate and Independent Nation if they do not get their demands met according to a 1958 treaty they signed with the United States Government.

      Let’s not forget the possible 5th column inside the USA at present.  These are the millions of  Mexicans, Central and South Americans who have entered the United States illegally who are heavily taxing the health care system, the education system, the justice system and who do not pay any taxes to support it. Many of these illegal immigrants are justifying their actions and are calling for the disengagement of the South Western United States.  They want to establish their own country called, Aztlan
      Another crack in the Great American Empire?

      And yet, the President of the United States ignores the dangers of having MILLIONS of  unknown people invading his country.  U.S.  Border officials have already caught Muslim terrorists sneaking over the border, and Moslem prayer rugs and Korans have also been found in the area belonging to those who were NOT caught.  This means they have made their way into the United States to set up possible terror sleeper cells.
      Another crack in the Great American Empire?

      Lakota Indians seceding, Alaskans flirting with independence, Iranian build up on the Pacific, and millions of unknown illegal immigrants draining the USA of it’s resources, and widening the holes of U.S. security.

      Could these all be cracks that will soon crumble the Great American Empire?  Has America’s time expired as the leading nation of the world?  All the nations where Jews resided prospered when the Jews were treated well there.  Egypt rose and then turned against the Jews and it fell. Babylon rose and then turned against its Jews and it fell.  Greece rose and then turned against the Jews and it fell..  Rome rose and then turned against the Jews and it fell.. Spain rose and then turned against the Jews and it fell.. The British Empire rose and then turned against the Jews and it fell.

      All these once great powers lost their glory after declaring war against G-d by persecuting His Chosen People, the Jews.  The present United States Government is now attempting to divide Jerusalem, destroy Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, and turn it into a Palestinian Terror State.  Will this be the undoing of itself?  Are we today, witnessing the beginning of the end of the Great American Empire?



      Tevet 21, 5768, 12/30/2007

      Before You Lift Those Glasses For A Toast

      by Tamar Yonah

      The New Years Holiday is celebrated much differently between Judaism and the West’s celebratory day.  My memories of watching people celebrate New Year’s Eve when I grew up in the West were:

       
      1) Partying
      2) Drinking (getting drunk or tipsy)
      3) Toasting at midnight
      4) Making New Years Resolutions
      January 1st  is not what G-d has proclaimed to be the start of the New year.  The New Year is ‘Rosh Hashana’ which usually falls in September on the Gregorian calendar,  and is filled with prayers, praises to G-d,  festive meals, and blessings for a better year for all of creation.  It is then culminated with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, which brings us (during the ten days) to apologize for past sins, make amends where able, and otherwise do deep introspection with  resolutions to do better in the next year. 

      Yet, acknowledging that many Gentiles observe January 1st as the new year, I wish to offer some words of advice to help make this celebration of yours more meaningful and constructive .

      From the list I gave above, numbers 1 and 3 are nice. There’s nothing wrong with celebrating by going to a friend’s  home for a party, in what you consider the new year.
      Making a toast is also a nice gesture, as long as the toast is a positive one.  It’s numbers 2 and 4 where problems arise.

      My mother would not even let me out on Dec. 31 from the fear of drunk drivers. But we all know about the DUI problem around the world.  It’s the ‘New Year’s resolution’ attempts I’d like to address in this piece. 

      I know how many times I myself have had said I was going to be a ‘better person’ this next year, and then, the year went by, and I didn’t improve much.  The problem I had, which many of us place amongst ourselves is that we make resolutions that are too general or too steep for us to climb.

      Below is a list of ideas to help make changes in our lives, that much more successful:

      1) Make a List.  What thing/s would you like to change about yourself.
      2) Eliminate unrealistic goals.   For instance, “I want to be a millionaire by the end of the year", or  "I want to be a perfect parent, student, teacher, etc."   and instead concentrate on how you can become better at it. Work TOWARDS being a better person, parent, co-worker, sibling, servant of G-d, etc….
      3) Break your goals down to manageable steps.  For instance, if it is to lose weight, commit to shedding those pounds by resolving to join a gym or a weight loss group before the month is over, or even just choose to eliminate one bad eating habit, etc.. (Please cheer me on in this as well, (grin))  If  your goal is to be more of a loving and patient parent or co-worker, then break that goal down into stating, “Whenever I get upset, I will silently repeat in my head, “Thank you G-d, for giving me this opportunity to work on my character defect of  impatience or… (fill in the blank)."
      4) Have tools ready for yourself.  If you are impatient and want to work on that characteristic, have tools you can use ready for the moment.  Count to ten or clench your fists and then make a joke out of the issue, or remember a situation where you also failed and give the other person the benefit of the doubt, even though it is your nature not to do so.  There are many tools we should have at our disposal for emergency on the scene use. Tools are essential to succeed. Write these tools down and post them somewhere you will see them, as when you are angry or impatient, one can't remember or concentrate on what to do.  Tools need to be accessible!
      5) Find alternatives.  Do you wish to quit a bad habit like smoking, but you smoke to relax yourself? Then find another form of relaxation that’s available to you, or find a less dangerous substitute.
      6) Pray to G-d.  Pray that G-d helps you in your efforts to become a better person.  Speak to G-d and tell Him that you are trying to do this to better serve Him, to make this world a better place one person at a time, and that you need His help.

      I have found that these tools have helped me achieve my goals more successfully.  Yes, it means sometimes taking smaller steps which may not make news headlines, but these baby steps move me forward to where I want to go in really succeeding in improving myself.  It’s a lot better than making big toasts and big, almost impossible goals to keep.

      Perhaps some of our readers have their own personal stories, tools, or ideas that helped them improve their own character defects.  I think we would all benefit from hearing them.
      L”chaim!  To Life!