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People don't like changing horses in the middle of the race. Will Obama therefore start a war with Iran to protect his seat in the Oval Office?
If anyone ever saw the comedy movie 'Canadian Bacon', they will remember the hilarious scene when Alan Alda who played the incumbent U.S. President is urged to start a war in order to win the upcoming election because of the low showing he received in the polls. The only problem was, WHO to start a war with. No one wanted to go to war with the USA, not even the USSR (they were just starting to get a taste of capitalism and they liked it) and so, the President's adviser suggested 'Canada'. Canada? But Canadians are so friendly and non-confrontational. What American would support going to war against Canada? His adviser answered him "Mr. President, give me one week.... and I will have Americans burning maple leaves so fast, they won't have time to think about their smog filled lungs, rising interest rates or their dwindling savings account. One week sir."
However, in the case of Iran, it is NOT an imagined or made up enemy. Iran SHOULD be stopped, as better to engage in an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities before they become nuclear, rather than after! However, these things must be done delicately, with cooperation and wisdom, and not for politically advantageous reasons to keep one's job.
Justin Sink who writes for The Hill's Blog Briefing Room writes,"...Mitt Romney surrogate Donald Trump said Tuesday that he believes President Obama would begin a war with Iran because it would help him politically.
"I happen to think that the President is going to start a war with Iran," Trump said on the Laura Ingraham show. "I think it will be a short-term popular thing to do, and I think he’s going to do that for political reasons, if you want to know the truth. I don’t know if anyone says this openly, but I think he’s going to start a war with Iran." ...Trump said a war with Iran would help Obama politically much in the same way the war with Iraq provided former President George W. Bush a temporary wartime boost in the polls."
Trump is no prophet, so will this happen? It could, as if Obama desires to keep his power, getting into a war could be his 'Trump' card (no pun intended, well, maybe...) as people don't like changing horses in the middle of a race. However, there's a chance that Israel will strike first. There's also a chance that Iran will strike first!
Iran may wish to flex its muscles and show it is the new head honcho in the mideast 'trumping' (there, I said it again) Turkey, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia for chief leadership.
Though we don't know who will strike first, I think that most of us - at least here in Israel - know that there will be a war, and we may not have to wait that long to see how it will be played out.
Notice that all the players, in this long ago written book from at least 700 years ago, are in play today:
(I can't remember where I picked up this information on the net, I'd like to credit.)
MEDRISH “YALKUT SHIMONI” (Yeshiya 60):
“Rabbi Yitzhak said: The year that Melech HaMoshiach will be revealed, all the kings of the nations of the world will provoke each other. The king of Persia [in modern times they changed the name of their country to “Iran”] will threaten the king of Arabia [today called “Saudi” Arabia] and because of this the king of Arabia will go to the king of Edom [USA] for advice.
Afterwards the king of Persia will destroy [most of] the world. The remaining nations will be hysterical and frantic and fall on their faces and will be seized as if by “birth pains”.
And the people of Israel will be frantic and hysterical and they will say, where will we come and go? Where will be come and go?
And Hashem will say to them: Do not fear my children, do not fear. All that I have done I did only for you. Why are you afraid? The time for your Redemption has come!
THE EXPLANATION OF THIS MEDRISH:
Rabbi Yitzhak said [about 2000 years ago!]:
The year that Melech HaMoshiach will be revealed [what is expected to happen in the world at the time when Melech HaMoshiach will be revealed], all the kings of the nations of the world will provoke1 each other [the threats of war among the nations will be heard in every corner of the world throughout the countries and between one another].
SUMMARY OF THE DEVELOPMENTS
[The numbers in parenthesis refer to further explanations found in the Hebrew version]
PHASE 1 (2) King of Persia [Leader of Iran] (4) will threaten (3) the King of Arabia [threats of war against the king of Saudi Arabia (which is the only Arab country which still has the name “Arabia”)]
PHASE 2 (5) The king of Arabia goes to Edom to get advice from them [The king of Saudi Arabia goes to the Western countries, which are led by America, to consult about how to act against the threat of war from Iran].
PHASE 3 “And King of Persia goes back (6) and destroys the whole world [it is clear that you cannot destroy the whole world with conventional weapons. It means to annihilate the world with nuclear weapons. ["and destroys the whole world"– the meaning isn’t actually the whole world, the meaning is "most of it is as all of it", meaning to destroy most of the countries of the world]”.
“And all the nations of the world will be frantic and hysterical and “falling on their faces” and will be as if seized by (7) something like birth pains [a terrible and horrified fear that was unknown until now will grasp all the remaining nations - lest they too will die in a nuclear war (because they will be unable to protect themselves from the nuclear explosion and the radioactivity that will be formed)].
And the people of Israel will be frantic and hysterical [because of the terrible fear that will be in the world that Iran (Persia) will also attack Israel]. And they will say, where will we come and go [since there will be no possibility to find help or support and there will be no natural way to be saved - and about this situation it is said "we have no one to rely on except our Father in Heaven"] and they will say: “Where will be come and go?” [The Medrish repeats this twice to emphasize the helplessness and fear that will be then].
And Hashem will say to them [HaKadosh Baruch Hu to the people of Israel]: do not fear my children [you have nothing to fear], all that I have done I did only for you [HaKadosh Baruch Hu calms Israel, that all the destruction of war was only for your good - to destroy the wicked Kingdom of Edom and to remove evil from this world and make it possible for the Melech HaMoshiach to be revealed and rule over the world] Why are you afraid? “The time for your Redemption has come!”
CAN WE SEE THIS HAPPENING NOW?
In order that one should not think these words of the Medrish are incompatible with the reality of our days, it is important to clarify what often appears in the media regarding the “King of Persia” (President of Iran) and about the "mahdi".
The current president of Iran since his election has declared several times in public, that the main purpose of his government is to promote the arrival of the "mahdi", and for this purpose all military and economical resources will be given. He also said in the UN Assembly (September 25, 2007) that very soon the powerful Western countries will fall and be destroyed.
According to his belief and the belief of the radical cult that he is part of, the way to bring "the mahdi" (the Shiite "messiah” who is supposedly, according to their distorted beliefs, going to impose the region of Islam on the whole world) is by creating a situation of chaos with local and international destruction. That is why the President of Iran says they must ignite a local war and then destroy the Western world (which in his opinion is the root of all evil) using nuclear bombs.
This threat isn’t just an ideology or idle talk. Recently there was an article in the press that Israeli Intelligence has concrete information that Iran has a secret nuclear reactor that it is producing there nuclear warheads for rockets.
As it is known today, the government of Iran is made up only from the people of this cult who believe in this "mahdi" ideology. Whoever doubts this is dismissed from the government (as was the commander of the Iranian revolutionary guards; he was removed from his position and replaced by someone loyal to the President of Iran ym"s)
Another interesting item that often appeared in the world press: astrologists see something amazing: very soon the Western world will be destroyed by Iran by nuclear weapons (this corresponds exactly with the words of the Medrish above). To differentiate, lately there have been a few Tzaddikim in our generation who also say that soon there will be a nuclear war outside of Israel and in Eretz Yisroel will be the “selection” that was foretold in the prophesy of Zecharia (13:8) and Isaiah 6 ("v'od ba assirya etc" –see Kesubos 112b) by an earthquake, terrifying in its power, unlike anything known in the past.
In view of all this, it is clear that the words of this Medrish: "and the King of Persia returns and destroys the whole world" are very realistic and in light of ongoing world events, it is quite possible that this will actually happen in the near future. --------
Obama's role in this will yet be seen - or not. But we can bet our horses on one thing... there will be a war, and Iran will be in it. And then it really will be too late to change horses or races.
How do anti-Semites say 'boycott' ? The answer? BDS
From their website:
WHAT IS BDS?
In 2005, Palestinian civil society issued a call for a campaign of boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it complies with international law and Palestinian rights. A truly global movement against Israeli Apartheid is rapidly emerging in response to this call.
I run an Israeli translation agency, which serves clients from around the world. The other day, a UK translator responded to my inquiry for cooperation with a flat refusal, motivated by her “moral stance against atrocities committed by Israel against the Palestinian people.”
Forget about the dubious logic of stereotyping all 7 million Israelis as willing collaborators with government policies (reality check: Israel is a democracy with an extremely robust political debate). Apparently, this Brit has greater moral compunctions than the Arabic translators from places as far-flung as Gaza, Bethlehem, Egypt, and Jordan, with whom we cooperate on mutually profitable projects.
After the initial shock of coming face-to-face with this Jew-hatred and ignorance, I felt grateful and fortunate! Nothing helps us count our blessing like a little bump on the path.
Grateful to our clients the world over, who look beyond the media-projected image of Israel as a war zone, instead choosing to take advantage of Israel’s extremely diverse pool of highly educated native speakers of just about every language, with innovative minds and customer service mentality.
Fortunate to work with people, who focus on what we do, not the “neighborhood” we live in.
Grateful to our supporters and friends, who have showed intellectual honesty and moral fortitude by forming a rational opinion about my country, despite the prevalent social climate and libelous propaganda.
Fortunate to know that these friends will be by our side in the face of any BDS initiatives.
And to all the B(D)Sers out there I have only this to say – you don’t stand a chance!
"The father of Mohamed Merah , the killer shot dead Thursday in France, has announced plans to file a complaint against France "for killing" his son, he said to AFP Monday."
It seems to me, that a normal human being, knowing what their offspring did to these victims, would be embarrassed. They would be ashamed, heart broken, apologetic that their own son, their own flesh and blood could have perpetrated such a horrific and horrendous act. I am not talking about a family in Gaza who sees no problem in strapping a bomb on their children and sending them out for the kill, I am talking about a family that lives in the West, in France, a place where they see and enjoy freedom, tolerance, prosperity, and modernity, that don't live under the Hamas, that didn't vote in a 'Hamas' government.
If you were a parent, and your son went on a rampage like this, would you not be ashamed to ever show your face again? How could you believe that the boy you raised in your care, could have chased after a firghtened little girl of 8 years old, grabbed her by the hair, and put a bullet in her head... and then, when seeing she wasn't dead yet, pull her head up as she is lying on the ground bleeding to death, and then put another two bullets in her? If you knew your child cold-bloodedly perpetrated these crimes, and then filmed these killings to watch later [of a three year old little boy, and other innocent people] would you not just die from shame?
But Mohamed Merah's father is not ashamed, in fact, he is outraged at the French police for killing his son. “I will hire the biggest named lawyers and work for the rest of my life to pay (their) costs. I will sue France for killing my son.”
Not only that, but his father wants his son to be buried in Algeria. “I have decided to bury my son in Algeria,” the father, Mohamed Benalel Merah, said.
It doesn't end here. There was a parade of supporters for terrorist Mohamed Merah marching for him in France. For HIM -not the innocent victims.
With parents like these who favor Algeria over France, with French citizens like these who support the terrorist and march for him in French streets , I say, deport the whole da-ned lot to Algeria. Let them all be buried there. Chutzpah!
I remember the old saying about solving the world's problems.... If the Arabs, with their oil money, and the Jews, with their brains, could get together, what strides and achievements we'd be able to make for the world! This IDF 'Arabic language' spokesperson, Capt. Avichai Adraee (a lot of Jewish Israelis speak Arabic) did a phenomenal job speaking with the Al Jazeera Arabic News Channel.
Watch it, so you can feel a little light going out into the Arab world!
How did 'Black Beauty', 'Spot', 'Kitty-cat', and 'Tweety-Bird' all cope with the scary BOOMS of flying bombs, and the shrilly-vibrational sirens, from the recent terror waged war in the south last week?
Human rights violations don't seem to matter much to the world or its watch-groups when it comes to Israeli/Jewish lives, but perhaps all the liberal 'enlightened' ones might care more about animals' well-being, than Jews? Here's a guest post that I thought you would like to read. It is unique in that it talks about the toll on the poor animals who suffered in silence all of last week.
Israeli kitten "Where does it run for safety when the sirens go off?"
Baruch Hashem (Thank G-d) all day Friday and Shabbat the South was quiet. Residents of the South know this is just a temporary reprieve. How long will it last..a day or two, a week, a month. Who knows…your guess is just as good as my guess.
During this rain of missiles, a segment of Israeli society that the media did not report about are our four legged pets and farm animals.
Living on a Yishuv we have many dogs and cats. The cats hid under cars and the outside dogs howl. These poor creatures are terrified.
There are residents of the South who have left their homes because of missiles and have unfortunately left their pets behind to fend for themselves.
We have a neighbor who ran away last Moetzie Shabbat and left their beautiful Labrador puppy alone outside. On Monday, I saw the dog rummaging through the garbage and realized that she had no food.
I brought her a large bowl of dog food and a bowl of water. I never saw a dog eat so quickly. She was famished.
My friends who have dogs all say that their pets are suffering and that their behavior during this time is not their norm. Some have stopped eating, they need and want extra attention and others just bark morning, noon and night.
We have a sweet eight month old Beagle mix that lives in the house. Patches is traumatized, suffering from anxiety from all the noise. She is terrified of the sirens, booms and helicopters and barks like crazy whenever there is a siren or boom.
She is so afraid of being alone and doesn’t let us out of her sight to a point that she scratches and bangs on the door when we are in the bathroom or taking a shower. All Patches wants is to be patted and played with all day long.
During this past week, every morning I have woken up to find Patches sleeping in my bed even though her bed is in my room… She just doesn’t want to be alone. Last night was the first night she slept all night in her bed.
Down the street from us there is a family who raises chickens and ducks. The roosters ‘cockle do a do’ for hours after a boom. The chickens scurry all around the street ‘like a chicken without a head’ bumping into each other or anything in their way.
I’m not a vet, but I’m sure they are reacting from fear.
Across the street from us is a Moshav that has farm animals. Usually they are very noisy only in the early morning and at dusk. During the day we rarely hear them. This past week, we heard the sheep, goats and cows all day long. They too are suffering from the terror.
Now I don’t know if the booms are causing the cows to produce less milk or the chickens to have less eggs but it wouldn’t surprise me if it does.
Why did I write this posting? Because I would like you to see that every segment of society, men, women, children, the young, the elderly, our pets, farm animals and strays are suffering one way or another from terror. Enough already….this is not the way for any of us to live.
Our elected government has a duty and responsibility to each and every citizen to keep us safe and not live in fear. The time has come for the government to prove they are worthy of being our government and put a stop to any future terror.