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It's Always Darkest Before Dawn

By Tamar Yonah
1/12/2008, 12:00 AM

Love him or hate him, Barry Chamish has come out with a 4 minute video clip that shows the predicament that the State of Israel is in.  Below are some reactions by people you may know.

First watch the 4 minute plus clip:

Barry's eyes are opened.  He sees the dark truth that others turn their backs on.  Israel is indeed in a perilous situation.  We are not asking for miracles.  We only want Hashem to hear our sincere prayers and cries.  What father would not comfort his children and wipe away their tears?
We all must reach deep inside and plead with G-d in our own language, our own words, anytime, any place and call out "Father, we know you hear us and can feel our panic.  Only you can help us now.  Overlook our wrongs committed against each other and chase away the evil dispatched by our enemies.  And please replace our non-believing, dangerous leaders with your servant Moshiach."  This is not a game.  It's the real thing. If we are ever going to turn to G-d, now is the time!
Joel Gallis & Dr. Robert Wolf,   Radio show hosts of: LIGHT OUT OF DARKNESS   www.redemption5768.com

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"God helps those who help themselves."
Dr./Rabbi Marvin Antelman,  Scientist and author of the book, To Eliminate the Opiate Vols. I and II  

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B"H
"Barry's facts are right on target. Elections won't help. Politics are
dictated from abroad. True; but, Barry doesn't understand the emuna side of
the coin - Hashem wants a big change, and that change is for us to return to
Him. There will be no military of political solution to this conflict, only
spiritual. Blessings, LB"
Rabbi Lazer Brody  (author of Lazer Beams Blog) www.LazerBrody.net

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I firmly agree with what he says, though I found one thing very misleading. He said that "the leadership is not within Israel." If he means that the foreign leaders have undue influence on the Israeli government, then I
have to agree with him. But the truth is that the actual leadership and solution are right here, and it is in our hands.

Very few of us are in any position whatsoever to make a single
governmental decision. But each of us can do something
essential to win this war.   All of us are in the army here, and we should go out everyday on patrol and look for ways to help. We must try to help our fellow Jews in any way we can. Whether it is spiritually, financially, or helping to pick up their bags, it is not important. What is important is that we all strive to love one another and manifest this love with deeds. When this will happen there will be no need for G-d to send us these
murderous arabs.  As long as we fight among ourselves, and hate one another, we are sent these horrible problems. They come just to bring us together. When we live together in love and peace, our enemies run away. Try this and you will see the results in your own life. And if we all will do it, the results will reach the national level. Love and good deeds are the common man's rifles and tanks. With respect,
Gutman Locks   Author & Fromer Guru (Today Torah Observant Jew)   

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Barry Chamish raises some valid and scary points.  However he is also a doom and gloom prophet who I believe lacks the essential belief that God is watching over and protecting us.  Keeping that in mind it is important to watch these 4 minutes and pray to God that he send us someone who can change the situation on the ground.
Lenny Solomon – Artist/Musician http://shlockrock.com/

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Israel is on trial and Am Yisrael and Eretz Yisrael is indeed in trouble. And yes, we need a miracle.  So what else is new?  The issues at hand have taken on supra-biblical proportions.  It¹s as if every historic and national adversity ever faced by our people has come forth for the grand finale.  I consider it an honor and a merit to be living in the Land of Israel at such an awesome time in history - and to be given the opportunity to rise to the challenge.

Our focus should not be on how we plan to die, but rather on  how we plan to live.  Look and work towards Redemption and not towards Armageddon. It¹s nothing less than an incredible testimony to the Jewish spirit that in 5768 we in Israel are doing, are standing, and are determined to continue.
Ellen Horowitz, author and artist: The Oslo Years:  A Mother’s Journal 

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Barry Chamish is a man who speaks his truth. Many of his observations, like Israel's leadership is determined from outside Israel, and how Gush Katif has gone from providing some of the best produce in Israel, to becoming a rocket launching site, are certainly true. Many suspect he is right about the Rabin Assassination. The low intensity but progressive war being waged against Israel, both by military and diplomatic means, is also readily apparent. It is also true, a miracle did not save the people of Gush Katif from "resettlement," nor did the eagerly awaited Messiah arrive in time to "save" the Jewish people from Roman tyranny, at the time of the destruction of the Second Temple. Only at Hanukah did the Jewish people succeed at restoring the sanctity of Jerusalem, and only through acting did a miracle then occur. "G-d helps those who help themselves." Sadly, some, who presume to be "academics," will for reasons known only to them, engage in slanderous personal attacks against Barry without conceding any responsibility to debate his research and conclusions, which are documented and now viewed credibly by a large segment of the Jewish people. In spite of sincere wishes to the contrary, it may be prudent in view of considerable credible evidence, to prepare for a worse case scenario. As Jesuit and American Ex-Congressman Rev. Robert F. Drinan proclaimed at the 1992 New York Rally for Jonathan Pollard, held at Kehilath Jeshurun in Manhattan... "We must pray as if everything depends on G-d, and work as if everything depends upon us." A Bush was President then, and a Bush is President today. And Jonathan still sits in prison. What Israel needs, more now than ever, is a burning Bush.

Kevin Abrams, Author, The Pink Swastika 

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Barry Chamish portrays the grim reality that Israel's leadership is irrelevant, and that the threat to Israel's communities from short-range missiles is overwhelming. His message seems depressing. It is not. Why? The Mishnah in B. Talmud Sotah 49b describes the events occurring at the time of the advent of Mashiach: "Beikvetah d'Meshicha" "As the footfalls of the approaching Messiah can be heard. . ." starts the text and elaborates on 15 circumstances that will prevail prior to his advent - among them "beit havaad yehiyeh leznut" "The governing council will behave similarly to a house of ill repute", and goes on: "daughters will treat their mothers with insolence", "residents of border areas will circulate in the cities and receive no sympathy", there will be "runaway inflation", and the text continues with many other circumstances. The bottom line of the Mishneh is what the response of the Jewish Polity will be then when many social structures have collapsed: "Ve lanu ein lanu al mi leheshaein ela al Avinu Shebashamayim" "And we have no one upon whom to rely except our Heavenly Father." The despair over the total lack of leadership at that time of crisis prior to the Coming of the Messiah will be overwhelming.  Barry has skillfully illustrated that Israel has reached precisely this juncture at this time. Just as the destruction of Gush Katif was foreordained in a Medrash and was described as preceding and leading to the Redemption, so are the current continuing events, where Israel's leadership is totally bankrupt, leading in exactly the same direction. Barry tells us to be proactive and understand the threats facing us, not passive. This is good advice. But we should always realize that the process of Redemption is continuing apace, and is following the patterns predicted in out ancient Jewish sources. Therefore, we should take heart and be optimistic. The road ahead seems quite rough, but our glorious destination is unquestioned, and the support of our Father in Heaven for the State which is ingathering the Exiles is foreordained. Barry Chamish asks the questions - Jewish tradition provides the answers. We should behave rightly, but Israel's future is not in doubt.

Dr. Yacov M. Tabak, Scientist & Biblical Scholar

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Just saw the video. There was nothing in that video that was new to me. The thousands of activists, tens of columnists like Caroline Glick and co- all scream that message from all rooftops possible:
That we are at war-that we do not have a proud Jewish leadership -that that non-leadership is caving in and capitulating to the Arab enemy and thus endangering the survival of the State of Israel. We all know that. It has been going on since Oslo and this video is just one more message repeating what thousands of others are saying too.

But unlike those who only warn and write articles, there are those who also try to do something about it and those are all those who after the expulsion from Gush Katif have organized and have started activities surrounding the Land of Israel, defying all  decrees and spending their efforts in building the land of Israel when doing that has become a "crime". Hopefully this will arouse a new generation in Israel, a generation of proud Jewish youth and adults that are not scared- not of the Leftists in power in Israel, not of the Arabs and not of the UN or the American State Department.

We are optimists: an optimist is someone who says: the situation is TERRIBLE, ...BUT if we start doing something about it, then with G-d's help we can overturn the bad situation.
Yes, the situation is very bad - but we must and we can do something about it.

Nadia Matar, Activist leader, Women in Green  

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Tamar Yonah:  We must always remember G-d's promise to us.  See this video to see a possible scenario and be reminded of the words of Hashem, which is written in the Midrash ( פסיקתי רבתי  ל"ו ) :  And The Holy One says to Israel, "My children, don't be afraid.  Everything I have done, I have done only for you.  Why are you scared? Don't be afraid.  The time of redemption is here."

Watch this video.  If you don't have time, then move it up to about 34 minutes and view from there.