Thursday, September 22, 2011

CHPP Daily Brief - Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011

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• The Daily Brief
• The Middle East in Focus
• The Daily Jot
• Israel Matters
• Hamas Resurgence in West Bank
• Good News Corner
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The Daily Brief - Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011

"The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the LORD." (Proverbs 21:31)

The Daily Brief

1. At the United Nations . . .

a) Obama to Abbas: U.S. will veto Palestinians at UN - Ha'aretz

Obama told Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday that UN action would not achieve a Palestinian state and the United States would veto any Security Council move to recognize Palestinian statehood, the White House said.

b) Hussein Obama: Palestinians deserve a state but must achieve it with Israel - UK Telegraph

Obama pressed the Palestinians and Israelis to resume peace talks as he made a last-ditch attempt to avert a diplomatic crisis over the Palestinian Authority?s bid for full membership of the United Nations.

b) Livni praises Obama speech; calls on PM to renew talks - Jerusalem Post

Opposition leader Tzipi Livni on Wednesday responded to Obama's speech at the UN General assembly, saying he "displayed the main points of the conflict in a balanced manner."

- GLORY!!! Let not Israel be deceived by Mr. Obama who just could not curse Israel though it was his intention.

- "Behold, I have received commandment to bless: and he hath blessed; and I cannot reverse it." (Numbers 20:23)

2. U.S. Hikers Released From Iranian Prison, Flown Out of Country - Fox News

After more than two years in custody, the two American hikers jailed as spies in Iran were released on $1 million bail Wednesday and flown out of the country, the state's news agency reported.

- Father, even though the release of these hikers may have been a political decision, we praise You for their release. All things are under Your control and we acknowledge and praise You! Thank You for reuniting them with their loved ones. We pray for their health, and any mental anguish they may have experienced.

- "He drew me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, steadying my steps and establishing my goings." (Psalm 40:2)

3. US Builds Drone Bases in Africa, Arab Peninsula - NewsMax

The United States is building a ring of secret drone bases in the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula as part of an aggressive campaign against al Qaeda affiliates in Somalia and Yemen, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday, citing U.S. officials.

- Father, we pray success over these secret bases. May they bring much intelligence information to benefit the safety of the United States and abroad.

- "What you decide on will be done, and light will shine on your ways." (Job 22:28)

4. Moody's downgrades big banks on changed policy - Reuters

Moody's Investors Service lowered debt ratings for Bank of America Corp, Citigroup Inc and Wells Fargo & Co on Wednesday, saying the U.S. government is getting less comfortable with bailing out large troubled lenders.

- Father, thank you that the government is getting less comfortable in bailing out troubled lenders. Give our leaders wisdom in their decisions. Help other private business leaders come forth with possible solutions.

- "Where no wise guidance is, the people fall, but in the multitude of counselors there is safety." (Proverbs 11:14)

5. Wall Street Walloped - Fox News

Dow closes down 391 points as investors sell stocks amid fears of another global economic recession.

- In combination with the previous headline regarding the actions of Moody's, this has been a tough day for the nation's economy. Offer praise that the Lord is the rock beneath our feet, and that His supply never fails. Pray for stability in this economic climate, so that the "roller coaster" effect in the stock market ceases. Pray!

- "And He will be the stability of your times, A wealth of salvation, wisdom and knowledge; The fear of the LORD is his treasure." (Isaiah 33:6)

6. California Couple Fined $300 for Holding Home Bible Studies - Fox News

A southern California family has been fined for holding regular Bible studies at their home because it violates a city zoning code, The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday.

- Pray that this decision is overruled in a court of law, for the Word of God must be free to be proclaimed in our cities and in our neighborhoods.

- ". . . the LORD will not reject his people; he will never forsake his inheritance. Judgment will again be founded on righteousness, and all the upright in heart will follow it." (Psalm 94:14,15)

The Middle East in Focus

This week, for all the headlines cited below, please join us in proclaiming THIS DECREE:

"Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, He takes up the isles as a very little thing." (Is. 40:15)

1. Baby girl injured during violent clashes in W. Bank - Jerusalem Post

Clashes broke out between Palestinians and Israeli security forces in the West Bank on Wednesday amidst celebrations in support of the Palestinian Authority's UN statehood bid.

2. IDF ready for potential flare-ups in West Bank this week - Israel Hayom

The Israeli military is on high alert for potential clashes with settlers as the expected Palestinian declaration of statehood at the U.N. approaches and demonstrations are expected in Palestinian cities and villages throughout the West Bank.

3. Syria, Israel in harsh exchange at UN nuclear meet - Jerusalem Post

Syria accused Israel on Wednesday of posing a threat to the world with its "huge military nuclear arsenal", a day after the Jewish state criticized Damascus for stonewalling a UN watchdog investigation into its atomic activities.

4. Israel mobilizes 22,000 police, thousands of troops, for Palestinian disturbances - Debkafile

Israeli police have mobilized 22,000 officers and border police alongside thousands of soldiers as the country's forces go on the highest level of preparedness ahead of Palestinian prayers and demonstrations Friday, Sept. 23, in support of their application for UN approval of statehood. Beefed up police and troops are preparing for the rallies to turn violent and surge out of the Palestinian towns. They are also deployed at mixed population centers of Jews and Arabs up and down the country to avert clashes and concentrated on the Green Line enclosing the West Bank and the approaches to Jerusalem.

In defiance of Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas' directive for rallies to stay within the limits of Palestinian towns and remain orderly, the PA's Religious Affairs Minister Mahmoud Habbash secretly instructed the imams Thursday to turn up the volume of their loudspeakers at Friday prayers and keep on shouting Allah is Great!

This call coming from Al Aqsa on Temple Mount aims at reaching every Muslim in the West Bank and Israel. Israeli security chiefs are treating this call, characteristic of suicide bombers, as a war cry for stirring up riots.

The Daily Jot

Truth in Palestinian diplomacy hid to them that are lost

The mainstream media didn't catch it. The diplomats running to and fro didn't catch it either, but what is being reported as the Palestinian's peace offering is in actuality a threat. Haaretz is reporting that the senior negotiator for a Palestinian state, Nabil Shaath, said that "The UN is the only alternative to violence. It will be very costly to us and the Israelis. Our new heroes are Gandhi, Mandela and Martin Luther King." He went on to say that the Palestinian side would give the UN Security Council "some time" to consider its full membership to the UN, a large first step to the terrorist body's statehood bid, seeking to split Israel into two pieces with Jerusalem as its capital.
Shaath said, "We are not seeking to join the mafia or al-Qaeda, we seek membership of the UN. It will give us the right to promote our rights." There is so much said in these very few words. First and foremost, given the past performance of the terrorist groups Hamas, the al Aksa Brigades, Fatah and Hezbollah--all organizations that make up the Palestinian Authority, either publicly or privately--a discerning person must have understanding that Shaath was threatening violence. Shaath said that the UN was the only alternative to violence. From a terrorist perspective this could only mean that if they do not get their way at the UN, there will be more violence.

The threat of violence and violence delivered are the only keys to any Palestinian strategy. While the Palestinian Authority under its President Mahmoud Abbas has been dressed up and cleansed by American and European diplomats, the thugs running behind the scenes are akin to the mafia and al-Qaeda. In fact, it has been recently reported that al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood have taken stronger roles in the so-called Palestinian Territories. All these entities call for the total destruction of Israel. One only has to look at the map presented by the Palestinian Authority on its UN website to understand. It shows the PA's claim to a Palestine that stretches throughout Israel--Israel is eliminated on this map.

These are days in which the membership of the Palestinian Authority openly vow that Israel should be wiped off the map. Their rhetoric is the most hateful and vitriol of any generation since the Third Reich. Yet, diplomats and politicians seem to want to believe the image picture presented of non-violent leadership rather than the hard cold realities of terrorist destruction. The ramifications of these events are found in the Bible. But as the Apostle Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 4:3, 4, "But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them."

Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Bill Wilson

Israel Matters

With Democrats still recovering from a stunning special election loss in New York, and as world leaders gather at the United Nations this week to vote on a future Palestinian state, a new poll confirms that Israel's fate is an important issue to many voters. According to a poll conducted for The Hill, 62% of likely voters said that Obama's policy toward Israel was important to determining their vote. Interestingly, 75% of Republicans said Israel was "very or somewhat important" to their vote, while just 51% of Democrats felt the same way.

How do voters view Obama's position toward Israel? Twenty percent felt Obama was "too supportive" of Israel, but nearly twice as many felt he was "not supportive enough," including 50% of independents. Twenty-three percent of voters labeled Obama "pro-Israel," while 29% said he was "anti-Israel." Thirty-eight percent labeled Obama "neither pro nor anti" Israel. So it seems that two-thirds of voters don't see [Hussein] Obama as a strong supporter of our most reliable ally in the Middle East.

Israel is the tip of the spear in the war against radical Islam. It was fighting the jihadists long before 9/11, and our countries are joined together by shared values. When America was attacked on 9/11, there was rejoicing in the Palestinian streets of Gaza and the West Bank. Israel lowered its flag and Israelis cried with us.

While the world debates carving up the tiny Jewish nation in order to create another Muslim terrorist-supporting state in the Middle East, America, for our own national security, must stand unequivocally with Israel! (Gary Bauer)

Report Documents Hamas Resurgence in West Bank

Report Released Last Friday . . .

Israeli security forces have broken up 13 Hamas terrorist cells in the West Bank since May, according to a report released this week by the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center. The cells were in various stages of preparing for terrorist attacks and operated mostly in the cities of Hebron and Jerusalem. As a result of the exposures, dozens of Hamas operatives have been detained. Israeli security officials arrested dozens of people just last week in connection with the murder of a British tourist and with an attempted suicide bombing.

"Interrogation of the detainees showed that their main objective was to kidnap Israeli citizens for bargaining," the report said. "Also planned were mass murder terrorist attacks, one of which was actually carried out [in March 2011] Other operations planned by the cells were thwarted and the operatives were detained."

Interrogation of the detainees also showed that the cells were directed and logistically supported by Hamas headquarters in Syria and the Gaza Strip. Saudi Arabia was the location for recruitment meetings and instructions from Hamas members there were transferred to operatives in Hebron.
"The exposure of these terrorist cells shows that Hamas headquarters are engaged in intensive efforts to rebuild the movement's military infrastructure in Judea and Samaria [the West Bank] for the purpose of launching terrorist attacks against Israel," according to the report.

In a speech Friday, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas pledged to seek full membership for a Palestinian state next week at the United Nations Security Council. U.S. officials have pledged to veto the move.

"It is possible that the motivation to carry out terrorist attacks has even increased (and may increase still) ahead of the PA's application to the UN," the report adds.
[The Investigative Project on Terrorism; Sept. 16, 2011]

Good News Corner


EW Leads Protest of Thousands at the United Nations

As world leaders gathered in New York City for the UN General Assembly and the "Durban III Review Conference on Racism" sponsored by the UN, another strategic, international event was taking place only a block away. Eagles' Wings led a coalition of Christians, Jews, and other faiths to recognize the importance of standing with Israel, and participants came from near and far to protest the UN-Sponsored Durban III Conference.

While this conference espouses itself as anti-racist, it sadly is the exact opposite. Its bigoted agenda is to single out the democratic nation of Israel and condemn it as a "racist and apartheid state." Though Durban III was boycotted by nations including the U.S., Canada, Australia, and Israel, it was supported by many others. More than an hour before the rally was to start, hundreds began to fill the Dag Hammarskjold Plaza outside the UN. High school and college students, mothers, businessmen, and grandmothers came to make their voices heard. By 12 noon, more than 2,000 people flooded the plaza - coming from across the U.S. as far away as California, Georgia, and Florida, and from many countries including New Zealand, Holland, Belgium, France, Germany, the UK, Finland, and Israel - all uniting together to stand for Israel.

Robert Stearns led the rally, his voice booming through the plaza, "How dare the Durban Conference, this United Nations sponsored event, supported by American tax dollars, single out the one nation in the Middle East which has the most progressive human rights record of all, and routinely and systematically ignore human rights abuses of other member states?" He went on to proclaim the true record of freedom and human rights enjoyed by all the citizens of Israel, reminding those gathered that "there are decisive moments in history when people of basic decency, common sense, and goodwill have to step outside the comfort zone of their daily routine, and step into the uncomfortable place of speaking truth to [those in] power."

A sea of Israeli flags waved in the cool breeze of the day, peppered with hundreds of signs reading, "Israel We Stand with You" and "Stop the Durban Lies", with the crowd lifting up a cry to those who would try to subvert true justice, by saying, "Not on our watch!"

The crowd cheered as speakers from a broad spectrum of ethnic, religious, and political backgrounds attested to the record of the State of Israel.

. . . Deputy Speaker of the Knesset in Israel, MK Danny Danon was on hand and spoke to the cheering crowd, "I am very honored to be in New York City, in front of the UN with real lovers and supporters of the Jewish people . . . and . . . the state of Israel, and I want to thank you and bless you for coming here today and standing for the people of Israel who are watching what happens at the UN today."

The protest was hosted by a coalition of more than 30 organizations led by Eagles' Wings . . . Robert Stearns closed the rally by leading in the singing of the national anthem of the State of Israel, the "Hatikva" or "the Hope", with the song echoing across the Dag Hammarskjold Plaza outside the UN for all to hear.

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