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On Capitol Hill This Week: Vol. XIX, No. 32a

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Special Edition: Israel's Cease Fire

"You are my King and my God who decrees victories for Jacob." (Psalm 44:4)

A Note from our Editor

A Note from our Editor

The following report has been submitted by a source who has just returned from Israel and who wishes to remain anonymous.

She has graciously granted us permission to share her own insights and prayer requests with all of you this evening. In addition, our source has added several documents of interest so that we may pray in the spirit AND with understanding,
as Scripture dictates.

Thank you for partnering with us in prayer tonight over this very critical issue of the cease-fire that is now in effect between Israel and Hamas, and its implications.
For all prayer requests below, we claim this promise from the Word of God for His people:

"You are my King and my God who decrees victories for Jacob." (Psalm 44:4)



Well, Israel signed onto a ceasefire with Hamas, as facilitated by the Egyptian government and with the pressing hand of the Obama administration. Many Israelis felt that the military operation by Israel should have continued until Gaza was invaded and Hamas crushed. The ceasefire is seen as an uneasy one on most accounts, and as a suspicious ploy in the minds of most Israelis. Some of those, who disapproved of the agreement, being without an invasion of Gaza, have threatened to keep Bibi Netanyahu from being elected again in January. If hostilities break out again soon, it will be seen by those, who have resisted the ceasefire, as the job being done halfway by this Prime Minister. Many on the right side of the political spectrum have suggested that Bibi is a lapdog for Obama because of agreeing to this arrangement.

I don't agree. I believe he accomplished his objectives against Hamas, and the goals on behalf of the Israeli citizens, while keeping the prime objective in its proper place.
IRAN is the prime objective. These weeks of rockets flying into Israel were not about Palestinian freedom from occupation. This event was a trial run for the coming battle with Iran. Iran was testing Israel, and Israel was testing Iran's surrogates (Hamas, Hizbullah, Syria, etc.) What was our capability? What was theirs? What class of Iranian missile did Hamas have in its hands . . . did they know how to fire them accurately . . . and how far was their reach into Israel? How would the Israelis respond to a more threatening confrontation? Would the factions come together to support the wisdom of Israel's leadership? Would the citizens follow the prescribed safety protocols?
Now there is a clearer understanding regarding the strengths and the weaknesses of both parties. This hostility has smoked out the global opinions regarding Israel, and regarding Islamic terror as a whole. Those nations, who were sympathetic and supportive of Hamas . . . those, who regarded them, not as a terror organization (which they are), but rather as a legal political/military entity to be supported in this conflict, were exposed.
While our enemies were showing their hand in ways, which we might not have seen before, YHVH was showing His hand to His people in ways we haven't seen in recent years.
This event was a dress rehearsal for Iran -- a challenge, which was thrust upon Israel, and which Israel used to her advantage. Bibi Netanyahu is a brilliant chess player and strategist. His leadership, the political leadership, and the leadership of the military came together wonderfully. The Lord protected His people amazingly! Hamas was seriously injured, even though they are claiming that the ceasefire is a great victory over Israel.
(Note: It is a commanded great virtue, according to the Koran, for a Moslem to declare lies, and to create false illusions, in order to gain advantage through deception. The Islamic world is really obeying this command of the Koran in this situation, and in global diplomacy throughout the world.)
> > > If the people in Gaza, and the Moslems around the world understood the beating that Hamas took, without the IDF moving in, the Islamic celebrations in Gaza and in the Islamic world (especially in Iran) . . . which are declaring a victory over Israel . . . would be greatly reduced by the actual truth on the ground.
At this point, I want to share with you some concerns that are unfolding. Prayer strategies will accompany these notations.

IRAN is the Primary Concern

IRAN is the Primary Concern Here

If anyone doubts that fact, it is easy to obtain proof. Beyond the daily diatribes of Ahmadinejad and his cronies, one only has to take drive down the busy Niayesh highway near Tehran. Posted on a billboard, for all the highway traffic to see, is a huge green missile sitting on a launcher, ready to fly. (Note that green is the color of Islam.) The words on the billboard make it all too clear. It reads: "DESTINATION TEL AVIV".

The destruction of Israel is the goal . . . followed by the destruction of the infidel West, so that a global caliphate will form under the Imam Mahdi (the Islamic messiah, who will come forth as Israel is wiped off the earth). Is this merely Islamic fantasy or is it emerging anti-Christ reality? This is the substance of a serious threat and it is growing every day. Through it all, the purposes of the Lord will be served.


--Praise the Lord that this conflict with Hamas showed Israel's strength in her God, and in His provision of protection, leadership, wisdom, etc.

--Pray that the Lord will reveal the new strategies and weaponry and preparation that Israel must put into place before the actual war with Iran begins.

--Praise the Lord for the exposure of the hearts of the nations in this Hamas/Israel battle. May Israel take note of every revelation and detail, and make plans accordingly.

--Pray that the Lord will continue to deeply HOOK the jaws of Israel's enemies. Some of the hooks became seriously embedded during these days of the Pillar of Cloud (Defense) operations.

--Pray for the timing of the Lord to bring forth this major encounter or pre-emptive strike with Iran.

Concerns About the Cease-Fire

THE CEASEFIRE WITH HAMAS is fraught with concerns

Israel is being made to stand down against any violations and attacks from Hamas. The oversight of the ceasefire is in the power of Egypt's government. Israel can only complain to Egypt about any attacks and then trust that Egypt has the power to make Hamas stop. The effective tool of targeted assassinations of terror leaders in Gaza has been removed from Israel's hands by this agreement.

That is dangerous! Israel must open the crossings, allowing movement of goods and Palestinians. This could bring terrorist bombers into Israeli cities. It could bring in a fresh supply of weapons. The USA is supposed to supply troops to the Egyptian border, and into the Sinai to help curtail the influx of smuggled weapons into Gaza. Some kind of electronic security fence is to be put into place and operated with the help of the Americans.
Is Egypt trustworthy to support these steps? Is the Moslem Brotherhood's Morsi doing the traditional Islamic lying to gain international approval and thereby more power against Israel from the global community?
There are many risks and uncertainties in this truce. Clearly this was not the time for Israel to open a multi-front war in the region, which was likely from an invasion of Gaza. Blessedly, Israel's supplies of Iron Dome rockets were not completely depleted from ongoing defensive moves against Hamas attacks.

--Pray that YHVH would cover Israel's vulnerabilities regarding this truce.

--Pray that Hamas would be too busy making repairs to its infrastructure, to be launching any more rockets into Israel.

--Pray that YHVH would cause Egypt to obey Him in regard to that nation's role in this truce.

--Pray for the fear of YHVH to fall upon Morsi.

--As unrest increases in Egypt against the Moslem Brotherhood, pray that Morsi doesn't become heavy handed with Israel to show his strength to his nation.

--Pray that the anti-smuggling efforts will be very effective to shut down the Hamas supply of weapons.

--Pray that the Lord would use the USA to accomplish His will, against any ulterior motives that might be operating in the administration.

--Pray that the American troops being deployed in support of this agreement will be protected and effective.

--Pray for the Lord's perfect timing for hostilities to begin again . . . at a time when all the jaw-hooked enemies of Israel will encounter YHVH's hand personally.

The Aftermath of the Conflict

The after effects of these weeks of attacks need our prayers

There needs to be much healing in the hearts and minds of those Israelis, who have suffered repeated rockets attacks. The truth of the Hamas strategies needs to be exposed. The Palestinians fired long range missiles from near the Shifa Hospital in Gaza. Rockets were repeatedly launched from mosques, near malls, from schools, etc. All these things are major violations of international law; using human as shield for military attacks.

The media perversion by the Palestinian powers was outrageous. One man, shown holding a dead baby wrapped in a blanket, was actually a photo taken in Syria. Staged injuries, and greatly exaggerated casualties, were shown to the Islamic world and to global media, inciting outrage. These falsehoods need to be exposed completely.
Hamas has given the false report, and it has been spread throughout this Islamic world that Hamas was the winner in this conflict. This brings the head of the viper higher, and inspires more Islamic nations to arise against what they see as a weakened Israel. If this is part of YHVH's plan to bring forth a more devastating blow to Islam, then so be it. As it brings forth more anti-Semitism throughout the world, and increasing diplomatic initiatives against Israel, this is dangerous.
The truth about Israel's efforts to avoid civilian casualties needs to be brought forth. Israel dropped flyers over Gaza; telling citizens what areas to avoid before attacks. They made thousands of "warning" cell phone calls to Palestinians; giving them the opportunity to flee or to take cover before hits were made. These righteous steps taken, making these lies more painful to the Israeli . . . and so much more unfair. No army in the world fights as righteously (caring for the lives of innocents) than the Israeli army. The lies need to be replaced by the truth.


--Pray that a great healing balm of the Holy Spirit would rain down over Israel; covering and healing the hearts, bodies, and minds of her people, following these weeks of trauma.

--Pray for an outcry to arise from the international community, as the human rights violations by Hamas are exposed.

--Pray for shame to come down on the heads of those (especially Iran and Turkey), who claim that the Israelis are war criminals and indiscriminant killers of innocent Palestinian babies. The thousands of rockets directed toward innocent Israelis don't seem to bother the global community. The Hamas rocket barrages into populated areas of Israel are actually a delight to the Islamic world.

--Pray for honest media reporters to come forth with the truth about Hamas and about the Israelis.

--Pray for Israel to remain focused and united as the days unfold.

--Pray for the resolve of the Israelis against surrendering to Islam in any form will increase. Pray for them to hold to their inheritance and to YHVH more strongly than ever before.

Preparing for the Next Round of Attacks

Israel needs to be preparing for the next round of attacks

On a couple of occasions, the IDF successfully hijacked the airwaves in Gaza, during the Operation Pillar of Cloud. These Arabic broadcasts, on Palestinian television by the Israelis, showed the people of Gaza some of the IDF successful strikes against terrorists, and encouraged the people to rise up against Hamas' control and brutality. They also showed the people what areas to avoid and when to avoid them. These bulletins were effective tools. This kind of technology needs to be expanded and improved.

At the same time, it will become important for the Israelis to evaluate how many terrorists escaped because of this mercy. They may need to re-evaluate this pre-attack warning to civilians. While the air raid sirens were most often effective in warning the Israelis of incoming attacks, some of the rockets came without warning. That needs to change. 90% of the rockets targeted by the Iron Dome defense system were taken down successfully. More Iron Dome units need to be secured, and supplied. More defensive rockets need to be acquired by Israel before the next major attack occurs. Lessons need to be learned. Strengths need to be expanded and weaknesses corrected before another major engagement.
The Israeli citizens need to understand the truth about this operation, and about the future threats; lest they forget quickly, and complain against the government for the costs incurred to protect the nation. The social justice advocates need to sit down and remain silent, now that the realities of the true challenges to Israeli life have been clearly seen. The unity of the nation must increase to surround this government with the necessary support to effectively deal with Israel's enemies.
Bomb shelters need to be resupplied and fortified. Sealed rooms need to be modified to accommodate the stronger missiles that have been sent over the past weeks. Medical supplies, military supplies, food supplies, personnel, etc. need to be readied now in anticipation of the greater threat yet to come.
Also, Israel continued to supply Gaza with water and with electricity throughout these active Hamas attacks. The humanitarian supplies continued to enter Gaza through the crossing close to the fire; endangering Israeli lives. These compassionate actions may need to be re-considered. Supplying an enemy entity with lights, heat, and essentials . . . even though this is meant to bless the innocents . . . may actually be supplying the terrorists and keeping them in control. YHVH'S WISDOM IN ALL THINGS!


--Pray for all the necessary corrections to be made, as all the pertinent date and considerations are explored. --Pray for YHVH's mercy to lead the decisions of Israel, not humanist, unsanctified mercy.

--Pray for Israel's leaders to have the wisdom and the courage to make the necessary changes.

--Pray for the funding to come in, to make the Home Front Command changes necessary to secure the safety of the people of Israel.

--Pray for a total replacement of the Iron Dome rockets used during this conflict . . . and a complete expansion of their armament supplies.

--Pray for the preparedness of the IDF soldiers and reserves to increase, as well as their heart to engage the enemy in the key time of battle.

--Pray that this truce is not seen by the IDF or by the people of Israel as a defeat; lest they become disheartened.

--Pray for wisdom in the media writers and commentators regarding the way the government and military waged and ended this round of conflict. We need the people built up and unified . . . not discouraged and factionalized. Pray the same for the Knesset members . . . especially the opposition.

--Pray for Bibi to grow in wisdom, faith, strength, and position of authority during these days. PRAY FOR HIS RE-ELECTION IN JANUARY (22nd).

--Pray for the IAF, and the IDF, and the security forces to feel the sense of accomplishment and victory following this engagement. Pray rest and restoration for them.

--Pray for the embedded Jews (those intelligence personnel living secretly among the Palestinians), and also for the Palestinian collaborators with Israel, to continue to be concealed and even more effective in gathering intelligence for Israel. Pray that their abilities will increase, both in gathering info and in getting it into the hands of the Israelis.

--Pray that if hard decisions need to be made in the future, regarding another engagement with Hamas or any other enemy, will be made decisively with the help of YHVH.

Watch the West Bank!

Keep an eye on Judea and Samaria (West Bank) and on the Palestinian Authority's moves!

There has been an increase in Palestinian violence against the Jewish residents and military in this area, since the Hamas attacks. Sympathy with Gaza has turned some Palestinian hearts there toward increasing violence against the Jews. The sense that Israel is about to be destroyed by Islam has some Palestinians jumping on the band wagon to get a piece of the glory and victory. More suicide bombers could be coming in to keep Israel on the ropes at this time. Be vigilant in prayer!

On that point I will close this writing. Please read on to get more details of the agreement and its implication. Thank you for staying up on the wall of intercession through the Operation Pillar of Cloud and throughout all the challenging days for Israel that still are ahead.

Remarks by P.M. Netanyahu

Remarks by P.M. Netanyahu

Prime Minister Netanyahu made the following statement at the November 21 press conference with the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Defense:

"Citizens of Israel, eight days ago, Israel embarked on Operation Pillar of Defense. The government decided to launch the operation after the frequency of the terror attacks originating from Gaza increased over the last few months. I announced that we would respond forcibly to these attacks when we see fit. I said that we would exact a heavy price from the terror organizations.

"The terror organizations assumed that we would avoid offensive action against them; they were wrong. We hit their senior commanders, we destroyed thousands of rockets which were aimed towards the South and most of those aimed towards central Israel, and we crushed Hamas' control facilities. I must say that we did this with the strong support of the leading authorities of the international community.
"In particular, I wish to thank President Obama for his resolute support for Israel's actions, for this operation and for Israel's right to defend itself. I also thank him for supporting the Iron Dome systems. I thank Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, and express my gratitude to the Egyptians for their efforts in achieving this ceasefire.
"In a phone call I had this evening [Wednesday November 21] with President Obama, I agreed with him that we should give the cease-fire a chance in order to enable a lull in the situation and allow for the citizens of Israel to return to routine. However, Israel obviously cannot sit idly while our enemy reinforces itself with weapons of terror. Therefore we decided, President Obama and myself, that the United States and Israel would work together to fight the smuggling of weapons to the terror organizations-weapons, virtually all of which come from Iran.
"From the day the State of Israel was established, it has had to deal with complex challenges in the Middle East, and we can all see that these challenges have become even more complex in the last few years. Under these conditions we are required to navigate this ship, the State of Israel, wisely and responsibly while taking into account all considerations-military and political alike. This is what a responsible government does, and it is what we did here: we made use of our military might while applying political considerations.
"Now, I realize that there are citizens who expect a harsher military action, and we may very well need to do that. But at present, the right thing for the State of Israel is to exhaust this possibility of reaching a long-term ceasefire. As Prime Minister, I have the responsibility, and it is the highest responsibility, to make the right steps to ensure our security. That is what I have done and it is what I will continue to do.
"During the last week, Israel has lost several victims. On behalf of the entire population, I send condolences to the families, and wish the wounded a speedy recovery. I would like to thank my colleagues, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman. We worked together as a team, in full agreement. I also thank the nine-member Ministerial Forum, the cabinet and the government, for working-each in its field of responsibility-for the citizens of Israel. I also appreciate the factions of the opposition and the factions in Knesset for standing with us and proclaiming their support.
I thank the Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Benny Gantz, the Chief of Shin Bet, Yoram Cohen, the Director of the Mossad, Tamir Pardo, and all of their people for their exceptional efforts in reaching our accomplishments in Pillar of Defense. On behalf of the people of Israel, I thank the IDF commanders and soldiers, the pilots, the Iron Dome operators and developers, the members of the intelligence services, all the members of the security services and to the reservists, who left their families and immediately signed up for duty.
I appreciate the mayors and heads of regional councils for displaying leadership and level-headedness at the Home Front, and above all-I salute you, the citizens of Israel. We have a strong army; we have a strong people. I am proud to be your Prime Minister."

(Source: From the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, November 21, 2012)

Text of the cease-fire agreement

Text of the cease-fire agreement

Full text: Terms of Israel-Palestinian cease-fire

Source: Washington Post. To read original source, go here.

Here is the text of the cease-fire agreement between Israel and Palestinians in Gaza. The text was distributed at the news conference in Cairo with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Amr.

Understanding Regarding Ceasefire in Gaza Strip

1. a. Israel should stop all hostilities in the Gaza Strip land, sea and air including incursions and targeting of individuals.

b. All Palestinian factions shall stop all hostilities from the Gaza Strip against Israel including rocket attacks and all attacks along the border.

c. Opening the crossings and facilitating the movements of people and transfer of goods and refraining from restricting residents' free movements and targeting residents in border areas and procedures of implementation shall be dealt with after 24 hours from the start of the ceasefire.

d. Other matters as may be requested shall be addressed.

2. Implementation Mechanism:

a. Setting up the zero hour for the ceasefire understanding to enter into effect.

b. Egypt shall receive assurances from each party that the party commits to what was agreed upon.

c. Each party shall commit itself not to perform any acts that would breach this understanding. In case of any observations Egypt as the sponsor of this understanding shall be informed to follow up.

A Commentary on the Agreement

Commentary Looking At The Text Of The Ceasefire Understanding - Just The Facts

Dr. Aaron Lerner

Date: 22 November 2012

I want to take this opportunity to review the actual text of the Ceasefire Understanding announced yesterday in Cairo and leave speculation as to the efficacy of alternatives to PM Netanyahu's decision to accept this understanding to other commentators for today.

I do this because it is vitally important to understand what is in fact written and not written in the text.

#1. The obligation of each party not to engage in "hostilities" is not linked to the compliance of the other party.

#2. In point of fact, the agreement explicitly and specifically prohibits Israel from the "targeting of individuals" - so that Israel cannot dispatch to Paradise a specific terrorist either before, during or after they have engaged in an activity against Israel.

#3. The only relief available to a party in the event that the other party violates the understanding is to inform Egypt of the violation, with Egypt following up on the violation.

#4. While the understanding places no restriction on the importation or local manufacture of weapons in the Gaza Strip, it prohibits any Israeli activity inside the Gaza Strip against this activity. (Take note: Prime Minister Netanyahu said last night that "the United States and Israel would work together to fight the smuggling of weapons to the terror organizations". Mr. Netanyahu did not mention Egypt and in the case of the Americans, this relates only to the smuggling of weapons - not their manufacture in the Gaza Strip).
I want to make it clear that I am not speculating if Israel will opt to violate the understanding and return fire. I am also not going to speculate if Israel will opt to violate the understanding and demolish weapons manufacturing and storage facilities. My point is only that such activities are not sanctioned by the understanding.

Which brings us to a disturbing element of the entire concept:

Israel's peace treaty with Egypt is one of the most critical strategic assets that Israel has.

Egypt is both the official sponsor of this understanding and, as already mentioned above, the party assigned the responsibility to follow up on violations of the understanding.

>From this point onwards, every decision Israel makes regarding the Gaza Strip will have to give considerable weight to the possible impact of that decision on the future of the Jewish State's relations with Egypt.

I will leave for others to speculate if Hamas has been deterred or if, instead, they will exploit this understanding to prepare in earnest for the next round of conflict.

I will also leave for others to speculate if Israel will opt to exercise its fundamental sovereign right to defend itself.

I will only reiterate that the text of the understanding that Israel accepted last night has no provision for Israel to do anything beyond informing Egypt in the event of Palestinian violations and that there is absolutely no restriction of any kind on Palestinian military preparations.

Dr. Aaron Lerner, Director IMRA (Independent Media Review & Analysis)
(Mail POB 982 Kfar Sava)
Tel 972-9-7604719/Fax 972-3-7255730
Read more here.
On Capitol Hill This Week Volume XIX, Number 32b


"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8)

On Capitol Hill This Week: Vol. XIX, No. 32b



Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas seeks to present a resolution to the UN General Assembly for Palestine to become a non-member observer state. The bid might be successful, looking at the majorities in the General Assembly and no veto's possible. The possible consequences would be extensive, as they reach from a division of Jerusalem, more money for the Palestinian authority to "1967-boarders" and so on. All this would be without negotiations with Israel, which constitutes a breach of the Oslo agreements. After a just reached ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, this is a very dangerous move. (UN Prayer Watch)

Read more from BBC here.

Read more from New York Times here.

- Pray for God's sovereign move within the UN General Assembly and on the hearts of the nation's leaders who have to give their ambassadors instructions how to vote.

- Pray for wisdom for Benjamin Netanyahu and his government on the decisions to be made in the upcoming weeks.



GENEVA, Nov. 22 -- Although this past week saw UN agencies and high officials rushing to intervene the moment Israel began to defend its civilian population from hundreds of Hamas rocket attacks, letters published by UN Watch show that the same UN actors repeatedly turned a blind eye while Israel pleaded for action.

Russian ambassador Vitaly Churkin, who for nearly two years now has blocked any UN Security Council action to stop the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad from murdering more than 30,000 of his own people, lashed out this week at "procrastination on Gaza." In reality, it has been the procrastination, indifference and inaction of Russia and its Security Council allies that gave Hamas the green light to bomb Israeli civilians, finally prompting Israel's belated response.

On at least 20 separate occasions this year, the Israeli government turned to the UN concerning Palestinian rocket attacks, in identical letters sent to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council.

Israel urged the United Nations to act, and, at a minimum, to speak out and condemn the attacks. "Inaction today could help ignite an escalation of conflict tomorrow," Israel warned, while exercising astonishing measures of restraint that no country facing a similar onslaught of rockets has ever shown. Yet we are unaware of any UN action taken in response.

The letters constitute an important legal record that refute myths propagated by UN figures like Judge Richard Goldstone, author of the notorious 2009 report (which he later retracted) that excoriated Israel and exonerated Hamas. From an interview that year: Israel TV's Yaacov Ahimeir: "Maybe this is one reason why the Israeli government decided not to cooperate with your commission: your commission, Mr. Goldstone, was established only after the Israeli military operation, which was a reprisal act, and not after seven or eight years of Palestinian shelling of innocent civilians in Israel." (Emet News) Read more.

- Heavenly Father, it is truly mind boggling how these hypocrisies continue to spew forth. At least 20 times this year alone Israel sought assistance from the UN about the rockets and missiles being fired by Hamas into Israel against its citizens. Their requests were essentially ignored. Once the situation got to a point where action had to be taken by Israel, suddenly UN Security Council members 'awakened' and started pressuring Israel, rather than Hamas from Gaza. Lord, we plead with You to rise up and silence these distortions. We ask that You confront them, placing the fear of You fully into them, in Jesus' Name, Amen and Amen.

- "Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the Lord understand all." (Proverbs 28:5)


Israel's power is rooted not just in its ability to strike but also in its ability to hold back when necessary, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Thursday about the decision to call a ceasefire in Gaza rather than choosing to launch a ground assault. "It is obvious a majority of the population was in favor of continuing the operation," Lieberman added, but power is not only about hitting but also about holding back." At the same time he expressed skepticism as to whether the ceasefire would last. "I definitely think it is not over and done with. We will have to topple the Hamas regime over time. However, under the current circumstances, we made the best decision when opting for a ceasefire." Lieberman then added, "We had many misgivings and not all of them can be shared with the public. This was not a strategic operation. We explicitly said there are three goals: stopping the rocket fire, restoring deterrence and destroying Hamas's stockpiles of long-range Fajr missiles. We achieved all those goals." Asked why Israel did not utilize Operation Pillar of Defense to topple Hamas, he answered, "Our weak spot is our value for human life. Entering Gaza means fighting from house to house in Khan Yunis, Gaza and Rafiah. Eradicating Hamas will not take two or three months, not even four months, " said Lieberman. "At this time it was not appropriate to make decisions like that, so there was no misleading of the public. We did our best." (INN - Jerusalem-On-The-Line)

- Abba Father, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman says it well, in that Israel knows when to act and when to cease from actions, and that this is their strength as a nation. He also admits that the value Israeli people put on human life can be a weakness when pressed in war. Israel knows Hamas uses malls, hospitals, schools and women plus children as shields for their weapon launchings and battles. This shows their lack of respect for human life. Lord, we ask that You continue to be fully in this situation as it has not ended, and to clearly speak to Israel's leaders as to when, how and where to continue, in Jesus' Name, Amen and Amen.

- "Give us help from trouble, for the help of man is useless. Through God we will do valiantly, for it is He who shall tread down our enemies." (Psalm 108:12-13)


Mosab Hassan Yousef, the son of one of the founders of the Hamas terrorist organization and author of the book "Son of Hamas," said Friday that Israel made a mistake by agreeing to a ceasefire with Gaza's terrorist rulers. Yousef has spent a number of years abroad following a decade in which he risked his life working undercover as an agent for the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet). "What is important is that at the moment there is a ceasefire, and I think we need to look at things and digest all of what happened," Yousef said in a special interview. "I believe the Shin Bet did its best," he added. "Let's not forget that our enemy is a barbaric one which uses women and children as human shields, and in these situations we are very limited, because we care about the lives of innocent citizens." Asked about the likelihood of an Israeli ground operation in Gaza, Yousef responded that "it may be that it was not the best timing for action of this kind - but I'm sure it's a possibility that Israel will consider for the future. Speaking about the possibility that Israel would have to work towards toppling the Hamas regime in Gaza, the former Shin Bet agent said, "This is necessary, not only for Israel but for the benefit of humanity. Hamas was born to destroy. It cannot build." He praised the State of Israel, saying, "Israel helps the Palestinian people more than anyone else: Every day it provides electricity and even the salaries paid to employees come from banks in Israel. There is also humanitarian aid that enters Gaza." (INN - Jerusalem-On-The-Line)

- Lord Jesus, Mosab Hassan Yousef says very clearly what eventually must be done in response to Hamas and their actions. They must be stopped as they are a danger to not only Israel but to humanity in general. Their creed is to destroy only. Lord, we continue to ask for You to rise up and be in the midst of all that is happening here, in Jesus' Name, Amen and Amen.

- "Then the Lord will appear over them, and his arrow will go forth like lightning; the Lord God will sound the trumpet and will march forth in the whirlwinds of the south." (Zech 9:14)



We have much to be thankful for: the 2012 Gaza war is over. The fighting has stopped. Please be praying for Israelis and Palestinians as they begin the process of recovering physically, emotionally, financially and most important spiritually from all that has happened during eight days of war.

Here is a summary of the 2012 Gaza war facts and figures, as reported by the Times of Israel: (Read full article here.)

- Palestinian rocket/missile attacks on Israel
- Success of the Iron Dome system
- IDF strikes in Gaza
- Israeli casualties
- Palestinian casualties
(Source: Joel Rosenberg)


Dear Friends,

I am writing to update you on the current situation and to thank you sincerely for standing with us during the recent challenging period.

During the last week, and despite the headlines, thousands of tourists continued to arrive in Israel undaunted. No airline flights were cancelled and while certain tour itineraries were necessarily adjusted to meet the exigencies of the situation, there was neither panic nor overt concern. Altogether, some 100,000 tourists continued vacationing and traveling in our country and we in Israel were honored by their presence.

The safety and well-being of visitors is paramount and Israel was well prepared and committed to handling all scenarios. We were deeply moved by the admirable confidence in Israel and its tourism industry, the trust in our country's ability to keep our travel industry operating, intact and with the highest standards. And, most importantly, your faith in our determination to ensure the security, safety and well-being of all our visitors. We sincerely appreciate this trust. . . Shalom,

Stas Misezhnikov

(To read the full text of this statement, go here.)

- Thank our Lord that Israel's tourism industry was not impacted by the recent conflict, and praise for the courage of those visitors who continued to stand with Israel on the land. Praise the Lord!

- "Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord." (Psalm 150:6)


CAIRO (AP) The top leader of Egypt¹s Muslim Brotherhood denounced peace efforts with Israel and urged holy war to liberate Palestinian territories on Thursday ' one day after the country¹s president, who hails from the movement, mediated a cease-fire between Israelis and Palestinians to end eight days of fierce fighting.

The Muslim Brotherhood doesn't recognize Israel and - at least officially - its members refuse to hold direct talks with Israeli officials. But Morsi has said that he will abide by the terms of Egypt's 1979 treaty with Israel, and many members say they are in little hurry to enter into armed conflict with the Jewish state.

Badei declared that ''jihad is obligatory'' for Muslims. But he also said that taking up arms would be the ''last stage,'' only after Muslims achieved unity. ''The use of force and arms while the group is fragmented and disconnected, unorganized, weak in conviction, with faint faith - this will be destined for death.'' (Boston Globe) Read more.

- Heavenly Father, here is another dangerous enemy rising up against Israel. They also, like Hamas, would like to just totally destroy Israel and its people. They are driven by powerful spirits of hatred, hunger for power, spirits of envy and vengeance. We declare as the body of Christ that we bind and rebuke in Jesus' Name these spirits which drive the Moslem Brotherhood. We take up the stake of the Cross of Christ and drive it through the gears controlling this organization, in Jesus' Name, Amen and Amen.

- "Therefore thus says the Lord God: 'Surely I am against Pharaoh, King of Egypt, and will break his arms, both the strong one and the one that was broken; and I will make the sword fall out of his hand'. (Ezekiel 30:22)


This is real Islam in action. They feigned peace with love, along with tolerance, and almost immediately, when they came to power, they grabbed all power.! This is the same for America and Europe. Islam is ruthless and Muslims will lie their way to the top and then destroy all opposition."Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood called for protests across the country on Sunday to support President Mohammed Mursi, while the country's judges urged for a nationwide strike against a decree they saw as granting Mursi new, extensive powers. The Brotherhood's protest requests came as Egypt's Judges Club, a body that represents judges throughout the country, called for "the suspension of work in all courts and prosecution administrations," after several hours of emergency talks in response to what they called Mursi's "ferocious attack on Egypt.

Immediately after Morsi's decree, Egypt''s stock market collapsed. There is no way for Egypt to come out of this economic collapse. They will see the only way out as war with Israel. The end of Egypt is very close. There is no hope for Egypt as it is destroyed in the coming war with Israel. Hamas enter into a ceasefire because it was losing. They will try to re-arm for the next round with Israel. Watch for Syria to put pressure on Israel as Iran wants war with Israel. The entire Middle East is now moving towards war. Islam wants to destroy Israel and nothing can stop them. Satan is using the Muslims to try to destroy Israel and thwart God's prophetic plan. Next, Islam is going to be destroyed and the Bible will be shown as the word of God. There is now a cosmic battle shaping up between allah and the Holy God of Israel. Islam now faces destruction and after this war the Bible's end time prophecies will shift into high gear. I believe on the other side of this war that the antichrist will rise to power. May the LORD God of Israel bless and protect you. (John McTernan)

- Pray for the Egyptian citizens, for they have been deceived by Islam and are now kidnapping and killing Christians. Churches are being destroyed and burned. Egypt needs our cries for mercy and comfort. Not only does Joel 3 present the fate of Egypt but also Isaiah 19, which ends with Egypt crying out to God to help them. There is hope at the end of the pain. Pray also against any of America's leaders swallowing the Islamic lies and making agreements with the Moslem Brotherhood. Pray that we always stay on Israel's side and with God.

- "Egypt shall be a desolation, and Edom shall be a desolate wilderness, for the violence against the children of Judah, because they have shed innocent blood in their land. But Judah shall dwell forever, and Jerusalem from generation to generation." (Joel 3:19,20)


06/07/12 (Video) Everyone needs to watch this video and you will get an idea why America is in trouble with God! This is what Obama and Clinton are praising and supporting as a victory for democracy! They know full well that Morsi stands for the destruction of Israel and making Jerusalem the capital of an Islamic caliphate.

This is a political rally for Morsi who is sitting right behind the speaker cleric Safwat Hagazy. I see this as a declaration of war against Israel as they are openly calling for killing the Jews and taking Jerusalem! With rallies like this, the war cannot be far off. It reminded me of the huge rallies that Nazis held.

"Tomorrow Mursi will liberate Gaza," the crowds chanted. "Yes, we will either pray in Jerusalem or we will be martyred there," Hegazy said.

I see the statement by Hegazy that "Yes, we will either pray in Jerusalem or we will be martyred there," as being prophetic because they will all die there. Egypt does not survive the war and all that survive must flee Egypt into the world. Egypt is totally destroyed. [Source: John McTernan]

- Offer praise that the dangerous intentions of Hamas and of their own leader in Egypt, Mr. Morsi, are now being exposed for the world to see. Unless we wish to return to life under the brutal regime of Adolph Hitler, this rhetoric must be silenced, NOW. Cry out to our King of Kings, and ask Him to silence the voices of the enemies of Israel. Our Lord is fully able to vanquish the foes of Israel, if we but ask . . .

- " . . . all who swear by God's name will praise him, while the mouths of liars will be silenced." (Psalm 63:11) 
On Capitol Hill This Week Volume XIX, Number 32c

"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8)

On Capitol Hill This Week: Vol. XIX, No. 32c

Domestic Issues



Yet again, President Obama's Thanksgiving message eschewed any direct reference to thanking God, making this the fourth straight year in which the President of the United States has ignored the central message of the holiday in favor of political grandstanding.

But, of course, we're used to this. In 2011, there was no mention of God at all. In 2010, Obama was closer, but still missed the mark ("we'll spend some time taking stock of what we're thankful for: the God-given bounty of America, and the blessings of one another"). In 2009, Obama didn't thank God, either. (Breitbart) Read more.

- Father, we ask You to forgive this man for leaving You out of the Thanksgiving message to our country. We pray You will bring conviction upon him for forgetting to be grateful to You for our bountiful life here in America. We pray for him to come to a saving knowledge of You and experience Your vast love for Your children. Since he has left out thanking You, we now praise You and honor You for what You have done in establishing the United States of America as place where we may be free to worship You "in spirit and in truth" and pray for all of her people to come to a full knowledge of You as Savior. In Your Name, amen.

- "Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened." (Romans 1:21)


More congressional Republicans, including Sens. Lindsey Graham and John McCain, break long-standing tax pledge before returning to Washington to keep U.S. from going over 'fiscal cliff.' The decades-old pledge from the Americans for Tax Reform group has been signed by 238 House members and 41 senators in this Congress and has essentially become inescapable for any Republican seeking statewide or national office over recent election cycles, especially in the Republican-controlled lower chamber. New York Rep. Peter King and Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday they would break the pledge and accept tax changes to generate more revenue to curb the trillion-dollar federal deficit. Their statements followed a similar one Thursday by Georgia Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss. (Fox News) Read more.

- Almighty God, we call out to our God to stand against the works of Graham, McCain, and King, and any others who are acting to break the long-standing tax pledge in order to generate more revenue to curb the trillion-dollar federal deficit. God, this trillion-dollar deficit was the blatant evil work of the shadow government to take down and destroy the United States of America. God, foil their plans. Rise up in Your great power and stand against our enemies that would break the long-standing tax pledge that has protected the American people. God, fight this battle for us, for we know that when You enter into the fight, You always win and the victory is secured. Thank you, Father, for standing with us and defending our cause. In the Name of Jesus.

"What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not His own Son Jesus, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?" (Romans 8:31-32)


A bipartisan bill in the House would expand the religious exemption to the insurance mandate in Obamacare, allowing those with a religious objection to absolve themselves of the mandate's health insurance requirement with an affidavit. Introduced by Rep. Judy Biggert (R-Ill.), the bill has drawn co-sponsors from both sides of the political aisle, including Reps. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) and Todd Akin (R-Mo.) Ron Paul (R-Texas), and Barbara Lee (D-Calif.). The bill would allow anyone to be exempt from the individual mandate so long as they filed an affidavit along with their tax returns that "sincerely held religious beliefs" would cause them "to object to the medical health care that would be covered under such coverage."

The regulations included a narrow religious exemption that would cover only churches and other religious institutions. After a public outcry over the narrow exemption, the Obama administration announced it would expand it, but has yet to produce this compromise. The House bill would solve this issue by allowing anyone who swears they have a religious objection to insurance coverage to opt out of the mandate. To prevent people from abusing the religious exemption, the opt-out would be voided if an individual voluntarily used health care services that would have been covered under an insurance plan. (CNS News) Read more.

- Father God, it is You that has entered into this fight and it is You that will bring down all adversities against the American people. You are the mighty God who turned the Obamacare program to sawdust and it is by Your mighty wisdom and justice that You will show the world the glorious, victorious work You did, no matter the position of government. The whole truth is that our God Almighty destroyed this program and He is standing in the middle to cast down any and all who want to keep it alive. God fought and God won. In Jesus' Name, AMEN.

- "For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same My Name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto God's name, and a pure offering; for My Name shall be great among the heathen, says the Lord of hosts." (Malachi 1:11)


The Supreme Court has revived a Christian college's challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul. The court on Monday ordered the federal appeals court in Richmond, Va., to consider the claim by Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., that Obama's health care law violates the school's religious freedoms.

A federal district judge rejected Liberty's claims, and the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the lawsuit was premature and never dealt with the substance of the school's arguments. The Supreme Court upheld the health care law in June. The justices used lawsuits filed by 26 states and the National Federation of Independent Business to uphold the health care law by a 5-4 vote, then rejected all other pending appeals, including Liberty's.

The school made a new filing with the court over the summer to argue that its claims should be fully evaluated in light of the high court decision. The administration said it did not oppose Liberty's request.

Liberty is challenging both the requirement that most individuals obtain health insurance or pay a penalty, and a separate provision requiring many employers to offer health insurance to their workers. The appeals court could ask the government and the college for new legal briefs to assess the effect of the Supreme Court ruling on Liberty's claims before rendering a decision. Liberty's case joins dozens of other pending lawsuits over health reform, many involving the requirement that employer insurance plans cover contraception, which are working their way through the federal court system. (Fox News) Read more.

- Pray that our country's liberties that were granted from its founding be protected from forced abortion mandates, especially the institutions that were founded upon the liberty to express that abortion is sin and in spiritual terms "murder of innocent life." Pray that all businesses and organizations as well as individuals who stand on the truth that abortion is murder be granted the freedom to opt out of paying any blood money to an unrighteous Obamacare mandate.

- "Yet hear now, O Jacob My servant, and Israel whom I have chosen. Thus says the Lord who made you And formed you from the womb. . ." (Isaiah 44:1-2)

"Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying: "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations." (Jeremiah 1:4-5)


The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) has turned its attack on one of its long-time allies, announcing that it is suing the federal government over the failure of the Internal Revenue Service to bar churches and Christian organizations from involvement in the political process.

According to the FFRF, its lawsuit, filed November 14 in a Madison, Wisconsin, U.S. District Court, "argues that the IRS is not enforcing the federal tax code, which prohibits tax-exempt religious organizations from electioneering." The FFRF insists that the IRS' lack of enforcement "is a violation of the establishment clause of the First Amendment and a violation of equal protection rights because the same preferential treatment is not provided to other tax-exempt organizations" - such as the FFRF. The group complained that churches and other Christian groups have taken to "blatantly and deliberately flaunting the electioneering restrictions" set up by the IRS back in the 1950s. (FFRF Press Release) Read more.

- Our Mighty God, we come against this action and this group in the name of Jesus and declare that all attacks shall fail against Your people. Lord, strengthen Christians in this country to stand up for the freedom to speak about important matters concerning public policy when Biblical principles are involved, even if it offends some people because their hearts are pricked by Your Holy Spirit. Amen.

- "Let the lying lips be put to silence; which speak grievous things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous." (Psalm 31:18)


Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) submitted a letter announcing his resignation from Congress to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Wednesday, according to a Boehner aide. Jackson's resignation comes amid reports that he is being investigated by the Justice Department for allegedly misusing campaign donations to redecorate his home. Reports earlier this month said Jackson was negotiating a plea deal with federal investigators that would require him to resign from Congress, citing health reasons, and repay the campaign funds. (The Hill) Read more.

- Our Gracious Lord, we pray for this man to experience You as his Healer and Deliverer as he resigns his position and deals with legal issues. Lord, we know Your desire would be for a replacement who honors You and our Constitution. We ask that a man or woman of highest integrity and purpose be elected in this district's vacated representation. In Your Name we pray, amen.

- "Moreover you shall select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness: and place such over them to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hindreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens." (Exodus 18:21)


Republican Rep. Peter King has officially announced he will step down as chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security. The New York congressman must resign because of party rules that limit committee chairmanships to six years, and King has already had a one-year extension that he is now finishing.

He made the announcement Saturday to the New York Daily News, and no short list of names has emerged as a possible replacement in the Republican-controlled House. However, Alabama Rep. Mike Rogers, chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Transportation Security, has been mentioned as a potential replacement. (Fox News) Read more.

- Father, You know of the responsibilities that are in place and the caliber of man that it will take to carry on as House Homeland Security Chairman. We thank You for the leadership that Rep. King has provided while chairing this key committee, and for the investigations that have been launched as a result. We are grateful for the hearings that have taken place under his tenure into the facts of Operation Fast and Furious, and for the investigations into the encroachment of Sharia law in our land.

We ask that You now call forth the man of Your choosing whom You have called to this position. God, bring him forth and endue him with Your power to assume this role with deep conviction and fighting stamina to stand for the right and to cast down the evil. In the Name of Jesus we pray, amen.

- "Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations, as when He fought in the day of battle." (Zechariah 14:3)


Nearly 100 House Republicans on Monday called on President Obama not to nominate Susan Rice as Secretary of State.

In a letter to Obama, the Republicans said the credibility of the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations has been gravely wounded by her account of the September 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

"Though Ambassador Rice has been our Representative to the U.N., we believe her misleading statements over the days and weeks following the attack on our embassy in Libya that led to the deaths of Ambassador Stevens and three other Americans caused irreparable damage to her credibility both at home and around the world," Republicans wrote in their letter, which was led by Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) and sent to Obama Monday.

The letter says Rice "propagated a falsehood" that the attacks were a spontaneous response to a video that depicted the Prophet Muhammed. The administration then said more than a week later that terrorism may have played a role. (The Hill) Read more.

- God, move in great detail regarding the nomination of Susan Rice for Secretary of State. Bring in the one who is Almighty God's choice and dispel and make void the selection of men. Give one this position who will stand strong for America and for Israel, and who will have a reputation of sound judgment and honest and forthright dealings in all situations. In Jesus' Name we pray, amen.

- "Wash you, make you clean, put away the evil of our doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil. Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow." (Isaiah 1:26-17)



SUBJECT: National Insider Threat Policy and Minimum Standards for Executive Branch Insider Threat Programs

Text of decree:

[Note: underlining is ours, pointing towards a concern that this memorandum would cite potential threats -- before they surface. Please make this a matter of prayer.]

This Presidential Memorandum transmits the National Insider Threat Policy and Minimum Standards for Executive Branch Insider Threat Programs (Minimum Standards) to provide direction and guidance to promote the development of effective insider threat programs within departments and agencies to deter, detect, and mitigate actions by employees who may represent a threat to national security. These threats encompass potential espionage, violent acts against the Government or the Nation, and unauthorized disclosure of classified information, including the vast amounts of classified data available on interconnected United States Government computer networks and systems.

The Minimum Standards provide departments and agencies with the minimum elements necessary to establish effective insider threat programs. These elements include the capability to gather, integrate, and centrally analyze and respond to key threat-related information; monitor employee use of classified networks; provide the workforce with insider threat awareness training; and protect the civil liberties and privacy of all personnel. The resulting insider threat capabilities will strengthen the protection of classified information across the executive branch and reinforce our defenses against both adversaries and insiders who misuse their access and endanger our national security.

November 21, 2012

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- God, hold back the government from deceitfully monitoring these federal employees and finding fault with them, so they can be fired from their jobs. We ask that You protect Your own who are working within the federal government, but who serve You, too, for Your kingdom purposes. Father, send an angel to oversee this process that it be kept clean and legal with ultimate protection on behalf of the righteous. In Jesus' Name, amen.

- "For the Lord thy God walks in the midst of your camp, to deliver you, and to give up your enemies before you; therefore shall your camp be holy; that He see no unclean thing in you, and turn away from you." (Deuteronomy 23:14)


A Senate proposal touted as protecting Americans' e-mail privacy has been quietly rewritten, giving government agencies more surveillance power than they possess under current law, CNET has learned.

Patrick Leahy, the influential Democratic chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has dramatically reshaped his legislation in response to law enforcement concerns, according to three individuals who have been negotiating with Leahy's staff over the changes. A vote on his bill, which now authorizes warrantless access to Americans' e-mail, is scheduled for next week. (November 28 or 29)

Leahy's rewritten bill would allow more than 22 agencies - including the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Communications Commission - to access Americans' e-mail, Google Docs files, Facebook wall posts, and Twitter direct messages without a search warrant. It also would give the FBI and Homeland Security more authority, in some circumstances, to gain full access to Internet accounts without notifying either the owner or a judge. (CNet) Read more.

> > > Action Point: We ask our readers to please call your senators' offices and ask that they vote to veto this bill. Thank you.

- Holy God, we ask that the powers of heaven will come down upon all these agencies and government entities that would give them the right to read our emails without notifying the person or a judge. This is rank lawlessness. Break their strength and bring down every evil force that invades the privacy of the American people. Put the blood of Jesus over this attempt and scatter it to the far winds that it cannot have success in the mighty Name of Jesus.

- "And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commands all men everywhere to repent: Because He has appointed a day in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man Jesus whom He has ordained; whereof He has given assurance unto all men, in that He has raised Him from the dead." (Acts 17:30-31)
This Week, Worship Our Lord As . . .

This Week, Worship Our Lord As . . .


For this is what the high and exalted One says- he who lives forever, whose name is holy: "I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite. (Isaiah 57:15)

Holy is Your Name; Holiness befits You.

Thank You that it is not on my merit that I can approach You, but it is because of the shed Blood of Yeshua, Jesus, that I can approach Your throne of grace, and have the privilege to call You Holy - Kadosh.

"All the earth bows down to you; they sing praise to you, they sing the praises of your name." (Psalm 66:4)

(Taken from: Intimate Moments with the Hebrew Names of God, by Barri Cae Malin and Shmuel Wolkenfeld; Bridge-Logos Publishers; Gainesville, FL, 32614. ISBN: 0-88270-801-5)