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October 28, 2016 / 26 Tishri, 5777

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Jordan’s King Abdullah: Threatening the World

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Last month, Jordan’s King Abdullah addressed the world from the UN Podium, directly warning Israel that it could “be engulfed in a sea of hatred in a region of turmoil.”  These threats were not “just talk” as some of his few remaining Western cheerleaders would like to claim, but in fact, the king was making a threat, which he has executed into actions that could bring the world one step closer to another war in the Middle East.

But, why is the King doing this?

For the Jordanian Opposition Coalition (JOC), the answer is simple – Abdullah is weak, fragile and literally standing on his very last leg. As a result, he is playing the oldest trick in the book, blackmailing the world by working both ends against the middle and either threatening war or allowing it to happen. Let’s see how.

One day before the king made his threats at the UN, the Jordan’s parliamentary elections took place on 20 September, and they were largely boycotted by the Jordanian people. In fact, even with the “success” that the king claims, the official turnout rate was the lowest in Jordan’s history – just a mere 37.5% of those eligible to vote, voted. Even worse, this rate is being contested amid allegations that the king’s Ministry of Interior “rigged the elections,” issued fake IDs for its affiliates, allowing them to vote multiple times in order to increase the rate. Furthermore, the turnout rates in Jordan’s major cities, Amman and Irbid, were as low as 17%.

In addition to the low turnout rates, it appears that for some reason, the king executed the elections in a very hasty and chaotic fashion. For example, several ballot boxes were lost, while many more mysteriously disappeared. For example, in the “Central Bedouin District” where the candidates are contesting the results in court because of the missing ballot boxes, 8 appeals have been made in court by several candidates accusing the government of rigging the elections.

This holistic chaos and royal disregard for the public’s desire has evolved into protests, marches and a general public outcry against the king, the elections and those who won seats.

What’s most alarming about this whole situation is this: the king clearly handed the parliament to Islamists whose agenda is to radicalize the public, cause instability in the region, and spread hatred against the West, USA and Israel.

In total, at least 35 members of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) are now in the parliament (Almost 27% of 130 seats) 15 members come from the Islamic Action Front Party, 10 from the Centrist Islamic Party and 10 MB affiliates who are not official members, similar in nature to the way Mr. Bernie Sanders was not a registered Democrat, yet ran as one.

What’s alarming about this should be clear to everyone who follows Jordanian politics: Islamist have boycotted the last three parliamentary elections, making their vigorous return to the parliament evidence of a much-rumored “handshake” deal between the MB and the king. In fact, with Constitutional changes made by the Parliament just before they were disbanded last year, the king ensured that changes in the elections law not only gave him more power, but muddied the elections law allowing for these fundamentalists to not only take hold, but to capture seats in an already contentious Parliament. For example, take the so-called

Virtual District” This odd concept gave the king a free hand to secure the Islamists a victory by assuming a non-factual contingency, and came at a time when concrete fundamental connections between the MB and ISIS ideology and structure are clear and evident. As a result, it appears that the king’s new elections law was specifically designed to empower fundamentalists in the next parliament in exchange of their unconditional support that will keep the monarchy in power.

To make matters worse for Jordan and the world, the king allowed the so-called Centrist Islamic Party to secure 10 seats. Despite their name, that party’s leaders are known as diehard loyalist to the king who have an extremely radical Islamist agenda that is against women’s rights -such as passing citizenship to their children-and is vehemently anti-peace and Israel.

Finally, the king helped usher in many anti-Western figures from the non-Islamist camp. An example of those is 3 newly-elected parliament members from the newly-found, and mysteriously well-funded, Maan List. For those unfamiliar with the Maan List, it is well known within Jordan that those on the list are vocally loyal to the king and are publicly very close to Queen Rania’s office. In fact, on its official site, the Maan List ran on highly anti-Western, anti-peace and pro-BDS ticket. Ironically, one of those – Qais Zaiyadeen – allegedly won his seat by securing thousands of votes, despite running for one Amman Christian parliamentary slot, a slot which barely gets a few hundred votes. This alone confirms that the elections were rigged by the king, and in Zaiyadeen’s case, someone seems to have gotten carried away and given him more votes than there are possible voters. To add insult to injury, Zaiyadeen is a very vocal advocate of Syria’s Assad, making his victory unexplainable in a country where Assad is passionately hated and considered to be a butcher.

Now let’s turn our attention to Jordan’s strong General Intelligence Department (GID). The GID has vigorously opposed the king’s empowerment of the Islamists. What’s most significant here is that more than 30 parliamentary candidates who lost their elections are all known operatives and loyalists of the GID, which signifies the perception that Jordan’s king is not only at odds with Jordan’s intelligence body but made their candidates lose in an attempt to put the department in its place. This should come as no surprise as the GID has been distancing itself from the king since 2012 for his apparent alliance with Jordan’s Islamist. What helps the GID maintain its moderate position is its cemented counterterrorism cooperation with the CIA, British MI6 and the Mossad.

To the untrained and uninformed -who usually claim authority about Jordan- they will argue that the above outcomes are evidence that the Jordanian public is radical, and hence, the radicalized parliament is “not the king’s fault.” To those we ask: if the elections were transparent, how come even the major tribal figures lost? How come anyone who is considered a moderate has lost? How come even moderate Christian candidates lost and radical anti-peace candidates won? Why is there no free press in the country to actually report on the violent aftermath of the elections? And, how on earth could the intelligence department’s candidates lose?

It should be quite clear to the world that Jordan’s King created an Islamist and anti-Western parliament so on one hand, “the king can stand up and say to the West that the only one who can protect it and Israeli interests in Jordan is me” and then urge all Western governments to support him economically and militarily. Yet on the other hand, should this parliament become active on 7 November 2016 as planned- the king has primed the country for an all-out political, social and economic civil war that will threaten Jordan and destabilize the region, as well as the interests of the USA, UK, Saudi Arabia and Israel.

In fact, the disastrous outcomes of the king’s gamble are already in, with the results and their effects waiting just around the corner. Today as you read this, Jordanian society has broken out in public unrest that is sweeping the country from the North to the South. In fact, fire, gunfire, riots and confrontations with the police, as well chaotic protests have engulfed the country under a regime-forced media blackout, nonetheless, images and reports of the unrest are still surfacing on Jordan’s social media to this day. The JOC’s Shadow Secretary of Homeland Security, Naseem Al-Gheewan, estimates the “violence will cool down eventually but unrest and chaotic protests shall remain for a long time, this is the beginning of trouble, not the end of it.”

The world must recognize the coming storm in Jordan and at the same time understand the political sabotage Jordan’s king is executing is a threat to the region and therefore the world in order to buy himself more time on the throne, and if the region explodes, he will retire to his mega mansion in the French countryside where he could follow news of the next Middle Eastern war from the safety of his living room.

Mudar Zahran

Why the World Cried for Shimon Peres

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

A main part of the Rosh Ha’Shana holiday, which just finished, was the blowing of the shofar. As you know, each day we heard 100 shofar blasts. Did you ever ask yourself where that number came from? Why 100? What is the source?

The answer lies in the masterpiece sefer, Aruch, written by Rabbi Natan ben Yechiel (1030-1106). Rabbi Natan was a big Rav in Italy and we are familiar with him today because of two main reasons: His sefer mentioned above, Aruch, and also for his number one student; Rabbenu Tam. In his sefer, Rabbi Natan writes the reason for 100 shofar blasts: “It corresponds to the 100 sobs that were sobbed by Sisera’s mother.”

To remind you, Sisera was the general of the army that persecuted the Nation of Israel. According to Judges, chapter 4; “The Children of Israel cried out to Hashem, for Sisera had 900 iron chariots and he oppressed the Children of Israel forcefully for 20 years”. Israel was judged at that time by the prophetess, Devorah, who – together with her general, Barak – went to war to fight Sisera and his army. The main battle was held by Mount Tabor and, baruch Hashem, the Nation of Israel emerged victorious; “…the entire camp of Sisera fell by the edge of the sword, not even one was left”. As is common with Jewish enemies, Sisera left his men to die on the battlefield as he high-tailed it out of there! “Sisera fled on his feet and came to the tent of Yael…” According to the commentaries, Sisera then slept with Yael – who sacrificed herself for Israel by giving him warm milk and allowing this terrible act to take place. Immediately afterwards, Sisera fell into a nice cozy sleep and Yael then drove the tent peg through his temple. When General Barak passed her tent, Yael came out and said; “Come and I will show you the man whom you seek. He came to her and behold – Sisera was dead with the peg in his temple.” This event was so incredible that Devorah wrote an amazing poem (Shoftim, chapter 5) which we say each year as the Haftorah for parshat Shelach.

OK, now that we remember that, how can it possibly be that we blast the shofar 100 times because of Sisera’s mother? Sisera was evil and, had he won the war against Devorah and Barak, he would have killed every Jewish man, woman and child. His mommy cried when he didn’t return from that battle? Boo-hoo… Who cares?? It was either him or us! And the great Rabbi Natan ben Yechiel writes that we blast the shofar 100 times because of this Jew-hater’s mother’s cries?? Something doesn’t make sense.

Thankfully, I found the answer to this very puzzling question. Every week, I receive an email d’var Torah from Rabbi Pinches Friedman and he explained exactly what was going on – in a very deep and meaningful way. Rabbi Friedman quoted the Chassidic master, Rav Tzaddok HaKohen (1823-1900) in his sefer Risisei Layla, as saying that Sisera’s mother wailed 100 times because somehow she knew that Yael became pregnant from her son’s rape and that eventually, many generations later, the great Rabbi Akiva would be born from this line. In other words, she wasn’t crying over her son’s death… she was crying – because on that very night – her son gave life!

If you think this is crazy, quickly get a copy of the Talmud and turn to 96b in Sanhedrin. It says right there that “the descendants of Sisera learned Torah in Jerusalem.” Rabbi Friedman brilliantly proves his point by bringing the Dikdukei Sofrim which says, “the descendants of Sisera learned Torah in Jerusalem, namely Rabbi Akiva!”

How Sisera’s mother knew this, I don’t know, but maybe – to increase her pain – Hashem gave her a little “ruach Ha’Kodesh” so she could get some “nachas” and see what happened to her wonderful son. Not only did he miserably lose the war against the Jews – with every soldier of his dying in battle – he ran away like a chicken, stopping only to rape a Jewish woman… the wrong Jewish woman (as far as he was concerned!) because she bravely drove a tent peg into his head! But the story doesn’t end there. This night did not result in the end of the Jewish nation, as Sisera had planned.It was actually the reason for the continuation of our nation with the birth of Rabbi Akiva (many years later). After the destruction of the second Temple and the fall of Bar Kochba, it was Rabbi Akiva who gave semicha to 5 students (the most famous of whom are Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai and Rabbi Meir Ba’al Ha’ness) who continued the Torah, as we know it. Had there been no Rabbi Akiva, there – quite possibly – would not be a Torah world today. Believe it or not – all that started with Sisera… and his mother knew it!

Therefore, when she cried 100 times, it was like the cries of a mother giving birth because Am Yisrael didn’t end that night… we were – in some way – actually born that night! That was something Sisera’s mother couldn’t deal with, so she cried and cried and cried…

This wonderful explanation of Rabbi Friedman actually solved a major puzzle in my mind that I couldn’t figure out. What was the reason – and I mean the real reason – why the world cried over the passing of Shimon Peres? Did they really love him? 70 world leaders came to Israel to cry over the death of a 93 year old man who hadn’t been in the Knesset for almost 10 years? Yes, he was president of Israel after the Knesset but that is not a position of power, so why the mourning, the grief and the tremendous outpouring of support?

My friend, Ben Packer, the Director of Jerusalem’s Heritage House, said it best in an article he wrote last week: “The world loved Shimon Peres because they thought he was the best chance they had at getting rid of or weakening the Jewish presence in Israel. And they are truly sad because that hope just died.”

I agree with Ben and would like to expand on it a bit. Think of what I just wrote about Sisera’s mother and why she cried. She cried for the same reason why Obama, Clinton, Kerry and the other world leaders cried – not because of death – but because of “Am Yisrael Chai”!!! They cried because they thought that Shimon Peres’ dream of “A New Middle East” (the name of his book) would come to fruition but now they saw that “The Old Middle East” is alive and well. The Jewish nation is thriving, building, growing and connecting to authentic Torah values. All studies in Israel show that the youth are more connected to Jewish tradition than ever before and more Jews will fast this Yom Kippur than ever in history!

We are alive and we are here to stay. The old Zionist leadership – of which Peres was the last man standing – which dreamed of a Hebrew speaking Singapore is out of style. Yes, Lapid is now trying to take the place of those leaders but he will fail. Am Yisrael is stronger than ever and there is nothing that Sisera’s mother or 70 world leaders can do about it… except cry… as we blow the shofar.

Shmuel Sackett

Shimon Peres’ Final Rosh Hashana Gift to the World

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

Many have already written about the extraordinary scene we witnessed last Friday: the funeral of Shimon Peres, an extraordinary man who led an extraordinary nation.


The exceptional scene was made even more remarkable by the fact that it took place on the morning before Parshat Nitzavim would be read in the synagogues (a fact which President Obama alluded to in his speech) and just a few days before Rosh Hashana.

Peres himself was, of course, an extraordinary person.  It’s not that everyone agreed with his positions or his actions.  I certainly didn’t. And it seems that neither did just about anyone else; in fact, during his long political career he managed to do at least one thing that angered pretty much everybody.  But, as Herb Keinon pointed out last week in the Jerusalem Post, the flip side of that is that he also did something else that just about everyone approved of.  And as Amotz Asa-El wrote (also in last week’s Post), it was in the final phase of his career, when he led the country as President, that he became the collective grandfather that the country adored and the world almost universally respected.

Asa-El also pointed out that the extraordinary nature of the event goes beyond Peres himself.  After all, Peres’s life story mirrored the path traveled by his entire nation during that same time period.  When Shimon was born in Poland shortly after World War I, the Jewish people were not in a good situation, by any measure.  But his funeral in Jerusalem 93 years later took place in an entirely different reality that was frankly unfathomable even just a few decades ago ,when Peres was Prime Minister.

The sight of the leaders of over seventy nations flying to Jerusalem on two days’ notice to pay their final respects to a retired statesman from a tiny country of 7.5 million people may be completely unprecedented in human history. And its full significance might become a bit clearer if we ponder another interesting fact: On the day of Peres’ funeral, in accordance with a proclamation issued by President Obama, flags were flown at half-mast at U.S. government buildings around the world.  It turns out that it is quite rare for the U.S. to honor a foreign leader this way.  In fact, only seven other people have ever been accorded this sign of respect.  Here’s the full list:

  • 1961 – U.N. Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold
  • 1965 – British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
  • 1981 – Egyptian President Anwar El-Sadat
  • 1995 – Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin
  • 1999 – Jordanian King Hussein
  • 2005 – Pope John Paul II
  • 2013 – South African revolutionary and President Nelson Mandela

Together with Peres, this means that a total of eight foreign leaders have been honored this way by the U.S.A.

Now look again at this list of the eight people who, according to the world’s greatest democracy, have made the most positive impacts on the world. Two out of the eight were Israeli Prime Ministers (making Israel the only country represented more than once).  Another two were Arab leaders who were honored for making peace with Israel.  And one can also add that Winston Churchill’s greatest achievement was helping to defeat Nazi Germany, and that Pope John Paul II was noteworthy to a very large extent because of the significant steps he took to improve his church’s relations with the Jewish People.  That leaves only two of eight great people whose mark on humanity didn’t relate very directly to the tiny nation known as the people of Israel.

Which brings me to the incredible timing of Peres’ funeral, the morning before Shabbat Parshat Nitzavim.  It was, after all, in yesterday’s Torah portion that we read the Biblical prophecy promising that one day, after centuries of exile, we will return to our land:

“It will be that when all these things have come upon you – the blessing and the curse that I have presented before you – that you will take it to your heart among all the nations where Hashem, your God, has dispersed you. And you will return unto Hashem your God and listen to His voice…then Hashem, your God, will bring back your captivity and have mercy upon you, and He will gather you in from all the peoples to which Hashem, your God, has scattered you. If your dispersed will be at the ends of heaven, from there Hashem, your God, will gather you in and from there he will take you. Hashem, your God, will bring you to the Land that your forefathers possessed and you shall possess it; He will do good to you and make you more numerous than your forefathers.” (Devarim 30:1-5, Artscroll translation)

The sight of all these world leaders flocking to Jerusalem – the sovereign capital of the Jewish people, regardless of where their embassies are – to pay their respects to the last of Israel’s founding fathers marks another stage in the manifest fulfillment of this prophecy.

It is also eloquent testimony to the fact that the entire world recognizes the importance of the Jewish People.  For some reason, many of us often have trouble understanding this, but pretty much the entire rest of the world sees it. This makes Peres’ funeral an incredible Kiddush shem Shamayim, sanctification of God’s name.

And the Kiddush Hashem was greatly magnified and increased by the fact that Peres himself, a man not who was not generally associated with religion, specifically asked in his will for the prayer Avinu Malkeinu to be sung there.

Was there some kind of Divine inspiration behind this?  Could Peres have possibly known that he would be buried so close to Rosh HaShana?  I have no idea.  But it is incredibly fitting that this was the final point in the great and long legacy of Shimon Peres: The scene of the leaders of most of the world’s nations solemnly listening to a Rosh Hashana prayer, less than 72 hours before the Jewish people will gather to recite that very prayer, as well as many others for the peace and well-being of the entire world.

Rabbi Alan Haber

BULLETPROOF – What’s the Real Reason World Leaders are Coming to Peres’ Funeral? [audio]

Friday, September 30th, 2016

What’s the real reason why world leaders, and even Mahmood Abbas are attending Peres’ funeral? It may not be why you think. Ari gives his take on the matter.


Israel News Talk Radio

Netanyahu Departing to US: The World Must Also Support Our Fight Against Terrorism

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday departed for the US, for a meeting with President Obama and a speech before the General Assembly. As he was leaving, Netanyahu said, “We are in the midst of a very important diplomatic week for the State of Israel. I am leaving now for the United States. There I will first meet with President Obama and I will thank him for the great and important security assistance to the State of Israel over the coming decade. I will then address the United Nations General Assembly. I will present Israel’s case, Israel’s truth, Israel’s justice and also Israel’s heroism – the heroism of our soldiers, our police officers and our citizens, who are waging an uncompromising struggle against brutal terrorism.”

“I expect from the international community a uniform standard in the war on terrorism,” Netanyahu insisted. “Today the entire international community says that there is a need to wage a determined and uncompromising fight against terrorism. And indeed, they must also support the determined and uncompromising fight against terrorism, and this moral clarity is necessary to both fight against – and defeat – terrorism.”

David Israel

Walter Bingham File – A Discovery That Shook The Academic World & The Inner Secrets Of Chabad Lubavitch [audio]

Sunday, September 18th, 2016

Weekly archaeological finds are incontrovertible evidence of the Jewish connection to this land. Now it’s in the footsteps of King David to the fortified city of Sha’arayim, in the Valley of Elah where David fought Goliath, as described in the book of Samuel. The Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem has mounted an outstanding exhibition of artifacts from that location that shook the academic world. See it with Walter who paints pictures in sound.

How: The Arabs try to destroy all evidence of the Jewish connection with Temple Mount, by illegally digging there and tipping everything into Arab Landfills.

Plus: The real Chabad Lubavitch. An insight into their philosophy and achievements. Walter talks with the Chairman and Managing Director of this extraordinary Chasidic movement Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky.

The Walter Bingham File 18Sept.2016 – PODCAST

Israel News Talk Radio

Tamar Yonah Show – The World, 15 Years After the 9-11 Attack [audio]

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

It’s been 15 years now after the 9-11 attack on the United States. Where is the World now, in the course of history? Are we safer now than we were then? And if not, why? What mistakes is the world making in quelling the terror?

Tamar speaks with Shifra Hoffman of VictimsOfArabTerror.org and Shuva.net as they cover the news in Israel and around the world. Also, INTR’s Technician ‘The K-Man’ has returned from a trip to Sweden. Tamar talks to him about traveling on the 15th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks. Plus, listeners call in and give their take on the security situation of the world today.

The Tamar Yonah Show 11Sept2016 – PODCAST

Israel News Talk Radio

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