Monday, December 11, 2017

Monday, December 11, 2017

Biblical Days Melding Today With King Cyrus of Persia and President Trump: Let's Compare

Nadene Goldfoot           
From King David 1010 BCE to Herod Agrippa II 70 CE  1,080 years. 
Cyrus II of Babylonia died in 529 BCE
There is a Jewish tradition saying that Queen Esther gave birth to a son from King Ahasuerus and that his name was Cyrus.  I think he's left handed like me! 

The Dragon was probably Babylonia's animal symbol.
President Trump of USA:  Bald eagle is USA symbol
Starting with King Shalmaneser V of Assyria 721 BCE
Important Middle Eastern events occurred when the Assyrians ruled the land.  This was an ancient state in Western Asia of Semitic people of a very aggressive people.  They experienced rapid expansion from the 13th and 10th centuries BCE.  At a low point in their history, King David and his son, King Solomon were experiencing success in establishing Israel 1010 BCE to 920 BCE.  They had to fight against the Aramean states in Mesopotamia and Syria.  This break in the Assyrian battles probably gave them the rest they needed.  
Solomon's Temple built  between 961-920 BCE
Assyria, now fresh again and rearmed, overran Syria and the Phoenician cities in 876 BCE.  By 853, Shalmaneser II attacked Damascus's king Ben-Hadad II and King Ahab of Israel.  

First the horrible attack upon Israel in 722 BCE and the next year of 721 BCE from the Assyrians led by Sargon in which many of the strongest and brightest of their citizens  of 10 of the 12 tribes of Jacob were killed and those fighters surviving were taken as prisoners away to unknown lands of the Assyrians and their holdings.  King Solomon had died back in 920 BCE and the kingdom of Judah could not come to Israel's aid fast enough to save them.  Israel's King Hoshea, who had ruled for the past 9 years was killed in 721 BCE as the last king of Israel.  Sargon took away 27,290 Israelites of 10 of the 12 tribes to Assyria and Media and replaced them with Syrians and Babylonian prisoners.  

He had received the throne in the first place with Assyrian help with conditions.  His kingdom was confined to the surroundings of Mt. Ephraim.  Finally he had rebelled at this and the Assyrian king Shalmanser put him in prison.  Then the Assyrians overcame and captured Samaria, which was the surrrounding land around Jerusalem.  

It was Sennacherib who took over Jerusalem in 700 BCE when Judah was ravaged though its king Hezekiah was able to hold out by paying the Assyrians tribute as well as ceding some of his territory to them.  The Assyrians were hit with a plague throughout the army and returned home.  

Assyria thus declined rapidly and the Babylon Empire rose up in its place.  Babylon was land of the tower of Babel, land of Shinar and of the Kasdim (Chaldees).  It's known as the cradle of humanity.  Abraham came from Ur, located here.  Pagan tyranny ruled here.  Nebuchadnezzar II (604-56 BCE) inherited the Assyrian Empire and had exiled many Jews to Babylon.  
The Ishtar Gate and Dragon were icons of Babylonia
Cyrus II was the King of  Babylon and this included Persia (today's Iran).  His job became one of many conquests of the Middle East.  It was either that or have invading armies attack his country.  In the course of his conquests, he overran the Babylonian Empire of which had already taken over Israel and Judah.  His policy in dealing with people he had overcome was very enlightened.  

In 538 BCE, he granted permission to the exiles of 70 years of Judah who were captives in Babylon to return to their homeland and rebuild the Temple. " Israel's return to Jerusalem from Babylon involved about fifty thousand Jews -- much, much fewer than the more recent return, which is such a wonder of our own day. After inhabiting the land for 70 years, there were those who thought of Babylonia as home and dared not leave.   "The biblical record accords great importance to this return. (facts from Ezra 1:1-4; and II Chron.  36:22-3).  These Jewish exiles regarded Cyrus as a Divine agent.  

Cyrus was thought to be the son of Queen Esther, and that's why he had leanings  in favor towards the plight of the Jews.  It was unique how the Jews had found favor in his eyes.  

The 2nd Temple was dedicated in 515 BCE, thanks to Cyrus II.  
Though Zedekiah was the last king of Judah from 597 to 586 BCE when Judah was a free state, Herod I, known as the Great, served from 73 BCE to 4 BCE as King of Judea by the Roman Senate because of his family and his fierceness in executing people.  He was the son of an Idumean Antipater and his mother was a Nabatean named Cypros.  This was in the period of a Roman takeover that replaced the Babylonian days.  He got to his station in politics by murdering all possible rivals to his power including his own brother in law, the last Hasmonean high priest and put to death his own wife Mariamne, their 2 sons Alexander and Arisatobulus and his first son, Antipater.  In the course of events he managed to make himself very rich.  To appease the Jews, he rebuilt the Temple in Jerusalem and built 2 cities; Sebaye and Caesarea.  Everyone outside his country thought he was great-a generous patron and protector of the Jews.  How little they understood.  He let 3 sons live; Archelaus, Herod Antipas and Philip.  The Romans burned down the Temple and Jerusalem in 70 CE.

Now, Cyrus II was a mentch, a real good guy, a real man, not someone crooked thinking only of feathering his own nest and ignoring the feelings of others.   Because Trump has taken steps that have been so criticized as recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital, he is being compared to Cyrus II.  Cyrus lived 2 centuries before Isaiah's time who prophesied about this hero.  (Isaiah 44:28) "Who says of Cyrus, "He is My shepherd, He will fulfill all My desires, to say of Jerusalem, "It shall be built, and of the Temple, It shall be established." 

This is a very brave and daring move for Trump to take after the last 3 presidents made promises to their constituents that they would do it but then broke that trust on those promises.  There was always some political reason not to, such as angering the local Arabs called Palestinians, a name given to them by the denigrating Romans.  These presidents appeased the Palestinians which gave them more reason to think they could take the city as their own.  
After waiting since 70 CE till 1967 when the Israelis won back East Jerusalem from Jordan, they were not about to just hand it over to the people who had attacked them, when all the Arab states had attacked and they had won miraculously.  
Lion of Judah
Everyone in Israel serves in the IDF; Israel Defense Force.
They are proud of their country and have good reason.  
The Lion of Judah is the symbol of the Hebrew tribe of Judah (the Jewish tribe). According to the Torah, the tribe consists of the descendants of Judah, the fourth son of Jacob.

The association between Judah and the lion, most likely the 
Asiatic lion, can first be found in the blessing given by Jacob to his son Judah in the Book of Genesis

USA Promises
1993 and Clinton was in office and there was home-that went up in smoke.  2001 when Bush was in office and more promises and smoke.  2009 and Obama promised and again, more smoke for appeasement.  2017 has finally brought recognition from a wildly different kind of American president in very odd times. 
Trump with wife Melania at Inauguration Ball
 This president, up against his own accusations of sexual impropriety that is sweeping across the USA, dislodging many many men from their positions; who is up against his own Republican party who are trying to unseat him, a man who is proving to be quite successful in his business of running the country in his first year of service where he is showing his unselfishness by not even accepting a salary for his work!  He's a billionaire who challenged himself to run the country better than it had been and he's doing it, even though the opposing party have been doing everything in their power and then some to bring him down.   Their latest weapons are unproven accusations of Trump's collusion with Russia in getting elected in the first place.  All that's being uncovered today is the collusion that was going on with the Democrats and the Russians!  
The bald eagle's role as a national symbol is linked to its 1782 landing on the Great Seal of the United States. ... (Since ancient times, the eagle has been considered a sign of strength; Roman legions used the animal as their standard, or symbol.)
This president has many personal faults; his language, his outspokenness, his youthful exploits,  his name calling- petty and childish; but he's also a workaholic who is proud of his country, nationalistic at a time when pride in one's country must be terribly low, as so many of our young people are finding this as something terribly embarrassing.  The point it, he's getting the job done.  He's going out of his way to keep his promises, and that's what's important.  Hey, with his lead, our army and air force are putting down ISIS!                                                      
A president at age 70, he has led an interesting life giving him skills for the job.

Our flag has become meaningless to the well-known few.  They're going in the direction of socialism and world dominance from one source-not G-d, but from one unknown person, place or thing, or perhaps just from nowhere. Bernie Sanders, Socialist, almost won the presidency. And one wonders why Hillary couldn't understand how she lost the Presidency.    
It used to be that only Vets of WWII were given special breaks and privileges, rewards for giving their service to the country.  Today's youth want it without doing anything; a free ride in college.   It's hard to fathom how they are thinking today.  Perhaps I should ask Soros or the football League what they want in their future.  We know that Trump doesn't think that way.  He's nationalistic.  The Europeans are trying it and it is floundering badly as the EU (European Union).  Ask England why they pulled out.  They are now  being led by European Commission president – Jean-Claude Juncker. Appointed by: national leaders (heads of state or government of EU countries), with the approval of the European Parliament. Actually they use 3 people, and another is the President of the European Parliament (since 17 January 2017, Antonio Tajani) of Italy.  Europeans were naysayers to Trump's action of recognition.  
I'm surprised that Norway doesn't belong.   England has pulled out.
They use money called the Euro.  

  It's ironic.  Jews had been without a country for almost 2,000 years and certainly know what's it's like to depend on someone for one's livelihood and their own personal  life as their record has been a horror; the Crusades, the Inquisition, the Holocaust, with prejudice reigning all the time in between.  Ask the Pashtuns how they feel after living in Afghanistan and Pakistan.  Do they have representation?  How about the Kurds who used to live in Kurdistan but are spread all over the Middle East who would love to have their own nation.I bet the native Americans would love to have their land back minus all alcoholic beverages.     Jews have finally received their own land once again after such a long wait and the popular Western world thinking now is that Nationalism is outdated.  
Those who do have a nation are unwilling to preserve it.  This is freaky!  Thank goodness we have some people who have not bought into such a proposition and are serving in our nation's armed forces!  

King Cyrus II encouraged the Jews of Babylonia to return after a 70 year exile, and rebuild their temple which had been destroyed by his predecessor.  

President Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, something that had been put off doing by 3 previous presidents after such promises.  This also encourages the Jews of Israel that the truth is returning to the land after a long absence.  As one sees after perusing through this article how many systems Trump was up against.  A changing climate has called for a one of a kind president.  

Wallanu, a writer,  pointed out that as the 45th president of the United States, Trump would embody the 45th chapter of Isaiah, in which Persian King Cyrus rebuilds the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. Others working on bible codes are coming up with interesting word connections.  

In Isaiah 45: "G-d said to Cyrus : , "I will go before you and straighten the twisting paths;...whose right hand I have grasped, to subdue nations before him.....Needless to say, there are 250 rabbis in Israel who are very happy with Trump's proclamation.  Those in the USA aligned with J Street are probably not as they rarely see the good things going on in Israel.  To live there is to really understand the land and the people. 

"In the year 1971, Iran celebrated the 2,500th anniversary of the founding of the monarchy by Cyrus."  Did they forget what he did for his Jewish captives?   
"Demonstrations against the Shah commenced in October 1977, developing into a campaign of civil resistance that included both secular and religious elements and which intensified in January 1978.  Today they are led by the Ayatollahs to hate Israel, and the USA is being led by Donald Trump and the American people, both unique among mankind.    
 Tanakh (Old Testament) Isaiah 45:1 Hashem to Cyrus
The New Standard Jewish Encyclopedia

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Declaration of Jerusalem Being Israel's Capital-Backing Jewish Claim to King David's City and Here's the Claim

Nadene Goldfoot                                           
Palestinians are in a rage since President Trump did what two previous presidents could not figure out how to do; announce to the world that Jerusalem was indeed the ancient and present capital of Israel.  He was like the child telling the egotistical king that the king was wearing no clothes when everyone else went along with the king's story that he was wearing marvelous ones.  Hey, king, he had said, you're naked!  Why are you trying to fool us?  Trump told it like it is.  Jerusalem has been the capital of Israel in the past and is in the present.  He told the truth that everyone else has been afraid of saying for fear of angering the Palestinians.  I give a Kol a ka vod to Trump!  He had the energy and the mind to say it because it was a promise he made.  He only said the truth.  All the rest of the argument Israel and the Palestinians have over Jerusalem is between them to settle.   The Palestinians are in a rage because they say that Trump just stole their claim to Jerusalem!
What they are after is the whole city, not just the eastern section, and then the whole state of Israel.
Mahmoud Abbas b: March 26, 1935
Leader of Palestinians since Arafat's death
President of Palestine when a 2 state solution is agreed upon
a Palestine not in agreement with Hamas terrorists occupying Gaza
     As far as I'm concerned, the Palestinians have never had a claim on Jerusalem.  I've read the book, FROM TIME IMMEMORIAL, by Joan Peters, a newspaper reporter before the time of Fake News, who started with the bias of being on the Palestinian's side of the claim but after doing a ton of research, was convinced of the Jewish claim.  She found out about the origins of the Palestinian Arabs, too, something they are in the dark about themselves.  This is a book that Jewish self haters hate, as she exposes how to do research, something these PhDs evidently were too lazy or in too much denial to bother with.  Maybe she had a more imaginative mind, for she really got to the heart of the facts, and they hate her for doing so.  My hat goes off to Joan Peters for her extensive work, where her pocket book version that I have lists her notes (references) that goes from page 443 to 563.  Her appendix which is full of more interesting facts, goes from pages 413 to 442.   Boiled down, she proves that the Palestinian Arabs are not a separate people but a hodgepodge from the whole area as well as from the outside, and that there never has been a state or country of Palestine.  It was the Roman name for the land where Israel once stood.  They gave it the name of Israel's enemy, the Philistines.  The Romans were not happy with the Jews who had held out against them for 3 years, longer than their other enemies had.  Thus, the enemy's name was given to their land as another form of punishment.

Palestinians are planning to rage for 3 days, claiming that Trump stole their claim to Jerusalem.  This is amazing to me as they had no claim.  It has been in their dreams, their own worked over history.
Moses, who first gave us the 10 Commandments
            The Israeli's claim is found in the Tanakh, or as Christians say, the Old Testament.  Rabbis explain that the first 5 books,  are called the Five Books of Moses, because Moses wrote them.  They are:  Genesis, Exodus which occurred about from 1579 BCE, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.  Moses wrote these over his 40 year period of freeing the Jews from Egypt and finally reaching Canaan, where Abraham and Sarah had lived and their family of Isaac and son Jacob had been brought up.  Jacob was the one who took his tribe of 70 and migrated to Egypt to escape a drought and find food for their sheep and themselves.  At this point in the book, Moses dies before entering the land at age 120.
Our Torah - or Five Books of Moses
There are about 14 million people in the world that are Jewish.  Many of the men go through
a bar mitzvah where they can read the Torah in Hebrew from the scroll.
They do this first at age 13 in a special ceremony on the Sabbath.
There are about 6 million in Israel and 6 million in the USA.  The rest are scattered.
They make up .02% of the world population.  
From then on, the documentation continues to be explicit.  Prophets continue the history of their people, probably encouraged by Moses's accomplishment.  We have Joshua, the Judges of Israel, Samuel, the Kings of Israel, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and then 12 minor prophets.  They were Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakuk,  Zephaiah, Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi.

Besides these historians, there are writings that also tell the story of the history of the Jewish people in Israel and their beloved city of Jerusalem which King David had built for his capital.  There are the Psalms written by David, Proverbs, and the writings of Job.  There is the Songs of Songs, the book of Ruth, Lamentations and Ecclesiastes.  There is the marvelous book of Esther and the book of Daniel.  Ezra and Nehemiah have their book next and the final one that I love being I'm an amateur genealogist is Chronicles, which is a book of genealogy of our ancestors.
As if the written histories are not enough proof that Jerusalem has been Israel's capital since King David who ruled from 1010 BCE to 970 BCE, we have history from the Oral tradition which was finally written down as well.  It reminds me of tribes in Africa who also had their history memorized by members of their tribe, because they lacked writing skills, and so developed these fantastic memories.
Archaeologists have been exploring the area for ages and have found many proofs that back the Tanakh that Jerusalem was the capital of Israel and that the Jewish people lived there.  Incidentally, Jews took on this name being they were mainly of the tribe of Judah.  Their  well known history is that there had been 12 sons of Jacob who were the origins of the 12 tribes of Israel.  Jacob's name had been changed to Israel at a point in life when certain events had occurred that were life-changing.  The Assyrians had attacked Israel in 721 BCE and took many of the best of their people away as slaves back to Assyria and its provinces.  They had taken 10 of the 12 tribes.  We refer to them as the Lost Ten Tribes of Israel.  Today their remnants are being found and some have already relocated in Israel. 

Babylonians attacked in 597 to 586, led by Nebuchadnezzar, taking the choice people again for slavery.  They had destroyed our Temple.  Finally, the king of Persia allowed Israelites to return in 538 BCE and rebuild it.  It's rumored that the King was married to a Jewish woman or that he had some Jewish genes since he made this grand gesture.
Temple that King Solomon had built who ruled from 961-920 BCE on Temple Mount in Jerusalem
It was destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar in 586 BCE
       The Exodus from Egypt happened 480 years before King Solomon built the First Temple in about 1,500-1,445  BCE for our one G-d that we believe in.  This is what separated the Israelites from the rest of the world, as the thought was that there were many gods controlling their life.   Though the Egyptians had had one Pharaoh who also believed in one G-d, that god was the Sun, and as soon as he died, his people went back to their old beliefs.

Moses was a prince of Egypt, and had the opportunity of being educated in reading and writing.  Only the elite had this opportunity.  The Israelite slaves had no such luck, working 7 days a week without a break.  He had returned to Egypt at age 80 in order to free his fellow kinfolk, and wound up traveling 40 more years with his freed kinfolk and other slaves of Egypt as well of 600,000 souls.
Documentation found in Egypt, now in British Museum
Israelite slaves building storage cities in Egypt
The Israelite slaves were not around at the time of building the pyramids.  That must have been a previous work force.  Israelites were put to work building storage cities.  So much of our past is found in these pages of the Tanakh, and yet the Palestinians have not dared to read any of them in their non-existent research as to their own history or that of the Jews and the history of Jerusalem.
Along came the Romans and occupied Jerusalem.  Then by 70 CE, they burned the city and took it over when the ashes cooled down, forcing Jews out.  However, Jews managed to live in other parts of Israel and Judah, for Israel had divided itself after King Solomon had died and the southern part became Judah and kept Jerusalem as its capital.

They were the ones most faithful to Moses's teachings, no doubt because the best and brightest of the other 10 tribes had been kidnapped and taken away hundreds of years before.  The tribe of Judah at the time of Moses's census was the largest with 76,500 people.  They had increased over the 40 years by 1,900.  The smallest tribe had been Manaseh with 32,200 at the first census and 40 years later had 52,700.  They had increased by 20,500. However, the tribe of Gad at the end was the very smallest with only 40,500.  They had lost 5,150 out of their population.  The total population of all the 12 tribes at the conclusion of their journey to Canaan was exactly 601.730 according to the last census.  And people today think the Tanakh is just a bunch of rubbish?  Folk tales?  Hog-wash?  It's a book of history, geography, literature, population genetics, genealogy, a way of living with 613 laws to follow for success and hope and predictions of the future.

 It wasn't until 1,000 years later that many Jews were settling in France and Germany.  Our RASHI, biblical commentator, was born in France in 1040 CE.
I have gone to my library and checked out the Koran of the Islamic faith.  I have read much of it.  I ask, "How many Muslims have read our Tanakh (Bible) ?  Well, I know that in many Muslim countries, such a book will not be found or encouraged to read.  How many Christians have read our Tanakh?  I took a course at Lewis and Clark College, a college of the Presbyterian faith,  in the Old and New Testament.  I was 17 and shy, but it was offered as one of the history classes, and I received a history credit for it.  Do Muslims know that Mohammad lived in Medina, where many Jews lived?  Do they know that Mohammad could not read or write, but that he had listened to the Jewish stories told by street story-tellers?  He was exposed to our beliefs.  Islam become the 2nd mono-theistic religion of not involving any concept including another deity.  However, the teachings were of Mohammad's, and differ very much from Moses.  Islam has grown.  According to a 2010 study and released January 2011, Islam has 1.5 billion adherents, making up over 22% of the world population. According to the Pew Research Center in 2015 there were 50 Muslim-majority countries.                                               

Christianity, also a mono-theistic religion includes Jesus with extra powers being the son of the only G-d in their belief system, and has 7.3 billion adherents.   "Christians remained the largest religious group in the world in 2015, making up nearly a third (31%) of Earth’s 7.3 billion people, according to a new Pew Research Center demographic analysis. But the report also shows that the number of Christians in what many consider the religion’s heartland, the continent of Europe, is in decline." 

The League of Nations passed the ruling that a Jewish state would come out of Palestine.  This was when the Ottoman Empire lost  WWI to the Allies. Then the later group of the UN continued the plan by giving a mandate to Great Britain to oversee Palestine for 30 years and then it would be a Jewish state, which the Jews decided to call Israel.  So in religious commentary and in official world politics, Israel was created, including Jerusalem in the process.  

Being an educator, I believe much of the world's ills come from the lack of education of the populations.  People are not expanding their minds and that's why we have a lot of narrow-minded people in this world.  People need to learn of the history of others and learn tolerance.  They all seem to need to go through temper control lessons and decision making logic.  Religions should be the source of how to get along in the world, shouldn't they?  Where else are people learning about morality?

Tanakh, The Stone Edition, ArtScroll Series of Mesorah Heritage Foundation
Roots by Alex Haley

Friday, December 1, 2017

Flynn, Mueller and Trump : Investigating Treason in Washington DC

Nadene Goldfoot

Young General Michael Thomas Flynn, a Democrat,  is a former Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.  Obama appointed him to this post as the 18th director which he started in July 2012 to his retirement from the Army in August 2014.   He's a retired US Army Lieutenant General who served in the Army for 33 years.  Trump asked him to be his National Security Advisor.    Born in December of 1958 in Rhode Island, he'll be 59 years old this month.   
Robert Swan Mueller

Right now Flynn's in trouble with the FBI for lying to them about information that can incriminate him concerning contact with Russia.  This in turn can harm President Trump somehow, which seems to be the main goal of an investigation being headed by Special Counsel Robert  Swan Mueller.  A lawyer and civil servant,Mueller was the former  6th Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 2001 to 2013.  Mueller is officially the head of the Special Counsel investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 USA elections.  Before becoming the FBI Director, he was a US Attorney, and assistant attorney general for the Criminal Division and an acting deputy attorney general.  Our Justice Department appointed him as special counsel in May of this year.  

What has General Flynn done that is so questionable?  What does a general do with himself upon retirement?  When Flynn left the military in 2014, he started the Flynn Intel Group which provides intelligence services for businesses and governments, including ones in Turkey.  Turkey was once the seat of the Ottoman Empire which was on the Axis side in WWI.  They lost their empire to the Allies which included Great Britain who through the United Nations of the day, were given the mandate to rule over Palestine for 30 years.  At the end of this period, as designated by world decision, it was to go to Jewish hands who were creating Israel.  Today, Turkey has been on the side of the Allies.  "Flynn Intel Group is a lobbying group established by Michael Flynn. Flynn registered the company from the home of his friend Stanley A. McChrystal, a "fellow general-turned-consultant."
Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Kamil Ekim Alptekin, a Turkish businessman close to Recep Tayyip ErdoğanTurkey's leader, is a client of Flynn Intel Group. Inovo, a company owned by Alptekin, paid the Flynn Intel Group $530,000 to investigate Fethullah Gulen, a U.S.-resident cleric who is wanted by the Turkish government.

Flynn was asked to serve as an adviser to the Trump campaign in February 2016.  Trump is a former Democrat but wasn't choosing only Republicans. Flynn felt as he did about Obama.  Trump had changed parties possibly because he saw he couldn't run against Hillary in the primary.   He saw that Flynn had many assets and chose to have him on his team.   Flynn became one of the keynote speakers during the first night of the 2016 Republican National Convention.  He said, "We are tired of Obama's empty speeches and his misguided rhetoric.  This has caused the world to have no respect for America's word, nor does it fear our might."  It seems that Trump has picked this up as the theme in his service as President.  

Flynn went on to accuse Obama of choosing to not speak of Osama bin Laden's actions nor the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.  He criticized political correctness that was going on. 

  They saw eye to eye about the conditions in the Middle East over Islam's creation of an Islamic State-ISIS.  At first he was supportive to ban Muslims from entering the USA until vetted, but told Al Jazeera that a blanket ban wouldn't work and called to vetting of people from countries like Syria.  The only problem with this is that many people have lost their papers in all the bombing.  Records have been destroyed.  Flynn wanted the US to extradite Fethllah Gullen to Turkey and he wanted to work constructively with Russia over Syria.  In 2016 he said that he had personally seen photos of signs in the SW border area that were in Arabic to help Muslims enter the USA illegally.  The National Border Patrol's officer wasn't aware of Muslims getting through there.  It might be hard to tell who's who if they are in a mixed group of Mexicans coming through.  Just like during the Crusades at the beginning of the millennium, Crusaders killed both Muslims and Jews.  They couldn't tell the difference between the two.  

Flynn had to resign from this position after only 24 days of service after information came out that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence about his communications with the Russian Ambassador to the USA, Sergey Kislyak. 

Already Mueller's investigation was shaking up Trump's new selection.  His probe on April 27, 2017 was investigating whether Flynn had accepted money from foreign governments without the required approval.  Flynn didn't want to hand over subpoenaed documents to the Senate Intelligence Committee and used the 5th amendment that protects us against self incrimination.  They worked out a compromise.  By today, December 1st, the news is that Flynn accepted their compromise with Mueller and will plead guilty to one count, that of lying to the FBI.  This is a felony.  

Pressured to resign on Valentine's Day, President Trump had to meet with FBI Director James Comey in the Oval Office and said to him, "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go.  He's  good guy."   

  Flynn said he was asked by Trump's son in law, Jerad Kushner, to intercede to defend Israel in the US on the last day of Obama's term, when he went against former American presidents being Israel's friend in the UN.  By the USA's actions under Obama, it was the worst thing that he could have done to Israel.  Evidently Kushner thought Flynn could get Russia to give a less damning vote for Israel. 

Kushner had to undergo being investigated last year in December 2016 by the Mueller team.  What did he do?  " President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn had a previous undisclosed meeting with the Russian ambassador in December at Trump Tower in New York, officials confirmed Thursday to Fox News." This came out in March.  This was a brief courtesy meeting that lasted for 20 minutes.  
Is lying to Congress a felony like lying to the FBI?
So much of the wire service is filled with this drama of the Democrats trying to  get Trump out of office through his appointees that everyone is forgetting how close Hillary Clinton has been in being the star of breaking the law in politics.  Didn't she accept money from people other than Americans for her Clinton Foundation?  How about all the e-mails she has been in hot water about because of wanting her own way?  How about the Benghazi Slaughter?  "The administration was quick to blame the video, which did trigger protests in Egypt and elsewhere, and slow to acknowledge that the incident was a terrorist attack."  Not acknowledging that a problem exists among our Muslim neighbors was the Obama way, and now Trump has taken the opposite path.  

The Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee helped fund research that resulted in a now-famous dossier containing allegations about President Trump’s connections to Russia and possible coordination between his campaign and the Kremlin, people familiar with the matter said.  

Flynn was held in high regard by Trump.  "Flynn was a crucial member of Trump's presidential campaign and was even vetted as a vice presidential candidate. Trump finds it unfair to have treated him like he has been.  Flynn spoke to Russians during the transition between presidents.  This was his mistake.  Should a general know better?  He must have felt it was important.  

Did Trump use Flynn to collude with the Russians to fix our elections?  I think not.  Personally, I feel Hillary made enough mistakes already and voters were not going to reward her with their vote.  That's what Mueller is supposedly looking into.  

Flynn’s conversations to the Russian ambassador were not a crime.

Not disclosing this information to the corrupt FBI was his crime.
General Flynn: “It has been extraordinarily painful to endure these many months of false accusations of ‘treason.’”

Resource: Wikipedia

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Israel's Great Present Danger of 2334 Caused By Obama's Administration

Nadene Goldfoot                                                                         
Two faced Obama
The last act Obama did was to show his true colors towards Israel by betraying her at the United Nations (UN) by allowing the passage of a vicious anti-Israel UN Security Council Resolution 2334 to pass.  Up until this hour, Israel had been  the USA's ally at the UN Security Council and looked upon as the USA's friend in other matters as well at the UN.
Obama knew he wasn't running for President and it was a cowardly act, an act of getting even by having to go along with treating Israel as a friend, in my opinion.  What he did by allowing this passage was to abandon Israel in her time of need. He did it then without suffering any repercussions.

Obama's Administration refused to utilize America's Security Council veto power to block a very one-sided measure aimed at delegitimizing Israel.  I remember hearing Obama speak about it on his last day on TV.                                           
Ever since the Old City of Jerusalem took on its current dimensions during the glory days of the Ottoman Empire, it has been divided into four quarters, one each for the most venerable residents of the city: a quarter for the Jews; a quarter for the Christians; a quarter for the Armenian Orthodox; and a quarter for the Moslems. The Jewish Quarter is the second-smallest of the four quarters, and simultaneously its oldest and newest; while this section of Jerusalem has been home to a Jewish population since antiquity, save for the comparatively brief period in which Jews were expelled from the city by Roman authorities, the quarter's architecture dates almost entirely to the late 1960s and early 1970s.
                                           The Resolution 2334
The resolution states that Jewish towns and villages that the UN calls "settlements"because Jewish immigrants since the 1920s moved there which include a quarter in Jerusalem which is the Jewish Quarter and  is now considered OCCUPIED TERRITORY.  
They forget that the first organization, THE LEAGUE OF NATIONS, had a Mandate which was passed creating Israel and was approved unanimously by the Council of the League of Nations of 51 member states.  Then it again passed muster in the United Nations and was created on May 14, 1948 after World War II when the Ottoman Empire lost their empire by being on the side of the Axis countries of Germany and their few friends.
They want to pretend that the  Balfour Declaration never existed, something that came about on November 2, 1917, which was written 100 years ago.  The PA today call the Balfour Declaration a crime.  It opened the door for Jews to legally return to their native land after being ousted by the Romans in the year 70.  Jews had to wait for 1,847 years to get the green light to return.  Even at that they had to wait 30 more years for the Brits to leave Eretz Yisrael to the Jews without their help or gun power because the Brits held a 30 year mandate to rule before turning it over to the Jews.

This new resolution is a barrier to any peace prospects.

1. The resolution can cripple Israel's sovereignty
2. It weakens its borders
3.  Israel is now susceptible to false criminal charges at the International Criminal Court (ICC)
4.The anti-Israel  Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement (BDS) is given more power through the UN.
    a.  The UN is creating a new blacklist of companies that support or do business with Israel in Judea, Samaria and eastern Jerusalem.
   b.  UN General Assembly has approved $$138,700 to create a database of such companies.
   c.  UN's Human Rights Council which is so terribly anti-Israel had already approved a creation of the database but needed authority to fund it.

All this is designed to undermine and destroy the one and only Jewish State in the world, ISRAEL.
Until Obama's change of heart, which to me is just exposing where his heart really lay, this is a dramatic shift leaving our strongest regional ally openly exposed and vulnerable. He just gave Hamas and Fatah terrorists a heads up besides possibly an accidental door opening for ISIS.

It has emboldened Israel's enemies as never before.

Israel faces pernicious attacks it wouldn't be facing had this not been stopped in the UN.

It provides diplomatic cover for anti-Israel terrorist groups like Hamas and Fatah.

2334's betrayal against Israel emboldens the PA (Palestinian Authority and other enemies of Israel, encouraging them to now bring charges against Israel at the ICC.

The ICC does not have jurisdiction over Israel.

The ICC has now made the move to re-open an investigation of false news saying that Israeli soldiers committed "war crimes."

2334 must not give power to the ICC of judging independent nations.  Even the USA would be at risk.

Iran has been emboldened by the USA's disastrous nuclear deal and is now testing ballistic missiles which are in violation of the deal.

Some of their missiles are inscribed with the words, "ISRAEL MUST BE DESTROYED."

The ACLJ is for the renewal of sanctions against Iran and are working with Congress to undo this deplorable Iran nuclear deal.
Such a nuclear deal came out of our former administration's weakness.  Secretary of State John Kerry worked so hard to soften the Iranians to make any deal, and so had to speak daily with them to get any deal at all.  This made Kerry weaken during their negotiations, and he caved to almost every Iranian demand.
When the resolution debate was over, the US citizens held as hostages in Iranian prisons for years already were made to wait in a plane on the tarmac in Tehran until the US flew in hundreds of million of dollars in cash to give to the Ayatollahs.  

The USA is just now waking up to the consequences of just such a deal. Finances are shocking! $l.3 billion was paid over 2 days in a cash deal saying it was interest paid in January.  $400 million was paid in cash for something bought in the 70s, said our administration and needed to be paid in full NOW of all times.  13 payments have been made on $99,999.999.99 with the final payment of $10 million.  To me this was paying some sort of ransom for the prisoners.  When prisoners can't leave until money is paid-let's call it what it is; A RANSOM.  Of course, this was denied.  (1)

Also strengthened by how we handled matters, North Korea is spreading its wings and showing their power by putting the world in fear of their lands.  We must remember that North Korea and Iran worked together to gain atomic energy capabilities.

The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ)  with lawyer Jay Alan Sekulow at the helm is working to stop combat this resolution and its hateful BDS acts around the world.  They are fighting against all the renewed threats against Israel by Iran and their threat of using atomic weaponry against this tiny state.

The ACLJ is intervening in Israel's defense and will continue to fight in support of their national sovereignty if necessary.

                    What Our Congress Is Doing To Counter Obama's Non-Veto of 2334     

Senator Lindsey Graham has introduced to Congress THE SAFEGUARD ISRAEL ACT.

This Act is designed to cut off US funding of the UN until President Trump certifies to Congress that the destructive resolution has been repealed.  

The USA pays for over 1/5th of the total costs of The UN's  price tag of $620 million per year plus $2 billion for UN peacekeeping soldiers per year.

Jay Sekulow met with Senator Graham about this yearly bill, and the ACLJ is mounting a petition campaign throughout our nation in support of this passage.
"We're not going to invest in an organization that singles out the ONLY democracy in the Middle East...We need to punish the United Nations." Sen. Lindsey Graham during his meeting with ACLJ Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow.  

Israel has been the scapegoat of the UN for the past 8 years and even before that.  It's about time we see a Lindsey Graham AND our new Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, who speak up for Israel when unfairly attacked.  

Resource: Brochure-ACLJ, Washington DC;