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On March 3rd, 2015, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address the United States Congress. Simply put, he is trying to stop the Iranians from building nuclear weapons. His country’s very existence is on the line.

Critics say this is grandstanding to garner more votes in an upcoming election, or that it’s an attempt to undermine Obama. The anti-Semites are out in force as well. Don’t be deceived. This is one of the bravest, most daring moves undertaken by a national leader in modern times and the entire human race stands to benefit. Some are comparing Netanyahu to Churchill in the 1930s, like Steve Forbes:

Why Netanyahu, The Churchill Of Our Time, Must Speak Before Congress

Like Winston Churchill in the 1930s with Nazi Germany, Netanyahu has been sounding the alarm about Iran’s ominous nuclear and terrorist activities.

It’s a message much of Europe and even segments of the US, particularly in the Obama administration, don’t want to hear. The President has made clear his intense dislike of Israel’s prime minister and his refusal to keep quiet about Obama’s desire to conclude a Neville Chamberlain-like deal with Teheran. In a flagrant interference in another country’s election, Obama operatives are working hard in Israel to help bring down the courageous Prime Minister.

Congress needs to hear first-hand the truth about what Iran is doing and the dreadful implications of those activities.

 Netanyahu’s boldness and purpose was aptly analyzed by Joel Rosenberg, an expert on the Middle East, as well:

Why does Netanyahu want to address Congress? He once explained in an interview with me that he sees a threat most do not. Excerpts from that conversation.

Because he understands something too few in the West do – that the most serious threat we face today is not simply from “Radical Islam,” but from “Apocalyptic Islam.”

“I think the West misunderstood, and still misunderstands, the threat” posed by Iran, Mr. Netanyahu told me during a 2007 interview for a documentary film I was producing.

“It is a fanatic, messianic ideology that seeks to have an apocalyptic battle for world supremacy with the West. It seeks to correct what it sees as an accident of history, where the West has risen, and Islam had declined.  The correction is supposed to be done by the resurrection of an Islamic empire and the acquisition of nuclear weapons and the use of nuclear weapons, if necessary, to obliterate Islam’s enemies, and to subjugate the rest.”

I'm With Bibi

Why do I stand with Israel? Here are some of the reasons, from my 2012 post Stand With Israel:

Because I believe in freedom

Because I believe in democratic republics

Because I believe in the rights of women and children

Because I don’t believe in supporting terrorism, madmen, hatred, bigotry, dictators, bullies, or anyone calling for an entire race of people to be wiped from the face of the earth

Because we’ve already learned what happens when genocidal maniacs target the Jews

Because I don’t believe that the horrors of the past should be repeated

Because God said these are His people and He will bless those who bless them

Because this tiny country is a blazing beacon of hope in a sea of darkness

Because America needs a strong ally in the Middle East

Because I believe that peace will rule if Israel is not attacked

Because my faith was born in this region and its Leader will return to it again

Because Christians by nature should stand against anti-Semitism

Because their very survival is an example of God’s divine intervention

Because it is through their people that the greatest promises God has ever made have been and will continue to be fulfilled I stand with Israel.

This is one American who is proud to stand with Israel and defend their right to defend themselves. I would never stand idly by if someone were desiring to hurt or kill my family and I and I don’t expect the nation of Israel to do that either.

Israel, know that there are many Americans who stand with you and we are sending prayers to heaven on your behalf.

I don’t believe it’s an accident that Netanyahu’s speech is falling on the eve of Purim, the Jewish holiday that celebrates their deliverance from genocide through Esther. Prophecy News Watch had a fascinating article about this:

Why Religious Jews See A Parallel Between The Netanyahu-Obama Rift On Iran And The Bible’s Book Of Esther

Some religious leaders have noted that the same kind of break in protocol was key to the Jews’ redemption in the Book of Esther. The Jewish holiday of Purim, which this year is celebrated March 5, marks Esther’s success in her mission to thwart Haman’s destructive plan.

“Remarkably, this is not the first time the issue of protocol lies at the heart of an Iranian threat to destroy the Jewish people,” Yeshiva University Professor Rabbi Benjamin Blech wrote in an article for the Jewish educational organization Aish Hatorah. “There is biblical precedent. Eerily echoing today’s story, the Book of Esther recounts the first recorded instance of attempted genocide against Jews in the ancient empire of Persia, today known as Iran.”

The article goes on to hit on the heart of this whole matter:

Goldberg recalled a lesson shared by the late Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik, considered one of the leading rabbinical figures of Orthodox Judaism. Purim is often celebrated as commemorating a miracle, but Soloveitchik offered a unique view on what the real miracle was.

“A madman rose and articulated his intentions to destroy the Jewish people. The miracle was that we didn’t ignore him, we didn’t excuse him, and we didn’t seek to reinterpret him. The miracle was that we actually believed him and sought to do something about it,” Goldberg wrote, citing Soloveitchik’s lesson.

Standing with Israel, an ally and beacon of freedom in a tumultuous region in which people are being raped, beheaded, enslaved, burned to death, and otherwise exterminated, is a no brainer to me. Yet our government is trying to negotiate with madmen who put on a good front but have insidious ulterior motives.

Netanyahu is trying to prevent nuclear annihilation. What would you do if extremists wanted to kill you and everyone like you? Stand back and let others who might not have your best interests in mind try to work out some mutually agreeable deal? No. You would do whatever you have to do to stop them. This is what he, King Abdullah of Jordan, and Egyptian President al-Sisi are trying to do.

Amidst Obama retreat from Mideast, three regional leaders are forming a quiet but fiercely determined alliance against Iran & ISIS. Israeli PM Netanyahu, Jordan’s King Abdullah II & Egyptian President el-Sisi face high stakes. Will they succeed?

Ultimately, I must revisit my 2013 post Caprica is Burning to detail why it’s so important that Bibi Netanyahu be taken seriously and treated with respect.

This is a time that our nation’s leaders must be making uncompromising, unequivocal, fearless statements that we will not tolerate these threats. It doesn’t matter what party they are; their top priority should be the defense of the American people. We should be strategically eliminating these threats before they can carry out their arrogant promises. We should make an example of them before other megalomaniacs become so bold.

I will conclude with the same video I posted then, a depiction of nuclear war from the sci fi series Battlestar Galactica. Yes, without decisive action, this is our possible future.

See also:

The Obama-Netanyahu fight over Iran, explained

Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu

IDF Blog

You can also contact Prime Minister Netanyahu via his website and let him know his resolve is appreciated.

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Peace is purchased from strength. It’s not purchased from weakness or unilateral retreats. -Benjamin Netanyahu

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Saeed Prayer Vigil

Tonight on TBN I heard Naghmeh Abedini, wife of imprisoned American pastor Saeed Abedini, speak at length about their history and present situation. I learned how they became Christians and Americans despite being born into devout Muslim families in Iran, how they met, and how many other times they’ve been arrested for their charity and faith. Naghmeh was very candid about her struggles with fear and anxiety, but demonstrated that the peace that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7) is real.

Evidently Saeed’s faith and passion for the gospel is so vibrant that despite horrific torture he has other prisoners singing praises to God along with him! This is a man who has death staring him in the face, and yet he does not waver from the belief that God is good. How many of us can attest to faith like that? As I listened to Naghmeh I had to ask myself how many of us Americans would be willing to fight for, be imprisoned for, and even die for our beliefs. I wondered how many of us, when faced with beatings, violations, and isolation, would stick to our guns and not renounce our commitments to freedom and our faith.

The church all over the world is under attack. Whether we are brothers and sisters in the Christian faith or believers in freedom and human rights in general, September 26th is a day to unite on these issues and cry out as one. Whether you are a Christian or not, whether you believe in God or not, there are organized forces in this world that are hell bent on subjugating you and forcing you into a life of slavery. These forces are raping, pillaging, murdering, conquering, and enslaving people who are different from them. The crucifixions and beheadings of children in Iraq are a perfect example of how evil these groups are.

Take a stand for free will and the rights of others no matter what they believe, and join millions of others in shouting out that we stand as one for those who are under attack. As someone who puts my faith and hope in Someone infinitely more powerful than myself, I expect that He will reward this petition and do miracles.

Naghmeh Abedini on Twitter

Save Saeed Campaign Reaching New People in Brazil

And yes, I still wear my hot pink #SaveSaeed t-shirt proudly!

Save Saeed Shirt

 

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Wherever there is prayer, there is the danger of His own immediate action. -C.S. Lewis

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Freedom in Iran

Iran: Letter from Karaj Prison.

Out of support for a fellow blogger and believer in freedom of speech, I’m reposting this powerful letter featured on the Gatestone Institute’s site. There are Americans imprisoned in Iran under similar conditions.  (more…)

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From  Iran’s Weapons Shipment Safely in Israel’s Hands.

From the IDF Blog

From the IDF blog

Thanks to Joel Rosenberg’s blog for spotting this Israeli Defenses Forces graphic first.

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Hangings in Iran. From the Gatestone Institute.

Hangings in Iran. From the Gatestone Institute.

Iran’s “Enemies of God”: Zaniar and Loghman Moradi.

From the Gatestone Institute:

Zaniar and Loghman Moradi, cousins, were arrested in 2009 on charges of “enmity to God and corruptors on earth,” and a year later they were sentenced to death by Judge Salevati, known as Tehran’s “Hanging Judge.” Both were twenty years old at the time of their arrest.

…They both await public execution at any time, most likely from a crane, commonly used for hangings in Iran to ensure the slowest and most painful suffocation. The method does not use a trap door, but instead the accused is hoisted up slowly so that death will not be instantaneous. (more…)

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Marshmallow Fluff

From Wikipedia

“I’ll act on my own.”

Those were the most memorable words in tonight’s State of the Union address, delivered as if we Americans had elected a monarch rather than a servant of the people.

There were no big surprises in SOTU this evening. It was mostly rehash, retread, recycle– the usual worn ideas that feel good but lack substance or logic. The disjointed speech, punctuated mostly by Democratic applause, was oozing socialism and Green Gospel, as evidenced by the emphatic statement “climate change is a fact!” among others. I am passionate about protecting the environment but I do not believe in using questionable science to force people into a particular, micromanaged way of life. (more…)

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From ABC News

From ABC News, Warren Weinstein in 2009 and now.

American kidnapped in Pakistan begs Obama to negotiate with al Qaeda for his release.

NBC News is reporting that Warren Weinstein, a Jewish American kidnapped by al Qaeda in Pakistan two years ago feels forgotten by the Obama administration. He said: 

“I hope and pray to God that you, as leader of the United States, along with your administration, will feel an adequate level of responsibility toward me and work for my release.”

But he’s not the only American who’s imprisoned/being mistreated or tortured/left to die in a foreign country by the Obama administration. MSN published this list of our fellow countrymen in the clutches of hostile nations in September. (more…)

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