Prayer Summary for January 17


Kerry, Hagel, Brennan – Harmful to Israel, Soft on Terrorists

By Morton A. Klein, National President
Dr. Daniel Mandel, Director
Center for Middle East Policy
Zionist Organization of America

President Obama spent his first term pushing from power long-standing Arab allies in Egypt and Tunisia, seeking to engage the now blood-soaked Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, pulling his punches against Iran’s nuclear program, and putting “daylight” between his Administration and Israel. Now for his second term, he has nominated for the highest posts bearing on the Middle East three figures who give the strongest indication we can expect much more of the same-John Kerry for State, Chuck Hagel for Defense, and John Brennan for the CIA.

Kerry opposed Congress’ 2009 hold on appointing an ambassador to a regime which has subverted democracy in Lebanon and which has supported Hizballah [sic], the terror group that, until 9/11, had more American blood on its hands than any other. But that shouldn’t surprise-last September, Kerry was one of only 25 senators who refused to urge the European Union to designate Hizballah [sic] a terrorist organization.

A leaked cable shows that, in February 2010, Kerry told the Qataris that he supports Israeli withdrawal from the strategic Golan Heights, eastern Jerusalem and the West Bank. In April 2010, Kerry met with Assad and called Syria “an essential player in bringing peace and stability to the region.” The Washington Post even recently called Kerry a “prominent admirer” of Assad.

Kerry also stands apart from his senate colleagues in his weakness towards Iran. Last month, he was one of only 26 senators not to urge President Obama to reiterate his readiness to use military force against Iran if other measures fail to prevent Iran becoming a nuclear power. In April 2010, he was one of only 19 senators refusing to call for crippling sanctions upon Iran.

In respect to the Palestinian Authority (PA), Kerry favors neither pressure nor penalties for its failure to implement its Oslo commitments to end terrorism and the incitement to hatred and murder that feeds it. In 2007, he was one of only 21 senators not to oppose aid to and contacts with PA figures who “do not explicitly and unequivocally recognize Israel’s right to exist, renounce terror, and accept previous agreements.”

With Defense nominee Chuck Hagel, we fare inarguably worse. In 2008 he was described by a congressional aid as “solely responsible” for blocking an Iran sanctions bill. Like Kerry, he opposed Hizballah’s [sic] designation by the EU as a terror outfit and favors indulging the PA; for example, opposing in December 2005 applying presidential pressure on the PA to ban terrorist groups from Palestinian elections as required under Oslo.

But Hagel has exceededKerry by advocating direct U.S. negotiations with Hamas, a U.S. designated terrorist group committed in its Charter to the destruction of Israel and the murder of Jews. Before retiring from the Senate, he muttered about “intimidation” by the “Jewish lobby,” unsubtly suggesting that venal legislators support Israel to America’s detriment because of malign Jewish influence rather than because of U.S. public support. And in 1998, he blamed Israel for Palestinian terrorism saying, “Desperate men do desperate things when you take hope away. And that’s where the Palestinians are today.”

Which brings us to CIA nominee John Brennan, who refers to Jerusalem as Al-Quds, the Arabic name widely used by those who do not recognize Israel. Like Kerry and Hagel, Brennan whitewashes Hizballah [sic] and wants to appease Iran and Hamas. In 2008 he blamed the bad relations between Iran and the U.S., not on the nature of the Iranian regime and its goals, but at least in large part on what he called “Iran-bashing,” which he darkly attributed to Washington’s deference to “short-term domestic political interests”-presumably, the Jews who oppose Iran developing nuclear weapons.

In other words, Brennan doesn’t see the Iranian regime as a dangerous threat. In fact, he criticized the Bush Administration for continuing to pressure Iran. As for Hizballah[sic], he sees it as moderating and pragmatic, now that it “has members of parliament, in the cabinet; there are lawyers, doctors, others who are part of the Hezbollah organization.”

If Iran and Hamas sound no warning bells for Brennan, neither does radical Islam in general. It was Brennan who in 2009 publicly defended the Obama Administration’s policy of discarding basic, factual terms like ‘radical Islam,’ ‘Islamism,’ and ‘jihad’ in reference to the war being waged against America and its allies by Muslim extremists. Why? We do not “describe our enemy as jihadists or Islamists,” asserted Brennan, “because jihad is holy struggle,  a legitimate tenet of Islam meaning to purify oneself of one’s community”-a fashionable spin on a doctrine which has historically denoted the use of force to extend and perpetuate the dominion of Islam over non-Muslims.

With President Obama and his three wise men, who might supervise U.S. foreign defense and intelligence policy towards the Middle East, we can expect more ‘engagement’ with radical Islamic and jihadist movements, several of which have ascended to power during Obama’s first term, no deterring of Iran from crossing the nuclear threshold and more ‘daylight’ between Washington and Jerusalem.

Morton A. Klein is National President of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA). Dr. Daniel Mandel is Director of the ZOA’s Center for Middle East Policy and author of  H.V. Evatt & the Establishment of Israel (London, 2004).

The following excerpt was taken from Devotions for the Praying Heart by Pastor Lynne Hammond:

God Will Do It Again 

Then the Lord said to him: “Go, return on your way to the Wilderness of Damascus; and when you arrive, anoint Hazael as king over Syria. Also you shall anoint Jehu the son of Nimshi as king over Israel. And Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abel Meholah you shall anoint as prophet in your place.”

1 Kings 19:15-16

Some Christians find it hard to believe that God will anoint unsaved government and military leaders to do His will. But the Bible is clear about it: He has done it before and He will do it again.

In the Old Testament, when God wanted to destroy the false religion of Baal worship that had taken over Israel, He began the process by anointing the prophet Elijah. Under that anointing, Elijah proved the deity of God by calling down divine fire on the altar and single-handedly killing 450 prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18).

That was quite an accomplishment for a preacher!

But it took more than just a preacher to get the whole job done. So God told Elijah to anoint two other men to continue the work-Hazael, a heathen king of Syria, and Jehu, a ruthless military leader from Israel. Amazingly enough, Elijah didn’t even have to anoint those men personally. God dispersed His power to them through other prophets that Elijah had trained. And, eventually, Hazael and Jehu finished what Elijah had begun.

God is still working the same way today. He is calling His Church to pray and disperse His anointing just as Elijah did. He is calling us to dispurse it to the government officials, to military leaders and, of course, to those in places of spiritual authority.

As we do, God will inspire and empower those leaders to remove that which has hindered the preaching of the Gospel. He will ise them to level mountains, fill valleys, and make a highway that Jesus can use to reach the nations. He will use them to open up a highway for our God.

Jesus said it will happen and it will!

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We don’t have to figure it out; He will do it for us!
He will position those in spiritual positions of authority in the lives of those that need to hear it
Praying for those positions of authority in the church
The blood of Jesus over each and every one of them
Standing on those platforms and their words more accurate
They would have great utterance and understanding regarding our relationship with Israel
There is one nation that stands above-that is the nation of Israel
Positions will rise up
Calling those things out-the United States is closer to Israel than any time before
More and more government officials getting their feet on the soil of Israel
Greater, bigger, and further
Revelation being received
Holding the blood of Jesus against those evil plots and words against Israel
Those plans will come to nothing
That land will NEVER be given up or taken away
Never to be divided!
The temple shall be rebuilt!
Preparation has already begun
A supernatural and radical change in the atmosphere!
Praying for all of the pastors, words out of them and into the sheep
Divine turnarounds for the bigger picture
Applying the blood over the church-TODAY!
There is still more to be opened up
That is a crack there, but there needs to be a complete breaking up
We bind the spirit of deception that would hold the Church back
Calling out the spirit of truth in a greater way
We are not satisfied with status quo
No longer operating in fear
Boldness and courage in the Church!
Wisdom from the higher kingdom
There are no boundaries where the Spirit must go
United together!
You foul spirit, we hold the blood over you-you WILL NOT have this nation!
We go right in the meeting rooms, where decisions are made
The great plan, all that is in Your heart
No, the Church will not be weary!
A supernatural joining within the Church
Orders given and received-all of the parts responsive
Feeling a shift in the spirit-the influence that ministers have to turn this around
Every single need met
A shift more over into the right
It’s all about what the Word says!
A shift beginning in the Catholic church-starting at the top in Rome
Moving more into the rightnessof God’s plan for the earth
Praying for an awakening and an outpouring
However it has to come, it WILL come!
Souls will be won!
Looking for a supernatural finishing in the things of God!
Pressing on for the call
You that begun a good work in us, WILL see it completed!

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