Category: Israel


Ariel Sharon, the 11th prime minister of Israel who served in that capacity from 2001 to 2006, suffered a serious stroke on Jan. 4, 2006, and had been incapacitated since.

But Sharon, whose name, Ariel, means “Lion of God” and was sometimes called “The King of Israel” – or “The Butcher of Beirut,” depending on who was doing the nicknaming – still had loomed large over the nation he was so instrumental in establishing.

Sharon will go down in history as one of Israel’s fiercest military warriors and a longtime hawk on security matters, but he will also be remembered for his controversial evacuation of Jewish communities from the Gaza Strip. To this day Israel continues to feel the devastating security consequences of the Gaza disengagement, which left the Islamist terror group Hamas in control of the border territory.

Aside from the Gaza withdrawal, Sharon was widely considered one of the greatest field commanders and military strategists in Israel’s history – and reviled as one of the worst of villains by Israel’s enemies. Sharon fought in Israel’s 1948 War of Independence, the 1956 Suez War, the Six-Day War of 1967, the 1969 War of Attrition, the Yom-Kippur War of 1973, and served as Israel’s minister of defense during the 1982 Lebanon War.

Sharon’s policies both on and off the field of battle lent muscle to the fledgling Israeli state, which was surrounded by enemies on every side, yet survived its formative years no doubt in part because of Sharon.

For example, after Yasser Arafat rejected an Israeli offer of a Palestinian state at U.S.-brokered talks at Camp David in 2000, the PLO leader returned to the West Bank to launch his intifada targeting Jews.

Sharon, working with George Bush, reversed decades of Israeli and U.S. policy that treated Arafat as a moderate. Sharon used the Israel Defense Forces to isolate Arafat to a small wing of his compound in Ramallah, where the Palestinian leader lived under de facto house arrest until his death in 2004.

The Jewish Virtual Library says Sharon joined Haganah at age 14 in 1942 and during the 1948 war commanded an infantry company. He was named commander of a Paratroop Corps in 1956. He commanded an armored division in the 1967 conflict and again during the Yom Kippur War in 1973.

Even his opponents hailed him as “Ariel son of Shmuel … a biblical military hero no less than Jeroboam son of Yehoash or Joshua son of Nun.”

An online biography notes Sharon was nominated by Knesset Member Yoel Hasson for the Israel Prize in 2006. Hasson called Sharon “an outstanding soldier throughout the chain of command, the hero of the Yom Kippur War, an admired general, a Knesset member and minister for many years and one of the most popular prime ministers in the history of the State of Israel.”

Sharon was elected to the Knesset in 1973 but left shortly later to advise Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin on security. He was elected to the legislative body again in 1977 and then was appointed minister of agriculture, followed by his move to the office of defense minister.

But in 1982, after a slaughter of hundreds or even thousands of mostly Palestinian refugees by Lebanese militia in Israeli-controlled Beirut, an Israeli commission found Sharon responsible for ignoring the threat of revenge killings, which indeed led to the massacre. Sharon was pressured into resigning as Israel’s minister of defense.

Following the disintegration of the Soviet Union in the early ’90s, Sharon carried out a program to build 144,000 apartments to absorb the flood of immigrants arriving from Russia.

While holding the office of foreign minister in the late ’90s, he met with U.S., European, Palestinian and Arab leaders to advance peace, including major work on a solution to the region’s need for water.

Following his visit to the Temple Mount in 2000, Palestinians led by Arafat released a wave of terrorism against Israelis even though a committee led by Sen. George Mitchell determined Sharon was not the cause of the violence.

He was installed as prime minister in 2001.

In that office, Sharon initiated a disengagement plan, during which thousands of Jews were deported from Gaza and northern Samaria – turning the once-fertile region over to Hamas-control.

He also played a key role when, in 1981, Israel sent fighter jets to destroy a nuclear plant in Iraq.

Sharon later wrote about the events, his concerns for a nuclear Arab state and ultimately, his thoughts on the success of the mission: “As a member of the Security Affairs Ministers Committee, now known as the Small Cabinet, I was of the opinion that we face a grave danger, and therefore was among those who pushed to strike the nuclear plant in Iraq. … From time to time I used to remind Menachem Begin of this issue, stressing how severe it was that an Arab state had a nuclear weapon. I did not concur with the opinion, which was expressed then by Shimon Peres, I think, that if both parties would have nuclear weapon, there would be a reciprocal deterrence. I said that I couldn’t rely on the discretion of Arab states if they had nuclear weapons. Soviet Union or the Unites States have a different set of considerations, and they are more responsible, even though the balance of terror always seemed dangerous to me. But I don’t trust Arab states, I have no idea how they would assess a given situation or what would bring them to use these weapons. I also explained that there was a danger that an Arab nuclear ‘umbrella’ would lead to an escalation of smaller scale actions against Israel, because Israel would refrain from responding to such actions in fear of the nuclear threat.”

He recalled the success of the mission: “We were in Prime Minister Begin’s house in Jerusalem when we received the news that the fighters returned safely and that they have bombed and destroyed the nuclear reactor. It was in Shavuot eve, June 1981. Joy and elation overwhelmed the ministers who were there with the prime minister. We left; Begin approached me, embraced me and said something in the lines of, ‘I want to thank you. The position you took had a great influence on my decision.’ In my opinion this is one of the most daring decisions any government ever took. It is something in the scale of the decisions Ben Gurion used to take.”

Those who follow the prophecies of Israel noted that Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri, a much-venerated spiritual leader, had said the long-awaited Messiah would not come until after the death of Sharon. He made the prediction two months before Sharon, still acting as prime minister, had a major stroke in 2006 that left him in a coma.

Sharon’s collapse six weeks before his 78th birthday was so sudden and complete that doctors at Hadassah University Hospital in Jerusalem advised his family that he should be allowed to die. Yet advanced medical care allowed him to live another eight years and receive daily visits from his two sons, Gilad and Omri.

While his injury was considered permanent, Gilad, wrote that, “He lies in bed, looking like the lord of the manor, sleeping tranquilly. Large, strong, self assured. His cheeks are a healthy shade of red. When he’s awake, he looks out with a penetrating stare.”

The two brothers were steadfast in their insistence their father must be kept alive, saying, “I would never be able to forgive myself if we did not fight to the end.”



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Secret Location of ‘King David’s Castle’ to be Revealed



More proof that the Bible is real…. Like there was any doubt!


The location of a major archaeological find that was kept secret until now will be revealed to the public on Friday, next week. The find is being touted as a royal castle that could have belonged to Israel’s most celebrated king – the Bible’s King David.

The find is a decorated carved stone known as “a proto-aeolic capital” that is connected to a column. Only 30 such capitals have been found in Israel so far, and only five of them were found in areas in which Biblical-era kings lived.

Unlike all of the other proto-aeolic capitals found in Israel – this one is not separate from the column but connected to it. The weight of the column and capital are estimated to be about five tons.

“For reasons that are not completely clear,” wrote newspaper Makor Rishon when the find was first announced, “several authorities in Israel have decided to silence the find, which may mark a breakthrough in the perception of the period of King David and his son, Shlomo [Solomon], and of the entire Judean kingdom.”

The site was identified by Binyamin Tropper, of the Kfar Etzion Field School, as he descended into a cave in the area of southern Jerusalem. The capital “apparently indicates that an entire temple or castle is buried beneath it,” the newspaper added.

Mysteriously, when Kfar Etzion Field School Director Yaron Rosental contacted the Israel Antiquities Authority to inform them of the find, the person he spoke to reportedly simply said – “Yaron, good for you. You found it, but we already are aware of it. Now forget about the whole thing and keep your mouth shut.”

Rosental said that he later found out that the IAA had known about the site for 18 months.

According to Rosental, excavation of the site has potential for uncovering a complete castle and possibly an entire neighborhood from the Judean kings’ period, for the first time ever. “We appear to have a complete castle here,” he said. “Those who lived here after it did not know of its existence and thus, instead of using its stones to build a new building as was the usual practice, left it intact.” The details found inside could be “amazing.”

The IAA confirmed to Makor Rishon that the find is an important one that appears to date to the period of Judean kings. However, the IAA added, the subject is “sensitive” and “requires serious and responsible handling.”

The Kfar Etzion Field School has announced that it will disclose the location of the find next Friday, January 17, right after a joint Jewish-Arab event for planting trees along the proposed route of the section of the security barrier that is to be constructed nearby. The field school vehemently opposes the construction and says that it will cause irreparable damage to nature, harm the livelihood of local residents and create tensions between Jews and Arabs.

In addition, the planned route of the fence would leave the site of the archaeological find outside of Israeli-controlled territory, in the hands of the Palestinian Authority.

The IDF points out that the barrier is the last section of the security fence that remains to be built for protecting Jerusalem. It has also offered to assist the IAA in moving the proto-aeolic column into Israel.

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Proposal on Jordan Valley: Make It Part of Israel

A new proposed law that will come before government Sunday would counter United States Secretary of State John Kerry’s proposals regarding the status of the Jordan Valley.

While Kerry is putting heavy pressure on Israel to hand control of the strategically valuable area to the Palestinian Authority, MK Miri Regev (Likud), head of the Knesset’s Internal Affairs Committee, is suggesting that Israel do the opposite: officially annex the region.

The purpose of the law is simple, Regev said, “To ensure that the current government of Israel continues to maintain Israel’s eastern line of defense, as every previous government has done.”

There is precedent for annexing strategically critical land disputed land, she noted. “Just to remind everyone, there was opposition to imposing Israeli sovereignty on the Golan region, but the sky didn’t fall when it happened,” she said.

“It’s no secret that the towns in the Jordan Valley have tremendous importance in terms of defense and strategy… Ultimately, we have a responsibility to the citizens of Israel,” Regev declared.

“Not every round of negotiations has to end with land concessions and forcibly evacuating Israeli towns,” she added. “If this continues, eventually we’ll end up with just central Tel Aviv.”

Regev expressed hope that the ministers from Likud, Yisrael Beytenu and Jewish Home would not vote down her proposal despite the controversy – and international backlash – expected over declaring land claimed by the Palestinian Authority to be officially Israeli territory. She noted that the Likud had just had a stormy party meeting “in which the ministers made it clear to the government how important they think it is to keep the towns in the Jordan Valley.”

A similar law has been put forth by MK Motti Yogev (Jewish Home). Yogev argued that the overwhelming majority of Israeli citizens agree that Israel must keep the Jordan Valley. “The Jordan Valley is strategically vital, and must remain under Israeli sovereignty under any future diplomatic arrangement,” he stated.


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International mandate to control sections of Israel’s capital

Published: 24 hours ago

Aaron Klein

TEL AVIV – Secretary of State John Kerry quietly presented a U.S. plan for eastern Jerusalem that calls for an international administrative mandate to control holy sites in the area, according to informed Palestinian and Israeli diplomatic sources.

The exact composition of the international mandate is up for discussion, the sources said, but Kerry’s plan recommended a coalition that includes the Vatican, together with a group of Muslim countries such as Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

The international arrangement is being proposed as a temporary solution for about two to three years while security arrangements in Jerusalem between Israelis and Palestinians are finalized, said the sources.

Israel, the sources said, was not receptive to the particulars of Kerry’s plan, especially the concept of Turkish participation in Jerusalem. Kerry told the Israelis he would hold talks with the Kingdom of Jordan about its playing a leading role in the proposal in the place of Turkey, the sources added.

Kerry was in Jerusalem on Friday as part of an Obama administration effort to reach a deal for a Palestinian state by April, a timeline that is still on track, Kerry told reporters.

“We are working on an approach that both guarantees Israel’s security and fully respects Palestinian sovereignty,” Kerry added.

According to the Israeli and Palestinian diplomatic sources speaking to WND, Kerry’s trip this time around focused specifically on the particulars of security arrangements for the strategic Jordan Valley following a deal.

In October, WND exclusively reported Kerry was strongly urging Israel to give up the Jordan Valley in closed-door talks with the Palestinian Authority.

The current round of U.S.-brokered talks is attempting to hash out the details of a plan for the valley.

The Jordan Valley cuts through the heart of Israel. It runs from the Tiberias River in the north to the Dead Sea in the center to the city of Aqaba at the south of the country, stretching through the biblical Arabah desert.

The U.S. proposal calls for international forces to maintain security control along with unarmed Palestinian police forces, a senior Palestinian Authority negotiator told WND in October. Israel will retain security posts in some strategic areas of the Jordan Valley, according to the U.S. plan.

Previous talks incorporated an element of Jordanian authority in the Jordan Valley, but the Kingdom of Jordan is wary of participating in a future Palestinian state, the negotiator said.

The Palestinian negotiator pointed to the insurgency in Syria and changes of leadership in Egypt as reasons for Jordanian reluctance to assume any security control over Palestinian areas.

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The Middle East Now Has Three Alliances: None Are With the U.S.

Turkey and Iran’s move to form an Islamist super-bloc is changing the balance of the Middle East. Egypt and Saudi Arabia have chosen to lead an Arab bloc of their own, rather than capitulate to their enemies’ dominance.

Our last analysis of this development explained that three distinct blocs were formed since the Muslim Brotherhood

Muslim BrotherhoodGlossary Item

A worldwide Islamist organization founded in Egypt in 1928 by Hassan al-Banna that seeks to implement Sharia-based governance globally.

was toppled in Egypt:

1. The Shiite bloc consisting of Iran, Hezbollah, Iraq and the Syrian regime.

2. The pro-Muslim Brotherhood Sunni bloc, consisting of Turkey, Qatar, Tunisia, Hamas and some Syrian rebels.

3. The anti-Iran/anti-Brotherhood Sunni bloc consisting of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, other Syrian rebels and other Arab countries.

The first two blocs are on opposite sides in the Syrian civil war, but are hoping to negotiate a ceasefire that allows them to mend ties. The third bloc feels so threatened by the other two that Saudi Arabia is widely rumored to be offering Israel access to its airspace to strike Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Clarion Project was recently told by an intelligence source that the Saudis and Israelis have moved “beyond talking” and there will likely be on-the-ground preparations for this scenario soon.

The Syrian civil war had put Turkey and Iran at odds, but the prolonged stalemate is compelling the two governments to look for a way forward. The Turkish Foreign Minister was recently in Tehran, where he said they agreed to push for a ceasefire. He also said Turkey and Iran will “join hands” to be “the backbone of regional stability.”

Both sides are bleeding and spending heavily in the Syrian civil war and the demographic realities make it difficult to envision either side prevailing. Syria is likely to be divided with the Iran-allied regime holding onto the Allawite and Christian areas and the rebel-controlled Sunni areas winning autonomy.

Turkey will have to twist the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood’s arms to make this happen. The group refuses to negotiate with Iran and claims it rejected a recent offer from Iran to pressure Assad into stepping down from power in return for reconciliation.

That is a huge concession. The last reported offer from Iran came in January 2012, when it was willing to hand the Syrian government to the Brotherhood as long as Assad remains at the helm. Now, if the Syrian Brotherhood is telling the truth, the Iranian regime is willing to push Assad aside. Unfortunately for Turkey and Iran, the Brotherhood is unwilling to be seen as a sell-out.

The third bloc led by Saudi Arabia is not giving up on overthrowing Assad and is using its proxies to become the dominant Syrian rebel force. The Saudis arranged for rebel units to break away from the Free Syria Army to form the Salafist

SalafistGlossary Item

Islamic movement formed in the early 20th century that holds that Muslims must reject much of modernity and replicate the lifestyle of Mohammed and early Islamic authorities; often used synonymously with Wahhabism.

-led “Army of Islam.” This Salafist force represents the Saudi brand of Islam but is opposed to Al-Qaeda, an enemy of the Saudi Royal Family.

The Army of Islam is the beginning of Saudi Arabia’s plan to build a 40-50,000 strong national army. The Saudis imported Pakistani instructors to train 5-10,000 of them and have set up training centers in Jordan.

The nuclear deal with Iran heightened the tension between these blocs. As the deal was being finalized, an Iran-backed militia in Iraq fired mortar shells into Saudi Arabia. It said that it was retaliation for Saudi Arabia’s anti-Shiite agitation.

“If they continue their provocations, we will carry out armed operations inside Saudi territories,” the militia threatened.

After the deal was announced, the Saudis abandoned their polite protests of American policy and became downright hostile. Prominent Saudis openly told the press that their country will chart a course independent of the U.S.

“Appeasement hasn’t worked in the past, and I don’t think it will work in the 21st century,” the Saudi ambassador to the U.K. said.

It’s long been an open secret that the Saudis funded the Pakistani nuclear weapons’ program with the understanding that Pakistan would send over nukes if requested. When asked about this deal, the ambassador said, “Let’s just leave it there, all options are available.”

The deal also provides an opportunity for Iran to entice other countries with lucrative trade deals. The Iranians are trying to lure Pakistan by finishing a major gas pipeline.

Turkey says its banks will again be able to make transactions with Iran and will increase their Iranian oil imports to 130-140,000 barrels per day from the current level of 105,000. Turkish imports of Iranian oil were at 180,000 barrels per day before the sanctions were implemented. The two countries are also restarting their gold trade.

The recent Egyptian-Turkish spat is a consequence of this escalating contest. Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan continues to rail against the current Egyptian regime for the overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood. He is allowing the Brotherhood to set up a new television station in his country called “Rabia” with the slogan, “Pulse of freedom.”

Eypt expelled the Turkish ambassador in retaliation for Erdogan’s pro-Brotherhood rhetoric and Turkey responded by declaring the Egyptian ambassador to be persona non-grata. This dispute will intensify if the Egyptian government follows through on its aspiration to ban the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization.

The Gulf Cooperation Council members except Qatar are trying to stabilize the Egyptian economy. Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates immediately pledged $12 billion in assistance after the Brotherhood was toppled. The new Egyptian government returned $2 billion of it.

The United Arab Emirates is encouraging companies to invest in Egypt and is hiring Egyptian teachers that support the new regime. The Egyptian regime has also used the UAE to replace Qatar’s role in developing the Suez Canal.

Qatar, on the other hand, continues to act as the Muslim Brotherhood’s bank. The U.S. “ally” provided the Brotherhood-led Egypt with $7.5 billion in assistance but is now absent. Qatar has made it clear whose side it is on, and Saudi Arabia tried to organize a condemnation of its behavior in Egypt and Yemen.

Qatar is coming to the aid of the weakened Islamist government of Tunisia. The Ennahda Party that leads Tunisia is facing popular protests and may be overthrown. The Qatari National Bank recently agreed to loan it $500 million.

The Moroccan government is poised to play a potentially decisive role in this geopolitical and ideological contest. It is hostile to Iran and fears its own Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated opposition. King Mohammed VI managed to contain the country’s own Arab Spring uprising and protests have faded.

“We can be a model. We can export our reforms and our vision,” says the Deputy Foreign Minister.

Morocco is helping the West with ideologically combating Islamist extremism in Mali. The Mali government picked up to 500 imams to go there for education. The geopolitical position of Morocco places it in the third camp, but how long will Saudi Arabia tolerate Morocco’s promotion of a competing ideology?

U.S. policy is in a state of fatal contradiction.

The White House favors the pro-Brotherhood bloc and is trying to build a better relationship with Iran. This stance has alienated the bloc whose interests most closely align with ours. Egypt is now embracing Russia and Saudi Arabia is openly saying it needs to stop relying on the U.S.

The Middle East is now divided into three alliances and none of them are with the U.S.


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Israel said to be working with Saudi Arabia on Iran strike plan

 Riyadh reported to give Jerusalem okay to use Saudi airspace and to cooperate on other tactical support, according to Sunday Times

 Israel is working on coordinating plans for a possible military strike with Saudi Arabia, with Riyadh prepared to provide tactical support to Jerusalem, a British newspaper reported early Sunday.

 The two countries have both united in worry that the West may come to terms with Iran, easing sanctions and allowing the Islamic Republic to continue its nuclear program.

 According to the Sunday Times, Riyadh has agreed to let Israel use its airspace in a military strike on Iran and cooperate over the use of rescue helicopters, tanker planes and drones.

 “The Saudis are furious and are willing to give Israel all the help it needs,” an unnamed diplomatic source told the paper.

 The report comes as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in the midst of a blitz to lobby against a deal and cobble together an international alliance opposed to an agreement that allows Iran to continue enriching uranium.

 On Sunday, Israel will welcome French President Francois Hollande, who a week earlier put the kibosh on a deal between six world powers and Iran that would ease sanctions in return for initial steps toward curbing enrichment.

 Netanyahu on Friday urged France to remain firm in its pressure on Iran ahead of a new round of talks on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program in Geneva, kicking off Wednesday.

 After meeting Hollande, Netanyahu will head to Moscow on Wednesday to meet with President Vladimir Putin and lobby against the deal.

 Iran’s bid for the bomb “threatens directly the future of the Jewish state,” Netanyahu told CNN recently, in a short preview clip of an interview broadcast on Saturday. As the prime minister of Israel, he stressed, he had to care for “the survival of my country.”

 CNN reported that Netanyahu also said in the interview that he would do whatever it was necessary to do in order to protect Israel. The full interview will air Sunday morning.

 Should a deal be reached at talks set to resume in Geneva on Wednesday, according to the diplomatic source, a military option would be back on the table. Saudi tactical support, in lieu of backup from the Pentagon, would be vital for a long-range mission targeting Iran’s nuclear program.

 Saudi Arabia, a Sunni Muslim country across the Persian Gulf from Iran has long been at odds with Tehran, and fears a nuclear weapon would threaten Riyadh and set off a nuclear arms race in the region.

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Famous rabbi’s mystery solved! Or not?

Controversy over revelation of ‘name of Messiah’ heats up

Published: 14 hours ago

When Israel Today first revealed to the world in April of 2007 that Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri had left a supposed death note proclaiming the name of the real Messiah was Yehoshua (Jesus), the orthodox Jewish world was thrown into a furor.

“So, Rabbi Kaduri has become a Christian?” some asked. Other distraught Jews, according to the article, proclaimed, “I suppose the Christians are dancing in the streets!”

What Israel Today chronicled is where the story of “The Rabbi Who Found Messiah: The Story of Yitzhak Kaduri and His Prophecies of The Endtime” begins.

Did a famed Jewish rabbi really leave such a message? If he did, does this mean that Kaduri “became a Christian?”

Carl Gallups, author of “The Rabbi Who Found Messiah,” responds to the dilemma.

His book is the only one that recounts the amazing and still unfolding story.

The book has been made into a one-hour DVD documentary by WND Films and award-winning producer-director George Escobar. Escobar is also the producer of the No. 1 Faith movie in America, “The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment.”

“I am asked this question a lot,” Gallups said. “Did Kaduri become a Christian? Truly, I have no way of knowing that answer with absolute certainty. But, I think it is important to first examine the heavily documented facts of the story and then, also, to put in context the whole concept of a Jew ‘becoming a Christian.’”

Gallups said the facts of the story “are fairly indisputable.”

“It was reported in Israeli print media that Kaduri claimed he had a vision of the ‘real’ Messiah. These reports go all the way back to 2003. It was also reported that he eventually claimed that he had written the name of the Messiah in a note and that the note was to be opened one year after his death. There are witnesses on record to the fact of Kaduri’s death note claim. It is also a fact that a note did appear on Kaduri’s own website a year after his death. The note was downloaded from his site – the world over. His own website claimed this was the long awaited death note.”

Israel Today and the Hebrew language News First Class ran the story about the note. When translated from Hebrew to English the note simply reads:

Concerning the letter abbreviation of the Messiah’s name, He will lift the people and prove that his word and law are valid.

This I have signed in the month of mercy. – Yitzhak Kaduri

After a while, many of his followers saw the meaning of the note.

Apparently it had been written in cryptic form. The instruction about the “letter abbreviation” of Messiah’s name was the clue. When the first letters of each of the Hebrew words of the next line (He will lift the people and prove that his word and law are valid) were extracted, they spelled Yehoshua (Jesus).

Gallups said the testimonies of some of Kaduri’s own students are in the book and documentary.

“These students are on record stating that Kaduri often spoke of Messiah to his classes and frequently identified the Messiah as Yehoshua. This is pretty hard evidence to credibly refute,” he said.

“Now for the main question,” Gallups went on to say, “Did Kaduri become a Christian? This is the controversial pondering that seems to be the most upsetting to the Jewish community. And I understand that anxiety. If one thinks that Kaduri immediately went down and joined a Baptist church, if that is the image they have in their mind – they are utterly mistaken. Kaduri was a Jew. He was a rabbi. He was a deeply devoted student and teacher of the ancient Jewish scriptures as well as the Jewish commentaries and even the controversial mystical Jewish writings. He was steeped in rabbinical Judaism. This fact cannot be ignored and it must not be forgotten.

Gallups said that if Kaduri “actually did have a vision, or a revelation, that Yehoshua was the Messiah, his understanding would have been no different than the first century Jews who were first believing in Yehoshua of Nazareth as the Christ!”

That means, he said, the Christian faith was born out of Judaism.

“People tend to forget that fact,” he said. “Deeply devoted Jews wrote the whole of the New Testament. The early church was made up entirely of Jews – for several decades. It would not be until the ministry of the Apostle Paul, (a Jew, a rabbi, a Pharisee) that the early Jews who believed in Yehoshua would finally reach out to the Gentile world. What was their message when they finally did reach out to the Gentile world? – Yehoshua is Messiah! When God put on flesh to dwell among us and become our sin sacrifice, the Lamb of God, He put on Jewish flesh! This is an astounding reality!”

Gallups said “the most important thing to remember in all of this is that Kaduri’s message was not for the westernized Christian community.”

“It was not for world consumption so much as it was a message for the Jews. And, I believe, it was a message for the Jews as we now might be living in the last days. Kaduri was the most beloved rabbi of modern Israel. Three hundred thousand people came to his funeral. The streets of Jerusalem had to be shut down on the day of his burial. Could it be that the Lord used a rabbi of this stature to proclaim, one more time, to the people of Israel what had already been declared and demonstrated in the first century: Yehoshua is the real Messiah! Certainly that could very well be what has happened. And we are now telling that story. People can do with it what they wish – but the story is true.”

Some months prior to the note’s appearance on Kaduri’s website, and prior to Kaduri’s death, the ominous and prophetic words of one of his many Messiah utterances were posted:

Many have known his (Messiah’s) name but have not believed that he is the Messiah.

Gallups commented: “And there you have it. Many have known Messiah’s name. When Kaduri said many he was speaking to the Jews among whom he ministered. Kaduri said – they have known his name – but – they have not believed it! And when he left the name, he left just such a name – Yehoshua. It is the very name that many Jews have known for many centuries – yet refused to believe. And remember – Kaduri said this about the name of the Messiah long before the controversial note was revealed! And thus the story and the controversy remains until the coming of Messiah!”

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For the past 2,000 years, there has been one famous name the top leaders of Judaism have been reluctant to talk about, let alone embrace or endorse.

That name, of course, is Jesus of Nazareth, the man who countless Christians believe is their Messiah and God of the Bible.

For most Jews, however, God’s “Anointed One,” which is what the word “Messiah” means, is still an unidentified figure.

But now, a man you might think would be perhaps the last person on Earth to champion the cause of Jesus as Messiah is doing just that, despite the fact he’s a famous Jewish rabbi and is now deceased.

A brand-new book and DVD movie officially debuting Tuesday titled “The Rabbi Who Found Messiah” tells the eye-opening story of Yitzhak Kaduri, a lifelong legend in the Jewish community who, a year after his death at age 108, had a cryptic and startling declaration issued: that the long-awaited Messiah of the Jews is a man named Yehoshua, which is another way of saying Jesus.

Not only that, Kaduri, the most venerated rabbi in Israel, claimed he had personally met the Messiah in vision, and was given instructions by Him.

As the worldwide buzz about Kaduri and his revelation begins, some might wonder if God would use an ostensible enemy of the risen Christ to proclaim His glory to all nations.

But Carl Gallups, author of “The Rabbi Who Found Messiah,” says there’s already strong Bible precedent for it.

Gallups says the best example is that of the New Testament apostle Paul, who was originally called Saul, and was a persecutor of Christians when he was a leader in the ancient Jewish community.

That was until the Messiah personally got a hold of this “enemy” to straighten him out.

“Along the road to Damascus, Rabbi Saul, the teacher of the Law, was suddenly struck down,” Gallups writes. “A light from heaven – like a lightning bolt out of a clear blue sky – flashed, enveloping him in a shroud of brilliance. Its explosive sound was deafening; its radiance dazzling and blinding. Saul fell to the ground as though dead, his eyes clenched tightly, burning with pain.”

Jesus, the Messiah, revealed Himself in vision to this high-ranking Jew, a top adversary of Christians, but Gallups notes others who were traveling with Saul did not hear the message given to the rabbi.

“Saul’s companions did not hear those words; they heard only a rumbling. The message was meant for Saul’s ears only,” he writes.

The instructions given to Saul changed his entire outlook, prompting him to become a champion for Christ to the world.

Writes Gallups: “His new message was: I have had a revelation. I have spoken to the Messiah. I know who He is, and I know the signs that must accompany His return. He has given me a mission to fulfill, and I will embark upon this holy task even if it means the slandering of my name and my reputation among the Jews – even if it means my death.”

“I ask you again, could the Messiah of God reveal Himself to a Jewish rabbi? Would He reveal Himself to a mere Hebrew sage, even if that leader were engaged in wickedness, murder, and other outrages against humanity? Would He actually place His hand of revelation and anointing upon a man who spent his life attempting to destroy the work of those who first claimed the Messiah? Would the Lord then use that same man to strengthen, and even build up, the very ones he used to attack? Of course He would. And according to the Bible, He did.”

And the story of Paul is not the only example.

“Additionally, in Acts 18,” says Gallups, “we read of a ruler of the synagogue – another respected Jewish rabbi – named Crispus, who had a revelation of the true Messiah through the preaching of Paul. This leader then acknowledged Jesus Christ as Savior and the Messiah of God. Yes, God has spoken time and time again to unbelieving people – some of whom had done wicked things in their lives prior to encountering the living God.”

Another instance of a messianic revelation given to an elderly Jewish holy man is that of the experience of Simeon, recorded in chapter 2 of the Gospel of Luke.

Joseph and Mary had arrived at the temple in Jerusalem to present the infant Jesus for His ritualistic dedication.

Gallups explains: “There, the man Simeon, described as one who had received a revelation from the Holy Spirit of God that he would literally lay his eyes upon the long-awaited Messiah before his own death, approaches the young parents. The account records that Simeon took Jesus in his arms and proclaimed, ‘Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: for mine eyes have seen thy salvation, which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; a light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel’ (Luke 2:29–32).”

“To many of Simeon’s day, it may have appeared improbable that the Lord of heaven would have made such a promise to an old man, much less fulfill the incredulous revelation. But the Lord always fulfills His word. He always keeps His promises. He never disappoints. Simeon had seen the Messiah.”

The book and DVD suggest God could be repeating this biblical pattern, with Rabbi Kaduri, a celebrated figure for decades in Judaism, as a person you’d least expect to carry the torch for Jesus, proclaiming His name not only to Jews, but to others across the globe.

“I have met the Messiah,” Kaduri told his followers on the Day of Atonement in 2005.

“He has appeared to me in a vision. He has attached his soul to a particular person in Israel. I will spend this day teaching you how to recognize the Messiah, for He shall appear soon. You must be ready for His coming. Many events of awe will take place before His coming … but they will happen quickly.’”


Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri claims to have met the Messiah in vision.

As the rabbi commanded everyone’s undivided attention and with all eyes in the congregation fixed on their beloved teacher, Kaduri somberly continued: “I must tell you something disturbing.

“I have no specific information to give you on the following matter other than what I am about to share with you now … The Messiah has revealed to me that He will not present Himself until after the death of our prime minister, Ariel Sharon.”

Just a little more than two months later, events took an eerie turn as Ariel Sharon, the 11th prime minister of Israel, suffered a massive stroke and lapsed into a coma, a state in which he remains to date.

Then 24 days after Sharon’s medical calamity, Rabbi Kaduri himself died after a brief bout with pneumonia.

Before his death, the rabbi had left a mysterious letter, which he instructed was to be unsealed a year after his own death.

When it was finally made public, the name of the Messiah whom Kaduri met after years of praying and fasting was Yehoshua – the formal name for Yeshua, or Jesus in the Greek

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Israel’s Final Warning on Iran – by Yaakov Lappin –


With no military threat, Iran has no incentive to stop its nuclear progress. Iran might well conclude that the sanctions could disappear in the course of endless rounds of diplomacy. No one in Israel seeks war, but a central tenet of its own defense doctrine is that Israel cannot depend on any external power to deal with existential security threats.

The coming weeks probably represent the last opportunity for Iran and the international community to reach an enforceable deal that will dismantle Tehran’s nuclear weapons program, before Israel concludes that time has run out, that Iran has gotten too close to creating its first atomic bombs, and that the time for a military strike has arrived.

Despite Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s well-planned and deceptive charm offensive at the United Nations last week, so far not a single uranium-enriching centrifuge has stopped spinning in the underground nuclear facilities in Natanz and Qom. The heavy water plutonium facility at Arak is moving forward, and Iran has already amassed enough low-enriched uranium for the production of seven to nine atomic bombs.

The speech given by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu at the United Nations last week, in which he warned that Israel would act alone against Iran if it needed to, is an authentic warning, and serves a dual purpose.

First, the speech reintroduces a credible military threat and aims it squarely at the Islamic Republic.

This notice is important as deterrence against Iran has waned significantly since August, when President Barack Obama hesitantly climbed down from his commitment to carry out a military strike on Iran’s ally, the Syrian regime, over its use of chemical weapons to massacre civilians.

A diminished threat of military force leaves diplomatic efforts with Iran almost no chance of success: it leaves Iran with virtually no incentive to stop its nuclear progress, despite the painful economic sanctions it faces.

With no military threat, Iran might well conclude that the sanctions could disappear in the course of endless rounds of diplomacy, in which skilled Iranian negotiators would succeed in getting some of the sanctions lifted while giving up very little in return.

Many of America’s allies in the Middle East are very concerned about the lack of deterrence; and Netanyahu, keen to ensure that he has given talks with Iran all possible opportunities before taking matters into his own hands, has placed the military threat firmly back on the table, lest Iran forget that even if the U.S. will not act militarily any time soon, Israel most certainly will if it must.

The second purpose of Netanyahu’s speech was to put the international community on notice regarding the urgency of the situation, and to send the message that even if many in the West have fallen for Iran’s “campaign of smiles,” Israel has not, and if Israeli concerns are neglected, action will be taken.

Should the international community continue to allow Iran to buy more time for its nuclear program, as it has done for more than a decade, after Netanyahu’s warning, it will not be able to respond with surprise when Israel attacks Iran’s nuclear sites.

Israel’s leadership has long since concluded that a nuclear-armed Iranian regime — a regime that is doctrinally and theologically committed to Israel’s destruction, and that controls a state-sponsored terrorist network, active worldwide — is an outcome many times more dangerous than any military attack.

Israel’s defense establishment recognizes that stringent U.S.-led economic sanctions have forced Iran to the negotiating table. But senior officials, such as Israel’s Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, have warned that merely arriving for negotiations and offering “sweet talk” is no reason to reward Iran by easing sanctions. On the contrary, easing sanctions now would guarantee that talks will fail.

Similarly, any agreement that allows Iran to continue to enrich uranium under the guise of a civilian energy program will simply enshrine Iran’s position as a nuclear breakout state. Only tangible, verifiable steps that will ensure Iran is pushed back by years from its current progress could be considered an accomplishment.

Against the background of these developments, it is worth bearing in mind that the core of Jerusalem’s defense doctrine holds that Israel cannot depend on any foreign power — even its most trusted ally, the United States — to deal with an existential security threat.

Israel’s clock, which gauges Iranian nuclear progress, ticks faster than that of America’s, due to Israel’s lesser strike capabilities, its smaller size, its closer proximity to Iran, and ultimately, because Israel is the openly and repeatedly declared number one target of Iran’s ambition to destroy it.

If Israel misses its window of opportunity to act, such a lapse would violate a central tenet of its own defense doctrine — that Israel cannot depend on any external power to deal with existential security threats — thereby making that option unthinkable. Once Israeli intelligence agencies and senior military command levels conclude that the clock has struck one minute to midnight, no amount of pressure from allies will succeed in dissuading it from acting in self-preservation.

A military strike would not be a goal in itself, as Iran could go right back to reactivating its program, but it would be a last resort designed to accomplish what years of talks could not: to push Iran back from the nuclear brink.

Israel’s strike capabilities remain a closely guarded secret, but according to international media reports, the Israel Air Force has more than 100 F15i and F16i fighter jets that can fly to Iran and return without the need to refuel, as well as, for other jets, advanced midair refueling capabilities that would allow them to strike multiple Iranian targets. According to the reports, Israel also possesses long-range Jericho ground-to-ground missiles.

Any strike, moreover, would be unimaginable without the Israel Defense Force’s advanced electronic warfare units.

In the event that Iran orders its Lebanese proxy, Hezbollah to retaliate with tens of thousands of rockets and missiles on the Israeli home front, Israel could respond with devastating air force strikes using new weapons systems, and a lightning ground invasion of southern Lebanon to extinguish quickly the rocket attacks and leave Hezbollah on the ropes.

No one in Israel seeks war, and few dispute that a diplomatic solution that can really freeze the threat from Tehran is the most desired outcome.

But so far, beyond empty gestures, Iran has given no indication that it is prepared to give up its program, and time is running out.

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Netanyahu declares to world leaders: “In our time the Biblical prophecies are being realized.”

(Washington, D.C.) — “In our time the Biblical prophecies are being realized,” Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu declared before world leaders gathered at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday.

“As the prophet Amos said, they shall rebuild ruined cities and inhabit them,” Netanyahu said. “They shall plant vineyards and drink their wine. They shall till gardens and eat their fruit. And I will plant them upon their soil never to be uprooted again. Ladies and gentlemen, the people of Israel have come home never to be uprooted again.”

I don’t personally recall a single other Israeli leader in the modern era who has spoken so clearly of the fulfillment of Bible prophecy. Perhaps David Ben Gurion did, for the first Israeli premier had a great interest in the Scriptures. But Netanyahu’s own interest in the Scriptures has been growing significantly in recent years, as I have noted on the blog, and increasingly pronounced in his public statements. At a speech at the Auschwitz death camp in 2009, for example, Netanyahu declaredthat the prophecies of Ezekiel 37 — the dry bones of the Jewish people coming back together miraculously to form the State of Israel — had come to pass in his lifetime.

Netanyahu also alluded in the speech to the Biblical prophecies of a Persian king named “Cyrus” would rise up one day and set the Jewish people free from captivity.

“The Jewish people’s odyssey through time has taught us two things: Never give up hope, always remain vigilant. Hope charts the future. Vigilance protects it,” Netanyahu said. “Today our hope for the future is challenged by a nuclear-armed Iran that seeks our destruction. But I want you to know, that wasn’t always the case. Some 2,500 years ago the great Persian king Cyrus ended the Babylonian exile of the Jewish people. He issued a famous edict in which he proclaimed the right of the Jews to return to the land of Israel and rebuild the Jewish temple in Jerusalem. That’s a Persian decree. And thus began an historic friendship between the Jews and the Persians that lasted until modern times.”

Isaiah was a Hebrew prophet who prophesied that a great Persian king named “Cyrus” would emerge one day to bless the Jewish people, release them from captivity, send them back to the land of Israel, and rebuild the city of Jerusalem. (See Isaiah 44:28 through 45:13.)

A Persian king named “Cyrus” did, in fact, emerge to fulfill Isaiah’s prophecies.

  •  See 2 Chronicles 36:22-23 – “Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia – in order to fulfill the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah – the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he sent a proclamation throughout his kingdom, and also put it in writing, saying, ‘Thus says Cyrus king of Persia, “The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth, and He has appointed me to build Him a house in Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Whoever there is among you of all His people, may the Lord His God be with him, and let him go up!”’”
  • See the Book of Ezra – “Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia – in order to fulfill the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah – the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he sent a proclamation throughout his kingdom, and also put it in writing, saying, ‘Thus says Cyrus king of Persia, “The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth, and He has appointed me to build Him a house in Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Whoever there is among you of all His people, may His God be with him! Let him go up to Jerusalem which is in Judah and rebuild the house of the Lord, the God of Israel; He is the God who is in Jerusalem. Every survivor, at whatever place he may live, let the men of that place support him with silver and gold, with goods and cattle, together with a freewill offering for the house of God which is in Jerusalem.” (Ezra 1:1-4)

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