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From the news media: Addressing a New York think tank, Netanyahu explained Russia’s desire to cooperate with Israel in the war against Islamic terror.
Addressing the Hudson Institute’s annual gala at New York’s Plaza Hotel, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed Moscow’s determination to protect Russia from the threat of Radical Islam.
“I think Russia has variegated interests. The first interest is to make sure militant Islam does not penetrate and destabilize Russia.”
“There are many, many millions of Muslims in Russia, including in greater Moscow, I think it’s up to two million. And the concern that Russia has, which many countries have is that these populations would be radicalized… First thing is, block militant Islam at its source, especially the Daesh [Islamic State] phenomenon. For that they make strange alliances,” he added.
The Israeli leader visited Moscow in June, where he was given full honors upon arrival. Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that his country will expand cooperation with the Jewish state in the fight against Islamic terror.
Netanyahu is right – Putin clearly sees the dictatorial Islam as something alien and hostile to the dictatorial Russia, and he is containing it (like in Chechnya or Tatar region of Russia) or fighting it (like in ISIS’ Middle East) to defend his country.
The Obama’s understanding of Islam is completely different.
From the news media: Addressing to various Islamic and non-Islamic audiences, Obama described his spiritual connections to Islam.
Obama said, “The sweetest sound I know is the Muslim call to prayer”.
If that is the case, Obama cannot fight Islamic terrorism in principle. Indeed, the “sweetest” Muslim call for prayer comes from the mosques – when you love “sweetest sounds” of Islamic prayers, you have to love the mosques. However, the mosques are supporting spiritually Islamic terrorism as a religious duty. Thus, more mosques bring more “sweetest sounds” and more Islamic terrorism.
Obama said, “We will convey our deep appreciation for the Islamic faith, which has done so much over the centuries to shape the world — including in my own country.”
That is true, Islamic faith has done much to shape the world over the centuries. However, this “shaping” was not positive and peaceful to the developing Western Judeo-Christian civilization. Here are just a few reminders. The Islamic faith warriors, after they peacefully increased their presence in Spain and Portugal in the period of eight-10th centuries, tried to convert forcefully these Christian countries into Islamic ones. The Islamic faith warriors, after they peacefully increased their presence in the Middle East in the period of 10-11th centuries, defeated the Eastern Christian empire with the center in Constantinople, converted there all churches to mosques and renamed Constantinople into Istanbul. In 16-19th centuries, the Islamic Ottoman Empire captured much of the Christian Eastern Europe. That is why now Spain, Portugal and many countries of Eastern Europe are against any Islamic immigration into their countries.
Obama said, “Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance.”
Tolerance to the Jews, Christians, Buddhists and other non-Muslims? –That is not true since the Jews, Christians and other non-Muslims are disappearing in all Islamic countries. Tolerance to the laws of Western democratic countries where Islamic immigration-based presence is getting stronger? – That is not true since Islam is creating there its own legal Sharia-based enclaves fighting the laws of the Western Judeo-Christian countries. Tolerance to other religions? – That is not true as well since all authoritative Islamic theologians strongly believe that the non-Muslim religions are anti-Allah formations and finally have to disappear.
Obama said, “Islam is not part of the problem in combating violent extremism – it is an important part of promoting peace.”
There numerous military conflicts doing on in the world these days, and most of them are Muslims fighting Muslims or Muslims overthrowing non-Muslims – in Syria, in Iraq, in Iran, in Egypt, in Libya, in Somali, in Yemen …. It looks like in the Islamic world there is nobody who promotes the peace – the peace in the Western Judeo-Christian definition of this word.
Thus, Obama is not fighting and cannot fight Islamic terrorism because, contrary to everything what is going on in Islamic world and its actions harmful to the Western Judeo-Christian civilization, he strongly believes in the superiority of Islam.
When I visit the Western Wall for prayers and inspiration, I always observe here Jews, and even non-Jews, of different “colors” – in completely white/black uniforms and in just colorful t-shorts – trying to find here the meaning of their individual lives. Everything looks peaceful and inspiring.
Then I read in the news media:
Clash between Haredi and non-Orthodox Jews at Western Wall. The Western Wall plan continues to spark riots: Today, hundreds of Reform and Conservative Jews arrived at the Western Wall in order to hold an egalitarian prayer service in protest of the decision to delay the plan. At the holy site, they encountered dozens of Haredi Jews who shouted and whistled in order to disrupt their prayer service.
Women of the Wall have been fighting a 25-year long battle “to achieve the social and legal recognition of our right, as women, to wear prayer shawls, pray and read from the Torah collectively and out loud at the Western Wall.”
In what may have been his first words on the subject in Hebrew, Netanyahu said: “At a time when we are continuing in our efforts to reach a solution that will allow every Jew to feel at home at the Western Wall, there are those who would prefer to divide our people and even declare that other Jews are wicked or not Jews at all. We must reject these words and these inappropriate acts that are opposed to the fundamental spirit of the State of Israel.”
At the Western Wall, the Jews are expressing and strengthening their faith – they are not here because the Jewish law is compelling them to do so. At the Western Wall, the Jews are as inspired faithful individuals – not as an organized group led by a rabbi or somebody behaving like a rabbi.
However, sometimes a rabbi or somebody behaving like a rabbi lead to the Western Wall an organized group that disrupts the Western–Wall harmony of the faithful – with the goal of strengthening his/her religious group and membership and with clear knowledge that it disrupts the Western-Wall harmony of faithful. Those official and nonofficial rabbis put their business-based professional interests above the Jewish faith.
That is a well-observed troubling general trend in the “professional Judaism” – the rabbis of multiple different streams and sub-streams are interested more in emphasizing their difference to attract more members and money instead of searching for and strengthening the common foundation of Jewish faith which is the “design” of the God-guided better world for everybody.
In essence, the current US Presidential election battles are the battles for defending the country’s Judeo-Christian moral principles from the assault of “Social justice” warriors. If the “Social justice” warriors win, the injustice in our society will rise as is easily seen when the Judeo-Christian principles for family, equality and morality are compared with similar principles of the “Social justice” ideology.
Judeo-Christian Bible-guided family-related principles are clear – a family is the most important collective unit in the human society created only for one reason – for happy and successful recreation! If it is so, two LGBT persons living together may be respected as cohabitants but not treated as a family.
A family should make unified decisions on what political and economic arrangements in the country are preferable and how to educate kids – and be responsible for its decisions. If a family is in distress, it has to rely on the charitable help of a wider spiritual community. A family should have one vote and anybody in the family may deliver this vote.
“Social justice” ideology destroys the family as the most important collective unit in the human society – husband and wife are encouraged to have different voting opinions and kids’ education is moving from the family care to the government care – with the government, imposing the mandatory rules of behavior for all. A government is trying to convince you that your family is not your friend and defender – the government is taking upon itself this role. A sort of government-guided slavery replaces the Bible-guided family freedoms.
The following example demonstrates the destructive consequences of the “Social justice” family-related beliefs. Yes, we had forced the blacks brought here from Africa to work at our plantations. However, when our majority realized that it was the true slavery indeed, we went to a civil war to abolish this slavery and begin treating the blacks as normal citizens – of course with “normal” prejudices that existed at the time, and exist even now, against some communities such as for example Jewish and Catholic ones. However, for the “Social justice” warriors it was not enough – they created the affirmative action laws with many welfare provisions that had destroyed the family structure in the black communities and made the black majority deeply dependent on the government. The result – the social injustice for those who are forced to comply with the anti-Judeo-Christian affirmative actions’ laws.
Judeo-Christian principles of equality are clear – all people are born equal (created equal in the image and likeness of One God) – blacks and whites, europeans and africans, manual workers and people at high intellectual positions. And all people have to have equal opportunities to reach their individual best. For different people, “the best” is different. “The best” may be reached everywhere – in agriculture and science, in manual work and high-tech, in politics, in position of social responsibilities, in spiritual life. If you reach your best, even if your best is at the earnings’ level much-much lower than that of your neighbor, you are happy.
“Social justice” ideology is trying to convince you that you are unhappy if your earnings are much-much lower than that of your neighbor, and the government is here to help you – to help you by confiscating the wealth of your richer neighbor and by transferring the confiscated to you free of charge. However, the confiscation and transfer would be done only if you follow the government orders. Again, that is a sort of government-guided slavery replacing the Bible-guided family freedoms.
The following example demonstrates the destructive consequences of the “Social justice” equality-related beliefs. The “Social justice” warriors created a concept of the “minimal wages” for a family needed for maintaining the “normal” family life. If the family earnings do not reach the level of “minimal wages”, the government would provide it – either through welfare supplements or through legislative pressure on the businesses. The family responsibilities are replaced by “Social justice” goodies. The result – social injustice for those who are robbed – without their consensus – to maintain the “minimal wages” of the others.
Judeo-Christian principles of morality are clear – they are the Ten Commandments which are presented and detailed in the Torah/Bible and in numerous authoritative instructions. For each stream of Judaism and Christianity, the instructions are different in details but unified in principles. In the Judeo-Christian countries, the non-Judeo-Christian communities may exist – however, these communities have to respect and follow the Judeo-Christian governing principles outside their communities as the Jews have been doing during all their history.
“Social justice” ideology is denigrating the Judeo-Christian morality by proclaiming that all moralities are equal and the governing principles of a Judeo-Christian country should accommodate the non-Judeo-Christian principles thus assaulting the morality of the Judeo-Christian majority. By promoting the “Social justice” ideology over the Judeo-Christian moral principles, its creators are creating for themselves the positions of human gods. Unfortunately, the spiritual Judeo-Christian authorities do not resist the “Social justice” ideology thus denigrating their own beliefs.
The following example demonstrates the destructive consequences of the “Social justice” morality-related beliefs. The “Social justice” warriors believe that in the Judeo-Christian countries the Islamic morality should be accepted as equal to Judeo-Christian morality – in spite of Islamic antagonistic rules on the coexistence with the others, in particular with the Jews and Christians. The result – the Muslim immigration to the USA and European countries with no serious restrictions, Islamic terrorism and ultimate injustice to the Judeo-Christian majority.
It is without doubt for those who have studied the Torah/Bible intellectually:
God created the human individuals with the code of GOOD human behavior – in the Bible and most probably genetically;
God did not create the government, which is allowed to impose on the human individuals its own anti-Bible code of behavior;
the human individuals themselves created the government to defend and protect their God’s given right to live their lives as individuals under the Bible’s code of GOOD human behavior.
Something else is obvious for those who have studied the Torah/Bible intellectually:
the Bible reminds us God created the human individuals in His Creator’s image and likeness to continue His creative work in any area of human endeavor – in family and children rearing, in business and arts, in … everywhere;
the creative work requires financial support, and the Bible guides the more fortunate human individuals to provide the financial support to the less fortunate human individuals as Mitzvah/Charity.
The Bible does not guide the human individuals to expand the role of the government – from defending and protecting the God’s given right to live their lives as individuals under the Bible guidance to the confiscating the wealth of the more fortunate and redistributing it to the less fortunate.
However, that is what the multiple governments have done. Why? Because the government’s forced wealth redistribution allows the government redistributing the other’s wealth to itself in much greater quantities than to the others. In order to justify such redistribution, the government has to dethrone God with His Judeo-Christian code of GOOD behavior and substitute it with its own code, and the government has done it so far successfully using its legislative powers.
However, when the Bible-guided human individuals decide to compete with the government they win and the two narratives below prove it. These narratives are about an Israeli private company HIPPY, which enable the parents find out what unique educational program is best for their own kids, and the Big Government, which imposes its own unified educational program on all kids.
A private company HIPPY that gets their money from Mitzvah/Charity and private sales that are affordable for the less fortunate families
HIPPY helps parents empower themselves as their children’s first teacher by giving them the tools, skills and confidence they need to work with their children in the home. The program was designed to bring families, organizations and communities together and remove any barriers to participation that may include limited financial resources or lack of education.
HIPPY is an international program that started in Israel in 1969 as a research and demonstration project. It has since spread to other countries. Germany, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, and Canada along with Israel and the United States now comprise HIPPY International. The HIPPY program came to the United States in 1984.
HIPPY USA was established as an independent non-profit organization in 1988 to promote and guide the development of the HIPPY program in the United States. Currently, there are 139 HIPPY program sites in 23 states and the District of Columbia.
The Big Government with the big forcefully redistributed money
In 2002, with bipartisan support, Congress reauthorized ESEA and President George W. Bush signed the law, giving it a new name: No Child Left Behind (NCLB).
NCLB gave the government the leading role in children education and the government has done, what it is doing in all areas of government involvement – dividing society further, this time creating the groups of traditionally underserved and vulnerable students and providing them with more redistributed money – with no or little success.
HIPPYUSA – much better education results, see at http://www.hippyusa.org/memanage/pdf/2014%20Annual%20Report.pdf
The Big Government – much greater expenses and much greater appetite for redistribution funds, see at http://www.ed.gov/news/speeches/statement-us-secretary-education-arne-duncan%E2%80%94fy-2014-budget-request
Unfortunately, many Jews in the USA and in Israel do not understand that their (our) fate is tied to the fate of Judeo-Christian civilization, and many Christians do not understand that the fate of Christianity depends on the strength of Judaism as its spiritual foundation.
Fortunately, the number of Jews and Christians who understand all that is growing.
Why is it vital nowadays to pay attention to the survival of Judeo-Christian civilization and the fundamental spiritual connections between Jews and Christians – now, in the 21th century after two millenniums of flourishing Judeo-Christian civilization (of course, with the trials of Inquisition, Pogroms and Holocaust)?
That is because the spiritually rival Islamic civilization has begun the deadly assault on our Judeo-Christian civilization following the Qur’anic obligation to make Islamic everything in the human world (ISIS, Al Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah, Iran, CAIR, etc.) while the spiritually disarmed Western Judeo-Christian civilization continue to naively search for a “spiritual formula” for peaceful coexistence with the Islamic world.
Europe is the most visible place where Islam is winning and Israel is losing.
Bret Stevens of WSJ underlines the losing mind-set of Europe
Europe is dying because it has become morally incompetent. It is not that Europe stands for nothing. It is that it stands for shallow things, shallowly. Europeans believe in human rights, tolerance, openness, peace, progress, the environment, pleasure. These beliefs are all very nice, but they are also secondary. What Europeans no longer believe in are the things from which their beliefs spring: Judaism and Christianity; liberalism and the Enlightenment; martial pride and capability; capitalism and wealth. Having ignored and undermined their own foundations, they wonder why their house is coming apart. That is what makes the diplomacy of Angela Merkel, undisputed regent of European foreign policy, so odd and disconcerting. She is offering a deal in which Europe would agree to visa-free travel for Turks in Europe starting next year, along with quicker movement on Turkish membership in the European Union, if only Ankara will do more to resettle Syrian and other refugees in their own country. Turkey is led by an elected Islamist with an autocratic streak, prone to anti-Semitic [and anti-Israel] outbursts, who openly supports Hamas, denies the Armenian genocide, jails journalists in record numbers, and orchestrates Soviet-style show trials against his political opponents. Turkey also has borders with Syria, Iraq and Iran. These would become Europe’s borders in the event of Turkish membership.
Regrettably, in the USA, the process of de-Judeo-Christianization has been underway for some time as well and under President Obama this process was accelerated. On April 6, 2009, speaking halfway across the world in Turkey, he proclaimed that the United States did not consider itself a Judeo-Christian nation. He said, although we have a very large Christian population, we do not consider ourselves a Christian nation or a Jewish nation.
Presidential candidate Ben Carson
We should not give up (our Judeo-Christian) beliefs for political correctness. We have to support America’s Judeo-Christian roots and take pride in that foundation of faith.
However, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) disagrees with Ben Carson
It is a leading Islamic organization in the USA, and it declares in its core principles the introduction of the active practice of Islam as a tool for strengthening the social and religious fabric of the USA. The active practice requires following the Quran guidance and that means working on replacing the Judeo-Christian governing principles by the Islamic ones.
In the Middle East, Israel is representing and defending the Judeo-Christian morality that makes Israel the chief enemy of the Islamic world. The Islamic world understood this role of Israel and Jews long ago, as Netanyahu reminds us.
Prime Minister of Israel Netanyahu
Hitler did not want to exterminate the Jews at the time. He wanted to expel the Jews. And the spiritual leader of the Arab Muslims Haj Amin al-Husseini went to Hitler and said: ‘If you expel them, they will all come here,’ meaning Palestine. ‘So what should I do with them?’ Hitler asked. Haj Amin al-Husseini answered, ‘Burn them.’
The 2016 Presidential and Congressional elections are crucial for the survival of Judeo-Christian civilization, as we know it, and for the survival of USA and Israel as the two fundamental cornerstones of this civilization. Let us hope that those who understand all that will be elected.