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An Urgent Update from an Orthodox Jewish Rabbi in Israel

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An Urgent Update from an Orthodox Jewish Rabbi in Israel

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The following program is recorded content created by the Truth Network. Orthodox Rabbi, born in America, living in Israel with his family now, and on the front lines, literally, of what is happening in the land. He reached out to me about doing this broadcast. He has been involved for years in Jewish-Christian relationships.

He's spoken in many churches about Israel. And I'm so thrilled that he's taking time in the midst of a crazy, busy, difficult schedule to join us. Friends, if you're watching on YouTube, click share immediately. Click thumbs up. If you're watching on Facebook, click share on that. Listening on radio podcasts, share this with a friend immediately.

This is going to be a very important broadcast. Rabbi Ralicki, thanks so much for joining us from Israel right now. Oh, thank you, Michael.

It's just wonderful to be with you again at this time. It's a very difficult time, as you said. Very tense. And I have to just tell you, as an opening statement, that I'm 53 years old, and I have never in my life felt such existential pain for what our nation has gone through.

Yeah. So Pesach, how long have you lived in Israel now? I've lived in Israel just about 30 years. It'll be 30 years. I'm 29 and a half years in.

Extraordinary. And how old are your kids? My kids, my oldest is 26. My youngest is 15. 15. So right now you have children that are in the IDF in the midst of the battle. Is that correct?

Sure, yeah. I'll go in order of age of who's in. My son-in-law, so I'm going to count him as one of my kids. My son-in-law is married to my daughter. My daughter is pregnant with our first grandchild.

It was expected around Purim time, about five months from now, six months from now. And he's a commander in the Nahal Brigade, an infantry unit. And then I have a son who is 25 years old, and he's a reservist also in combat infantry. I have a daughter who's 24. Yes, my kids are close in age.

I have eight of them. My daughter who's 24 is a combat medic. So she's working at a kind of field medical unit that also does search and rescue operations.

That's also, that's also down near the front. And my youngest who's in is 19 years old. He's not a reservist, and he's not an officer. He's an enlisted soldier in the Givati Brigade in an infantry unit. And he's been right in there. We talk about, I can't go into too many details, but when you've seen on the news about how in the early days the soldiers were securing the Israeli towns in the south, let's just say we've been praying for my son a lot.

Yeah, understandably. And again, thank you for wanting to be on the air to speak to all of our listeners and viewers in the midst of such extraordinarily chaotic times. We want to talk about, from your perspective as an Orthodox Jew, the spiritual, biblical significance of what's happening. We want to talk about the geopolitical realities from your perspective.

But first, just take us back. It's Shabbat, so you're not using electronic communication. You're not on your cell phones or things like that. How did you first begin to hear the news a week ago, a week and a half ago? And then what happened?

What kind of effect did it have as the news began to circulate in your community? It was not only Shabbat, it was also a festival known as Shmini Atzeret. In the Bible, it doesn't really have a name. It's just called the eighth day. It's the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles of Sukkot. And more traditionally, over the last millennia or so, it became known as Simchat Torah, the Festival of the Torah. It's the day, it's really one of the most joyous days on the Jewish calendar. So it was the end of the festival, which happened to fall out in the Shabbat this year.

So for multiple reasons that we were all unplugged. Everyone in my community where I live in an Orthodox Jewish community here in Beit Shemesh in Israel, and as you said, we're not aware of what's going on in the news. But in our community, there's always a few people, there's always a kind of cell that for security reasons in every community, no matter how Orthodox, who are plugged in, who are receiving updates, if anything happens, who are there for security reasons.

So there's always someone who knows what's going on. And I was actually in the synagogue at the time. I like to pray early, you know, just like in the Christian community, there's often churches will have various services at different times for the early risers and the late risers.

And I'm an early riser. So it was probably about 730 in the morning. And we were in the synagogue. And it was late, it was late in the service, it was right after the Torah reading, which happens in the center of the service, in the middle of the service, and the Gabbai, I guess in English it's called a sextant, he's sort of the person in the synagogue who keeps things running, came up and he said, I have an announcement to make. There have been air raid sirens in other areas of the country, including Tel Aviv, and in many places in the country. He didn't tell us any other details, and therefore there's an expectation that we may also have air raid sirens in Beit Shemesh. And if there's an air raid siren, everyone make sure to get down on the floor, put your hands on the head, because we were in the basement of the synagogue. Oh, I should say that also, he had told us beforehand to move down to the basement of the synagogue. We had moved down, the synagogue is reinforced like a bomb shelter.

But to take extra precautions, he said if there's an air raid siren, we should all get on the ground. And I have to say, the first reaction was, oh my gosh, we're under attack, even Tel Aviv, that doesn't happen so often, although it's happened a few times. In the last few skirmishes, those who follow Israeli politics in the last 15, 20 years, we know that every few years or so, there's a kind of flare up out of Gaza, where the settlements, which they lob at Israeli settlements, which they're always lobbing at Israeli settlements to greater or lesser degrees. But every now and then, things intensify, and then there's what we might call a mini war or an operation, where Israel intensifies its bombing.

A few of these operations have included small ground campaigns. We slapped down Hamas a little bit, and then things are quiet for a few years, and that's the way it's gone. So honestly, I thought that that's what involved in another one of those. It was like, oh my gosh, maybe this is another one of those flare ups. So we didn't know the full extent of it. And sure enough, in the middle of the service, an air raid siren went off. Now that's where things really got serious for me, because air raid sirens almost never go off in Beit Shemesh. Where we happen to be located were not where they generally aim. So even during this entire war, we've only had half a dozen or so air raid sirens, which might sound like a lot to people to have rockets being shot at your town half a dozen times in a week, or a week and a half at this point.

But compared to the rest of Israel, we didn't have that many air raid sirens. But that day when the air raid sirens went off, we hit the floor, and it was right, I have to tell you, it was at the point in the service, I was leading the service at this point. It was Musaf, which is the end part of the service.

And I was leading the service. And it was just as the kohanim. The kohanim are the priests in the community. In every Jewish community, there are people mixed into the population who we know through direct line of tradition. The Jewish people are an unbroken chain. And there are people who are from the lineage of Aaron the high priest, of the priestly families of the temple, and we know who they are.

And those people have certain things that they can do that others can't do, things that they can't, things that others can do and they can't do. They have separate rules, as you see in the Bible. And one of the things that they do in the prayer service, at a certain point in the service, they walk up to the front, they ascend, and they raise their hands and they recite the priestly blessing, the priestly blessing that you find in the book of Numbers, chapter 6, verses 24 to 26. And it was just at that point in the service where they were ascending to recite the priestly blessing. And they had just put out their hands.

And I was about to say, as the leader, we prompt them word by word. That's how the priestly blessing is recited. And I was about to recite the first words of the priestly blessing. And that's when the air raid siren went off. And we all hit the ground, we got up, another air raid siren went off immediately, we hit the ground again.

And then by the time we got up and resumed, we were all shaken. And the opening words of the priestly blessing are Yivarechecha Adonai Ve'yishmerecha, which means bless you. And everyone translates it as keep you, but the word keep in English has connotations like keeping possession of something. But the word Yishmerecha means he will protect you.

He will guide you. And it was like, these are words that I've been hearing every day. I say them as part of my daily prayers every day, the priestly blessing.

I never thought about them so much. May the Lord bless you and protect you. So we went home. We went home after the service. Everyone kind of rushed out.

We knew something was up, but we didn't know exactly what. Now, my son-in-law, who's an officer, he had received a message that he had to go. So he left. He got in his car on Shabbat, which is, as you know, highly unusual.

And he drove off. My 19-year-old, who's, as I mentioned, currently serving, had been released for the last day of the festival. He had missed the other days of the festival he had been in, but they had let him out for a short leave just to come home for the festival day.

And he had received a message that he had to go back. And for the first time in my life, I drove my car on the Sabbath on Shabbat. Got in my car, drove my son to the pickup spot where there were other people in their festive clothes, other parents dropping off their children in uniform to go into battle. So that was the last day of the festival. It was not what I had hoped. Let's just say that. After the festival ended, my two reservists, who I mentioned, my older kids, my son and daughter also both got their calls.

They both went in. So by the time this was a day old, I had three of my children plus my son-in-law, so four of my kids who were on their way down to a war zone. Extraordinary. We've just got a minute and a half before the break, and maybe we can ask the question, as people who believe in the God of Israel and think of Psalm 121, hinaylo yinun v'lo yishan shema Yisrael, the one who protects Israel with either slumbering or asleep, how we deal with that at a time like this. But when we come back, we want to get into this subject from the perspective of an Orthodox rabbi living in Israel, his own perspective and perhaps that of some of the community that he's in. Is there a larger spiritual significance to this?

Is there something that ties into Scripture about this? You know that we don't set dates here on the line of fire, and I'm always dismissing those that get sensationalistic. Nonetheless, there are times that are times of massive upheaval. You know, the Holocaust was not the end of the world, but a time of massive upheaval in the Jewish world and part of massive upheaval in the entire world. So we come back speaking with Orthodox Jewish rabbi living in Israel, Hezak Bolicki, and you can realize how family after family after family, this is the reality.

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Here again is Dr. Michael Brown. Welcome back, friends, to the line of fire. Michael Brown here on this urgent update from an Orthodox Jewish rabbi in Israel, Pesach Maliki, who's become a friend. Pesach, from your perspective, what is the spiritual significance of this attack on Sibchat Torah, what was meant to be the most joyous day of the year in the traditional Jewish calendar, now is going to be remembered also for this day of mourning and pain Give us your spiritual perspective from your viewpoint. We also can't ignore the fact that this attack took place almost 50 years to the day after the Yom Kippur War. And between the Yom Kippur War and this attack, there has never been such a sense of existential threat on Israel.

Not that Hamas is an existential threat on its own militarily, but because of their connection with Hezbollah. From a spiritual perspective, my mind immediately goes to Amalek. When the people of Israel, when the children of Israel left Egypt, God had just decimated the superpower of Egypt with ten plagues. He then drowned the entire Egyptian army at the bottom of the Red Sea. And that's when Amalek chose to attack.

Now, you have to ask yourself, were they out of their minds? They just saw what God did to the Egyptians. They just saw what God did to the Egyptian army, splitting the sea, the ten plagues. They're right nearby. The Bible tells us they live in Eretz Hanege, which means they live in the southern part. They live in what would be northern Sinai and southern part of Israel. So they're not far from Egypt.

They knew what happened. They knew where Israel was. Why on earth would they attack them?

Did they think that they would beat this nation after what God did to the Egyptians? And the answer is, that's not their goal. Their goal is to kill as many Jews as possible and to stand in the way of the nation of Israel inheriting the promised land.

That's their goal. And that was the goal of the others who stood in the way of the people of Israel as they were trying to enter the promised land. The battle that we're fighting today, all the geopolitical analysis aside, and the geopolitical analysis is important, there are lives on the line depending on how those geopolitical questions get answered. But as people of faith, we have to keep things in proper perspective. This is the same war. The same war that we're fighting today is the war that we are fighting then. It's the war against an evil force that wants to kill as many Jews as possible and prevent us from entering the promised land. But there's something else important here, Michael, about the spiritual battle, which is we see everyone who looks out, and all your listeners I'm sure, when you look out into the media, you look out into what's going on, you see this alliance between secular progressive leftists, the same people who are going to, you know, who are trans activists, who deny God, who are avowed atheists, are supporting and cheering for and in league with Islamic fundamentalists.

And it doesn't seem to make any sense. I mean, we don't like either of them, and they hate us, but they seem to have nothing in common until we notice what they do have in common. And what they have in common is that they both despise the Bible. And they both, well, let's be more precise.

Let's be more precise. Because both of them deny the truth of our scripture, there can be nothing more anathema to them than the fulfillment of prophecies in our scripture. They can't have the Bible be proven to be true. If the Bible is proven to be true, they have to face a lot of other truths as well.

If the Bible is proven to be true, they have to face a lot of other truths as well. And the nation of Israel's only definition and only real purpose and right to exist, who we are as a people, has to do with the Bible. And that's why we're in the land of Israel. Honestly, if the Bible is false, then we don't have a right to be in the land of Israel. Why should we? So if you think it through, these enemies of ours, who again, they hate us for different reasons, but they're both terrified of the possibility that our Bible will turn out to be true, and the God of Israel, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, who made all those insane promises in the Bible.

Because it's the reality we live in, it's easy to forget what a miracle it is. But in the ancient world, many, many nations went into exile. Tons of them. And that's why all those biblical nations you read about, you don't know anyone. I don't know any Moabites or Philistines. They don't exist anymore. The reason all these ancient nations don't exist is not because they all died out. It's because they were conquered by bigger empires. They were exiled. And within a few generations, new identities were formed. And those old identities, those old national identities were gone. To go into exile in the ancient world meant the end of your national identity.

That's what it meant. So to predict, as all the prophets did, not just Moses in Deuteronomy 30, but all of them did, to predict that a people, a tiny people, Moses told us that we're going to be the smallest people, to predict that we're going to go into exile for many, many generations and then come back and reconstitute ourselves as a people to take possession of the land and become more numerous and more prosperous than ever before. The miracle of the return of the people of Israel to the land of Israel is like water running uphill. The only reason that we're not all falling on our faces and screaming, this is my God, like the Jews who saw the sea split, is because it's political reality that we live in. And the last, as the Talmud says, the last person to recognize a miracle is happening is a person living through it. But this miracle of the people of Israel in the land, this fulfillment of prophecy, they can't stand it.

They can't accept it. And I think that's what we're really fighting for. I think this battle is a battle not just for me and my family and for the people of Israel as an ally of America or as a democracy in the Middle East. This is a battle for God. It's a battle for the truth of his word. That's what I think the spiritual foundations of this are.

Yes. So it's not even a conscious thing in people's minds. You know, for example, some, some of them would identify as a queer activist that hasn't read the Bible, doesn't know about biblical prophecy. You say, why on earth would they be standing with Hamas if they tried a gay pride event in Gaza? That'd be the last thing they ever did. Or some radical feminist siding with Hamas.

Why in the world? Well, it's because there's a spiritual union. There's something else going on. It's like what we would encounter when friends of ours were, were in front of pro-life, in front of Planned Parenthood clinic saying, hey, there's another way, consider this. And they'd be confronted with atheists, with gay and lesbian activists, with Satanists. Think what, why?

These would be the ones protesting against us. She said, it's an unholy union against life. So back to, we've got two more minutes, but anything else you want to say on that scene before we move on?

Yes. I think there are a few scriptures that people need to look to, to gain some clarity on what's going on here. First and foremost, I'll call on all of your listeners to read Psalm 83. Read it carefully.

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Get on the Line of Fire by calling 866-34-TRUTH. Here again is Dr. Michael Brown. Welcome back, friends, to a thirdly Jewish Thursday broadcast, a very, very sober time, getting an urgent update from a friend, Orthodox Rabbi Pesach Wallicki, who has worked for years in Jewish-Christian reconciliation, understanding, spoken in many churches.

I think listening to him, you can appreciate the insights that he is bringing. Rabbi Wallicki, there's a midrash as there's celebration and singing in Exodus 15 after the Pharaoh and his armies drown in the sea, that God brings to attention to the angels that the Egyptians that were killed, that were swallowed up, were human beings also. We know that Scripture often talks about God's compassion over all of his works. We know that he calls for care for the widow, for the orphan, and things like that. He even excoriates foreign nations that, say, would commit acts of cruelty, one towards another beginning of Amos.

You know, you ripped open pregnant women. You're going to be judged because of that. These are not Jewish people, but foreign nations are going to judge. And yet, you have in the Bible God calling for the extermination of Canaanites, the way people would put it. We see what Hamas did, the horrific evil, and people say, well, didn't God come in? The Israelites did the same thing to the Canaanites, the Amalekites.

What is the traditional response to that? And what is God's heart for the suffering of the people in Gaza right now as they're in the midst of this hellish war? Wow, that's a complex question.

It's a great question. And it's a question that needs to be asked about the Bible. When you're reading the Bible and you see these commands about the Canaanites, about the Amalekites, about wiping out every man, woman, and child, I think we make a big mistake if we read the Bible and expect every aspect of the Bible to apply equally in all times. And I'm choosing my words carefully. I didn't say to apply in all times.

I say to apply equally in all times. We can get pretty far afield here theologically, but you could ask a similar question even though it doesn't touch the same emotional places. But when you look at things like death penalties for things like lighting a fire on the Sabbath, what would you think if someone lit up a cigarette on the Sabbath and the news headline the next day was that we stoned him in the public square in Jerusalem? What would that do for the glory of God in the world, right? And yet it's there on the books. So this is a complex question about how we evaluate the morality of the Bible, especially the Hebrew Bible, what Christians call the Old Testament, especially when we look at that considering the context in which it was, when we evaluate the morality of certain things there. So I'll just answer the Sabbath one as an analog for this whole issue because it's very hard to go, you know, to discuss such a broad theological issue in such a short time.

Of course. But for example, imagine you live in a world which most of the world lived in for much of human history, where if you publicly insulted the king, you would get killed, right? In most countries in the world, you go back 1000, 2000 years ago, if you publicly insulted the king, you'd have your head chopped up almost anywhere in the world. And not only that, if you lived at that time, because we make a mistake of thinking that we'd have our our modern moral moral sensitivities. If you lived at that time, and someone insulted the king and got their head cut off, you'd be like, well, of course.

Now, imagine, if you live in a society where it's totally acceptable for cut to kill someone for insulting the king. But if you insult God, nothing happens to you. So we have to understand that although the Bible is for offense, God did something very, very complicated here. God wanted to give us a single text that would work for all times. But he also knew and part of his plan was that our ethics and morality will change over time.

So how do you how do you how do you solve that? How do you have an eternal document that's going to apply in all times in all places to all humanity? When what humanity needs as instruction is going to shift and change throughout time. And and Michael, you could probably already see that I'm dipping my toe in the water of some Jewish Christian issues here also. But the point being that we cannot look at those things and say, aha, I would what I would say, and this is this is the argument on the on the Orthodox. And I know what the Christian response to this is. But on the Orthodox Jewish side, the response is, yes, with the way we understand the laws in the Bible, some of them are somewhat contextual. And the rabbis stepped in and made some and and use the rabbinic authority, which is, again, a big topic I'm opening up here, they use the rabbinic authority to make modifications so that the application of what of what the Torah is meant to be is suitable for a time period. So the most most notably, when it comes to the death penalty, it was declared by Rabbi Akiva during the first century, proudly that we don't do this anymore. We don't kill people anymore.

And that and that the Sanhedrin just pretty much doesn't do it. I just wanted to address it. In fact, friends, tomorrow, if everything goes as planned, I'm going to dive into this and I'm going to dive into this and really look at this head on as far as why did God command the sword of the candidates? Did it actually happen with killing of men, women and children?

How is that any different than what Hamas or ISIS have done? So make sure you tune in and hear this. But I think it's and then, you know, as you said, Christians would say, well, then Jesus taught yet. This was for them. I'm telling you this. So in every case, we recognize that there were things that were important at a certain season and and that God's standards remain the same.

But application can change over the years. But why have you on the air? And then we're going to I'm going to give you free rein to give your perspective, geopolitical perspective of what's happening, America, Israel, etc. But we spent time together. You're a rabbinic scholar. You've led your Shiva's. We spent time interacting.

I saw the level of your scholarship as I asked you certain questions, etc. So I constantly hear one of the libels against the Talmud and Orthodox Judaism. Well, the Talmud Orthodox Jews just think that that all Gentiles are cattle and they should just be destroyed. And that's Israel's attitude towards the Palestinians. Would you just take a moment and set the record straight on that before we go to the geopolitical implications of what's happening today?

Okay. So let's I'll start by saying that if we want to play tit for tat about whose ancient writings have have worse things to say about the other between Jewish and Christian writings, you know, I'm not sure who would win or who would lose. But you could I find this to be the same thing as when as when Jews will, you know, look into some of the writings of church fathers that say horrible things about the Jewish people. Yes, sir. Now, you know, and, and, you know, I don't have to teach you about those.

You're probably the expert on those things. But there's a lot there's there and and yet Christians today, even Christians who who drink in thirstily the words of of of St. Augustine, the vile things that he said about the Jews, they they would they would disavow. Now, so once again, we have to contextualize the Jews living in the time of the Talmud, who were writing the Talmud, if you think about where they were living, they weren't living they weren't living among, among, among Christians, 20th century Christians, where they were living, and the type of lifestyle they were living in Babylonia and Persia and the places where the Talmud was being worked on, and the type of lifestyle that they saw there, and the way they were treated by those people. Yes, there there was a view that this is that this is a way of life that we we must utterly disavow and utterly discourage our children from ever even considering as a possibility. It was a morally and ethically corrupt society in comparison to Jewish life at the time.

So that's where those statements are coming from. There's no I would point anyone who's skeptical of what I'm saying just look at Jewish history and tell me, when do you see Jews ever acting on, you know, on such statements? Do you see Jews ever, ever oppressing or wholesale massacring or attacking people of other faiths? Yes, there are lines in the Talmud that say these things, we have to keep them in the we have to keep them in historical context.

You know that so I don't there's and of course, you'll always have extremists on our side who look at those and say no, no, no, that's applying to everybody. But that's a and then someone and then someone will dig them up and and share it on Twitter and paint all Jews that way. But I would just say look I would just say look at the Jewish people and look at the record and show me where are the atrocities? Where is the you know, where's the bigotry?

Where's the racism coming from us? I know you found the line in the Talmud, but show it to me and the people of Israel themselves. Yeah, and and friends Rabbi Wolicki wrote a tremendous article that he sent to me when there are some religious Jews who spat on Christians during Sukkot during the the celebration of Tabernacles in Jerusalem. It caused an outrage in Israel and Rabbi Wolicki wrote a very powerful piece rebuking this and and the thing is it's so aberrant and then Pesach what boggles my mind and I give you two minutes to respond then we get to geopolitical issues but boggles my mind is that people will somehow compare a few extremists spitting towards Christians compare that to Hamas slaughtering children and babies and women it's it's mind-boggling but that's the moral insanity in which we live today. You know that's actually a good segue into the geopolitical because one of the most important distinctions we have to make is what place do people hold in a community this goes for antisemitism too you know but with antisemitism is the goal to completely eradicate antisemitism from the face of the earth well I guess in some sort of idealistic way but that's not realistic right the goal is to marginalize it to the point that it has no power and no and no real world impact you know here's what I mean if antisemitism a century ago was that Jews in America was that Jews couldn't live in certain neighborhoods and there were quotas on how many Jews could be accepted to certain universities and today antisemitism I'm not saying it is but let's say we get to a point where today antisemitism is punk kids spray-painting swastikas on the side of Jewish community buildings but society as a whole is not antisemitic and it's not acceptable anymore so then we've won because antisemitism went from being an acceptable part of our culture in society to becoming something marginal and extremist and unacceptable there's always going to be unacceptable views but you want the unacceptable views to be unacceptable Hamas is not a rogue terrorist. 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right podcast today michael ground with my friend orthodox jewish rabbi pesach maliki right before the break you were sharing how hamas is the elected government of the people of gaza and that even in recent polling before this last attack they polled favorably they are unashamedly anti-israel they have called for the eradication of israel for the killing of jews not just in israel but at times around the world and by the way rabbi maliki on tuesday's broadcast we actually played that video you sent me about hamas we played that for our viewers so back to you as as you continue your point yeah just to finish the previous point i was i was contrasting we have to contrast hamas which is again the elected government of the people of of gaza who are whose viewpoint is held by the majority of gazans by polling and the extremists besides the fact that spitting and slaughtering people are not are not equivalent but those jews who spit on those christians who of course that video went viral when you know the whole country was upset about it the prime minister made a statement about it every this was we were we were all appalled so the question is are there is what you're experiencing the act of some marginal extremists or is it actually the dominant culture that you're talking about now is there still a lot of anti-christian sentiment among traditional jews of course there is that's that's my job that's what i'm busy with and that's why i wrote that piece and we are making so i would ask any christian who looks at that and says wow the jews hate us take a step back and ask yourself what's the trajectory of the jewish community as a whole in its relationship to christianity yeah where is this headed what's the big picture and where does it all come from uh but let's let's get back to you know to hamas i'm so happy thank you very much for sharing that video about hamas i think it's so important and you know your listeners i'm sure are steadfast in being in on the on the side of good and being in our camp and it's so important to arm you that you be armed as you step out into the world with the truth and know exactly what is happening here because what israel needs most in this war what we need most from our friends around the world and especially from our christian friends in america is to have our back in the media narrative war there are so many people around the world that are painting hamas as freedom fighters fighting for palestinian independence this hamas as i said in that video hamas has the same origins the same beliefs and the same goals as isis and al-qaeda indistinguishable they are part of the same they come from the same parent company as it were that's who they are now when we look at the broad picture but you know when we talk i said at the beginning of the broadcast that this is the most perilous time the most dangerous time in israel's history since the young people war and you look at it and say well why it's just some terrorist group on your southern border yeah it was a bad massacre but we have to understand the situation is here on the northern border gases on the southern border but on our northern border we have hizballah hizballah has 200 000 rockets missiles pointed at israel israel is a small country with the size of new jersey and it's been described by our security establishment as a as a country of a hundred targets if hamas and hizballah would attack us from the north and south simultaneously and there's already been some skirmishes in the north they have been testing the waters let's say if we were to be if we were to be fighting a war in the north and on the south and especially if the iranians then got involved um it would be to say it's a dangerous time for israel is an understatement now yeah no talk to us here in america we've got listeners viewers around the world but the greatest majority would be in america right now speak to us plainly about your feelings about american policy iran etc let's go for it yeah so you know i'm sorry tomorrow joe biden is landing in israel it's been on all over the news that he's coming here to visit and while many israelis are very happy about this and are and think that joe biden is a great friend of israel because of his speech last week i'm i'm i'm terrified about this visit i think nothing good is going to come i think it's going to it's going to cause problems for israel let me explain why in the last 20 years the quietest time for terrorism the time when the least amount of israelis and jews and and tourists in israel were killed by terrorism was the trump administration and it was the direct result of not only the trump administration policy but of laws that were passed during that time in march 2018 there was a there was a law signed by donald trump there was a law signed by donald trump called the taylor force act taylor force was a u.s citizen he was an army veteran he was murdered by arab terrorists when visiting israel in 2016 so they named this law after him and it's a law that stipulates that the u.s must withhold all economic aid to the palestinians so long as the palestinian authority continues in what they call in what is often called the pay for sleigh program now the palestinian authority pays the families of terrorists who murdered israelis or even murdered tourists and taylor force was a tourist he was an american serviceman he had served tours of duty in iraq and afghanistan he was here visiting israel christian i've met his parents and uh and stipends were being paid to his murderers as well so the taylor force act prevents the u.s from giving aid and donald trump enforced the taylor force act he signed it into law and he enforced it and immediately upon that enforcement lo and behold terrorism dropped down significantly so much so that in the period 2014 to 2018 an average of 20 people were murdered by terrorists per year in israel remember how small our country is okay an average of 20 terrorist murders per year that went down the lowest of those of those years from 2014 to 18 was 2018 that was the first year of the of the taylor force act enforcement and then in 2019 there were only 11 terrorist murders and in 2020 there were only three basically terrorism and ceased there was no incentive for it and immediately upon taking office the biden administration announced that they were going to try to repair their relationship with the palestinian authority they immediately started violating the taylor force act now let's remember the taylor force act is not a trump policy it is a law passed by both houses and signed by the president and the biden administration started violating it and they still violated it to this day they initially sent 75 million dollars to the palestinian authority as a sign of goodwill in march 2021 and terrorism has been rising ever since in israel put that together with the fact that the biden administration has not only to say they're coddling the iranians ghost is going too easy on them they uh have basically waved they can't they haven't officially waved them but they've turned a blind eye they've waived sanctions on iran allowing iran to sell its oil enriching iran to the tune of tens of billions of dollars everyone's focusing on the six billion that was sorry that was recently unfrozen by the administration many of your of your viewers and listeners will be aware of that that a few weeks ago the biden administration unfroze six billion dollars in iranian assets but they've enriched them far more than that six billion by their policies of uh of of uh of basically lifting the sanctions on iran's oil sales which is in recent the tune of probably 60 70 billion dollars by enriching iran by violating the taylor force act by by president biden snubbing bibi nitanya when he was in washington a few weeks ago every signal and every policy of the biden administration in the middle east has had the effect of emboldening israel's enemies and letting them know that america doesn't necessarily have israel's back because they're doing things that they know that israel's opposed to they know that is like the negotiations with the iranian regime to re-enter the disastrous iran nuclear deal that donald trump pulled us out of the obama nuclear deal and the the biden administration's been working hard to get back into that deal with iran israel has said from the beginning that this harms their security and yet they proceed this is not how an ally behaves so for joe biden to now turn around after this attack and and speak about being the steadfast friend of israel okay go ahead and enforce the taylor force act go ahead and refreeze the six billion he's not doing any of that not only that in joe biden's speech the other day that everyone was lauding him for he never once mentioned iran who we all know is behind the attacks so from my perspective american involvement in this and by the way as i'm saying as an israeli i'm opposed to the u.s sending financial aid to israel for this i don't think that we should be for that israel is not a poor country we're not fighting the russians we have what we need the one israel doesn't need money or weapons right now what israel needs is the courage and the free hand to do what we need to do to defeat this isis al-qaeda style evil that is on our borders that's what we need we need the world to not pressure us into an early ceasefire by the united states getting sending us money and getting involved in other ways if that means that they also have leverage in our decisions nothing good can come from that so i for one am i'm not looking forward to joe biden's visit i think it is a perilous time for us and i think we need to pray that the biden administration does not have an impact on the decision making of the israeli establishment because there's a great fear in this country that there that the americans are going to push the israelis to try to move to an early ceasefire let me just end let me just end with a request and a call to action and that is to be engaged listen this is the time this is the time we've been talking about when you open up your bible and you read that there will be a time in the future when the nation of israel has returned to the land and then you see in ezekiel and in zachariah and in all the other books you see that there's going to be wars in the land and in zachariah chapter two is ezekiel sorry zachariah speaks about how the nations will come alongside the people of israel and fight alongside us listen another program powered by the truth network
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