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You Can't Fight an Enemy that Doesn't Exist

Monthly Report: November 2010
Cheshvan - Kislev 5771
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The Islamic Dream: An unknown photographer created a photo-shop version of New York.
This picture began circulating on the internet soon after 9/11.
It is presumably a dream radical Muslims hope to see fulfilled in the near future.


 

By Shira Sorko-Ram

It is the nature of governments to deal with day-to-day problems of the state and to ignore the slowmoving but huge over-arching waves of change that make tomorrow’s world unrecognizable.

If the wave coming ashore moves slowly enough, it can be ignored for a very long time. Take illegal immigration in the U.S. Once upon a time, it could have been controlled. Today, the time to find a just solution is long gone.

Another wave is coming: Islam is now putting down deep roots in the United States even as it continues to make strong headway in Europe. According to Time Magazine there are already 2.5 million Muslims in the U.S., a hundred thousand more than live in Great Britain. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) claims that the real number of Muslims in the U.S. is seven million. Whatever the number, if the trend continues, Islam will very soon be a dominating force in all things American.

Warning signs are evident; Islam is infiltrating Middle America. As I write this article, today the Texas education board put their foot down against history books that lionize Islam and demonize Christianity. They cited one book that mentioned Islam 27 times and Christianity once.

If you want to know how Islam will evolve in the U.S., pay attention to what is happening in post-Christian Europe. Sharia law is already in force in some areas of Great Britain. Literally thousands of Muslims block off streets and thoroughfares in France for their prayers five times a day, and authorities do nothing. One of the most insidious ways Muslims are forcing their culture on Americans is to use the democratic court system to gag criticism of their activities and advance their Islamic agenda.

Violence is a fundamental ingredient of the spirit of Islam. Yet not understanding the warning signs, the present American administration continues to be perplexed over the motives of a string of Islamic terrorists who have targeted the U.S.

In just this year alone, a number of Islamic terror attacks have been attempted – and mercifully failed – by the Muslim Christmas bomber on a plane and the Muslim Time Square bomber in New York City.

The successful Islamic terrorist attack by a Muslim psychiatrist accused of massacring 13 American soldiers and injuring 30 at Ft. Hood, again has left Attorney General Eric Holder baffled. And a year ago last summer, do we remember that a Muslim shot and killed a soldier and wounded  another in Arkansas?

Indeed, no one in President Barack Obama’s government has been able to come up with a reasonable motive for perpetrating such mayhem. In fact, in all acts of Islamic terrorism, the present administration has condemned labeling them as resulting from radical Islam.

“ONLY TEN PERCENT OF MUSLIMS ARE RADICALIZED”

It is often said that only about 10% of the Muslim peoples are extremists while and all the rest are peace-loving. Since there are close to one and a half billion Muslims, that means there are only 150,000,000 Muslims prone to terrorism.

So why are Americans, and even Jewish Americans, so blind to Islamic terrorism? Why do they insist that America is not at war with Islam?

Daniel Gordis, senior vice president of the Shalem Center in Jerusalem, sums it up this way. “Life in our region has taught us that the first necessary step to defending yourself is acknowledging that someone else is out to destroy you.” (http://danielgordis.org)

Daniel, as a Jewish child growing up in a well-educated, politically liberal community in the U.S. learned that Jewish people didn’t talk about the “enemy.” Enemy, he said, was a dirty word. Enemies existed just because things had not yet arrived at a fair resolution of the conflict. If people could only understand the other side’s problems, then the two parties could resolve the conflicts that divided them.

When Gordis moved to Israel, he was jarred by the way Israelis use the word “enemy.” Not in an accusing way, but simply as a fact. In Israel he said he learned from the deadly Intifada which started in the year 2000 that “Arab Muslims were not yearning for our understanding or our friendship.” They wanted our demise. (Ibid.)

Indeed Israeli Jews are extremely aware of the theology, ideology and motives of Islamic extremists. Not because they want to be, but because they face extinction every day of every year by Shia, Sunni and every other variety of Islamic radicals.

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Muslims took over blocks of downtown New York for their prayers on September 26 at the start of their annual Muslim parade celebrating the presence and contributions of their religious community.

His advice to America comes from his experience in Israel: It is fine to say that America is not at war with Islam, or that most Moslems are not terrorists, and that many Muslims are law-abiding citizens. But this misses the tragic Truth with a capital T – that America is at war and its enemies are Muslims.

Obama doesn’t really understand the who and the why of the battle and what it will take to win. He has sent 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan, but he has also said he is pulling them out in one year. Gordis asks, what if FDR, when declaring war on Nazi Germany, had said he was pulling American troops out in one year? The enemy would have laughed and plainly, America would have lost that war.

“The U.S. has to decide – is it committed to destroying those who wish it ill, or is it willing to be destroyed by them? Those, sadly, are its only two alternatives.” (Ibid.)

Islam seeks to unite the world under Islam, eradicating America’s way of life with its freedoms, and replace it with Sharia morality and law – which includes the degradation of women and stoning and amputating as punishment. It also means an end to freedom of religion outside of Islam. If Americans understand the following, then there is hope for their survival.

THE GOAL OF MOSQUE-PLANTING

Islam is imperialistic by nature. Its eye is on every single country in the world; all methods – from deception to the sword – are fair in its mission and destiny to rule the world.

Through the ages, a pattern has emerged each time Islam takes possession of what it considers key areas. They build a mosque. Why did Muslims build the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem on the very spot where the Jewish Temple in which Jesus taught had once existed?

In Cordoba, Spain, as the Muslim conquest of Spain was in full swing, the Christian church in Cordoba was converted into a mosque and remained a mosque until the Spanish reconquered their entire peninsula.

In Constantinople, the great Cathedral of that city served the Christian city for over a 1,000 years. When the Ottoman Turks took the city by the sword, they converted the beautiful Hagia Sophia Cathedral into a mosque.

It is the ultimate Islamic symbol of spiritual and physical conquest. It is extremely doubtful that the location of the Ground Zero mosque will ever be surrendered voluntarily. That would go against Islam’s deepest theological objectives.

How critical it is that Americans not be lulled into thinking that Muslims fight only with the sword. Muslims are using western democratic institutions to intimidate non-Muslims and increase Islamic dominance.

Israel has well learned that Muslims will use the weaknesses of democratic rule in every possible way.

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Israeli Knesset Member Haneen Zoabi, a young attractive Muslim woman of Israel’s parliament, joined the Turkish flotilla that was trying to break Israel’s blockade against Hamas terrorists in Gaza a few months ago. She lied repeatedly to the world media that she wasn’t really working with the terrorists and she reported that she saw absolutely no violence whatsoever perpetrated by the activists - until a video was posted showing her right in the middle of the chaos, taunting and jeering the Israeli soldiers aboard the ship.

She has since gone to testify before the U.N. Human Rights Commission’s investigative committee, and says she plans to demand that the U.N. committee summon Israel’s prime minister and defense minister for their “war crimes and pirate seizure” of the “Freedom Flotilla.” She plans to ask that Israeli leaders stand trial in an international court – and so the madness continues.

For those of us who understand the spiritual implications of this global movement, we must remember that the goal of the Gospel of Redemption found in the Old and New Testaments is to conquer the world for the Lord God of Israel and His Son Yeshua the Messiah. However, every true believer knows that this battle is won through prayer and labor bathed in love and compassion for the lost.

Whereas the methodology of Islam is conquering by force, threats, intimidation, lies and death. Today’s battle lies between two great spiritual forces - Jehovah God, the God of love and forgiveness - and Allah. But you can’t fight an enemy you don’t know exists.

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Why the Peaceful Majority is Irrelevant

By Paul Marek

For all our powers of reason we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points. Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by the fanatics.

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I used to know a man whose family was German aristocracy prior to World War II. They owned a number of large industries and estates. I asked him how many German people were true Nazis, and the answer he gave has stuck with me and guided my attitude toward fanaticism ever since.

“Very few people were true Nazis,” he said, “but many enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, they owned us, and we had lost control, and the end of the world had come. My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my factories.”

We are told again and again by “experts” and “talking heads” that Islam is the religion of peace, and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace.

Although this unquantified assertion may be true, it is entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff, meant to make us feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the specter of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam. The fact is that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history. It is the fanatics who march. It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars worldwide. It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or tribal groups throughout Africa and are gradually taking over the entire continent in an Islamic wave.

It is the fanatics who bomb, behead, murder, or honor-kill. It is the fanatics who take over mosque after mosque. It is the fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosexuals. The hard quantifiable fact is that the “peaceful majority” is the “silent majority” and it is cowed and extraneous.

Communist Russia was comprised of Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of about 20 million people. The peaceful majority were irrelevant. China’s huge population was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to kill a staggering 70 million people.

The average Japanese individual prior to World War II was not a warmongering sadist. Yet Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across South East Asia in an orgy of killing that included the systematic killing of 12 million Chinese civilians; most killed by sword, shovel, and bayonet. And who can forget Rwanda, which collapsed into butchery. Could it not be said that the majority of Rwandans were “peace loving?”

History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt, yet for all our powers of reason we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points. Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by the fanatics.

Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence. Peace-loving Muslims will become
our enemy if they don’t speak up, because like my friend from Germany, they will awake one day and find that the fanatics own them, and the end of their world will have begun. Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, [Serbs], Afghans, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians, and many others, have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it was too late. As for us who watch it all unfold, we must pay attention to the only group that counts; the fanatics who threaten our way of life.

Printed with permission

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NO 'Megamosque' near Ground Zero

By Newt Gingrich

There should be no mosque near Ground Zero in New York
so long as there are no churches or synagogues in Saudi Arabia.

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The Trojan Horse from http://goptrust.com

There should be no mosque near Ground Zero in New York so long as there are no churches or synagogues in Saudi Arabia. The time for double standards that allow Islamists to behave aggressively toward us while they demand our weakness and submission is over.

The proposed “Cordoba House” overlooking the World Trade Center site - where a group of jihadists killed over 3000 Americans and destroyed one of our most famous landmarks - is a test of the timidity, passivity and historic ignorance of American elites. For example, most of them don’t understand that “Cordoba House” is a deliberately insulting term. It refers to Cordoba, Spain - the capital of Muslim conquerors who symbolized their victory over the Christian Spaniards by transforming a church there into the world’s third-largest mosque complex.

Today, some of the Mosque’s backers insist this term is being used to “symbolize interfaith cooperation” when, in fact, every Islamist in the world recognizes Cordoba as a symbol of Islamic conquest. It is a sign of their contempt for Americans and their confidence in our historic ignorance that they would deliberately insult us this way.

Those Islamists and their apologists who argue for “religious toleration” are arrogantly dishonest. They ignore the fact that more than 100 mosques already exist in New York City. Meanwhile, there are no churches or synagogues in all of Saudi Arabia. In fact no Christian or Jew can even enter Mecca.

And they lecture us about tolerance.

If the people behind the Cordoba House were serious about religious toleration, they would be imploring the Saudis, as fellow Muslims, to immediately open up Mecca to all and immediately announce their intention to allow non-Muslim houses of worship in the Kingdom. They should be asked by the news media if they would be willing to lead such a campaign.

We have not been able to rebuild the World Trade Center in nine years. Now we are being told a 13 story, $100 million megamosque will be built within a year overlooking the site of the most devastating surprise attack in American history.

Finally where is the money coming from? The people behind the Cordoba House refuse to reveal all  their funding sources.

America is experiencing an Islamist cultural-political offensive designed to undermine and destroy our civilization. Sadly, too many of our elites are the willing apologists for those who would destroy them if they could.

No mosque.

No self deception.

No surrender.

The time to take a stand is now - at this site on this issue.

Printed with permission www.newt.org

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Arab Lobbysts vs Israeli Lobbysts

By Shira Sorko-Ram

In the State Department, time and time again the Arab lobby wins out over the Israeli lobby. Why?

Alan Dershowitz, the famous American lawyer and advocate for Israel’s existence, points to the fact that the Arab lobbies that operate in Washington D.C. have very little popular support. On the other hand, the Israeli lobbies have hundreds of thousands of grassroot members – especially Jews and evangelical Christians. Nevertheless, he explains, time and again the Arab lobby, and especially Saudi Arabia’s lobby, wins out over the Israeli lobby. For instance, at the moment the Saudis have been lobbying to obtain a multibillion-dollar arms deal, and have succeeded over the objections of Israel. Why?

Here’s the answer. Saudi Arabia does not worry at all about getting grassroot support. The Arab lobby in general and the Saudis in particular make little effort to influence popularly elected public officials, particularly legislators.

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Diplomats of Saudi Arabia awaiting the arrival of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia

Quoting Mitchell Bard in his new book, The Arab Lobby, Dershowitz writes, “The Saudis have taken a different tact from the Israeli lobby, focusing a top-down rather than bottom-up approach to lobbying... Saudi Arabia has a need to influence the few that influence the many, rather than the need to influence the many to whom the few must respond.”

“The primary means by which the Saudis exercise this influence is money. They spend enormous amounts of oil dollars to hire former State Department officials, diplomats, White House aides and legislative leaders who become their elite lobbying corps.

“Far more insidiously, the Saudis let it be known that if current [U.S.] government officials want to be hired in a very special cushy job following their retirement from government service, they had better hew the Saudi line while they are serving in the U.S. government.” (jpost.com, 3Sept10)

Obviously, it is not surprising that Arab nations are well-taken care of by American officials knowing they will be rewarded with cushy jobs upon retirement. Dershowitz concludes that unlike the Israeli lobbyists, the methodology employed by the Arab lobby is thus totally inconsistent with democratic governance, because it does not reflect the will of the people but rather the corruption of the elite.” Nevertheless, the powerful Arab lobby has widely escaped scrutiny while Israeli lobbies have been publicly excoriated time and again.

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The Origins Controversy combats the atheistic gospel and Darwin’s theory of evolution.

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Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus
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When a friend called us on the phone, she asked if we had read Driven by Eternity. When we answered no, she said, “I am sending it to you immediately. It is one of the most important books I have ever read.” When we read it, we completely agree. Eternity is a hard subject to grasp as we live in the day to day reality of the world. This book brings us into the realm of how God looks on our daily activities and how He will look at them – for good or bad – on the Day when we see Him face to face!

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November 2010

Dear Maoz Partner,

Books!

Why do we keep plugging away, even though they are extremely expensive to produce, it is challenging to find believers who are excellent translators, the logistics of every project are unique, and there are still no more than a couple thousand Hebrew-speaking believers who need them for their spiritual growth?

Why? Because we are thinking, planning, and envisioning the future! We are anticipating a time when many hundreds and thousands are going to embrace Yeshua as their Messiah, and will need to learn, grow, and increase their understanding of foundational principles of living as a believer!

Each time we begin a project, we consider the long-term consequences and advantages. Each time we feel like giving up because publishing is so expensive, so time-consuming, so detailed, and requires so much of our attention, we return our focus to our core values—SOULS.

We find a book that excites us, that we know will give revelationary knowledge to Israelis that until now was unavailable to them. And then everything comes back into focus. Everything we do revolves around reaching the lost, nurturing them to maturity, and then helping them to become another shining light to their friends and family who still do not know the Truth.

It’s a cycle we love to see come full circle. And that is the vision that keeps us translating, editing, printing, and distributing life-changing, relevant, and practical materials for Hebrew speakers.

All along the way, you have been with us—the outstanding authors who give us the rights to translate their works, the translators who tirelessly work to make sure the meaning of the sentences are clear, our publishing team who pays attention to every detail—from the contracts to the finished product, and YOU, who give and give to help us accomplish and complete every book project.

When you give to help us publish these wonderful books, you are investing in the growth of the Gospel in Israel. When you give, families all across Israel are impacted. When you give, we are able to provide materials to share and convince and convict unbelievers to accept their Messiah. When you give… lives change, hearts heal, and families are restored.

We are convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt that these books change hearts and lives, and are a tremendous tool for reaching, teaching, growing, and discipling those who must grow quickly in the Lord, so they can position themselves to reach someone else.

Another new step—after we translate them: We are planning to put them as ebooks on the internet—which will give us entrance into the lives of countless more Israelis who can read them in their homes!

This is part of our Kingdom assignment. Join us in reaching every Israeli with the Gospel!

          Blessings to you,
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          Ari & Shira Sorko-Ram

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