Missiles Over Middle East Rattle Like Sabers

Escalation is evident in several ways. Peace talks are ongoing while Russia arm one side and NATO countries arm the other. Again, it’s no win because the victor will be troublesome at best and then the focus will turn on Israel again … more war.

Scripture has something to say about all this.

From the window … none of the headlines below is really a surprise.

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HEADLINE: PA Negotiator: Kerry’s Chances Slim to Revive Peace Process

The chances of success of US Secretary of State John Kerry’s current efforts to resume the peace talks with Israel are slim, Palestinian negotiator Nabil Sha’ath said Wednesday.

“Kerry is still unable to put pressure on the Israeli government to meet its obligations under the terms of the peace process,” Shaath, a member of the Fatah Central Committee and the Palestinian negotiating team with Israel, told the Palestinian Authority’s Voice of Palestine radio station.

HEADLINE: Abbas urged to drop demand for settlement freeze

The Palestinian Authority’s president has told advisers that as the US tries to restart Mideast peace talks, he is under intense international pressure to return to negotiations with Israel and drop demands for a Jewish settlement freeze in the West Bank, officials said Wednesday.

In a closed meeting, Mahmoud Abbas lamented his difficult choice: rebuff the Americans and alienate Washington, or cave in and face an uproar at home.

Aides say Abbas expects a formal proposal to renew talks from US Secretary of State John Kerry in coming weeks.

HEADLINE: Israel says will act to prevent S-300 missile systems from becoming operational

Israel’s National Security Adviser Yaakov Amidror sketched out what Jerusalem’s “red line” is vis-à-vis the S-300 missile systems Russia intends to send to Syria before the 27 European Union ambassadors in Israel.

Two diplomats who were in the room during the briefing last Thursday, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the meeting was a closed event, said that Amidror stressed Israel will act “to prevent the S-300 missiles from becoming operational” on Syrian soil.

“We understood from Amidror that the Israeli government thinks the missile transfer cannot be prevented, therefore it will act against them after the transfer but before they become operational,” one of the diplomats said.

HEADLINE: Syria promises ‘immediate retaliation’ if Israel strikes again

Israeli infantry soldiers take part in unit exercises in the Israeli annexed
Golan Heights near the border with Syria on May 27, 2013.
(photo: AFP)

Syria’s foreign minister warned on Wednesday that Syria “will retaliate immediately” if Israel strikes Syrian soil again. Earlier this month, Israeli warplanes allegedly struck near the Syrian capital, Damascus, targeting purported Iranian missiles intended for Bashar Assad’s ally Hezbollah, a Lebanese militia.

In an interview with the Lebanese TV station Al-Mayadeen, Walid Moallem also insisted Assad will remain Syria’s president at least until elections in 2014 and might run for another term, terms that will make it difficult for Syria’s opposition to agree to UN-sponsored talks on ending Syria’s civil war.

HEADLINE: Deepening diplomatic crisis between Israel, Russia over arms to Assad

Daily Beast reports Obama administration orders Pentagon to prepare plans to impose a no-fly zone over Syria • Russia says it will go ahead with sale of S-300 anti-aircraft system to Syria • Ya’alon: If S-300 reaches Syria, we will know what to do.

HEADLINE: Russia: Our missile sale to Assad will deter ‘hotheads’ from intervening

Russia’s deputy foreign minister said Tuesday Moscow would deliver advanced anti-aircraft missiles to Syria, as planned, in order to deter unnamed “hotheads” from turning the civil war there into an international conflict.

HEADLINE: Iran’s presidential candidates clash over nuclear approach

Western powers are watching the June 14 election in Iran to see whether President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s successor will set a new tone in talks that have so far failed to defuse tensions over the country’s nuclear program.
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Jerusalem will become a burdensome stone for all people
Zechariah 12:3

The God of Israel will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem
Zechariah 12:9
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So, what comes next? In fact, the Chinese are stealing military secrets and arming themselves with the fruit of cyber-labors. What comes of that? In the end of the current era scenario, the new weapons will come to bear on the Middle East … you can read about that in the book that is a revelation!

Director, WindowView.org

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May 26 Headlines

So a couple of days go by and the headlines from the Middle East show signs of the same old problems all over again. At what point does the posturing end and real progress get made?

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HEADLINE: Palestinian negotiator: No talks unless Israel accepts ’67 lines, freezes settlements

The Palestinian Authority’s chief negotiator, Saeb Erekat, said Sunday that his side would only agree to renew peace talks if Israel ceased all settlement activity and openly declared that a future state of Palestine would be created on the 1967 lines with minor land swaps. He sounded exceedingly skeptical about the prospects of a breakthrough in the stalemate.

“We need to know what are the terms of reference for these negotiations. What are we negotiating about?” Erekat told Israeli reporters on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum here. “If you have an Israeli prime minister who cannot utter the sentences two states on 1967 — come on, guys. Stop being politically blind.”

HEADLINE: Landau: 1967 lines are ‘Auschwitz borders’

Ministers’ reactions to President Shimon Peres’s calls for the resumption of peace talks Sunday showed differences of opinion within the government on how to deal with the Palestinian conflict and border issues.

Peres called for the immediate resumption of peace talks at the World Economic Forum in Jordan, leading Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz to quip ahead of a cabinet meeting: “I didn’t know that Peres became the government spokesman.”

“I think the government has its own spokespeople,” Steinitz continued. “The position of the president of Israel is respected, but the government makes policy decisions, and I think that every declaration of this sort, certainly on the eve of negotiations, does not help Israel’s stance.”

HEADLINE: Tourism Minister Uzi Landau called pre-1967 lines “Auschwitz borders” ahead of Sunday’s cabinet meeting.

“What country would start talks that aim to break down its ability to defend itself?” Landau asked. “I hear people talking about a Palestinian state that must be established. There’s a long list of Arab states that are falling apart – Syria, Libya, Yemen. The Palestinian Authority with which we once signed an agreement split into Judea and Samaria and Gaza. Why would we work to create a state with unclear chances of survival?”

HEADLINE: Hezbollah stronghold in Beirut targeted in rocket attack

Two rockets hit a Hezbollah-controlled district in the southern part of the Lebanese capital of Beirut overnight Saturday, residents said, wounding several people in an attack that may have been a response to a speech by Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah earlier in the day.

Nasrallah vowed on Saturday to help propel Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to victory in Syria’s bloody civil war, warning that the fall of the Damascus regime would benefit Israel and the West, give rise to extremists and plunge the Middle East into a “dark period.”

It was the first attack to apparently target Hezbollah’s stronghold in the south of the Lebanese capital since the outbreak of the two-year conflict in neighboring Syria, which has sharply heightened Lebanon’s own sectarian tensions.

HEADLINE: Nasrallah: If Syria falls, Palestine is lost, we’ll bring victory to Assad

Hezbollah leader says Shiite group will not stand idly by while Syria is under attack; insists Hezbollah will ‘continue to hold responsibility of resistance to Israel’

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, in a televised speech at the central assembly of the organization Saturday, said that Syria was the back of the “resistance”, and that the Shiite group will not stand idly by while its ally is under attack.

He insisted that his group would stay in the Syrian war “to the end of the road” and bring victory to its ally President Bashar Assad. “We will be the ones who bring it victory, God willing,” he said.

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The more complicated this looks the more it look like Scripture has this thing pegged to the last detail. Peace is beyond human reach. Mean while everybody is choosing sides.

Director, WindowView.org

May 24 Headlines

So we want to look at the following headlines and then scroll to the next blog post for the next edition. The apparent stall in any peace process is going to force someone to broker a deal. Who could do it? Scripturally speaking, who will be the one to seal a seven year deal? If you know, then you realize that starting the process with a big push, like what the US is trying for … Brings us closer to the revealing of a lawless but very powerful global leader.

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HEADLINE: Kerry urges renewed talks, not a settlement freeze

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — US Secretary of State John Kerry urged Israel’s government on Friday to prevent further settlement construction where possible to help revitalize Middle East peace hopes, but stressed that the Jewish state and Palestinians alike should remain focused on the larger goal of restarting direct negotiations.

Explaining part of the strategy of his now 2-month-old peace initiative, Kerry said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government can stop only some of the settlements being built in lands contested by the Israelis and Palestinians — and in those cases it should act. Unlike in previous American-led mediation efforts, however, he stopped short of demanding a full settlement freeze and said the contentious issue could better be handled through a quick restart of direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

HEADLINE: US, Israel raise hopes for Mideast peace restart

The United States and Israel raised hopes Thursday for a restart of the Middle East peace process, despite little tangible progress so far from US Secretary of State John Kerry’s two-month-old effort to get Israelis and Palestinians back to the negotiating table.

As they met in Jerusalem, Kerry praised Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the “seriousness” with which he is looking at ways to revitalize peace hopes. Kerry expressed optimism without outlining any concrete strategy for ending a stalemate between the two sides that has seen them hardly negotiate one-on-one at all over the last 4½ years.

“I know this region well enough to know there is skepticism, in some quarters there is cynicism and there are reasons for it,” Kerry told reporters. “There have been bitter years of disappointment. It is our hope that by being methodical, careful, patient — but detailed and tenacious — that we can lay on a path ahead that can conceivably surprise people and certainly exhaust the possibilities of peace.”

“That’s what we’re working towards,” said Kerry, who was to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas later Thursday in Ramallah.

HEADLINE: Obama: Israeli-Palestinian peace part of counterterror strategy

President Barack Obama speaks on Thursday, May 23, 2013
at the National Defense College.
(photo: image capture from YouTube )

President Obama said the United States was trying to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in part because it could help “reshape attitudes” that foster extremism.

In a speech about terrorism delivered Thursday at the National Defense University in Washington, Obama described what he said were a number of “underlying grievances” that “feed extremism.”

“We are working to promote peace between Israelis and Palestinians — because it is right, and because such a peace could help reshape attitudes in the region,” Obama said.

HEADLINE: Gen. John Allen appointed U.S. security envoy in peace process; will focus exclusively on Israel’s security needs

Gen. John Allen has been appointed special U.S. envoy on security issues in negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. He will not mediate between the parties; his work will almost exclusively involve contacts with Israel. Allen will deal with the U.S. position on Israeli security needs and the security arrangements that would accompany the establishment of a future Palestinian state.

Senior U.S. and Israeli officials note that while U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel made the appointment it was coordinated with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who is leading the effort to restart Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

“Allen has agreed to serve as a special adviser to the secretary of defense focusing on security in the context of Middle East peace,” said a senior U.S. official who insisted on anonymity, adding, “His work will support Secretary Kerry’s comprehensive efforts to find a way forward on Middle East peace.”

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It is never easy for Israel. But in the end, the little country will get big help.

Director, WindowView.org

Slow March To Peace? Turmoil Continues …

The following news clips are offered as is and for the sake of finding a pulse on recent events in the Middle East and on the moral pulse that characterizes the day. If you are well studied, you know that what leads up to peace in Jerusalem also opens another scriptural chronology. If you don’t believe it, well so be it for you. If you’ve studied it, it’s news that inches toward a huge change on the planet.  Therefore, each day we sit at our window to observe.  Events unfold at the pace they do, but a push, anew, for peace in the Middle East is now upon us. We are interested to see what comes next.

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News from May 20

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HEADLINE: Kerry to arrive in Israel to push for negotiations

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will arrive for another visit to the region this week, as part of significant efforts to renew the peace process. Kerry will land in Israel this Tuesday and spend two days there. During his visit, he will meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as well as senior Israeli officials in Jerusalem.

HEADLINE: Lapid calls for interim peace deal with Palestinians

Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid says U.S. should push three-year plan to realize final border agreement for Palestinian state. He believes that reaching a final peace agreement with the Palestinians is unrealistic at the current time and the sides should instead pursue an interim arrangement.

HEADLINE: Yair Lapid Interview with New York Times

In his first interview to foreign press since taking office, Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid acknowledged that tens of thousands of Jews would someday be uprooted from what he described as “remote settlements” in the West Bank, something he called “heartbreaking.” But he said that problem should be set aside for now, advocating the immediate creation of an interim Palestinian state in parts of the West Bank where no Jews live, with final borders drawn in perhaps three, four or five years. Palestinian leaders have roundly rejected temporary borders.

Lapid said he would not stop the so-called “natural expansion” of settlements in the West Bank, nor curtail the financial incentives offered to Israelis to move there. He said the large swaths of land known as East Jerusalem that Israel captured from Jordan in the 1967 war and later annexed must stay Israeli because “we didn’t come here for nothing.”

HEADLINE: Lapid:  Final status agreement with Palestinians unrealistic

To allay Palestinian concerns, Lapid told the Yedioth Ahronoth daily that U.S. President Barack Obama should set a three-year timeline for determining the final borders of a Palestinian state. As a gesture to the Israelis, he also called on Obama to endorse the position laid out by President George W. Bush in 2004, allowing Israel to keep some of the Jewish settlements it has built in Judea and Samaria.

HEADLINE:  Lapid urges PM to secure his ‘place in history’ by making peace, hails Fayyad’s vision of Palestinian state

In remarks left out of a New York Times interview, Finance Minister Yair Lapid praised outgoing Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad’s concept of Palestinian statehood, said Israel and the Palestinians need American help toward a peace agreement, and advised Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to make peace a priority to secure his “place in history.”

HEADLINE: Abbas:  Netanyahu must choose between settlements and peace

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “must choose between building settlements and negotiating peace,” Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Friday at a press conference in Cairo.

“Israel can easily leave settlements, as it has in the past. Israel gave up settlements in Sharm el-Sheikh and the Sinai, and removed 20 of them in just 24 hours,” Army Radio quoted Abbas as saying.

HEADLINE: Your passport cannot be renewed, FM tells ministers

The ongoing labor dispute between Foreign Ministry employees and the Finance Ministry has ground the issuance of diplomatic passports to a halt. As a result, cabinet ministers have been denied the necessary documentation for official travel abroad.

In the case of Tzipi Livni, this means she might not be able to attend upcoming peace talks with her Palestinian counterparts.

HEADLINE: Russia knows exactly what the fuss is about

By insistently arming Assad, and with increasingly sophisticated air defenses, a disingenuous Moscow risks heating the northern border to boiling point.

The four-part reasoning Lavrov advances: (1) Russia’s arms sales credibility would be shattered were it to renege on the deal; (2) Russia has never made any secret of its various contracts with Assad; (3) these are defensive missile systems, not offensive weapons; and (4) the sales are not in breach of international law or Russia’s own ostensibly stringent arms sales regulations.

HEADLINE: Report:  Syria aims half-ton warhead missiles at Tel Aviv

Sunday Times reports the deployment of Syria’s advanced Tishreen missile batteries, which carry 500-kilogram (1100-pound) warheads and have standing orders to fire at Tel Aviv if Israel carries out any military strike on Syrian territory.

Responding to a report in The Sunday Times suggesting that Syria has prepared its most advanced missiles to hit Tel Aviv if Israel launches a strike on its territory, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his cabinet on Sunday that Israel was prepared for any scenario.

HEADLINE: Netanyahu:  We’ll continue to halt Syrian arms transfers

Amid escalating rhetoric between Jerusalem and Damascus in the wake of reported Israeli airstrikes in Syria, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed Sunday to continue to act to prevent advanced weaponry from being transferred to Lebanese terror group Hezbollah via Syria.

“The Israeli government has acted responsibly and prudently to ensure the security of Israeli citizens and to prevent advanced weapons from reaching Hezbollah and [other] terrorist organizations… and we will do so in the future,” Netanyahu said during the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem.

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Additional Headlines May 23, 2013

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HEADLINE:  US ‘pressures’ Israel with diplomat at settlement hearing

In what left- and right-wing groups are interpreting as a display of US pressure on Israel, an American diplomat appeared at the Supreme Court in Jerusalem on Wednesday to listen to the government’s argument in favor of legalizing four unauthorized West Bank outposts.

Andrew Schut, a representative at the US Embassy in Tel Aviv , attended the session, during which the court debated a petition by the left-wing settlement watchdog Peace Now to evacuate Givat Assaf and five other outposts that they argue are illegal according to international law.

Schut’s appearance in court came less than a week after US Secretary of State John Kerry contacted Israeli Ambassador to the US Michael Oren “to protest the planned legalization of four West Bank outposts,” including Givat Assaf, in the wake of the government’s announcement that it intended to legalize them.

HEADLINE:  Kerry made angry call to Israeli Ambassador Oren over outposts last Thursday

Secretary of State John Kerry reportedly made an angry phone call to Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren in protest of government plans to legalize four West Bank outposts that had previously been set for demolition.

HEADLINE: Erekat throws his weight behind Kerry’s bid to revive talks

The top Palestinian negotiator with Israel on Monday threw his weight behind US Secretary of State John Kerry’s bid to revive stalled peace talks. Kerry is due to visit Jerusalem and Ramallah on Thursday and Friday. Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat told a UN committee in New York on Monday that a settlement freeze and the release of Palestinian prisoners were not conditions for returning to negotiations, but rather obligations that Israel must fulfill.

HEADLINE: Government rifts over peace process revealed during Knesset committee meeting

While Minister Livni said at the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee that the government’s goal is to restart negotiations, other coalition members insisted a two-state solution was never an official government position. The committee discussion lasted more than two hours.

HEADLINE: Officials warn of Syria conflict quickly spiraling out of control

IDF Chief of General Staff Benny Gantz toured the Golan near the border with Syria Tuesday, and told lawmakers that tensions in the north could quickly devolve into war.

Other senior officials echoed his worries, with Home Front Defense Minister Gilad Erdan warning that it was only a matter of time before major Israeli cities started getting pounded by rockets.

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Another ‘Isaiah 5:20’ moment for Obama:

Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light,

and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter

Jay Carney’s White House press briefing, May 22, 2013:

Make very clear that he [Obama] has zero tolerance for sexual assault in the military and that he believes that those who participate in it dishonor the uniform they wear, and that those who are victims of it and who wear the uniform should know that the Commander-in-Chief has their backs.

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Obama has had a major roll in LGBT and ‘don’t ask, don’t tell:’

Speaking of dishonoring the uniform

No earthly leader has done more to promote the immoral LGBT agenda than US President Barack Obama.

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‘Koenig’s Eye View from the White House’ – May 17, 2013 [NOTE: … for more stop by the web site at: watch.org]

 Obama under judgment? – Five of his recent ‘sin proclamations, endorsements and actions’ corresponded with three major crises …. Chronology of Obama’s activities and corresponding events … Could this be the beginning of much more? …. John Kerry betting on the wrong horses … Russia-Israel tension worsening … Iran’s plans to take over Syria …Iran agents training to storm Israel’s border… Russia sending top air-defense system to Assad … Analysis of Russia’s S-300 system … Intervention in Syria: Three things to know …. Ground-based laser systems against rockets ….. Watch out for Petraeus in Benghazi scandal …. Tolerating totalitarianism

Inspired by God

“The men who have done the most for God in this world have been early on their knees. He who fritters away the early morning, its opportunity and freshness, in other pursuits than seeking God will make poor headway seeking Him the rest of the day. If God is not first in our thoughts and efforts in the morning, He will be in the last place the remainder of the day.” – E. M. Bounds

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We post these news clips at WindowView.org because each helps to characterize the series of current events that characterize something important.  On the one hand, if you are mining the Scriptures for information and detail, aside from any religious context, you will be noting how events in Israel are the crossroads leading to the future.  And further, commentary on any moral condition that leaves God out of one’s mind, is also part of the fabric that is woven into the daily lives of everyone, whether they are thinking about the issues or even in disagreement … he context in which we live our lives is changing … to see it … look out the window … what is in view? Think about it! Maybe you will need to respond in some way personally, after all the window we are referring to is YOUR window and what you SEE!

Director, WindowView.org

Week of May 6 – continued Stress and Fractures in Middle East

If the battles and struggles over establishing a new national identity called Palestine was not also rooted in an ideology that originated in the seventh and eighth centuries … then the peace effort would merely be one of logistics and getting about the business of running civil governments. But it’s not merely civil, pun intended, because even the one liner below about naming of a capitol tells us nothing here is ever going to be simple … because of ideological presumptions.

Those who have studied the Bible have already “read ahead” and sort of know what’s coming. A chronology of events described long before any writings of other religious writings now seems to be in effect. We don’t say every news event is a specific element of that chronology, but many help support and buttress the chronological sequence. The main plot we see is a struggle that entails sustaining Israel now and forever. So the take over plot of Jerusalem is a lost cause that evidently must be played out first. If you read ahead, a New Jerusalem lives on, there is no mention of Palestine in the eternal chronology.

BTW, the words of Isaiah about the demise of Damascus just seem to come to mind as the physical state ot Syria and Damascus itself continue to crumble.

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HEADLINE: Iran says will turn Golan into ‘Fatahland’

After alleged Israel attack on Syria, Iran issues war-like declarations, orders Assad army to protect homeland, according to Hezbollah-affiliated newspaper. ‘Front open to Syrians, Palestinians, to all who wish to fight Israel’
The report also said that Nasrallah recently participated in more than one session of the Hezbollah’s “Jihad Council.” The newspaper claimed that during these meetings, the secretary-general stated, “Israel believes that if it attacks facilities and strategic stockpiles, it changes the resistance capabilities. This is an erroneous assessment.” He said,”The reason being that the stocks of the resistance have been filled with all that it needs.”

Nasrallah also warned, “If Israel attacks any (arms) cache of Hezbollah in Lebanon, the response will be immediate and total war.”

HEADLINE: Report: Russia delivers supersonic cruise missiles to Syria

Military source confirms delivery of missiles, according to an AFP report; second official says missiles will protect Syria from ‘possible attack from the sea.’

HEADLINE: Keeping up marathon meetings, Livni and Kerry to parley

Justice Minister Tzipi Livni will meet with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Rome this week as efforts intensify to bring Israelis and Palestinians to the negotiating table for peace talks.

Kerry will meet with Livni, who is managing Israel’s diplomatic efforts vis-avis the Palestinians, on Wednesday, the State Department said early Tuesday.

Livni, who met with Kerry last week, called the renewed effort “good news.” Kerry “is completely involved, determined” to restart negotiations, which have largely been frozen since 2008, she said.

HEADLINE: Lapid nixes Netanyahu-backed referendum on peace;
Livni applauds decision

Livni applauds Yesh Atid for putting ‘good of the people before politics’ in pursuing an agreement with the Palestinians.

The centrist Yesh Atid party on Monday came out against the idea of legislating a national referendum on any future peace agreement with the Palestinian Authority, effectively stymieing the initiative, which was being championed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The party, headed by Finance Minister Yair Lapid, reached the decision after a lengthy discussion at a faction meeting, Yesh Atid said in a statement. The decision established a majority against the initiative in the Cabinet, and pits Lapid against Netanyahu and his close coalition partner Economics and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett, aligning him with Justice Minister Tzipi Livni (Hatnua) and Avigdor Liberman’s Yisrael Beytenu party.

HEADLINE: Billions of locust eggs hatch in the Negev

The locust swarms that entered Israel in March and April, although prevented from causing major crop damage by an intensive spraying campaign, still left behind billions of eggs that are now hatching.

The newly hatched locusts could be a real disaster for crops, especially when they gain the ability to fly, Negev Regional Council head Shmuel Rifman warned.

“The Agriculture Ministry has lost control and doesn’t have the appropriate tools to destroy billions of locusts,” he said in a Channel 10 TV interview Monday night, appealing to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to declare a state of emergency in the Negev.

HEADLINE: Barkat: Let the Palestinians rename Ramallah as ‘Jerusalem’

‘Jerusalem’s mayor rules out any notion of Palestinian rule in the capital, slams Olmert’s peace offer as a ‘terrible mistake,’ and says it’s ‘ridiculous’ that Jews can’t pray on the Temple Mount
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If you haven’t “read ahead” in the Bible … We recommend you take a look. It’s remarkable. We’ll visit more on this topic in future posts.

Director, WindowView.org

Life’s Data as well as Bible Data is Preserved

The WindowView theme of “Science and Scripture in Harmony” comes with some key reminders. We keep pointing to information as evidence. What stands over time tends to be data or information that is foundational and truthful. Depending on how you approach information, one might have to consider all is a product of the initial cause for existence. So, if that cause is from God, what of the reliability of longstanding evidence from science and Scripture?

Here is an example. For all the commotion about evolution, with the implication of ongoing macro-evolution over time (change over time), we have examples of stasis (relative unchanging sameness over time). That is, there are species that have existed millions of years without changing over time. The data in this case are the DNA codes within such organisms. The relatively unchanged form, function, and existence tell us evolution is not necessarily a driver for change. Use of the word evolution in this context imparts a process in action at all times—this makes evolution a driving force. Does that exist?. Some suggest that only micro-evolution is adequately demonstrated. Our point here is simple, science information exists to tell us there is a tendency to stay the same without change unless driven to do so. And when there is change … a return back to an original form can and does occur to demonstrate a tendency toward sameness and not branching evermore to something else. This is not to say apparent branching is not apparent, but then the evidence of transitional steps eludes us. Claims of such evidence is often met with complications. To consider the reasons why brings continued debate.

To all the above we think there is a note of key importance. The body of information that supports life is sufficient without change. The assumption of continual change and randomness is an assumption based on short, not long, time frames. The net message is one of a built in stability of lifeforms to bring life forward over time. The evidence is the “living fossils” that have little to no change.

Further, the vital point to a look at how the DNA codes have supported existence to all life is itself a bit of evidence for the complexity and awesome nature to there being an existence … at all! The testimony from life to those of us alive today is that life is rather incredible and perhaps a key testimony to why we exist … at all! Stasis, over time, provides an opportunity for multiple generations to come to the same testimony before moving on.

So let us consider another form of information and relative stasis over time. Consider a validation of another key source of data and the testimony that evidence provides … us all! From a monthly electronic letter I have lifted a few words … these are written by someone whose profession involves translation of ancient manuscripts:

“As we sometimes do, we talked about the Dead Sea Scrolls, commenting on how these ancient manuscripts have helped our understanding of the Bible. For one thing, the scrolls confirm the antiquity and authenticity of the traditional Hebrew text upon which we base translations; for another, the scrolls help us to determine the best text to follow in places where other important biblical manuscripts differ slightly from each other. In short, the scrolls help us keep translations accurate.”

“The bigger story is that throughout all generations, the Lord has preserved his word. He continues to do so today, even as the Bible is being translated into more languages than ever before.”

Life has sustained DNA translations to provide a basis for our lives to be a witness to the awesome nature of our existence. And as the Bible reminds us, there will be a fullness in time where everyone alive will have the opportunity to see the Bible’s testimony delivered, in respective language, to us all. When that state of fullness is reached, we come to a cosmic turning point with no return to earlier time. At that point some move into a continual relationship with the author of life and others do not … this is the final portal from here to the eternal. Which way will you be going?

Director, WindowView.org

Middle East Noise and Global Domestic Moral Decay

The news clips below for the most part reveal the constant friction in Israel. And at some point everyone will throw up their hands and accept a peace plan offered by one strong ‘leader.’ Beware that one may ultimately be a lawless peace maker and that portends troubles greater than anything … Ever.

But elsewhere around the world we are slipping into the idolatry and moral decay of ancient Greece. The acceptance of legalizing private sodomy between consenting adults is embraced by a President and other congress persons, recently, with song, in parliament in New Zealand, in France, in Cuba, and elsewhere a global trend. As if this is a human right. The Greeks openly did such behaviors in public … How soon will it be in the world today? However, it’s slipping into the backdrop as a human right for same sex marriage. Okay, so if there is no God and no hell … folks need not worry … but we wonder how long the US coinage will state “In Go We Trust.” The next round of slipping on moral decay comes with the last clip below … does anyone teach the child morals? Is a pill freely obtained the way out … or is there another dilemma we fail to address in all this.

The WindowView is less about commentary or opinion than it is on drawing attention to perspectives … some biblical. So look at the stories … these are the data of the day … and ask yourself … What if there really is God and heaven … is hell where this world is headed … what about you?

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HEADLINE: Settlers, Palestinians clash in the West Bank

The incidents came hours after a Palestinian from Tulkarem stabbed to death Evyatar Borowsky, a 31-year-old father of five from the settlement of Yitzhar, as he waited at a bus stop at the Tapuah junction in the West Bank.

The attacker grabbed Borowsky’s gun and opened fire on border police at an adjacent checkpoint. The police returned fire, wounding the terrorist before apprehending him. He was taken to an Israeli hospital for treatment.

HEADLINE: Fatah: Tapuah Junction stabber ‘a hero’

Israeli security forces inspect the site of a terror attack, at a bus stop at the
Tapuah Junction in the northern West Bank. April 30, 2013 (photo: Flash90)

Organization’s Facebook page congratulates Salam As’ad Zaghal, who murdered Evyatar Borowsky, a 31-year-old father of five.

HEADLINE: Israel sends message to foes to North and South

Tuesday’s air force strike in Gaza was a surgical, precise attack on a weapons manufacturing expert who, according to the security forces, played a key role in developing the rocket capabilities for global jihadi groups in the Gaza Strip.

It is these small but highly radical al-Qaida-inspired organizations, led by the Ashura Council of Holy Fighters in the Environs of Jerusalem, that refuse to recognize or abide by the Israel-Hamas truce, and that use both the Sinai Peninsula and the Gaza Strip as a rocket launching pad to strike at southern Israel.

The air strike contains a number of messages for Palestinian armed factions in Gaza. For global jihadis, it signals Israel’s ability to wait patiently for its intelligence services to mark out those behind ongoing rocket attacks, and to act without hesitation once the targets become exposed.

HEADLINE: Knesset to hold parley with Netanyahu on Arab League proposal

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address the Knesset on the topic of the Arab League’s flexibility on pre-1967 lines, after all 52 opposition MKs signed a petition on Tuesday requiring him to do so.

HEADLINE: America’s moral collapse continues to accelerate:
US Government lowers ‘morning after pill’ age to 15, to be sold over-the-counter

In a surprise twist to the decade-plus effort to ease access to morning-after pills, the government is lowering the age limit to 15 for one brand – Plan B One-Step – and will let it be sold over the counter.

Today, Plan B and its generic competition are sold behind pharmacy counters, and people must prove they’re 17 or older to buy the emergency contraception without a prescription. A federal judge had ordered an end to those sales restrictions by next Monday.

But Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration approved a different approach: Plan B could sit on drugstore shelves next to condoms, spermicides or other women’s health products – but to make the purchase, buyers must prove they’re 15 or older at the cash register.

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