News for May 13, 2005

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U.S. SHUTS DOWN JOINT ISRAELI PROJECTS (May 13, 2005) - The Defense Department has been quietly suspending joint military projects with Israel. U.S. government sources said several key projects with Israel have been suspended or significantly slowed down in 2005. They said the slowdown has been gradual and could soon affect major projects, such as the Arrow-2 missile defense program.

UN wants Israel out of Palistine - UN Report (May 13, 2005) - PALESTINIAN RIGHTS COMMITTEE CONSIDERS ‘CRITICAL ISSUES REQUIRING Concrete action’
Observer of Palestine Cites Human Rights Violations, Dire Socio-Economic Situation, Need to End Israel’s Colonization of Palestinian Land Incessant human rights violations by the occupying forces; Israel’s continued illegal policies aimed at changing the legal status, demographic composition and character of occupied East Jerusalem; the dire socio-economic situation in Palestine; and the need to put an end to Israel’s colonization of Palestinian land were highlighted as critical issues that required concrete action by the international community, as the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People met this morning.

I just thought this was funny considering the TRUTH of the matter. Jerusalem and the temple mount are not even mentioned in the Koran, just a place to the East. The Arab nations won’t help out their own Muslim brothers because they all want the same thing, Israel gone; driven to the sea and dead. They say it all the time in their teachings, but when it’s translated to English, it sounds totally different. Besides, the “Palestinians” are the ones launching mortars into Israel. Just how backwards can you turn everything?

INDEPENDENCE DAY OBSERVED AND CELEBRATED (May 14, 2005) - Israel’s Independence Day is celebrated on the fifth day of Iyar according to the Hebrew calendar. It was on this day in the year 5708 (May 14, 1948) that the State of Israel was established.

Independence Day Eve ceremonies begin with the traditional torch-lighting at Mt. Herzl. The next day, the President receives the outstanding soldiers of the year in his residence, the International Bible Contest is held, and the Israel Prizes are awarded. Special thanksgiving prayers are recited in many synagogues throughout the country and the world, and festive meals and celebrations are held to commemorate the reestablishment of the Jewish state in the Land of Israel after 1,900 years.

As soon as it gets dark on Independence Day Eve, the first volley of fireworks can be seen and heard in the skies. These last until late at night. Every Jewish city and municipality in Israel sets up a stage or entertainment platforms where Israel's leading singers give concerts. Afterward there is dancing with music until all hours of the night.

There is something electrifying and special in the air on Independence Eve. It seems as if everyone is outside, either listening to the performers or watching the fireworks. The music and laughter from Independence Day parties can be heard in every neighborhood.

The atmosphere is very festive. Days before the holiday, the municipalities and cities decorate the street lamps with Israeli flags. The intersections are bedecked with flags and decorative lights. On the afternoon of Independence Eve, people buy flowers to decorate the living room. An Israeli flag is hung from the railing of the balcony. Small Israeli flags are hung from car aerials. The flags themselves are sold everywhere and street vendors do a brisk business in selling Israeli flags of all sizes and shapes.

It is a time not just of happiness but also of awe: Despite the threats of destruction coming from Iran seeking nuclear weapons, despite threats from Syria armed with nerve gas weapons, despite threats from Israel's many enemies in the world—we have survived another year. When you come to think of it, that in itself is awe-inspiring.

Praise the Lord! He is faithful to His word. Praise the Lord for the miracle of Israel.

Isaiah 62:1–3
For Zion's sake I will not keep silent, for Jerusalem's sake I will not remain quiet till her righteousness shines out lithe dawn, her salvation like a blazing torch. The nations will see your righteousness, and all kings your glory; you will be called by a new name that the mouth of the Lord will bestow. You will be a crown of splendor in the Lord's hand, a royal diadem in the hand of your God”.