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Palestinians Set Fire to a Biblical Heritage Site

Source: The Times of Israel

 “This arson shows that the Palestinian Authority’s occupation is no different than that of ISIS!”

Relations between Israelis and Palestinians have never been particularly kind, but since Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s address to the UN General Assembly in September, violence has escalated. This was made clear when Palestinians set fire to a Biblical Heritage Site.

When Abbas addressed the crowd, he petitioned the UN for support in their attempt to overrule the Oslo accords of 1993 and 1995 and accused Israel of sabotaging US peace negotiations in the Middle East. He even stated that Israel was specifically behind the recent conflict occurring at the Dome of the Rock and the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem. Abbas called on fellow Palestinians to rejoice as the Palestinian flag was raised at the UN headquarters in New York for the first time.  Palestinian Authority had petitioned the UN to sanction the raising of their flag along with other non-state flags such as that of the Vatican.  When it was put to a vote, only eight countries voted against the motion including Israel and her known allies, the United States and the United Kingdom. While this does not necessarily give Palestine more power, Israeli officials expressed concern that the motion would throw a spark on the already fiery conflict.

Since that day, nearly 40 Israeli and Palestinian citizens have been killed, with hundreds more wounded in stabbings and shootings attacks. BBC News has reported that the number of stabbing attacks on Israelis by Palestinians has more than tripled since September, causing Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu to increase security measures across Jerusalem. He announced this week that any Palestinians found attacking an Israeli would no longer have the right to live in Jerusalem. He also announced that police checkpoints would be placed outside of all Palestinian neighborhoods.

While the conflict originally was focused around the Temple Mount, a holy site for both Jews and Muslims, the new Israeli checkpoints have caused an even greater tension between the groups.

This tension is what drove hundreds of Palestinian rioters to gather around the site of Joseph’s tomb, located in the West Bank. This site has recently become an extremely popular pilgrimage site for religious Jews, but last night Palestinians set fire to the Biblical site. While no one was injured in the fire, Israeli citizens are outraged.

Avigdor Lieberman, former foreign minister with Benjamin Netanyahu, has stated, “This arson shows that the Palestinian Authority’s occupation is no different than that of ISIS,” with President Abbas reportedly encouraging his followers to kill Israelis and destroy sites of holy and historical significance.

Israel is increasing security around the country in response to this newest instance of violence, but it makes one wonder, what will happen next?

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Pope Praises Mahmoud Abbas as an “Angel of Peace”

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In an announcement that has startled and puzzled many, Pope Francis offered high praise for a leader of the Palestinian Liberation Organization; Mahmoud Abbas, during Abbas’ recent visit to Rome for the canonization of two 19th-century nuns. The Associated Press reported that Pope Francis presented Abbas with a papal medallion which he explained represents an “angel of peace destroying the bad spirit of war.” Despite Abbas’ published beliefs denying the Holocaust, his support for the terrorist group Hamas, and his long standing connection with radicals such as Sultan Abu Al-Einein; one of Abbas’s top advisors who publically called for the murder of Israelis in 2014, Pope Francis stated the gift was appropriate telling Abbas “you are an angel of peace.” However, quite to the contrary of such a noble title, in 2013 Abbas posthumously awarded “the highest order of the Star of Honor” to arch-terrorist Abu Jihad, who was responsible for the murder of at least 125 Israelis.

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Likewise, Abbas also decorated another terrorist leader Nayef Hawatmeh, who is the leader of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP), with the Palestinian Star of Honor. The DFLP, as reported by Israel National News, has carried out, and claimed responsibility for, numerous deadly terror attacks including a suicide bombing near Tel Aviv that killed 4 people in 2003. One such, well documented, attack on a school bus in Ma’alot Israel, praised by the papal “angel of peace” Abbas, resulted in the deaths of 30 schoolchildren and 7 adults. Obviously a true “angel of peace” who was dedicated to “destroying the bad spirit of war,” such as Pope Francis declared Abbas to be, would condemn such terrorist activities.

To the contrary, Mahmoud Abbas publicly praises such activity as it furthers his anti-Semitic, anti-Western agenda which stretches back to his days as a Ph.D. student at the Oriental College in Moscow. The title of Abbas’ doctoral dissertation was “The Other Side: the Secret Relationship Between Nazism and Zionism.” Clearly, such sentiment reveals the true, long standing, intentions of Mahmoud Abbas to be that of the destruction of Israel and her supporters. Hardly, “an angel of peace.” In fact, as the Daily Mail UK recently reported, one of Abbas’s counter-parts, IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi publicly admitted what honest scholars have long recognized; “Islam was never a religion of peace, Islam is the religion of fighting.” Sadly, the Pope and much of the world has been deceived by Abbas and other so-called peaceful leaders.

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Such deception of religious leaders, as evidenced by Pope Francis’ praise for Abbas, is similar to that predicted in the Bible as humanity, during the end times, will seek to have their “itching ears” satisfied and will “turn away … from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables” (2 Timothy 4:3-4 KJV).

PRAY: That religious leaders, such as Pope Francis, will not continue to be deceived by those who would seek to destroy Israel and her supporters. Pray for the faithfulness of Christians to continue to support Israel’s struggles against the terrorist threats that seek to destroy her. God has promised He will bless those who bless Israel (Genesis 12:3).