Saturday, February 21, 2009

We must keep our eyes & ears on Israel

February 20, 2009...4:40 pm

How will Netanyahu work with President Obama given deep differences on Iran?
Benjamin Netanyahu received the official word today from Israeli President Shimon Peres that he has six weeks to put together a coalition to lead the next government of Israel. The announcement came as the U.N. announced that Iran now has enough uranium to build its first nuclear weapon.

Given the seriousness of the growing crisis with Iran, Netanyahu is calling for a broad “unity government” that would include Tzipi Livni’s Kadima party. “For decades we have not withstood so many challenges at the same time,” said Netanyahu. “To face up to these challenges we need to join hands and unite all the forces within the people. I call on all parties, those who recommended me and those who didn’t. I turn to [Kadima leader Tzipi] Livni and to [Labor leader Ehud] Barak — let us join hands and pledge for the future of Israel. I hope to meet with you first and discuss a wide unity government.”

Livni, however, today said she refuses to serve with Netanyahu. ”Today, the foundations of a right-wing extremist government under Netanyahu were set,” Livni wrote in a text message sent to 80,000 Kadima members. “The path of such a government is not our own and we have nothing to look for there. You didn’t vote for us in order to provide a kosher certificate for a right-wing government, and we need to provide an alternative of hope from the opposition.”
The big question for Netanyahu, however, may not be how best to form his government, but how his government — whatever form it takes — will interact President Barack Obama, given the deep fissures between the two men over how to stop Iran from becoming a nuclear-armed power.

“Iran is developing nuclear weapons and poses the greatest threat to our existence since the War of Independence,” said Netanyahu. “Iran’s terror wings surround us from the north and south” Based on my conversations with Israel’s next Prime Minister, I believe Netanyahu fundamentally understands the apocalyptic, genocidal Islamic eschatology driving Iran’s current leaders. By contrast, I am convinced that President Obama or Secretary of State Clinton do not understand at all the End Times beliefs of the current leaders of Iran, and are thus making wrong policy choices based on their lack of understanding. Let us pray, therefore, that as Mr. Netanyahu forms his government and then meets with President Obama and top U.S. leaders that he is able to help American officials understand who they are dealing with in Tehran, and find a way to work together to stop Iran before it is too late.

Quote from Joel Rosenberg.

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Nadine said...

It is so important for us to pray not only for our country but for Israel. I pray that our president will do all he can to do the right thing.

Kathy said...

Susan, I will re-read your post soon, but I just wanted to tell you that you have really been on my heart, so I've just been praying. I wanted to say and remind you of what you already know, that the Lord is in control and cares about your heart and any load you may be bearing at this time. He cares so deeply for's personal with Him! : ) You're loved and prayed for by so many. I know my words here echo the thoughts of many, Susan. Blessings.

MightyMom said...

yes indeed

MeMaw said...

Susan, I am trusting that God will continue to protect and provide for Israel, as He has seen fit to do in times past.

It's difficult to watch the news these for the most part I have stopped. I have a son in the Army and oh! how I pray for peace everywhere.

Blessings to you, praying all is well with you.

PS: thanks so much for commenting on my grandson's blog and being an encouragement to him.

Mari said...

I missed this in the news so thanks for posting it. It appears to be another sign.

Charlotte said...

I was so glad to see this post this morning. I had not heard that latest news from Israel. I'm so glad Netanyahu is going to be in charge. I'm amazed at how many Christians don't have a clue about the end time prophecies.
This is something that needs to be read by everybody. I hope you will link it to Spiritual Sundays.
Have a great day.

Anonymous said...

Now is the time to keep our eyes on the our deliverer and our knees on the floor in prayer!

Love the family photo on your sidebar. It's great!

Joy said...

I read this on his blog yesterday. I pray Pres. Obama and Sec of State Clinton take seriously the warnings that Netanyahu will make clear to them about Iran.

Thanks for spreading the word.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.


Saija said...

i guess that is why the Lord asks us to pray for those in power ... so that they DO make the right decisions ...

but that being said ... we are living in such interesting times - with God's wonders & signs all around us ...

Maxine said...

Thanks for emphasizing the seriousness of this issue, Susan. We are living in such times. I have never seen anything like it in all my days. Praying for Israel; praying for America.